Brobeck, Colleen #742-CN
Capps, Helen Marie #1033-CN
Chaney, Gwen #1012-L-CN
Cone, Sue #329-L-CN
Gallant, Roger #46-CNOUT
Hansen, Virginia #412-CN
Hunter, Roy #751-N
Jordan, Barbara Ann
Klein, Jonathan Philip #650-CEC-CN
Munro, Zona G. #538-NC
Rand, Nancy G. #233-L-CNOU
Russell, Dick #971-C
Schwartz, Charlotte #119-L-CN
Segler, Joan #522-N
Shields, Pat #410-CPN
Traxler, Earl K. #15-L-NOUT
Volhard, Jack #147
Woods, Margot #368-CN
NADOI Honorary Life Member #410 C/P/N
April 29, 2019
Patricia Ann Shields, age 84 of Westerville, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019. Survived by her husband of 62 years, Jerry Shields; son Jeffrey Shields and his wife Connie of Baltimore, Ohio; grandsons: Benjamin (Rachel), Daniel (Morgan), Jacob and Jared; and her sister Mary Lewis of Tiffin, Ohio.
Pat, also known as “Charlie” to some, was very active in showing dogs for over fifty years. She was a former president of the Central Ohio Dachshund Club, a member of Central Ohio Chapter of Owner Handler Association, and also a longtime member of Columbus Allbreed Training Club.
For many years, she and her husband instructed local dog training classes for both family pets and competition dogs.
Pat was an Examiner for the NADOI Membership Committee. Over the years, her work helped many eligible applicants earn NADOI membership and certification.
NADOI Honorary Life Member #1012 C/N
December 28, 2018
On Dec 28, 2018 Gwen Chaney passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Gwen was passionate about education, mentored new mothers via La Leche League, and devoted many years toward assisting people in developing healthy relationships with their pets. Throughout her lifetime, she loved and trained Rottweilers, coordinated national Rottweiler recuse efforts, and tirelessly fought against canine breed-specific legislation.
Gwen was a long time member of NADOI, and it is with gratitude that we honor her service as our treasurer, her help with our annual Gatherings, her sound advice on canine legislative issues, her wise counsel to our board and committees, and most of all her friendship to all our members. NADOI also thanks Chip Chaney, who was always at Gwen’s side, assisted with her duties, and remains an unfailing supporter of our organization.
Nancy Geraldine Rand
NADOI Honorary Life Member #233 CNOU
June 13, 2018
Nancy Geraldine Rand was born on January 10, 1924 in Wilderville, Oregon and passed away on June 13, 2018 in Medford, Oregon. Nancy served on the NADOI Board of Directors from 1991 to 1993.
December 30, 2016
Jonathan Philip Klein, 60, died peacefully on December 30, 2016 following a recurrence of lung cancer. A UCSB graduate, Jonathan founded “I Said Sit!” school for dogs in Los Angeles, and was a highly respected member of the dog training community.
He is survived by his wife Amy Sriberg, his mother Elizabeth Burns of Los Angeles, his father Ronald Klein of Walnut Creek, California, his sister Lisa Raich of Lenexa, Kansas, and an abundance of dear friends. Donations can be made at: www.wagsandwalks.org/donate.
NADOI #147 C/N
April 10, 2016
Mary Ann Rombold-Zegenfuse (#437C/N) shared the sad news of former NADOI member Jack Volhard’s passing. Jack was very active in NADOI in the early 70s, writing a number of our NOTES articles.
Mary Ann writes, “I lost one of the most important people in my life today. My mentor in Dog training: Jack Volhard.
“I was lucky enough to have a mentor. Someone who taught me, freely, everything he knew about dog training. How dogs learn, how people learn, how to teach people and how to communicate with dogs. What a gift. He was a friend and a mentor and truly a father figure in my life. I lost my father when I was 20 and met Jack when I was 29. I lost Jack today, 30 years later. I knew Jack and had him longer in my life than I had my own Dad. This is a huge loss for me, I am selfishly grieving his loss. But he is a bigger loss for everyone, the dog training world and for his family.
“Jack’s extended family, all of us, his instructors and his students will miss him beyond measure. Jack changed my life. He and Wendy Volhard have had the biggest impact on who I became and how I live. Moving forward, I will carry Jack’s memory and his teachings with me in my heart forever. My heart is heavy from his loss yet fuller for knowing him.”
Joachim Volhard known professionally as Jack, of Culpeper, Va., an internationally recognized author and expert on dog training and the training of dog trainers, died Friday, Oct. 21, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was 80 and had suffered from symptoms of Dementia.
With his wife, Wendy, who survives him, he helped promote the Motivational Method of dog training that emphasized positive rewards for good behavior rather than punishment of bad, an approach that has since been widely adopted here and abroad. Together the Volhards wrote Dog Training for Dummies (2001), which is now in its third edition, as well as The Canine Good Citizen (1997). He also is the author and co-author with his wife of eleven other books, including What All Good Dogs Should Know (1991, with Melissa Bartlett) and what is considered by many a bible for dog trainers, Teaching Dog Obedience Classes: The Manual for Instructors (1986), as well as four instructional videotapes and DVDs and more than 150 articles for publication such as Off Lead Magazine and the AKC Gazette. Volhard received five awards from the Dog Writers’ Association of America.
Joachim Jakob Volhard was born Oct. 15, 1936, in Frankfurt, Germany, and grew up there except during World War II, when he was sent to rural eastern Germany to be safe from aerial bombardments. In 1955 he came to the United States with a scholarship to attend Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. After high school graduation he attended Georgetown College and graduated from the Georgetown Law School in 1963. He worked at the Federal Trade Commission from 1964 to 1973, the year he was appointed a Federal administrative law judge. He served as a judge hearing Social Security cases in Syracuse, N.Y., until his retirement in 2002. He then moved to Culpeper, Virginia, where he lived until his death.
For many years the Volhards were active exhibitors at dog shows, obtaining many American Kennel Club Conformation, Performance, and Obedience titles in the United States and Canada, including Dog World Awards of Canine Distinction with Landseer Newfoundlands, Yorkshire Terrier, Standard Wirehaired Dachshunds, Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherd Dogs.
A judge professionally, Volhard also served for 35 years as an American Kennel Club judge of obedience trials, in which dogs perform precision routines. He was on the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland Club of America in the 1970s.
A skilled and good-natured teacher, Volhard taught weekly obedience training classes for 30 years and also organized and taught weekend seminars on training and instructing. With Wendy he started Top Dog Training School, which starting in 1977 presented seminars all over the country, Canada and Europe and two yearly Instructing and Training camps attended by students from all over the world. Since 2003 the camps have been held at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Va.
Despite an imposing demeanor amplified by his judicial temperament, Volhard could show sympathy and humor to his sometimes rattled students when they failed to follow his precise instructions regarding footwork and leash handling. His favorite admonition, used more often than one might expect, was, “Not that left foot, the other left foot!”
In addition to his wife Wendy, he is survived by a brother, Rudiger Volhard, of Frankfurt, and two sisters, Brigitte Volhard and Gemma Boerner, who are also in Frankfurt.
Volhard will be interred in the Frankfurt Cemetery, Frankfurt, Germany in January 2017.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be send to the Rabies Challenge Fund, www.rabieschallengefund.org.
NADOI #368 C/N
August 12, 2016
On August 12, 2016, Applewoods Dog Training posted on Facebook:
“Sad to report that Margot Woods, Master Trainer, succumbed to cancer today. She was 73. A private funeral is planned but a memorial service will be held, date and time to be announced shortly.”
Helen Marie Capps
NADOI #1033 C/N
August 10, 2016
Helen worked many jobs in her life, but training and showing dogs was her life. Starting when she was 10 years old with her family dog, she spent most her life training dogs and with her sister, Pat Haas, she wrote “The Best Dog is the trained dog.”
She eventually turned dog training into a successful business.
After getting her first Brittany in 1986, she trained six Brittanys to several confirmation, obedience, agility and hunting championships. The Brittany and dog training world will miss her vibrant and helpful personality.
Helen was preceded in death by Ron, her husband of 28 years.
She is survived her sons, Alan and David Capps; sister, Pat Haas; her multiple champion Brittany, Striker; and numerous friends that she called family.
Memorial services will be held Friday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m., at Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, 901 West 2nd St., Benicia. Inurnment will be private.
Donations may be sent in Helen Capps name to the American Brittany Rescue, 731 Ridge Haven Drive, La Habra, CA 90631.
NADOI #412 C/N
April 10, 2016
Virginia Ellen Hansen, 87, of Burley, returned to the arms of Jesus and her Heavenly Father, Sunday April 10, 2016, at Parke View Rehabilitation and Care Center, in Burley.
NADOI Honorary Life Member # 329 C/N
October 2, 2015
Susan Cone (nee Knell) died in Livingston, New Jersey, on October 2, 2015, precisely one month shy of her 75th birthday. She was born on November 2, 1940 in Glen Ridge, and grew up in North Caldwell. Mrs. Cone attended high school at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts before matriculating at Cornell University, where she received a bachelor’s degree. A lifelong student of animal psychology, she volunteered for many years teaching dog obedience classes for Ramapo Kennel Club. She served as president of the Kennel Club from 1979 to 1981, and earned the Club’s Good Sportsmanship Award, Breeder’s Award, and Excellence in Obedience Award. A nationally renowned trainer of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, she was the first in the nation to earn the Obedience Trial Champion (OTCh) title on a Chesapeake, and continued on to train a total of four Chesapeakes (more than any other trainer) to the OTCh title, also earning Obedience Master 1, and Obedience Master 2 awards. Additionally, she showed her Chesapeakes in conformation competition at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York City. Mrs. Cone volunteered in a number of capacities, including the board of directors for the American Chesapeake Club (ACC), co-authored the definitive ACC book “The Chesapeake Bay Retriever,” received the ACC’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award in 2008, and at the time of her death, was the ACC liaison to National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA). Additionally, she was a member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. She worked tirelessly for the Friends of the Livingston Library for many years, coordinating book sales to raise funds, and serving as board secretary. Having been a student in the very first Emergency Medical Technician course held in New Jersey in the early 1970s, she volunteered for many years with the ambulance services in Cedar Grove and Livingston, inspiring both of her children to do the same.
Mrs. Cone is survived by a daughter, Jenny Cone Chciuk, and her children Caitlin, Kylie, and TJ; a son David, his wife Kim, and their children Ben and Andy; and a sister Jeanette Cuneo, her husband Ernie, and their children Ernie Jr,, Christa, Charlie, and Amanda. She was predeceased by her sister, Judy Hartney. At the request of the deceased, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of two organizations: The Friends of Livingston Library, online at the website http://livingston.bccls.org/ (use the “donate” button and from there, the section for memorial donations) or by mail at Friends of the Livingston Library,10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston, NJ 07039; or the National Animal Interest Alliance, online at http:// www.naiaonline.org/donate/donate.php (use the “Memorial” button), or by mail at National Animal Interest Alliance, PO Box 66579, Portland, OR 97290.
Colleen Marie Morrow Brobeck
NADOI #742 C/N
March 9, 2015
NADOI lost a longtime member in early March with the passing of Colleen Brobeck. “A wonderful representative of NADOI and obedience, and a friend.”
Colleen Marie Morrow Brobeck, 83, died after an extended illness on March 9, 2015, at Sterling House of Richmond.She was born on August 5, 1931 in Independence, Missouri to Harland R. and Martha B. Martin Morrow and had lived in the Richmond area since 1962.
She graduated from La Porte High School in LaPorte, TX and was Salutatorian of her Senior class. Following High School she worked as a Secretary in the Pentagon and later for Taub Engineering in Washington, DC, prior to marrying her husband, William R. Brobeck, in Washington, DC, on January 22, 1955.
She spent many years with her certified therapy dogs, Geben and Doozie, as a Volunteer at Reid Hospital in Richmond and at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN and continued to volunteer even after their passings. She was a member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI), Therapy Dogs Incorporated (TDInc) and the Standard Schnauzer Club of America. She was a long-time member of the Whitewater Valley Dog Obedience Club and taught many classes for the Richmond community as Director of Training. In addition she actively showed her family dogs in obedience and earned numerous titles (AKC, UKC) on various breeds including a Saint Bernard, a Cocker Spaniel, a Miniature Schnauzer, and two Standard Schnauzers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, James M. Morrow. She is survived by six children: Garren Brobeck, Laurie Jeans (H. Daniel), Teresa Brobeck, Michael Brobeck (Nancy), Patrick Brobeck (Whitney), and Matthew Brobeck (Karen). She is also survived by her brother, Robert E. Morrow, of Clearwater, FL; eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Helen Cariotis – “Colleen was a great member. Active in many ways behind the scenes and very supportive of NADOI, Therapy Dogs, and the well-trained pet dog. I’m sure she’ll be met at the Rainbow Bridge by many wagging tails.”
Marti Kincaid “She certainly will be missed! Do I remember correctly that she spoke as the after-dinner speaker at our banquet one year? That’s when I learned the difference between true therapy dogs vs. visitation dogs. She was passionate about her therapy dog work. RIP Colleen.”
Anita Crafton “She was a wonderful member and instructor. She will be missed.”
NADOI Honorary Life Member #46 C/N/O/U/T
August 21, 2013
We recently learned that Life Member Roger Gallant #46 passed away August 21, 2013 after a four year battle with cancer. Our condolences go out to his widow, Helen. Leave your tribute here: www.englewoodfh.com/obituaries/Roger-Gallant/
Our members remember Roger:
Roger was my first obedience instructor. The person who got me hooked on the sport and a great friend. So sorry to hear this. -Sue Krom
So sorry to hear the sad news. I really enjoyed Roger as a judge, friend and sometime instructor. One of my highest scores was earned under Roger, 199.5 Open A with a Lhasa. When he awarded me the ribbon he said it was a 200 performance but he didn’t believe any team was perfect. This was before the OTCH and 200’s. Many happy memories. R.I.P. Roger – Fran Tardif
Roger was one of the very first judges I showed under with my Novice A dog. During the years we lived in Connecticut, both my husband and I showed under him many times. My fondest memory, though, is from a presentation he gave at a sheltie symposium in the very early 1980’s. He was talking about teaching a retrieve, and demonstrated one way he taught it. After getting the dog interested in a rubber ball, he drilled a hole through the ball and inserted a dowel. Over time, continuing to play ball with the dog, he would take slices off the ball to make it smaller and smaller. Eventually, he told us, the dog would be picking up the just the dowel. I have to admit, at the time, I thought that was one of the silliest things I had ever heard of. I still laugh at the picture in my mind of a dog picking up a sliced up rubber ball with a dowel through it, but now I can see the progression he was using. RIP, Roger. – Linda Lundgren
NADOI Honorary Life Member #119 C/N
September 5, 2011
Charlotte’s involvement with dogs began very early in her life. While many of our members were not fortunate enough to have met Charlotte in person, her willingness to share her knowledge and expertise through her involvement in NADOI has benefited us all. Many members commented on how they looked forward to each issue of FORWARD where they would read Charlotte’s column first. Charlotte’s rapport with both her students and their dogs shines in every column. Several members have memories of interacting with Charlotte at NADOI Annual Meetings or on various committees. She was seen as “well informed, opinionated and most often right!” Chris McKelvey remembers Charlotte teaching her how to gamble during a riverboat night while both were in St. Louis at a NADOI conference.
Charlotte ran Brandy Lane D.T.S in New Jersey for many years. During this period of time Charlotte became the mentor and teacher of long-time NADOI member Nancy Brayton. Nancy recalls that Charlotte was using food in training long before anyone else and people would laugh at her. It worked though, as under Charlotte’s tutelage, Nancy put OTCHs on two shepherds and had the first OTCH MACH in the country. When Charlotte tired of the New Jersey winters and moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, she turned Brandy Lane D.T.S. over to Nancy.
June 26, 1929 to September 5, 2011
NADOI recently lost a valued member with Charlotte Schwartz ‘ death. Charlotte was a life member of NADOI, having served the organization in many ways over the years. Charlotte wrote a regular column, That One Particular Person, for FORWARD, NADOI’s quarterly publication. It seems only appropriate to dedicate this memorial article to That One Particular Person: Charlotte Schwartz.
When I was collecting remembrances of Charlotte, fellow NADOI member Marlene Stachowiak had the following to say: “Charlotte loved NADOI almost as much as she enjoyed teaching classes. She told me she planned on teaching as long as she lives. She reached that goal.” Page 5 of NADOI News November / December 2011 Nancy remembers Charlotte teaching her to use her imagination when training and to be willing to try a new approach when something wasn’t working.
Although Charlotte did trial, she was not as interested in training for competition as she was in promoting bonds between dogs and their owners. Charlotte was a tireless advocate for the human-animal bond. She was always willing to help a fellow NADOI member and several members sent their puppy-buyers, and even family members, to Charlotte for assistance in training. When she moved to Florida, unlike most people who retire to Florida, Charlotte continued to train and teach. She offered classes through Coral Vet Clinic and continued to write. While many NADOI members know that Charlotte was a prolific writer of dog books and articles, probably not many know that she also wrote romance novels! Despite the fact that Charlotte did make the transition from a typewriter to a computer, she preferred to write her letters by hand rather than e-mail.
She stayed active in other ways as well. Charlotte quilted and friends and families were the recipients of her beautiful quilts. One of her quilts can be viewed on her memorial page: www.valleyoflife.com/charlotteschwartz. One of Charlotte’s students in Ft. Myers, became a close friend. When Annette Arnold called me to tell me of Charlotte’s death, we had a wonderful conversation about Charlotte and her impact upon those who knew her. Annette first met Charlotte when she enrolled her poodle, LillyAnn, in a class. LillyAnn was from a less than reputable breeder and health issues resulted in her being euthanized shortly after the class. Not to be deterred, Annette obtained another poodle and enrolled in another class. She eventually became Charlotte’s assistant in classes. Charlotte’s beloved black toy poodle, Berry, now makes his home with Annette.
Charlotte exemplified the best of NADOI – she believed strongly in humane training and in the value of education. Sue Hill, a NADOI member from Australia, wrote the following:
I first made contact with Charlotte in 1979 when I applied to NADOI to become a member, Charlotte who was education officer at the time quickly realised I did not have the qualifications necessary to become a member and so offered to help me by sending general training information and lesson plans from her school, Brandy Lane. After a year of constant contact she invited me to visit the U.S to stay with her and learn firsthand about her training methods – and so began a long and fulfilling friendship spanning over 30 years. In 1980 I stayed with Charlotte for 3 weeks during which time she gave freely of her knowledge and spent many hours filling my head with wondrous new ideas about all aspects of training. I was like a sponge soaking up as much information as I could stack into my brain in a short time.
Previously the only way I had known how to train was with abusive, and very negative methods. It had been the ruination of a very normal dog that had made me question the method I had been using and that surely there had to be another and better way to train, one shouldn’t have to ruin a dog to achieve obedience titles. During my initial stay in America I attended Charlotte’s View from the Floor and it was that weekend which convinced me that this was the way for me to go in the future. It was as if someone had turned on a very bright light bulb. With Charlotte’s long range support, I came home to Tasmania, Australia and at Charlotte’s request began to train from scratch a young German Shepherd pup I had bred and who had had no training prior to my U.S. trip. In 9 months Zargan had earned his CD, CDX and was ready to compete in his first UD Trial when he died unexpectedly of bloat aged at about 20 months. I had begun to take students and form classes and with Charlotte’s help and many phone calls I had got myself and the school organised. My students soon began trialing their dogs and collected scores which had never been seen before. People were amazed at how happy these dogs were and how precisely they worked. Surely it was some trick, it had been suggested that we had secret things attached to our body – like food hidden in socks!! It was not long before I felt it was time to go back to Brandy Lane and make sure I was still on track with teaching methods, and it was on that return trip that Charlotte very quietly told me I was now ready to apply for membership to NADOI.! I brought the application forms home and then began the long procedure to answer the exam questions which were later sent. Because our rules were different, I supplied rule books for the examiners and with fingers crossed my papers were sent. A few months later Charlotte made the first of many visits to Australia and brought with her my NADOI membership certificate which today hangs in pride of place in my training room!! Charlotte presented her View from the Floor at my school, and as we say here, she knocked quite a few people for six. I had invited everyone who I knew was involved with dog training to attend. There were many doubters of course, but after a while those people found they had been left behind and so many later sought my help, and today they still carry the message.
I started several schools in various areas of this State, teaching people who had come to me and who were proficient with their own dogs. When I knew they could manage I handed over the schools to them and they continue to run today. Charlotte was an extraordinarily generous person who gave freely of her knowledge to anyone who asked. Her attitude to life was to be envied, her clarity of thinking, her logic, her wisdom, she expected only the best and in return received only the best. I spent much time with her over the years, both here in Australia where she did much of her writing in the office I set up for her in my home and now use as my own. Her company during those hours of writing was George, a white sulphur crested cockatoo, which I had given her one Christmas. Her dog companion was my shepherd Degen who decided Charlotte was great company and while she was here, would spend hours in the office with George pecking at his hair.
Charlotte for some years spent 6 months in Australia, leaving her winter months to enjoy our summer climate and in the 6 months between visits, I would often join her for short periods of time when we would do seminars together. When she was with me she taught classes in my school, she went bird watching, she did a calligraphy course which I was brow beaten to attend with her!! and we spent many happy weekends at my beachside house where Charlotte in the evening cooked chicken and steaks on the barbecue and enjoyed her pre dinner HOT Bloody Mary. “The hotter the better” she would say as she tipped in the tabasco sauce. Charlotte will be remembered by many people in Australia, and her influence has spread widely as she improved the life of many hundreds of dogs. When I received Brett, her grandson’s phone call at 3 am, I knew sadly I had lost my greatest friend and mentor. My promise is, I will carry on her ideals to the best of my ability, and I will continue to make dogs lives better. Rest in Peace my friend. — Sue Hill
Charlotte had many achievements during her lifetime but the most lasting will be the legacy she has left to her family and many friends. Lives of countless dogs (and their owners) have been improved because of Charlotte’s willingness to continue to learn and share that knowledge. We are all richer for having known her.
NADOI #971 C
January 6, 2011
NADOI has lost another unforgettable member and friend. Dick Russell of Greenwell Springs, LA, passed away January 6, 2011 after a 6 year battle with cancer. The popular dog trainer was featured in an article in Baton Rouge’s 225 Magazine just days before his passing. Read the story HERE.
NADOI #751 N
December 23, 2010
Those of us who had the good fortune to learn and train with Roy Hunter know first hand the joy he found in working with dogs and in teaching us to love to work with dogs. The world of dog behavior and training lost this great man on December 23, 2010. After a long illness, Roy passed away with his beloved wife, Lois, at his side. Roy was always a character and an inspiration to everyone he met. His creativity in teaching made his work fun for both man and beast. As a treasured friend for many years, I will miss him. As a trainer of trainers, his expertise and skill will not soon be forgotten.
Today, nearly 20 years after their first publication, Roy’s books, “Fun and Games with Dogs,” “Fun Nosework for Dogs,” “More Fun and Games with Dogs,” and “FUNctional Dog Training”, are still best sellers and are relied on by more professional trainers now than ever before.
Roy’s legacy to our field – bringing a sense of play to the work, creating a partnership with our dogs, using insight and wisdom in training – is as valuable today as it was when he first began teaching. His books are a gift he leaves for us all.
Memorial services will be held at Stambourne Chapel, Stambourne, Halstead, UK, January 17, 2011, @1345 hrs
Barbara Ann Jordan
December 28, 2010
By Robert Jordan. My mother, Barbara Ann Jordan, became interested in training dogs in the late 50’s. By 1966, she had started making dog shows all over the Texas Panhandle, up to Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. I even accompanied her on a few of the shows, and on occasion even helped put one of our collies through the obedience trials. We had a sable and a blue merle collie, along with a couple of German shepherds. She was, at one time, a member of the Panhandle Kennel Club. At some point in the mid to late 60’s, she also began to hold training classes for dog owners who wanted to learn how to train their pets. This was her love for many years, teaching others and watching their successes. She was very proud of her membership in NADOI, and I remember (hopefully correctly) how she pointed out that she was the first woman member of NADOI in the Midwest. I can’t prove this, and will only state what she told me years ago. She died in New Mexico in 2010 at 82 years of age. There are so many friends she had over the years, who will attest to how much she loved animals, and training them.
Zona G. Munro
NADOI #538 N/C
August 12, 2007
Zona Munro died August 12, 2007. Zona had the above quilt made with some of her show ribbons. Many memories were attached to that quilt and it became one of her prized possessions. Zona dealt with macular degeneration for several years and was legally blind. Recently she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and was receiving chemotherapy, but her love of her dogs and the sharing of that love kept her going. Friends would pick her up and take her to classes and her beloved nursing home duties. Her friend brought her to our meeting in Ohio a few years ago, because it was reasonably close to home and they were able to get there by car.
Memorials can be made to Dogs for the Deaf, 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502; www.dogsforthedeaf.org . Zona retired as a hearing technician in the speech and hearing department of the Tiffin City Schools.
Jean S. Palas
NADOI member # 751
Our condolences go to her daughter, Marilyn Rumschlag.
NADOI #522 N
March 25, 2006
Joan Segler passed away on March 25, 2006 after battling a digestive tract illness related to Crohn’s disease. Joan was 70 years old and was a NADOI member for more than 25 years. Until her retirement, Joan was a graphic artist with International Paper Company. Her home business, “The Patch Place,” created beautiful, full-color embroidered patches and she designed many annual-gethering logos for NADOI over the years. For as long as anyone can remember, Joan managed NADOI’s logo items; she also served on NADOI’s Board of Directors. She was completely selfless in her work for NADOI, but she was never afraid to make her opinions known for the improvement of the organization.
For much of her life, Joan was a dog trainer who was known for her creativity in motivating students and colleagues. She was a board member of Dog Scouts of America as well as a camp instructor. Joan established Heartland Dog Training Center in Peoria Heights, Illinois, where she taught training classes in puppy through Utility, Water Rescue, and Field Training. Her organization will go on with the help of her trainers and assistants.
Earl K. Traxler
NADOI Honorary Life Member #15 N/O/U/T
February 23, 2004
Earl Traxler, one of NADOI’s longest standing members, passed away on February 23, 2004. His daughter, Judy, said, “He was proud of his association with NADOI and valued the friendship and camraderie of his many years with the group.” Earl was honored with Life Membership in 1995.
His smiling face will be missed by all at our annual gatherings.