In Memoriam

Stuart Allen ’29 of Bradenton, Fla., died Oct. 19, 2011. He is survived by a daughter-in-law, three granddaughters, and seven great-grandchildren.
Werner Beer ’39 of Rochester passed away Sept. 5, 2012. He was employed at Taylor Instrument during World War II, and later was in sales for Diversy and White Haven Memorial Park.
Raymond Green ’41 of Stockbridge passed away July 28, 2012. Ray served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He taught industrial arts in Alexandria Bay before moving back to Stockbridge to run the family dairy farm. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a son; a daughter; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Eleanor Scanlon Notarpole ’43 of Amherst died June 23, 2013. She taught for 40 years, 30 at Willow Ridge Elementary in Amherst. Eleanor is survived by a daughter, and five sisters, Elizabeth Scanlon, Marge Kuno, Martha Devine ’44, Gerry Jones ’48 and Pat O’Toole.
Richard Bootier ’48 of Lake Placid, Fla., passed away Oct. 4, 2012. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He taught in Middletown, until his retirement. After retiring, Richard taught driver’s education part time in Washingtonville. Surviving are his wife, Emily; three daughters; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Donald Cassavant ’48 of Hyde Park died May 15, 2013. He was an industrial arts technology teacher at Poughkeepsie High School for 30 years. Donald is survived by his wife, Janette; a daughter; and a son.
August “Bob” Roth ’50 of Bradenton, Fla. died June 23, 2013. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Bob later earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University. He was recalled to active duty by the Air Force during the Korean War, serving with the State Selective Service System. He retired after 21 years of service and joined the Prudential Insurance Company, where he spent 15 years. Surviving are his wife, Betty; a daughter; two sons; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Alfred Ihrig ’51 of Reno, Nev., passed away June 24, 2011.
Erich Bohn ’52 of East Norwich passed away Oct. 7, 2012. He is survived by a daughter and four grandchildren.
Nancy Kelly Joyce ’53 of Williamsburg, Va., died Oct. 6, 2013. She earned a master’s degree at James Madison University. Nancy was a teacher in New Mexico, New York and Virginia. She was predeceased by her husband, George ’49. Surviving are two daughters and five grandchildren.
Barbara Horton Harrington ’53 of Lexington, S.C., passed away July 12, 2013. She taught at Knox Memorial Central School in Russell for 33 years. Barb is survived by a son, a daughter, and three grandsons.
George Cristiano ’54 of Somerville, N.J., passed away. He received his master’s degree from Hofstra University and his EdD from Rutgers University. He was a teacher and administrator for many years. George served as principal in the Matawan School District and as the assistant to the Commissioner of Education for the State of New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Favara ’52; three children and four grandchildren.
Wyatt Anthony ’55 of Spring Hill, Fla., died Feb. 2, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Thelma.
Paul Chapin ’55 of Sanford, Fla., died Feb. 17, 2013.
Richard Niemetz ’55 of Forestport passed away April 13, 2013. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Richard was an industrial arts teacher at Whitesboro Central School and the founder of Niemetz Cabinet and Millwork, Inc. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three children; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Joseph Butera ’58 of Middlesex, N.J., passed away Dec. 21, 2012. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Joseph earned his master’s degree at Rutgers University. He taught for 35 years for the Roselle Board of Education, retiring in 1993. Surviving are his wife, Anna; five children; and 11 grandchildren.
Frank Galletti ’58 of North Baldwin passed away Nov. 12, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Marcia Jacobs ’58; and two children.
Vincent Oliver ’58 of Dexter passed away May 21, 2013. He served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a teacher and administrator in the Watertown City School District, retiring in 1987. Vincent is survived by his wife, Jan; a son; a daughter; and five grandchildren.
Joseph Carroll ’59 of Palisades died May 15, 2013. He received a master’s degree from Seton Hall University. Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He taught industrial arts and was a guidance counselor at Spring Valley and Ramapo high schools. He is survived by a daughter and a grandson.
Joan Fowler D’Ambrosio ’60 of Oswego passed away Oct. 1, 2013. She taught in Cato and Red Creek, and was a substitute teacher in the Oswego City School District while raising her family. Joan is survived by her husband, Vincent ’60, three children, Laurel Artz ’83, Patricia Keydel ’91, M’96, and David ’90 and five grandchildren, David and Anthony Artz ’14, and Gregory, Andrew, Kaitlyn and Stephanie Keydel ’09 M’12.
Frances Bilello Doyle ’61 of Canton, Ohio, died March 31, 2013. She had been an elementary teacher on Long Island before raising her family. She eventually went back to school and became a special education teacher in the North Canton School District. In retirement, she was a real estate agent with Cutler Real Estate. Frances is survived by two children and five grandchildren.
Peter Dankelman ’62 of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away June 27, 2013. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Georgia and was a math teacher. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; and three daughters.
William Young ’63 of Minoa died Sept. 20, 2013. He earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University. William was a technology teacher in the Chittenango Central School District for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Froio ’63; a son; two daughters; and eight grandchildren.
Roger Fransecky ’64 of Omaha, Neb., passed away July 5, 2013. He earned his master’s degree at Oswego and his doctoral degree at the University of Cincinnati. Roger founded the Apogee Group, Inc. in 1995; he was an executive coach and CEO adviser. Roger previously taught at the University of Rochester, the University of Cincinnati and New York University and had directed NYU’s Video Management and Technology Program. He also was senior vice president of HBO/Time, Inc. and Westinghouse Broadcasting and Cable; and chairman/CEO of Family Partners, Inc. and the National Television Workshop. He is survived by two stepsons and a grandson.
Robert Sherman ’64 of Liverpool passed away June 21, 2013. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. Bob earned his master’s degree and certificate of advanced study at Oswego. He began his teaching career at Roosevelt Junior High School in Syracuse, and was a teacher and administrator for many years in the West Genesee Central School District. He retired from Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square. In his retirement, Bob held numerous interim appointments in school districts throughout Central New York. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Cahill ’64; two daughters; and five grandchildren.
Charles Wirtenson ’64 of Verona died July 5, 2012. He was an industrial arts teacher at the Oneida Junior High/Middle School for 31 years, retiring in 1996. Surviving are his wife, Janet; a daughter and two granddaughters.
Sandra Kelly Mincher ’65 of Palm Coast, Fla., passed away June 19, 2013. She earned her master’s degree at Oswego in 1982. Prior to her retirement, she was an elementary teacher. Sandy is survived by her husband, John, professor emeritus of theatre at Oswego.
Leslie Flinn ’67 of Camden passed away May 24, 2013.
Louis Magnarelli ’67 of Durham, Conn., died July 11, 2013. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University and had been the director of CT Agricultural Experimental Station since 1975. Louis is survived by his wife, Sharon Dishaw ’68.
Edward Wagner ’70 of Camillus passed away June 30, 2013. He was a veteran of World War II. After the war, Edward worked as a tool and die maker for 20 years at Camillus Cutlery. He then taught vocational education for the Syracuse City School District for 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Violet; two children and three grandchildren.
Dominic Canestra ’72 of Plymouth died June 24, 2012. He was a veteran of World War II. Dom was a master carpenter and cabinet-maker and taught carpentry at Northern Westchester BOCES. He is survived by three daughters, two stepchildren, his companion, and many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Jean Carrese Goodsell Angell ’73 of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away Sept. 20, 2012. She had retired from the Knoxville Public Building Authority as a project coordinator. Surviving are her husband, Ivan; two children; and five sisters, including Renee Elwell ’86.
Denise Palumbo ’73 of Ballston Spa died Feb. 13, 2013. She retired after 29 years with General Electric Power Turbine Division, and had most recently been a technical instructor. Surviving are her life partner, Bernadine Peterson; and a son.
Larry Beshaw ’76 of Glendale, Ariz., passed away April 6, 2013.
Clara Fadden Coniff ’77 of Wilmington, N.C., died June 8, 2013. She received an associate’s degree from SUNY Alfred, and a master’s of social work from East Carolina State University. She was a clinical therapist, specializing in children and families, and worked in crisis counseling. Clara is survived by seven siblings, three stepsons, and a step-granddaughter.
Stephen “Hank” Donohue ’81 of Albany passed away Nov. 4, 2011. He had been a manager at Showtime/TMC during his time in New York City. He is survived by a sister and two brothers.
William Runeari M ’81 of Oswego died Aug. 17, 2013. He earned his bachelor’s degree at LeMoyne College. Bill was an English teacher at Oswego High School for more than 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Patricia “Sis” Wilber ’79; two daughters; and his parents.
Janet Holmes Rennspies ’83 of Oro Valley, Ariz., died Nov. 21, 2012.
Mary Boysman ’84 of Oswego passed away Oct. 6, 2013. She earned her MBA at LeMoyne College. Mary was vice president of marketing and advertising for Aspen Dental Management. She had previously been vice president of marketing at Harden Furniture, and senior marketing manager at Niagara Mohawk and Plum Street Energy. Mary is survived by her parents, Robert and Betty Boysman; her son, Jesse McWain; her daughter, Chelsea Oughterson; a grandson, Gavin; two sisters, Susan Sweet, and Sally Van Buren, a staff member at SUNY Oswego.
Lawrence Kushnick ’84 of Huntington passed away June 3, 2013. He earned his law degree from Touro Law School. He founded the law firm Kushnick Pallaci PLLC, specializing in construction, commercial and real estate litigation and arbitration. Surviving are his parents, a son, and three siblings.
Joyce Smolak Bocian ’86, M ’87 of Weedsport passed away June 9, 2013. She earned an associate’s degree from Cayuga Community College. Joyce was a kindergarten teacher for the Port Byron Central School District for 24 years. She is survived by her husband, Donald; two children; her mother; and two brothers.
Phillip Isaman ’86 of Hannawa Falls passed away June 7, 2013. He worked for Radio Shack. Phil is survived by his wife, Robin; a son; his mother; and two sisters.
Joseph Te’Ketch ’92 of Scranton, Pa., died June 14, 2013. He served with the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Johnson Trade School and was an engineer with Babcock and Wilcox Engineering. Before his retirement, he had been on the faculty of Johnson College. Surviving are his wife, Audrey; a daughter; and three grandsons.
Lori Moseley ’94 of Deferiet, passed away Sept. 12, 2013. She earned her master’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in 1997. Lori was a second grade teacher at West Carthage Elementary School. She is survived by two daughters, a granddaughter, her parents and two brothers.
Susan Bitz M’01 of Pulaski died July 27, 2013. She earned a bachelor’s degree at LeMoyne College. She had been an English teacher at Sandy Creek Central School since 1997. Sue is survived by a brother and a sister.
Elizabeth Paternoster Ponzi ’03 of Oswego passed away Oct. 6, 2013. Liz worked as an in-service coordinator and CNA instructor at St. Luke’s Health Services for many years, and had previously worked as a registered nurse at Pontiac Nursing Home. She is survived by three children, two grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and five siblings.
Jennifer Hamlin ’04 of North Syracuse passed away June 23, 2013. She was a professional pet groomer at Pet Express. Surviving are her parents, Raymond and Sandra; and a sister.
Martin Campbell ’05 of Liverpool died May 17, 2012. He was a teacher in the North Syracuse School District. He is survived by his fiancé, Jayson Steere; his father, James Campbell; his mother, Mary Leahy; two brothers; a step-brother; and a step-sister.
Teresa Lanterman Becker M’06 of Union Springs passed away June 13, 2013. She was Director of Youth Development for Cornell Cooperative Extension prior to retiring in 2012. Terri is survived by her husband, David; a daughter; a son; a stepson; and four grandchildren.
Katielyn Aubertine ’12 of New Haven passed away June 6, 2013. She had just completed her first year as a law student at the University of Buffalo Law School. Surviving are her parents, David and Susan; two sisters; and her grandmothers.
Otilia Cortez, associate professor of Spanish passed away in the summer of 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Nicaragua’s National University and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University. Otilia joined the Oswego faculty in 1999.
Jean Grant, former director of the Mary Walker Health Center, passed away Aug. 15, 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh, became a nurse practitioner at Community General Hospital, and earned her master’s degree in nursing at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Jean retired in 2011 after a 38-year career at Oswego. She is survived by her husband, Joseph, former vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Oswego; two daughters, Allison Grant and Katherine Tschudy; and her grandson, Gabriel.
Joseph Lipsig, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry died June 20, 2013. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Joe is survived by his wife, Roberta ’78; a son, Chuck; and two grandchildren, Derek and Shannon.
Pat Mouton, former adjunct instructor at Oswego, passed away March 15, 2010.
Berthram Needelman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology died March 8, 2013. He was a graduate of Temple University. Bert is survived by his wife, Cecelia Vining, and three stepsons.
Willard Schum, Associate Dean of Professional Studies of Venice, Fla., passed away Sept. 29, 2013. Will served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Buffalo. He was also the principal of the Swetman Learning Center on the Oswego campus. He was the founder of Safe Haven Museum in Oswego, which holds the history of the 182 refugees housed at Fort Ontario under President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. Will is survived by his wife, Joan; and two sons, Joseph and Michael ’86.
Lucina Hernandez Laundre, director of Rice Creek Biological Field Station and an associate professor of biological sciences, passed away Oct. 10, 2013. She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees from the National Polytechnic Institute in Durango, Mexico, and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Mexico’s National University. Lucina is survived by her husband, John Laundre, a biological sciences faculty member at Oswego, and a daughter.

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