March 27, 2023

Losses

Recognizing Beloit College community members we have lost.

1940-1949

  • Phyllis Clark Dearstyne’42, retired elementary teacher; Aug. 14, 2022, in Queensbury, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband, Harvey R. Dearstyne’42, and a son, and is survived by two daughters.
  • Joyce Sandeen Johnson’47, former educator and poet; Jan. 4, 2023, in Urbana, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur T. Johnson’48, and is survived by one daughter.
  • Allan C. Kieckhafer’47, World War II veteran, retired manager of sales and community relations for the West Bend Company, dedicated community advocate and volunteer; Jan. 25, 2023, in West Bend, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Van Wart Kieckhafer’48, and sister, Anne Kieckhafer Becker’52. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, and brother-in-law, David Van Wart’51.
  • Edward A. Parker’47, retired from Wisconsin Division of Corrections; Sept. 23, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. He was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Phyllis Snyder Parker’44, and is survived by two daughters and two sons.
  • Carol Bickford Bush’48, involved community member and devoted volunteer; Jan. 6, 2023, in Green Bay, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Robert Bush, her father, Harold J. Bickford (1917), and brothers, John A. Bickford’49, Harold J. Bickford’51, and Edward O. Bickford’54. Survivors include two daughters and two sons.
  • Elizabeth Wheeler Fitch’48, retired elementary school teacher, community volunteer; Oct. 29, 2022, in Orland Park, Ill. She is survived by her husband, James A. Fitch’52, one son, and three daughters.
  • Allen S. Greene’49, U.S. Army veteran, retired attorney; Oct. 5, 2022, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was predeceased by his wife, Janet Fritz Greene’48, and is survived by one son and companion, Dorothy Rightnowar.

1950-1959

  • Douglas R. Cooley’50, U.S. Army veteran, retired professor of geology; Nov. 21, 2022, in Amarillo, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Virginia Radford Cooley’52, and three daughters.
  • Ava Boswau Guerrera’50, active volunteer, avid traveler; Oct. 6, 2022, in Santa Rosa, Calif. She is survived by her husband, Salvatore “Sam” Guerrera’50, one daughter, and one son.
  • Raymond F. Kosatka’50, U.S. Army veteran, retired geological consultant; July 22, 2021, in Mountain Home, Ark. He was predeceased by his wife, Kay Kosatka, and one son. Survivors include five sons.
  • Richard V. Mason’50, U.S. Army veteran, retired executive with Freeman Shoe Corporation; Oct. 22, 2022, in Beloit, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Mason, brother, David J. Mason’49, and is survived by his children.
  • Gerald A. Sciascia’50, World War II veteran; Aug. 3, 2022, in Beaver Dam, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann Sciascia, and is survived by one daughter and three sons.
  • Dr. Ronald K. Wells’50, retired physician; July 8, 2022, in Milwaukee, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Agnes Wells, and is survived by one son.
  • Louella Schultz Andrews’51, retired senior service coordinator with Fond du Lac County; Aug. 18, 2022, in Oshkosh, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Roger Andrews, and is survived by two daughters and two sons.
  • George “Babe” Baptist’51, retired athletics director; Dec. 4, 2022, in Sarasota, Fla. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Roop Baptist’52, and is survived by three daughters.
  • Harold J. Bickford’51, retired analytical chemist; April 8, 2022, in Hood River, Ore. He was predeceased by his wife, Molly Simpson Bickford’52, father, Harold J. Bickford (1917), and brothers, John A. Bickford’49 and Edward O. Bickford’54. His sister, Carol Bickford Bush’48 recently passed away. He is survived by one daughter and one son.
  • Claire Johnson Campbell’52, retired elementary teacher; Aug. 23, 2022, in Bowling Green, Ky. She was predeceased by her husband, F. Kent Campbell, and is survived by one daughter and one son.
  • Barbara A. Griffis’52; Dec. 7, 2022, in Rochester, N.Y.
  • James A. Younger’52, U.S. Army veteran, retired chief geologist with Union Carbide Corporation; Oct. 25, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colo. His wife of 70 years, Martha Masters Younger’53, passed away the following month. He is survived by two sons.
  • Alan W. Popp’53, U.S. Army veteran, retired international geologist; Sept. 26, 2022, in Atlantic Beach, Fla. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Schwiebinger Popp’53, and a son, and is survived by two sons.
  • Suzanne Davis Streitz’53, avid golfer and tennis player; Dec. 3, 2022, in Joliet, Ill. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Thomas Streitz, one son, three daughters, and cousin, Richard “Skip” Davis’59.
  • Martha Masters Younger’53, dedicated volunteer and community member; Nov. 30, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colo. She was predeceased by her husband, James A. Younger’52, and is survived by two sons.
  • Walter V. Brewer’54, U.S. Army veteran, lifelong educator; Jan. 16, 2021, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was predeceased by his wife, Elisabeth Brewer, and one son.
  • Joy Amstutz Caldwell’54; Aug. 20, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert H. Caldwell’53, and is survived by one daughter and three sons.
  • Mary Johnson Elliott’54, former owner of Jackson Monument, active community member; Aug. 24, 2022, in South Beloit, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Elliott, and is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Elliott Miller’81, and two sons.
  • Alfred H. Hersey’54, former owner of Kawasaki of Sarasota; Jan. 25, 2023, in Medical Lake, Wash. He was predeceased by his wife, Gisela Hersey, and is survived by one daughter, two sons, and grandson, Andrew Ryan’15.
  • Charles W. Walters’54, U.S. Navy veteran, retired teacher and coach; Sept. 3, 2022, in Bartlett, Ill. Survivors include his wife, Rose Walters, one daughter, and four sons.
  • Oliver P. Webb’55, U. S. Navy veteran, retired plant engineer; Nov. 29, 2022, in Rockford, Ill. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Webb, four daughters, and four sons.
  • Ronald E. Beisler’56, retired sales manager; Nov. 7, 2022, in Rockford, Ill. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kristen Waldsmith, and is survived by his wife, Elke Beisler, and two sons.
  • Kate Foster Hawkins’56, retired elementary teacher, active community member; Oct. 13, 2022, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She was predeceased by her husband, Leland G. Hawkins’56, mother-in-law, Kathryn Greene Hawkins (1925), and sister, Margaret Foster’52. Survivors include one daughter, one son, sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hawkins Dilbert’51, and sister-in-law, Adaline Hawkins Sanford’54.
  • Theodora “Tat” Tower Moyer’56, retired kindergarten teacher, former Palisades District School Board member; Dec. 16, 2022, in Bethlehem, Pa. She was predeceased by her husband, Jerry Moyer, and is survived by three sons, including Brett Moyer’80.
  • Della Smith Olsen’56; Jan. 19, 2023, in Park Ridge, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert J. Olsen’55, and sister-in-law, Katherine Olsen Jansen’58. Survivors include one daughter and two sons.
  • Judith Fesler Petersen’56, retired high school teacher; Aug. 15, 2022, in Mount Pleasant, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred L. Petersen’54, and is survived by one daughter and two sons.
  • Duane G. Inks’57, U.S. Army veteran, retired director of human resources with Eli Lilly; Oct. 16, 2021, in Indianapolis, Ind. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Inks, three daughters, and four sons.
  • Joan Halmstead MacDonald’57, retired social worker; Oct. 12, 2022, in Bloomington, Minn. Survivors include one daughter and two sons.
  • William K. Strong’57, retired attorney; Feb. 10, 2021, in Mesa, Ariz. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lucy Modder Strong’58, uncles, John K. Strong’33 and Robert C. Strong’38, and aunt, Betty Burton Strong’39. Survivors include his wife, Jo Strong, one daughter, one son, and cousin, Caroline Strong Keller’65.
  • Judith Wheeler Gosselin’58; Jan. 17, 2023, in Batavia, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, J. William Gosselin’56, and is survived by two daughters and two sons.
  • Diane Ruston Hillman’58; Jan. 4, 2022, in Racine, Wis. She is survived by her husband, Gary Hillman, and three sons.
  • Barbara Sievers Jones’58, former teacher, active community member; Sept. 3, 2022, in Hinsdale, Ill. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Howard Jones, one daughter and one son.
  • Stephen C. Nieman’58, former partner with Tioga Group; Dec. 3, 2022, in Walnut Creek, Calif. He was predeceased by his father, Charles E. Nieman’28. Survivors include his wife, Marsha Nieman, one daughter, two sons, and sister, Nancy Nieman’61.
  • Lowell W. Daniels’59, retired prototype designer; Nov. 9, 2022, in Machesney Park, Ill. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Rose Daniels, and three sons.
  • James C. Waring’59, retired teacher and golf coach; Dec. 21, 2021, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Waring, and is survived by one daughter and one son.

1960-1969

  • Elizabeth “Betty” Russo Christoff’60, retired elementary teacher; Dec. 15, 2022, in Sacramento, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Christoff, and is survived by one daughter.
  • Clinton H. East’60, retired business manager; Dec. 30, 2022, in Deforest, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Irmtraud East, and is survived by two sons.
  • Patricia Fudala Genin’60, retired real estate broker, community volunteer; Oct. 25, 2022, in Huntersville, N.C. She was predeceased by her husband, Dennis J. Genin’60, and is survived by three daughters.
  • John W. Hales’60, U.S. Navy veteran, retired executive director; Nov. 27, 2022, in Kenilworth, Ill. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Lou Cortis Hales’30, and aunt, Olive Cortis Kent’28. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Hales, one daughter, and one son.
  • Joanne Zimmerman Lake’60, artist, environmentalist, expert gardener; Dec. 14, 2022, in Springfield, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas P. Lake’60, and is survived by two sons, including Paul Lake’88, and her brother, James Zimmerman’68.
  • Judith Klinkmann Sorrick’60, accomplished pianist, skier, and skater; Aug. 14, 2022, in Madison, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Sorrick, and is survived by one son.
  • Jan K. Ocker’61, retired counselor and director of financial aid; Jan. 5, 2023, in Kenosha, Wis. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Patricia Ocker, one daughter, and three sons.
  • Judith Johnson Bablitch’62, retired director with Portage County; Nov. 27, 2022, in Stevens Point, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, James Bablitch, and is survived by numerous family members.
  • Marcia Mann Robbins’62, retired psychotherapist, former English and drama teacher; Oct. 9, 2022, in Pleasanton, Calif. She was predeceased by her first husband, Evan S. Robbins’60, and second husband, Stephen Bergh, and is survived by one daughter and two sons.
  • Carl R. “Dick” Lower’63, retired educator with Stephen F. Austin State College; Nov. 14, 2022, in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Susan Empie Lower’62, one son, and two daughters.
  • Dennis E. Bobbe’65, retired professor of psychology; Jan. 26, 2023, in Aurora, Ill. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Bobbe, one daughter, and one son.
  • Reynolds B. Davis’65, owner of R. Davis Consulting, active volunteer; Oct. 3, 2022, in Lincoln, Neb. Survivors include two daughters and two sons.
  • R. Michael “Mike” Judy’65, retired professor with California State University and Fullerton Community College, avid Chicago Cubs fan; June 2022, in Canyon Lake, Texas. Survivors include his wife, Alex Judy, one son, and two daughters.
  • John E. Kincaid’65, former president of Dean Kincaid Inc.; Dec. 26, 2022, in Whitewater, Wis. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Liane Kincaid, one daughter, and one son.
  • Thomas E. Aul’66, retired attorney; Sept. 11, 2022, in Boulder Junction, Wis. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Pat Aul, one daughter, and three sons.
  • Ann Hofsommer’66, retired social worker, active volunteer, avid traveler; Feb. 20, 2022, in Montgomery, Ohio. She is survived by one daughter and three sons.
  • David R. Wilcox’66, retired senior research anthropologist and adjunct professor of anthropology; May 27, 2022, in Flagstaff, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Susan Wilcox.
  • Carolyn Holcombe Damp’67, retired teacher, avid skier, and traveler; Jan. 18, 2023, in Stowe, Vt. She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Damp. Survivors include one son, her sister, Joan Holcombe’71, and longtime partner, Larry Heath.
  • Alvin R. Button’68, retired attorney; Dec. 31, 2022, in Marietta, Ga. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Rene Button, one son, one daughter, and a brother.
  • Daniel D. Watt’69, retired trust administrator; June 17, 2022, in Saint Louis, Mo. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ellen Watt, and three sons.
  • Richard K. Wheeler’69, retired attorney; Aug. 19, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga. He is survived by his wife, Terry Wheeler, one daughter, and two sons.
  • Charles N. Winkels’69; July 28, 2022, in Springfield, Va. He was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn Winkels.

1970-1979

  • Eva Meech Arnold’71, retired high school teacher, active community member; Dec. 4, 2022, in Janesville, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Arnold, and daughter, Barbara Arnold, and is survived by one son and one daughter.
  • Celia M. McCullough’72, former Beloit College Trustee, owner of Tutor Connection; July 31, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. She was predeceased by her father, Chester McCullough’39, mother, Jean Coffman McCullough’41, aunt, Dorothy McCullough Rodrian’43, and cousin, Robert L. Grimsley’48. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Gary Kaplan, and three sons.
  • Patricia “Patti” Jurgensen Miles’72, retired elementary school teacher; July 25, 2022, in Los Alamitos, Calif. Survivors include her husband, Braden J. Miles’72, one daughter, and one son.
  • Ronald F. Moist’72; March 2022, in Acworth, Ga. He is survived by his wife, Ann Moist.
  • Eben R. S. Visher’72, former high school teacher, retired software developer; March 15, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nev. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Visher, two sons, and four daughters.
  • Vicki Bouma May’75, psychotherapist, founding member of Harmonia Madison Center for Psychotherapy; June 13, 2022, in Fitchburg, Wis. She is survived by her wife of 33 years, Susan Cary, one daughter, and one son.
  • Deborah B. Garrett’76, non-profit consultant and director; July 1, 2022, in Rhinebeck, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband, Arbie Thalacker. Survivors include one son, her mother, and father, John N. Garrett’50.
  • Philip R. Gilboy’76, investment broker; Sept. 23, 2022, in Waxhaw, N.C. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Debra Gilboy, and two daughters.
  • Christopher R. “Kip” Knowles’78, former CEO and CFO with Trigenex of Texas, Inc.; Nov. 7, 2022, in Humble, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Soon Castro.

1980-1989

  • Joseph W. Keleher’86, high school social studies teacher; Jan. 30, 2023, in Ponderosa, N.M.
  • Judy L. Henney Konkel’89, former software consultant and instructional technologist; June 10, 2022, in Janesville, Wis. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Konkel, and two daughters.

1990-1999

  • Judianne Cygnor’91, retired systems analyst; Sept. 14, 2022 in, Port Washington, Wis. She is survived by one daughter and one son.
  • Dennis S. Mahlkuch’98, middle and high school art teacher; Jan. 27, 2023, in Blue River, Wis. He is survived by his mother, Yvonne Mahlkuch, and two brothers.
  • James “Jay” F. Macintosh’99, skybox manager with Second City; Aug. 12, 2022, in Chicago, Ill. Survivors include his parents, partner, Jackie Sestak, and numerous family members.

2000-2009

  • Ebony A. Miller’20, medical student at the University of Minnesota, researcher, and lab manager. A Moore Scholar at Beloit from Nassau, Bahamas, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was a member of Theta Pi Gamma sorority, and a founder the African Caribbean Society student organization; Nov. 18, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. She is survived by her parents.

Faculty, Staff, and Friends

  • Mary Edwards, former secretary in the Beloit College Registrar’s Office; Sept. 11, 2022, in Albuquerque, N.M. She is survived by her husband, Russ Edwards, one daughter, and two sons.

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