November 11, 2022

Losses

Recognizing Beloit College community members we have lost.

1940-1949

  • Jeannette Heckler Starnes’47; April 2022, in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Cherie Martin George’48, retired teacher, involved community member; May 27, 2022, in Miami Beach, Fla. She was predeceased by her husband, Mike George, and is survived by two daughters.
  • A. Donald Lane’48, retired underwriter, U.S. Navy veteran; April 6, 2022, in Redmond, Wash. He was predeceased by his wife, Vivian Lane, sister, Boots Lane Thompson-Logue’48, son, David Lane, and daughter, Nancy Oster.
  • Patricia Latimer Storch’48; May 5, 2022, in Sanderson, Fla. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Clemens Storch, and brother, John A. Latimer’44. Survivors include one daughter and two sons.
  • Mervyn W. Moyles’49, U.S. Army veteran, retired engineer; June 22, 2022, in Saratoga, Calif. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Moyles, and is survived by two sons and four daughters.

1950-1959

  • Carolyn Hoffman Rose’50, retired educator, involved community member; July 28, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. She was predeceased by her husband, Noble Rose, and is survived by one daughter and two sons.
  • Dorothy Bowen Bickley’51, retired library assistant and office assistant; June 21, 2022,in Dayton, Ohio. She was predeceased by her husband, Matthew R. Bickley’51, and is survived by one son, three daughters, and grandson, Jacob Hall’00.
  • Lynn Gilbert Mathias’51; July 24, 2022, in Arvada, Colo. She is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • Louis A. Peccarelli’51, U.S. Navy veteran, retired director of marketing communications; June 2, 2022, in Mount Pleasant, Wis. He was predeceased by his first wife, Muriel Lindeman Peccarelli’52, and brother, Anthony M. Peccarelli’53. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sharon Peccarelli, three daughters, and three sons.
  • Joan Mauntz Jones’52; May 29, 2022, in Lincolnwood, Ill. She is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, J. Harry Jones’52, one daughter, and one son.
  • Ralph E. Black’53, U.S. Army veteran; July 11, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. Survivors include one daughter and one son.
  • Eric E. Gilbertson’53, U.S. Army veteran, retired controller; July 22, 2022, in Eau Claire, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Donna Gilbertson, one daughter, and two sons.
  • Barbara Kuhl Malcheff’54, retired teacher; Jan. 18, 2022, in Frankfort, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, George Malcheff, and is survived by two daughters.
  • Harold (Hal) W. Poe’54, retired professor with University of Louisiana, actor, writer, director; Feb. 1, 2022, in Youngsville, La. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Virginia “Ginny” Lind Poe’54, and three sons.
  • Elizabeth “Betty” Rearick Chenoweth’55, retired bookstore director, active community member; April 27, 2022, in Mason, Mich. She was predeceased by her father, Harold Rearick’30, mother, Luella Burt Rearick’31, uncle, Francis Rearick (1924), husbands, William Wineland and Maynard Chenoweth, and a son. Survivors include one daughter, one son, and her cousin, Edmund Lowrie’83.
  • Ruth D. Draper’55; Nov. 27, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Buckson, and one son, and is survived by one daughter.
  • Margaret Wilson Otis’55, former elementary school teacher and classroom volunteer; Feb. 12, 2022, in Rockford, Ill. She was predeceased by her son, Ralph, and is survived by her husband, Ralph C. Otis’53, and three daughters.
  • Howard “Leary” L. Kennedy’56, retired superintendent and high school principal; June 26, 2022, in Savanna, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Kennedy, one son, and three daughters.
  • Nils B. Omsted’56, retired federal employee; March 6, 2022, in Springfield, Va.
  • Richard W. Star’56, retired owner and member of the board of directors with Engman-Taylor in Milwaukee; April 22, 2022, in Brookfield, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Janet Star, and is survived by three sons, including Jeff Star’89 and Dan Star’92, and grandson, Bradley Star’19.
  • Gilbert E. Thomas’57, geologist, proprietor of Thomas & Associates, author of five books, Alumni Scholar (recipient of an Alumni Fund scholarship); May 24, 2022, in Englewood, Colo. He is survived by his wife, Sherry.
  • Marilyn Beisler Burke’58; June 13, 2022, in Northbrook, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund Burke, and is survived by one son and three daughters.
  • George L. Collison’58, former teacher and accountant; May 11, 2022, in Marinette, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Collison, and two sons. Survivors include three daughters and six sons.
  • Carol Georgeson Porter’58; Dec. 3, 2021, in Hawthorn Woods, Ill. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charlie Porter, one daughter, and two sons.

1960-1969

  • Walter E. Duka’60, retired journalist, editor, and communications professional who served as associate press secretary in the Carter White House; Aug. 10, 2022, in Ashburn, Va. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Susan Duka, one daughter, and three sons.
  • Judith Bonewitz Choice’63, retired college administrator, avid traveler; July 4, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. She was predeceased by her daughter and is survived by three sons.
  • Edward H. Merritt’65, long-time columnist, former editor, and retired administrator; March 23, 2022, in Charlotte, Vt. He is survived by his wife, Beth Skilton Merritt’68, and two sons.
  • James (Jim) E. Winkates’65, retired professor of international affairs; July 3, 2022, in Birmingham, Ala. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lorita Cosner Winkates’68, one son, one daughter, and four grandchildren.
  • Jennifer J. Riddel’67, retired registered nurse; May 29, 2022, in Lynchburg, Va. She was predeceased by her mother, Jeanette Derse Riddel’44, and father, John H. Riddel’42.

1970-1979

  • David W. Noonan’70, retired educator and superintendent; July 19, 2022, in Gardnerville, Nev. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lisa Noonan, one daughter, and two sons.
  • Marianne Weber Sheldon’70; July 27, 2022, in Savannah, Ga. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward M. Sheldon’67, and a son. Survivors include three daughters.
  • Linda Rosenberg Brown’71, former director of communications and advancement; June 11, 2022, in Marco Island, Fla. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, John D. Brown’71, and two sons.
  • Mary Hansen’73, retired chief operations research analyst with the Chicago Police Department; June 7, 2022, in Beloit, Wis. She was predeceased by her father, Edward C. Hansen’41, and uncle, Robert J. Hansen’40. Survivors include her sister, Elizabeth Hansen Engberg’69.
  • Cynthia “Cindy” Park’74, clinical social worker; April 5, 2020, in Groton, Mass. Survivors include her mother, Helen Park, one sister, and one brother.
  • Mark W. Helman’76, dedicated community member; Jan. 3, 2021, in Perkasie, Penn. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Elizabeth Helman, one son, and two daughters.
  • Sally J. Strawn’76, hospice nurse practitioner; May 1, 2022, in Eastham, Mass. She is survived by her husband, Scott Trask, and one son.

1980-1989

  • Scott Crane’83, systems analyst with SAIC; June 7, 2022, in Centreville, Va. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Crane, one daughter, and one son.
  • Daniel M. Hale’86; Oct. 23, 2021, in Keene, N.H. He is survived by numerous family members.
  • Phillip A. Kurschner’86, fiduciary trust officer; May 23, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. Survivors include two sons.

1990-1999

  • Abby Wolfe Reagan’93, retired product lifecycle consultant with Northwestern Mutual; June 19, 2022, in Milwaukee, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim Reagan, and is survived by numerous family members.

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