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Virginia Kite Tilson, Lexington, VA, died Oct. 22, 2000. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority, Lexington Presbyterian Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution. A retired school teacher, she is survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Lester H. Kishman, Vermilion, OH, died Sept. 15, 2000. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he was president of The Kishman Fish Company until he retired in 1959. He was the oldest member of the United Church of Christ Congregational in Vermilion, OH and was active with numerous civic organizations. Two daughters, Gretchen Kishman Neiding ’58 and Karin Kishman Rathbun ’60, a son, Roger H. Kishman ’66, seven grandchildren, including Shelly Rathbun Innes ’86 and Teri Rathbun Howe ’90, and seven great-grandchildren survive. He was preceded in death by his wife, Almena Yingling Kishman ’28, and a son-in-law, Richard P. Neiding ’56.
Kenneth R. Bell, Indianapolis, IN, died Dec. 7, 2000. He was a chemist with P.R. Mallory, and a teacher for Whitestown, Danville and Elkhart (IN) schools before retiring in 1968 after 17 years as a principal with the Indianapolis City Schools. Following his retirement, he worked with H&R Block for several years. He was a member of several professional organizations. Six cousins survive.
Glenn O. Outland, Huntsville, OH, died May 28, 1998. He was a principal and superintendent with the Huntsville Schools for 36 years before moving to West Liberty Salem to teach business for 19 years before retiring. He was also a farmer. Surviving are his wife, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.
June Snyder Lindsay, Phoenix, AZ, died Nov. 30, 2000. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. A volunteer and member of Grace Lutheran Church, she is survived by two daughters, a son, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Homer C. Lindsay ’31S, and sister, Mildred Snyder Stanhagen ’31, preceded her in death.
Bernice Johnson Ogden, Urbana, OH, died Nov. 22, 2000. She was a retired farmer and homemaker. A member of Concord Methodist Church, she leaves a daughter.
Hilda Downs Tuttle, Clermont, FL, died Aug. 4, 2000. She was a homemaker and retired teacher. A daughter and two granddaughters survive.
Maesimund Banning Panos, St. Petersburg, FL, died July 29, 1999. A physician, she practiced in Washington, D.C. until 1974, when she moved to Tipp City, OH and established the Woodward Foundation for Homeopathy. An officer of numerous homeopathic organizations, she taught courses for physicians at the NCH Post Graduate School for Homeopathy. Two daughters and five grandchildren survive.
Lorraine Albright Landefeld, formerly of Akron, OH, died Dec. 10, 2000 in Sarasota, FL. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she was a violinist who had played with symphony orchestras in Chicago, IL, Sarasota, FL, and with the Venice (FL) Symphony until her death. She also enjoyed swimming. Surviving are four sons, including K. Fred Landefeld ’64, John D. Landefeld ’66 and Paul A. Landefeld ’69, six grandchildren, including Kirstin L. Landefeld ’99, a sister-in-law, Georgiana Stearns Albright ’40, and a niece and her husband, Martin D. ’72, and Janis Olhoeft Sikora ’72. Preceding her in death were her husband, Karl L. Landefeld ’36, two brothers, David B. Albright ’40 and Archie E. Albright ’42 and a niece, Margaret (Peggy) Albright Ginaven ’66.
Anne Deaton Ruddock, Springfield, OH, died Dec. 25, 2000. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and a lifetime member of High Street United Methodist Church. She is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandsons, two great-grandchildren, a sister, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Stuart D. Shanor ’59, Hugh W. Barnett III ’88, and Stephen D. Shanor ’90 and his wife, Heidi Koenig Shanor ’91. Preceding her in death were her husband, William D. Ruddock ’38, her father, Roscoe H. Deaton ’04, and sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathryn Deaton Crabill ’38, Carl W. ’27 and Margaret Deaton Shanor ’28 and Hugh W. Jr. ’24 and Dorothy Deaton Barnett ’29.
Jay B. Zellar, Zanesville, OH, died Aug. 7, 2000. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who served as an intelligence officer in the European Theatre. An attorney, he retired from his law firm, Zellar & Zellar, in 1999. He was a member of Coburn United Methodist Church and numerous fraternal organizations. Surviving are his wife, four daughters, two step-daughters, four grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Marjorie LaFontaine Lawson, Parker, CO, died Aug. 12, 2000. She taught at several schools near Tiffin, OH, and then with the Cincinnati (OH) Public School system for many years. A lifelong, active member of the Lutheran Church, she leaves a son, two granddaughters, two brothers and a sister-in-law, Leo S. LaFontaine ’32, ’35S and Ralph E. ’42 and Betty Uhl LaFontaine ’42, and two nieces. A sister-in-law, Clara Nicholson LaFontaine ’25, predeceased her.
Ilean Moore, Springfield, OH, died Dec. 20, 2000. During World War II, she served with the U.S. Army Nursing Corps in England and was discharged with the rank of major. She taught at Johns Hopkins University, the Springfield School of Nursing and Clark State Community College. A member of First Christian Church, she was involved in the mission field for the church in Mashota, Zimbabwe, Africa, where she established a library for nursing students. A nephew, three great-nephews and a great-niece survive.
Jeanette Hecklinger Dykstra, Venice, FL, died Oct. 3, 2000. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Survivors include a daughter, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a brother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond R. Dykstra ’39.
Martha Hughes Musgrave, Springfield, OH, died Jan. 4, 2001. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Covenant Presbyterian Church, she served on the board of the Clark Memorial Home. She taught second grade at Grayhill Elementary School. Her survivors include two daughters, two grandchildren, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.
Janet Samuelson Proper, Dunkirk, NY, died Oct. 4, 1999. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she was a teacher and an active member of her community. Survivors include her husband, three daughters and a son.
Lillian Heisey Spears, Tomball, TX, died Sept. 4, 2000. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she taught elementary school and was a pianist. A daughter, a brother and numerous cousins survive.
Allan A. Kuusisto ’63H, Exeter, NH, died April 23, 2000. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was president emeritus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Survivors include a son, a daughter, a sister, Miriam Kuusisto Wilton ’48, several cousins and their spouses, including Victor E. ’64, and Nancy Kantonen Duane ’60, John E. ’55S and Mary Kantonen Berger ’56, Thomas W. ’63, ’66S and Martha Kantonen Lentz ’68, and David T. Halkola ’47. His wife followed him in death. An uncle, Taito A. Kantonen ’33S, preceded him in death.
Gilbert W. Rea, San Diego, CA, died Jan. 15, 1999. He served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific Theater during World War II and was in finance, procurement and construction with the Shell Oil Co. for 35 years. An active member of Rancho Bernardo (CA) Community Presbyterian Church, he is survived by his wife, Ruth DeVore Rea ’42, a son, a granddaughter and two grandsons.
Fern Buchholtz Smith, Springfield, OH, died Dec. 8, 2000. A member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, she retired from teaching at Highlands Elementary School in 1979. She also taught in the special education program at Oesterlen Services for Youth. Survivors include two sons, a granddaughter, a brother, Paul H. Buchholtz ’39, ’42S, three sisters, including Mary Buchholtz Foster ’33, three sisters-in-law, including Naomi Linsenmayer Buchholtz ’47, and several nieces and nephews, including Stephen J. Foster ’63, ’67S, John M. Foster ’66, Robert W. Buchholtz ’72, Jonathan Z. Buchholtz ’75 and Peter A. Swingle ’77 and his wife, Linda Williams Swingle ’76. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rollin L. Smith ’31, her father, William E. Buchholtz ’07, ’43H, two brothers, Luther E. Buchholtz ’45, ’47S and John M. Buchholtz ’51, ’55S, and a brother-in-law, H. Jacob Swingle ’36.
Charles R. Meranda, Springfield, OH, died Dec. 20, 2000. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He had worked at Community Hospital and Springfield City Loan before retiring from Navistar International in 1978 with 20 years service. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church and fraternal organizations. He is survived by a brother, a sister, two sisters-in-law, including Marilyn Marks Meranda ’48, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his wife, Julia Davis Meranda ’67, and a brother, John M. Meranda ’50.
Robert J. Murphy, Ann Arbor, MI, died Aug. 6, 2000. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he was an officer with the U.S. Navy Air Corps for air sea rescue operation during World War II. He was a sales representative with Oneida, LTD., Holland House Furniture and Westland Furniture and attended Westminster Presbyterian Church. A daughter, four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews survive. His wife, Elizabeth Heiser Murphy ’50, predeceased him.
Kathryn Marshall Burrall, Hot Springs, AR, died Nov. 28, 2000. A missionary teacher in India, she was a freelance writer with LCA Publishing House and a program reviewer with Women of the E.L.C.A. She also acted for churches, schools and community theatre. Surviving are her husband, Elmer E. Burrall ’64S, two sons, including Robert L. Burrall ’76, three daughters, including Karen Burrall Ganeles ’74, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Francis “Frank” L. Sherman, Carlsbad, CA, died Sept. 9, 1999. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he was a salesman with Quality Foam Packaging, El Monte, CA. Survivors include a sister, Helen Sherman Swint ’39. His wife, Shirley Weaver Sherman ’49, preceded him in death.
Robert J. Stout, Seminole, FL, died Oct. 9, 2000. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served with the 83rd Infantry Division in the European Theatre. From 1971 to 1988, he was a professor of behavioral sciences at St. Petersburg Junior College and also taught at Bowling Green (OH) State University and the University of South Florida. An ordained minister in the Lutheran Church, he served parishes in Ohio, Texas, California and Florida. He was a member of Anona United Methodist Church of Largo, FL and numerous professional and community organizations. Surviving are his wife, two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.
Bonnie L. Tessmer, Hartville, OH, died April 16, 1999. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and operated Tessmers Store in Hartville. Survivors include two daughters, two sons, three granddaughters, her mother, three sisters, including Evelyn Tessmer Baker ’49 and Elaine Tessmer Stevenson ’54 and her husband, John B. Stevenson ’52, and two brothers, including Alfred H. Tessmer ’52 and his wife, Regina Sanders Tessmer ’61. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn Tessmer Heil ’54.
Patricia McBride Smith, Findlay, OH, died Aug. 11, 2000. A member of Chi Omega sorority and Trinity Episcopal Church, she taught French at the Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA, and the Ashland (OH) and Norwalk (OH) Schools before coming to Findlay High School to teach Spanish. She also worked in the education department at Bowling Green (OH) State University. Survivors include her husband, M. Elden Smith ’60, two sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, her mother and two sisters, including Cheryl McBride Hall ’70.
Gloria Frueauf McCurdy, San Rafael, CA, died Aug. 30, 2000. An active member of the Church of the Nativity, she was a homemaker and a community volunteer. She also taught English as a second language with the Dixie School District, Marin, CA, and worked with Coldwell Banker. She leaves her husband, James R. McCurdy ’65, a son, a daughter, her mother and a brother.
Thomas D. Garman of Moscow, Russia and formerly of Ft. Wayne, IN, died Nov. 10, 2000 in Rochester, NY. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and had served in the Peace Corps. He worked for Eastman Kodak in Russia and in several countries in various managerial positions for 27 years. Surviving are his wife, two sons, a sister, Mary Garman Hosking ’69, and a niece.
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