April 26, 2021

Losses

Recognizing members of the Beloit College community we have lost.

1940-1949

  • Joan Launspach Klenk’41, former owner of Mt. Greenwood Cemetery; Nov. 22, 2020, in Chicago, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul T. Klenk’41, sisters, Jean Launspach Lee’41, and Elizabeth Launspach Primm’37, and daughter, Jean. Survivors include one daughter, a son, James Klenk’71, and daughter-in-law, Carol Evans Klenk’71.
  • Stephen A. Morse’41, U.S. Army veteran and Bronze Star recipient; July 16, 2020, in Downers Grove, Ill. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Murn Morse, two daughters, and two sons.
  • Dorothy Akin Jens’45, retired school psychologist; Dec. 29, 2020, in Evans, Ga. She was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, Wayne Jens. Survivors include one son and three daughters.
  • Joan Wright McIntosh’45, poet and science educator; Feb. 22, 2021, in Arlington, Va. She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Robert McIntosh, and is survived by a son and a daughter.
  • Mary Dupee Ousley’46, former teacher, gifted musician; March 8, 2021, in Marshfield, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Ousley, father, John A. Dupee (1903), brothers, John A. Dupee’30, Robert O. Dupee’33, and David B. Dupee’38, and sisters, Sarah Dupee’33 and Elizabeth Dupee Ferry’41. Survivors include two sons and four daughters.
  • Jean Klinka Anderson’47, retired educator, reading specialist and tutor; Sept. 14, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, John R. Anderson’48, former director of admissions at Beloit College. Survivors include one son and two daughters.
  • Ruth Finstrom Hammett’48, former World War II airplane spotter, avid traveler, and community volunteer; Sept. 18, 2020, in Palo Alto, Calif. She is survived by her husband, Ben Hammett, one son, and three daughters.
  • Ruth Holzinger Stokes’48; Nov. 25, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. She was predeceased by her son, Daniel Stokes’86, and is survived by two daughters.
  • Roger Frederick Brook’49, World War II veteran, retired engineer with General Electric; Dec. 27, 2020, in Pewaukee, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Emrich Brook’49, daughter, Lora Brook Peterson’73, and cousin, Nancy Ward Lebs’47. Survivors include two daughters.
  • Josephine Westbrook Ewell’49; Jan. 12, 2021, in Front Royal, Va. She was predeceased by her husband, John Ewell, and son, Douglas Ewell. Survivors include one daughter and one son.
  • Robert S. Jackson’49, former president of Oaktree Capital Corporation; Oct. 3, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. He was predeceased by his daughter, Damaris Jackson, and is survived by three daughters, including Gillian Jackson Ferranto’80.
  • Betty Hedegard Werts’49, former teacher, former engineering assistant with Bendix Corporation; Oct. 11, 2020, in Mishawaka, Ind. She was predeceased by her husband, Wayne Werts, and is survived by three daughters, including Jill Werts’83.

1950-1959

  • Roger Y. Anderson’50, World War II veteran, retired professor of earth sciences; Jan. 9, 2021, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Survivors include his life partner, Kirsten Menking, two daughters, and six sons.
  • George Durnford’50, U.S. Army veteran, retired high school teacher and coach; Nov. 25, 2020, in Madison, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Durnford, his second wife, Lylas Durnford, and two sons. Survivors include one daughter and his companion, Doris Fredricksen.
  • Joan W. Wootton’50, retired audiologist and speech therapist; Feb. 8, 2020, in Janesville, Wis. She was predeceased by her sister, Eleanor Wootton Holtz’48, and is survived by numerous family members.
  • William F. Dahlquist’51, retired sales engineer with GE Carboloy; Nov. 24, 2020, in Oconomowoc, Wis. He was predeceased by his sister, Joan Dahlquist Flood’47, and brother-in-law, James J. Flood’49. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Margaret Dahlquist, two daughters, and nephew, Brooks Riendl’99.
  • Veronica “Bunkie” Bunk Gayle’51, former teacher, active community member, former Beloit College trustee and Beloit College Alumni Board member, recipient of Beloit College’s Distinguished Service Citation; Feb. 6, 2021, in Rockford, Ill. She was predeceased by one daughter, one son, and sister-in-law, Marylee Gayle Hyer’54. Survivors include two daughters and four sons.
  • Dr. Herbert B. Greenlee’51, retired surgeon, medical educator, founder of McEachran Homestead Winery; Dec. 11, 2020, in Rockford, Ill. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Rurik Greenlee’51, and survived by three sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren.
  • Margery Kastner Harris’51, avid quilter and community volunteer; Jan. 6, 2021, in Houston, Texas. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald G. Harris’50, and is survived by two daughters and two sons.
  • Theresa Mareta McCallum’51; Dec. 13, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. She was predeceased by her husband, John McCallum, and is survived by two daughters.
  • Paul R. Myres’51, retired vice president of sales for Empire Pencil; Jan. 21, 2021, in Carmel, Ind. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Kaiser Myres’51, and two daughters.
  • Paul G. Petrie’51, U.S Army veteran, retired science teacher; Oct. 26, 2020, in Burlington, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Renate Petrie, one daughter, and one son.
  • Nancy Smith Hamilton’52, avid traveler and bridge player; Jan. 12, 2021, in La Grange Park, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Hamilton, and her brother, William S. Smith’55. She is survived by three nieces.
  • Jules R. Vautrot’52, U.S Army veteran, professor emeritus of health science; May 4, 2020, in Clovis, Calif. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Janeen Vautrot, and a stepdaughter.
  • William E. Henry’53; Nov. 26, 2020, in Amarillo, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janet Henry, one daughter, and two sons.
  • John A. Kruse’53, retired clergyman; Dec. 11, 2020, in Madison, Wis. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia Kruse, and three daughters.
  • Lloyd L. Smith’53, former co-owner of Smith Bros. Fish Shanty and the Harborside Motor Inn; Sept. 11, 2020, in West Bend, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Toni Smith, and his brother, Alan Smith’50. Survivors include a daughter and son.
  • Lucy Wilburn Blanchard’54, gardener, antique dealer, enthusiastic traveler; Dec. 22, 2020, in Pocatello, Idaho. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles J. Blanchard’54, mother, Marian Pitt Wilburn (1923), father, Bryan H. Wilburn (1921), uncle, Paul A. Watson (1925), and aunts, Katherine Pitt Watson (1925), and Frances Pitt Arnold (1928). Survivors include two sons and three daughters.
  • Hester Daubek Fassel’54, retired professor of human anatomy and physiology; Oct. 8, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond P. Fassel’52.
  • Joyce O. Frankenberg’54, retired corporate events planner and San Francisco Symphony volunteer; Jan. 2, 2021, in San Francisco, Calif.
  • J. Thomas Hughes’54, retired president of Tom Hughes and Associates; date of death unknown, in Glenview, Ill. He was predeceased by his cousins, Fillmore Thomas’36, Warren McCoy’39, and John McCoy’42. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Hughes, and a daughter.
  • Betty Hook Benton’56, gifted musician and teacher; Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Bluff, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, James Benton, and is survived by a daughter and a son.
  • Dr. Claude A. Gianetto’56, U.S. Army veteran, retired physician; Feb. 27, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy Gianetto, and three sons, including Mark Gianetto’85.
  • Jean Warn Almasi’57; Aug. 30, 2020, in Leesburg, Fla. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Almasi, and is survived by one son.
  • Ann L. Forsaith’57, retired radiation safety officer; Feb. 9, 2019, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
  • Robert B. Fulton’57, U.S. Army veteran, retired vice president with Coca-Cola Enterprises; Jan. 2, 2021, in Burlington, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Mary Fulton, a daughter and a son.
  • Natalie Neth Muris’57, retired physical therapy technician; July 9, 2020, in Oconomowoc, Wis. Survivors include her husband, Chuck Muris, two sons, and three daughters.
  • Mary Blumer Rood’57, retired nurse; date of death unknown, in Portland, Ore. She is survived by her husband, Gordon Rood, one daughter, and two sons.
  • Barbara Stanchfield Scalet’57, retired secretary and community volunteer; June 5, 2019, in Arlington Heights, Ill. She is survived by her husband, Carl Scalet, one son, and two daughters.
  • William D. Wrobel’57, U.S. Army veteran, retired chemist; Aug. 6, 2020, in Eden Prairie, Minn. He is survived by his wife, Eddi Wrobel, a daughter, and a son.
  • Mary Moffatt Bean’58, community volunteer, member of the League of Women voters; Nov. 27, 2020, in Madison, Wis. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert A. Bean’54, a daughter, and a son.
  • Dr. Thomas E. Fell’59, U.S. Navy veteran, retired anesthesiologist; Oct. 24, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Suzanne Fell, and two daughters.
  • Phyllis Mosser Pierce’59, former owner of Millie’s Pancake House and Shopping Village; Nov. 20, 2020, in Monona, Wis. She was predeceased by her brother, Donald Mosser’55, and is survived by her husband, Laurance Pierce, one son, and two daughters.

1960-1969

  • Roy C. Ramsing’60, U.S. Army veteran, retired technical director of filmmaking; Nov. 21, 2020, in Pacifica, Calif. He was predeceased by his sister, Valerie Ramsing Hough’62, and is survived by his wife, Jacalyn White, and a daughter.
  • Douglas A. Williams’60, U.S. Army veteran, retired computer systems analyst; Feb. 25, 2021, in Sister Bay, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Brown Williams’60, and is survived by two daughters.
  • Sandra McCain Williams’62, former Spanish teacher, Girl Scout leader, and volunteer; Sept. 21, 2020, in Clinton, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth S. Williams’62. Survivors include one son, and daughters, Katherine Williams Guise’89 and Linda Williams Lund’91, sisters-in-law, Lila Williams Aamodt’61 and Hester Williams’64, and brother-in-law, Jay Williams’63.
  • Carolyn “Opie” Munro’63, former high school teacher, interior designer, and avid golfer; Oct. 7, 2020, in Northbrook, Ill. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, William Munro’62, a daughter, and a son.
  • Dr. Hugh “Tom” Blair’64, U.S. Army veteran, retired pulmonologist and critical care doctor; Sept. 9, 2020, in Spring, Texas. He is survived by his wife Joan Blair, one daughter, and two sons.
  • David J. Decker’64, U.S. Army veteran, retired chemical sales manager; Sept. 13, 2020, in Atlanta, Ga. Survivors include his wife, Martha Decker, a daughter, and a son.
  • John W. Lind’64, former director of admissions and financial aid at Beloit College, retired vice president for enrollment management at Southwestern University; Dec. 22, 2020, in Georgetown, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Meyer Lind’65, and two sons.
  • Jennifer “Jenny” Burdick’66, human resources consultant and trainer, former executive director of the Maryland Commission on Human Relations, Baltimore civic leader selected three times for Maryland’s list of top 100 women, former member of Beloit College Alumni Association board of directors, resolute supporter of Beloit College; Oct. 13, 2020, in Fort Collins, Colo. Survivors include one daughter, two sons, two sisters, and four grandchildren.
  • Andrea Alt Kane’66, aid in the creation of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Project for McHenry County Conservation District, expert dog trainer; Jan. 8, 2021, in Woodstock, Ill. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Charles Kane’66.
  • Cathryn R. McConnell’66, retired chemist; March 15, 2019, in Milwaukee, Wis. She is survived by her wife of 31 years, Dolores “Lorrie” Neuendorf.
  • Linda Lippoldt Spivey’66; Oct. 20, 2020, in Sarasota, Fla. Survivors include one son.
  • James L. Andrews’67, retired artist; Sept. 9, 2020, in Stanwood, Wash. Survivors include his wife, Ursula Andrews, and two daughters.
  • Warren R. DeBoer’67, retired professor of anthropology at Queens College; May 24, 2020, in Las Cruces, N.M. He is survived by his wife, Sara Stinson.
  • Kathie Brown’68, graphic designer, artist, dog lover; Jan. 16, 2021, in Upper Black Eddy, Pa. Survivors include her lifetime friend and business partner, Michael Krieger’68.
  • Nancy M. Reynolds’68, former elementary school teacher, community volunteer; Nov. 8, 2020, in Ottawa, Kansas. She is survived by a daughter.

1970-1979

  • Hannah J. Kirk’70, former elementary school teacher, former farmer; Aug. 26, 2019, in Colville, Wash. She is survived by her husband, Richard Kirk, and two daughters.
  • Lucille “Beth” Dewart Rowe’70, retired elementary school teacher, community volunteer; Feb. 6, 2021, in Groton, N.Y. She is survived by two sons.
  • Kevin L. Sykes’70, former attorney; Feb. 8, 2021, in Worthington, Ohio. Survivors include two daughters.
  • David W. Lundahl’71, former Beloit College instructor of sculpture, artist whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, recipient of the Leonardo DaVinci Prize, 2013 inductee to the United Arts Alliance of Rock County Hall of Fame; Jan. 30, 2021, in Beloit, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Sherry Blakeley’77.
  • Harvey J. Simer’71, retired controller with Custom Business Forms, avid traveler, and collector of art deco; Oct. 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl “Cher” Black Simer’71, and brother, Christopher Simer’79.
  • Rev. Charles F. Pye’74, retired pastor, former CPA; Dec. 31, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carol Pye, and a daughter.
  • Susan A. Wheeler’74, former acupuncturist; Sept. 15, 2020, in Indian Wells, Calif. She is survived by her mother and numerous family members.
  • Warren J. Klein’76, real estate broker, owner of The Garlic Cafe; March 30, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nev. He is survived by numerous family members.
  • Terry T. Monahan’76, retired attorney, former Beloit City Council member, invested community member; Sept. 12, 2020, in Rockford, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Gail Monahan, three daughters, and cousin, Jim Ferwerda’53.

1980-1989

  • Ann Whitmore Hanzlik’80, former physics and chemistry teacher, reading and math tutor; Oct. 13, 2020, in Pickerington, Ohio. She is survived by her husband, Mark Hanzlik’79, and three daughters.
  • Jennifer E. Wells’83, former educator; Feb. 6, 2021, in Orinda, Calif. She is survived by numerous family members.

1990-1999

  • Alan W. Ciochon’90, chief information officer with Michael Best Law Firm; Nov. 17, 2020, in Sun Prairie, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Trisha Ciochon, two daughters, and sister-in-law, Kim Huisheere-Ciochon’92.
  • Brent M. Cullen’96; Feb. 12, 2021, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Survivors include his brother, Jason Cullen’95.

2000-2009

  • Michael G. Mallon’03; January 2021, in Manchester, Mo. He is survived by numerous family members.
  • Andrew W. Holmbeck’05, sales support specialist with Fisher Investments; Nov. 22, 2020, in Vancouver, Wash. Survivors include his wife, Sophia Stone-Holmbeck’08, father, Gary Holmbeck’79, uncle, Doug Young’76, and two daughters.

Faculty, Staff, and Friends

  • Dorothea “Vonnie” Adams, community volunteer and treasurer of the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra; Dec. 2, 2020, in Beloit, Wis. She was predeceased by her father, Arthur B. Adams’28, a former Beloit College trustee, and aunt, Elgeva Adams Bacon’26. Survivors include her sister, Susan Adams Paddock’60, and cousin, Prudence Adams Harker’66.
  • Jerome “Reed” Coleman, former Beloit College trustee; Aug. 17, 2020, in Madison, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Ann Coleman, three daughters, and a stepson.
  • John “Paul” Frelick, former director of World Affairs Center at Beloit College; Oct. 31, 2020, in Black Mountain, N.C. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ellenor Frelick, son, Graeme Frelick’75, nephew, Christopher Frelick’74, and niece, Sally Frelick’74.
  • Albert R. Gilgen, former Beloit College professor of psychology; Jan. 4, 2021, in Waterloo, Iowa. He was predeceased by his wife, Carol Gilgen, and is survived by one daughter and two sons.
  • Michael S. Hebble, retired equipment manager with Beloit College athletics; Dec. 29, 2020, in Janesville, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Vicky Hebble, and four sons.
  • Richard G. Jacobus, former Beloit College trustee; Jan. 28, 2021, in Hobe Sound, Fla. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Carolyn Jacobus, one son, and five daughters.
  • Ruth DeYoung Kohler, former Beloit College trustee, former director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Nov. 14, 2020, in Kohler, Wis. She is survived by numerous family members.
  • Donna J. Walters, retired Beloit College housekeeper; Dec. 31, 2020, in Beloit, Wis. She is survived by a daughter and stepson.

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