Mount Union Magazine Class Notes Fall/Winter 2015

January 06, 2016

Class Notes to be included in the Spring 2016 Issue of Mount Union Magazine must be received before February 29, 2016.

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

Dr. Elca Swigart ’61
of New Millersville, Pennsylvania works as director of the Speech and Hearing Center at Reading Hospital in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Jane (Fellows ’63) Carpenter of Laguna Hills, California, is a realtor for Century 21 Rainbow Realty in Laguna Woods, California. Her email address is

Dr. Norma (Tichenor ’71) Conner-Wall was inducted in the Hall of Fame at John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Ohio. As an educator, she presented at national and state conferences, authored professional journal articles and received several awards. Her career spanned more than 30 years as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, university professor and superintendent of schools in northeast Ohio.
Charles E. Durant ’73 now serves as adjunct professor in the health care administration program at Concordia University Texas in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Michael Vienna ’80 was named Clyde Partin Sr. Director of Athletics at Emory University. Vienna previously worked at Salisbury University, where he has worked in various roles since 1989, most recently as director of athletics and director of the University’s campus recreation program.
Janice (Brewster ’88) Weiser has been hired as communication specialist at TSN Communications in Oak Hill, Virginia. Brewster has 25 years of experience providing original articles, web content, blog posts and columns for a range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer magazines and editorial clients. A freelance editor and writer since 2001, Brewster has worked with numerous clients such as AARP, Quilting Arts magazine and Cowboys & Indians Magazine.

Shelly (Kern ’92) Reinacher was named assistant principal of Alluras Elementary School in Polk County, Florida. She previously served as a school-based coach and has been an educator for 23 years.

Michael Demster ’03 was named head football coach at United Local in April.

Megan (Collins ’05) and Andrew Wade were married June 20, 2015. Megan works as assistant director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Youngstown State University. The couple resides in Boardman, Ohio.

Lindsey (Buckel ’06) and Joel Szymanski ’06 announce the birth of a daughter, Jette, on April 11, 2015. She joins brother Micah, 2.

Jessica Nola ’07 and Tom Gencarelli were married October 4, 2014 in Darlington, Pennsylvania. The bridal party included Sara (Payne ’07) Nicholas. Jessica is a field sales representative for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Brandi (McIntire ’08) and Cody Colly ’11 announce the birth of a daughter, Avery Lynn, on May 15, 2015.

Lindsey (Coyle ’09) and Guatam Rajan were married September 27, 2014. Members of the bridal party included Angela LoBue ’09, MaryElizabeth Crawford ’09, Megan (Smuckler ’09) Emerick and Michael Blauman ’09.

Kristin (Bowling ’10) and Gregory Ferrell were married May 3, 2014. Members of the bridal party included Sarah (Mariani ’10) Durr, Katie (Stugmyer ’10) Wolf and Jillian Panczyk ’10. The couple resides in Marion, Ohio, and Kristin works as senior social media coordinator for Resource International, Inc.

Curtis ’11 and Laura (Mazzolini ’13) Friebel were married June 13, 2015. Members of the wedding party included Matthew Trainer ’11, Lauren (Frost ’13) Wolfgang, Kayleigh Green ’12, Jared Friebel ’14 and Matthew Mazzolini ’08. The couple resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Erin (Roberts ’12) and Paul Mariotti Jr. ’10 were married September 19, 2014. Members of the wedding party included Katherine Turner ’12, Michael Nitz ’11, Cory Douglas ’13, Aubrey Loy ’10 and Drew Bobka ’10. The couple resides in Wadsworth, Ohio. Erin works as a budget officer for the Medina County Finance Department and Paul is national account manager for Pleasant Valley Construction in Medina, Ohio.

Steve McNeely ’12 was appointed as assistant football coach at Guilford College in April. Steve will coach quarterbacks for the team. He worked for the past three years as quarterbacks and receivers coach at Mount Union.

Gina (Serluco ’14) and Andrew Brown ’11 were married July 19, 2014 in Boardman, Ohio. Members of the bridal party included Chelsey (Stedronsky ’11) Sabatino, Jen Senskey ’10, Kyle Brown ’10, Kevin Brown ’08, Ryan Brown ’07, Aaron White ’10, Vincenzo Pierro ’12, John Marshall ’12 and Jeff Senuta ’10. The couple resides in Willowick, Ohio. Gina works as a teacher at Willowick Middle School in Willoughby Eastlake School District and Andrew was recently promoted to operations manager at Fastenal in Valley View.

Danielle (Seidel ’13) and Eric Sluss were married July 4, 2015. Danielle is a registered nurse in the emergency room of Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. The couple resides in Rincon, Georgia.

Kyle Roberts ’15 of New Albany, Ohio was selected as captain for organization for the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Columbus, Ohio. He works as manager of data analytics for Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus.

Brianna Searing ’15 was selected as one of the top 10 flute players in the 2015 National Collegiate Solo Competition.
Sarah Ossler ’11 and John Wagner ’11 were married June 20, 2015 at Gervasi Vineyards in Canton, Ohio. The wedding party included Rachel Ossler ’13, Nat Porter ’11, Alan Krontz ’11 and Kevin Ditchey ’11.

Sarah Ossler ’11 and John Wagner ’11 were married June 20, 2015 at Gervasi Vineyards in Canton, Ohio. The wedding party included Rachel Ossler ’13, Nat Porter ’11, Alan Krontz ’11 and Kevin Ditchey ’11.


Elizabeth (Pillsbury ’39) Warner of San Luis Obispo, California, died June 23, 2015.

Donald Mosher ’49 of Dayton, Ohio, died July 19, 2015.

Tony Lee ‘50 of Alliance, Ohio, died November 15, 2015. While at Mount Union, Lee played football and basketball. He was a dedicated fan and supporter of the Mount Union Athletics Department and a longtime member of the University’s M Club. He was self-employed, a member of Alliance Rotary and had a passion for traveling, golfing, Mount Union football and his family. Lee was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He contributed a major gift toward the Gulling Training Center, constructed in 2001, in honor of his late wife, Beverly Jean Bowden Lee ’51.

Dorothy Morris ’50 of Wadsworth, Ohio, died May 1, 2015.

Robert Tolerton ’50 of Alliance, Ohio, died August 4, 2014.

Charles King ’51 of Newnan, Georgia, died June 9, 2015.

Priscilla (Rohaley ’53) Sponseller of North Canton, Ohio, died May 13, 2015.

Henry Nemenz Sr. ’60 of Poland, Ohio, died June 12, 2015.

William Fiegenschuh Jr. ’69 of Alliance, Ohio, died June 28, 2015.

Barb Fohl ’74 died June 15, 2015. She was employed for more than 30 years as a social worker for the Ashtabula County Department of Human Services. An accomplished soprano, she sang for more than 35 years in Ashtabula. She served her community as a member of the Board of Trustees of Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, the National Federation of the Blind, a hospice volunteer and a crisis hotline worker.
David Vaughn ’78 of Eastlake, Ohio, died May 10, 2015. He enjoyed his time as a student at Mount Union and dedicated his life to his love of music.

Gregory Jameson ’82 of Defiance, Ohio, died June 17, 2015.

Brian Larner ’99 of Wickliffe, Ohio, died July 16, 2015.

Douglas Jenison ’01 of Stow, Ohio, died July 16, 2015.

George Weimer ‘54
Mount Union trustee emeritus George Weimer Jr. ’54 died June 10, 2015.

Known as an inspirational, generous and sincere human being, Weimer was a member of the Board since 1980 and an invaluable asset during a period of significant growth and expansion. Retired as the vice president and trust officer for United National Bank and Trust Co., he and his wife, Shirley (Barrick ‘56), have been staunch supporters of the University for decades. They co-chaired Mount Union’s Sesquicentennial Committee, and over the years, they have provided support for a number of initiatives including the establishment of two George and Shirley Weimer prizes, one in German and another in Japanese; a number of campus sculpture initiatives including an annual sculpture competition, a statue of Mount Union founder Orville Nelson Hartshorn outside of the Gartner Welcome Center and a sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center; and the establishment of a fund to support campus needs and initiatives such as new uniforms for the Mount Union Marching Band. The Weimers have also been generous supporters of the Mount Union Fund and numerous campaigns. In 1979, Weimer was the recipient of the University’s Alumni Service Award. His place in the history of the institution is a considerable one, and the University is truly a better place because of his contributions. 

Vincent Marotta ‘48
Vincent Marotta ’48 of Pepper Pike, Ohio, died August 1, 2015. Marotta was one of the co-founders of the iconic Mr. Coffee brand that helped revolutionize how Americans make their morning brew. He and his business partner and high school friend Samuel Glazer turned Mr. Coffee into a household name after asking two engineers to create a drip brewing system like those found in restaurants. Mr. Coffee helped make the percolator obsolete as the standard for home coffee brewing.

Marotta was a star high school athlete and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a centerfielder in 1942, but he went into the military just before the start of spring training. He became a star running back in football at Mount Union after World War II.

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