Class Notes - Spring 2014

Class Notes to be included in the Fall 2014 Issue of Mount Union Magazine must be received before June 20, 2014.

Material for Class Notes is obtained from the “Update” form at the end of the Mount Union Magazine or online and news passed along from alumni to the offices of Alumni Engagement, Advancement and The Mount Union Fund. Notices sent by the Post Office are not printed in Class Notes. You may also submit your class note online at alumni.mountunion.edu or email alumni@mountunion.edu.

1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s
Deaths

Mark your calendars for your 65th Class Reunion on October 18!
The Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking reunion volunteers for each class to contact former classmates and friends to assist in planning. Contact alumni@mountunion.edu if you’re interested in assisting your class.

1950s
Ralph Kayler ’53 published a book, Shunk Street Was My World, a story of growing up in the 30s and 40s on Shunk Street near Mount Union’s campus. A video of his Korean War experiences can be viewed on YouTube by searching RALPHKAYLER. He can be contacted at MARYKAYLER83@MSN.com.

Class of 1954…
Mark your calendars for your 60th Class Reunion on October 18!
Keep an eye out for messages from your class agent, George Weimer ’54, or contact him at sgweimer56@yahoo.com if you are interested in helping out.

Class of 1959…
Mark your calendars for your 55th Class Reunion on October 18!
The Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking reunion volunteers for each class to contact former classmates and friends to assist in planning. Contact alumni@mountunion.edu if you’re interested in assisting your class.

1960s
James Lang ’67 received the Rotary International Presentation of Service Above Self Award.

Jane (Fursey ’68) Ralston resides at 132 Sunstone Dr., Cary, NC 27519. She is the Alpha Xi Delta Chair for 2013-2015.

Class of 1969…
Mark your calendars for your 45th Class Reunion on October 18!
Keep an eye out for messages from your class agents, Phil Mikita ’69 and Tony Zurbrugg ’69, or contact them at phil.mikita@gmail.com or antonzurbrugg@yahoo.com respectively if you are interested in helping out.

1970s
Rosemary Edwards ’70 and Dennis Sullivan were married December 5, 2013. Rosemary is the production manager and media buyer for Right Angle.

Richard ’70 and Cheryl (Hahn ’72) Shields will retire June, 2013, after 41 and 43 years respectively of teaching instrumental and choral music in the Defense Department School on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. They reside at 73-4328 Lihihi Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Randy McFarren ’71 was appointed Magistrate at the Stark County Family Court. He maintains a private attorney practice in Canton, OH.

Class of 1974…
Mark your calendars for your 40th Class Reunion on October 18!
The Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking reunion volunteers for each class to contact former classmates and friends to assist in planning. Contact alumni@mountunion.edu if you’re interested in assisting your class. 

Eric L. Wells ’74 was named assistant executive director for finance and business affairs for the Ohio State Bar Association.

Parthena (Heropoulos ’76) Draggett is a lead author on the new AP Spanish Language and Culture textbook, “Temas.”

Mark E. Haidet ’76 retired from the Minnesota Historical Society and has been honored with an endowment fund in his name.

Class of 1979…
Mark your calendars for your 35th Class Reunion on October 18!
Keep an eye out for messages from your class agents, Kathy (Johnson ’79) Sassa and Missy (Schumacher ’79) Ruggles, or contact them at jlsassa5@aol.com or missy.ruggles@gmail.com respectively if you are interested in helping out. 

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1980s


Douglas E. Spiker ’83 was named a 2014 Super Lawer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. Douglas is a partner at Roetzel & Andress, LPA in Cleveland, OH, and is the practice group manager of the firm’s employment services group.




Class of 1984…
Mark your calendars for your 30th Class Reunion on October 18!
The Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking reunion volunteers for each class to contact former classmates and friends to assist in planning. Contact alumni@mountunion.edu if you’re interested in assisting your class.  

Class of 1989…
Mark your calendars for your 25th Class Reunion on October 18!
Keep an eye out for messages from your class agent, Bob Kerr ’89, or contact him at rakerr36@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out. Check out the Mount Union Class of 1989 group on Facebook too!

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1990s
Heather “Petro” (Petropoulos ’90) Shimonishi is the director of product marketing for adjustable beds and emerging categories with Tempur Sealy International.

David J. Ramos ’93 was recently elected to a four-year term to the Perry Local Board of Education.

Class of 1994…
Mark your calendars for your 20th Class Reunion on October 18!
Keep an eye out for messages from your class agent, Karla (Jackson ’94) Dine, or contact her at Kdine@neo.rr.com if you are interested in helping out.

Jennifer (Langham ’94) Troy has been named district coordinator for music education in Community Unit School District 300, located in suburban Chicago. She will oversee the music programs for 26 schools and nearly 60 music educators.


Susan Peine ’96 and Nick Laughton announce the birth of a son, Charles (Charlie) Lester, on November 14, 2013. They reside in Fernley, NV.


Jessica (Williamson ’97)
and Gary Bender announce the birth of a daughter, Kasey, on September 16, 2013.

Class of 1999…
Mark your calendars for your 15th Class Reunion on October 18!
The Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking reunion volunteers for each class to contact former classmates and friends to assist in planning. Contact alumni@mountunion.edu if you’re interested in assisting your class. 

Amy (Mallett ’99) and Chad ’00 Adams announce the birth of a son, Charles, in July 2013, who joins siblings Elliana and Alyxandra.
Greg ’99 and Erica (Williamson ’01) Walker announce the birth of a son, Micah Gleason, on August 30, 2013, who joins siblings Josiah, 10; Samuel, 6 and Elliot, 2.

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2000s


Jill (Hemminger ’00) and Beau Balderson ’00
announce the birth of a son, Brooks Ryan, on July 5, 2013.


Lindsey McFarren ’01
was featured in Airport Business Magazine’s 40 Under Forty for her expertise in aviation regulations, safety and security. She is the founder of McFarren Aviation Consulting.

Gina Lucci ’02 and Timothy Britt were married August 5, 2013. She is a middle school special education teacher, and they reside in San Antonio, TX.

Class of 2004…
Mark your calendars for your 10th Class Reunion on October 18!
Keep an eye out for messages from your class agent, Kelly Kiraly ’04, or contact her at kelly@buryfinancial.com if you are interested in helping out. Check out the Mount Union Class of 2004 group on Facebook too!



Jacqueline (Hricovec ’05) and Marc Anderson announce the birth of a daugther, Harper, on May 3, 2013.

 

 




Jennifer Ortz ’05 and Chris Wells were married November 16, 2013.




Josh Ludwig ’05
was named to the head varsity football coach position at East Liverpool High School.



Brian Ulery ’06 and Melissa Lipaj were married on September 28, 2013. Members of the wedding party included Matthew Seidel ’07, Jonathan Lipaj ’06, Joel Szymanski ’06, Jai Govindani ’06 and Laurie Reiner ’06. They currently reside in Alliance, OH.



Courtney Smith ’06 and Todd Pernick were married June 21, 2013. Members of the wedding party included Tracy Gedeon ’06, Aimee (Bosworth ’06) Monaco and Stephanie (Pivik ’06) Mager.



Amanda (Chick ’06) and Dr. Joseph ’08 Rettig
announce the birth of a son, Graham Michael, on July 12, 2013, who joins sibling Owen Joseph, 2.



Drew DeHart ’06
has been promoted to associate general manager with Oregon Sports Marketing, a division of IMG College. He works with national and regional businesses in securing corporate sports marketing partnerships for the Oregon Ducks.

Rachael (Bailey ’08) and Mike ’06 Gibbons announce the birth of a son, Cael, on November 22, 2013, who joins sibling Lainey, 1.
Scott ’07 and Jennifer Mercer announce the birth of a son, Carter, on November 4, 2013. Scott and Jennifer were married November 4, 2013. Scott is a teacher in the Selby City School District.



Jeremy Roseberry ’08 and Carin Thomas were married September 22, 2012. Members of the wedding party included Kevin McCarty ’09, Thomas Tully ’09, Ryan Longenecker ’09 and Rob Arnold ’10. Jeremy graduated from Methodist Theological School in May, 2012, and is the pastor at Park United Methodist Church and Canal Lewisville United Methodist Church.





Jonathan Schultz ’08
and Lindsey Barker were married August 10, 2013.




Class of 2009…

Mark your calendars for your 5th Class Reunion on October 18!
Keep an eye out for messages from your class agent, Jessica Risaliti ’09, or contact her at jessica.risaliti@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out.

Allison (Flach ’09) and John Alexander announce the birth of a son, Kellen Zane, on October 27, 2013, who joins sibling Malachi, 2.

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2010s



Elizabeth Frindt ’10 and Joshua Lyle ’10 were married on August 31, 2013. Members of the wedding party included Brooke Lucywo ’10, Kristin Strah ’10, Jessica Laurinaitis ’10, Jessica Poloha ’10, Ryan Cockrill ’10, Jake Hitt ’10, Rich Parr ’11 and Jeff Hover ’13.



Alecia (Varner ’10) and Colin Dennis announce the birth of a son, Kolton, on July 9, 2013.

Allison Zink ’11 and Clay Davis were married July 19, 2013.

Stephanie Novak ’12 was featured in the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Business Journal. She resides in Baltimore, MD.

Taylor Labis ’13 and James Austin ’06 were married August 10, 2013. Members of the wedding party included Marissa Earl ’13 and Chelsea Sapp ’13.

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Deaths

1920s
Helen (Moore ’28) Crouse died October 25, 2013.

1930s
Ralph A. Bates ’38 of Pottsboro, TX died November 14, 2013.

1940s
Dr. O. Gene Austin ’40 of Fort Myers, FL died November 14, 2013.

Melvin Snode ’40 of Alliance, OH died October 9, 2013. Melvin, a veteran of the U.S. Army, served during World War II under General Patton. He was a member of the 243rd Field Artillery Battalion earning the rank of sergeant. While serving in the European Theatre, he participated in the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp. He taught at Fairmount Children’s Home, Middlebranch High School, Glenwood High School and Marlington High School.

Josephine “Jo” (Hoiles ’40) Peterson  of Alliance, OH died January 20, 2014. She was a former member of Tri Delta Sorority, member and past president of the Mount Union Women’s Club and the Mount Union Alumni Association and was an active member of the Mount Union and Alliance communities. Jo and her late husband, Don ’39, were great supporters of their alma mater. In recognition of that support, two buildings on campus, the Peterson Field House and the Hoiles-Peterson Residence Hall, are named in their honor.

Ellen (Elder ’42) Freeman of West Palm Beach, FL died January 20, 2014.

Ben Minkin ’43 of Columbus, OH died October 27, 2013.

George Myers ’43 of Pittsburgh, PA died May 21, 2000.

Richard E. Hershey M.D. ’44 of Pittsburgh, PA, died February 14, 2014. After graduation, he joined the Army and rode hospital trains for two years. He obtained a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed neurosurgeon residency at Mercy Hospital. He enjoyed a 30 year career, being named emeritus, senior staff at Mercy Hospital and practicing at St. Clair, South Side, Jefferson and Washington hospitals.

Gretchen (Dussel ’47) Corsillo of Rock Hill, SC died January 19, 2014.

Mary (England ’47) Sloan of Akron, OH, died February 24, 2014. She received a Master of Science degree from Kent State University. She taught music for Alliance City Schools, Old Trail School and Glover and Rankin Elementary Schools in Akron.

Carolyn (Dimit ’48) Couchie of Alliance, OH, died December 9, 2013. A member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, she was past president of The National Cabinet of Mount Union Women and was a recipient of the Mount Union Alumni Service award.

Raymond Butler ’49 of Fort Myers, FL died October 23, 2013.

Jack Edwards ’49 of Alliance, OH died October 8, 2013. A member of Sigma Nu fraternity, Edwards was employed in motor freight with Suburban Motor Freight Co. and Pilot Freight Co. for 38 years.

Esmond Fogle ’49 of Alliance, OH died August 12, 2013.

Alice J. (Wintzer ’49) Heckman of Berea, KY died February 27, 2014. She earned a master’s degree in speech and theatre from The Ohio State University. Heckman worked as a professor at Manchester College, preformed in Summer Stock at Woodstock, NY and toured in the stage play “Saint Claudia.”

Frederick Oberholzer ’49 of Canton, OH, died November 1, 2013. He served in the United States Army during World War II, where he participated in the Normandy invasion. Oberholzer earned a Master of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University. He was an English teacher for Canton Public Schools for 36 years and an adjunct professor of English at Kent State University’s Stark and Tuscarawas campuses for 10 years. Oberholzer was a member of Mount Union Century Raider’s Club and president of the Class of 1949.

Robert Owens ’49 of Marietta, OH died December 21, 2013.

Frank Lauterbur ’49 of Toledo, OH died November 20, 2013. A revered University of Toledo head football coach and athletic director, he was the architect of the team that had three undefeated seasons with 35 straight victories. He was an All-Ohio Conference guard at Mount Union from 1946-1948.

Evelyn (Shuster ’49) Barker of Alliance, OH, died December 14, 2013. After earning a degree in education from Mount Union, Barker taught at New Waterford High School. She continued her education at Westminister College to obtain certification to be a principal. She taught for many years in the West Branch School District.

1950s
Ralph Kegarise ’50 of Winston Salem, NC died November 17, 2013.

M. Virginia (Casterton ’50) Riggs of Lubbock, TX died January 7, 2014.

Fredrick Pocock ’50 of Casselberry, FL died June 16, 2013.

Tunis Selby ’50 of Brevard, NC died March 6, 2013.

George Furnival ’51 of Lake Placid, FL, died February 28, 2014. Furnival continued his education at Drew Theological School. He served United Methodist churches in New Jersey, New York and Illinois. He worked toward a graduate degree, specializing in addictions treatment, leading him to direct several addiction and health treatment programs in Florida.

Marilyn (Wollam ’51) Hitchcock of Shreve, OH died October 9, 2013.

James Short ’51 of Pittsburgh, PA died August 19, 2013.

Melba (Lower ’52) Whittacre of Chattanooga, TN died September 27, 2013.

Robert Burky ’52 of Yuva City, CA died August 22, 2013.

Donald Lyon ’52 of Kansas City, MO died February 5, 2014.

Loretta (Thomas ’53) Jones died January 26, 2014.

Catherine (Dietrich’54) Johnson died September 25, 2013.

Edward Shultz ’54 of Wooster, OH died January 31, 2014.

Joan (Hoiles ’55) Voorhees of Mount Dora, FL died in February 2014.

Graydon Ellis ’56 of Bullard, TX died October 3, 2013.

Eugene Moulin ’56 of Kettering, OH died December 15, 2013.

Frank McGrew ’57 of Alliance, OH died November 27, 2013.

John Williams ’57 of Akron, OH died November 14, 2013.

Edward Leyman ’59 of Orrville, OH died December 26, 2013.

Dale Garlock ’59 of Sebring, OH died November 9, 2013.

1960s
Caroline (Lembright ’60) Kunz of Alliance, OH died January 2, 2014.

John Perkins ’60 of Medway, MA died April 6, 2013.

Richard McGirr ’63 of Marana, AZ died December 9, 2013.

Gayle Bower ’64 of Cleveland, OH died January 21, 2014.

Charles Hobbs ’64 of Alliance, OH died December 4, 2013.

Lynn (Heyne ’64) Lynch of Springfield, OH died October 13, 2013.

James Herr ’69 of Youngstown, OH died August 15, 2013.

Barbara (Koch ’69) Lindamood of Findlay, OH, died January 27, 2014. She graduated from Mount Union in three years and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She then received a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. She worked as a first grade teacher in the Columbus Public Schools and a nursery school teacher and was very active in the public library. She also owned Mother Goose Bookshop.

1970s
Patricia (Slusser ’71) Kaintz of Vail, AZ died October 22, 2013.

Molly (Killmeyer ’72) Maynard of Wilbraham, MA died December 17, 2013.

Beth (Ray ’73) Belcher died December 5, 2013.

Linda (Mohler ’76) Morris of Mogadore, OH, died February 24, 2014. She worked as a medical technologist at Aultman Hospital for 37 years upon graduating from Mount Union. She is survived by her husband, John, and children Jessica and Jim Mandat, Jacob and Niki Morris and Meghan and Aaron McMichael.

1980s
Thomas Emerson ’80 of Leetonia, OH, died February 7, 2014. He graduated from Mount Union with a degree in biology and went on to The Ohio State University Dental School, where he was second in his class. He practiced dentistry in Canfield, OH, with his grandfather and father.

Russell Lenahan ’82 of Rocky River, OH died August 10, 2013.

2000s
Larry Richards ’02 of Mechanicstown, OH died October 2, 2013.

Derek Patterson ’09 of Minerva, OH died January 18, 2014.

Friends
William D. Clarke of North Canton, OH died January 12, 2014.

Bernie McConnell of Canton, OH has died.

Catherine L. Taylor of North Canton, OH died September 30, 2013.

Mary Thurmond died November 15, 2013.

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