Phil “Doc” Knall

Dr. Philip A. Knall III passed peacefully into heaven on August 15, 2023, the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary being Assumed into Heaven. Phil was comforted with love and surrounded by his wife, his 3 children, family, and dear friends. Phil was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 1, 1949 and moved to Phoenix over 40 years ago.

Phil graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry before moving to Arizona to start his own dental practice. As a successful and well-respected dentist in Phoenix for over 20 years, Phil (or Doc as many called him) also made time to do the things he loved: golfing, watching his Buckeyes, sailing his sailboat in San Diego, and flying after obtaining his pilot’s license. Phil lived life to the fullest, but Ohio State Football and golf were his absolute favorites. Phil was the founder of The Ohio State Alumni Club-Phoenix Chapter in 1980. In 1986 he became a vital Active member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, eventually becoming a Life Member.

Our amazing Phil showed great courage, strength, determination and effort as he dealt with his more difficult health challenges. He was a warrior and did it with grace. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Phil’s name to: Muhammed Ali Parkinson’s Center; The Thunderbirds Charities; or Ohio State Phoenix Alumni Chapter. Phil’s Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday Sept. 27, 2023 at his favorite local bar HB Hanratty’s Pub in Phoenix from 4:00–7:00 pm.

[Excerpted with gratitude from: Messinger Mortuaries; see full obituary:]

Michael E. Hill

Michael Edward Hill, 73, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away yesterday morning, May 4. Mike was born on October 2, 1949 in Lancaster, Ohio. He graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in 1967, and he went on to study and graduate from both Franklin and The Ohio State Universities.
On June 1, 1973 Michael married our classmate Debbie Bush, who survives him; they went on to have 3 children, of whom he is well proud.
Calling hours will be held at Egan-Ryan Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Road, this Sunday, May 7, 2–5pm.
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Martha Johnson Miller

Martha J. Miller, 73, passed away suddenly on December 7, 2022 in Columbus. Martha grew up in Worthington, where she formed numerous lifelong, treasured friendships. She is survived by her husband Terry Miller, her son Tim Miller and her brother James Johnson. Martha was a superb student, and her thirst for knowledge was perpetual, so she read avidly throughout her life. She was a valedictorian of Bishop Watterson High School and an honors graduate of Ohio Dominican University. Martha became a member of the Ohio Dominican President’s Club and served on multiple university planning bodies. Martha was an indefatigable doer of good deeds. Martha sang in the Immaculate Conception Church funeral choir for decades. Martha essentially functioned as an extra mom to some of Tim’s childhood mates, and she was the mother to a succession of cherished canine and feline adoptees. A memorial service will be held on January 24, 2023, the 74th anniversary of Martha’s birth, at noon at the Chapel of Christ the King in Sansbury Hall on the campus of Ohio Dominican University. Read full obituary »

John Fallon, RIP!

John Thomas Fallon, Jr., 74 of Columbus, OH, passed away suddenly on Monday, May 9, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Jack Fallon, brother Michael Fallon, nephew Brian Lange and brother-in-law Robert Overman.

John will be greatly missed by sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy Overman of Columbus, OH, Pat and Clark Lange of Ava Maria, FL, Chris and Mike Hilty, Suzy and John Echenrode and Michelle and Bill McGarity all of Columbus, OH, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as many extended family and friends who he loved dearly.

John attended Immaculate Conception School, Bishop Watterson High School and North High School. He then served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971, when he was honorably discharged. He then spent his adult life working in the food and beverage industry working in bars and pubs in Columbus and Buckeye Lake. A loyal Buckeye fan, John loved to collect Buckeye memorabilia. But his real passion was gardening which filled him with much satisfaction in recent years. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial service will be at Resurrection Cemetery Chapel, 9571 High Street, Lewis Center, OH on Saturday May 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM and graveside burial immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John Fallon to Immaculate Conception Church Grotto Restoration Fund, 414 E. N. Broadway St., Columbus, OH 43214; or to The VA Central Ohio Healthcare System (757).

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Robert “Bob” Cotter

Robert Ross “Bob” Cotter, age 72, of Marysville, died peacefully Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his home. A retired educator, he served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and coach. With a career spanning 40 years, Bob was a former principal at both Fairborn High School and Warren High School and served most of his tenure at Marysville, where he taught and was assistant principal at Marysville High School. His coaching career included varsity football and varsity wrestling. For many summers, he was the Marysville Municipal Pool manager and sports editor and writer for the Marysville Journal Tribune. A 1967 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree from Wright State University. Bob was skilled in so many areas, as he wasn’t afraid of hard work. He was a dearly devoted husband, father and grandfather.

An avid reader, golfer and Neil Diamond fan, he was known for “never knowing a stranger” and his storytelling. Bob loved to help and serve others. His positions of servitude included, an honorable discharged member of the US Army, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, …

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 27, 2021 at Underwood Funeral Home [Marysville] where the Holy Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marysville, Ohio.

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Our deepest condolences to classmate Kathy and family! Save us a place, Bob!

Mark Barrett, Gone Ahead

Mark J. Barrett, age 72, passed away on December 8, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Mark graduated from Bishop Watterson in 1967 then became a MP in the Army and was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism. He furthered his education and was a graduate of Park College class of 1976 and Capital University class of 1982.

He originally started March 30, 1970 as a Deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office—he was promoted to a Sergeant October 7, 1979—was promoted to Inspector… He retired January 31, 2014 as Chief Deputy.

Friends may call Tuesday, December 14 from 4pm – 7pm at Jerry Spears Funeral Home, 2693 West Broad, where service will be held at 10:30am Wednesday, Fr. Leo Connolly officiating.

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Sail On, Mary Lynn!

Mary Lynn (Hall) Stillinger died early Friday morning, November 26, 2021 at Brookdale Marysville after a brief illness. She was a fighter till the end; she is now looking over her loved ones as a very special guardian angel. Mary Lynn was born September 29, 1949 in Columbus to the late Lawrence and Mildred Hall. She was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Joan Hall. She was a graduate of the Mount Carmel School of Nursing and was incredibly proud of being a registered nurse.

A very spiritual lady, her faith meant a lot to her throughout her life, and her love of angels embodied her love for her faith. She treasured Lake Erie, and spent her free time boating up at Marblehead with her husband, Mike Stillinger. While she loved many aspects of her life, nothing compared to the love Mary Lynn held for her grandbabies and being their Mimi. They were her greatest joy.

Read Mary Lynn’s entire obituary at Ingram Funeral Service.

So Long, Joe Segna

Joseph Patrick Segna, age 72, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021. … Joe was a soulmate to Diane for over three deacdes. He was also a son, brother, uncle, great uncle, “bonus” father & grandfather, friend, and cherished colleague across many industries.

Joe graduated from Bishop Watterson High School and The Ohio State University with a degree in Architecture. For five decades Joe worked as an Architect and founded Segna Associates. He served on the Board of Directors for the North YMCA for 25 years and he was also an active member at St. Christopher Catholic Church. He enjoyed golf, traveling, and celebrating life with family and friends. Joe was admired by many for his work ethic, charitable heart, wisdom, and compassionate nature.

Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Schoedinger Northwest, 1740 Zollinger Road, 43221. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 1420 Grandview Avenue, 43212. If you would like to share photo memories of Joe’s life, please send to, by Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Read full obituary »

RIP, Carmine Menduni!

Carmine Louis Menduni, age 72, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2020. Carmine was born in Columbus, Ohio to Christina (Morelli) and Louis Menduni. He was a devoted husband to Michelle (Shelley) Werner for fifty cherished years. Carmine loved life and relished it fully. He delighted in history, a good whiskey or cigar, his wife’s manicotti and traveling. He was devoted to his faith, family and was passionate about his work. He was the proud owner of Columbus Art Memorial, a family-owned company for 99 years. His impact can be seen throughout Columbus’ hospitals, colleges, churches, memorials and sculptures. Read complete obituary »

Michael Vincent Buscemi

Our honorary classmate, Michael Vincent Buscemi Jr. (1948-2021) went home peacefully to the Lord on the last day of August 2021 and was laid to rest this week. Mike’s career had taken him to Alaska where he started and raised his family. After a quarter century, he relocated to Ohio for the last several decades. Let’s please keep Mike and his family in our prayers.

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From all your friends in Bishop Watterson Class of 1967, RIP, Brother Mike!