Alumni Obituaries

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Leslie Tuttle McKinley


Leslie Tuttle McKinley  ’03 died July 8, 2015. She was a physician practicing most recently at Family Physicians, Inc., North Canton, OH. She was preceded in death by a brother. She is survived by her husband, Scott Kenreich; one son; her parents and one sibling.

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Linda Middaugh Paxton


Linda Middaugh Paxton ’89 died April 11, 2015. In 2014, she retired as secretary of the Sunbury United Methodist Church, Sunbury, OH. She had previously retired from Lucent Technologies as a course developer. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Marvin Paxto Sr. ’44, and brother-in-law, Marvin Paxton, Jr. ’77. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, James Paxton ’61, two children, one granddaughter and nephew, Marvin T. Paxton ’88.

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Jon Dill


Jon Dill ’88 died Aug. 15, 2015. He was an electrician for Romanoff Electric in Columbus. He is survived by two children.

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Christine Dudero


Christine Dudero ’85 died May 19, 2015. She was certified in oncology nursing and worked in home health care, hospice and oncology for more than 25 years. She is survived by three children and four grandchildren.

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David Freeman


David Freeman ’83 died July 13, 2015. He was sales manager for AES Specialty Contractors. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Freeman ’50 and Margaret Eschbach Freeman  ’50, and uncle Robert Eschbach ’54. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Dawn; two children; sisters, Gretchen Freeman Hargis ’77 and Karen Freeman Sewell ’79; brother-in-law, Mike Sewell ’79; uncle, William Freeman ’57; and cousins, Pamela Freeman Chaffin ’83 and Cheryl Freeman Hill ’87.

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Jeffrey Ulery


Jeffrey Ulery ’81 died Feb. 19, 2015. He worked at Ulery’s Greenhouse, Springfield, OH, for many years, then pursued other interests including financial advising with Edward Jones. He is survived by three children; three grandchildren; brother, Mitchell Ulery ’82 and relative, Alison Ulery Hoffman ’85.

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Henry Molinaro


Henry Molinaro ’78 died April 9, 2015. He retired after 35 years of teaching music in the Connellsville (PA) Area School District. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy, three children and nine siblings, including Mary Rose Molinaro ’85.

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Patricia Fink Behnke


Patricia Fink Behnke ’77 died April 29, 2015. She was an accomplished artist, poet and teacher. She was preceded in death by one grandson. She is survived by her husband, Thomas, four daughters and six grandsons.

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Carla Sawyer


Carla Sawyer ’74 died July 7, 2015. She was a long-time employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.

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Vicki Smithson Arthur


Vicki Smithson Arthur ’73 died Aug. 11, 2015. She worked for AT&T and The Village Merchant. She was preceded in death by her sister, Holly Smithson Smith ’75. She is survived by her husband, Mick; four children, including Natalie Arthur ’08; five grandchildren; and sister, Bonnie Smithson ’84.

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Mary Lou Hammond McKeen


Mary Lou Hammond  McKeen ’72 died July 20, 2015. She retired after 35 years as a school teacher for the Westerville City Schools. She was a volunteer at both the Hanby House and Ohio Village for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jean Cook Hammond ’40 and Granville Hammond ’40. She is survived by one daughter; two grandchildren; sisters, Carol Hammond Orndorf ’69, Gayle Hammond Peterson ’73, Linda Hammond Smith ’75; and and brother-in-law, Richard Orndorff ’65.

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Earle Gilbert


Earle Gilbert ’72 died Jan. 14, 2015. He worked for many years as a custom carpenter in his own business. He was also employed by The Ensign-Bickford Co., Simsbury, CT, and the Mount Sinai Hospital, Hartford, CT. He is survived by three sisters.

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Willeen Bretz Fraker


Willeen Bretz Fraker ’72 died July 18, 2015. She retired after 30 years teaching in the Johnstown-Monroe Local School District, Johnstown, OH. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Floyd Griffith and Paul Fraker; one son and one grandson. She is survived by six children, including Diana Griffith Nixon ’87 and Paul Griffith ’88; 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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Diane Saari Kapostasy


Diane Saari Kapostasy ’69 died March 22, 2014. She taught elementary school in Painesville, OH, and in Cleveland City Schools, where she shared her love of music and art. She is survived by her husband, David, and two sons.

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Dennis Heffner


Dennis Heffner ’69 died July 12, 2015. He was a United Methodist pastor, serving 36 years at the Valley View UMC, Espanola, NM. He was the founder and long-time director of Amigos del Valle, offering free services to senior citizens who wish to remain independent in their own homes. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Delbert Krumm ’49. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dee Dee Krumm Heffner ’69; two sons, including Todd Heffner ’95; and…

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