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1994 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.

Lillian Brintnall, 11/11/2004
Ian R. Dodgson, 7/21/2010
Brian John Recesso, 3/19/2009
CPT Lynn A. Reister, USA, 5/24/2001
Deanna Joy Smith


Ian R. Dodgson

Ian R. Dodgson passed away on July 21, 2010. Services in celebration of his life were held on Wednesday, August 4 at noon at the Heritage Funeral Home in Peoria, AZ. He lived in Glendale, AZ, and is survived by his wife Victoria, and his daughters Emily, Gabriella, Jenna, and Alyssa. We have no further details at this time.


Brian John Recesso

Brian John Recesso, 37, of Land O'Lakes, Florida passed away on March 19, 2009 due to complications from diabetes.

A native of Johnstown, NY, he was the son of  Art and Jackie Recesso of Bishop, GA.  Brian was a 1990 graduate of Johnstown High School where he lettered in three sports: football, wrestling, and track. He was a part of the undefeated state champion football team in 1988 and 1989. He was also captain of the wrestling team, being voted the most outstanding wrestler and most dedicated. Brian also competed in the Empire State Games for two years in the Greco-Roman Wrestling venue. 

His love of sports followed him to Norwich where he continued to play football and wrestle. Due to a neck injury, he had to forego his sports career and instead took over coaching the Norwich J.V. football team, leading them to their first undefeated season. He was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame. During his time at Norwich he was inducted into the society of Skull and Swords. He graduated suma cum laude with a bachelor of science in business administration. He then went on to attend the College of Saint Rose to receive a master's in business administration.

Brian's career path took him all over the country, but his favorite time was the five years he spent with the New York Yankees. During this time, he developed a scouting program that is still used by major league baseball today.

In addition to his parents, Brian is survived by his daughter, Bella Donna, his brother, Artie, and nieces, Madelyn and Stella.  He is also survived by his grandfather, Linus Vosburgh, aunts and uncles Marie Recesso, Bill and Terry Brindle, Peter and Sandy Goderie, Bobbi and Nick Coupas, along with several cousins.


CPT Lynn Reister, USA

CPT Lynn (Armstrong) Reister grew up in Pensacola, Fla. She earned her commission after graduating from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts in International studies. She was currently working towards her MBA at Webster University.

CPT Reister was a graduate of the US Army Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. During her 19 month tenure as HHB/5-52 ADA Commander, the unit successfully deployed twice. The unit also successfully passed two EXEVALS, two Battalion Command Inspections, and met its re-enlistment mission each quarter.

Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, The Army Achievement Medal, The National Defense Service Ribbon, The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, The Armed Forces Services Medal, The Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

Captain Reister was murdered in her home on May 24, 2001. At the time of her death she was about 6 months pregnant. She and her infant child are buried in the Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas.

She is survived by her son, Triston Noble, mother, Norma Armstrong, one brother, two sisters, a Grandmother, one Aunt and one Uncle, many friends and extended family.


Deanna Joy Smith

Deanna Joy Smith, age 38 – beloved daughter and sister, Navy veteran and nurse, spiritual and intuitive – died peacefully in her sleep at home in Monson MA on the evening of April 28.

Deanna was born on August 20, 1972 in Springfield MA to her adoring parents David and Ann (Menard) Smith of Monson MA. She is also survived by her devoted sister Debra Smith, loving brother-in-law Andy Podesta of Lakeville MA, and Pepere Paul Menard of Ludlow MA. She is predeceased by her loving Memere Anita (DuBois) Menard and her loving Grampy and Grammy Ted and Loretta (Dorval) Smith.

Deanna was a beloved member of a large, loving, and fun-filled family and leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins, including her godparents Janice and Charlie Smith of Southern Shores NC and Peter and Diane Menard of Plantsville CT. Her large, loving French-Canadian family will forever miss her spirit.

Deanna graduated from Monson High School in 1990 and from Norwich University in Northfield VT with a BSN degree in nursing in 1994. She was the first nurse graduate in the NROTC program. She was a nurse by vocation and heart.

After graduation, Deanna was commissioned into the US Navy – to follow in the footsteps of her paternal grandfather - in 1994 as an ensign. Since she didn’t like ships and the open ocean, Deanna served “landside” as a military nurse in a variety of mostly Marine units, including the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego CA and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She resigned her commission in 1998.

Deanna later worked in hospitals around the country in a variety of nursing capacities, including emergency room, intensive care, surgical, orthopedics and oncology units. In addition, she also cared for dialysis and dementia patients.

Deanna was a fun-loving and playful young woman, full of spunk and sass, quick with a smile and giggles. She developed a spiritual connection to the Earth’s energy, believing in the strength and wonder of things unseen and not understood. She was at times tough and vulnerable, commanding and delicate, joyful and struggling.

Deanna loved and was loved by those she leaves behind. She will be missed deeply by those of us who knew and loved her. 


   

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