June 01, 2022

Losses

Recognizing Beloit College community members we have lost.

1940-1949

  • Lois Klein Chadwick’44, volunteer, avid tennis player and golfer; Jan. 19, 2022, in Grand Rapids, Mich. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Robert R. Chadwick’45, and brother-in-law, William W. Chadwick’42. Survivors include her son, Robert Chadwick’66, and two daughters.
  • Dr. John J. Muldowney’44, World War II veteran, retired anesthesiologist; Feb. 21, 2021, in Rockford, Ill. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Muldowney, and is survived by two daughters and three sons.
  • Sylvia Overton Clemetson’45, community volunteer; March 8, 2022, in Janesville, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Donovan Clemetson, and a daughter. Survivors include two daughters and one son.
  • Marjorie Kurfman Sneller’48, retired high school teacher; April 9, 2022, in Lincoln, Neb. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Bob Sneller, and her brother, Dana G. Kurfman’47. She is survived by two daughters and three sons.
  • William C. Bean’49, World War II veteran, retired manager; Dec. 9, 2021, in Neenah, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Bean, and two daughters.
  • Mary E. Church’49, retired nurse; Feb. 1, 2022, in Dousman, Wis. She is survived by one daughter.

1950-1959

  • Helen Witton Gjessing’50, retired professor, scientist, and environmental and community activist; Jan. 29, 2022, in Shelburne, Vt. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Gjessing, and a son. Survivors include one daughter and two sons.
  • Polly A. Wyant’50; Oct. 29, 2021, in San Mateo, Calif.
  • John O. Becker’51, retired mechanical engineer; Feb. 5, 2022, in Boulder Junction, Wis.
  • Virginia Hammond Fossum’52, political, social, and civil rights activist; Jan. 2, 2022, in Claremont, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert H. Fossum’48, and is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • Philip R. Smith’52, retired banker, involved community member; Dec. 27, 2021, in Mequon, Wis. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Katie Smith, and three daughters.
  • James R. Hebbe’53, retired attorney; May 27, 2020, in Appleton, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Judy Hebbe, a daughter, and a son.
  • John B. Peterson’53, U.S. Army veteran; Feb. 23, 2022, in Fletcher, N.C. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Peterson.
  • Kareen Keller Hagopian’54, retired real estate broker; Jan. 3, 2022, in Verona, Wis. She was predeceased by her former husband, Jack Hagopian, sister, Aurora Keller Phillips’49, and aunt, Viola Wade Albrecht’30. She is survived by two daughters and two sons.
  • Harold R. Wood’54; Dec. 24, 2021, in Young Harris, Ga. He was predeceased by a son and is survived by his wife, Pamela Wood, a daughter, and a stepdaughter.
  • Don R. Norenberg’55, retired pastor; March 25, 2022, in Oberlin, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, Joanne Norenberg, one daughter, and one son.
  • Dr. Glenn E. Gustafson’57, retired physician; Jan. 19, 2022, in Neenah, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Clara Wolfensperger Gustafson’53, and a son. He is survived by a daughter.
  • James C. Jannes’58, retired director; Feb. 26, 2022, in East Moline, Ill. He is survived by numerous family members.
  • Joyce Swan Maurer’58, retired assistant personnel officer; Dec. 26, 2021, in Charleston, Ill. Survivors include her husband, David Maurer’57, daughter, Elizabeth Maurer Friedman’80, and one son.
  • Phyllis Waddell Pickarts’58, retired educator; Jan. 9, 2022, in Madison, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Wayne Pickarts, and is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • Thomas K. Whittaker’58, retired U.S. Navy Captain, former high school teacher; Nov. 24, 2021, in Saint Augustine, Fla. He was predeceased by his father, F. Wayne Whittaker’30, and mother, Adele Tanney Barton’33. Survivors include his wife, Ulrike Whittaker, sister, Janet Whittaker Rink’63, three daughters, and one son.
  • Charles J. Winegar’58, retired manager, active volunteer; Dec. 21, 2021, in Beloit, Wis. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Deanna Winegar, one daughter, and two sons.
  • James L. Bicksler’59, professor emeritus of economics at Rutgers University; July 30, 2021, in North Bergen, N.J. He was predeceased by his wife, Conchita Bicksler, and is survived by one son.
  • Donald G. Ceithaml’59, retired educator; Jan. 22, 2022, in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn Ceithaml, and is survived by three daughters and three sons.
  • Henry J. Hutchison’59, retired real estate broker; July 25, 2020, in Merrifield, Minn. He was predeceased by his wife, Adeline Hutchison, and is survived by one daughter and five sons. u Mary Stanford Johnson’60, retired butcher; Oct. 28, 2021, in Marion, Ill. Survivors include one daughter, one son, and three stepdaughters.

1960-1969

  • Roger E. Kelly’60, former educator, retired archaeologist; Dec. 26, 2021, in San Francisco, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Marsha Kelly, and one son.
  • Wayne D. Pokorny’60, retired minister and chief of chaplain services; Nov. 12, 2021, in Hartford, Conn. He is survived by one daughter and two sons.
  • Ralph W. Bagdonas’61; Jan. 27, 2021, in Chipley, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Bagdonas, and a son.
  • Allan D. Stone’61, U.S. Army veteran, professor emeritus of economics at Missouri State University; March 28, 2022, in Springfield, Mo. He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy Stone, and a son. Survivors include one son.
  • Hans E. Pedersen’62, retired administrative services officer with the Department of Public Safety; Dec. 29, 2021, in Phoenix, Ariz. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Shirley Pedersen, one daughter, and two sons.
  • Marjorie Hennessy Heil’63, former librarian and former owner of Marjie’s Market; Dec. 22, 2021, in Fond du Lac, Wis. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Heil’63, one son, and two daughters.
  • Suzanne Lassen Schmidtke’64, retired social worker; Jan. 22, 2021, in Portland, Ore. Survivors include her husband, Edwin Schmidtke’64, son, Peter Schmidtke’89, and one daughter
  • Marie E. Eaton’65, retired investment broker; Nov. 28, 2021, in Long Beach, Calif. She is survived by her significant other of 49 years, Bob Leese.
  • Dr. John D. Newkirk’65, retired plastic surgeon; Feb. 16, 2021, in West Columbia, S.C. He is survived by three sons.
  • Donald M. Devlin’68, U.S. Navy veteran, retired circuit court judge; Nov. 22, 2021, in Glenview, Ill. Survivors include his wife, Judy Fell Devlin’69, and two sons.
  • Barrie A. Mason’68, retired family therapist; March 31, 2021, in Santa Rosa, Calif.
  • Barbara Wiley Fuge’69, former senior vice president and chief financial officer of Genesee Regional Bank; Feb. 9, 2022, in Canandaigua, N.Y. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bill Fuge.
  • Carol J. Shine’69; Jan. 3, 2022, in New York, N.Y.

1970-1979

  • David J. Faulkner’70, retired executive director of Day One, a nonprofit agency working with at-risk youth; Feb. 16, 2022, in Portland, Maine. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elodie Faulkner, and two sons.
  • Timothy Hartrich’70, retired sales director; March 20, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Lavon Hartrich, and one daughter.
  • David K. Abt’72, retired database administrator; Dec. 3, 2021, in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was predeceased by his mother, Donna Riess Abt’45, and is survived by one daughter and two sons.
  • Robert Mazer’72, active community member; Jan. 14, 2022, in Burlington, Vt. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Magda Mazer, one daughter, and one son.
  • Betty Russell Showers’73, retired director of library and media studies, artist, and community volunteer; March 22, 2022, in Madison, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Denzil Showers, and a daughter. She is survived by six children, including Denzil Showers’10 and Patrice Showers Corneli’75, and her niece, Denise Showers’83.
  • Russell D. Farber’75; April 19, 2021, in Raleigh, N.C. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Farber, and two daughters.
  • Sandra Altshuller Hughes’78, retired food scientist and quality control chemist; March 26, 2022, in Collingswood, N.J. Survivors include her husband, Scott Hughes’78, and two daughters.

1980-1989

  • David L. Kruse’83, director of sales with KIK Custom Products, former Beloit College Alumni Board member, former Beloit College 1889 Athletics Council member; Jan. 14, 2022, in Madison, Wis. He was predeceased by his father, Charles Kruse’50. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Bettinger Kruse’84, and two daughters.

1990-1999

  • Ariel Ploss Driver’92, legal assistant with the State of Arizona; Jan. 27, 2022, in Phoenix, Ariz. She is survived by her husband, Scott Driver.
  • Patrick K. Tyson’99; Nov. 4, 2021, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Survivors include his parents and one daughter.

2010-2019

  • Kerina E. Blue’18; March 13, 2022, in Alta, Calif. Survivors include her parents and one sister.
  • Tristan M. Freides’18, musician, poet, and artist; Feb. 7, 2022, in Hollywood, Calif. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.

Faculty, Staff, and Friends

  • Kenneth R. Bertholomey, former Beloit College bookstore manager; April 13, 2022, in Beloit. He is survived by two daughters and two brothers.
  • John P. Horgan, former Beloit College Trustee; June 9, 2020, in New Canaan, Conn. Survivors include his wife, Lois Horgan, two sons, three daughters, including Patricia Horgan’72, and three stepchildren.
  • Jane Petit-Moore, former Beloit College Trustee and enthusiastic supporter of the Moore Scholars Program started by her father, longtime college Trustee Harry C. Moore. The Moore Scholars Program has benefited dozens of students since its inception in 1989; April 10, 2022, in Washington, D.C. She was predeceased by her grandmother, Laura Aldrich Neese (1912), father, Harry C. Moore, and sister Judith Moore’62. Survivors include her husband, Jean Louis Petit, and two daughters. Gifts in her memory can be made to the Moore Family Scholarship fund at Beloit College.
  • Dorothy J. Sigman, retired housekeeper with Beloit College; Oct. 27, 2021, in South Beloit, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Loren Sigman, and two sons. Survivors include three daughters.

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