In Memoriam

In Memoriam Policy: Printing notices of alumni deaths is an important service of Oswego alumni magazine. In order to ensure the accuracy of our reports, we require verification before we can publish a death notice—an obituary or a letter signed by a family member. Because the magazine is published only three times a year and we are working on an issue months in advance, there may be a delay of several months between the time we receive notification and the news is printed in the magazine. Thank you for your patience!

Sadye Kosoff Kost ’30 of Rochester died Jan. 21 at the age of 101. She was a special education teacher in Rochester City Schools for more than 25 years. Sadye is survived by two sons, seven grandchildren, including Amy Kost ’82, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Dena Giovo Feeney ’31 of Mexico, N.Y., died Dec. 13, 2009, at the age of 101. She taught in the Mexico Central School District until her retirement in 1972. She is survived by a son, two daughters, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Victoria Sambor ’37 of Oswego died March 18. She taught in the Oswego City School District for more than 40 years, retiring from Leighton Elementary.

Arneta Godkin White ’38 of Oswego died March 24, 2008. She was an elementary teacher in Oswego. Surviving are a son, a granddaughter and two great-grandsons.

Walter Griggs ’40, M ’55 of Galax, Va., passed away March 19. Walt began his career at Pulaski County High School where he worked from 1940 until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1942. He returned to Pulaski in 1946. In 1948, Walt became a professor of vocational and technical education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he served for 32 years until his retirement in 1980. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, two children and three grandchildren.

Helene Schneider ’40 of McGaheysville, Va., passed away Aug. 6, 2010.

Frances Barry ’42 of Oswego passed away Feb. 3. She taught for more than 30 years, retiring from Fitzhugh Park School in 1975.

Phyllis Williams ’43 of Clifton Park died Sept. 7, 2010. She had taught in the Skaneateles and Batavia School Districts. Phyllis is survived by her husband, Robert; a son and daughter-in-law, David ’70 and Diane Watson Williams ’69; a daughter; and a granddaughter.

Helen Wiltsie Gilkey Green ’44 of Woodstock died May 23, 2010.

Mary Rose Waterman Baldwin ’45 of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, passed away Jan. 5. She taught for 35 years in the U.S. and Canada before her retirement in 1988. Following retirement, she volunteered as a community laison for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who nicknamed her “Rose Bomb” because she was the RCMP’s “secret weapon.” She is survived by five children, nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Margaret Jones ’45 of Myrtle Beach, S.C., passed away Jan. 13. She earned her master’s degree at St. Lawrence University. Margaret taught in Oswego, Herkimer and on Long Island.

Betty Mahaffey Briggs ’46 of Utica passed away March 23. She taught in Hannawa Falls and Baldwinsville. Betty is survived by her husband, Clark; three children; and five grandchildren, including Julianna Lillibridge ’11.

Ursula O’Leary Kingston ’46 of Oswego passed away March 26. She earned her master’s degree from Syracuse University. She began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse. She taught in Fulton and Oswego, retiring from Oswego High School in 1986.

Hans Iwen ’48 of Hendersonville, N.C., died March 31. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and participated in the invasion of Normandy. Hans earned his master’s degree from New York University. He taught industrial arts in Peeksville for 32 years, retiring in 1980. Surviving
are his wife, Eleanor, and two daughters.

Charles “Bud” Coward ’49, Associate Professor Emeritus of Oswego, died March 2. Bud served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1953. While teaching on Long Island, he attended New York University. He returned to Oswego in 1954 as an assistant professor in the industrial arts department. Bud retired in 1978. He is survived by four daughters, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

James Hatch ’49 of Rochester passed away Sept. 16, 2010. He was a former principal at Gates-Chili High School. Jim is survived by his companion, Patricia Irr, two daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donna Growe Matzke ’49 of Fulton died Jan. 19. She taught at Lanigan Elementary School for more than 25 years. She is survived by five sons, a daughter, 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Philip Persley ’49 of Vestal passed away Feb. 22. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the 10th Mountain Ski Troops. Phil taught industrial arts at Vestal High School for 34 years. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Churchill ’47, and a daughter.

Mary Keach Higgins ’50 of Seneca Falls passed away Jan. 19, 2010.

Marvin Holzman ’50 of Long Beach, Calif., died Aug. 16, 2010. Marv taught in the Long Beach
Unified School District for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Adrienne, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

John Lloyd ’50 of Daytona Beach, Fla., died Sept. 17, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Bunny.

Sally Kirwin Alliet ’52 of Rochester died March 22. She is survived by two daughters, nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Richard Guilfoil ’52 of Victor died April 17, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy.

Marion Johnson Mahony ’53 of Grafton, Mass., died Oct. 1. She earned a master’s degree at Queens College and library certification at Framingham and Worcester State College. Marion taught in ValleyStream and Centereach before moving to Connecticut. She retired from the Grafton School District after 30 years of teaching. Surviving are two children and three grandchildren.

Joseph Del Conte ’54 of Oswego passed away March 23. He graduated from Morrisville College and taught instrumentation before completing his bachelor’s degree from Oswego and his master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1956. Joe worked in several school districts in the Central New York area and retired in 1981 from the Syracuse City School District where he had worked as a guidance counselor for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, two sons and six grandchildren.

Jean Hudson Sharp ’54 of Hopewell passed away Feb. 26. She taught in several school districts throughout her 29-year career, retiring from the Phelps School District in 1988. Jean is survived by her husband, Luther, two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Nancy Kroll Smith ’54 of Avon passed away Dec. 9. She taught at Lakeland Central School and South Colonie Central School. Nancy is survived by her husband, Eugene ’54, four children and seven grandchildren.

Diane Dickinson Titus ’54 of Simpsonville, S.C., passed away April 15. She taught at Greenville Tech before retiring in 2006. Diane is survived by her husband, David ’58, five children and 12 grandchildren.

Horst Lichtenberg ’57 of Dunedin, Fla., died Feb. 9. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Horst was an administrator in the Keene Central School District. With his wife, he operated Olympic Heights, a tourist home in Lake Placid, for nearly 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, two sons and two grandchildren.

Marilee King Maroney ’57 of Oswego died Feb. 12. She taught at Fairley Elementary School in Hannibal from 1957 until her retirement in 1996. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Beth ’84, M ’88 and Mark Fierro ’95, daughter Amy Campisi ’85, and five grandchildren.

John Metcalfe ’57 of Bowie, Md., died Nov. 9. He taught industrial arts and driver’s education for nine years in New York state before moving to Washington, D.C., where he began a 15-year career at the National Geographic Society. John is survived by his wife, Sharon, three daughters, a son and 11 grandchildren.

Joan Esseltine Wood M ’57 of Oswego passed away April 2. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Nazareth College. Joan taught in the Mexico Central School District and the Oswego City School District. Surviving are her sons, Robert and Jeffrey ’85; a daughter, Colleen; and two granddaughters. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert ’53.

Gloria Hanley Collins Forrester ’58 of Oswego died March 25. She was a reading teacher in the Oswego City School District. Gloria is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Hoefer ’01; two sons; four granddaughters, including Mary Koskowski ’09; and stepchildren and grandchildren.

Elizabeth Powell Mazzoli M ’58 of Oswego died Feb. 20. She earned her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Fredonia. Elizabeth taught music in the Oswego City School District from 1951 to 1982. She is survived by two stepsons, three stepdaughters and several step-grandchildren.

Joseph Sereno ’58 of Oswego passed away Jan. 13. He was a teacher in the Central Square Central School District for 32 years, retiring in 1993. Joe is survived by his wife, Eleanor; a daughter, Beth Schickling ’81; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Judy Zak ’79.

Judith Franklin Miller ’59 of Pulaski passed away June 3, 2009.

George Boni ’60 of Leesburg, Fla., died April 5. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. George taught in the Liverpool School District for 31 years. He is survived by his wife, Dorry; son, Michael ’87; daughter, Elizabeth; stepchildren Katherine Kushnir Zaborny ’84, and Stephen ’89 and Dina Cavallaro Kushnir ’91.

Robert Czirr ’60 of Liverpool passed away Aug. 5, 2010.

Mary Fromey Nixdorf ’60 of DeWitt died March 28. She taught in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School District and went on to retire from OCM BOCES. She was a transition counselor for incarcerated youth at Jamesville Correctional Facility. Mary is survived by her husband, James, two sons and three grandchildren.

William Wagner ’60 of Colchester, Conn., passed away Dec. 19. Bill served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed as a network engineer for SNET and AT&T for 34 years. He retired in 2001. Surviving are his wife, Betty Seabury ’65; two children; and four grandchildren.

Isabel Ballou ’61 of Lacona died Jan. 5. She graduated from the Pulaski Training Class in 1933 and began her teaching career at a one-room school in Boylston. In 1936, Isabel accepted a teaching position at Sandy Creek Central School, where she remained until her retirement in 1973. She did graduate work at SUNY Potsdam and Oswego.

Louis Filardi ’61 of the Bronx died Feb. 3, 2010.

Theodore Fusco ’61 of Green Island died Sept. 30. He taught industrial arts in Columbia and Troy High Schools for three years. He retired in 2010 from the New York State Thruway Authority where he worked as a specification writer. Surviving are his wife, Anna Marie; four children; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Roy Martinus ’61 of Dix Hills passed away May 7, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Carole, two sons and four grandsons.

Patricia Gsell Beck ’63 of Sandy Creek passed away March 27. She taught in the West Islip and Connetquot School Districts. Patricia is survived by her husband, Robert; a daughter; a son; and two granddaughters.

James Purtell ’63 of Conroe, Texas, passed away June 3, 2010.

Roberta Worth Varney ’63 of Liverpool passed away April 16. She taught in the North Syracuse School District for 30 years, retiring in 1999. Bobbi is survived by her husband, Robert; two sons and four grandchildren.

Jack Weaver ’64 of Jacksonville, Fla., died April 3. He served with the U.S. Air Force as a Russian linguist during the Cold War. Jack taught in the Syracuse City School District and later served as a principal and administrator of special projects. He created several programs to keep “at risk” students from dropping out of school. After his retirement, Jack pursued a drug and alcohol certificate and worked in alcohol rehabilitation at Syracuse Brick House. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; a son and a daughter.

Elaine Haven Eno ’65 of Martville passed away March 26. She is survived by her husband, Phillip ’64, two sons and a granddaughter.

Alan Keech ’65 of Tok, Alaska, passed away Oct. 27, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. Al received a master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. He worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District before moving to Alaska, where he taught in the Alaska Gateway School District until his retirement in 1997. He began a new career as a technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and retired Aug. 1, 2009. Al is survived by his wife, Betsy Pinzl ’65, four children and a brother, James ’64.

Lawrence “Skip” Sollitt ’65 of Syracuse died Nov. 13. He served with the U.S. Marines. Skip taught in the East Syracuse-Minoa School District for 33 years, retiring in 1999.

Ruth MacKinder Babikian ’66 of Syracuse died Feb. 22. She also earned her master’s degree at Oswego. Ruth taught in the North Syracuse Central School District for 32 years. Surviving are her husband, Mihran; two sons, David M ’04 and Mark; and five grandchildren.

Charles Parry ’66 of Blacksburg, Va., died Dec. 25. He was a professor emeritus of mathematics at Virginia Tech. He earned hismaster’s degree and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Surviving are his wife, Gloria, four stepchildren and four step-grandchildren.

John Miglianti ’67 of Delhi passed away April 28. He taught technology at SUNY Delhi.

Florence Adelman ’68 of Canastota passed away March 2, 2010.

Jack Foley ’68 of Oswego died Feb. 11. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Jack taught at Oswego High School from 1965 to 1985.

Michael Burns ’70 of New Hartford passed away Nov. 9, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Jill Laurin ’70; a daughter, Sarah; a son, Kevin ’95; and three grandchildren.

Sandra Tait Czudak ’71 of Rochester passed away May 12, 2010. She was the former director
of academic advising at Nazareth College. She is survived by her
husband, Rod.

Alan Angevine ’72 of Montgomery passed away May 12. He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, and the Air
National Guard during the First Gulf War and after 9/11. Alan was a health and safety inspector for the state Department of Labor. He is survived by his wife, Dolores, two daughters, a son and four grandchildren.

Norma Hart Siddall ’72 of Marietta died May 1. She taught in the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District until her retirement in 1992. Surviving are her husband, James, seven children and 13 grandchildren.

Denise Gallagher Weeks ’72 of Easley, S.C., died March 25. She is survived by her husband, Jim, a son, a stepdaughter and four grandchildren.

Kathryn McCague Ramming ’72 of East Amherst passed away Feb. 17. She is survived by her husband, Thomas ’72, and a daughter.

Paul Grau ’73 of Brecksville, Ohio, died May 4. He earned his juris doctorate at Cleveland-
Marshall College of Law. He was a partner in the law firm of Reddy, Grau and Meek. Paul also was the law director for the cities of Oakwood, Brecksville and Garfield Heights. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and a son.

John McAlarney ’74 of Mokena, Ill., passed away Jan. 23. He was an operations manager for KVH Industries. John is survived by his wife, Kathryn Meyer ’74, and two sons.

Jeffrey Cappel ’76 of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died April 9. Jeff founded a number of businesses in the Oswego area. Surviving are two sons and a grandson.

Joseph Stier ’76 of Elk Grove Village, Ill., passed away Feb. 2. While at Oswego, he began his lifelong love of rugby, playing for
Oswego, the Syracuse Rogues and the Albany Knickerbockers. He was also a founding member of the Syracuse Harlequins. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for almost 29 years, most recently as an international accounts manager. Donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the P. Kevin Gilman ’74 Memorial Scholarship, c/o Oswego College Foundation, Inc., 219 Sheldon Hall, Oswego, NY, 13126. The scholarship supports an incoming freshman and the SUNY Oswego Rugby Club.

Paul Shiffer ’78 of Fairport died Feb. 4. He was a data center engineer for Finger Lakes Technology Group. Surviving are his wife, Kathy, and two daughters.

James Bright ’81 of Rockwall, Texas, died July 13, 2010. He earned two master’s degrees from The University of Texas at Dallas and was an educator at Brookhaven College and The University of Phoenix. James was an employee of Texas Instruments for 13 years. Surviving are his wife, Sharon, and a son.

Aaron Montague ’86 of Niantic, Conn., passed away Feb. 1, 2010.

Kathryn Laboda-Bolster ’87 of Fulton passed away March 15. She was a volunteer with Literacy Volunteers and AmeriCorps. Kathryn is survived by her husband, Scott Bolster, and two sons.

Mark Craner ’88 of Syracuse passed away April 5. He worked for Davis Mechanical for 18 years. Surviving are his wife, Lisa, and two sons.

Thomas Hess ’88 of Hyde Park died Dec. 14. He was an English teacher at Haviland Middle School in the Hyde Park Central School District. Tom is survived by three brothers.

Thomas Riveglia ’88 of Albany passed away Jan. 12. He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and two sons.

Joseph Zupo ’92 of Commack passed away July 17, 2009.

Judith Furnari ’96, M ’98 of Oswego passed away Feb. 3. She also earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University. She had been a librarian with the Oswego City School District and the Hannibal Central School District. Judy is survived by her parents and two sisters.

Traci Morey Zimmer ’97, M ’99 of West Monroe passed away July 26, 2010. Since 1999, she had taught at Pulaski Academy and Central School, where she was also the tennis coach. Traci is survived by her husband, Christopher.

Theodore Moss, Emeritus Professor of Education, died Jan. 11. Ted earned his bachelor’s degree at Fredonia State, his master’s degree at Columbia University, and his Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo. He also did post doctoral work at Harvard. Prior to teaching at Oswego, he taught at SUNY Brockport and Buffalo State. Ted retired from Oswego in 1979. He is survived by two children and two grandchildren.

Paul Wagner, formerly of Oswego’s department of anthropology, died Dec. 27, 2008. He pioneered the New Covenant Church and Christian School in Oswego and BASIC, the on-campus ministry at SUNY Oswego. He also founded the Believers’ Chapel and Christian School in Cicero. Paul is survived by his wife, Paulie, two sons and five grandchildren.

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