NEWS OF 1955
From Helen Varady Keyser:
From the Christmas letters of former classmates:
Sue Ann Henkelman Fortney '53 and Ann Henstchel Cutler will
drive here for Sue Ann's 50th reunion.
Mary Nelmes Seagreaves has six grandchildren.
Kay Moyer Cressman and her husband, Marvin, in Philadelphia at a neurological
meeting, saw the Phillies play Atlanta, then went to Ironton to visit the Livery. They
also took a side trip to the Amish farrier, Burk Latler, who puts shoes on brother-in-law
David's carriage horses. (During the Christmas holidays and Musikfest, David Cressman gives
carriage rides in downtown Bethlehem.) They spent Labor Day and Thanksgiving with son Brian
in Atlanta, where they hiked with grandchildren, bicycled, and hit baseballs from the pitching
machine. Kay's grandson lives with them and is a stylist with Cost Cutters. Their son Scott
left his job at Toys R Us and has become a regional manager for the Dollar Stores in Lubbokc,
Texas. Also, Kay and Marvin enjoyed Muhlenberg's homecoming.
I saw Rev. Bob Engelbrecht '53 and his wife, Joan, at the Advent Breakfast
at the Radisson Hotel.
Mary Pongracz '52 directed the Bethlehem Hungarian Singers (a.k.a. the Hungarian Carolers),
of which my husband, John, and I are members, at Bethlehem's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony
at Center City Plaza. The choir also sang at St. John Capistrano's Christmas Eve Mass and
the Hungarian Reformed Church.
I met Marie Gosztonyi Piff '36 at the performance of the Dusquesne University
Tamburitzans! at Saucon Valley high School in Hellertown. This well-known dance group,
dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Eastern Europe, has performed annually
for the past 48 years. John and I help with the ticket sales, and it is always a sellout.
John and I attended Delta Omicron's performance class and luncheon at the Moravian Music
Department's open house on April 23, sponsored by the Music Alliance. There we saw Nancy
Zeleski Frantz '53, and at our table were Helen Desh Woodbridge '54
and Ruth Hemmerly Kelly '41.
Barbara Camp Schmoyer, Nancy Zelesnki Frantz, Rose Mandic Donchez, Joan
Landrock Schlegel, Ann Collins Frey, and I continued our annual
birthday celebrations: Anne's in December at the Radisson Hotel Bethlehem, Nancy's in January
at the Brewery Tavern, which is owned by Anne's brother Jack. In February, we went to the
Minsi Trail Inn for Barbara's birthday-where we first got together nine years ago.
From Pearl Stein '57:
A letter from Elaine Thomasch Nolfa '57 tells us that a group of two-year-classmates
held thier own reunion in Texas this summer. Barbara Cocklin Althouse hosted Jane
Boiles Ellis, Janet Shallcross Siecke, and Rose Ann Pelligra
NEWS OF 1954
Reunion May 21-22, 2004
From Helen Desh Woodbridge:
As Dottie Ruyak said in her Christmas letter: "Once again, it's time
to catch up with old friends." She celebrated Christmas with a visit from her sister,
Connie, and Connie's husband, Chuck, who also visited their daughter, Linda. In February,
Dottie and her sister, Betty, flew to Hawaii to be with Connie and Chuck. Dottie is active
in the League of Women Voters, where she heads a group in search of a new office, as their
present building is about to become a Walgreen's. She also enjoys her two-day-a-week job
at a senior residence, though it is sad, she writes, when residents move on because they
need additional care, and sadder still when the residence loses someone.
Betty Kuss Erney wrote about her husband, Bob, and his amazing mother,
age 95, from New Jersey, who spent Chirstmas with the in Houston. Betty misses Pennsylvania.
Lois Lutz Geehr's Christmas message was inspired byt eh hpysicist and
theologian Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, from his talk and books on the pattern of our lives
here and beyond. Lois sees those patterns in the lives of her husband, Frederic, an assistant
at a nearby congregation; their three beautiful, creative, and courageous children; and
their three blossoming grandchildren.
Recent events in the life of Joan Kinard Mercado include the death of
her 90-year-old mother and the memorial service for which her son-in-law Dieter officiated.
Her daughter Renita anticiaptes ordination this year. In July, Joan visited them in St.
Louis; in August, her daughter, Diane, and son-in-law, Greg, in Virginia, where they are
home-schooling their four children. In October, she went to her 50th high school reunion
in Philadelphia. Joan's activities continue with the Houston Symphony League, First Presbyterian
Church, and Houston Tuesday Musical Club.
Christmas greetings also came from Pat Miller Scott and Ian from their
home in Ridgefield, Conn., and from Pat Krolik Nebinger.
Fran Webber Horton '52, my big sister, wrote that the holiday season began
in Auburn with an 8-inch snow. It was "a quiet, peaceful beauty of a day, a chance
to reflect and review thier year's events." About her 50th class reunion, she wrote
: "The conversation picked up as though we'd just visited with one another a few days
ago." Sketching is one of her interests. Last summer in Maine, she and Rod hiked and
fished. At their church, his interest in social ministry and hers in music were recognized
with the St. Andrews Honor Award.
From Clemmons, N.C., came greetings from Elynor Fishell Rights, who is
looking forward to our 50th reunion in May 2004. Marian Wagner asks: "What
ideas do we have for our 50th?" Our class needs ideas for our part in the alumni parade
NEWS OF 1953
From Helen Varady Keyser '55:
Bam McCombs Justice is recuperating from a very bad broken ankle.
From Helen Desh Woodrbridge '54:
Gladys Smith Winkelmann of Spirit Lake, Idaho, writes that her husband,
Howie, a retired police officer, has become involved with Timberlyne Marine Tours, which
offers the Pacific Northwest Discovery Program, an exploratory tour, sailing this summer
on Bend d'Oreille Lake, Bayview, Idaho. It is the fifth-deepest lake in the United States,
and the Navy has five unmanned submarines based there for acoustic research.
Howie will be the skipper on the cruise vessel Timberlyne.
From the Alumni House:
Phil Trimble and his wife took a three-week trip to Tanzania and Kenya,
where they witnessed the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Phil reports: "We
were right in the middle of it!"
NEWS OF 1952
From Gloria Abel Parkhill:
Once again, the Parkhill household
passed from one year to the next with doctors, nurses, and assorted medical personnel.
Had I not received a very newsy letter from Xenia Lychos Filipos, there
would be no 1952 report.
As many of you know, Xenia
has taken courses in Moravian’s Division of Graduate and Continuing Studies, with
particular emphasis on political science. She enjoys helping others understand court
procedures. Xenia is active at Bethlehem’s Trinity Episcopal Church as a lector,
a singer in the choir, a member of its Bible study classes, and a helper in the daily
soup kitchen. Her other interests include five children and five grandchildren. Three
of her children live in the Washington, D.C., area: John is a lawyer with an investment
firm, Elizabeth in residential real estate sales, and Gregory in commercial real estate
leasing. Anastassios, better known as Tass, is a music editor for film and television
and lives in New York. Xenia’s youngest son, David, who lives in Portland, Maine,
is a building contractor and enjoys scuba diving.
Hope you will send updates
on the biographical sketches you prepared for our 50th reunion. Have a good summer!
NEWS OF 1951
From Carol Buechner McMullen:
A letter from June Shafer Scholl mentioned that her granddaughter, Amy
Frantz, is a freshman at Moravian this year. Amy is interested in political science.
She not only takes classes in this subject but also is a political campaign volunteer.
While visiting her son in Maryland, June spoke with Zora Martin Felton ’52
and enjoyed a visit with Henry Marpaung ’64, one of the first international
students she entertained. Henry is stationed at the Indonesian embassy and lives in Silver
Spring, Md., with his wife, Ria.
Byrdie Loveless Jackson leads an active life with frequent visits and
activities with her children, grandchildren, sisters, and friends. A highlight of 2002
was a trip to China (her third), including a cruise on the Yangtze River. She traveled
with a World War II veterans group and was accompanied by her daughter Christine
Jackson Gratz ’71 and sister Margaret Loveless Browne ’47.
Byrdie finds her Web TV a great help in keeping in touch with all her friends, including
three Chinese university students in Beijing whom she met on her trip.
I visited Bethlehem in February for a reception at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex—an
impressive name for a most impressive addition to the Moravian campus. I especially enjoyed
an excellent concert by College musicians.
I close with the sad news that Pat Center Moyer died March 4. I extend
our deepest sympathy to her family and all who knew her.
NEWS OF 1950
NEWS OF 1949
Reunion May 21-22, 2004
From Norma Boldt Wynne:
It was a nice surprise to hear from Jean Whitaker Cliff, who has been
living in Utah for four years and traveling the past four months but now is heading back
to Prescott, Ariz.
Posie Bosek Clymer and her husband, Ell, also have been traveling. Last July,
they had a lovely few weeks in France. In the fall, they flew to Seattle and drove south
through Oregon; the highlight of that trip was Crater Lake. The Clymers ended their tour
in the California wine country of the Napa Valley and came home from San Francisco. They
have now completed their goal of visiting all 50 states.
Louise Scott Gross picked up American Heritage magazine and found an article
by Penny Hall Porter called “My Brush with History.” Louise
wrote that she was to have minor surgery on her foot, which would keep her home for a couple
of weeks. She received a note from Faye Werley Jurden, who had been having
some health problems but was feeling better by Christmas. Faye said her husband, John,
had retired but was drawing cartoons for the newspaper once in a while.
My big news is that my grandson and his wife presented me with a great-granddaughter in
From the Alumni House:
William Margetich wrote that a recent stroke prevented him from attending
the Washington, D.C.-area alumni event at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in early April.
The son of a Croatian immigrant steel worker, he said he would have loved to attend. Bill
served in World War II in the Navy and earned five battle stars. He graduated from the
University of Miami Law School. After his retirement, he became a Congressional investigator.