Main content
Home - News

Recent News

Share this
January 27, 2023

Alumni Notes | January 2023


Betty Wilson Hockey

Betty Wilson Hockey ‘58 (Nursing) Sunday, December 11, 2022. Predeceased by her husband, Harold Hockey. Son, David Hockey. Grandson, Seth Schultz.  Survived by her daughters Linda (Bruce) Salatino, Karen (Will) Schultz. 17 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. Daughter in law, MaryAnn Hockey. Many dear friends.

Betty was born in Uniontown, PA. She attended Roberts Wesleyan College where she obtained her nursing degree. She worked as an RN at northside hospital.

Betty married her husband in Rochester, NY where she settled down and raised her three children. She cherished the time she spent nurturing her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Betty excelled at everything she set her hands to. She was a seamstress since she was 16. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, re-upholstering, and baking.

The most important things to Betty were her faith in God, her family, and her friends. Betty left a mark on every life she touched and will be missed by many.

Paul Kenneth Page ‘52 went to be with the Lord on October 13,2022. His life on earth was filled with many relationships with people and organizations. He was born to Charles and Josie Belle Page in Uniontown, PA. He studied at Roberts Wesleyan College where he met the love of his life, Rayma. Moving to Florida in the late fifties he immersed himself in the Lee County community He was involved in the Villas, Boy Scouts, Calusa Nature Center and Rayma C. Page Elementary. He was a founding member and past president of Rotary South. He served on the boards of Shell Point, Roberts Wesleyan College and Christ Community Church.

He was predeceased by his parents, brothers, sister and his precious wife, Rayma C. Page and oldest son, Douglas Page. He is survived by his son, Greg Page and wife Colleen, and his daughter in law, Gay Page. His grandchildren Meredith, Jason, Chad and Heather and 10 great grandchildren. In his last few years he was visited and loved on by many family members and friends. He was so loved! We will miss our PopPop, Dad, cousin, brother in law and uncle.

Tyler Alexander Parrish

Tyler Alexander Parrish ‘03 (Organizational  Management) age 45, a resident of Marco Island, FL passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023 in Marco Island. He was born February 16, 1977 in Burlington, VT to Ros and Gordon Parrish.Ty grew up in Victor, NY where he enjoyed skiing, camping and the outdoors. Eventually he relocated to Florida where he could be near family. He put down roots in Marco Island, FL where he started a successful company, Marco Island Computers. He had a loyal clientele base and enjoyed his work. In recent years he has especially enjoyed ski trips, as well as spending time with his fiancée, Kristel and his two dogs, Mic and Apple.

Tyler’s legacy will live in in the life of others through his heroic and selfless gift of organ donation. Tyler’s heart donation has saved the life of a 47 year old male. His liver donation has given life to a 67 year old male and his kidneys are currently in incubation pending results prior to arrival to their recipients.

He is survived by his fiancée, Kristel Levesque of Naples, FL; his parents, Ros (nee Codman) and Gordon Parrish of Naples, FL; and his brother, Christopher Parrish of Park City, UT.

Dorothy Simons Walck

Dorothy Simons Walck ‘49 (Nursing) of Sanborn, passed away on Tuesday November 22, 2022 in  Schoellkopf Health Care Center after a lengthy illness. She was born in Niagara Falls on October 23, 1929, a daughter of Charles W. and Jennie (Stricker) Simons. She was a longtime member of Colonial Heights Free Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was on the Christian Board of Directors serving as assistant treasurer.

She attended local schools and continued her education graduating from the Genesee Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Buffalo. She was employed by NFMMC as a Registered Nurse and taught nursing at the former Trott Vocational High School. She was a member of the NYS Teachers Association.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Rudolf A. Walck; and a stepson, Wayne Walck.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Lynn (Thomas) Wilson; step daughter in law, Jean Walck; step grandchildren, Claudette Walck; Joshua (Yelena) Wilson and Lindsay Wilson; dear friends, Charles and Donna Stevens and many cousins.

Elaine Vanderhoof Kilmer

Elaine Vanderhoof Kilmer ‘70 (Nursing) age 74 years, 3 months, and 23 days, passed away at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2022, in her own home in Lakeland, FL.

Elaine Rae Vanderhoof, the daughter of Russell M. Vanderhoof and Bernice L. Ammerman Vanderhoof was born on September 5, 1948, in Lexington, KY, during the time her father was attending Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. As the child of a Free Methodist pastor, she lived in Dallas, TX; Bowman’s Creek, PA; Wilkes-Barre, PA; Kingston, NY; Nescopeck, PA; and Mason City Iowa.

Elaine graduated from Mason City High School (Mason City, IA), class of 1967. She attended Roberts Wesleyan College (N. Chili, NY) for three semesters. In 1969 she was inducted into the Army. She did Basic Training at Fort McClellan, AL, Medic Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX, and On-the-Job-Training at Walter Reed, Washington, DC. She was stationed in Fort Lewis, WA, and Ft. Ord, CA. In 1971 she married Hans J. Lenz. Both received orders and went to Vietnam. They were divorced in 1973.

While in Vietnam, Elaine was a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) nurse and was honorably discharged from the Army upon her return to Ft. Ord, CA. She returned to college and received a B.A. from Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI, (1976). She joined the National Guard in Chicago while living in Woodstock, IL, and was in attendance at O’Hare International Airport when the DC10 crashed with no survivors on May 25, 1979. She lived in El Paso, TX, for a short time before moving to Greenville, IL, where she resided for the next 34 years. She joined the Army Reserve unit in St. Louis and was put on active duty to attend a Respiratory Therapy School in Ft. Sam Houston, TX. It was there she hurt her back and subsequently received a medical discharge with disability. She retired from the Reserves in 1989.

In 1992, Elaine married Daniel Andrew Kilmer, and spent seven years with “the love of her life.” Following diagnosis, treatment, and remission of cancer in 1997, Elaine became a cancer survivor. Her husband, however, died of cancer two years later in 1999. Raising no children of her own, Elaine’s affections spread out to her siblings’ children and she became an amazing role model to them and the next generation.

During her years in Greenville, Elaine worked at Hillview Manor Nursing Home (later, Greenville Gardens) and volunteered at the Pregnancy Support Center. She taught computer classes for adults. She was a Charter member and life member of AMVETS Post 140, serving as chaplain of the organization since it was started, and was the recipient of the Bond County Veterans Appreciation Award in 2001. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church, where she loved teaching the children and singing in the choir. She also served as a nurse for the F.M. camp for handicapped children. She sang in presentations of Handel’s Messiah more than 30 years. She took classes and received and a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix (1998).

Beginning in 2010, Elaine became a “snow-bird” on the Florida Holiness Campground in Lakeland, FL, during the winter months. She loved Florida and became a permanent resident there in 2013 and lived there the rest of her life other than the three years from 2019 to June 2022 when she lived in St. Charles, MO. In Lakeland, she sang in the choir and was a faithful member of the handbell choir for 10 years. She was a volunteer nurse at the Talbot House Free Clinic for six years. Following a series of strokes in December, 2022, she died peacefully in her own beloved trailer home on the Florida Holiness Campground.

Elaine’s gift of caring for others found an outlet in missions over the years. During spring break in 1969 she went to Spanish Harlem in New York City as part of a VISA team (Volunteers in Service Abroad). She served as a nurse on subsequent VISA/missions tours to Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic and Haiti (summer 1976), Brazil (summer 1979) and on two later mission trips to Mexico (summer 1985) and Bolivia (summer 2011). She served as a missionary nurse under the Free Methodist Mission Board for one year in Rwanda where she “left her heart” (May 2006-March 2007). While there she also taught Secondary School Level Computer, did hospital administration and community outreach.

Among her many interests was a love for music—listening and singing and playing handbells. She enjoyed fishing and had several “fishing buddies” in Greenville throughout her years there. Her wedding anniversaries were celebrated each year fishing with Dan. They also spent many hours together watching the nearby nesting eagles. She appreciated good programs and movies. Favorites included Fiddler on the Roof, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Babylon 5. And she never missed Jeopardy if she could help it! She was not a sports fan, but always watched the Army/Navy football game, cheering vigorously for Army. She was a true scholar and an avid reader in a wide variety of genre. She spent hours each day studying the Word of God.

Elaine loved the USA. She was passionately patriotic and thoroughly educated herself in the politics and government of the United States from an early age. She kept herself knowledgeable of current events around the world as well. She prayed for scores of missionaries and financially supported some, along with children in the third world. She loved Israel and from the age of 8, was immensely proud of the fact that a nation (the modern State of Israel) had been born the same year that she was born. A highlight of her life was her trip to Israel in January 2018.

Above all else, Elaine loved her LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. She first “gave her heart to Him” at four years of age, and served Him faithfully and wholeheartedly throughout her lifetime. Near the latter years of her life, she began studying the Jewish roots of Christianity and began to call herself a “Torah-Observant Christian who loves Yahweh with all of her heart.” She attended the Festival of Sukkot in Chandler, OK, for several years. She attended Beit B’Resheet Messianic Congregation in Overland, MO, and the congregation Beit Tehila in Brandon, FL. She loved to sing and dance and blow her shofar. Throughout her lifetime, she immersed herself in the Word of God, and endeavored to love the LORD her God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love her neighbor as herself, serving Him faithfully in nine countries around the world.

Elaine is predeceased by her parents, Russell and Bernie Vanderhoof, and by her husband, Daniel Kilmer. She is survived by her sister Colleen Peters of McPherson, KS, her sister Lenore (Don) Sweigard of Wilmore, KY, her brother Dale (Becky) Vanderhoof of Larned, KS, four nephews (David Peters, Andrew Sweigard, Aaron Sweigard, Nathan Vanderhoof), two nieces (Rachel Giles and Sarah Ekeland), their spouses and children (11 grand nieces and nephews).

“As for me, I am already being poured out on the altar;
yes, the time for my departure has arrived
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith
All that awaits me now is the crown of righteousness which the Lord,
‘the Righteous Judge,’
will award to me on that Day—
and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for him to appear.”

2 Timothy 4:6-8 CJB

For more news articles, you can take a look at our archive.