Dr. Leanne O. Wolff
Heidelberg University has lost one of its iconic professors and a loyal alumna with the passing of Dr. Leanne O. Wolff. She died at her home on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the age of 81. We extend our most sincere sympathy to her immediate family and her extended Heidelberg family.
Dr. Wolff graduated from Heidelberg in 1954 with majors in biology and education. After graduation, she studied botany at The Ohio State University and earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees in communication from Bowling Green State University.
She joined the Heidelberg faculty in 1963, retiring as professor emerita of communication in 1995. While at Heidelberg, she served as the forensics coach for 17 years and CTA department chair for 20 years. She developed programs in interpersonal and family communication, started the public relations major and served on the committee that created the award-winning Total Student Development program in the ‘70s.
Reverently referred to as “Mother Wolff” by many of her students whose lives and careers she influenced, Dr. Wolff was a great mentor to her students and to many faculty and staff members. In many ways, she was a pioneer, carrying on the legacy of her department in the tradition of her great friend and mentor, the late Archie Thomas.
Dr. Wolff maintained a significant and visible involvement at Heidelberg since her retirement. In addition to working on her class’s 50th Reunion Committee, she was a long-time member of the Fellows Organization and the Heritage Society. In recent years, she took on The Heidelberg Stories Project, recording the Heidelberg memories of several hundred alumni for preservation and inspiration.
Her contributions to the community were equally impressive. As an active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, she was a lay speaker, member of St. Paul's United Methodist Women and was a board member of numerous church committees. Her years of dedicated service to the Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen included chair of the board from 1989-1998. In 2005, the Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce and Seneca industrial and Economic Development Corp. presented her with its Athena Award for her support of the goals of professional women.
Additionally, as a charter member of the Tiffin Seneca League of Women Voters, she served on the board as both president and co-president. She also enjoyed gardening, barn photography, bird watching, book discussion groups and genealogy.
She is survived by three children, Matthew, Wayne and Rebecca and seven grandchildren; five step-children, six step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger, and two sisters, Dorothy and Carol.
A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 at St. Paul United Methodist Church. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the James R. and Leanne O. Wolff Scholarship at Heidelberg.
A private burial took place at Fairmont Cemetery. The Hoffman-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the James R. and Leanne O. Wolff Scholarship in care of the Institutional Advancement Office at Heidelberg University or the Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen in care of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 46 Madison St., Tiffin.
(Published in the Summer 2013 Bulletin)
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Robert B. Frey, Canal Fulton, Ohio, died Jan. 12, 2013. He was a retired pastor who served churches in Illinois, Ohio, Florida and Indiana. Robert is survived by a son, Rev. Mark, ’73; a daughter, Margaret Williams, ’80; and four grandchildren.
Theodore “Ted” Groman, Findlay, Ohio, died Dec. 30, 2012. Ted was the owner of Groman’s Grocery in Tiffin. He is survived by a daughter, Constance Kolan (Lowell) Reeder; two sons, Christian and Stephen; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Susan (Keller Shumaker) Jones, Niagra Falls, Ontario, died March 14, 2013. Susan had worked as a home economics teacher and physical therapist. She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Farag and Doris Eaglesham; two sons, Donald and Howard; and six grandchildren.
George Klinefelter, West Salem, Ohio, died Dec. 21, 2012. George was a retired minister. He is survived by a son, Philip; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Arline (Martin) Long, Dover, Ohio, died Sept. 23, 2012. She taught in the Cleveland school system for more than 20 years. Arline is survived by a daughter, Betty Cap, '65; three sons, Robert, William and George; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Ernest Hasemeyer, Lenexa, Kan., died Dec. 20, 2012. Ernest began his career in laboratory sales with Harshaw Chemical Co. in Cleveland. He retired from Fisher Scientific. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (MacDonald), '48; two daughters, Julie Laird and Mary Beth Love; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Rev. Philip Krause, Louisville, Ky., died Feb. 25, 2013. Phil was a minister in Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois and Kentucky. He is survived by daughters Susan Wells Krause, Kathy Learn, Kimberly Clements and Carol Krause; and five grandchildren.
Marjory (Velloney) Auble, Cumberland, Maine, died July 31, 2012. Marjory was county coordinator of Greene County Cooperative Extension in Cairo, N.Y. She is survived by her husband, Harry, '45; two daughters, Patricia Moisan, '74 and Phyllis Dickey; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Kathryn (Koehl) Clever, Lexington, Ohio, died March 15, 2012. Kathryn operated the Clever Insurance Co. with her husband, George. She is survived by a daughter, Marcia Haver; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Adda (Weiker) Wiegman, Fort Wayne, Ind., died March 14, 2013. Adda was a former home economist for Ohio Power Co. She is survived by her husband, James; sons Chuck, Thomas and Mark; a sister, Eloise Brown; and five grandchildren.
Marie Eberhard, Cincinnati, died March 7, 2013. She is survived by sisters Martha Warthen, Ruth Webster and Lois Brammer, and a brother, Rev. George Eberhard.
Eleanor (Wildermuth) Ferrall, Lima, Ohio, died Oct. 26, 2012. Eleanor retired from the Hayden Library at Arizona State University. She is survived by sons Timothy, Jonathan and Andrew; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Peggy (McGee) Krause, Louisville, Ky., died March 14, 2012. She is survived by daughters Susan Wells Krause, Kathy Learn, Kimberly Clements and Carol Krause and five grandchildren.
Evelyn (Cockley) Schussler, Colerain, Ohio, died Nov. 16, 2012. She is survived by a daughter, Christine Schrickel; a son, Fred; and 11 grandchildren.
Gertrude (Wilson) Holas, Grand Rapids, Mich., died March 25, 2012.
Burton Stevens Jr., Harleysville, Pa., died June 20, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Dolores, "Dee"; daughters Deborah Haig and Patricia Stevens; and one grandchild.
Elise (Diehl) Carpenter, Terre Haute, Ind., died Jan. 1, 2012. Elise was a surgical nurse and office manager at her husband's ophthalmology practice. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Donald; daughter Susan Carpenter; sons John and Gregory; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
James Hafer, Newark, Ohio, died Nov. 14, 2012. James retired from the Newark Public Library. He is survived by son Daniel; sisters Vera Murbach, ’48, and Carole Yingling; four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. His wife, Nancy (Kennell) Hafer, ’50, died April 20, 2011.
Richard Warner, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., died Feb. 14, 2013. Richard was an exercise physiologist who founded the Greater New York Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. He also founded the Association of Worksite Health Promotion. Richard was director of Exxon Corp.'s fitness laboratory. He most recently served as the exercise physiologist at Vascular Diagnostics in Flushing, N.Y. Richard is survived by his wife, Anne (Rathburn), '50.
Paul Arbogast, Tiffin, died Dec. 23, 2012. Paul worked for Hossler Construction and retired as superintendent and estimator. He is survived by his wife, Ann; sons Dean, Karl and Mark; daughters Jane Gildenmeister, Debra Weber and Nancy Virkler; brothers Lawrence, Urban, Marion, Harlan, Lester and Louis; sisters Rita Mae Kelbley and Marguerite Boes; 23 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
Margaret (Lammers) Baldauf, McLean, Va., died Sept. 25, 2012. Margaret was a teacher in Newark, Wooster, Oblong, Ill., and Sterling, Va., where she was chairperson of the special education department at Parkview High School. She is survived by daughters Judy Clemers and Jean Pool; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Clarence Crobaugh, Largo, Fla., died May 13, 2011.
Wilford Denzer, Memphis, Tenn., died June 26, 2012. Wilford was treasurer for both Shunk Manufacturing and Farmers Citizens Bank. He is survived by his wife, Ann; two sons, Mark and Eric; brother Robert; and one grandchild.
Rev. James Gilliom, Shelby, Mich., died June 4, 2012. James was the head minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Donna (Eshmeyer), '50; sons Robert, James, John and David; brother Gene; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Audrey (Schmetzer) Grissinger, Wooster, Ohio, died Nov. 27, 2011. She was co-owner of Grissinger Trucking with her husband, Richard. Audrey is survived by daughters Cheryl Dunn and Debra Montgomery; son Rick; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Louis Koloze, Lake Wales, Fla., died Jan. 31, 2011.
Marilyn (Shaeffer) Martin, Columbus, died Dec. 30, 2012. Marilyn retired from the City of Upper Arlington Clerk of Courts office. She is survived by her husband, Frank.
Barbara (Achauer) Botschner, Canton, Ohio, died Dec. 17, 2012. Barbara was a teacher in Cleveland, Canton, Denver and eventually taught adult basic education and GED classes at Canton City Schools. She is survived by her husband, Andrew, '51; a daughter, Amy O'Brien; sons Andrew and Tim; and six grandchildren.
John Brennan, Philadelphia, died Jan. 16, 2011.
Carolyn (Butcher) Cleveland, Salem, Ohio, died Dec. 27, 2012. Carolyn was the founder of the First Christian Church Preschool in Salem. She is survived by a daughter, Audrey Null, '80; a son, Peter and one grandchild.
Nina (Basel) Johnson, Perrysburg, Ohio, died Oct. 22, 2012. Nina was a teacher in Seneca County and retired from the Dayton/Kettering School System.
Milton "Pete" McKillip, New Albany, Ohio, died Feb. 10, 2013. Pete taught in Tiffin, Marysville, Gahanna and New Albany. He was a football coach and assistant principal. He later became principal at Stygler Road Junior High, assistant principal of Gahanna and treasurer of New Albany Plan Local Schools. He is survived by his wife, Velma; sons Randy and Ron; daughter Leslie Lenhart; brother Donald, '50; sister Marlene McKillip, '54; and one grandchild.
Elizabeth "Betty" (Barnes) Rankin, Las Vegas, Nev., died Feb. 25, 2013.
Robert Ross, Hutchinson, Kan., died Jan. 18, 2013. Robert was a retired vice president of administration in the insurance business. He is survived by his wife, Doneta; a son, Robert; daughters Rebecca Ross and Elizabeth Ross; a brother, Richard; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Frances (Stem) Babinsky, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died Dec. 22, 2012. She is survived by a daughter, Jane Babinsky, '78.
Rev. Don Bridinger, Findlay, Ohio, died March 30, 3013. Don was a Luthern pastor who worked as a chaplain in the Army Reserve, eventually retiring at the rank of major. He was a minister in Tipp City and Lima, Ohio. Don is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters Kathryn Hoyer, Deborah Alden and Bonnie Tempest; and four grandchildren.
Shirley (Musselman) Rorer, Fairfield, Ohio, died March 8, 2013. She is survived by a son, David; daughters Tracey Flender and Barbara McClain; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth "Anne" (Frederick) McKillip, Salem, Ore., died March 4, 2013. She was a teacher in Oregon. Anne is survived by sons Jonathan and Jeffery; daughter Megan Buczynski; and five grandchildren.
David Gebhart, Cincinnati, died Nov. 4, 2012. David taught and lectured at several colleges including the University of Cincinnati. He was licensed to practice law in three states. David is survived by his wife, Lynn; son Douglas; sister Catherine Parthenakis, '64; and two grandchildren.
Thomas Davies, Tulsa, Okla., died Sept. 8, 2012. Thomas was active in church ministry. He is survived by daughters Ann Tranberg and Debby Miller; son Daniel; seven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
James Haviland, Concord, N.C., died Sept. 10, 2012.
Paul Bindas, Canfield, Ohio, died January 2013. Paul was a teacher and coach at Berlin Western Reserve High School. He also went into the grocery business with his father and was a partner in several Sparkle Markets. Paul is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; daughter Kris Melewski; sons Paul Jr., Patrick and Tom; and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Robert "Bob" Yager, Tiffin, died Dec. 26, 2012. Bob owned a private dental practice in Tiffin. He also served the dental needs of the current Tiffin Developmental Center. He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters Susan Smith and Angela Snavely; parents Carl and Elaine Yager; brothers Jack and Tom; and six grandchildren.
Walter Adams, Grove City, Ohio, died April 22, 2012. Walter was retired from General Motors. He is survived by his wife, Cecilia (Van Almen), '65; sons Craig and Marc; brothers Lloyd and Edgar; and one grandchild.
Rev. Charles Kuck, Powell, Ohio, died April 21, 2013. He was a United Church of Christ minister, serving churches in New York, Akron, Berea and Dublin, Ohio. Charles also served as chaplain to fire and police departments in Berea and Dublin. He is survived by his wife, Judith (Wyszynski), '64; daughter Mary Kalix; son Matthew and four grandchildren.
Herbert "Herb" Landis, Toledo, died Nov. 24, 2012. Herb was a pastor at United Methodist churches in Republic, Tiffin, Risingsun, Kansas and McClure, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters Ruth Nemire, Kim Burke and Beth Weisner; sons John, Scott and Russ; four sisters; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Diana (Goetz) Bohl, Erie, Pa., died Feb. 25, 2013. Diana served on the faculty of Mercyhurst College, retiring from the Education Division. She is survived by her husband, Adrian ,'70; daughters Kirsten Bohl and Joanna Horn; mother Dorothy Theller, '71; brother Dr. David; sisters Karen Deighton, '74, Rebecca Theller, '77 and Heidi Martin, '81; stepbrothers Larry Theller and James Theller; and one grandchild.
Paula (Massey) Cline, Monroe, Mich., died Nov. 30, 2012. Paula taught at Custar Elementary School for many years. She is survived by her husband, William, '67; son Chris; and two grandchildren.
Karen (Meyer) Keros, Toledo, died Jan. 19, 2013. Karen taught business at Gibsonburg, Columbian and Tiffin University. She also worked at Laurel Hills Swim and Tennis Club as the bookkeeper. Karen is survived by her husband, John, '70; sons Matthew and Daniel; sisters Evelyn Gooltz and Nancy Stapelman; brother David Meyer; and one grandchild.
John Lavo, Haughton, La., died Feb. 1, 2013. John was retired from the U.S. Air Force where he served as a command pilot and flight instructor. He later entered the ministry. John is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter Susan Holeyfield; son John Jr.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
William "Bill" Marshall Davidson, Westerville, Ohio, died Nov. 11, 2012. Bill was a teacher in the Columbus Public Schools. He is survived by his wife, Laura; daughters Jennifer Davidson and Amber Woellert; sisters Jane Shepherd, '84, Anne Comstock and Mary Davidson; and three grandchildren.
John Neighbor, Dover, Ohio, died Nov. 23, 2012. John taught math and was a coach for 38 years. He retired from Claymont City Schools, where he served as superintendent. John is survived by his wife, Joan; sons Capt. Bruce, Dr. Gregory and Brian; stepson Todd Blind; stepdaughters Tiffany Myers and Sara Howard; six grandchildren and one sister.
Jerry McCormick, Spring Valley, Ohio, died March 11, 2012. Jerry was co-owner of Grismer Auto Service Center. His is survived by his wife, Bev; four sons Mark, Matthew, James and John; daughter Kimberly Goins; brothers Jack and James; and 10 grandchildren.
Roy Robinson, St. Augustine, Fla., died July 12, 2012. Roy was a manager for CVS stores. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; daughters Ryan and Rachel; mother Lucille; brothers Terry, Nathan, Scott, Michael, Thomas, Christopher and Dennis; and sisters Judith Talley, Rev. Lenore Robinson, Leslie Nestic and Laurel Robinson.
Joyce Henderson, Ripton, Vt., died Nov. 2, 2012. Joyce worked as an editor and staff associate in Washington, D.C., for Trans-World New Service and the American Association of Engineering Education. She was a freelance writer, editor and indexer for major scholarly presses throughout her life. Joyce was project officer at Appropriate Technology International, managing economic development projects in Africa and the South Pacific. She also worked for Chemonics International Basic Village Services Project and edited a volume of the United Nations' comprehensive development study of the Sinai.
Janis (Briney) Barba, Tiffin, died Nov. 11, 2012. Janis taught kindergarten and first grade in the Tiffin City School System. She is survived by a son Rick; daughters Cheryl Eyster and Shelly Ross; stepsons Dave, Steven and Scott Hudson; stepdaughters Rhoda Holt, Stephannie Barba and Stacy Corbin; brother Jon Briney; sister Jeanne Petrosini; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Barbara (Boardman) Franklin, Jackson, Mich., died Jan. 4, 2013. She is survived by a daughter Barbara Stone; sister Maria Halliday; brother Harry Boardman; and one grandchild.
Chris Reichert, Nicholasville, Ky., died Feb. 24, 2013. Chris was employed at Reynolds & Reynolds. He is survived by his love and best friend Kathy Collins; daughter Sara Murrell; son Waylon; brothers Steve and Michael; and two grandchildren.
Kenneth Skiba, Independence, Ohio, died Jan. 3 2013. Kenneth is survived by two brothers, Joseph and Richard; and sisters Marlene Kabat, Cheryl Bock and Diana Thomas, '91.
Stephen Randolph, Akron, Ohio, died Jan. 3, 2013. Stephen was a former employee of the Medina County Sheriff's office. He is survived by his wife, Angela; daughters Makayla, Kendall and Karsyn; mother and stepfather Sandy and Jim Bauer; brothers Tim, Bart, Brandon, Tyler, Brett and Brody; and grandmother Mildred Randolph.
Steve Jarvis II, Myrtle Beach, died Nov. 12, 2012. Steve was employed with Compass Cove. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Lorelei and Larry Jones; father and stepmother Steve and Lynn Jarvis; son Zachary; daughter Zoey; fiancé Rhonda Johnson; sister Danielle Holston; and grandmother Sharon Dunbar.
Christopher Strawser, Circleville, Ohio, died Feb. 23, 2013. He was employed by Quandel Construction Co. Chris is survived by his parents, Jeffery Strawser and Mary Brown; brother Jonathan and sister Amanda "Mandy."
Jean (Grady) Hertzer, Tiffin, died Dec. 28, 2012. Jean was associated with the Heidelberg University "Fellows." She is survived by her husband, William, and sisters Sue Will and Judy Secoy.
Richard "Dick" Curns, Tiffin, died Dec. 23, 2012. Dick was owner of Curns Builders. He is survived by his wife, Jeannine; daughters Lori Fate and Lynn Hall; brother Kenneth; sisters Donna Miller, Jeanette Beidelschies, Bonnie Sanford, Cindy Heilman and Brenda Hiestand; and four grandchildren.