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In Memory of Our Fellow Classmates

We apologize if someone is either NOT on this list or if we have inadvertently listed someone who should not be listed. If information is incorrect, is limited or if you know more about a particular circumstance, please let us know and we will modify the description. This list was last updated on August 12, 2016.

(In alphabetical order) Sterling Purcell Battis, Donald Burnette Beane, Marvin Carl Berkowitz, Monica Edith Berry, Constance Lynn Linick (Blackburn), Cheryl Lynn Bladen Wine, Janyce Mary Egan, Michael Kendrick Ferrill, Charles Christian Hammer, Suzanne Marie LaMar, Douglas David Larson, William H. Madole, Alan Neal Moore,Van Arvon Neely, Lee Edward Poczik, Sean Michael Ryan, Jim Sawiki, Linda Sue Lewis (Via), Lance Edward Weaver

(listed in date order, oldest to newest)

Sean Michael Ryan (December 4, 1970)

Robert Stover sent us Sean's obituary (without a date of the clipping), a shortened version reads: Funeral services for a Madison College student found dead in a campus lake in Harrisonburg Saturday will be held on Wednesday in Arlington National Cemetery... Ryan, who would have been 18 on Monday, was the son of retired Army Chief Warrant Officer and Mrs. John M. Ryan...
... A graduate of Hammond High School in Alexandria, he was an outstanding student and was editor of the school newspaper, a representative to the Junior Class Board and a letterman on the soccer team. He was also a squadron leader in the Civil Air Patrol and was active in "The Second Front," a military affairs club at Hammond. At Madison College he planned to major in English and he wanted to be a high school teacher, college officials said. Read more at:

Janyce Mary Egan (August 11, 1971)

From the Washington Post: "On Wednesday, August 11, 1971 at the Alexandria Hospital, of 220 S. Jenkins St, Alexandria, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Egan; maternal granddaughter of Mre. Mildred Jaroma. Interment Ivy Hill Cemetary." We spoke to Bob Robertson and have heard from a couple of sources that Janyce died of an aneurysm.

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Jim Sawiki (1975, or 76??)

David Thompson informed us that Jim passed away sometime in 1975, or in 1976. John Leahy was a neighbor and confirms Jim's death, but was not sure of other details.

Suzanne Marie LaMar (May, 1989)

Suzanne LaMar passed away in May 1989 of colon cancer. We learned this through Susan Roberts McBride who talked to her sister Jeanne. Suzanne was diagnosed with colon cancer in Feb. 1989, but it was too far along, and she was gone by May. Jeanne said Suzanne was engaged to marry a wonderful man at the time and her life was just going beautifully until this happened.

Lance Edward Weaver (March 9, 1993)

Susan Roberts McBride has been in contact with Lance's brother Curt. She writes that Lance died of malignant melanoma and pneumonia actually took him. He left a daughter, Sarah by his 1st wife, and a son and daughter by his 2nd wife, and his brother Curtis, a '74 TCW grad. Near the end of his life, Lance was really hoping to locate John <aka Jhon> Settle, a very close friend of his, but he and Curtis were unable to find him. Curt is still hopeful about finding John Settle, as it would give true closure to him by fulfilling Lance's wish. Curt's email address is and lives in Whispering Pines, NC.

Douglas David Larson (April 2, 2001)

Doug - 2000"Douglas David Larson, 48, a longtime resident of Alameda, died Monday morning, April 2, after a lengthy and valiant battle with leukemia. An avid photographer and athlete, CPA, Berkeley MBA and CFO of his own company, Doug will be long remembered for his loving and generous heart, his beautiful smile, his bright mind, and his incredible courage and endurance in the face of insurmountable odds. He faced his illness bravely, and left this world with grace, honor and dignity. Douglas is survived by and will be terribly missed by his loving wife, Linda Carlton. He was a devoted father to his son, John Barrett Larson and daughter Jillian Christine Larson, and was the beloved son of Jo Kirk Larson and the late Donald William Larson. Doug is also survived by his brother Richard Kirk Larson, sister Marlene Joy Larson and an extended family of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws and friends who loved him dearly and will miss him greatly."

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William H. Madole (July 2002)

Rex Hauck wrote to us recently and informed us that Bill had succumbed to cancer sometime this past July 2002. That's all we know, if someone has more information please send us a note so we can update the page.

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Lee Edward Poczik (November 2002)

Lee Poczik's sister said that he has passed away, she said it was sudden and unexpected.

Alan Neal Moore
Alan Neal Moore (August 4, 2003)

Alan died on August 4, 2003 after many years being on kidney dialysis. Alan lived in Oklahoma at the time. Alan had three children, Kelly, Benjamin, and Joseph Alan Moore (16 at the time of his dad's death). Joseph was the youngest of the three children. Alan loved life, he had nine lives. He fought death many times till could no long hold on. We will all miss Alan and his memory will remain in our hearts. From Britta Moore-Smith (formerly Alan's wife)

Charles C. Hammer
Charles Christian Hammer (February 18, 2004)

"In 2003 Hammer was diagnosed with lung cancer. Charles Christian Hammer died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rogers, Arkansas. Hammer was survived by his longtime partner, Poco Carter, and their dog Prema."

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Marvin Carl Berkowitz (Sept. 4, 2004)

We got a notice from Reva Levin Schuster about the passing of Marvin. We validated the date of his passing on Sept. 4, 2004 from his law firm's (Nath & Associates) website, but they give no particulars. Reva said Marvin died from acute mylogenous leukemia.

Cheryl Lynn Bladen Wine
Cheryl Lynn "Muffy" Bladen Wine (August 18, 2006)

Chuck Bailey sent us Cheryl's notice - Clarksville, VA - Cheryl "Muffy" Bladen Wine died Friday, August 18, 2006, in South Boston, Virginia. She was an LPN and was recently a partner in operating Buggs Island Embroidery. Cheryl is survived by her father, Thomas Edward Bladen Jr.; daughters, Alysoun Montijo and Kimberly Metts; sons, Chris Davenport and Roy Earl Wine II; and stepdaughter, Carrie Cross.

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Van Arvon Neely (January 11, 2007)

Ryland Champlin informed us of Van's Passing: Van Arvon Neely, age 54, passed away on January 11, 2007 in Phoenix at Arizona Heart Hospital. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia on October 5, 1952, where he was raised. At the age of 19, he moved to California where he worked as a mason. In 1986, he moved to Phoenix and then to Flagstaff in 1995. In Flagstaff, he worked for Victor Labato as a mason.
He enjoyed playing the guitar. He had an outgoing sense of humor and he was kind to everyone.
Van is survived by his son, Wade Neely, and ex-wife Gali Dirocco.

Sterling Purcell Battis
Sterling Purcell Battis (December 28, 2007)

Sterling's sister Pamela wrote to us informing us of Sterling's passing. Sterling had Hepatitis C and developed Cirrhosis of the Liver and died of liver failure.

Donald Burnette Beane (July 4, 2014)

On Friday, July 4, 2014, passed away peacefully in Alexandria, VA after a month long illness. Beloved husband of Candace Withers Beane and adored father of Elizabeth Parker Beane. He is survived by his father Glenn P. Beane and numerous cousins. He is predeceased by his mother Dorothy Burnette Beane and his brother Glenn P. Beane Jr. Don was a 1970 graduate of Hammond High School and a 1975 graduate of Virginia Tech. After college he joined the family business and went on to become the president of Beane Tile Co. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Don's name to The Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine. A guest register may be found at See more at:

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Linda Sue Lewis (Via) (September 10, 2014)

From her daughter Adrienne Lewis: Linda Lewis, age 61, died Wednesday, September 10th at Duke University Hospital. She is proceeded in death by her mother, Gloria Corrado Via, and brother, Kenneth Via. Linda's spirit lives on through her father, Marvin Via of Kill Devil Hills, NC, daughter Adrienne Lewis of Deerfield Beach, FL, sister, Vicky Via of New Mexico, brother, Michael Via of Michigan, brothers, Timmy and Dennis Via of Virginia, 2 nieces, 3 nephews, and her life long companion, Bill Dodd of Kitty Hawk, NC. Linda was a retired postmaster of Corolla, NC. She enjoyed traveling with her daughter, spending time with close friends, and golfing with Bill.

Michael Kendrick Ferrill

Michael Kendrick Ferrill (November 12, 2014)

We received a note from fellow classmate Ann Shipley (Umfleet) about the passing of Michael Ferrill unexpectedly November 12, 2014 from a viral infection. His brother, Bill (class of 1971), gave her the news. He is survived by his wife Dawn Ferrill of Tulsa, and daughters Danielle and husband Steve Rustin, and his grandson Oliver, Aurora, CO; Deanna and husband Jonathan Hall, Tulsa, OK; and his daughter Michele, as well as his son Josiah, who both live at home. He’s also survived by his father, Max Ferrill, Bradenton, FL; Brothers, Blake and wife Amy Ferrill, Taunton, MA; Bill and wife Mary Ann Ferrill, FL; Forrest and wife Diane Ferrill, Sandwich, MA. He was preceded in death by his mother.

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Constance Lynn Linick (BLACKBURN) (January 22, 2016)

"I'm so sorry to say Connie Blackburn passed away shortly after 7:30 this morning. She died of respiratory failure. I spent 6 hours with her and left the hospital at midnight. Her son, Gregor was with her when she died. What a wonderful loving friend she was. Rest in peace, dear friend." -- Susan Wise Carl (Class of '71)
Connie's brother Chris posted the following on Connie's FB page: I have some sad news again, I see some of you know already. My sister, Connie Blackburn passed away yesterday. She was only 63. She had been in the hospital most of the time from Nov last year until now fighting one thing or another along with trying to recover from a double bypass. It was a tough recovery for her and though she fought hard, the weight of issues and discomfort became too much. We'll miss her a lot..her always upbeat and lively personality even when things were tough. She always wanted to be in charge of her life and in the end she made it so. I respect her for that but I will miss her very much! she leaves three brothers and her Son Gregor as well as a passel of good friends and "kindred spirits". Your words of kindness are all appreciated. RIP Connie, I love you so much! Thanks to her special friends Pam, Phebe and Susan for being there for her for so long. It meant a lot to her and me and my brothers too.

Monica Edith Berry

Monica Edith Berry (August 5, 2016)

From Debbi Bell: To Monica's FB friends... I just learned today that Monica passed away Tuesday. She had struggled these past (many) years with several illnesses, tough injuries... and mobility was getting considerably harder and harder for her in her home w/ stairs... From what little I know at this time, she passed away in her sleep/in bed. I am supposing her only child, a daughter who is a nurse, lives two hours away, is handling her affairs. Monica moved to N.C. from Arlington, to rear her daughter in a safer, better, happier environment many years ago. She did her level best, despite imposed hardships, etc. Although I don't know "the" cause... I strongly suspect she died, at least in part, due to a very, very tired, lonely, and broken heart... and needed peace, rest - much of what she did not get. As one knows, most all good mothers try to protect their children. And, she loved her grandsons immensely and so wanted to see them grow. They were her world. My condolences to you, her friends...

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