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In Memory of James L. Reiter ’73
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1973
Shawno, WI
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In Memory of James L. Reiter ’73

James Reiter
James Reiter
Class of 1973
Shawno, WI
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JAMES L. REITER ’73 of Shawano, Wisconsin, died April 18, 2022. At Ripon, he majored in economics, sociology and anthropology and participated in cross country, football and Phi Kappa Pi (Merriman). He earned a master’s degree from Silver Lake College. He was passionate about serving his Menominee Tribe. He was associate director of Ripon Upward Bound, working to get many Menominee youths to look toward college. He also belonged to the National Indian Education Association and Native American Tourism of Wisconsin; served as director of the JOM education program; and was general manager of the Menominee Casino for more than 19 years, winning an award from the National Indian Gaming Association for pioneering and longevity in gaming. Survivors include his wife, Amy; two sons and one daughter.

Full obituary: greenbaypressgazette.com/obituaries/wis357077

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In Memory of Gail Langdon ’60
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1960
Springfield, MO
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In Memory of Gail Langdon ’60

Gail Brainard Langdon
Gail Langdon
Class of 1960
Springfield, MO
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GAIL BRAINARD LANGDON ’60 of Springfield, Missouri, died Feb. 24, 2022. At Ripon, she studied biology and participated in Alpha Chi Omega/Alpha Gam Theta. She also served in her 50th Reunion committee. She lived in the Chicago area until 1977, when she and her husband purchased Fish ‘n’ Fun Resort in Shell Knob, Missouri. They later moved to Springfield. She was an active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Springfield. She also was an avid gardener. Survivors include three sons and three daughters, including MARY LANGDON ROGERS ’89. Her husband, ROBERT E. LANGDON ’58, died in 2010.

Full obituary: obits.klingnerfuneralhome.com/obituary/gail-langdon

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In Memory of Ginny Michaels Abruzzo ’77
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1977
Libertyville, IL
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In Memory of Ginny Michaels Abruzzo ’77

Ginny Michaels Abruzzo
Ginny Abruzzo
Class of 1977
Libertyville, IL
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GINNY MICHAELS ABRUZZO ’77 of Libertyville, Illinois, died March 26, 2022. At Ripon, she majored in art and participated in Alpha Chi Omega. She retired in March 2021 after more than 25 years working for the Health Information Management team at Advocate Condell Medical Center. She loved the outdoors, wildlife, Chicago sports teams and gardening. Survivors include her husband, Joseph Abruzzo; two sons and one daughter.

Full obituary: strangfuneral.org/ginny-l-abruzzo/

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In Memory of Kathryn “Kathy” Brimhall ’71
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1971
Morristown, TN
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In Memory of Kathryn “Kathy” Brimhall ’71

Kathryn "Kathy" Brimhall
Class of 1971
Morristown, TN
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KATHRYN “KATHY” WILSON BRIMHALL ’71 of Morristown, Tennessee, died March 26, 2022. At Ripon, she studied anthropology and psychology and participated in Alpha Delta Pi/Pi Tau Pi. She received a degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut. She was a professor of sociology and anthropology at Lakeland College near Sheboygan, Wisconsin, before graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine. She practiced psychiatry in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, before moving to Lexington, Kentucky, and then Morristown, Tennessee. She was a member of PEO, hosted many international exchange students, and enjoyed gourmet cooking, reading, traveling, needlework and crafts. Survivors include her husband, Conrad L. Brimhall; one son, CRISTOPHER “KIT” BRIMHALL ’22, and one daughter.

Full obituary: citizentribune.com/obituaries/kathryn-kathy-wilson-brimhall/article_0182bf22-bdee-11ec-a7aa-0b8555d2f385.html

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In Memory of Claudia L. Kasperek ’70
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1970
Chicago, IL
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In Memory of Claudia L. Kasperek ’70

Claudia Kasperek
Class of 1970
Chicago, IL
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CLAUDIA L. KASPEREK ’70 of Chicago, Illinois, died Oct. 29, 2021. At Ripon, she participated in Alpha Phi/Kappa Sigma Chi. She earned a degree in art from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Survivors include her wife, Susan Prohaska.

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Joyce Prout Kasson ’61
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1961
Stevens Point, WI
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In Memory of Joyce Prout Kasson ’61

Joyce Prout Kasson
Joyce Kasson
Class of 1961
Stevens Point, WI
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JOYCE ANN PROUT KASSON ’61 of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, died April 3, 2022. She attended Ripon from 1957-1959, studied biology and physical education, was a cheerleader and participated in Alpha Chi Omega/Alpha Gamma Theta. She later served on reunion committees and supported the Red Hawks Club and Ripon Booster Club. She received a degree as a registered nurse and worked for Portage County and St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point before her retirement. She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, tennis and traveling to visit family. Survivors include her husband, PETER KASSON ’59; two sons and one daughter, including RICHARD KASSON ’91 and CONNIE KASSON NEGAARD ’85; and a sister, BARBARA PROUT DIXON ’58.

Full obituary: tributearchive.com/obituaries/24479736/joyce-a-kasson/stevens-point/wisconsin/shuda-funeral-services-crematory

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In Memory of Sarah Uihlein Fitzgerald ’50
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1950
Mequon, WI
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In Memory of Sarah Uihlein Fitzgerald ’50

Sarah Fitzgerald
Class of 1950
Mequon, WI
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Sarah Uihlein Fitzgerald ’50 of Mequon, Wisconsin, died Aug. 16, 2021. At Ripon, she majored in philosophy. Survivors include her children.

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of LTC Lee J. Harrer ’52
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1952
Clearwater, FL
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In Memory of LTC Lee J. Harrer ’52

LTC Lee Harrer
LTC Lee Harrer
Class of 1952
Clearwater, FL
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LTC Lee J. HARRER ’52 US Army (Ret.) passed away with his family by his side, April 14, 2021, at Suncoast Hospice. Lee was born May 12, 1930 in Evanston, IL. He graduated Ripon College, WI, in 1952, and began his army career in August, 1952. Lee and Rita were married December 1, 1956. Lee did a tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, retiring in July,1973, and making their home in Clearwater. Lee went into real estate as an agent/broker in 1976. He always had a love of books and dabbled in book collecting and selling even before real estate and in 1998, retired to devote his full attention as the -“the Midnight Bookman”.
Lee was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Rita, and survived by daughter, Lisa (Craig) Vaughan, grandchildren, Brandon and Delaney, her fiancé Doug West and great-granddaughters, Delanie and Leia Lee West.

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Charles P. Stathas ’55
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1955
Lake Forest, IL
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In Memory of Charles P. Stathas ’55

Charles Stathas
Class of 1955
Lake Forest, IL
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Charles P. Stathas ’55 passed away on February 16, 2022.

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Patricia Keeley Winter ’50
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1950
Downers Grove, IL
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In Memory of Patricia Keeley Winter ’50

Patricia Winter
Class of 1950
Downers Grove, IL
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PATRICIA KEELEY WINTER ’50 of Downers Grove, Illinois, died Feb. 20, 2022. At Ripon, she majored in psychology and participated in Ver Adest and Alpha Delta Pi/Pi Tau Pi. She was a former co-publisher and business manager of Reporter/Progress Newspapers and Printers, publishers of numerous newspapers. She was active in several clubs and organizations, including the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce, Downers Grove Women’s and Junior Woman’s clubs, AAUW, DuPage Easter Seals, Downers Grove Special Events Committee, Downers Grove Community grants Commission, and Good Samaritan Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling and spending winter months in Marco Island, Florida. Survivors include two sons, including CRAIG R. WINTER ’76; and a nephew, ROBERT S. KEELEY ’79. Her husband, CHESTER JOHN “JACK” WINTER ’49, died in 2001.

Full obituary: toonfuneralhome.com/obituary/patricia-winter

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of Natalie S. Adams ’77
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1977
Colorado Springs, CO
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In Memory of Natalie S. Adams ’77

Natalie Adams
Natalie Adams
Class of 1977
Colorado Springs, CO
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NATALIE S. ADAMS ’77 of Colorado Springs, Colorado, wife of former Ripon College president Bernard S. Adams, died Feb. 13, 2022. In Ripon, she was a founding member of the Green Lake Festival of Music, board member and president of the Ripon South Woods Park Association and a choir member at First Congregational Church. She enjoyed tennis and for one year coached the Ripon College women’s tennis team, leading to a conference championship. After retiring in Colorado, she was a member of Broadmoor Community Church where she was a member of the choir, chair of the Arts Committee and a lay caregiver minister. She also served as president of the Symphony Guild and volunteered at Pikes Peak Hospice. Survivors include one son and one daughter.

Full obituary: obits.gazette.com/us/obituaries/gazette/name/natalie-adams-obituary

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement

In Memory of James H. Falkenrath ’63
Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement
1963
Locust Grove, VA
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In Memory of James H. Falkenrath ’63

James Falkenrath
James Falkenrath
Class of 1963
Locust Grove, VA
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JAMES H. FALKENRATH ’63 of Locust Grove, Virginia, died Feb. 3, 2022. At Ripon, he majored in mathematics, was a member of Sigma Nu/Theta Sigma Tau, was vice president of his class and was commissioned through ROTC. He earned a master’s of business administration from the University of Alabama. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years, with assignments all over the world. He earned the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He then worked for Honeywell Federal Systems Inc. as a tech support manager, including leading major efforts throughout the Republic of South Korea. He enjoyed watching football, playing golf and traveling. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; one son and one daughter.

Full obituary: www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/fredericksburg/name/james-falkenrath-obituary

Submitted by: Office of Constituent Engagement