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Founding Brother Passes

Bud Rogers #4 passed away in February. Bud was not only a Founding Brother but was our first Herald (Social Chairman). In recent years, I was fortunate enough to get to know Bud a bit and I can say without a doubt that he was a good man and a unique individual. Here is his obituary. May God rest your soul, Brother.

Clyde C. “Bud” Rogers, III

November 17, 1945 – February 18, 2015

The immensely loving, compassionate heart of Clyde “Bud” C. Rogers, III has completed its work. Bud’s immortal soul departed his depleted earthly body peacefully at the Village of Laurel Run on February 18 and has found rest with his Heavenly Father. Mr. Rogers, 69, was born on November 17, 1945 in Williamsport, PA. the son of the late Clyde and Betty Miller Rogers. Bud is survived by his devoted wife of forty-five years, Cynthia “Cindy” Harris Rogers. A life-long passion for sports was nurtured in his hometown, which is the birthplace of Little League Baseball. At an early age many hours were spent playing catch with his brother and organizing pick-up games on makeshift diamonds. Games could only end if Bud’s team was ahead or dinner was waiting. As Bud got older he played on and then managed teams in the Williamsport Little League even winning the City Championship one season. After graduating from Bloomsburg State College with a Bachelor of Education degree he established his career in education by teaching at Poolesville Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland. He had much success with an all boys’ class in which he employed sports as an incentive to improve academic achievement. This unique educational curriculum was reported in the sports section of the Washington Post and led to an invitation to appear on a morning television program in Chicago. A transfer to Frederick County, Maryland Public Schools found him teaching at South Frederick Elementary where he transitioned from the classroom to the media center. Soon middle school basketball and managing the Rotary team in the Frederick Babe Ruth Baseball league were part of his life. Here as always his players were well-schooled in the fundamentals and were also well disciplined. Each practice was an intense workout focused on basic skills, thus building cohesive teams. Coach Rogers’ duties expanded to the high school level when he became an assistant coach for the Linganore High School boys’ basketball team. Next he accepted the varsity position at Frederick High School where hard work led the boys’ team to Cole Field House in 1981 for the Maryland State Class B Tournament. The Frederick Cadets nearly forged on to the final game but their drive ended with a loss in the semi-finals. The following year, 1982, the Cadets powered through their competition and came home in a rockin’ school bus to celebrate their Maryland State Class B Championship. That feat has not been repeated by Frederick High. Coach Rogers’ last ventures into coaching were with the middle school and varsity girls’ basketball programs at Walkersville, Maryland. Lessons learned in Mr. Rogers’ classrooms and skills mastered on baseball diamonds and basketball courts with Coach Rogers are reflected in the lives of many who are now well into their adulthood. During Bud’s years in the Frederick area he sold real estate for Long and Foster, wrote high school sports articles for the Frederick News Post, announced Walkersville football games (originally from the bed of a truck) and was the founding president of the Walkersville Sertoma Club. When Mr. Rogers retired from education and coaching he moved north to a quiet, woodsy spot in Carroll Valley, PA where he devoted time to his family and to studying the Bible. He was a member of the Gettysburg congregation of the church of Christ. In addition to his wife, Bud is survived by a daughter, Kerensa Vandegriff and her husband Todd of Fayetteville, PA, two granddaughters; Brynn Vandegriff and Addison Vandegriff, a brother, Darrel Rogers of Montoursville, PA, two sisters; Janet Wolf of Williamsport, PA and Margie Withers of Montoursville, PA as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 3:00, Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Monahan Funeral Home, 125 Carlisle St., Gettysburg with Preacher Stephen Rouse officiating. Burial will be 12:00 Noon Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Crown Crest Memorial Park, Clearfield, PA. Family will receive friends from 3-5 PM Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the funeral home, as well as from 2:00 until the time of the service Monday. Online condolences may be made at Here’s where you can be creative! If you had the opportunity to know Bud please honor him by finding your own way to celebrate his life. You could participate in random acts of kindness, contribute your time, energy or resources to your favorite organization, study the scriptures and share the Good News with others or summon up the courage to cheer for the Yankees.

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RIP Brother Weezle

WeezleLegendary brother David Vannicola (a.k.a. “Weezle”) #369 suddenly and unexpectedly passed on Sunday. His funeral will be held at the Saint Anthony Catholic Church on Ferry Street in Easton, PA on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015. A Mass in Dave’s honor will begin at 10:00 a.m. and burial following shortly after the Mass.

Friends are invited to participate in the ceremony and assemble post ceremony in order to celebrate Dave’s life. To remember all the ways he made our time on this earth infinitely more interesting and enjoyable.

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RIP to Delta Pi’s Bob “Grunt” Grantier #181

Robert W.Grantier

Robert Wayne Grantier of Troy, Pa., passed away on April 25, 2015 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. He was 58 years old.

He was born in Sayre, Pa., on June 18, 1956, the youngest child and only son of the late Robert Dixon and Olympia Iannetti Grantier of Canton, Pa. He grew up on the family farm, and although his career would take him from the Canton area, when he retired from education in 2014, he was happy to return to the farm and take up the work he loved.

Bob attended Canton schools where he enjoyed performing in musical productions and playing sports, in which he showed prowess at an early age. He loved playing for Canton High School and lettered in baseball, football and basketball. He graduated from his alma mater in June of 1974, and that fall he entered Bloomsburg University where he continued his football career and pledged the Delta Pi Fraternity. He graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1978, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education, and in 1981 he earned his master’s degree. In the fall of 1978 Bob began his teaching career as a history teacher for the Troy Area School District. His first few years found him working in the district’s junior high school; eventually he would transfer to the high school where he taught history and later was a remedial reading specialist. He continued his education as well, eventually receiving a secondary principal’s certificate from Bucknell University, and a superintendent’s certificate from Marywood University.

Bob’s career with the Troy Area School District spanned 31 years in which he served the district in many capacities; in addition to his years in the classroom, he was a football coach, a dean of students, an athletic director, an assistant principal, principal and eventually, district superintendent, a position he began in 2002. Among his many accomplishments as Troy’s superintendent were the building projects of which he was very proud, particularly the construction of a new state-of-the-art auditorium. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Troy Area School District Foundation, which will continue to positively impact students and teachers in the district for many years to come.

In 2009 Bob left his employment with Troy and served one year as the superintendent of schools in Pine Grove, Pa. The following year he began his work for the Loyalsock Township School District where he would finish his career in education. Bob thoroughly enjoyed his years in the Williamsport area, making a difference in many organizations, making many friends and helping to establish the Lancer Foundation. Bob retired from the Loyalsock Township School District in April of 2014.

Bob was a member of many community organizations, and throughout this involvement, further demonstrated his belief in the importance of youth and public education. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity of Professional Educators, the Troy School District Foundation and the Loyalsock Township School District’s Lancer Foundation. In addition, he was a board member of the Pennsylvania State University Educational Outreach Program, the Mansfield University K16 Program and the Lycoming County United Way. He served as an executive board member for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Health Care and the Susquehanna Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the board of trustees for the Wings of Discovery Challenge Center and the Guthrie Health Care System. He served as president of the Blended Schools Network. In addition, he was a past PIAA District IV chairperson and at the time of his passing was president of the Canton Main Street Cemetery Association.

Bob married the former Shirley Ripley of Painted Post, N.Y., on Aug. 1, 1981, and they reared three sons, Jacob, Nathan and Seth. As proud as Bob was of his accomplishments as an educator, it was truly his three boys who were his pride and joy. He loved his family, his farm, Notre Dame and Green Bay Packer football. He enjoyed a lifelong pursuit of history and its leaders, and always had a good book in his possession.

Bob is survived by his wife, Shirley; his sons, Jacob (and wife Cara) of Columbus, Ohio, Nathan of Chicago, Ill., and Seth of Brooklyn, N.Y. Survivors also include two sisters, Carol Rechel of Hughesville, Pa., and Joan Hendricks of Catawissa, Pa.; brother-in-law, Alan (and wife Barbara) Ripley of West Henrietta, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Sharon Quattrini of Painted Post, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews, John, Joseph, Augie, Christian, Lucas, Eileen, Cassie, Gail and Erin; as well as nine great-nieces and nephews. In addition, he was blessed by a very large circle of wonderful friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Libby; mother-in-law, Eileen Ripley; brother-in-law, John Rechel; and nephew, Nicholas Quattrini.

Per the family’s wishes, there will be no calling hours, and the funeral will be private. A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will follow at a future date. The family will provide the flowers and has requested contributions to a number of organizations that were near and dear to Bob: the Troy Area School District Foundation, the Loyalsock Township School District Lancer Foundation, the United Way and the Boy Scouts of America. If your circumstances do not allow a monetary donation, please honor Bob’s memory by doing something good for a child.


Published in Daily Review on Apr. 28, 2015

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Hot Tub Time Machine Weekend 2015


 Purcell 328 Soaks it All in…

Delta Pi Brothers:
This is my official “Thank You” to Dave Decoteau for coordinating this entire past weekend.  I for one experienced “Hot Tub Time Machine” this weekend.  From the Zeta Psi Watermelon Suck, to the Tri-Sig Mixer, to the Delta Pi “In Party” at DEB’s for the new Delta Pi Brothers, this was in short a fantasy weekend.  Due to Dave’s networking and great relations with both fraternity and sorority alumni personnel, we as Delta Pi Alumni were invited to all of the before mentioned events.  In addition, due to Dave’s great networking, we were treated like rock stars at each and every event.  The Zeta Psi Brothers could not have been any more inviting, as were the Tri-Sig Sisters, and of course the active Delta Pi Brothers at the “In” party for the new brothers.  (They no longer have Hell Night party’s, but “In” parties for new Brothers).  Everyone at each event was coming up to us and saying, “We heard a lot of Delta Pi Brothers were coming up this weekend, and it is so cool that you are here.  Tell us about the old days, etc.”.  Believe it or not, people want to hear about the crazy shit we did back in the day.
At the DEB’s House for the Delta Pi “In” party for new Brothers at 10:00 p.m. Saturday night (our third outstanding event of the day) I was standing in the DEB’s basement.  It was dark, the place was packed, the floor was sticky and wet (God knows what we were standing in), everyone was smoking, the music was blaring, people were playing beer drinking games, the new Brothers were doing shots with everyone, I was standing with fifteen or so Delta Pi Alumni, everyone wanted to talk to us, and I stood back for a moment to soak it all in.  I smiled to myself, and I realized nothing had changed.  Yes, the music was different, the girls were dressed different, and I was much older, but for that brief moment, I was a Delta Pi Brother back in Bloomsburg, feeling 22 years old and on top of the world.  This is a feeling many of us try to recapture and yearn for, and we had it this last weekend, just for a few hours.  And you know what, it was amazing and worth every second.
We have something special as Delta Pi Alumni.  We probably did not realize it when we were in school, but we had something special, and yes, were were the best.  I received numerous confirmations from this over the weekend when Zeta Psi and other brothers told us how much they liked the Crag, and how great it must have been to have been Delta Pi, etc.  What is so great is that when we get back together, we are once again great and have a great time.  As we left the Tri-Sig House Saturday night, I was laughing and told the other Delta Pi Brothers I was with, “I am drunk, walking around Bloomsburg on a cold spring night, folks are walking around everywhere, and I was with several brothers heading to the next party, I feel like it is 1983 and nothing has changed”.  I realize everything has changed, but for that moment, just that one moment, I did not have a care in the world and was hanging with the brothers.  There was no where else in the world I would have rather been at that moment.
When we met the active Brothers at the DEB House we would introduce ourselves and say our numbers.  When I said, “328” for my number, their eyes would light up as they were amazed anyone could be that old!  (They are in the mid-700’s now)  The first thing the actives would ask is, “Were you Crag?”  When I said yes, they would get all excited and want to hear stories about what we did back in the day.  Truly amazing.  You think nobody gives a shit, but they do.  Perhaps it was just an amazing lining of the stars and we had enough alumni back for the right weekend that it all worked for just a moment.  I know that it was fun enough that I want to try it again.
This brings me back to the beginning.  None of this would have been possible without Dave.  He built the relationships with the other Greek organizations that led to the invites to the events.  He drove all of the alumni so we were safe and did not get into trouble.  He sacrificed his time with the brothers so the brothers could have fun.  How much more Brotherly could one be?  I Told Dave that in the future if we get a block of hotel rooms at one hotel, I would volunteer to drive for a weekend so he could “drink with the Brothers”.  I think Bloomsburg is on the cusp of a “Pan Greek” organization, and in the end, would that not be great?  Go back to Bloom for Homecoming or a spring Alumni weekend and mix with all of the other Greeks?  It can be successful, as evidenced by this last weekend.  If you could, pass this on to any alumni that is not copied on this message.  If you ever want to catch lightning, just for a minute, then get back up to Bloom for an alumni event, and maybe, just maybe, you will be successful 🙂  328
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Bob Frankel Memorial Fund

Fund established by Delta Pi brother, Keith Reimert.

“In honor of our brother, “Uncle” Bob Frankel #428, this memorial fund is being established on behalf of Bob and the loved ones he left behind. Bob unfortunately passed suddenly in his sleep leaving behind his pride of his life Brody and his life’s partner Jenn.

Brody is not even 2 yrs old and will not remember the kind spirit, giving and caring person that we all have the honor of knowing.

Unfortunately Bobbie did not have insurance to ensure the future of his loved ones and this fund will help to provide some necessities during this sudden hardship along with initiating a college fund for Brody.

Thank you and God bless”

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Delta Pi Canoe/Camping Trip

Camp Canoe 2012June 23th – 25st, 2017
(almost always the last weekend in June; so save the date!)

The canoe trip has changed a lot over the years.  What started as a “bare bones”, “hard-luck” operation back in the 70’s has become a more civilized (yet not completely civilized) weekend of camping, food and paddling on the Susquehanna River (optional).  We have all kinds of package situations to suit every brother.  From the most primitive to the fully catered: we have something that will make this Annual outside get together of brothers a great fit for your idea of a good time.

Visit the website for all the details.

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Homecoming / Scholarships 2014 a SUCCESS!

DPSPAA 2014 Scholarship AwardThis year -Delta Pi and all the Greeks enjoyed TAILGATING at the BU football game.  Tailgating started at NOON and continued for about two hours after the game.

And of course, we presented our scholarships to worthy Delta Pi Active Brothers!

Tailgating  was be catered by Balzanos…plenty of good food and a lot of fun. For all you old guys – what used to be Redman Stadium is now called Danny Hale Stadium…which has a better ring to it than Native American Stadium, don’t ya think?


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Online contributions to the Scholarships – Detail


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Domin and Decoteau in the parade.

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