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21 Alice Hersch Karriker, Rockford, IL, died Jan. 6, 2002. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. A retired school teacher, she was past president of Northern Illinois United Lutheran Church Women and United Lutheran Church Women of Illinois. She is survived by four daughters, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a brother. Her father, Thomas B. Hersch 1896, 1899S, predeceased her.
28 William L. Theisen, Cincinnati, OH, and Sarasota, FL, died March 14, 2001. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he coached football and taught physics, calculus and chemistry at the high school level. He was a member of St. Wilfreds Episcopal Church and several fraternal organizations. Survivors include his wife, three sons and seven grandchildren. His first wife, Eva Poss Theisen 27, preceded him in death.
30 Ardis Reemsnyder Kielsmeier, Tucson, AZ, died Feb. 15, 2002. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She taught elementary school and music in the Springfield (OH) Schools. An active member of First Presbyterian Church, she is survived by a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.
31 Rose Jetmore King, Zephyrhills, FL, died May 22, 2001. A member of First United Methodist Church, she was a retired school teacher and a homemaker. Surviving are two sons, a step-son, Donald L. King 40, and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hamlin C. King Sr. 24.
32 Hazel Whiteleather Hopper, Westfield, IN, died July 7, 2001. A retired librarian, she served the Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN, for 43 years. She was a member of numerous professional organizations and the Lutheran Church. Two nieces and two nephews survive. Preceding her in death was a brother, John W. Whiteleather 28.
Mina Greenisen McComb, Alliance, OH, died Dec. 28, 2001. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. An active member of St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church and her community, she owned the Bonnet Shop. Survivors include a daughter, Patricia McComb Ringwall 59, two grandchildren and two great-grandsons. A brother, Clifford L. Greenisen 34, predeceased her.
Peggy Hunter Sites, Gainesville, FL, died Dec. 18, 2000. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. A homemaker, she was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and her community. She leaves two daughters, a son, five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
33 Mary Fiedler Crawford, South Bend, IN, died Jan. 29, 2001. She was retired from teaching elementary school with the South Bend Community School Corp. A member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ralph W. 60, 64S and Sarah Crawford Spears 64.
Caroline Blotner Hayner, Troy, OH, died Sept. 28, 2001. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. After 34 years of service, she retired from Hobart Brothers Co. in 1974. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church, she is survived by two nieces and a sister-in-law. A sister, Dorothy Blotner Frazier 31, predeceased her.
Esther A. Oelrich, Oxford, MS, died Aug. 11, 2001. She was an assistant professor of music at the University of Mississippi for 28 years and served as organist at First Presbyterian Church for 46 years. There are no known survivors.
34 Dale Reeder Davidson, Jeffersonville, OH, died Nov. 29, 2001. She taught elementary school in Springfield. An active member of United Methodist Church, she was a 50-year member of Jefferson Chapter 300 of the Eastern Star. Surviving are her husband, a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and a sister.
T. Kinsman Lamb, Cleveland, OH, died Oct. 9, 2001. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he was a vice president with The Standard Drug Co. Survivors include two sons and two brothers, including Edward D. Lamb 39.
35 Mary Weimer Barker, Ocala, FL, died July 14, 2001. She taught elementary school for 30 years at the Gorham State Teachers College Campus School. A member of United Baptist Church and First Congregational Church, she leaves her husband, Paul M. Barker 33, two daughters, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a sister and a niece, Dorothy Rinehart Beher 65. Preceding her in death was a sister, Dorothy Weimer Rinehart 33.
Alma Kurdt Rogers, Chester, NH, died Oct. 31, 2001. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Irene Rogers Klei 60 and Beulah Rogers Willey 62, a sister, Ruth Kurdt Holl 45, a cousin, Jane Voelker Bergen 42, and a niece, Sandra Holl McClintock 70. Her husband, Howard Rogers 38S preceded her in death.
J. William Wahl 38S, Cape Coral, FL, died Nov. 1, 2001. He was a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity. After 37 years of service, he retired in 1975 as a Lutheran pastor, having most recently served Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Detroit, MI. Since 1985, he served as assistant pastor at Christ Lutheran Church. A brother, Frederick J. Wahl 38, survives.
36 Catherine Ballentine Cligrow, Mechanicsburg, OH, died March 3, 2002. She was retired from teaching with the Mechanicsburg schools. A member of United Methodist Church, she is survived by two daughters, a grandson, a granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.
37 William A. Holloway 39 M.A., Surprise, AZ, died Dec. 5, 2001. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, earning the rank of captain. A teacher and administrator for more than 25 years, he most recently served as principal of Wilbur Wright High School, Dayton, OH. Following his retirement, he was a tennis pro with Sun City (AZ) Tennis Club. A member of numerous professional organizations and past president of the Dayton School Administrators, he is survived by his wife, two daughters and two granddaughters. His first wife, Dorothy Sefton Holloway 37, predeceased him. Dorothy Lehmann Husted, Springfield, OH, died Jan. 10, 2002. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she was a former high school teacher in Delphos, OH and resort owner at Glen Lake, MI. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and several civic and social organizations. Survivors include a daughter, a son, Stanley N. Husted II 69, two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, Stanley N. Husted 37, a sister and brother-in-law, Fritz K. and Margaret Lehmann Krueger 31, and a brother, Morris J. Lehmann 32.
38 Gladys Telleen Ahrenholz, Tuscaloosa, AL, died Aug. 23, 2001. A member of Chi Omega sorority, she was a retired sociology instructor at the University of Alabama and co-authored a book published in 1968 on social problems. Surviving are her husband, a son, two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
39 Raymond K. Beals, Jacksonville, FL, died Dec. 4, 2001. An ordained deacon in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, he served several congregations in Ohio before retiring in 1980. Upon retirement, he became promotional director of educational opportunities in Lakeland, escorting groups to many foreign countries. He was a member of several fraternal organizations. Survivors include his wife, three sons, including Kenneth A. Beals 68, a daughter-in-law, Jacquelyn Whitaker Beals 67, two daughters and 10 grandchildren.
40 Robert C. Haynes Sr., Canton, OH, died Feb. 21, 2002. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a general manager with M. ONeil Co., serving for more than 20 years. He later served in various management positions with The Higbee Co., Cleveland, OH, and Mac Allied Tool Co., Tallmadge, OH. An active member of numerous community organizations and Trinity Lutheran Church, he is survived by his wife, a daughter, Lynda Haynes Wakefield 69, a son, Robert C. Haynes Jr. 72, a sister, Miriam R. Haynes 40, three granddaughters, a cousin, C. Eugene Hill 50, and several nieces and nephews, including Jean Feudner Machamer 66.
Jane L. Rudolph, Umatilla, FL, died Jan. 30, 2001. A member of Chi Omega sorority, she was retired as a civilian employee with the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH. A brother, two nephews and a niece survive.
William G. Thomson, Olivet, MI, died April 18, 2001. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. An associate professor of classics and director of continuing studies and summer school at Florida Presbyterian College, he also taught at Olivet College, Wayne State University and Heidelberg College. A member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, he is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, a foster daughter, two sisters, and eight nieces and nephews.
41 Esther Barthen Coad, Palm Harbor, FL, died Feb. 3, 2002. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she was retired as a teacher with the Warren (OH) School System. Surviving are her husband, Carl Coad Jr., 39, 42S, and two sons, including Bruce E. Coad 67. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Barthen Hutchings 38, a brother and sister-in-law, Melvin E. 35 and Jane Poesse Barthen 36, and a cousin, Stanley V. Wilder 31, and his wife, Anna Harbison Wilder 32.
Elizabeth Kemp Renner, Hanover, NH, died May 5, 2000. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and several community organizations. She leaves three sons and seven grandchildren. Her husband, William B. Renner 42, preceded her in death.
42 Louis B. Kreider, Youngstown, OH, died Oct. 14, 2001. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he was a U.S. Navy officer during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He was a self-employed realtor for more than 52 years before retiring in 1998. A member of several fraternal organizations, he received the Realtor of the Year award in 1973 from the Ohio Association of Real Estate Board. Survivors include his wife, two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.
43 Raymond A. Stocker, Walnut Creek, CA, died April 29, 2001. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. A retired insurance executive, he is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
45 Marisse Joan Colley, Springfield, OH, died March 31, 2002. A long time member of First Lutheran Church, she was an accomplished soloist in the choir and with the Springfield Symphony Chorale. A brother and several nieces and nephews survive.
48 Henry R. Fowler, Springfield, OH, died March 6, 2002. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. In 1988, he retired from Bryce Hill Inc. He was involved with pet therapy at local nursing homes and Wright Patterson Air Force Base Hospital. Survivors include two daughters, three sons, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a brother, Peter W. Fowler 50, and several nieces and nephews.
Harold C. Longstreet, Youngstown, OH, died Feb. 20, 2001. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he retired from Lincoln Life Insurance Co., Fort Wayne, IN, after 33 years of service. His wife, Margaret Hahn Longstreet 48, four children, nine grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Pauline Hahn Dockery 51, survive.
Sylvester Powell Jr., Mission, KS, died March 6, 2002. He served as a commander in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving four Battle Stars and the Bronze Star. He practiced law for 47 years and served as mayor of Mission, KS for many years until his death. Survivors include his wife, a son, two daughters, a brother and sister-in-law, Albert G. 52 and Barbara Winget Powell 58, and three sisters.
John A. Swavely, Jim Thorpe, PA, died June 3, 2001. He was pastor of St. Johns Lutheran Church from 1980 until retiring in 1991. A volunteer chaplain, he was the recipient of many honors and awards for his civic activities. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, four grandchildren, a great granddaughter, two brothers and a sister-in-law, James L. Swavely 56 and Luther P. 60 and Carolyn Allen Swavely 57, and a sister, Elizabeth L. Swavely 50. His mother, Isie Weygandt Swavely 22, and a daughter, Rebecca Swavely Moyer 78, predeceased him.
49 Carol Glass Griffith, Fort Myers, FL, died Oct. 7, 1998. She taught with the Davenport (IA) Community Schools. An active volunteer, she is survived by her husband, four daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and a brother, Carl W. Glass 47.
John A. Wagner, Springfield, OH, died March 2, 2002. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he was a teacher and guidance counselor. He was active in several professional and civic organizations and volunteered at Mercy Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Greenawalt Wagner 46, two sons, a sister and a brother-in-law and his wife, R. Mitchell 59 and Virginia Sprang Greenawalt 58.
George F. Weissling Jr., Battle Creek, MI, died Sept. 19, 2001. A member of Christ United Methodist Church, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Before retiring in 1986, he was a logistics engineer with the U.S. government for 38 years. Surviving are his wife, four sons, six grandchildren and his step-mother. He was preceded in death by his father, George F. Weissling Sr. 20, 23S, and his mother, Ruth Barr Weissling 22.
50 Richard D. Heeter 55S, Lima, OH, died Jan. 14, 2002. A judge, he retired from Lima Municipal Court in 1992. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, OH, and served on the National Council for the Boy Scouts of America, which awarded him the Silver Beaver for Service to Boys. His wife, a brother, three nephews, a cousin, Dorothy Heeter Coons 36, three great-nephews and two great-nieces survive.
51 Mildred Smith Reed Gay, Dover, NH, died Oct. 18, 2001. A freelance writer, she was also an accomplished artist and taught private art lessons. Preceding her in death was her first husband, Bernard W. Reed 51.
52 Marilyn Boehme Hughes, Maitland, FL, died May 4, 2001. A member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she was an artist and homemaker. She was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church and her community. Surviving are her husband, two daughters, seven grandchildren, a sister, Dorothy Boehme Glass 45, two brothers, five nieces and four nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Howard R. Glass 38. Geraldine Jewell Wenger, Lancaster, OH, died March 28, 2000. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. A member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church, she was a Brunch Bunch hostess on Christian radio station WCVO for 25 years. She was a past president and honorary member of the Lancaster Junior Womens Club. Survivors include her husband, Paul R. Wenger 53, a daughter, a son, six grandchildren, two brothers, and several nieces and nephews.
54 Ralph L. Lambert, Westminster, CA, died Aug. 31, 2001. He served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army. A weights engineer on the B-1, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, he worked for Aerojet General Corp. and Rockwell International. His wife, a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, three brothers, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews survive.
55 Carol Allebaugh Barna, Boulder, CO, died June 15, 2001. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and United Methodist Church, she was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.
Virginia Shaw Dailey, St. Paris, OH, died Dec. 1, 2001. She was a real estate agent with Kay Slesinger Realty, Urbana, OH. A member of the Champaign County Democratic Club and the Audubon Society, she is survived by two sons, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Harold E. Thornburg 63M.Ed., Springfield, OH, died March 14, 2002. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1987, he retired from a 33-year career in education as Fairborn City Schools elementary curriculum director and principal of Black Lane Elementary School. Following his retirement, he was an adjunct professor at Wright State University and Urbana College. An active member of Zion Lutheran Church and his community, he was awarded the National Society DAR Conservation Medal. Survivors include his wife, Joan Knasel Thornburg 52, two sons, Timothy A. Thornburg 83 and John E. Thornburg 86, and five nieces and nephews. His aunt, Frances Dunham Smith 26, predeceased him.
56 Roberta Weaver Ehrle, Springfield, OH, died Jan. 25, 2002. A member of Delta Zeta sorority, she was a medical staff coordinator and systems analyst at Community Hospital for 18 years. An active member of her community, she is survived by her husband, James W. Ehrle 53, two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren, her mother and a sister-in-law, Mary Ehrle Baxstrom 59. Her father-in-law and mother-in-law, George F. 20 and Margaret Wingate Ehrle 22, preceded her in death.
John H. Richards, La Jolla, CA, died Jan. 16, 2002. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. A retired pediatrician, he started Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Diego, CA in 1974 and founded the Winston School, Del Mar, CA in 1988. Surviving are his wife, five daughters, including Melinda Richards Slover 87, two sons, a brother, Thomas D. Richards 59, seven grandchildren and a nephew, Andrew G. Wedemeyer 87. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford H. Richards 26, and a sister, Anna Richards Wedemeyer 57.
59 Donald C. McPherson, Springfield, OH, died Feb. 4, 2002. He retired from Navistar in 1999 after 43 years of service. A little league basketball and baseball coach, he served on the International Harvester Credit Union Board of Directors for more than 30 years. A member of numerous fraternal organizations, he is survived by his wife, two sons, four grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
62 Thomas R. Stofer, Cambridge, MA, died April 14, 2001. He worked at various times in activities related to audio equipment, wine, religious books and music. His father, an aunt and several cousins survive.
63 Albert H. Counts Jr., McLean, VA, died Dec. 11, 2001. A U.S. Army veteran, he practiced law in Alexandria, VA for 33 years, specializing in bankruptcy law. He acted in community theater groups. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, two sons and a sister.
65 Gerald R. Cochran, Springfield, OH, died Feb. 17, 2002. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Head of the industrial arts department at Kenton Ridge High School, he also taught industrial arts at Northeastern High School, Northridge and South Vienna Schools. An active member of Hillside Church of God, he is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, 10 grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers.
70 Richard P. DeBlander, Sagamore Hills, OH, died Nov. 7, 2001. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he was a family practice physician. His wife, Cathleen Maynard DeBlander 71, three daughters, a brother, David J. DeBlander 73, and a brother-in-law, Mark Maynard 74, survive.
77 William J. Fairman, Clayton, NC, died Dec. 6, 2001. He was president of Scientific Solutions, Inc. An active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, he is survived by his wife, his mother, a sister, three brothers, including Charles E. Fairman 73 and his wife, Nan Strobino Fairman 74, and 18 nieces and nephews.
80 Robert G. Wellington, Evergreen, CO, died March 7, 2002. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he was a territory manager with Staedtler Inc., Kitredge, CO. His wife and a son survive.
82 James L. Daughtery, Euclid, OH, died March 25, 2001. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. An international businessman, he worked in Hong Kong, Moscow, New York and Miami. Survivors include his parents, four brothers, two nieces and five nephews.
86 James R. Roberts, Hilliard, OH, died Feb. 19, 2002. An active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and his community, he was a manager of manufacturing engineering with Liebert Corp. and owned Scale Engineering and Construction. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, a son and three grandchildren. His parents, Elmer W. 37 and Angela Peters Roberts 37, predeceased him.
87 Victoria L. Lawrence, Columbus, OH, died Dec. 31, 2001. A licensed attorney in Illinois and Colorado, she was an account executive with AON Risk Services, Chicago, IL. She is survived by her parents, two sisters, a brother and three nieces.
93 David Everett Wall, Breckenridge, CO, died May 27, 2001. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, he was a construction worker. His parents, a brother and his grandfather survive.
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