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Louise Leonard, Springfield, Ohio, died Dec. 21, 2003. A former teacher, she was a member of the Methodist church and many professional groups. Survivors include a niece, a nephew and a cousin. A sister and brother-in-law, Zaner B. ’32 and Erma Leonard Zerkle ’32, preceded her in death.
Helen Valentine Smith, Findlay, Ohio, died Nov. 13, 2001. A member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, she had retired from her teaching position in Fairfield and Auglaize counties after 40 years. Surviving are a son, M. Eldon Smith ’60, four grandchildren, 10 greatgrandchildren and a sister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Myrl E. Smith ’28, and a daughter-in-law, Patricia McBride Smith ’61.
Edith G. Miller, Wapakoneta, Ohio, died Oct. 6, 2002. After nearly four decades of teaching and serving as a high school librarian, she retired in 1974 from Orange High School in Cuyahoga County to return to her family’s farm in Auglaize County. A nephew, a greatnephew, and a great-niece survive. Preceding her in death was a sister, Lois Miller Neimeyer ’28.
Arnold ’12. Catharine E. Suber, Dayton, Ohio, died Oct. 5, 2003. A long-time active member of Central Presbyterian Church, she was involved with many organizations. She retired in 1968 as head librarian after 47 years with the Dayton Public Library. In 1994 she received Sinclair College’s Alumni Service Award for her notable contributions to the school and community. Survivors include a nephew, two nieces, and several great nieces and nephews.
Raymond W. Wargelin, Minneapolis, Minn., died Dec. 12, 2003. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Following his retirement as president of the Finnish Lutheran Church of America (Suomi Synod) in 1974, he defined a second career as a historian at the Finnish American Historical Library at Suomi College, Hancock, Mich. He was honored with a doctorate of theology from the University of Helsinki in Finland and an Order of the Lion by the Government of Finland in 1963. He is survived by a son, a daughter, five grandchildren and a niece, Donna Wargelin Kennard ’66. His father, John Wargelin ’25H, predeceased him.
Margaret Brillhart Ferrall, formerly of Leesburg, Fla., and Columbiana, Ohio, died Nov. 30, 2003, in Lancaster, Pa. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she retired in 1974 from Columbiana High School, where she taught speech and Latin, and directed the school plays. Following her retirement, she was an active member of Willow Street United Church of Christ, and taught exercise and driving classes. Surviving are her husband, a son and daughter-inlaw, James S. ’70 and Rebecca Tahyi Ferrall ’70, a daughter, Susan Ferrall Bailey’66, four grandchildren and a cousin, Suzanne L. Nilson ’68. Her father, H. Clyde Brillhart’25H, preceded her in death.
Mary Hackenberg Renz, Palm Harbor, Fla., died Nov. 22, 2003. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and St. Mark Lutheran Church, she was a homemaker, former board member of the Florida Lutheran Church Women and president of Lutheran Church Women. She is survived by her children, P. James Renz Jr. ’60, Mary Renz Beckstrom ’63 and David W. Renz ’66, four grandchildren, including Kristin Beckstrom Radcliffe ’95, four great-grandchildren, a brother and sister-in-law, Willard I. ’33 and Mildred Frankenberger Hackenberg ’37, and nieces, Helen Hackenberg Davis ’61 and Sara Hackenberg Dimitri’68. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Renz Sr. ’33, and her father, Willard M. Hackenberg 1901.
Edward H. Orinson ’42S, Salisbury, N.C., died April 17, 2002. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and several professional organizations. A Lutheran minister who pastured many congregations in Ohio and North Carolina, he retired from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury, N.C. He later became vice-pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, five grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Preceding him in death was a cousin and spouse, Walter C. ’27 and Mildred Mender Steffen ’28.
David O. Wearstler, formerly of Wadsworth, Ohio, died June 25, 2001 in Naples, Fla. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy in Florida and the South Pacific during World War II. A family dentist for three generations of Wadsworth residents, he was past president of Phi Omega Dental fraternity, the Wadsworth School Board and the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital Board. He is survived by his wife, Merle Asplin Wearstler ’39, a son, a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Wearstler ’66 and James A. Riggs ’65, a grandson, a greatgrandson, and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Wilma Asplin ’42 and Charles T. Kimberly ’41.
David C. Burnite, Gettysburg, Pa., died Nov. 6, 2003. A member of Dorm League, he was a Lutheran minister who served as a chaplain with the U.S. Navy and as pastor of many Lutheran churches in Pennsylvania. He founded the Lutheran Resource Center for the Visually Handicapped and a tape ministry. He received many awards in competition for his weaving and was an avid genealogist. There are no known survivors. A sister, Mary I. Burnite ’36, preceded him in death.
Marjorie Emery Detwiler, Upper Arlington, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2004. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, Boulevard Presbyterian Church and PEO Sisterhood. A former third grade teacher at Widermere Elementary School, she is survived by a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, a halfbrother, two sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was a brother, Richard L. Emery ’42.
R. Hugh Sprinkle, Springfield, Ohio, died Jan. 25, 2004. During World War II, he served with the first radio squadron with the U.S. Army. He retired from International Harvester Co. in 1978 after 42 years of service and was a member of several fraternal organizations. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, a granddaughter, a sister, Ruthe Sprinkle Hamlin ’40, and several nieces and nephews.
Robert T. Hickman, Springfield, Ohio, died Jan. 12, 2004. During World War II, he was a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1985, after 36 years of service, he retired as treasurer of Springfield Newspapers Inc. A member of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, he is survived by a daughter, a son, eight grandchildren and a sister.
Thomas H. Yates, Clearwater, Fla., died Nov. 14, 2003. A member of Safety Harbor United Methodist Church and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army Air Force as a bombardier during World War II. He retired after 22 years as a manager for the J. Byron Store. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
John F. Gale, Fort Myers, Fla., died Aug. 1, 2003. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. An economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., for 25 years, he retired to Florida in 1976. He enjoyed boating, traveling, genealogy, computers, reading, cooking and Indian art. Surviving are a daughter, a grandson, a sister and a brother.
Eleanor A. Roller, Salem, Ohio, died Sept. 16, 2003. A member of Delta Zeta sorority and Greenford Evangelical Lutheran Church, she was selected to be in Who’s Who of American Women in 1970-71. Her 35-year teaching career was served at Wayne Township, Washingtonville, Columbiana and North Lima before she retired in 1986 from the South Range School District. She also worked at Camp Mowana, Mansfield, Ohio, for 29 years and served as an administrative assistant at her church for several years. She is survived by two sisters, including Gertrude Roller Blake ’54, a brother-in-law, Richard W. Blake ’58, and several nieces and nephews, including Bruce M. Blake ’80, Ben A. Blake ’83 and Scott D. Roller ’86.
Joanne Crittenden Day,
Liverpool, N.Y., died Nov. 19,
2003. A member of Alpha Delta
Pi sorority and the Folksmarch
Organization, she enjoyed tennis
and bridge. A bookkeeper, she
was an active member and
treasurer of Liverpool First
Robert I. Fredrickson, Westerville, Ohio, died July 29, 2003. A member of Dorm League, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired engineer from Rockwell International. A lifelong musician, he was a founding member of the Rockwell International and the Westerville Community concert bands. Two sons and five grandchildren survive.
Margaret Harvey Kopke Snow, Jacksonville, Fla., died Sept. 22, 2003. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. A former educator, she had taught home economics and kindergarten. Three sons survive. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hartley C. Kopke ’51.
Shirley Cox Weaver, Denver, Colo., died Nov. 10, 2003. A member of Chi Omega sorority, she worked for the League of Women Voters for many years. She was a cofounder of the Denver chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). An avid bicyclist and mountain hiker, she is survived by her husband, a daughter, a son and six grandchildren.
M. Richard Inouye, Wahiawa,
Hawaii, died Sept. 22, 2003.
During World War II, he served
with the U.S. Army. He had
Charles R. Free, Mason, Ohio, died Oct. 26, 2003. He served as an officer with the U.S. Army in Korea and Vietnam, retiring after 20 years. Following his retirement, he worked for the Corps of Engineers in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.
Gary I. Samuelson, Akron, Ohio, died July 30, 2003. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army National Guard. He was an embalmer with Adams Funeral Home, worked in advertising, owned a photography studio, and published the West Side Leader newspaper. He leaves a son, David B. Samuelson ’85, a daughter, two grandsons, two granddaughters, a sister and a brother.
Nancy Virts Menge, Urbana, Ohio, and Seattle, Wash., died Jan. 24, 2004. She taught mathematics for several years before beginning her 18-year career in banking. Following her retirement, she wrote computer programs to manage patient care for the elderly, winning national recognition for their usefulness. She was a member of Urbana Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church and many other organizations. Several cousins survive. Preceding her in death were an aunt, Elizabeth Aston Virts ’26, and a cousin, Thomas H. Freshour ’50.
Richard V. Smith, Stoutsville,
Ohio, died Nov. 4, 2003. A
member of Trinity Lutheran
Church, he served with the U.S.
Army Air Corps during World
War II. He was a teacher and
basketball coach at Centralia-
Zane Trace High school for 16
years before serving as principal
at Amanda Clearcreek High
School until his retirement in
1978. He was a member of the
Amanda Clearcreek Board of
Education and served as the
county supervisor for Pickaway
County Schools. He is survived
Robert W. Smith, San Ramon, Calif., died June 24, 2003. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army, Defense Atomic Support Agency, Washington, D.C., during the Vietnam War. Retiring after 30 years as director of special services with Pacific Bell, he enjoyed traveling, entertaining and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Arlita Burnett Smith’64, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and a sister, Deborah Smith Sigenthal ’78.
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