Alumni & Giving

Family Loss

Over the years, many have referred to the campus community as a family. We often hear about the passing of alumni and former employees. This page is provided to help you know of those life transitions. If you know of a classmate or former employee who has passed on, please complete the form below. If you have any questions, please contact Larry Stewart at lstewart@rochesteru.edu.

2024

A member of the class of 1961, Gary Lutes, passed away July 14, 2024. Gary’s wife, Onita, is also a member of the class of 1961. Two of their daughters, Karla (Lutes-’83) Hawkins and Rita (Lutes-’84) Pulley, are graduates of the university. Obituary

Timothy Vancil, a member of the class of 1963, died May 19, 2024. Obituary

Cherry (Echols) Hart, a 1980 graduate, passed away May 7, 2024. Cherry’s husband, Clay Hart, is also a 1980 graduate. Obituary

A member of the class of 1963, Jack Cronk, passed away May 4, 2024. Jack’s sister, Linda (Cronk) Tucker, is a member of the class of 1969. Obituary

Nola (Lee) Cucheran, a member of the class of 1964, passed away  April 15, 2024. Nola’s husband, Bob Cucheran, is a member of the class of 1967. Their daughter, Cathy (Cucheran) Herman, is a 1987 graduate. Two “adopted” children, Vic Bliss (’90, ’04) and Ann (Bliss-’90) Sparks, are also alumni. Obituary

A member of the class of 1987, Laurie Losiewicz, died April 9, 2024. Obituary

Dennis Rainsberger, a member of the class of 1976, passed away March 21, 2024. His wife, Vicky (Spurgeon) Rainsberger, is a member of the class of 1977. Two of their children, Justin Rainsberger (’03) and Jayson Rainsberger (’04); and two siblings, Cheryl Rainsberger (’80) and David Rainsberger (‘83), are also alumni. Obituary

A 1977 graduate, David Kwasiborski, passed away March 17, 2024. David’s sister, Kim (Kwasiborski) McKerracher, is also a member of the class of 1977. Obituary

Justine Yennor, a 2004 graduate, died Feb. 23, 2024. Obituary

Tamara (McCormick) Ross, a member of the class of 1983, died Feb. 19, 2024. Obituary

Gary Mitchell, a member of the class of 1964, passed away Jan. 30, 2024. His son, Eric Mitchell, is a 1998 graduate. Obituary

A member of the class of 1960, Jerry Burns, passed away Jan. 4, 2024. Obituary

Kevin Sircloumb, a member of the class of 1983, died Jan. 3, 2024. Obituary

2023

David Park, a former vice president of finance and operations during the mid-2010s, passed away Dec. 6, 2023. David was a longstanding supporter of the university. His wife, Linda (Doughty) Park, is a 1974 graduate. Obituary

Dale Sargent, a member of the class of 1962, died Dec. 1, 2023. Obituary

A member of the class of 1966, Dennis Saulsberry, passed away Nov. 29, 2023. His wife, Cynthia (Clark) Saulsberry, is a 1967 graduate. Obituary

Sheri Johnson, a 1972 graduate, died Nov. 12, 2023. Obituary

Chuck Richards, a member of the class of 1970, died Oct. 20, 2023. Chuck’s sister, Coralie Richards, is a member of the class of 1971. Obituary

A 1963 graduate, Cheri (Riggenbach) Bartlett, passed away Oct. 5, 2023. Cheri’s son, Ward Bartlett, is a member of the class of 1978. Obituary

Joan (Treptau) Johnson, a 1965 graduate, passed away Sept. 25, 2023. Joan’s husband, Tom Johnson, is a member of the class of 1966. Obituary

Mike Longfellow, a 1973 graduate, passed away Sept. 6, 2023. Two of Tom’s brothers are also alumni: Tom Longfellow (’78) and Rob Longfellow (’78) Obituary

A 1962 graduate, Judy (Milam) Bies, passed away Aug. 27, 2023. Her husband, Tim Bies, is also a 1962 graduate. Three of their children are alumni: Wendy (Bies-’83) Hannum, Chris Bies (’90), and Dan Bies (’91). Judy’s brother, Randy Milam, is a member of the class of 1964. Obituary

Terri (Girdley) Turner, a 1999 graduate, passed away June 20, 2023. Terri’s three sisters are also alumni: Julie (Girdley-’90) Boyd, Lori (Girdley-’86) Gunningham, and Kim (Girdley-’92) Penna. Obituary

John Qualls, a 1991 graduate, died Jun 5, 2023. Obituary

A member of the class of 1962, Kathy (Bush) DiMarzio, passed away May 29, 2023. Kathy’s husband, John DiMarzio, is a member of the class of 1983. Two of their daughters, Lisa (DiMarzio) VanNatta and Toni (DiMarzio) Coalson, are 1988 graduates. Obituary

Marlyce (Robb) Martin, a member of the class of 1982, passed away May 23, 2023. Marlyce’s sister, Tammy (Robb) VanWagoner, is a member of the class of 1977. Obituary

Steve Lance, a member of the class of 1971, passed away April 18, 2023. Steve’s wife, Candy (McCain) Lance, is a 1971 graduate. Obituary

A member of the class of 1981, Deb Duzan, died April 10, 2023. Obituary

Gary Henson, a member of the class of 1962, passed away March 28, 2023. Gary’s wife, Marilyn (Kincade) Henson, was a 1962 graduate, and their daughter, Karla Henson, a member of the class of 1985. Obituary

A 2010 graduate, Claire (Wegner) Kwolek, passed away March 16, 2023. Claire’s sister, Ava (Wegner) Lucas is a 2011 graduate. Obituary

Marilyn (Kincade) Henson, a 1962 graduate, passed away March 12, 2023. Marilyn’s husband, Gary Henson, was also a member of the class of 1962. Their daughter, Karla Henson, is a member of the class of 1985. Marilyn’s sister, Linda (Kincade) Huckaba, is a member of the class of 1960. Obituary

Frankie Miller, a 2016 graduate, died Jan. 5, 2023. Obituary

A member of the class of 1969, Ken Burman, passed away Jan. 1, 2023. Obituary