2011-2012 EPS Hall of Fame Inductees
Patricia (Pabreza) Bellaire
Patricia Bellaire has been selected for induction under the Former Staff Member category. Pat has been a lifelong resident of Edwardsburg and graduated from the Edwardsburg Public Schools in 1959. After attending college Pat returned to Edwardsburg, married and raised three children, Annlee, Kathy and Mike. She began working at Edwardsburg Public Schools in 1973 as a recorder for the Board of Education. Pat began working full time in the business office in 1975 as Accounts Payable Secretary and over time was promoted to Business Office secretary and in 1984 to Supervisor of Financial Affairs and in 2001 to Director of Business and Operations. These positions, along with the support and vision of a dedicated Board of Education and administration, provided opportunities for Pat to participate in promoting the district through strategic planning processes and subsequent bond issues. Community support of bond issues brought the school and community outstanding facilities, including a new intermediate school, upgraded and expanded elementary and middle school buildings, as well as college level athletic facilities, a new Performing Arts Center and a new gym with training rooms and locker areas. The district administrative center was built in 2002 without additional taxpayer dollars. Pat was one of the original members of the Edwardsburg Community Service Club, which was the forerunner of the current Edwardsburg Food Pantry and Emergency Fund. She also served as bookkeeper for the pantry after its formation. As a lifelong member of Our Lady of the Lake parish, Pat has served on the finance committee, parish council, and is currently coordinator of the purser organization. Pat is currently a trustee on the Edwardsburg Village Council and served as Clerk in the 1980’s. She is treasurer of the Edwardsburg Area Historical Collection and regularly volunteers at the museum which is located on property donated by her family. Pat represents the museum at the Edwardsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and has assisted in Memorial Day festival planning. She currently serves as President of the Edwardsburg Public Schools Foundation. Pat’s children have blessed her with five grandchildren, a great grandson and soon-to-be greatgranddaughter. These “grands” play a very important role in her life and allow her to stay young in mind and heart.
Daniel Brewer has been selected for induction in the Hall of Fame under the category of Special Award. A 1972 graduate of Edwardsburg High School where he was quarterback of the football team, Dan went on to Grand Rapids Junior College to play football. He struggled with academic coursework because he was a poor reader, something that originated in short term memory function. He enrolled mainly in music courses, learning the basics of reading music. A noted junior college vocal teacher took Dan under his wing and helped push his baritone voice into higher registers. In 1976 Dan traveled to Indiana University and, through a recommendation from a Grand Rapids church accompanist, was interviewed by Margaret Harshaw, a voice teacher at IU and a former Metropolitan Opera star. He was admitted to the IU School of Music and studied with Ms. Harshaw as well as Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, a well known star of La Scala Opera House. In 1983 Dan left Indiana and went to Philadelphia to start his career. He sang with the Pennsylvania Pro-Musica for four years and the Opera Chorus of the Opera Company of Philadelphia for five. He had finally conquered reading and learned how to sight read music. He also started his own production company, Brewer’s Best.
In 1982, introduced by Larry King, Dan sang “God Bless America” at the grand opening of the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned a standing ovation from the 5,000 in attendance. In 1989, he landed a contract as a principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, making his debut at Carnegie Hall. In 1992, a friend sent one of his tapes to First Lady Barbara Bush and Dan subsequently was invited to perform at the White House Christmas Tree Lighting on December 10, 1992. Included in Dan’s repertoire of performances were two songs from the soundtrack of the film “A Time to Remember”, with Donald O’Connor, which he also performed at New Jersey’s Trump Marina in Atlantic City and Sony Entertainment Center at Camden. Dan also performed with the Michiana Opera Guild in South Bend.
Dan has long been a follower of the Word and given of his time and talents to his Christian beliefs. In 2003 his received his diploma from RHEMA Bible Institute in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is currently affiliated with three international ministries, New Creation Fellowship and Christiano International Ministry, both of Elkhart, Indiana, and the MCN International Ministries, Cebu City, Philippines, where he serves as Evangelist and Worship Praise Leader. He performed at the 20th anniversary of Mount Moriah Bible School in Cebu City and plans to return this year.
He has been blessed with four children, Victoria, Daniel, Nichole and Hannah, and three grandchildren. The inspiration of his life today is quoted in the book of Psalms, “I will sing unto the Lord forever and with my mouth make thy faithfulness to all generations. AMEN.”
Stanley Disher has been selected as an inductee to the Hall of Fame under the category of Special Award. He was born in Nappanee, Indiana, and graduated from New Paris High School in 1957. Stan attended Indiana University in South Bend and completed several business programs from the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin. Stan has lived in Edwardsburg with his wife, the former June Valentine, for 48 years. They have raised three children, all graduates of Edwardsburg High School. Wendy Disher-Taljaard, John and Patrick all went on to complete college degrees. Four of his eight grandchildren attend Edwardsburg schools. Stan is a prominent businessman and entrepreneur and has shared this knowledge and expertise with the Edwardsburg Board of Education where he served for eleven years as treasurer, and also served as chairman of the buildings and grounds committee. He was also treasurer for the Edwardsburg Little League Board and was instrumental in the Edwardsburg Public Schools strategic planning process. Stan is a member of the Edwardsburg Public Schools Foundation, and served as president for two years. An avid supporter of the district’s wrestling program, Stan can be found keeping the scorebook for the team as he has since the 1980’s. Stan’s impressive career history includes his role as General Manager and National Sales Manager of Kinder Manufacturing Company of Elkhart Indiana from 1958-1976, Corporate Secretary of Carlton Manufacturing Company, Inc. from 1976-1989 which he founded with several partners, followed by the 1989 establishment of Service Specialties and Liftco, Inc. which he still operates with sons John and Patrick. In our Michiana business community, Stan has been instrumental in promoting and contributing to major additions and renovations to the area educational and cultural facilities . His generosity and influence have made many opportunities possible for our community and in particular our students. Stan and June love to travel and have taken many ‘once in a lifetime’ trips. They also spend several winter weeks in Florida. High on Stan’s list of interests are grandchildren, golfing and antiques. He has loaned a significant portion of his extensive antique clock collection to the Edwardsburg Area Historical Collection so they are available for more people to view.