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Career and Personal Updates


Jimmy Bruce ’66 BS, ’67 MA was appointed to the Commission on Services to the Aging for a term through July 2025.

Carol J. Lupton ’67 MA and Dr. Paul E. Lupton ’67 MA are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary this year. Both are retired educators from the West Bend, Wis., school district. They are avid travelers and community activists. Paul is the creator of "Air Camp" (in conjunction with EM), a summer camp focused on aviation for young teens. Air Camp is celebrating its 22nd year. Paul and Carol have been blessed with a son and daughter and two grandsons.

Judy White Warner ’67 BS, ’70 MAE and Charles Warner, former NMU News Bureau photographer, celebrated their 55th anniversary in October. Judy’s teaching career began with 7th grade classes in Lincoln Park and substitute teaching in elementary, middle and high school; first and second grade in Marquette and third grade in Monterey, Mexico. She retired in 2001 aft er teaching 33 years. They have a son and two grandchildren.

Alan Niemela ’68 BS has written Maple Ridge Memories: Short Stories About Growing Up on a Small Farm in a Michigan Upper Peninsula Finnish Community, published by Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc.

Thomas Russo ’68 BS was inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame in 2022. He coached basketball for 24 years at four schools and led the Negaunee boys to the Class C state title in 2000. His teams took six regional championships and seven Mid-Peninsula Conference titles.

Jeannie Thoren ’68 BS, a leader of the women’s ski equipment revolution, is being inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Museum Hall of Fame.

James Donnelly ’71 BS, former president of Donnelly’s Printing (1974-2006), sold his business and is working for Costco, where he was awarded Costco’s Presidential Award from their CEO in 2022 for performing CPR on a member who suffered a heart attack and saved her life. He is also in the NMU Sports Hall of Fame for NMU’s first Individual NCAA All-American for Swimming, 1969 and 1970.

Stephen Shepherd ’71 BA, ’77 MA has published a new book: Losing the Sound of Your Own Stride.

Dennis J. Ormsbee ’72 BME taught in Atlanta and Grayling, Mich., for nearly 30 years, during which his high school bands were honored with awards and he achieved Teacher of the Year status. “I attribute this to the fine teaching I received at NMU!” he said. He was even celebrated with a composition in his honor, which he later presented to the Music Department at NMU. He and his wife now work for Orefice LTD ( a uniform company), because “it is a great joy to stay connected with as many music directors as possible!”

Gary Richtmeyer ’72 BME remarried in 2020 after his late wife passed away some years ago from cancer. Now he lives in Plant City, Fla. aft er moving from Zephyrhills. Both he and his wife are now retired and plan to do some traveling in their RV and take some cruises.

Marv DeMilio ’73 BS, ’77 MA, after nearly 38 years as a State Farm agent in Marquette, retired last fall. Before becoming an agent in 1984, he was the English Department Head in Baraga where he developed the high school English curriculum and helped to create other areas of learning for the nine years he was there. He and his wife, Diane ’74 BS, ’82 MA, will continue to split their time between Marquette and Orange Beach, Ala.

Gerald Root ’73 MAE was inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame in 2022. He was a sports broadcaster for 48 years and coach at North Central for girls basketball, cross country and boys track.

Sherrill Weaver ’75 BS, ’82 MA recently completed 46 years as an educator, a career path that she started on at NMU, first as a graduate assistant in the NMU English Department, then as the librarian at Iron Mountain High School, and a grant writer and English instructor in community colleges. She then completed advanced degrees in Library Science and worked as an academic librarian at Indiana University-Bloomington and National-Louis University. She went on to earn a doctoral degree in Adult and Continuing Education, and worked at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Ill., for 20 years before retiring in August.

Mike Garland ’78 BS has retired from Michigan State University after 22 years as assistant basketball coach.

Timothy Hamill ’78 BS has been hired as the national endemic account executive for Outdoor Sportsman Group Ad Sales Department. Outdoor Sportsman Group is comprised of media and entertainment brands for outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

John C. Cote ’79 BS is an associate professor of business administration at the University of Maryland, Global Campus. Dr. Cote was formerly the Dean of Business Administration at Baker College of Michigan, and a former hospital administrator at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. He has been a consultant to businesses and has served on advisory committees for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He has been married to his wife, Leslie, a registered nurse, for 39 years, and has two adult children and four grandchildren. They reside in Commerce Township, Mich.

Gregory Krzeminski ’79 BS has been selling eBikes for the last 12 years out of his dealership/store in Harrison Township, Mich.

Kenneth Kessler ’80 BS has retired from Lapwai School District after 35 years teaching math and special education and coaching in Michigan and Idaho.

Gretchen Priess ’80 BSN was recognized by Sparrow Clinton Hospital for her 40 years of compassionate care.

Rebecca Vargo ’81 BS retired in September 2021, after a long career as an award-winning newspaper reporter, editor and photographer, most recently at the Grand Haven Tribune. She is featured in the documentary, "Rip Current Rescue," (ripcurrentrescue.com) that aired this summer on WTTW Chicago.

Michael Dellangelo ’82 BS was inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame in 2022. He played football at NMU where he ran for 1,093 yards and caught 82 passes for 762, then served as varsity football assistant coach for 30 years at Ishpeming, where he led them to the Class C state title.

Andrea Collins ’83 BSN recently retired as associate director of nursing at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Mich., after 39 years.

Kimberley Efthimiou-Amacher ’83 BS is retiring from the United States Postal Service in 2023. She and her husband, Dave, are planning to move to Tennessee.

Alice Riddle ’83 BS retired in January 2022 from the U.S. Forest Service after 35 years of federal service.

Paul Millenbach ’84 BS, former president of the Northern Michigan University Alumni Association Board of Directors, has been appointed as president of the Detroit Bar Association. He last served as the DBA’s vice president and has been involved with the board for over a decade.

Laurin Thomas ’87 BS has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Davis-Dunnings Bar Association Distinguished Barrister Award. The award recognizes an outstanding member of the Michigan legal community who has distinguished themselves in their career.

Kathleen (Wisniewski) Dodge Matheson '78 BS started her career in Burbank as an NBC Page, shortly after her NMU graduation. Now, as executive director of the El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office, she is a member of the Affiliation of Film Commissioner’s International and Film Liaisons in California Statewide. Dodge Matheson has worked with hundreds of motion picture projects, including the recently released “Top Gun: Maverick.” She currently resides in California with her husband, Garrick Matheson ’76 BS.

Mike Harri ’88 BS was employed for the past 21 years as information technology manager for Dentco, a commercial property management company based in Dewitt, Mich. He was appointed in December as information technology manager for Orbion Space Technology based in Houghton, Mich. Mike and his wife, Tammy, have enjoyed moving back to the Upper Peninsula and the Copper Country area. 

Kim Mercier ’88 BS has been selected as CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah, Calif.

Anthony Violetta ’89 BS, ’02 MPA was named chief administrative officer at BayCare Clinic in Green Bay, Wis. He served as director of human resources with the organization for more than 15 years.

Barry Mead II ’91 BS retired as a police officer from the South Bend, Ind., Police Department and is working for his family business in Niles, Mich. He is in his 35th year of officiating ice hockey for the Federal Prospects Hockey League and several high school and college club leagues. 

Craig Salo ’91 BA was honored by Jack Bergman of Michigan in the US House of Representatives in April 2022, recognizing his service as the Marquette County veterans service officer and the head of the Marquette County Department of Veteran Affairs.

Jeff Vande Zande ’93 BS has a new novel, Rules of Order, published by Montag Press, which tells the story of Harvey Crowe, a community activist, who lives in a precarious high rise and works to inform tenants on the upper floors that the weight of their possessions could bring the entire building down.

Nanette Hanson ’94 BS, ’09 MAE was named the 2022-23 Michigan Teacher of the Year. She is a first-grade teacher at Lemmer Elementary School in Escanaba, Mich.

Jim Hiller ’95 BS has been named as assistant coach for the LA Kings.

Craig Dicus ’96 BS retired in May from the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Devin Dugan ’96 BS has had his screenplay No One Will Know Me recently win Best Feature Script at the 2022 Paris Film Awards.

Thomas Turner ’96 BS has been selected as the new director of the Motlow-Sparta Teaching Site with Motlow State Community College in Tennessee.

Jeremy Hinkson ’97 BS has been named vice president business banking officer at Range Bank.

Sam Laturi ’97 BS is working as a professional blacksmith. He was recently featured at Midwest Fire Fest, where he demonstrated his blacksmithing skills.

Andrew Mendini ’97 BS, ’08 MAE has been selected as principal of North Elementary School in the Iron Mountain, Mich., School District.

John Nelson ’97 BS is an accountant for the State of Arizona Board of Regents. He and his wife, Francine, reside in Phoenix.

Joseph Harvey ’98 BS has started a new position as chief facilities officer at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Jason Germain ’99 BS has been named head football coach at Millington High School, where he serves as assistant principal and athletic director.

Gregory Ormson ’99 MA published a book, Yoga Song, writes for many yoga magazines and is on his 5th year of teaching yoga for motorcyclists in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Amber Kinonen ’00 BS, ’04 MA has received the Outstanding Educator Award by Bay de Noc Community College.

Michael Waite ’01 BS produced his second studio album, We’ve Always Been at Home, with the help of many members of the central U.P. music community, among them several NMU music alumni and faculty. More information can be found at michaelwaitemusic.com.

Liz Conway ’02 BS, ’05 MPA has been appointed president/chief executive off icer of Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce.

Russell Kassin ’02 BS has been selected as president at First National Bank & Trust based in Iron Mountain, Mich.

Aaron Cadman ’03 BS was recently promoted to supervisor of the Air Pollution Control Program at The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health.

Ericka Distefano ’03 BS, ’12 BSN has joined Great Lakes Health Center in Gwinn, Mich., as nurse practitioner and acupuncturist.

Danielle Kallio ’03 BS was named Special Education Teacher of the Year 2022 for the northeast region by the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services.

William Southard ’03 BS was awarded the 2021 Incito Award by the Lenawee Community Foundation. The award recognizes a young person, age 40 or under, who has emerged as a community leader and demonstrates a commitment to volunteerism, philanthropy and leadership to organizations in the community. He has been employed by Old National Bank for 12 years and is currently a mortgage loan originator, vice president.

Eric Frederick ’04 BS has been chosen as the Michigan High-Speed Internet Off ice’s first chief connectivity officer.

Jonathan Ringel ’04 BS became the executive director of Northern Lights YMCA serving Michigan's Delta and Dickinson counties.

Jessica L Garvaglia ’05 BS, ’20 MAE has been teaching secondary education for the past 14 years. She spent the last six years teaching U.S. and World History at Kingsford High School, Mich., and is now the middle school principal at Kingsford Middle School.

Angela Hewitt Weikert, ’05 BS earned a Ph.D. in education from Montana State University in May 2022. Angie is the chief operating officer for Crosscut Mountain Sports Center in Bozeman, Mont.

Amy Lewis ’05 BS has started her own photography business called Amy Lewis Photography. amylewisphotos.com, @amylewisphoto.

Lindsey Butorac ’06 BS, ’10 MPA is vice president-Human Resources at TruNorth Federal Credit Union in Ishpeming, Mich.

Matthew Weisensel ’07 BS and his family have relocated to Wisconsin after spending 15 years in Texas. Matt has left the oil and gas industry to join Amazon. He and his wife recently welcomed their eighth child, Henrietta, in September 2022.

Alex Brubacher ’08 BFA is a senior graphic designer at Ronix Wakeboards and Radar Waterskis.

Angie Mills Cejka ’08 BS and Gregory Cejka ’09 BS moved to Togiak, Alaska, the week after they graduated. They both taught high school for six years there. Their son Charlie was born in 2013. In 2016, they moved to East Helena, Mont., where they purchased a dilapidated homestead built in 1890 by the town founder. They adopted Lupe, a former student from Togiak, whose father had died. They have spent the last six years renovating their home, volunteering in their community and advocating for at-risk youth. 

Cheryne ’09 BS and husband Sean ’08 BS Clements are owners and operators of Marquette Fit Body Boot Camp, which opened in November 2020.

Kyle Mattson ’09 BS is working as an electrical engineer at Neenha Inc. in Munising, Mich.

Tara Laase-McKinney ’10 BS has been appointed as executive director, Marquette Downtown Development Authority. She has been with the DDA for 8 years.

Keith Voorheis ’10 BS has been promoted to assistant general counsel and chief privacy off icer of Volkswagen Financial Services - North America.

Zach Fini ’10 BS has been filming and assembling live footage from jet cockpits and flight decks of Navy Growler pilots along with musical backdrops to produce some of YouTube’s most popular Navy cruise videos.

John Berry Jr. ’11 BS is employed full time as the photographer for Visit Estes Park. “Working in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado doing what I studied at Northern is a true dream,” he said.

Mariah Dunham ’11 BS has been appointed as athletic director and Physical Education and Health teacher at Baraga High School, Mich.

Phil Fox ’11 BS was named the 2021-2022 North American Hockey League Coach of the Year. He coaches the New Mexico Ice Wolves.

Victoria Leonhardt ’11 BS has been appointed to the Rural Development Fund Board for the state of Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Alex Ermatinger ’12 BS left his corporate job to own his own business, Tinger Guide Service for hunting and fishing.

Katherine Carlson-Lynch ’12 BS has earned the MCAO (Michigan Certified Assessing Officer) Certificate. She has started a position as the Ontonagon Township and Greenland Township, Mich., assessor.

Christina Gallup ’12 BS started working as K-12 principal for Baraga Area Schools, Mich., in August 2022.

Cory Gylock ’12 BS has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Nexstar Media’s broadcasting and digital operations in La Crosse/Eau Claire, Wis. He has been with the company since 2012.

Ben Slocum ’12 BS is celebrating 10 years of owning his company, Beards Brewery, in Petoskey.

Leora Tadgerson ’13 BA has been hired as the director of diversity, equity and inclusion with the Episcopalian Diocese of Northern Michigan.

Matthew Bizoe ’14 BS was named one of the 2022- 23 Rising Leaders by The Michigan Arts and Culture Council. Bizoe will participate in the six-month arts leadership program with other professionals from across the state developing the tools, resources and networking necessary to further the impact of the arts in Michigan and their respective communities.

Ashley McGrath ’14 BA is a consultant experience manager with the Manpower Group. She and her partner, Caleb Grams ’15 BSW, have a daughter, Kaylee.

Amanda Weinert ’14 BS has been serving the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Education Department for the past six years as their curriculum specialist, and recently transitioned into a new role, Ishkakimikwe Kinoomagewinan (Teachings of the Earth) coordinator - designed to support a National Science Foundation Advancing Informal Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics Learning Grant.

Jonathan Martin ’15 BA left the Boy Scouts of America after seven years of service as a district executive and district director. He has joined the American Library Association as the program manager for chapter relations.

Stephen Waligora ’15 BS has started a new role as vice president of asset protection, risk management and audit of Chanel Control Merchants in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Troy Morris ’16 BS, Adam Kall ’18 BS and Austin Morris ’18 BS are founders of Kall Morris Inc, an orbital debris remediation company, which is the recipient of three United States Space Force research contracts through Air Force Research Laboratory, worth $750,000. KMI has also joined the Net Zero Initiative of the Paris Peace Forum. The declaration calls for all stakeholders to support “the sustainable use of outer space for the benefit of all humankind by 2030.” The company was also the recipient of the 2022 Best Small Business Award from Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

Maria Rosado ’16 BS is a consultant at Slalom Consulting in Chicago, Ill.

Olivia Doyle ’17 BS is working as alumni communications officer at Wayne State University.

DJ Hoffman ’17 MPA has been selected as tribal chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Ruth J. Ryynanen ’17 MA was reappointed to represent secondary education on the Governor’s Educator Advisory Council for a term to May 2026.

Nolan Bergstrom ’18 BS said that after graduating from NMU he used a staff connection in the Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department to attend Western Michigan University for graduate school to obtain his master’s in geography in 2020. In the midst of the pandemic he struggled to find work, but he managed to leverage an internship with the City of Kalamazoo into an LISC AmeriCorps term while living in Marquette. He was then able to transition to a full-time position with the City of Kalamazoo. “All of this was because of connections at Northern,” he said. “As a first-generation college student, without Northern Michigan University, I would not have been able to succeed in my early career.”   

Jill Vermeulen ’18 BS has accepted a 4th grade teaching position at Cherry Creek Elementary School in Harvey, Mich.

Mark A. Sanders '19 MS has been named the new Dean for The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Louisiana campus.

Amina Smith-Mohammed ’19 BSW is a referral coordinator at Southwest Solutions. She said, “Northern laid the foundation for me to become the person I am today. My baby boy was born in Marquette one month before I graduated with my BSW. I bought my first home in the summer of 2020 and graduated with my master’s in social work in 2022."

Charlie Arnold ’20 BS is in the enlistment process for the Army Military Occupational Specialty of Human Intelligence Collector in the Active Duty capacity. He will start as an E-4 due to his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He hopes to continue traveling around Europe in his off -time. He said, “Being able to travel the world, not worry about my future and being a part of something much more important than myself is an opportunity that I would give my life for.”

Marisa Jacobs ’21 BS, senior associate grower with Square Roots, testified in front of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee concerning the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill.

Caitlin Sternberg ’21 BS has been named director of outreach and communication at Citizens for a Safe & Clean Lake Superior.

Joseph Calderon, Jr. ’22 AA had a career in the entertainment industry as a Motion Picture Distribution Company financial accountant in the ’80s and ’90s in Los Angeles, where he was contractually engaged to Orion Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. “From production to release of film, video and television media for distribution, there are myriads of elements working simultaneously,” he wrote. “I worked with major talent, on occasion, and actually held an Oscar statuette.”

Alek Harmeyer ’22 BS is a cultivation technician at Ottawa Innovations and Higher Love. He says, “Math, organic chemistry, psychopharmacology, and other STEM related subjects keep my true interests afloat!” 

Audrey Nimtz ’22 BS has joined Idea Marketing Group located in Yorkville, Ill., as marketing associate.

Stephanie Sprecker ’22 MPA has been promoted to the director of the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority.

Marriages & Births

Marissa Graff ’17 AAS and Myles Johnson ’16 BS were married in Marquette, Mich., on June 25, 2022. They currently live in Moorhead, Minn. 

Teddy Short ’14 BS and Jack Jaquette were married September 14, 2019. 

Sydney D’Andrea ’15 BSW married Patrick Kunz on September 26, 2020 in Chicago, Ill. 

Rachael Peters ’16 BA married Joshua Chatfield on June 18, 2022 at Presque Isle Park. 

Erin (McNabb) ’17 BA and Austin Pratt were married May 29, 2022 in Lowell, Mich., with seven fellow Wildcats at their side. Erin also received her master’s degree in French from Michigan State University in May. 

Taeler (Aspenleiter) ’18 BFA and Darryn Schulte ’19 BFA tied the knot August 28, 2021, two weeks before their 10 year anniversary. They are staying in the Marquette area and both pursuing careers in their majors of graphic design and digital cinema, respectively.


Drew ’07 BS and Sharon DelBello welcomed daughter Avery Elizabeth DelBello on June 20, 2022.

Benjamin ’14 BS and Lacey (LaPlant) St. Onge ’14 AT welcomed daughter Lauren Jean on March 2, 2022.

Alyssa Walters ’14 BFA welcomed Tyler J. Walters on January 15, 2022.

Alumni In Memoriam


William Helfer ’49 BS, May 2, 2022, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Agnes Kasiska ’54 BS, Feb. 19, 2022, Shelby Township, Mich.

Burt E. Parolini ’54 BS, Sept. 2, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Mutsuko Fukunaga ’56 BA, Jan. 10, 2022, Maris Grove, Pa.

Ronald Johnson ’56 BS, April 7, 2022, Crystal Falls, Mich.

Melvin Keranen ’56 BME, June 2, 2022, Grand Blanc, Mich.

Shirley Kero ’56 BS, Aug. 4, 2022, Negaunee, Mich.

James M. Kane, ’57 BS, Aug. 19, 2022,

Linden, Va. James Mattson ’58 BS, ’64 MA, March 1, 2021, L’Anse, Mich.

Adam Marvar ’58 BS, ’61 MA, Jan. 15, 2022, Dodgeville, Mich.

Peter Dwyer ’59 BA, June 10, 2021, Onalaska, Wis.

John Prokos ’59 BS, ’68 MA, July 7, 2019, Escanaba, Mich.

Donald Campbell ’60 BS, July 9, 2022, Portage, Mich.

Jerome Mascotti ’60 BS, April 24, 2022, Reed City, Mich.

Lorraine Moore ’60 BS, April 9, 2022, Harrison Township, Mich.

Darlene Prokos ’60 BS, June 5, 2022, Escanaba, Mich.

Louette Bartol ’61 MA, June 25, 2022, Sun Prairie, Wis.

James Mitchell Jr. ’61 BS, May 6, 2021, Detroit, Mich.

George Woons, ’62 BS, ’65 MA, Sept. 25, 2022, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Bernadine Brown ’63 BA, July 25, 2022, Green Bay, Wis.

Thomas Karjala ’63 BS, Aug. 13, 2022, Green Bay, Wis.

William McGovern ’63 BS, ’69 MA, April 20, 2022, Escanaba, Mich.

Robert Carlyon ’64 BS, Aug. 19, 2022, Romeo, Mich.

Clarence ’Jim’ Hall ’64 BS, Feb. 19, 2022, Fowlerville, Mich.

Janet Johnson ’64 BS, May 8, 2022, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Beverly Micallef ’64 BA, June 8, 2022, Wetmore, Mich.

Nancy Nelson ’64 BS, Aug. 9, 2022, Oshkosh, Wis.

Melvin Vonploennies ’64 BS, ’67 MA, Wauchula, Fla.

Theodore Herzog ’65 MA, May 20, 2022, Denver, Colo.

Thomas Klei ’65 BS, April 18, 2022, Baton Rouge, La.

Richard Aper ’66 BS, May 29, 2022, Negaunee Township, Mich.

Donald Hiltunen ’66 BA, June 15, 2022, Hancock, Mich.

Virginia Nordstrom ’66 BA, March 18, 2022, Calumet, Mich.

Henry L. Pichec ’66 BS, Sept. 19, 2022, Flushing, Mich.

Joyce Smith ’66 BS, April 24, 2022, Negaunee, Mich.

Richard Wertanen ’65 BS, July 17, 2022, Florence, Wis.

Jane Abelman ’67 BS, Sept. 19, 2017, Duluth, Minn.

Mary Deloria ’67 BA, Aug. 14, 2022, Iron Mountain, Mich.

Beth Marker ’67 BS, Aug. 2, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

James Palmeri ’67 BS, April 11, 2022, Jefferson City, Mo.

William Richards ’67 BS, May 15, 2022, Green Bay, Wis.

Milton Brinkman ’68 BS, ’69 MA, May 12, 2022, Escanaba, Mich.

Elden Carlson ’68 BS, ’70 MAE, June 27, 2022, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Mary Ellen Hoff ’68 BA ’76 MA, April 19, 2022, Tustin, Calif.

George P. Snyder ’68 BS, Aug. 8, 2022, Championsgate, Fla.

George Witting ’68 BS, ’70 MAE, May 29, 2022, Two Rivers, Wis.

Franklin T. Curley ’69 BS, Sept. 12, 2022, Oscoda, Mich.

Michael DeStasio ’69 MAE, Aug. 14, 2022, Waukesha, Wis.

Paul Dover ’69 BS, May 30, 2022, Lake Leelanau, Mich.

Karl Krepps ’69 BS, April 3, 2021, Curtis, Mich.

John Nelson ’69 BA, ’72 MA, April 17, 2022, Taunton, Mass.

Peter Paquette ’69 BA, June 12, 2022, Chicago, Ill.

Dennis Dryden ’70 BS, ’71 MAE, April 21, 2022, Niles, Mich.

Candace Swetkis ’70 BS, April 30, 2022, Escanaba, Mich.

John B. Jackson ’71 BS, Aug. 24, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Ervine Richardson Jr. ’71 BS, March 27, 2022, New Port Richey, Fla.

Gretchen Steiner ’71 BME, ’77 MME, May 31, 2022, Tobyhanna, Penn.

J. Frank Bonucci ’72 BS, Dec. 22, 2021, Tucson, Ariz.

Sally Closser ’72 MAE, Aug. 25, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

James L. Goodman ’72 AS, Chocolay Township, Mich.

Robert J. McCullough ’72 BS, Aug. 25, 2022, Ishpeming, Mich.

Ross Pearson Jr. ’72 BS, May 9, 2022, Sarasota, Fla.

Louis “Bob” Schaut ’72 BS, May 28, 2020, Iron Mountain, Mich.

Gene Shank ’72 MA, June 21, 2022, Ludington, Mich.

George L. Claxton ’73 BS, Aug. 22, 2022, Walled Lake, Mich.

Don LaChapell ’73 BS, ’78 MAE, May 19th, 2022, Ishpeming, Mich.

Gregory Olsen ’73 BS, July 23, 2022, Green Bay, Wis.

Kathryn Salmi ’73 BS, ’77 MAE, May 22, 2022, Hancock, Mich.

George Reichelderfer ’74 BS, ’76MA, Jan. 20, 2022, Lacey, Wash.

James Steere ’74 BS, Sept. 26, 2021, Shelby Township, Mich.

Susan La Faive ’75 BS, April 30, 2022, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Jerry Hockstad ’75 MAE, Feb. 28, 2022, Palm Bay, Fla.

Gary Munford ’75 BS, Aug. 15, 2022, Muskegon, Mich.

Robert L. Sibilsky ’75 BS, Sept. 29, 2022, Twin Lakes, Mich.

Charles Abbey ’76 MA, May 1, 2022, Clemmons, N.C.

Marilyn S. Grimm ’76 BS, Aug. 19, 2022, Detroit, Mich.

Earl Kaurala ’76 MAE, ’89 MAE, June 16, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Jeannie Bissonnette ’77 BSN, July 23, 2022, Mayville, Mich.

Paula Morrison ’77 BS, July 27, 2022, Escanaba, Mich.

Gail Estes ’78 MAE, Aug. 6, 2022, Lafayette Hill, Penn.

Gregory Niewendorp ’78 BS, June 27, 2021, Hartley, Iowa.

Carol Lundquist ’80 BSN, May 22, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Bruce Ruona ’80 BS, April 29, 2022, Ishpeming, Mich.

Paul Hoff man ’81 MAE, May 12, 2022, Clintonville, Wis.

Michelle Milakovich ’81 MAE, May 14, 2022, Ishpeming, Mich.

Rosemarie Gemignani ’83 LPN, Aug. 20, 2022, Hancock, Mich.

Marvin Gonser ’83 BSN, Aug. 9, 2021, Grandville, Mich.

Daniel Jacques ’83 BS, April 29, 2022, Roseville, Calif.

Allyce Westphal ’83 BS, April 23, 2022, Iron River, Mich.

Michael Oczus ’84 BS, July 14, 2022, Menominee, Mich.

Thomas Schippers ’84 BS, Sept. 6, 2019, Lake County, Ill.

Barbara Poupore ’88 BSW, July 8, 2022, Spalding, Mich.

Robert LaBo ’89 CER, Aug. 7, 2021, Ishpeming, Mich.

Susan Nazarko ’90 BS, May 1, 2022, Trenary, Mich.

Michael Ross ’92 BA, April 4, 2022, Spring Lake, Mich.

Steven “Vince” Villa ’93 CER, May 19, 2022, Republic, Mich.

Jon Bedick ’94 BS, Aug. 21, 2022, West Portsmouth, Ohio.

Joseph Erickson ’95 BS, April 28, 2022, Carlshend, Mich.

Gene Gransinger ’96 BS, July 10, 2022, Republic, Mich.

Wanda J. (Seppanen) Kemppainen ’96 BSW, Sept. 9, 2022, Baraga, Mich.

Barbara Abbott ’97 AS, May 10, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Jessica Feliciano ’99 BS, Nov. 19, 2021, Chatham, Mich.

Kenneth Summers ’00 BS, June 5, 2022, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Rebecca Wilkinson ’01 BS, July 3, 2022, Manitowoc, Wis.

Jarod Kohrt ’04 BS, Aug. 9, 2022, Nashotah, Wis.

Kevin Commare ’05 BS, June 14, 2022, Slidell, La.

Benjamin Hunter ’07 BS, April 6, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Rebecca Livermore ’12 BS, May 22, 2022, Van Meer, Mich.

Joshua Banda ’17 BS, Oct. 15, 2021, Hales Corners, Wis.

Marlena Rae Barcus-Gosney ’21 BA, Sept. 13, 2022, Williamstown, Ky.


Friends In Memoriam


Lon Emerick, emeritus professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology, May 19, 2022, West Branch Township, Mich.

Tom Gerou, building and grounds attendant, May 16, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Virgil Mongozid, NMU student, Sept. 25, 2022, L’Anse, Mich.

Yvonne Niemi, retired staff member, July 6, 2022, Ishpeming, Mich.

Donna Pearre, retired faculty, May 7, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Jane Potvin, retired secretary, June 29, 2022, Marquette, Mich.

Clarence Stortz, former professor of mathematics, Aug, 7, 2022, Big Bay, Mich.

William Weaver, former NMU Foundation trustee, July 7, 2022, Chocolay Township, Mich