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Update: Deaths
Miriam Grace Bode, Class of 1951
Class Year:
1951

Miriam Grace Bode, 91, of Davidson, NC passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Miriam was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 16, 1929 to the late Fred & Katherine Bode. Mim joined the family that would eventually have 5 children-3 boys & 2 girls. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her siblings Lloyd, Dana, Mary Anna, & Fred. Miriam is survived by a host of beloved nieces & nephews, their families, & a treasure trove of great friends. Miriam received her Bachelor's degree in education from Muskingum College in Ohio & earned her Masters in education from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught English & French at Baldwin High School until her retirement in 1986. Mim loved to travel early on. She took student trips to France many summers & made her way to Egypt, Iran, & Lebanon with her nephews. She especially liked travelling in the states & driving all over to visit friends & relatives where she was always welcomed. Cross country road trips in a VW bug were not unheard of for adventure & family time. Trips with nieces & friends to the Canadian border to see Niagara Falls was a great way to spend a summer. Mim was a baker of cookies & a maker of chocolates. She would make each person's favorites for Christmas presents but would make dozens more for church bake sales or other fundraisers throughout the year. Mim was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Crafton Heights where she was an ordained elder, Sunday school teacher, & church treasurer. In the early 90s she helped start KingdomCome, Inc. with the goal of establishing an outlet for fair trade goods in Pittsburgh. Miriam was one of the original incorporators, and served as the founding treasurer of that board. After moving to North Carolina, she joined the Davidson College Presbyterian Church. She was an important presence in so many of our lives from being a second mother figure to family & friends to being a surrogate grandmother to many more. She was a great listener, a confidant, a best friend. She was a gift to the world & we will miss her so much.

Update: Deaths
David Tyo, Class of 1967
Class Year:
1967

David Tyo, 75, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in Boardman. David was born on April 19, 1945 in Youngstown, son of the late James W. and Vera (Mount) Tyo.

He was a Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army, where he received a Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Louise (Wilson) Tyo of Salem; one son, Cooper (Sakuntala) Tyo of Bangkok, Thailand; one sister, Karen (David) Rich of Canfield; one brother, Rick (Bua) Tyo of Gilbert, AZ; and two grandchildren, Maddy and Palmer Tyo.

Besides his parents, David was also preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Hendricks.

Update: Deaths
Elizabeth Miller Bennett, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

We are sad to announce that on December 28, 2020, at the age of 90, Elizabeth Bennett (Strongsville, Ohio) passed away. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Elizabeth Bennett to pay them a last tribute. You may also light a candle in honor of Elizabeth Bennett.

She was loved and cherished by many people including : her parents, Howard Miller and Sarah Jane Miller; her husband Charles Robert; her daughters, Diane Carlson (Bob) and Julie DeVries (Kevin); and her grandchildren, Dana Thomas (Matt), Ryan Carlson (Hillary), Kaitlyn Sottile (Rob), Caroline DeVries and Joe DeVries.

Update: Deaths
Margaret "Midge" Robinson McFarland, Class of 1946
Class Year:
1946

Margaret (Midge) McFarland, 95, passed away on December 1, 2020, at The Willows of Meadow Branch, in Winchester, VA. She resided in Winchester for the past 8 years and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles. Midge was born on October 14, 1925 in New Philadelphia, Ohio to David James and Mary Stengel Robinson; the youngest of four children, Carolyn, Alfred and James. Her father’s job as a supervisor in the local steel mill took the family to Vandergrift, Pennsylvania as she was entering high school. Midge’s future husband, Charles, delivered the family’s newspaper and upon meeting her, declared he had just met the woman he would marry!

Midge graduated from Muskingum College with a teaching degree in math, science, and chemistry. After marrying in 1946, Chuck and Midge moved to Monroeville, PA and started their family: Jane in 1950 and Chris in 1952. Another daughter, Lisa, arrived in 1966.

Midge was active in Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, preparing youth group meals, hosting women’s circle, and volunteering at the Mothers’ Day Out program. On winter afternoons she could be found in the game room sewing, watching Steelers football and tending the fire. Summers were spent at their home at Deep Creek Lake, MD. Midge loved to quilt and cross stitch, leaving a legacy of beautiful needlework.

In 1984 when Chuck retired, they split their time between Deep Creek and Myrtle Beach, SC. Winters were spent walking the beach, enjoying friends and family who lived nearby. By 1999 they were ready to live at Deep Creek year round and build a four season home. That bigger home allowed them to welcome the growing number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are son, Charles Christopher (Marie) of Atlanta, GA; daughters Jane Eboch (Don) of Winchester, VA, and Lisa Rowse (Brent) of Hubert, NC. Midge leaves 8 grandchildren: Ian, Leslie, Melissa, Joshua, Anna, Michelle, Caleb, and Quang; and 11 great grandchildren: Haley, Aden, Liam, Carter, Emmett, Evan, Arden, Alex, Beckett, Emmaline, and Blakeslee to cherish many fond memories.

When Chuck passed in 2010, they had been married for 64 years. Midge will be delighted to hear again “I Charles, love Margaret”, just in time for Christmas!

Update: Deaths
Rev. Dr. Lawrence W. Corbett, Class of 1965
Class Year:
1965

When people remember Larry, their first comments are about his infectious laugh and wonderful sense of humor. The Rev. Dr. Lawrence W. Corbett, founding pastor and pastor emeritus of Pinnacle Presbyterian church died on December 23, 2020. He started Pinnacle Presbyterian in 1989 with a steering committee of six couples. The first service was October 1, 1989, World Communion Sunday, in the Glen Moor clubhouse. Today it is a 1,400-member congregation on a 20-acre campus.

Corbett was awarded Pastor of the Year by Academy of Parish Clergy. He served as a board member of Spectrum Healthcare, McCormick Theological seminary alumni council, and Westminster Village retirement community. He was founding president of Pinnacle Peak Rotary.

In addition to Pinnacle he formerly served as minister at Central Union Church (Honolulu, HI), Valley Presbyterian (Paradise Valley, AZ), Westminster Presbyterian (Phoenix, AZ), Lakeview Presbyterian (St. Petersburg, FL), and Fairmount Presbyterian (Cleveland Heights, OH.) After retirement he was interim minister at Mission del Sol (Tempe), Community Church of the Rockies (Estes Park, CO), and Church of the Red Rocks (Sedona).

Dr. Corbett leaves his wife, Meredyth Watson Corbett and son Matthew Hall Corbett (Rhonda). A daughter, Courtney Burgess Corbett Zink (Michael) died in 2011. He will be remembered by grandchildren Jenica Corbett (son Dominic), Joseph Corbett (Taylor and daughters Lux and Indy), Winston Corbett, Maria Corbett, and Nathan Corbett. Lifelong memories of Larry will be held by siblings John Duane Corbett (Zhu Ling) and Marcie Corbett Smith (Rich).

Update: Deaths
William T. Dentzer, Jr., Class of 1951
Class Year:
1951

Muskingum University Trustee Emeritus William T. (Bill) Dentzer, Jr. ‘51 passed away on January 25, 2021 at the age of 91.

Bill served the University as an active Trustee for 44 years, from 1972 until becoming Trustee Emeritus in 2016. He led the Finance Committee during many of his years of service, guiding Muskingum through the rapidly evolving economic landscape of higher education.

Nationally-recognized for his financial acumen, Bill was the founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Depository Trust Company, the world’s largest securities depository, from 1972 until his retirement in 1994. He previously served as New York State Superintendent of Banks, Executive Director of the New York State Council of Economic Advisors, federal Deputy Ambassador to the Organization of American States, and in multiple domestic and international posts with the federal Agency for International Development (AID).

Bill earned his Muskingum Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science cum laude with minors in Economics and Speech. He served as Student Government President and Class President, and was a member of the Debate and Football teams. He was honored by the University with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree (2012), an alumni Distinguished Service Award (1995), and a President’s Medal (2016).

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Celia Hill Dentzer ’52, who also holds a Muskingum Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and by their children James Hill Dentzer, Susan Dentzer Alston, Ardith Campbell Dentzer, William Thompson Dentzer III, and Emily Parks Dentzer.

Bill and Celia together chose the words which are engraved on the cornerstone of Muskingum’s Walter K. Chess Center: “test everything; hold fast that which is good” (I Thessalonians).

Bill’s leadership, stewardship, and service to Muskingum has shaped the University for generations to come. He will be deeply missed.

Update: Deaths
James L. "Zeke" Zechiel, Class of 1965
Class Year:
1965

James L. Zechiel, or 'Zeke' as he was commonly known, died at age 79 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Genesis Hospice-Morrison House, Zanesville. He was born in 1941, in Dover, a son of the late John Nevin and Mary Eleanor (Froelich) Zechiel. Jim graduated from Dover High School, a basketball and football player. He attended The Ohio State University, graduated from Muskingum College and obtained a Master's degree in Education from Xavier University. He was passionate about coaching boys basketball and football at West Muskingum High School, where he taught science, before embarking upon a career in school administration in Morgan Local Schools, and then at the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center where he retired. Zeke enjoyed the company of his many friends and never knew a stranger. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards, researching collectibles and investigating his next car purchase. He was the face of any operation, especially Operation Fun. Until his final days, he maintained he would have dominated OSU basketball, if not for the unfortunate timing of the Havlicek and Lucas era. He is survived by his wife, Dayle M. (Van Gieson) Zechiel; a son, James C. Zechiel; a daughter, Kristy Zechiel; a step-son, David Van Gieson; a step-daughter, Lisa (Van Gieson) Belding; and a sister, Mary Christina (Zechiel) Dunstan.

Update: Deaths
Reverend William Franklin Sparks, Class of 1957
Class Year:
1957

The Reverend William Franklin "Frank" Sparks died at age 86, at Springfield Regional Medical Center on January 28, 2021, following a brief non-COVID-19-related illness. He was the son of Lillie Mae Snyder and Sherley Lee Sparks of Kentucky. Frank was born in Maysville, Kentucky, in 1935, then moved to Dayton, Ohio, in 1943, with his parents and brother, Jim, where his father was employed at the Dayton Tire and Rubber

Company. Frank graduated from Dayton's Wilbur Wright High School in 1953. He earned a B.A. in Speech and Philosophy from Muskingum College in 1957 and a Master's of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1961. He considered his years at Muskingum College and Pittsburgh Seminary to be some of the most influential of his life, providing him with a firm educational foundation and many friendships that would prove to be lifelong. Reverend Sparks was a pastor at Grace United Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan, 1961-1965, East Side United Presbyterian Church in Fremont, Ohio, 1965-1972, and Northminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield 1972-1997. He was made Pastor Emeritus of Northminster Presbyterian Church after his retirement. During his years of service at Northminster, Frank worked in concert with the newly merged congregation to build trust, faith and education, adult and youth programs, a debt-free building and campus, and an endowed congregation. Throughout Frank's 36 years of ministry, he served on and chaired various church committees at the local/community

level, the presbytery, synod, and national levels. His continued education included time in Switzerland, France, and Italy. Four young men who were part of his youth groups became seminary graduates. Frank's interests included current events, gardening, traveling in the USA and abroad, chartering large sailing vessels, woodworking, home improvement projects, writing, and historical reading. He had a beautiful bass voice and sang in various choirs, including Muskingum College's a cappella choir. Frank was predeceased by his parents and brother, James Allen Sparks, of Madison, Wisconsin. He was a devoted husband of 54 years to Carol Cowden Sparks who died in 2013, and to Mary Arnett Sparks, his wife since 2015. Frank and Carol were the loving parents of three children: Brad and his wife, Lynette, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sharon and her former husband, Miguel Calvo, of Madrid, Spain, and Brenda and her husband, Brian Fisher, of Loveland, Ohio. They were the proud grandparents of five grandchildren: Meredith & Evan Sparks, Carolyn & Grant Fisher, and Cristina Calvo Sparks. Frank was known for being a skilled and caring professional, a supportive colleague, a responsible citizen, a thoughtful neighbor, a loyal, honest, kind, respectful friend, and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
 

Update: Deaths
Beverly A. Lindsay Sperry, Class of 1955
Class Year:
1955

Beverly Ann Sperry (nee Lindsay), 87, of Elyria, died December 18, 2020. She was born July 8, 1933, in New Philadelphia, OH, the daughter of Anna Elizabeth Bichsel Lindsay and Roy Kennedy Lindsay. Beverly graduated from New Philadelphia High School and from Muskingum College in 1955 with a B.A. in Music, with double majors in Piano and Voice.

Beverly taught music education in Mars, PA, and Canton, OH. She married Rev. Arthur C. Sperry in June 8, 1958, and was an active partner in his service to the Methodist church, with involvement in choir and other music worship. She became involved in theater early on, both as an accompanist playing keyboard and piano and as an actor. She was active in Workshop Players Theatre in the Round in Amherst, OH, with her husband, Arthur, often turning pages or helping build set. Over the years, she performed in such plays as “Music Man,” “Lost in Yonkers,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Cotton Patch Gospel,” “Secrets Every Traveler Should Know,” and “The Fantasticks.”  She was a devoted wife and mother, and loved her many dogs and cats. Beverly enjoyed travel, including the many winters she and her husband spent in Key West, FL.

Beverly is survived by her daughter, Linda and her wife Linda Chopra, and daughter Susan and her husband Dr. Allan Landes. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. Arthur Clair Sperry in 2013 and her brother, Richard L. Lindsay.

Update: Deaths
Lance B. Roepe, Class of 1970
Class Year:
1970

Lance Bryan Roepe, a San Jose resident who formerly lived in Campbell CA, passed away on December 23rd2020, after a recent bout with a recurring illness at 72 years of age.  Mr. Roepe was born on March 5, 1948 in New York, NY and was the only child to Elaine and Gustav Roepe.  Lance also lived in Ridgewood NJ and San Jose, CA. He was first a San Jose light rail driver then a city bus driver in San Jose until his recent retirement.  Lance was known and appreciated for his driving abilities, as well as his kindness, wit, and sense of humor.  He was a member of the board of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union #265 and a dedicated career long member. Lance graduated Muskingum University with his bachelor’s degree in 1970, He then went on to pursue his master’s at Ohio University. Muskingum was a highlight in his life as he had many fond memories there. He continued to donate to Muskingum throughout his life and was active in their alumni group as well. Lance is survived by close friends, including a long-time friend, John Raymer of South Bend, IN. Plans of funeral arrangements are still being decided, and memorial donations can be made in Lance’s honor to Muskingum University.

Excerpt from a poem by Dylan Thomas And Death Shall Have No Dominion:

…They shall have stars at elbow and foot;

Though they go mad they shall be sane,

Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;

Though lovers be lost love shall not;

And death shall have no dominion…

Update: Deaths
Joy Fulks Smailes, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

Joy Ann Smailes, age 90, of Coshocton, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. She was born on December 30, 1929, near Dresden. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Doris (Schumacher) Fulks On September 12, 1954, she married Francis Smailes who passed away in September 2006. Joy graduated from Jefferson High School in Dresden in 1948 and Muskingum University in 1952. She was a teacher in Cambridge City Schools and River View School District. Joy was a member of the Warsaw United Methodist Church, Coshocton County Retired Teachers, Ohio Retired Teachers Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma, Omega Chapter. She was also a Jennings Scholar. She is survived by two daughters, Dru (Chad) Barger of Canton and Cindy (Joe) Wright of Newcomerstown. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Robyn (Scott) Steinmetz and Jody (Michael) Murphy of Canton, Jamie (Matthew) Swigert of Coshocton, and T.J. Wright of Columbus. She has five great-grandchildren, Cecilia and Maxx Swigert, Dane and Nora Steinmetz, Claire and Baby Murphy due in May.

Update: Deaths
Ann Ogilvie Hutchman Brown, Class of 1946
Class Year:
1946

Ann Ogilvie Hutchman Brown of Ventura, California, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2020, at her home at Aegis Assisted Living. Ann was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, to Paul and Mary Hutchman on December 23, 1924. She moved to Cambridge, MA, and Cleveland OH, before moving back to East Liverpool when she was 9 years old. She lived there until heading off to Muskingum College in New Concord, OH, where she met her future husband Bill Brown, whom she happened to be paired up against in a championship ping pong match. Bill was there as part of an Army Specialized Training Program. They were married in 1946 in East Liverpool and moved to Hollywood, CA, that same year, where they raised two children, Barbara and Steven. Ann and Bill moved to Glendale in 1964 where they became active in tennis and golf. They lived in Glendale until Bill passed away in 1991, at which time Ann moved to Ventura to be close to her children and grandchildren. Ann was a very talented woman who surrounded herself with beauty. Trained in piano at a young age, she loved to play and she played often throughout her adult years. She had a very artistic streak that flavored everything she did. She was an oil painter, and in her earlier years she also created beautiful mosaics. Her singing voice remained strong and beautiful until her last days. She often led sing-alongs in her later years at the Townehouse Assisted Living and Aegis Assisted Living. Ann (aka Grann) is survived by daughter Barbara Brown Ortega and son Steven W. Brown (Shelly) and grandchildren Garrett Brown (Lauren), Justin Brown (Kirsten), and Courtney Brown Durando (Mike); great grandchildren Ellery, Emerson, Cooper and Stevie; siblings Sal Hutchman Patterson, Bill Hutchman (Jan), John Hutchman (Sue), and Gracie Hutchman Scott; along with numerous nieces and nephews since she was the oldest of nine Hutchman children. She was preceded in death by her loving husband William G. Brown; parents Paul and Mary Hutchman; brothers Dan Hutchman and Paul Hutchman; sisters Katie Hutchman and Joanie Hutchman; and son-in-law Joseph Ortega. 

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Patricia P. Sharp Bell, Class of 1950
Class Year:
1950

Patricia was born on March 1, 1929 in Columbus, Ohio to William B. Sharp and Barbara Georgiana Sharp. She attended New Concord High School in Ohio where she was a cheerleader, homecoming queen and played in the orchestra. She attended Muskingum College where she participated in choir, orchestra and was May Queen. Patricia graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and was a stewardess for a year with American Airlines. While at Muskingum she met Joseph Lewis Brown and they married after college in 1951. She taught in numerous public schools in Texas, starting in Austin. She and Joe had three children: Steve, Barbara and Tim. Joe died in 1975 and after that Patricia attended Lamar University in Beaumont earning her masters degree in Speech Pathology. She continued to work in the public schools in Texas. She married Howard Bryant Bell in 1990 and they lived in Beaumont, Texas. Howard passed away in 2002. Patricia moved to Houston in 2009 and became a member of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church where she made many friends and participated in choir and several weekly activities. In 2015 Patricia moved to the Abbey Retirement Community and made several close friends including Ed Yanoscik. Throughout her lifetime Patricia spent many summers at Chautauqua Institution, NY and loved her time there with family and friends. Her cheerful smile and gentle spirit will truly be missed by all whose lives she touched. Patricia is survived by her children; Steven Brown and wife Cyndy of Granbury, TX, Barbara Calhoun and husband John of Houston, TX and Timothy Brown and wife Kathy of Spokane, Washington; Grandchildren John Calhoun, Kristen Calhoun, Jennifer Calhoun; Step daughter in law Nancy Bell, step grandchildren Adam Bell and wife Danielle, Joel Bell and wife Miryam, and John Bell.

Update: Deaths
Dorothy Jane Todd Hartmeyer, Class of 1949
Class Year:
1949

Dorothy Jane Hartmeyer, 93, of Zanesville, died at 11:05 A.M. on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Brookdale Zanesville. She was born May 29, 1927, in Zanesville, a daughter of the late William Roy and Jeannette Louise (Bachmann) Todd. Dorothy graduated from Muskingum College. She taught at Sheridan and Grant Schools until she married. She devoted her life to her family as a homemaker. Later she substituted at West Muskingum Elementary Schools. Dorothy had seventeen years perfect attendance at Brighton Presbyterian Church where she was a member. She also enjoyed playing the piano. She is survived by her children, Cindy Sterling of Nashport, James Randall (Marie) Hartmeyer of Zanesville, Timothy Hartmeyer of Zanesville, Lynda Hartmeyer of Nashport, and Jon Hartmeyer of Farmington Hills; grandchildren, Melissa (Jason) Phillips of Australia, Kayla (Joseph) Tornello of Vermont, Kellie (David Ford) Hartmeyer of Crooksville, and Matthew (Lauren) Hartmeyer of Willoughby; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Kara and Gianna. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Elmer Hartmeyer who died October 8, 2011 and whom she married March 4, 1951; and two brothers, William and Robert Todd. 

Update: Deaths
Thelma E. Freeman Hawkins, Class of 1949
Class Year:
1949

Thelma F. Hawkins, 93, of Oceola, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on December 1, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born in Cambridge on February 10, 1927 to the late Truman and Lillie (Atchison) Freeman. After graduating from Cambridge High School in 1945, she attended Muskingum College to study education. She met Richard (Dick) E. Hawkins while attending college and they were married November 28, 1946. Dick served as a pastor in the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Ohio. Thelma continued her studies at the University of Delaware and taught elementary school there, before starting a family and working as a full-time mother and dedicated pastor's wife, serving in several areas of church ministry. The Hawkins served the Ninth Street United Methodist Church in Cambridge from 1961-1966. They later moved to Crawford County in 1976 when Dick became the pastor of Woodlawn UMC in Bucyrus. She and Dick enjoyed traveling throughout the years. He preceded her in death in November 1989. Thelma enjoyed being active in her church and community. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and Rebecca Circle at Woodlawn UMC; directed the Cherub Choir; Conference Delegate at Lakeside for many years; volunteered at Heartland Nursing Home, Bucyrus Salvation Army, and American Red Cross Canteen; danced with the Clover Leaf Western Square Dance Club, and played many hands of Euchre. She was recognized for her volunteering by being inducted into the Crawford County Council on Aging's Golden Years Hall of Fame in 2018, an honor she was surprised by and grateful to receive. Thelma was an avid reader, excellent cook and enjoyed watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Dancing with the Stars. She had a joyful outlook and beautiful spirit to everyone blessed to have a conversation with her. She often had a joke or story to share. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She loved spending time with family. Thelma is survived by children, Rick Hawkins and Robin Hawkins; grandchildren, LCDR James (Jess) Hawkins, LT Faithann (Julia) Hawkins, Jon (Donna) Jackson, and Sarah (Ryan) Daum; great-grandchildren, Asher, Micah & Noah Hawkins, Tayden Jackson, and Reece & Raleigh Daum; brother, Vernon Freeman; and sister, Charlene Arthur. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Betsy Hawkins; brother, Richard Freeman; and sister, Evelyn Johnson. 

Update: Deaths
Erma L. Metzger Power, Class of 1949
Class Year:
1949

Erma "Penny" Metzger Power passed away August 17, 2019 in Erie, PA at the age of 92.  She was born in Turtle Creek, PA, grew up in the Pittsburgh area, and moved to Erie in 1950.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, two brothers, a sister, Virginia Metzger '40, and close family friend Priscilla Leeds '40.  She is survived by her two children, Mariana Power Soder '74 and James Power, Jr., her sister Dolores Coyle, five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Update: Deaths
William "Bill" Fife Steffen, Class of 1955
Class Year:
1955

William "Bill" Fife Steffen passed away suddenly on November 27, 2020 at Brookdale in Mt. Lebanon where he had lived for 4 years. Bill was born on December 31, 1933 in Lisbon, Ohio. The son of the late Mary and John Steffen and adored big brother to Suzi (Collins), Linda (Hrabak) and Mary Carol (Gipe). The beloved father to Gretchen and Betsy (Mark Brubaker). And "Pap" to Erin, Megan and Will Brubaker. He was also loved by many nieces and nephews and their children. He was a graduate of Muskingum University. After graduating, he was drafted and proudly served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Colorado. Following his service, he initially embarked on a career in pharmaceutical sales and later in the non-profit world, but he found his true calling when he started his own painting and remodeling business, which served as his livelihood for decades and were clients often became close friends. Bill's other passion was community service. He served for many years as a councilman for the borough of Pleasant Hills, a community he dearly loved. He was eventually elected mayor and served humbly, with a wonderful sense of pride and humor. In his retirement he served as president of the Pleasant Hills Arboretum Board and was a member of the Lions Club and the Masons. He was a man of few words, but lived his life through his actions. He was always "the dad" willing to drive his daughters and their friends anywhere and later in life became the #1 babysitter to his treasured grandchildren. He adored all of his crazy "grand dogs" who would sit next to him or on top of him every time he visited. He especially adored his smallest grand dog, "Stella," the one eyed, rescued shih tzu. He had a quiet, but calming presence that will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Update: Deaths
Nancy Jean Weisgerber, Class of 1964
Class Year:
1964

Fairfax County Schools educator, Nancy Jean Weisgerber of Alexandria, Virginia passed away Thursday morning, November 5, 2020. Born on June 9, 1942 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to the late Marion and James E. Weisgerber, she was raised in Verona, New Jersey. After graduating from Verona High School, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College (New Concord, Ohio) and later received a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Her career in education began in 1964 as a physical education teacher at Falls Church High School, where she later worked as a guidance counselor. Moving into administration, she served as an Assistant Principal at Annandale High School and JEB Stuart High School. She later served 8 years as “proud principal” of JEB Stuart until her retirement in 1997.

In retirement Nancy was a member and past president of the Bailey’s Crossroad Lions Club, a volunteer for Travelers Aid at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and a volunteer for the Alexandria Red Cross. Loyal to these organizations and to family and friends, she enjoyed participating in a variety of local cultural events, traveling both in the USA and abroad, and attending Washington Nationals games.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, James C. and Missy Weisgerber, her niece, Emily Weisgerber Fuentes (Nick), and her great niece, Abigail Fuentes.

Update: Deaths
Richard "Dick" Barry Anderson, Class of 1962
Class Year:
1962

Richard "Dick" Barry Anderson, age 80, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. He was born on November 6, 1940 to Delmar and Agnes (Smith) Anderson in Hillsboro, Ohio. He graduated from Mishawaka High School in Indiana in 1958 and then received his bachelor's degree in 1962 from Muskingum College in New Concord, OH, where he was the starting fullback for all four years of school. Dick spent his 40-year career as a broker and owner of Chrystal-Anderson Realtors and was the developer of Harbour Towne Condominiums and Marina in Muskegon. On July 13, 1963, he married the love of his life, the former Ann Whitney, and together they spent 57 happy years together. Dick enjoyed sailing, boating, and spending time with his family and friends, especially in the Florida Keys. He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. He lived life to the fullest and will be missed by all. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann Anderson; daughters, Suzy (Mike) Sadilek, Kristi (Joel) Fulton; grandchildren, Nick, Katie, Lizzie, Carter, Madison, Jack; sister, Alice Land; many nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Nancy (Anthony) Chalder, Sonita Whitney; best friend, Ron Gaffner; and beloved dog, Buckeye. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dave Anderson; and brother-in-law, Tom Whitney. 

Update: Deaths
Karen Arner Brunner, Class of 1968
Class Year:
1968

Karen A. (Arner) Brunner passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, November 20, 2020, after a fiercely fought battle with cancer. She was 73. Karen was a longtime resident of Cranford, NJ, Westlake Village, CA and most recently, Audubon, PA. Karen worked in accounts receivable for K Line America and had a lifelong commitment to service, that includes, her time spent as a member of Delta Gamma Theta sorority at Muskingum College, where she met her husband Robert Sr, and would regularly attend college reunions and participate as an active alumnus. She later served as a Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian church in Westlake Village, CA and was a dedicated member and former chaplain of the P.E.O. Sisterhood (Chapter TS), helping provide opportunities for female students worldwide. Throughout her life, Karen was an avid gardener, enjoyed shopping for bargains (especially shoes), working on daily crossword puzzles, and could often be found sipping on a cup of coffee in the evening, while watching Jeopardy. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Born in Tarentum, PA on December 7, 1946, she was the daughter of the late James D. and Dorothy (Huston) Arner. Surviving is her loving family including her husband, Robert L. Brunner Sr.; her daughters, Kimberly Smith (husband Robert Smith), Alison Bielinski (husband Stanley Bielinski Sr.), and son, Robert L Brunner Jr. (girlfriend Katie Collins). Karen was a devoted grandmother to her grandchildren that include Connor Smith, Dylan Smith, Stanley Bielinski Jr., Isaac Bielinski, and Abigail Grace Victoria Bielinski.

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