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Fall 2007 • Volume 13, Issue 4

In Memory



Ethel Burroughs Hartsock ’28, April 14, Peoria. She was a librarian at Bradley and had been a teacher in Trivoli and Delavan. Ethel was 100. Three children, 11 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren survive.


Frances Barrett ’32, April 2, St. Louis. Frances was a dietitian in the St. Louis public schools for many years. She was 100.

Eleanor Easton Whelan ’35, March 29, Peoria. She had worked in the office of her father’s medical practice and in payroll at Caterpillar.

Leslie Anderson ’37, March 25, Avon Park, Florida. He was a supervisor for Pabst Brewing Co. for 42 years, retiring in 1980. Leslie was active in the Presbyterian church. He was a World War II Army veteran. Surviving are his wife Margaret, one daughter, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Frances Huxtable Gebhardt ’37, June 7, Metamora. She volunteered at Wildlife Prairie Park and in the office at ICC. Survivors include two daughters, eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Lester Rink ’37, May 19, Peoria. He worked as a chemist for Pabst in Peoria Heights for many years.

Jane Pottker Helwig ’38, May 20, Peoria.

Virginia Thulin Miller ’39, August 17, 2006, Fort Myers, Florida. She was the librarian and media specialist at Kelly School in Peoria Heights for 20 years. Virginia was interested in genealogy. At Bradley she was editor of the yearbook and a member of Chi Omega. Survivors include two children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Virginia Townsend Lindig ’40, March 28, Hilton Head, South Carolina.

C. Bonner Triebel ’41, June 10, Cocoa, Florida.

  James A. White ’42, April 22, Maitland, Florida. He enjoyed sailing and was a lector at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife Suzanne Sprenger White ’43.

Arlene Knussman Hartmann ’43, April 25, Hanna City. She taught home economics and physical education. Arlene was active in 4-H and the Peoria County Farm Bureau. Two daughters, three granddaughters, and several great-grandchildren survive.

Shirley Schueler Hyler ’44, April 17, The Woodlands, Texas. A 60-year member of PEO, Shirley was a member of Delta Zeta at Bradley. Two children and several grandchildren survive.

Kathryn Somerville Crisler ’45, May 4, Peoria. An active volunteer and church member, she logged more than 10,000 hours at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. She enjoyed hosting foreign guests in exchange programs. Survivors include three children and four grandchildren.

Pearl Staker ’46, July 1, Morton. She was a teacher in Pekin from 1934 to 1963, and also worked as a school nurse and an RN in several cities.

Rosemary Nussle Thomas ’46, May 20, Peoria. She had been a secretary for Ozark Airlines. Rosemary enjoyed bridge and travel. Her husband Edward “Tommy,” two children, seven grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters survive.

Adeline Rosenbohm ’47, March 24, Peoria. A secretary at Limestone High School for 39 years, she had been editor of the Scout at Bradley.

Maurice “Moe” Errion ’48, June 3, Palm Harbor, Florida. He taught at East Peoria High School for 30 years, retiring in 1983. A World War II veteran, he held a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. His wife Pat, four children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive.

Mary Jayne Sisson ’48, July 3, Pekin.

Miriam Parker Biederbeck ’49, May 4, Peoria. A counselor at the Florence Crittenton Home for 24 years, she was an innovator in helping adoptees contact their birth parents. She had served on the national Bradley Alumni board and was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Survivors include her husband William Biederbeck ’50, three sons, and several grandsons.

George Tozian ’49, April 9, Tampa, Florida. He worked for General Telephone for 28 years, retiring as manager of digital transmission. He received the GTE community service award in 1970. George served as president of the Tampa Optimist Club in 1972. An Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, he became a licensed commercial pilot in 1946. Surviving are his wife Verna, five sons, and three grandchildren.

Lawrence Webber ’49, June 19, Columbus, Indiana. He was a veteran.

Frances Stewart Wells ’49, April 11, Sarasota, Florida. Due to her interest in dolphins, she served three years as the original president of Mote Marine Science Center’s volunteer board. Fran was a founding member of Siesta Key Chapel. She was a master embroiderer with the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. Survivors include her husband Jack and their son.


Helen Bruns ’50 MA ’66, December 14, 2006, Peoria. She was an art teacher at Richwoods High School for many years. Helen was an active volunteer and was involved in her church and local theatre. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi at Bradley.

Harold Church ’50, May 26, Scottsdale, Arizona. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1969. He moved from Colorado Springs to Arizona in 1988. Survivors include his wife Eleanor, three children, seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Marilyn Huston Connors ’50, March 18, Fremont, Ohio. She taught for 25 years and worked in real estate for 40 years. Marilyn held a master’s degree from the University of Toledo. She was active in Rotary and her church. Three children and eight grandchildren survive.

Ralph Dee ’50, May 2, Morton. He retired in 1985 after 35 years with Caterpillar. Ralph was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. His wife Phyllis survives.

Leon Dollet ’50, March 26, Jupiter, Florida. An executive with the West India Shipping Co., he worked to preserve the Loxahatchee River.

Lyle Hoffmaster ’50, March 21, Bucyrus, Ohio. He retired from Ohio Locomotive Crane Co. in 1986. Lyle was interested in antique machinery and steam threshers. He was the last surviving founder of the steam show in Pontiac, Illinois. Two daughters and two grandchildren survive.

Robert Huson ’50, March 10, Peoria. He was a teacher for 33 years and a basketball coach, retiring from Pleasant Hill School. Bob worked as a golf pro during the summer for 30 years, and was also an avid bowler. He was an Army Air Forces veteran. His wife Gini, two children, and five grandchildren survive.

William Mehlenbeck ’50, March 31, Springfield. He was the association executive of Central Illinois Builders for more than 30 years, retiring in 1990. Bill was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of Sigma Nu at Bradley. Survivors include his wife Barbara, three sons, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Don Moeller ’50 MA ’52, November 1, 2006, Costa Mesa, California. Don was a ceramics teacher in Newport Beach for 30 years, and earlier taught high school art in Moline. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. His wife Eva and their daughter survive.

Shirley Bentley ’51, June 29, Peoria. She was a secretary at the Unitarian Universalist Church until retiring in 1997. After college, Shirley was a magazine feature writer for Down Beat for four years, writing under the name of Sam Bentley.

George Johnston ’51 MA ’58, May 16, Peoria. A World War II Army veteran, George served a term as a Peoria alderman in the ’60s. He was a high school teacher in District 150 for more than 30 years, and coached tennis and freshman football at Richwoods High School. Later he was Peoria County circuit clerk. Surviving are his wife Norma, two children, and four grandchildren.

Harry “Bill” Schwaegerman ’51 MS ’52, April 1, Glenview. He taught building trades at both Glenbrook High Schools from 1952 to 1992, guiding students through building a complete home each year for 25 consecutive years. It was the first program of its kind in the nation. Bill was an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife Patricia.

Robert Steffan MA ’51, April 20, Springfield. Bob joined the staff of the Illinois State Museum in 1973. He was active in the local arts and theatre community. He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Dillon Williams ’51, April 26, Peoria. An artist at Caterpillar for 36 years, Dillon retired in 1994. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Surviving are his wife Anna, eight children, 23 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Marilyn Hedrick Lefebvre ’52, April 11, Canton. Marilyn was a homemaker and was active in her church. At Bradley she was a member of Chi Omega. Surviving are her husband John, four children, and nine grandchildren.

Richard Bingaman ’53, June 30, Boynton Beach, Florida. He spent 18 years in the group insurance business, and in 1975 opened a marketing and advertising firm in New York. A veteran of the Army Military Intelligence, Dick was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha at Bradley. Survivors include his companion Carolyn and his two sons.

Harry Gaghen ’53, May 31, Billings, Montana. He was a professor at Montana State University at Billings for almost 30 years. Harry also served as dean of the school of business. He was active in the Lions Club and enjoyed the outdoors. Harry played basketball at Bradley and was president of Sigma Chi. He was a Korean War Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife Peggie, three children, and two grandchildren.

William Tuft ’53, April 24, Peoria. An insurance agent for 48 years, he had opened offices in Peoria, Chicago, and at the World Trade Center in New York. William was a Korean War Army veteran. His wife Wanda and three sons survive.

Theoline Chamness Benn MA ’54, April 8, Sun City West, Arizona.

Robert Berkel ’54, March 5, Peoria. Bob worked at Caterpillar for 36 years, retiring in 1984. An avid Bradley basketball fan, he was an Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife Dorothy, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Norma Paine Stobaugh ’54, April 5, Farmington. She retired in 1980 after teaching elementary school for 22 years, primarily at Limestone-Walters School. Norma was active in her church. Her husband Bud, three children, and six grandchildren survive.

Irving Ritsema ’55, December 29, 2006, South Bend, Indiana. He retired in 1986 after 31 years with Bendix Corp. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Carol, two children, and three grandchildren.

Richard P. Henderson ’56, March 11, Montgomery, Texas. He worked in the steel building industry in the Houston area before retiring in 1996. Richard served in the Air Force for three years. Surviving are his wife Jean, two children, and six grandchildren.

Robert Togikawa ’56, April 4, Bloomington, Indiana. He was a golf pro and greens superintendent in Peoria and Lanikai, Hawaii. Robert was a life member of the PGA and had been inducted into the Bradley Sports Hall of Fame. He was co-captain of the golf team at BU. His wife Betty, two daughters, and three grandchildren survive.

Donald Tomaso ’56, April 18, Vernon Hills. Don owned and operated Tomaso Associates, a brokerage firm. Survivors include three children and five grandchildren.

Allan Swanson ’57, August 19, 2006, St. Joseph, Michigan. He was employed by Clark Equipment from 1960 to 1988. Al enjoyed fishing and hunting. Surviving are his wife Kaye Kline Swanson ’57, four children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Shirley Grubb Tomaso ’57, May 8, Vernon Hills. She lived in Lake Forest and Salem, Wisconsin, for many years. Three children, her mother, and five grandchildren survive. Her husband Don preceded her in death three weeks earlier.

Helen Kelso Johnston ’58, May 18, East Peoria. She was a teacher for 36 years, primarily in District 150. She retired in 1980. Helen was known as a country humorist. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta. Her husband Jack, their son, and six grandchildren survive.

Euell Lindsey MA ’58, June 11, Pekin. He was a high school teacher and coach for 35 years, retiring in 1976. Euell spent summers working for the National Park Service. Surviving are his wife Marjorie, three children, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Dennis Roin ’59, December 22, 2006, Lake Worth, Florida. Survivors include his companion Elaine Aiello, three children, two stepchildren, and four grandchildren.


Joan Peddicord Hyde Langie ’61, April 22, Peoria. She had retired as director of New Leaf Treatment Center for Women, and earlier had taught fourth grade and vocational classes. Joan was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Survivors include her husband John Langie MEA ’75, two children, three stepchildren, and 13 grandchildren.

  Richard Nehring ’61, April 11, 2006, Pentwater, Michigan. As an architect in Grand Haven, Dick designed many homes along the shore of Lake Michigan. He moved to Pentwater and became a builder there in 1985. An avid sportsman, Dick enjoyed playing Santa for 10 years. He was a Korean War Army veteran. His wife Marilyn, twin daughters, and five grandsons survive.

James F. Ray ’61, October 11, 2006, Darien. Jimmy is survived by his wife Ida, two daughters, and two grandchildren.

Danny Hillman ’62 MSME ’67, March 17, Groveland. He was a professional engineer at Komatsu for 46 years. Danny also farmed and enjoyed outdoor sports. His wife Linda, three children, and seven grandchildren survive.

Norma Yock MA ’62, June 18, Pekin. She began her career as a music teacher and then became a guidance counselor at Pekin High School from 1963 to 1984. Norma was president of the Pekin Civic Chorus from 1953 to 1987. She chaired the United Way fund drive in 1986 and was president in 1988. She was a past president of Delta Kappa Gamma. Her daughter and two grandchildren survive.

Walter Gerard ’63, April 23, Colorado Springs. He retired from Pabst before moving to Colorado. Walt was a Bradley basketball player. He enjoyed outdoor sports. Survivors include his wife Jackie, three sons, 14 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Sandra Limbos ’63, July 1, Chicago. She was a teacher in Glenview for many years. Sandra held a master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. A past president of the Hellenic Professional Society of Illinois, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi at Bradley.

John Tazioli ’63, April 24, Highland Park. He worked in the family business, Glader & Tazioli Excavating. John is survived by his wife Anna and his mother.

William C. Brown ’64, March 2, Galesburg.

Louise Hill Lawrence ’64 MA ’65, May 29, Peoria. Louise was a third grade teacher in Germantown Hills. She taught for 38 years. Her husband James survives.

Kenneth W. Mills ’64, May 3, Tucson. A 43-year employee of Rain Bird, Ken was in charge of the company’s commercial and contractor divisions. As president of the Irrigation Association in 2006, he was a vocal advocate for the irrigation industry and global water conservation. He held an MBA from Pepperdine. Ken enjoyed golf and fly fishing. His wife Madora, two daughters, and a grandson survive.

Robert Seitz ’64, June 30, Oregon. He had retired as a rock quarry owner and operator. He was active in the United Methodist Church and had helped build the chapel in his daughters’ memory. Bob was a member of Theta Chi at Bradley. Survivors include his wife Connie,
two children, and two stepdaughters.

Robert L. Schmidgall ’65, April 27, Story, Wyoming. He retired in 2001 as a chemistry professor at Henderson State University in Arkansas. Robert held a doctoral degree from Indiana University and taught for 31 years. His wife Judy survives.

Wayne “Bill” Bartlett MS ’68, April 4, Kewanee. He taught business education at Kewanee High School for 25 years, retiring in 1991. Bill was active in his church and the county historical society. He was a Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife Alice, two daughters, and four grandchildren.


Shirley Casper ’71, July 8, Canton. She was a retired RN. Her husband Glen survives.

William “Jack” McCall MA ’73, April 27, Toluca. He taught at Richwoods High School for 10 years. Survivors include two sons, his mother, and two grandchildren.

James Marry MA ’75, June 24, Mapleton.

Richard Kase ’78, March 25, Edelstein. His four children survive.

Kenneth Kolb Jr. ’79, May 21, West Salem, Wisconsin. Ken received his medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed a residency at the University of Florida. He had practiced pediatrics in Texas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin at LaCrosse and Onalaska. He served on numerous boards and had been president of the Winona County Medical Society in Minnesota. Survivors include his wife Darci, six children and stepchildren, his father, two brothers, and a grandson.


Lynn Brown ’81, May 30, Burnsville, Minnesota. Lynn taught special education at Mark Bills School in Peoria. Her husband Philip C. Brown, two sons, four grandchildren, and her father survive.

  Matthew Rohman ’83, July 3, Metamora. He was a sales representative at the Uftring auto dealership in Washington. Matthew had been a lieutenant in the Marine Corps. His fiancée and two sisters survive.

Derek Bowers ’85, July 10, Mill Creek, Washington. He was general manager of Pro Comm Protection and Communications Inc. in Seattle. Derek held an MBA from Illinois State University. Surviving are his wife Tracy and his parents.

Edward Switala ’85, July 15, LaGrange. He was senior credit manager at MAC Funding, a division of Mitsubishi. Ed held an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and had completed graduate work at Dartmouth. An avid fisherman, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Bradley. Survivors include his wife Stacey Donars Switala ’85, three sons, and his mother.

Margaret Garrett MA ’87, April 29, Peoria. She was a teacher for 33 years, primarily teaching fourth grade at Woodrow Wilson School. After retiring in 1999, Meg volunteered at Methodist Medical Center. She was a member of Delta Zeta and Pi Lambda Theta. Her husband John K. Garrett MA ’65, their daughter, and granddaughter survive.

Rose Marie Thomas Domagall ’89, May 9, Peru. She worked in social service at Horizon House and then in Loves Park at Access Services of Northern Illinois. Survivors include her daughter and mother.


Karen Dove Cabral ’94, June 3, Skokie. She had been a unit manager at Hewitt Associates. Karen was a member of Sigma Delta Tau at Bradley. Her husband Edward Cabral ’93, two sons, and her parents survive.


Ian Irons ’07, June 2, St. Louis. Survivors include his parents and sister.