May 2018

Featuring news received between January 1 and March 31, 2018


Class Notes Quarterly features professional accomplishments, educational attainments, awards, and other life milestones celebrated by our alumni.  A section of In Memoriam listings follows to honor alumni who are no longer with us, including to links to complete obituaries available online at the time of publication.

See the links below to jump to your choice of decade, or to additional sections devoted to marriage, birth, and death announcements. Based on alumni feedback, we have created easier to find and read In Memoriam listings for deceased classmates and friends, and we are pleased to provide links to their full, online obituaries as published by local media outlets, when available.

Searchable Archive: Our online class notes archive may be accessed and searched at any time.  Our archived collection of notes (including class notes, marriage and birth announcements, and in memoriam listings) begins with those received in 2010. The archive may be searched by name, class year, city, or state and is updated regularly.

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In Memoriam


JAMES SPITZ, Daleville, Va., is enjoying retirement after 36 years of service with the soil conservation and forest services within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For 27 years, he was also an active volunteer with fire/rescue and as an auctioneer and floor manager for an auction company. He and his wife reside in the Glebe Life Care Retirement Community where they enjoy having John Coffey ’51 as a next-door neighbor.


JERALD KLOCEK, Las Vegas, Nev., published a resource book for English teachers of grades 4-12, Literature: the Book, the Place, and the Pen.


ARNOLD HOSBACH, Akron, sings in the Akron Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Chancel Choir of the Bath Church, UCC. He also directs a small vocal ensemble at Bath called Classic Singers. His wife, Elizabeth, passed away in February 2017 after a five-year battle with cancer.


JOHN KROPF, Orrville, received the 2018 Earl Morris Trustee Award from the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) for his service as a BW trustee.


DAVID THOMPSON, Columbia, Tenn., is substitute teaching at a Christian school, after 38 years teaching grades 3-12 in Toledo and nine years on staff at Perrysburg (Ohio) Alliance Church in missions and visitation.

JERRY YODER, Saint Petersburg, Fla., retired to the Philippines in 2005. Since then, he has worked with investors and clients developing renewable energy products. Jerry is enjoying renewed life as a survivor of throat cancer. While he is unable to attend his 50th reunion this year, he sends blessings to all the members of the Class of 1968 and their activities.


JOHN “JACK” MENTAL, JR., Westerville, has worked 47 years in education and enjoys his current position as principal of St. Mary Elementary School in Marion. Outside of work, he and his wife enjoy time with their three grandchildren and keeping track of BW’s athletic teams. Go Jackets!


JAMES HAYAS, Medina, received an Outstanding Staff Alumni Award from the Brunswick Education Foundation for his career as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent.


BARBARA MUELLER SAWREY, La Jolla, Ca., received BW’s Outstanding Educator Award.


JOHN WARHOLA (MAED ’87), Avon Lake, is a retired teacher and coach.


FRANK TALERICO, Brecksville, has retired from 40 years as a clinical audiologist and 22 years as a commissioner, mayor, and vice-mayor for the City of Margate, Florida.

THEA MCAFEE WILSON, Cleveland, received BW’s Outstanding Educator Award.


ANNE MARIE LALONDE HANSON, Ottawa, Kans., has retired after more than 35 years as a professor of speech and theatre. She started her own design and pattern company, Morning Glory Designs, and works as a professional quilt designer, national teacher, and marketer of her own line of patterns. She also enjoys being a grandmother to two babies.


RALPH MOODY, Brookpark, is now a GS7 lead technician for Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS).


TERESA GODLASKI WHEELER, Columbia Station, is founder of Seasons of Change LLC, now in its sixth year. The company provides education, navigation of the health care system, advocacy services, and vetted resources to older adults and their families.


SUSAN SHLOSS, San Rafael, Calif., a violinist, released a CD entitled Grateful with her band Tao Theory.


JEFF TURK, Canton, has teamed up with KENNY RODA ’86, in hosting a daily sports/entertainment talk show for Newstalk 1480 WHBC. The show is available on the iheart radio app or online at


JANET JAWORSKI DUBER, Olmsted Falls, will soon celebrate 25 years of working in BW’s Office of Registration and Records. She has enjoyed the opportunity to meet and degree hundreds of YJ4Ls and looks forward to many more years of service to BW.


PETER BUNEVICH, Broadview Heights, makes IT easier for small companies as an account manager at Ashton Technology Solutions.

JOHN WARHOLA (MAED), Avon Lake, see ’74.


CURT MILLER, Bloomington, Ind., has been chosen to serve on the 2017-20 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player selection committee, which selects the 2018 USA World Cup team and the 2020 USA Olympic team.


KRISTEN DEMBOSKI YOUNG, Smithfield, Va., earned a master’s degree in education leadership/administration from Old Dominion University. She works with middle and high school age English language learners who are new to the country.

MARI ZACHARYASZ, Berea, is with the law firm Wargo & Wargo, where she practices employment and labor law, family law, corporate and nonprofit start-ups, and probate and estate planning.


MICHAEL DOVILLA, Berea, is now chief of staff for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, focusing on public policy related to people and leadership and the modernization of America’s civil service for the 21st century.  

JASON TAYLOR, Rochester, N.Y., received the Barbara S. Muller Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence at Roberts Wesleyan College, where he is chair of biological and chemical sciences.


KATHLEEN PATTERSON HOLT, Brecksville, is a physician assistant in the MetroHealth Community Emergency Departments, where she is precepting students in BW’s physician assistant program.


JAMES CUNDIFF (MBA), Middleburg Heights, has launched Northcoast Dental, Inc., a full-service agent/franchise of Hayes Handpiece Company specializing in surgical and dental handpieces.

MISSY JAKOVCIC GALUS (MAED ’05), Reston, Va., has been inducted into the Valley Forge High School Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball, softball, and volleyball.


AILEEN BOST, Fairview Park, is the senior client service director at CM Wealth Advisors. She is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland and an officer for a local private foundation.

HOLLY MILLER (MAED ’06), Lorain, was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s 2018 Most Interesting People. A special education specialist at Amherst Exempted Village Schools, Holly also competes in national weight lifting and strength competitions. In September 2017, she was the winner of the first female seated class in World’s Strongest Disabled Man Competition in London.


TOM BARNETT, London, U.K., leads the team responsible for the Amazon Prime video app for smart TVs and other third party living room devices. He lives with Heather Gubics ’04 and their adopted terrier Cali in London.


BRIAN HILINSKI, Fort Mill, S.C., is the co-founder of Harmany, a new tech start-up offering a technological and social solution to inefficiency as related to emergency events and evacuations. Harmany presented at the April 2018 National Tropical Weather Conference. Its mobile app will soon be available for free download on all devices.

THOMAS LEONTI (EMBA ’06), Hinckley, is senior vice president of manufacturing for Enprotech Corporation, a subsidiary of Itochu International Inc.

NATHAN MITCHELL, Long Beach, Calif., is the vice president of real estate development for Live Nation in Beverly Hills.

NICOLE BELL MITCHELL, Long Beach, Calif., is now the national manager for corporate diversity and corporate social responsibility for Kia Motors America.


ABBY LEHMAN BUZON, Lodi, has started her own business, The Helpful Marketer, specializing in web design and marketing services for small businesses.

MISSY JAKOVCIC GALUS (MAED), Reston, Va., see ’99.

ERICA SNOOK PAGE, Leesville, S.C., was named Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She is in her sixth year as principal at Pelion High School in Pelion, S.C.

KRISTOFER REIBER (MBA ’15), Middleburg Heights, is assistant director of chapter and regional programming at Case Western Reserve University, working with alumni chapters around the country.


MARK LAMMON, Cleveland, is executive director of Campus District Inc., the community development organization serving the neighborhoods east of downtown Cleveland.

THOMAS LEONTI (EMBA), Hinckley, see ’04.

HOLLY MILLER (MAED), Lorain, see ’01.

SYLVIA ROLDAN RIOS, Lorain, is assistant director for career readiness and professional development at the Oberlin College Career Development Center. She also serves on the boards of City Year Cleveland Alumni Board and ¡Presente!, a community group for Latino(a) employees of Oberlin College.

BRENDAN SORG, Independence, is now assistant general counsel at The MetroHealth System.

KATE ROCKWELL, New York, N.Y., plays the role of Karen Smith in Mean Girls on Broadway. She earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the show’s tryout at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.


JOHN BRANDAU, Baltimore, Md., earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in December 2016.

KAITLIN MAURER MCCREADY, Brooklyn, N.Y., is now vice president at Edelman, a leading communications and public relations firm. She works in the New York City office.

RITA MIKITA, Cleveland, was selected by The Cleveland Foundation, The Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and the Cleveland Teachers Union for the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award.

ELIZABETH OAKS, Burke, Va., is a vet assistant at the Pender Veterinary Centre in Fairfax, Virginia.


ASHLEE AMMONS, Franklin, Tenn., appeared on an episode of Rooster & Butch, a new investor series on A&E network. The episode aired on February 21, 2018.


LACEY CAPORALE, Lakewood, is in her fourth year as a doctoral student in sociology at Case Western Reserve University. Her dissertation research includes analyzing the process of urban revitalization in a Cleveland neighborhood, using ethnographic and life story methods.


STEPHEN GRUSHETSKY (MBA), Lyndhurst, is now national sales manager for Midwest Fasteners Inc. in Miamisburg. In November 2017, he was elected to a second term for Lyndhurst City Council, Ward 4.


LUIZ GAZIRI (MBA), Curitiba, Brazil, completed a tour to the U.S. to finish his second book, Happy Choices. The tour included interviews with several famous scientists on his topics of happiness and motivation.

COREY KINDER, North Olmsted, is the manager of fan experience and special events for the Cleveland Browns. His responsibilities include overseeing on-the-field entertainment and live public events.

ANDREW TARR, Berea, earned a Master of Arts in counseling with a focus on forensic psychology from Adler University. He is a licensed professional counselor and clinical therapist at the Centers for Families and Children in Parma.


GABRIELLE DUTTON, Leuven, Belgium, has moved to Belgium to work as an account manager at NineSigma.


ZACH ADKINS, New York, N.Y., now plays the leading role of Dmitry in Anastasia on Broadway. He had previously understudied the role and performed in the show’s ensemble.

MATTHEW CINTRON, Brunswick, is working abroad in Grantham, England, for Harlaxton College, the British campus of the University of Evansville. He is coordinator of residence life, student activities, and athletics.

KRISTOFER REIBER (MBA), Middleburg Heights, see ’05.


EMILIE MOLKENTIN, Shaker Heights, is an assistant to the executive director at the Cleveland Print Room and a professional dog-walker. She has also enrolled in Johns Hopkins University’s online museum studies master’s degree program.

KRISTA WEIDNER NENADAL, Parma, is a physical education teacher at Chapelside Academy and recently bought a house with her husband.

Marriage Announcements


COLLEEN BENOIT ’09 to Charles Kim





Birth Announcements


ELIZA NELSON ECCLES ’04 and husband Adam, a daughter


ADAM TAYLOR ’07 and wife Kerri, a daughter


JOE HARPER KOWALCZYK ’07 and partner Michelle, a son

RITA MIKITA ’08 and CAMILO VILLA ’09, a son

ANGELA “ANGIE” IWANIEC MARSHALL ’10 and husband Robert, a son


SAMANTHA WESTFALL SOPKO ’13 and husband Chris, a son 

In Memoriam


GORDON BOWMAN, Carmel, N.Y., died on January 13. Majored in music education. Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


JANE CARMELA CHAMBERS, Flushing, Mich., died on March 1. Majored in English literature. Member of Delta Zeta.


RICHARD “DICK” ESER, Lake Forest, Ill., died on January 30. Majored in philosophy. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Attended BW as part of the Navy V-12 program.


MIRIAM DEVEY SMITH, Pomona, Calif., died in January 2018. Majored in humanities. Member of Alpha Gamma Delta.


DONALD IDLE, Charlotte, N.C., died on January 31. Majored in business administration. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and ran cross country and track.

JOSEPH MAYER, Euclid, died on January 24. Majored in science. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and lettered in wrestling and football. BW honored Joe with the Alumni Merit Award in 1996 and, with members of his family, the Family Heritage Award in 1992.

V. JOAN BAKER POST, Woodbridge, Va., died on January 4. Majored in education. Member of Alpha Xi Delta.


JAMES “DYKE” CHAPMAN, Cincinnati, died on January 23. Majored in physics. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi.


PAUL BALDWIN, Broadview Heights, died on January 21. Majored in education. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha.


DEAN THOMAS, Bellville, died on March 30. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Sigma Phi.


CARYL GORMLY GURSKI, Muskego, Wis., died on April 2. Majored in religion. Member of Delta Zeta.

BERNICE TEETER KEARNS, Butler, died on January 19. Majored in home economics. Member of Phi Mu.

THOMAS BENTON PAULEY II, Middletown, R.I., died on January 26. Majored in history. Member of Alpha Tau Omega and lettered in wrestling.

ROBERT “BOB” WARNER, Las Vegas, Nev., died on March 7. Majored in business administration.


MAURINE BERG HULL, Toledo, died on February 10. Majored in secretarial science.

JOSEPH “JOE” LOS, Conway, S.C., died on January 23. Majored in geology. Lettered in football.


JEAN JORDAN WEBER, Kalamazoo, Mich., died on March 6. Majored in English literature.


DAVID “ALAN” ARMSTRONG, Warrington, Pa., died on February 11. Majored in business administration. Member of Alpha Tau Omega.


HAROLD BOWER, North Baltimore, died on March 4. Majored in history. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and lettered in basketball.

BARBARA “BONNIE” WATT MEIKLE, Colorado Springs, Colo., died on March 2. Majored in education. Member of Alpha Xi Delta.


KARON ELLIOTT VIVIANO, High Spring, Fla., died on January 22. Majored in home economics.


FRANCIS ZAMBORSKY, Hendersonville, N.C., died on March 11. Majored in business administration.


JOHN HOLCOMB, Akron, died on January 18. Majored in political science. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and lettered in football.


JAMES “BEN” COWGILL, Kent, died on March 13. Majored in health & physical education. Member of Alpha Tau Omega, Student Senate, and lettered in football.

ROBERT SCHNEIDER, Cleveland, died on March 6. Majored in music education.


GERALD “JERRY” JANKOVSKY, Westlake, died on January 28. Majored in business administration. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

GARY NASH, Westlake, died on February 24. Majored in sociology. Member of Lambda Chi Alpha and lettered in football.


DEBRA FEAVER COMODECA, North Olmsted, died on March 3. Majored in music. She was also a staff accompanist at the Conservatory from 1994 to 2018.


MARLA HAMMEL, Berea, died on January 26. Majored in music.


MICHAEL HRITSKO (MBA), Dublin, died on February 24. Michael earned his EMBA in executive management.


WILLIAM MCNEFF, Washington Twp., died on March 7. Majored in business administration.

BRAD SMITH, Elyria, died on January 23. Majored in business administration.


WILLIAM CHARRON, Sarasota, Fla., died on November 6, 2017. Majored in business administration.

NANCY NEUBAUER VIERITZ (MAED), Elyria, died on March 1. Nancy earned a Master of Arts in reading.


MARK GUSLEY, Parma, died on March 12. Majored in business administration. Member of Phi Kappa Tau.


ROBERT “BOB” SCHAAL, Uniontown, died on March 23. Majored in biology. Member of Alpha Tau Omega.


DARRELL QUANDER (MBA), Medina, died on February 21. Darrell earned an MBA in management.


NICHOLAS RAMSEY, Cleveland, died on January 19. Majored in chemistry.



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