Mount Union Magazine Class Notes Spring/Summer 2016

July 21, 2016

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Violet Bica-Ross ’44 was named Person of the Year by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and was also selected for the Centennial Alumni Award presented by Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. During her professional career, Violet served as an educator and psychologist as well as president of many local psychologist organizations. It was through Violet’s generous gift that the Bica-Ross residence hall was named for her late husband, L. Clayton Ross, brother, George Bica, and sister, Virginia Bica.


Dr. Edward ’54 and Helen (Wright ’53) Farnham

For Dr. Edward ’54 and Helen (Wright ’53) Farnham, being philanthropic is simply the American way.

“If you read the newspapers, you’ll learn that Americans are the most
generous people in the world,” Edward said. “We were brought up that way.”

The Farnhams have extended their charitable giving to numerous organizations throughout the years, but they always keep their loyalty to Mount Union at the forefront of their generosity. Both grew up in Alliance and have remained connected to the University and their hometown throughout their lives. Helen’s father, Robert D. Wright, was a former men’s basketball coach at Mount Union, leading the team during World War II.

Edward, a retired general surgeon who was instrumental in modernizing surgery at Medina Hospital, and Helen, a former teacher in Mayfield Heights and Worthington, Ohio, have chosen to strengthen and advance Mount Union in multiple ways over the years.

Edward and Helen’s generous support of Mount Union has earned them membership into the Forever Mount Society, Heritage Society and The Mount Union Fund’s 1846 Society. In addition, Edward and Helen named a faculty office in the physician assistant studies area of Gallaher Hall. Donating his time and talent, Edward is a member of the Physician Assistant Studies Advisory Council.

Making a difference in the lives of Mount Union students, the couple established the Dr. Edward L. and Helen (Wright) Farnham Endowed Scholarship to assist students pursuing careers in the sciences.

The Farnhams reside in Medina, Ohio, and enjoy traveling and spending time with family. Their grandson, Brian Farnham, is a 2014 Mount Union alumnus. 


Paul Hobe ’64 of Louisville, Ohio, published the book “Dixie Odyssey, Tales and Trails of the Nineteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.” The book describes the history of the 19th Ohio Volunteer Regiment, which assembled in Alliance, Ohio in the fall of 1861 and mentions several Mount Union graduates.


John Watson ’71 of Fort Lauderdale, Florida recently became a Certified Firearms Instructor with the United States Concealed Carry Association. He also invented the Integrated Weapon Retention Belt (IWRB) and started an e-commerce business,

Kurt S. Miller ’72 earned a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) designation from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, the leading certification for professionals serving seniors. Those who receive CSA designation uphold the highest ethical standards for the benefit and protection of the health and welfare of seniors.

Bob Gray ’75 Inducted Into the NATA Hall of Fame

Bob Gray ’75 was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Hall of Fame in Baltimore, Maryland in June. According to NATA’s website, the Hall of Fame recognizes the “very best of the athletic training profession, honoring athletic trainers who exemplify the mission of NATA through significant, lasting contributions that enhance the quality of health care provided by athletic trainers and advance the profession.”

Gray works as coordinator of Athletic Training Community Affairs for Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. In his role, he is responsible for staffing all athletic events the Cleveland Clinic sponsors with medical personnel. After graduating from Mount Union, Gray earned a master’s degree in physical education with a specialization in athletic training from Indiana State University in Terra Haute, Indiana.  


Dave Menosky ’80 owns the New England Running Company in Beverly, Massachusetts, which was recently voted as one of the top 50 running stores in the U.S. by Competitor Magazine. This is the third time that the store has received this award, also being selected in 2008 and 2011. For the award, readers nominate their favorite stores, which are then evaluated by undercover shoppers.

William R. Wyss Jr. ’82 of Louisville, Ohio retired as the chairman of the social studies department at Louisville High School in May 2015. He was named an All Stark County Teacher Award Member for 2014-2015 and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Mount Union.

Douglas E. Spiker ’83 was named a 2016 Ohio Super Lawyer in the field of Workers’ Compensation by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. Douglas is currently a partner in Roetzel’s Cleveland, Ohio office.

Bill Uzl (’87)and Dr. Vidas Dumasius announce the birth of a son, David Ethan, on April 7, 2015.  The family resides in Morgantown, West Virginia.


Todd Strebel ’92 has been named mathematics department chair at Steele High School in Amherst, Ohio. He is pictured with wife Kelly, daughter Meg and son, Tyler.

Carrianne (Tingley ’92) Tuckley of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was nominated for Woman of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Northeast Ohio Chapter. Before the organization announced the winner of Male and Female of the Year in May 2016, nominees, including Carianne, participated in a 10-week campaign during which they raised funds for a leukemia and lymphoma survivor. She is also an alumni advisor for Delta Sigma Tau sorority.

Lisa Bowling-Shaffer ’93 is a supervisor in customer service at Prime Time Health Plan (Aultcare) in Canton, Ohio.


Marla N. Presley ’00 has been named litigation manager to the Pittsburgh office of law firm Jackson Lewis P.C.

Vince W. Finney ’01 has been named to UBS Wealth Management Americas’ Top 35 Under 35 Financial Advisor program.

Joshua Steiner 03 and wife Heidi announce the birth of a daughter, Annie, on December 1, 2014. She joins brothers Wilson, 7 and Abram, 4. The family resides in Bluffton, Ohio.

Amy (Veverka ’05) and Ben ’03 Parker  announce the birth of a son, Tobiah, on July 20, 2015. He joins sister Lydia, 3. The family resides in Canton, Ohio.

Kelly (Kiraly ’04) and John Frammartino were married October 24, 2015.  Members of the wedding party included Katy Kiraly ’08 and George Kiraly Jr. ’10.  The couple resides in Poland, Ohio. 

Justin Todd ’04 of Howard, Ohio, was named head varsity football coach for the Wadsworth City School District.

Erin (McCauley ’05) and Mark ’05 Lyons of Hudson, Ohio announce the birth of a son, Declan Mark, on May 1, 2014. He joins brother Brady Philip, 6.

Meredith (Ross ’05) and Jeremy ’03 Fisher announce the birth of a daughter, Lila Addison, on November 11, 2015. She joins brothers Brady, 7 and Gavin, 3. The family resides in Canton, Ohio.

Sarah Gnoddie ’06 of Bedford, Ohio, was awarded the James E. Cook Scholarship in Young Adult Librarianship from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. She works as the youth program supervisor for Orange Community Education and Recreation while pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science degree at Kent State, with a specialization in teen library services.

Mike Lemponen ’08 and wife Jillian were married May 2, 2015. Members of the bridal party included Kevin Brown ’08, Kevin Gray ’10 and Jeremy Harper ’09. Mike is a middle/high school heath teacher and high school soccer and track coach for the Huron City School District.

Michael Pugh ’08 and wife Tara welcomed a son, Trace Daniel, on November 24, 2015. The couple were married on September 22, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Members of the bridal party included Alana (Wolonsky ’08) Tarry and Andrew Cavalier ’08.

Kelli (Miller ’09) and Brian Liddle announce the birth of a daughter, Peyton Nicole, on January 2, 2016.


Melissa (Shuttic ’09) and Josh ’10 Baker were married May 23, 2015. Members of the wedding party included Brittany Vanderhide ’09 and Sarah Zuch ’09.

Alexandria (Glanemann ’10) and Jeremy Foos announce the birth of a son, Kenneth Louis, on May 4, 2015. The family resides in Fremont, Ohio.

Lauren (Shaub ’10) and Brian ’10 Mogus were married on September 6, 2015 at Mount Union’s Dewald Chapel. Members of the wedding party included Danielle Shaub ’04, Katie (Bleppler ’10) Langhans, Kristina Romano ’10, Emily Shaub ’11, Matthew Decker ’10, Ryan Elsass ’11 and Justin Shaub ’08. The couple resides in North Canton, Ohio. Lauren works as a physical therapist for Mercy Medical Health Center in North Canton and Brian is a tennis professional at Paramount Tennis Club in Medina.

Maggie (Zronek ’11) and Dan ’11 Grassell were married on October 17, 2015. Alumni in attendance included Tim Coan ’10, Brittany (Iwamodo ’10) Coan, Ryan Cockrill ’10, Josh Marcus- Donnelly ’09, Logan Erwin ’10, Alyssa Flitcraft, Steve Gillespie ’08, Kevin Gray ’10, Jeremy Harper ’09, Jessica Hazen ’10, Jordan Hazen ’09, Matt Jankowski ’09, Mike Lemponen ’08, Jay Mathis ’09, Tyra Meredith ’10, Matt Parnell ’09, Alecia Schalmo ’10, Chris Switzer ’09, Katherine Turner ’12 and Kelly Wiseman ’11.

Abigail Weingart ’11 earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in May, where she was also awarded the Primary Care Scholarship. Abigail will begin a residency in pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Stephanie Stachnik ’13 earned a Master of Education degree in clinical mental health counseling in August 2015 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in September 2015. She is a counselor at Community Assessment and Treatment Services, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio.

Megan (Stewart ’11) and AJ ’11 Claycomb were married April 25, 2015. Members of the wedding party included Emily Mason ’13, Alexandra Turner ’13, Brandon Mathie ’13, Hillary Carle ’14, Sarah Milburn ’13, Kylee Kolesar ’13, Wade Warner ’12, Roger Stewart ’11, Sam Kershaw ’11, Kaylen Stewart ’10, Kimmy Sason ’11, Marissa Fiorilli ’11, Sara Kirkbride ’11, Chaz Jordan ’12, Krista (Johnson ’11) Kappas and Chris Kappas ’08.

Haley (Umbs ’13) and Martin ’14 Chaffin III were married on September 12, 2014 at the University of Mount Union’s Dewald Chapel. Members of the wedding party included Jeff Looker ’14, Matt Doyle ’14, Rhett LaRiccia ’14, Kalyn Peck ’14, Katie Hall ’13 and Dana Goehring ’16. The couple resides in Alliance, Ohio.

Kyle Dreger ’14 was a guest speaker at the annual Stir Trek convention, which teaches software developers and others in the industry the latest and greatest in technologies, techniques and tools. Kyle is a lead user experience designer at Patriot Software in Canton, Ohio.

In summer 2015, Laura Kibby ’12 studied Buddhism and spiritual connections to nature in the Old World rain forests and diverse cultural environments of Thailand. 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.

Gina (Serluco ’10, M ’14) and Andrew ’11 Brown 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 is assistant principal at Willoughby-Eastlake Schools and Andrew was recently hired as a sales representative for Vanguard Wines in the Cleveland area.




Evangeline (Glass ’35) Case of Beloit, Ohio, died on December 17, 2015.

Mary (Robertson ’36) Coleman of Steubenville, Ohio died October 2, 2015.

Betty (Fisher ’38) Wood of Eugene, Oregon, died on November 21, 2015.


Eugenia (Zima ’43) Braun of Herndon, Virginia, died on March 22, 2014.

Alice E. (von Storch ’43) Worman of Mentor, Ohio, died January 11, 2016. After graduating from Mount Union, Alice enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and later served as the director of Christian Education at the Willoughby Methodist Church and the Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights. Throughout her life, she was an avid traveler and skier and an active member of the St. Andrew Episcopal Church.

Elizabeth (Burton ’44) Frankenberg of Sebring, Ohio, died February 18, 2016.

Mary Jane (Shaweker ’44) Trustdorf of Lincolnshire, Illinois, died October 17, 2015.

Margie (Schwein ’44) Williams of Mansfield, Ohio, died January 13, 2016. Throughout her life, Margie’s love and passion for the arts led her work at the Mansfield Art Center for 20 years until her retirement. She was known for keeping incredible journals and for her writing abilities.

Ruth Elizabeth (Wemple ’45) Bolz of Cary, North Carolina, died February 8, 2016. Ruth was an active member of the United Methodist Church and during her time living in North Carolina she joined the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames. She had a love for music, which she passed along to her children.

Dorothy (Smith ’46) Brown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, died on March 2, 2016.

Lora Ruth Hurst ’47 of Warren, Ohio, died January 17, 2016.

Betty June (Ritter ’47) Olson of Fort Pierce, Florida, died October 10, 2015.

Irene (Rowan ’48) Koval of Westerville, Ohio, died March 18, 2016.

Martha (Lutz ’48) Unger of Sebring, Ohio, died March 18, 2016.

Thelma Hill ’49 of Mentor, Ohio, died February 25, 2016. Thelma served in the Peace Corps in St. Lucia from 1963-1965 and taught science for various schools. She was a member of the Buckeye Trail Association, Appalachian Trial Conservancy and the Burroughs Club.

Ernest Linsmaier ’49 of Alliance, Ohio, died on March 25, 2016.

James Lotze ’49 of Massillon, Ohio, died July 7, 2015.

S.O. Swygert ’49 of Columbus, Georgia, died on March 21, 2016.

Richard S. Mather ’49 of Massillon, Ohio, died October 2, 2015.


Thadeus W. Jurczyk ’50 of Cleveland, Ohio, died October 30, 2015.

Tony Lee ’50 of Alliance, Ohio, died November 15, 2015.

Charles D. MacLagan ’50 of Somerset, Massachusetts, died March 12, 2016.

Carol (Andrews ’50) Richmond of Maple Heights, Ohio, died December 9, 2015. Throughout her life, she loved visiting Chautauqua, New York, and was active as a Methodist youth counselor.

Alice (Weir ’50) Myser of Canton, Ohio, died November 30, 2015.

Walter Haidet ’51 of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died January 24, 2016. 

Mary (Jolly ’51) Henshaw of Cave City, Kentucky, died November 29, 2015.

Harold J. Logan ’51 of Huntington, West Virginia, died on December 12, 2015.

Georgia (Shollenberger ’53) Vogel of Mountain View, Arkansas, died January 19, 2016. Vogel enjoyed a career of supporting others through working with the YM-YWCA and Logansport School administration in Logansport, Indiana. She also held counseling positions in Batesville, Mountain View and Mountain Home, Arkansas. Throughout her life, Georgia enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling.

Robert C. Roessler ’55 of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, died January 20, 2016. Throughout his life, he traveled internationally as a financial controller for many companies including Goodyear, Gillette, Revlon and GAF.  Robert enjoyed reading, antiquing, traveling and spending time with his wife.

Sally (Cooper ’56) Otto of Bay Village, Ohio, died April 11, 2016. She was married to Eric “Jim” Otto ’56 for 60 years, having first met him while serving on a committee for a play at Mount Union. 

Sally was a watercolorist and an elementary school teacher who taught at Raphael School in Bay Village for more than 18 years.

A longtime supporter of Mount Union, Sally and her husband were members of the Class of 1956 Scholarship Committee and she donated her time on the Mount Union Alumni Council as well. In recognition of her devotion to the arts, the art gallery and lobby of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts were both named in Sally’s honor.

John M. Cargill ’57 of Wadsworth, Ohio, died on December 8, 2015.

Rev. Gordan F. Hinkle Jr. ’58 of Metter, Georgia, died January 4, 2016. Gordan owned the Whistle Stop Hobby Shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was an avid collector of toy trains. He was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1963.


Joan (Davis ’60) Guylas of Tuscon, Arizona, died March 15, 2016.

Gayle E. (Moran ’60) Vogelgesang of Littleton, Colorado, died April 11, 2015. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and moved to Mt. Dora, Florida in 1983 before moving to Littleton in 2012.

Rose (Drake ’61) D’Eramo of Youngstown, Ohio, died January 16, 2016. She was an avid reader, loved needlework and was known for her passion for helping people. Rose worked at the Zanesville YWCA, taught English at Austintown Fitch High School and loved tutoring students.

Kenneth Valentine ’61 of Worthington, Ohio, died September 11, 2015.

Donald L. Denny ’62 of Beloit, Ohio, died January 9, 2016. He was employed as a principle at Knox School and was a farmer. He was a member of the Bethel United Church of Christ and was a Ruritan, Mile Branch Grange member and Farm Bureau member.

Joel I. Tolerton ’62 of Mayville, New York, died October 4, 2015.

Shirley (Coleman ’63) Burns died October 30, 2015.

James G. Davis ’63 of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died December 21, 2015.

Bette Lou George ’63 of Alliance, Ohio, died January 13, 2016. After her retirement as a teacher for Minerva Local Schools, she worked at Rodman Public Library and the Mount Union Library.

David Snyder ’66 of Louisville, Ohio, died November 16, 2015.

Robert Morgan ’68 of Lewis Center, Ohio, died March 1, 2016.

Dennis Williams ’68 of Louisville, Ohio, died November 19, 2015.

William F. Louden ’69 of Evansville, Ohio, died September 27, 2015.


Donald “Andy” A. Campbell ’76 of Toledo, Ohio, died March 2, 2016. Donald had a love for sports and followed all of his favorite Ohio teams. He also loved fishing, listening to classic rock and attending concerts.

Lee A. Brown ’79 of Alliance, Ohio, died February 1, 2016. Lee was employed at First Merit Bank and was a member of Union Avenue United Methodist Church and the Alliance Lions Club.

Katharina Cibulas ’79 of Alliance, Ohio, died April 18, 2015.


Kurt Foster ’91 of Akron, Ohio, died December 6, 2015.

Jon Erik Anstrom ’98 of Boardman, Ohio, died February 5, 2016.

Darcy L. Thorne- Leonard ’99 of Lisbon, Ohio, died February 24, 2016. She was a kindergarten teacher at Carrollton Elementary and was a member of the Bethesda Presbyterian Church.


Erich G. Carpenter ’01 of Shadyside, Ohio, died September 26, 2015.


Sydney C. Breyer, a freshman of Springboro, Ohio, died October 7, 2015. Sydney was a member of the Honors Program, Kappa Phi, flag corps and the band.


James William Kennedy Sr. of York, Maine, died December 1, 2015.

Fred Whitney Jr. died July 4, 2015.

Francis Daily died November 3, 2015.

Sharlene Schenk died November 22, 2015.

Freda Reeves died October 18, 2015.

Lenora Hampu of Alliance, Ohio, died December 20, 2015.  

Chester Bartman of Massillon, Ohio, died October 17, 2015.

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