Norwich University

1973 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.

William D. Cahill, 10/5/2003
John A. Cocklin, 5/29/2003
BMC Daniel W. Cunningham Sr., USN (Ret), 10/29/1991
John De Cotis, 1/30/2000
Kenneth E. Golash, 5/29/2010
Christopher Graham, 11/14/2011
Harold B. Hagstrand, 7/8/2007
Richard William Heins, Jr., 9/17/2006
Joseph J. Jakubiak Jr., 6/16/1996
MAJ James Matthew Keith, USA (Ret.), 2/3/2012
Gary R. Kolkmeyer, 10/18/2013
Edward Lombard
MAJ Kerry E. Mastroianni USA, 5/30/1988
Thomas C. McNaughton, 7/10/1990
Thomas J. Minerley, 3/29/2009
Gasper J. "Jay" Morell, Jr., 8/23/2012
Donald W. Mountford, II, 1/5/2013
Emma J. Sargent (Vermont College), 1/5/2013
Timothy "Chris" Christopher Sheedan III, 2/16/2008
Richard H. Slutter, 5/15/2011
Donald M. Sumner, 8/13/2007
Larry T. Unger, 01/02/2010

 


Kenneth E. Golash

Kenneth E. Golash, 59, passed away peacefully in his home with his wife by his side on May 29, 2010. Ken was born in Springfield and graduated from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and Norwich University in Vermont. He was honorably discharged as a Captain from the Army after being stationed in Colorado and Germany. When he returned to civilian life, he lived in Poughkeepsie, NY and then returned to Western Massachusetts. He owned and operated Quabbin Valley Insurance Company and BayState Monument Company. He also recently served as the Veterans' Agent for the City of Chicopee. Ken also was a real estate developer-where he built homes and developed commercial and residential sub-divisions. Ken was predeceased by his father, Leo J. Golash, Jr., three brothers, Alan, Stephen, and Leo, and father-in-law Gino E. Maggi, Sr. Ken was half of  "Kenny and Gina" and is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Gina Maggi Golash. He also leaves his mother, Sabina Golash of Washington, DC, sister Susan Carr and her husband John of Minnesota, brother Christopher, mother-in- law Brenda Maggi of Chicopee, brother-in-law Gino E. Maggi Jr. and his wife Nadine of Longmeadow and sister-in-law Marie Presnal and her husband Tom of Ludlow. Ken was proudly ""Uncle Kenny"" to his nieces and nephews-Jack Carr, Jill Carr, Sage Maggi, Nina Maggi, Nicholas Maggi, Dylan Presnal and Jacob Presnal. He leaves many friends who he grew up with and many new friends to cherish a man who was ""a good guy"". Ken loved to golf, hunt and fish. He was an avid race car fan and enjoyed his time spent as a member of the Reen Racing Nascar Team. Kenny and Gina spent wonderful vacations in the Caribbean Islands and skiing in the Northeast and Lake Tahoe. The funeral will be held on Thursday 9:45 AM from the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow with a mass to follow at 11:00 AM in St.Anthony's Catholic Church, 419 Island Pond Rd., Springfield. Burial will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield. Calling hours are Wednesday 4:00 to 8:00 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to local charities.


Christopher Graham

Christopher Graham, age 60, of Eden Prairie, Minn., passed away peacefully with his family at his side on November 14, 2011.

Chris graduated from Norwich University in 1973 with a bachelor of arts in business administration. While at Norwich, he was a member of the National Ski Patrol and the Outing Club. He served in the Army from 1974-1979. In March of 2007, Chris climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa with his son Christopher, marking one of his proudest days.

Chris has been in the life insurance underwriting profession for 28 years, the last 23 as Chief Underwriter, both at National Life of Vermont and, since 1996, with The Hartford. Chris' career has been marked by industry leadership, innovation, and professional excellence. During his 15-year Hartford career, his team received the Chairman's Award, the company's highest honor recognizing their innovation in the underwriting of Breast and Prostate Cancer.

Preceded in death by parents, Barbara & David. Survived by loving wife of 32 years, Judy; son, Christopher (Tracy); daughter, Lisa; siblings, Patricia (Doug) Bonney, Diane (Steve) Littleton, Adrian (Renee) Graham and several nieces, nephews, & friends.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of Chris' favorite organizations, A Brighter Day Foundation. Any amount is a big help to their cause and is greatly appreciated.


Harold B. Hagstrand

Harold B. Hagstrand of Baldwin, NY, died on July 8, 2007. Harold was a devoted husband of Barbara (nee Goldman). Beloved father of Brian and Megan. Dear brother of Stephen (Helaine). Harold is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

While at Norwich Harold participated on the baseball team. He was also a member of the Norwich Athletic Club. He graduated from Norwich with a BA in Government.


Richard Williams Heins, Jr.

Richard Williams Heins, Jr., 54, of Marietta, Ga., died September 17, 2006. A native of New Jersey, Richard had lived in Marietta for the past 25 years. During his time at Norwich, Richard was a member of the Junior Weekend Committee, Rescue Team, and the Winter Carnival Committee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Bill was employed with the U.S. Forest Service where he worked as an I.T. Specialist. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He is survived by his wife, Vevie Heins; mother, Anastasia Heins; daughters, Tiffany Potter and Meredith Daniel; brothers, Paul Heins and David Heins; sister, Donna Gregory; and grandson, C.J. Wynn.


MAJ James Matthew Keith, USA (Ret.)

MAJ James Matthew Keith, USA, (Ret.), 60, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 3, 2012, after a hard-fought battle with leukemia.

He was born on May 29, 1951, in Rutland, Vt., the eldest of five children to Edward and Josephine Keith. Jim graduated from Norwich University in 1973 with a bachelor of science in education. While at Norwich, he was a member of the baseball and soccer teams, rugby club, and WNUB Radio. After graduating, Jim was commissioned as an Army Ordnance/EOD officer and was proud to serve in the U.S. Army for 20 years, where he served in Germany and throughout the United States.

Following this service to his country, he continued his career in nuclear safety in the private sector in Amarillo, Texas and, most recently, Las Vegas, Nevada. Jim was a highly respected leader and a man of the utmost integrity. Above all, he loved to golf and took true pleasure and joy in spending time with his family. He married his greatest love, Ann, on February 1, 1985, and had the deepest devotion to his children, Katie and Mike.

Memorial services will be 4:00-6:00 p.m., on Friday, February 10, 2012, at Silverstone Country Club, 8600 Cupp Drive, Las Vegas. A second memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at St. Alphonsus Church in Pittsford, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent in Jim's memory to City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010.


Thomas J. Minerley

Thomas J. Minerley, 57, of Delanson, N.Y, died on Sunday, March 29, 2009. Following graduation, he worked as a senior analyst for the New York State Higher Education Department, Albany, NY. Tom was a former animal control officer for the town of Milton. He was a former associate Republican committeeman for District 3 in the town of Milton. He was also a communicant of St. Mary's Church, Ballston Spa, N.Y.


Gasper J. "Jay" Morell, Jr.

Gaspar J. "Jay" Morell, Jr., of Chatham, N.J., passed away on August 23,2012. Jay was born on November 28,1951, in New Rochelle, N.Y., the son of Gaspar John Morell and Jane O'Neil Morell.

He graduated from Norwich University in 1973 with a bachelor of arts degree in education. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Swim Team and the Outing Club. He worked for Rice Financial Products as a senior vice president.

Jay is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Lee; his devoted children: Jay, Lauren, Kristen, and Kerry; and his siblings: Rita Shea, Mary Jane Haggerty, Catherine Raddatz, and Mark Morell. He was predeceased by two brothers: Anthony and George Morell.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 27, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m at Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Church of the Resurrection on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jay's memory to Tuesday's Children at www.tuesdayschildren.org.


Donald W. Mountford, II

Donald W. Mountford II, 61, died January 5, 2013, at Central Vermont Medical Center. He was born in Providence, R.I., the son of Donald and Marjorie (O'Donnell) Mountford.

Donald was a 1969 graduate of Mount St. Charles High School in Woonsocket, R.I. In 1973, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Norwich University. While at Norwich, Donald was a member of the Hockey Team and Varsity Club. After completing the ROTC program, he enlisted in the United States Army. On August 11, 1973, Donald married Marianne Lafreniere in East Barre, Vt.

Donald worked his entire career as a salesman in Vermont. He was an avid New England sports enthusiast and was proud to have watched all the region's teams win championships in his lifetime.

Survivors include his wife, Marianne; four children: Donald Moutford, III, Joseph Mountford, Andrew Mountford, and Kate Levato; his mother, Marjorie Mountford; four siblings: Sheila Turner, Donna Comfort, Jill Masso, and Chet Mountford; six grandchildren: Antonio Levato, Allison, Daniel, Terrence, Claire, and Evelyn Mountford. In addition to his father, Donald was predeceased by three siblings: Mike Mountford, Kevin Mountford, and Sandra Langford.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Barre, Vt. Burial will take place at St. Sylvester's Cemetery this spring.


Emma J. Sargent

Emma Jean (Barnard) Sargent, age 78, of Worcester, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012. She was the daughter of Reginald Warren Barnard and Eva Mae (Grace) Barnard. She was born in Pittsford, Vermont, on May 15, 1934. She attended Pittsford schools and graduated from Pittsford High School.

She is survived by her husband of almost 61 years, William E. Sargent, her brother and his wife, Royal and Veronica Barnard of Rutland, VT, her four children, William Sargent Jr. and wife Sharon of Shaftsbury, VT, Elizabeth (Deedee) and David Swenson of East Montpelier, VT, Thomas Sargent and wife Carol of Kansas City, Missouri, and Melanie and Robert Swenson of Fairlee, VT, as well as 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and extended family. She is predeceased by her parents, her sisters Audrey Wheeler, Thelma Basque, and Emily Brisson Conowall and her brother John Barnard.

Emma Jean married Bill Sargent on January 18, 1952. They moved to Worcester in 1957 where she participated in many town activities including serving as the Superintendent of the United Methodist Church Sunday school, singing in the church choir, and as a member of the United Methodist Women. She volunteered at the Doty School Library before graduating from Johnson State College in 1975 and becoming a kindergarten teacher in Worcester, holding classes in the Town Hall. She continued to work tirelessly to encourage children to learn by also becoming a 4-H leader for many years.

Her many talents showed when she sang and danced in the shows put on by the Worcester Players. She also served the town by being the treasurer for the Worcester Water District. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Emma Jean will be remembered for her beautiful flower gardens where she could always be found working. She had a special talent for not only growing flowers but also in arranging them for family and friends. Emma Jean also loved spending time with her family outdoors snowshoeing, sugaring, swimming and going to hundreds of sporting events that her grandchildren and local children participated in. She also loved entertaining with her "by ear" piano playing and challenging her children to "name that tune."

Calling hours will be from 5-8:00 pm on Monday, October 8, 2012 at Guare and Sons Funeral Home. A celebration of Emma Jean's life will be at the Worcester United Methodist Church on Tuesday, at 11:00 am. Interment will be in the family lot in Horton Cemetery in Chittenden, VT, on Wednesday, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Worcester United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 105, Worcester VT, 05682 or the American Parkinson Disease Association, Vermont Chapter, 1 South Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401.


Timothy "Chris" Christopher Sheedan III

Timothy "Chris" Christopher Sheehan III, 56, of Eastford, CT, beloved husband of Deborah (Somes) Sheehan, went to be with his Lord on February 16th, 2008, surrounded by his family following a courageous two-year struggle with brain cancer.

Born in Hartford on July 17th, 1951, to Doris (Smith) and Timothy C. Sheehan, Jr., Chris graduated from Rocky Hill High School class of 1969, and received a bachelor's degree from Norwich University in Vermont in 1973, whereupon he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He also received a master's degree from Central Connecticut State University. Chris taught physical education and health at Griswold Middle School in Rocky Hill for over 32 years. During that time, he coached a variety of teams at the high school and middle school levels in town. He also coached varsity soccer at Woodstock Academy for five years, a team which his son Jacob played on.

Chris was inducted into the Rocky Hill Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2007 for coaching and athletic excellence. More than this recognition, he valued motivating and mentoring his students and players both in the classroom and on the field. Living in the 'Quiet Corner' afforded Chris the opportunity to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. He took great pleasure in spending time with his family, especially his two grandsons. He was also an avid Red Sox and UConn basketball fan.

Besides his wife of 34 years, he is survived by his three children, Jessica Peronace and her husband Stephen of Newington, Joshua Sheehan of Cambridge, MA, and 1LT Jacob Sheehan of Ft. Knox, KY. He leaves his sisters, Kathleen Goracy and her husband Leonard of Tariffville, Mary Sheehan of Manchester, and Maureen Briggeman and her husband Peter of Manchester. He also leaves grandsons Matthew and Benjamin Peronace, in addition to many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother in 1997. The family wishes to extend deep gratitude to Abby Ciampa, APRN, Dr. Patrick Wen, and the dedicated team at Dana-Farber in Boston.


Richard H. Slutter

Richard H. Slutter, 60 of Canton, Ga., suffered a heart attack while driving, and passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega, Ga.

Rich graduated from Norwich University in 1973 with a bachelor of arts in history. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Newman Club, Junior Weekend Committee, Who's Who, Intramurals, and the Honor Tank Platoon. Later, he served on the Norwich University Alumni Association's Board of Directors.

Survivors include his wife, Pearl Ann Slutter, of Canton, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Richard & Heather Slutter, of Middletown, Del.; brothers, Stephen Slutter, of N.J., and Robert Slutter, of Penn.; and sister, Valarie Garsky, of Mich.

Memorial Services took place on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Darby Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Norwich University, Development and Alumni Relations, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.


Donald M. Sumner

Donald M. Sumner, 55, of Boscawen, N.H., died August 13, 2007. He was born Nov. 4, 1951, to Margaret (Strong) and the late Donald Sumner in Newport. Don was a member of the Oyster River High School, Class of 1969. During his time at Norwich, he was a member of the Varsity and Association of US Army Clubs, Swim and Soccer teams, Intramurals, and Concert Band. Don graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

Don was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lt. and manager for Kalwall Corp. of Bow, where he worked since 1979. Don was a member of Rising Star Lodge No. 47 of Newmarket. He enjoyed camping, canoeing and crossword puzzles.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Meredith and Travis Nadeau of Milford; his son and daughter-in-law, Don and Jean Sumner of Danbury; his daughter, Sara Sumner and her finance, Erik Steiner of Gilmanton; his mother, Margaret Sumner of Durham; a sister and brother-in-law, Pamela and Dan Jennison of Barrington; a brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Susan Sumner of Higganum, Conn.; his aunt, Phylliss Smart of Grand Isle, Vt.; two granddaughters, Delaney Nadeau and Tess Sumner; cousins; and several nieces and nephews.



   

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