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Larry A. Bloom M'07, 12/23/2015
Mary L. Cashman M'10, 8/27/2015
Ronald Christopher M'07, 7/12/2011
Michael J. Clark M'14, 10/15/14
Kelly Lynne Gartley, 8/25/2008
Victor T. Gronenthal, 1/23/2015
James A. Haskins M'15, 8/16/2015
Richard G. Higgins M'09, 7/29/2014
LTC John K. Letherman, Jr., USA (Ret.) M'07, 12/29/2015
Keith Loyd M'06, 11/17/2007
Peter A. McKenna M'15, 8/7/2015
Pedro L. Moore M'08, 1/18/2015
Kurt E. Nagel M'06, 9/8/2008
Sharyn O'Toole M'08, 9/23/2012
Michael T. Sheppard M'03, 2/27/2015
Mary Tucker M'09, 3/15/2009
Ronald Van der Beek M'06, 7/16/2006
Todd W. Wenberg M'07, 1/13/2012
Stuart Willis M'09, 7/25/2012
John Xintaras M'09, 12/13/2015

Larry A. Bloom

Larry Alan Bloom, 65, returned to his heavenly home on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, after a brief illness.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, in Arlington Chapel. Rev. Harold Elliott, retired, the former Arlington Police chaplain, who also married the couple, will officiate the ceremony. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Arlington Chapel. Prayer, condolences and memories are welcomed.

Memorials: If a donation is made in Larry's name, please send to Hearts for Animals, Linda Schulko, 6329 Wallingford Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76133; or First Presbyterian Church of Crowley, 209 N. Beverly, Crowley, Texas, 76036.

Larry was born to Jean and the late Robert Bloom, in Chicago, Ill., on June 1, 1950. He graduated from Prospect High School in 1968 and from Norwich University later in life, with a master's degree in criminal justice administration. Larry married his best friend, Karen Elise Peters, on Sept. 19, 1981, in Arlington where he became part of her larger family that includes six siblings. He began a career in law enforcement with the Arlington Police Department, where he became a narcotics investigator. He retired from Arlington after 23 years and joined the Burleson Police Department, first as a volunteer and later as a full-time officer. Larry's son, Kel, who witnessed his father's commitment to law enforcement and the integrity he expressed in every aspect of his life, is also in law enforcement. Larry was an accomplished clarinetist and played a season in the orchestra with the Dallas Summer Musicals. Music was originally his path of study. He was also an instrument-rated pilot and loved to fly. He was an educator at heart and spent time mentoring others interested in police work and received an "Instructor of the Year" award from one of the academy classes for the University of Texas System Police, where he most recently served as an inspector in the Office of the Director of Police in Austin. Larry was kind, a problem-solver, loyal, extremely reliable, had a dry wit and a deep passion for animals. After years of vacations in Hot Springs, Ark., he and Karen had planned to retire there.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Robert Bloom of Burleson; and his grandparents.

Survivors: Wife, Karen Bloom of Austin; mother, Jean Bloom of Burleson; son, Kel Bloom of Fort Worth; cousins, Ken Bloom of Antioch, Ill., and Susan Kirby of Orlando, Fla.

Mary L. Cashman

Mary Louise (Ruzicka) Cashman passed to the open arms of Jesus on August 27, 2015.

Mary grew up in Mundelein and devoted much of her life to helping others. She was the founder and CEO of Changing Tomorrow Today Foundation (CTTF) for orphaned children in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Mary attended Carmel High School, Southern Illinois University, and obtained Master's degrees from DePaul and Norwich Universities.

Beloved daughter of Paul and Wanda Parker; devoted mother of Nickolas (Allison) Ruzicka and Kaytlin Ruzicka, and stepmother of Kelli (Ruzicka) Clark; loving sister of Kathleen (Norman) Bruvold, Margaret Ely, and Valerie (James) Parker; beloved wife of Richard Cashman and living example for his children Stephanie (Shane) Stewart and Craig (Lauren) Cashman; dear aunt to many nieces and nephews and their children.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations made to Changing Tomorrow Today Foundation, 27 Cedar Lane S, Putnam, IL 61560.

Visitation is from 10-11:30 AM. Thursday September 3, 2015 at The Chapel, 1966 W. Hawley Street, Mundelein, IL. Funeral service will begin at 11:30 AM. Interment will follow in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.

Michael J. Clark

Michael J. Clark of Weymouth, died suddenly October 15, 2014, at the age of 28.

Mike was a 2004 graduate of Weymouth High School. He later earned his bachelors degree from Westfield State University and his masters degree from Norwich University. He worked for Northeast Security of Newton as a client manager. Mike was an avid runner, snow boarder and all around fitness enthusiast. He was passionate about the Boston sports scene and followed all four major sports closely. Most of all, Mike enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was the cherished son of John H. and Christine B. Clark of Weymouth; loving brother of Tracey Mansfield and her husband Michael of Carver, Tim Clark and his wife Cady of Boonville, Ind., Jeremy Clark of Weymouth, and Amy Elder and her husband Brandon of Tell City, Ind.; loving companion of Kori Papsadore; grandson of the late Robert and Vivian Burns and John and Esther Clark; proud uncle of Lucy and Grace Clark. Mike was also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the memorial service in the Avalon Apartments Function Room, 152 Shipyard Dr., Hingham, Monday at 7 p.m.

Donations in memory of Mike may be made to the N. E. Organ Bank, 60 1st Ave., Waltham, MA 02451, or to SICU Menino Pavilion, c/o Boston Medical Center Office of Development, 801 Mass Ave., Floor 1, Boston, MA 02118.

Kelly Lynne Gartley

Kelly Lynne Gartley, 47, died August 25, 2008, at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, FL. She was born in Stuart, FL and was a lifelong resident of the Treasure Coast.

Kelly was a graduate of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She was the community services coordinator for the city of Port St. Lucie for the past three years and a member of the Council on Social Agencies.

Survivors include her son, Mark Gardner of Port St. Lucie; daughter, Suzanne Stewart of Port St. Lucie; brothers, Tony Gartley of Ohio, Danny Gartley and Donny Gartley, both of Port St. Lucie, Jack Gartley of Tennessee, Terry Kible of San Diego and Ty Kible of Melbourne; sisters, Michele Kiefer of Stuart and Melissa Logan of Bell; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Scott Gartley; and her parents, Jack and Wilma Gartley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 22594, West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

Victor T. Gronenthal

U.S. Army Major Victor Trouvé Gronenthal, 31, passed away on January 23, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Victor was born on February 24, 1983 in Wilmington, Delaware to Colette Trouvé of Bear, Delaware and Bruce Gronenthal of Smyrna, Delaware.

Victor married Erika Glausen of Long Island, New York on June 24, 2005 in West Point, New York. Victor was a devoted husband and a loving father to his two sons, Kai Victor (3 years old) and Finn Trevor (8 months old). Victor grew up in Bear, Delaware. He graduated from William Penn High School in 2001. While in high school, Victor served as a U.S. Senate Page for Senator William V. Roth, Jr. He attended the prestigious United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering in 2005. After graduating from USMA, Victor was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a Captain in the U.S. Army, Victor earned a Master's Degree in Engineering and Industrial Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2011. Victor excelled in multiple leadership positions while in the Army and commanded Soldiers in both combat and in garrison with distinction. Victor served admirably during his three overseas combat tours, two to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. All who knew Victor will miss his infectious smile and gregarious personality. He was an avid cyclist, pinball machine restorer, and outdoor enthusiast. He will be missed the most by his loving family.

Victor is survived by his two sons whom he loved deeply, Kai and Finn, his dedicated wife Erika, his mother Colette, father Bruce, and his brother James Gronenthal.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 8th, 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00- 9:00pm at Bryant Funeral Home, located at 411 Old Town Rd., East Setauket, New York. The funeral service will be held on Monday, February 9th at 10:00am at the funeral home, interment following at Calverton National Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a college fund donation for Kai and Finn be made to the Victor Gronenthal Memorial Fund at Condolences may be left on online guest book at 

James A. Haskins

Warren Rockwell Brown, age 96, a lifelong resident of Avon, died peacefully July 11, 2013 at Good Samaritan Medical Center with his son Allan by his side. Born on July 27, 1916 in Avon to the late Blanche and Harry Brown, he was a graduate of Brockton High School Class of 1934, Norwich University as 2nd Lt U.S. Army Class of 1938; he received a Masters Degree in Education from Bridgewater State College in 1950 and spent many years teaching in Mansfield, Brockton, Whitman and Bridgewater. He loved to golf until the age of 80 and he and his wife Claire enjoyed traveling every state in the U.S. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Claire E. (Olson) Brown; one son Allan R. Brown and daughter-in-law Barbara; granddaughters Gretchen C. Terrio and Shelley Vacca; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. All are welcome to his funeral service on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Avon Baptist Church, 119 North Main St., Avon and burial at Avon Cemetery. Calling hours respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Avon Baptist Church.

Richard G. Higgins

Richard George Higgins, age 64, passed away on Tuesday, July 29th at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.

Rich grew up in New Jersey and went on to Catholic University in Washington DC, where he met his wife Jean. They were married in 1972 and moved to Maine where he enlisted in the Coast Guard, serving as a Bosun's Mate and his crew's rescue swimmer.

 He attended the University of Maine, Orono and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Civil Engineering. He was recruited by the Boeing Company and then Rich and Jean moved to Seattle in 1979. Rich started as an engineer on the 757 Wing Stress Design Team and served in a series of jobs, including his favorite position, Chief Engineer of Maintenance. He ended his career as Vice President of the Americas for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

 While with Boeing, his lifelong love of history helped him establish long term friendships around the globe from Europe to Asia to South America. Rich began serving on the University of Maine Engineering Department Advisory Board in 2002 and joined the Board of Visitors providing oversight for the University of Maine system in 2012. The Engineering Department Materials Testing Laboratory at Orono is named for Rich and Jean.

 Rich retired from Boeing in 2005 and moved to Santa Fe with Jean. He served on the Board of the Santa Fe Opera, chairing the Infrastructure Committee and serving as the historical consultant for next year's new production of Cold Mountain. He further pursued his lifelong interest by receiving his Master's degree in Military History from Norwich University. He led numerous staff rides for the US Military at Pecos National Historical Park, which enabled him to meet young officers whose units were deploying to Afghanistan, teaching them the importance of terrain in battle tactics. He also spearheaded the building of a trail on the Glorieta battlefield at Pecos National Historical Park, which was dedicated in 2009.

 Most importantly, Rich was known for his sense of humor, diversity of interests, sharing and telling of stories, and his relentless pursuit of knowledge.

 Rich is survived by his wife Jean of Santa Fe, NM, his sister Georgene Aranowski, his brother Mark Higgins (Nancy), and his daughter Colleen, of Denver, CO.

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LTC John K. Letherman Jr., USA (Ret.)

John “Jack” Letherman, Jr. 49, passed away December 29, 2015, at the St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO.

A visitation will be held 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the Rollins Funeral Home in Platte City, MO. Funeral Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m., Monday, January 4 at the Twelve Apostles Catholic Church of Platte City; followed by an 11:00 a.m. interment with military honors, at the Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas. A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Elkhart, IN January 16, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.

Jack was born April 10, 1966 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN to John K. and Dianne M. (Georgy) Letherman. Jack attended St. Thomas School in Elkhart where he learned to play clarinet and piano. He worked on farms in southern Michigan during the summer and learned to water ski on the St. Joseph River and Indiana Lake. He graduated from Marian High School in Mishawaka, IN where he was a 4-year member of the band and a member of the National Honor Society. He graduated from Indiana University South Bend and was commissioned an Army 2nd LT on May 24, 1989 at the University of Notre Dame through the Notre Dame ROTC program. Serving in the US Army Transportation Corps, 2nd LT Jack Letherman was a Platoon Leader in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, Germany. After several months his unit was transferred to duty in Kuwait as a part of Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded the Bronze Star while serving in Kuwait. He returned to Eimsheim, Germany in 1993 following his tour in Kuwait and was then sent to the Balkans to work for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). While in Serbia, in 1994, he met his love, Natasa Jovanovic. Transferred to Ft. Campbell, KY, Captain Jack Letherman became a Company Commander in the 101st Airborne Division. He completed Airborne and Air Assault training at Ft. Campbell. He married Natasa in Belgrade, Serbia on September 29, 1996. Returning to the United States with Natasa, he bought a house in Clarksville, TN where he lived until 2000. He was then transferred to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, where Jack and Natasa lived in Ewa Beach, Hawaii for ten years. Twin daughters, Hanna and Audrey, were born in Honolulu in January 2007. While his family was growing up in Hawaii, Jack was deployed twice more to the Balkans and then to Afghanistan in 2004-05 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was awarded his second Bronze Star. Following his return from Afghanistan Jack enrolled in the graduate program at Norwich University and was awarded a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich in June 2007. For the past five years he has lived in Platte City, MO, where he retired from Fort Leavenworth as a Lieutenant Colonel in June, 2014. Since his retirement, he has been working for the Veteran's Administration as a regional transportation specialist, doing his best to help fellow veterans returning from duty. His family remembers him as a funny, hard-working husband and father who always put family first. Jack was a member of the Twelve Apostles Catholic Church of Platte City.

He was preceded in death by: his uncle James L. Letherman; his niece Grace Elizabeth Letherman; and his father-in-law Dusan Jovanovic.

Jack is survived by: his parents John and Dianne Letherman of Elkhart, IN; his wife Natasa; 2 daughters Hanna and Audrey Letherman of Platte City; his brothers Joseph (Elizabeth) of Middlebury, IN, Robert of Elkhart, IN, and Peter (Suzanne) Letherman of Granger, IN; and his sisters Lisa Letherman (Jason) Hemmerling of Westfield, IN, and Catherine Letherman (Nicholas) Matuch of Seven Hills, OH. The family is asking that memorials be sent to the Sweet Pea Foundation, PO Box 1293, Elkhart, IN 46515 or to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County for the John K. Letherman, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Peter A. McKenna

First Sergeant Peter Andrew McKenna, Jr., age 35 of Bristol, an Army Special Forces soldier for 17 years, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Kabul, Afghanistan, during a complex attack on a coalition facility.

He was the son of Peter A. and Carol A. (Fennell) McKenna of Bristol. Andrew was a Special Forces Operations sergeant, assigned to First Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. A lifelong resident of Bristol, Andrew entered the Army on July 24, 1998, as an infantryman following his graduation from Mt. Hope High School, Bristol. Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Studies from Norwich University this year and is a graduate of the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course. In addition to his parents, he is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was the brother of the late Patrick A. McKenna and grandson of the late Harriet Correia and the late John and Muriel McKenna.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main St., Warren, RI. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol. Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, from 3 to 8 p.m. in St. Mary of the Bay Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 1SG P. Andrew McKenna, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, ℅ Citizens Bank, Bell Tower Plaza, 576 Metacom Ave., Bristol, RI 02809, or to the Wounded Veteran Retreat Program, P.O. Box 619, Parkton, NC 28371, or online at For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to

Pedro L. Moore

Warren Rockwell Brown, age 96, a lifelong resident of Avon, died peacefully July 11, 2013 at Good Samaritan Medical Center with his son Allan by his side. Born on July 27, 1916 in Avon to the late Blanche and Harry Brown, he was a graduate of Brockton High School Class of 1934, Norwich University as 2nd Lt U.S. Army Class of 1938; he received a Masters Degree in Education from Bridgewater State College in 1950 and spent many years teaching in Mansfield, Brockton, Whitman and Bridgewater. He loved to golf until the age of 80 and he and his wife Claire enjoyed traveling every state in the U.S. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Claire E. (Olson) Brown; one son Allan R. Brown and daughter-in-law Barbara; granddaughters Gretchen C. Terrio and Shelley Vacca; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. All are welcome to his funeral service on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Avon Baptist Church, 119 North Main St., Avon and burial at Avon Cemetery. Calling hours respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Avon Baptist Church.

Kurt E. Nagel

Kurt E. Nagel, age 57, passed suddenly Monday, September 8, 2008 at Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital in Illinois. He was a resident of Romeoville, IL since 1978 and was formerly of Des Plaines. Kurt was a veteran of the US Navy and a Romeoville Police Officer retiring in 2007 after 22 years of service. Kurt graduated with a master's degree in Justice Administration from Norwich and was presently teaching Criminal Justice for Phoenix University.

He is survived by his loving wife, Portia Nagel; and was the devoted father of Mercedes Nagel and Sean Nagel; dear brother of William (Laura) Nagel, Dennis Costello and Kathleen (Doug) Collet; fond uncle of John, Jenny, Grant and Kaitlyn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Costello, Betty and Jesse Barajas, and Alfred Nagel.

Michael T. Sheppard

Michael Timothy Sheppard, age 55, passed away on February 27, 2015.

He was born November 4, 1959 in Jacksonville, FL, the son of Norma Joy Goff and Roy Connor Sheppard. Tim was a member of Avondale Baptist Church and SGI-USA. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from August 1978 to August 1983. Afterwards, Tim continued to serve our country in various roles and locations around the world for the Department of Defense. He also was a member of the Air Force Reserve and Navy Reserve. He was active in the American Legion and Lions Club. He was also Special Constable and a supporter of the community library in Belize where he and his wife lived the past 5 years following his retirement. Tim enjoyed exploring, fishing, gardening and spending time with his beloved pets Lido, Mocha and Mr. Rum.

Tim is survived by his wife, Yumiko Ozawa Sheppard; son, Joshua Sheppard; mother Joy Goff; father and step-mother, Roy and Kathy Sheppard; brothers, Connor and Chris Sheppard.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 6 from 5-8 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, where a celebration of Tim's life will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society

Mary Tucker

Mary Tucker, who completed the degree requirements of the MSOL program this past November, passed away on March 15th, 2009 at 5:45pm, after a sudden and unexpected health condition. She was to receive her degree at the 2009 School of Graduate Studies Commencement.

We have come to learn a lot about Mary through her participation in the program; much of it inspirational. Over eighteen months of study, Mary overcame her share of personal hardships, but in her own humble, self-effacing way, she marched on, overcoming the challenges with spirit and determination. Even during those times of juggling the duties as mother, school administrator, and graduate student, it was Mary who would find the time and strength to help others. She truly adored her classmates and felt very much a part of the Norwich family. She so looked forward to seeing everyone at graduation.

It has been said many times that mere words cannot express our truest feelings under such sad circumstances, but it can be said that Mary Tucker is one of the brightest stars that can be seen in the universe of humanity and for that we are thankful to have known her.


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