NEWS OF 1949
From Norma Boldt Wynne:
Christmas always brings a
newsy note from Posie Clymer Bosek, and this year she also sent pictures.
She and Ell look just as they did 55 years ago, only a little grayer. She sent a picture
of their grandson, Jason, at Fort Benning, Ga., and one of Posie with their daughter
and grandson. Posie wrote that they looked forward to attending the Tournament of Roses
Parade and being in San Diego over the holidays. This past spring, they went to Belgium
and Holland at tulip time, and in October visited the Galápagos Islands, a great
Faye Werley Jurden says
they’ve had the whole house done over, and it was worth the mess. Faye keeps in
shape on the treadmill and lifts weights. She spent this past winter cleaning out and
getting rid of antiques that she knows her girls don’t want. That’s a chore
I must do.
In May, my daughter Linda
and I took our first trip to Hawaii , where we spent a week on Oahu and a week on Maui.
Of course we did all the tourist things: the Polynesian Cultural Center, the U.S.S.
Arizona, the sunrise over Haleakala, the Road to Hana, and the beaches and water
of the blue Pacific.
A note on the reunion survey
from Jim Baird Jr.’s wife, Nancy, says Jim is in the Southeastern
Veterans Center. Our thoughts are with them.
We extend condolences to Delbert
Edleman whose wife, Carolyn, died in April.
Erwin Boettcher and
his wife, Dorothy, are enjoying themselves with golf, travel with Friendship Force, and
Elderhostels. Watching their grandchildren grow has given them great satisfaction and
pride. Granddaughter Rachel Bruckart ’07 just finished her freshman
year at Moravian. She’s the daughter of Jill Bruckart ’76
and Richard Bruckart ’79, ’82 (M.Div.), a Moravian pastor
Patrick McArdle and
his wife, Helen, who live in Bethlehem, have been married 61 years! They have three living
children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
NEWS OF 1948
From the Alumni House:
We extend our sympathies to Harry
Miller, whose wife, Pearl, died in January.
NEWS OF 1947
From Mary Jean Spangenthal:
Thanks so much to those who
answered my postcard by the March 1 deadline. Your cooperation is much appreciated.
Janey Parks Weinland writes
of her busy life, along with husband, Bill, in their retirement community. She’s
proud of her four daughters and their spouses, both grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren,
the last of which arrived on Mother’s Day 2003, three months ahead of schedule,
weighing only 2 pounds, 5 ounces. By Christmas, he weighed 17 pounds!
Lorry Zoschak Kelly holds
responsible positions in her church and in the one she attended with her late husband,
Tom. She also is active in the garden club she helped establish in 1965. Lorry’s
two sons and their families live nearby.
I caught Helen Kanusky
Canfield packing books to read during her month-long holiday with Bill in
Florida. Helen has a strong interest in the local YWCA lecture series involving foreign
policy issues. The cold winter interfered with her outdoor walking, she said, but I’m
sure she’ll make up for it in Florida.
Schisler also was thinking about a trip to Florida, which will include a visit
with close relatives and trips to the Epcot Center and St. Augustine. Her husband,
Al, is looking forward to a week of fishing while Charlotte swims, walks the beaches,
and shops. She still rides Rusty, her Tennessee walking horse, cross-country skis,
Ruth Heitz Bachman and
Ken took a 16-day cruise through the Panama Canal. They left from Fort Lauderdale and
stopped at Jamaica, Aruba, Costa Rica, Acapulco, and Cabo San Lucas. Ken now is recovered
from his stroke.
Barbara Schlegel Miller and
Kenny were slated for a riverboat trip to Canada last May, but cancelled because of the
SARS scare. Kenny had recovered from pneumonia and bronchitis at the time, so it seemed
wiser to stay home. They’ve had family weddings in June 2003 and this year, and
are busy with activities at the retirement community where they’ve lived for five
Peg Loveless Browne was
in Iowa to see her granddaughter play on a University of Iowa varsity team and in Illinois
to visit with cousins. She also managed a week’s trip to Prague in the Czech Republic
and anticipates spending two weeks cruising Scandinavia, Estonia, and Russia, with a
side trip to Berlin. She welcomed the birth of her ninth grandchild, Aaron.
Peg received a note, which
arrived too late to be included in the last issue, from Sally Lewis,
who lives in Bethesda, Md. and underwent hip replacement surgery, which developed complications.
We hope she’s doing well.
Anne Turner Dorman writes
from the far north—western Massachusetts—where there has been so much snow
and cold weather this winter that her travel has been limited to visiting her son and
daughter and their families in Monson, about 90 minutes away. She stays busy as chairman
of the altar guild in her church and treasurer of the board of the Franklin Medical Center.
The last note came from Jean
Zehner Lombardi, whose 95-year-old mother is no longer able to live alone.
So Jean, who also lives alone, has moved from her home in Reading to New Ringgold.
She manages to get back to Reading once a week and is grateful to the neighbors who
keep an eye on her property.
I thank those who answered
my call for news and hope you keep those cards and letters coming—along with news
from those who didn’t think they had anything to share. As one of the last classes
of Moravian College for Women, we have to keep in touch!
NEWS FROM MEN OF 1946
From Ada Zellner Flower:
Mary Titlore Harrison,
writing from a medical meeting in Spokane, Wash., says her big trip in 2003 was to the
Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. She saw five wonderful plays in three days!
Dorothy Schlottman and
her husband, Al, spent two months on a fire lookout tower in Idaho in summer 2003. She
says they were so surrounded by smoke from Montana and Canada forest fires that some
days they couldn’t see the ground, 56 steps below them. They spent Christmas touring
Vancouver Island, Canada, from Victoria to Sooke and Port Renfrew. They travel with a
senior group that recently went to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, where one of the
retired Concordes is on display.
Phyllis Clark and
her doctors have been trying to track down an autoimmune liver problem, which often has
made her uncomfortable and usually fatigued. In August 2003, her beloved puli, Ilde,
died suddenly. Phyllis still cares for Abby, the pet of a disabled friend. She was ill
during the whole Christmas holiday. Rochester, N.Y., had a hard winter with much cold
and snow, perhaps worse than the rest of the Northeast because of the lake effect. Phyllis
hopes for a much better 2004!
Bill and Ann
Rosenau Smythe again have experienced great sadness. Having lost their oldest
daughter, Ann Louise, in 2001, they now have said goodbye to their youngest daughter,
Sarah, who died in January 2003 as the result of a fast-growing cancer. Besides her
husband, she left four children, ages 7 to 14, in Oklahoma City. In February, Ann and
Bill took an extensive trip, including a two-week cruise to Australia and New Zealand.
Ann says “Our memories include friendly people, lovely scenery, interesting cities,
koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitat.” In September, to celebrate their
56th anniversary, they went to Russia.
Marian Emig Hoffman’s
2003 Christmas letter was a joy. She says she had been spiritually drained for a while,
but writing after an adult Sunday school class, she felt her spirit renewed to understand
the true joy of the season. She describes the beauty of the Alaskan winter wonderland—frequent
snows so that there is “pure-white beauty.” She’s been whitewater-rafting
from Denali National Park to Tucson, Ariz., and to Gloucester, Md., for the wedding of
Frank and I, along with my
brother, Charles, and his wife, Marijane, cruised the Danube in September 2003. The European
rivers were low because of a long drought. Soon after our return, Marijane died after
a long bout with cancer. We’ve spent time with Charles, helping him sort through
a household of stuff collected during 50 years of marriage. It’s a bittersweet
NEWS FROM 1945
From Jane Smith Ebelhare:
I received several great e-mails
from Jackie Haas Bauder. She and Janet Moyer Paulus and
her husband, Dick, got together with Florence Drebert Fritts and Warren
Fritts on January 25 at the Paulus home to share a meal. Jim Cherrington (Doris
Fetterman’s widower) joined them. He is staying with his middle daughter,
Peggy, while preparing his house for sale and selling a huge doll collection that he
and Doris had assembled. The following day, Jackie had surgery to remove a cataract in
her left eye. It’s gone well, so surgery on the right eye has been scheduled for
March 15. She is looking forward to better distance and reading vision and being able
to sew without magnification.
Jackie told me about an award
received by Florence Fritts’s youngest son, John. He received the 2004 Access Award
at DeSales University, given to a senior with a high GPA who writes the winning essay
about his experience at the university. John received a bachelor’s degree in management,
having completed his degree 25 years after earning an associate’s degree.
Jackie spent an afternoon
with Betty Wachstetter Griffis in February, and they had so much to
talk about that I’ll have to hear about it later. She has become interested in
the artist Vermeer and is reading about him and watching videos of artists of the 1600s.
Kline’s grandson graduates from Katy, Texas, high school in May, and
the exercises are in Houston, so she is taking him and his family (including his other
grandparents) from Oklahoma to Houston in a limousine. She looks forward to a visit
in April with her cousin, who lives in the hill country of Texas. Eleanor celebrated
her 81st birthday on March 17.
Beryl Harrison took
her annual trip to Florida in February, where she played five beautiful golf courses.
The weather was perfect and the meals “wonderful and reasonable.” She says
daily bridge games serve to keep the mind alert and alive.
Janet Moyer Paulus says she
and Dick spent a lot of time this winter visiting those with health problems on both
sides of the family, which causes them to realize how fortunate they’ve been. They
enjoyed getting together with Jackie, Flo, Warren, and Jim in January. They plan to help
Jackie with transportation when she comes to Allentown for her eye surgery in March.
Lois Moser Harke looks
forward to the end of blizzards and icy roads. She has a new activity: line dancing. “We
have a very patient and experienced teacher,” she says, “and of course, we
are all old. But she really keeps us moving for one solid hour.”
Dorothy Stump Lied plans
to meet Florence and Warren Fritts for breakfast or lunch when spring finally comes.
Her daffodils and hyacinths are starting to grow, and the snow geese are flocking to
a nearby wildlife-management area. The newspapers estimate 170,000 of them.
When she wrote, Gloria
Gately Chipman and her husband, Frank, had returned from a Caribbean cruise.
This time she avoided injurious missteps. They plan a trip to Easton in the near future
and then to Connecticut for Frank’s 60th reunion from the Choate School.
Andy and I have been in Florida
since January 8, and we hope to wrap up this job by the first week in April. We are eager
to head back to Colorado.
I just received a note from Alice
Joyce Yeager. They have moved again. I’ll include the rest of her news
in our next class notes.
NEWS FROM 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 FROM 1943
NEWS FROM 1942
From Mary Kuehl Concevitch:
I recently received a letter
from Betty Birk Nowicki. She writes:
“The Robert Z. Nowicki
Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established by his parents, Betty and Zenon Nowicki,
to provide scholarship aid to a graduate of Liberty High School who is a music major.” Rob
was a member of Moravian’s choir.
Peggy Lutz Gray has
moved to a senior citizen home in Verona, outside Pittsburgh, and enjoys it very much.
Seiter Medaris died on August 6, 2003, in Vienna, Va.
NEWS FROM 1941
From Ruth Hemmerly Kelly:
My faithful correspondent Ruth
Reitz Balish writes such interesting letters. She and her husband have moved
to Mineral Bluff, Ga. She has had some health problems, including shingles, but luckily
is about recovered. Their children are in Hixson, Tenn., and their grandchildren in
Marie Overmeyer Teixeira does
her artwork at Montgomery Community College and has displayed three pictures at Moravian
College in the annual alumnae show in the HUB.
Ruth Overfield Fidorack does
an excellent job of chairing the 50+ Breakfast Committee, which efficiently gets all
its planning work done at one meeting. This year, we welcomed the Class of 1954, the
last year that the women’s and men’s colleges were separate.
I followed the “Trail
of Tears” from North Carolina to Oklahoma, where the Cherokee traveled after they
were driven out of their native homes to Indian Territory in Oklahoma in the 1830s. I’ve
also been to the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy, Naples, and Sicily, with its Greek
and Roman ruins.
Edna May Kemp Godard,
who attended our reunions so faithfully, died December 28 in Haddonfield, N.J. We shall
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NEWS FROM 1940
NEWS FROM 1939
From Betty Batdorf Hummel:
In the fall of 1935, on my
first day at Moravian, I met Lee Shields [Butterfield]. We were assigned
to share the same locker, and in my yearbook she wrote on my page, “It was a nice
locker, wasn’t it?” To me, she epitomized Moravian. Her death on February
5 was reported in the last issue of the Moravian College Magazine. She was a
real leader throughout her life, active in her church and College, from which she received
the Medallion of Merit and other recognitions. We celebrate her life and send our condolences
to her family.
NEWS FROM 1938
From Christine Roberts Fraley:
Evalyn Adams Hawk has
been our class correspondent for many years. I am sorry to report that she has suffered
two strokes and is in Manor Care in Easton.
I received news of Rose
Beidler Polentz. Her husband is not well and she cares for him. Rose has written
several books and loves to garden.
Mary Fabian Strock’s
husband, Clark, died in January. He had been ill for a long time and was at home with
hospice care. Mary is doing well by herself. She plans to stay in her house with some
I see Olivia Musselman
Barnes frequently. She is very pleased to welcome a new daughter-in-law into
her life, thanks to a second marriage for her son, Kevin, in October.
I was pleased to learn that Frances
Fulmer McClain is still ministering to others, as always. She lives in a retirement
community in Sun City, Ariz.
Isabel Rohrbaugh Smith still
loves to travel. She is spending the winter months in Spain, as has been her custom for
It’s so sad to lose
our classmates. Anna Peterson Stahler, who died last fall, had been
blind for many years but, I understand, managed her life beautifully.
Ruth Smith Penick died in mid-March. She had not been well for some time. Her husband is
in a nursing home in Flagstaff, Ariz.
As for me, I moved to Luther
Crest Retirement Community in Allentown last September. I am near my son and have a lovely
apartment. I like it here now that I am becoming acquainted. I was hospitalized in January
to have a badly infected toe amputated.
Anna Moyer Koller also
is here at Luther Crest in the nursing facility. She is not very well.
NEWS FROM 1937
NEWS FROM 1935