1947: Winter 2014

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Louray Forney Huang is slow and lazy but teaching Sunday school and lifting weights. She was looking forward to a family reunion in Hawaii at Christmas. Her son who teaches law at the Univ. of Hawaii climbed to the base camp of Mt. Everest. Lorraine Ihlefeldt Bulba attended her 70th high school reunion and visited Washington, D.C. to visit the Smithsonian Museum where her granddaughter works. At her reunion, she saw Peggy Thumma Startzman who also called to tell me that Lois Groh Unger was at the same class reunion. Lois has given up golf due to arthritis, but walks with her husband for exercise. Peggy walks, plays games on the computer and visits with her two children who live near her. Marty Knouse Schaeffer went to see Les Miserables at a local dinner theater and their waiter/actor turned out to be a graduate of Hood’s class of 2005. Mel Weir Peter was returning to Naples, Fla., after her summer in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She enjoys living there close to two daughters. She was hoping to see Elizabeth “Jonesie” Hesse while she was there. Phyl Peak Sullivan and her husband went on a cruise up the East Coast stopping at Bar Harbor, St. Johns and Halifax. They planned to go to the Outer Banks in November and after the holidays head for Florida. In March, they will become great-grandparents! Phyl is giving up golf and maybe choir, but is healthy and Sully’s Macular degeneration is not any worse. Harriet Green Scott enjoys living in the Baptist home (even though she is an Episcopalian) and keeps busy with the food bank and playing bridge. She has also given up golf. Renie Quynn Colmus spent three weeks in Germany with her daughter and family; Cathy came back with her for a three week visit. She is still driving and gets shots in her eyes for Macular degeneration. She meets Hood friends for lunch every month: Louray Forney Huang, Vera Peters and Phyllis Tibbitts Lind who use a wheel chair. Elsbeth Graf Smith, a high school classmate of mine (Kitty Smith Dunn) in Lancaster, attended our 70th reunion. She lives near Lancaster in a “grandmother’s apartment” while her daughter and son-in-law live in the main house where she and her husband raised their five children––one lives in Colorado, two in California, one in Maryland and one near her. Peggy Lashinsky Thompson lives in her home with her son who is a lawyer; a daughter is close by. Peggy’s training as a medical technologist comes in handy as she has diabetes. She has a walker and keeps occupied reading and watching TV. Mary Lib Reeder Tiller also uses a walker to get around, but is still a master gardener. She has neighbors who are very helpful. Joan Staunton Fitting is retiring as an archivist for her Solesbury Township, but belongs to a book club and goes on long walks with her husband and new dog.  She keeps in touch with Madeline Aldrin Crwell who lives in Oklahoma, but visits the East Coast to see her daughter.  She and Jo get together at that time. Maddy is in good health. Sally Golden McDonald lives on the farm that she and her husband worked for many years. All the animals are gone except for the cats and a peacock. Sally’s five children are scattered from California to New Hampshire and Massachusetts. One daughter lives with Sally; she has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is a great reader and goes through four to five books a week. Nancy Fox Moorehead lives in Pensacola, Fla., 45-minutes away from one daughter. Another daughter lives in Atlanta, Ga., and a son lives in Baltimore, Md. After living 50-some-years in the Philadelphia area, Nancy moved into a retirement community in Florida to be closer to a daughter. One of her memories from living in Pennsylvania was representing Hood at the installation of the President of Rosemont College. Hood sent her the cap, gown and Hood to wear to the ceremony. Laura Eaton Butler moved into a retirement home a year ago and has been without a computer. Don has very advanced emphysema and needs more care than she could give. It is a different life, but they are adjusting after 30 years. Laura retired as a docent at the Huntington Library and art gallery and misses it. She said her legs are starting to go. Don has Macular degeneration and they visit the doctor frequently. Ginger Dyer Smith lives in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and playing 18 holes of golf three times a week. She travels to see her son and four daughters who live in California, Massachusetts, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia. She has been a eucharistic minister at her church for 30-years and a lay reader for 28. She sees Lois Piper Dagleish who also lives in Myrtle Beach and said she is in good health and keeps busy. “Your reporter, Kitty Smith Dunn, remains in her home with a son and a married granddaughter nearby who is expecting her first child in January which will give me my third great-grandchild. The other two little boys live near Philadelphia. With my vision problems, I am cutting back and giving up doing taxes. My bell choir folded due to lack of interest, but I am still singing with the Lehigh Univ. Choral Union and visiting at a local hospital weekly for the pastoral care office.  Thanks to all who provided news––I grieve with all those whose “Hoodlums” left this life. I remember talking with all those whose names were listed in the last bulletin. We add to that list Betty Grissinger and Julie Allen Hancock.”

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