Class Notes - Winter 2014

Class Notes to be included in the Spring/Summer 2015 Issue of Mount Union Magazine must be received before February 20, 2015.

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

Class Notes


  • Joyce (Mosser ’61) Jose of Anchorage, Alaska, can be reached at
  • James White ’61 of Richland, Washington, an independent technology consultant, received the Paul N. Rylander Award in Catalysis for 2014 from the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society. He is president and founder of 3 Rivers Catalysis. He retired from Engelhard Corp. in Beachwood, Ohio in 2001.
  • John Neuenschwander ’63 had a second edition of his book, “A Guide to Oral History and the Law,” published in September by Oxford University Press. The book addresses all of the major legal issues that oral history practitioners need to be cognizant of from the privacy torts to copyright. Neuenschwander retired in 2012 after serving as the municipal judge for the City of Kenosha, Wisconsin for 26 years.


  • Paul Gray ’76 of Westlake, Ohio, was appointed director of anesthesia at Marymount Ambulatory Surgery Center/Cleveland Clinic Center for Sports Health. He assumed presidency of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists in September.
  • Glenda (Ward ’78) Edwards of Miramar Beach, Florida, retired from a 36-year teaching and coaching career. Prior to retiring, she was selected as Teacher of the Year in the Okaloosa County School District.
  • James Pappenhagen ’78 of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, retired after 26 years at North Carolina State University.


  • Cheryl (Gray ’80) Rames of New Philadelphia, Ohio, was elected in November of 2013 to serve as ward one New Philadelphia City Council member. She is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Tuscarawas.
  • Dave Suffecool ’80 was named vice president of solutions for North America at Cleo, a provider of information integration and software solutions.
  • Kevin Douglass ’83 of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is president of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. His father, Samuel Douglass ’55, co-founded the foundation with University of Pittsburgh Law Professor Cy Fox in 1979 because he felt there was a need for education for energy attorneys. Kevin is an attorney at Babst Calland law firm, which focuses on the energy sector.


  • Nicholas DiPietro ’94 of Tracys Landing, Maryland, was recently named Officer of the Year for the State of Maryland in a ceremony held in Ocean City. He is a corporal for the Anne Arundel County Police Department. He and his wife, Julie, have two sons, Hayden, 8 and Colton, 4.
  • Al ’95 and Susan Blazek announce the birth of a daughter, Anastasia Zoe, on May 11, 2014, who joins siblings Paul, 12, Caleb, 10, Josiah, 9, Xavier, 7, Gregory, 5 and Sebastian, 3. Al has been the chief financial officer for Dunham’s Sports in Troy, Michigan since September 2009.
  • Heather (Morrison ’97) and Wayne Vild announce the birth of a daughter, Chloee Madison, on March 24, 2013.


  • Rachel (Garnes ’00) and Jay ’98 Hays announce the birth of a daughter, Molly Elizabeth, on June 12, 2014, who joins siblings Samuel, 5 and Reese, 3. Rachel and Jay can be reached at  

  • Jason Morris ’03 and Lauren Pate were married June 21, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Youssef Hamid ’04 was a member of the wedding party. Jason earned a Master of Education degree from Bowling Green State University in 2012 and now serves as president of District 2 of the Ohio Music Education Association.
  • Angie (Oberly ’03) and Jeff Marotta announce the birth of a son, Colton Patrick, on January 18, 2013, who joins siblings Averi, 3 and Brayden, 6.

  • Desiree (Shundry ’05) and Chad Dennis announce the birth of a daughter, Danica Lynn, on October 14, 2013.

  • Stephanie (Foltz ’05) and Daniel Garrett Jr. announce the birth of a son, Caleb Reed, on July 14, 2014, who joins sibling Ella, 2.







  • John ’06 and Allyson (Shultz ’04) Burkey announce the birth of a daughter, Aubrey Denise, on April 23, 2014.





  • Shawn Hyden ’06 was named Arcadia University’s first full-time head men’s and women’s tennis coach in August 2014.
  • Matt Mowery ’07 and Brooke Linsley ’09 were married July 12, 2014. Members of the wedding party included Andy Clutter ’09, Erica (Burmeister ’09) Speelman, Maura Picciano ’09, Annie Montgomery ’09, Stephanie (Sage ’09) Thomas, Kate Fortney ’09 and Elizabeth Crawford ’09. They reside in Salem, Ohio.
  • Ashley (Schroll ’07) and Kendrick Stevenson announce the birth of a daughter, Claire, on August 1, 2014, who joins sibling Alex, 2.
  • Jessica (Frase ’09) Risaliti announces the birth of a son, Benjamin George, on May 23, 2014.






  • Devon (Jordan ’09) and Jason Dye announce the birth of a son, Jaxon, on July 8, 2014. The couple was married October 23, 2010.




  • Monica Akerley ’11 participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Namibia over the summer.
  • Amanda Moore ’11 and Daniel Bridenstine were married June 7, 2014. Amanda is attending law school at the University of Akron.




  • Chelsey Stedronsky ’11 and Mark Sabatino ’10 were married May 17, 2014. Chelsey is a human resources representative at Parker Hannifan and Mark is a buyer for STERIS Corporation. The reside in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.



  • William Schindel Jr. ’11 and Krista Roe ’12 were married June 7, 2014. William is the head wrestling coach at Mount Union and Krista is a teacher at West Branch Middle School.
  • Laura Kibby ’12 participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Baja over the summer. Laura, a teacher at Boardman Glenwood Middle School in Boardman, Ohio, took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.
  • Jesse Meade ’12 and Christina Best ’11 were married May 23, 2014. Mark Bergmann, retired manager of Mount Union’s radio station WRMU 91.1 FM, officiated the wedding.




  • Kaylene (Crowe ’13) and Joshua Hoy announce the birth of a daughter, Emerson, on August 13, 2014, who joins sibling Colton, 3. Kaylene is an intervention specialist at Fairless Local School District.




Under the leadership of Dr. Richard F. Giese, a lot has happened over the past decade of which alumni can be proud. A strong endowment, curriculum enhancements and new majors that are relevant in today’s ever-changing world of higher education are just a few. Numerous academic and athletic achievements making national headlines and new or significantly renovated buildings also top the list. The campus has been transformed and the University is now competing on the national stage.

The final details are being put in place as I write this message on the Richard F. and Sandra L. Giese Center for the Performing Arts, which will open in mid-January. Calendar year 2015 has been designated as the “Year of the Arts” and everyone is invited to come back to campus to attend a performance. Watch for details online throughout the upcoming year to plan a visit back to campus – and bring a friend or prospective student.

It is through the generosity of alumni and donors that the Giese Center for the Performing Arts facility came to fruition to serve our campus and the Alliance community as well as open the door to attract future students with an interest in the arts.

It Takes Every Raider | Every Gift. Any Amount. Every Year. Your support does make a difference!

On behalf of the entire Alumni Executive Board, Happy Holidays to you and your family.

–Joel Sassa ’78
Alumni Association President




  • Manette Louise (Ferris ’39) Tomlinson of Riverside, California, died August 2, 2014. A proud Riverside resident for 69 years, she was a teacher for more than 20 years, mostly at Harrison Elementary in Riverside.


  • Helena (Hankins ’40) Kyle of Cleveland, Ohio, died August 26, 2014. She taught history at Jackson-Milton High School and worked for more than 30 years in the law offices of Harrington, Huxley and Smith, retiring in 1984.
  • Dr. William Newman ’40 of Mansfield, Ohio, died July 22, 2014. Newman served as the pastor of First Christian Church of Mansfield for 24 years, retiring in 1980. Following his retirement, he served as an interim minister at 17 Ohio Christian churches.
  • Martin Kern ’41 of El Paso, Texas, died August 18, 2014. After graduating from Mount Union, he served with the 8th Army Air Force 466th Bombardment Group in England in World War II. After the war, he moved to El Paso, traveled as a pianist with the professional jazz trio Tune Jesters and later worked in public relations and as a stockbroker. He retired in 1985 as CFO/vice chairman of the board at Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Dr. Richard S. Wilson ’41 of Daytona Beach, Florida, died August 21, 2014. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he graduated from Mount Union and went on to earn a medical degree. He was co-founder of the Wallace Wilson Brailsford Clinic and retired as emeritus clinical professor of surgery at Medical University of South Carolina.
  • Margaret (Collins ’43) Deshler of Phoenix, Arizona, died August 8, 2014. While at Mount Union, she was an active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was a teacher during the war and later a full-time homemaker and part-time office assistant to her late husband, Dr. Gordon “Pete” Deshler.
  • Martha (Bauer ’43) Strauch of Canton, Ohio, died September 6, 2014. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Mount Union and taught at Belden School prior to starting a family.
  • Alice (Pembridge ’45) Charman of Buckeye, Arizona, died July 9, 2014. She was a high school biology teacher and was very involved in her community.
  • Muriel DeSelm ’45 of Stockton, California, died May 22, 2014.
  • Dr. Elizabeth (Benedict ’47) Mastrangelo of Willoughby, Ohio, died October 13, 2014. She was a founding trustee, professor and faculty member of Lakeland Community College and worked at a number of schools in the Willoughby area during her teaching career.
  • Walter Smith ’47 of Hudson, Ohio, died August 9, 2014.


  • Andrew March ’50 of Newport, Vermont, died August 24, 2014. A World War II U.S. Army aviation cadet, he served in the Mediterranean Training Theater of Operations, earning three battle stars. His career culminated in international assignments at Curtiss-Wright Corporation, where he had technical responsibility for subsidiary plants in the Eastern United States and Canada.
  • Mary (Owen ’50) Mille of Alliance, Ohio, died October 19, 2014. She spent her teaching career at Belle Stone Elementary School in Canton, Ohio. Her former home in Alliance was donated in part to and is now the site of the Beech Creek Botanical Gardens.
  • The Rev. Jack Spencer ’50 of Meadville, Pennsylvania, died October 15, 2014. He served as a trustee at Mount Union from 1970 to 2011. A 1954 graduate of DuBois High School, he went on to serve in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific on the USS Currituck during World War II. He graduated from Mount Union and Drew University School of Theology. He was ordained into the United Methodist Church, serving as an associate pastor at Stone United Methodist in Meadville, then at Christ United Methodist in Erie, Titusville First United Methodist, Warren (Pennsylvania) First United Methodist, as district superintendent of the Franklin District and finally at Lakewood United Methodist in Erie. He is survived by his wife, Millie, of 61 years; a son, Rev. Greg Spencer and his wife, Christine; a daughter, Kimberly Lenahan; five grandchildren, Benjamin Spencer, Jackson Spencer, Russell Lenahan, Paul Lenahan and David Lenahan; a sister, DeAnn Henley and her husband, Mearl; and nieces and nephews.
  • John Hayward Bennett ’51 of Sebring, Ohio, died October 11, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy at the close of World War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War prior to beginning his career in library services. In 1983, he retired as head librarian and coordinating library department head for Clarkstown Central School District in New York City after 25 years.
  • Robert Jones ’52 of Brookline, Massachusetts, died October 5, 2014. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. As a corporate attorney, he worked for the E.W. Bliss Co., Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Glidden Paint and the federal government in Cleveland, Ohio and Alameda, California.
  • Betty (Gorsuch ’54) Daugherty of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died October 24, 2014. She was a gifted vocalist, choir director and teacher who shared her talent throughout the Mansfield, Ohio area.
  • Richard Keller ’54 of Jacksonville, Florida, died October 4, 2014. A veteran of the Korean War, he built a lifetime career in the copier business with 3M, ABM and Xerox.
  • William Snyder ’54 of North Canton, Ohio, died October 30, 2014. Following college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany. He was founder and owner of Lake Realty and Insurance in Hartville, Ohio, which became the William C. Snyder Insurance Agency in 1969.
  • John “Jack” Clements Jr. ’55 of Huntersville, North Carolina, died July 12, 2014. He served as a U.S. Marine in both World War II and the Korean War. He participated in several sports while at Mount Union and spent his career as a high school football coach, teacher and principal and served as president of the Ashtabula County Teachers Association.
  • Joseph Recchi ’57 of Lancaster, Ohio, died July 3, 2014. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and the Mount Union football team. He served in the U.S. Army with a tour of duty in post-World War II Germany and after began a professional career in the personnel and industrial relations field returning to Ohio.
  • William Nutt ’58 of Canton, Ohio, died July 31, 2014. He played baseball and football at Mount Union and later coached football and basketball in the Canton and North Canton City School Districts. He was also a veteran of the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force.


  • Diane (Bachellor ’60) Underhill of Columbus, Ohio, died July 26, 2014. She became an elementary school teacher at Pinecrest Elementary in the Columbus School System and, shortly thereafter, left teaching to raise three boys with her husband, Bob. She returned to teaching once the children were in school and taught at Bloom and Carroll elementary schools for 16 years before retiring.
  • Carol (Vensel ’62) Libeck of Huntersville, North Carolina, died June 19, 2014. She retired after 30 years of service as a Hanover area Junior/Senior High School librarian. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph.
  • Cyril Farmer ’64 of Louisville, Ohio, died September 6, 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. A lay speaker and recreational pilot, he also enjoyed model airplanes, Boy Scouts and his ham radio. He was a very faith-driven man.
  • Judith (Wilson ’65) Piccinin of Nellysford, Virginia, died October 28, 2014. She served as a paralegal for more than 15 years for Haight, Tramonte and Siciliano law firm and also worked at Garnier and Garnier, PC in Falls Church, Virginia before retiring.
  • Frank Gonda ’66 of Canton, Ohio, died September 30, 2014. He retired as a teacher from Timken and McKinley high schools after 37 years of service and from Danner Press after 30 years of service.
  • David Piero ’67 of Columbus, Ohio, died September 11, 2014. He was a dedicated physician who practiced for 30 years at Mount Carmel East Hospital.
  • Carl Sheller ’69 of Smithville, Ohio, died August 2, 2014. He worked for many years as a controller/accountant for several manufacturing companies.


  • Lynda (Solt ’70) Miller of Austin, Texas, died September 5, 2014. She was a social worker prior to being a full-time mother and part-time publicity director for a local Ohio Historical Society. She enjoyed the arts and was an accomplished musician, artist and photographer.
  • Sandra (Ritchie ’70) Rihs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died May 2, 2014. She was very involved as a member of Ingomar United Methodist Church for 53 years, teaching preschool, coordinating weddings and volunteering hours to community service.
  • Darlene (Stinson ’71) Miller of Homeworth, Ohio, died July 24, 2014. She was employed as a clerk at Regal Metal Products for 20 years and as a home health aide with Caring Hands.
  • Susan (Clarke ’74) Phelan of Youngstown, Ohio, died September 30, 2014. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and worked at the Shenango Steel Co. for six years prior to raising a family.
  • Paula (First ’74) Putarek of Youngstown, Ohio, died August 13, 2014. She taught English and journalism and was the yearbook advisor for Springfield Local High School, retiring in 2012. She received the Walsworth Publishing Award, the Gallery of Excellence Award for meeting high journalistic standards in high school publication and the YWCA Woman of the Year in Education.
  • Garee (Giovanini ’79) Daniska of Jackson, Ohio, died July 21, 2014. She was controller for Leo A. Dick and Sons Co. in Canton, Ohio.


  • Barbara Lunsford-Zimmer ’03 of Alliance, Ohio, died September 1, 2014. She retired after working as a registered nurse. She was a member of Regina Coeli Catholic Church and loved singing in the choir. She was a huge Mount Union football fan and spent her life committed to being a positive influence in her family member’s lives.


  • Patricia Church of Alliance, Ohio, died July 13, 2014. She was employed by Mount Union as a security officer for more than 10 years.
  • William Dessecker of Green, Ohio, died June 8, 2014. He coached football and was assistant professor in the health and physical education department at Mount Union for 17 years.
  • Jim Hillibish of Canton, Ohio, died September 6, 2014. A 44-year Canton Repository employee, he developed and taught an evening advanced writing course at Mount Union from 1989 to 1999.
  • Frederick J. Hupp of Canton, Ohio, died June 10, 2014. He was previously employed at Mount Union.
  • Richard Machlan of Olympia, Washington, died July 8, 2014. He taught speech and debate at Mount Union for several years.
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