Hi. I am Jill Wyatt Dew'68. I am "retired". I balance my time between volunteering and enjoying 4 grandchildren! Both roles keep me quite busy!

Aug 092021

Steve Vogel still spends time with his fingers on a non-musical keyboard, producing a written word now and then.

He is currently busy working on two books (have you read his other books?) to complement two other published works. He also produces a (free!) monthly newsletter of random thoughts on current events and media. Last month’s included an item about the New York Times best-seller by T.J. Newman, ’06. Steve’s latest newsletter can be found https://mailchi.mp/e58246573aa2/the-unforgiven-release-13425703?fbclid=IwAR1n4GPyGLaNu3O0jgRwNCl0JsK03Q64fvTAcp6CazIasiODiNAgNSSR8FM

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Jun 212021

We are saddened to share that Frances (Bennett) Smith ’67 of Hillsboro, Oregon, died June 6, 2021. Frances earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois before coming to Illinois Wesleyan to earn a Master’s Degree in biology. She taught science classes at Mascoutah High School, Mascoutah, IL before owning and operating The Sewing Nook on Mascoutah’s Main Street for over 25 years. You can read her full obituary https://www.wfiwradio.com/2021/06/10/frances-ann-smith/ .

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May 312021

We are sorry to share that Susan Jean Vanek Mackoway ’69 died March 28, 2021 in Peoria, Illinois. Susan was 73. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Illinois Wesleyan, where she was an active member of Alpha Tau Delta. Susan worked in pediatrics at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. She was a member of St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, Il. In retirement she enjoyed spending time with her family . She is survived by three children, including Debra Mackoway Bluestein ’94, and eight grandchildren.

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Mar 222021

James Hartley, ’67 or St Charles, Illinois died February 8, 2021. He was 77. Jim studied history, earning a bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan and a master’s degree at Northern Illinois University. Jim founded and managed his own home remodeling business. He previously worked in a variety of roles related to the construction and sale of solar energy systems. Jim enjoyed woodworking, playing guitar, and helping his friends build websites for their own businesses. He was known for his wry sense of humor, quick wit, and seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of many fields. He is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, a sister, Susan (Hartley) Raeder ’63, a niece and a nephew.

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Mar 222021

Anne (Loyd) Kovalcik died July 21, 2020 in Decatur, Illinois. She was 73. Anne majored in religion at Illinois Wesleyan, where she met and married Rev. John Kovalcik ’70. Anne and John served United Methodist Church congregations in many churches in central Illinois. She was the co-founder of Epworth Spring Athletic Camp and was the principal architect of its organization. The Kovalciks moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1983 where they built the Kairos Retreat Center. She loved her family and enjoyed reading and cross-stitch. Anne was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by two sons, four grandchildren and two siblings.

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Mar 222021

William Rickert ’68 of Bellbrook, Ohio, died June 3, 2020. He was 73. Bill was a member of TKE ¬†and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan. He earned a graduate degree at Central Michigan University. Bill served in the US Army before earning a doctorate at University of Michigan. He then moved to Ohio and began a 45 year career at Wright State University where he served as acting dean, associate dean, and associate provost. He was known by family, friends, and coworkers for his objectiveness, patience, honesty, humility and kind heart. He is survived by his wife, four children, 11 grandchildren and a brother.

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Mar 222021

Robert Fred Kern ’67 died August 14, 2020. He was 75. Fred was a renowned music educator, scholar, composer and author. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University and master’s degrees at Illinois Wesleyan and Northwestern Universities as well as a doctorate from Northern Colorado University. Fred was a professor of music and a specialist in piano education at the University of North Texas for over 30 years. In 2014 he was inducted into the Illinois State University Woonsok Kim College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame. He is survived by many cousins, an uncle, many friends and his beloved dog.

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Mar 222021

Wayne Dohrmann ’66 of Manson, Iowa, died August 25, 2020. He was 83. Wayne earned a bachelor’s degree at Wartburg College and a master’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan. He taught and was a long-time junior sponsor at Manson Community Schools. He became an agent with Farm Bureau Insurance of Iowa and advanced to agency manager at five Farm Bureau offices. He later owned and operated his own insurance and realty office. Wayne served in the Iowa National Guard, on the Mason Community School Board, and the church council at St Paul Lutheran in Manson. He was a member of St Paul for almost 60 years. Wayne was an avid musician who enjoyed singing and playing guitar. He is survived by his wife, two sons, three grandchildren and a brother.

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