June 08, 2020

Losses

Recognizing members of the Beloit College community we have lost.

1940-1949

  • Barbara Lamb Dolezal’44, retired research chemist; Feb. 2, 2020, in Watkinsville, Ga. She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Thomas R. Dolezal’42, and a son. Survivors include one daughter and one son.
  • Paul H. Thomas’44, World War II veteran, recipient of Beloit College’s Distinguished Service Citation; March 29, 2020, in Decatur, Ill. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan McArthur Thomas’44, brothers, Allen Thomas’31, Robert Thomas’43, and Richard Thomas’30, sister, Faith Thomas Noble’29, brother-in-law, Stanley Noble’27, and niece, Jean Noble Slocum’60. Survivors include two daughters and great niece, Allison Anderson Szot’01.
  • Patricia McCrary Bahler’47, retired nurse; March 11, 2020, in Logan, Utah. She was predeceased by her husband, Tom Bahler, and is survived by a daughter and a son.
  • Ruth Jack Soldz’48, Aug. 30, 2019, in Alexandria, Va. She is survived by a daughter and a son.
  • Nancy Wilkes Dorst’49, Jan. 24, 2020, in Appleton, Wis. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Claire Dorst’49. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, George Dorst’51, two daughters, and two sons.

1950-1959

  • Barbara Nelson Ockerby’50, retired elementary teacher; Dec. 8, 2019, in Charlton, Mass. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank Ockerby, and is survived by one daughter and two sons.
  • Dorothy “Darry” Ritter Widergren’50, retired reading teacher; Jan. 14, 2020, in Cerritos, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, John Widergren’50, and sister Jean Ritter Albaum’53. Survivors include two daughters and two sons.
  • Charles “Chuck” L. Bither’51, U.S. Army veteran, retired vice president of sales with HP Smith Paper Co.; Feb. 19, 2020, in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. He was predeceased by his son, Steven, and is survived by his wife of 67 years, Leanne Mack Bither’51, one daughter, two sons, and a daughter-in-law.
  • Charles H. “Howard” Ellis’51, retired manager with BP Amoco; Feb. 13, 2020, in Plainfield, Ill. He was predeceased by his wife, Guin Ellis, and is survived by one daughter and one son.
  • Barbara Leitner Essig’51, dedicated community volunteer; May 2, 2020, in Elkhorn, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Essig, and a daughter. Survivors include two sons.
  • David H. Mott’51, former owner of Yankee Doodle Woodworkers, avid hunter and fisherman; Aug. 10, 2019, in Hayward, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Carol Mott, and his sister, Marcia Mott Sprague’49. He is survived by two sons.
  • Dale A. Norris’51, U.S. Army veteran, retired investment representative; Feb. 2, 2018, in Pecatonica, Ill. Survivors include his wife, Johanna Norris, one daughter and one son.
  • Fred S. Peterson’51, U.S. Army veteran, retired English and literature teacher; March 30, 2020, in Freeport, Ill. He was predeceased by his sisters, Shirley Peterson White’47 and Mary Peterson Keefer’55, and cousin, Richard Nystrom’43. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
  • Dr. Charles C. “Chuck” Smith’51, U.S. Air Force veteran, retired urologist; May 3, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. He was predeceased by his wives, Nancy Kyger Smith’51 and Mary Smith, and a son, Steven Smith’79. He is survived by one son and two step-daughters.
  • Joyce Toleson Avriette’52, retired flight attendant; January 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. She was predeceased by her husband, William Avriette.
  • Alice Needham Nelson’52; Oct. 28, 2019, in Kingsburg, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard Nelson, and is survived by one son and four daughters.
  • Norman W. Standish’52, U.S. Army veteran, former professional career consultant with the American Chemical Society, former owner of Standish House Bed and Breakfast; Oct. 28, 2019, in Freeport, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Ingrid Standish, one son and two daughters.
  • Barbara Olwin Bannen’53, retired teacher; May 1, 2020, in Rockford, Il. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Howard Bannen, two daughters, and two sons.
  • Bruce F. Bohor’53, retired research geologist; Nov. 17, 2019, in Green Valley, Ariz. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Leah Bohor, one son and three daughters.
  • Joan Jensen Burkett’53; Jan. 1, 2020, in Cedarburg, Wis.
  • William A. Giannos’53, U.S. Marine Corp. veteran, former art director and graphic artist; March 25, 2020, in Salina, Kan. He is survived by a daughter and a son.
  • Margaret “Maggie” Powell Thienemann’53, talented visual artist/painter, active member of the Rockford arts community; Feb. 20, 2020, in Rockford, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Rolf A. Thienemann’53, and is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • Charles J. Blanchard’54, U.S. Army veteran, retired CEO of International Trade Association; April 21, 2020, in Port Washington, Wis. He was predeceased by his brother, John F. Blanchard’56, father-in-law, Bryan H. Wilburn 1921, and mother-in-law, Marian Pitt Wilburn 1923. Survivors include his wife, Lucy Wilburn Blanchard’54, two sons, and three daughters.
  • Bonnie Hatch Kennedy’54, Feb. 28, 2020, in Aiken, S.C. Survivors include her husband, Robert Kennedy, one son and two daughters.
  • Jean Schultz Spates’54, former tax preparer; Nov. 21, 2019, in Simpsonville, S.C. She was predeceased by her husband, William Spates. Survivors include her husband, James Moore, one daughter and two sons.
  • Mark G. Sanders’55, retired senior management consultant, community volunteer; Dec. 16, 2019, in Michiana Shores, Ind. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Sanders, and is survived by one daughter.
  • John F. “Jack” Blanchard’56, U.S. Army veteran, retired sales manager with Testor Corporation; Dec. 19, 2019, in Marietta, Ga. He was succeeded in death by his brother, Charles J. Blanchard’54. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Blanchard, two sons, and three daughters.
  • W. “Dave” Cuddeback’56, U.S. Marine Corp veteran, retired financial manager; Feb. 7, 2020, in Waterbury, Conn. Survivors include his cousin, Catharine Langford Carey’61, and three daughters, including Catharine Cuddeback’76.
  • Howard F. Katzenberg’56, U.S Army veteran, owner and operator of H.F. Katzenberg Real Estate Agency for more than 50 years; Dec. 15, 2019, in Richmond, Ill. Survivors include his wife, Ann Johonnott Katzenberg’55, one daughter and one son.
  • Dr. Gordon A. Tuffli’56, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, retired pediatrician; Jan. 22, 2020, in Madison, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Karen Tuffli, one son and two daughters.
  • Edward C. Hager’57, U.S. Army veteran, former high school athletic director, former assistant basketball coach at Western Michigan University, retired sales manager for Jones Sporting Goods; May 10, 2020, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Mary Drinkard Hager, four daughters, and four grandchildren.
  • Robert H. Halvorsen’57, U.S. Army veteran, retired attorney; Feb. 2, 2020, in Kohler, Wis. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laura Halvorsen, one son and two daughters.
  • Charles B. Leonard’57; Feb. 22, 2019, in Sarasota, Fla.
  • Darell L. Gage’58; Dec. 2019, in Albuquerque, N.M. Survivors include his wife, Trudy Gage, one son and two daughters.
  • Julia “Julie” Horton Hage’58, retired geologist and elementary school teacher; Jan. 9, 2020, in Dixon, Ill. She is survived by her husband, Charles Hage, two daughters and two sons.
  • Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter’58, U.S. Army veteran, forensic psychiatrist; July 28, 2019, in Batavia, Ill. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane Rossiter, and one daughter.
  • Lynn W. Saaby’58, U.S. Army veteran, retired real estate broker; Nov. 25, 2019, in Nyack, N.Y. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Diana Marsh Saaby’58.
  • Ada Kilbury Watson’59, retired music teacher; March 14, 2020, in Rockton, Ill. She is survived by her husband, Bill Watson, a son, and daughter, Laura Watson Anastasi’85.
  • Harry F. Worth’59, U.S. Army veteran, retired attorney, former member of Beloit College Alumni Board; March 16, 2020, in Broomfield, Colo. He was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen Beckwith Worth’59. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Worth, and two sons.

1960-1969

  • Jerry E. Shellabarger’60, retired real estate broker; April 3, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. He is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • David S. Warner’60, U.S. Marine Corp veteran, retired sales manager; Dec.18, 2019, in Hickory Corners, Mich. He was predeceased by his daughter, Deborah, and is survived by his wife, Beverly Warner.
  • Edith Reinhardt Dobler’61, retired teacher; May 12, 2018, in Marco Island, Fla. Survivors include one daughter and sons, Per’85 and Sven Dobler’85.
  • Jay A. Sonneborn’61, U.S. Army veteran, retired commercial loan officer; March 23, 2020, in Farmington, Conn. He was predeceased by his son, Jay. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy Sonneborn, two daughters, and cousin, Peter Tufo’59.
  • Jerrold J. Mundis’63, writer, speaker and counselor; April 4, 2020, in New York, N.Y. He is survived by two sons.
  • Marcia Ziehn Ryerson’63, retired ESL teacher, avid volunteer; April 14, 2020, in Arlington Heights, Ill. She was predeceased by her son, John Ryerson, and is survived by her husband, John Ryerson’63, one son, and two daughters.
  • David N. Varnado’63, March 31, 2019, in Carencro, La. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Lona Varnado, two daughters and two sons.
  • Marilyn Cullen Fitzgerald’64, former Beloit College trustee, Dec. 17, 2019, in Janesville, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, James Fitzgerald, and son, Michael. Survivors include two sons, three daughters, and numerous grandchildren, including Brian Fitzgerald’02 and Shannon Fitzgerald’04.
  • David H. Kirkham’66, teacher and woodworker; April 10, 2020, in Lincolnville, Maine. He is survived by his wife, Kristina Kirkham, one daughter, and three sons.
  • Gaynor Shay Songer’67, talented artist, administrative manager; Nov. 13, 2019, in Durham, N.C. She is survived by her husband, James Songer.
  • Kimberley Graff Johnson’68, devoted community volunteer; Jan. 26, 2020, in Noank, Conn. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Edward Johnson, and one daughter.
  • Brooke Sheffield Niznik’68, historic tour guide, former design consultant; Nov. 25, 2019, in Mount Prospect, S.C. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Niznik’66, and is survived by a daughter and a son.
  • Gregory G. Leach’69, former owner of Parma Auto Title Service; Jan. 1, 2020, in Cairo, Ga. He is survived by a brother and a nephew.
  • Kate S. Mattes’69, former social worker and owner and operator of Kate’s Mystery Books in Cambridge, Mass., the center of an interconnected community of mystery readers and writers; March 26, 2020, in Bennington, Vt.
  • Marcus M. Sherman’69, former owner and captain of Catboat Rides; April 25, 2020, in Hyannis, Mass. He is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • Nancy E. Stewart’69, former special education teacher and retired physical therapist; March 6, 2020, in Philadelphia, Penn. She was predeceased by her partner, Fred Jones, and is survived by her sister, Carolyn Stewart Dyer’65.

1970-1979

  • Steven K. Tryon’71, U.S. Army veteran, retired director with the State of Wisconsin; Jan. 22, 2020, in Stoughton, Wis. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Fran Snowden Tryon’67, a daughter and a son.
  • George J. Gott’72, former safety and systems administrator; Jan. 4, 2020, in Biddeford, Maine. He is survived by two daughters.
  • Nancy L. Faulkes’74, retired special needs teacher; Jan. 3, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Quentin Smisek.
  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Lazarus’76, clinical psychologist, avid traveler; April 24, 2020, in Berkeley, Calif. Survivors include his wife, Susan Kegeles, one daughter, and one son.
  • Randall A. Evans’77, craftsman, preservationist, historic restoration consultant and contractor, co-owner of Athens Architectural Workshop; April 25, 2020, in Athens, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Carrie Feder’77, a sister, and many friends.
  • Elizabeth Marie Miehle’77, March 13, 2020, in Topeka, Kan.
  • Nancy Ryden Birmingham’79, administrative facilitator for the Overture Center for the Arts; Nov. 22, 2019, in Madison, Wis. She is survived by her husband, Robert Birmingham, one son, and two step-children.

1980-2009

  • Carl A. Swanson’83, self-employed woodworker; Feb. 7, 2020, in Baileys Harbor, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann Hamilton Swanson’86, and is survived by daughters, Rachel Swanson’12 and Sarah Swanson Bergwin’14.
  • Corey L. Jackson’90, executive director of Crenshaw Jackson, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development; March 29, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Karen Crenshaw Jackson’90, a daughter and a son.
  • Nicholas J. Ryan’02, detective with the Madison Police Department; Jan. 22, 2020, in Madison, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Sanders Ryan’01, a daughter and a son.

Faculty, Staff, and Friends

  • Marco G. Bicchieri, former Beloit College professor of anthropology; Nov. 11, 2019, in Ellensburg, Wash. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Sammons Bicchieri’69, and three sons.
  • Robert E. Hinshaw, former professor of cultural anthropology at Beloit College 1976-1981, noted author and expert on socio-cultural change in Guatemala; March 3, 2020, in Guatemala, Central America. He is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Julia Ryberg, and sons Ken and Christopher Hinshaw.
  • LaVaughn Larson Kunny, retired teacher, staunch supporter of the city of Beloit and of Beloit College; Dec. 3, 2019, in Beloit, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband and former Beloit College Professor of Biology Bartholomew Kunny. Survivors include her son, Bart Kunny’84, and two daughters, including Clare Kunny’75.
  • James H. Stewart, former Beloit College biology staff; Jan. 21, 2020, in Madison, Wis. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Yvonne Stewart, and six children.

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