We Remember

Many caring individuals, Leaders and others who have influenced LLL, have worked with La Leche League since our founding in 1956. On this page, we pay tribute to some of them who have died. If you know of someone who is missing from this list, please send us the information.

"So as we live, they too shall live. . . for they are now a part of us, as we remember them"

from the prayer "We Remember Them" included in The Gates of Prayer, published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Memorials

2011 We Remember Ceremony
A We Remember Ceremony was held at the Chapel of Our Lady of La Leche on November 11, 2011 during the Alumnae Trip to St. Augustine. LLL Founders Mary Ann Cahill, Mary Ann Kerwin, and Marian Tompson read names of Leaders who passed during 2008-2011. The history of this custom, names and photos are in the program. Here are two videos from that ceremony. The video quality is not good, but you can get a feel for the event.
History of the Ceremony by Fran Dereszynski
Reading of the Names by Founders, "We Remember Them" prayer led by Pam Oselka

2013 We Remember Ceremony
A We Remember Ceremony was held at the Chapel, Hotel Albuquerque on October 25, 2013 during the Alumnae Trip to New Mexico. LLL co-Founders Mary Ann Kerwin and Marian Tompson read names of Leaders who passed during 2011-2013. The history of this custom, names and photos are in the program. Here are two videos from that ceremony.
History of the Ceremony by Edna Kelly
Reading of the Names by Founders, "We Remember Them" was prayer led by Joan Crothers and Susan Thomas

Below are articles from La Leche League publications as well as tributes written by friends.

Barbara Lawson Boston ~ Virginia United States (d. 2014)
Robert A. Bradley MD (d. 1998)
Father of Husband-Coached Childbirth; one of LLL's early influences
Jane Brown (d. 1993)
Judy Burlock ~ Saskatchewan Canada (d. 2012)
Ann Cagigas ~ Virginia United States (d. 2015)
Mary Ann Cahill ~ Illinois United States (d. 2014)
Debra Campbell RN ~ Pennsylvania United States (d. 2013)
Louise Chambers ~ New Jersey United States (d. 2016)
Vickie Cleaveland ~ Georgia United States (d. 2004)
Betty Ann Countryman ~ Indiana United States (d. 2013)
Jean B. Davis ~ Wisconsin United States (d. 2002)
Ann Dawson (d. 2002)
Lynn Day ~ Arizona United States (d. 2011)
Jennifer Deaven ~ Wisconsin United States (d. 2011)
Leslie DelGigante ~ Ohio United States (d. 2013)
Jayne Digby-New ~ North Carolina United States (d. 2011)
Mary Dobratz ~ Nebraska United States (d. 1993)
Georgia Duncan ~ Kansas United States (d. 2013)
Teresa Edwards ~ Virginia United States (d. 2017)
Dona Sue Ellenwood ~ Arkansas United States (d. 2011)
Faith Ewald ~ Illinois United States (d. 2013)
Carol Forest ~ Massachusetts United States (d. 2014)
Jalelah Fraley ~ California United States (d. 2011)
Patricia Gandt ~ Massachusetts United States (d. 2009)
Karin Gausman ~ Colorado United States (d. 2016)
Carmae Marie Gessele ~ North Dakota United States (d. 2001)
Phyllis Goerling ~ Illinois United States (d. 2012)
Marilyn Hampton ~ Nebraska United States (d. 1997)
Susan Hanson ~ North Carolina United States (d. 2016)
Marilyn Hein ~ Kansas United States (d. 2015)
Dr Ann Hennessy ~ Maryland United States (d. 2008)
Angela Jarboe ~ Texas United States (d. 2001)
Diana Jeffery ~ Colorado United States (d. 2015)
Roberta Bishop Johnson Esq. ~ Illinois United States (d. 2000)
Bess Jones ~ New York United States (d. 2015)
Shirley Junk ~ Alberta Canada (d. 2015)
Ellen Kadden ~ Connecticut United States (d. 2014)
Beverly Ann Karpenski Karl ~ New Jersey United States (d. 2012)
Jan Kiefer ~ Indiana United States (d. 2011)
Charmaine Klabisch ~ Illinois United States (d. 2003)
Crete Kochanek ~ Connecticut United States (d. 2012)
Nancy Lehrer ~ New York United States (d. 2015)
Mrs. Marcella Lowe ~ Missouri United States (d. 2011)
Kathy Lyons ~ Texas United States (d. 2015)
Patricia Martens ~ Manitoba Canada (d. 2015)
Julie McNaughton ~ Waikato New Zealand (d. 2016)
Chris Mulford ~ Pennsylvania United States (d. 2011)
Dorothy Murphy ~ Indiana United States (d. 2013)
Sally Hartung Murphy ~ Illinois United States (d. 2013)
Mary Lavay Netsell ~ Wisconsin United States (d. 2006)
Stacey Novak ~ Pennsylvania United States (d. 2015)
Lysandra O'Donal ~ North Carolina United States (d. 2015)
Karen Osterlund ~ California United States (d. 2014)
Camille formerly Mildred Paltauf Pace ~ Connecticut United States (d. 2012)
Beth Pendleton ~ New Jersey United States (d. 2016)
Barbara Popper ~ Massachusetts United States (d. 2013)
Margot Pordes ~ Connecticut United States (d. 2016)
Regina Radish ~ Texas United States (d. 2013)
Diana Reardon ~ Texas United States (d. 2015)
Nancy Salzinger ~ Ohio United States (d. 2014)
Kathleen Sardi ~ Pennsylvania United States (d. 2013)
Nikki Simmons ~ Missouri United States (d. 2015)
Lisa Slush ~ Texas United States (d. 2014)
Margaret “Peggy” (Yohe) Snyder ~ New Jersey United States (d. 2014)
Linda Terrel ~ Indiana United States (d. 2014)
Judy Torgus ~ Illinois United States (d. 2014)
Charlene Tracy ~ Arizona United States (d. 2007)
Pat Trautman ~ New Mexico United States (d. 2016)
Cindy Tuttle ~ Indiana United States (d. 2012)
Ethel-Marie Underhill ~ Colorado United States (d. 2014)
Rosie Van Raemdonck ~ West-Vlaanderen Belgium (d. 2011)
Susan Vermeire ~ Ohio United States (d. 2017)
Carolina Evans Villa ~ Florida United States (d. 2016)
Mary Jane Wahl ~ Pennsylvania United States (d. 2015)
Shirley Walker ~ Auckland New Zealand (d. 2014)
Mary "Peggy" Webber ~ North Carolina United States (d. 2016)
Peggy Webber Inclc ~ North Carolina United States (d. 2016)
Mary White ~ Illinois United States (d. 2016)
Karen Zeretzke ~ Louisiana United States (d. 2013)

We Remember Leaders ...

2017

Teresa Edwards ~ Virginia United States
Susan Vermeire ~ Ohio United States

2016

Alice Barbiere ~ New Jersey United States
Beth Pendleton ~ New Jersey United States
Michelle Barone ~ California United States
Margot Pordes ~ Connecticut United States
Louise Chambers ~ New Jersey United States
Dotti Savoy ~ Missouri United States
Kate Coller ~ New York United States
Pat Trautman ~ New Mexico United States
Karin Gausman ~ Colorado United States
Carolina Evans Villa ~ Florida United States
Susan Hanson ~ North Carolina United States
Judith Weakley ~ New Zealand
Gisèle Laviolle ~ France
Peggy Webber Inclc ~ North Carolina United States
Maryann McIntyre ~ Massachusetts United States
Mary "Peggy" Webber ~ North Carolina United States
Julie McNaughton ~ Waikato New Zealand
Mary White ~ Illinois United States
Georgianna Moore ~ California United States
Rita Woodward ~ Texas United States

2015

Ann Cagigas ~ Virginia United States
Kathy Lyons ~ Texas United States
Rosemary Gauld ~ South Africa
Patricia Martens ~ Manitoba Canada
Marilyn Hein ~ Kansas United States
Stacey Novak ~ Pennsylvania United States
Diana Jeffery ~ Colorado United States
Lysandra O'Donal ~ North Carolina United States
Bess Jones ~ New York United States
Diana Reardon ~ Texas United States
Shirley Junk ~ Alberta Canada
Averil Sheehan ~ New Zealand
Phyllis Klenk ~ Michigan United States
Nikki Simmons ~ Missouri United States
Nancy Lehrer ~ New York United States
Mary Jane Wahl ~ Pennsylvania United States

2014

Barbara Lawson Boston ~ Virginia United States
Lisa Slush ~ Texas United States
Mary Ann Cahill ~ Illinois United States
Margaret “Peggy” (Yohe) Snyder ~ New Jersey United States
Carol Forest ~ Massachusetts United States
Linda Terrel ~ Indiana United States
Ellen Kadden ~ Connecticut United States
Judy Torgus ~ Illinois United States
Karen Osterlund ~ California United States
Ethel-Marie Underhill ~ Colorado United States
Nancy Salzinger ~ Ohio United States
Shirley Walker ~ Auckland New Zealand

2013

Debra Campbell RN ~ Pennsylvania United States
Barbara Jo Peterson ~ Colorado United States
Betty Ann Countryman ~ Indiana United States
Barbara Popper ~ Massachusetts United States
Leslie DelGigante ~ Ohio United States
Regina Radish ~ Texas United States
Georgia Duncan ~ Kansas United States
Kathleen Sardi ~ Pennsylvania United States
Faith Ewald ~ Illinois United States
Marilyn Swirzky ~ Ohio United States
Dorothy Murphy ~ Indiana United States
Sarah Williams ~ North Carolina United States
Sally Hartung Murphy ~ Illinois United States
Karen Zeretzke ~ Louisiana United States

2012

Julie Anderson ~ Minnesota United States
Camille formerly Mildred Paltauf Pace ~ Connecticut United States
Kathleen Bertrand ~ North Carolina United States
Loraine Reid ~ Canterbury New Zealand
Judy Burlock ~ Saskatchewan Canada
Jeanie Salyer ~ California United States
Phyllis Goerling ~ Illinois United States
Linda Skelton ~ Auckland New Zealand
Sheri Lorraine Jahner ~ Texas United States
Christine J Tharion ~ Massachusetts United States
Beverly Ann Karpenski Karl ~ New Jersey United States
Maria (Jose Posada) Torres ~ Colombia
Juliet Kauffman ~ Michigan United States
Cindy Tuttle ~ Indiana United States
Crete Kochanek ~ Connecticut United States

2011

Janis Lin Bair ~ Kansas United States
Jan Kiefer ~ Indiana United States
Jeanne Marie Bock ~ New Jersey United States
Mrs. Marcella Lowe ~ Missouri United States
Lynn Day ~ Arizona United States
Johanne Mann ~ United Kingdom
Jennifer Deaven ~ Wisconsin United States
Diane Matlock ~ South Africa
Jayne Digby-New ~ North Carolina United States
Chris Mulford ~ Pennsylvania United States
Dona Sue Ellenwood ~ Arkansas United States
Alyce Tylicki ~ Wisconsin United States
Jalelah Fraley ~ California United States
Rosie Van Raemdonck ~ West-Vlaanderen Belgium
Sharon Frigiola ~ Pennsylvania United States

2010

Kathy Baker ~ Illinois United States
Viola Lennon ~ Illinois United States
Wendy Batchelor ~ New Zealand
RivkA Matitya ~ Israel
Barb Fore ~ Michigan United States
Darlene Nicholson ~ Kansas United States
Karen Heimes ~ Nebraska United States
Nell Ryan ~ Illinois United States
Linda Hoyes ~ United Kingdom
Tine Thevenin ~ Minnesota United States

2009

Nancy (Keeler) Katzon ~ Pennsylvania United States
Patricia Gandt ~ Massachusetts United States
Marilyn Coull ~ Canada
Jane Haines ~ Massachusetts United States
Kristine Fera ~ Connecticut United States
Phyllis Sawyer ~ Maine United States

2008

Gail Berke ~ Massachusetts United States
Marsha Robison ~ Oklahoma United States
Sarah Brown ~ United Kingdom
Carol Rudzinski ~ Indiana United States
Deirdre Eggleton ~ Texas United States
Megan Stendebach ~ Texas United States
Edwina Froehlich ~ Illinois United States
Anne Sutherland ~ California United States
Dr Ann Hennessy ~ Maryland United States
Betty Wagner Spandikow ~ Illinois United States
Cathay Knipscher ~ New Jersey United States
Jessi Wilson ~ Tennessee United States
Noreen Cary Mills ~ New York United States

2007

Martha Bevis ~ Texas United States
Sue Neal ~ New Zealand
Becky Davidson ~ Kansas United States
Elizabeth Norton ~ New Zealand
Maggie Diamond ~ California United States
Julie Quickmire ~ New Jersey United States
Cathy Godbey ~ Tennessee United States
Cindy Rindone ~ Massachusetts United States
Debbie Hodson ~ New Zealand
Victoria (Vicky) Seymour ~ New Zealand
Diane Jurich ~ California United States
Anita Taylor ~ New York United States
Debbie McKinney ~ North Carolina United States
Charlene Tracy ~ Arizona United States
Peggy Mikol ~ North Carolina United States
Marguerite Winzinger ~ New Jersey United States
Gail Mraz ~ Minnesota United States

2006

Molly Banta ~ Michigan United States
Majella Hyland ~ Ireland
Katherine Brown ~ Michigan United States
Leigh Johnson ~ California United States
Christina de Carles ~ Panama
Betsy Knight ~ Illinois United States
Patricia DeVilbiss ~ Ohio United States
Mary Lavay Netsell ~ Wisconsin United States
Weibke Gehle ~ Germany
Donna Nordin ~ Pennsylvania United States
Judy Good ~ Florida United States
Chris Reynolds ~ Ohio United States
Lavinia (Vin) Healy ~ New Zealand
JoAnne Scott ~ Virginia United States
Sherry Hein Reese ~ California United States
Nancy Stanton ~ Florida United States

2005

Rita Biton ~ Israel
Peggy Nitsos ~ Oregon United States
Marj Brustad ~ Washington United States
Ruth Pantland ~ United Kingdom
Frieda Cherri ~ Florida United States
Christy Redenz ~ Georgia United States
Laraine Dearnley ~ New Zealand
Ruth Robertson ~ Pennsylvania United States
Betsey Duffy ~ New Jersey United States
Barbara St. Germain ~ Rhode Island United States
Rita L. Kaiser ~ Indiana United States
Lynne Swoope ~ Florida United States
Kathleen Leeper Musser ~
Heather Champa Tweit ~ Minnesota United States
Gaylene Miller ~ Nevada United States
Heather Tweit ~ Minnesota United States
Sandra Naerig ~ Switzerland

2004

Barbara Briggs Tucker ~ Colorado United States
Alice Countryman ~ Indiana United States
Vickie Cleaveland ~ Georgia United States
Ann Mersmann ~ Missouri United States
Mary Cossman ~ New York United States
Frances Nieves ~ Puerto Rico

2003

Liz Baldwin ~ Florida United States
Susan Loughmiller ~ Idaho United States
Linda Benson ~ Illinois United States
Vicki Lowe ~ Michigan United States
Nicki Ingham ~ Florida United States
Rita Richardson ~ Canada
Charmaine Klabisch ~ Illinois United States
Eileen Sullivan ~ Illinois United States

2002

Joan Belof ~ Florida United States
Charlotte Palumbo ~ Illinois United States
Connie Berkey ~ Ohio United States
Ruth Schaeffer ~ New Jersey United States
Rosa Burgos ~ Dominican Republic
Kathy Tiegland ~ Iowa United States
Jean B. Davis ~ Wisconsin United States
Libby Waters ~ Oregon United States
Ann Dawson ~ Canada
Carol Wolfe ~ California United States
Dawn Fengler ~ New Hampshire United States

2001

Virginia Bannister ~ California United States
Pat Kufeldt ~ Virginia United States
Sarah Friend Barnett ~ New York United States
Missy Lewis ~ Texas United States
Shirley Benjamin ~ Illinois United States
Hannah Lothrop ~ Germany
Martha Bertrand ~ California United States
Judy Maier ~ Ohio United States
Cammy Dye ~ Michigan United States
Michelle McCown ~ Oklahoma United States
Carmae Marie Gessele ~ North Dakota United States
Martha Pugacz ~ Ohio United States
Colleen Gordon ~ New Zealand
Doris Simons ~ Ohio United States
Angela Jarboe ~ Texas United States
Jennifer Wyborne Price ~ New Zealand

2000

Linda Basmajian ~ Massachusetts United States
Pat Hillard ~ Iowa United States
Barbara Berger ~ Massachusetts United States
Stefanie Humby ~ South Africa
Ellen Beurskens ~ Illinois United States
Roberta Bishop Johnson Esq. ~ Illinois United States
Joyce Boonlom ~ Arizona United States
Christine Pearson ~ New Zealand
Kaye Banister D'Ambrosio ~ Pennsylvania United States
Eleanor Randall ~ Illinois United States
Janice Ferderer ~ Minnesota United States
Susie Robinson ~ Connecticut United States
Barbara Fulcher ~ Iowa United States
Anna Treder ~ Michigan United States
Judith Geiger ~ Florida United States
Kathy Warmbier ~ California United States

1999

Terrell Graham ~ Kansas United States
Marilyn Yoder ~ Indiana United States
Celeste Kent ~ California United States
Betsy Young ~ New York United States
Sheryl Mueller ~ Nebraska United States
Joan Zinda ~ California United States
Pat Thomas ~ New Zealand

1998

Patty Bucheimer ~ Maryland United States
Inge Thomoddson ~ Luxembourg
Una O'Connor ~ Ireland
Marie Wilkinson ~ Massachusetts United States
Terri Roses ~ Oregon United States
Ruth Wright ~ Iowa United States
Ellie Tabeek ~ Massachusetts United States

1997

Joyce Cavallaro ~ Ohio United States
Bernice Mills ~ New Zealand
Liz Crofts ~ Connecticut United States
Irene O'Connor ~ New Zealand
Marilyn Hampton ~ Nebraska United States
Christine Orciuch ~ California United States
Patty Hancock ~ Montana United States
Mary Stewart ~ Indiana United States
Linda Komar ~ Ohio United States
Rene Tucker ~ Arkansas United States
Anne Marie Sullivan ~ Colorado United States
Anita Wright ~ New Zealand

1996

Monique Cormier-Fortini ~ Canada
Kay Pavlic ~ Ohio United States
Rita Lane ~ Maryland United States
Christine VanLenten ~ New Jersey United States
Nicole Marinier-Gagne ~ Canada
Susan Wallace ~ Texas United States
Irene McNeil ~ New Zealand
Maxine Winegarner ~ Georgia United States

1995

Norma Campa ~ Illinois United States
Barbara Smith ~ Kansas United States
Mary Eason ~ Florida United States
Adrienne Tierney ~ New Mexico United States
Liz Klehr ~ Georgia United States

1994

Annette Anderson ~ Massachusetts United States
Rene Tucker ~ Arkansas United States
Beatrice Leyes ~ Ohio United States
Jan Tucker ~ Wisconsin United States
Evelyne Lienard ~ France
Jane Tully ~ Illinois United States
Dianna Miller ~ Illinois United States

1993

Jane Brown ~ United Kingdom
Kathleen Steudler ~ Pennsylvania United States
Mary Dobratz ~ Nebraska United States

1992

Sheila Basler ~ New Jersey United States
Barbara Jennings ~ California United States
Beth Brenneis ~ Kansas United States
Jane Newell ~ Illinois United States
Anne Carducci ~ Maryland United States
Susan Noffsinger ~ North Carolina United States
Suzy Dodd ~ Tennessee United States
Rivka Servetnik ~ Israel

1990

Hilary Dickson ~ New Zealand
Judy Owen ~ Texas United States
Lori Estreicher Frank ~ Connecticut United States
Robin Santos ~ Massachusetts United States
Linda Lambert ~ Arkansas United States
V. Denise Williams-Wallace ~ Georgia United States

1989

Candace Kakel ~ Maryland United States
Dee Matchette ~ Arizona United States
Marilyn Luspin ~ Texas United States
Judy Rapp ~ Ohio United States
Pat Mader ~ Pennsylvania United States
Bobby Sand ~ New Hampshire United States

1988

Joanna Dwerryhouse ~ New Zealand
Mabel O'Donnell ~ California United States
Bettiane Hever ~ New Jersey United States
Andrea Patterson ~ New Mexico United States
Linda Hindel ~ Maine United States
Terry Ridge ~ Ireland
Debbie Leonetti ~ New Jersey United States

1987

Caren Dunn ~ California United States
Mary Lou Walters OH ~
Daphne Moran ~ Ireland
Wilda Webber ~ Louisiana United States

1986

Diane Driz ~ Illinois United States
Judy Jensen ~ New Zealand
Alice Egan ~ Georgia United States
Elenore Kachline ~ Pennsylvania United States
Sandra Heinrich ~ Pennsylvania United States
Malinda Sawyer ~ Missouri United States

1985

Karen LaKamp ~ Nebraska United States
Elsie Rudger ~ Rhode Island United States
Linda Pellerin ~ Ontario Canada
Jean Stellpflug ~ Wisconsin United States
Emily Rapp ~ Arizona United States
Margaret Walker ~ United Kingdom

1984

Maura McGulgan ~ Maryland United States
Barbara Van Horn ~ Pennsylvania United States

1983

Carol Holmboe ~ Maryland United States

1981

Rita Midura ~ New Jersey United States

1980

Gloria Eilts ~ Connecticut United States
Patricia Stuart ~ Wisconsin United States
Vera Garrett ~ South Africa

1978

Barbara Meeker ~ Georgia United States

1977

Cushia Atkin ~ New Zealand
Jane Lieberman ~ Georgia United States
Linda Lehrer ~ Massachusetts United States

1975

Phyllis Schmeckle ~ Vermont United States

1974

Jenny Redford ~ Florida United States

1973

Marilyn Laurence ~ Arizona United States
Esther Wolf ~ Colorado United States
Vicky Watson ~ Arizona United States

1970

Ellen Hubbard ~ Michigan United States

1969

Abigail Calvin ~ California United States
Mary Ann Kasten ~ Illinois United States

1965

Frances Gonzalez ~ Puerto Rico
Margaret Porter ~ North Carolina United States
Lael Birch ~ Utah United States
Kathleen Pearce ~ New Zealand
Sandy Gray ~ Colorado United States
Hanni Selig ~ Switzerland
Linda Komar ~ Ohio United States
Pat Viera ~ Missouri United States
Marlies Langenegger-Mühlestein ~ Switzerland