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In Memory of Mary Beaumont
Submitted by: DevStudent
Kansasville, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Mary Beaumont

Mary Beaumont
Class of 0
Kansasville, WI
Obituary

Mary Beaumont, 86, of Kansasville, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Mary was born Sept. 2, 1932 to Floyd and Evelyn Beaumont. She was the oldest of three daughters. She was raised on the Beaumont Farm and was known to be quite a mischievous child. Mary was valedictorian of the 1950 graduating class of Waterford High. She went on to study mathematics at Beloit College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1954. She then completed her Masters and post-graduate work at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mary was a math teacher. She taught at Ripon College, Carroll College, and Port Huron High School in Michigan. She later taught at Burlington High School from 1977 until her retirement in 1992. She loved helping young people learn. After retirement, she happily continued on for the next 21 years as a volunteer math and science tutor for Waterford High School.

Mary was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church of Rochester. This tight-knit community meant a great deal to her. She was devoted to various church activities, many of which included counting the money at gatherings and events. Mary enjoyed having many travel adventures, as a tourist, a missionary, and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. She remained active with Beloit College over the years and volunteered on their Alumni Board, Reunion Committee, and at many student career fairs.

Mary had a steel-trap memory and a special passion for genealogy. She would always tell you who was related to whom, along with little anecdotes about their lives, not in a gossipy way, but rather in the spirit of an historical record-keeper. This talent extended beyond her own family, encompassing her little corner of the world. An avid reader with a wide range of interests, her loved ones estimate that Mary read five or six books per week throughout her life, in addition to the daily newspaper and scores of magazines. She was a generous and caring person who could not be bested in a game of trivia. Mary loved gardening, crossword puzzles, her cats, and cross-stitch. She did not like doing the dishes, talking on the phone, or being told what to do. She will be missed.

Mary is survived by her sisters Jane Haglund and Flora Roy; nephew Eric (Cathy) Haglund; nieces Elke (Tim) Hucek, Jennifer Roy, and Juliette (Jeff) Roy; great-nephews and nieces, Brendan (Kacie), Erica, and Alyssa Haglund and Liam and Devon Hucek; and a great many cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Arthur Ruggles.

Mary was able to live out her days in the farmhouse she loved. A special thank you to Don Bonner and Gigi VanAcker, Connie and Andy Rusk, and Chuck and Peggy Ostrander for helping her to achieve this goal. Mary spent most of her life at her home on the Beaumont Farm and per her request her ashes will be buried under an old oak tree on the farmland.

A Memorial Gathering will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m., with services starting at 3:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Rochester, 103 S. State Street, Rochester.

In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, please consider a donation to the First Congregational Church of Rochester.

Mealy Funeral Home is serving the family. Well-wishers may visit www.mealyfuneralhome.com.

Submitted by: DevStudent

News Update fro Patrick Yarbrough ’83
Submitted by: DevStudent
1983
Rockford, IL
News

News Update fro Patrick Yarbrough ’83

Partick Yarbrough
Class of 1983
Rockford, IL
News

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — Associate Circuit Judge K. Patrick Yarbrough will retire from his position on Aug. 31, 2019.

Judge Yarbrough was appointed as an associate judge on Jan. 26, 2007. He was Winnebago County’s first African American judge. During his time on the bench, he presided over criminal, juvenile and mental health cases in Winnebago County. Since 2009, he has been assigned to hear juvenile delinquency cases. And since 2014, he has served as the supervising judge of the Winnebago County Juvenile Courts Division.

Judge Yarbrough is a Rockford native who graduated from Guilford High School in 1979. He received his bachelor’s from Ripon College and his juris doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law.

Among his decades of service, Judge Yarbrough served as a member and past president of the Rock Valley Area Big Brothers Big Sisteres Board of Directors; a judicial liaison to the Children and Our Courts Board of Directors; member of the board of directors for the Blackhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member and sponsor of the Veterans Memorial Hall Black History Month committee’s Tuskegee Airmen and Montford Point Marines programs. Judge Yarbrough is a member of the I Bike Rockford Bicycle advocacy organization and a board member of 17th Circuit Therapy Dog Volunteers, Inc.

“Judge Yarbrough has contributed so much to the youth of our community from his current position. He has always had their welfare, and the long term betterment of our community as his guiding purpose,” said Chief Judge Eugene Doherty. “He impacted many, and he will be missed by many.”

Submitted by: DevStudent

News Update from Jeffrey Dodson ’06
Submitted by: DevStudent
2006
Ripon, WI
News

News Update from Jeffrey Dodson ’06

Jeffrey Dodson
Class of 2006
Ripon, WI
News

News update from the First Congregational Church in Ripon, WI –

On Sunday, July 21st, we will welcome Reverend Jeffrey Dodson, his wife Ashley, and their three daughters: Ainslie who is almost 4 years old, and 17-month-old twins Eleanor (Ellie) and Frances (Frankie) into our congregation. 

For Jeffrey and Ashley, their lives together began as camp counselors at Pilgrim Center in the summer of 2009. A native of the Colorado Springs area, Jeffrey spent two years at Colorado State University before transferring to Ripon College in August 2003. As some of you may remember, he was the Christian Education Coordinator in this church for two years. He graduated from Ripon in 2006 with a Theater major and Religious Studies minor. 

Jeffrey’s family has many ties to the UCC church. His twin brother Jonathan is a UCC-ordained minister who is currently a Chaplain in Hudson, Ohio, while Jeffrey’s sister-in-law is also an ordained UCC pastor and is the Associate Minister at First Congregational in Hudson. Jeffrey’s mother is currently moderator of her church in Hawaii. Jeffrey has two more brothers and his father liv- ing in southern California. 

Ashley is from Monticello, Wisconsin, where her immediate family still lives. In addition, she has a number of extended family members in and around Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. She is a 2009 graduate of Viterbo University with a BA in Religious Studies and minors in Psychology and Servant Leadership. 

After their summer at Pilgrim Center, Jeffrey and Ashley headed off for their first year at seminary, Jeffrey to Chicago Theological Seminary and Ashley to Eden Seminary in St. Louis. After a year, Ashley transferred to Chicago Theological Seminary where they graduated with their Master of Divinity degrees in May 2014. While still in seminary, Ashley and Jeffrey returned to 

Pilgrim Center for a second time and were married in Ley Chapel on October 6, 2012. 

Between 2014 and their 2016 move to Grand Junction, Colorado, they were co-Executive Directors at a UCC camp in Vermont. Following that, Jeffrey was a hospital Chaplain in Littleton, Colorado. They went to another UCC camp in Iowa where Ashley served as the Program and Facilities Manager before moving to Grand Junction where Jeffrey served as a short-term Pulpit Supply Minister. When the Senior Minister position opened up permanently in Grand Junction, the Search Committee gave him the opportunity to apply for the job and he was installed. Earlier in that year he was ordained through the Southwest Association of the Rocky Mountain Conference in Colorado. 

Jeffrey’s hobbies include theater, hiking, the outdoors, sports, micro brews, science, being a dad, Star Trek and reading science fiction and historical biographies. Ash- ley loves photography, hiking, kayaking, chasing after the girls and cooking.

Submitted by: DevStudent

Retirement and Travel Update from Melanie Civin Ke...
Submitted by: Gregg Petersen
1978
Brighton, MA
News

Retirement and Travel Update from Melanie Civin Kenion

Melanie Kenion
Class of 1978
Brighton, MA
News

It’s official. As of August 10, 2019 I’ve retired from the Medford Public Schools and will be starting at The Rashi School: A private Jewish day school.  I look forward to third graders, a safe environment, and new challenges.
Shown in the picture: Recently classmate Erika Doss ’78 and I did a 9 day women’s hike in Slovenia. We hiked in the Julian Alps, Velika Planina (alpine highlands), Lake Bled and Lake Boninj.  We hiked between 8-10 miles a day with a group of 12 women with a tour company called Adventures in Good Company. It was challenging and great to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. This was our third trip together….we  previously hiked the Inka Trail and traveled in Cambodia and Thailand. We’re  tossing around ideas for two years from now.

Submitted by: Gregg Petersen

News Update from Drew Peterson ’94
Submitted by: DevStudent
1994
Middleton, WI
News

News Update from Drew Peterson ’94

Drew Petersen
Class of 1994
Middleton, WI
News

The University of Wisconsin System’s governing board unanimously elected a new president and vice president Friday.

The UW System Board of Regents elected Drew Petersen to be its next president, a position that means he will determine committee memberships, sign contracts and represent the Regents in front of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the state Legislature during his one-year term.

Petersen, 47, of Middleton, was appointed to the board by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2015 and has served as the board’s vice president since 2017.

He is senior vice president of corporate affairs for TDS Telecom, a telecommunications company headquartered in Madison. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ripon College and a master of business administration degree from UW-Madison. The Regents also elected Michael Grebe to serve as the board’s vice president. The 18-member board elected the officers at a meeting Friday on UW-Milwaukee’s campus.

Outgoing president John Robert Behling’s term ended May 1.

Submitted by: DevStudent

Spotted: Dave Jung and Gregg Petersen
Submitted by: Gregg Petersen
1978
Purcellville, VA
Sightings

Spotted: Dave Jung and Gregg Petersen

Dave Jung
Class of 1978
Purcellville, VA
Sightings

’78 Class Agent Gregg Petersen visits with Dave Jung ’78 (left) in Dave’s hometown of Purcellville, Virginia.  Dave is currently employed as Head of Government and Corporate Relations at German telecommunications firm Rohde and Schwarz.

Submitted by: Gregg Petersen

Spotted: Dan Hanus ’78
Submitted by: Yvonne Nicklaus
1978
Salem, OR
Sightings

Spotted: Dan Hanus ’78

Dan Hanus
Class of 1978
Salem, OR
Sightings

Submitted by: Yvonne Nicklaus

In Memory of Graham Foster ’54
Submitted by: DevStudent
1954
Tomahawk, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Graham Foster ’54

Graham Foster
Class of 1954
Tomahawk, WI
Obituary

Graham Foster, Jr.,  89, of N11445 County Road A, Tomahawk, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019 surrounded by his family at Riverview Health Services in Tomahawk.

Graham was born May 22, 1930 in Arizona to Graham and Ruth Foster, Sr.  He graduated from Ripon College with a BS in English. He was married to Joanne Osero on August 13, 1960. She passed away in 2007. Graham started work at the Tomahawk Leader in 1954 as an editor and stayed there until his retirement 38 years later.  He was a former County Board member, served on the Library Board, and in 1960 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. He was an award winner with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association as an editor, a reporter, and a columnist.  Graham was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Army.  He enjoyed golfing, camping, reading, Friday fish fry, and the Tomahawk Family Restaurant. He especially enjoyed his family and following them in all of their achievements. He was a proud member of the Newwood Club hunting shack.

Surviving Graham are his 2 children, Curt (Chris) Foster and Carey (Steve) Heikkinen, all of Tomahawk. 7 grandchildren, Jessica (Danny) Shore, Devin Foster, Destiny, Daniel, Serena Jo Hanke, Derek (April Geire) Heikkinen and Haley (Marcus) Steigerwaldt and 7 great grandchildren, Braylee, Danaca,Dacoda,Deekin, Scarlett, Myles, and Amelia. Graham is further survived by his dear friend, Dawn LaFevre.

A Memorial Service with Military rites for Graham Foster will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from Grace Lutheran Church. Rev. Mark Ziemer will officiate. The Foster family will receive friends at Grace Lutheran Church Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials made in Graham’s name are appreciated to Ties That Bind Us or Grace Lutheran Church Youth.

Krueger Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family. You may view the obituary and share memories and condolences at kruegerfamilyfuneral.com.

Submitted by: DevStudent

In Memory of John Fawcett ’59
Submitted by: DevStudent
1959
Duluth, MN
Obituary

In Memory of John Fawcett ’59

John Fawcett
Class of 1959
Duluth, MN
Obituary

John B. Fawcett, 82, of Duluth, died Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Essentia St. Mary’s, with his family by his side. John was born February 17, 1937 in Duluth to Keith and Helen Fawcett.  He graduated from East High School and went on to receive a degree from Ripon College. John went into the insurance business and eventually had his own agency. He married Judy Ingersoll on May 29, 1997. He was a member of Waters of Life Lutheran Church and an active member of the Vermilion Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Helen; siblings, Carolyn May Lee, Barbara Jane Maculay Forrest and Keith Peers Fawcett. John is survived by his wife, Judy; children, Alicia (JuanCarlos) Fernandez, Napa, CA; Jason (Daniela) Fawcett, Anchorage, Alaska; Krista (Max) Mosser-Bakken, Chisago City, MN; stepdaughters, Julie (Pete) Buol, Stacy, MN; Jennifer (Randy) Luraas of Chippewa Falls, WI and Jill (Dick) Kelly of Litchfield, MN; 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday June 10, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth. Memorial service will be held Tuesday June 11, 2019, 2:00 PM at Waters of Life Lutheran Church, 6221 Rice Lake Rd. Duluth. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN, (218) 727-3555.

Submitted by: DevStudent

In Memory of Russel Ackley ’62
Submitted by: DevStudent
1962
Pewaukee, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Russel Ackley ’62

Russell Ackley
Class of 1962
Pewaukee, WI
Obituary

On Thursday, May 23rd, 2019, Russell Clayton Ackley, loving husband and father of three sons, found peace at the age of 78.

Russell was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 4, 1941 to father Dr. H.M. Ackley and mother Marie (Krieger) Ackley . He graduated from St. John’s Military Academy in 1958 and later from Ripon College in 1962. Russ served in the Army as a Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Vietnam War and retired as a Captain in 1967. After his military service, he returned to Pewaukee where he served on the Pewaukee Village Board of Trustees and later as a Town of Delafield Supervisor.

Russ had many passions that he carried throughout his life. He loved to cook Chinese food of all types, either for his family or for large gatherings of friends. In the warmer months Russ spent many hours designing, rearranging and maintaining his many gardens with a particular affinity for hostas. He also had a great love of art. He particularly loved to paint, however, he enjoyed other mediums as well. When illness took the use of his right hand he taught himself to paint with his left. The one passion that never waned throughout his life and which he passed to his children was his love of the sport of sailing and for the Pewaukee Yacht Club. Russ started sailing at the age of eight and sailed in various fleets until his sixties and then became deeply involved in race management.

Russ is remembered by the following family members:
Loving and devoted wife of 56 years Nancy
Sons: Geoffrey Ackley, Glen (Naomi) Ackley, David (Liesl) Ackley
Granddaughters: Jordan, Suzanne, Lyndsi, Macayli
Grandson: Henry
Stepsisters: Yvonne (John) Miller, Kathleen (James) Rapinski, Carol (Peter) Strobel
Brother in Law: Walter (Sue) Hutt, niece Laura (Rob) Eschbach, and nephew Steven (Karen) Hutt

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm, with Mass to follow from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at The Noble Victory Memorial Chapel at St. John’s Military Academy located at 409 St. John’s Road, Delafield, WI 53018. A memorial service with Military Honors will be held immediately following. A Celebration of Russell’s Life will start at 4:30 pm at the Pewaukee Yacht Club N22 W28204 Edgewater Dr. Pewaukee, WI 53072.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Pewaukee Lake Sailing School located at N22 W28204 Edgewater Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072 or online at https://www.plss.org.

Special thanks to the members of the Town of Delafield Fire Department for their service.

Submitted by: DevStudent

In Memory of Geraldine Birkholz ’47
Submitted by: DevStudent
West Bend, WI
Obituary

In Memory of Geraldine Birkholz ’47

Geraldine Birkholz
Class of 0
West Bend, WI
Obituary

West Bend – Geraldine A. “Gerry” Birkholz, age 94 years, of West Bend, took her final journey home to the Lord on June 29, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Gerry was born on March 21, 1925 in Omro, WI to the late August and Elizabeth (nee Kersten) Birkholz. Gerry graduated from Omro High School and later from Ripon College. She did her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Colorado.

Gerry taught English for 40 years, starting her career in 1947 in the Westfield School District. From 1949 to 1953 she taught in the North Fond du Lac School District, teaching dramatics at Roosevelt Jr. High in Fond du Lac from 1953-1958. In 1958, Gerry began teaching in the West Bend School District, retiring in 1987. She also was a Dramatics Coach, Forensics Coach, as well as the East Girls Golf Coach from 1972 – 1987. Gerry was also involved with the UW-Madison intern program.

Gerry was the only surviving charter member of Grace Lutheran Church in Omro and a current member of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church and their Senior Choir, Orchestra, and Missionary League (LWML). She was also a member of the Mayor’s Beautification Committee, West Bend Columns, Washington County Volunteers, Musical Masquers and Children’s Theater, the National Education Association (NEA), the West Bend Education Association (WBEA) and the Washington County Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed traveling the globe, visiting over 40 countries. She also sailed on the QE II, and flew on the Concorde. Gerry was an avid Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger Fan.

Gerry is survived by three nieces, Amy (Gene) Kriener of Burlington, Rebecca (Ed) Strey of Omro, and Elizabeth (Joseph) Bothe of Milwaukee; two nephews, Mark (Jessica) Birkholz of Milwaukee, and Henry Clement of Beloit; along with 13 great-nieces and nephews; eight great-great nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Maynard (Lois) Birkholz and twin brother Gerald (Joan) Birkholz; and niece & Godchild, Sue Clement.

Funeral services in remembrance of Geraldine will be held at 11:30 am on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 809 S. 6th Ave., West Bend. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 10 am until the time of service. Burial at will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Omro Cemetery in Omro, WI.

Memorials to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church (West Bend), West Bend Columns, Grace Lutheran Church (Omro), or Bethesda Home (Watertown) would be appreciated.

The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Home of West Bend has been entrusted with Gerry’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.

Submitted by: DevStudent

In Memory of Dwight Cutler Harris ’54
Submitted by: DevStudent
1954
Henderson, NV
Obituary

In Memory of Dwight Cutler Harris ’54

Dwight Harris
Class of 1954
Henderson, NV
Obituary

Henderson, NV – Dwight Currier Harris, 87, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, under hospice care at 2012 Colvin Run Drive, Henderson, NV. Dwight was the loving husband of Marlys E. (Trimpey) Harris, with whom he shared 36 years of marriage.

Born September 4, 1931, in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of the late Elizabeth Zoe Currier Harris and Burtt Harris. Dwight attended Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; Princeton University; Dickinson College; graduated from Ripon University with the dual major of Finance and French; and earned an MBA at the University of Indiana and University of Pittsburgh.

Dwight’s career in banking spanned nearly 40 years, including Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, PA, where he began investment research and analysis; Farmers Bank and Trust Company, Hanover, PA, as President and COO; and Peoples National Bank, Lebanon, PA, as President and CEO. In 1993, he joined the PA State Treasury as an investment officer and account manager until retirement in 2008. During his career, he served on various boards and community associations and was an avid fan of tennis, jazz, playing bridge, and gourmet food.

In addition to his wife, Dwight is survived by six children: Victoria Sands and husband Jeffrey of Burke, VA; Sandra and spouse Dianne Wainwright of Pittsburgh, PA; Judith Zang of Alexandria, VA; David and wife Katarina of Pittsburgh, PA; Ronald Davis and wife Ashley of Vancouver, WA; Jeffrey Davis and wife Connie of Apex, NC; brother Burtt and wife Carole; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and was preceded in death by son Daniel Currier Harris.

Dwight never met a stranger and will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.

Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:

Wayland Academy, 101 N. University Avenue, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 (Class of 1950)

Ripon College, P.O. Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971 (Class of 1954)

Nathan Adelson Hospice, 4141 Swensen Street, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Submitted by: DevStudent