NEWS OF 1948
From Jean Baxter McCracken:
I received a note from Edythe Steers Smith, a member of our class for
a year. She roomed with “Kip” Vorhees in Main Hall. Edythe
worked in New York for 25 years and was in and out of the World Trade Center every day.
She misses the city since moving with her daughter Jody to New Jersey. Edie is helping
Jody with a dance studio. She has another daughter, Hally, and four grandchildren.
I was interested to read in the winter Moravian College Magazine about the Moravian
mission in Honduras, in whose clinic four Moravian College nursing students went to work
over Christmas break. I have been involved with a mission group for 12 years and have been
to Central America, Mexico, and other Third World countries. This year I went to Honduras
to build a clinic and worship at a church in a squatters’ village on a mountainside.
Classmates, drop a line for
the next publication.
NEWS OF 1947
From Peg Loveless Browne:
A few e-mails and some personal phone calls brought in this information. Any mistakes found
are the results of my declining note-taking skills.
Ruth Heitz Bachman of Bristol and her husband traveled to Italy earlier
in the year. In September, her husband had a stroke, but she has nursed him back to health.
She has two daughters, each of whom has a son and a daughter, and she is very involved
in their activities.
Zoschack Kelly of
Hampton, Va., and I have kept
in contact with each other. Lorry’s
husband, Tom, died much too young,
and she raised their two sons,
now 50 and 52. She has two grandchildren,
one from each son. One, though
a very good pianist and guitarist,
aspires to be a filmmaker; the
other is a charming 7-year-old
girl. Lorry is very involved
with the Catholic church to which
Tom belonged and to her own Presbyterian
church. She also enjoys her garden
Hunsicker Kuhns of
Stuart, Fla., is very active
in the Lutheran Synod church
and planned a luncheon after
a seminar on cloning held by
the church. One grandson is very
involved in rowing and won two
recent competitions; another,
in ninth grade, plays for a traveling
soccer team. Her son, Scott,
is eagerly awaiting a 50th-anniversary
edition Corvette, which he ordered.
Jeanne Scott St. Clair of Esko, Minn., and I had a wonderful reunion phone
call. She and Bill have returned to the Moravian College area a few times but have not
been to a reunion. Jeanne and Bill have been married 57 years! They now live in the country
and love the rural life. Bill had a heart attack 14 years ago, but a recent physical showed
he is in great condition. Jeanne said they are very interested in healthy eating; the also
walk two miles most days and are active in a fitness center. Bill has been retired for
21 years, and Jeanne has always been a homemaker and loves that role. They are big ice
hockey fans and have season tickets for the games in their area. They lost their son to
a heart attack when he was 23, but fortunately he left them with a grandson, now an engineer
in Tucson, Ariz. (Bill, who graduated from Lehigh University, was happy he could talk him
into engineering.) Their daughter lives in North Dakota and owns 32 sled dogs.
I chided Teresa Soltis Maus of Bethlehem for not attending our reunion
last June. She promised to try and come to the next one. Her activities center around her
home, three children, and three grandchildren. Recently, she got to visit her son and grandson
who live in California.
Betty Reigel Mesner, from Nashville, Tenn., and her husband have not been
well. She lost one eye to glaucoma and is trying to save her remaining sight. She is considered
legally blind in that eye and has had to give up her music and art lessons. Her husband’s
hip surgery did not turn out well. Betty also suffers from restless leg syndrome in both
legs. My husband also suffers from it, so I know it is a very uncomfortable condition.
Thanks to some faithful church friends and public transportation for the handicapped, the
Mesners have adapted well to the changes forced upon them. Betty assured me: “We
are still part of life.” Their high school-age grandson, born shortly after his father
died, and his mother live close to them. They have been able to be a big part of his life
and are very proud of him.
For Jessie Ayre Apple of Winston-Salem, N.C., 2002 was the darkest year
of her life. In January, her second daughter, Elizabeth, 42, suffered a serious stroke
and an aneurysm. She lost partial vision, her left side is paralyzed, and it will be well
over a year before she can return to work. Jessie spent most of the year in Charlotte helping
her, returning to her own home just last month. Her 102-year-old mother died 10 days after
Elizabeth had her stroke. Jessie’s husband, Miles, died in 1999. Her older daughter,
Candy, has her own business in Atlanta and has provided Jessie with her only grandchild,
who recently finished a stint in the Peace Corps.
I was saddened to learn that Irene Meisken Burday died September 28, 2002.
She had survived breast cancer in 1973, but it returned in 1996. She is survived by her
husband, two children, and three grandchildren.
I had not had contact with Anne Turner Dorman since she left Moravian,
but we recently had a long visit. She lives in East Falmouth, Md., and is a widow. She
had gone to work when her second husband had Alzheimer’s disease to get relief from
some of the pressures of his illness. After he died, she stayed as assistant treasurer
and business manager of the Linden Hall School for 19 years. Anne has a son and a daughter,
each with two children, and they live close enough to share their activities.
Anne keeps busy: She has traveled a lot in Europe, does a great deal of charity work in
a nearby hospital, and shares some church responsibilities. Anne has broken the same leg
twice, once in a bad auto accident and another time in a fall, which required two months
in the hospital and two years of therapy. Happily, she is doing fine now and thrives in
most physical activities.
I attended the June reunion but didn’t fill out the biography sketch request in time!
I was out of my usual activities this fall because my husband has been very ill. He has
had restless leg syndrome and a form of blood cancer for several years. The cancer became
acute this fall, but he had stabilized by mid-November and is now holding his own. I have
eight grandchildren; and my younger son and his wife, who live in Idaho Springs, Colo.,
are expecting a boy May 21. They have a 3-year-old daughter. My other grandchildren are
much older: 23, 21, 19, and 16 (all boys) and two 18-year-old girls. My granddaughter Heather,
who lives in New Jersey, is a wonderful hockey player. I went with her to Palm Springs,
Calif., over Thanksgiving weekend for the National Field Hockey Tournament. She has chosen
to go to the University of Iowa on hockey and academic scholarships. 2003 looks good: In
March, I went on the Moravian College trip to Prague, and there is a September 21 wedding
planned for my older son, an electrician, who lives in New York, close to our summer place.
NEWS FROM MEN OF 1946-41
From Lloyd Fatzinger:
Hello to all the men of the ’40s. I want to thank the Class of ’48 for asking
us to join their reunion party. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend because of a prior
commitment: My wife, Mary, and I had planned for a long time to take the month of May to
celebrate our 30th anniversary.
I received input from two of those who were at Moravian during the ’40s. The first
was Bob Mushrush ’41, who reports his wife, Eleanor, died March
9, 2002. Bob was a coach and teacher at Catasauqua High School (1942-66), after which he
became principal at Northampton High School. He has four children and 11 grandchildren.
Though he had bypass surgery in 2002, Bob is in good health. His oldest son, Robert
Jr. ’64, is retired after teaching math and coaching football at Quakertown
High School. His grandson, Brad ’97, also is a Moravian alum. Daughters
Diane and Ruthann are teachers, and his youngest son, Donald, works for a pump company
in Chesapeake, Va. Eight of his grandchildren already have graduated from college.
The second was Ray Schultz ’43, from Canada. Like Ken Almy ’43
and me, he has fond memories of singing under Jack Kline as a member of
the Glee Club. He mentioned singing at Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia, where the Glee
Club joined men’s vocal groups from Temple University and West Chester College in
singing “The Songs of Men” under the direction of Henri Elkan.
A retired Moravian minister, Ray is a resident of Willow Valley Manor in Willow Street.
Before his retirement, he was a pastor in Canada for more than 12 years, then in York,
Pa., Utica, N.Y., and Schoeneck Moravian Church in Nazareth. His wife, Lydia, is retired
from Gracedale and County Nursing Home, Nazareth. Their son Delray ’77
teaches at Millersville University.
NEWS FROM 1946
From Ileen Whitehead
Phyllis Clark took a canal trip by barge through Holland at the height
of the flower season. Acres of flowers were auctioned in a matter of hours and sent on
their way all over the world. In Amsterdam, she visited the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
She plans the same kind of trip this spring, this time to Belgium. Phyllis has two Pulis,
121/2 and 15 years old.
Marian Emig Hoffman, who is in Fairbanks, Alaska, delivers Meals on Wheels
twice a week, which sounds like a real challenge in the winter! She enjoys weeding at the
botanical gardens of the university. Her adult lifelong learning classes enlarge her circle
of friends, with whom she traveled to Point Barrow and was awed by the midnight sun. November
brought a 7.9 earthquake! She and Phillip anticipate being in Tucson, Ariz., for the first
of their grandchildren’s weddings.
Smythe and William,
Ada Zellner Flower and her husband, Frank, took their two grandchildren
to see Beauty and the Beast in New York. Come March, they will be at an Elderhostel in
Charleston, S.C., and then take a riverboat down the inland waterway to Jacksonville, Fla.
I talked to Marty Meixell Danner, who is still in her home at Lambertville, wishing the
Presbyterian home would be ready so she could go there. She has two sons living nearby.
Frances Tallarico Buragino is a busy lady working in the Christmas Vespers
office at the College. We had a nice visit at a 50th-anniversary party.
NEWS FROM 1945
From Jane Smith Ebelhare:
February 14 after a six-month battle with leukemia. She and her husband, Bob, had been
married more than 56 years.
Eleanor Beidelman Kline celebrated the Big 80 birthday on St. Patrick’s
Day. She was with her sister in Columbia, Md., when she wrote, and planned to visit a friend
in Weslaco, Texas, in May.
Janet Moyer Paulus is taking part in the project to collect oral interviews
from Moravian College for Women graduates from the Classes of 1914 through 1954.
During her family’s pre-Christmas visit to Yellowstone National Park, Jackie
Stout McGiffert saw three wolves while on the snow coach trip to the upper and
lower falls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Their guides said in the years they had
been working in the park, they had never sighted one. The whole family was thrilled to
see Old Faithful erupt in the snow and quiet cold.
Jackie Haas Bauder was plagued with physical problems all winter. With
the snow and ice, these kept her virtually apartment-bound. She had to cancel a trip to
Prague. Fortunately she had help with meals, groceries, banking, and doctor visits, and
she has kept in touch with friends by e-mail. She looks forward to a better spring.
Dorothy Stump Lied stays extremely busy. She enjoys her apartment and
her neighbors in Ephrata, and she still takes watercolor classes. She is involved with
her church, teaching Sunday School and Bible study, as well as being active with its senior
groups and a women’s luncheon group. She also knits and reads.
We were in Wellington, Fla., until mid-April, then headed back to Colorado. It has been
a busy but rewarding winter.
NEWS FROM 1944
From Jane Shirer:
Now that I’ve got e-mail,
I’m in touch with Pauline White, Cordelia Jones Sperry,
Mary Inscho, and Lucia Magill Weidknecht. Polly sent a photo
of her pastel portrait of a scrub jay and (her latest hobby) a garden steppingstone of
stained-glass pieces embedded in poured cement. If any other classmates are on line, please
send me a message.
Mary Inscho had surgery to repair a broken shoulder in March 2002. After two months of
therapy, it had improved and was getting stronger.
Jim and Mary Lou Patton Phillips went on a relaxing barge trip (the barge
was more of a two-story floating hotel) last year along the west coast of Texas. They visited
Texas relatives after the tour. Their oldest grandchildren, who are twins, will graduate
from college this year, and a new grandson was born in 2002.
Doris Minnick Kuchar had a pleasant visit with friends in the Dominican
Republic in the fall of 2002. Her oldest granddaughter is studying veterinary medicine
Steve and Kathleen Bailer Stephens joined the around-the-world voyage
of the Queen Elizabeth II and visited Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and other Middle East countries
before it became unsafe to do so. They’ve since been to Costa Rica and Trinidad to
spend Christmas with their son David. They enjoy their home in Williamsburg, Va., with
the city’s many activities.
Marie Hekimian Alberian works for the county Women’s Club, the Historical
Society, and her church. She chairs the committee of 20 planning its 105th-anniversary
Elizabeth Butterfield Marthaler plays three sets of tennis six days a
week, and Herm is back to his excellent golf game after lung surgery last year. Beth says
she may be missing a lot without a computer, but she picks up the phone instead.
Ruth Steers Moreton’s card said it was almost Christmas Eve and
she was rushing to get everything done. All is well in Saylorsburg.
NEWS FROM 1943
From Margaret L. Albright:
Joyce Newhard Knapp is recuperating from a right hip replacement. She
spent a week in the hospital, five weeks in rehab, and several weeks at the home of her
Marie Brady Fuller has eye problems, and her husband, Dan, is recovering
I got a Christmas card from Mary Jane Schlegel Schofer, who is coping
with the death of her husband, Jay, last year.
Our Christmas was not a joyous one. Four days before, my sister, Shirley Albright ’53,
died. We were all watching A Christmas Carol on TV, and she had a massive heart attack.
You can imagine no one felt like celebrating the holiday.
NEWS FROM 1942
From Mary Kuehl Concevitch:
Our sympathy is extended to
the family and friends of Betty Barton Dodd, who died in February. She
is survived by her son Gilbert and her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia Barton Barthol
and Ernest Barthol ’47. A memorial service was held March 2 at
Wesley United Methodist Church, Bethlehem, where Betty was a member.
NEWS FROM 1941
NEWS FROM 1939
NEWS FROM 1938
From the Alumni House:
Ruth Smith Penick has had some falls recently but is doing well. She enjoys
visits from her daughter in Colorado and her son in Australia.
NEWS FROM 1937
NEWS FROM 1935
From Wilma Kistler Uhrich:
It was nice hearing from Peg Lanahan Sabol, who came north from Florida
three years ago to live in Pen Argyl to be near her son and his family. She has one grandson,
two great-granddaughters, and a step-granddaughter.
Marcella Dimmick informed me of the March 23 death of Anna Neamand,
and she attended the funeral service. Anna began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in
the Quakertown School District. Later, she taught social studies in the junior and senior
high schools. She taught 44 years before retiring in 1980. She received her master’s
degree from Lehigh University. She was a member of the state Retired Teachers Association,
Soroptomist Club, and the American Association of Retired Persons, as well as member and
treasurer of the women’s club, all of Quakertown.