Age, 88 of Kalamazoo, MI, died Saturday, 9/22/2018 after a long battle with heart disease and kidney failure. Born 8/13/1930 in Des Moines, IA, raised in St. Marys, IA. Taught 46 years in high schools and universities, including 26 years at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Retired from teaching in 1997, but continued private psychotherapy practice until struck by cancer in 2007. Author of important books in the fields of Labor History and Family Communication. Survived by partner, Carl Ratner, of 22 years and his 6 children: Michaela, Brian (Sheila), Debra Foyo, Brent (Fany), Bradley (Marianne), and Blair (Maureen), 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Wake: Church Hall, St. Marys, IA, 9/28/2018, 5-8 pm. Funeral: Immaculate Conception Church, St. Marys, IA 9/29/2018, 10:30 am. Memorials in Chicago and Kalamazoo, TBD. Donations to the Bernard J. Brommel Endowed Professorship at Northeastern Illinois University or the Ratner-Little Opera Society Endowment at Western Michigan University.