ACPE Emeritus Thomas H. Cole

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ACPE Emeritus Thomas H. Cole passed away on Saturday evening, April 3rd, 2021 after a very fulfilling 96 years. Chaplain Cole was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Eleanor Ophelia Cole, RN and parents Rev. Walton R. Cole ThD and Inis F. M. Cole and brother, Rev. Kenneth Cole of Walton, KY.  He is survived by his brother, Charles D. Cole of Granville, OH. 

As ACPE Resident with the Institute of Religion in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Tom Cole was assigned his clinical practice at the Memorial Baptist Hospital System in 1960. That same year he joined the Pastoral Care Department and soon became its Director. As an ACPE Supervisor he began the first autonomous ACPE Residency in the expanding Memorial Hospital System. Tom retired in 1989 having served more than 29 years. He returned often to Memorial to serve as adjunct ACPE Supervisor over the next decade and more. Tom has been a mentor and supervisor to many of the ACPE supervisors and certified chaplains who have served across the nation.

Committal Service will be held on April 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at Hillside Cemetery, 900 N Valley Street, Cuero, TX

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ACPE Retired Educator George West

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ACPE Retired Educator George West of St. Stephen, SC, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Mrs. Mary L. West; daughter, Rosalind (Marcus) Culver; grandchildren, Marcus, Jr. and Tina; siblings, Flora W. (Joseph James) Gethers and Sarah L. West; aunt, Alberta Montgomery; brother-in-law, James (Rosalind) Hall; sister-in-law, Doris Davis; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Reverend Peter L. West and Mrs. Louise Jager West; brother and sister-in-law, Bishop James C. West and his wife, Miriam; and sister, Reverend A. Rebecca West

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ACPE Retired Educator Mary Murton Wilkins of Ashburn, Virginia, beloved sister, aunt, and friend to many, passed on Saturday morning the 27th of February. Mary was born in Quicksburg, Virginia on October the 4th, 1939 to parents Gilbert F. and Mabel H. Wilkins.

Following seminary, she was appointed by the Bishop to serve as the minister of two small churches, thirty-five to forty miles south of Washington, D.C.  It was during this assignment, which included working with complex family problems, that Mary became engaged in and developed a passion for pastoral counseling.  This introduced her to opportunities in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and eventually led her to a career with Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and later with Swedish Covenant Hospital, both in Chicago, Illinois.

She is survived by sisters Phyllis Hughitt and Barbara Bonner, and brother Ed Wilkins, and their extended families.  Mary will be deeply missed by her family, and remembered by a close friend who said “she drives like the devil and preaches like an angel.” Arrangements are by Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden Street, Herndon, VA. Visitation will be Saturday afternoon, March 6th at 1 pm followed by a private service at 2 pm.  Burial will be held at Zirkle Cemetery, 1001 River Road, New Market VA on Sunday afternoon, March 7th at 1 pm.

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ACPE Retired Educator Ruth Walsh

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ACPE Retired Educator Ruth Dimock Walsh, 79, of Manassas, Virginia, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully at Virginia Hospital Center with her daughter by her side on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Ruth crossed over into heaven due to complications from COVID. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Julia Ruth Vaughn, son-in-law Patrick Vaughn from Manassas, VA and their children Alexandra “Allie” Grace Vaughn and William Joseph Vaughn. 

Ruth became an ACPE Certified Educator in 2008 and went on to teach Clinical Pastoral Education to priests, chaplains and professional caregivers to help them give their best spiritual support to those in great need at their end of life.

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ACPE Retired Educator Robert Roger

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ACPE Retired Educator Robert Rogers died Wednesday, December 2, from a second heart attack. He had a previous attack on Thanksgiving Day. Previous to his retirement, Robert had been active in the St. Louis Cluster and before that in the North Central Region. Prior to his death Robert and his wife Linda resided in Rolla, Missouri.


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ACPE Emeritus Mark Anderson

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ACPE Emeritus Mark Anderson of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2020. Mark is reunited with his family and dear friends he loved. Preceded in death by wife Donna, parents Fritz and Lavinia, brother Joel and sister Kristi Downing. Mark is survived by: children Scott (Karen), Nathan (Jane), Karn; grandsons Justin (Beth), Otis and Andrew; great-grandsons Henry and Walter; step grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother Oz (Jean), nieces, nephews and the many friends his life graced.  A memorial service is scheduled for December 13, 12 p.m. Central Standard Time on Zoom. The link will be posted on his Caringbridge site.

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ACPE Spiritual Care Professional Sr. Minda Castrillo

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ACPE Spiritual Care Professional Sr. Minda Castrillo died on July 25, 2020. Sr. Minda Castrillo was the Staff Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital for 26 years. Sister Minda was 89 years old. At the end of May, she was admitted to the hospital and found to have a mass. After surgery at the end of June she chose to be on Hospice. She was buried two months after the beginning of her illness. 

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ACPE Retired Educator Louis Bach Hoyer Sr.

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ACPE Retired Educator Louis Bach Hoyer Sr., age 90, of Worthington, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the Claremont Retirement Village following an extended illness. The son of Ludolf Joseph Hoyer & Melanie Bach, he was born on August 8, 1930 in Morris, MN. 

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris Hoyer; five children, Wayne (Shirley) Hoyer, James (Kathy) Hoyer, Louis (Debra) Hoyer, John Hoyer, and Patricia (Peg) Hoyer; nine grandchildren, Alison, Kellie (Jerrod), Emily, Kaylea, Aaron, Devon, David, Stephanie, and Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Brayden, and Ava; brother, Duane (Karen) Hoyer; sister-in-law, Ruth Warner; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Louis married Doris Eleanor Nicoll on March 21, 1954, together they shared 66 years of marriage. Dr. Hoyer earned his master’s degree in Theology in 1955 and his PhD in Psychology in 1962 from Boston University. Louis later went on to work as a Pastor at Lakeside Methodist Church in Lynn, MA. He taught Clinical Pastoral Education at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL and eventually became the Director of Pastoral Counseling Services in Columbus, OH. Dr. Hoyer was a member of Linworth United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at the Claremont Retirement Village and Capital City Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.


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ACPE Certified Educator Kenneth Blank

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ACPE Certified Educator Kenneth Blank died on September 13, 2020. He lived in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife of 42 years, Audrey, and was a father and grandfather. A Celebration of Life will be streamed on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM Central Time by the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma.


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ACPE Retired Educator Sister Agnes Mary Joy M.M. 

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Sister Agnes Mary Joy, M.M. died on August 13th, 2020 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll. NY. She was 89 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 66 years. Agnes was born on June 10, 1931 in Newburgh, NY to Louise McLaughlin Joy and Edward Joy. She had one sister, Mrs. Jane L. Larkin, who pre-deceased her.

Agnes attended the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Philosophy in 1953. She then continued her education and earned a Master’s Degree in History at the Catholic University of America in 1955. After completing her studies, she entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate, Maryknoll, NY on September 2nd, 1954 (from St. Mary Parish, Newburgh, NY). She made her First Profession of Vows at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY on March 7th, 1957 and her Final Vows on March 7th, 1963 in Puerto Armuelles, Panama.

In 1957, after making her First Vows, Sister Agnes was assigned to teach at Colegio San Antonio High School in Puerto Armuelles, Panama. After a few years, in 1963 she relocated to Puebla, Mexico. There, she served as Director of the Jesuit Elementary School until 1967 when she was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Valley Park, MO. She then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY in 1969 to serve as Assistant Director of the Formal Education Department and to serve on the Orientation Team until 1973. Sister Agnes relocated to Houston, TX in 1973 to serve as Chaplain Intern for the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Ben Taub Medical Center (located within the Texas Medical Center). In 1979, she was promoted to Supervisor of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program and also served as Director of Chaplains for the hospital for the next 31 years.

Sister Agnes then retired, but remained an active volunteer with the Texas Medical Center. From 2006-2014, she spent her time researching and writing the 60 Year history of Chaplaincy Departments, Prayers, and Pastoral Care in the Hospitals, Clinics, and Health-Care Institution of the Texas Medical Center.


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ACPE Friend Rev. Dr. John F. Shaw

The Rev. Dr. John F. Shaw was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Scottish immigrant parents. After high school, he moved with his family to Southern California. He received his B.A. in Political Science, and then attended San Francisco Theological Seminary where he met and married Julia Pickard Shaw in 1952. He graduated in 1954 and began his career as a Presbyterian minister in a small church in Idaho. As his young family grew, his pastoral call took him to churches in Arizona and California where his passion to serve others led him to a new career as a hospital chaplain. He earned his PhD in Pastoral Counseling in 1982 as he served as a chaplain at Santa Monica Hospital. While the work was emotionally draining, he felt honored to support and care for families in times of crisis. He retired in 1989 as the Director of Pastoral Care at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington. He continued to support the expansion of pastoral care through an endowed chair for the Study of Pastoral Care at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was a dedicated volunteer, serving as the President of Bellevue Rotary, and on the boards of Overlake Hospital, United Way of King County, the Seattle Symphony, Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest and the advisory board of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. He was almost 91 years-old when he died in Seattle, Washington. He is survived by four children: Jeff, Juliann Phillips, James and Jennifer Shaw, 13 grandchildren and an ever-growing number of great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Julia and his son John F. Shaw, Jr. 


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photo of George Pickle smiling and sitting with his hands resting on a tableACPE Friend Dr. George Pickle

ACPE Friend Dr. George Pickle was born on January 13, 1942 in Tyler, Texas and died from injuries sustained in a fall on June 22, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. He is under the care of Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery Winkenhofer Chapel. Cards may be sent to Kathy Pickle at 3002 Rockbridge Road, Marietta, GA 30066. His living daughter's name is Renee Silvasy.


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picture of Robert Pattie smilingRetired Educator Robert Turrell Pattie

Retired Educator Robert Turrell Pattie, father of four, youngest child of five, husband, grandfather, accomplished whistler and bird caller, frustrated golfer, table napkin doodler, amateur landscaper, never-ending basement finisher, almost pro deck builder, piano player by ear, and the all-encompassing sports enthusiast, passed away at the age of 89 on Sunday morning, May 3, 2020.


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picture of Randy Shoun smiling and looking at the cameraCertified Educator Randy Shoun

Certified Educator Randy Shoun died at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 27 from illness. Since 2010 Randy has been Director of CPE at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Prior to 2010 Randy was Coordinator of CPE for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Assistant Director and Coordinator of CPE for Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina.


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picture of Albert Galloway smiling and looking at the cameraRetired Educator Albert Galloway

Albert L. Galloway, 85, died on April 19 (his mother’s birthday), 2020. Al was born December 15, 1934, in Baltimore, MD, to Edith and Albert, Sr. Al received his call to ministry while at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. He graduated from City College High School (Baltimore), Tennessee Wesleyan University (Athens, TN), and received his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological Seminary (Madison, NJ) in 1960. After serving for 3 years at Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, MD., he entered the hospital chaplaincy at Indiana University Hospital in 1965, later becoming the director of the chaplaincy program which included University, Riley, and Long hospitals. In 1968, he was listed as a founding member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and served as its Certification Chair.


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