In Memoriam

Dr. Leanne O. Wolff

Leanne Wolff, iconic Heidelberg professor

Heidelberg University has lost one of its iconic professors and a loyal alumna with the passing of Dr. Leanne O. Wolff. She died at her home on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the age of 81. We extend our most sincere sympathy to her immediate family and her extended Heidelberg family.

Dr. Wolff graduated from Heidelberg in 1954 with majors in biology and education. After graduation, she studied botany at The Ohio State University and earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees in communication from Bowling Green State University.

She joined the Heidelberg faculty in 1963, retiring as professor emerita of communication in 1995. While at Heidelberg, she served as the forensics coach for 17 years and CTA department chair for 20 years. She developed programs in interpersonal and family communication, started the public relations major and served on the committee that created the award-winning Total Student Development program in the ‘70s.

Reverently referred to as “Mother Wolff” by many of her students whose lives and careers she influenced, Dr. Wolff was a great mentor to her students and to many faculty and staff members. In many ways, she was a pioneer, carrying on the legacy of her department in the tradition of her great friend and mentor, the late Archie Thomas.

Dr. Wolff maintained a significant and visible involvement at Heidelberg since her retirement. In addition to working on her class’s 50th Reunion Committee, she was a long-time member of the Fellows Organization and the Heritage Society. In recent years, she took on The Heidelberg Stories Project, recording the Heidelberg memories of several hundred alumni for preservation and inspiration.

Her contributions to the community were equally impressive. As an active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, she was a lay speaker, member of St. Paul's United Methodist Women and was a board member of numerous church committees. Her years of dedicated service to the Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen included chair of the board from 1989-1998. In 2005, the Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce and Seneca industrial and Economic Development Corp. presented her with its Athena Award for her support of the goals of professional women.

Additionally, as a charter member of the Tiffin Seneca League of Women Voters, she served on the board as both president and co-president. She also enjoyed gardening, barn photography, bird watching, book discussion groups and genealogy.
She is survived by three children, Matthew, Wayne and Rebecca and seven grandchildren; five step-children, six step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger, and two sisters, Dorothy and Carol.

A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 at St. Paul United Methodist Church. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the James R. and Leanne O. Wolff Scholarship at Heidelberg.

A private burial took place at Fairmont Cemetery. The Hoffman-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James R. and Leanne O. Wolff Scholarship in care of the Institutional Advancement Office at Heidelberg University or the Ecumenical Sharing Kitchen in care of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 46 Madison St., Tiffin.

(Published in the Winter 2014 Bulletin)



Margaret l. (Hawk) Ritchie, ’30, Austin, Texas, died Sept. 4, 2011.

Warren E. Brown, ’34, West Limm, Ore., died May 5, 2013.

Freda (Lust) France, ’37, Tiffin, died Dec. 23, 2011.

Elizabeth “Lee” (Abbott) (Odgers) Salsman, ’37, Peterborough, N.H., died Nov. 16, 2012.

Dorothy (Hafer) Stevens, ’37, Greentown, Ohio, died Feb. 28, 2012.

Frances “Mary” (Swearman) Prochko, ’39, Jefferson, Ohio, died Nov. 3, 2013.


Milton l. Brand, ’41, Houston, died June 15, 2013.

Mary J. Danford, ’42, Orlando, Fla., died May 29, 2013.

Rev. Charles G. Chamberlain, ’43, Thomasville, N.C., died May 20, 2013.

Margery (Gier) Clingo, ’43, Columbus, died May 18, 2013.

Pauline (Imhof) Norris, ’43, Bolivar, Ohio, died April 21, 2013.

Laura K. (Merryman) Cameron, ’44, Fort Smith, Ark., died Aug. 1, 2013.

Evelyn (Manley) Chamberlain, ’45, Thomasville, N.C., died June 28, 2012.

Doris l. (Wilson) Goodman, ’45, Dublin, Ohio, died Sept. 30, 2013.

Fujiko S. Kitagawa, ’45, Tucson, Ariz., died Dec. 30, 2012.

Robert l. McGranahan, ’45, Willingboro, N.J., died Oct. 15, 2012.

Dorothy (Coate) Kiewit, ’47, Canton, Ohio, died March 23, 2013.

Robert Tuttle, ’47, Maumee, Ohio, died Oct. 12, 2013.

Jane E. (Brown) Detterman, ’48, Louisville, Ky., died May 17, 2013.

Madolyn l. (Nichols) Key, ’48, Fostoria, Ohio, died Nov. 19, 2013.

Carl W. Huntington, ’49, Centerville, Ohio, died April 8, 2013.

Joan K. (Iams) Huntington, ’49, Centerville, Ohio, died Oct. 30, 2013.

Miriam M. (Stingel) Miller, ’49, Walnut Creek, Ohio, died March 27, 2013.


Robert F. Bollens, ’50, Dearborn, Mich., died May 13, 2013.

Rev. George P. Kopp Jr., ’50, Staunton, Va., died Sept. 7, 2013.

Ernest l. Molnar, ’50, Newbury, Ohio, died May 30, 2012.

Ralph W. Murphy, ’50, Parkersburg, W. Va., died Feb. 15, 2013.

Helen l. (White) Prill, ’50, Van Wert, Ohio, died May 31, 2012.

Robert J. Schumm, ’50, Fremont, Ohio, died Nov. 25, 2011.

Dr. Hubert Vogelmann, ’50, Jerico, Vt., died Oct. 11, 2013.

Daniel R. Beaver, ’51, Cincinnati, died July 19, 2013.

Lois (Stone) Jenkins, ’51, Rochester, N.Y., died Feb. 25, 2012.

Rosellen (Clark) Kelbley, ’51, Tiffin, died July 7, 2012.

James A. Miller, ’51, Tiffin, died Dec. 16, 2012.

David W. Ritchie, ’51, Melmore, Ohio, died July 21, 2013.

Nancy (Watts) Scheg, ’51, Rochester, N.Y., died Oct. 1, 2012.

Paul E. Sluss, ’51, Canton, Ohio, died Oct. 13, 2013.

Patricia “Mimi” Welter, ’51, Fort Myers, Fla., died Sept. 20, 2013.

George F. Dutt II, ’53, Tiffin, died Sept. 27, 2013.

Paul W. Harrison, ’53, Westerville, Ohio, died Feb. 10, 2012.

Dale Holzen, ’53, Merritt Island, Fla., died March 29, 2013.

James D. Maderitz, ’53, Youngstown, Ohio, died May 13, 2013.

Lee W. Tyler, ’54, Detroit, died April 14, 2013.

Dr. Leanne O. Wolff, ’54, Tiffin, died Sept. 7, 2013.

Marian K. (Saelens) Terry, ’55, Delta, Ala., died May 8, 2013.

Ellen (Wiechel) Amstutz, ’56, Sandusky, Ohio, died July 24, 2013.

Janet (Miller) Hans, ’56, New Carlisle, Ind., died Oct. 23, 2013.

Douglas l. Planitz, ’56, Cortland, Ohio, died Feb. 24, 2013.

Paul E. Weiser, ’56, Beaver, Ohio, died Sept. 23, 2013.

Nancy A. (Kuenzli) Elchert, ’57, Louisville, Ky., died Dec. 3, 2012.

Ralph l. Gunter, ’57, Piqua, Ohio, died Aug. 28, 2013.

David E. Holzen, ’57, Jensen Beach, Fla., died Feb. 28, 2013.

Janis C. (Stauffer) Kirby, ’57, Tiffin, died Aug. 13, 2013.

Rita A. Kasuga, ’57, Defiance, Ohio, died June 14, 2013.

Samuel E. Loliger, ’59, Buffalo, N.Y., died Jan. 2, 2014.


John Marshall, ’60, Trenton, Mich., died June 9, 2013.

Frances l. (Marshall) Radabaugh, ’61, Mentor, Ohio, died Feb. 7, 2013.

Nancy A. (Dundore) Shiley, ’62, Lancaster, Ohio, died Sept. 26, 2013.

Kenneth l. Wilson, ’62, Buffalo, N.Y., died June 27, 2013.

Carol J. (Brouse) White, ’63, Delaware, Ohio, died Oct. 1, 2013.

Robert C. Frederick, ’64, Newcomerstown, Ohio, died Aug. 18, 2012.

William Goede Jr., ’64, Stow, Ohio, died Oct. 28, 2012.

Rev. Thomas P. Perl, ’64, New Orleans, died June 18, 2013.

Martha Ellen (Garrison) Pintor, ’64, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines, died March 6, 2012.

Judith A. Weisel, ’64, Allentown, Pa., died June 7, 2013.

Robert R. Woodruff, ’64, Ellenton, Fla., died Aug. 27, 2013.

Frank l. Carrick, ’67, Columbus, died Nov. 18, 2012.

William M. Cline, ’67, Monroe, Mich., died Sept. 15, 2013.

Beverly l. (Sieling) Chutaro, ’68, Portsmouth, Ohio, died June 4, 2013.


Mark H. Hartmann, ’70, Columbus, died May 10, 2013.

W. Philip Moehle Jr., ’70, Vermilion, Ohio, died July 26, 2013.

Daniel P. Davies, ’71, Dublin, Ohio, died Oct. 24, 2013.

Dona (Tarbutton) Utz, ’71, New Washington, Ohio, died July 20, 2013.

Charles J. Eighmy, ’73, Fort Myers, Fla., died Sept. 14, 2012.

Albert A. Flores, ’73, Toledo, Ohio, died June 25, 2012.

Beth S. (Western) Hamant, ’73, Piqua, Ohio, died July 17, 2013.

Lewis Hubbard, ’77, Arlington Heights, Ill., died Aug. 1, 2013.


Kenneth Skiba, ’85, Independence, Ohio, died Jan. 3, 2013.


Tracy (Van Meter) DeMatteo, ’93, Plain City, Ohio, died Sept. 12, 2013.

Debra J. Barth, ’94, Carey, Ohio, died July 24, 2013.

James E. Koran, ’99, Cleveland, died May 17, 2013.


Joseph W. Sisson, ’03, Akron, Ohio, died Oct. 20, 2013.

Jean l. (Lewandowski) Scott, ’08, Oregon, Ohio, died Oct. 27, 2013.


Kyle Bensman, ’12, New Bremen, Ohio, died Dec. 4, 2013.


Dr. Eve Bock, who taught German at Heidelberg from 1960 until the early 1980s, died on July 3, 2012.

Rev. William Huenemann, Fort Wayne, Ind., died Aug. 17, 2013.

James Lichtman, Boca Raton, Fla., died March 1, 2012.

Former faculty member Mary A. Muska, Lawrenceville, Ga., died March 29, 2012.

Larry A. Shanabrook, Tiffin, died Aug. 30, 2013.

Former Board of Trustees member Alfred Wilhelm, Cleveland, died Nov. 1, 2013.