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Philip J. Torrens, Class of 1968
Class Year:
1968

Philip J. Torrens, 76, of Utica passed away on January 15, 2023 at his residence. He was born on February 23, 1946 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio to the late Joe and Mary Evelyn (Hotchkiss) Torrens.

Phil graduated from Utica High school in 1964 and Muskingum College in 1968. He went on to become a lifelong teacher, coach and farmer. His teaching career began at Utica High School. He moved on to Roosevelt Jr. High followed by Newark High School. Phil ended his teaching career in 1988 at Wilson Jr. High. His 55 year coaching career began at Utica High School, moved on to Roosevelt Jr. High, followed by Newark High School. In 1979, Phil found his forever coaching home at Denison University where he was head cross country coach and assistant track coach. His Denison coaching career spanned 45 years where he mentored countless athletes with whom he kept in touch. He was former President of the Utica EMS board and member of the Utica Presbyterian Church. Phil also served on the Board of Directors for United Producers, Incorporated for 26 years. He especially enjoyed his sheep, football and most of all his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sarah (Richcreek) Torrens; daughter, Ellen (Cleve) Carter; grandsons, GC, Brooks and Landry Carter; granddaughter, Vanessa Carter; brother, John (Sherry) Torrens; niece Lori (Cam) Drake; great niece Mollie Drake; and sister-in-law Norma Mercurio.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Joe Torrens; and his faithful dog, Bo.

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David Porter, Class of 1982
Class Year:
1982

David Porter, Class of 1982, passed away on January 15, 2023.

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Daniel Mullen, Class of 2015
Class Year:
2015

Daniel Edward Mullen, age 29 of Tipp City, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio on August 6, 1993 the son of Edward & Sandra Mullen. He was a 2015 graduate of Muskingum University where he was a member of the Cross Country and Track teams and also where he met his wife Jami.

He is survived by his parents; his wife Jami Mullen; son Aiden Mullen; brother Andrew Mullen; sister Cassidy Mullen and his maternal grandparents Thomas & Bernice Love.

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Ann Richards, Class of 1970
Class Year:
1970

Ann Richards passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 5, 2023 at Sterling Care in Bethesda, Maryland. Ann graduated from Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Ohio in 1966 and graduated from Muskingum College in 1970. After graduation from college, she moved to New York and began her career in finance at Merrill Lynch. In 1990, Ann moved to Washington, D.C. and began the second phase of her career, working first as the Deputy Director (and later the Director) of the Capital Markets Office of the Resolution Trust Corporation. Thereafter, she worked for USAID, first as an employee and later as a consultant. She ended her working career at Forecast on Capitol Hill. Ann loved her life in New York City, but she loved her life on Capitol Hill more, particularly her many friends, entertaining at her residences on 5th Street NE and her daily neighborhood walks. To her, Capitol Hill was home. She was actively involved in the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and Capitol Hill Village. Ann was preceded in death by her twin sister, Susan, and by her brother, John David. She is survived by her sister, Ellen, of Columbus, Ohio and several close cousins, Mary Logue of Canton, Ohio, Joe Richards of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Jane Huff of Columbus, Ohio, Homer Richards of North Canton, Ohio, Nora Miller of Leland, North Carolina, and their fourteen children and fifteen grandchildren. Ann passed away as a result of a cascading series of complications from Covid-19. Ann's remains will be buried with Susan's and John's in Carrollton, Ohio at a later date. 

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Barbara Plenty Repetto, Class of 1967
Class Year:
1967

Barbara Plenty Repetto, beloved Mother, sister, and friend of many, died Jan. 1, 2023 in Portland. Barbara, born March 31, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo., grew up in Westfield, N.J., graduated from Westfield HS ('63), and earned a BA in English from Muskingham College ('67). She began her career in New York City, a city she loved, working first at a brokerage house on Wall Street before moving on to help tackle housing issues for the city of New York. Barbara married ('70) Bruce Repetto, a Federal attorney from Tenafly, N.J., and they moved to Montclair, N.J. ('78) to raise their family and where they lived for 33 years. When her two children were young, she became an active member of the Montclair community, and when she returned to work she resumed her passion for serving communities through her executive position with Family Intervention Services serving New Jersey. In 2011, Barbara, relocated to Portland, Maine where she became a devoted resident of another city she loved, and a beloved grandmother to her growing family in Brunswick, Maine. Throughout her life, Barbara devoted herself to her children, grandchildren and children of others who needed not just a strong administrator of social services, but an advocate who cared deeply. During her years in Montclair, she worked for her community through leadership in the League of Women's Voters, participation in the Unitarian Church and the Montclair PTA, and cheering from the sidelines at many soccer games. She was a sought after confidant to her family and friends, providing an ear to listen and calming words of guidance. Her way with words will be greatly missed. Barbara was an accomplished knitter, quilter and traveler of the world, but she most loved watching her children and grandchildren grow. Barbara is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bruce Repetto; siblings Don Plenty of Sebastapol Calif. and Carole Plenty of Somesville Maine; son, Brian Repetto and wife Rocio Carerra, of Williamstown Mass., daughter, Stacy Repetto and partner Anthony Jones of Brooklyn N.Y.; granddaughter, Cleo Carrera of Portland Ore., grandsons, Quinlan and Keaton Repetto of Williamstown Mass., granddaughter Ada Jones of Brooklyn N.Y.

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Brenda Anne Binder Measell, Class of 1962
Class Year:
1962

Brenda Anne Binder Measell '62 passed away on Friday, January 13, with her loving husband by her side at Heartland of Marietta. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 2, 1940, Brenda grew up in Dover, Delaware. She was a social worker at Apple Creek State Hospital during 1962-1964. After graduate classes at the University of Illinois, Brenda worked at the Adler Zone Center in Champaign in 1967-1969. She is survived by James Measell '64, her husband of 58 years, and their children Barbara (Steve) Zygolewski, Nancy (Steve) Klukowski, Karl (Clara) Measell and Andrew (Elizabeth) Measell as well as grandchildren Stewart, Victoria, Ethan, Tatiana, MacKenzie, Samuel, Genevieve and Nicklas, and her cat Nessie. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Paul, sisters Linda and Karen, and grandson Campbell Measell. Brenda enjoyed traveling to England, Ireland and Scotland with her husband, and they collected antiques together for many years. 

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Bernice Herrmann, Class of 1958
Class Year:
1958

Bernice K. Herrmann   Age 83 of Carnegie, on Sunday, March 1, 2020, she passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side as she danced into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus, after with a brief but hard fought battle with cancer.  

Pre-deceased by her parents, Charles P. Herrmann and Bernice Sloan-Herrmann, her Aunt Genevive Sloan all of Carnegie, uncles and aunts George T. and Esther Binder Sloan of Washington, PA, H.S. and Isabelle Sloan of Dormont, and the Dr. Rev. Edwin and Frances Sloan of Phoenix.  

Also, pre-deceased by her brother and sister-in-law, Paul C. Herrmann and Marilyn DeVerna-Herrmann as well as a nephew, Dwight DeVerna Herrmann, all of Crafton.

Survived by her nephew, Charles P. “Chip” Herrmann (Michale) and niece, Heidi Herrmann Lysaght (late James Lysaght).  Also survived by her great nieces, Julia Herrmann of Arlington Heights, IL and Bridget Herrmann of Chicago, as well as great great nephews Jack and Max Foster and great great niece, Emma Foster, all of Arlington Heights, IL.  As well as her cousins, Mary Francis Johnsen of Phoenix and Margie Wise of Denver, and Bernice’s best friend, “Beth.”  

Bernice was a graduate of Carnegie High School – ‘54 and Muskingum College – ’58.  She also took graduate classes at Carnegie Tech (CMU) and Chatham College. Her entire career was devoted as a dietician at Montefiore Hospital.  She was a member of Carnegie Presbyterian Church and South Hills Chorale Singers. In addition, she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 409, and the Professional College Women’s Club of Carnegie.  

Bernice was a huge fan of “General Hospital” and every year traveled to LA for their week long convention.  In fact, she was rarely home, always traveling somewhere, but family was always first for her.  Birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, any excuse to get everyone together.   The more people that were present the happier she was. She spent her days at home making sure anyone and everyone that she knew was okay by regular phone calls, letters, and cards.  

Bernice had a deep and personal relationship with her Master, Jesus Christ.  While sitting and chatting with her, within minutes you knew that there was something different and special about her; you wanted what she had.  In Bernice's family, there are no "goodbyes", only "see you soon".

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Martha Kerr Sprout, Class of 1949
Class Year:
1949

Martha Louise (Kerr) Sprout, 97, of Columbus, passed away on August 22, 2022. She was born on July 24, 1925, in New Concord, Ohio, to the late Harry and Evelyn (Porter) Kerr. In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Leland E. Sprout; her brother, William Kerr; and her sister-in-law Mary Kerr.

Martha grew up in Wayne County before attending Muskingum University. That is where she met her husband, Leland, while serving dinner at the school cafeteria. As Martha recalled, she was instantly drawn to Leland by his humor and charisma.

Martha lived a long life with many acts.

She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, consistently showing patience, acceptance, tolerance, and – above all else – love to her family.

She was an educator, teaching in the Worthington City School District for 25 years, spending most of her career at Colonial Hills Elementary School.

She was a world traveler, spanning the globe and collecting hundreds of pictures during her adventures to many countries. That includes fulfilling a childhood dream of seeing the “Three Wise Monkeys” statue in Japan.

She was a devoted Christian, sharing her love of God with others, through services at Worthington United Methodist Church and Grace Church of Christ, and through volunteering in various places including at St. Ann’s Hospital.

Martha lived in Worthington for 68 years, most of which was spent in a home that became a treasure chest of memories. It was where Martha raised her two children and played endlessly with her grandchildren. Her grandchildren saw her as a source of warm, unconditional love, and a harbor of comfort that never wavered.

For Martha, foundational memories never faded. Certain things would always bring a smile to her face: the sound of her children’s names, pictures of Fairbanks, Alaska (her “favorite place on Earth”), the singing of Hymns, and interacting with family and friends.

In her final days, she never let go of the things that truly mattered. Not just the life she lived, but the people she loved along the way.

Martha will be greatly missed by her children, Janette (Joel) Chow and Timothy L. (Pam) Sprout; grandchildren, David M. (Jessica) Chow, Amanda L. Chow, J. Andrew (Vanessa) Chow, John T. Bolds, and Kate Sprout; great grandchildren, Taylor and Aurora Kamrath, and Naomi, Felicity, and Isaiah Chow; dear friend, Mary Wetterauer; and numerous extended family and close family friends.

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Phyllis Morgan Rupert, Class of 1968
Class Year:
1968

Phyllis Irene Morgan Rupert, 76, passed away in Camp Hill, PA on October 22, 2022, with her husband, Charles David Rupert, lovingly at her side.

Phyllis was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA. She was the daughter of the late Arthur B. Morgan and the late Verna H. Morgan. She was also preceded in death by her brother, H. Dennis Morgan, March 2, 2006; her mother-in-law, Josephine K. Yearick May 15, 2016 and granddaughter, Olivia B. Gerardino December 23, 2009.

She resided in Intercourse most of her adult life until retiring in Howard, PA two years ago. Phyllis graduated from Lancaster Country Day School and Muskingum University. She assisted teaching at Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA whilst attending grad school there.

She went home to Intercourse, PA where she ran a family business “Something Special”, a jewelry store, for more than a decade. She then worked at John Wright Company in Wrightsville, PA as Product Development Manager. Phyllis served as Alumni Representative as a member of the Lancaster Day School Board of Trustees. She served as a member of the Central PA Humane Society Board of Directors. Phyllis was also the chairman of the Membership Committee for the Unitarian Universalists Church in Lancaster.

At heart, Phyllis humbly approached life with gratitude and the intention to leave a positive footprint. She never allowed an opportunity to go by for making a friend, even if, a random stranger. She was someone who sincerely went out of her way to be kind to people; as she had a keen eye for bringing light to their strengths, she made them feel special. She had a wonderful sense of humor, never afraid to laugh at herself. She was an avid collector of oddities and antiquities.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Charles David Rupert; her Stepdaughter, Amy Gerardino Bogle (Sean Bogle); her Grandchildren; Harrison Rhoads, Anna Beatrice Rhoads, Ethan Rhoads and Carson Bogle; her nephew, Cameron W. Morgan, and two nieces, D’Anne Morgan Nelson and Shelby Morgan.

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Harry Herbert Taylor, Class of 1956
Class Year:
1956

Harry Herbert Taylor, age 90, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2020. He was born February 4, 1930 in Newark, Ohio to Welby and Elsie Taylor. Harry graduated from Union Local High School in 1948 then attended Muskingum College graduating in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in History and Geography. Harry enlisted in the Air Force and served his country proudly for 20 years as a navigator before retiring. He also worked as an insurance adjuster for General Motors for 30 years. 

Harry has been a long-time member of Lions of Gahanna where he held several positions and received many awards for his dedication. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years, Boy Scouts Pack leader and an active member of Stonybrook United Methodist Church. 

He was preceded by his parents; sisters Mildred Boring, Nancy Richards and Mary Margaret Taylor; and his wife of 62 years, Mary Carolyn Taylor. He is survived by his children John Herbert (Ai) Taylor, Mary Kathryn (David) Egger, Richard Scott Taylor and Robert Christopher (Delisa) Buckingham-Taylor; grandchildren Nicholas Egger, Stephanie (Josh) Crabtree and Aidan Buckingham-Taylor; great-grandsons Hunter Crabtree and Tucker James Crabtree; brother-in-law John A. Smith; sister-in-law Ellen Anderson; extended family and friends. 

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Mary Louise Flowers Caldwell, Class of 1941
Class Year:
1941

Mrs. Caldwell was born to R. Victor and Celia (Bates) Flowers April 24, 1919, in Latrobe.

She graduated from Latrobe High School in 1937 and received her bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio, in 1941. She taught high school English and French for nine years in Ohio and Pennsylvania before moving to California.

Her late husband, Donald, worked for Standard Oil Co., and she had worked in the office at West Side District Hospital for several years. They operated the Mode O’Day Dress Shop on Center Street. Later on, she became a charter member of the newly formed Hospital Auxiliary for 21 years until the hospital closed in 2004.

She was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Taft Rebekahs and the AAUW. She was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon and elder.

In 1992 she was chosen Citizen of the Year by Taft Rotary. She traveled to the British Isles, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Caldwell, in 1976 and is survived by her daughter, Martha Throckmorton; her son, John Caldwell, and three grandchildren, Grace, David and Johnny.

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Douglas Yeager (Nancy M. Mosher Yeager, Class of 1956)
Class Year:
1956

Douglas M. Yeager, 89, resident of Estes Park, Colorado, died in the company of his family on December 24, 2022, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Doug was born in Wauseon, Ohio, on November 10, 1933. He and his parents William and Maredith (Rupp). Yeager lived in Pettisville, Ohio, for a couple of years before moving to Loudonville, Ohio, where Doug grew up and graduated from Loudonville High School in 1951, valedictorian of his class. He attended Princeton University, where he majored in Politics and graduated cum laude in 1955. Among those present at his graduation were his parents, his sister Diane M. Yeager, his soon-to-be-wife Nancy M. Mosher, and her parents Carl and Mabel (Van Horn) Mosher. Doug was awarded a fellowship in a PhD program in Political Science at Michigan State University. He was very disappointed in that program, packed up his belongings, and moved out in the spring of 1956, knowing that he would soon be drafted into the U.S. Army. He married Nancy, his high school sweetheart and a graduate of Muskingum College in Ohio, on June 23, 1956, and they spent most of his military tour living in Killeen, Texas, at Fort Hood, where their first child David was born in 1958. Doug completed his tour in the Signal Corps later that year and returned to Columbus, Ohio, to work for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. Then he, Nancy, and David moved on to Dayton, Ohio, where he took a position in the nonprofit organization, Community Research. Doug and Nancy's daughters Deborah and Linda were born in 1960 and 1962, respectively, and Doug moved on to the NCR Corporation, where he worked for 27 years, ending up as an Assistant Vice President of that worldwide corporation. During his career at NCR he attended night school, earning three graduate degrees: a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Dayton; a Master's in Industrial Relations from the University of Cincinnati; and an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Dayton and Wright State University. He also completed a six-month full-time executive development program at the Harvard Business School. After taking early retirement from NCR in 1989, he and Nancy moved to Colorado, where he became Vice President of the National Technological University in Fort Collins, a graduate engineering school delivering all of its courses from 52 universities via satellite to corporate, government, and community sites across the U.S. and internationally. In 1991, he and Nancy built a home in Estes Park at 8,500 feet with a spectacular view of the Rockies and, more importantly, a place where they could and did enjoy many happy family get-togethers over subsequent years. Doug took his second retirement in 2002, after having set up a family foundation following the death of his beloved wife Nancy in September of 2000. He served as President and Director of the Nancy M. and Douglas M. Yeager Family Foundation until his death. The focus of the foundation is on early childhood development and early language development. Grants and donations have been made in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Also, the family foundation has provided summer teacher residencies to more than 200 teachers. In support of the foundation's mission, Doug authored six children's books, donating more than 135,000 copies to families across the country. In addition, Doug made a personal major gift to the Princeton Baby Lab at Princeton University. This unique research group studies how babies and children learn and how their experiences contribute to development. He often expressed how very fortunate he felt to have set foot on all seven continents and, in the process, to have traveled to more than 66 countries and territories either on business or for pleasure. Among foreign countries visited, Italy was clearly his favorite. As for individual trips, he rated Antarctica #1, Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) #2, and Egypt #3. Over his lifetime, he lived in 11 states and traveled to all of the other 39Doug is survived by 11 of the most important people in his life: his son David S. Yeager (and Dave's wife Michelle) in Wheaton, Illinois; his daughter Deborah L. Yeager in Kalamazoo, Michigan; his daughter Linda R. Yeager (and her husband John Florsheim) in Shorewood, Wisconsin; granddaughter Haley Yeager Florsheim in Somerville, Massachusetts; granddaughter Morgan Yeager Florsheim in Somerville, Massachusetts; grandson Lucas Yeager Florsheim in Claremont, California; sister Diane M. Yeager (and her husband Norman Philion) in Falls Church, Virginia; and Doug's very good friend and companion Marilyn Roberts in Fort Collins, Colorado. Also, many, many cousins and a few good friends survive across the country.

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Samuel David Wyler, Class of 1961
Class Year:
1961

Samuel David Wyler, 85, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on December 16, 2022 after an extended illness. Samuel was born in Coshocton, Ohio, on June 21, 1937. He was the son of the late Edwin and Rachel (Carle) Wyler. Samuel was a 1955 graduate of Fresno High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Muskingum University and his Master's degree from the University of Akron. He was a principal and a teacher for 35 years for Garaway Local Schools and Coshocton City Schools. Samuel was an active member of Fresno Bible Church, teaching Sunday school classes for over 60 years. He was a board member for many years with TMM Ministries. He worked on the family farm and was a member of the Coshocton County Antique Power Association as well as the Holmes County Steam and Engine Association. On April 12, 1963 he married his loving wife, Mary Ellen Leindecker. They were married for 52 years until her death on September 2, 2015. Samuel is survived by his two children, Brent (Peggy) Wyler of Coshocton and Catherine (Dino) Marreiros of Randleman, North Carolina; grandchildren Andrew and Abigail (Nathan); sister-in-law Maxine Geese of Coshocton; brother-in-law Larry (Sally) Leindecker of Coshocton and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Samuel was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Carle (Joann) Wyler; brother-in-law Thomas Geese; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Garry (Helen) Leindecker. 

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Jason Phillip Minosky, Class of 2006
Class Year:
2006

Jason Phillip Minosky, 39, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2022 at the Genesis Hospice Morrison House in Zanesville after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born June 20, 1983 in Zanesville to Phillip and Lisa (Blake) Minosky. He graduated from John Glenn High School in 2001, where he was a standout athlete, excelling in football & wrestling, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Jason earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Muskingum University, where he later received a Master's in Education. He was currently a teacher at Coshocton City Schools, where he was a football and wrestling coach and former baseball coach. He previously was a teacher at Foxfire High School in Zanesville, and at Millersport Elementary. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and most of all being a husband & dad. In his spare time, he enjoyed cooking with his smoker, and talking about the latest brisket or pork butt he made. He dabbled in wine making, and was an avid OSU, Browns, Indians, & Reds fan. Jason was a great friend to many and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife, Katelyn (Haines) Minosky of Coshocton, whom he married July 31, 2021; their two children, Jace & Bowen Minosky of the home; his parents, Phil & Lisa Minosky of Norwich; a brother, Matt (Angela) Minosky of Reynoldsburg; three nieces, Briana Roberts, and Corinne & Ella Minosky of Reynoldsburg; grandparents, Julia & Larry Clifford of Zanesville, Mary Lou Minosky of Zanesville, Ruth Minosky of San Antonio, TX, and Albert Blake of Duncan Falls; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; his mother-in-law, Tracy Haines (Monty Young) of Coshocton; two brothers-in-law, Ryan (Holly) Haines of Killbuck, and Ashton (Mariah) Haines of Millersburg; a nephew and two nieces, Knox, Henley, & Hannah Haines; numerous friends; and his football family. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, John Minosky; an uncle, Jim Minosky; father-in-law, Robert Haines; and step-grandmother, Marie Grundy.

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William (Bill) Samuel Gregg, Class of 1971
Class Year:
1971

William (Bill) Samuel Gregg, age 74, of Imperial, PA, passed to eternal rest on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at Bayberry Place Assisted Living Community in Lower Burrell. Born July 24, 1948, Bill was a 1966 graduate of Penn Hills High School and a 1970 graduate of Muskingum College. He served in the US Army from 1971-1973. Bill was employed by Duquesne Light and finished his career as a Radiation Technologist at their Beaver Valley power station at the time of his retirement. Once an avid bowler and then golfer as his health permitted, Bill also enjoyed his weekly Bible studies with friends, completing a good crossword puzzle, and watching old-time westerns and his Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a long-time member of Crossroads Church in Oakdale. Bill is preceded in death by his parents William A. and Mary (McFetridge) Gregg and his loving wife of 37 years, Bonnie (Qualey) Gregg. He is survived by his son Robert L. Gregg of Imperial; his sister Anne Jenkins (Stan) of Plum; his nieces Laura Greyshock (Shawn) of Tarentum and Sharon D'Alicandro of Plum; four great nieces/nephews; as well as many caring friends, neighbors, and church family.

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James "Jim" D. Chaney, Class of 1956
Class Year:
1956

James "Jim" D. Chaney, 88, of Conesville passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022 at the Coshocton Regional Medical Center. He was born in Conesville, Ohio on April 7, 1934 to the late Guy and Hazel (Davis) Chaney. Jim was a graduate of Conesville High School and Muskingum University with a Bachelors degree in Education. He also served in the United States Army. Jim was a school teacher at Warsaw Elementary from 1958-1984. He also worked at Ak Steel as a mailman, worked as a security guard, was a member of the Conesville United Methodist Church, Shriners, and Stag Club at Muskingum University. Jim is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy (Jones) Chaney; brothers-in-law Bob Jones and Charles (Donna) Jones; special niece Leora Stimpert; close friend Heather and Greg Cox; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his siblings Jeanette and Joseph.

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Harvey “Coach” Beahm, Class of 1966
Class Year:
1966

On Friday, November 25, 2022, Harvey “Coach” Beahm loving partner and father of two passed away at the age of 78. Born in Salisbury, Maryland to Harvey L. Beahm Sr and Evelyn Moore Beahm with sisters, Nancy Beahm MacDonald, Mary Lou Beahm Horseman and proceeded in death, Janice Beahm Feltz.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Marty Beahm, two daughters, Jennifer Green (Doug) and Julie Blankenship (Brian) and two grandchildren, Peyton and Riley Blankenship. He graduated from Muskingum College, lettering in both baseball and football. Then earned his master’s degree from the Ohio State University.

In addition to Ohio State football, Harvey loved tennis. He received the Ohio Valley Tennis Association’s Award for outstanding contribution to junior tennis as well as OVTA’s family of the year. This award meant the world given how much he enjoyed watching his daughters play tennis. They were the first sisters to win the Ohio State Doubles Championship in 1989 and both earned division I college scholarships.

When not cheering on his grandchildren, Riley and Peyton, at their games, watching his “adopted son” Na’il Diggs play in Green Bay or playing golf with his friends, he loved being “the comeback coach” on Bob Connors Saturday morning radio show, 610 WTVN.

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Jack S. Taylor, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

Jack Sheldon Taylor, age 94, died on November 8, 2022, after a long and fulfilling life. Beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Jack lived in northeastern Ohio for the last five years. He was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, to E. C. and Isabelle Taylor on July 1, 1928. Jack grew up in Penn Hills, PA, graduated from high school, and served in the U. S. Army in Korea. He graduated from Muskingum College and married his sweetheart, Joan Maxine Hamilton, in 1952. He worked for the state insurance bureau and different insurance agencies; then ran his own insurance agency in Twinsburg, OH, for many years. Together, Jack and Joan raised five children in Twinsburg. Jack was active with the local parks department, coached youth baseball teams and refereed wrestling matches at high school and college competitions.

At retirement, the couple moved to Jamestown, NY, to live on Chautauqua Lake where they happily entertained friends and family and golfed for thirty years. Jack was a life-long reader and volunteered for decades at the Fluvanna (NY) Free Library. Jack enjoyed his family, particularly the littlest ones (who knew him as “Pop-Pop”), sugar cookies, banana splits, audio books, baseball (Pirates!) football (Steelers!) and Patsy Cline. Jack’s sense of humor and unique sayings were unforgettable.

Jack is survived by three daughters, Patricia Church (Philip), Kerry Eloshway (John) and Kristy Taylor (David Hamilton.) He was pre-deceased by his wife Joan in 2017, daughter Amy in 1973 and son James in July of this year. Jack is also survived by grandchildren Paul and Joanna Church, Michael (Aziza) Eloshway and Amy Eloshway Heim (Philip.) His grandson, Ross Church, died in 2011. In the last few years Jack was delighted to frequently interact with his three young great-grandchildren, Ethan and Owen Heim and Olivia Eloshway. They were the little loves of his life. He will be greatly missed.

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Robert C. Miller, Class of 1960
Class Year:
1960

Robert Charles Miller, 84 formerly of New Concord, Ohio passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Frisco, Texas home on December 15th, 2022. Bob was born in Zanesville on September 2nd, 1938, he is the son of the late Lenore (Rowland) and Charles D Miller. Bob grew up in and attended school in New Concord, Ohio. His academic prowess afforded him the opportunity to attend Muskingum University where he studied chemistry and met his wife Nancy (Benfer). Bob and Nancy were married on August 12, 1961. Bob went on to work as a chemist at both Standard Oil of Ohio and British Petroleum. He successfully secured several patents relative to his work and later earned a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. Bob showered his family with dedication and care by building a home in Sagamore Hills for he and Nancy to live and for his children, Heidi and Michael to grow up in. The young Miller family traveled the country in an Airstream and visited the Grand Tetons. Later in life, Mr. Miller and his wife, Nancy traveled throughout Europe. In Italy, they stayed with Pia who was once a foreign exchange student in their home. Bob’s hobbies included geneology and historical research. He was passionate about renaissance art and photography. Bobs body failed him later in life. But he continued his passionate pursuit of the many topics that he was interested in and there is no doubt that his remarkable mind and contributions to many will not be forgotten. Robert is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy (Benfer); his daughter and care giver, Heidi McGraw; grandson, Maxwell McGraw; sister, Janet Humes; and son, Michael Miller (Sandra). 

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Juanita Murray Myers, Class of 1962
Class Year:
1962

Juanita Estelle Myers, age 82, of Dover, died Thursday, December 1, 2022, while in the Inn at Northwood Village at Dover following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Born on October 15, 1940, at Pittsburg, PA, Estelle was a daughter of the late Lee James and Juanita (Gray) Murray. She graduated from Penn Hills High School and continued her formal education at Muskingum College and Ashland College, where she obtained a Master's degree in Education. On June 25, 1960, Estelle married the late David William Myers and together the couple raised four children. Estelle was a longtime educator for the New Philadelphia City Schools. She was an active member of the former Broadway United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia. Estelle is survived by four children, Diane (Dave "Buzz") Bell, Eric (Laura) Myers all of Port Washington, Kurt (Darcey) Myers of Georgia, and Mark (Mandy) Myers of Uhrichsville; eight grandchildren, Dominic (Cori) Bell, Devin (Lucas) Ripley, Sarah Myers, Matthew Milligan, Adam Myers, Brendan Gambs, Braxtyn Myers, and Braylin Myers; and great-grandsons, Jaxon Ripley and Barrett Bell. Completing the family is a sister, Diane MacLachlan of Kansas, a brother, Lee (Barbara) Murray of Arizona, a half-sister, Mary Lee Perry, and a brother-in-law, Larry (Pat) Myers of Marysville, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.

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David C. Kafer, Class of 1961
Class Year:
1961

David Charles Kafer died peacefully at his home in Atlanta, Georgia on December 5, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Jean Warner Kafer, three children Tim Kafer (Rhea), Jon Kafer (Kris), Sara Kelly (Darren), one step-daughter,Sarah Murray (Doug), twelve grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. David was born in Mansfield, Ohio on July 9, 1939 to Doris and Charles Kafer. A graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, he attended Muskingum University. After college he worked in his family's business, Kafer's Flowers in downtown Mansfield. Upon his father's retirement, David grew the business to one of the most well known and respected floral shops in north central Ohio. David was an avid runner completing seventeen marathons throughout his life, including finishing the Paris Marathon at age 60. His commitment to track and field included years as an official for the annual Mansfield Mehock Relays. His interest in sports was not limited to running,and included a memorable first season as the assistant coach of the Raemelton Elementary school Chargers football team in the 1960s, many tennis matches, and miles of cross country skiing. David was elected to the Mansfield City School Board in the 1970s and was a vocal advocate for quality education for all children. He also pursued his other passion, music, singing in the Mansfield Symphony Chorus as well as playing the bagpipes in the city's Royal Scots Highlander band. Learning to play the bagpipes included hours of practice in the front yard often in a kilt much to the chagrin of his teenage children at the time. David also sang in the choir of the First Congregational Church of Mansfield, of which he was an active member. David and Jean moved to Grand Lake, Colorado in 1997. Jumping into community activities, David was a member of Grand County Search and Rescue, serving as its president for several terms. He was a member of Trinity in the Pines Presbyterian church where he sang in the choir. He also sang with The Grand Chorale, a men's barbershop chorus. He also was a patron of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. After sixteen years in Grand Lake, David and Jean moved to Canton, Georgia, where he was a member of Waleska United Methodist Church. There he sang in the choir and used his lifetime of floral experience to create the church's large blooming cross each Easter. David's boundless energy was his hallmark in every place he lived. His commitment to community involvement allowed him to serve and make a difference in the lives of others. He will be remembered for his generous love of all, his humor, and his amazing Bloody Marys. 

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Norma Jean Thomas Emlich, Class of 1953
Class Year:
1953

Norma Jean Thomas Emlich of Centerburg, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.She was born on April 30, 1930, the daughter of Fern and Dent Thomas of Fresno, Ohio. She was the beloved wife of Dr. William F. Emlich, Sr. who was her best friend and constant companion. Dr. Emlich preceded her in death on February 1, 2017.Norma graduated from Fresno High School and Muskingum College. She was an elementary school teacher for several years before starting a family and becoming a devoted mother to her two children, Dr. William F. Emlich, Jr. (Margo) and Kerry E. Emlich Haddox (Mike). Her greatest joy in life was being a helpmate to her husband, both at home and in his office. Norma was also a loving grandmother to her seven grandchildren, William F. Emlich, III, Tyler Emlich, Christian Emlich, Dr. Korey (Amanda) Haddox, Kodey (Susanna) Haddox, Kade Haddox and Kallen Haddox. She was blessed with three great-grandchildren, Lila Emlich, Rory Haddox and Ronan Haddox.Norma was preceded in death by her parents and only sibling, John Max Thomas (Helen) of Fresno.

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Reverend Dr. Donald Davis Grohman, Class of 1956
Class Year:
1956

Reverend Dr. Donald Davis Grohman, 87, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died on Saturday, December 17, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Melinda, daughter Debbie (Willie La Favor), stepchildren Heidi Hoffecker (Jimmy Petty), Rebecca Hoffecker (Charles Finney), Peter Hoffecker-Mejia, and David Hoffecker, Jr. (Krissi): sisters Margaret Burns, and Elizabeth Rowett (Stan); grandchildren Rachel Andry, Drew Petty, Andrew La Favor, Rhythm Hoffecker (Charity Dixson) and Neolin Proffitt, Cannon and Hudson Hoffecker, and great-grandson Tradewind Hoffecker. Don was born April 13, 1935, in Butler, PA, to Earl and Genevieve Grohman. He was a graduate of Muskingum College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Knox College of the University of Toronto. He also studied for six years at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Don was ordained to Christian ministry in the United Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1959 and was on the faculty and administration of Knoxville College in Knoxville, TN, for 42 years. He was honored to serve the Presbytery as Moderator for a term and to be elected twice as a Commissioner to General Assembly. He pastored churches in Knoxville, Morristown, Gatlinburg, and in the greater Chattanooga area. Don was also a cellist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for 50 years and was a founding member along with his wife Melinda of the Rosewood Trio. He was a true renaissance man and a perpetually optimistic problem solver. 

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Mary Ann Rowe Wucher, Class of 1957
Class Year:
1957

Mary Ann Helen Rowe Wucher, age 87 of Mt. Lebanon passed peacefully on Wednesday November 16, 2022. Beloved wife of 51 years to the late Frederick P. Wucher M.D. Dear mother of Brad (Peggy) Wucher, Kathy Martz, and Scott (Mary Jo) Wucher. Cherished grandmother to Jeff, Ben Wucher, Skyler, Allyson Martz and Chase Wucher. Sister of Pete Rowe. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents Stuart Niles Rowe and Elva Knouse Rowe.

Mary Ann was a 50-year member of PEO and the past state president. She was a supporter with Wesley Spectrum Services and won the Essential Partner Award in 2007. She was very devoted to her faith and served as a handbell ringer for Southminster Presbyterian Church. Mary Ann volunteered her time to tutor students at the Chartiers Valley primary School. She also had a passion for music and was a member of the Beverly Heights Choir. Mary Ann will be truly missed by her family and friends.

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Julie Kwasniewski Ream, Class of 2002
Class Year:
2002

Julie (Kwasniewski) Ream passed away at home on Monday, Nov 21, 2022. Born on Nov 26, 1979, Julie was a kind and compassionate person who would do anything for her friends and pets. Throughout all of her life, she loved taking care of animals of any variety. Julie would say that she was 'at her best' when she could tend and care for animals, particularly all of her own pets throughout the years. Julie had a strong sense of morality, and would always strive to do good for all living beings.

Julie graduated from Peters Township High School, and then earned a degree at Muskingum University. In 2010, Julie & Brian started a pet grooming business to care and dote on other peoples pets in addition to their own.

Julie is survived by her husband Brian, father Laurence Kwasniewski, and mother Teresa (Gibson) Kwasniewski. Her beautiful soul will be greatly missed. We hope she is at peace with all of her loved ones, dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs.

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Lauren Johnson Wear, Class of 2020
Class Year:
2020

Lauren Ray Johnson Wear age 27 of Cambridge, passed away at her home on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 surrounded by her family. She was born on April 27, 1995 in Zanesville, a daughter of Laura L. (Henry) and Brian K. Wear. Lauren was a 2013 graduate of Meadowbrook High School and Mid East Career and Technology Centers, Buffalo Campus. She played the clarinet in the marching band for many years. She was a dancer and enjoyed ballet and performed in the Nutcracker. 

She graduated from Zane State College before receiving her bachelors degree in education from Muskingum University. Lauren enjoyed watching movies and a few favorites she watched over and over were: the Nightmare Before Christmas, Ugly Dolls, Trolls and the Riverdance. She loved unicorns, nature and flowers, and took many pictures of flowers and sunflowers. She was also an exceptional artist at pencil drawing. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, she was huge fan of the Disney character Stitch and she loved her cats Jasper and Alice. 

She leaves: her mother and father Laura and Brian Wear; two sisters, Ariel B. Wear and Autumn F. Wear; a step brother Michael B. Wear; her grandparents, John and Melba Henry of Byesville; and fiance` Tyler Scurlock. Lauren is preceded in death by her grandparents Robert S. Wear and Ada R. (Ehrman) Wear Drabik.

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Dr. Bill Lovejoy, Class of 1951
Class Year:
1951

Bill Pertl Lovejoy of Brevard, NC died Sunday November 27, 2022 at age 95. He was born at home in the small coal mining community of Neffs, Ohio, on February 12, 1927, the same date as two men he greatly admired, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. He was well known among his family and friends for the annual birthday dinner he hosted in their honor. He graduated from Bellaire High School (Ohio) in 1945, leaving school halfway through his senior year to join the Navy, where he was a signalman aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Midway. After the end of World War II, he attended Muskingum College where he met his future wife, Martha Johnson, of Flushing Ohio. He graduated from Muskingum in 1951 with a BS in Geology. Bill was also on the varsity football and baseball teams and the sports editor for the college student newspaper. He credited Muskingum for teaching him that science, the arts, and sports can coexist.

Bill continued his education at the University of New Mexico where he received an MS in Geology in 1958. After working 6 years as a geologist for Shell Oil in Midland Texas, he returned to school at Oregon State University and completed a Ph.D. in Zoology. In 1968, he accepted a position as professor of biology at Georgia Southern College where he influenced the lives and careers of many students before retiring in 1987 as Professor Emeritus of Biology.

He and Martha married in 1952 and spent their lives enjoying birdwatching, hiking, traveling and quietly sharing their blessings with others. In 1996, they moved to Brevard in the mountains of western North Carolina. They became active members of the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church. Although retired, Bill continued to "teach" as a volunteer for many years with the Pisgah National Forest Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Education Center. Bill and Martha shared a love for domestic and international travel. They traveled throughout the United States, favoring the Northwest and New England regions. They traveled to Africa twice, the Galapagos Islands, and throughout Europe.

Bill was dedicated to education and never stopped learning throughout his life. He challenged everyone around him to expand their knowledge and he maintained an active involvement in education through support of faculty and students at Muskingum University, University of New Mexico, Oregon State University and Georgia Southern University. He established scholarships as well as a Distinguished Lecture Series at each of these universities promoting excellence, intellectual advancement and inspiration in the sciences for future generations. Bill had an unbounding love for music and poetry. He loved reading poetry and could recite many poems from a wide array of poets. His musical interests ranged from Beethoven to Hoagie Carmichael to Frank Sinatra. He recalled that on rainy days during his childhood, he and his friends met in the basement of their small church and would compete to see who could list the most bandleaders. That musical passion persisted throughout his life. Until the moment of his death, if he did not know the words to a song, the composer, or the lyricist, he would look it up.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; by his parents, Millard M. and Anna Pertl Lovejoy; two brothers, Millard M. Jr and John R. Lovejoy; a nephew, Jeffery Johnson and a niece, Lana Lovejoy Taylor. He is survived by nephew, Robert B. Lovejoy of Divide, CO; nieces, Katherine (Don) Barnes of Neffs, OH; Karen (Rodney) Kovacs of Flushing OH; nephew John K. Lovejoy (Carol) of Jewett, OH; nieces Christine (Tom) McGuire of Big Canoe, GA; Francine Johnson of Atlanta, GA; Cindy Johnson of Hartsville, TN; Kathy (Greg) Fisher of Coshocton, OH; Terre (Mike) Paller of Atlanta, GA; nephews Ron Johnson of Fredericktown, OH; and Robert Johnson (Lucy) of Shawnee, KS and numerous great nieces and nephews. 

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J. Estelle Murray Myers, Class of 1962
Class Year:
1962

J. Estelle Myers, age 82, of Dover, died Thursday, December 1, 2022, while in the Inn at Northwood Village at Dover following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Born on October 15, 1940, at Pittsburg, PA, Estelle was a daughter of the late Lee James and Juanita (Gray) Murray. She graduated from Penn Hills High School and continued her formal education at Muskingum College and Ashland College, where she obtained a Master's degree in Education. On June 25, 1960, Estelle married the late David William Myers and together the couple raised four children. Estelle was a longtime educator for the New Philadelphia City Schools. She was an active member of the former Broadway United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia. Estelle is survived by four children, Diane (Dave "Buzz") Bell, Eric (Laura) Myers all of Port Washington, Kurt (Darcey) Myers of Georgia, and Mark (Mandy) Myers of Uhrichsville; eight grandchildren, Dominic (Cori) Bell, Devin (Lucas) Ripley, Sarah Myers, Matthew Milligan, Adam Myers, Brendan Gambs, Braxtyn Myers, and Braylin Myers; and great-grandsons, Jaxon Ripley and Barrett Bell. Completing the family is a sister, Diane MacLachlan of Kansas, a brother, Lee (Barbara) Murray of Arizona, a half-sister, Mary Lee Perry, and a brother-in-law, Larry (Pat) Myers of Marysville, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Lois J. Hardesty Hemming, Class of 1938
Class Year:
1938

Lois J. Hemming was born on February 13, 1919 in Union Township, Muskingum County. A daughter of George W. and Margaret Stewart Hardesty. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, David C. Hemming, in 1970, her son, James S. Hemming, two brothers, Fred and Stewart Hardesty, and nephews, John and George Hardesty. She is survived by her son, Bill Hemming of Carrollton, Texas; her daughter-in-law, Teresa Hemming; and a grandson, Mathew (Traci) Hemming; and three great grandchildren, Ben, Will, and Lilly. Lois was a graduate of Muskingum College. She then taught elementary school in Carrollton for 32 years. Lois was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as a teacher and superintendent of Sunday School and an elder of the church. Lois belonged to the Carroll County Genealogical and Historical Society, Ohio Retired Teachers Association, and Carroll County Retired Teachers Association. Through her work in the genealogical society she also researched her background and was a member of the First Families of Ohio that settled prior to the 1820s. Lois was raised on a farm in rural Muskingum County. She was an avid Christian, as was her aunt Etta who was a missionary to China and lived on the farm when in the USA. She lived her life according to the ten commandments and was adamant that "truth" was the key to a successful life, all people were created equal, and allow Christ into your heart. Her wisdom should never be neglected. 

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Martha Ann McMillan Thompson, Class of 1955
Class Year:
1955

Martha Ann McMillan Thompson, of Venice, FL, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2022. Marty was born in Ohio to Arthur and Verna (Staats) McMillan. She graduated from Danville High School and received a bachelor's degree from Muskingum College. She taught for more than 40 years, many at Nokomis Elementary. She enjoyed fishing, boating, and camping with family and friends. She was an avid reader and bridge player. In retirement she volunteered at Historic Spanish Point, dressed as an early pioneer, teaching school children simple weaving crafts. Her backyard pond and mangroves on Alligator Creek were a popular nesting and feeding spot for herons, woodstorks, many other birds, and the occasional otter. Marty is predeceased by husband Denney Church Thompson. She is survived by daughter Laura (Erik) Eisenman of Wilmington, DE, son Robert Andrew (Kirsten) Thompson of Venice, FL, and son Tracy Shawn (Kim) Thompson of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren, Karl Eisenman, Lena (Tony) Hernandez; Marlee Thompson, Shelby Thompson, Ethan Thompson, and great-grandson Gabriel Hernandez. 

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Lewis Dwaine Sivard, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

Lewis D Sivard, 94, of Fair Oaks, California, went home to be with the Lord on November 15 th , 2022. Lewis, the son of the late Paul and Edna Sivard, was born December 8 th , 1927 in Cambridge, Ohio. Lewis graduated from Old Washington High School in 1945, and married Dorothy Knouff in 1950. He graduated from Muskingum University in 1952 with a B.S. degree in mathematics. In 1952, was employed by Goodyear Aerospace Corporation for 10 years. In 1962, Lewis was hired by Aerojet Corporation so he and his family moved to California. He worked at Aerojet for 30 years working in the Mass Properties Engineering program. Lewis was a veteran of WWII from 1946 1949 where he served in the US Army Air Force . During his service, Lewis was stationed at the Rhine-Main Air Base, near Frankfurt Germany where he maintained the Instrument Landing System during the Berlin airlift. Lewis was very active at his church and was an usher for many years. He loved to travel, especially in their RV. He deeply loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Lewis was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and his daughter Vereda Williams. He is survived by his daughter Lewette, her husband Mike Wacker and their children, Carissa, Danelle and Derek, as well as his son-in-law Lee Williams and his children Ryan and Kaylee. He is also survived by his three great grandchildren, Theodore, Aftyn, and Noel.

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Jane B. Boggs Anderson, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

ROCKY RIVER, OHIO - Jane B. Anderson, 92, of Rocky River, died Sunday November 27th peacefully in her sleep. Jane was born to Aileen and Maxwell Boggs in March 1930 in Akron, Ohio. In High School, Jane liked math and physics because she wanted to know "how things happen." As Jane progressed through life, she learned that knowing "why things happen" was more important. That started a journey that led her to become a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. After graduating from Muskingum College in 1952, Jane became a computer operator at Standard Oil of Ohio using her math skills. Jane was also active at church and served as Christian Education Director at several Cleveland area churches. In her early 40s, she was called to become a minister, Jane graduated from Vanderbilt University's School of Theology and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister on June 5, 1977. During her career, Jane served as a minister at the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, at Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, Westlake Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Amherst, and First Church of Lorain. Jane's ministry also focused on justice and equality. In 1976, with Cleveland facing court-ordered segregation, Jane became an Associate Director of the Cleveland Foundation working on the Greater Cleveland Project, a coalition of about 60 faith-based and community groups that planned for the peaceful desegregation of the schools. Jane joined this effort because, as she wrote at the time, "the injustice and destructiveness of racism has always gripped my heart." While studying at Muskingum College, Jane caught the eye of David Anderson. After graduation, they were married and began a family with four children, Anne Busher (Frank), Jim Anderson (Lilian), Clarke Anderson (Mary), and Doug Anderson (Kim). David preceded Jane in death. During her last days, Jane was surrounded by her children and her nine grandchildren: David, Christopher (Milena), Amy, Max, Aileen, Erin, Sam, Gabbi, and Christofer.

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James "Jim" Edward Uszynski, Class of 1968
Class Year:
1968

James “Jim” Edward Uszynski, 76 years of age, and a lifetime resident of Lorain County, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022, following a lengthy illness. 

Born on January 29,1946, Jim lived and worked in Lorain for much of his life. He attended Clearview High School where he met his wife of 56 years, Joanne.  After graduation, he started at quarterback for four years at Muskingum College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. He later received a Masters degree in education from Cleveland State University.   

Jim was employed for 35 years by Lorain City Schools as a high school special education teacher while also coaching football. Affectionately known as “Coach U”, Jim coached for over fifty years for multiple Lorain County schools before being inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. He loved playing golf, all the Cleveland sports teams, and The Ohio State Buckeyes. 

Jim made a decision to follow Jesus in 1989 and it radically reshaped the rest of his life. He served as a long-time member of Church of the Open Door where he grew in his faith and has been a member of Camden Baptist Church for the last decade. Everyone who knew him knew he was devoted to three things: Joanne and his family, coaching high school football, and sharing his faith in Jesus Christ. 

Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years Joanne Marie Uszynski (nee: Muhich): his children, Edward (Amy) Uszynski of Xenia, Susan (John) Gerlak of New London, and Jennifer (James) Janis of Rocky River; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; his brothers, Chet (Sandi) Uszynski of Texas, Tom (Sandy) Uszynski of Washington, and Bob (Pam) Uszynski of Georgia.

He  was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Anne Uszynski (nee: Simko).

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June Elaine Spring Rice, Class of 1959
Class Year:
1959

June Elaine Rice, 85, went to her heavenly home on November 5, 2022. June was born on April 9, 1937 to Henry and Thelma Spring in Uhrichsville, OhioIn her youth, she was active in Christian Endeavor and Women's Fellowship. She was a graduate of Uhrichsville High school and Muskingum College. June was a dedicated teacher for 30 years. Her teaching journey included time in Columbus, Indiana, Tuscarawas, Midvale, and Uhrichsville, Ohio. Later, she joined Danny Spring and Associates Realty as a real estate broker. She was a lifelong member of the Uhrichsville Moravian Church. As well as a member of Review Club, a 40-year member of College Club, and several card clubs. June enjoyed ceramics, painting, and wood crafting. Her greatest joy was her family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and special times with nieces Linda and Pam, and nephew Stephen. June had lived in the West Michigan area since 2013 with daughter, Lisa. June will be dearly missed by all who knew her. June was preceded in death by: husband, Roy Rice; parents, Henry and Thelma Spring; brother, Danny Spring; and stepson, Gene Rice She is survived by: daughters, Lisa (Tom) Smith, and Amy (Adam) Ritchie; stepdaughters, Terrie (Bryon) Bradshaw, and Cheryl (Eric) Lautzenheiser; sisters, Bette Anne Spring, and Marilyn (Robert) Miller; brother, Bobby (Shari) Spring; sister-in-law, Kathy Spring; as well as, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many caring nieces and nephews.

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Cheryl "Cheri" Jean Teeter Ament, Class of 1968
Class Year:
1968

Cheryl "Cheri" Jean Ament, 76, of Wooster died on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Smithville Western Care Center. She was born June 8, 1946 in Mansfield to Harold and Margaret Clark Teeter. On August 31, 1968, she married John Thomas Ament. He survives. Cheri graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muskingum University and had been a primary school librarian for many years. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic church where she sang in the choir. Cheri loved cats, especially Siamese, working outside and reading fiction. She was an avid stamp collector, enjoyed playing the piano, tennis, working jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and Sudoku. Along with her husband, she is survived by her children Chris (Chris J.) Ament of North Royalton and Laura (Michael) Taylor of Geelong, Australia; grandchildren Alex Ament, Isabelle "Rilie" Taylor and Luke Taylor and a sister Maddie "Barb" O'Callin of Portland, OR. Cheri was preceded in death by her parents. 

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Joanne Williamson Petersen, Class of 1962
Class Year:
1962

Joanne Petersen, age 82, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Friday, October 28, 2022 at Kobacker House. She was a graduate of Muskingum College. Mary was an avid gardener, she loved racing her Audi A-3, but her true love was her devotion to her family. Preceded in death by, husband, Kenneth "Pete" Petersen, nephew, Gregory Frohmann, parents, David and Mary Williamson. Survived by, children, Laura (Robert) Krutko, Lisa Shepherd and Erik (Betsy Barnhouse) Petersen, grandchildren, Ashley Krutko, Adam (Ron) Krutko, Courtney (Nick) Samples, Corey (Melanie Patterson) Shepherd and Cassidy Shepherd, sister, Jeanie Williamson, brother, David (Brenda) Williamson, numerous other family and friends.

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James F. Yonally, Class of 1950
Class Year:
1950

James F. Yonally, age 93, of North Canton and formerly Hudson and Wilmot, Ohio, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2022. He was surrounded by his loving family. Jim was a graduate of Hoover High School, Muskingum College, Case Western Reserve, and The Ohio State University. He and his beloved wife Dorie had been married 71 years, and have been long time members of the Chapel in North Canton. Always encouraging and supportive, Jim was a loving and devoted husband and father, and a man of deep faith in Jesus Christ. A proud Navy veteran who served during the Korean War, he was also a generous supporter of worthy and important organizations, holding leadership positions in Rotary International, Young Life, the Stark County Dental Society, the Malone College board of trustees and the North Canton School Board, among others.

Jim led a happy and blessed life, and loved traveling the world with Dorie, visiting South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and other destinations. Caring for people absolutely defined him as a man. Whether it be over the 50 years in his nearly legendary dental practice, or just giving a kind word to a struggling soul on the street, the lives he touched and blessed are impossible to number.

Jim is survived by his wife Dorie, and their four children, Jill Archer, Jane Eck, Joy Pyles, and Matt Yonally. He never missed a moment he could spend with his 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, whom he counted among his greatest blessings. He also leaves behind his two sisters, Cynthia Hanscom and Virginia Maharry.

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Ruth Alice Batchelor Lawson, Class of 1946
Class Year:
1946

Ruth Alice Batchelor Lawson passed this earth unto heaven on August 16, 2019.

She was born and raised in Mt. Gilead, Ohio where she married John Lawson. They moved to Erie, Penn. and began raising their family. The family moved to Lynchburg, Va. and had many fond memories at Timberlake.

Ruth was actively involved at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church as a teacher and in choir and music. She taught at Brookville High School for 19 years in the English department, and coached the girls track team. She spent her final years in Richmond, Va.

She is preceded in death by her husband John Elvin Lawson, Jr.; and her siblings, Harriet Zinn, Lois Batchelor, and Bill Batchelor.

She is survived by her children; Kristie Faison, David Lawson, Annie Mitchum, Daniel Lawson, and Martin Lawson. She had 12 grandchildren & step-grandchildren; Joshua Lawson, Jesse Lawson, Kit Prete, Megan Prete, Sara Rains, Nicole Lawson, Kyle Lawson, Emily Mitchum, Chris Mitchum, Britany Boyce, Dave Henderson, and Chris Henderson. She had 13 great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; Kay Paris, Evelyn Boyce, Margaret Alice Boyce, namesake, Dexter Rains, Brewer Rains, August Mitchum, Taylor Lawson, Lachlan Henderson, Coleman Henderson, Cali Mitchum, Taylor Mitchum, Hannah Henderson & Tristan Henderson.

The greatest joy in Ruth’s life was her loving family. She will live on in all of us.

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Richard "CC" Rider, Class of 1965
Class Year:
1965

Richard W. Rider, also known to many as Dick "CC" Rider passed away on October 16, 2022.

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Arthur H. Johnstone Jr., Class of 1949
Class Year:
1949

Arthur H. Johnstone Jr., 95 , of Clarkston, was resting comfortably, peacefully and listening to hymns and passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at Riverview Residential Care in Clarkston. When asked when he was born, Art says with a grin, "On April 4, 1927, at 6:22 a.m. at the Brooklyn Hospital" to Elizabeth and Arthur H. Johnstone Sr. Arthur studied Brooklynese until the sixth grade and was Sewanhaka High School junior class president and Stanforth Principal Award recipient and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was also Ordinary Seaman in the Merchant Marines one summer to Egypt, India and Pakistan. He graduated from Muskingum College at New Concord, Ohio, and was sophomore class president. He also graduated from Pittsburg-Xenia Seminary, which is now known as Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He served Presbyterian churches in Frankfort Springs and Service, Penn.; Canton, Ohio; Barberton, Ohio; Idaho Falls; and First Presbyterian Church of Clarkston, where there was a very active youth program. He and Martha Borton were married in Cleveland and they were later divorced. He moved to Clarkston in 1965, where he served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, where he still attended services regularly. He resigned that post in 1970 and went to work as a minister-at-large and presbytery moderator for several congregations. He was a member of the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest, based in Spokane. In 1970, he became a Real Estate Broker and was the first to receive the Million Dollar Sales Award in Asotin County. Henceforth, he supported himself by real estate alone and gave his ministerial services to many Idaho and Washington communities. He was a member of the Clarkston Rotary Club, where he served as president in 1991 and chairperson of its Salvation Army's Bell Ringing, during which time he rang the bell for 50 consecutive years. He also served as chairperson of the club's first outgoing student exchange. He served on the first board of Lewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for Humanity. As an original member of the steering committee for Habitat for Humanity, he raised and gave thousands. The Clarkston Boy's and Girl's Club also received a portion of donated land and Phyllis Charlo were married Jan. 4, 1997, in Clarkston and she passed away in 2009. In his younger years, he especially enjoyed hunting and one of his most recent hobbies was flying drones. As a world traveler, he toured dozens of countries while ever continuing to sell real estate. Among countries that he toured, were Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Wales. Arthur is survived by his brother, Al (Sharon); his four children, Art III (Jan), Tim (Brenda), Anne (Alan) and Sam (Loretta); and his ten grandchildren, Jamie, Jesse (Amanda), Nicole, Josh (Andrea), Jessica, Beth (Chris), Alison (Chris), Courtney (Jorge), Crystal (Justin) and Joyce (David). He is also survived by his 17 great-grandchildren, Conner, Lewis, Kaydence, Brandyn, Reese, Connor, Mackenzie, Gabriel, Clara, Rowan, Brayden, Lucas, Justin, Paige, Saphira, Arya and Taylor. Additionally, he is survived by his nieces and nephews, Leann, Karen, Tom, Peter and Linda, and grandnieces, Gabriella and Leslie. When asked, "How are you?" Art's answer would be, "Thankful." 

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