In memoriam: Blugold family and friends

Roxanne AccolaRoxanne Accola, 23, died Feb. 9, 2015. Accola, of Prairie du Sac, was a UW-Eau Claire senior majoring in physics with a minor in mathematics. During her time at the university, she studied abroad in Sweden for a year and traveled to Guatemala with the Vida Volunteer health program. She also was a student instructor for the UW-Eau Claire Two to Tango ballroom dance club and was the founder of the Society for Women in the Physical Sciences on campus.

Karl AndresenKarl Andresen, 91, died Jan. 1, 2016, in Eau Claire. Andresen, professor emeritus of political science, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire political science faculty from 1956 until his retirement in 1988. He held a bachelor's degree from Lther College and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Memorials may be directed to the Karl Andresen Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation or the Helen and Karl Andresen Family Endowment for Special Needs Fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation.

Jane Colville BettsJane Colville Betts, 84, died April 3, 2016, in Encinitas, California. Colville Betts, UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of English, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire English faculty from 1977 until her retirement in 1996. She held a bachelor's degree from Wilson College, a master's degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Memorials may be directed to the Jane Colville Betts English Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Elroy ConditElroy Condit, 88, died Dec. 4, 2015, in La Crosse. Condit was a member of the UW-Eau Claire psychology faculty from 1965 until his retirement in 1986. Condit held a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire, a master's degree from Drake University and a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. Memorials in Condit's name may be directed to Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Allen CurtisAllen Curtis, 78, died Aug. 15, 2014. Curtis, assistant professor emeritus of English, taught at UW-Eau Claire for 32 years before his retirement in 1999. He held bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington. Memorials may be directed to the Eau Claire Unitarian Universalist Congregation Endowment Fund in the name of Allen and Lucille Curtis.

Beverly DickBeverly Dick, 83, died Jan. 15, 2016, in Eau Claire. Dick, associate professor emerita of music, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1967 until her retirement in 1998. She held a bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master's degree from the University of Missouri. Memorials may be directed to the Beverly Dick Voice Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Matthew ElsingMatthew Elsing, 22, died Oct. 3, 2015, as a result of an auto accident. Elsing was a UW-Eau Claire senior kinesiology major from Stoughton. He was passionate about the field of sports medicine and had aspirations to continue on to graduate school after graduating from UW-Eau Claire.

Donald EtnierDonald Etnier, 79, died Feb. 2, 2015. Etnier, professor emeritus of accountancy, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1966-94. He received the UW-Eau Claire Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986. He held bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota. Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church Malawi Medical Clinic Project, Eau Claire; Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek; or the Don Etnier Memorial Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Carol FairbanksCarol Fairbanks, 80, died Oct. 1, 2015. Fairbanks, professor emerita of English, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1971-97. She was the first women's studies coordinator at UW-Eau Claire, serving in that role from 1977-79. In 1987 she received UW-Eau Claire's Excellence in Scholarship Award. Fairbanks held a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a master's degree from UW-Eau Claire and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Memorials may be directed to the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire or an organization of the donor's choice.

Marcus Fay, 93, died May 16, 2015, in Eau Claire. Fay, professor emeritus and former longtime chair of the UW-Eau Claire biology department, served on the faculty from 1953-87. He also served on the UW-Eau Claire Foundation board. He held bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Marcus and Ila Fay Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

William "Jack" GarberWilliam "Jack" Garber, 78, died Dec. 29, 2014, in Eau Claire. Garber, assistant professor emeritus of foundations of education, taught at UW-Eau Claire from 1965 until his retirement in 1999. He held a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and a master's degree from UW-Stout. Among Garber's survivors is his wife, Patricia, UW-Eau Claire associate professor emerita of adult health nursing. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Eau Claire.

Robert Gehl, 58, died June 25, 2015, in Stanley. Gehl, a facility repair worker in Housing and Residence Life, had been employed at UW-Eau Claire since November 2014 and had been in state service since March 2014. Memorials in Gehl's name may be directed to a humane society of the donor's choice.

Willis GertnerWillis Gertner, 82, died June 12, 2015. Gertner, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies, served on the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1967-94. He developed the curriculum and established the religious studies program at the university. He held an associate degree from Waldorf College, bachelor's degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg Seminary, a master's degree from the New York Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Wayne State University. Memorials may be directed to the Willis and Betty Gertner Religious Studies Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, the Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA) or a charity of the donor's choosing.

Rita Gross, 72, died Nov. 11, 2015, in Eau Claire. Gross, UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of philosophy and religious studies, served on the faculty from 1973 until her retirement in 1998. She was known throughout the world for her groundbreaking work regarding issues of Buddhism and gender. Gross held a bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.

Arthur Gulig, 66, died July 23, 2015, in Rochester, Minn. Gulig was a senior instructional specialist emeritus at UW-Eau Claire. He served as a technical director of university theatre and a sound designer in the department of music and theatre arts from 1970 until his retirement in 2011. He held a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire.

James GullerudJames Gullerud, 78, died Oct. 7, 2014. Gullerud, associate professor emeritus of foreign languages, retired from UW-Eau Claire in 1996 after 33 years of service. He held bachelor's degrees from Bethany Lutheran College and the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from UW-Madison. Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran College Improvement Fund; Messiah Lutheran Church, Eau Claire; or the Mayo Clinic, designated in memory of Gullerud for brain cancer research.

Caleb GustafsonCaleb Gustafson, 20, died April 21, 2015. Gustafson, of Hager City, was a UW-Eau Claire sophomore majoring in psychology.

Fredrick HaugFredrick Haug, 84, died Dec. 4, 2015. Haug was a retired dean of the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences and a retired faculty member in what was then the department of communication and theatre arts. He served at UW-Eau Claire from 1965-82. Haug held a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire and master's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison. Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire.

Kenneth HeilmanKenneth Heilman, 80, died March 27, 2016, in Eau Claire. Heilman, professor emeritus of psychology, had served on the psychology faculty from 1965 until his retirement in 1997. He held bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from Purdue University.

Anna JohnsonAnna Johnson, 91, died April 5, 2016, in Eau Claire. Johnson worked in the University Bookstore for 25 years until her retirement in 1992. Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church Library Fund.

Roma HoffRoma Hoff, 89, died Aug. 28, 2015, in Eau Claire. Hoff, professor emerita of foreign languages, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1965 until her retirement in 1996. Her life was highlighted by worldwide travel, leadership and cultural contributions to the field of world language education. Hoff organized countless international travel opportunities, welcomed numerous international students to UW-Eau Claire and helped establish the university's study abroad program at the Universidad de Valladolid, Spain. She received many honors and awards throughout her career, including UW-Eau Claire's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993. Hoff held bachelor's master's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison. Memorials may be directed to the El Lago del Bosque Museo-Tienda Fund of the Concordia Language Villages, 901 8th St. S., Moorhead, MN 56562; or the Roma Hoff Scholarship of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Edna HoodEdna Hood, 81, died Sept. 8, 2014, in Eau Claire. Hood, UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of English, retired in 1994 after 29 years of service. She held a bachelor's degree from Austin College, a master's degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and a doctorate from UW-Madison. Memorials may be directed to Bob's House for Dogs, Eleva, in Hood's name.

Miriam "Jeanne" HugoMiriam "Jeanne" Hugo, 88, died Jan. 6, 2015, in Eau Claire. Hugo, associate dean of students emerita, retired from UW-Eau Claire in 1991 after more than 20 years of service. She held a bachelor's degree from Miami University, and master's and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University.

Sister Joel JacobiSister Joel Jacobi, 98, died Dec. 13, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Jacobi, UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of nursing, served on the family health nursing faculty from 1970-95. She held a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University and a master's degree from Catholic University. Memorials may be directed to the St. Francis Food Pantry, Eau Claire, an organization she was instrumental in developing in the 1980s.

Kathryn JensenKathryn Jensen, 23, died Oct. 5, 2014. Jensen, of Tomah, was a graduate student in communication sciences and disorders at UW-Eau Claire. She had earned her bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 2013. Jensen was a speech therapy assistant with the Tomah Area School District.

Dennis KloneckiDennis Klonecki, 65, died Nov. 11, 2015, in Eau Claire. Klonecki, who retired from Custodial Services as a classified staff emeritus in September 2014, had a 33-year career at UW-Eau Claire.

Francis LaRock, 66, died Aug. 5, 2014, in Eau Claire. La Rock was a UW-Eau Claire Facilities Management staff member from 1989 until his retirement in 2009.

Antonio Lazcano, 90, died Nov. 24, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. Lazcano, professor emeritus of foreign languages, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1963 until his retirement in 1996. He held a bachelor's degree from the Institute of Havana, Cuba; a doctor in law from Havana University Law School; a bachelor's, two master's and a doctoral degree from Havana University; and a doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota.

Johng LimJohng Lim, 85, died Jan. 13, 2016, in Eau Claire. Lim, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of biology, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1963 until his retirement in 1999. He held bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota. Memorials may be directed to the Dr. Johng K. Lim Scholarship in Experimental Biology of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Wayne LindquistWayne Lindquist, 77, died July 31, 2015, in Altoona. Lindquist, professor emeritus of English, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1965 until his retirement in 1995. He held a bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. Memorials in Lindquist's name may be directed to St. John’s United Church of Christ, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the International Education-Study Abroad Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Jacob MartellJacob Martell, 23, died April 11, 2015. Martell, of Stillwater, Minn., was a UW-Eau Claire senior majoring in biochemistry/molecularly biology. He was awarded his degree posthumously during UW-Eau Claire's spring 2015 commencement ceremonies. Memorials may be directed to the Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation.

Corina McGeachy, 39, of Eau Claire, died Oct. 26, 2014. McGeachy was a UW-Eau Claire student majoring in accounting. Memorials may be directed to the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild.

Albert Metts, 84, died March 29, 2016, in Johnson City, Tennessee. Metts served on the UW-Eau Claire environmental and public health faculty from 1982 until his retirement in 1994. He held a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University, a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

Helaine Minkus, 71, died July 16, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. Minkus, associate professor emerita of anthropology, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1972 until her retirement in 2008. She held bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. Memorials may be directed to the Literacy Volunteers of the Chippewa Valley; Temple Sholom, Eau Claire; Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue, Charleston; Heifer International; or UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education.

William MitchellWilliam Mitchell, 82, died July 17, 2015. Mitchell, professor emeritus of business education and administrative management, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1964-93. He held a bachelor's and master's degrees from Western Illinois University and a doctorate from the University of North Dakota. Memorials may be directed to the Sun City West (Ariz.) PRIDES, the Hobbs Ice Center, a local animal shelter or the donor's favorite charity.

Carol ModlCarol Modl, 70, died Dec. 17, 2015. Modl was a program assistant in the UW-Eau Claire social work department from 1975 until her retirement in 2001. Her survivors include her husband, Jack Wing, who retired from UW-Eau Claire’s Housing and Residence Life department in 1996.

David NelsonDavid Nelson, 78, died April 12, 2015, in Eau Claire. Nelson, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of communication disorders, retired in 2001 after teaching at UW-Eau Claire for 11 years. He held a bachelor's degree from Minot State University, a master's degree from Vanderbilt University and a doctorate from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Memorials may be directed to Saving Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire.

Lawrence OzzelloLawrence Ozzello, 88, died Aug. 9, 2015, in Eau Claire. Ozzello, professor emeritus and former longtime chair of the UW-Eau Claire accounting department, served on the faculty from 1971-97. He held a bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University, a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from Michigan State University. Memorials may be directed to the Patricia E. Ozzello Scholarship Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Tyler RauTyler Rau, 22, died March 29, 2015. Rau, of Abbotsford, was a UW-Eau Claire junior majoring in information systems.

Jane Sauer, 96, died Feb. 10, 2015, in Wausau. Sauer, one of UW-Eau Claire's oldest alumni, received a two-year academic diploma from Eau Claire State Teachers College in 1940, a bachelor's degree in education in 1944 and a master of science in teaching degree in elementary education from UW-Eau Claire in 1971. She taught for 30 years in Waupaca, Beloit, Wauwatosa, Eau Claire, Stevens Point and Merrill. Sauer also served as president of the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association and on its board for several years.

Sylvia Sipress, 78, died Nov. 25, 2015, in Eau Claire. Sipress, professor emerita of political science, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1964 until her retirement in 1998. She taught and researched many areas of the political spectrum, including Soviet, Russian and Western European politics. Sipress held a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and master's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison. Her survivors include her husband, Mort Sipress, UW-Eau Claire associate professor emeritus of political science. Memorials may be directed to Temple Sholom, Eau Claire; The ARC Eau Claire; or the Political Science Development Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Cecilia SiscoCecilia Sisco, 94, died April 10, 2015. Sisco, a retired UW-Eau Claire classified staff member, began working at the university in 1970. She served as executive secretary in the former School of Nursing and School of Education for a number of years.

Edwin Smith, 74, died Oct. 4, 2015, in Eau Claire. Smith, professor emeritus of music and theatre arts, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1974-2001. He taught music therapy, orchestration and several music theory classes. Smith held a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, a master's degree from Florida State University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky. Memorials may be directed to the Baker-Smith Musicology Scholarship of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation or the Eau Claire County Humane Association.

Kenneth Smoot, 84, died Jan. 27, 2016, in Eau Claire. Smoot, professor emeritus of psychology, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1966 until his retirement in 1993. He held a doctorate from the University of Missouri.

DeLoyd StertzDeLoyd Stertz, 87, died April 20, 2015. Stertz, UW-Eau Claire associate professor emeritus of mathematics, retired in 1990 after 32 years of service. He held a bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.

Judy StittJudy Stitt, 70, died March 23, 2015, in Altoona. Stitt, who served as a classified staff member at UW-Eau Claire for 23 years, retired as a program assistant in the history department in 2004. The Stitt History Research Lab in the history department in Hibbard Hall is named for her. Memorials may be directed to the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, Eau Claire; Hospice at Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire; Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration; or the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Matthew Whittenberger, 21, died May 7, 2015, in Eau Claire. Whittenberger, of Ladysmith, was a UW-Eau Claire junior majoring in political science.

Jerome WitthoftJerome Witthoft, 72, died March 27, 2016, in Wausau. Witthoft, director emeritus of Personnel Services at UW-Eau Claire, passed away March 27 in Wausau. He had served at UW-Eau Claire from 1977 until his retirement in 2001. He held a bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee.

Ronald and Thora WillisRonald Willis, 88, and his wife, Thora Willis, 84, died July 8, 2015, as a result of a car accident near Plymouth, Utah. Ronald Willis, professor emeritus of geology, was a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty from 1967 until his retirement in 1992. He, along with Paul Myers, professor emeritus of geology, were instrumental in establishing geology field camp experiences in the western U.S. He held bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wyoming and a doctorate from the University of Illinois. Memorials in the Willis' name may be directed to Heifer International.

Nathan WoodfordNathan "Nate" Woodford, 20, died Oct. 30, 2015, following a battle with brain cancer. Woodford was a UW-Eau Claire senior marketing major from Apple Valley, Minn. He had been an RA in Horan Hall and a worship minister with the Cru student organization. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Side By Side Ministries of Golden Valley, Minn.

Donald Young, 94, died March 25, 2016. Young, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus of psychology, had served on the psychology faculty from 1962 until his retirement in 1987.

Lawrence ZiehmeLawrence Ziehme, 90, died June18, 2015, in Eau Claire. Ziehme was a retired UW-Eau Claire staff member who served as an account specialist in the Cashier's Office from 1947-87. He was the father of Christine Gessner, who recently retired from her position as a university services program associate in UW-Eau Claire's College of Business. Memorials in Ziehme's name may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.