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1978 Obituaries

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, please contact the Alumni Office at 802.485.2100 or 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.

Barry A. DeForest, 6/5/2009
Dr. Mark D. Fielder, 4/21/2003
Cheryl L. Jennings, 8/30/2007
Diane T. Kulevich (Vermont College), 3/8/1990
Mary E. Parker (Vermont College), 10/24/2001
Michael P. Sweeney, 5/23/2007

Barry A. DeForest

Barry A. DeForest passed away on Friday, June 5, 2009. Barry was the beloved husband of Mary Jo DeForest; the loving father of Kaitlin Beth DeForest; the son of Harlow and Barbara DeForest; the brother of Craig DeForest and his wife Jacqueline and Alan DeForest '75 and Norwich Trustee, and his wife Cynthia; brother in law of Patricia and Scott Volkman and Peter and Erin McNierney; and the son in law of Bernice McNierney. Barry also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
While at Norwich, Barry was active in Rugby and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Barry DeForest Scholarship Fund c/o Rondout Savings Bank at 300 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401. Please light a candle in memory of Barry at

Cheryl L. Jennings

Cheryl L. Jennings, 49, of West Berlin, Vt., died August 30, 2007. Cheryl passed away at her residence after a long battle with cancer. Cheryl was born on June 15, 1958, at Bethpage, Long Island, N.Y. She attended elementary school in Illinois and New Jersey. She graduated from Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, N.J., in 1976 and Vermont College (1978) and Norwich University (1981) with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. She was an avid skier and ski instructor at Norwich University Ski Area, where she met her husband, William Jennings. On July 29, 1978, she wed William.

She was employed as an elementary school teacher for over 26 years at Northfield Elementary School. Cheryl was an active and vibrant teacher, teaching in elementary grade levels, primarily the first and third grade. Cheryl was always promoting reading programs that would enrich and energize students of the first grade. She was instrumental in the development of "Running Start Reading Program," presently in use at Northfield Elementary School.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, William Jennings; her son, Alan Jennings of Boston; and her daughter, Marie Jennings of Montpelier; her parents, Clayton and June Hemsey of Arlington Heights, Ill.; sisters, Susan Caputo of McLean, Va., and Linda Polizzi of Roverado in Paino, Italy; her brother, Richard Hemsey of Chanhassen, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Michael P. Sweeney

Michael P. Sweeney, 51, of Sunrise, Fla., died May 23, 2007. Michael died in his home following his courageous battle with cancer. Born in Huntington, W. Va., January 20, 1956, son of Edward N. Sweeney, III and Rosalie C. (Arcisz) Sweeney, he was raised in Ipswich, Mass., and was a 1974 graduate of Ipswich High School. An outstanding high school athlete, Michael wrestled and excelled at football, having held the IHS tackle record for more than twenty-five years. He played softball with Sweeney’s Gay 90’s Team and baseball with the Ipswich Chiefs. For many years he served as an altar boy at the former Sacred Heart Church in Ipswich.

During his time at Norwich, Michael was a member of the Football and Baseball teams and the Rugby Club. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Following graduation Michael went to work as a flight attendant, for Eastern Airlines for 11 years and most recently for American Airlines for 12 years, operating out of Miami on international flights. He was a member of the Norwich University Alumni Society. Michael was an avid and devoted hometown sports fan. He loved watching the Patriots, Red Sox and the Celtics.

He is survived by his wife, Solange Sweeney; two sons, Patrick Pilon Sweeney and Kevin Michael Sweeney both of Sunrise, Fla.; his parents, Edward N. Sweeney, III and Rosalie C. (Arcisz) Sweeney; a brother, Edjue Sweeney of Ocala, Fla.; a sister, Kathleen Pappas of Ipswich; his father and mother-in-law, Ronaldo Antonio and Ivone Nuzzi Pilon of SaoPaulo, Brazil; his godfather Bob Sweeney of Davies, Fla.; his godmother Joanne (Sucharski) Pasquinelli of Washington, D.C.; several nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts cousins and his beloved dog Bruno. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Rose (Nina) Arcisz formerly of Ipswich, a woman who was very important in the life of Michael and his siblings.


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