Tom has also spent a great deal of time preparing a presentation that he put together for the Roselawn Cemetery Board of Pueblo's Viet Nam casualties.  Roselawn is going to be doing a wall at the cemetery to honor them, and Tom, who has done all of the research on these heroes, plans to write another book regarding these casualties of war.

Ruth Power Taravella

Awarded Entry Into South High Alumni Association Hall of Fame

Former South High teacher and Student Council advisor, Robert Pugel, who encouraged Ruth during her high school years, attended with his wife.

News from Classmates

We have added a new feature which, we hope, will make it possible for all classmates  to share updates about themselves.  Think of it as our own customized Facebook page! 

We don't know your news unless you notify us, so...  

if you have news and photos you would like to share, please send both in an email to Sheryl Hutchings to post on this "News from Classmates" page.

Sheryl's email address is Digital photos are preferred, but if that's not possible, send Sheryl a photographic print by snail mail to 21941 E. Canyon Place, Aurora, CO, 80016.  Photographic prints will not be returned, so make sure it's not your only copy! 

Butch recently reported that the Pueblo POW/MIA Memorial was recognized August 16 to 18, 2019, at a HUGE Salute to American Veterans Rally in Cripple Creek.  Below are a couple of links regarding this honor.


Sheryl Hutchings was proud to pose with her two paintings that were accepted into the 2019 Colorado State Fair.  A budding artist at this late stage of her life, she enjoys painting and is thrilled to be getting recognition for her works.

Ruth spent her career in education.  She was a teacher at Vineland Middle School, where she was awarded the first Distinguished Teachers Award.  She earned her M.A. in Education Administration, K-1 from CSU.  She next taught at North Mesa Elementary, then became D-70’s coordinator of State Development.  Named the first female high school principal for the District in 1997, she oversaw construction of Pueblo West High School which opened with 198 students and grew to a student body of 1,003 at the time of her retirement in 2004.  Since retiring she has mentored principals throughout Colorado before becoming the Central High principal in 2011-12 during the search process. Central won the Lamp of Knowledge trophy for the first time that year.  Ruth is also is active in her church.  



Classmates making big news in Pueblo in 2018 include Jim Beal, Ruth Power Taravella, and Bennie Carrico Swanson, each of whom was the subject of a Pueblo Chieftain community profile feature story.  The Chieftain's "Local News" section added a GENERATIONS feature story on a regular basis which focuses on Puebloans who are doing the same job in Pueblo that their parent or grandparent or great-grandparent did. To see each of the published stories on these classmates, click on the button bearing his or her name!   

Sharon Stepich Griffin and Bennie Carrico Swanson, both childhood friends of Ruth's, nominated her.

Congratulations to Tom McKenna (a.k.a. Shoes McKenna) who, as of April 25, 2016, is a published author! His photographic journey of the Wet Mountains, steeped with history, heritage, and culture dating back to the very first people in North America, includes 343 pages that include 100 photographs and scores of interesting facts about the land and its inhabitants while taking you on a journey with a fictional family, The Jades. The book is available on the Kindle for a cost of $3.99.  Way to go, Tom!

Since taking up watercolor painting in 2013, Sheryl Hutchings has been getting in touch with her inner artist.  She recently had two of her original paintings accepted into a juried show at the Deep Space Gallery in Parker, Colorado.  One of the two paintings sold!  Thanks to Sheryl for sharing this photo taken with her grandsons at the show's opening reception on April 7, 2016.  Since this time, Sheryl has had several other paintings juried into shows in the Denver/Parker area.

Pueblo POW/MIA Memorial's annual National POW/MIA Recognition Day event was held on Friday Sept. 20, 2019.   Butch shared this photo of Phil Andrade, a 99 year old WWII former POW who attended the event to honor all POW/MIA's.  He's pictured here with the Commander of Pueblo Chemical Depot, Col. Michael Cobb.

To read the Chieftain's story about Ruth and the other three 2018 inductees, click on this button.

Butch invites all classmates to visit his group's website, dedicated to Vietnam War vets, that his veterans' organization has developed. The website is titled "The Pueblo Seven" and can be directly accessed by clicking this button.

The Never Forgotten group to which Claude belongs previously posted a YouTube video that his veterans' group produced to pay long overdue tribute to Vietnam vets. 

Click this button to watch that video. 


Several classmates attended to honor Ruth.  Above, left to right, are John Reinert, Lanny Carlson, Kathy Pickett, Lester Garrett, Bennie Swanson, Sam Bole, and his wife, Ruth Renck Bole.

Old neighborhood friends Jennifer Bryant Greiner, Sheryl Hutchings, and Michelle Stacks Keown celebrated a mini-reunion of their own on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, when they met for lunch in Castle Rock.  Michelle and Jennifer had not seen each other since their sophomore year in high school when Michelle moved to Japan after having attended 7th, 8th, and 9th grades at Corwin.  She lives in Ft. Myers, Florida, but visits her daughter in Parker at least once a year, and she and Sheryl always meet for lunch when she's in town.  Jennifer, who lives in Fountain, drove up this time to join the celebration and share many memories from those middle school years!

Joanne Cortese, pictured on the far left, and Carol Costanza Cullen, pictured second from the right, also joined in the celebration.

55 years and counting

Classmatte Linda Willett shared a couple of pictures from a workshop she participated in as part of a new job she has started selling a product called Pure Trim.  She really believes it has helped her.  Her phone number is 719 994-9338 if you are curious to know more about it.

Claude "Butch" Chavez, Veterans Advocate/Vietnam Vet 1966
Pueblo POW/MIA Memorial™ was inducted into the Pueblo South High School Alumni Foundation Hall of Fame on October 26.  The ceremony and dinner was from 5 to 10 p.m. at Pueblo Community College.
  Ten of his fellow classmates, including Ruth Power Taravella, an inductee in 2018, joined him in celebrating this honor.  On Friday, October 25, Butch spoke at the pep assembly in the South High School auditorium.