Reunion Homecoming 2003
classmates, it’s been 20 years since we’ve all
been together on Moravian’s campus—and since I’ve
written this column. I’m back in the Lehigh Valley and writing
as your new class correspondent. I was lucky enough to serve on
the reunion committee and to participate in this year’s Homecoming
celebration. It was great to see those of you who were able to
attend and sad that others could not be there. I hope to hear from
those who weren’t able to get there.
in for this year’s event were Joanne Belletti Molle,
who is now serving on Moravian’s alumni board, and her
husband, Dean ’83; Judy Mazzucco Oerhle and her husband,
who have two very active sons; Cindy Baird; Pat Murray Hanna
and her husband, Ken ’81; Fred Smollinger; Mark Kluk; and
Russ Bennett, all members of the reunion committee.
offered to share his New Jersey shore home with us anytime,
except that he’s so busy flying with Continental Airlines
that I wonder when our schedules will meet.
Bartlett, also on the reunion committee, attended with his wife,
and their two children. Jeff recently was
as the first township manager of Lehigh Township and also
serves as a zoning officer.
Stevenson Warnock was the digital photographer of the day and
was very helpful in babysitting my
daughter. It’s no wonder—she
has four children of her own and works as a teacher’s
Heske Taunton works as a human-resource consultant and is the
mother of two children. She has the
as ever. She gets together with MoMo alum Darcy Kardos
Hahn, Mary Ellen Gallo Holland ’81, Jackie Lystash
and Nancy Gillinder Bruno ’81.
the effort to raise funds for the family of Noel Foster (he was
lost on September 11, 2001) were Christy
Paul and Darlene
Petrilli Gilly. Christy is a nurse-manager at Robert
Wood Johnson Hospital in N.J., and Dar is part-owner
of a dance
Prause Martin was there with her husband and two boys, who had
won awards at the Halloween parade
in the Lehigh Valley, and she is an incredibly creative
seamstress, as noted by her donations to the Foster
fund. Speaking of
which, we raised $350 for Noel’s children by
raffling off donations from class members.
Sampson came up from North Carolina; Carol married Dan Sweeney,
an Air Force pilot, in September
her husband, Lloyd, flew in from Texas. Karen Sloat-Olsen
is a park ranger in New Jersey and the mother of
Lou D’Autrechey and Rich Schaeffer
and their daughter were there. Sherri is teaching
eighth-grade English and Rich is
chief financial officer of Le Gourmet Chef Inc.
attendees were Jeff and Janet Gomes ’84 Feakes, Mary
Ellen Kollman, Dave Sommers, Nancy Miller Fisher
and Don ’83,
Mary Yavorski Bender ’81, Lisa Coutts ’83,
and Rich Caracio ’85 and his wife, Catherine.
day was a great success in spite of the cold. Some of us retreated
to Beerbellies after
Big Horn or Mickey
Kelly’s). My ears gave up around 7:00
how we managed to stay till 2:00 a.m. back
then? Times have changed.
heard from Debbie Rengel Laverty ’83, who said she and
her husband, Jim, could not attend. Jim
travels a great deal with his job and was flying
in from overseas Friday. They live in Bethlehem
and have a daughter who is a cheerleader,
keeping them very busy
on the weekends.
work full-time in Flemington, N.J., as an adolescent therapist
at Hunterdon Medical
I’m married to Emerson Heffner,
an old high school friend, and parenting
our 17-month-old, Melina, who is cute
and constantly on the go.
attended another reunion of sorts recently.
Over the holidays, we visited Linda
Allocco and Tim
Mas ’80, who hosted a get-together
with Mark ’80 and Donna Dickinson
Tryon ’81, and Glenn ’80
and Joan Orlemann Passman ’81.
It was great catching up with them and
watching the Eagles-Giants game.
I hope to hear from more of you.
Merlo Bray writes with some happy news. She was married June
13 to Robert H. Trent of Lopatcong Township, N.J. Jayne
to work as an assistant book buyer at the Moravian Book Shop.
She says they are adjusting to rural life in New Jersey. We
hope so, because they spotted a black bear in their yard not
am glad to report that Christopher Neeven and his family are
doing just fine in Sandwich, Mass., on Cape Cod. My wife,
and I made our annual visit over July 4. It was great to get
together, and the fireworks over Hyannis Port Harbor are
hard to beat! Chris
is vice president of commercial production for Allied American
Insurance in South Yarmouth, Mass. His wife, Jeanette, a native
Cape Codder, is a real-estate agent for Century 21. Their beautiful
twin daughters, Lindsay and Haley, 13, are both honor-roll
students. Lindsay plays soccer, field hockey, and basketball.
in the Boston Ballet and also plays field hockey and soccer.
sure keeps everyone busy. It is great to continue a friendship
that dates back to Moravian and has endured more than 25 years.
And Chris lives only 3 mles from one of the best spots ever
to fly-fish for striped bass!
the Alumni House:
Bauder Lukehart is the coordinator of children’s and
young-adult collections for the District of Columbia Public Library,
and she recently was a contributing editor for the September
2002 edition of School Library Journal. She wrote an article
Year Later: A Look at a Few of the Books That Have Been Published
in Response to September 11th.” Throughout her career,
Wendy has been interested in literature with themes that nurture
and help them grow.
Kurtz Jr. has been appointed vice president/financial advisor
of the Trust Company of the Lehigh Valley. George is
trust and financial advisor and a certified financial-services
counselor. He has been president of the Estate Planning Council
of the Lehigh Valley and serves on the boards of several other
organizations in the valley.