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’33 | George R. Henkle, a well-known realtor, died July 26, 2009, in Warren  County, Ohio. He founded George Henkle Associates Inc., a residential, commercial and industrial developing firm. His business career and community leadership spanned more than four decades of accomplishments. He was a member of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Phi Mu Delta fraternity and numerous professional and civic associations. He was twice selected “Realtor of the Year” by the Warren County Board of Realtors and twice selected “Man of the Year” by the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce.

Llora Routson Mader, formerly of Troy, Ohio, passed away Oct. 11, 2009, in Greenville, Ohio. She was a school teacher with the Piqua Schools for 15  years before retiring in 1947. Her memberships included First Lutheran Church, Troy Homemakers Club and Troy Senior Citizens. Helen M. Waldron of Mitiwanga, Ohio, passed away June 11, 2009. During World War II, she served as a captain with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Europe. In 1946, she began her career as chief medical nurse with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland, retiring in 1979. She was an avid seamstress, furniture refinisher, pet lover and gardener.

’37 | Helen Robison Shaffer of Springfield, Ohio, passed away July 23, 2009. A member of Highlands United Church of Christ and Shrine Widows Club, she retired from Wittenberg and taught swimming to children at the Y.W.C.A.

’39 | Harriet Cross Beard passed away Oct. 24, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. She worked with the Springfield City Schools as a teacher and principal at Northern and Snowhill Elementary Schools. Her memberships included Christ Episcopal Church, Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Women’s Town Club.

Ann Harding Frick of Lima, Ohio, died April 18, 2008. An active life member of Christ Episcopal Church, she most recently attended St. Luke Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Lima Sorosis Book Club and the Philanthropic Education Organization, and she loved flower gardening and  vacations on Sanibel. A former teacher, she was a payroll clerk at Nichols Bakery.

Bette Anderson Rohrer died Sept. 4, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. A member of High Street United Methodist Church and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she volunteered at Community Hospital and served as a Girl Scout leader. An accomplished painter and sculptor, she was active with the Springfield Museum of Art and served as past-president of its board of directors. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the first Springfield Art Center.

’41 | Marcia Hamilton Carman of Louisville, Ky., passed away Aug. 6, 2009. As a soloist in the choir and a chalice bearer, she was a devoted member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church. For much of her life, she served the Episcopal Church on the Diocesan level on numerous committees and as president of the Diocesan ECW. A well-known lyric soprano, she was a soloist at many churches and synagogues during her lifetime.

Mary Sidner Hodge died  July 27, 2009, at her home in Knoxville, Tenn. She taught elementary school in Champaign and Franklin counties in Ohio and Knox County in Tennessee. Her memberships included Church Street United Methodist Church, P.E.O. Chapter AH, the Friday Book Club, Akima and Omni. She was a 4-H Club leader, a master bridge player and a golfer who also enjoyed photography, knitting, quilting and reading.

Julianne “Judy” Dozer Johnson Kincaid of Zanesville, Ohio, died June 15, 2009. Her memberships included Grace United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star at Roseville, Beaux Arts Club, Assembly Club, Junior Bethesda League and various Republican organizations.

’42 | Elizabeth A. “Betty” Neidecker of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away Oct. 26, 2009. A former newspaper reporter, she spent her career in the field of speech pathology and audiology. She worked in the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center before joining the faculty at Bowling Green State University, retiring in 1982. Her teaching focused on the training of speech and hearing specialists for work in schools. A textbook she wrote is well known in her field. Her lifelong fondness for the Lake Erie region inspired her to publish a history of the Marblehead Lighthouse in 1995. Her memberships included St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Port Clinton, Ohio, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bowling Green, Ohio, the Ohio Canal Society, and several regional and county historical museums.

John R. Newlin, Dayton, Ohio, passed away Oct. 23, 2009. A member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served as a pilot and first lieutenant with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired as general counsel of Dayton Power and Light.

’43 | Flora Miller Heine, Traverse City, Mich., died Oct. 9, 2007.  She formerly lived in White Town and Fort Wayne, Ind., and Monroe, Grand Rapids, and Livonia, Mich., as a pastor’s wife before retiring to Lake Leelanau more than 20 years ago. She loved being near water and nature, and was an accomplished pianist, quilter and seamstress. Her memberships included Bethany Lutheran Church and Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

’44 | John P. Grimes, Valparaiso, Fla., died May 27, 2007. During World War II, he served as a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Phyllis Baker Rolfe of Columbus, Ohio, died Sept. 12, 2009. She retired in 1977 after 39 years of teaching, predominately with the Grandview Schools and most recently with The Ohio State University College of Education. She was a 65-year member of First Community Church.

’45 | Elizabeth “Betty” Rader Hoskins died June 22, 2009, in Worthington, Ohio. A member of All Saints Evangelical Lutheran Church and Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she retired from the Worthington Schools in 1986.

Jean Karshner Piazzoni, formerly of San Diego, Calif., passed away May 24, 2009, in Sacramento, Calif. A member of Chi Omega sorority, she retired in 1989 as a medical receptionist with Kaiser Permanente. She was also a former president of Clipped Wings, an association of former United Airlines flight attendants.

William S. Snyder died in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 19, 2009. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater. After the war, he served as a first lieutenant with the Ohio National Guard until 1950.  A member of the Lutheran Church and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he owned The Frenchman’s.

Sarah “Kitty” White Zeffer of Wadsworth, Ohio, passed away July 20, 2009. A member of Wadsworth United Methodist Church, she worked at Wolf’s Jewelry and served as auditor for the City of Wadsworth.

’47 | Jesse D. Humberd passed away March 21, 2009, in Winona Lake, Ind. During World War II, he served as a deck officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer, the U.S.S. Roe. He taught math and physics at Wittenberg for one year before becoming a professor and head of the math and science departments at Grace College for 37 years.

’48 | Donna Cox Krehmeyer of Pembroke Pines, Fla., passed away July 24, 2009. A member of Chi Omega sorority and an avid sports fan, she retired from the Miami-Dade County School System after 30 years as an elementary school teacher.

John E. Magalee, Riverside, Calif., died July 7, 2009. A Lutheran minister, he served as a chaplain with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Germany and at Walter Reed Hospital and Ft. Riley, Kan. He received numerous citations and medals including the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, RVN Cross of Gallantry and the Chapel of Four Chaplains Humanitarian Award for exemplary service. Before his retirement in 1985, he had risen to the rank of colonel. He moved to Riverside, Calif., where he served as pastor of several churches. His memberships included Military Officers of  America Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, American Cancer Society and the Association of Lutheran Brotherhood.

August E. Scherer, Herrin, Ill., died Sept. 24, 2009. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Oahu, Iwo Jima and Saipan. He retired in 1983 as principal of Westside School.

’49 | Louise Schlicter Love passed away Nov. 6, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. During World War II, she served as a sergeant and post master at Fort Oglethorpe and was a member of the Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 18 years of service. An all-star pitcher for various national championship women’s fast pitch softball teams, she participated in the Senior Olympics in tennis and horseshoes. A member of Grace United Church of Christ, she volunteered at the annual Yuletide Festival at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

John T. Sherrer of Akron died Aug. 10, 2009. His career included working for the Westinghouse Corp. in Mansfield, owning and operating the Colony Catering Club in Mansfield, interior designing for the May Co. in Cleveland and working for Mature Services Inc. in Akron. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he enjoyed traveling, animals, antiquing, music, politics and advocating for the elderly, among other interests.

Hulda Lind Smith, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, died Oct. 13, 2009, in Lakewood, Colo. She founded the Ski Club and taught at Northwestern High School for more than 25 years, ending her career as a guidance counselor. Following her retirement in 1985, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and helped alongside former President Jimmy Carter during one memorable summer project. An active member of First Lutheran Church, she also volunteered for Planned Parenthood as a nurse assistant.

’50 | Robert B. Chotoff of Amherst, N.Y., died Oct. 21, 2009. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and Mensa International, he served as a private first class in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He taught history and coached football and track and field at Kenmore East School for more than 30 years before retiring in 1990. A volunteer usher at the Shea Performing Arts Center, he was also a paid extra on the set of the 1984 movie, The Natural.

Eleanor Teets Lowe died June 27, 2008, in Fort Myers, Fla. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she retired as president of Engineered Injection Equipment Co., Naperville, Ill. For many years she worked with Young Life and enjoyed foreign travel.

Susan Haslop McCormack of Newark, Ohio, died Aug. 31, 2009. A teacher by profession, she was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kappa Delta sorority, the Northwestern University Faculty Wives, the Orrington Parent Association, the Unity Reading Circle and Monday Talks. She was also the pastpresident of the Auxiliary for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Angelo J. Pappas of Hot Springs, Ark., died Oct. 7, 2009. A partner in Birnbaum-Annen Insurance, he retired from ABI Insurance and the Garland County Assessors Office. His memberships included St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Hot Springs Lions Club and Senior DeMolay with the Degree of Chevalier. Heserved as a board member of Garland County Community College, Abilities Unlimited and the Hot Springs Water Commission.

51 | Shirley Dean Beck of Columbus, Ohio, died Aug. 10, 2009. A member of Linworth United Methodist Church and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she was a teacher with the Columbus Public Schools. For 20 years she volunteered at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Jayne D. Burmeister of Toledo, Ohio, died July 20, 2009. She was employed with the Toledo Public Schools for more than 30 years, retiring from Hawkins Elementary School. Her memberships included Hope Lutheran Church and Hawkins School Retirees. An avid world traveler and photographer, she enjoyed music, playing the piano and sports.

George A. Bush of Marquette, Mich., died Nov. 5, 2009. During World War II, he served as an officer with the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Napa in the South Pacific. A Lutheran minister, he served churches in Ohio, Kentucky, and Lansing and Marquette, Mich. He also served as a member of the board of Suomi College, Hancock, Mich., and as a chaplain with the Civil Air Patrol and Camp Michi-Lu-Ca of Fairview, Mich. After his retirement from the ministry, he served as counselor and teacher at the Academic School of Marquette Branch Prison for 10 years. He later owned and operated Little Tree Cabins, a fishing camp on Lake Independence in Big Bay prior to settling in Kissimmee, Fla., in the mid 1980s. He also played violin for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.

Robert E. Carr, Springfield, Ohio, died May 14, 2009. During World War II, he served as a rifleman with the U.S. Army in Italy where he was wounded. He worked as an office manager at CCC Trucking and Wilson Freight before retiring as transportation manager from Cooper Energy Services in 1982. His memberships included First United Church of Christ and Rocco-Welch Post 8673 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He loved collecting stamps, and fishing and boating at Lake Lorelei.

Robert T. Petticrew of Syracuse, N.Y., passed away July 29, 2009. During World War II, he served as a first lieutenant and pilot with the U.S. Army AirCorps. Following the war, he continued to serve with the U.S. Air Force Reserve for an additional eight years. He spent his career in finance and accounting with the General Electric Co. A member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he was a 33rd degree Mason with the Cypress Shrine and the Scottish Rite.

’52 | Donna Walthall Ballentine passed away Aug. 14, 2009, at her home in Montville, N.J. An entrepreneur, she balanced the duties of a homemakerwhile branching out into the business world. Active in her community, she was a member of St. Pius X Church, the first woman president of the LakeValhalla Private Club, served many years on the Township’s 4th of July Committee, and was a credentialed first-aid responder for the Montville First Aid Squad. She was also an avid bridge player and owned an extensive doll collection.

Paul J. Klosinski of Doraville, Ga., passed away Feb. 26, 2009. A member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Phi Mu Delta fraternity and the Senior Golf Association of Atlanta, he retired as a construction sales specialist with the General Electric Co., Atlanta, Ga.

’58 | W. Robert Chandler of Millcreek, Pa., passed away Oct. 20, 2009. A member and deacon at Immanuel Lutheran Church, he served in the U.S. Army both active and reserve from 1953-78. His career included managing Federal Department Stores in Ohio and Michigan and Hills Department Stores in Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. He was a columnist for the Erie Ties, Morning News and Weekender, writing articles on fishing and boating. As a professional fisherman, he was a representative for several fishing tackle companies. He was promotions manager for the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce, the executive director of the Erie County Tourist and Convention Bureau, and president of the Pennsylvania Aquarium.

Barbara Beery Dudrow, Springfield, Ohio, died Aug. 19, 2009. A member of Southgate Baptist Church and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she taught  kindergarten at Possum School with the Clark-Shawnee School District for 30 years. Active in the community, she was recognized as a teacher of the year, was a master gardener and enjoyed playing the piano, gardening, needlecrafts and traveling.

William R. Smith Jr., passed away Sept. 7, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. He retired as a teacher and counselor at the junior high and high school levels from the Springfield City Schools.

Carlton W. Vobbe Jr. of Vermilion, Ohio, died Sept. 3, 2009. He worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for 32 years as a worldwide manager of their roofing products division, retiring in 1995. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, the Salvation Army and the Vermilion Lions Club, he served with the U.S. Army Reserves. He enjoyed water sports, hiking, traveling, genealogy and was a regular volunteer with the Special Olympics.

’59 | Barbara Swob Brigham, Canal Fulton, Ohio, died Oct. 8, 2009. Her career included working as a secretary with Mahoning Express/Bekins Van and teaching with the Springfield City Schools, the Piqua City Schools and New Middletown Elementary School. She enjoyed traveling, tending flowers, bird watching and singing. Her memberships included Trinity Lutheran Church, Clinton, Ohio, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Massillon, Ohio.

Michael J. Leonard, Lima, Ohio, died Feb. 26, 2009. He had been a radio broadcaster in Worthington, Piqua and Lima, and served as a program director in Sidney and Findlay.A distributor of Amway products, he was an active member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and involved with Encore Theater.

Larry A. Yeagley, a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, died Jan. 24, 2009, in Painesville, Ohio.

’64 | Jacob C. Baas Jr., Upper Arlington, Ohio, passed away on Sept. 8, 2009. The executive director for university advancement at Wittenberg from 1976 to 1984, he also worked in development at Emory University, Washington College and Kalamazoo College before founding his own consulting firm. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fly fishing and sailing.

’65 | Robert W. Enscoe died Nov. 5, 2009, in Cincinnati, Ohio. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he worked at Wren’s Department Store before venturing into business on his own in 1973 with the purchase of Paperphanalia in Edgewood, Ky. He expanded his operations as president of R.P.R. Inc., operating four additional stores. His passions included horse racing and, for a time, shared ownership of race horses at Hickory Ridge Farms in Baltimore, Md.

Florence Eagleton Williams died July 27, 2009, in Springfield, Ohio. The last 18 years of her 29-year career with the Springfield City Schools were spent as a kindergarten teacher at Snowhill School. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church for more than 50 years serving asa Sunday school teacher and superintendent, camp counselor, as a member of the administrative board and with the missions programs. Later she continued her service to the missions programs at Central Christian Church. Susan Nelson Wolf of Miami Township, Ohio, died June 12, 2009. She taught in the West Carrollton School District for more than 20 years. A member of Epiphany Lutheran Church and Sigma Kappa sorority, she was also active with TWIGS at the Dayton Children’s Medical Center. Her arts and crafts talents were evident at David’s Cemetery where she beautified markers and commons areas.

’68 | David C. Drumheller of Mount Laurel, Pa., passed away Sept. 19, 2009. An engineering manager with Lockheed Martin of Moorestown, N.J., for 31 years, he retired in 2001. He was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Kathryn Davis Lynes of Boise, Idaho, died Sept. 2, 2009. A former medical technologist, she was an active member of University Baptist Church. She also loved her cats, painting and playing the piano.

’69 | Isabella Klick Harvey of Milford, N.H., died July 17, 2009. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she was at one time a state consultant in special education for the Massachusetts State Department of Education.

David H. Miller, Fort Wayne, Ind., died Sept. 28, 2009. A member of Pathway Community Church and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Stickell destroyer. He owned Miller Insurance Agency and was co-owner of Miller-Fiandt Insurance Services at the time of his death.

’71 | Shirley Hoge Ballinger, a resident of Kennett Square, Pa., and a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, passed away on Oct. 30, 2009. In addition to her career as a physical therapist, she initiated annual mission trips as a deacon of Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Pa. Her legacy will include a new clinic, a new library, a small business and hope for the town of LaEntrada, Honduras.

’73 | Elizabeth “Betty” Moore Shay died Aug. 26, 2009, in Springfield Ohio. She was a teacher with the Northeastern School District before serving 20 years with the Urbana City Schools, retiring in 1984. Her memberships included Central United Methodist, CCRT, ORTA and Norris Chapter #426 of the Eastern Star. She was also an active volunteer at the Clark State Performing Arts Center and the Ohio Masonic Home.

’78 | Jenny L. Barber passed away Aug. 23, 2009, at her home in Columbus, Ohio. She was a long-term employee of the U.S. Post Office and an animal
lover.

Suzanne Malott Veler passed away at her home in Springfield, Ohio, Dec. 3, 2009. She served Wittenberg in several positions, including that of director of prospect research. Upon occasion she joined her husband, Richard, professor emeritus of English and general secretary emeritus of the university, in teaching at Wittenberg and in Liverpool, England, and also in hosting Wittenberg guests. One-time president of the Springfield Youth Symphony Parents’ Association, she formerly taught piano and was active in various youth- and civicrelated organizations. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she served several terms as an elder and was an active member of other church organizations as well as The Wittenberg Guild.

’81 | Douglas S. Deal of Milford, Ohio, died Feb. 12, 2006.

’83 | Robert C. Lindeman passed away Oct. 5, 2009, in Orange County, Calif. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he spent his career at UPS.

’84 | Sidney Fine, who received an honorary of Doctor of Letters degree in 1984 from Wittenberg for his service as a consultant to the Wittenberg history department in changing its curriculum to the new academic program, died March 31, 2009. He was a retired chair of the department of history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the author of 12 books, the recipient of the Golden Apple Award from the U-M Hillel and the Henry Russell Award for research. During World War II, he served as a Japanese language officer.

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