AATG Ohio Statement on the Tragic Loss of Julie Schonauer 

Mark Himmelein, University of Mount Union

It is with great sorrow that the AATG announces the sudden passing of a valued colleague and dear friend, Julie Ann Schonauer, on September 17, 2019. Members of AATG will recall that Julie was a recent Past President of the Ohio Chapter and that she organized many valuable sessions at AATG and OFLA conferences during her tenure, most recently a visit through Schonbrunn Village and Zoar as part of our Fall 2018 AATG meeting.

Julie was a fixture at Ohio AATG gatherings and was always willing to share her knowledge and materials with colleagues. Her wit, humor, and love of life brightened every event in which she participated. A graduate of Malabar High School in Mansfield, Julie received her bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and a master’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University. Julie recently retired from New Philadelphia High School where she taught German for nearly three decades. A caring educator, she touched many young lives in the classroom where she was particularly known for her active, dynamic classroom, her love of all things related to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and her boundless energy.

Never afraid of a challenge, Julie was quick to undertake any endeavor or project if it might better her teaching or involvement with the Ohio Chapter of the AATG. Each summer, Julie made sure to visit German- speaking Europe, traveling from region to region – often taking on the Autobahn at full-speed. In addition to her family and colleagues, Julie was deeply loved by the many, many friends she met while on her travels. Her love of Austria was particularly deep, no doubt a result of the seven years she spent teaching English in Salzburg.

In addition to her father, Julie is survived by her sister, Donita (Matt) Todd of Westerville; a brother, Ken (Sarah) Schonauer of Mansfield; a nephew, Evan (Jordan) Todd and four nieces, Morgan Todd, Lauren Todd, Lyndsey Schonauer and Emily Schonauer.

The Ohio AATG is planning a scholarship in Julie’s honor and expects to announce further details after its October 2019 meeting.


Gene Aufderhaar, Van Wert High School
AATG Ohio President

Greetings Colleagues!

With August come thoughts of the new school year! Above all, of course, our attention turns to our fall Ohio AATG conference. Sure, there’s a lot going on in the internet, but it’s no substitute for fresh air and conversation! Join us in Bluffton, Ohio for a day of Germanic joy and professional development!

Meeting point: Marbeck Center at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio (near Findlay). Here is our…


8:45-9:00 a.m. Coffee and rolls!

9:00-9:05+ a.m. Introduction! (Gene Aufderhaar)

9:05-9:45 a.m. Selling German: Careers, Internships, and Opportunities for Students of German (Kevin Richards, PhD, Lecturer / Outreach Coordinator, The Ohio State University)

9:45 -10:00 a.m. Transit to GROB Industries (based in Mindelheim, Germany) 

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Presentation and tour at GROB

11:15-11:30 a.m. Return time to Marbeck Center

11:30-12:45 p.m. Buffet lunch at Marbeck Center (included!)

12:45-1:00 p.m. Travel to Swiss Historical Center

1:00-2:15 p.m. Presentation and tour – Swiss Historical Center 

2:15-2:30 return to Marbeck Center 

2:30-3:30 p.m. Ohio AATG business meeting (Everyone is invited!)


Dennis Boyd, Brunswick High School
AATG Ohio Treasurer, AATG Ohio Liaison to OFLA

President, Gene Aufderhaar, eaufder@gmail.com (Term 2018-2020)

1st Vice President, Jeff Moore, moorejp@bbhcsd.org (Term 2018-2020)

2nd Vice President, Vacant (Term 2018-2020)

Past President, Vacant

Treasurer and Liaison to OFLA, Dennis Boyd, dboyd1@gmail.com (Term 2011-Present, 2017-Present)

Membership Chair, Mark Himmelein, himmelm@mountunion.edu (Term 2012-)

Testing Chairperson, Darlene Lyon, Fraulyon@yahoo.com (Term 2011-)

Webmaster, Mark Himmelein, himmelm@mountunion.edu (On-going)

Listserv Moderator, Stephanie Libbon, slibbon@kent.edu (On-going)


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