OBITUARIES numbered 4 thru 7
IN MEMORIAM
 
NOTE: Not all published obituaries have been found yet, but those that have been found as of February, 2006 are listed below in the order they were received.  If you have any information concerning obituaries not listed here, please send an e-mail to Bruce Downey, hdowney@vt.edu and they will be included below...
 
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Obituary Number 4 __________________________________________
Robert E. DesRosiers (1933-2000) obituary graciously presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by his wife, Mrs. Kay "Carol" DesRosiers, ( 3051 Golden Rain Drive, Sarasota, FL 34232-5423; telephone: 941-377-4421; e-mail: littleoldlady1@juno.com ) .  Bob's obituary was found by Punky Stevens, York '52, at www.sarasota heraldtribune.com shortly after Bob's death. Thanks too to Punky for making the initial contact with Kay DesRosiers.
 
 
ROBERT E. DesROSIERS, 66, Sarasota, died February 7, 2000.  He was born July 25, 1933, in Chicago and came to Sarasota 34 years ago from there.  He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Calvary Chapel Christian Fellowship.  Survivors include his wife, Kay "Carol"; three daughters, Mary McIntyre and Jane, both of Sarasota, and Ellen of Calhoun, GA; a son, Bud of Sarasota; and four sisters, Joan Isgrig and Patricia Boyce, both of Sarasota, Jacqueline Dwyer of Marion, NC, and Martina Horne of Portland, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren.  The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Robarts Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to Arthritis Foundation, 6221 14th St. W., Suite 305, Bradenton, FL 34207-4637.
 
 
Obituary Number 5 __________________________________________
Allen "Al" Durham (1933-2002) obituary presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by Joyce Chambers, Cherokee Tribune, Woodstock, GA. (e-mail: jchambers@cherokeetribune.com ).
 
 
Allen "Al" Durham, 69, Korean War veteran:
Allen "Al" Durham, 69, of Woodstock died Saturday, April 27, 2002. Services will be 11:00 a.m.Tuesday at Kennesaw United Methodist Church, with Dr. Mike Cavin and the Rev. Chris Bascombe officiating.  Mr. Durham retired in 1993 after 33 years of service as a pilot for Delta Airlines. He was a Marine Corp. veteran and served during the Korean War.  He was an active member of Kennesaw United Methodist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Durham; two sons, Scott Durham of Winter Park, Co. and Todd Durham of Alpharetta; one daughter, Melody Sheorn of Charlotte, NC; one step-son, Bill Petit of Marietta; one step-daughter, Patricia Campbell of Kennesaw; one brother, Richard Durham of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
 

 
Obituary Number 6 __________________________________________
Frances "Fran" Nicoll Pitchford (1934-1999) obituaries graciously presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by her daughter, Gail L. Pitchford, D.D.S (professional name) aka Gail L. Pitchford Pokorny (married name)--226 North Hager Avenue, Barrington, IL 60010-3005.  The first obituary presented here appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Thursday, September 16, 1999 and was submitted to the Tribune by Walter Gottesman.  The second obituary was prepared by Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd. of Arlington, Heights, IL. and appeared in a local Arlington Heights, IL newspaper on the day of Fran's funeral.
 
And then this from Doris Strickland Collins, York '52: "You might also be interested in the fact that Fran's husband [ Tom Pitchford ], was called the 'father of high school tennis in Ill.'  He was the tennis coach at Arlington Heights H.S. and set up the first State Tennis Tournament that is still followed today in high school sports."
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Music teacher Frances Pitchford
 
By Walter Gottesman
Special to the Tribune
 
   Frances N. "Fran" Pitchford, 65, a music teacher at Sanborn School and other schools in Palatine School District 15 for 24 years, died Monday in her Arlington Heights home. After her retirement in 1995, she returned to District 15 as a substitute and part-time teacher until last year.
   Mrs. Pitchford, a 35-year resident of Arlington Heights, was born in Melrose Park, IL.  She was the wife of the late Thomas J. Pitchford, tennis coach at Arlington Heights High School.  She also was choir director at Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington Heights for nearly 30 years.
   Mrs. Pitchford taught school in Kankakee, IL and was crowned Miss Kankakee in 1958.  She earned a bachelor's degree in education at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL in 1956 and a master's degree in music in 1966 from the University of Illinois.
   "Whenever I visited her [vocal music] class, I could see that the kids enjoyed being there, " said Joseph M. Kiszka, former associate superintendent for District 15.  "She had a sincere admiration for the kids.  They, in turn, respected her.  She made the lesson interesting and drew them into the discussion."
   David Russell, pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ, said Mrs. Pitchford was an exceptional musician whose dedication and commitment to the choir were "phenomenal."
   "She was a woman of great character", he said.  "When she was battling cancer, she led the choir with one hand on her walker.  She just wouldn't quit."
   Mary Herzog, music department facilitator for District 15, said Mrs. Pitchford had "an incredible, indomitable spirit."
   "She was a section leader for the [Barrington-based] New Oratorio Singers," Herzog said.  "She made it to every rehearsal except the last two.  She came in her wheelchair.  She fought until her very last breath."
   Survivors include two sons, Thomas and John; a daughter, Gail Pokorny, a sister, Marjorie Niblock; and three granddaughters.
   A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 W. Kirchoff Rd., Arlington Heights.
 
Frances N. "Fran" Pitchford
   of Arlington Heights
 
   Funeral services for Frances N. "Fran" Pitchford (nee Nicoll), 65, a resident of Arlington Heights for the past 35 years, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 W. Kirchoff Rd., Arlington Heights, Il 60005,  The Rev. Dr. David R. Russell will officiate.
   Born Sept. 5, 1934, in Melrose Park, she died Monday, Sept. 13, 1999, at her home.  Interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights.
   Mrs. Pitchford was the choir director for the Congregational United Church of Christ of Arlington Heights for the past 25 years and taught music for School District #15 for the past 30 years.  She was a member of The New Oratorio Singers, PEO Chapter FW and the Northwest Suburban Kappa Delta Sorority Alumni Association.
   She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Pitchford; loving mother of Thomas (Ingrid) Pitchford of Arlington Heights and Gail (Kevin) Pokorny of Barrington; devoted grandmother of Katy and Lisa Pitchford, and Angela Melson of Glendale Heights; dear daughter of Rachel Nicoll of Lombard and the late John Nicoll; dearest sister of Marjorie Niblock of Durham, N.C.; and dear sister-in-law of Thomas (Peggy) Nelson of Racine, Wis., and Sheila (Jim) Zieglowsky of Pekin, IL.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Congregational United Church of Christ in care of the address listed above.
   Arrangements were made by Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., Arlington Heights.
   For information, (847) 253-0168.
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Obituary Number 7 __________________________________________
Willard (Bill) R. McDaniel (1934-2000) obituary graciously presented to the York H.S. Class of 1952 by his son, Dr. Marc McDaniel of Commerce, TX (e-mail address: marcmary@koyote.com  ). Thanks too to Doris Strickland Collins for forwarding Marc's submission to me.
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Dr. WILLARD McDANIEL, COMMERCE, TX -- Dr. Willard R. "Bill" McDaniel, 66, of Commerce died Wednesday.  There is a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University--Commerce with Rev. Mike House officiating.  Born June 9, 1934 in Hammond, IN, he was the son of Theodore Lewis McDaniel and June Lucille Rich.  He graduated from York Community High School in Elmhurst, IL in 1952 and was very active in scouting during school, becoming an Eagle Scout.  He then attended Miami University of Ohio where he was a member of Theta Chi social fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega scout and service fraternity, and Sigma Gamma Epsilon geology honorary.
   He earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1956 and his master of science degree in 1957, both in geology.  He worked for Lion Oil briefly before doing more graduate work at the University of Utah.
   He worked as a Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park the summers of 1959 and 1960 before moving to Commerce to become part of the East Texas State University faculty in the Earth Science Department serving as a graduate assistant from 1959 to 1963.  He attended Texas A&M University in College Station from 1963 to 1967 and earned his Ph.D. in meteorology.  Dr. McDaniel returned to Commerce as a professor in the Earth Science Department from 1967-84 and served as the department head from 1972-1982.  In 1984 Dr. McDaniel became a part of the Physics Department.  In May, 1996 he retired and was named a Professor Emeritus at the University.
   His committee service while at the University included Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, University Interscholastic League, the scholarship committee, and TACT.  He was named Teacher of the Year by TACT in 1986.  He was a member of Sigma XI, Texas Association of College Teachers, American Meteorological Society, Metroplex Science Teachers, and the Science Teachers Association of Texas.  Dr. McDaniel was also a member of the Commerce Lions Club, serving as the club secretary for many years and as the club president 1985 to 1986.
   Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Marc and Dr. Mary McDaniel of Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Marcie and Chester H. Magruder Jr. of Tucson, AZ; six grandchildren, Megan, Melissa, and Molly McDaniel of Commerce, and Caitlin, Daniel, and Chester Magruder III of Tucson, AZ; special friend Janet Williams of Commerce; brother and sister-in-law Theodore L. and Carol McDaniel of Laguna Hills, CA, and two nieces and two nephews.
   His parents preceded him in death.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, directed to Malignant Melanoma Research and to the Texas Lions Camp for crippled children, P.O. Box 290247, Kerrville, TX 78028.
   Pemberton Funeral Home of Commerce is in charge of arrangements... 
 
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree.
 
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea.
 
The Generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night.
 
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight.
 
Then God combined these qualities,
There was nothing more to add.
 
His masterpiece was now complete,
He lovingly called it, Dad.
 
Author unknown..............
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