In Memoriam

Memoriams are posted in the order they are received.  They remain online for six months from posting date.

Mary Devlin, BA, CRNA (1939-2017)

Mary DevlinMary R. Devlin, of Sinking Spring, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017, in Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center.

Her husband, David A. Devlin, died in 1991.

Born in Johnstown, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Wilber J. and Eva I. (Witkovskie) Gochnour.

Mary was a graduate of Franklin East Taylor High School, Johnstown; Conemaugh Valley School of Nursing, Johnstown, 1960; and Westmoreland-Latrobe School of Anesthesia, 1967. She later received a B.A. in healthcare administration from Ottawa University, Kan.

She was employed at Health South Surgery Center, Lancaster, as a Chief CRNA. Mary was a former employee of Lee Hospital, Johnstown, where she helped establish a school of anesthesia for nurses, and was the Chief CRNA at the former Community General Hospital, Reading.

Mary was the past president, director, and treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

She was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola R.C. Church, Whitfield, where she served on the stewardship committee, was a member of the parish nurses, and established the greeters ministry.

Mary loved the snow and was an avid skier. She enjoyed traveling and scrapbooking.

Mary is survived by her special friend and second partner, Dick Pratt, Spring Twp.; three sisters: Daisy, wife of Ronald Snyder, Sinking Spring; Sue Hornak, Reading; and Delores Rowley, Reading. A niece, Noel Snyder Bao, wife of Jason Bao, Sinking Spring; a great-niece, Emma Bao; and a great-nephew, Ethan Bao, also survive her.

She considered Dick's family her own. They include Dave, husband of Sharon Pratt, Allentown; Bob, husband of Theresa Szymborski, Muhlenberg Twp;, and Kelly, wife of Andy Schreffler, Lower Heidelberg Twp., as well as Dick's seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

She was predeceased by a brother, Farrell Gochnour, and a sister, Kathryn Gochnour.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 11 a.m., at St. Ignatius Loyola R.C. Church, 2600 St Alban's Dr., Sinking Spring, PA 19608.

Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call two hours prior to the Mass at the church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Conemaugh Valley School of Nursing, 1086 Franklin St., Johnstown, PA 15601, or St. Ignatius Loyola R.C. Church at the above address.

Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, West Reading, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.

 

Jodi Lynn Bartell, MSN, CRNA (1974-2017)

Jodi Lynn Bartell was born on April 8, 1974, to Shari and Kenneth Bartell in Deadwood, S.D. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Lemmon where her sweet sisters and lifelong friends, Staci and Heidi, joined the family. Jodi resided in Lemmon throughout her childhood and school years. Jodi enjoyed sports, time with friends, and days at the lake.

 Jodi attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She was a member of The Kappa Alpha Theta Organization, where she made lifelong friends and memories. Her college years were “the best days of my life,” as she would frequently say. She graduated with biology and nursing degrees.

Jodi started her nursing career in Yankton and continued ICU work in Sioux Falls prior to pursuing her master’s degree in nurse Anesthesia. She moved to Spearfish to begin her profession as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). She later traveled nationwide to provide relief coverage and loved the new challenges, new friends, and many new adventures she had the opportunity to experience.

Jodi was first diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2005. Months later, she was married to Andrew Rasmussen on June ll.

Jodi and Andrew proudly welcomed their first born Charles “Charlie” Kenneth, on Dec. 21, 2006. After health challenges, Jodi felt extremely blessed by this gift of life.

In 2006, Jodi traveled to Nicaragua on a medical mission. The trip was life changing and where her desire to love an orphan first began. Over the next few years, Jodi and Andrew decided to pursue adoption, and in 2012, were led to Ethiopia. On Aug. 10, 2014, they welcomed their second son, Hugh Harrison Sebona, into the family.

In January 2009, Jodi experienced a recurrence of her breast cancer, resulting in metastatic disease. She took chemotherapy for many months and defied the odds of survival for many years.

Jodi was involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, a former board member of the SDANA, volunteered as a Friendship minister at church, and was known as “Nurse Jodi” at Muscular Dystrophy camp. She had a heart for service and particularly loved visiting the many friends she met at the nursing home over the years.

Through her 12-and-a-half-year journey with breast cancer, her faith solidified. Jodi was a lover of the Lord and gave Him all the glory for her continued strength, perseverance, and contentment. She was both confident and comforted by the Heavenly home that awaited her.

Jodi is survived by her husband, Andrew; sons, Charlie and Hugh; parents, Shari and Ken; sisters, Staci (Jeff) Larson and Heidi (George) Nash; nieces and nephew Amalia Larson, Jacob Nash, and Jacey Nash; and grandmother, Blanche Sands; her parents-in-law, Jeff and Kathy Rasmussen; sister-in-law, Kiley (Josh) Meyer; brother-in-law, Alex (Kylie) Rasmussen; and nieces and nephew, Mallory Meyer, Owen Meyer, and Hadley Rasmussen; grandmother, Martha Line; extended family, and many friends.

Jodi was preceded in death by twin girls, Hope, four other little angels, and her grandparents, Hazel and Bud Bartell, and grandfather Orel Sands.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spearfish. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 at the church, with interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit the education of Jodi’s children, Charlie and Hugh. Donations may be given to The Jodi Lynn Bartell Education Fund, for her children.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels.

This memoriam appeared in the Black Hills Pioneer on September 20, 2017.

 

Raymond J. Antonucci, Jr., CRNA (1960-2017)

Submitted by Cheryl Schosky, DNAP, MSN, CRNA
 
Raymond J. Antonucci Jr., 56, died on August 28. Ray was born in Suffern, N.Y., to Raymond J. Antonucci Sr., and Elizabeth Marie Grey Antonucci. Ray received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and was an avid Seminoles fan. Later he received his master's for advanced practice nursing from the University of South Carolina.
 
He was a self-professed Italian redneck and gear-head and Ford Mustang enthusiast. He loved the outdoors, electric trains, people watching and animals. Following a distinguished career as bartender extraordinaire at 80's hotspot, McGuffy's, Ray pursued more compassionate endeavors as a tireless defender of the vulnerable. He also helped saved lives as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), most recently at Pardee and Spartanburg Regional. The disparate careers once precipitated a patient of Ray's to ask if he didn't used to be a bartender and if he should be administering anesthesia… to which Ray replied, "Don't worry, I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night"… the laugh helped the patient relax and recover without complication.
 
He was known as a gentle giant who was ruggedly handsome with a brilliant smile, flawlessly coiffed hair, jovial personality, and easy going nature. He was an unabashed and fiercely loyal friend who freely offered his assistance to anyone in need. Ray could be frequently found hiking in Holmes State Forest or speeding across Lake Jocasse in his Allison speed boat that he lovingly restored. If you couldn't find him hiking or boating, then he was probably passing you in his favorite 2009 Roush Mustang with Night Ranger blaring from his CD player.
 
Ray is survived by his parents Raymond J. Antonucci Sr., and Elizabeth Marie Grey Antonucci, of Mill Spring, N.C., brother, Jonathan Antonucci (and his wife Teresa) of Rock Hill, S.C., and sister, Maria Dodson (and her husband Dan) of Atlanta, Ga. He is also survived by his nieces Rebecca and Hannah Antonucci and nephews, Cooper Antonucci and Christopher Samila.
 
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Holmes Educational State Forest at 2 p.m. on September 10, 2017. Parking is limited to 40 cars, please carpool if possible.
 
Memorials may be made online to Foothills Humane Society,  or at PO Box 126, Tryon, NC 28782.
 
 
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Sept. 2, 2017.

Dale Willenberg, CRNA (1960-2017)

Submitted by Cheryl Schosky, DNAP, MSN, CRNA
He was an avid cyclist for nearly 20 years and was continuing his passion at the time of his death. Dale worked as a Nurse Anesthetist at Spartanburg Regional and served in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Major. While in the National Guard early in his career, he was in a Special Forces Unit as a Green Beret. After receiving a nursing degree and becoming a commissioned officer, Dale’s tours of duty included Fort Sam Houston, Fort Sill, Fort Knox, Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center, Fort Carson and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. After separation from the Army, he lived in Columbia, Tennessee, where he worked at Maury Regional Hospital for 15 years. Dale and his wife, Kelly, moved to Spartanburg ten years ago and are members of Joy Lutheran Church of Moore. Dale enjoyed his bicycle riding, spending time with family, hiking, traveling and playing guitar.
 
He is survived by his wife of nearly 33 years, Kelly M. Willenberg of Chesnee; twin daughters, Mariel D. Norton (Dr. Duncan Norton) of Columbia, S.C., and Brandy E. Troisi (Chris Troisi) of Moore, S.C.; granddaughter, Brenna and expectant granddaughter, Baby T; grand dogs, Tiger and Dixie; his mother, Roberta Willenberg of Madison, Ala.; sisters, Jean Clark (Rick Clark) of Madison, Ala., Diane Garber (Al Garber) of Madison, Ala.; and a host of nieces and nephews across the Southeast.
 
A celebration of life was held Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Joy Lutheran Church, 3980 Moore Duncan Hwy, Moore, SC 29369. Visitation was at 3 p.m. and the Memorial Service followed at 4 p.m.
 
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Children's Miracle Network.

Sang Ok Cha, CRNA (1930-2017)

Memorial service for Sang Ok Cha, age 86, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, will be held at a later date. Ms. Cha passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017, at her residence.
 
Sang Ok Cha was born in Seoul, South Korea on December 1, 1930 to Sam Young Cha and Sup Nyu Choz. She was a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.
 
This memoriam was published at KSST Radio on August 15, 2017.
 
 

Howard F. Armour, MS, CRNA (1947-2017)

Howard F. Armour, 70, of Unity Township, Pa., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, after a five month battle with cancer. He was born June 14, 1947, in Homestead, the son of the late Howard F. Armour and Maguerite (Houser) Armour.
 
He served his country honorably during the Vietnam War as a Sergeant in the Army 1st M IV BARS Division. Howard returned from Vietnam in 1969 and continued his education as a registered nurse, then became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He also attained a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in counseling. After six years in clinical anesthesia, he became the director of the Westmoreland-Latrobe (now Excela Health) School of Anesthesia, a position he held for 30 years.
 
He loved teaching and looked upon his students as family. He never fully retired because he enjoyed being in the classroom so much. In addition to his work, his family meant the world to him, and he spent as much time as possible with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
 
At any gathering, Howard could be found surrounded by children, telling them outrageous stories or doing magic tricks. He was a voracious reader and loved movies.
 
Howard is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Alice (Kaszubowski) Armour; two daughters, Jennifer Stephens and her husband, David Wachter, and Joy Cusick and her husband, Eric; four beloved grandchildren, Cooper and Avery Stephens, and Julian and Jude Cusick; three sisters, Heidi Fancsali, of Pittsburgh, Rebecca (Mark) Roselli, of Rolla, Mo., and Kimberly (Paul) Hulzebos, of Lacey, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
 
Howard will be remembered as a good man with a wonderful sense of humor, good nature, big smile and respect for all people.
 
Family and friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the John J. Lopatich Funderal Home Inc., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 5, at St. Vincent Basilica. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Entombment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery Mausoleum where military honors will be accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post No. 33.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to your local Vietnam Veterans Association or to Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Trust Foundation for the School of Anesthesia in memory of Howard Armour.

 

To sign online guestbook, send condolences or to view detailed obituary information, please visit www.lopatich.com.

 
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review (Pa.) from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2017.
 
Submitted by Jay Horowitz, BSN, CRNA, ARNP
 
 

Ruth Rosenwinkel, CRNA (1923-2017)

Ruth V. Ikemire Rosenwinkel, 93, of Shelbyville, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
 
Ruth was born August 31, 1923, in Louisville, Ill., the daughter of Charles and Edna (Walburn) Flexser. She married Jean Ikemire and later married Ray Rosenwinkel. Ruth was a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) retiring from the Hines VA Hospital in 1985. She did private duty nursing after retiring. Ruth attended the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville. Prior to coming to Shelbyville, Ruth along with her husband Ray, would routinely visit the shut-ins. In her spare time, she could be found painting, wood carving or tending to her roses.
 
Ruth leaves behind her children: Ed (Mary) Ikemire of Findlay; Joe Ikemire of Findlay; daughter Sandra Gay (Ron) Bingaman of Grass Valley, Calif.; four stepchildren: Karen (Bob) Moss; Rich (Michelle) Rosenwinkel, Kathy (Steve) Cerqua and Linda (Tom) Merkel, sisters-in-law Pat, Mary and Sherry, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
 
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Ray, one sister, two brothers and one great-grandchild.
 
Funeral service is on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. with visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service, at the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville with Reverend Tim Yankee officiating, with burial at Findlay Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville is assisting the family.
 
Family and friends are invited to share a story or light a candle in Ruth's honor at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com
 
This memoriam was published in the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Mattoon, Ill.) on July 14, 2017.
 
 

Phyllis Benage, CRNA (1925-2017)

Phyllis Benage, 92, of Smyrna, Ga., passed away at 12:28 a.m., Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, while in the company of family members, at Tranquility of Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta, Ga.
 
Phyllis was born in Delaware, Okla., on January 4, 1925, a daughter of Lena Jane (Bond) Benage-Kester and Fred Benage.
 
Phyllis attended the Delaware, Okla., schools, and graduated from Delaware High School, Delaware, Okla. She completed her education at the Baylor Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas, where she received her nursing diploma.
 
Phyllis was a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and her career at several hospitals in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas spanned fifty years.
 
Phyllis and her lifelong companion, Louise Clark, enjoyed living on small farms along with their sons in Oklahoma and Kansas. Phyllis was happiest when she was working on the farm or in her gardens, reading, studying Scripture, and traveling with family and friends.
 
Phyllis is survived by her son, Greg Benage, and his wife, Maria, of Smyrna, Ga., and David Clark, and his significant other, Dana, of Topeka, Kans., along with many other relatives and a host of friends.
 
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Benage and Lena Jane Kester; her brother, William Benage; her sister, Opal Benage; and her dear friend, Louise Clark.
 
Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson, Kans., with Pastor Dick Skar officiating.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Gottland Covenant Church in memory of Phyllis and can be sent in care of the Glidden – Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.
 
This memoriam appeared in the Salina Post (Salina, Kans.) on July 11, 2017.
 
 

Dolly Johnston, BS, CRNA (1927-2017)

Dolly Johnston died peacefully at Hospice of Spokane South House on June 20, 2017. She was born on the Johnson farm near Ririe, Idaho, on November 11, 1927. Dolly enjoyed her long career as a nurse. She graduated as a cadet nurse in 1945 in Boise, Idaho, and completed her nurse anesthesia training in Salt Lake City. She would like to be remembered for giving a great anesthetic. She sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Rock of Ages” when her patients urgently needed skills beyond the surgeon’s abilities. Dolly administered anesthetics in Utah, Nevada, American Samoa, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington state.
 
Dolly will always be remembered for her intelligence, wit, beautiful yard, fierce independence, duplicate bridge skills, and willingness to serve. She volunteered for the American Arthritis Foundation and helped with the Jingle Bell Run for many years. Dolly maintained an experimental plot of roses for Jackson and Perkins in Spokane. She actively participated in the Brookdale community from 2011-2017. Her favorite ending to many conversations was, “You just think about that.” Dolly’s family is deeply grateful for the staff at Brookdale Assisted Living and Hospice of Spokane who treated her with love, kindness, and the quality of care she expected. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gospel Rescue Mission.
 
Dolly is survived by her only daughter, Cherie Johnston; her only grandchild, Sonia (Todd) Helmick; great grandchild, Luke Helmick; two nieces, one nephew, and an extended family of choice. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and sister.
 
This memoriam appeared in The Spokesman-Review on June 25, 2017.
 
 

Dorothy Gates, BS, CRNA (1941-2017)

Dorothy Eileen (McDonald) Gates, 76, of Sandwich, Mass., died June 6. A nurse and a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, she was a veteran of the Vietnam War. She also worked as a nurse anesthetist in Sandwich.
 
She was born in Boston to William A. MacDonald and Mary C. MacDonald. The family moved to Cape Cod and she grew up in Hyannis.
Ms. Gates graduated from Barnstable High School and St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing. She went on to train as a nurse anesthetist at Boston City Hospital.
 
She joined the Air Force and trained at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in Texas. During the Vietnam War she was involved with casualty staging units. She served at the 74th Field Hospital and later the 439th Tactical Hospital as a reservist at Westover Air Force Base.
 
She was one of the first nurse anesthetists hired at Baystate Medical Center and continued to work in the field for more than 50 years.
 
She held offices with her local and state nurse anesthetist organizations and worked to improve pay for advanced practice nurses.
 
Ms. Gates was a Eucharistic minister at Corpus Christi Church in East Sandwich and had sung with the choir.
 
She leaves her brother, Douglas M. MacDonald; her sister, June M. Nese; her three children, Rebecca Gates, Matthew Gates and Rachel Gates-Bell; her former husband, Stephen M. Gates; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and extended family.
She was predeceased by her brothers, William J. MacDonald and Robert L. MacDonald. Visiting hours will be Thursday, June 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 Route 6A, Sandwich.
A Catholic Mass will be said Friday, June 23, at 11 AM at Corpus Christi Church.
 
A committal service with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 12:45 p.m.
 
This memoriam was published in Cape News on June 19, 2017.