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1968 Obituaries

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, please contact the Alumni Office at 802.485.2300 or inmemoriam@norwich.edu. Please note that we do not have a detailed obituary for all names listed, but those we do are clickable links to the full obituary below. Obituaries that appear below were provided by the family or friends of the deceased to inform the Norwich community.

Mark T. Aherne, 7/30/1999
Pamela M. Beede (Vermont College), 8/19/2000
Gail R. Brown, 11/27/2012
Patricia W. Bruno (Vermont College), 12/3/1993
Richard R. Butts, 11/12/2003
Desmond R. Callahan, 5/17/2005
Robert F. Carlisi, 5/22/2013
John F. Cleveland II, 7/13/1994
Edward J. Eldredge, 5/3/2000
Herbert B. Froh, 9/3/2010
Sharon B. Gingras, 1/31/2001
Kenneth (Kenny) Paul Guilmet, 4/22/2012
Newland H. Holmes, III, 1/4/2007
1LT Vernon F. Hovey III USA, 6/5/1970
Thomas Johns, 3/25/2006
Norman V, Langelier, 4/10/2008
John "Chip" MacDonald, 12/13/2006
Nancy R. Maloof, 1/2/2013
Thomas E. McLaughlin, Jr., 9/17/2009
Rev. Sharon D. Miller, 7/30/2012
Byron H. Mortenson, 9/4/2013
Robert M. Murphy, Jr., 12/1/2011
Robert Morgan Parrish, Jr., 11/6/2010
Gary R. Pinette USA, 3/20/1995
Joseph H. Potenza, Jr., 9/4/2008
William Sadesky, 4/26/2011
William Thornton


Gail R. Brown

Gail R. Brown, 64, of Center Barnstead, N.H., died on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

She was born November 5, 1948, in Concord, N.H., daughter of Leigh and Cora (Barnard) Welcome. Gail grew up in Concord and graduated from Concord High School in 1966. She then attended Vermont College before finishing her schooling at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., graduating with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology.

After college, Gail began working at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., as a lab tech, managing the blood bank and later working with plateletpheresis and the National Bone Marrow Program. She later worked at Norwalk Hospital and most recently at Stanford Hospital, both in Connecticut, again managing the blood bank at both. On August 6, 1994, Gail married Allen Brown in Center Barnstead where they have lived since 2009.

In her free time she enjoyed handicrafts and knitting blankets for many people. She also loved to shop for antiques. Most of all, Gail loved and adored her family and was greatly loved and adored by many.

Gail is survived by her parents Leigh and Cora Welcome; her husband, Allan Brown NU'69; a son, Kenneth R. Carter; a daughter, Kristin L. Carter; two grandchildren: Isaac and Lexys Dolan; a sister, Carol Borg; and four nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the Congregational Church of North Barnstead in North Barnstead, N.H. The burial will be at a later date at the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H. Messages of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.rickerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gail’s memory can be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, c/o Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Dr., Lebanon, NH 03756 or the American Red Cross – Granite Chapter, 2 Maitland Street, Concord, NH 03301.


Robert F. Carlisi

Robert F. Carlisi, 66, of Longwood, Fla., died peacefully at home on May 22, 2013, after a long hard battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was a loving and incredible husband, father, grandfather and man in general, who was taken far too soon from this earth.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Bob graduated from Norwich University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts in education. While at Norwich, he was a member of the basketball, football, and wrestling teams. After graduation, Bob joined his family in the restaurant business. After relocating to Orlando, Fla., he worked for several sales and recruiting firms. He was an avid golfer and passionate about poker and music. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; sons: Sam Carlisi and Rob Carlisi and his wife, Christina; grand daughters: Julianna, Alaina, and Bailey; sister, Jacqi Giordano and her husband, Don; brother, Ron Carlisi and his wife, Karen; as well as a large, extended family.

A memorial service was held on May 28, 2013. Interment will take place in Rochester, N.Y.


Herbert B. Froh

Herbert B. Froh, 64, of Oneonta, N.Y., passed away Friday, September 3, 2010, at his home with his family.

He was born October 17, 1945, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Herbert O. and Marie Froh. Herb received his bachelor of arts degree in education and his commission from Norwich University in 1968. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Swim Team and Big Brothers.

He proudly served his country as a captain in the United States Army in Frankfort, Germany, during the Vietnam Era. On Aug. 16, 1969, Herb married Rae Gardner in Oneonta. Rae predeceased him on June 26, 2006. Herb taught English at the Oneonta Middle School for over 30 years before retiring in July 2002.

Most recently, Herb was a part-time fire fighter dispatcher for the City of Oneonta Fire Department. He was a former Scouter (Scout leader). He loved camping, reading, doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles, and riding around in his convertible. But most of all, Herb loved spending time with his family, especially his two special grandchildren.

Herb is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Mary Froh of Oneonta, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Tyler and Katelyn Froh of Oneonta; a special friend, Noreen Hipson of Otego, N.Y.; one sister, Nancy MacMaster of Conn.; one brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Paula Froh of Oregon; two nieces, Bonnie and Jan; and two nephews, David and Bryan. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Doug MacMaster.

Memorial donations in Herb's name may be made to either the Oneonta Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 1083, Oneonta, NY 13820 or to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.


Kenneth (Kenny) Paul Guilmet

Kenneth (Kenny) Paul Guilmet, 66, died Sunday, April 22, 2012. Kenny was born to Roger Guilmet and Eileen O'Connell on March 28, 1946, he was later raised by his mother and step-father, Bernard Deschene. He left their home in Salem Willows to attend Norwich University in 1964, becoming the first in his family to attend college. Kenny received his bachelor of arts degree in education in 1968. Following college, he lived in Sunset Beach, Hawaii, where he met his wife, Peach K. Perreira. They returned to the Salem Willows and raised their two children. At the time of his death, Kenny was living in Boston, Mass., making candles for the Seaport Candle Company, while continuing his passion of astrology. He was a dear friend to many and "Grumps" to his grandkids.

Kenny was a beloved friend, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Peach; daughter, Kali K. Guilmet; son, Kam H. Guilmet; son-in-law, Scott Gillis; daughter-in-law, Shannon Guilmet; five grandchildren: Ikaika, Maddie, Bry, Koa, and Jak; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews including: Edan, Puna, AJ, and Erik.

Visiting hours were held at Berube & Sons Funeral Home in Salem, Mass., on Saturday, April 28, 2012.


Newland H. Holmes, III

Newland H. Holmes, III, 60, of Marshfield, Mass., died January 4, 2007. Newland passed away at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. He was an agent of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. in Hingham from 1971 to 1976. He worked for the Court System in Boston from 1976 till 1980 and worked for the Personnel Department at Sears in Hanover for 20 years until his retirement in 1997.

He was involved with the Avid Reader and Loved American History Organizations. He had a strong love for the ocean and enjoyed watching storms from the beach.

He is survived by his brother, Philip A Drouin and his wife Pamela; his nephew, Philip A Drouin, Jr.; his niece, Elizabeth A Drouin; his aunt, Dorothy Fader; cousin, Barbara Rasbach; and close relative, James Eddy. He was predeceased by his parents, Newland H. Holmes Jr. and Elizabeth J. Drouin and his grandparents, Senator Newland H. Holmes and Bertha Holmes.


Norman V. Langelier

Norman V. Langelier, 61, of Cumberland, RI, and his wife Beatrice Langelier, 60, died April 10, 2008 in a tragic murder-suicide. The following article has more details: Langelier.

While at Norwich, Norman was involved in the Norwich Pistol Club, the Newman Club, Sports Car Club, and Outing Club, and played Football, and graduated with a BA in Government. Norman also participated in Maroon Key for a year and Intramurals for four years while at Norwich.

Besides her mother, Beatrice is survived by her sister, Linda Thibault of North Smithfield, RI, her brother, Dennis Cabral of Uxbridge, MA and cousins, nieces and nephews especially including Todd Cote and Kimberly Schaefer. She also leaves her great niece and nephew, Lily and Michael Schaefer with whom she enjoyed a close relationship and considered her grandchildren. She will be remembered by her family as a devoted daughter, loving sister, aunt and friend.


John "Chip" MacDonald

John "Chip" MacDonald, 59, of Carmal, Calif., died December 13, 2006. Chip was born April 12, 1947 in Staten Island, N.Y., to John and Edna Macdonald, deceased. During his time at Norwich, Chip was a member of the Swim and Soccer Teams. He graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and served in the United States Army.

He had a successful career in commercial real estate, working 24 years for CPS, a commercial real estate firm located in Santa Clara, CA. He was voted numerous times ""Land Broker of the Year"" in Silicon Valley and won many awards within his company. Chip served on the board of the American Red Cross and Special Olympics and was a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose and Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley. Chip was a member of Norwich University's Partridge Society.

He is survived by his companion, Susan Baxter; son Scott Rickerson Macdonald and wife Sandra and daughter Madison Colby Macdonald, all of San Jose; Grandson, Jake Frederick Macdonald, and three sisters, Lynn Bishop of New Hampshire, Debi Skibitsky of North Carolina and Sue Dykes of Florida.

If you wish to send your condolences, Chip's family contact information is as follows:

Wife: Susan Baxter, Kids: Scott and Madison
4 Northwest 6th Street, Santa Rita
Carmel-by-the Sea, CA 93921 


Nancy R. Maloof

Nancy Maloof of Quincy died of multiple myeloma Jan. 2, at age 64, in the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst. Nancy attended Vermont College and graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in journalism. She worked as a travel writer for the ALA Auto and Travel Club, especially enjoying her trips to various Canadian provinces, and later was employed at The Talbots in Hingham, and earned a master's degree from Lesley University. Her articles and essays appeared in various publications including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Hartford Courant and The Patriot Ledger, some of them looking back on growing up in Braintree. Nancy also wrote for area businesses, and volunteered for charitable organizations. Those who truly knew Nancy will miss her sense of humor, her thoughtful acts, her perseverance and resourcefulness, and her appreciation of life's little things as well as its grander moments. Nancy is survived by her mother, Janet Maloof of Hingham; her brother, David Maloof; sister-in-law, Deborah Sacon Maloof; and niece, Julia Maloof, all of Belchertown; and her sister, Joanna Maloof of Hingham. Nancy's father, Fred Maloof, died in 1980. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. at All Soul's Unitarian Universalist Church, 196 Elm St., Braintree. Donations in Nancy's name may be made to Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston.


Thomas E. McLaughlin, Jr.

Thomas E. McLaughlin Jr., age 63, of Naugatuck, CT, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2009, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Kathleen (English) McLaughlin. 

Thomas was born in Derby on January 29, 1946, son of the late Thomas E. and Esther (Williamson) McLaughlin Sr. He was a graduate of Naugatuck High School, class of 1964, and Norwich, Class of 1968. He was retired from Chemtura Inc. in Middlebury where he worked as an accountant for 32 years. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Naugatuck and was a very active member of the Naugatuck Lodge of Elks No. 967. He was an avid golfer having made two holes in one and enjoyed spending time on Cape Cod with his family. Thomas was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War.

Besides his wife, Thomas is survived by a daughter, Shannon Kirk, and her husband, Michael; a son, Brett T. McLaughlin, and his wife, Ellen; a sister, Gail Volpe, and her husband, Daniel; three grandchildren, Brianna Kirk, Owen McLaughlin and Ella McLaughlin; and several nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury 06708, or Waterbury V.N.A. Hospice HOPE Team, 50 Brookside Road, Waterbury 06708.


Rev. Sharon D. Miller

Let us remember the Reverend Sharon D. Miller who finished her course in faith on July 30, 2012 at the age of 64.

Sharon received deacon’s orders through the New York Conference in 1987 and served as the associate pastor at Bridgeport: Golden Hill. She received elder’s orders and full membership in 1990, before her appointment to Hamden Plains (CT); and then to Mount Kisco (NY). While maintaining her membership in the New York Conference, Sharon relocated to Vermont in 2002, where she served two churches in the Troy Conference, Tinmouth Community Church and Brattleboro United Methodist Church.

Reverend Miller is survived by her husband, Richard A. Stahl.

A memorial service was held on August 4, 2012 at the Hamden Plains United Methodist Church in Hamden, CT.


Byron H. Mortenson

Byron H. Mortenson, 68, of Harwich, MA, a retired accountant, died of complications resulting from a brain tumor on Wednesday, September 4th in Hope Hospice at Epoch of Harwich.

Born in Barre, VT, he lived in Haverhill, MA until moving to Harwich with his wife and son in 1973.

A 1962 graduate of Haverhill High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Norwich University.

Mr. Mortenson spent the majority of his accounting career at Davenport Realty Trust in South Yarmouth, MA, and later at a number of other firms around Cape Cod and Rhode Island.

Mr. Mortenson is survived by Maria, his wife of 44 years, son Erik, grandchildren Anders and Anneliese, and aunt Esther Bettis.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 11AM-12:30PM with a memorial service to follow at Morris, O’Connor, and Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main Street, Harwich, MA.


Robert M. Murphy, Jr.

Robert M. Murphy, Jr., 68, of Lakeville, Mass., died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, December 1, 2011. He was the loving husband of Ann M. Murphy for 43 years.

Born Saturday, July 24, 1943, in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Robert M. and Grace (Floyd) Murphy. Bob was a graduate of Milton High School and graduated from Norwich University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in biology. He was a long time resident of Lakeville and retired from the Polaroid Company after 25+ years of service. He was currently a spinning instructor at the Middleboro YMCA and enjoyed biking, music and gardening.

In addition to his wife, Ann, he is survived by three children, Christine Pesko and her husband Timothy, of Marshfield, Robert M. Murphy, III and his wife April, of Plymouth, and Erin Rego and her husband Keith, of Swansea; five grandchildren Sabrina Murphy, Alex Rego, Colton Pesko, Remy Pesko and Cameron Murphy; two sisters, Kathleen Canavan and her husband Joseph of Canton, and Grace Cashman of Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given in Bob's memory to American Diabetes Association , PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.


Robert Morgan Parrish, Jr.

Robert Morgan Parrish, Jr., 63, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska died suddenly on Saturday, November 6, 2010.

Bob was born on January 7, 1947 in Providence, Rhode Island to Robert Morgan Parrish, Sr. and Helen Doris (Collins) Parrish. He lived in North Providence and Cranston, Rhode Island.

After graduating from high school, he attended Norwich University. In 1968, he graduated with a bachelor of arts in business. After college, Bob worked in banking for 30 years on the east coast from Rhode Island to Florida.

As a second career, Bob chose to pursue training in nursing home administration in Auburn, Nebraska, subsequently taking a position as a nursing home administrator with the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Homes in Scribner, Nebraska. In July 2010 Bob and Stephanie moved to Plattsmouth where he became the executive director at the Golden Living Center in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Plattsmouth.

Bob is survived by his wife, Stephanie Parrish of Plattsmouth; mother, Helen Doris Parrish of North Ft. Meyers, Florida; four children, two sisters, two nieces and his beloved dog, Charlie, who was a rescue greyhound. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Morgan Parrish, Sr.

A memorial service was held at the First Lutheran Church on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be sent to the Children's Ministry at the First Lutheran Church, 1025 Avenue D, Plattsmouth, NE 68048.


Joseph H. Potenza, Jr.

Joseph H. Potenza Jr., 61 of Hopkinton, MA and formerly of Medway, MA died September 4, 2008 in his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Diana (Bowers) Potenza. Born in Milford, MA on September 12, 1946, the first born son of Helen (Groehl) Potenza of Medway and the late Joseph H. Potenza Sr., Joe was a raised in Medway and had lived in Hopkinton for many years.

He was a 1964 graduate of Medway High School and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Norwich where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball. His achievements in football and baseball were recognized by an induction into the Norwich University Hall of Fame, where he proudly accepted his award surrounded by his Norwich football team, his friends and his family at his home in Hopkinton on August 16, 2008.

After graduating from Norwich in 1968, Joe was offered a try out with the New England Patriots, but chose to serve his country, upon being commissioned into the United State Army as a second lieutenant. Joe went on to become a captain of the Army and a paratrooper with the elite 82nd Airborne. Joe served in Vietnam and his courage was recognized with several distinct medals of honor which included the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.

Joe continued his education with an MBA from Central Michigan University in 1975 and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1979 to accept a position at American Hospital Supply where he worked his way up the corporate ladder to become Vice President of Baxter. Joe went on to become CEO of Luxtec and President of Integra Life Sciences in 2008.

Joe was a devoted family man and his favorite hobbies included basketball with his brother and sons, scrabble with his daughter, football with his grandchildren, sailing with his wife, and visiting his mother for their lunch dates.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his son, Joseph H. Potenza III and his wife, Laura of Fairfield CT, his daughter, Jennifer Potenza and her husband, Michael Tsoumpas of New York and sons, Michael Potenza of Hopkinton and Matthew Potenza of Hopkinton. He is also survived by his brother, James Potenza and his wife, Sharon of Saudi Arabia, Donna Dahl and her husband, David of Franklin, John Potenza and his wife, Gloria of Medway, and his grandchildren, Joseph H. Potenza IV , Jack Potenza, Catherine Potenza and John-Oliver Tsoumpas.

He is also survived by his loving nephews, Andrew Dahl and Julian Potenza and his niece and goddaughter, Kristy Dahl.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place, West 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.


   

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