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Margaret Menges Nichols, formerly of Pottstown, Pa., died Sept. 4, 2005 in Elizabethtown, Pa. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she was a teacher at Pottstown Senior High School, the hostess of a radio program on WEEU, and an owner of the historic Amity House, a pre-Revolutionary War tavern. Two sisters, and nine nieces and nephews survive.
Jessie MacDowell Hupp, Springfield, Ohio, died Dec. 1, 2005. She taught home economics and English at Snyder Park and Clark Junior High Schools for more than 35 years before retiring in 1976. She was a member of several clubs and organizations as well as First United Church of Christ where she had been an active teacher and a member of the choir, often serving as a soloist. Wittenberg honored her with an Alumni Citation Award in 2003. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Hupp Ansama ’68, a son, Noel M. Hupp ’60, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Sterling L. Neale, Orlando, Fla., died Jan. 22, 2005. Formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, he was an architect who retired in 1975 as director of plant engineering with TRW Inc. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, three step-children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Catherine L. DePolo ’85.
Lena Bauer Patton, Springfield, Ohio, died July 20, 2005. During her career she worked at Patton Manufacturing and in various departments at Wittenberg. She served on the boards of the Ridgewood School and the Y.W.C.A. An accomplished organist, she was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, and numerous civic and social organizations. She is survived by a daughter, three sons, including Donald K. Patton ’76, 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a niece and two nephews, Richard R. Ross ’58 and Robert P. Kirkland ’65. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark E. Patton ’33, and her father, Gustav E. Bauer ’12.
Charles A. Kiester, West Columbia, S.C., died Dec. 23, 2003. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, numerous professional and civic organizations and Washington Street United Methodist Church. Prior to serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was a special agent with the F.B.I. He retired from Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. after a long and successful career. Surviving are his wife, a son, three daughters, nine grandchildren, a sister, Dorothy Kiester Bigelow ’40, two brothers-in-law, Fred H. Bigelow ’40 and Robert S. Hamilton ’34, and a niece and her husband, Stephan C. ’72 and Winifred Hamilton Hannah ’71. Preceding him in death were two sisters, Marion Kiester Hamilton ’35 and Winifred Kiester Mollett ’39, and a brother-in-law, Charles W. Mollett ’40.
Dorothy Adams Moore, formerly of St. Louis, Mo., died Aug. 28, 2004, in Newton, Mass. A former history and English composition instructor at Wittenberg, she was president of the American Civil Liberties Union, chaired the University City League of Women Voters and served in various posts with the Missouri League of Women Voters. A daughter, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive.
Bernadene Ramge Cooley, Conneautville, Pa., died Aug. 26, 2005. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and taught senior high school in the Columbus, Ohio, area. An active member of First Presbyterian Church of Meadville and numerous civic organizations, she chaired the Easter Seal Campaign, was instrumental in establishing Camp Lend-a-Hand at Conneaut Lake and volunteered at Meadville City Hospital, the Historical Society and the League of Women Voters. She is survived by four daughters, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, John B. Cooley ’34.
Edith I. Mason, Lima, Ohio, died Feb. 25, 2004. A member of the Church of Christ Scientist, she retired in 1977 after 15 years of teaching and 29 years in retail and wholesale sales. Following her retirement, she was active at the Upper Arlington Senior Center in Columbus, Ohio, and served as a volunteer at Mayor’s Court. She is survived by a sister, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Mary Schaaf Woolf ’67.
Charles A. Thomas died July 28, 2005 in Springfield, Ohio. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and First Lutheran Church, he served on the USS Portland in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He represented the United States in the surrender of the Japanese Army to the Chinese Nationalist Army, helped arrange the release of hundreds of prisoners of war, and later was held prisoner by the Russians, forcing his own escape. He taught math and history for 45 years, mostly in Springfield, and possessed a lifelong interest in photography. His work was featured in numerous exhibits and magazines. He coached South High School’s tennis team to a state championship and founded the Springfield Teachers’ Credit Union. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and a nephew, Stephen H. Thomas ’64. Preceding him in death were brothers, Joe D. Thomas ’35 and Richard H. Thomas ’39.
Mary MacLaughlin Smith, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died June 10, 2005. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she retired as a pension specialist with Borden Inc. A sister-in-law, four nieces and a nephew survive.
Zoe Ashenfelter Moore, formerly of New Carlisle, Ohio, died Oct. 26, 2005 in Niles, Ohio. A member of the Donnelsville Lutheran Church, she was an elementary teacher for 30 years, teaching at Olive Branch, New Carlisle and Park Layne Schools. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a brother, Harold P. Ashenfelter ’51.
R. Chauncey Kurz, Boca Raton, Fla., died July 4, 2005. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the Presbyterian Church, he retired from Southern Bell Telephone in Cleveland, Ohio, before moving to Florida. His wife, Harriet Storm Kurz ’40, survives.
Edith E. Matson of Monroe, Ohio, died Feb. 8, 2005. After 38 years of teaching, she retired in 1979 from Roosevelt Junior High School. Following her retirement, she worked in security at McAlpin’s for 12 years. She was a member of the Monroe Presbyterian Church, the Butler County Farm Bureau, the Monroe Grange and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. Surviving are three sisters, including Margaret L. Matson ’42, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Janice Robinson Philabaum, Canton, Ohio, died April 21, 2005. She was a retired employee in the Canton City School System, with 30 years of service as a kindergarten teacher, retiring from the Bell Stone School. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, Canton Women’s Club and Trinity and Stephen Martyr Lutheran Churches, she is survived by two daughters, a son, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a sister and brother-in-law, Kenneth E. ’44 and Margaret Robinson Wilt ’44.
Formerly of Springfield, Ohio, Joseph L. Gray died Aug. 6, 2005, in Hilton Head, S.C. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team. After being wounded in the airborne recapture of Corregidor, he was awarded numerous medals, including the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation. He was employed by the Springfield Newspapers for 32 years, starting as a sportswriter and retiring as an editor. In 1978, he moved to South Carolina where he was editor of The Islander Magazine and an active member of the community. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, including Susan Gray Barlow ’76, and eight grandchildren.
Donald W. Reed, Dallas, Texas, died July 19, 2005. During World War II, he served with the ATC of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following his military service, he joined G.E. Reed Co., a real estate and insurance business in Painesville, Ohio. He moved to Florida in 1968 where he was involved in land development on the Gulf Coast until his retirement in 1994. An active member of numerous professional organizations, he is survived by his wife, three sons, three daughters, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Warner S. Wolverton, Newark, Ohio, died Nov. 4, 2005. A member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a school teacher with the Newark City Schools for 40 years before his retirement. Surviving are his wife, a son, four daughters, including Katherine Wolverton Jordan ’73, nine grandchildren, a great-grandson, a sister, and many nieces and nephews.
Minnie Roahen Painter ’60M.Ed., Chillicothe, Ohio, died Nov. 27, 2005. She began her teaching career in Miami County, later teaching in Springfield and Clark County prior to moving to Chillicothe to serve for 20 years as a high school guidance counselor. Following her retirement in 1980, she did tax counseling and medical forms help at the Ross County Senior Center. Her memberships included Chi Omega sorority, Calvary Lutheran Church, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, and other professional and civic organizations. She was the recipient of an “Educator Emeritus” award from the Chillicothe Education Association. Surviving are a sister, a sister-in-law, Martha Minear Roahen ’41, six nephews, and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Her husband, D. Harold Painter ’37, predeceased her.
George R. Harman, formerly of Levittown and Newtown, Pa., died Oct. 18, 2005 in Langhorne, Pa. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army. He retired after 30 years as a food technologist from Crown, Cork and Seal, Philadelphia, Pa. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of God’s Love, the Masonic Lodge, the Crescent Temple, and Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Trenton Forrest. Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Hasskarl Harman ’42, two sons, two grandchildren, two sisters and a niece, Kathleen Vaughn Breitenstein ’82. Preceding him in death was a sister-in-law, Blanche Hasskarl Schwartz ’30.
Patricia Pete Pittman, Toledo, Ohio, died Oct. 9, 2005. A member of the First Congregational Church and Chi Omega sorority, she was an accomplished swimmer and equestrian. A daughter, a son, three grandchildren and a sister survive.
Rothwell C. Stickley, Milwaukee, Wis., died July 9, 2005. A veteran of World War II and an ordained minister of the Salvation Army, he continued to preach in surrounding area churches after his retirement. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife, two sons, two daughters and four grandchildren.
James O. Umbaugh, formerly of Hinsdale, Ill., died Feb. 1, 2005, in St. Charles, Ill. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served as a warrant officer in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He taught in Jonesboro, Ark., before coming to Morton High School in Berwyn, Ill., where he was chair of the fine arts department, retiring after 30 years. He was a member and past president of the Illinois Art Educators Association. Survivors include his wife, two sons, three daughters, seven grandchildren, a nephew and cousins, Dorcas Dittmar Case ’57 and Clarice E. Dittmar ’61. Preceding him in death were his father, O. Frederick Umbaugh ’12, a sister, Roberta Umbaugh Jensen ’47, and an uncle, George W. Dittmar ’28.
Robert J. Butz, Columbus, Ohio, died July 16, 2005. He was pastor emeritus of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, where he served for nearly 33 years. Following his retirement in 1990, he served several churches as interim minister and was stated supply at West Berlin Presbyterian Church in Delaware, Ohio, from 1994-1998. He also served on various committees of the Scioto Valley Presbytery and as former chair of the board of trustees of Lutheran Senior City. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he is survived by his wife, five children, 12 grandchildren and a brother.
Mary Ann Rollins Devor, Nashville, Tenn., died Feb. 16, 2003. In addition to her lifelong interest and participation in religious education programs, she was an elementary and middle school teacher for many years. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the Belmont United Methodist Church, and various educational and civic organizations, she tutored children in reading at the Martha O’Bryan Center and coordinated charitable giving at her family business, Nashville Wire Products. Surviving are two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, two brothers, David L. Rollins ’55 and Clark B. Rollins Jr. ’48, a sister-in-law, Margaret Hosier Rollins ’48, and cousins, Martha Feldkircher Hartje ’44, Lois Feldkircher Gross ’46, Betty Fulton Rollins ’48, John E. Jr. ’51 and Freda Feldkircher Christ ’51, and Robert L. ’52 and Kathryn Feldkircher Henkel ’43. Preceding her in death was a cousin, Russell O. Rollins ’49.
R. Byard Fritts, Tacoma, Wash., died Nov. 4, 2005. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy. In 1949 he joined the music department at Pacific Lutheran University where he taught piano and organ performance, music composition, theory and conducted the Concert Chorus. A designer and builder of organs, he served 34 years as organist at First United Methodist Church and continued as organist at Central Lutheran Church from 1987 until two weeks before his death. He is lovingly missed by his wife, Jean Hart Fritts ’49, a son, three daughters, numerous grandchildren and two sisters, Clara Fritts Timeus ’42 and Alice Fritts Fowler ’47.
Catherine “Nini” Panos Mantis, Springfield, Ohio, died Sept. 30, 2004. A lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Church Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Philopthohos Society and the Daughters of Penelope, she taught with the Springfield City Schools for 30 years. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she leaves her husband, two daughters, including Constance N. Mantis ’84, and two grandsons.
John P. Sanders, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, died Aug. 17, 2005, in Columbus, N.C. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Tryon and Hendersonville Congregational Churches, and the Masonic Lodge, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. An educator with the Springfield City Schools, he served 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and in the board office until his retirement in 1978. He also taught at Wittenberg from 1958 to 1973. Following his retirement, he served as an analyst with Sears Roebuck and as a park ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. His wife, two sons and a grandson survive. Preceding him in death was his father, Lawrence E. Sanders ’20.
Clyde R. McCormack, Newark, Ohio, died Dec. 1, 2005. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Infantry in the European Theatre of Operations, participating in the Battle of the Bulge. A Lutheran minister, he served as associate pastor at First English Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio, until 1955, when he was appointed executive director of Lutheran Campus Ministry of Metropolitan Chicago and as Lutheran campus pastor at Northwestern University, retiring from that position in 1980. He moved to the Newark area and served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church from 1986-91. In his professional career, he also served as a teacher, lecturer, author, financial officer and grant writer. In recent years, he had been a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife, Susan Haslop McCormack ’50, a son, two daughters, Deborah McCormack Terry ’74 and Julia E. McCormack ’84, and two grandchildren.
Jane Donaldson Fisher, West Rushville, Ohio, died Nov. 18, 2004. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she was a retired executive secretary for Anchor Hocking Glass Corp., Lancaster, Ohio, with 20 years of service. She had also served as an administrative secretary with Chuck Fisher Associates. A daughter, a son, and four grandchildren survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Fisher ’50, ’53S, and her parents, William C. ’13, ’16S, and Lillian Seybold Donaldson ’10.
Edward S. Rienerth, formerly of Boardman, Ohio, died Aug. 21, 2005, in Leetonia, Ohio. A member of Dorm League, he worked for the Sherwin Williams Co. for 15 years and was a loan officer with Home Savings & Loan for 30 years. He was an active member of the Boardman United Methodist Church, a 50-year and charter member of Boardman Rotary Club, and a member of the Youngstown Saxon Club and Youngstown Symphony Chorus. His wife, a son, a daughter, two step-sons, a step-daughter and five grandchildren survive.
Formerly of Middletown, Conn., Raymond C. Zurbrigg died Aug. 22, 2005 in Safety Harbor, Fla. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served as an aerial gunner with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After 34 years as manager of technical services with Anderson Oil & Chemical Corp., a metal works lubricant business in Portland, Conn., he retired to Florida where he enjoyed golf and gardening. A Baptist, he is survived by a son, two daughters and three grandchildren.
F. Kenneth Race of Springfield, Ohio, died June 14, 2005. A lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force, he flew bombers in the Pacific/Asiatic Theaters during World War II. Following the war he served as a major with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, piloting C-119s with the 907 Tactical Airlift Group at the Clinton County Air Force Base. In 1972, he was the recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal Award from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, Penn., for a letter in the armed forces category on “What is an American.” He was a passionate artist, retiring in 1983 as a visual information specialist from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio. His well-known mural commemorating the nation’s bicentennial and the history of flight hung at the WPAFB Museum for 20 years. In 2000, he provided 15 drawings for the Ohio Judicial Conference children’s Web page. A member of Dorm League, he is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, eight grandchildren, a great-grandson, a brother, three sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
Robert P. Rickabaugh, Bloomington, Minn., died Nov. 13, 2005. A member of Wooddale Church, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He taught school in Springfield, Ohio, for 10 years before moving to Bloomington in 1962 where he taught science at Edina East and Southview Junior High Schools for 28 years. Survivors include his wife, four sons, a daughter, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a brother and a sister.
Ruth Olsen Wickemeyer, Richmond, Ind., died Oct. 26, 2005. A member of the Lutheran Church and Delta Zeta sorority, she was a fund development professional. She founded two philanthropic associations in the Richmond area, the Reid Hospital Foundation and the Wayne County Foundation, and one in Tucson, Ariz., Up With People. Two daughters survive. Her husband, Kenneth W. Wickemeyer ’51, predeceased her.
O. Jerome Jorgenson Jr. of North Little Rock, Ark., passed away on June 4, 2005. A member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he was ordained a Lutheran pastor in 1961. He served as associate pastor of the Lutheran Church, Ithaca, N.Y., assistant to the president of Gettysburg and Philadelphia Lutheran Seminaries, campus pastor at the University of Iowa, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tipton, Iowa, and pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in North Little Rock. He is survived by his wife, a step-son, a step-daughter and a sister.
Charles O. Violet died Sept. 26, 2005, in Spencerville, Ohio. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Spencerville United Church of Christ, he retired in 1995 as the longtime principal of Spencerville Middle School after 40 years in the education field. He was voted “Spencerville’s Citizen of the Year” in 1981 and “Athletic Booster of the Year” in 2003. Surviving are his wife, a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, a brother, three sisters and a sister-in-law, Jane Rockel Violet ’51. His brother, James B. Violet ’51, preceded him death.
Esther Gant Roberts, Springfield, Ohio, died Dec. 5, 2005. During World War II, she served with the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tenn., teaching communications procedure to cadets. She was a teacher at Hayward Junior High School and a teacher and assistant principal at Greenon High School. She retired in 1981 as secondary supervisor with the Clark County Schools. A member of numerous professional organizations and Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church, Huber Heights, she is survived by her husband, two daughters, M. Kathleen Roberts ’66 and Margaret Roberts Vent ’68, a son, four grandchildren, including Alison Oatman Kwiatkowski ’98, four great-grandchildren and a sister.
Ginger Hargis Van Saun, Linwood, N.J., died Sept. 14, 2005. She worked for the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, for the U.S. Geological Survey at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and on a National Institute of Health Project at Princeton University in New Jersey. She taught school in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Beltsville, Md., before coming to the public schools in Northfield where she served for 25 years before retiring. Three sons, three granddaughters and a sister survive.
L. Kent Sperry, Lynchburg, Va., died March 11, 2005. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he was a U.S. Army veteran. After retiring as general manager of Heironimus, he joined J.C. Penney Co. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, a grandson, his mother and a sister.
Charles E. Price, Springfield, Ohio, died Sept. 13, 2005. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member and past master of Free and Accepted Masons. He was a teacher/coach at Newton High School before serving as principal at Northeastern High School for 20 years, retiring in 1980. Survivors include his wife, three sons, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a sister.
Larry L. Speelman, DeKalb, Ill., died June 22, 2005. He served as an interpreter in the demilitarized zone with the U.S. Army in Korea. A professor in the audio visual department in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University, he also had worked for Wurlitzer Piano Factory, AG Communications and was a technical writer and instructor. Following his retirement in 1993, he enjoyed reading and woodcraft. He is survived by his wife and an aunt, Betty Lough Adams ’50.
Gary R. Hodges ’68MSM, ’74M.Div., a minister in the United Church of Christ who served as pastor of churches in Ohio and Illinois during a career than spanned four decades, died Aug. 31, 2005. He was a minister at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Archbold, Ohio, from 1972 to 1994. He retired in November 2004 as senior pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Elmhurst, Ill. Following his retirement, he maintained homes in the Chicago area of Illinois and Paulding County in Ohio. Surviving are his wife, Linda Kohart Hodges ’67, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and his mother.
David A. Iglehart of Germantown, Ohio, passed away Nov. 17, 2005. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served as a captain with the U.S. Army in Germany in the 1970s. During his career, he worked in sales and marketing with various companies before founding DAI Consulting. He is survived by his wife, Janice Meznarsic Iglehart ’69, a son, David W.C. Iglehart ’92, a granddaughter, a brother, two sisters, a sister-in-law, Claudia Meznarsic Lenarz ’70, and a niece, Debra Lenarz Lalli ’02.
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