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Margaret “Marty” (Miller) Roffo
Shortsville, N.Y., died July 1, 2009. Marty was a
member of Alpha Phi. She had worked at Finger
Lakes Race Track in Victor, N.Y.
Anne (Brierly) Fischer
’73, Porter, Okla., passed
away Nov. 26, 2011. Anne was a former member
of the Oklahoma State Board of Education. She
owned and operated Blackledge and Fischer
Orchards in Porter. Anne’s husband of 38 years,
Joel Fischer, Westminster College ’73, survives.
Mary (Maloit) Ramsey
’76, Adams Center, N.Y.,
died Jan. 2, 2012. She worked as a horse trainer
at farms in North Carolina, Canada, Bonnie Castle
Stables in Alexandria Bay, and purchased the
Golden Horseshoe Stables, now known as the
Royal Stables in Adams Center. Mary was a great
lover of dogs and horses and belonged to several
horse clubs in New York State, where she was
well regarded.
Dorothy “Dottie” (Billings) Reed
Morganton, N.C., died Oct. 15, 2011. Dottie
was a founder of the Exceptional Equestrian
Therapeutic Riding Program at J. Iverson
Riddle Development Center. She started the
program with two donated horses and built it
into a state-of-the-art stables with 22 horses and
an indoor riding arena. She helped organize the
Equestrian Special Olympics for North Carolina
and served on the advisory board. Dottie received
the Governor’s Award for Excellence in 2003.
Kimberly (Mahanes) Crutcher
’80, Liberty,
Mo., passed away Jan. 2, 2012. Kim was a
registrar for Concorde Career Institute. She was a
former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Jean (Kennedy) King
’84, Savannah, Ga., passed
away Aug. 20, 2010. She was a member of Alpha
Chi Omega sorority.
Natalie Stathis
’89, Belleville, Ill., passed away
Dec. 23, 2011. Natalie was a 1985 graduate of
Belleville Township High School West. While
at WWU, she was a Delta Gamma.
Meredith Hawkins
’92, Little Rock, Ark.,
died Oct. 25, 2011. Meredith was a customer
service representative for Verizon. She had
two dachshunds, Murphy and Riley.
Tina (Watson) Wiklund
’97, Davenport,
Iowa, died Dec. 25, 2011. Tina was employed
Marilyn (Walker) Whittenberg
’59, Muskogee,
Okla., passed away July 7, 2011. Marilyn and her
husband, Bob, owned and operated Central Meat
Market for 40 years. Marilyn enjoyed dining out,
shopping, bingo, and going to the casino and to
the lake.
Carole (Treichel) Binder
’60, St. Louis, Mo.,
died Feb. 8, 2011. Carole served on the board
and was a founding director of Christ for Youth
Charities Foundation.
Beverly (Clark) Mongerson
’61, Rice Lake,
Wis., died Dec. 3, 2011. Beverly worked for
Marshall Field and Bramson Ladies Boutique of
Chicago. She was active in Rice Lake Fortnightly
for 40 years and owned and operated the
Newcomer Welcome Service for 28 years. She
was also active with Bethany Lutheran Church.
Jean “Kathy” Klein
’62, Modesto, Calif., passed
away Nov. 27, 2011. Kathy was a marriage and
family therapist with Stanislaus County and
private clients. She was actively involved in the
music community of Modesto, being a member
of the First United Methodist Church Choir,
the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and
Townsand Opera Players. Kathy is survived by
her sister,
Judy (Klein) Elam
Jan (Sewing) Moore
‘62, Florissant, Mo., passed
away Aug. 8, 2010. During her time at WWU,
Jan was a member of the Green Owl staff.
Gail (Gokbora) Bernadt
’66, Clifton Park,
N. Y., died Nov. 21, 2011. Gail was a board-
certified diplomate in clinical social work and
was in private practice in Saratoga Springs and
also served as a consultant to the Colonie Youth
Center in Latham. She did volunteer work for the
American Field Service, serving as a consultant
to the local chapter and hosting three exchange
students from Turkey.
Geraldine Johnson
’66, Fleming Island, Fla.,
died Oct. 13, 2011. Geraldine taught physical
education for more than 30 years at Belleville
Township East High School in Belleville, Ill.
There she coached various sports, as well as
cheerleaders. She worked as tennis pro at
several clubs and continued as tennis pro and
competitor after her retirement. She loved her
pets and the St. Louis Cardinals. Her faith and
church, however, were most important to her.
as a commercial interior designer for Pigott
Commercial Interiors for the past 13 years.
She formerly belonged to the Quad-City Rowing
Club. Tina was a member of Asbury United
Methodist Church, and she and her husband,
Peter, led the youth group there.
David Crass
’03, Tucson, Ariz., died Dec. 27,
2011. David spent much of his professional
career in retail management and working at
college bookstores. He was a member of the
National Association of College Stores and
wrote articles for The College Store magazine.
He enjoyed gardening and spending time with
his dogs.
Carolyn Dunning
, M.Ed. ’03, Neosho, Mo.,
passed away Oct. 10, 2011. Carolyn taught
in the Seneca Elementary School since the fall
of 1988, retiring on Jan. 1, 2011. She thoroughly
enjoyed teaching and helping the children and
their families. She was featured in Who’s Who
of America and was a former member of MSTA
and National Teacher’s Association.
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Jane Bierdeman-Fike
, 89, Fulton, Mo., died
March 13, 2012. Jane worked as a social
worker in the area of mental health for 50 years.
Her first job was as a case worker for the
St. Louis Welfare Office and she was
continuously employed since that time as a
social worker in many different places. Since
1962 she had been the director of psychiatric
social work at Fulton State Hospital. She
published several articles and also received
several grants. She was awarded numerous
honors, including NASW's Lifetime
Achievement Award. Prior to that, she received
the Social Worker of the Year Award by the
Missouri Chapter NASW. Jane was instrumental
in setting up the social work program at William
Woods University and was a generous donor.
Mary Ruth (Ridgel) Gifford
, 89, Fulton Mo.,
passed away Dec. 30, 2011. Mary had worked at
the International Shoe Factory, the Fulton State
Hospital, and William Woods University. She
enjoyed listening to country music, cooking and
spending time with her family