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Showing obituaries submitted in the last month by graduates in the 1970s

1972

'72
Bernard Leitner

Bernard Leitner M.S. '72, Sept. 30, 1927 - June 14, 2014. A resident of Palo Alto, Bernie grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, Bernie fell in with a crowd of sci-fi fans, studied physics, and also fell for Jane Tynan. The two were married in China Lake, California. Bernie's work as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed-Martin took the family from the island of Oahu, to a year exploring Europe, then to Palo Alto, California, where Bernie and Jane settled in for the next fifty years. Bernie earned a master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University. His career culminated with his work on the Hubble Space Telescope.

An outdoor enthusiast, Bernie bicycled the California coast, and across the Sierras, the Rockies, and the Nevada desert. He hiked over Hawaiian volcanoes, through Kings Canyon, and up to the Continental Divide. Together, Bernie and Jane globe-trotted from New Zealand to Greenland. Bernie died at his home in Windsor, California. He is survived by his wife, Jane, his son and daughter-in-law, Kam and Valerie, his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Daniel, and his grandson, Kyle. Bernie's warmth, humor, intelligence, friendship, his love and the spark that is him will be forever missed. 

submitted Sep. 9, 2014 4:09P

1974

'74
Daniel Dietsch

Daniel E. Dietsch '74, August 15, 2014, Age 62, of Homewood, Ill. He was 62.

It has been said that the works and deeds and the example one sets are how one is remembered. Dan's reflection can ben seen in many ways.
 
In 1996, Dan and his wife, Thelma '74, had moved from Houston, Texas, to the Chicago area because of a job transfer. New to the area, they walked in to St. Joe's at the end of a Saturday mass looking for a bulletin when they met Fr. Jim Sayers. "This is the place you want to be," he told them, and so they became parishioners and Dan joined the parish lectors.
 
Over time, Dan and Thelma stepped forward to work on a number of parish activities and ministries. Having moved numerous times for work, the couple knew that being active parish members was a great way to get to meet people, and they found the St. Joseph community very welcoming.
 
Dan accepted an invitation to become a deacon after Fr. Richard Kozak took Dan and Thelma to an orientation session for deacon couples. Thelma recalls Dan had been asked to be a deacon twice before, but work obligations kept him from accepting.  This time, he was ready to commit to the three principles of deaconate work: serving on the altar, preaching and outreach. He was ordained a deacon of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2007 and assigned to St. Joe's.
 
In the past seven years as deacon, Dan has left his imprint on the parish.  His sermons for the Wednesday morning mass and various Sundays presented a pithy message in short form. Serving on the altar brought him great joy.  What most of us didn't see were the numerous things Dan did behind the scenes-everything from helping prepare children for Confirmation to working on the parish bulletin to joining the organizing committee for the parish Centennial Celebration and getting the parish directory published.
 
And, he was especially grateful for his special ministry at Zacchaeus House, a deaconate home for men in transition. It allowed Dan to do outreach and bring peace to men who were overcoming their bad habits and sorry influences. By the time Dan's counseling and support work ended, he had newly established friendships.

Beloved husband of Thelma C. Dietsch nee Silvio. Dear father of Simon (Jeanne Robinson) Dietsch and Robin (Jadi Roberts) Dietsch. Cherished grandfather of Carlo, Fox and Evelyn Dietsch. Loving son of Sue and the late Richard Dietsch. Mr. Dietsch is an ordained deacon with the Archdiocese of Chicago serving St. Joseph Parish and a member of Marian Council # 3914 K. of C.

submitted Aug. 26, 2014 12:51P

1977

'77
Michael J. Zelensky

Michael James Zelensky '77, 58, died Aug. 2, 2014, in Ketchikan. He was born Sept. 16, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington. He lived his early years in Seattle, where he attended Our Lady of Fatima School until eighth grade and graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1973. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1977, and after earning his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1983, Mr. Zelensky came to Ketchikan that same year to clerk in the law offices of A. Fred Miller. Then, Mr. Zelensky and the late Richard Whittaker were partners in the firm of Whittaker and Zelensky for a number of years. For the past 20 years, Mr. Zelensky had a sole practice. He was a member of the Alaska Bar Association, and Ketchikan Bar Association. Mr. Zelensky sponsored and played on Ketchikan “B” League basketball teams for several years. He also enjoyed climbing mountains, first climbing Mt. Adams with his father when he was 16. In 1974, he climbed Mt. Rainier with his close friend, Gary Spees. He also hiked along the west coast of Vancouver Island with friends Bill Jandl and Graham Whyte. He climbed many of Revillagigedo Island’s peaks, including Dude, Ward, Minerva, Deer and Mahoney mountains. He enjoyed kayaking with friends around Ketchikan, and in the Hakai Passage of British Columbias. He was the master teacher of chess and backgammon for his nephews and nieces. Mr. Zelensky is survived by his wife, Myra; daughter, Alexa Ruth; mother, Rose Zelensky of Seattle; sister, Gena (David) McReynolds of Bothell, Washington; members of his wife’s family, Roland and Alaire Stanton, and Loren and Carol Stanton, all of Ketchikan, Bruce and Kathy Stanton of Washington state, and Ralph Stanton of Hawaii; nephews and nieces, Ethan and Megan McReynolds, Daniel and Jacqueline Stanton, Felice Salmon and Brooke Stanton, and Peter, Brendan and Clara Joy Stanton.

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 12:14P
'77
Heloïse Ruth Albritton

Heloïse Ruth Albritton M.A. '77, beloved mother, grandmother and glorious daughter of God, joined her Lord on Thursday evening, Aug. 14, 2014, in East Meredith. She was surrounded by most of her seven children and devoted caretakers, her home filled with the music and flowers she loved.

Heloïse was born in 1928, in Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand), to Dr. Errett and Mrs. Rietta Albritton. The family returned to America in 1931, where Heloïse became an accomplished student, pianist, active Young Federalist and an original candy striper. She graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1950. An intellectual beatnik and liberal thinker, Heloïse enjoyed Greenwich Village where she chatted with Pete Seeger and Jackson Pollock. But, it was James Hartwell Frame - a young man from a small town in Iowa - who captured her heart - over a spilled bowl of punch. They wed in 1951 and were married for 47 years until his death in 1997. They had seven children and more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Heloïse was a devoted servant of the Lord, personally and professionally. She returned to school in her late 40s and earned a master's degree from Santa Clara University in California. Over 60 years, she opened her home to many seekers in the conviction of God's promise in Deuteronomy that, "He sets the lonely in families." She was the spiritual mentor, gifted counselor and healer of many searching souls. Heloïse co-launched House of Bread Ministries in California in the 1970s continued her calling in New York City in the 1980s, developing her 12-step Deprivation Neuroses Anonymous group program and then founded The Lazarus Center in Oneonta in 1992, maintaining her practice there until 2009, then choosing to continue her spiritual work from her home office in East Meredith. Heloïse will be greeted in heaven by those who went before her - her husband, James; brother, Rogers; her parents; daughter-in-law, Clara; and great-grandson, Caiden; as well as numerous friends; and spiritual offspring. Early in the evening of her last day, she was able to share in her cherished sunset prayer, saying to the Lord - as she had every day for many years - "Let us usher in a new day, now beginning with rest."

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 11:37A

1978

UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Teresa Bugella
Teresa Bugella ’78 passed away Aug. 21, 2014, in Menlo Park surrounded by her family. Her cancer was diagnosed less than a year ago, however the last week caught us all by surprise. Little did we know that when she walked to the hospital on Friday that she would leave us the following Thursday. The only beauty in this was that she suffered only a short while.
 
Teresa was the perfect hostess. We think even in her last few days she was making sure every one else was okay and comfortable…a giver to the last minute. Teresa loved each and every one of us with all of her heart, generously showering us with kindness and love. Never a harsh word or a negative thought but always with those brilliant blue eyes shinning down and her endless smile greeting us as she moved closer to give a ready hug.
 
Teresa would want us to remember her with love and her endless kindness. We are pretty sure that each of us will remember and love her forever, and yet miss her on a daily basis. Since we all seem to have had an amazing relationship with her, a connection between all will bind us together in friendship, just as she would have wanted it to be. So please hug each other, raise a glass if so inclined, and count ourselves blessed that we loved someone so wonderful and as importantly that she choose to love us.
 
She leaves behind husband Michael and children Colin and Alessia.
submitted Aug. 26, 2014 1:06P

1979

'79
Dennis Cavender

Dennis Cavender MBA '79, age 63, passed away on July 28, 2014, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Gail (nee Kephart) for over 40 years; the loving father of Amanda (Elliot) Bennett, Jackie (Matt) Wild, and Elizabeth (Adam) Dreyer; proud grandfather of Stella Bennett; devoted brother of Judith (Dennis) Berg and Joyce (Keith) Bogue; and cherished uncle to four nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and DeVona Cavender, of Denver, CO.

A native of the Denver area, Dennis also lived significant portions of his life in the San Francisco and Chicago areas. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. His four-decade career in finance and management took him around the country and the globe. He loved golf, baseball, traveling, and spending time with his family. His loved ones will remember him for his strength, sense of humor, and zeal for life. He will be dearly missed. 

submitted Sep. 15, 2014 11:49A

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