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Marjorie L. Greenberger (BSJ45)

Marjorie Livingston Greenberger, 100, passed away peacefully in her home in Corvallis, Oregon on March 13th. She is survived by her beloved children and grandchildren: Ellen Parker, Joseph Greenberger, Michael Greenberger, and Ann Greenberger; she was the grandmother of Andrew Parker and Lily Parker; great-grandmother of Hollis June Parker. Marjorie is predeceased by her husband Dr. Maurice Greenberger of Canton, Ohio; her brother Clifford Livingston of Merrill, Wisconsin; and her sister Helene (Livingston) Byrns of Madison, Wisconsin.

Marjorie grew up in Merrill, Wisconsin. She attended Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, worked as a reporter, then taught English at Merrill High School. Marjorie married Dr. Maurice Greenberger and moved to Canton, Ohio where they raised their four children. She earned a Master’s degree in English from the University of Akron and taught for many years in their English Department.

Throughout her life, Marjorie’s siblings and their families gathered for summers on Merrill’s Lake Pesobic. Marjorie returned to the home that was always close to her heart and lived in Merrill for another 15 years before moving to Oregon to be near her children and grandchildren.

Marjorie was a gardener, avid reader, chocolate lover, and supported local libraries. She will always be remembered for her intelligence, gentle nature, and love for her family.

Condolences may be sent in care of: Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington Street, Albany, Oregon 97321.

The family suggests memorial donations to T.B. Scott Free Library or Merrill Historical Society.

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Ruth Margaret Jackson (BSJ47)

Margaret “Ruthie” Jackson, 96, of the Lake Geneva area passed away peacefully just five days before her 97 birthday on March 14, 2023, at Geneva Lake Manor.

Margaret Ruth Jackson was born on March 19th, 1926 in Low Moor, Iowa, to the late William R and Margaret (Saltmarsh) Blake.  Margaret, or Ruthie as she was known to friends and family, attended High School in Clinton, Iowa.  After High School Ruthie then attended Northwestern University’s School of Journalism from which she graduated in 1947.   After graduation Ruthie worked at the DM Register.

On July 31, 1948, Ruthie married Lloyd G. Jackson and lived in Iowa City while Lloyd attended Law School.  While Lloyd served in Korea, Ruthie earned her Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa.  Ruthie was a talented writer and raised her five children in Iowa.

​​Ruthie is survived by her four children:  David (Lillian) Jackson, Carrie (John) Jackson, Jeff Jackson, and James (Karen) Jackson.  Eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive her.  Ruthie was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, her son Scott Jackson, and her only sister Hortense Blake.

Ruthie’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Geneva Manor Staff.  Ruthie lived her last four and half years at the manor.  Her days were filled with love, caring, and compassion.  Many memorable walks, Uno and Bingo games were shared with the staff, residents, and her beloved son James.


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Nanette DeMuesy (BSJ48)

A wonderful family reunion occurred on November 20, 2021, when Nanette DeMuesy, newly 95, rose from her nursing home bed to join her adored parents Laviora and Adam, and her cherished brothers Dick and Tom. Did you hear the rejoicing?

Cause of death was having exhausted an incredibly full life stuffed with laughter and love and books and speeches and humor and wit and duty and purpose and—above all, and most important to Nan—dear family and friends. Hers was a rich, busy and productive life … and she got an early start at it.

Nan was proud to be a ‘Hoover’ kid, and secured a position at her dad’s place of employment as a youngster of eight eager for action, going office to office delivering smiles along with the official company newsletter printed on peach colored paper. Was this what gave her the bug to head off to Northwestern University and earn a journalism degree in 1948?

Nan returned home to North Canton and a position at the Repository reporting the arts scene, before taking a position in front of the chalk board teaching Journalism and English at the old Lincoln High School in 1950. For so many of her lucky students, Miss DeMuesy was THAT teacher—helping them excel at their studies, put out a student newspaper that earned awards, realize their own potentials, and go on to lead happy and productive lives themselves.

Her incredible ability with words brought her to Frease & Shorr Advertising in 1952, as a copy contact. Ten years later, she launched DeMuesy Advertising and Marketing, providing her grateful clients with effective ideas and copy while bringing in her old employer F&S to execute art and design. It was a win-win-win situation for all … the way she always strived to make things.

Living the professional life did come at a cost—for anybody who ever took a bite of anything Nan ever attempted to cook. Unable to domesticate herself the way she could all those feral cats taken in over the years, her only recipe card was for Green Bean Medley and her lone attempt at Thanksgiving Dinner (when her oven conked out requiring a 6am dash across the street to use her neighbor’s) resulted in the poor bird (and Nan) skidding down an icy road upon their behinds. (A new oven was purchased many years later…it was used to store unopened cookbooks).

As a result, many, many, many waitresses throughout North Canton got to well know the face — and the sarcastic humor— of this funny woman who liked to take lunch and dinner with her constant sidekick, Anne Gergel.

But then, Nan was ALWAYS spreading cheer around her favorite place in the whole world. In fact, as was once noted in an article about her: “In 1943, Nan DeMuesy was a cheerleader for North Canton High School—but she never stopped rooting for North Canton.” How true. The evidence is everywhere…

The life-sized bronze of Boss Hoover in Bitzer Park, which she helped initiate and fund. The ‘Returning the Books’ sculpture in front of the library, a gift to her community in honor of her parents. The large plaque in memory of Herbert W. Hoover Sr. spanning the bridge on South Main Street, entirely her brainchild and at her expense.

There was a high dive and lifeguard chair donated in the memory of Howard “Junie” McCue, who did not return from WWII; a drinking water fountain in memory of Alice Hoover Price on city hall plaza: a plaque honoring ‘Rap’ Warstler at the little league fields.

So proud of and so inspired by her life of giving are her nieces Janice Laver (Phil dec.) and Diane Stromberg (Scott), her nephews Scott (Estelle), Rick (Lisa) and Randy (Angela) DeMuesy, her great-niece Bonnie Stromberg, and her great-nephews Scott, Tim and Ricky Stromberg.

Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Wednesday Dec. 1 at Arnold Funeral Home, 1517 North Market Ave, Canton, Ohio 44714. The family will also receive friends Thursday morning 10:30-11:00 a.m. in the North Canton Community Christian Church. The memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Sarah Taylor Peck officiating. A bereavement lunch will follow the service. Family and close friends will then head to North Canton Cemetery for a short graveside service as Nan is laid to rest.

Source: Published on The Repository

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James Robertson Ward (BSJ44)

James R. Ward, 98,  resident of Glen Ellyn for 63 years, passed away on January 24, 2020 at Wynscape Health & Rehabilitation, Wheaton. Ward was born August 12, 1921 in Aurora, Illinois to Rev. Elias and Genevieve (Robertson) Ward. Although his home base was Aurora, he lived in and attended elementary schools in Plattville, Sheridan, Paw Paw and Hampshire; he graduated from Plainfield High School in 1938.

At Northwestern University he joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Deru Society; he served as editor of the Daily Northwestern in 1941. WWII interrupted his senior year studies as he worked in the Office of Civilian Defense-Youth Division as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s staff. In 1942 he then graduated from Northwestern and also received a commission as a Navy officer.

Ward served as an aviation specialist stateside and later in the South Pacific as lieutenant fight director on the USS Bataan (CVL-29) until 1945. Following the war, he returned to Northwestern to complete his Master of Science in journalism in 1949; his first job was writing news for CBS in Chicago. He transitioned to work as special assistant to the president of Hotpoint and later was with R. H Donnelly/Donnelly Marketing’s (Oakbrook) as Midwest sales manager for 32 years. Following “retirement” in 1986, he purchased Hinsdale Travel which he continued to own until 1996. He then shifted to selling farm real estate with Coleman Land Company (St. Charles) from which he fully retired in 2007 at the age of 86.

Ward married Mary Lorena (Marilo) Lotts (Mendota & Ottawa) in 1947; they were together 41 years until her death in 1988. JoAnn (Hickey) Williams (Glen Ellyn) and Jim were married in 1989 until her death in 2009.

He had many interests and supported many organizations through his active participation. These included: founding the Lake Ellyn Yacht Club, First Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton Community Radio Amateurs (call sign W9DHX), Boy Scouts of America, American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), Skål International travel, Clan Donnachaidh Society (Scottish heritage), Sheridan Historical Society, Northwestern University’s John Evans Club, and The Chicago Farmers for which he was international travel coordinator for many years.
Jim is survived by his special friend Jeannine Warkow of Winfield, Illinois. Additional survivors include two sons, Jeffrey Ward (Dr. Julie Bjoraker) of Dover, Minnesota and Dr. Robertson Ward (Diane) of Provo, Utah. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Caryn Ward Lantz (Charles) of Burnsville, Minnesota, Brandon Ward (Cielle) of Parker, Colorado, and Shane Ward (Carly) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and six great-grandchildren. Jim is also survived by a much-loved extended family.

Ward was also preceded in death by his parents, one stepbrother, and three stepsisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Medill School of Journalism, c/o Northwestern University, Alumni Relations and Development, 1201 Davis St, Evanston, Illinois 60208 or the Sheridan Historical Society Museum, 185 N. Robinson St., Sheridan, Illinois, 60551.

Photo: Jim Ward at the Daily Northwestern. Tribute and photo provided by Jeff Ward. 

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Noel C. Peltier, (BSJ47, MSJ48)

Noel Charles Peltier died December 29, 2019. Noel was born and raised in the City of Chicago. He proudly served in the Military Police during World War II, then graduated from Medill with two degrees in journalism. Noel married Lois Olsen in 1947.

For years, Peltier’s first job out of college was working as a police reporter for the City News Bureau. He then moved into corporate marketing where he developed specialized in pharmaceuticals for Mead Johnson and Abbott Labs. His crowning career achievement, however, was 20 years of teaching at Barat College, which friends and family said he enjoyed so much that he tried to keep his age a secret so he wouldn’t be forced to retire.

Peltier’s wife, Lois, died in March, 2019, a few months after the couple’s 71st wedding anniversary. The couple are survived by their children, Noel and Patrice, and niece Patricia Peltier.

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Kenneth Loss (MSJ49)

Kenneth D. Loss, born November 11, 1924 in Penns Creek, Penn., passed away peacefully at RiverWoods Nursing Care Center on Feb. 29, 2020. He was 95 years old.

After graduating from Mifflinburg High School in 1942, Loss went on to Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. He enlisted and served a short stint in the Army Air Corps toward the end of World War II.

After earning his masters from Medill he went to work for The Grit newspaper where he spent 32 years, working his way up in the company to eventually become the managing editor.

At the age of 58, he left The Grit to pursue his original course and went in to the ministry for the United Methodist Church. He served parishes in Loganton, Osceola Mills, and South Williamsport before finally retiring for good at the age of 75. But during the course of his Grit tenure, he also served as a lay supply minister for various parishes around central Pennsylvania when the need arose.

He never lost his interest in current events and sports, reading the newspaper, cover-to-cover, every day until just before his death.
e was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, L. Geraldine Loss, in December 2012, and his youngest daughter, Karen E. Loss, in June 2019.

He is survived by three children, Douglas R. Loss (Ruby) of Maryville, Tenn., Jo A. Saltzman (Ron) of Coatesville, and Susan D. Laidacker (Dave) of Danville; four grandchildren, Timothy Fargus (Jocelyn), Jonathan Laidacker (Andra), Laura Moore, and Stefanos Loss; and seven great-grandchildren, Watson, Vivian, Frederick and Harold Fargus, Cecilia and Oliver Laidacker, and Jameson Moore.

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Murray Olderman (MSJ47)

Murray Olderman, an author and journalist who for more than six decades chronicled the sports world with his nationally syndicated cartoons in addition to writing features and columns, died on Wednesday in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 98.

Olderman was inducted into Medill’s Hall of Achievement in 2015. He traveled to Chicago to receive his award.

Olderman graduated as a journalism major from the University of Missouri. He received another bachelor’s degree from Stanford, where he studied French in a World War II Army program and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After the war, he obtained his master’s from Medill.

From Mickey Mantle to Joe Namath and Bear Bryant to Tiger Woods, Olderman  covered them all. For 35 years he was a syndicated columnist and cartoonist whose work was distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association to 650 daily newspapers. After serving as executive editor of NEA, he retired from the syndicate but remains active as a writer and artist.

One of the leading national authorities on pro football, Olderman was a past president of the Football Writers Association of America and the founder of the Jim Thorpe Trophy (for the NFL’s most valuable player) and the Maurice Podoloff Trophy (for the NBA’s MVP). His football murals hang in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio. He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and is in the writers’ wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 2013, he published a personal account of his time in the war. “A year apart…Letters from War-Torn Europe,” featured his letters to his wife written from Europe at the end of World War II with added insight into his experience abroad and his family.

He is survived by his daughter Lorraine and another daughter, Marcia Linn; a son, Mark; a sister, Diane Morton; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His wife, Nancy (Calhoun) Olderman, died in 2011.

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Annie-Kate Carpenter (BSJ45)

Annie-Kate Carpenter, 96, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Born in Tampa, Florida, on May 31, 1924, she was the daughter of John Selby Brengle and Mary Margaret Monroe Brengle. She graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1945.

After working with the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune, she returned to Tampa to teach elementary school, high school and college students. She attended Hyde Park Presbyterian Church and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, DAR, the St. Andrew’s Society, the Florida Genealogical Society and the Huguenot Society of Florida. 

Annie-Kate was preceded in death by her parents and by her daughter, Mary-Phyllis Dolcimascolo Harvey. She is survived by her son, Samuel B. Dolcimascolo (Mary Margaret); son-in-law, John W. Harvey; grandchildren, Paul S. Dolcimascolo (Jessica), Mollie Dolcimascolo, Caroline Elizabeth Harvey, and Mary Kate Harvey; and three great-grandchildren.

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John H. Worthington (MSJ48)

John Henry Worthington, a navigator and proud WWII veteran, died Oct. 16, 2019. He was 97. He graduated from Temple University and earned his master’s degree from Medill in 1948. He lived in Evanston and worked for the Chicago Sun Times, before moving to Michigan, where he worked for The Detroit News for eight years. He completed his career as an editor and publisher of the D.A.C. News . After his wife’s death, Worthington moved to Foxboro, Mass., where he took up golf, gardened, went on walks with his beloved pet, Diva, and enjoyed a leisurely retirement.

Worthington is survived by his children, grandchildren, and brother.

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Billie M. Jones (MSJ48)

Billie M. Jones (MSJ48), a reporter, editor and teacher, died Sept. 18, 2019 at the age of 95. She and her husband, Hugh N. Jones, were married for 71 years. Jones, born from generations of coal mining interest developers in Cherokee and Crawford counties, was herself a member of the Miners Hall and Museum in Franklin and contributed to the Miners Park in Pittsburg.

After finishing high school in 1942, she worked on a production line, first making detonators for WWII 150mm anti-aircraft shells and then as an administrative clerk compiling reports from production lines. She later attended the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and graduated in 1947. During summer vacations, she worked as a reporter for the Pittsburg Headlight and Pittsburg Sun.

In 1948 she received a master’s degree from Medill in and for the next two years was a reporter for the Metropolitan Section of the Chicago Tribune. In 1950 she retired to raise a family but she continued to do freelance writing and editing. From 1966 to 1968 she worked as Associate Editor of the Scarsdale Inquirer, a weekly New York newspaper, and from 1969 to 1971 was a Public Information Officer for the Center for Urban Education in New York City. After receiving teaching and supervising credentials from the City College of New York she began her 25 years of work as a teacher and administrator for the New York City public schools.

Besides her husband, survivors include her children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.