These include death notices reported by December 1, 2022.
Jack Benson Corey on September 8, 2022. Born on June 8, 1920, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Corey pursued his bachelor’s degree at Allegheny. According to his obituary, “In his junior year, the quakes of World War II led the U.S. government to implement what was known as the ‘Civilian Pilot Training Corp,’ giving Jack an opportunity to earn his pilot’s license in exchange for his commitment to serve. This commitment to liberty and country was one that came naturally for Jack, volunteering his service earlier than agreed in a peacetime draft in July 1941.
“Sent out with the title of ‘fighter pilot’ first in his F6F Hellcat off the carriers in the Pacific Theater,” the obituary continued, “Sr. Grade Lieutenant Corey was actively engaged in the Bougainville Campaign, the Battle of Saipan, and the Battle of Tinian. Shot down by enemy fire and rescued out at sea by a U.S. ship, Jack survived and continued to fly and serve as a test-pilot until the end of World War II. Jack returned to Allegheny College as a hero, earning his Bachelor of Arts in 1942.”
On their way to explore California, Corey and his first wife, Kay, accepted an invitation to visit Texas. Corey’s first job in Houston was with Finch Oil Pipe Company. Eventually, he established his own successful business of Corey Supply Company in 1956. In 1984, he officially retired and moved from the city of Houston to his forever home, the 4C Ranch.
In addition to being a member of the Allegheny College Board of Trustees, he was also a member of the Allegheny College Class Agent Program and served on a Reunion Committee and as a volunteer.
Corey was preceded in death by his parents (Claude and Edna), sister (Virginia), and first wife (Kay Corey). He is survived by his beloved wife, Foresteen Corey, six children and their spouses (Scott Corey, Kim ’86 and Will Schlinke, Doy and Tom Landry, Cher and Rodney Stevens, Brent and Jayme Cherry, and Kent Cherry); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jean Emily Root Bankson on June 30, 2022. Jean Emily Bankson, age 98, of Camano Island, Washington passed away on June 30, 2022. Jean was born June 10, 1924 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Jean was active in Girl Scouts and attended Allegheny College. She was married to Rudy Bankson for 70 years. She was the Welcome Wagon Hostess for Kirkland and worked at Hancock Fabrics. She is preceded in death by husband Rudy and son Don; survived by sons Jim and Dave and daughter Gloria, their spouses Debra, Carol, Sally and Rick. There are seven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.
Martha Dundon Thompson Furey on October 20, 2021. Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, in 1926, Furey graduated from Glen Ridge High School and Allegheny College. She taught kindergarten in New Jersey and Philadelphia prior to her marriage. She was active in many civic causes, including serving as president of The Women’s Branch of New Jersey Historical Society, Junior League of Newark, Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni in New Jersey and Cape Cod. She also served on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Allegheny College, and on the Board of Trustees for Blair Academy, Blairstown, New Jersey. Furey was president of Park Liberty and Dale Realty Corp in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Furey and husband Clem retired to Osterville, Massachusetts, and in 2010, they moved to Kansas City to be closer to family.
In addition to being a member of the Allegheny College Board of Trustees, she was also a member of the Allegheny College Class Agent Program and served on a Reunion Committee and the Allegheny College Alumni Congress.
She was predeceased by husbands David Clark Thompson and Clement A. Furey and son Lewis Dundon Thompson. She is survived by children David C. Thompson (Lynne), Elizabeth T. Hamby (Roger), James T. Thompson ’81 (Kristal), and John H. Thompson (Ann); stepchildren Michael Furey (Nancy), William Furey (Debi), Patty Jones (Rick), Jeffrey Furey (Carolyn), and James Furey (Vickie); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Julian “Jerry” “Specs Howard” Liebman on September 3, 2022. Broadcast industry legend Julian “Jerry” Liebman, aka Specs Howard, was an innovative entrepreneur, a generous mentor and, above all, the beloved patriarch of a large and loving family. Jerry, who was 96, died Sept. 3, 2022, in his Southfield home, with his cherished wife of 68 years, Ceil, at his side.
Jerry Liebman was born in 1926 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, a small town outside Pittsburgh. After contracting polio in a local pool at age 8, doctors told his parents he would never walk again. Refusing to accept the dire prediction, his father bought him a bicycle to restore his leg strength. Not only did Jerry regain his ability to walk, he also acquired the resiliency, optimism and determination that fueled his remarkable life.
He attended Allegheny College, where he worked at the student radio station and discovered his calling. As a DJ in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Jerry met his lifelong partner and best friend, Celia. They shared a 68-year marriage filled with mutual love, devotion and respect, raising four children in a home based on Jewish values and traditions.
“They were my inspiration for a loving relationship, the way he looked at her…,” said Kim Schon, the couple’s oldest grandchild.
Jerry Liebman became “Specs Howard” while working as a DJ at a Cleveland rock-and-roll station. When management decided he needed a trendier name, his trademark glasses made “Specs” a natural choice. Howard was chosen after a random perusal of the local phone book, and the name remained a permanent part of his professional persona.
In the midst of a successful run as a popular disc jockey in Cleveland, Jerry accepted an offer from WXYZ in Detroit and the family moved to Southfield. When the job ended due to changes in the radio business, Jerry decided to take a chance on a new venture rather than uproot the family again.
In 1970, he opened the school that later became the Specs Howard School of Media Arts. While his official mission was to teach the skills required for a career in broadcast arts, Jerry’s true passion was helping people achieve their potential, to reach goals they never imagined they could. His door was always open to students and employees who frequently sought the wise counsel he so generously dispensed.
He designed a curriculum based on his firsthand knowledge of the skills radio stations needed new employees to have. Using his contacts in the business, he developed the first program to place students in jobs after graduation. Many successful radio and TV personalities in Metro Detroit and across the country learned their trade at Specs Howard. Five decades and 16,000 students later, the school became part of Lawrence Technological University under the name Specs@LTU.
“Jerry was a rock star…. He touched and inspired so many people,” said Rabbi Herschel Finman, a longtime friend who officiated the funeral service.
Of all his remarkable achievements, Jerry was proudest of his family. His desk was covered with family photos and coming home for dinner was a priority despite his demanding career. He enjoyed special relationships with each of his children as well as his 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
“Growing up, he knew all of my friends and, later, he got to know my children’s friends,” said his daughter, Shelli Liebman Dorfman. “And he adored his grandchildren — they could get away with anything.”
He was an avid reader of newspapers and a variety of nonfiction books, accumulating an impressive store of knowledge on history, politics and numerous other subjects. The New York Times crossword puzzle was part of his daily routine until his final days.
Religion was very important to Jerry and Celia, whose father was a rabbi, and Judaism was an essential part of their household. While walking to services with his son, Jon, he befriended the late Rabbi Shaiall Zachariash, which led Jerry to become a founding member of Congregation Shomrey Emunah, where he remained an active participant.
“My dad always instilled how important it is to smile, stay positive and enjoy life,” said Alisa Zee, his daughter.
Jerry Liebman is survived by his wife, Ceil Liebman; children, Shelli (Dr. Michael) Dorfman, Martin (Judy) Liebman, Jonathan (Mindy) Liebman, Alisa Z. Liebman; grandchildren, Kimberly Schon, Richard (Dr. Penina) Dorfman, Stephanie (Avi) Beneson, Noah Liebman, Rabbi Miriam Liebman (Akiva Fishman), Tara Zdrojewski, Rana (Ty) Austin, Zoe Zdrojewski, Emma Claire Zdrojewski, Josh (Franny) Liebman, Rebecca (Phil) Janis, Emily Liebman and Adam Liebman; great-grandchildren, Shira Schon, Ari Schon, Jake Schon, Eitan Schon, Zevi Beneson, Rachel Beneson, Akiva Beneson, Elisheva Beneson, Noam Dorfman, Nathan Dorfman, Amalia Rose Fishman, Riley Janis, Avery Janis, Jacob Liebman. He is also fondly remembered by Bryan Schon, Dr. Sammi Siegel, Lester Sloan, Randy Zdrojewski and many other loving relatives and friends. He was the loving grandfather of the late Alexandra Zdrojewski..
Robert E. Snyder on October 17, 2021. Robert E. Snyder, class of ’48 at Allegheny College, died on October 17th, 2021 just 11 days shy of his 98th birthday. Robert was a decorated officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in World War II and in the Korean War. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He married Hallie T. Schmidt ’51 at Allegheny College in a ceremony in February, 1951 in the Allegheny College chapel. She pre-deceased him on January 18th, 2005.
Lavina Smith Wood on September 21, 2022. Lavina S. Wood, 96, of Murrysville, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 31, 1926, in Belle Vernon, PA, daughter of the late James and Thelma Smith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert K. Wood ’50. Lavina is survived by two children, James K. Wood (Darlene), and Susan Wood-Megrey; and four grandchildren; Lauren Wood, Christopher Wood-Megrey, Amber Wood, and Nicholas Wood-Megrey; and two great grandchildren.
Martha Jane Zimmer Laderer on July 9, 2022. Martha Jane Zimmer Laderer, 94, of Conneaut Lake, passed peacefully away Saturday, July 9, 2022 at home with her family by her side. She was born October 23, 1927 in Emporium, PA, a daughter of Carl Robert and Martha Olive Ellis Zimmer.
After she graduated from Emporium High School in 1945 and summa cum laude from Allegheny College in 1948, Martha married Edward Humphrey Laderer of Meadville on September 11, 1948.
She is survived by her husband, Edward; and five caring children, Harry (Marian) of Huntersville, NC, Ed (Amy) of Lakeland, FL, Laura ’82 (Terry ’81) Hartford of Pittsburgh, Marcy (Dave) Thomas of Blairsville, GA, and John (Jinny) of Babson Park, FL; 13 grandchildren (Ryan, Johnny, Ned, Leslie, T ’11, Mike, Colin ’13, Gabby, EJ, Jacob, Ally, Kayli and Mary) and 7 great-grandchildren (Annalies, Micah, Ellis, Benson, Lawrence, Johnny and Emery). Two brothers, C. Robert Zimmer and Dr. Frederick E. Zimmer ’42, and her sister, Mary Zimmer Brandt, preceded her in death.
When not busy raising five children, attending hundreds of swim meets, and working as the program director at the YWCA, she researched the family genealogy. She traveled the United States and Europe and eventually published two books detailing the Laderer and Zimmer family roots.
However, to the very end, her most precious time was spent with family members whom she loved “more than the sun, the moon, and the stars.” We could not have asked for a better wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother or role model. She will be greatly missed by her family.
Dr. Archie M. Richardson Jr. on November 15, 2022. Archie M. Richardson Jr., formerly of Tarentum, known as “Pa” by his loving family, passed away after his 94th birthday, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. He was born Oct. 17, 1928, in Tarentum, to Archie M. Richardson, a local doctor and his wife, Rosalie Walter. Archie married Helen M. Harrison on June 8, 1950, a girl he had already known for several years. They knew each other for 80 years; 72 of those years they were married, raised a family of five children and traveled the world. He was a civil engineer in the Pittsburgh area and went to Afghanistan, India and Thailand with his family to teach engineering. He and his family returned to Pittsburgh, where they lived until 2022. His grandfather, George Richardson, was a Methodist preacher in the Pittsburgh area, and Archie and Helen attended the Methodist Church. Archie loved to travel, to meet people and learn about their ways. He loved his family and looked forward to family gatherings. One of the family’s favorite places was Chautauqua, N.Y., where family reunions were held over the July Fourth holiday, and Archie and Helen enjoyed their summers at the lake there for many years. Archie graduated from Tarentum High School in 1945, received his BS degree from Allegheny College, a master’s from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Survivors include his wife, Helen; and his children, Rosalie Sachs and her husband, Charles, Archie Richardson III and his wife, Deborah, David Richardson, Rebecca Lane and her husband, Jim, and Sam Richardson and his wife, Jacquie. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Sam, Laura Lee and Jeremiah Richardson, Chuck, Emily and Michael Sachs, and Chad, Justine and Austin Lane. He also has a great-grandchild, Arno. His brother, Wilson and his wife, Linda survive him; his brother, Fred ’52, preceded him in death.
Hope H. Rowan Seibert on September 4, 2022. It is with profound sadness that the family of Hope H. Seibert announce her peaceful passing on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at the age of 94.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Barbara Trojanowski and Debra Vreeland (Judd) of Oxford, Md.; granddaughter Heather Anderson and great granddaughter Hadley Merriam of Bridgton, ME.
She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Robert W. Seibert ’48.
Hope grew up in Westfield, NJ. She attended Westfield High where she cultivated many lifetime friends. After high school graduation, she attended Allegheny College in PA and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She graduated with a BS degree, double majoring in Science and math with the goal of becoming a teacher. She spent many of her summers in Cape Cod, MA as an aide to an elderly woman and where she also found her love of the ocean. In 1949 she married her husband and after much moving around the country and raising her children, settled in Oxford, Maryland in the mid 70’s. She worked at Channel Marker, Inc. for many years as their secretary.
Hope loved spending time on the water, beach-combing, painting, reading and gardening. She was quick-witted, adventurous, and had an infectious spirit. She always laughed about her love affair with chocolate calling herself a “chocaholic”. We thank her for her love and all of the learned lessons over our lifetime.
Edward Troy Wellejus on September 6, 2022. Whether it was chance or fate, Erie journalist Edward Troy Wellejus stumbled into the exciting work he would stay with for fifty years and which he quickly learned to love.
Wellejus, of South Shore Drive, Erie, died on September 6, 2022.
A senior at Academy High School during World War II, when workers were in short supply, and as editor of the school paper, Wellejus was recruited by Erie Daily Times Sports editor Howard (Peg) Parsons to work nights in the Times Sports Department.
This double duty, student and sports writer, gave him some recognition, but it also had its costs. Wellejus was once denounced at an Academy football rally as “the traitor in our midst”, for writing a story about three Academy players who were injured and couldn’t play in the upcoming game between Academy and East High.
Born in Northumberland, PA on January 3, 1926, Wellejus was the son of the late Hans and Beatrice Lauer Wellejus Winn (late in life after the death of her husband, Mrs. Wellejus married William Winn, a longtime GE employee and the first Vice-President of GE Local 506).
Wellejus was a graduate of Academy in January of 1944. He received his army draft notice within weeks and by March was doing basic training at Fort McClelland, AL.
In August, he was in England awaiting the move to France. In December, at the Battle of the Bulge, much of the 87th Infantry regiment that he was in, was overwhelmed by the Germans in the last significant offensive of the war. For nearly two weeks, he and other prisoners were marched back into Germany. On his nineteenth birthday, on January 3, 1945, he was in an air raid shelter underneath Manheim, Germany, while allied bombers attacked the city. Wellejus was a prisoner until late April, when he was freed by the victorious allies.
After the war, he returned to the Times as a reporter. When he was admitted to Allegheny College, the Times gave him a job as their Meadville correspondent.
While at Allegheny, and after numerous trips back to Erie to see her, he married the former Alice White, also a graduate of Academy High School. Alice, who worked in Meadville to support her student husband, died on May 28, 2016. They had sixty eight years of a happy marriage.
The union produced three children, Michael Wellejus, a retired Erie School District music teacher; Rebecca (Becky) Wellejus, a retired Speech Language Pathologist; and Dr. Matthew Wellejus, (married to the former Aimee Beer), a Periodontist, Chief of the Dental facility at the Columbus, OH Veterans Administration Hospital.
Also surviving are four grandchildren, Troy Wellejus (Lynne) of Erie; Dr. Kevin Wellejus (Jill Hirst), a Veterinarian in Chilton, WI; Marshall Troy Wellejus and Emerson Rose Wellejus of Columbus, OH and two great-grandchildren, Claire Wellejus and Casey Alice Wellejus of Wisconsin.
Wellejus took pre-law at Allegheny and was admitted to Dickinson Law School, but the pull of newspaper work was too strong. Newspapering was then a very exciting profession. There was no competition from today’s rivals, television and the internet. Further, there was very keen competition between the then two Erie newspapers, the Times and Erie Dispatch Herald.
For nearly two decades, Wellejus served as City Hall reporter, visiting City Hall every work day. He later became Editorial Writer and Editorial Page Editor for the Times, retiring in 1993 when he was 67.
In his work as a journalist, Wellejus had a breakfast meeting with Eleanor Roosevelt; interviewed General George C. Marshall; attended a White House luncheon hosted by President Ronald Reagan; rode with President Jimmy Carter from the GE Plant to WICU; sat beside then Senator John F. Kennedy when he gave his famous address on 10th street outside the then Lawrence Hotel; and twice rode in the state plane with Governor Raymond P. Shafer – once to Atlantic City and once to Pittsburgh. Gov. Shafer, who had become a personal friend from Allegheny College days, came to Erie to be the speaker at a retirement dinner the Chamber of Commerce had for Wellejus.
For 25 years, Wellejus had a daily newscast on WJET radio, broadcasting from the editorial rooms of the Times. He was a regular on a weekly WSEE-TV show which featured local newsmakers. For two years, he hosted an interview show on WQLN-TV with state legislators. He also once discussed regional politics on national public TV when Jim Lehrer was in the area during a presidential campaign year.
He also did public relations work at Penn State Behrend for seven years, this before the college had a formal public relations department. He did graduate work at Gannon University, and he completed a journalism course at Columbia University in New York City.
Wellejus once made a motor trip around the entire rim of Lake Erie, writing stories at every stop. He rode a jeep through the entire length of the Millcreek tube, seeking weak points.
Wellejus was on friendly terms with nine of the ten Erie Mayors he dealt with, beginning with Charles R. Barber. He spent several days in New Haven, CT, studying the redevelopment of Mayor Richard C. Lee. This was preparatory to Erie’s decision to hire the famous planner, Maurice Rotival, to develop an Erie renewal effort.
Wellejus served as Secretary of the Erie Bicentennial Commission in 1995, which left its legacy of the Bicentennial Tower at the foot of State Street. He served on the boards of the Erie County Historical Society and Museums, Erie Humane Society, the Perry Memorial House Commission and WPSE – The Penn State Behrend radio station. He served as a panel member for ten years in determining the winner of the Chief Justice Samuel J. Roberts scholarship – an Erie County Bar Association effort.
Always interested in Erie history, Wellejus was the author of “Erie: Chronical of a Great Lake City”, published in 1980; “The Community, The Times and the Anniversary of the Times Publishing Company”, published in 1988 on the occasion of the paper’s 100th anniversary; “Historic Erie County”, published by the Erie County Historical Society in 2005; and was the principal writer of “Erie: Two Hundred Years As A Community.”
Wellejus was an honorary member of both the Erie Rotary Club and the Erie Kiwanis Club, the only Erie resident to serve at the same time as a member of both clubs. He was also a longtime member of the Y-Men’s Club, the Friday Noon discussion group and the Erie Maennerchor Club.
In 1981 after his first history book was published, Wellejus was named a Distinguished Pennsylvanian by the William Penn Committee in Philadelphia. In 1984 the Erie County Historical Society gave him an award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Local History, In 1986 Wellejus was given the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Distinguished Service award. In 1993, after his retirement, the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce gave him the Louis J. Tullio Community Service Award.
Robert Wayne “Bob” Adams on March 9, 2022. Robert Wayne “Bob” Adams, 98, of Monroeville passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2022. He was born October 8, 1923 in East McKeesport and was the son of the late Robert Farris Adams and Ethel (Darbey) Adams Cole. He was the husband of 53 years to the late Dorothy Marie (Roha) Adams, who passed away in 2003. Bob enlisted in 1943 and began training in the Army Air Forces, which later became US Air Force. As a Cadet, he trained as a pilot, bombardier, and navigator. Later, the Army needed soldiers in the European front of WW2 and the Air Cadet program was cancelled. He then served as a radio operator in the infantry until the Germans surrendered. After a short leave, Bob was shipped off to the Pacific Theatre of operations where he served in the Philippines until operations concluded that phase of the war. He was Honorably Discharged on March 9, 1946. Through the years he was always proud of the time in the military and especially of his unit, The Blackhawks 86th Division, that he served with. He kept in touch with his fellow Blackhawks’ comrades well into his 90s, attending many of the reunions. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey (Karen) Adams, daughter, Jan (Rob) Adams, grandchildren, Kristen (Eric) Burgess, and Ryan (Amy) Adams, and great-grandsons, Lincoln & Parker Burgess, and Mason Adams.
Marjorie Ann Beck Ritchie on July 12, 2022. Born in Karns City, Pennsylvania, she attended Karns City High. She graduated from Allegheny with a degree in education. As an undergraduate, she organized a women’s basketball team that played an intercollegiate schedule, an unusual accomplishment at the time. She also served on the Allegheny College Board of Trustees later in life. In addition, Ritchie was a member of the Allegheny College Timothy Alden Council Executive Committee and served as a volunteer, on a Reunion Committee, and on the Allegheny College Alumni Congress.
After graduation, she had a job teaching elementary school in Willoughby, Ohio. She married Charles Ritchie in 1954 and bought a home in Cleveland Heights. They later moved to Shaker Heights
Richie was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Charles I. Ritchie; parents, John Albert and Elva Isabel (nee Frazier) Beck; siblings, Betty McClung (John), John Beck ’66 (Frances), Thomas Beck (Tillie), Isabel Johnson ’42 (Larry), Janny Jameson (Bill), and George Beck ’46; and daughter-in-law, Julie Ritchie. She is survived by her four children, Elizabeth ’77 (Bill) Adler, Caroline (Mike) Bick, Charles (Natalie) Ritchie, and Amy Ritchie; and several grandchildren, a sister-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Col. Robert W. Cook on July 3, 2022. Col. Robert W. Cook of Salisbury passed away Sunday, July 3, 2022 at the age of 96. Bob was born on April 23, 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA, but his family soon moved to Kane, PA where he and brother Bill enjoyed all the outdoors had to offer. He became an Eagle Scout in 1943, an achievement that would have great meaning to him his entire life. At 17, Bob joined the Merchant Marine as a seaman. At 19, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a Company Commander and aide-de-camp in Europe during the latter years of WWII. Bob then served in Korea and then as a brigade commander in the Maryland Defense Force before retiring as a colonel. Majoring in Economics, Bob graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA before doing his graduate work at the University of Tennessee. On June 30, 1950, he married the beautiful Janice Lucille Austin, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, followed by a graduate degree in library science from Syracuse University in New York. Together, Bob and Janice raised four children, Robyn, Dianne, Mark, and David. Retired from the military, Bob taught economics at the University of Delaware before moving his family to Salisbury in 1967, where he also taught for a brief time at Salisbury State College. He became the founding Executive Director of the Greater Salisbury Committee where he was instrumental in establishing organizations that to this day have made the community thrive. His passion for people and the community was heartfelt. He truly knew and loved everyone in the community. No one was a stranger to Bob Cook. He is one of the founders of Wor-Wic Community College and served on countless community boards. He received numerous awards during his life of service, including The Lower Shore Distinguished Citizen Award in 1988, The Del-Mar-Va Distinguished Citizen Award in 2010, The Salisbury Award in 2016 and the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in 2020. Bob was known for his generosity, his love for people, and his legacy as a man devoted to community and family. Bob is preceded in death by his wife Janice, his brother Bill, his mother Bess, and his father Mills. He is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, and a sister-in-law.
Nancy “Nan” Nielsen Gregory on September 29, 2022. Nancy “Nan” Gregory (ne Nielsen), 93, a Rocky River and Vermilion resident, died peacefully on September 29, 2022 with her family by her side. Nan was married to her best friend and the love of her life, George E. Gregory, Jr., for 61 years, prior to his passing in 2012. Nan is survived by her children, Steve Gregory, Laura Gregory Coggins (Glenn), and Judy Gregory White; her daughter-in-law Pam Moes Gregory; her six grandchildren, Charlotte Caroland (Brian), Gregory Coggins, Michael White Jr., Lindsay White, Colin White, and Molly Gregory; and two great-granddaughters, Margaret Caroland and Rowan White. She was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Gregory, Jr.; son, George E. Gregory, III; and sister, Molly Nielsen Golden. Nan was born in Elyria, Ohio, and she graduated from Elyria High School and Allegheny College. She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Throughout her life, Nan was an avid sailor and shared her love of the sport by starting the Vermilion Boat Club Jr. Sailing Program in college, founding the Off-Shore Sailing and Boat Brokerage, and participating as a lifetime member of the Cleveland Yachting Club. Nan was a Trustee of Lake Ridge Academy and a past President of the Fairview Park Hospital Auxiliary Board as well as the Erie Nature Center Women’s Board. Nan was a founding member of Main Street Vermilion and actively fundraised for the betterment of her community. Nan and George spent their retirement in the Bahamas where they sailed through the islands for 25 years. Along with George, Nan “founded” Camp Never Stop, which allowed them to share their nonstop energy and passion for life with others. Nan, or “Nano” as she was nicknamed by her grandchildren, was loved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed by her family and countless friends.
John E. Waldfogle on April 1, 2022. John E. Waldfogle Of Fox Chapel, on Friday, April 1, 2022. Beloved husband the late Myrtle (Disher) Waldfogle; loving Father of John A. Waldfogle and Linda (Tony) Fitzgerald; cherished grandfather of Michael Fitzgerald; brother of the late Elizabeth Mills, Dorothy Sandrock, Robert and Jim Waldfogle. John was born on June 18, 1929 in Etna. He was the son of Albert and Loretta Waldfogle and was one of five children. He was a graduate of Etna High School where he played on the Football and Basketball teams. He also graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. John served in the Korean War with U. S. Army and was also in the National Guard. He worked in Data Processing for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. John was a member of the Etna Elks Lodge BPOE #932, where he was a past Exalted Ruler in 1960. His hobbies included badminton, horseshoes and gardening especially strawberries raspberries and tomatoes.
Phyllis Muriel Moat Sharp on September 2, 2022. Phyllis Muriel Moat Sharp, age 92, died peacefully at her family’s residence on Sept. 2, 2022. Born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio to Muriel and Donald Moat. Phyllis graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor’s degree in Art. Phyllis is preceded in death by the love of her life, Lloyd Wayne Sharp, Jr. whom she was happily married to for almost 50 years. She is survived by her three daughters, Linda (Mark) Tulley, Diane (Todd) Strader and Jenny (Bill) Wilmer, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Stanley Moat and Richard Moat and their families; and additionally by dear friends Sally Newi, Joe Wolfe and Mike Stanton. Phyllis always stated that “she loved every minute of this life and was always grateful to God for her health and happiness”. She was an avid golfer and spent many wonderful years in Bonita Springs enjoying the weather and hitting the links with Lloyd. They enjoyed traveling with family and friends and created wonderful memories. Phyllis was a gifted artist and did many sculptures of family and friends. She continued her passion through her last few days. Phyllis will be lovingly remembered as “Sweetie”, “Precious” and “Grama” to her family. She was a woman of many talents, strong moral character and will be deeply missed as the matriarch of our family.
Pamela Kurfess Shively on October 10, 2022. Pamela Shively (nee Kurfess), age 92, entered into rest Monday October 10, 2022. She was born on September 1, 1930 in Hornell, New York and grew up in Rocky River, Ohio. She graduated from Rocky River High School Class of 1948 and Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. majoring in Spanish. She worked as a secretary and translator for a South American Company in Cleveland. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother She was a member of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima and was devoted to Our Lady. She was a superb homemaker and enjoyed cooking and baking. She is survived by her children Jennifer (Brian) Bocchicchio, Laurie (Daniel) Hubach and Thomas (Margaret) Shively, grandchildren James (Agata), Eileen (Daniel), David, Brian, Jeffrey (Laura), John (Breanne), James (Rachel), Joseph, Margaret, and Bradford, and great-grandchildren Natalia, Henry, Liam, Luciana, Aidan, Genevieve, Jack, Annette, Johnny and Audrey, sister in law Josephine (Charles-dec’d) Primbs and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, Daniel J. Shively and parents Leland and Marion (nee Dusenbury) Kurfess.
Lucretia Lapp Meister on September 22, 2022. Lucretia Lapp Meister, 92, of Mount Dora, FL (formerly Corning, NY), passed away peacefully Thursday, September 22, 2022. Lucretia was predeceased by her parents Dr. Chauncey (Loretta) Lapp, Sr., Brother Dr. Milton Lapp and nephew, Dr. Josef C. Lapp. She is survived by her brother, Chauncey (Diane) Lapp Jr. of The Villages, Fl., Sister-in-Law, Margret Lapp of New Smyrna Beach, FL, and several nieces and a nephew: Jim and Sue (Lapp) Phelps of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Art and Gretchen (Lapp) Hamlin of Skaneateles, NY, Julia Lapp of Ithaca, NY, Kevin and Catherine (Lapp) Riegel of Owego, NY, David and Mirna Lapp of Kissimmee, Fl. and especially her longtime friend Ann Ficco of Mount Dora, FL. She was raised in Corning, NY and attended local schools graduating from Corning Free Academy in 1948, and Allegany College in Meadville, Pa. Lucretia was retired from the business world having worked in Washington, DC, San Juan , PR and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She was multi-talented as an acrylic and sketch artist, gardener extraordinaire (her home was on the Mt. Dora garden tour), knitter and most of all caretaker of her beloved felines “Ginger” and “Pumpkin.”
Perry “Pete” Foster Reininga on July 12, 2022. Perry “Pete” Foster Reininga, 91, of Frisco, Texas, formerly of Dunkirk, N.Y., passed away July 12, 2022, surrounded by family.
Pete was born in Western Springs, Ill., to Perry and Elizabeth Foster Reininga who predeceased him.
He earned a BS from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, and a MBA in Finance from New York University, New York, N.Y.
Surviving polio after his freshman year influenced his later passion in philanthropy. He started his management career with Sears Roebuck and Company in Flint, Mich. In 1957, he joined the family business, George H. Graf and Co. and Graf Realty Corp, Dunkirk, N.Y., where he had a distinguished career managing the family’s furniture company and real estate development businesses. He was responsible for the development of properties in Chautauqua County, Erie, Pa., and DeSoto, Texas. Of these, he was most proud of the development of Lincoln Arms Housing, Inc.
Pete was involved with numerous charitable and civic organizations throughout his life. His most cherished activity was his involvement with Dunkirk Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Past President, and Rotarian of the year. Whether he was cooking steaks for the annual Rotary Steak Fry at Town and Country Restaurant or leading the clubs effort to raise funds for Rotary International’s world-wide effort to eradicate polio, Pete always enjoyed fellowship and friendship that Rotary offered. Pete was a Founding Board Member of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. He was a member of Dunkirk United Methodist Church.
In 1953, Pete married his beloved college sweetheart Elizabeth Anne “Betty Anne” Graf ’53 and they shared many wonderful adventures, including raising twin sons, Daniel ’80 and David, until her death in 2005. They particularly enjoyed ocean cruises, among them two cruises around the world. In 2000, they were invited to christen the Holland America Lines ship, MS Volendam and enjoyed her maiden voyage.
Pete’s cousin, Bill Walker, introduced him to his Texas friend, Donna Richards, who he married in 2007. Pete surprised Donna with a World Cruise honeymoon, sharing his love for cruising with her.
Pete adored his family, loved offering life advice and celebrating life events of each member. He particularly loved the family’s cottage on Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park, Canada. Some of his most cherished moments were spent enjoying the floating dock, the sundowner deck or the screened porch with family and friends. Many a limerick was told over the years.
Pete is survived by his wife, Donna; his sons: Daniel (Wendy) Reininga of Dunkirk, N.Y., and David (Kathy) Reininga of DeSoto, Texas; sister, Alice Ann Reininga Bradke of Schenectady, N.Y.; step-daughters, Barbara Richards of Aubrey, Texas, and Karen Richards (John Cooper) of McKinney, Texas. Grandchildren: Elizabeth Geiger (Jonathan), Mark Reininga (Rachel), Parker Reininga, Alex Reininga, Derek Reininga, Jacki Reininga, and “adopted” granddaughter, Yuliya Taranovich (Sasha); great-grandchildren, Daniel, Lily, Joanna and Naomi Geiger and Hagen Reininga.
Lois Mary Balkey Semler on October 28, 2022. Lois Mary Semler (nee Balkey), 91, of Arlington Heights, formerly of Hoffman Estates and Palatine, passed away surrounded by her loving family, Friday, October 28, 2022 in Arlington Heights. Lois was born on June 10, 1931 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Carl and Mildred Balkey. She grew up in Glenshaw, PA., where she attended grade school and high school. Later in 1953, Lois graduated and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. On November 25, 1954, Lois married the love of her life, Bill and over the next sixty-seven years was blessed with five daughters, fifteen grandchildren and thirty-three great grandchildren. This gave her so much joy and fulfilment. Lois enjoyed so many activities including bowling, golfing, playing bridge, reading, and of course, doing jigsaw puzzles. She especially enjoyed traveling, from her yearly trips to Marco Island, Florida to numerous cruises, and so many other wonderful destinations along the way. More recently, what brought her the most joy was “Monday Game Day” with her devoted husband and loving daughters. Through the infinite Grace of God and Lois’s boundless faith, her legacy and spirit will live on through the many hearts, minds and smiles of her family and friends who she so lovingly and unconditionally touched along the way. Lois was the beloved wife of William A. Semler; loving mother of Kathy (Allan) Koenig, Karen (Gary) Bell, Jane (Dave) Martinovich, Joan (Tom) Moffett and Nancy (Bob) Gilhooly; loving grandmother of Jenny (Anthony) Fumarolo, Carrie (Shawn) Mills, Kristy (John) Benson, Michael (Erin) Koenig, Kate (Matt) May, Dustin (Kelley) Bell, Jason (Sarah) Bell, Jami (Chris) Duncan, Brian (Mackenzie) Buchek, Kelly (Chad) Buchek-Cunningham, Michael (Erin) Moffett, Michelle (Nick) Bruett, Meghan Moffett, Danny (Brittany) Gilhooly, Tim (Nichole) Gilhooly; loving great grandmother of Elle, Ava, Kaeli, Chloe, Lennon, Nola, Kaner, Ryder, Faylon, Millie, Alice, Lottie, Isla, Elin, Bode, Ryan, Addison, Evan, Nolan, Charlie, Hunter, Lauren, Grayson, Riley, Foster, Cora, Lincoln, Everett, Charlie, Caden, Declan, Mila and Vinny; dear daughter of the late Carl and Mildred (nee Morrissey) Balkey; fond sister of the late James ’56 and Carol.
Janet Koehler Witty on August 10, 2021. Janet Witty, formerly of Easton, PA and Bonita Springs, FL, passed away on August 10, 2021 in St. Petersburg, FL
She is survived by her beloved husband Jack, her four children, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Leading by example, she taught her children the importance of living life with honesty, integrity, kindness, and compassion. She instilled in them her love of gardening, reading, the beach, and most of all, a sense of adventure. Although her family was most important to her, she also had many dear friends who loved her for her sense of humor and love of learning. Janet had a quiet strength, was so resilient, and always thought of others before herself.
Alexandra Moore Cole on July 7, 2022. Alexandra “Sandra” Graham Moore Cole passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 7, 2022 in Ellicott City, MD.
She was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania on November 28, 1932, to Alice T. (Graham) Moore ’26 and Alexander Deemer Moore ’25. Her father was also born in Brookville in 1900 and Sandra’s early years were idyllic, surrounded by family and friends in this small western Pennsylvania town. She graduated in 1950 from Peabody High School (now the Barack Obama International School of Service) in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated with a baccalaureate degree in English in 1954 from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
She met her former husband, LTC David Paul Cole (now deceased), in high school; he was in her homeroom and they attended Calvary Church in Pittsburgh. They became engaged in fall of 1953 and were married in February 1954. David was drafted into the Army and Sandra embraced the role of army wife, caring for their five daughters throughout his 20-year military career. She served as a Red Cross Grey Lady and worked at the dispensary while they were stationed in Butzbach, Germany. She and David traveled extensively, moving every two years until their final stop at Fort Devens, MA, where she volunteered as a Staff Aide through the Red Cross, and then Lunenburg, MA, where they bought their first home. For many years she was a stay-at-home mom but later was employed at Rogers Department Store in Fitchburg and then in the student housing department at Fitchburg State University (FSU). She retired from FSU in 1990 and moved back to Brookville to care for her mother and work at the Area Agency on Aging. Upon her return to Lunenburg, she provided care for vulnerable older adults at the Senior Center.
For more than 70 years Sandra lived her life as a devout Episcopalian, beginning as a teenager at Calvary Church in Pittsburgh. Later, she worked part-time and sang in the choir at the Chapel of All Saints in Whalom, MA. She joined Christ Church in Fitchburg, MA, where she sang in the choir for decades and actively shared her faith with the ministers and fellow parishioners. She volunteered at the Leominster Hospital gift shop. In 2008, she moved to The Sundial Independent Senior Center in Fitchburg, MA where she made several close friends and enjoyed group activities including Friday night Bingo, Saturday Pokeno, Monday Bible Study, and monthly potlucks. She recently moved to Ellicott City, MD, to live with her eldest daughter, Cynthia, where she enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble, and watching the antics of birds and squirrels on the deck. However, her greatest joy in life was spending precious time with her family.
Sandra inspired all of us with her contemplative and inquiring mind, grateful heart, and kind and loving disposition. She cared deeply about her family and loved them unconditionally. She was a gentle and dignified person who loved nature and found great joy in the simple things of life, and who derived strength from her love of Jesus, her savior.
She was the loving mother of Cynthia (Richard) Sikorski, Karen (Tom) Hall, Kimber Moore (Peter Landry), Kristen (Donald Petit) Cole, and Heather (Mark) Hill. She is survived by ten grandchildren: Milan, Kyle, Ali, Emily, David, Kasey, Joshua, Michael, Marilynn, and Zackery and six great-grandchildren: Kaia, Juniper, Logan, Liam, Eloise, and Declan.
Shirley Jones Digel on September 7, 2022. Shirley Jones Digel passed away on Wednesday (Sept. 7, 2022) at age 89, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on Oct. 3, 1932, in Bradford, to Julia Marie and John Paul Jones and had three sisters Nancy Hubbard, Betty Pfohl, and Judy McMillin. Shirley had 53 wonderful years of marriage to Robert A. Digel Jr. ’54 who adored her. Shirley always said, “Our children and grandchildren are the greatest joy and center of our lives” and spent significant time with them.
When they were not chasing their children and grandchildren around, Shirley and Bob traveled in their RV to Green Valley, Ariz. for the winter and spent summers at Chautauqua, N.Y. and Round Island, N.Y.
Shirley loved life — whether it was golfing with friends, knowing the perfect, age-appropriate way to relate to grandchildren, cheering on her favorite sports teams, chasing bird migrations, traveling abroad with children and friends, or staying current on politics – she did nothing half-heartedly. She made life magical for those around her. “Porching with Gramme” was a special time, coveted by her friends, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews alike. You see, she made everyone feel special because she cared so deeply. Life was always a bit brighter when Shirley was present. Her contagious laugh, mischievous smile, joy, and wisdom will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She leaves her sons Marty (Debbie) and Peter (Pam ’82), her daughter Julia Kopp (Brian) and daughter-in-law Jane Digel; her grandchildren Sam (Anna), Ben (Nikki), Jacob (Shaun), Abbie (Peter), Hilary (Wes), Casey (soon Siobhan) and Megan; and her great-grandchildren Georgie, Ella, Jones and Charlie. She was predeceased by her husband Robert A. Digel Jr., her son Jeff and her grandson Tyler Kopp.
Kathryn S. Isaly McAlevy on March 17, 2021. Kathryn S. McAlevy (née Isaly) of Oil City, died March 17, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward S. McAlevy Jr. ’52, and is survived by her daughters Laura and Jennifer.
R. Graham Dunlop on July 13, 2022. R. Graham Dunlop, age 88, of Upper St. Clair, formerly of Mt. Lebanon, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Predeceased by his parents, Dr. Ralph W. and Pauline G. Dunlop and his brother, Gordon S. Dunlop. Beloved husband of Sandra Lea (Shirk) Dunlop; father of Scott (Katherine) Dunlop, Randall Dunlop (Terri Diana) and Cynthia Roth; Step-father of Stephanie (Romel) Nicholas and Timothy Lahet (Lisa Taylor); grandfather of Hannah Dunlop Krasnow ’11 (Andrew), Samuel (Jillian) Dunlop, Molly (Derek) Allman, Katherine Dunlop, and William and Elizabeth Roth; step-grandfather of Romel Padraig, Mary Caroline and John Nicholas and Dante Lahet; great-grandfather of Palmer Krasnow. A graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School and Allegheny College, Graham served proudly in the U.S. Navy in the late 1950’s as a submarine communications officer. Upon discharge from active service in 1959, he began his career as a bank officer for Mellon Bank, for which he worked until his retirement as an assistant vice president and branch manager. Graham was devoted to serving the South Hills Community through membership in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs. He served on the boards of Music for Mt. Lebanon, the South Hills Child Guidance Center, and Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed golf, Frank Sinatra, the Steelers, and touring North America with Sandy in their motor home. Christian faith centered his life, as displayed by his love of laughter, an imperturbable nature, and his extension of good-fellowship and small acts of kindness to all he encountered. To his family, he will be remembered above all as a man whose love never failed despite all of life’s travails.
Barbara Seifert Dunlop on November 1, 2022. Barbara Dunlop, 89, died November 1, 2022 peacefully in Jacksonville, Florida. She is survived by her devoted husband, Arthur “Bob” Dunlop (married 1957 in Pittsburgh). Mrs. Dunlop was a native of Pennsylvania and attended Allegheny College and Penn State University. She taught art in middle school in Pennsylvania and later worked as a media center specialist for 19 years at Astoria Park Elementary school in Tallahassee. Her activities during 60 years in the Tallahassee community included working with young people in the Ochlocknee River Pony Club where she served terms as the District Commissioner and Regional Supervisor of the Sunshine Region, and water color painting. She was a long-term member of Faith Presbyterian Church, serving as elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher. In recent years she served on several resident committees at Westminster Oaks and enjoyed playing bridge, spending time with friends and family, and participating in senior activities at church. Barbara’s 65 years of wonderful marriage with her loving husband Bob included surviving family of four beloved daughters: Dr. Karen Feder (Dr. Brett), Kimberly Arata (Alan, Lt Col., USAF Ret), Gretchen Hummer (Steve), and Kristin Bamman (John). She had eight beloved grandchildren: Bryce and Ryan Arata (Anna); Lauren, Lindsey, and Bailey Feder (Lt. Jaron Marzitelli USAF) and Brooke Feder Hall (Grant); and Magnus and Charlie Bamman. She is predeceased by her parents and brother, John, Ethel and Jack Seifert.
Nancy L. Difford Meigs on July 5, 2022. Nancy Lou Meigs, 90, of Warren, Ohio passed into the loving arms of our Lord on July 5, 2022. She was born May 27, 1932 in Warren, Ohio, a daughter of the late Frank C. and Frances Denison Difford. She graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1951 and then attended Allegheny College, Meadville, PA. She graduated from Carnegie Medical Institute in Cleveland as a Medical Assistant. She was employed at American Welding in the production control department and also with Trumbull Savings and Loan Company as a teller. She started her medical career with Dr. Guy R. Musser, M.D. in 1973 and retired in 1992. Since retiring in 1992, she and her husband Philip traveled throughout the USA with their 5th wheel trailer doing Christian mission work projects with MMAP (Mobile Missionary Assistance Program). They also enjoyed doing independent projects at Christian Camps in Ohio and south eastern parts of the USA and in Australia. She was a former member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, assistant treasurer of NEOMA (Northeastern Ohio Medical Association) for 20 years and was a member of the Warren First United Methodist Church in Warren and Howland United Methodist Church. She is survived by her children, Lauri Scogin of Roanoke, VA, Amy (Thomas) Haislop of Clemmons, NC, Gregory (Sherri) Meigs of Girard, and Bradley (Diane) Meigs of Fredricktown, Ohio; along with 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren who all came together for her 90th birthday party. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Meigs, whom she married on May 26, 1956 and passed away February 25, 2015. Her sisters, Geraldine Smith and Mary Jane Difford also preceded her in death.
Dr. Frank Joseph Weinstock on July 8, 2022. Frank Joseph Weinstock, MD, age 89, died in Boca Raton FL on July 8th, 2022, with his family by his side. He was born in Newark, NJ, to Marguerite and Michael Weinstock. His father was a surgeon who served on a troop carrier in World War II, and Frank, his mother, brother Tom and sister Joan moved from Newark to San Francisco to be near him during his service, before settling back in Newark. Frank graduated from Newark High School and Allegheny College and then attended medical school in Lausanne, Switzerland, before finishing his degree at Syracuse University Medical School. He went on to complete his ophthalmology residency at University Hospitals in Cleveland, where he met the love of his life Saragale Reinglass of Canton. They married within a few months, and after a short stint in the public health service in Washington D.C., returned to Canton to start a family.
Frank opened Canton Ophthalmology Associates in the 1960’s, where the door shingle misspelled ophthalmology for years until a patient pointed out the mistake. Frank took this in good humor, as he did everything in life. In addition to serving as the physician for the Perry Panthers High School football team, Frank served several terms on the school board arranging the timing of his presidency so he could personally hand each of his children their diplomas upon their graduation. He was everyone’s “go to” doctor, from his friends he accompanied to doctor’s appointments to the cataract patients he treated on his medical missions to Nepal and Papua New Guinea.
He was the author of hundreds of articles and multiple books on diseases of the eye, lectured internationally and practiced medicine until the age of 78. He received a lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Frank was a gentle and kind person who will be remembered for his positive outlook on life and his devotion to family. He loved taking his family to Chautauqua each summer where he enjoyed walking to concerts in the amphitheater and eating ice cream at intermission, and joined his grandchildren inner tubing well into his 80’s. His family will remember him most for his giant hugs and his repeated reminders that, “Family is what’s most important.”
Frank is survived by his wife of 60 years, Saragale and the three children he adored: Michael Weinstock (Beth) of Columbus, Ohio, Jill Deutch (Ted) of Boca Raton, FL and Jeffrey Weinstock (Lillian Archbold) of Boca Raton, FL. He was “Poppy” to his beloved grandchildren Olivia, Eli, Theo and Annie Weinstock; Gabby, Serena and Cole Deutch; and Ryan and Kyle Weinstock. Frank is also survived by many nieces and nephews with whom he maintained a close relationship. He was a mentor to many who loved him and looked up to him. He is preceded in death by his parents Marguerite and Michael, his siblings Joan and Tom, and his grandson Eli who loved to ride the Chautauqua tram over and over again with his Poppy.
Anne Marilyn Bowden on January 21, 2021. It is with sadness and love that we share the passing of our mother, Anne Marilyn Bowden, from cancer on January 21, 2021. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and in close contact with far-flung friends whose lives she enriched, and who honor her legacy by continuing to live their lives to their fullest in these most uncertain Times. Anne was born on February 28, 1935, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Dorothy (Paterson) and John Bowden. She grew up in Port Elgin, Ontario and Cleveland, Ohio,graduating from Cleveland Heights High School in 1952. The first in her family to attend college, she graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1956. Following graduation she was awarded a teaching Fulbright Scholarship to France. She married Eugene Borza in 1958 when they were both teachers at Lakewood High School, in Cleveland, Ohio. While Gene attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, Anne taught at the Chicago Lab School and raised their two children, Karen and Michael. The family moved to State College, PA in the early 1960s where Anne earned her Master’s Degree in English and taught at Penn State. She and Gene divorced in 1974. Eager to try her hand at editing, Anne worked for the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association as associate editor for the alumni magazine, The Penn Stater, before returning to teaching. During the late 1970s to the mid 1980s Anne was a beloved English teacher at State College Area High School. To this day her former students vividly remember her subtle elegance, ability to breathe life into poetry, sharp wit, formidable vocabulary lists, inclusive teaching practices, and passion for excellence. Many of them have eagerly shared with us how her classes prepared them for life in ways they did not anticipate. In the early 1980s she met the love of her life, Jan Zwartendyk and she moved to Ottawa Canada to be with him. When not tending their ravishing garden or exploring Europe Anne worked as a consultant teaching public speaking and business writing for the Professional Development Institute. Upon Jan’s retirement they left the chilly Ottawa winters for the milder climate of State College, PA until 1996 when, ensorcelled by the pink sunsets and the mountains of the desert southwest, they moved to Tucson, AZ. There they quickly developed a tight-knit group of friends centered around their mutual interests in nature, music, and Havanese dogs. Anne generously gave her gift of time as a volunteer at numerous Tucson organizations including: as a docent at the Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens, as a meal provider for the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with Pima County CASA. As snowbirds Anne and Jan migrated between Tucson, AZ and Salem, OR where the highlight of their summers was taking care of their granddaughter Julia. Following Jan’s death in 2014 Anne moved permanently to Salem to be closer to her family and where she enjoyed learning tai chi, playing mahjongg, bird-watching, writing, and engaging in the camaraderie of Willamette University’s Institute for Continued Learning (ICL). A highlight of ICL was her 2016 presentation “Flight & Rescue”, the story of her father-in-law (Jan Zwartendyk Sr’s) efforts to help Jews escape the Nazi’s during WWII. A prolific writer Anne chronicled the life of her remarkable mother, who lived to be 106, in the 2009 biography “An Uncommon Life.” We are grateful for the many journals and letters she left to us, knowing that hearing her voice in her words would give us peace, and likely a raised eyebrow or two. Facing her terminal cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2020, Anne developed a clear set of goals: a lifelong Democrat, she would vote in the 2020 election and see Biden-Harris to the White House and her friend Deb Patterson elected to the Oregon State Senate office. With the presidential election (sort of) settled, but significantly weakened by her illness, Anne was determined to remain in this world to watch the Presidential Inauguration. She did. And on her final evening, as the fireworks lit up the Capitol Mall and it seemed as though the world might be righting itself, she smiled and pronounced it a good day. Anne was happiest when cooking up a feast, bird-watching, gardening, reading, and volunteering. She will be remembered by those who knew and loved her as a faithful, loyal, generous, and forgiving friend, and a consummate life-long learner. Anne is survived by her daughter, Karen Borza Arabas (Ed), of Salem, OR; her son, Michael John Borza, of Lake Oswego, OR; her granddaughter Julia Kathryn Arabas of Salem, OR; and her lifelong friend, Dorothy Skinner, of Alexandria, VA. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jan Zwartendyk; her sister, Teri Sue Bowden; her brothers John Bowden and Glenn Bowden; her mother, Dorothy Bowden; and her father, John Wesley Bowden.
Colleen Diana Stone Lang on August 8, 2022. Colleen Diana Stone Lang, 88, of Butner passed away Monday, August 8,2022 at her home. Colleen was born in Jamestown, NY on November 15,1933 to the late Raymond Stone and Grace Bailey. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Butner where she taught Sunday School for many years. Colleen graduated from Allegheny College with a teaching degree. She is survived by three sons, Mark Lang (Paula), Peter Lang (Wanda) and Stephen Lang; one grandson, Kevin Lang (Aly); two great-grandchildren, Piper and Olive; a sister-in-law, Sue Kale and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.
Jeanne Anderson Murphy on August 8, 2022. Jeanne Murphy, age 87, passed away peacefully at her home on August 8, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Gene Murphy. Loving mother/step-mother of Kris (John), Amy ’93 (Jim), Kathy (Gary), Michele (Tim), Paul, Fran (Andy), Tim (Jim). Dear grandma of Rebecca, Peyton, Chase, Holden, Xander, Carrie, Bryan, Brian, Tina, Mike, Joe, T.J., Chelsea, Claire, Jack, Hilary and Isaac. Great-grandmother of many. Jeanne was a dedicated and well-liked elementary school teacher of over 34 years. She loved her cats, trips to Florida with her husband and kids, and spending time with dear friends.
Constance “Connie” T. Wolfe Rumball on November 6, 2022. Constance “Connie” T. Rumball, age 88, of Erie, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2022, at LECOM at Village Square, following a brief illness.
Connie was born May 21,1934 in Lake City, PA. She was the daughter of the late William R. Wolf and Florence Timmis Wolf. She attended Allegheny College in Meadville prior to her marriage to James Rumball in 1953. Connie and Jim lived in Norfolk, Virginia during Jim’s Navy years, and then resided together in Erie until Jim’s death in 2011. Boating on Lake Erie, traveling to observe the Kinzua Dam being constructed, and holding backyard picnics were activities they enjoyed with their four children.
Following her retirement from Plastek Industries, where she worked as a quality control inspector, Connie resided at Benetwood Apartments in Harborcreek. Here she thrived in a caring, supportive community of seniors. She made many friends and happily participated in activities like bingo, parties and dinners, and going out for lunch with her neighbors. Connie loved reading, crocheting, gardening, cooking, and taking rides through the local countryside. She was a lifelong dog lover; and she never met a Chinese buffet she didn’t like.
Connie is survived by her twin sons Gary and Terry Rumball; daughters Cherri (Bill) Engell and Susan Rumball; and by her grandson, Joseph Rumball.
Kathryn “Anne” Booth Borland on August 22, 2022. Kathryn “Anne” Borland (nee Booth) of Annapolis, MD died at her home at the age of 87. Survived by her husband of 65 years Dr. John “Jack” Borland ’57 and 2 sons Jeff (Sharon) and Tim (Patti). Anne was born in Dunkirk, NY, graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where she met her husband Jack. After graduation Anne & Jack moved to New Castle, PA where they raised their family. Anne loved sailing with the Lightning fleet at Pymatuning Yacht Club (Greenville, PA) where she made many lifelong friends. Upon moving to Annapolis, Anne switched her racing experience to the race committee of Eastport Yacht Club(EYC). Her prowess as a “recorder” is legend to this day! Anne also enjoyed playing golf at New Castle Country Club and even has a hole-in-one to her credit at Tam-O-Shanter golf club in Hermitage, PA. Anne loved her life in Annapolis, keeping up with the sailing achievements of family and friends. Saturday nights, you could always find Anne and Jack holding court at the big round table at EYC over drinks and dinner. Monday was the back table at Davis Pub, usually enjoying a crab pretzel with friends. Anne had a huge heart and a great memory of “special occasions”. Her wit and dry sense of humor will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting her.
Thomas Paul Butz on August 24, 2022. Thomas Paul Butz, 86, of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, passed away on August 24, 2022. Tom was born on March 31, 1936 to Paul and Leila Butz of Stroudsburg, PA. He attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where he was a member of the soccer team, the Inter-Fraternity Council, and President of the Alpha Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. After graduating in 1957, Tom attended Rutgers University Law School on full scholarship, and was editor of the Law Review, and graduated with Honors in 1960.
Tom and his first wife, Joan C. Butz, moved to Toms River, NJ after law school, where they would raise their three children. After serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward Knight, he joined the practice of Haines and Schuman and quickly became a partner in the firm, Haines, Schuman and Butz. After Mr. Haines’ passing, the firm became Schuman and Butz, where he would practice with his dear partner and friend Harold Schuman for over 50 years. His son, Richard, joined the firm in 1991, and the two worked together until Tom’s retirement at the age of 83. During his lengthy legal career, Tom served as the President of the Ocean County Bar Association, Attorney for the Ocean County Board of Realtors for more than 30 years, Chairman of Real Property and Probate Section for the New Jersey Bar Association and was Chairman of the Judicial and County Prosecutor Appointments Committee. Tom took great pride in being an attorney, representing his clients, and treating his adversaries with honesty, integrity and respect.
In addition to his work life, Tom was very active in his community, serving as President of both the Toms River YMCA as a founding member, and the Toms River United Soccer Club where he also coached Youth Soccer. Tom was an original founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Ocean State Bank, and involved in the creation and approval of the Tuckerton Seaport. Tom lived a simple life, loved to travel and could always be found with a book in his hand. He loved spending time with his beloved family, especially at his Lake Pocahontas cabin in the Poconos.
Tom is predeceased by his parents, Paul and Leila Butz, his sisters, Joan Butz and Victoria Viechnicki and his second wife of 25 years, Sandra G. Butz, and her son, Anthony Troy Godfrey.
He is survived by his three children, Dave Butz and wife Mary, Richard Butz and wife Susan, and Susan Maier ’91 and husband Norbert, together with his grandchildren, Thomas and Jack Butz, Megan Owrey and husband Zek, Carlie and Owen Butz, and Jake and Ryann Maier, and great- grandchildren Hunter and McKenzie. We will miss his laugh, sarcastic wit and generous heart-Forever.
Tom is also survived by Sandra’s son Trent and her grandchildren, Andrew, Adam and Sarah.
Carolyn Shaefer Combs on August 28, 2022. Carolyn Shaefer Combs, age 87, of St. Cloud, Florida passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2022. Carolyn was born July 12, 1935.
Paula Kurzband Feder on February 2, 2022. Paula Kurzband Feder, age 86, of Centerbrook, Connecticut passed away peacefully on February 2, 2022. She was born in New York City on November 5th, 1935, to Toby and Diana Kurzband. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, Syracuse University, and the Bank Street College of Education, Paula taught third and fourth grade at PS 64 in Manhattan for eleven years. In 1965, she moved to Connecticut with her husband. She was a successful writer of children’s books and a gardener; she was able to follow her passion at Clinton Nurseries and private homes. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Sarah Feder Weaver of Glastonbury, Connecticut, her former husband and the father of her daughter, Yves Feder, and his wife, Linda Skernick, of Bath, Maine, her sister, Karen Hewitt of Burlington, Vermont, her nephew, Corin Hewitt, his wife Molly Mcfadden, and her grandniece, Martine Hewitt of Richmond, Virginia, and her cousins Ana and John Turetsky of Oakland, California, and Benjamin Svetsky of Tel Aviv, Israel. Paula is the author of several popular children’s books including Where Does the Teacher Live and The Featherbed Journey. She continued to write up until the last few months of her life and was an enthusiastic participant in the Children’s Book Writers Group. She was a member of Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek Synagogue in Chester, Connecticut which was an important part of her life. She will be remembered for her adventurous spirit with a lifelong sense of curiosity, compassion, and generosity.
Annelise Schrader Leedy on November 29, 2022. Annelise Leedy died on 29 November 2022 in Catonsville, MD, at the age of 86.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Kowalski, her daughter, Patricia Smith (Scott), of Catonsville and her son, Robert Leedy (Bonnie), of Tampa, Florida. Her daughter, Maggie Leedy, and son, John Leedy, as well as her first husband, Gene Leedy, preceded her in death. She is also survived by her stepdaughter Kathy Kowalski and stepson Tom Kowalski (Connie) and her beloved grandchildren Jack Western, Madeleine Ryan (Joe), Benjamin Leedy, and Graham Smith, as well as her step-grandchildren Amanda Prosser (Stephen), Jenni James, Jessica DelloStritto (Dan), Dan Carl (Alisa), Rebecca Mougel (Dominique), and Tommy Kowalski.
Annelise was born on February 5, 1936 in Teaneck, NJ to Otto and Auguste Schrader and earned her B.A. at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. She married Gene Leedy in 1957 and embarked on a full and adventurous life, spending many years overseas in Germany, Italy, Thailand, Austria, and Egypt.
Annelise always pursued opportunities to learn new things and was an accomplished linguist and analyst at the National Security Agency. She earned a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in her 50s and, after retiring from NSA, Annelise volunteered for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, translating archival documents from German and Italian into English. She also taught ESOL in the Baltimore area. Among her many other interests and activities, she loved to attend Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs lectures and BSO concerts, sing with the Encore Chorale, usher at the Olney Theater, visit NYC to attend Broadway shows, and create beautiful painted furniture and unique mobiles.
Annelise credited her undergraduate years at Allegheny with giving her a love for learning and made sure that her children and grandchildren had every opportunity to achieve their goals. She treated her entire family to multiple trips to Europe, skied in the Austrian Alps with her grandson at age 75, and never missed a grandchild’s wedding. Her love for and devotion to her entire extended family will be her lasting legacy.
Ferd J. Sauereisen on July 16, 2022. Sauereisen joined the Board of Trustees in 1980, becoming emeritus in 2006. As an Emeritus Trustee, Sauereisen continued to be a consistent and valued attendee and participant at Board meetings. He served on the Executive, Enrollment, Marketing & Communications, and Alumni Affairs & Development committees.
Sauereisen earned a Bachelor of Arts in pre-engineering. As part of the dual-degree program, he received a Bachelor of Science from Carnegie Mellon in 1957. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and played basketball. In addition to his Board service at Allegheny, Sauereisen also supported his alma mater as a career mentor, campaign volunteer, donor relations volunteer, and as a Gator Greetings writer. His volunteerism did not stop at Allegheny; he also maintained a lifelong commitment to his community
Prior to joining the Aluminum Company of America in 1960 he served two tours of duty as an officer in the United States Army. In 2000, Sauereisen retired from Sauereisen, Inc., a global provider of ceramic adhesives and coatings, where he served as chairman.
He is survived by his wife, Molly; their three children Elizabeth S. Allen (Greg), J. Eric Sauereisen (Rene), and Sandra C. Sauereisen (Mark A. Taylor); and several grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Phillips F. Sauereisen and William P. Sauereisen.
Alyce Carolyn Dimmick Shull on September 1, 2022. Alyce Carolyn Dimmick Shull died on September 1, 2022 in Cary NC. Carolyn earned a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, then taught in public schools in Upper Darby, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Naperville, IL, and Wake County, NC. She is survived by her husband, Daniels S. Shull, sons, Daniel A. Shull, Andrew W. Shull; daughter, Carolyn I. Shull; and four grandchildren: Benjamin, Emilia, Olive and Donovan.
Dorothy Jean Hanson Fuhry on September 26, 2022. Dorothy Jean Fuhry, nee Hanson, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, September 26, 2022. Dorothy was born in Chicago to John and Dorothy Hanson on July 24, 1936. During her high school years her family moved to Johnstown, PA, where she lived until her graduation from Allegheny College with a degree in education. While teaching in the Cleveland area, Dorothy met the love of her life, Paul Fuhry. They were married on June 24, 1961, after which she devoted herself to her husband and five sons. “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. ‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’ ” In 1977, Dorothy came to know and have a personal relationship with the Savior Jesus Christ. He was her faithful Friend, and her strength and her help in 1996 when she lost her beloved husband Paul to cancer, and in the many years following, she loved, served, and was a faithful witness to her God. Surviving Dorothy are her five sons and their wives, Steve (Laurie), Doug (Debbie), Jeff (Missy), Bill (Heidi), and Matt (Gigi), and her twelve grandchildren, Dan (Layna), Tim, James, Myrale, Paul, Katrina (Daniel), Lia (David), Hannah, Maddy, Jonathan, Sarah, and Michael. She is also survived by her much-loved sister Linda Cox (Richard), her sister-in-law, Betty Hickey, and her aunt, Marge Brix as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.
Dr. James E. Mraz on September 20, 2022. Dr. James E. Mraz, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born on October 9, 1936, in Erie, a son of the late Dr. John J. and Janette (Harkins) Mraz.
Jim was a proud graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School, Allegheny College, and University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He completed an Orthopedic Residency at the University of Buffalo after serving his country honorably for two years in the United States Navy.
Jim was one of the founders of Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc. and spent the next thirty years serving the residents of his hometown as an Orthopedic Surgeon in conjunction with St. Vincent Hospital. More than anything, he loved spending time with family and friends. Jim also enjoyed golfing and fishing; he held bragging rights to three holes in one. He was a member of the Siebenbuerger Club, Maennerchor Club, and Kahkwa Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Jeannie Constable and her husband Joseph and Judy Avampato and a brother-in-law Edward and his wife Jeanine Seyboldt.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Carolyn (Heyl) Mraz, four sons James, Gregg (Lori), Mark, and Matthew; and a precious granddaughter, Sara Grace. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. John “Jack” Mraz, a sister Joyce Mraz, brother-in-law Charles Avampato, two sisters-in-law Mary Kay (Heyl) Leonard and her husband Al, and Jane Reuter and her husband Dave; and many nieces and nephews.
George J. Pawlikowski on January 26, 2021. George Pawlikowski, 84, of Arapahoe, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Margorie Leuthauser.
Dr. John “Jack” C. Shea on October 1, 2022. John “Jack” Crowley Shea of West Chester, PA passed away on October 1, 2022, at the age of 86. He was born in Bradford, PA to Bernard and Edna. Jack attended Allegheny College, where he made lifelong friends. After earning his master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania, he served as a foreign diplomat in Montevideo, Uruguay under President Eisenhower and President Kennedy. Upon returning from his tenure in the Foreign Service, Jack earned his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a professor of political science at West Chester University for 36 years where he held many positions, his most cherished of which were that of teacher and mentor. During his tenure at WCU, he was perhaps best known for integrating his bizarre sense of humor into lesson plans and other writings shared with his colleagues. A prolific writer, Jack authored several textbooks, he also wrote many autobiographical pieces and fictional publications. Actively involved in politics throughout his life, he was a steadfast Democrat who enjoyed both political speech writing and commentating. Jack is predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Louise Shea, who passed away in 2010, and his brothers Tom and Bernard. He is survived by his five children (Beth, John, Tom, Matt, and Anne) and eight grandchildren (Caroline Hitesman, Sarah Shea, Hannah Shea, Abigail Shea, Ellen Shea, Jacqueline Shea, Kaelyn Gaza, and Zachary Gaza). A loyal Phillies fan, Jack generously forgave Mitch Williams on October 30, 2008.
David E. Bahn on August 8, 2022. David Edgar Bahn passed away peacefully in his Port Royal, SC home on August 8, 2022, at the age of 84. His wife of 28 years, Marilyn, and the Friends of Carolina Hospice provided excellent loving care throughout his final days.
David was born on June 25, 1938 in Buffalo, NY. He graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1955, and Allegheny College in 1959. After graduation, he worked as a Probation Officer for juvenile offenders in Buffalo. David completed his Masters in Social Work at SUNY Buffalo in 1973 and served for over 30 years as a licensed school social worker for West Seneca Central School System. In the early 1970s, he also collected and sold antiques.
After retirement, David continued his work as a school social worker part-time for Eden Central School, and volunteered coordinating pinochle games at Orchard Heights Assisted Living Facility and driving a van for the Rural Transit Service. He also enjoyed competing in an Orchard Park bowling league. He and Marilyn moved to South Carolina in 2019.
David loved his wife and children, good food, good friends and neighbors. Throughout his life, he enjoyed walks in the woods with his dogs, time spent on the lakeshore, art and food festivals, Buffalo Bills and Sabres games, grilling a perfectly rare steak, and the occasional Godfather on the rocks. He will be remembered for his wise humor and his generous spirit. David will be sadly missed.
David is survived by his wife Marilyn (nee Chudy), his son James (Mary) of Erie, PA, his daughter Holly (Melanie Weidner) of Albuquerque, NM, his stepson Dieter Foit and granddaughters Raina and Sofie of St. Augustine, FL. He is also survived by his previous wife and mother of his children, Patricia Bahn, and several nieces and nephews. David is pre-deceased by his father Rev. Arlington Bahn, his mother Helen, his two brothers, Richard and Robert, and several beloved dogs.
Bonnie Jean Barry Hanna on March 14, 2022. Bonnie Jean Hanna passed peacefully on Monday, March 14, 2022, at the age of 84 in Novato, California after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born to J. Edward “Ed” Barry and Virginia “Deba” Barry in corning, New York in 1937. Bonnie grew up in upstate New York and was awarded May Queen by her classmates in High School.She attended Allegany College for two years and later graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a BA in Education. Bonnie taught first graders in Southern California for five years, before marrying and having four children Laurie, Molly, Bill, and John; and two grandchildren Jake and Sophia. Her true love was her family and her friends. Bonnie was a kind, down to earth, creative, and selfless person, who loved birds and nature.Bonnie’s faith brought her a great deal of comfort and she spent several years doing volunteer work arranging flowers for St. Luke’s Church in Westport Connecticut. In addition, she volunteered at the Nature Center in Westport and gave money to several charities over the years. She is survived by her four adult children, her two grandchildren, and her two brothers Tom and Jack. Bonnie was devoted to and maintained several life long friends and she will be sorely missed.
Dr. Allen Taylor Hopper on October 21, 2021. Allen Taylor Hopper, passed away on October 21, 2021. Al was born on October 4, 1937, in Greenville Pa and was the only brother to his 3 sisters. His family moved when he was a young student and he lived in Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh Pa. and then graduated from Shaker Heights High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at Allegheny College, earned his Masters Degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown and received his PHD in Mathematics at Case Institution of Technology in 1965. He then came to Columbus to work at Battelle Memorial Institute where he worked until he retired. When Al moved to Columbus he purchased the house that was home to him until his death in 2021. He loved his family including all four kids, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and in-laws. He had golfing and fishing buddies, musician friends, and hosted an annual Sunday Sundae party for all the neighbors each summer until Covid stopped that. He also had three special young friends in later years; Hailey, Layla and Bowen. Al and Jayne loved to travel across the United States and to other countries. Many of his favorite places were in the National Parks which he was happy to support. From the Rocky Mountains to the Great Smokies, to Taos and the Outer Banks he happily planned trips with his maps in hand, and then enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people. Two of his favorite trips were to Costa Rica and South Africa where he enjoyed taking pictures of some exotic plants and animals and enjoyed eating some “exotic” foods too.
A hobby in his childhood continued through his working years and into retirement. He built and flew remote control planes that ranged from a small biplane to modern planes with a 7 foot wingspan. Al’s real love after his family and friends was music. That began in childhood with traditional piano lessons and continued all of his life. He loved to play and listen to classical jazz as well as old favorites. He had music books that ranged from Brahms and Beethoven to Stevie Wonder and Broadway Shows. A longtime supporter of the Columbus Jazz Arts Group and the Columbus Symphony, he supported music in the schools and always had time for music with his grandchildren and neighborhood kids. In addition to music, Al was a forever Fan of the Cleveland Browns and the Guardians (his cap and shirts say Indians). Special music at Christmas included everyone singing the 12 Days of Christmas at the holiday dinner table and traditional tunes at the annual Christmas Eve Open House. Punch bowls of his famous Hopper Family egg nog were always ready, made from an old recipe of his grandparents and one bowl always had the required bourbon and rum that visitors enjoyed. Both bowls were delicious and there were never left-overs. Al and Jayne were members of Friendship at Home in Dublin and appreciated the support provided when special help was needed. Al will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Jayne; Father of Allen of Lexington, Massachusetts and Kristen of Missoula Montana; Dad of Carol of Mars Hill North Carolina and Diane of Sandown New Hampshire.
Sue Rice Mears on October 24, 2022. Sue R. Mears passed away late Monday evening, October 24, 2022 at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House in Huntington, WV. Born Margaret Sue Rice in Elyria, Ohio on May 5, 1938, Sue was the fourth child of Gladys Nadine Motts Rice and Gerald Stowell Rice. She spent many of her childhood years on the family farm in Sullivan, Ohio, where she developed her love of the outdoors and all animals, especially horses and dogs. Sue attended high school in Deland, Florida, and in Wooster, Ohio and graduated from Lehman High School in Canton, Ohio where her family had moved so her father could be closer to the Maytag appliance store which he owned. Following high school Sue attended and graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1959 where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in French language and literature, as well as a Certificate in Secretarial Studies. Sue was a proud member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and maintained close relationships with her sorority sisters throughout her lifetime.
Sue’s mother died while Sue was attending college and after graduation, she moved back to Canton to be closer to her father. There, she was employed as an administrative assistant for the president of the Hoover Company. On December 2, 1961, Sue married Richard “Dick” J. Mears at the First Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton, Ohio. Dick and Sue started their married life in Dover, Ohio where Dick was a food broker for Mears Brokerage Inc. Sue and Dick then moved to Huntington, West Virginia where they both continued working for the brokerage company as they raised their three sons. Sue was active in her church, teaching Sunday School and participating in church activities including hosting visiting volunteer work groups. She was an active member of the Pea Ridge Bible Study Group. Sue’s husband, family and friends meant the world to Sue and she gathered with them as often as possible, making the gatherings special for everyone there. She was loved by many nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family. She enjoyed traveling and family vacations, and attending college reunions with her sorority sisters. She had a special interest in genealogy and was the secretary of the World Chamberlain Genealogical Society.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Dick; her son, Todd Mears; her sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine “Geri” and William “Bill” Burden; her brothers, George Rice and William “Bill” Rice; and her brother-in-law, David Mears. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Janet Mears and their children, John Cullen and Meredith of Huntington, WV; her son and daughter-in-law, Edward “Ted” and Marcy Mears, and their daughter, Bethany of St. Cloud, MN; her daughter-in-law, Jennifer Mears, and her daughter, Kristen of Scott Depot, WV; her sister-in-law, Kay Mears of Proctorville, OH; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ruth Ann and Raymond “Jim” Murphy of New Philadelphia, OH; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda and Patrick Petrigan of Vermilion, OH; and her sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Liz” Rice of Wooster, OH; as well as many extended family members.
Sandra “Sandy” Milne Rickard on September 23, 2022. Sandra “Sandy” Milne Rickard, 84, of Eagle, ID, passed away on September 23, 2022 at the age of 84. She was born to parents Stanley and Jean Milne in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Sandy graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1955 and went on to get her Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College in 1959. After graduation she taught fourth grade in Cleveland, Ohio before devoting her time to raising her two children and volunteering in a number of community leadership roles at Stanford University and the Palo Alto Unified School District in Palo Alto, California. In 1981 Sandy returned to the workforce and started a career in the financial services industry at a major brokerage serving in two different Bay area offices until her retirement, when once again she devoted her energies to volunteering for community organizations in Palo Alto, Avenidas and the Palo Alto City Library in particular. In 2019, Sandy moved to Idaho to be closer to her son and his family.
A courageous, feisty, bright, thirty-year breast cancer survivor with a very quick wit who actually loved it when her children called her “Mothra” on occasion, Sandy loved being a grandmother to triplets, meeting and spending time with people, reading mysteries, fighting for what she thought was right, and drinking Snapple Peach Iced Tea and the occasional Starbucks caramel latte or McDonald’s chocolate shake. Sandy lived her life with this quote from John Lancaster Spalding as a guide for everything that she did for her children and her community: “That the better self shall prevail and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life.” That she certainly did.
Sandy is survived by her son and daughter Jon and Jenny, her daughter-in-law Dana, and three totally awesome triplet grandchildren. It should also be noted that she was a proud second cousin to author A. A. Milne and therefore also proudly related to Christopher Robin and obviously to Winnie the Pooh, and, of course Piglet, too.
Dr. Andrea McCandless Coulter on November 17, 2022. Andrea McCandless Coulter
of Beaufort, SC died at Caroline Cottage. She was born on September 26, 1938, one of twin daughters of Alberta Black and Merle Eugene McCandless, in Washington, PA. She was married to the late Kenneth I. Coulter ’60.
Andrea graduated from Hollidaysburg High School, PA; Allegheny College, Meadville PA with a BA degree; the University of Delaware with an M Ed; and Temple University, Philadelphia with an Ed D. Her career in education spanned 34 years and progressed from social studies and English classroom teacher and then K-12 Social Studies Coordinator at Penn-Delco School District, Aston, PA; to Assistant Professor of Education at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA; to Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Riverview Intermediate Unit, Clarion, PA; to Instructional Support Consultant for the Commonwealth of PA in the northwest region. During this time, she received three fellowships: American Studies Fellowship to Eastern College, PA; a JISEA Fellowship to Japan; and a Fulbright Fellowship to China. She served as Executive Secretary of the PA Council for Social Studies for 6 years and was on the Board of Directors for the National Council for Social Studies for over three years. She presented many workshops on China, Japan, global education, and instructional support at local, regional, state and national conferences.
Andrea and her husband retired to Beaufort SC in 1994. They became members of First Presbyterian Church in Beaufort, where over the years, Andrea served as deacon; elder; moderator, historian, and secretary of Presbyterian Women; and chair of TNT Circle. She was also a member of the adult choir and the handbell choir. Andrea was active in the community as well. She was twice president of Cottage Farm Property Owners’ Association and once, treasurer. She was on the Curriculum Committee of the then called Creative Retirement Center and taught several courses. She was a past secretary of the Friends of Beaufort County Library. She taught several courses at the University of SC- Beaufort. Andrea was a member of the Beaufort Duplicate Bridge Club and the Blue Stockings Book Club.
Andrea loved to travel and was able to visit countries on all continents except Antarctica. Although her favorite destinations were Egypt, Turkey, China and Japan, a three-month sabbatical touring Europe was also memorable. But most important to her were her family, her church, and her friends, and she dearly loved all. She enjoyed singing, reading, playing bridge, engaging in church activities, and keeping fit at Life Fit. She loved to laugh, and her ready smile was infectious.
Andrea is survived by her twin sister Linda McCandless Hockinson (Joel); step children Kenneth
H. Coulter and Katherine Coulter Herbert; nieces Jenny M. Emerick, Julie H. Hubler (Greg), and Grace McCandless; and nephews Christopher McCandless (Carol), Craig Hockinson (Jodi), and Jesse McCandless. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth, brother John Philip McCandless, and nephew Jeffrey Hockinson.
Dal E. Ghent Goldstein on October 22, 2021. Dal E. Goldstein, age 82, of Mt. Lebanon and Carnegie, PA, died on Friday, October 22, 2021. Dal is the beloved mother of Philip Goldstein, Sarah Goldstein, Rachel Amdur (Brett) and Laura Leedham (Matthew) and beloved grandmother “Gramma” of Jeremy Amdur and Haley Amdur. The family sends special thanks and love to Dal’s many caregivers. Dal loved children and Judaism and bringing enthusiasm and happiness to anyone she possibly could. She would cross any sea and climb any mountain twice to make sure that Passover Seder was a high point of every year. She was an organizer of groups and committees. The joy of her life was raising four Jewish kids and welcoming their friends. She always knew how to lead, participate, or get out of the way, so the kids would learn and have fun. She especially loved seeing people learn and grow together. Her ultimate joy was loving two wonderful grandchildren. Dal is a 50-year-plus member of Temple Emanuel of South Hills. She was a president of Bnai Brith and of Temple Emanuel Sisterhood and she was a Temple Emanuel board member. She was a businesswoman and real estate professional who loved connecting people and homes around the region, and she made many treasured friends among her clients and colleagues. Dal was a Cub Scouts Den Mother, a Girl Scout Leader for many years, and a Temple Youth Group Advisor. Dal was a genius of imagination and adventure and responsible scouting from her own youth and she knew just how to pass it along to kids. There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of young women in their 50s today whose sense of being in the world got an early boost directly from Dal. Dal loved gardening, cooking, writing clever personalized poems, her generations of cats, putting on kids’ birthday parties, and making losing a tooth into a treasure hunt instead of just finding something under your pillow.
Carol Buchanan Jewell on January 2, 2022. Carol Jewell (nee Buchanan) 1939-2022. Originally from Wilkinsburg, PA, she was a long-time resident of Whitehouse Station. Carol gave her time to many community organizations and projects including the Flemington Presbyterian Church, 4-H, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity. She loved nature and gardening. Carol is survived by her children William (Debra), Deborah (Michael), David (Krista), James (Colleen) and Robert; by her grandchildren Suzanne, Jamilla, Jessica, Chelsea and Oliver; and by her great grandchildren Brian, Christopher, Fiona and Cove. Her beloved cat Joey has been adopted within the family.
Sandra Eleanore Andrews Ehrenberger on September 28, 2022. On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, Sandra Eleanore Andrews Ehrenberger passed away at the age of 83. Sande was born August 15, 1939 to Budd and Eleanore Andrews in St. Paul, Minnesota. She grew up in Ohio, graduating from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Marriage to Dennis Ehrenberger and the Air Force brought her to California. Even after divorce, she remained in California, and spent most of her adult life in Pinole, where she raised her three children, Deke, Matt, and Melissa. She spent the final fifteen years of her life in Clovis near Melissa and her family. Sande was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, athlete, sports enthusiast, teacher, artist, reader, and animal lover. Growing up, she was active and involved, a self-taught competitive and water ballet swimmer, a majorette, a basketball player, college homecoming queen, Angel Flight ROTC member, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority member. As an adult with a family, her love of sports continued, playing tennis, co-ed soccer, and coaching/teaching swim. She especially loved to watch football- the 49ers were her team- and golf. Her passion was teaching. She was an elementary school teacher most of her life. After teaching, she gained the certification to become a travel agent. She was a huge part of the Pinole community. In the early years of Silver Creek, she helped run the swim team and created, directed, and produced the summer water ballet performances. When Silver Creek became the YMCA, she was named the Aquatics Director. Between the YMCA and Canyon Pool Swim School, she taught what seems like every kid in Pinole how to swim. A stroke and an MS Diagnosis in the early 90’s slowed her a bit, but not much. Most of all, she devoted her life to her kids and grandkids. Always with a quick wit, humor, and the sparkle in her blue eyes, she remained strong and positive until the end. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. Sande is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Marty Matus of Ohio, her children, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Deke and Jasmine Ehrenberger (Tara, Jamie Herrell (Westley, Cambrie and Halen), Dylan (Drew and Mason), Branden and Ella); Matt and Tisha Ehrenberger (Justin, Nathan, and Bailey), and Melissa and Craig Holdener (Eric and Olivia), as well as several nieces and nephews.
Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere on November 18, 2022. Dr. Ssemogerere was born on 11th February 1932, at Bumangi, Buggala Island, in the Ssese and he was baptized on 18th February of the same year.
In 1940, he started formal education at St. John’s Boys Boarding Primary School. He later joined St. Henry’s College Kitovu’s Primary Section before it was abolished. Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere then went to Kisubi Boys where he completed his Primary Leaving Certificate in 1946.
In 1947 Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere joined St. Mary’s College Kisubi Junior Secondary One. He obtained the Secondary Leaving Certificate in 1949 and was admitted to Senior Secondary One in 1950. He obtained the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate in 1952.
After St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere enrolled at Makerere College, then the University College of East Africa, when it was still an affiliate of the University of London. He underwent an Intermediate Course (the equivalent of Higher School Certificate) and, thereafter joined the Faculty of Education for a Diploma in Education (Dip. Ed. EA; 1959) Ssemogerere continued to pursue academics even as he practiced politics and by 1979, he had obtained a PhD in Public Administration for a New York University.
He took over leadership of the DP in 1972 while parties were under proscription by the military government, and officially became its president general after the fall of Idi Amin in 1979. Ssemogerere contested for president in December 1980, in the disputed election that led to the Luwero bush war as many believed he had been robbed of his victory. But he did not join the armed rebellion and instead went into Parliament to lead the opposition.
After the fall of the Obote 2 government, Ssemogerere served as minister in the subsequent governments, until 1995 when he resigned in readiness to contest for presidency in the 1996 polls that were won by Yoweri Museveni.
Dr. James “Jim” Dyer on October 7, 2022. James (Jim) Dyer passed away on October 7, 2022 after sustaining injuries from a fall. Jim was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from Allegheny College and Jefferson Medical College, both in Pennsylvania. While completing an internship in Denver, Colorado, he met his wife of 54 years, Susan. Jim served in the Air Force for three years near Tokyo, Japan. He and Susan eventually settled in San Jose where Jim practiced Family Medicine in Almaden Valley and later at Kaiser San Jose. In retirement, they divided their time between a summer home on Hood Canal in Washington, and The Villages in San Jose. They settled permanently at The Villages in 2017. People who knew Jim spoke of him as a kind, good man and caring physician. He loved all things automobile, astronomy, opera and he was a serious News Junkie. Jim is survived by his wife, Susan and his brother Herb ’61 (Sonia), a niece and two nephews. Jim’s life will be remembered and celebrated when friends gather for fine food and good conversation, when a certain piece of music touches you, and whenever a man with his dog bring a smile to your face.
Edward Dennis Ehrenberger on September 17, 2022. Edward Dennis Ehrenberger died on September 17th after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Here in his own words is a brief synopsis of a life well lived.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1940, Edward Dennis Ehrenberger was born to parents Ed and Genevieve Ehrenberger. I was the first of six children followed by sisters Lynn, Leslie, Lucille and brothers Bruce and Michael. Our parents taught us that with hard work and dedication we would be able to accomplish any of our goals and it turned out to be very true. In 1962 l graduated from Allegheny College as an economics major and earned my second lieutenant bars from the Air Force ROTC. I was immediately assigned to Air Force Navigation school in Waco, Texas where I spent the next 10 months learning the art of navigation. In May of 1963 I started my flying career as a C124 navigator at Travis AFB, California. Over the course of the next 22 years, I performed as a navigator, instructor navigator and flight examinator navigator in C124s, C141s and the new C5A. My final job was as a C5A flight examinator navigator and was Plans Officer for our wing. Also, during this 22-year period my wife, Arlene, and I were fortunate to blend our combined families of five great children, Dennis, Matthew, Ken, Steve and Melissa. They provided us with 15 grandchildren and five (going on six) great grandchildren. We are very proud of all of our children and grandchildren and how they turned out. When I left the Air Force in 1985 I had been working in the packaging industry for Brockway Glass and the last 22 years with Mead Packaging as the Director of Sales for the West Coast. My formal retirement started in January of 2002. Arlene and I have accomplished everything on our bucket list and couldn’t be happier with the life we had in both working and in retirement. We moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona in 2005 and consider it one of the best decisions we ever made. We have a tremendous group of friends we have cherished over the years. Looking back, it’s been a great ride and we can’t think of anything else we could have done better during this entire period. But all things come to an end, and I just want to thank everyone for their kind words and assistance over this last trying period. Know that both of us appreciate all you have done.
Maj. Norman John Grove on December 31, 2021. Norman John Grove, age 82, of Midlothian, Texas passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021. Norman was born May 20, 1939.
Dr. David Pevear on May 1, 2021. We mourn the passing of David Pevear, who died on May 1, 2021, in Jamul, California, after having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 10 days earlier. He had predicted his future demise during an interview for the 1995 winter issue of CMS News: “I’m waiting for us all to have our tragic ends. We all get to have a tragic end. Although I already figured out that I’m probably going to go like Mama Cass, choking on a ham sandwich.” Pevear was born on August 21, 1940, in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. He first became interested in clays as an undergraduate chemistry major at Allegheny College, where he built a DTA instrument for a class project using borrowed tools and stainless steel spoons lifted from the cafeteria. He earned a PhD from the University of Montana in 1969, where he studied under John Hower, and later with Arnie Silverman when Hower moved to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. For his thesis he investigated clays in rivers, estuaries, and continental slope sediments off the southern US Atlantic coast. Working in Orrin Pilkey’s lab, he discovered that whereas the rivers carried kaolinite, formed by intense semi-tropical weathering on land, the estuarine and slope sediments were dominated by chlorite and illite brought from farther north. Therefore, the ocean sediments were not a good indicator of climate on the adjacent mainland. From Montana he joined the faculty of Western Washington University (WWU) where he taught a variety of geology courses, and then taught clay mineralogy when Ada Swineford retired. While at WWU he studied the Mount Saint Helen eruption and its ash, which he found contained the trioctahedral smectite saponite. He also studied glacial and marine sediments off the west coast of the US in an attempt to distinguish the two for earthquake prediction. While at WWU, he played in a rock and roll band, and was active in opposing the Vietnam War. In 1981 he joined Exxon Production Research (EPR) in Houston, Texas, where he was treated to excellent support for his research, and where he met his partner of 37 years, Adrian Beserra.
Albert C. Redding Jr. on November 15, 2021. Albert C. Redding Jr., 83 of Westlake, OH; beloved father of Al Redding III (Carolyn) of Bloomfield Hills, MI and Susan DeFlitch (Steve) of Pittsburgh, PA; loving grandfather of Leah DeFlitch, Max DeFlitch, Addison Redding, and Camryn Redding; and his former spouse and mother of his children, Carolyn (Kelly) Cubbon Nielsen ’63.
Earl J. Speirs on November 6, 2022. On Sunday, November 6, 2022, Major Earl J. Speirs of Hallandale Beach, FL peacefully left this world at the age of 81 with his loving family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Helen (Merritt) Speirs and by his lovely and adoring sister, Joyce Speirs Roeser. He was the loving father of his three surviving children, Jessica Speirs of Dania Beach, FL Eric Speirs of Hollywood, FL and Tara Speirs of Hallandale Beach, FL. He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren Mason Feig, Abagail Speirs, and Bailey Feig and his brothers Edward W. (Else) Speirs of Pompano Beach, FL and John M. (Karen) Speirs of Smithfield, VA. He also had many adoring nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Earl, also known as Dad, Papa, Uncle Earl, Opa, Brother, and Earl the Pearl, was born in Middletown, NY March 9th in 1941. He grew up in Slate Hill, NY and spent his free time hunting, skiing, swimming, and causing trouble at the Merritt Orchard. In his formative years, he attended a one-room schoolhouse taught by Mrs. Duvall, who he claimed was the greatest teacher to have ever taught. He then went to Middletown High School where he became an accomplished member of the swim team. He also participated in his high school’s student exchange program and lived in Germany for a few terms where he learned fluent German. In his later life, he commonly used mach schnell and loved Oktoberfest and beer. After high school, he went to Allegheny College and majored in history, a subject he loved. He went on to set a few swim team records and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He then entered the Air Force as an officer after graduating from flight school and flew a variety of different aircraft. He served in Vietnam, undertaking many difficult missions. Afterwards, he continued to serve in the Air Force reserves and was hired to fly for Pan Am Airways in 1967. He proudly flew for them until they went under in 1991. Afterwards, he flew with Tower Air and transported soldiers in and out of combat zones during Desert Storm in the First Gulf War. He married the late Linda Ellen (Dunning) Speirs in 1972 and raised his family in Wallkill, NY and later moved to South Florida in 1990. Since then, he has enjoyed traveling especially to Forestburg, NY during the summers and coming up for hunting season with his family and friends; he also loved to camp in the Florida Keys. He was the light in many peoples’ lives and constantly made people smile with his jokes and infectious laughter. Earl was a people person and a man of the world. He visited almost every country on the planet and likely encircled the world thirty times or more.
Samuel Marcus on October 22, 2022. Samuel G. Marcus, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 22, 2022, after a brief illness. He will be greatly missed by Margo, his wife of 55 years, his son Joe Marcus and wife Kate (of Camp Hill), his daughter Sara Marcus Kaplaniak and husband Eddy (of Camp Hill), and four beautiful grandchildren-Noah, Lily, Calvin and Emelia. Sam was born on July 10, 1939 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Abraham and Edith Marcus. He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Brown. He enjoyed a childhood surrounded by cousins and extended family growing up in Beaver, PA. Later, he served in the United States Army and pursued an academic path that included attending Allegheny College and Syracuse University, and teaching at Mankato State University. Upon his return to his native Pennsylvania in 1971, Sam spent the rest of his career-until retirement-with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Higher Education. During that time, he also gradually transformed his “side hustle,” book selling, into what eventually became a second career. Up until his recent passing, he was the owner/operator of The Bookworm Bookstore, located at the West Shore Farmers Market, which continues to be managed by his children and grandchildren.
Margaret “Maggie” Turrill McCaw on October 30, 2022. Margaret “Maggie” Turrill McCaw, 81, of Lebanon, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday (October 30, 2022), surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Latrobe, PA to Frederick and Frances (Chester) Turrill, Maggie grew up in Laughlintown, PA and went to the Valley School of Ligonier and Ligonier High School. She attended Allegheny College, earning a degree in Biology and Drama, followed by an MFA in Technical Direction and Lighting from the Yale School of Drama. She met her husband, Burnette Robert (“Bob”) McCaw at Yale, and after marrying in 1965, they eventually settled in Lebanon in 1969.
She began her career teaching Theater History and other courses at universities including UCONN, Wesleyan and Eastern, later moved into architectural design, then finished out her career working for many years in Project Design at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Always a strong believer in civic responsibility and serving her community, Maggie volunteered on numerous town committees in Lebanon, including the Board of Education (25 years), and the Recreation Commission (25 years). She served in many capacities for the First Congregational Church of Lebanon, where she was a member for over 50 years. A long-serving member of the Lebanon Historical Society, she served on several building committees, including the one that led to the construction of the Museum, as well as the planning for the proposed Archives Building. She served as a Trustee of the Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. House, and most recently participated in the renovation of the Jonathan Trumbull Library as a Building Committee member. In 1986 she was honored with the Lebanon Citizen of the Year award.
She was admitted to the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department in 1982, serving for 40 years as an EMT and firefighter, and was serving as an Executive Officer (Secretary) at the time of her passing. As a lifelong learner with endless curiosity, she enjoyed exploring every aspect of emergency response and firefighting, pursuing a wide variety of certifications and technical knowledge.
As a fiercely protective and supportive mother to her two children, she inspired them to never stop learning, travel widely and love animals. She enjoyed exploring with her husband of 58 years, traveling extensively in the United States and Europe. Her childhood passions for horses and sports never diminished, perhaps only eclipsed recently by her enthusiasm in following her grandson’s athletic accomplishments.
She is survived by her husband Bob; brother Fred Turrill of Laughlintown, PA; son James (“Jim”) McCaw of Millwood, NY; daughter Becky McCaw LeGette, her husband Timothy (“Shane”) and their son Holden of Norwalk, CT; and extended family members in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and England.
Glenn A. Murray on November 9, 2022.
Joseph A. Rollo in September 2022. Joseph A. Rollo was born in Brooklyn, NY to Joseph and Elizabeth Rollo. He and his twin brother, John, grew up in Forest Hills, NY. Joe attended Woodhull Prep and Allegheny College. He received his MBA from the Bernard Baruch School of Business and served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1970. Joe married his high school sweetheart Patricia Willis in 1966. His career included working for U.S. Plywood, Gallo Wines of New Jersey, Guild Wineries and The Wine Institute of California, where he served as the International Director of Marketing. He was an avid reader and baseball fan, but his favorite memories were when he was surrounded by family. Joe is survived by his wife Patricia and three children: John Rollo (Stacy), Jane Balousek (Jon) and Tricia McCann (Brian). He will be dearly missed by his seven grandchildren: Michael, Megan, Jenna, Natalie, Michaela, Addison and Riley, as well as his relatives and many friends.
Sue Ellen Wolfram Golier on July 11, 2022. Sue Ellen Wolfram Golier of Pittsburgh, PA died on Monday, July 11, 2022, after a brief illness. Born September 20, 1942, in Wilkinsburg, PA to Victor and Helen (Loveday) Wolfram, she spent most of her youth in Murrysville, PA, graduating from Franklin Area Joint High School in 1960. At Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, she graduated with a BS in Economics in 1964. She cherished her connection to her alma mater and maintained attendance at Allegheny choir reunions to the present year.
The third woman in history to be hired by Pittsburgh’s Price Waterhouse accounting firm, she earned her CPA license shortly thereafter. While there she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Golier, who proposed to her on an escalator at Horne’s Department Store two weeks after their first luncheon date.
After marriage to Robert on October 22, 1966, Sue joined the Fox Chapel Area Women’s Club and the American Association of University Women and volunteered at Contact Pittsburgh, a suicide prevention hotline. Active in the community theater group Stage Right, she acted, directed, helped with set design and even had her play, Murder at Boyd, performed. A member of the O’Hara Bicentennial Chorus in 1976, she proudly danced the can-can at the Pennsylvania train station in front of 5,000 people.
When the local elementary school closed, Sue and a friend saw an opportunity and founded the Boyd Community Center in 1983. She was its first manager and witnessed its growth into the Cooper-Siegel Community Library and Lauri Ann West Community Center, which provide services to thousands of people in the Fox Chapel area. She and Robert also founded the Beautiful Smiles Foundation in 2006 to offer free dental care for those in dire need. Its service continues today.
Sue, as a member of the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, served as an elder, sang in the choir, was treasurer of the Harvest Fair and maker of their famous mushroom sandwiches.
In the game of bridge, she participated in many local and regional tournaments and earned the title Ruby Life Master. She was most proud of the Tuesday ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge game, which she ran for many years at the Lauri Ann West Community Center, the largest in the Pittsburgh area.
Sue was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and community member whose passion for social issues was unparalleled. She loved being a Pittsburgher, watching Rachel Maddow, jigsaw puzzles, laughing loudly (she had an amazing cackle), eating at Jimmy Wan’s, public theater, card games and her Facebook family.
Sue leaves behind her husband Robert Golier of 55 years, two sisters, Victoria Muckinhaupt ’66 (Richard) and Barbara McElfresh (Alvin); three children, Kevin Golier (Jodie), Sara Schneider, Melanie Wilshire (Bud); nine grandchildren, Max, Madeline, Maya, Gus, Lucy, Jonas, Trey, Leo and Margot; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her parents and brother, John “Chris” Wolfram.
Marilyn E. Lenz Leach on November 11, 2022. Marilyn Eileen (Lenz) Leach, (80), of Kingsway Village died in her husband’s arms on November 11th, 2022. Marilyn is survived by Don Leach, her husband of 57 years, Daughter Jennifer Chagaris, Son Jeffrey Leach, and grandchildren Stephen Chagaris, Melissa Chagaris, Erin Leach, and Logan Leach.
Marilyn was born in New Castle Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Herman and Eleanor Nesbit Lenz. She was preceded in death by her brother Clarence “Lenny” Lenz and survived by her sister Ruth (Mac) McCracken and her brother Gerald (Allie) Lenz.
She grew up on a 100 acre farm in the Neshannock township of Pennsylvania. She participated in 4H and learned to drive a tractor at the age of 5. She lost her mother at the age of 12 to cancer. She was a graduate of Neshannock Sr. High school and went on to major in English at Allegheny College where she became president of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.
Her first job was teaching high school English in Painesville, Ohio. She and Don Leach were married on July 3rd 1965. After starting her family, she worked for the Albany Presbytery for 20 years as the assistant to the stated clerk for the Presbytery retiring in 2005.
She led a life of service. She volunteered for the Friends of the Library, League of Women Voters, and as Girl Scout leader. She was very active in the life of Union Presbyterian Church (UPC) by serving as Member of Session, member of church committees, president and treasurer of the Woman’s Association, and Clerk of Session for many years. After the merger of UPC and First Reformed Church she served as the chair of the adult education committee, the support and care committee, Clerk of Consistory, was an elder, and often led Bible studies.
Her hobbies included tennis, reading, duplicate bridge, and travel. She and Don enjoyed trips to Mexico, Alaska, Louisiana, London, Germany, Hawaii, France, Italy and frequent trips to New York City where they enjoyed Broadway shows.
Kenneth Stephen Garner on October 8, 2021. Stephen departed this earthly plane on October 8, 2021. His life was devoted to nurturing others and traveling the world. As a well-known educator in Delaware, he was President of the Delaware Teachers Federation. He and Barbara bicycled extensively in North America and Europe. Then he continued on to travel in 67 countries by bicycle and motorcycle. Stephen touched the lives of many with his generosity, compassion and wise counsel. As you remember him, know that our sole purpose in this life is to help one another. Celestial Traveler; destination unknown. Left to honor his memory are his wife, Barbara Garner; brother, Timothy A. Garner; niece and nephew, Susan and David Smajda; granddaughter, Elizabeth Burkins Ortiz; great-grandchildren, Victoria and Manuel Ortiz; and the Garner’s dear friend, Sarah Larkin.
Helen King Howell on November 9, 2022. Helen King Howell was born in Erie, Pa., on May 12, 1944 and died surrounded by her family in the Philadelphia area on November 9, 2022. Helen was preceded in death by her parents Samuel and Mary King and her brother William King.
She is survived by her husband Dr. Gary Howell ’66, her sister Nancy (David) McLaughlin, children Catherine, Matthew (Rachel), and Marcus (Justine), and grandchildren Elizabeta, Eamon, Jocelyn, and Rhys as well as several nieces, nephews, and their children.
Helen attended Allegheny College and Kansas University, graduating in 1972 with a degree in Elementary Education. Focusing first on her family, she helped her husband obtain his DMD degree, and moved with him out west to work with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She and Gary moved back to Erie, and she worked for twenty years as an Elementary School teacher in the Erie School District, as well as found the time to volunteer in her church’s preschool and as both a girl scout and a boy scout leader.
After retirement, Helen and Gary moved from Erie to the Exton, Pa. area to be nearer to their family, but they always held dear the city and people of Erie, it having been a great place to raise their children. Accordingly, Helen and Gary established the Howell Family Scholarship Fund to be administered by the Erie Community Foundation. This fund will fully activate upon the passing of Gary, and will provide scholarships to help further the education of graduates from the Erie School District, the Millcreek School District, and Cathedral Preparatory School.
Helen was a bright and cheery person to the end and will be fondly remembered for her warmth and humor. She left this to be said as her final words: “Almighty God blessed me with the passions of youth, a good husband with whom to share the past 58 years, the joy of holding my children and grandchildren in my arms, and the bonus of travel to remote, unique, and historical places. I’ve had a good run with no regrets!”
Roger A. Sokol on November 3, 2022. Roger A. Sokol, 75, of Minooka, Illinois, passed away Sunday morning, November 3, at AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, Illinois, following an extended illness. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Gizela (Kulka) and Albert Sokol, and a brother, Richard Roth, all of Cleveland, Ohio. He is survived by his brother, Bruce, of St. Joseph, Michigan; and by a nephew, Bruce Jr.; a niece, Beth Ann (Sokol) and her husband Tony Graack; and three great-nephews, all of Bridgman, Michigan. He is also survived by numerous cousins in Cleveland. Roger was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Minooka, and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Knock Council 12882, Minooka. He was involved in many volunteer and service projects over the years. He graduated from Maple Heights High School and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at Cleveland State University. He then attained his Master’s Degree at the University of Chicago. He was employed by the ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery, Joliet, Illinois, for many years as an engineer, retiring in 1999. Roger was an avid reader and book collector and was known for his culinary talents, especially the array of gourmet Christmas cookies he prepared each year for family and friends. He played competitive bridge and earned the prestigious title of Life Gold Master from the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League). He participated in numerous regional competitions along with his brother and friends in Cleveland.
Charles “Chuck” Osborne Pickens on July 30, 2022. Charles “Chuck” Osborne Pickens of Farmington, CT passed peacefully at home on July 30, 2022 with his devoted wife, Jean and beloved son, Eric by his side. Chuck was born on August 5, 1944 to Calvin Herbert Pickens and Doratha (Osborne) Pickens in Meadville, PA. He grew up in the small town of Saegertown surrounded by relatives and friends, where he went out to play in the morning, returning home for lunch and supper, walked to church and school, played sports and occasionally got into trouble! When his father passed in 1957, Chuck’s family moved to Meadville for his high school years. Chuck was an outstanding athlete, bedazzling fans with his behind the back passes on the basketball court and as a pitcher on the baseball mound. He began dating his wife-to-be, Rella Jean (Hart) in the eleventh grade and they were married in 1962. The pride of their lives were their two children, Eric Lee and Carrie Lynn and grandchildren, Ivy Mae, Bridget Michelle and Mead Landry Pickens.
Chuck graduated from American International College in Springfield, MA with a business degree and pursued a career in information technology (IT). In 1974, he went to work for the Stanley Tools Division in New Britain, CT. Chuck had an instinctive appreciation for what the newly developing computer system could do for manufacturing. He and his team created a state-of-the-art order/entry and billing system. Their electronic data interchange (EDI) revolutionized the way customers could order their products. The Hand Tools Industry Assoc. applied this model nationally. Chuck went on to serve as VP of IT at Loctite in Newington, CT. Eventually, he formed his own consulting business in long-term IT and planning. It was during this period that he worked at the Mohegan Sun Casino on a Y2K project to convert their technology for the year 2000. At that time, he convinced the casino to let him open The Golf Shop. He enjoyed managing the store until the financial crisis of 2008. Chuck served the town of Farmington as a Justice of the Peace, a Municipal Hearing Officer and an Assistant Registrar of Voters. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Avon, CT.
Chuck was a scratch golfer maintaining friendships from his hometown and making friends at many golf courses including Tunxis Plantation and The Country Club of Farmington where he was a member for 35 years. Chuck loved to cook and on many a golf trip with friends, he would prepare the evening meal, cleanup the kitchen and be ready to play cards. He was the total package! Chuck enjoyed salt-water fishing and trips to fly fish on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. He always found a spot to plant a vegetable garden and invited friends to share in the bounty at harvest time. For many years, he raised honeybees and chickens. He enjoyed using his brain to solve technical problems, play bridge and poker, board games, crossword puzzles, read murder mysteries and tackle many projects around the house. He designed and patented the “Mail Box Shield”. So it seems ironic that he would be diagnosed with a brain tumor in November of 2021. This was the ultimate challenge for Chuck, to relearn how to use the TV remote and find ways to keep himself engaged in life.
Most importantly, Chuck was a man of great integrity and honesty. He will be dearly missed by his wife, son, grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Chuck was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Carrie Lynn and his brothers, John and Stephen Pickens, as well as sisters-in-law, Ann and Joye Pickens. He is survived by his brother David Pickens and sister-in-law Jane Pickens, both of Meadville, PA. Jean and Eric sincerely thank all the UConn medical staff and the Farmington Valley VNA hospice team who showed Chuck the greatest compassion and excellent care during his illness. We also thank family and friends who supported us with their thoughts, prayers and expressions of love.
Raymond Lee Wisniewski on August 2, 2022. Ray Wisniewski passed away peacefully at home on August 2, 2022, with his wife and son at his side. He was 76 years old.
Ray was born in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Henry and Maryann Wisniewski.
After graduating from Allegheny College, with a major in English and minor in Art, he went on to a year in the MBA program at the American University in Washington, DC. By this time the Vietnam War was in full swing, and the draft was knocking on the door. Ray enlisted in the Army. After basic training he spent a year learning Korean at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, CA and then served in Korea near the DMZ for a year.
After his military service Ray attended the San Francisco Art Institute on the GI Bill. It was there that he met Christine McNamara. In the mid-’70s, San Francisco was a wonderfully romantic place for two young, poor art students. It was the beginning of a 49-year adventure together.
In 1976 Ray and Chris moved to Sonoma County, eventually owning a home just outside Sebastopol. They married in 1981 and their son Nicholas was born in 1986. During this time Ray mastered the skills of carpentry, a trade he practiced for 38 years. He worked as a park carpenter restoring historic barns at Pt. Reyes National Seashore, in addition to many residential projects as a remodeling contractor. When their son began elementary school Ray became involved in volunteer activities at the school. He served on the Twin Hills-Apple Blossom School Board for six years.
Ray loved the California coast, and he and Chris made many visits to the Monterey area. Trips to LA to visit Nick in college were always an excuse for a drive down the coast. He was a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and also enjoyed college football, art museums, and good restaurants. Most of all Ray loved his family and was very proud to become a grandfather.
He is survived by wife Christine, son Nicholas (Arielle), grandson Otto, sister Christine Zuckett, a niece and three nephews. His family will miss him dearly.
Philip M. Barnes on May 21, 2022. He was in the class of 1968 and was a member of the fraternity Theta Xi. Phil spent 30 years with Amtrak in the Washington, D.C., area. He worked in budgeting and financial planning during that time. He is survived by his wife Andrea Whitaker Barnes ’67 of Columbia, Maryland, and his son, Eric, of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The Rev. Robert “Bob” Bracewell Appleyard Jr. on July 3, 2022. Retired Episcopal Minister Robert “Bob” Bracewell Appleyard, Jr, died on July 3, 2022 in Acton, Maine after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2021. He was the rector of St. Barnabas Church in Falmouth and St. Michael’s Church in Milton.
Bob began his career at Fox Chapel Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania after graduating from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria in 1972.
Bob was born in New York on Oct. 4, 1947, the son of Bishop Robert Bracewell Appleyard ’40 and Katharine Gelbach Appleyard ’40. He graduated from Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1965.
Bob was a loving man whose ever-present kindness had an immeasurable impact on those who crossed his path, whether they were his family, his parishioners, or a stranger on the street who needed help. He was a champion for the equal rights of women in the clergy and one of the first in the Episcopal Church to endorse gay marriage.
His love was most evident in his relationship with his wife Deborah “Debby” Wood ’70, whom he met at Allegheny College and married in 1970, and their son Benjamin “Ben”.
Bob and Debby loved to spend time at their vacation home in Acton, where they retired in 2007. Some of their happiest moments were spent working on that farmhouse, including countless hours renovating the old barn in their backyard.
In addition to his wife and son, Bob is survived by his four grandchildren, his daughter-in-law Deborah Van Allen Appleyard, Ben’s partner Alexandra Pastor, and Bob’s siblings: the Rev. Jonathan A. Appleyard, Jane Appleyard Roel, and the Rev. Daniel S. Appleyard.
Alan S. Drohan, Esquire on October 10, 2021. Alan Drohan, 74, of Fulton, passed away at University Hospital, Syracuse, NY after a long illness. Alan was born in Fulton, NY to the late Sherman and Esther (Shattuck) Drohan. He remained a lifetime resident of Fulton, NY. Mr. Drohan graduated from Fulton High School, and then continued his education at Washington & Jefferson College. He received his Law degree in 1982 from Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY. Prior to receiving his degree Alan worked at Streeter & Van Sanford as a certified Life Underwriter. Throughout his law career he worked as the principal clerk for the NYS Supreme Court, Oswego, NY having worked for Judges Donovan, Hurlbut, Nicholson and Seiter. In May of 2010, Alan began enjoying his retirement. He was described as a kindhearted, humorous, giving and compassionate person. Alan was extremely knowledgeable about antiques especially those from the Victorian period and had a successful antique business. He was a founder and member of the Fulton Friends of History. Alan liked crossword puzzles, playing bridge and entertaining. He was a member of the Media Shriner, Watertown, NY; and he thoroughly enjoyed his membership with the Sandy Pond Sportsman Club. Alan also liked to garden, tend to flowers and spend time with family at camp where together they all enjoyed the water, the weather and witnessing beautiful sunsets. Alan or better known to his beloved nieces and nephews as “Uncle Bumps” will always be thought fondly of giving out kazoos for every occasion and happily teaching all the proper blowing techniques. He will also be remembered for his favorite phrase “Tippy Top.” Mr. Drohan is survived by his brothers: Verner Marshall and Gail Drohan of Oswego, NY; Paul S. and Donna Drohan of MD; nieces and nephews: Matthew W. and Samantha Drohan of PA; and their 3 children: Olivia, Eliza, and Vanessa; Dr. John A. (Rebecca) Taylor of ME; and their 3 children: Spencer, Coenradt and Jacquelyn; Anne T. (Erik) Kindblom of MA; and their 2 children: Emma and Charlotte.
William Taylor Johnson on September 7, 2022. William Taylor Johnson, of Lansdale, passed away peacefully on September 7, 2022 at the age of 75. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Thea J. Johnson (nee Faraco), his children: Christopher David Johnson ’07 (Esther), Meghan Victoria Johnson and Gretchen Lynne Johnson; grandchildren: Benan and Fennec Johnson. Bill is also survived by his sister, Nancy Cooper (nee Johnson), nieces and nephews: Sean Cooper (Brooke), Anthony Faraco-Hadlock (Katie), Amelia Faraco-Hadlock and Nicholas Faraco-Hadlock. He is predeceased by his parents, William and Anne Johnson, his son, Andrew William Johnson, and brother in laws, Mark Cooper and Thomas Faraco. Bill was born on July 4 th , 1947 in Jersey City, NJ. He graduated from Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, NJ, where he was an honor student and competed in wrestling, baseball and was his football team’s captain. He went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Allegheny College and later in life, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Arcadia University. After graduating from Allegheny College, Bill went on to serve in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He diligently worked as a Medical Technologist in the hospital laboratory at Suburban Community Hospital for 45 years. Bill was an active member of his community where he served about 10 years at Plymouth Community Ambulance as a paramedic, umpired baseball with the PIAA organization for over 20 years, and officiated PIAA wrestling. He was a lifelong student, who loved to read science fiction and history to learn new information, and was known to quiz his children during dinner or long car rides in subjects ranging from math, rules of baseball, history, and geography. He was known for his quick wit, endless jokes, and dry sense of humor. He loved to attend weekends for Special Olympics basketball and soccer with his daughter Gretchen. As a family, they loved to retreat to Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountains. Bill was a devout Christian and was a parishioner for many years at St Luke’s United Church of Christ. He will be sorely missed by all who love him.
Margi Segell Rice on August 12, 2022. Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Margi Rice, a longtime member of the Chapel Hill banking community, died August 12 in hospice at the home she shared with her husband, Stephen Rice, who was by her side.
Margi began her career in 1970 as a teller at Central Carolina Bank and quickly advanced to the rank of Branch Manager and then into the mortgage and commercial loan arena. She was known for being the coach and mentor to the new management recruits. She was instrumental in securing capitalization for many local real estate developments, including the 65-unit Shortbread Lofts complex on Rosemary Street. She retired in 2010 as Senior Vice President at SunTrust which merged with BB&T to become Truist Bank.
Marjorie Eileen Segell was born on February 29, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota, her post-midnight birth commemorated in the local newspapers the first of the Leap Year. Throughout her life she always displayed a youthful charm and vigor, which she jokingly attributed to having a birthday only once every 4 years.
As a child she enjoyed figure skating and played the flute. She graduated from St. Paul Central Highschool, a National Merit scholar, then headed to Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa, where she earned a degree in business administration. She then followed a friend to Chapel Hill; where she joined CCB.
Margi and her husband of 29 years, Stephen, enjoyed gardening and putting up vegetables and preserves that they bestowed on family and friends in large care packages. After she retired, the couple traveled widely, touring most of Europe, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Morocco and South America, and made a point of regularly dropping in on far-flung siblings, nieces and nephews. She was an avid reader, particularly of mysteries, and eagerly embarked on junkets with her gal-pals, Cammie, Pam, Susan and Anne.
In addition to Stephen, she is survived by her brothers Michael and John; brother-in-laws Jimmy, Danny and Mark; nephews Tom, River, Weston, Landon, Mitchell, Jonathan and Mackenzie; and nieces Eliza, Molly, Ashley, Ariel, Elizabeth and Nikki. She also leaves behind her much-revered Maine Coon cat, Chloe Beyonce.
Kim T. Segebarth on September 7, 2021. Kim T. Segebarth of South Euclid, Ohio died on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. He was the beloved son of the late John and Audrey Segebarth. He is survived by his brother Geoffrey (Bruce Iehl); his sister Kristen (Steven Binder); and niece Zoey Binder. He was preceded in death by his life partner the late Linda Sue Morris. Kim was devoted to the welfare of Linda’s special needs daughter Chanell who knew him as Uncle Kimmie. Kim spent the majority of his legal career as the Chief Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland Heights. Kim balanced his devotion to public service with his passion for photography, metaphysical studies, and his love of travel. Kim’s artwork and photography were well respected by all he touched throughout his life. Despite a long battle with illness, Kim never let it stop him from appreciating life to the fullest. He shared his exuberance for life, friends and nature until the day before his passing.
Kay Zuris on August 11, 2022. Kay Zuris passed away on August 11, 2022. While at Allegheny, Kay participated in Alpha Gamma Delta.
Elizabeth Grigsby Perry on February 6, 2022. Beth led a life of compassion and commitment to others. Whether with friends, family or her patients, she provided a listening ear and gentle guidance. Her actions were rooted in her belief that kindness was the key to life. Beth supported countless families during her 43 years working as a social worker at a dialysis center in Concord.
Beth was a loving mother and a loyal friend. She is survived by her son, Christopher Perry, sisters Anne Toensmeier and Kathie Singer, and a community of family and close friends.
In her free time, Beth was an avid reader. She loved sewing, crafting, photographing nature and keeping the local birds well fed.
William “Bill” Dygert on August 27, 2022. William “Bill” Dygert died on Aug. 27 at his home in Astoria from an ongoing lung disorder.
Bill was born Sept. 14, 1950, in Detroit, to Dr. H. Paul and Helen N. Dygert. He was second of their three sons.
In the summer of 1955, Dr. Dygert set off for Vancouver, Washington, where he had taken a position with the local Veterans Affairs hospital. Helen Dygert, who had only had her driver’s license for three weeks, took the boys and joined him there.
Bill grew up in Vancouver, and graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1968. He attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and graduated with a degree in history in 1972. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1979.
Bill started a job with the Clark County Parks Department in 1973, where he worked as an employee, and later as an independent contractor. He negotiated with various private landowners and secured the funding which allowed the conversion of their private holdings to public uses.
He was an expert grant writer, and his applications, written for the benefit of municipal entities and nonprofits throughout southwest Washington, secured many millions of dollars over the years. He worked on projects for Lewisville Park, Frenchman’s Bar, Salmon Creek and the Vancouver Lake lowlands, just to name a few.
He and his business partner, George Simpson, devised the Clark County Conservation Futures program and the acquisition of more than 5,000 acres of the most important park, open space and habitat lands in Clark County.
Later in life, he provided support for development of the Astoria Riverwalk, and was a long-term chairman of the Lower Columbia River Fish Recovery Board. He was also a founder and longtime board member of the Columbia Land Trust, which has conserved more than 50,000 acres of land in Oregon and Washington. As you are enjoying the great outdoors, take a moment to acknowledge this great man.
He also greatly enjoyed fishing for bass in the Columbia River Gorge with his brother, Hal.
Bill is survived by his wife, Linda, his stepson, Mick, and his brothers, Peter and Hal Dygert, and their families, not to mention his Labrador retriever, Prince Harry.
Richard Karl Martin on February 16, 2022. Richard Karl Martin, 72, of North Huntingdon, Hempfield Twp., died Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in Crawford County. He was born January 17, 1950, in Pittsburgh a son of the late Robert A. and Mary Martha (Briney) Martin. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a Marketing Officer for First National Bank. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Assoc. Surviving is his wife of 35 years, Kathy (Haines) Martin; their son, Ryan Koroly and his wife, Olga, of Monroeville; grandchildren, Siera, Sawyer and Aspin Koroly, Elena and Alexandria Ellinger; a sister, Susan Witt and her husband, Joel, of CA. and a sister-in-law, Charlene Johnson and her friend, Tony, of Munhall.
Jan Mitchell Kamil on March 22, 2022. Jan Mitchell Kamil, age 70, of Verona, New Jersey passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Jan was born July 27, 1951.
Kevin J. Chambers on September 9, 2021. Kevin J. Chambers, age 69 years, of Flemington, NJ passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Somerville, NJ, March 19, 1952, he was a lifelong Flemington area resident. Kevin was a graduate of the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Class of 1970. He went on to attend and graduated from the University of Arizona, where he majored in Geology. This led to a career working for the New Jersey Department of Transportation as a geologist. In 2011, he retired after twenty-five years with the state. A history buff, he was a member of the Civil War Trust, The Gettysburg Foundation, and the Museum of the American Revolution. Additionally, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and loved building model train sets. Kevin was pre-deceased by his father, Harry J. Chambers, who died in 1987, and survived by his mother, Evelyn E. Chambers. Surviving is his beloved wife of forty-three years, Wendy M. Chambers, of Flemington, NJ; his daughter, Jennifer K. Chambers and her boyfriend, Andrew, of Feasterville-Trevose, PA; as well as close family friends.
The Rev. Dr. Jane Elizabeth Heckles on June 18, 2022. Beloved spouse, cherished sister, super auntie, ministry leader, and the best friend you could ever have, Jane Elizabeth Heckles died on June 18 after a brief, intense struggle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born on Friday the 13th in August of 1954 to Doris Evaline MacKay Heckles and William Robson Heckles, their second child to big brother Bill. Her mom called Jane “her lucky 13.” During his boyhood, her dad had immigrated from England with his parents and a group of their friends. They all settled in the Westville section of New Haven, Connecticut, and built the close neighborhood network so vital for immigrants. “Janie” was adored in that community — not least by her British grandmother, for whom she was named. She was strongly influenced by her British heritage, all things MacKay, and a whole lot of Connecticut and New England sensibility.
She met the love of her life, Kathleen Greider, in 1979. Brought together in Somerville, Massachusetts by a softball team called The ERA, they declared their love for one another in the cat food aisle of a grocery store in January of 1980. They first mothered two black cats named Lilith and K.C. Later, she and a black cavapoo named Neekah turned Kathleen into a dog person. The couple had 42 years of partnership and were married in 2008, as soon as the law allowed.
Her life was grounded in many values, principles, and commitments. Chief among them has been faithfulness to family of blood and family of choice, special devotion to nieces and nephews, cultivation of longtime friends, and the necessity of competence and contributing to the good in the world. She found great pleasure in travel of all kinds, watching sports — especially her beloved Red Sox — and staying current with all things technological.
The foundations of her Christian identity, faith, and later professional life were laid at First Church of Christ Congregational in West Hartford, Connecticut, and Camp Yo Aunta on Cobbosseecontee Lake, in Maine. Always a curious learner, she was a religion studies major at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and earned the M.Div. (1980) and D.Min. (1997) degrees from Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. For her doctoral degree, she studied giving patterns in churches that declared themselves open and affirming to LGBTQI persons. She posited accurately that while churches that voted to become open and affirming might see an initial dip in financial support, ultimately the decision led to stronger giving and clearer sense of purpose for the congregation.
She was ordained in the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 1980, in The Federated Church of Christ, UCC, of Brooklyn, Connecticut, where she served her first call to ministry. She was soon called to serve the wider church, first at her alma mater, ANTS, as director of development (1981-1991). In those years, she helped double the amount of donor giving. She also served as adjunct faculty at ANTS (and later at Claremont School of Theology), teaching in the areas of stewardship and field education.
In 1991, the couple moved to California when her wife was called to serve as professor at Claremont School of Theology. She began her service to the Southern California Nevada Conference in 1992, first as stewardship minister and then as co-conference minister. She was a bridge builder in multiracial and multiethnic churches of the UCC and continued her justice work for the LGBTQI community, including service to marriage equality campaigns in California.
From 2009 to 2013, her ministry was in the national setting of the UCC, where she worked on financial and missional support for the denomination. Her theological depth was demonstrated in a campaign called “Changing Lives: That’s Our Church’s Wider Mission,” which described the church’s mission to be continuing testament, extravagant welcome, and changing lives. She helped strengthen the financial ministries of conferences of the UCC as well as local churches. She saw shifts in the landscape of ministry, including many churches considering closure. She was the chief author of a resource to help churches close their ministries faithfully, often by leaving a legacy financial gift.
Feeling a pull again to local church ministry, in 2013 she began serving as interim pastor at University City United Church in San Diego, leading it through a successful pastoral search. Finally, having witnessed the burden and blessing of ordained ministry, she was recruited by the pension boards of the UCC to develop the Episcopal CREDO program for UCC clergy. CREDO offered a holistic approach to wellness — support for reflection on financial, spiritual, psychological, and vocational aspects of their lives, in a retreat-like setting of extravagant welcome and care. The program enriched the lives and ministries of more than 250 clergy.
Throughout her life, she volunteered for a variety of causes and programs. Her most significant service was to Pilgrim Place, where in 1998 she became a member of the board of directors and eventually served as chair. After the couple became residents at Pilgrim Place in 2016, she continued her yearslong practice of helping out in the food court during festival, lent her fundraising skills to benefit the Pilgrim Place Resident Health and Support Program, used her technological and communications skills to establish and maintain the online PP Post, and became a weaver of lovely placemats and scarves.
She is survived by her spouse, Kathleen J. Greider; brother, William R. MacKay-Heckles; and their families.
Tom E. Perlic on February 18, 2022.
Anne Marie Leydecker Barnett on July 29, 2021. Anne Marie (Leydecker) Barnett of Woodstock, formerly of Rochester, NY passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2021. She was predeceased by her mother Mary R. Leydecker. She is survived by her husband, Roger; daughter Jessica (Jonathan) Knight; son, Brian (Elizabeth) Beebe; son, Andrew Barnett; father, William K. Leydecker; 5 siblings; 9 nieces and nephews; and 1 cherished grandson, Eryck.
Charles Robert “Rob” Skinner III on July 8, 2022. Charles Robert Skinner III (“Rob”) passed away suddenly on July 8, 2022. He was 59 years old. Beloved son of Charles Robert Jr. and Patricia Skinner. Loving brother of Sally Funk (Andrew) and Susan Kenny (Edward). Proud uncle of Michael Kenny. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Rob moved to Cherry Hill in 1970. He graduated from Cherry Hill East in 1980 and Allegheny College in 1984 where he was a brother of Theta Chi fraternity. Rob loved to entertain people. He was co-founder of The Best Disc Jockeys where he presided over hundreds of weddings, parties, and events. He also worked as an IT professional. But teaching was his true calling. He worked as a teacher of math, science and computers at several schools including Paul IV and most recently at Camden Catholic. He had a unique way of inspiring his students by using real world examples and encouraging a love of learning. Teaching, and seeing his students flourish, were the highlights of his career. Rob was an avid Pittsburgh sports team fan and loved watching and attending their games with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing golf at well know courses. He had a special interest in Astronomy and shared his knowledge with others. He also loved to read and write short stories. Rob traveled frequently with his family and especially liked visiting historical locations to feed his interest in American history. He also loved being in the mountains and his annual family vacation to Hilton Head Island. He will be missed deeply by his loved ones.
Edith Sullivan Foster on December 27, 2021. Edith Sullivan Foster died peacefully at home December 27 after a difficult year battling thyroid cancer. Edith was born in Oil City February 26, 1932, the daughter of Edith Coogan Sullivan and James D. Sullivan. She graduated from Oil City High School and worked at several local businesses including Venango Newspapers and Cyclops Specialty Steel. She later attended Clarion University and became a registered nurse. She had a rewarding career in nursing, working as a visiting nurse at VNA and an emergency room nurse at Titusville Hospital. In retirement she enjoyed playing bridge, her three cats, her country home and hosting family dinners and get togethers. Edith married Taylor W. Foster in 1975 and they resided together on Warren Road, Galloway for 40 years. Taylor preceded her in death in July, 2015. Also predeceasing her are brothers and sisters James R. Sullivan, Matthew J. Sullivan, Francis C. Sullivan, Margaret Sullivan Eck, and Mary Sullivan Conway. Surviving are her sister Ann M. Sullivan of Galloway and many devoted nieces and nephews.
Cynthia Antoinette Spoor on May 20, 2021. To think of Cindy is to see her on the beach, wearing a faded baseball cap and trailing her fingers through the sand. With an incisive wit that cut through illusions, she nevertheless saw magic in everyday life. Born and raised in Williamsville, NY, she went on to get her BA at Allegheny College. As a young adult, she moved to Ohio where she did graduate work at the University of Cincinnati and worked for the Cincinnati Ballet. She lived in and loved many places but NYC was hands down her favorite. Most mornings would find her racing to the subway beside Grace while Jack and Sarah speed-walked ahead. No matter which giant purse she was carrying, there was sand from the beach at the bottom of it. She built a career in non-profit management, including 13 years at Trinity Wall Street, where she was a senior administrative director. She then shifted her focus to the study of building biology and growing an independent consulting business. Her most recent project was the Drawdown Festival in Southampton, which educates and creates conversation around climate health.
Certified in Reiki, Cindy dedicated more than 25 years to the study of alternative healing practices. This work took her all over the world and introduced her to vibrant communities of friends from Santa Fe to Yucatan, Mexico to Cornwall, England. Feeding her passion for travel, she spent many trips studying and exploring ancient sites and spiritual practices.
Cindy might not have always planned a meal for an invited guest, but she effortlessly made a home that was as welcoming to a gaggle of teens as it was to a friend passing through town unexpectedly. Creative to the core, she transformed a tiny NYC apartment into a sanctuary for four with an ingenious use of IKEA tension wire and 7 yards of shimmery silk discovered in the fabric district. Hers was always the warm and comfy place where weekend afternoons were filled with doing puzzles or reading Harry Potter while Mamma Mia played in the background.
Cindy passed away peacefully on May 20, 2021 surrounded by her family. She will be remembered as a beacon of love, especially by her three children, Jack, Sarah, and Grace Mennell; her mother, Pat Spoor; her sister Suzanne Spoor and brother Bill Spoor; her brother-in-law Steve Canaday and sister-in-law Elke Spoor; her nephews, Zachary and Tyler Canaday; and her nieces, Tietjen, Annika, Elsa and Danya Spoor.
Catherine L. Munroe Rogers on June 18, 2022. Catherine L. Rogers, 48, of Mifflintown, passed away at 4:12 a.m., on Saturday, June 18 2022, at Locust Grove Retirement Village in Mifflin. Born on August 2, 1973 in Allentown, Lehigh County, she is the daughter of Nancy E. Munroe of Mifflintown and the late Thomas Earl Munroe. She was a 1991 graduate of Harrisburg Academy and a 1995 graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville where she dual majored in English and Comparative Religion. Catherine was employed as a Paralegal at McManus and Seig in Madison, WI before relocating with her Mother to Juniata County. In earlier life, she enjoyed NASCAR racing and had a special spot in her heart for dogs.
Alison M. Yarnal DeFrancisci on August 16, 2022. We are sad to announce the passing of Alison Mackay DeFrancisci of Sarasota, Florida. She died at age 36 on August 16, 2022 after a long illness. Born Alison Yarnal in State College, Pennsylvania, she graduated from State College High School. She followed that by majoring in political science and minoring in Spanish at Allegheny College, then by studying nursing at the State College of Florida and University of South Florida. Alison had a passion for international travel, starting with three weeks in the United Kingdom and another three weeks in Bulgaria at age 6. She visited many Caribbean islands as well as the Bahamas, and traversed the Panama Canal. She spent semesters abroad in Nelson, New Zealand while in high school and in Seville, Spain while in college. Her last trip abroad was with her family to Scotland, where she planned to return after recovering from her illness. Alison loved music. She was a member of the State High Concert Choir and the high school’s elite Master Singers; she always had music playing in her house. She was a dedicated competitive swimmer from second grade through high school. She was an avid reader and keen follower of domestic and international politics. Most of all, she was a devoted mother whose love and support of her children knew no bounds. Alison will be sorely missed. Her energy and joy for life lit up every room and touched all who knew her. Alison is survived by her husband, Thomas DeFrancisci and her children, Benjamin Maney, Elizabeth Maney, Colin Maney, and Wesley DeFrancisci, all of Sarasota; her parents, Careen and Brent Yarnal of Sarasota; and her brother, Neil Yarnal of Boulder, Colorado. She is also survived by her extended NY family.
Mindy Roth on August 7, 2022. Mindy Roth, age 37 of Columbus, Ohio passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, August 7th 2022. She was born on June 25th, 1985 in Westerville, Ohio, the daughter of Lee & Becky (Adams) Roth of Johnstown, Ohio.
Mindy was a 2003 graduate of Johnstown-Monroe High School, and she graduated Cum Laude in 2007 from Allegheny College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree for Studio Art & Psychology.
After college Mindy went on to work in Pittsburgh, and then in Columbus at Safelite Autoglass for over 10 years in finance & accounting. She also volunteered often with the local community group Columbus Gives Back.
Her passion was art. Mindy enjoyed creating artwork in her own unique & imaginative style. She also enjoyed music & concerts, literature, gardening, game nights, and of course her cats Little Bear & Nova.
Mindy is preceded in death by her grandparents Dirwin & Pauline (McClatchey) Adams, Leland & Norma (DeBord) Roth, Lillian (Weaver) Roth; and her uncle Daniel Adams.
She is survived by her parents, brothers Steve (Arnie) and Adam (Keyla), nieces Victoria & Cassandra, and nephew Maximo.
Mindy was full of life and love, and will be dearly missed by family, friends, co-workers and all of those that were a part of her life.
Lee William Benedict on August 20, 2022.
James Charles Hogan, Ph.D., who served as the Frank T. McClure Professor of Classics at Allegheny for 30 years until his retirement in 1999, on October 1, 2022.
In 1954, Dr. Hogan graduated from Clinton High School and served as president of the Oklahoma Future Farmers of America in 1955-56, winning national championships in Hereford and hog judging. He attended Oklahoma A&M from 1954-56, then transferred to the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in arts and letters, majoring in Greek and Latin (Classics).
Dr. Hogan obtained a master’s degree in 1961 and a Ph.D. in 1966 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Undergraduate and graduate recognitions included: highest honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Southern Teaching Fellow, in addition to being a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. From 1961 to 1969, Dr. Hogan served as an instructor and professor at the following institutions: Converse College, Spartansburg, South Carolina; Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; and University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.
In 1969, Dr. Hogan became the Frank T. McClure Professor of Classics at Allegheny. He authored countless poems, articles, and three books: A Guide to the Iliad, A Commentary on the Complete Greek Tragedies of Aeschylus, and A Commentary on the Plays of Sophocles.
Dr. Hogan was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Ruby Hogan, and his spouse, Aurelia Hogan. Survivors include his stepson, Max Holt, and daughter-in-law, Sarah Holt; daughters and sons-in-law, Ada Hogan Porter and Geoff Porter; Ashley Hunt and Mike Hunt, and Kate Flores and Pat Flores; andseveral grandchildren.
Laura Jane Huff on October 11, 2022. Huff was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, on May 13, 1922. On August 20, 1943, she married Thomas Richard “Dick” Huff; he preceded her in death on August 11, 2007.
Huff was a 1940 graduate of Meadville High School and a 1942 graduate of Meadville Commercial College. During World War II, she was employed as an executive secretary by the former Talon, Inc. After taking some time off to raise her family, Huff became employed by Allegheny in 1959, where she worked as secretary to the director of the College Union. According to her obituary, she was dedicated to her work there and became known as “Mighty Jane.” She retired in 1988.
Jane is survived by two children, Charlene Shreve and Mary Lou Arthur (Richard), and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Edith Campbell Rabell on August 19, 2022. She was born December 25, 1922, in Venango, Pennsylvania. She married Milton K. Rabell December 4, 1943, and he was tragically killed during World War II on November 19, 1944. She subsequently married Alton L. Rabell on October 12, 1946, and he preceded her in death on March 12, 2008.
Rabell was a graduate of Cambridge Springs High School and Meadville Business College. She worked as secretary to the president of Allegheny from 1958 to 1985 and served as a member and secretary of the PENNCREST School Board for 10 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Milta Dudek (Edward) and Linda Bollensen, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Linda Kay Reid on August 23, 2022.
Ruth Neumeyer Ridgeway on August 9, 2022.
The Reverend Rocco A. Tito on August 22, 2022.