In Memoriam

Dr. Bonnie D. Fors, 1940-2015

Long-time Heidelberg history professor Dr. Bonnie D. Fors died Feb. 15, 2015, after battling lung cancer. She joined the History Department in 1983 and retired in 2010 as professor emerita. For many of those years, she served as chair of the department.

Dr. Fors was born in Chicago and spent the early years of her career teaching world history at Loyola of Chicago, Western Illinois University and also Mount Mary’s College in California before coming to Heidelberg. She was especially passionate about teaching classical world history, Maya world history and the history of England. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College in Illinois and her master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Loyola.

Colleagues, former students and friends remember her kindness, wit and sense of humor as well as her love of international travel and classical music. She also loved to ready a good mystery and adored her pets. At Heidelberg, she had served as adviser to the Aps Lil' Sis group.

A funeral Mass will be held March 6 in Chicago. Heidelberg will host a Celebration of Life memorial service Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. in Herbster Chapel. Lunch will follow the memorial service.

Dr. Fors is survived by many cousins, friends, caregivers and former Heidelberg students. Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Heidelberg, the Humane Society of Seneca County, Community Hospice Care or an organization of your choice.



(Published in the Winter 2015 Bulletin)



Col. Robert H. Kranich, ’34, Winchester, Va., died June 1, 2014. He had been a Foreign Service Officer, a conservationist and an outdoors columnist. Surviving are his daughter, Robin; wife of 10 years, Roberta, and several stepchildren.

Dr. Robert J. Heaver, ’38, Naples, Fla., died July 30, 2014. He had been a physician in family practice for many years.


Elaine (Ganschow) McQuate, ’43, The Plains, Ohio, died Aug. 20, 2014. She is survived by her husband, John T. McQuate, ’43; three sons, David, Roland and Grant; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dorothy J. (Frank) Rhoad, ’44, Fairlawn, Ohio, died Oct. 15, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Milton Rhoad, ’42; two daughters, Leslie and Julie; three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Mary Evelyn (Blackburn) Rother, ’44, Gnadenhutten, Ohio, died Aug. 29, 2014. She had been a junior chemist for Graphite Bronze, worked in production control for Bailey Meter Co and taught for the Mentor Christian School. She is survived by three sons, Charles, Jeffrey and Steven; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruth Hanel and Barbara Blackburn-Crow.

Dr. Carolyn A. (Boyd) Eastwood, ’47, Glen Ellyn, Ill., died Nov. 9, 2014. She was an elementary school teacher and also taught at Roosevelt University and the College of DuPage. Surviving are four children, Christopher, Wendy Collier, Victoria and Peter; two grandchildren; and two brothers, John and Phillip.

William O. Chaney, ’48, Sherwood, Ohio, died Sept. 7, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Eileen (Rhoad) Chaney, ’44, and children Gary, Coleen, Deanna and Carol.

Kathryn L. Yager, ’48, Decatur, Ind., died Nov. 2, 2014. She has been a high school teacher in Chicago and Hoagland. She is survived by many cousins.

Ellen (Langhout) Fitzharris, ’49, Cincinnati, died June 24, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Melvin; daughters Karen and Lisa; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Robert L. Stumpp, ’49, Canton, Ohio, died July 18, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and children Christopher, Debra, Doug and Kurt.

Lois M. (Fournier) Van Blarcum, ’49, Salisbury, N.C., died Sept. 11, 2014. She has been a longtime English teacher, alter working in retail and daycare centers. She is survived by children Ron, Lucinda, Curt and Mark; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Helen M. (Platt) Weihenmayer, ’49, Columbus, died Nov. 4, 2014. She had worked as a librarian early in her career, and then as a stay-at-home mom. She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Weihenmayer, ’49; a daughter, Janet; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters Amanda Lorig and Jean (Platt) Izzo, ‘47.


Calvin J. Henninger, ’50, Plymouth, Minn., died Oct. 17, 2014. He had retired from Pfizer Inc. – Roerig Division after 29 years. Surviving are his wife, Peggy; two children, Laurel and Charles; three grandchildren; a step-daughter, Danielle; and a brother, Robert.

Donald E. McKillip, ’50, Columbus, died Sept. 10, 2014. He had been a principal at Gahanna Jefferson Elementary School for 21 years. Surviving are his wife, Jane (Kloss), ’49; three sons, Mark, Gary and Todd; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Betty L. (Brenner) Surine, ’50, Mount Dora, Fla., died Nov. 6, 2014. She is survived by her brother, Chester.

Dr. John R. “Jack” Heter, ’51, Strongsville, Ohio, died Sept. 16, 2014. He was professor emeritus of education at Baldwin Wallace University and a former high school principal in Berea and Rittman. He is survived by his wife, Janice, and several nieces and great nieces.

Sally E. (Bassett) Hamilton Blythe-Grizer, ’52, Canton, Ohio, died June 11, 2014. She taught second grade for 30 years in Parma and Norfolk, Va., and special education in Stark County. Surviving are her children, Christine and William; two grandsons; two stepsons; and a step-grandson.

Helen Jane (Pencik) Langlois, ’52, Clinton, N.Y., died Oct. 23, 2014. She had been a teacher and administrator with the Utica School District, retiring as principal of Wetmore School. She is survived by two children, Elaine and Philip; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Robert P. Nutting, ’52, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, died Feb. 28, 2014. He hauled steel for many years and was owner of Trailway Arts and billboard advertising company. He worked in maintenance at the University of Michigan Hospital, where he retired. Surviving are his wife, Marie; three daughters, Catherine, Rebecca and Kimberly; a son, Michael; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois.

Marilyn J. (Osborn) Dommer, ’53, Payson, Utah, died May 21, 2014. Surviving are two sons, Martin and Walter; eight daughters, Cynthia, Sally, Mary, Judith, Nancy, Amy, Norma and Anne; 41 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ronald.

Daniel Riegert, ’53, Tehachapi, Calif., died Oct. 17, 2014. He was an aeronautical engineer, originally at Edwards Air Force Base and later at Johnson Space Center, where he specialized in instrumentation. He was recognized for his excellent work on the subsystems for 10 missions of the Apollo space program. He retired from NASA in 1979. Surviving are his wife, Lore; children Tina, Stacy and Mark; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Margie Rafner, Rosemary Havill and Thomas.

Rev. Dr. Don R. Studer, ’53, Fairfield, Conn., died July 26, 2014. He had served United Congregational Church parishes in Newport and Center Valley, Pa., and Bridgeport, Conn., as well as various interim pastoral assignments. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; children Elizabeth and David; and three grandchildren.

Russell D. Gerber, ’54, Strasburg, Ohio, died Aug. 2, 2014. At the time of his death, he was still employed by Superior Tank and Trailer. He is survived by his wife, Carol; children Kim and Matt; four grandchildren; and sisters Shirley Johns, Barbara Roush and Joan Kroeckel.

Dr. Marianna Schneider, ’54, Phoenix, died Oct. 10, 2014. She was an educator, a clinical psychologist and a logistics engineer. Surviving are her children, Curtis Stalsworth Jr., Elaine Stalsworth, Wayne Stalsworth and Amy Buerckholtz; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and siblings Angie, Michael and Daniel.

William C. Snyder, 54, Canton, Ohio, died Oct. 30, 2014. He was founder and owner of Lake Realty and Insurance in Hartville and was involved in commercial building and development projects. Surviving are his wife, Judith; children William and Kellie; and two grandchildren.

Dolores A. (Wilke) Boitel, ’55, Sandusky, Ohio, died Sept. 26, 2014. She was a long-time employee of the Sandusky City Schools as a first-grade and GED teacher. Surviving are daughters Amelia and Kelly; son Michael; one grandson, one great-granddaughter; and two brothers, John and Thomas.

Myron E. Singhaus, ’55, Orlando, Fla., died Feb. 2, 2014. He had been an executive with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co and later, he was a principal and athletic director for the Orange County Public Schools. Surviving are two sons, Steven and Sam, and a sister, Wanda Randazzo.

Dorothy A. (Hoch) Taulker, ’55, Oley, Pa., died Nov. 10, 2014. She taught first grade in the Oley School District for 35 years. Surviving are her husband, Elmer; two daughters, Maureen and Wendy; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Richard P. Hardin, ’56, Mount Vernon, Ohio, died April 10, 2014. He had been employed by Penzoil Co. Surviving are his wife, Jane; three daughters, Carol O’Bannon, LuAnn Truex and Pamela Fuhrmann; a stepson, Gene Shoman; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Rev. Robert Shank Jr., ’56, Detroit, died Sept. 23, 2014. An ordained Episcopal minister, he served in Alaska Detroit and Groves Isle. He retired from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth, Mich., after 28 years, then served a number of interim ministries in Jerusalem, Mexico and London. He is survived by his sister, Peggy Champion.

Joan E. (Agnew) Goodman, ’57, Saltillo, Miss., died Sept. 19, 2014. She was a nurse, specializing in maternal/child health. Surviving are her husband, Jack; three sons, Matt Teegarden, Chris Goodman and Michael Goodman; two daughters, Sue Potosky and Sara Goodman; a sister, Ann Casas; her step-mother, Aggie Agnew; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Jane (Hegerling) Long, ’57, Sandusky, Ohio, died Aug. 7, 2014. She taught business education in Huron and Sandusky and later worked as an administrative assistant at Providence School of Nursing. Surviving are three children, Julie, David and Diane; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Claudia.

William W. Headings Jr., ’58, Mentor, Ohio, died Feb. 1, 2014. He had been a carpenter for GQ Drywall, retiring in 1996. Survivors include his children, Debbie Blauvelt, Diana Lewis, Beth, Sharon Enderle, William, Susan Gunter and Robert.

Rev. Robert B. Davis, ’59, Santa Rosa, Calif., died Oct. 1, 2014. He was a pastor in the United Church of Christ for more than 50 years, serving churches in Bedford and North Olmsted, Ohio and Hacienda Heights, Calif. Surviving are his wife, Jean; children Mark, David and Chris; and six grandchildren.

Barbara L. (Shema) Holmes, ’59, Huntingdon, Pa., died June 15, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Robert W.; children Laura Holmes, Robert and William; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Janyce Williams and Mary Beth Fresch.

Richard L. Swartzmiller, ’59, Cape Coral, Fla., died May 26, 2014. He is survived by three sisters, Phyllis Neill, Lois Ziegler and Sharon Leach; four brothers, Newton, James, Wiliand and Robert.


James F. Boeke, ’60, Fountain Valley, Calif., died Sept. 26, 2014. He was drafted by the NFL, where he had a successful nine-year career with the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. Between football seasons, he was a substitute teacher, which eventually led to a full-time teaching and coaching position at Westminster High School for 22 years. He also acted on a regular basis in TV shows, commercials, movies and plays. His most recognized appearances were in “After M*A*S*H,” “Coach,” “Forest Gump,” “Heaven Can Wait” and “The A-Team.” Jim is survived by three daughters, Dawn, Chante Tilden and Kelly Walters, and three grandchildren.

Robert D. “Denny” Rothaker, ’60, Wadsworth, Ohio, died Nov. 8, 2014. He was an elementary teacher and coach in Highland and Wadsworth. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; daughters Susan Rothacker and Diane Gangle; two grandchildren; and step-children Jim Reynolds, Jill Caton and Jeff Reynolds.

Sandra J. (Litkovitz) Clark, ’61, Lorain, Ohio, died July 27, 2014. She had been an assistant society editor at the Lorain Journal and later a secretary with the Lorain City Schools. Surviving are two daughters, Cynthia Bryda and Amy-Jo West, and three grandsons.

Mina (Gold) Riddle, ’62, Oak Park, Ill., died June 26, 2014. She was a social worker and foster parent and had worked in the Oak Park school district with special needs children. Surviving are her husband, Bob; children Diane Balducci and Joe; and two grandchildren.

Dr. Charles J. Leiphart, ’63, Muncie, Ind., died Sept. 19, 2014. He was a radiologist for Ball Memorial Hospital for 30 years, retiring in 2004. Surviving are his wife, Janice; four children, David, James, Julie Lawrence and Jacqueline Burton; and five grandchildren.

Robert L. Graham, ’63, Canton, Ohio, died Sept. 10, 2014. He had retired in 1992 from Canton Local Schools, where he served as a teacher, coach and administrator for 30 years. Surviving are his wife, Susan (Gordon), ’64; children Robert and Kimberly Dastoli; and four grandchildren.

Lucille K. (Verna) Coy, ’65, Milford, Ohio, died May 2, 2014. Surviving are her husband, Keith, ‘65; and children Christopher and Katherine Smith; five grandchildren, her mother, Teresa Verna; and a brother, Daniel Verna.

Donna K. (Holle) Brinks, ’66, Rockford, Mich., died Sept. 19, 2014. She had been a teacher for Comstock Park Public Schools for nearly 30 years before her retirement. Surviving are her husband, Robert; children Kelli Schneider, Nicole Ludge, Sara Hansen and Renee; eight grandchildren; and a brother, Richard.

Dr. David C. Mertz, ’66, Vermilion, Ohio, died July 3, 2014. He had worked as a teacher, principal curriculum director and assistant superintendent. Surviving are his wife, Gloria, and sons Craig and Derrick.

Richard J. Kiessling, ’67, Olivet, Mich., died Aug. 7, 2014. He had been employed by Albion Industries for 29 years, retiring as purchasing manager in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Brigitte; a son Jeff; step children Donald Moga and Steven Moga; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Urshie Neal, ’70, Cleveland, died Sept. 12, 2014. He retired in 1998 from Shaw High School, after teaching mathematics for 30 years. Urshie is survived by his wife, Derien.

Thomas D. Pooley, ’70, Halifax, N.C., died Nov. 2, 2014. He had retired as shipping supervisor for Patch Rubber Co. after 36 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Wanda; three children, Brian, Wendy Howell and Ashley Shelburne; and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Michael C. Rush, ’70, Knoxville, Tenn., died Nov. 15, 2014. He was a psychologist, faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Department of Management and former director of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program, retiring in 2010. Surviving are a son, Brian, and two sisters, Melinda Keller and Laura Rush.

Dorothy E. (Rice) Goetz Theller, ’71, Tiffin, died Oct. 20, 2014. She taught for 13 years at Washington Elementary School in Tiffin. Surviving are her children, Dr. David Goetz, Karen Deighton, ’74, Rebecca Theller, ’77, Heidi Martin, ’81, Larry Theller and James Theller; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arthur L. “Artie” Bascomb, ’72, Brookfield, Conn., died July 17, 2014. He had coached football at Heidelberg and in Toledo, later becoming an executive in the paper industry for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Jean Page; daughters Ame Bascomb-Damaso and Laura Bascomb-Werth; stepsons Jay Page and Christopher Page; four grandchildren; and a sister, Bette Dickey.

Christina (Schach) Robinson,’73, Cleveland, died Sept. 5, 2014. She had been employed as a senior property accountant. Surviving are a son, Brian; three grandchildren; her parents, Harvey and Harriette Schach; and siblings Cheryl Snyder, Connie Schach and Jay Schach.

Leo J. Conway Jr., ’74, Upper Arlington, Ohio, died Oct. 19, 2014. He retired after 30 years of teaching at elementary schools in West Jefferson. Surviving are four sisters, Judy Wilgus, Susan Himes, Barbara Abbruzzese and Sherry Appel.


Jeffrey J. Cooper, ’83, Loudonville, Ohio, died Oct. 6, 2014. He had been employed as a health educator by the Tuscarawas County Health Department and in human resources at Union Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Traci (Gribble), ’84; his mother, Numa “Pepper” Cooper Miller; children Jay and Hannah; and a sister, Robin Perkins.


David W. Piat, ’94, Wichata, Kan., died Oct. 4, 2014. He had a successful career in accounting. Surviving are his wife, Jane; sons Daniel and Jonathan; his mother, Gladys; and two brothers, Vince and Mike.


Former Board of Trustees member and attorney William Aigler, Bellevue, Ohio, died Nov. 19, 2014. He served on the board from 1973-97.

Dr. Albert B. Fink Jr., former director of the American Junior Year program in Heidelberg, Germany, died Sept. 17, 2014.

Margaret Jane “Maggie” Simmons, Tiffin, died Sept. 7, 2014. She was retired from the maintenance department at Heidelberg. She is survived by two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Donald R. Wise, Fremont, Ohio, died May 21, 2014. After many years as an electronic technician at Motorola, he had worked in the maintenance department at Heidelberg. Surviving are two siblings, David Wise and Patricia Bunting.

Former Board of Trustees member Alfred Wilhelm, Cleveland, died Nov. 1, 2013.