NEWS OF 1949
From Norma Boldt Wynne:
Many thanks to Kathryn
Knopf Kricks for representing MCW's Class of 1949 at its 55th reunion in May.
Katie has been a faithful attendee at the reunion luncheons.
Gloria Roth wrote
that she lives in Emmaus and thoroughly enjoys her retirement from Air Products and Chemicals.
She hasn't been able to travel, as her 105-year-old father lives with her and can't be
left for long periods of time. However, she enjoys needlework and working outdoors in
Crosby is working in a new profession. She studied at the Gemological Institute
of America, where she has received her C.G. (gemologist's diploma). Charlotte also
gives her time to the American Museum of Natural History, where she works on field
notes about a 30-year study of terns. Charlotte is a widow now and shares her apartment
in New York with two fancy cats.
Audrey Kirchman Tostevin wrote
that she and her husband are very involved in community theater. Ron does the technical
work and Audrey acts, directs, and serves on the governing board. They are enjoying their
grandchildren: James, who lives close by, and Helen, who lives in Big Sky, Mon. Audrey
and Ron divide their time between Ligonier, their house on the Jersey shore, and a condo
in Sanibel, Fla. They also are active in St. Michael's Episcopal Church, where Ron is
a lay reader and Audrey directs the altar guild. Their three children are busy with jobs
and families: Ron III in New Jersey, Laurie in Montana, Cindy in Ligonier.
Alumni Day 2004 was very successful.
Many thanks to our committee: Bill Rosenberg, Pat McArdle, Jim Dundon, Robert
Frick, Clark Apgar, Charles Barner, Len
Storch, and me. In addition to the committee, Ivan Backer, Erwin
Boettcher, Delbert Edelman, and Frank Weaver attended.
I was there in a wheelchair after foot surgery a week earlier. My granddaughter and John
Williams from the Development Office pushed me around and saw that I was in the parade.
Charlie Barner came Friday
but left the next day for a cruise to Alaska. Clark keeps busy golfing and caring for
his wife, who has health problems. Frank, now retired from his medical practice, also
golfs, fishes, and spends time with his wife, four children, and grandchildren.
Harold Allen could
not attend but still spends a lot of time on his hobby, stamp collecting. He has given
slide presentations to various philately clubs. I will write about classmates who sent
in their reunion surveys next time.
NEWS OF 1948
From Jean Baxter McCracken:
The big news is that we are
finally online! I hope I'll get some e-mail from classmates for the next issue!
I had a knee replacement in
February and now look forward to a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana with a daughter
and a son. I hope to do at least a little hiking.
We had a visit from a World
War II vet who was in Charley's crew on a bomber in England. They hadn't seen each other
for 60 years! Reliving those missions was emotional for them, but they had a good time
NEWS OF 1947
From Mary Jean Spangenthal:
Peg Loveless Browne loved
her 14-day cruise of cities in the Baltic states. The 2,000 guests enjoyed nightly entertainment
and wonderful food, along with exciting experiences in their ports of call. Since Peg's
husband is ill and unable to travel, she partnered with a friend.
Peg also managed a trip to
Iowa, one of four this year, to visit a granddaughter on a varsity sports team at the
University of Iowa. With all those comings and goings, it's surprising to hear that Peg
is battling osteoporosis in her neck and shoulders.
Bob and June Urffer
Moyer made their annual pilgrimage to their cottage in Pennsylvania, where
they were joined by their children, Kathie and David. It was a time for much celebration
as June and Bob marked their 56th wedding anniversary, Kathie had her 50th birthday,
and it was Father's Day!
They spent a week at their
time-share in Puerta Vallarta in May and are dabbling in the history of the Urffer and
the Moyer families.
Since recovering from winter
illnesses, Barbara Miller and her husband have traveled to Houston,
Texas, to visit their son and his family. They enjoyed the talent of their two granddaughters,
who both play the violin. The girls participated in a "Coffee Concert" in a
private home while they were there.
In June, the Texas family
joined the Millers in this area to attend the wedding of another granddaughter, who will
be moving to Mississippi.
Jean Schrader wrote
enthusiastically about Muhlenberg College's graduation. She and Jack were there to see
granddaughter Jessie receive her diploma in business administration and accounting. Jean
listed an impressive number of honors and achievements for Jessie, as well as for a second
granddaughter who is a junior at Saucon Valley High School, where Jack is still a volunteer
Janet Weinland had
family news, but her main item was the Elderhostel she attended in San Diego (her third).
It was on filmmaking, and it included a tour of a boat museum. One of its old sailing
vessels was featured in Master and Commander, which they then saw.
June Kuhns was
excited about a church project for July 4, and it's clear she is very busy with responsibilities
all year long. Of her grandchildren, Chris graduated from high school and entered the
University of Florida, where he will study dentistry, as his father did.
NEWS OF 1946
From Ileen Whitehead Birnbaum:
Ada Zellner Flower attended
an Elderhostel in Eagle Creek, Ore., in April. Then she took a riverboat cruise up the
Columbia River and down the Snake River to Hell's Canyon. She followed the path of the
Lewis and Clark expedition, of very special interest to her. In May, she attended a grandson's
graduation in California.
Marian Emig Hoffman wrote
from Fairbanks, Alaska, where she enjoys life very much. Her summer ventures were to
Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. It is connected with the Alaska Lifelong Learning
program, a mini-Elderhostel. She spent time with her sons, Tom in Fort Wayne, Ind., and
Philip at the Fort Wayne airport. On August 6, she attended a family reunion in Allentown.
Jean Mandell Litow is
very busy with family, holidays, and the wedding of her granddaughter, Amira.
I have been doing some camping.
I enjoyed a few days at the industry open house in York, which included Harley-Davidson
motorcycles, Utz Potato Chips, and the Pfaltzgraff china factory. The most interesting
thing I saw was the robotic farm for milking cows. For their special comfort, the ladies
had waterbeds! I will be meeting our son Rae and his wife for camping in Canada. Dave
and I will be going to Jean Litow's granddaughter's wedding in Annapolis, Md.
NEWS OF 1945
Reunion May 20-21
From Jane Smith Ebelhare:
Jackie Haas Bauder has
been suffering from a fungus infection in her lungs at least since May and probably before
that. It took some time and a biopsy to diagnose it, but at the end of July she should
have been off the costly medication and feeling better. Jackie's son Doug came to visit
her on June 18 for a belated birthday celebration. The next day he took her to the closing
of the Synod to visit friends. To honor her retirement from the choir after 54 years, "College
Hill [Moravian Church] started a rose garden with three bushes I chose and dedicated
it to me, with the idea that others might want to plant roses for a loved one."
In May, Jackie met with Janet
Moyer Paulus and her husband, Dick, and Florence Drebert Fritts and
her husband, Warren, at Cabela's near Hamburg for a shopping and luncheon date. During
Alumni Weekend, Jackie learned that the College has someone who works once a week on
the archives and history of the school. [It is James Tyler, son of the late professors
Dorothy and George Tyler.] So Jackie has volunteered to help.
She passed along the sad news
that Jane Shirer '44 died several days before Alumni Weekend.
Janet Moyer Paulus' month
of June was full of graduations. She and Dick attended two high school ceremonies and
one "moving up" program for various grandchildren. They heard "Pomp and
Circumstance"over and over as they watched a total of 1,221 teenagers march into
Janet was surprised and delighted
to receive a phone call from Rheta Adams Weidenbacker '44, who has been
confined to her home in Philadelphia since 1999 because of a lung obstruction. Janet
says Rheta's spirit and interest in life has not been dampened, and her devoted husband,
Bob, has helped her to make the best of it all. They spoke sadly of Jane Shirer, a lifetime
friend of Rheta.
In April, Dorothy
Stump Lied accompanied friends to Florida. On the way home, they stopped in
Summerville, S.C., to see Helen Van Wye Somers. Helen spent her freshman
year at Moravian with our class. Dottie planned to spend a few days at her church's
annual conference in Charleston, W.Va., in July.
Beryl Harrison e-mailed
that she is still well and active with golf, bowling, and yardwork. The highlights of
the year are her golf trips to Florida and to Wildwood Crest and Stone Harbor, N.J.
The last church for which
Al Harke was pastor, in Hope, Ind., held a big celebration in June and invited Lois
Moser Harke to join them. The members were observing the 174th anniversary of
the congregation, and also the dedication of a large space that had been added to their
Christian education wing. It is called the Moravian Outreach Center and can accommodate
basketball games and large groups for meals or meetings.
By the way, Lois is still
pursuing line-dancing lessons.
Gloria Gately Chipman wrote
from Atlantic Beach, N.C., where she and Frank have a beach house. She said it was extremely
hot and sticky, and they were hoping for a thunderstorm to cool it off even if it interfered
with the July 4 fireworks. They were to go back home to Kinston, N.C., the next morning
and drive to Baltimore for a flight to Iceland and a 10- day tour of the island.
Alice Joyce Yeager and
her husband, Bob, moved last year to Westminster Shores, a very nice retirement home
in Bradenton, Fla. After seven months, however, they needed to be independent again.
So in January they moved back to their old neighborhood. Alice had some skin cancer cells
removed from her nose. She and Bob planned to visit their daughter in Tennessee.
Andy and I are enjoying our
summer in Colorado and storing up energy to carry us through next winter.
NEWS OF 1944
From the Alumni House:
We are very sad to report
that your class correspondent and good friend, Jane Shirer, died May
18. She will be missed by many.
Jane was a faithful correspondent,
and we now need someone to take over her job. We are sure she would want you all to stay
in touch! Please contact Pat Hanna in the Alumni Office, 610 625- 7874, if you can help
NEWS OF 1943
NEWS OF 1942
From Mary Kuehl Concevitch:
On Founder's Day in May, our
class, including secretarials, was represented by Helen Grote Detthof '40, Alma
Kirkhuff Kuehner, Sally Magargle Gery '44, Doris Dieruff
Loux, Phoebe Arnold, Mary Ellen Binder Orben,
and me. We enjoyed the reception at the president's home, the Lovefeast in Peter Hall
with Sue Lenius Dreydoppel '73 as speaker, and the lovely luncheon in Clewell Hall. But
only one of us appeared Saturday when class pictures were to be taken!
NEWS OF 1941
From Ruth Hemmerly Kelly:
Barbara Bastian Uhrig says
she is preparing to move into a retirement community in Tucson in October.
Thelma Scheifele Heiberger and
Bob also are preparing for a major move: to live with their daughter Roberta in Midlothian,
Va. Their grandson Ashley recently received his law degree.
Letty Cliff Shurskis was
in Bethlehem for the Eastern District Moravian Synod in June and luckily escaped the
tornado in Lebanon County.
I have been using up frequent
flyer miles before I get too decrepit or the airline goes bankrupt. I was in England
in May and California in June, visiting friends. I will be spending a week in Maine for
a family reunion. Now I'm getting ready for a move to Moravian Village in Bethlehem this
Ruth Reitz Balish writes
from Mineral Bluff, Ga., her new home, that she had some difficult health problems, but
she's better and pleased to be nearer her children and grandchildren.
NEWS OF 1941-46
NEWS OF 1940
Reunion May 20-21
NEWS OF 1939
From the Alumni House:
We regret to announce that
class correspondent Elizabeth Batdorf Hummel died on November 27. We
extend our sincere condolences to her family.
NEWS OF 1938
From Christine Roberts Fraley:
Olivia Musselman Barnes, Mary
Fabian Strock, and I represented the Class of '38 at reunion weekend in May--our
66th! On Friday, we went to Founder's Day events and on Saturday the Alumni Day programs.
On both days we left after luncheon. It was great to go back to the old campus, but
we no longer run up and down all the stairs. They were a challenge.
Olivia and Mary still live
in their homes and manage very well. I am enjoying life here at Luther Crest. I've made
friends and become part of this community.
I am sad to report that Anna
Moyer Koller passed away August 17. She also lived here at Luther Crest in
the nursing facility.
Kyle Penick sent a note in
June that his mother, Ruth Smith Penick, had died not long before at
the age of 88. She had lived in Flagstaff, Ariz., since 1963.
From the Alumni Office:
We are very sad to report
that Evalyn Adams Hawk died September 10. She was a loyal class correspondent
for many years and will be missed.
NEWS OF 1937
NEWS OF 1936
From the Alumni House:
Paul Clay died
in May. He has two daughters, Judith Clay '61 and Susan J. Smith '69,
as well as a grandson, Clay '01 and a granddaughter, Caroline '96.
His son, Tom '55, also is a Moravian. Paul went to almost every Moravian
sporting event as long as he was able.
NEWS OF 1935
From Wilma Kistler Uhrich:
After 67 years of a very happy
marriage, my beloved husband passed away May 12. I'm very grateful to be living in Willow
Street because I'll be taken care of for the rest of my life.