In Memoriam

(Published in the Spring 2016 Bulletin)


Julia (Vent) Kissling, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, died April 20, 2015. She was a retired school teacher in Upper Sandusky and Nevada, retiring after 36 years. Surviving are a son, Glenn; three grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Muriel Brown.


Verle (Beaver) Copp, Eaton, Ohio, died Aug. 19, 2015. She was a junior high teacher for many years in Liberty Township, Roosevelt, Hamilton, Lewisburg and West Alexandria schools. Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Bishop; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Janet (Kuhn) Senne, Sandusky, Ohio, died Dec. 3, 2015. She began her career as a draftsman during World War II, later serving as the manager of the Grace Episcopal Church thrift shop. Surviving are one son, Steven; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Mary (Shoemaker) Gosnell, Mechanicsville, Va., died July 25, 2015. Survivors include her four children, Kathy Horigan, Jeff Gosnell, Scott Gosnell and Linda Gosnell; and two grandchildren.

Dr. Frederic C. “Mike” Henry, East Lansing, Mich., died Sept. 14, 2015. A retired pediatrician in the Toledo area, he also served as a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Ohio and later as senior vice president for medical affairs at Toledo Hospital, retiring in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters Anne Henry, Susan Ford and Rebecca Henry; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Rev. Glenn J. Royer, Canal Fulton, Ohio, died Dec. 2, 2015. A graduate of the Bangor Theological Seminary, he served pastorates in Canal Winchester and Clinton, Ohio, and Springfield, Maine. He is survived by his wife, Millie, and sons Tom, Dan and Paul.


Maureen (Zachman) Shepard, Marion, Ohio, died Sept. 26, 2015. She had been a literature and history teacher for many years. Surviving are four daughters, Paula Moore, Priscilla Wilcox, Victoria Bell and Roberta Burggraf; a son, Robert; two step-children, Patricia Black and Harry Shepard; 13 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

William R. Tracewell, Tiffin, died June 29, 2015. He had worked for the IRS for 30 years as an enrolled agent and director of training in Marion, Detroit and Cincinnati. He later taught at Wright State University and worked for the Small Business Administration. Surviving are his wife, Frances; son, William; three daughters, Victoria Kalkanoglu; Tracey Jo Kolenda and Christena “Tracey” Innis; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Cecelia M. (Reifert) Vidmar, Cleveland, died May 19, 2015. She worked in the Cleveland Heights/University Heights Library System. She is survived by four children, Dennis, Vivian Pocek, Karen Crowe and Kevin; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, William.


Ruth N. Craig, Tiffin, died Sept. 6, 2015. She had worked for local attorneys Daily Turner and Thomas Spellerberg, and later became an English professor at Asbury College in Kentucky. She is survived by several cousins.


Carolyn E. (Klapp) Conway, Columbus and Cleveland, died Sept. 22, 2015. She had been employed by Lakewood City Schools. Surviving are two sons, Mark and Scott; two grandchildren; and a brother, Kit.

Carolyn (Bishop) Sockrider, Findlay, Ohio, died Nov. 18, 2015. She was a public school music, English and language arts teacher in the Montgomery Local and Toledo Public Schools for 32 years. She is survived by 28 nieces and nephews.

We have received word of the death of Donald B. Zimmerman, Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 27, 2015.


Robert E. Auble, Vero Beach, Fla., died Dec. 9, 2015. He coached football and baseball throughout his career and also taught chemistry and physics at Brecksville High School, near Cleveland. He is survived by his wife, Joan; three daughters, Elaine Huston, Jackie Auble and Ceilia Lewandoski; two step-daughters, Victoria Floyd and Deborah Rodgers; many grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Don E. Behm, Sheffield Lake, Ohio, died Aug. 14, 2015. A U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, Don taught at Thompson Local and Bellevue City Schools for many years, retiring in 1991. He is remembered for the thousands of times he sang The Star-Spangled Banner at high school and Heidelberg athletic events. He was a member of Heidelberg’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the Bellevue Athletic Hall of Fame, and is the namesake of HU’s Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series. Surviving are four children, Scott, Stephen, Stewart, ’90, and Suzannah; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Zoe Ann (Behm) Brown, ’52.

Harold C. Hough, Union City, Calif., died Nov. 24, 2015. He had worked as a production supervisor at General Motors’ Fisher Body Division at Coit Road in Cleveland. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and two sons.

Will C. Kinney Jr., Flushing, Mich., died Sept. 17, 2015. He had worked on a bull farm, later returning to the family farm where he had grown up. He joined IBM in 1957, retiring in 1987, and later worked at Central Michigan University. He is survived by his wife, Eleanore; children Thomas, Timothy, Daniel, Paul, Elaine and Sharon; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger; and a sister, Esther.

Calvin A. Lust, Sycamore, Ohio, died Nov. 21, 2015. Calvin was a lifelong farmer and a former Lykens Township trustee. He is survived by his wife, Mary; children Ronald, Carol Burger, Gloria Studer, Duane, Dwight and John; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Orrin; and one sister, Alice Mae Heiber.


Jane V. (Egbert) Butdorf, Tiffin, died Oct. 28, 2015. She taught for 13 years at the School of Opportunity. Surviving are four children, Garold, Jeraldine Howell, Keith and Kathryn Lovoti; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

John Hill Jr., Shelton, Conn., died Sept. 7, 2013. He retired as vice president of sales from Diamond Shamrock, working in all phases of the plastics industry for 60 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Cecelia; three daughters, Sharon Scalf, Frances LaPietra and Patricia Kopf; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Wayne C. Riley, Tiffin, died Sept. 27, 2015. He was the founder of Riley’s Car Wash in Tiffin. He is survived by a son, Daniel; six grandchildren; and a brother, Timothy.

Dr. Conrad M. Rothrauff, Gainesville, Fla., died Dec. 13, 2014. He taught at Juniata College before receiving his Ph.D. in ancient Greek and philosophy. He became a full professor at State University of New York in Potsdam and taught for 24 years in the English Department, retiring in 1988. Surviving are his wife, Alice; three children, Linda Ramis, Charles and Nancy Bartlett; and two grandchildren.


Don R. Gepfert, Marble Cliff, Ohio, died Sept. 8, 2015. Don had a 48-year career with New York Life Insurance Co., where he was a life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and a member of the Hall of Fame of the Columbus chapter of the CLU and ChFC. Surviving are his wife, Donna (Babbitt), ’54; daughters Debra Showe and Cindy Sue; son Robert; three grandchildren; a step-grandson; and a sister, Glenna Ellwood.

Suzanne (Leiner) Jackson, Defiance, Ohio, died Aug. 12, 2015. She was a teacher. Surviving are a son, William; a daughter, Laurie Sierra; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Jane Jones.


Donald L. Kuck, Corpus Christi, Texas, died July 23, 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years, retiring as commander. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, David and Dale; a daughter, Donna; and two granddaughters.

W. William Spencer, Kettering, Ohio, died July 16, 2015. He retired from St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where he worked as a clinical chemist and lab director. Surviving are his wife, Peg; children Jim and Mary; two grandchildren; and a sister, Dr. Carol A. Rizvi.


Gratia (Greene) Alkire, Emmaus, Pa., died June 11, 2015. She worked at General Electric at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, N.Y., where she was involved in mathematical studies supporting the design of advance nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy and Adm. Hyman Rickover. In her later years, when her eyesight began to fail, Gratia created a cookbook for the physically and visually impaired, leading to her founding of TIA publishing. The cookbook, Easy Elegant Dining, is highly regarded around the world and by numerous multiple sclerosis offices. She is survived by her husband, Elbern; a son, Dr. Ti Alkire; and a brother, Dr. Norbert Greene.

Robert I. Baker, Greenville, Mich., died Oct. 28, 2015. He served as a Presbyterian minister before changing careers and becoming a realtor. Surviving are four sons, Steve, Kevin, Dan and Andy; two step-children; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Rev. Edwin A. Griswold, Dayton, Ohio, died Sept. 28, 2015. He served pastorates in the Congregational Christian and Evangelical United Brethren churches in Ohio, four Episcopal churches in Ohio and Michigan, and taught at the Whitaker School of Theology. Edwin is survived by his wife, Naarah; two children, Eric and Calah; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Joanne (Sutter) Murphy, Akron, Ohio, died Dec. 25, 2013. She had been a teacher in Barberton and co-owner of Sports Warehouse. Surviving are two sons, Kevin and David; a daughter, Cathleen; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

We have received word of the death of James R. Orians, Tulsa, Okla., on Jan, 20, 2015.

Barbara (Snyder) Rainey, Toledo, died July 5, 2015. She taught early in her career but was most remembered for her love and passion for the arts and her students. She directed Toledo’s first off-Broadway production and was a fixture in the early days of the Westgate Dinner Theatre. She sang with the Symphony Chorale and created the Toledo Music Theatre, directed and produced high school musicals and community productions. Surviving are four children, Kevin, Susan, Joel and C.J.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Diane Henn, Paula Bier, Marcia Dircks and Mary Caswell.


Donald “Thomas” Chase, Alameda, Calif., died July 2, 2015. He had a 20-year career as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. After retiring in 1979, he entered a second career in real estate and investing. He is survived by his wife, Lois; sons Donald, Michael and David; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Eloise Strelow and Patricia Weisrock.

F. Hal DeGray, Galion, Ohio, died Aug. 14, 2015. He retired from the city of Crestline Sewer Department after 32 years of service, and assisted his wife, Peggy, with owning and operating Fred Barr Realty. In addition to his wife, Hal is survived by five children, Kathy, Lindy, Scott, Kent and Brett; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marilyn McCamant.

Nadine A. (Hare) Gantt, Greenwood, Ind., died Oct. 14, 2015. She taught elementary education and served as a secretary in a day care center for 10 years prior to her retirement. Among those who survive are her husband, Rev. John M. Gantt, ’56.


Frank J. Crisafulli, Southern Pines, N.C., died Aug. 21, 2010. After college, Frank played baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, and followed that with a career in banking. He retired as a group vice president of Community Savings Bank in Rochester, N.Y., and owned several businesses. He is survived by his wife, Ann Marie; sons Jim and Dave; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

James L. Previte, Rome, N.Y., died March 20, 2015. He was employed at the Rome Air Development Center until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Angela; children Paul, Peter, Jaime, Joel, David Deana and Sarah; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Rose Previte, Patrina Cranston and Elizabeth Tonelli; and two brothers, Peter and John.


Van O. Chaney, Anchorage, Alaska, died July 30, 2015. He taught in Bloomville, Republic and Tiffin and later in bush Alaska. He later worked as the office manager of his daughter’s tax service. Surviving are his wife, Alice; children Rebecca, David, Maryann and Melissa; a sister, Ann Kelbley; and a brother, Ralph.


Dennis H. Bridinger, Naples, Fla., died Oct. 30, 2015. After college, he was offered a contract by the Cleveland Browns but turned it down. He taught biology and Spanish and later coached swimming near Tiffin and in Marion and New Albany. He is survived by his sons John and Dan; a sister, Martha Hartman; and three brothers, Michael, Thomas and Richard.

Dr. Charles C. Carroll, Galloway, Ohio, died April 8, 2015. He was a teacher and principal. Surviving are his mother, Mildred Swafford; wife Judy; sons Cannon and Ty; and one grandson.

Ray L. Weininger, Sycamore, Ohio, died Oct. 22, 2015. He taught math and physics in Fostoria and Tiffin Columbian High School for 32 years and operated a plumbing, heating and air conditioning business after his retirement. Surviving are his wife, Virginia; four sons, Daniel, John, Tim and Mark; a daughter, Andrea; 11 grandchildren; and two brothers, Jerry, ’59, and Joe, ’66.


George E. Jacobs, Columbus, died Nov. 14, 2015. He was a retired teacher with the Columbus Public Schools. He is survived by two brothers, Richard and Esau, and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Wade G. Roby, Tiffin, died Oct. 2, 2015. He taught kindergarten through grad school, was an assistant high school principal, principal, curriculum director, administrative assistant and superintendent in Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. He also was a high school and college football, wrestling and track coach. He is survived by his wife, Jan; a daughter, Brenda; a son, Wade; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.


Dr. Ernest M. Hammel, Auburn Hills, Mich., died Nov. 16, 2015. A respected medical educator and academic administrator, Dr. Hammel served as the executive director of OHEP Center for Medical Education until his retirement in 2002. He also was an adjunct assistant dean at Wayne State University School of Medicine and adjunct assistant professor of community and family medicine at Wayne State from 1993-2015. He edited several medical care publications and contributed many articles to professional journals. He actively supported science and student research programs at Heidelberg. Surviving are his wife, Martha (Hertzer), ’63; sons Eric Hammel and Dr. James Hammel; four grandchildren; and a sister, Rosann Rissland.

Susan A. (Bell) Russell, Huron, Ohio, died Dec. 1, 2015.She had worked for Head Start of Lake County for many years. She is survived by her mother, Ann Spaulding.

William Schroer, Lancaster, Ohio, died Sept. 6, 2015. He was a social studies teacher for 32 years in Kenton and Lancaster, retiring in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; a daughter, Stephanie; and siblings Sally Farnholtz, ’59, Raymond and Susan.


James D. Cremeans, Scottsdale, Ariz., died Oct. 28, 2015. He was a sixth-grade teacher and later worked as an accountant with General Motors before launching a distinguished career in the life insurance industry, becoming a Certified Financial Planner. He is survived by his wife, Diane; two sons, Todd and Jamie; a daughter, Brigitte; and four grandsons.

Richard Geduldig, Amherst, Ohio, died Oct. 5, 2015. He owned and operated Respond First Aid of Amherst and also was employed by Nordson Corp. Surviving are his wife, Karen (Thutt), ’63; sons Brian, ’92, and Brad; daughter Beth Graven; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Dennis, ’64.

Dr. Robert L. Evans, Micco, Fla., died Sept. 23, 2015. He established the medical practice Wagner, Evans and Rittenour Inc. and served on staff of both Lorain Community Hospital and Amherst Hospital, where he delivered more than 1,000 babies. He was one of the last physicians in Lorain County to make house calls. Survivors include daughters Rebecca Evans, Jennifer Laycock, Brandy Sylkatis; one grandson; and one sister, Jan Feighner.


Patricia B. “Patsie” (Marks) Haylett, Sarasota, Fla., died June 15, 2015. She taught English in Ohio and Florida and later became a stock broker, opening a private investment brokerage firm with her husband, John, ’62, who survives. Also surviving are children Lisa, Jack and Carleen; five grandchildren; her mother, Beverly; and siblings Susan and Allen.

James R. Matty Sr., Doylestown, Ohio, died Oct. 9, 2015. He taught middle school in northeast Ohio for more than 40 years. Surviving are his wife, Dr. Teresa Matty; children Ani, James and Jamie; and three grandsons.

Shirley A. Wayner, Painesville, Ohio, died March 19, 2015. She retired in 2011 from Bank One in Mentor on the Lake after 30 years of service. Surviving are two daughters, Heidi Wayner and Laura Ruvalcaba, and two grandchildren.


Gretchen G. (Ehmann) Cormier, Amherst, N.Y., died April 4, 2013. She is survived by her son, Joshua; three grandchildren; and a brother, Carl.

J. Gregory MacKenzie, Longwood, Fla., died June 19, 2015. He was retired from Florida Surety Bonds. Among those surviving are his wife, Margo.

Kathleen (Selz) Smead, Scotts Valley, Calif., died April 11, 2013. Among those surviving are her husband, Richard.

Patricia (Rummel) McCuen, Columbiana, Ohio, died Nov. 7, 2013. She had been employed as a real estate agent. Surviving are her husband, David; three sons, Darin, Daniel and James; and one grandson.

Howard O. Yunghans, Sandusky, Ohio, died July 9, 2015. After briefly teaching and coaching, he worked as a lab technician at Sandusky International for 31 years, retiring in 2011. He is survived by his children, David, Laura Patrone and Janet Holzaepfel; four grandchildren; a sister, Merle Nowak; and a brother, Wayne.


John G. Crum, Mansfield, Ohio, died Sept. 12, 2015. He was employed by the Centerburg Local School District for 20-plus years. John is survived by his wife, Linda; a son, John; and a brother, David.

Kenneth Souser Jr., Macungie, Pa., died Dec. 24, 2013.


Judith A. (Dysard) Beebe, Perrysburg, Ohio, died Sept. 16, 2015. She spent her career as a teacher in Tiffin and Sylvania until her retirement in 1998. She is survived by her husband, Ellsworth “Skip”, and a brother, David.

Ann (George) Malthouse, Hudson, Ohio, died Oct. 7, 2015. She was a preschool and elementary teacher for many years. Surviving are her husband, Richard, ’69; two daughter, Beth and Bronwyn and son-in-law Rob Pierson, both ’92; four grandchildren; a brother, Jack; and two sisters, Lissa and Laurie.


Coralie Anastos Marshall Wilson, Cleveland, died April 13, 2015. She had been a nurse at Akron General Hospital and later at Haven Hill Home, a facility for the profoundly developmentally disabled, later becoming the director of nursing there. She retired in 2010 and then worked for four years as a receptionist for the Broadview Heights Recreation Center. Coralie is survived by her parents, Solon and Catherine Anastos; sons William and Joseph Marshall and David Wilson; daughter Elizabeth Wilson; and a brother, Peter.


J. Gregory MacKenzie, Longwood, Fla., died June 19, 2015. He was an insurance agent, specializing in contract bonding. He is survived by his wife, Margo, three children and six grandchildren.

Douglas Wilson, Macedon, N.Y., died Oct. 8, 2015. Doug enjoyed a lengthy career with Kodak and was a community activist. He is survived by his sister, Barb.


Margaret “Marnie” Bradford Stone Jones, Charlotte, N.C., died Oct. 29, 2015. When her children were older, Marnie began teaching English at Seneca East Junior High School while finishing her degree at Heidelberg. She is survived by three daughters, Judy McLaughlin, Debby Wade and Cathi Simkins; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.


Norman Almanson, Bowling Green, Ohio, died Oct. 24, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Marty; a daughter, Emily Davis, a son, Josh; two grandsons; four sisters, Isoleen Dunn, E. Jean Almanson, Janice Almanson and Tracy Almanson-Murphy; and a brother, Gary.


William E. Moncheck Jr., Ravenna, Ohio, died July 29, 2015. He taught middle school and high school biology for many years and later worked as a supervisor for Chrysler Corp., retiring in 2010. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughters, Tara Daudani, Jena, ’08, Kyla and Lora; and one granddaughter.


Frank H. Eachus, Clyde, Ohio, died Oct. 8, 2015. He was a writer and publisher. Surviving are wife, Barb; his mother, Jean Eachus; a daughter, Stephanie Smith; sons Brian, Frank A., Caleb and Ben; three grandchildren; four brothers, Dirk, Dan, Ben and Thomas; and two sisters, Beth Bechtel and Molly Kirian.


Joe Lynn Traucht, Findlay, Ohio, died Oct. 16, 2015. He retired in 2013 from Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., where he was an analyst programmer. He is survived by a brother, James, and a sister, Janie Jarvis.


Arnet D. Noble, Kent, Ohio, died Aug. 25, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Marie; stepson Sean Adair; sons Ryan and Jacob; his mother, Marie Noble; a brother, Bernie; and a sister, Tammy Honaker.


Timothy J. Appleton, Ona, W.Va., died Aug. 4, 2015. He was a musician, educator and farmer. Surviving in addition to his wife, Stephanie, are two daughters, Lydia and Vivian, and two sons, Kellen and Nolan; his parents, Jim Appleton and Mary Gail Hanna; four brothers, David, Kent, Josh and Scott; and his grandmother, Norma Hanna.


Dr. Diane Armstrong, Perrysburg, Ohio, died July 13, 2015. She joined Heidelberg’s education faculty in 1987 and retired as professor, chair and director of the graduate program in 2012. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles Armstrong, daughter and son-in-law, Kristie ’05 and Justin Badik, ’04; daughter Kelly; one granddaughter, Raegan; two brothers, David and Richard Pethick; and a sister, Laurie Brugger.

Dr. Edward Corley, Richmond, Ind., died Aug. 18, 2015. He was a professor in the School of Education from 1999 until his retirement in 2011. He is survived by his sister, Brenda Pearson, and extended family.

Christine Grimes, Tiffin, died Sept. 25, 2015. She had worked for the telephone company and later was employed at Heidelberg. She and her husband, Norman, were missionaries in Paraguay. In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, Thomas, Timothy, Mark and Matthew; 11 grandchildren; and a sister, Glenna Walton.

Diane M. Kucera, Tiffin, Ohio, died June 6, 2015. She had been an administrative assistant in the Institutional Advancement and University Relations Office at Heidelberg. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Dr. Jan S. Kucera, MAC ‘93; two daughters, Jennifer Kucera-Brown, ’94, and Kimberly Heyman, ’98; and two grandchildren.

William F. Louden, Evansville, Ind., died Sept. 27, 2015. He had served on the library staff at Heidelberg, Baylor University, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Evansville, where he was employed for 21 years.

Louise F. Lucas, Scottsdale, Ariz., died Nov. 9, 2015. She had been employed as the secretary to the dean of women at Heidelberg. Surviving are five children, Dr. Deborah Arms, Barbara Klink, Marian Frank, Linda Murphy and Frank Lucas; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Paul D. Miller, Bloomville, Ohio, died March 25, 2015. He was employed by Aramark Food Service at Heidelberg. Surviving are three children; Cory, Nick and Colleen; six grandchildren; and three brothers, Tom, Don and Ralph.

Sally B. Parr, Ithaca, N.Y., former literature and writing professor at Heidelberg, died Aug.15, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Martin Berlinrood; two step-children, Debra and Brian; two brothers, C. Robert Brockley and Dr. Donald Brockley.

Steven W. Pochard, Beaver, Ohio, died Sept. 7, 2015. He had been the head of the Admission Office at Heidelberg in the early 1990s and had worked in college admissions for more than 40 years, retiring in 2009 from Spring Hill College. He is survived by two sons, Shane and Michael; and four grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Rudolph W. Raber, St. Louis, died Sept. 24, 2015. He served as pastor of Hough Avenue UCC in Cleveland and in St. Louis as associate pastor of Caroline Mission, pastor of Pilgrim Congregational and St. Paul UCC. He received an honorary doctorate from Heidelberg in 1969. Surviving are his wife, Lavern, and children Martha, Mary and Thomas.

Marjorie Shoemaker, Columbus, died Aug. 26, 2014. She had been on the education faculty at Heidelberg and Bowling Green State University before working as a publishing consultant and senior curriculum editor. She is survived by two children, Stephanie Veith and Timothy Shoemaker, and four grandchildren.