Class Notes

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 Pennsylvania Pageant.

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, and me.

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.

Magdalene Marossy 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 the ’40s.

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 remains busy.

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 dead.

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.

Eleanor Beidelman 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 Bay, Wis.

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 Street campus.

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 there!


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 reunion!

From those who were unable to attend:

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:

Mary Bowes, 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.


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NEWS OF 1938
Reunion: May 30-31


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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!

Alumni Weekend 2002

The Class of 1952 Men stand shoulder to shoulder for their portrait during Alumni Weekend 2002. Front row, Donald M. Cohen, James F. Conahan, John O. Williams Jr., John H. Seifert, Robert W. Gordon. Second row: Nevin W. Cope, Richard J. Manning, Joseph F. Garin III, Bernard T. Mittemeyer, Robert A. Kaster. Third row: Dale A. Grove Jr., Roy A. Sturm, Carl E. Case, William G. Palenchar, Frank J. Kessler, Stephen A. Herczeg.

Photo: Christmas City Studios