Wittenberg Magazine P.O. Box 720 Springfield, Ohio 45501-0720
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Elizabeth Woodrow Kight McKibben, Columbus, OH, died Feb. 24, 2000. A member of Alpha Delta Pi, she was a former elementary teacher in Springfield and Columbus. She was co-founder of Kight Advertising and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and various civic and professional groups. Surviving are a son, a daughter-in-law, Sandra Anderson Kight ’61, a step-daughter, five grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 18 step-great-grandchildren.
Robert F. Weinig, Naples, FL, died June 27, 1999. At Wittenberg, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. Before his retirement, he was vice president and general manager of Wincharger, Sioux City, IA. Active in civic affairs, he served as president of the YMCA, Rotary Club and the Iowa Manufacturers Association and as director of the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. He was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church. His wife, a son, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren survive.
Alfred E. Traver, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, died Jan. 4, 2000. An engineer, he was retired from the Mobil Foundation Inc. He is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.
Faye Foreman Mowrey, Lorain, OH, died Aug. 20, 1999. A member of Alpha Delta Pi while at Wittenberg, she was an active member of First Lutheran Church and numerous community organizations. She had retired from her position as a real estate sales representative with Warmee Inc. Surviving are seven children and their spouses, including, James B. ’60, and Cheryl Mowrey VanHorn ’56, Edward E. ’58, and Linda Mowrey Everhart ’59, Janelle Mowrey Richards ’61, Jeanne Honecy Mowrey ’69, and Michael A. Mowrey ’70, nine grandchildren, including David B. VanHorn ’81, Matthew D. Mowrey ’98, Lisa Richards Hone ’84, Karen Everhart Bedford ’85, and Jennifer M. Mowrey 2001, five great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Helen Mowrey Runyon, ’30. Preceding her in death was her husband, David E. Mowrey ’28.
Frederick E. Snyder, Van Wert, OH, died Feb. 24, 2000. A member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Convoy, OH, he taught music privately and at the Marsh Foundation School. Two nieces and a nephew survive.
Jane Herring Studebaker, Tipp City, OH, died June 5, 1998. She grew up on the farm that is now Malabar Farm State Park. Co-founder of Process Equipment Co., she had served as financial officer until her retirement. She was an active member of the West Charleston Church of the Brethren and served as the church organist for many years. Two daughters, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two sisters survive.
Bernice Naugle Boyer, Hudson, OH, died Jan. 26, 2000. She had taught English and Latin and coached girls’ basketball at Houston and Perry Township High Schools. A son survives.
Dean Oliver Brooks, Sterling, IL, died Jan. 28, 1999. A member of Phi Kappa Psi at Wittenberg, he served as a master sergeant with the U.S. Army during WWII. He owned and operated Rock River Valley Printers, Inc. Surviving are a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.
A. Vernon Hess, ’36S, Palm Desert, CA, died March 16, 2000. Before his retirement, he was a pastor for the Lutheran Church of America for 37 years serving with the U.S. Air Force and with parishes in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Deborah Hess Garver ’60, and two grandchildren.
Jesse R. Hoffman, Cleveland, OH, died June 20, 1997. Surviving are two sons, a daughter, Elaine Hoffman Leigh ’65, and two grandchildren.
Edna L. Maxwell, Zanesville, OH, died April 27, 2000. While at Wittenberg, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. A retired teacher from Grover Cleveland Junior High School in 1978, she was a life member of Immanuel United Church of Christ. Surviving are numerous cousins. Preceding her in death was a sister, Helen K. Maxwell ’33.
Catherine Fries Pandorff, Fort Wayne, IN, died March 15, 2000. She was a member of Chi Omega while at Wittenberg. Also a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church and Jobs Daughters Past Honored Queens, she was retired from Wolf and Dessauer Department Store. She is survived by a niece and great-niece.
Ralph G. Preston, Dearborn, MI, died Dec. 12, 1996. While at Wittenberg, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He was supervisor of the industrial engineering and material handling section of the manufacturing engineering department, steel division, with the Ford Motor Co. Preceding him in death were four brothers, including William D. Preston ’30, Herbert A. Preston ’31, and Thomas K. Preston ’36. A sister, Katherine J. Preston ’34, followed him in death.
Quong Sing Wong, Springfield, OH, died May 23, 2000. During World War II, he served with the U. S. Army Air Corps. He worked for International Harvester and was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons. Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Katherine J. Preston, El Paso, TX, died March 6, 1998. While at Wittenberg, she was a member of Kappa Delta. She had been a teacher in Ohio and in El Paso, TX. She is survived by 11 nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were five brothers including, William D. Preston ’30, Herbert A. Preston ’31, Ralph G. Preston ’33, and Thomas K. Preston ’36.
Raymond L. Smeraldo, Yarmouthport, MA, died Oct. 24, 1999. He was a member of Phi Mu Delta while at Wittenberg. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, two sons, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Luther V. Powell, Gainesville, FL, died July 1, 1999. At Wittenberg, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. A member of First Lutheran Church, he served as a technical sergeant with the U.S. Air Force during World War II. As one of the founding members of Alix of Miami, Inc., he served as an executive vice president, before retiring as a pattern designer with Serbin Inc. Survivors include his daughter, two sons, two grandchildren, three brothers, including Robert T. Powell ’33, Warren W. Powell ’43, and Richard W. Powell Sr. ’45S, a sister, Louella Powell Coffelt ’47, a brother-in-law, Stanley G. Coffelt ’48, a sister-in-law, Charlotte List Powell Young ’38, and several nieces and nephews, including Marra Powell Wollpert ’63, Jane Powell Moheyer ’70, Douglas E. Powell ’68, Richard W. Powell II ’68, Drych D. Powell ’83, Daniel M. Powell ’75, Jacob R. Powell ’99, and Martha Powell Sackett ’76, and her husband, William G. Sackett ’75. Preceding him in death were his father, Merlin I. Powell ’08, ’11S, a sister, Isabelle C. Powell ’41, and a brother and sister-in-law, O. Burdette Powell ’37, and another sister-in-law, Esther Leilich Powell ’34.
Edmund A. Schreiber, Colbert, WA, died Jan. 12, 2000. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi while at Wittenberg. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, a son, a step-daughter, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Betty McDowell Stapleton, Pompano Beach, FL, died Oct. 6, 1999. An active member of her community, she was a homemaker. Two nephews survive.
Frank Toth, Toledo, OH, died Feb. 8, 2000. A member of Alpha Tau Omega while at Wittenberg, he served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1977, the Perrysburg (OH) Board of Education renamed the local elementary school in his honor prior to his retirement as principal after 25 years service. He also had officiated football and basketball games at the high school and college levels and was honored by many associations for his work. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, three grandchildren and a brother.
Harry F. Yarnell, Twinsburg, OH, died March 11, 2000. He retired in 1984 as credit and customer service manager with Curtis Industries, Inc., Eastlake, OH. A member of Garfield Memorial United Methodist Church, Pepper Pike, OH, he is survived by his wife, a daughter, Linda Yarnell O’Brian ’65, and three grandchildren, including Frost D. Yarnell ’88. A son, Dennis L. Yarnell ’63, preceded him in death.
Helen Noonan Keys, Lima, OH, died Jan. 28, 2000. During her years at Wittenberg, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi. A homemaker, she was women’s program director of radio station WLOK from 1937 to 1941. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church and numerous community organizations, including the Lima Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Daughters of the Revolution and the Lima Arts Association. A son, three daughters, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survive. Preceding her in death was a sister, Jennie Noonan Adler ’36.
Robert W. Shively, Kirtland, OH, died Jan. 18, 1999. He is survived by a daughter, a brother and a grandson.
Enid Crooks Strick, Punta Gorda, FL, died June 7, 2000. A retired kindergarten teacher, she taught in the Chagrin Falls (OH) Schools for more than 25 years. She is survived by two daughters, including Nancy Strick Johnston ’67, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mary Thomas Fralick, Fort Clark Springs, TX, died March 18, 2000. She enjoyed travel and volunteer work. Survivors include her husband, a son, two sisters, including Dorthea Thomas Kurth ’33, a nephew, Thomas F. Kurth ’58, and his wife, Barbara Kane Kurth ’59. A brother-in-law, Frank E. Kurth ’34, preceded her in death.
Paul W. Kamman, Park Ridge, IL, died Aug. 23, 1999. He was a consultant to the baking industry. Surviving are three daughters and a son. Preceding him in death were an aunt, Loma Kamman Osborn ’30, and an uncle, H. Ward Grieb ’19.
Julia Marshall Reed, State College, PA, died April 9, 1999. She was a member of Chi Omega during her years at Wittenberg. As volunteer chair of the nursing services for the local chapter of the American Red Cross, she received the Estabrook Award for Nursing in 1968. She was a member of the State College Presbyterian Church. Two daughters, a grandson and a brother survive.
Margaret Goschke Cassel, Ormond Beach, FL, died July 3, 2000. While at Wittenberg, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. A music teacher before serving as pianist for the Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church for many years, she was an active member of her community. She is survived by her husband, Charles W. Cassel Jr. ’43, three daughters, three grandchildren and two sisters, including Helen Goschke Sullivan ’48.
Elizabeth Switzer Wolford, Columbus, OH, died April 6, 1999. A member of Alpha Xi Delta while at Wittenberg, she was also a member of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and P. E. O. Sisterhood. She is survived by two daughters, including Carole Wolford Graham ’66, two sons, nine grandchildren and a niece, Sheryl Switzer Berger ’81. Her husband, Richard H. Wolford ’41, and a brother, Albert E. Switzer ’50, predeceased her.
Carl L. Snyder, Stow, OH, died March 26, 1999. He taught school in Perrysburg, OH, before retiring from the Ottawa Hills Schools following 25 years’ service. He then worked in a large retail store in Toledo, OH, before owning and managing Big Red G. Quickprint for many years before his final retirement. He was also the organist and choir director at Epworth United Methodist Church for many years. His survivors include his wife, a son, two daughters, five grandchildren, two sisters, Eunice E. Snyder ’38, and Lois Snyder Joviak ’45, several cousins and their spouses, Marion Miller Brown ’49, Ruth Miller Smith ’56, Raymond A. ’43, and Flora Miller Heine ’43, Ward W. ’69, and Margaret Price Heine ’73, Lawrence D. ’72, and Marian Heine Pye ’73, Amy C. Pye ’97, Laura E. Pye ’97, and Hillary J. Heine 2003. Preceding him in death were his father, Frank C. Snyder ’08, and a cousin, Frank R. Miller ’42.
Vera Cooperrider Shelly, Thornville, OH, died March 25, 2000. A member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Newark, OH, she was an active member of several civic organizations. She taught for 25 years in northern Perry County. Surviving are her husband, a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, a sister and two brothers.
Marguerite Ackerman Minnick, Springfield, OH, died April 29, 2000. During her years at Wittenberg, she was a member of Delta Zeta. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Women’s Association of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Animal Welfare League. Her husband, a daughter, Lisa Minnick McCullough ’74, two sons and a sister-in-law, Annalil Pfeiffer Ackerman ’28, survive. Preceding her in death were a son, Frederick J. Minnick ’81, and a brother, Daniel F. Ackerman ’34.
Elizabeth Gunsett Riser, Indianapolis, IN, died Sept. 29, 1998. While at Wittenberg, she was a member of Kappa Delta. She was retired from Century 21 Gold Key Realtors, where she was a real estate agent for several years. A member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, she is survived by her husband, a son, a daughter, seven grandchildren, a great-grandson, a cousin, John W. Gunsett ’53, and a sister-in-law, Patricia Corrigan Gunsett ’43. Preceding her in death was a brother, John K. Gunsett ’41.
Joan Becker Warlick, Southern Pines, NC, died Feb. 1, 2000. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi at Wittenberg. During World War II, she visited schools and hospitals as an ambassador for returning soldiers at Camp MacKall. A charter member of the North Carolina Zoological Society, she was active in various civic groups and as a volunteer with the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, the Moore County Historical Association and Shaw House. Surviving are her husband, three sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and a brother.
Thomas H. Freshour, Bradford, OH, died March 12, 2000. A member of Phi Mu Delta at Wittenberg, he served with the U. S. Army during World War II. He retired as a school teacher from the Fairborn City Schools after 28 years. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, three sons, 12 grandchildren, a brother and a sister. A brother-in-law, Robert A. Wiegel ’42, preceded him in death.
Hugh E. Malone, Redlands, CA, died July 13, 1999. A member of Phi Kappa Alpha at Wittenberg, he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was a research chemist with the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base before retiring as senior sanitation officer with the County of San Bernadino. His wife, three daughters and a son survive.
John M. Meranda, Rochester, NY, died March 4, 1999. During World War II, he served with the U. S. Army. He was a retired teacher from Benjamin Franklin High School. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Marks Meranda ’48, a grandson, a sister, and two brothers, including Charles R. Meranda ’48.
Richard W. Mozier, Livonia, MI, died May 21, 2000. He served with the U. S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Before his retirement in 1987, he was national account manager with the Ford Motor Company Heavy Duty Truck Dept. He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Jones Mozier ’47, a daughter, Marilyn Mozier West ’75, a son, four grandchildren, a sister, Margaret Mozier Bonhardt ’48, a brother-in-law, Austin E. Jones ’50, an aunt, and several nieces and nephews.
Robert L. Holland, formerly of Springfield, OH, died March 10, 2000, in Clearwater, FL. While at Wittenberg, he was a member of Phi Mu Delta. A member of Grace Lutheran Church, he was a director in the Ohio State Department of Education for 23 years. He retired as an adjunct professor from the University of Cincinnati and was key in bringing physical education to the physically and mentally handicapped for the Kennedy Foundation. Survivors include his wife, June Daniels Holland ’51, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and a sister, F. Laomi Holland Horgen ’49.
Sue Cailor Wessel, Lafayette, CA, died May 16, 2000. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi at Wittenberg. Owner of Cailor, S. A. Imports, she was an active member of her community. She is survived by her husband, Richard D. Wessel ’47, a daughter, Rae Ann Wessel ’78, a son, Christian R. Wessel ’83, two grandchildren, a sister and a brother.
Junior A. Steele, Mishawaka, IN, died March 19, 2000. He served as a pastor of missionary churches for 32 years. He was also a public school teacher and principal. Survivors include five children, four brothers, including Howard H. Steele ’43, and Harold E. Steele ’50, and two sisters, including Thelma Steele Streber ’58.
Marjory Emhardt Swartzbaugh, Shaker Heights, OH, died May 20, 2000. At Wittenberg she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. A former junior high school teacher of art in Camden, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA, she was an accomplished artist. She is survived by her husband, Marc L. Swartzbaugh ’58, a son, two daughters, two grandchildren and two brothers.
Paul E. Taynor, New Carlisle, OH, died March 26, 2000. A member of Medway United Methodist Church, he had worked for many years as a parts manager with Hopkins Chevrolet Oldsmobile. Two brothers, and several nieces and nephews survive.
William C. Musselman, Portland, OR, died May 5, 2000. During his years at Wittenberg, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. The first coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, he had been a head coach in four professional leagues and was currently an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers. He had also served as a college coach at Ashland, Minnesota and South Alabama. His wife, two sons and a daughter survive.
Lee Will Simon, Novato, CA, died Jan. 18, 2000. While at Wittenberg, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He was program director at Chicago (IL) Adler Planetarium before serving as director of the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, retiring in 1984. He was an active member of Our Lady of Loretto Church, many civic groups, and founding member of the Stroke Association of Marin. He is survived by his wife, three sons, a brother, John T. Simon ’65, and an aunt. Preceding him in death were his father, Clarence T. Simon ’19, his grandfather, Jonas D. Simon 1893, two cousins, Lois J. Simon ’28, and Ruth I. Simon ’18, and four uncles, Alonzo J. Turkle 1883, Emor W. Simon 1884, Jacob S. Simon 1887, and Harvey E. Simon 1896.
Steven C. Haas, Bellevue, OH, died Feb. 12, 2000. He taught English literature, advanced composition, and advanced French for more than 30 years at Margaretta High School, Castalia, OH, and Bellevue (OH) High School, retiring in 1997. A member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, he is survived by his mother, Louise Romig Haas ’30, a sister and an aunt. He was preceded in death by an uncle, Truman D. Romig ’26.
Nancy Kelley Seifried, Springfield, OH, died April 20, 2000. At Wittenberg, she was a member of Delta Zeta. She taught at many Catholic and public schools in the Clark County area, was an auxiliary police officer for the Village of Cedarville and owned Kelley Photography. Most recently, she was a switchboard operator at Wittenberg. Surviving are her husband, a son and a sister, Judith Kelley Altick ’70. Her father, George W. Kelley ’33, preceded her in death.
William G. Sterling, Columbus, OH, died March 17, 2000. Employed since 1981 by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, most recently as a geologist, he was the manager of the permitting section and a program analyst in the Division of Mines and Reclamation. He competed and judged with the U. S. Dog Agility Association and was active in theatre groups. Surviving are his mother, two sisters, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.
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