NEWS OF 1967
From Kathie Broczkowski Klein:
A very sad occasion brought
many of us together: a memorial service in Borhek Chapel honoring David Mucka, who died
on his birthday, August 1, in the Bahamas. It had been only a year ago that Dave and
I renewed a friendship that had gone back to elementary school days in South Bethlehem,
where we attended Packer School in the third and fourth grades. When I contacted him
for these class notes, he had become a widower; and for the past year, he helped me through
a difficult time with the passing of my husband. We e-mailed often, despite his heavy
work schedule. His death came as a real shock.
At the memorial service, Frank
Matla and Bill Dry eulogized him as a loyal friend and great athlete. Bob
said Dave had been best man at many of their weddings. Dave would say: “Tell me
where and when, and I’ll be there!”
It was great to see Bob after
40 years since Moravian days. Bob left our class and joined the Marines in the ’60s,
then returned to finish two degrees at the College. He earned an engineering degree from
Penn State. He has two grown children and says he’s doing
well despite losing his wife to cancer. He is retired and spends time gardening and
enjoying his home in Bethlehem Township.
In October, Moravian held
its third annual Celebration Ball to raise money for Comenius Scholarships. I served
on the decorating committee, setting the stage for an evening of great food and dancing.
Old Johnston Hall looked wonderful, and seeing many friends at the affair made for a
fun evening. It was wonderful to renew an old friendship with Steve Zarnas ’68, his lovely wife, Sylvia, and
his beautiful family, all of whom attended or attend Moravian. Steve is on the board
of trustees at the College, and Sylvia, along with Pat Nemesh Schoenen ’70, was
a co-chair of the ball.
Terry Beidelman ’69,
as reported in our last column, had moved back to Bethlehem and taken a job in Northampton
County’s Government Center. He had been pictured
in the local paper and TV news as having his hands full with bid documents and
controversy with one of our illustrious local politicians. Couldn’t help but print
this as a “Good
luck, Terry!” from those local alums who feel for you!
NEWS OF 1966
From the Alumni House:
Share Yaphe, an expert on Iraq since her College honors project, now a professor at
the National Defense University, joined an intercollegiate panel about the Middle East
sponsored by the Lehigh University and Moravian Home Clubs of their Alumni Associations.
The well-attended event was held at Lehigh in November.
Afterward, C. Robert
who attended the event with his wife, Jacqueline, came up to re-introduce himself to
Judith. Retired after 36 years of teaching learning-disabled students at all levels
in the Caldwell, N.J., schools, Bob lives in Bethlehem. He had seen Judith’s name
on a flier for the event and thought: “That rings a bell.”
good to see a Moravian alum reach that level,” he said.
Harry E. Weaver Jr.,
husband of Maryann Weaver, died December 15. Maryann was the longtime administrative
assistant for the Department of Economics and Business. She retired in 2002. Harry
and Maryann would have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this month. Their
children are Mark ’93, Allentown; Brian ’95, Northampton; and Audrey
Weaver Sparks ’98, Downingtown.
NEWS OF 1965
Reunion May 20-21
From William Horwath:
Yesterday I got an e-mail
from the North Pole, flagged “Karl Monetti ’65.” We
were all wondering what happened to you, Karl. No one’s heard from you except Phil
Evans, who last saw you some years ago during Bike Week in Fairbanks, Alaska.
the story. After Moravian, Karl picked up his veterinary medicine degree from the University
of Pennsylvania, kicked around a bit in the wild West, and wound up in Alaska, where
he opened a clinic in 1971 (still operating), raised a family, canoed, hiked, biked,
fished, hunted, and flew everywhere that was flyable in his own plane.
Karl says: “Feel
free to share my e-mail address with any of our classmates who might be coming up here
for a visit. I’d be happy to help with travel suggestions.” Here ’tis,
Who knows, mates, maybe we
could pull off a Moravian first: a class reunion on the Kenai when the Kings are running.
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NEWS OF 1961
From Sam Maczko:
John Woltjen ’59 and
Barbara Roberts Woltjen have relocated to Williamsburg, Va., where they are having a
home built. They expected to move in by mid-October. They’re
enjoying retirement and spending time visiting their daughters, Karen and Debbie, and grandchildren
in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. They’ve also purchased a condo on Smith Mountain
Lake, Va. Barbara is a volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg. The Woltjens toured Scandinavia
Tom Christianson spent the
fall working for the Democratic Party in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. His
wife, Donna, stayed in Mexico and cared for their animals and house and continued to
volunteer at a little barrio grade school. Tom stayed with friends and worked at least
12 hours a day seven days a week in Delaware County.
Barry Gaal is retiring from
Lehigh University, where he is associate vice president for business services. Barry
will be primed for consulting work in retirement. He also will be working on his golf
game, as he carries Joe Castellano, Ken Sepe, and me when we play. Barry plans to spend
more time at his vacation home in the Poconos.
Joe, Barry, Ken, and I participated
in the fourth annual Gus Rampone ’59 Scholarship
Golf Tournament. It was good to see Jim Kritis, Fritz Toner ’58, Bill
and Jim Frank ’62. Winning is becoming an annual event for them. They had the
lowest score again. Other participants from our years were Mike
Payonk and Tony Matz,
Dr. John Gehman also is an active golfer at age 82. Business majors can remember
his strict approach to teaching the core material of his subjects.
The Omicron Gamma
Omega fraternity provided breakfast for the returning brothers on Homecoming morning.
Joe Castellano, Ken Sepe, and I took advantage of this offer and enjoyed meeting
the active brothers. After breakfast we helped park cars at Steel Field. Then we
joined the festivities. Paul Noonan ’60 related that his wife, Anita
Filler Noonan, has retired from teaching and is thriving. Paul still hikes the Appalachian
Trail in his leisure time.
Robert Dietrich ’63
is adjusting to retired life. Bob was a scout for the Moravian football team for years.
Now he enjoys watching the Hounds play.
John Bregman is well and working
in his business. In January, he will travel to Florida and mix business with pleasure
for a few months.
NEWS OF 1960
Reunion May 20-21
From Peter French,
It’s time to remind
everyone to start making plans for our 45th reunion in May. I hope you’re planning
to be in Bethlehem for that gathering.
I had a note from Bill
who lives in Orlando. He is retired from Hartford Insurance after 28 years, and Kathy
has retired from a quarter of a century of teaching to help a 5-year-old grandson work
through every book in the Orlando library. Bill continues to jog every day and claims “hacker” golf
status, playing a couple of times a week—but
you have to watch out for those old hackers. Bill and Kathy have a daughter and two grandchildren
in North Carolina and a son who is a physical education teacher in Orlando. Sadly, an
older son passed away in 2003. Bill and Kathy are looking forward to traveling once
the 5-year-old starts school next fall. I hope they can visit here in Sarasota.
had a nice e-mail from Fran LeTowt Von Bonin-Schlemmer in Germany. She enjoys gardening
and the arts and spending time with her family. She was planning a trip to Japan
with her grandson at the time she wrote. She visits the United States each year, spending
time in Bethlehem and South Carolina. She says she’s hoping to be at our 45th