Classmates V

VanDerveer Herzog, Sandra (
At the time of our 40th I was absorbed with decorative painting and worked seasonally with private customers and Fortunoff designing Christmas decorations/trees. Over the course of the past 10 years I had a small business designing and creating wedding invitations, continued to free-lance for Fortunoff Backyard Stores and rekindled my love for knitting. These days my ultimate joy comes from spending time with my 3 (local) granddaughters and grandson in CT (to be joined in May by a new baby). Not surprisingly they were the inspiration for and reap the benefits of my knitting! When not spending time with the grandchildren or knitting I’m an insatiable reader, love to cook, walk and take frequent trips to the beach. I’ve kept in touch with a number of classmates following and thanks to the 40th reunion! I plan on attending our 50th and catching up with everyone in attendance! (Last update 2/25/18) 40th & 50th Reunion attendee.

Van Doren, Mark

From The Athens Messenger on Oct. 29, 2017

NEW MARSHFIELD – Mark Roberts Van Doren died peacefully at home in New Marshfield, Ohio, surrounded by his family, on Oct. 15, 2017, due to cancer. He was 66. Mark was born on Nov. 21, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to James R. and Louise A. Morrison Van Doren, who predeceased him.

Mark graduated from Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. He earned a BA in mathematics from Rutgers University, an MA in mathematics from the University of Illinois, and completed ABD in genetics and development, also at the University of Illinois. He earned an AS in electronics technology from Ohio University, Lancaster. Mark loved learning and problem solving – whether in the garden, the lab, taking or teaching classes, studying bryophytes, or doing math for fun.

Mark was married for 39 years to Mary E. Van Doren, who survives him. He had five daughters, Anna (1981-1985); Helen and Greta, both of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Alice and Veronica, both of Athens. Mark is survived by three brothers, Chris (Elaine) of Maine and Florida, David (Rosmarie) of Florida, and Jon (Faith) of Tennessee. He had several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mark’s life work was his family. He was at home as much as possible when the children were young; they all learned so much from him, and he learned so much from them.

Van Idistine Murtha, Karen
Vanden Heuvel, Wayne
Vanderhoof, Stephen (stevevanderhoof@gmail.com0
Retired from VP Logistics McCollisters Transportation Systems. Living in Durham NC. (Last update 4/14/18

Velasco, Patricia (Ricia)
I’m still living in New Hampshire with my husband. I retired at age 60 and enjoy sewing / quilting, keeping up with friends and relatives by e-mail and Facebook, and folk dancing, especially contra-dancing. I have three grown children, three grandchildren, and one great grandson, all living significant distances away; it keeps me traveling! I think it is ironic that most of the Class of 68 turned 68 this year. I’m looking forward to joining all who attend our reunion in celebrating our community created over 50 years ago and nurtured by the reunion committee! (Last update 8/13/18) 40th & 50th Reunion attendee.

Victor, Robert

Vidal, Carl
Graduated from Marietta College, Marietta, OH in 1972 w/BA in History & Political Science. Happily married to Christine since 1976. Co-owner with brother Christopher (LHS ’70) of the Vidal Insurance Agency, East Hanover. Active in local community affairs & politics. All in all, I’m a happy man with a good life! (Last update 11/28/07) 50th Reunion attendee.

Vitella, Chris

Chris Vitella passed away on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.  He was born in Baltimore, June 24, 1950, the eldest son of the late Salvatore and Doris Vitella. Chris enjoyed a long and successful career as a sales executive with several notable CPG companies including Director of National Accounts at Sabra Dipping Company. He had a great love of all things baseball, most especially the Yankees, and was an avid reader of history. Favorite times were spent playing golf, reminiscing with friends of his surfing days at the Jersey Shore, spending time with friends, family and Mia his Portuguese Water Dog. Chris leaves behind his wife Judy, his beloved stepdaughters Lucia and Olivia, his Uncle Emile and Aunt Regina Vitella of Milton, DE, his cousins; Priscilla Rae of Palm Coast, FL, Joffre Lewis of Reading, PA, Gregory Lewis of Springfield, NJ, David, Thomas and Jamie Vitella of Milton Delaware and Stephen Vitella of Maine.

Chris’s most recent bio with us:
Hi all… sorry I have disappeared in recent years…have moved a few times. Now living in Greenville, SC… loving the weather… golf 24/7 when not working. Am married to a wonderful woman I met while living in the Boston area… she has two (now I do) wonderful teenage daugthers.. one in college at U of South Carolina… the other a sophomore in HS. In sales for a food company…. still love baseball but more about watching than playing. Sorry to see all the deceased members of our class. Feel free to reach out via email or phone. (Last update 1/3/08)

Vlahakes McCoy, Valerie (
Married 46 years to a wonderful, gentle, loving man. We both have worked for Hospice after retiring from academia. We love to travel, with some of our favorite destinations being Athens Greece, Santorini Greece, Paris, Anguilla, Aruba, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Utah and the National Parks in USA. Life is a wonderful adventure when you are blessed with the best partner! (Last update 10/13/17)

Von Gleich, Arthur (
My wife Elaine and I have been happily married for 43 years, have 2 sons (Ryan and Eric) and 4 beautiful grand daughters (Elise, McKenna, Christina and Alana). I had an IT career (data analysis/programming) for 21 years, now semi-retired and keeping busy managing personal rental properties. My wife and I are currently selling our home in Hopatcong and moving to Chester, NJ. (Updated 3/23/18) 40th & 50th Reunion attendee.