bleeding heartsRochester College students and employees often refer to the college community as a family. The Rochester College family expresses its sympathy for the loss of the following alumni and former employees during the last twelve months. If you know of other alumni or former employees who have passed away in the last year, please contact Larry Stewart at lstewart@rc.edu.

A member of the class of 1969, Rachel (Church) Ray, died Jan. 12, 2017. Obituary

Teresa (Massey) Maiwald, a 1982 graduate, died Jan. 10, 2017. Obituary

Jan Green, a member of the class of 1973, passed away Jan. 9, 2017. Obituary

Sandy (Mosley) Copeland, a member of the class of 1974, passed away Dec. 21, 2016. Sandy’s brother, Jim Mosley, is member of the class of 1971. Obituary

A member of the class of 1983, Laurie (Letsinger) Wierenga, died Oct. 30, 2016. Obituary

Dennis Perry, a member of the class of 1974, passed away Oct. 4, 2016. His wife, Paige (Pleasant) Perry, is also a member of the class of 1974. Their daughter, Jody (Perry) Skiles, is a member of the class of 1994. Obituary

Bill Kooi, a member of the Board of Trustees from the mid-’70s until the early ’80s, passed away Sept. 9, 2016. Four of his children are alumni: Alison (Kooi-’74) Hewitt, Shelley (Kooi-’75) Crews, Chip Kooi (’79), and Mitch Kooi (’81). Obituary

Former Bible instructor Steve Miller passed away Aug. 18, 2016. Steve taught at the college from 1976-78 and helped lay the foundation for the college’s first bachelor’s degree program. Steve’s wife and two of his children are alumni: Serena Miller (’77), Derek Miller (’90), and Caleb Miller (’02). Obituary

Carol (Crutchfield) Willis, a member of the class of 1970, passed away June 9, 2016. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Willis (’70), in 2009. Carol’s sister Mary (Crutchfield-’69) Raterman, her brother Mark Crutchfield (’73), her sister-in-law Margie (Clarke-’72) Crutchfield, and her niece Cheryl Raterman (’01) are also alumni.  Obituary

Sharon (Simpson) Rice, a member of the class of 1963, died April 16, 2106. Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Rice, in 1992. Terry was also a member of the class of 1963. Obituary

A member of the class of 1966, Linda (Robbins) Arthur, passed away April 11, 2016. Linda’s daughter, Shannon (Dickerson) Arthur, is a member of the class of 1992. Obituary

Leona (Jankowski) Openshaw, a member of the class of 1965, passed away March 21, 2016. Leona’s sister, Diana (Jankowski) Woloszyk, is a member of the class of 1967. Obituary

Eileen Gill, the college cashier during the late 1970s, wife of minister Ernie Gill, and adopted mother of numerous college students, passed away March 1, 2016. Eileen is the mother of Randy Gill (’74) and Robin (Gill-’77) Smith. Obituary

A member of the class of 1969, Jack Murray, died Feb 29, 2016. Two of Jack’s sisters, Shannon (Murray-’62) Kronberg and Cheryl (Murray-’67) Grout are also alumni. Obituary

Fred Alexander, a pioneer faculty member and former director of admissions, passed away Jan. 25, 2016. Fred was also the founding director of the A Cappella Chorus. Obituary

A 1973 graduate, Marilee (Beals) Spann, passed away Jan. 16, 2016. Marilee’s husband, Tim Spann, is also a member of the class of 1973. Obituary

June (Hendrick) Bufkin, a member of the class of 1983 and former employee of the college, passed away Jan. 7, 2016. June’s brother, Wes Hendrick, is a 1980 graduate. Obituary

Rick Doan, a 2003 graduate from the College of Extended Learning, died Jan. 7, 2016. Obituary

For comments about this page or to contact family members of deceased alumni, contact Larry Stewart at lstewart@rc.edu.