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Amanda Berges (1994) Madison, Ohio, donated her recently published book titled "Training Tree for Riders” to the Lincoln Library. The book honors the 100th anniversary of the training tree, also known as a training scale or training pyramid. Berges earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Lake Erie College. She has been teaching riding for over 25 years and is certified by the American Riding Instructors Association and is also a licensed teacher for integrated science grades 7-12.
Stefanie (Johnson) Arnold (2011) Painesville, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly July 21, 2012. She received a bachelor of science in criminal justice degree from Lake Erie College. She served as an orientation leader and a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and Mortar Board. Stefanie and her husband Derek Arnold (2009) married June 10, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church in Painesville.SUSAN (PARULESKI) PAULIC, D.V.M. (1991) is co-owner of Austinburg Veterinary Clinic in Austinburg, Ohio. The clinic was named one of five finalists from across the United States for the 2012 American Animal Hospital Association Practice of the Year. The awards will be announced at the conference to be held in Denver, Colo. In March.
LYNN (MASTERSON) HAMMERLUND (1981) appeared on the hit game show, "Jeopardy,” on Jan. 19 and 20, 2012. Hammerlund, a librarian at the Judson University Library in Elgin, Ill., finished in first place on Jan. 19, taking home $22,500 in prize money. "This has been a dream of mine since I was ten years old,” she said.
CAROLINE FEISS (1966) recently published a biography about her father, Carl Feiss, titled "Remaking American Places.” In the book, Caroline writes about her father’s award-winning achievements in architecture, urban and regional planning and historic preservation. Caroline herself has also enjoyed a long career in planning. After receiving her master’s degree in regional planning, she worked for state, regional and local governments managing large projects and writing legislation and major reports. Numerous jurisdictions have published her work, including the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the state of Washington.TRACY H. DICKINSON(1978) has recently become a trustee for Grounds For Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park and arboretum in Hamilton, N.J. She is also a long-time board member of Lake Erie College, research chair of the Endometriosis Association at Dartmouth Medical School and a volunteer and board member of the National Endometriosis Association.
JOAN McGINNES (1966) and her husband, Dick Coffin, traveled from sunny Florida to enjoy a day of fall beauty on the Lake Erie College campus. President Victor showed the couple around campus, and the director of alumni and public relations treated them to lunch in the Holden Center. "I liked seeing all the positive changes and hearing the updates. It makes me excited to come back and attend an alumni weekend,” McGinnes said.
Alumni are welcome to visit campus anytime. Call the Alumni Relations office at 440.375.7253 to arrange a tour.
PHOEBE ANN (FORD) HAMLIN (1939) reports that she is doing fine. "Have not been swimming for a bit but still play Bridge and goof off somehow,” she says.NANCY l. REPLOGLE, Painesville, Ohio, died Jan. 8, 2012. She worked in several different departments at Lake Erie College, including the mail room. She was also an assistant to the executive director of Learning About Business and worked for the Lake County Historical Society. She was active in the Life Spring Christian Church and had a special love for animals. She is survived by her brother, James H. Replogle, and many nieces and nephews.
PAMELA (HASENZAHL) MOUNT (1966) recently left township government after 12 years of service as councilwoman and four years as mayor of Lawrence, N.J. After graduating from Lake Erie, she and her husband, Gary, joined the Peace Corps and spent three years in Micronesia, where they built a school and taught about 100 small children basic academic skills. After returning to the United States, they bought Terhune Orchards, a farm they have operated ever since. Terhune was recently appointed chairwoman of Sustainable Jersey, a program for municipalities that want to go green.
ELSIE (PURO) SHAW (1955), Providence, R.I., passed away Jan. 1, 2012. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, was a Sunday school teacher and was on the Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Republican town committee and held office on the committee. Prior to having children, she enjoyed a career in medical research.
NORMAN GLENN DILLEN (1979), Mentor, Ohio, died Jan. 1, 2012. He was employed by the Illuminating Company at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant for several years and then owned and operated Family Home Inspections. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed golfing and walking his dogs.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda; sons, Norman Jr. and Sean; four grandchildren; and four brothers.
NICKOLAS B. GOODNITE (2005)was selected the Canton Highway Patrol Post’s 2011 Trooper of the Year. He was selected for this honor by fellow officers and supervisors based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public. Goodnite joined the Highway Patrol in 2007 and has served at the Canton Post his entire career.
JOHN BLEBEA, M.D. received his M.B.A. from Lake Erie College. He recently accepted the position of chairman of the department of surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine at Tulsa and credits his Parker MBA for successfully setting him apart from other candidates for this position.RAE (GRIFFITH) BENNEHOOF(1948), Poland, Ohio, died Dec. 31, 2011. She worked as a secretary at Ohio Edison for 35 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and was active in a number of community organizations, including the Salvation Army Auxiliary. She loved sports and was proficient in tennis, swimming and especially golf, achieving three holes-in-one.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Charles M.; her brother-in-law, Ronald Bennehoof; and numerous nieces and nephews.
JANICE L. HECKROTH (1960), Des Moines, Iowa, died Dec. 17, 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Iowa State University, a master’s degree in family resource management from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of South Dakota. She was director of kitchen and laundry at Norge Appliance Manufacturing, Chicago, and was an editor of "Better Homes and Gardens,” as well as advertising director for General Growth Properties, both in Des Moines. She was a professor at Westmar College, University of Akron and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She received multiple awards for writing, research and voluntary work. She is survived by two nephews, Jeffrey and James Anniss.
IRIS GONZALES (2007) MBA ‘07gave birth to a baby daughter, Iris Fernanda, on Dec. 13, 2011.JANET (WATSON) HARDESTY (1952), Ormond Beach, Fla., passed away Dec. 2, 2011. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1988 at age 58. She worked in land development with her husband, Henry, until his death in 1977. During summers while he was growing up, she tent camped all over the United States and Canada with her son, Marc. During the Gulf War, she organized and directed the Family Support Group in Jacksonville for the 345th Combat Support Hospital and, for three years, she organized the Family Support Group for the 194th Transportation Detachment Unit of Daytona Beach.
She volunteered for a number of local organizations and was an adjunct instructor at Daytona Beach Community College. She traveled throughout the United States, Bahamas, Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Alaska, Hawaii and the Baltic with her friend and companion, Dr. Charles L. Brock. She enjoyed hot air ballooning, parasailing, white water rafting and horseback riding and, especially, camping with her grandchildren.
Hardesty is survived by her son, W. Marc ; grandchildren, Meredith and Marcus; friend and companion, Dr. Charles L. Brock; and other relatives and friends.
NANCY (DAME) PUTZKE (1967), Madison, Ohio, passed away Dec. 1, 2011. She was a retired teacher. She was a member of Park United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, Red Hat Society and Madison Historical Society and was a volunteer at Rabbit Run Theatre. She was a world traveler and loved quilting and spending time with her family.
Putzke is survived by her daughter, Andrea Rigby; son, William Putzke; five grandchildren; a sister and brother; and many friends and relatives.
DJ HELLERMAN (2005) delivered the keynote address at the Ohio Art Education Association Annual Meeting in Dayton in November 2011. Hellerman is an adjunct instructor in arts and humanities at Lake Erie College.LOIS (BRUNDAGE) BAKER (1948), Boca Raton, Fla., died Nov. 27, 2011. She volunteered for many organizations, in New Jersey and Florida. She loved her alma mater and wrote in 2005: "Lake Erie College will always remain in my heart and mind as an exciting, rewarding and challenging college. I learned a great deal about life, love and the pursuit of happiness during my four years on campus. Long may it thrive!”
Baker is survived by her husband, Joseph, and children, Lucy Long, Kathryn Lockhart and Chester.
VERNA (CIPRIANI) MARPLE-CALLENDER (1950), Painesville, Ohio, passed away Nov. 22, 2011. She was the first in her family to graduate from college; after Lake Erie, she earned a master’s degree in education from Cleveland State University. She taught on the middle school, high school and college levels for more than 28 years, retiring in 1994 – her expertise was in biology, anatomy and physiology. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. In the community, she was active in the Red Hat Ladies, Holden Arboretum and Auburn Career Center, and she was a staunch supporter of multiple sclerosis fund raising events. She loved drawing, painting and music and was an inspiration to all who knew her.
She is survived by her son, Richard Marple; daughter, Kathleen Juniper; eight grandchildren; and son-in-law, Steve Dutton.
SYLVIA (LAMPINEN) WELCH-STANGE (2008), Painesville, Ohio, passed away Nov. 16, 2011. She received her master of business administration degree from Lake Erie College in 2008. She was employed by the State of Ohio managing mental health facilities, including North Coast Behavioral in North Ridgeville and the Kados House in Maple Heights. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and enjoyed fishing.
She is survived by her husband, Frederick John Stange VI; sons, Matthew and John Welch; daughter, Cassidy Stange-Stillman; six grandchildren; a brother; and a nephew.
HELEN RUTH (SMITH) AKERS, Reno, Nev., died Nov. 15, 2011. She worked at Lake Erie College, Kent State University and First National Bank in Akron, Ohio. She and her husband, Blair, spent summers in Ohio and winters in Florida. They attended many 71st Division reunions around the United States from Blair’s World War II Army service and, in 1995, they joined friends from the 71st Division on a bus journey that retraced the division’s path across Europe. Ruth had a great love of music, literature and the arts. She always showed a great curiosity about the world, had a keen awareness of current affairs, and was devoted to Cleveland sports teams.
She is survived by her son, David; daughter, Kathleen; son-in-law, John Beatty; and a step-grandson and step-great-granddaughter.
HELEN M. CHILDS, Painesville, Ohio, passed away Nov. 13, 2010. She worked as a secretary for President Paul Weaver at Lake Erie College. Previously, she was a secretary for the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. and the Cuyahoga County Coroner. Childs is survived by her sons, Douglas, Robert and John; daughter, Gloria; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
ROBERT L. RAGLEY (1963), Novelty, Ohio, died Nov. 12, 2011. He received his master’s degree from Edinboro University in 1968. After serving as a science teacher and football and track coach at Geneva High School for five years, he taught biology and executive science, was chairman of the science, health and physical education department and was varsity football and track coach at Beachwood High School for 32 years. He also worked with education programs at the Holden Arboretum and was active in local, state and national wildlife organizations. He received teaching awards from the Beachwood City Schools, Ohio Academy of Sciences and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and was a Martha Holden Jennings scholar. He also sponsored six International Science and Engineers Fair students for their research in science.
Ragley is survived by his father, Andrew; stepbrothers, Gary and Eugene Dominish; uncle and aunt, Peter and Emily Chismar; and three cousins.
RUTH (TAIPALE) STEVENSON (1960), Fairport Harbor, Ohio, passed away Nov. 8, 2011. She received a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and served in the field of elementary education for 36 years. She taught in the primary grades for several years and was an elementary supervisor for the Lake County Board of Education and a reading supervisor and administrator for the Painesville Township Schools. She served as principal for three schools before retiring in 1992. She was a reading specialist and served on the Ohio State Committee to establish the Ohio Chapter of the International Reading Association. She was a member of many local and professional organizations and was a trustee for the Fairport Senior Citizen Center.
Stevenson is survived by her daughters, Nan Wanska, Donna Crews and Mary Jo Weaver; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald.
JEANNETTE (ORTON) BLOSS (1946), Orchard Park, N.Y., died Nov. 7, 2011. She taught third grade for 23 years with the North East School District, retiring in 1981. She was a member of Park United Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, cooking, doing crafts and working in her garden.
She is survived by four daughters, Susan Dixon, Georgia Goodspeed, Patricia Bloss and Holly Wilcox; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Bloss.
HEATHER KINNEY, D.V.M. (1992) returned to Eminence, Mo. for a week-long trail-riding vacation in October 2011. This was her first visit back to Missouri since the birth of her son two years ago. Kinney’s mother, Sandra Holmes, watched Taran in camp while Kinney rode her horse, Gunner, a 21-year-old Paint gelding, 106 miles on the Cross Country Trail Ride. The trails crossed two of the most scenic rivers in the country, the Jack’s Fork and the Current. "The weather was spectacular, and we all had a fund time,” Kinney said.
GRATIA BANTA (1970) of southern Ohio visited her alma mater on Oct. 31, 2011. Banta enjoyed a campus tour, including a stop in College Hall, where she quickly found her old dormitory room, and in Andrews Hall, where she saw how the students of today live. In Lincoln Library, she reminisced about her college years. "I think the library was the first place in my life I had spent time in such an innovative building. As a result, I went on to become a library administrator and brought in a series of authors and illustrators to my community,” Banta said.GLENNA "JEAN” ALLEN, Painesville, Ohio, died Oct. 28, 2011. She had worked at Lake Erie College for 14 years as a secretary. She had also been a secretary in the accounting department at Bank One for 14 years and a Sunday school secretary for 43 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church, American Baptist Women and the Caring Ministry Team.
She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Johnson, Sharon Chace and Carleon White; 25 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; four stepchildren; and three sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maynard Allen Jr.
DONNA GAIL CAMPBELL, Painesville, Ohio, passed away Oct. 25, 2011. She had worked in the office in The Commons at Lake Erie College for many years. She had also been a bartender and worked at "The News-Herald.” She was active in a number of local organizations, including Future Teachers of American and Business Leaders of America.
Campbell is survived by her brothers, Gary and Laddie; nephew, Brent; niece, Stephanie Kosier; and seven great-nieces and nephews.
VIRGINIA (HASSELL) PILON (1958), Tucson, Ariz., died Oct. 7, 2011. She was employed by American Airlines for 25 years and was active in many local organizations. She is survived by six stepchildren and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
MARION (FISHER) ABEL (1950), Greenville, S.C., died Oct. 1, 2011. She attended Lake Erie College in 1946-1947. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Marling; daughters, Mary Anne Dunnivant and Sally A. Hipps; sons, Thomas D. and E. William (Bill); and nine grandchildren.
ANN (HYDE) SCHOEN, Etowah (1950), N.C., died Oct. 1, 2011. She was a homemaker. She is survived by four children; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Frank.
TRICIA SORINE(2002) and two other sixth-grade social studies teachers completed an intense, seven-day immersion into early American history at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in September 2011. Sorine has taught for 10 years and has been the social studies department chair for two years at Bluffton Middle School in Bluffton, S.C.
MELISSA McCUE-McGRATH(2003) married Brian C. McGrath on Sept. 23, 2011. The ceremony took place in the pouring rain in a park in Boston, Mass and a celebratory party outdoors in Boston the next day. "The threat of rain was prevalent all day, which was worrisome since we had an outdoor party planned. Those dark clouds moved at dusk, and we had the most gorgeous sunset to end the best weekend of my life so far,” McCue-McGrath said.VIRGINIA (WILLIAMS) PEREZ (1966), Melbourne, Fla., died Sept. 9, 2011. She taught high school Spanish in Buffalo, N.Y. and in Anaheim, Calif., before relocating to Florida. In Florida, she worked in the front office of Johnson Junior High School until her retirement. She enjoyed playing cards, bargain hunting and spending time with her extended family.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Manuel; children, John and Susan; granddaughters, Victoria and Olivia; sisters, Susan and Catherine Williams; and four nieces and nephews.
EVELYN (SIMERL) PARRETT (1969), Venice, Fla., died Sept. 5, 2011. She received a master’s degree in curriculum from Edinboro College in 1972. She taught third grade at Garden Elementary School in Venice, where she was honored in 1990 as the school’s teacher of the year. She retired in 1992. Throughout her life, she assisted her husband as a minister’s wife; they made mission trips to Haiti and cruised to many Eastern and Western Caribbean ports-of-call. She traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and England; her favorite U.S. destination was New York City to attend Broadway musicals. She loved to sew, crochet, read, shop and meet with friends.
She is survived by her sons, Daniel and James; daughter, Barbara Rannigan; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Rev. John Parrett.
LOIS (TERRY) BARNES (1945), Columbus, Ohio, passed away Aug. 22, 2011. She attended Lake Erie College and graduated from The Ohio State University. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and Columbus Country Club, founding member of the Capital Club, past president of the Women’s Board of The Columbus Museum of Art, founder and president of two supporting units of The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and a devotee of Opera of Columbus.
She is survived by her sons, James, Brian, Randall and Russell; three grandsons; and three granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd W. Barnes, M.D.
ROGER N. SMITH (1978), St. Charles, Mo., died Aug. 16, 2011. Roger was a Vietnam veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He retired from Tremco, Inc. after 26 years of service. He was the recipient of the Treuhaft Trophy with over $30 million in sales.
Smith is survived by his wife, Nadine (Cybulski) Smith; son, Matthew; daughter, Amanda Krueger; and grandchildren, Adelyn and Brady.
REBECCA REX (2007) is a veterinary surgeon with Wilton House Veterinary Clinic in the United Kingdom. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 2011.MARGARET (HARRIS) PORTER(1942), Englewood, Fla., is deceased; the College was recently notified of her death in 2011.
DR. PAUL J. VIGNOS JR., Hunting Valley, Ohio, passed away June 26, 2010. He had been a member of the Lake Erie College Board of Trustees from 1978 through 1985. Dr. Vignos spent his career at University Hospitals, where he founded the rheumatology division and muscle clinic and led its arthritis clinic. Known worldwide for his contributions to the treatment of muscle disease, he published and lectured widely on breakthroughs in orthotics, braces, surgery and steroid treatment and helped discover the gene behind Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He won many grants and honors, including fellowships from the American Cancer Society and the Royal Society of Health in London. He was a professor at his alma mater, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and was a trustee for life of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Dr. Vignos is survived by his children, Caren Sturges, Kathleen Folsom and Paul Vignos III; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother. He was predeceased by his wife, Edith Ingalls Vignos.