We are sad to report that George Kirkpatrick. passed away on November 17. George was your class correspondent for many years.
We are sad to report that Ernest Barthol. passed away on March 19, 2012.
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We are sad to report that Marjorie Coleman Silverberg passed away on August 19, 2011.
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We are sad to report that Mary Jean Grider Spangenthal passed away on March 3, 2011.
We are sad to announce that Harold Suess passed away on January 24, 2011.
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We are sad to report that former class officer Edward Steager passed away on January 11, 2011.
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We are very sad to announce the passing of two classmates, Robert Powell on August 10, 2010, and George Strauss on September 16, 2010.
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We are sad to report that Helen Kanuskey Canfield, lost her husband, Donald Canfield ’51. He passed away on November 12.
From George:I am eager to hear from anyone. Please drop me a line if you have time. I wish everyone well.
I sent out more than twenty postcards to get news, and several faithful classmates responded: Helen Kanusky Canfield, Kitty Nies Geiger, June Hunsicker Kuhns, Betty Riegel Mesner, Charlotte Unangst Schisler, Jean Achey Schrader, and Mary Jean Grider Spangenthal. It was great hearing from you all, and many thanks from me to you.
Helen and Don spent an enjoyable week in August vacationing in Pittsburg, N.H., with their son and his family. The last week in August they drove to Dayton, Ohio, where they had a mini-Florida reunion with seven other couples who didn’t make it to Florida in March when the Canfields were there. They played shuffleboard, ate dinner together, etc. Everyone had such a good time that they plan to repeat it next summer. The Canfields became great-grand parents for the first time; they have a beautiful granddaughter named Lilly.
Kitty is still healthy and is happy to still be in her own home. She uses her time to do volunteer work at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s gift shop, to play bridge, and to go to lunch with friends. Her son lives in nearby Emmaus and her daughter, Sarah, lives in Philadelphia, so they are able to keep close. Her travels this year included two weddings—for a grand-niece and a second cousin—and she goes to visit close cousins in Hamburg, Pa.
June and Jerry have lived in Florida for 54 years. They “still miss the seasons up North,” but are very comfortable down South. They moved into a condo three months ago and found it difficult to adjust after living in a ranch home on 2½ acres. Their condo building has 522 units, and although their church is technically next door, they have to walk there. Their son Scott is following in the steps of his father. He is now in his first year of dentistry at the University of Florida. Their second grandson is a sophomore in high school.
Betty misses her husband terribly. He died February 8, 2008, and she is trying to adjust to widowhood. Despite her blindness, Betty is taking organ lessons, knitting, and attending church regularly. She is starting an exercise program, and she writes that “life is never dull in my home.” We can certainly believe that!!! She has caregivers for 8 hours each day, and says “my dear friends indulge me with patience and love.”
Charlotte’s middle daughter, Gail, is doing well now after a breast lumpectomy in December 2007. She had to make daily trips for six weeks, over Colorado’s snowy mountain passes, for radiation. Amazingly, she completed a 27-mile hike in two days, and raised $2,300 for breast cancer research. All is fine. Charlotte has been taking physical therapy now for 6 weeks—1½ hours of painful, very hard, and exhausting daily exercises—for her spinal stenosis. She hopes to see the benefits soon. Her oldest daughter, Carol, has two grandsons and 2½ year old Katelyn. They live in North Carolina. Her youngest daughter, Patty, got married last summer. She lives in Allentown and is in PR at Nestles.
Jean’s husband had a successful knee operation at the end of August. He should have done it sooner, but he didn’t want to miss any of their granddaughter’s track meets at Haverford College, where she throws the discus and shotput. She broke Haverford’s discus record as a sophomore this year. Jackie’s sister, Jessie, lives in Belle Meade, New Jersey, where she works for an accounting firm.
Mary Jean writes that she is fine and happy except for some “nasty arthritis.” Her sons objected to her driving, so she has a lovely person who helps her with her shopping and doctor appointments. She comments that she feels she is living in an exceptional time in history and hopes to live long enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Mary Jean is most fortunate to have all her family live in Richmond, Va. She is especially happy to see her two little great-granddaughters as often as possible—“the loves of her life.”
I, too, am doing fine—some annoying arthritis and always working physically to keep what I have. Medford Leas has a fitness studio with five trainers who keep us going, and I swim and do water therapy five days a week. Last spring I did a “Brain Gym” program, based on hearing and following instructions, and this past week I completed Brain Gym II, which is based on vision and peripheral vision. It was fascinating. I traveled last April to visit the west coast of Italy, visiting Milan, Lake Como, Portofino, Genoa, etc. I much prefer the east coast where I took 18 trips with my Latin students. I traveled to Colorado twice this year to see two of my children and grandchildren. One of my granddaughters spent the year teaching in Taiwan. My third granddaughter is an assistant coach of field hockey at Drexel University in Philadelphia, so I became a Drexel hockey fan this year.
I am taking an informal roll call to learn how many of the 43 men in our graduating class are still living at about age 86 or so. Will you please send me a postcard? It need only say “present.” Other comments are welcome. If you are in poor health, my heart goes out to you. Most of us began our journey through Moravian College in September 1941 in a freshman class of 77 and a student body of about 300. At that time, our class was the largest freshman class in the history of Moravian College for Men. As WWII progressed, the student body decreased to 27. The war ended in August 1945. The student body was back to more than 300 by the time of our graduation. Eleven Moravian College students were taken during the war, and many were wounded. Our good friend and classmate Stanley Frankenfield died some months later of a South Pacific disease known as elephantiasis, after he had briefly returned to campus. I was a combat infantryman in France, Belgium, and Holland. After being wounded on a cold and dark night, I was taken prisoner of war by German soldiers. I was awarded the Purple Heart, as were many of our classmates, and the Bronze Star.