Class Notes | Spring/Summer 2017

July 19, 2017

Class Notes for the Fall/Winter Mount Union Magazine must be received before October 31, 2017. 

Material for Class Notes is obtained from the “Update” form at the end of the Mount Union Magazine, online, or through 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.

1960s

Nancy (Ward '67) Beeghly was featured in an article in The Wall Street Journal titled "The Joy of Learning to Play an Instrument Later in Life." On the eve of her retirement, Nancy decided to learn to play the cello.

1970s

Nancy (Orwick ’76) and Gary McCamon ’75 have both retired. Nancy retired as a 2nd grade teacher in the Marlington Local School District, and Gary retired from The McConnell Insurance Agency. They now reside in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Pamela (Harner '73) and Robert Osborn were married on June 11, 2016. Pam is retired from teaching and is selling handcrafted jewelry made by abused women.

Donald Peck ’73 announced his retirement in February 2017.

Owen Edwards ’77 announced his retirement effective April 14, 2017, after 37 years of Department of Defense service. LTC (R) Owens worked as a Military Planner and Analyst Consultant for the CSRA Navigator Development Group, US Army Joint Support Team, Hurlgorl Field, Florida. He plans to play in local golf championships and do volunteer work in support of disabled vets and at-risk youth.

1980s

John Richard ’83 has taken a new position as Deputy Superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education. He has been involved in public education since graduation.

Evelyn Wooman ’81 and Dr. Edwin Hissa were married on January 27, 2017. She is an English teacher at Gallia Jackson Vinton Joint Vocational School in the Rio Grande, Ohio school district. Her husband is an Orthopedic surgeon at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

1990s

Danae (Millard ’91) Barrett is a Learning & Development Manager at Boyd Gaming.

Kacy Kern ’93 is the Eastern Regional Sales Manager, Specialty Division, at HEINE USA, Ltd. He resides in Lancaster, Ohio, with his wife, Staci, and children, Lila, 6, and Camden, 3.

Bethany (Peel ’00) and Chris Juncker ’95 announce the birth of a son, Sam, born May 5, 2016.

Dr. Jennifer (Weaver ’96) Trieff accepted a position as an Associate Professor and Section Chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. Her husband Danny Trieff ’96 is a Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer at the International Sunport of Albuquerque. They have three children: Peter, 4, Simon, 2, and Olive Mary, 6 months.

Randy and Christina Kaserman ’97 were married on March 20, 2016. They are the parents of Leah and Livianna.

Brian Paul ’98 and Katharine Ward were married on June 10, 2016.

Eric Howard ’98 was installed as the pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church on April 5, 2017. The Rev. Howard holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University and a Master of Divinity from Emory University.

Toby and Gretchen Boyce ’98 announce the adoption of a daughter, Olivia Grace, born on September 29, 2016. Toby is the President and broker at C. G. Boyce Real Estate Co. They reside in Delaware, Ohio.

2000s

Ryan Neumeyer ’00 recently joined McDonald Hopkins LLC as counsel in the Litigation Department's Labor and Employment Practice Group. He has the distinction of being a Certified Specialist in the practice of labor and employment by the Ohio State Bar Association.

Jamie McMillen ’02 was named Vice President of Government Affairs for the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors.

Katherine (Reeves ’03) and Craig Krejci were married on September 19th, 2015, surrounded by their Mount Union family, friends and bridal party. Attendees included: Greg Reeves, Kip Reeves, Sandy (Todd ’76) Kays, Mike Strohecker ’97, Tami (Poto ’98) Carper, Jordan Hunt ’02, Sarah Sigler ’04, Amber (Hutchison ’03) Hunt, Jamie Allman ’03, Emily Blair ’03, Roger Linsley ’75, Lynn (McMillen ’76) Linsley, Toni (McCarthy ’70) Povenski, Garett Gaydosh ’02, Kelly (Herb ’04) Gaydosh, Nathan Velican ’03, Tiftn Velican, Mary Beth (Herb ’00) Holdford and Mike Holdford ’00. They reside in Avon, OH.

Douglass ’04 and Jessica Brown announce the birth of a son, Conor Alan-Ray, born on May 2, 2016. Douglass works for the City of Heath Division of Fire in Heath, Ohio, as a full-time Firefighter, Paramedic, Lead Fire Investigator and Fire Inspector.

Kristi (McCamon ’05) and Bryan Valentine announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Ruth Valentine, born September 29, 2015 who joins brother, Ace, 3. The Valentines currently reside at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

Sheri (Early ’05) and Daniel Gross ’05 announce the birth of a son, Nolan Daniel, on October 19, 2016.

Ed Dick ’06 is the Compliance Manager at JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistle Down Racino. He is married to Diane (Thomas) Dick. Mike Wartko ’06 was a member of the wedding party.

Christine (Fitch ’06) and Daniel Shields were married on October 22, 2016.

Kinsey McInturf, J.D. ’07 and Dr. Lauren Gompers were married on September 3, 2016, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. He is an attorney at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis, and she is a pharmacist at Walmart. The couple resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

Amanda (Chick ’06) and Joseph Rettig, M.D. ’08 announce the birth of a son, Reid, on June 2, 2015.

Nicole (Ezzie ’06) Russell was recently named the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year at Carl A. Furr Elementary School.

Matt ’07 and Brooke (Linsley ’09) Mowery announce the birth of a son, Maxton James, on November 16, 2016. They reside in Salem, Ohio.

Devon (Jordan ’09) and Jason Dye announce the birth of a son, Carter, on February 26, 2016.

Dennis Lammers ’09 is working as an Accounts Controller for R.S. Hanline in Shelby, Ohio. He and his wife, Erin, announce the birth of their son, Sawyer, on November 2, 2016.

2010s

Christine McCauley ’10 and Ian McLallen were married on October 29, 2016.

Sara (Cleveland ’10) and Dave Bogner ’08 were married on June 11, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. Members of the wedding party included Katie DiCostanzo ’10, Christina (Nalbach ’09) MaKinster, Lauren (Trumpeter ’09) Enright, Jimmy Enright ’08, Andy Warner ’09, Mike Almasy ’08, and Brett Thomas ’09.

George Kiraly, Jr ’10 and his wife, Caroline, announce the birth of their daughter, Eloise Alistair. Ellie was born on August 6, 2016. The couple currently resides in Richmond, California.

Laura Kibby ’12 studied coral reef ecology and the conservation of marine systems along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia during the summer of 2016. She took the graduate course in pursuit of her master's degree from Miami University's Global Field program. Laura is a teacher in the Boardman Local School district and lives in Boardman, Ohio.

Melissa (Kunz ’12) and Eric Arden were married September 24, 2016.

Chanel (Simpson ’12) Shorts announced that she is President of Chanel's Closet in Pearland, Texas. She is married to Cecil Shorts III ’11, who plays for Tampa Bay in the NFL. They are the parents of Cecil IV, Payton, Montana Shorts, and Harper, who was born on February 18, 2017.

Caitlin DiCresce ’14 is a member of the 2017 Class of Justice for All Fellows. As a third-year law student at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, DiCresce is one of four law students to focus on urgent issues facing Ohio in a two-year fellowship. She will join the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to help provide holistic legal representation to children who have experienced and witnessed domestic violence and abuse. DiCresce majored in history at the University of Mount Union.

James Weber ’16 is working as a Personal Banker for Chase Bank in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He started work on his MBA in Small Business Entrepreneurship with Walden University online in August 2016.

LT John Davis ’14 and Caelyn Eppler ’17 were married on November 19, 2016, at Mentor United Methodist Church. Members of the wedding party included Nathan Steiner ’14 M ’16, Brandon Pasvanis ’16, Sean Eppler ’14, Amy Achenbach ’17, Mary Anne Snyder ’17, and Mary Claire Chester ’18

 

DEATHS

1930s

Philomena (Zappi ’34) Aquino of Washington, DC passed away on April 20, 2017.

Mary (Wursthorn ’36) Curtis of Lafayette, California passed away on December 29, 2016.

Dorothy (Harry ’39) Gibson of Salem, Ohio passed away on February 27, 2017.

Ruth (Kutsch ’39) Krumlauf of Zanesville, Ohio passed away on January 19, 2017.

1940s

Margaret (Conway ’42) Kuniewicz of Salem, Ohio passed away on January 5, 2017.

Ralph Schlott ’43 of Canton, Ohio passed away on December 28, 2016.

Dr. Walter Wichern ’43 of New York City, died on March 27, 2017. He was the retired chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center, where he had the priviledge of practicing as a thoracic surgeon for more than 50 years. He was the president of the board and co-founder of the Berwick Boys Foundation, a year-round program for teenage boys. He served as trustee emeritus of Mount Union since 1984. He also served on the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center and was a professor of clinical surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.   

Ruth (Johnson ’45) Rankin of Alliance, Ohio passed away on February 27, 2017.

Mary Louise (Hershberger  ’45) Walker of Winchester, Virginia passed away on February 26, 2017.

Jean (Neil ’46) Mason of Grandville, Ohio passed away on February 26, 2017.

Marian (Burt ’46) Underwood of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away on November 30, 2016.

Caroline (Lorenzen ’46) Mickley of Warsaw, Ohio passed away on April 17, 2017.

Edward Degraw ’47 of New Philadelphia, Ohio passed away on December 17, 2016.

John Bay ’49 of Westerville, Ohio passed away on May 18, 2017.

Clair Goddard ’49 of Canton, Ohio passed away on December 18, 2016.

1950s

Robert Engle ’50 of Jackson, Michigan passed away on February 28, 2017.

Dorothy (Peckman ’50) Haverstock of Zelienople, Pennsylvania passed away on February 6, 2017.

Nancy (Nicholson ’50) Jackson of Orlando, Florida passed away on January 20, 2017.

Dr. Daniel Kibler ’50 of Alliance, Ohio passed away May 30, 2017. He graduated from Mount Union with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He then earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University. Kibler served as the University’s physician at Mount Union from 1958 to 1998 Through his service, Kibler was a treasured and respected friend at Mount. Several scholarships and gifts have been made in honor of his work as the team physician and his lifelong service to the athletes of Mount Union.

Ben Soldo ’50 of East Palestine, Ohio passed away on March 12, 2017.

John Wheeler ’50 of Nanjemoy, Maryland passed away on March 3, 2017.

Martha (Zumkehr ’50) Mani of Canton, Ohio passed away on February 12, 2017.

Eugene “Duke” Barret ’51 of Annapolis, Maryland passed away on February 4, 2017. Duke, a World War II veteran, was a member of the Mount Union football and track and field teams. He earned All-Ohio honors in football in 1947 and 1948 at the tight end position. He held the institutional record for receptions for 25 years. After graduating, he was the head coach of the football, tennis, and golf teams and was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 1976.

James Elder ’51 of Naples, Florida passed away on March 13, 2017.

Paul Olson ’51 of Cleveland, Ohio passed away on March 19, 2017.

Richard Reynolds ’51 of Bettendorf, Iowa passed away on November 11, 2016.

Richard Zuch ’51 of Loris, South Carolina passed away on May 16, 2017.

Ruth (Noble ’52) Heintzelman of Greenwood, North Carolina passed away on September 6, 2016.

Phillip Maher ’52 of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away on February 14, 2017.

Forest Shollenberger Jr. ’52 of Woodbury, Tennessee passed away on January 5, 2017.

Eugene Allison ’53 of West Palm beach, Florida passed away on January 25, 2017.

Joan (Barwick ’53) Lare of Columbia, South Carolina passed away on February 11, 2017.

Dean Kopp ’53 of Greenwood, Indiana passed away on February 22, 2017.

Robert Morgan ’53 of Saint Clairsville, Ohio passed away on November 11, 2016.

James Connor ’54 of Morehead City, North Carolina passed away on April 28, 2017.

Juanita (Calhoun ’54) Harrison of Columbus, Ohio passed away on May 16, 2017.

Keene Bridgeman ’55 of Laguna Niguel, California passed away on October 10, 2015.

Clara (Knox ’56) Thompson of Jewett, Ohio passed away on November 13, 2016.

Lowell Myers ’56 of Streetsboro, Ohio passed away on February 21, 2017.

Dr. Christopher King ’57 of Alliance, Ohio passed away on January 4, 2017. Christopher worked at the Alliance Eye and Ear Clinic as an ophthalmologist for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1995. He was also a member of the Forever Mount Society.

Ann (Morris ’57) Pearce of Canaan, New York passed away on November 25, 2016.

Jerry Pagnucco ’58 of Louisville, Ohio passed away on March 23, 2017.

Arlyn (Stewart ’59) Dillon of Longmont, Colorado passed away on March 28, 2017.

Frederick Dimit ’59 of Marion, Virginia passed away on November 9, 2016.

Janet (Frazier ’59) Culp of Alliance, Ohio passed away on December 16, 2016.

Gary Zink ’59 of Canton, Ohio passed away on February 14, 2017.

1960s

Linda (Beall ’60) Caplin of Pflugerville, Texas passed away on December 31, 2016.

John Andersen ’61 of Alliance, Ohio passed away on February 15, 2017.

Allen Herdle ’61 of Salem, Ohio passed away on November 28, 2016.

William Wood ’62 of Chesterland, Ohio passed away on December 9, 2016.

Howard Rakestraw ’63 of San Francisco, California passed away on December 18, 2016.

Lois (Rupert ’64) Boyle of Sebring, Ohio passed away on April 21, 2017.

Margaret “Peggy” (Lawrason ’65) Lamberton of Rochester, New York passed away on December 12, 2016.

Donald Butler ’66 of Medina, Ohio passed away on December 16, 2016.

Marilyn (Hartman ’66) Sutton of Cleveland, Ohio passed away on December 7, 2016.

Andrew Grischow ’66 of Youngstown, Ohio passed away on November 27, 2016.

Paula (Calderini ’69) Hoos of Franklin, Tennessee passed away on January 25, 2017.

Linda (Barrick ’69) Squires of Annapolis, Maryland passed away on April 8, 2017.

1970s

Mont Hollingsworth ’70 of Bethesda, Ohio passed away on November 27, 2016.

Charles Hoffer ’71 of Berlin Heights, Ohio passed away on December 22, 2016.

Robert “Denny” Montgomery ’72 of Dublin, Ohio passed away on May 17, 2017.

Linda (Morris ’72) Slabey of Canton, Ohio passed away on April 18, 2017.

Robin Risser ’73 of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away on April 16, 2017.

George Gwin ’74 of Alliance, Ohio passed away on April 22, 2017.

Paula Peterson ’74 of Canfield, Ohio passed away on January 20, 2017.

Michael Sands ’74 of Canton, Ohio passed away on March 30, 2017.

Carol Worman ’75 of Elk Grove Village, Illinois passed away on November 20, 2016.

Barbara Smith ’77 of Girard, Ohio passed away on December 13, 2016.

1980s

Dr. Rebecca Stevens ’80 of Twinsburg, Ohio passed away on January 5, 2017. See "Talking Points" for more.

Ellen (Higginbotham ’88) Hathaway of Twinsburg, Ohio passed away on April 9, 2017.

Friends

Arnold Erickson of Concord, California passed away on January 5, 2015. 

Sadie Shaheen of Canton, Ohio passed away on November 14, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Carl Shaheen ’47.

Roger Charriere of Key West, Florida passed away on November 11, 2016. 

Ken Lloyd of Canfield, Ohio passed away on November 4, 2016. 

George Jorney of Alliance, Ohio passed away on December 28, 2016. 

Florence Krahling of Washington, Ohio passed away on January 14, 2017. She was the spouse of Ed Krahling ’51 and founded the Krahling Journalism award in his honor.

Nick Pietrocola of Alliance, Ohio passed away on March 4, 2017. 

Joseph Heacock of Alliance, Ohio passed away on March 15, 2017.

Joan (Ogilvy) Jones of Elyria, Ohio passed away on March 10, 2017. 

Janet Wuske of Canton, Ohio passed away on March 13, 2017. 

Frederick VanWye of Strongsville, Ohio passed away on January 24, 2017.

Vicki Hubert of Canton, Ohio passed away on April 1, 2017.

William Irvin of East Liverpool, Ohio passed away on May 17, 2017. 

John Blaser of Alliance, Ohio passed away on May 19, 2017. 

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