In Memoriam

Berta Culver Van Loon Stebbins ’45 of Lake Wales, Fla., died May 29, 2016. She taught for more than 30 years in the Odessa-Montour (N.Y.) Central School District. She was predeceased by her first husband, Harold Van Loon. Berta is survived by her second husband, Arnold Stebbins; three children, 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Sylvia Norton Griffin ’47 of Seneca, S.C., died July 22, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Denham Griffin ’47; and her son, Michael.

Arthur Crossman ’48 of Melbourne, Fla., died June 3, 2012.

Robert Herres ’49 of Waynesboro, Pa., died Feb. 22, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Brown Herres ’49.

Mae Nelson Taylor ’49 of Belgrade, Maine, died July 12, 2016. Prior to retirement, she taught in Massapequa, N.Y. Mae is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Donald Fenner ’51 of Edenton, N.C., died June 21, 2016. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Don taught in the Mexico (N.Y.) Academy and Central School District for several years after graduation from Oswego. In 1954, he moved to Long Island, where he worked for the Sachem Central School District for 31 years as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for personnel. He retired in 1985. Surviving are his wife, Joan Coe Fenner ’52, three children and three grandchildren.

Patrick Heagerty ’51 of Manlius, N.Y., died August 16, 2016. He served with the U.S Army during World War II. Pat taught for 29 years, primarily at Wellwood Middle School in Fayetteville. He is survived by his wife, Alfreda Dibella Heagerty ’51, two children, four grandchildren and his brother, John Heagerty ’47.

Mary Thompson Romanelli ’51 of Staten Island, N.Y., died June 14, 2016. She was a teacher in the New York City public school system for 30 years. Mary is survived by her husband, Charles; four sons; three daughters, including Katherine Romanelli Blazejeski ’81 and her husband, Mark Blazejeski ’81; and 12 grandchildren.

Yvonne Kane White ’51 of Scotia, N.Y., died May 12, 2016. She taught at the Delanson (N.Y.) Union Free School. She is survived by her husband, Loren.

Doris Burkle Floch ’52 of Phoenix, N.Y., died Aug. 10, 2016. She had been a teacher in the Phoenix Central School District and later worked for Sears and Roebuck. Doris was predeceased by her husband, Henri Floch ’50. She is survived by three daughters, a grandson and two great-grandchildren.

Edith Greenspan Godlewski ’52 of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died Aug. 16, 2016. She taught in the Ballston Spa (N.Y.) School District and later the Greater Amsterdam (N.Y.) School District for more than 20 years until her retirement. Edith is survived by two sons, a daughter and three grandchildren.

Harold James Bromm ’53 of Nanuet, N.Y., died March 26, 2016. Jim served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a technology teacher at Tappan Zee High School for 36 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Dorothy, five children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jose Aviles ’54 of Eloy, Ariz., died Feb. 8, 2016. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Surviving are his wife, Barbara, two sons and four granddaughters.

Edward Caraccioli ’54 M’60 of Oswego died July 24, 2016. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In addition to his two Oswego degrees, Ed earned a CAS from Syracuse University in 1964. He was in education for 35 years as a teacher, principal and administrator. Ed served as principal of Fitzhugh Park School in Oswego for 17 years. Prior to his retirement in 1993, he was the director of planning and evaluation for the Oswego City School District. Surviving are his wife, Barbara; daughter, Mary Anne Caraccioli Yanos ’76; and six sons, including Thomas ’89; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

Arthur Eugene Guthrie ’55 of Perry, N.Y., died July 25, 2016. Gene served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He taught industrial arts at Perry Central School for 35 years. Gene is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and son, Barry.

Esther Taylor Barber ’57 of New Durham, N.H., died May 24, 2016. She taught for many years in Franklin Public Schools in Franklin, Mass. Surviving are her husband, Bob, two daughters and five grandchildren.

Ronald Burke ’57 of Shapleigh, Maine, died May 24, 2016. He earned a master’s of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ron was a studio potter and built his studio in a former dairy barn. He also taught at Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.) and as a visiting professor or instructor at a number of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Surviving are his wife, Theresa “Tess” Poliotti Burke ’59, three children and a granddaughter.

Donald Blair ’58 of Mesa, Ariz., died Aug. 13, 2014. He earned a master’s degree at Colgate University in 1966 and a doctorate at Arizona State University in 1971. He spent more than 20 years with the Mesa School District as a teacher and administrator, retiring in 1991. He later spent 10 years as a student teacher supervisor for Northern Arizona University. Don is survived by his wife, Joan, three children, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Susan Burt ’58 of Hudson, Wisc., died May 16, 2016. She earned a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.

Alice Murray Stanley ’59 of Kentwood, Mich., died Aug. 10, 2016. She taught in Kentwood Public Schools for more than 30 years. Surviving are three children and five grandchildren.

Suzanne Fuller McGivney ’60 of Fulton, N.Y., died June 12, 2016. She was a teacher in the Fulton City School District until she retired in 1986. She is survived by two sons, Robert and John ’91; and six grandchildren, including Mary McGivney ’11.

Carmela Semprevivo ’60 of Gloversville, N.Y., died Aug. 15, 2016. She was a teacher for the Gloversville Enlarged School District for 33 years. Millie is survived by a son, a daughter and two grandsons.

Grace Siliato Siciliano ’60 of East Quogue, N.Y., died Aug. 21, 2016. She received a master’s degree from Hofstra University in 1989. Grace taught for more than 40 years in the East Meadow and Massapequa school districts, retiring in 2002. She is survived by her husband, Alfred; three children and eight grandchildren.

Michael Canale ’61 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., died Aug. 20, 2016. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He taught in the Baldwinsville Central School District for many years. Surviving are his wife, Catherine; daughters Mary Erickson and Susan Mathers; son, Kevin ’94; and five grandchildren.

Belinda Knupp Clos ’62 of Syracuse, N.Y., died Dec. 19, 2013. After graduation she taught for two years in the Fairmont School District before joining her husband who was serving with the U.S. Army in Germany. Upon their return to the U.S., Belinda was a stay-at-home mom and substitute teacher. She is survived by her husband, Carl, two sons and five grandchildren.

William Mower ’62 of Utica, N.Y. died June 11, 2016. He taught in the Utica City School District until his retirement. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary, two children, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Patricia Nevins Padian ’62 of Denville, N.J., died May 29, 2016. She taught for many years at the Sacred Heart School in Dover, N.J., and more recently for the Denville Township (N.J.) Board of Education. She is survived by four children and a granddaughter.

Thomas Savage ’62 of Palermo, N.Y., died June 23, 2016. He taught industrial arts in the Fulton City School District from 1962 to 1991. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Cynthia Savage Baron ’84; sons Gary and Scott; four grandchildren and a step-grandson.

Catherine Frary Salisbury ’63 of Pulaski, N.Y., died July 5, 2016. She taught in the Central Square and Sandy Creek Central school districts, until she retired in 1979. She earned a master of divinity degree from Drew Theological School (N.J.) in 1982 and a doctor of ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (N.Y.) in 2001. She served as a full-time pastor in United Methodist churches in Philadelphia, Evans Mills, Mannsville and Lorraine, N.Y. After mandatory retirement at age 70, she served as an associate pastor in a number of churches. Catherine is survived by two daughters, two sons, 12 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Robert Skinner ’63 of Seneca Falls, N.Y., died June 10, 2016. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a teacher and guidance counselor at Mynderse Academy in Seneca Falls, N.Y., for more than 30 years, retiring in 1993. He is survived by a sister, nieces and nephews.

Joan Czajak Hennessy ’64 of Camillus, N.Y., died Aug. 28, 2016. She was a homebound tutor for the West Genesee Central School District for many years. Joan is survived by her children, Sarah Hennessy Starowitz ’00, Catherine, Patrick and Michael Hennessy; and six grandchildren.

Joel Miller ’64 of Hauppauge, N.Y., died May 27, 2016. He was a teacher and coach at Island Trees (N.Y.) School District for 31 years. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Murphy Miller ’64; sons, Stephen and Jeffrey; and five grandchildren.

John Robert Roth ’64 of Hacienda Heights, Calif., died July 13, 2016. After graduation, Bob worked as an insurance agent until beginning Naval Officer Candidate School in 1966. He was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served on active duty in Vietnam from August 1968 to September 1969. Following his service, he returned to the insurance profession. He was a partner in Davidson, Pierson and Roth Inc. for 10 years before founding Rothco Insurance Service Inc. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn Burkell Roth ’63, and is survived by their nieces and nephews. Gifts may be made in his memory to Bob and Marilyn’s scholarship fund, in care of the Oswego College Foundation Inc., 215 Sheldon Hall, SUNY, Oswego, NY 13126.

Betty Kling Allport Whittaker ’64 of Lakeland, Fla., died July 10, 2016. She earned a master’s in sociology from Illinois Institute of Technology. She was a teacher in Sandy Creek, N.Y., for 20 years. Surviving are her husband, Robert, three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Judith Cowden ’65 of Forksville, Pa., died July 9, 2016. She was a teacher in Omaha, Neb., before returning to Syracuse, where she was a social worker. She retired from Elmira (N.Y.) Psychiatric Center as an intensive case manager for at-risk youth. Judy is survived by two children and five grandchildren.

Peter Collins ’66 of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., died July 9, 2016. He is survived by a son.

William Martin ’66 of Oswego died August 13, 2016. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 12 years. He was a technology and driver’s education teacher at Central Square (N.Y.) High School for 27 years. Surviving are his wife, Anne, three children and three grandsons.

Michael Moore ’68 of Vienna, Ill., died June 14, 2015. He served with the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. Mike earned an MBA from St. Ambrose University in 2000 and a master of online teaching certificate from the University of Illinois in 2007. Mike was a teacher for many years, retiring from the Cairo, Ill. Public School System, and he was an adjunct instructor at several local colleges. He is survived by his wife, Sabra, two children and five grandchildren.

William Van Order ’68 of Moyock, N.C., died May 30, 2016. Bill taught industrial arts at Cortland, N.Y. BOCES before taking a job with Chrysler Corporation. He is survived by his wife, Linda, three sons, four grandchildren, three sisters and a brother, John ’57.

Elizabeth Dingwall Allotta ’69 of Placitas, N.M., died June 13, 2016. She worked as a bookkeeper, most recently at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Liz is survived by her husband, Joseph; three children; and seven grandchildren.

Jane Lally Bamerick ’70 of Syracuse, N.Y., died May 16, 2016. She taught at Holy Family School in Fairmount and the Syracuse City School District, and she retired from the West Genesee School District. Jane is survived by four children, Susan Wecht, Sally Dewitt ’94, Ginny Hyde and Robert Bamerick; seven grandchildren, including Melissa Bamerick Fox ’11; and four great-grandchildren.

Thomas Griesemer ’70 of Land O’Lakes, Fla., died March 18, 2014. Prior to his retirement, he was a professor at Hudson Valley (N.Y.) Community College. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, two children, a stepdaughter and three grandchildren.

Carol Joan Kendrick Pedzich ’70 of Webster, N.Y., died June 26, 2016. Joan earned a master’s of library science degree from SUNY Geneseo. She was director of library services at the Harris Beach Law Firm in Rochester, retiring in 2011. Joan is survived by her husband, Robert Pedzich ’69, two sons and three grandchildren.

Bonnie Reynolds Wenham ’71 of Wellington, Fla., died July 24, 2016. Bonnie was a teacher in the North Syracuse (N.Y.) School District until her retirement. Surviving are her husband, James ’70, two sons and two grandchildren.

Charles Burr ’72 of Hemlock, N.Y., died Dec. 5, 2013.

Katrine Taillie Danforth ’73 of Corning, N.Y., died Aug. 7, 2016. She earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University. Surviving is her husband, Ernest, three children, two grandchildren and 10 siblings, including Teresa Taillie Root ’99 and William Taillie ’72.

Thomas Ford ’73 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., died July 30, 2016. He taught at McNamara Elementary School in the Baldwinsville Central School District. He owned his own painting business from 1980 until his retirement. Tom is survived by his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Waelde Ford ’73, and a son, Michael.

David Munsell ’73 of Waynesboro, Va., died recently. He worked for many years at Munson Machinery in Utica, N.Y., retiring as chief engineer. Surviving is his wife, Margaret Mulcahey Munsell ’73, and his father, Roger.

Michael Feeney ’74 of Corona, Calif., died Feb. 7, 2011.

Lawrence Topper ’74 of West Shokan, N.Y., died Jan. 12, 2013.

Lucille Marcoccia Machuga ’75 of Cicero, N.Y., died June 26, 2016. She was a teacher in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (N.Y.) Central School District for more than 30 years, retiring in 2008. Lucille is survived by her husband, Ronald, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Margaret Powers ’75 of Canastota, N.Y., died May 30, 2016. She worked as a case manager for the Rescue Mission in Syracuse and for Consumer Services in Oneida. She is survived by three sons, a step-daughter and three grandchildren.

Douglas Brown ’77 of Nashville, N.C., died April 7, 2016. He earned an associate’s degree from Broome Technical Community College in 1971. Douglas is survived by his wife, Carol, three children and a granddaughter.

Leonard Terrence Stanton ’77 of Sun City Center, Fla., died June 13, 2016. Terry worked in the Tampa and Orlando area for more than 30 years as a mechanical contractor. Surviving are his wife, Nancy, and a son, Blane.

Denise Dilgard-Hunka ’79 of Clarence, N.Y., died June 11, 2016. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo. She was a social worker at Dodge Road Elementary School in Williamsville, N.Y., for 25 years, retiring in 2015. She is survived by her husband, Bronislaus, and two daughters.

John Moseley ’79 of East Syracuse, N.Y., died July 5, 2016. He was the pastor of Cornerstone Christian Church for over 20 years. John is survived by his wife, Carm, three children and a grandson.

Edward Peterson ’79 of Utica, N.Y., died Aug. 1, 2016. After college, he worked as an actor in Los Angeles and New York. In 1990, Ed started an interior design business in New York City called Edward-Kemper Design. He is survived by his partner, David Lujan; his parents, Edward and Patricia Peterson; three brothers; nieces and nephews. Gifts may be made in Ed’s memory to the Edward J. Peterson ’79 Memorial Fund, in care of the Oswego College Foundation Inc., 215 Sheldon Hall, SUNY, Oswego, NY 13126.

W. Jeffrey Still ’79 of Canastota, N.Y., died June 2, 2016. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1977 as a hospital corpsman. Prior to retiring in 2016, Jeff was a mechanical designer for Carrier Corporation. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and two brothers.

David Jodlowski ’80 of Camillus, N.Y., died May 6, 2016. He was a practicing CPA. David is survived by his partner, Cindy Clough, and three children.

Lawrence Robinson ’81 of New Hartford, N.Y., died Aug. 17, 2016. Larry began his career as a police officer for SUNY Oswego and the town of Dewitt. In 1985, he became a special agent with the FBI. Later, he was employed as a salesman and an energy auditor. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, two children and four grandchildren.

Michele Klein Folchetti ’82 of Granite Springs, N.Y., died March 10, 2014.

Bonnie Corbin Soles ’83 of Bath, N.Y., died July 31, 2016. She worked in quality assurance at EMSL in Bath. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Francis, two children and two grandchildren.

Christopher Wolfe ’83 of New Market, Md., died July 14, 2016. He taught in Charles County (Md.) Public Schools for 17 years, followed by 15 years with Frederick County (Ma.) Public Schools. Chris is survived by his wife, Kelly, and three daughters.

Robert Horan ’85 of Schenectady, N.Y., died July 4, 2016. He has the superintendent of Schodack (N.Y.) Central School District for the past six years. Previously he was a teacher and administrator in the Schodack, Shenendehowa and Mohonasen Central school districts in New York, and an adjunct professor at the College of St. Rose. Bob is survived by his wife, Margery, and four children.

Kevin Craig ’86 of Brewerton, N.Y., died June 28, 2016. He was employed at Novelis. Surviving are his wife, Dianna, two sons and a step-daughter.

Alan Myers ’87 of Genoa, N.Y., died July 2, 2016. Prior to retirement, he was employed with United Parcel Service. Doc is survived by three children.

Kim Sutherland Prior ’94 of Fulton, N.Y., died Aug. 5, 2016. She worked most recently as chief operating officer at Liberty Resources in Syracuse. Kim is survived by her husband, James, and two sons.

Hope Gaul Maraday ’95 of Montgomery, N.Y., died June 1, 2015. She was a fire dispatcher for the City of Newburgh Fire Department. Surviving are her husband, Jason, and two sons.

Daric Beiter M’99 of Advance, N.C., died April 1, 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Allegheny College in 1996. Daric taught U.S. History at Davie County High School in Mocksville, N.C. He is survived by his wife, Michelle; his father, David; two siblings; nieces and nephews.

Richard Delaney ’00 of Mahopac, N.Y., died July 10, 2016. He was the branch manager at Chase Bank in Peekskill and tended bar for many years at the Red Mills Pub in Mahopac Falls. Surviving are his parents, Richard and Mary; two siblings and a nephew.

Nancy von Nostitz CAS’02 of The Villages, Fla., died Feb. 20, 2016. Prior to retiring, she was a school psychologist and principal for the LaFargeville (N.Y.) Central School District. Nancy is survived by her son, Brian Epstein; a step-daughter, Stasha Hornbeck; and three grandchildren.

Virginia Vorrasi Niccoli ’03 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., died Feb. 21, 2011. She is survived by her husband, Dominic, and two children.

Kristin Kowaleski Wolford ’05 of New Hartford, N.Y., died May 19, 2016. She had been a sports journalist/editor for The Citizen in Auburn for the past 10 years. Kristin is survived by her husband, Eli, three children and her mother, Diane Kowaleski.

Meegan Dunn ’10 of Mexico, N.Y., died Aug. 3, 2016. She is survived by her parents, Terry and Sandra Dunn.

Judith Benedict, an adjunct faculty member in Oswego’s art department from 1999 until her retirement in May 2016, died Aug. 24, 2016. Judith had previously worked as a graphic designer at Oswego for Tyler Art Gallery and the publication office from 1979 to 1986. Gifts may be made in Judith’s memory to name a seat in Waterman Theatre, in care of the Oswego College Foundation Inc., 215 Sheldon Hall, SUNY, Oswego NY 13126.

John Peterson, Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies, died Aug. 8, 2016. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1956 from San Jose State College, and a master’s degree in 1960 and Ed.D. in 1970, both from Indiana University. He first taught at Oswego from 1960 to 1963, and returned in 1970. He remained at Oswego until his retirement in 1991. John is survived by his wife, Madeleine, two children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Marian Schoenheit, Associate Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration, died Aug. 8, 2016. She was appointed at Oswego on Feb. 27, 1987, and retired Jan. 14, 1993. Marian is survived by her husband, Edward, four stepchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

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