NEWS OF 1948
NEWS OF 1947
From Peg Loveless Browne:
Helen Kanusky Canfield and her husband, Don, a World War II paratrooper,
attended the National Airborne reunion at Fort Bragg, N.C., in June and were amazed at
the preparation now required, that planes now carry 110 paratroopers (as compared with
10 during the war) and the tremendous cost of their equipment and weapons. They spent Thanksgiving
with their youngest son’s family in California, where Don played intergenerational
tennis with his son and 10-year-old grandson. Their New Hampshire grandson is a competitive
Kitty Nies Geiger notes that her age group is fast depleting. She and
her daughter drove to Tennessee last summer for the annual visit to her brother and family.
She also volunteers at Lehigh Valley Hospital and plays bridge whenever possible. Her son
is back home, obtaining a divorce, which makes things around home busier.
It was good to be back in touch with Jane Leopold Jorgensen, who is glad
that she went to a women’s college. In this coed world, she feels women are the losers.
Jane is a widow and lives in a retirement apartment. She finally finished her degree and
went on to get a master’s and Ph.D., all in journalism. She worked for the New York
Herald Tribune, where she met her husband, who died in the mid ’90s after 49 years
of marriage. She has a daughter, Suzan, who teaches in Apple Valley, Calif.; a son, Michael,
in New York City, Montana, and Florida, who will retire in 2005; and a son, Eric, editor
of a daily newspaper in western Michigan. Suzan’s son has provided Jane with a wonderful
Ruth Zehner Pope enjoys her retirement, especially when she doesn’t
have to go out in bad weather. She spends weekends with her 95-year-old mother. Her son
and his family spent Thanksgiving with her, and she hoped to have her younger son with
her at Christmas.
Barbara Schlegel Miller and her husband canceled a river trip to Canada in May
because of pneumonia and bronchitis (twice!). By joining a big cookie project at Christmas,
she helped raise $1,600 to buy food, clothing, and gifts for a family of seven.
Cornelia Faga Miller and her husband have two of her three sons and their
families living in the Bethlehem area. Her third son is in Florida. They have four grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren. Corne retired from her part-time secretarial job in 1987.
Ever since, they’ve been traveling: Europe, Russia, China, New Zealand, Australia,
Turkey, and Greece. With a British church choir director, they’ve been able to make
summer visits to England to fill in for church choirs there on vacation, including cathedrals
in Rochester and Exeter.
In March, Charlotte Unangst Schisler and Al took a trip to Baja, Mexico,
where they rode in long rowboats to see whales, dolphins, seals, and sea birds up close—a
glorious and thrilling experience. Charlotte cries when she talks about it. They visited
a 16th-century Spanish church, where there was a wine- and cheese-tasting in the courtyard.
Lorry Zoshack Kelly continues to enjoy her church work and her family.
Reen Iredell Cutler and Bill just returned from a trip to Copper Canyon.
They leave on January 19 for a cruise to Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, Ecuador, Peru, Chile,
Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Hawaii, to celebrate her 80th birthday and their 55th wedding anniversary.
Her daughter, Noreen, moved to Florida from Colorado in June to be nearer. This was the
first Christmas in a long time with all their children and families together.
Highlights of 2003 for me: a weeklong trip to Prague in March, a new grandson, Aaron, on
May 12, a six-week stay at summer camp with my youngest son, Carl, his wife, and their
3- year-old, Baylee. My oldest son, Merritt, was married in September.
Thanks to everyone for catching us up. We are an active group
NEWS OF 1946
From Ileen Whitehead Birnbaum:
Frances Tallarico Buragino is slowly getting over her May 6 auto accident
injury. She was back working at the College in the fall semester, where she kept track
of Vespers tickets.
Ada Zellner Flower and her husband took an Eastern European river cruise
in September. The Danube was low, so the itinerary changed. They saw a lot of Hungary,
but the boat could not travel any farther southeast. She had a big family reunion in August,
for which she did a cemetery search, locating graves of their relatives in Eastern Europe.
It was very interesting and exhausting! Ada is amazed at celebrating the 50th birthdays
of children who are thinking about retirement.
Martha Meixell Danner will move soon to a retirement home and has “60
years of stuff” to keep her busy. She did not enjoy some necessary root-canal work.
Marty has three sons and four grandchildren, with some nearby that can visit her—and
help with the move.
Ann Root Meyer went to Florida and visited Barbara Shepherd,
who, with her son, buys and sells real estate. The Meyers are expecting their first great-grandchild.
They attended their second grandson’s marriage to a Japanese girl. With the help
of some interpreters, the ceremony was both lovely and interesting.
Jean Madell Litow spent a few days with us when they came for her 60th high school
reunion in Easton. Jean and her husband, Litman, and most of their families will be going
to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Dave and I were invited to a dinner-dance in Ohio with Audrey Roche Long ’45
and her husband, Jack. It was a delightful weekend. In July, we vacationed in our motor
home with our son, Rae, and his wife at Manitoulin Isle in Lake Huron—a beautiful
area on the Canadian side of the lake. In August, we flew to Manitoba to celebrate our
Canadian cousins’ 50th wedding anniversary.
Also in August, our son David’s oldest son, who is in the U.S. Coast Guard, married
a lovely Southern California girl, also in the Coast Guard. All 10 of us flew out to their
wedding. Then Dave and I rented a car and traveled up to Monterey, enjoying Big Sur and
the Hearst Castle.
NEWS OF 1945
NEWS OF 1944 - Reunion
May 21-22, 2004
From Jane Shirer:
In October, Doris
Minnick Kuchar moved to Bethlehem, where she is closer to her daughter Jane
and her family. After the move, Dotty took a trip to the Dominican Republic.
Cordelia Jones Sperry will not be able to come to the reunion: too far
to drive from Charleston, S.C., she says, and she hates air travel. Her children would
like her to move back to the area.
Pauline White entertained relatives last summer and visited her brother
in Nova Scotia. In the fall, she had a pacemaker implanted and is doing well.
Remember our 60th reunion in May! And be sure to send in your alumni survey, whose information
will be included in our reunion booklet.
NEWS OF 1943
From June Bright Reese:
Members of ’43 and Secretarial ’41 recently held a mini-reunion at a local
restaurant for those who live within driving distance.
We reviewed the events of our 60th reunion and concluded that it was quite a remarkable
milestone to reach, in the words of Maxine “Macky” Sortwell Kerrigan.
Our classmates are remarkable and very active. Margaret Terr Willey and
her husband, Ed, will spend January and February on Hutchinson’s Island, Fla. Ed,
who is 82, rode in the New York Bike Ride. He went through all five boroughs: 43½ miles!
Peggy Mason Marcks spent the summer in Yellowstone National Park. When
she finished work September 28, Peggy and her daughter, Donna, took off for a month of
vacation and covered 6,850 miles.
A note from Macky: “This summer, Deb, Sue, and I took my husband, Thomas, to the
Baseball Hall of Fame [which he last visited 35 years ago], then on to Sue’s parents’ lakeside
cabin in Ludlow, Vt. We visited Calvin Coolidge’s homestead, Robert Todd Lincoln’s
summer home, and the Marble Factory and Museum; and we saw Hello, Dolly! at the
Weston Playhouse.” On the way home, they stopped at the Crow’s Nest, the late
Francis Hablett’s summer home, and spent time with France’s daughter Nancy,
son-in-law Steve, and granddaughter Vanessa. The final stop was at Hyde Park, “a
fitting finale for a retired history teacher who is still teaching in the adult-education
Betty Adams Roach keeps busy tutoring and writing interesting articles
for the Moravian College Magazine.
I continue to take classes in oil painting and serve on several committees here at Westminster
Village. My daughter Sylvia, granddaughter Jen, and I see one another frequently, and we
take vacations together.
Other members of Secretarial ’41 who joined us at the reunion were Janet
Williams Sander, Marian Carty Durkee, and Nancy Reichard
From the Alumni House:
Jane Outten Amos traveled to several Moravian churches with Paul McLaughlin
NEWS OF 1942
NEWS OF 1941
NEWS OF 1941-46 Men
NEWS OF 1939 - Reunion
May 21-22, 2004
From Elizabeth Batdorf Hummel:
I had colon surgery in April and recuperated completely. However, I suffered a loss in
the summer. My oldest daughter Pat was hospitalized with a stroke on July 14 and died July
19. She was 55 years old. It happened without any warning, and her husband and all of our
family have had a hard time adjusting to her death.
From the Alumni House:
Lee Shields Butterfield, daughter of T. Edgar Shields and graddaughter
of Moravian College professor and president Augustus Schultze (professor from 1870, president
1885-1918), died February 5. She came from two families with long connections to the College.
Her mother was Emily Schultze, youngest child of the College president. Her father, Thomas
Edgar Shields, endowed awards for student and faculty of the music department. (Last year’s
T. Edgar Shields student recipient was Matthew Silvius ’03.) Her
husband was Thomas E. Butterfield Jr., an attorney and a longtime College and Seminary
After receiving a master’s degree in literature from Lehigh University, Lee taught
English at the Seminary and was a secretary at St. Luke’s Hospital. She also was
a reporter for the Morning Call. A member of the Alumni Board and a trustee and vice chairman
of the Moravian Music Foundation, she received the Medallion of Merit from the College
in 1977. She was an elder at Central Moravian Church.
She is survived by three sons, Nicholas, Allentown; Robert, Bethlehem; and Jonathan, Williamsport;
a daughter, Janice L. Ostock, Bethlehem; and eight grandchildren.
NEWS OF 1938
From Betty Batdorf Hummel ’39:
I have a few bits of news about some members of the Class of 1938.
Christine Roberts Fraley has moved to Luther Crest Retirement Community
in Allentown, about five minutes away from my apartment. She is becoming accustomed to
the change from living in her condominium in Carlyle and has become a part of the alumni
group from the Allentown area, which gets together for lunch six times a year.
Isabel Rohrbach Smith still makes Mission, Kan., her home but continues
to travel whenever she has the chance. She spent several weeks in Europe last summer and
regularly goes to Spain in the winter.
Olivia Musselman Barnes ’38 had colon surgery in August but is up
and around, as lively as ever.
NEWS OF 1937
NEWS OF 1935