Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2022

Deirdre Best ‘14 and husband Joe Weidenboerner ‘11 welcomed their first baby, Jude Cillian, on Sept. 29, 2021. Morgan Wangler Smith ‘18 married Jake Smith ‘18 on July 17, 2021, in Erie with a ceremony at Christ the King Chapel. Bridesmaids included Lynne

Jay Ericson ‘92 Darrell Knopfel ‘92 Jason “Goldie” Kociban ‘97 Christopher Wygant ‘98 Dylan Pesock ‘20 Condolences Dean Emeritus Dr. Roy Strausbaugh on the death of his wife, Rosanna Sweden Strausbaugh. Jeffrey Best ‘77 , Rosemary Durkin ‘77 , and Deirdre Best ‘14 on the death of Jeffrey’s father, Dick Best. Richard Porris ‘79 on the death of his mother, Frances Porris. To the family and friends of former Mercyhurst employee, the general manager of WMCE 88.5, Dan Geary . Kathleen (Zaffina) Harrold ‘76 and Kenneth Harrold and Donna (Zaffina) Grandinetti ‘79 and Nick Grandinetti ‘80 on the death of their daughter/niece, Ashley Harrold Hamilton. Maureen (Milan) Carroll ‘68 on the death of her daughter, Allison Carroll Smith. Mary (Kirk) Barber ‘84 on the death of her husband, Dr. Robert A. Barber. Linda (Ravenstahl) Gruss ‘80 on the death of her husband, Raymond Gruss ‘79. Diane (Becker) Borenstein ‘77 on the death of her sister, Jeanette Becker Bliss. To the family and friends of Dr. Scott Tomlinson , the former coordinator of Music Education and chair of the D’Angelo Department of Music at Mercyhurst. To the family and friends of Barrett C. Walker, DDS , after whom the Walker College of Business takes its name. Dr. Walker served the university as a trustee for 25 years, from 1981 to 2006, when he was named trustee emeritus. In 1995, Dr. Walker established the Walker School of Business. Dr. Walker and his wife, the late Catherine McDonough Walker, were exceedingly generous in their philanthropy as ardent supporters of the university and the Sisters of Mercy. The university honored the couple in christening the Catherine McDonough Walker Reading Room in Hammermill Library and the Barrett and Catherine Walker Recital Hall.

Gillott Markle ‘18 , Sara Conklin Kriley ‘18 , and Alexandra Imbrogno ‘18 ‘20M . Groomsmen included Patrick Arthur ‘18 , Andrew Gebauer ‘18 ‘19M , Anthony Piglowski ‘18 , and Jacob Fuhrman ‘19 . Many other Laker alumni were in

attendance as well. Morgan works in the Fairview School District as a kindergarten teacher. Jake works in management for Enterprise.

Deaths Alumni Margaret Mary (O’Connor) Foster ‘45 Marilynn (Miller) Jewell, Ph.D. ‘48 Barbara (Huey) Depaulis ‘51 Margaret (Phelan) O’Connell ‘51 Mary Louise (Dwyer) Kaufman ‘53 Barbara Ann (Spinelli) Davis ‘60 Alexandra (David) Peeler ‘60 Heidi (Martin) Utley ‘63 Sister M. Pierre Dembinski, RSM ‘64 Mary Margaret Dill Pompeo ‘65 Carol (David) Peck ‘68

Giorgina (Tomeo) Sbarro ‘70 Nancy (Lundstrom) Barton ‘72 John Sabol ‘73 Raymond S. Gruss, Esq. ‘79


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