NEWS OF 1948
Reunion: May 30-31
NEWS OF 1947
From Noreen Iredell Cutler:
Barbara Schlegel Miller writes
that her family gathered at Mohawk Lake Mountain House near Paltz, N.Y., a place for
rock-climbing and outdoor activities.
June Urffer Moyer spent
a week in May in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and four weeks at their Pennsylvania cottage
with the children. The Moyers celebrated their 54th anniversary in June.
Jean Achey Schrader had
cataract surgery. Her granddaughter Jackie was featured in the Phillipsburg, N.J., Summer
Youth Theater production of Footloose. She also will be a contestant in the Miss Teenage
Jane Hunsicker Kuhns was
sorry she missed the reunion. Her grandson Chris, 17, received a Congressional award.
Michael, 8, after skipping second grade and excelling in third grade, entered fourth
grade this fall. June spends many hours volunteering at Redeemer Lutheran Church, where
all her family serve in some manner. She gets news of the Lehigh Valley from June Shafer
Scholl’s brother, who winters in Stuart, Fla.
Peg Loveless Browne and
I returned from a trip to China just before the reunion. This was Peg’s sixth trip
this year. Grace Keeler Hodge and her husband and Byrdie Jackson and
her daughter Chris were on the same trip.
I loved being back for the
reunion. The years disappeared, and we were all “the daisy chain gang” again.
Helen Kanuskey Canfield wrote:
Our 55th reunion is another
pleasant memory! Classmates present were Charlotte Unangst Schisler, Jean
Zehner Lombardi, Barbara Schlegel Miller, Mickey Coleman Silverberg,
Peg Loveless Browne, Noreen Iredell Cutler, Mary Jean Grider
Spangenthal, Jean Achey Schrader, June Urffer Moyer, Kitty Nies Geiger,
and yours truly. According to my records, there are five from our class with perfect
reunion attendance: Charlotte Schisler, Barbara Miller, Mickey Silverberg, Jean Schrader,
A big thank you to my co-chairman,
Charlotte, for her assistance and for bringing so many college pictures to share; and
to the other reunion committee members: Noreen Cutler, Kitty Geiger, Jean Schrader, and
Mickey Silverberg, for their innumerable phone calls.
We all held up very well for
the alumni parade, and our theme, “The Daisy Chain Gang Returns,” earned
us a tie for creativity for our recycled daisy headpieces and our colorful green, white,
and yellow daisy-adorned sign. Thanks to Jean Schrader for being caretaker of the sign.
Reen Cutler, Peg Browne, and
I attended Founder’s Day. We saw a video about the oral history project to preserve
the legacy of Moravian College for Women. Several of our classmates have been interviewed.
It’s a wonderful project! If you’re interested in being interviewed, contact
the Alumni Office.
Reen reminded us that June
1 is her grandson Jeremy’s 25th birthday. We all knew the beginning of this story,
for Reen had driven alone from Florida to Bethlehem for our 30th reunion in 1977. The
evening of her arrival, she received a call from her son-in-law, who told Reen her daughter
(who was expecting their first child any day) had been hospitalized for toxemia. But
all ended well with the birth of Jeremy. Reen has lived in Venice, Fla., since 1972 and
has been married 52 years. She has four children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Kitty Geiger was widowed in
1993 after 45 years of marriage to Maury. She has two children, John and Sarah. Kitty
is a volunteer at the gift shop at the Lehigh Valley Hospital and in the office of First
Presbyterian Church in Allentown. She loves to play bridge, enjoys reading, and attends
classes at Cedar Crest College in the Learning for Retirees program. Kitty plans to drive
to Pinehurst, N.C., for her brother’s 50th wedding anniversary.
Jane Leopold Jorgensen lives
in a lovely retirement apartment building in Kirkland, Wash. She was unable to attend
our reunion because of major back surgery in March, followed by six months of physical
therapy. Her daughter, Suzanne, teaches school in Apple Valley, Calif., and her son,
Michael, is an executive with Lancôme Cosmetics. Her other son, Eric, is editor
of a newspaper in western Michigan. A former New Yorker, Jane says, “I’ll
never get past 9/11.” Thanks for the pictures, Jane.
Mitman and her husband, John, have lived in Cape May, N.J., for 10 years and
still enjoy walking along the beach. Mimi had knee surgery two years ago but is fine
now. They have two children and five grandchildren. We miss you!
It was so good seeing Barbara
Schlegel Miller and her husband, Ken. (We are about to adopt him as an honorary member
of our class. He is very faithful in reunion attendance.) Barbara and Ken have lived
in a care facility called the Highlands in Wyomissing for about three years. They enjoy
its many activities and interesting people. Ken retired from his dental practice in 1989.
Barbara frequents the gym, sings in the chorus, works in the gift shop, plays bridge,
volunteers at the hospital, and loves to read. So much for retirement! The Millers have
three sons. The eldest, Martin ’75, went to Moravian; the others
graduated from Lehigh University. Each son has two daughters. One son lives in Fleetwood,
another in Houston, and the third in Littleton, Colo. The 11-year-old Colorado granddaughter
won first prize for photography in a state competition.
Charlotte Unangst Schisler
reports that she and Al are getting around the best they can at this point. She still
rides her Tennessee Walker for short times once or twice a week. Her oldest daughter,
Carol, is a middle-school librarian in North Carolina. Her middle daughter, Gail, is
a travel agent in Colorado and writes for a newspaper. The youngest daughter, Patty,
works at Nestlé’s in Allentown, handling special commercial clients such
as McDonald’s. Charlotte has two grandsons: Michael, 25, a marine biologist, and
Chris, who’s finishing his third year in engineering at North Carolina State University.
Jean Achey Schrader and her
husband, Jack, observed their 55th anniversary in July. They have two daughters and four
granddaughters, who come in pairs: Jessie, a dean’s list student, is a junior at
Muhlenberg College, and her sister, Jackie, a freshman at Saucon Valley High School.
Tracy and Tara are married and account for three great-granddaughters. Jack is a volunteer
coach in swimming, volleyball, and track at Saucon Valley High School.
Mickey Silverberg has served
on the Alumni Association board and continues to serve on our reunion committee. (It’s
a job for life, girls.) Mickey became a widow five years ago and has been fortunate to
have her sons, Greg and John, and their families nearby. Her daughter, Jane, and family
live near Chicago. Mickey has eight grandchildren in the area and three in Chicago. She
keeps busy with volunteer activities at Parkland Community Library, her temple, and as
a voting machine operator on election days.
Mary Jean Spangenthal changed
buses twice, traveling from Richmond, Va., to attend the reunion. Widowed in 1997, she
has two sons and three grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren attend Radford University,
and the third is in high school. Mary Jean is active in the Virginia Association for
Early Childhood Education and on the board of the North Richmond MCA Child Care Committee.
She spent the last year working for gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner and, when he
won, served on his inaugural committee. She now volunteers in the mailroom of the Office
of Constituent Affairs twice a week. The governor gets some interesting mail, she says.
Jean Lombardi reports that
she is very involved in the annual American Association of University Women book sale
in Reading. Her grandson lives in New York, trying to make it in the theater.
June Moyer, whom we haven’t
seen in a long time, came from California with her husband, Bob. We are grateful to June
for the many, many years she faithfully served as our class correspondent. She reports
that her son, David, 51, graduated from James Madison University with a major in philosophy.
As we look to bigger and better
reunions, don’t forget the advice of Marie Dressler: “It’s not how
old you are; it’s how you are old.”
Class notes for the next issue
should go to Margaret Loveless Browne, 301 Dundee Place, Devon, PA 19333-1446.
NEWS OF 1941-46 MEN
From Lloyd Fatzinger:
Hello and thanks to those
who replied to my letter asking for news! I heard from the ventriloquist of the Class
of ’42, Frank Senn, who reports that he did graduate work in meteorology
at MIT and spent 11 years in the Air Force as a meteorologist. Then he ran the family
business (that was in Egg Harbor, N.J., as I remember) for another 30 years. He now lives
in Florida and plays golf twice weekly.
Ken Almy is
looking for information about friends from the Class of ’43. Ken says he found
an old recording by the Glee Club, made for the Fred Waring College Glee Club competition
in Atlantic City. (I believe that was in ’41, when Jack Kline was the student director.)
He thought we sounded good. As I remember, we placed well in that competition: first
or second for small college choruses. Ken stood behind me on the risers.
C.R. (Charley) Henkelmann also
checked in. He comes from a family of Moravian graduates: father Reinhold, brother David ’53, ’57,
cousins Percival ’48, ’51 and Marvin ’50, ’53,
all of whom were or are Moravian ministers, and Marvin’s son Brian ’78, ’83,
who teaches sacred music at the College. (Percival’s branch of the family split
off a generation ago and spells Henkelman with one N.) Charley spent a semester at Moravian
until the Navy changed his locale to Franklin and Marshall. He returned to graduate in ’46
and then graduated from Thomas Jefferson Medical School in 1950.
Bert Shinner sent
an e-mail to wish me luck in removing the dust from the “dust-covered men” of
Burt Kelchner sent
a home address in Glendale, Ariz. And Jerome (Jerry) Sherman and I tried
several times to reach each other, but we have not yet succeeded. He told my wife he
I also remain busy, working
part-time as a self-employed contractor for the Bureau of Hearing and Appeals, Social
Security Administration. I always say that I’ve retired three times—first
from the U.S. Army after 20 years, then from the missile and space industry in range
support research and development (I was an engineering writer), and then as a vocational
rehabilitation counselor—but I’m too dumb to quit working.
We would like to hear from
others so we can pass the news to you.
NEWS OF 1946
From Ileen Whitehead Birnbaum:
Marian Moore Fowler is
widowed, retired, and enjoying her leisure time with family and grandchildren.
Ada Zellner Flower and
Frank are busy helping family with home maintenance and improvement. A grandson graduating
from high school took them to New Jersey. Their daughter from California came east in
June to visit.
Barbara Shepherd and
her son, “Shep,” are busy in a new real estate business in Florida.
Ann Root Meyer and
Ed in Colorado will fly on the Concorde to Paris and London to celebrate Ed’s 80th
birthday. Ann still takes piano lessons (about once every 30 years, she says). We were
reminiscing on the phone about the play Cry Havoc, which we were in. She was supposed
to shoot me, but the gun didn’t fire. So Ann said, “Bang!,” and I dropped
Jean Mandell Litow and
her husband, Litman, went in June to a wedding in New Jersey, then to visit Dave and
me. Jean showed me her picture in the Daily Times as a $200 winner in a drawing
at the Giant grocery store. Lucky Jean.
In June, Dave and I camped
in beautiful West Virginia with our son Rae and his wife, Pat. We hiked (gently), kayaked
and fished. We attended our last grandchild’s high school graduation in New York.
Please write and keep in touch!
NEWS OF 1945
From Jane Smith Ebelhare:
Dorothy Stump Lied has
moved from her old building in Ephrata to a new apartment in a modern retirement center.
She’s busy getting settled in and is very happy with it. In April, she went to
Pittsburgh to attend her granddaughter’s senior cello recital and in May to her
graduation from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jackie Haas Bauder took
a trip to Orlando, Fla., in January with two friends. After shopping in a huge discount
mall and doing all the international pavilions at Epcot Center, they drove to Fort Lauderdale
and took the ship Discovery to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. They hit the highlights
of the Bahamas, then came back to Daytona Beach and flew home. In April, she went to
Washington, D.C., to attend Grandparents’ Day at her granddaughter Natalie’s
kindergarten, which is in the Smithsonian Institution. She also saw exhibits of Jackie
Kennedy’s wardrobe and the centennial of Peter Rabbit. At the Seminary graduation
in May, an old friend of Jackie’s from Tanzania, Rev. Andrew Kyomo ’75,
returned to receive an honorary degree, and the parties and reunions were great fun.
On May 30, Jackie went to
Europe, first to Prague to visit with an old friend, then to Herrnhut to see the new
archives building and another friend. There she heard the wonderful singing of a group
of Moravian teens from South Africa. She also went to Vienna, Salzburg, Rottenburg (Germany),
Prague, and Budapest. Three day after she got back, the provincial synod in Bethlehem
took place, and Jackie was a page there. This left her one day to regroup and pack for
her granddaughter Tiffani’s wedding in Green Bay, Wis. It was a joyous occasion
and family reunion.
During the synod, Jackie worked
with Betty Griffis, Ruth Keily ’41, and Mary
Catherine Concevitch ’42, who were also pages. Lois Moser Harke and
her husband, Al, were there for several days of the Synod.
Beryl Harrison e-mailed
to say she still plays golf three or four times a week, bowls once or twice a week in
the winter, and mows the lawn with her self-propelled Snapper mower.
Kline’s son, Dr. Loren E. Kline, was in New Orleans in April to deliver
a paper and had to have emergency surgery. He was in Tulane University Hospital for
two weeks, so Eleanor and her daughter, Martha, went there to be with him and his wife
until he was released. A visit with a friend in Weslaco (near the Mexican border),
which was pending when I last wrote, was very enjoyable.
Janet Moyer Paulus and
her husband, Dick, keep busy with family activities. She and Dick and Jackie Haas Bauder
planned to go to Lititz at the end of July to visit Florence Drebert Fritts and
her husband, Warren, and also may spend some time with Dorothy Stump Lied.
Jackie Stout McGiffert spent
most of her summer at her place on Flathead Lake, near Big Fork, Mont. She visited her
daughter Sarah and family in Austin, Texas, in May. They all went to San Antonio, and
she enjoyed its River Walk.
Gloria Gately Chipman does
water aerobics four times a week, and her husband, Frank, golfs. They’ve been spending
weekends at their house at Atlantic Beach, N.C. In May, they took a 10-day cruise from
Baltimore to the Caribbean and Belize. Their next trip will be a 14-day cruise from Montreal
to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lois Moser Harke and Al
Harke ’43 made a whirlwind trip to Bethlehem in June to attend the Liberty
High School graduation of their youngest grandchild, Rachael Stapleton, who entered
Moravian in the fall and hopes to attend a conservatory of music. The Harkes left Madison,
Wis., on a Tuesday and arrived in Bethlehem the next day. The graduation was Thursday,
and there was a family party on Friday, a visit to Al’s sister in Philadelphia
on Saturday, and a trip to New Jersey on Sunday to see Al’s brother. They left
Monday and got home Tuesday. (All this sounds like a trip with my husband.) No wonder
Lois requested a vacation afterward!
I had one of those small-world
experiences several weeks ago. I had a phone call from a pleasant lady, Blanche Magnuson,
who lives less than a block away from us in Fort Collins, Colo. She said her brother
was a Moravian graduate and had seen in the class notes of the Moravian College Magazine that
the class of ’45 correspondent lived in Fort Collins. It turns out Mrs. Magnuson’s
brother is Warren Sautebin ’43, ’45. I called Lois Moser
Harke to tell her, as I was sure that Al would have known Warren. He certainly had: They
were classmates and roommates. Warren is a bishop in the Moravian Church, living in Sturgeon
Thus far, none of the disastrous
forest fires has come close to us, but they’ve had a heartbreaking impact on so
many people in Colorado. Andy and I stay busy with domestic chores, day trips and explorations
of Colorado ghost towns, and animal care for our own and our children’s, as needed.
NEWS OF 1944
NEWS OF 1943
Reunion: May 30-31
From June Bright Reese:
Founder’s Day on Church
Street was a delightful experience. President and Mrs. Rokke opened their lovely home
for a reception before the Lovefeast in Peter Hall. Elizabeth Tyler Bugaighis ’87
and Jeanne Taccarino Guaraldo ’69 presented a documentary film
on their project, “Preserving Our Past: Oral Histories from Moravian College for
Women 1913-1954,” a series of interviews with faculty and students of the Church
Our two classes held another
reunion at a local restaurant. A big thank you to Betty Adams Roach for
making the arrangements.
Margaret Terr Willey and
her husband, Ed, spent a month at Hutchinson’s
Island, Fla. Their daughter Eileen and granddaughter Lorraine joined them for a week. Maxine “Macky” Sortwell
Kerrigan saw the spectacular light show in Las Vegas. Betty Karte awaits
completion of Moravian Village, where she hopes to live.
Marian Carty Durkee has
returned from a most interesting Elderhostel in Richmond, Va, and enjoyed a three-hour
cruise on the James River, viewing stately Southern mansions.
Betty Adams Roach and her
husband, Jack, attended the graduation of their grandson Matthew from the College of
William and Mary and the high school graduation of his brother, Gregory.
My granddaughter Jennifer
graduated from Muhlenberg College. Unfortunately, no one from our family was able to
attend: Her mother was hospitalized, and I was with her. As many of you know, my dear
husband of 54 years passed away February 27 at Westminster Village. Thank you for your
expressions of sympathy.
Let’s hear your news!
And mark the date of our 60th reunion: Alumni Weekend, May 30-31, 2003. Hope to see you
NEWS OF 1942
From Mary Kuehl Concevitch:
Members of the Bicentennial
Class began Alumni Weekend by attending Founders’ Day. Both four-year and two-year
grads were present for the reception at the President’s house, the Lovefeast in
Peter Hall, and the luncheon in Clewell Dining Hall. Our contingent included Peggy
Lutz Gray, Betty Birk Nowicki, Ruth Schantz Fortino, Betty
Barton Dodd, Doris Dieruff Loux, Sallie Magargle Gery,
and me. For the 50+ breakfast Saturday, we were joined by Virginia Paulson Kocher.
For the parade (thank goodness
we didn’t have to walk!) we filled two convertibles (one driven by Alma
Kirkhuff Kuehner) and a PT Cruiser. By the time of the alumni luncheon in Johnston
Hall, we had added Avis Gordon, Leah Victor Silver and
husband, Mildred Couch Feely, Ethel Wetter Angler, Leonora
Wilmer York, and Mary Ellen Binder Oren. Not bad for a 60-year
From those who were unable
Sadie Giordano Hill did
not want to travel alone from North Carolina. Gladys Edgar Marcus had
just returned from South America. She stays busy playing golf and caring for their 16
flowerbeds in Florida. Kay Benner Merkle, Doylestown, sings in the church
choir and serves on its committees. Ruth Wallace Paul and her husband
were attending a granddaughter’s college graduation. Esther Cargesenter
Scott and her husband were in Spain. Sister Felicia Tangella had
health problems. Mary Alice Veronis Thompson sent pictures of her husband
and grandchildren. June Collins Cawley wrote from Maine that she plans
to attend Founder’s Day next year. Ruth Young Thomas sends greetings
from Florida. Her daughter, Ann Poulos ’68, is a Moravian grad. Phoebe
Arnold was on vacation at the shore.
Some of this news about the
Secretarials is from Doris Loux, and I thank her.
NEWS OF 1941
From the Alumni House:
a non-graduating member of the class, died May 8. She was one of the first women ever
to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.
NEWS OF 1940
From the Alumni House:
We are still looking for a
class correspondent. Interested? Please contact the Alumni Office at 610 861-1366.
NEWS OF 1939
NEWS OF 1938
Reunion: May 30-31
NEWS OF 1937
NEWS OF 1936
NEWS OF 1935
From Wilma Kistler Uhrich:
Summer is scooting right along,
and I hope you’re enjoying it. I’ve written to Peg Sabol, Mary
Louise Folk, and Carol Messinger, and the cards were returned.
Please advise your current address.
Mary Pristoff Bosich says
she’s entertained every Friday afternoon when her retirement home has music programs,
including dancing and refreshments. She tries to be selective about her meals because
she doesn’t want to regain the 50 pounds she lost! Aside from needing to have both
knees replaced, she’s fine.
I had a nice phone call from Anna
Neanand, who also lost weight: 40 pounds! She keeps busy with her weekly bridge
club. She has been to our neck of the woods to see Daniel at Sight & Sound
and to New York to see Mamma Mia! and The Producers. She also has
gone to the Kimmel Center, new home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where she heard
Peter Nero. Alma volunteers for Red Cross transportation and keeps her home up to date,
having had a new well drilled and the driveway paved.
Kitty Adams Eckhard went
to Branson, Upper Canada, where she took a whale-watching trip; North Carolina, where
she saw the Andy Griffith and Walton homesteads; and Memphis, where the excitement of
the day came from four ducks who walked from the hotel fountain on a red carpet to the
elevator, which they took to their cage on the roof. She also saw Graceland. En route
to Memphis, she stopped in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry.
Marcella Dimmick lives
in Kirkland Village in Bethlehem.
From Sumter, S.C., Phyllis
Iobst Hill reports that the weather is beautiful and the crepe myrtles gorgeous.
The Hills have been contemplating a move to a retirement complex but keep postponing
it. They have a 3-year-old and a 4-month-old great granddaughter, and another great-grandchild
due shortly—all in Louisiana. They also have an unmarried granddaughter, a career
girl, in Dallas. They still get to church, eat out, and get around.
We’re still buzzing
around, constantly on the go. We figure we may as well keep on as long as we’re
able! Our balcony is my flower garden, which consists of geraniums, marigolds, brown-eyed
Susans, and petunias, in addition to many indoor plants. I have a watering good time!