From Helen Varady Keyser:
Mother Nature smiled on the 50th reunion of the Class of 1955 as the first
and women’s classes took part in varied activities. We also had a good turnout!
attendance were Roger Amick and Claire, Mary Polak Barkis and
Braune and Jutta,
Tom Clay, Bob Detweiler and Katrina, Jim Dever, Rose
Mandic Donchez and Francis, Lou Esposito and Dolores, Jim
Evanko and Grace, Dr. John Galgon and Catherine, Gerry
Chris Lutton Andersen, Ted Houseknecht and June, Bam
McCombs Justice, David Kerchner and
Barbara, Mike Lutkus, Francis Petruny and Nancy, Ray
Salabsky and Pat, Charles Schaffer and Jean, Joan
Landrock Schlegel and Wallace, Bob Shaup, Arthur Spengler and
Homer Sutton, George Warfield and Mary, and me with my husband,
We all enjoyed the 50+ Club Breakfast on Saturday morning in the HUB dining room.
All our classmates received a gold 50+ pin from Dr. Rokke.
Following breakfast, a memorial
service was held in Borhek Chapel, led by Rev. David Schattschneider ’60,
with Mary Pongracz ’52 as organist. Names of deceased professors
and classmates were read, including Pat Leun, Cindy Ross, Fred
Haack, Dr. Franklin
Scholl, Harry Fenstermaker,
Donald Guman, Rev. James Ritter, Al Goguts, and Dale Williams.
Class Reunion Parade had three bands, greyhounds, and classic cars. (Joan and I rode.)
We threw lollipops to the children lining Main Street, as this was the first time the parade
left North Campus and ended at South Campus. Our blue class banner read “United We
Stand,” the Class of 1955 being the first merged class of men and women.
of Moravian Seminary and College for Women observed our 263rd Founder’s
Day celebration—“A Morning on Church Street”—beginning with a reception
Friday at the home of President and Mrs. Rokke, followed by the Moravian Lovefeast in Peter
Hall, where we gathered to share cookies and coffee, memories and fellowship. Ruth
Hemmerly Kelly ’41, our speaker, portrayed Countess Benigna: Missionary,
Educator, and World Traveler. At our lunch table in Clewell Dining Hall were Beverly
Bell ’56, Renee
Johnson Dragotta ’56, Bam McCombes Justice, Joan Landrock Schlegel, Nancy
Zeleski Frantz ’53, and myself.
Some belated news: We are sorry to learn
of the death of Tom Clay’s wife about two
years ago. Also, belated congratulations to Jim and Grace Evanko on their 50th wedding
anniversary, which they observed in December 2004 at a party given by their children at
Holy Family Church in Nazareth.
Rose and Francis Donchez noted that their son, Bethlehem
Police Commissioner Francis Donchez ’87,
was selected to receive the 16th annual Crime Prevention Award from the Pennsylvania Commission
on Crime and Delinquency.
It was wonderful to see Bam McCombs Justice from Sarasota, Fla.,
Mary Polak Barkis and Ed from Marietta, Ga., Mike Lutkus from Cottonwood, Ariz., and Max
and Jutta Braune from Emigrant, Mont.
I want to thank Bertie Knisely ’69 and staff
for a job well done; also our co-chairmen, Mike Lutkus and Joan Schlegel, and their committee
for all their work. Thanks also to Ray and Pat Salabsky for all their help, to Rev. David
Schattschneider and Mary Pongracz, and to John Williams of the Development Office and his
wife Mary Ann, who were always there for us.
From Helen Desh Woodbridge:
Beverly Bell ’56 and classmates Shirley Beck Dutt, Lois
Lutz Geehr, Marian
Wagner, and I met at the president’s reception on Founder’s Day. It
was a rainy morning. I chatted with Elaine Wagner Martinez ’52, Pearl
Stein ’57, Karen
Johnson Berry ’57,
Fern Bachman ’51 and June Shafer Scholl ’51. Fred
Geehr and Anne Enright ’52,
Founder’s Day Committee chair, added to our luncheon conversation.
On the afternoon
campus tour we met Edward M. Zamiskie ’54, a retired teacher from
At Saturday’s 50+ breakfast, we made a new acquaintance: Carol Buechner
I wore a gold blouse and socks and a purple skirt, and I was delighted at Carol’s
offer of her MCW dink, as I haven’t located mine in 50 years! In the parade to South
Campus, Bev rode while Shirley and I walked, wearing our purple and gold sashes and singing
our Alma Mater.
From Mary T. Pongracz:
Founder’s Day was a wonderful part of reunion weekend. Evelyn Buss Conover,
Alice Shofer Durner, Anne Enright, Elaine Wagner
Martinez, and I represented Moravian College
for Women’s Class of 1952. We want to remind you that our 55th reunion is fast approaching!
memorial service for Bobbee Edwards Bacon was held June 18 in New Jersey.
Reunion May 19-20
From Carol Buechner McMullen:
We will celebrate our 55th class reunion May 19-20, 2006! Your suggestions
and ideas are welcome, and I hope to see you there.
I attended the 2005 reunion weekend,
where I met June Shafer Scholl ’51 and Fern
Bachman Koplin. We enjoyed the Founder’s Day Lovefeast, especially the talk
about Countess Benigna. On Saturday, Debbie Irwin Fleagle joined us for
the traditional parade. We
opted to walk, as it was a nice day; from the Church Street campus, we took the bus back
with the Moravian greyhounds and their handlers.
Out in New Mexico, Nancy Oplinger
Dover continues her walks and bike rides. She and Ed attended their grandson’s
graduation summa cum laude from Colorado State University. They are planning a trip to
Hawaii for a reunion with friends in July; in the fall, they will travel to the Chesapeake
On June 23, I joined June and Fern along with Lois Shafer and Dick
Smith, Janet Fabian and Paul Andre and Vanita
Egge Marvin for lunch.
From the Alumni House:
The class of 1950 had a representative group at the 2005 Alumni
Weekend, when it celebrated its 55th reunion.
Those who came were George Adams and his wife,
Phyllis, from California, Lou Bender and his wife, Betty, and Bill
Ringer and his wife,
Dot, all from Florida. From New Jersey were Manny Roman and Bill
Vinczi; and from the Bethlehem
area, there were Justin Carisio and his wife, Gen, Tony Jaso and
his wife, Pat, Bill
Marvin Henkelman, and myself. I’m
in my 12th year in the financial services area with Prudential Financial, having completed
42 years in the wholesale lumber business as president and treasurer of Scholl Lumber Co.
were in the College’s parade down the “Moravian Mile,” marching and
riding from North Campus to South Campus. You had to be there to see Bill Matz in the sidecar
of a motorcycle that some alumni volunteered for the parade. Bill sat there like a Buddha,
carrying one of the Class of 1950 signs: “Hats off to Moravian!”
The class sends
its thanks and appreciation to Justin Carisio for preparing our black top hats, blue sashes
bearing the class year and “Still the Best of the Best” slogan,
and the signs.
Of those class members returned the alumni survey, some planned to attend;
but, as often happens, they couldn’t make it. These included Dean Garland from
Baltimore, Md., Ira Lutsey from Tulsa, Okla., Eric Schulze from
Lyden, Wash., Robert
Kramer from Sinking
Springs, and Wilbur Jackson from Bethlehem.
Lou Bender still flies his
ultra-light plane; George Adams has taken many Jeep trips in the Mohave Desert; Tony Jaso
and his wife have completed 20 years of volunteering at Bethlehem’s
MusikFest; Ira Lutsey teaches computer basics to other seniors; Manny Roman volunteers
with the American Cancer Society and teaches conversational English to foreign students;
Eric Schulze is a director of older adult ministries; Justin Carisio enjoys the time he
devotes to watercolor and oil painting; Dean Garland has a new-found interest in writing
a news column for local newsletters; and Bill Ringer walks the Gulf beaches looking for
Though retired, Bill Matz has had interim pastoral assignments in four
parishes in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Recently he has been an adjunct professor
of philosophy at Moravian College and Northampton Community College. He has been on the
advisory board for 25 years. He is also a borough councilman in Nazareth, a member of the
ethics committee of the Visiting Nurses Association of Eastern Pennsylvania (Hospice Division),
and writes the “Spiritual Journey” column in the religion section of the Easton
From Norma Boldt Wynne:
I answered the phone the other day, and a voice on the other end said, “Hi!
back in town!” It was Louise Scott Gross, who, after she retired
from teaching, moved to Lake Wallenpaupak, then to Florida, then to Carlisle and Mechanicsburg.
She has moved back to Bethlehem and is delighted to be there. Her son, Bob, with whom she
lives, has been named assistant superintendent for human resources for the Bethlehem Area
Jean Whitaker Cliff e-mailed that she has moved from her daughter’s
house, where she has lived for the past 13 years, to Prescott Lakes Senior Center, where
she keeps busy playing bridge. In June, Jean was in Ohio for her oldest daughter’s
58th birthday and, two days later, for her son-in-law’s retirement as headmaster
of a private school. Jean thinks Mitchell and her husband will move back to Tucson, as
they love the West, but will wait until their older son gets his law degree from McGill
University in Montreal. Jean remembers that the sisters of Phi Mu used to baby-sit Mitchell!
daughter Linda and I were planning a trip to Aruba in September. We hoped no hurricanes
would strike, as Ivan did last year, flooding the island leaving us stuck at our lodgings.
From Thomas F. Keim:
Roland Leibenguth ’48 sat with Charles Barner and me at the Alumni Weekend
luncheon in May. Roland is retired from AT&T, where he was a senior engineer. Charlie
is living in Myerstown at the Evangelical Congregational Stone Ridge Retirement Village.
Reunion May 19-20
From Ada Zellner Flower:
Mark your calendars! On May 19-20, 2006, we will celebrate 60 years since our
graduation from Moravian College for Women. It doesn’t seem possible to me. So much
has happened to us, our families, and to our Alma Mater in these 60 years.
Hodge and David celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in April 2004. As is
their custom, they spent the summer in Chatauqua, N.Y., and then were back in Florida in
Phyllis Clark has been doing a lot of home decorating and upgrading.
thinking of getting a second Puli.
Anne Rosenau Smythe and Bill Smythe say they’ve
slowed down a bit but then go on to describe a long wonderful trip to Italy in March 2004.
Back home they continue their “circuit” trips
to visit their children. They also continue to explore new sights in Colorado. Ann comments
on the beauty of their home. “If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains,” goes
the saying, “then you are lucky enough.”
After three runs as Miss Daisy and
three of On Golden Pond, Eve dePoalis Johnson ’49
does not miss her theater career. During the 2004-05 school year, she traveled weekly to
Newton, Mass., to stay with her granddaughter Sarah, who was ill with Lyme disease. Eve
and Dick and son Rich cruised the inland passage of Alaska. Rich is an itinerant art teacher
who travels to schools in the Midwest and Southwest, staying a week at a time. Their daughter
Kim is a teacher of children with special needs. In June 2005, Rich, Kim, and granddaughters
presented Eve and Dick with a “work week”: they took care of the many home
maintenance jobs that every house needs, while Eve coached the crew.
L. Barbara “Bobby” Shepherd and her son, Shep,
continue in their real estate business, though Bobby says Shep is the active one. Bradenton
was spared the hurricane damage that hit the rest of Florida. Bobby enjoys opera, travel,
visits from grandchildren, and lunch with friends. In August, she and a group of friends
cruised from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg.
Marian Emig Hoffman continues to travel. She
visited Valdez (where the Exxon oil tanker broke apart) and the Columbia Glacier. In
2004, she traveled east by car with her sons, stopping at old haunts and then attending
a first-ever Hoffman family reunion in Pennsylvania.
Frank had open-heart surgery in April.
He has recovered well (despite some bumps along the way). We have, of course, curtailed
our travels and activities. We, too, are awed by amazing medical care and the support
of family and friends.