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1977 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.

Ronald T. Bradley, 3/19/2013
Gyda V. Colt (Vermont College), 1/28/1994
Brian J. Daley, 7/4/1998
Patricia C. Detwyler (Vermont College), 8/18/2011
Robert G. Glass, 3/13/2003
Stanley E. Grittner, 12/21/2008
Stephen B. Jacques, 9/13/1990
Maj. Peter F. Jaskilka, USAF, 9/1/1988
Cho E. Lee, 12/10/2011
William Brian McNamara, 12/21/2012
George D. Mitchell, 3/2/2003
Patrick J. O'Malley, 6/22/2008
Darrol W. Piat, 12/10/1993
Mckendree E. Reiss (Vermont College), 11/26/1999
MAJ Mark C. Steenburn USAR, 7/17/1990
Montgomery von Smith, 11/11/2001
Bryon Verdone, 4/29/2011
Dr. Anthony J. Viglione, 11/1/1993
Ellen S. Wexler (Vermont College)

Ronald T. Bradley

Ronald T. Bradley, 58, of Springfield, Mass., died at Baystate Medical Center on March 19, 2013, just 19 days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Ron was born in Springfield, Mass., on April 1,1954, the son of Earle C. and Shirley (Pfisterer) Bradley. He graduated from Technical High School in Springfield in 1972. In 1977, Ron graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science in business. While at Norwich, he was a member of WNUB Radio.

After working as a sales representative for several years, Ron returned to school to become a funeral director. In 1987, he graduated from New England Institute in Boston with a degree in mortuary science. He worked at Dickinson Streeter Funeral Home in Springfield, where his father was president, continuing there for a time after his father retired. He later left the funeral business to begin a career in investments. He was a stock broker for Smith Barney, an investments advisor for BankBoston, and later was vice president of investment services at Monson Savings Bank. During his time at Monson Savings, Ron became a member of the Wilbraham Hampden Rotary and was elected its president in 2005. Ron enjoyed the years he spent in the Rotary and was an energetic supporter of its work. He was a recipient of the Rotary's Paul Harris Fellowship Award. After leaving Monson Savings, he worked at UMass Five Credit Union in Northampton. His final career change was in 2010, when he again returned to school to become a pharmacy technician. He worked at the Stop & Shop Pharmacies in Northampton and E. Springfield from 2011 until his illness.

Ron's great passions were music, cooking, and sports, especially golf. He was an avid fan of a wide variety of music, and attended hundreds of music festivals and concerts throughout his life. He and his wife, Deborah, attended JazzFest in New Orleans, La., every year for many years, and it was the highlight of Ron's year. He loved the mandolin, and began taking lessons a year ago. He was an ardent New York Yankees fan, and a New York Giants fan. Ron was an outstanding cook, both in the kitchen and on the grill. His neighbors will miss the summertime aroma of his smoker in the backyard. Ron also loved to travel, and especially enjoyed the trips he made to Maui with his parents and other family members. Ron loved to have fun, and was very good at creating it. He will be dearly missed.

Ron leaves his parents; his wife of 21 years, Deborah Smith; his beloved daughter, Holly Bradley; his brother, Kenneth Bradley; his sister-in-law, Terry Bradley; his sister, Joyce Pennington, and her husband, Scot; and his aunt, Marion (Bradley) Cummings, and her husband, Verne. He also leaves nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins, as well as Deborah's siblings and their spouses, all of whom he loved dearly. His wide circle of friends will miss his outgoing personality, great sense of humor, and boundless generosity. He will be especially missed by special friends, Lou and Anita Carney and Kevin and Natalie Comeau.

Calling hours are 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the Toomey-O'Brien Funeral Home, 1043 Westfield St., W. Springfield, Mass. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 25 at Agawam Congregational Church, Main St., Agawam, Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ron's memory be made to the Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club, PO Box 682, Wilbraham, MA 01095, to support their work with Loaves & Fishes, polio eradication, and other ongoing charitable efforts Ron participated in while he was a member.

Stanley E. Grittner

Stanley E. Grittner passed away Dec. 21, 2008 in Tekoa. Stan was born to Bill and Beula Grittner March 24, 1930 in Colville. After retiring from a career in the U.S Army, Stan and his wife, Betty, moved to Vermont where Stan worked in Customs for many years. Stan was a civilian student while at Norwich. He moved to Colville in 2006 to be closer to family. Stan was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two brothers. Stan is survived by his brothers, Ken, Colville; Kent, Spokane; sisters, Lyola, Chewelah; Janie, Kennewick; Kay and Kathy, Colville; and Rita, Coulee Dam.

Maj Peter F. Jaskilka USAF

Maj Peter F. Jaskilka USAF, 33, husband of Susan E. Hay Jaskilka VC’78 died suddenly at home on September 1, 1988.

He was a 1973 graduate of Ansonia (CT) High School and received bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Norwich. In his senior year at Norwich he held the rank of Cadet Major on the Regimental Staff in the Corps of Cadets and served as Chairman of the Corps Honor Committee.

Major Jaskilka was commissioned through Air Force ROTC in 1977 and entered the Air Force as an engineer, serving first at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and later at Tyndal AFB, Florida. Later, at Vance AFB, OK in August of 1983 he earned the Silver Wings of an Air Force Pilot. He was assigned to the B-52 aircraft at Fairchild AFB, WA and in July of 1987 he assumed his duties as a B-52 Aircraft Commander, and Chief, Bomber Scheduling Branch, 416th Bombardment Wing, Griffiss AFB, NY.

His military service spanned over eleven years. His military decorations included: The Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, The Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, The Air Force Achievement Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

He was a member of the American Society of Military Engineers, the Air Force Association, and the Fraternal Order of Daedalians.

Major Jaskilka is survived by his wife; his daughter, Jennifer Jaskilka; his mother, Joan Jaskilka, of Ansonia, CT; a brother, Paul, of Hamden, CT; cousins, nephews, and nieces. The family of Pete Jaskilka requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Pete’s name to the Norwich University Scholarship Fund. The address is: Norwich University Scholarship Fund, c/o Alumni Office, Norwich University, Northfield, VT 05663.

Cho E. Lee

Cho E. Lee, 58, of Barre, Vt., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 10, 2011, in Topsham, Vt., while en route to a racing banquet.

Born in Barre on February 15, 1955, he was the son of the late Cho Kong and Eva (Wheeler) Lee. Cho attended Barre schools and was a graduate of Spaulding High School, Class of 1972, and continued his education at Norwich, graduating in 1977 as a member of the Corps of Cadets.

After graduating, Cho became a teacher at Twinfield School in Marshfield, Vt. He was last employed at the Barre Food Bank in Websterville. In 1981, he married Susan Carbonneau. They later divorced, but remained close friends.

Cho's lifelong passion was auto racing. In his December 15 racing column in the Caledonian Record, Biggy Bigelow wrote, "[Cho's] passion and knowledge of racing was second to none." An avid Thunder Road historian, Cho's collection of old racing photos was massive. After aqcuiring the negatives of Norm MacIver and Bob Doyle—two photographers who for many years took photos at Northeastern Speedway in Waterford, Catamount Speedway in Milton and Thunder Road in Barre—Cho built a darkroom in his home and developed thousands of archival black-and-white pictures of Thunder Road, distributing them to family members of the racers. He was an active member of the New England Antique Racers, and also enjoyed attending football games and Norwich hockey games.

Cho is survived by two daughters, Sheena Dawn Lee and her companion, Amanda Morgan, of Barre, and Cassandra Grant, of Calais; his ex-wife, Susan Wilbur, of Barre; two grandchildren, Jaimen Lupien and Casey Holmes, Jr., both of Barre. He is also survived by one brother, Wing Lee, of Seattle, Wash.

In keeping Cho's car-racing passion alive, Lloyd Hutchins has started a fund to help preserve his collection of historical racing photos and memorabilia. Contributions in Cho's memory may be made to Lloyd Hutchins, P.O. Box 752, Barre, VT 05641.

William Brian McNamara

William Brian McNamara, age 57, son of the late Frank L. and Kathryn M. McNamara, formerly of Concord, Mass., passed away on December 21, 2010 at the St. Francis Home in Worcester, Mass. following a long illness.

He graduated from Tabor Academy. In 1977, Bill graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science in business administration. After he graduated, he worked in construction and property management, first with Turner Construction, later at the Mt. Wachusett Mountain, and finally for the Boylston Development Corporation.

Bill was an avid golfer and sailor, and was formerly a member of the Concord Country Club. He will be remembered for his cheerfulness and perseverance in the face of extreme adversity.

He is survived by his four siblings, Joan M. Crowley of Worcester, Mass., M. Kathryn Winstanley of Lenox, Mass., Thomas F. McNamara (Class of 1976) of Concord, Mass., and Frank L. McNamara, Jr. of Bolton, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451.

Patrick J. O'Malley

Patrick J. O'Malley, 53, of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Randolph, MA, died unexpectedly on June 22, 2008.

He was the beloved husband of Tia Rome-O'Malley and dear son of Jean M. O'Malley of Randolph and the late Patrick J. O'Malley. He was the devoted brother of Stephen P. O'Malley of Bridgewater, MA, Thomas M. O'Malley of North Attleboro, MA, Mark R. O'Malley of Easton, MA, and Kathleen M. Goodwin of South Yarmouth, MA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Pat was a graduate of Randolph High School and then went on to receive his BS in Business Administration in Accounting from Norwich. While at Norwich, Pat played on the Norwich Hockey Team.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmy Fund. For additional information, directions or to leave a sympathy message visit our web site at

Byron Verdone

Byron Verdone, 55, of Thornton, passed away suddenly on April 29, 2011. Byron was a civil engineer. He graduated from Norwich University in 1977.

He was the husband of Caren; father of Brittaney and Byron Jr.; brother of Brenda Viola, Bruce, and Barry; nephew of Ted Verdone, Sally Mallory, Corrine McIntire, James Roach, and Gary Verdone. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Janice Verdone.


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