1953; Winter 2019

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Johanna Chait Essex


Many thanks to those who answered my brief note for news—time was of the essence—I promise to do better  for the next issue of the magazine. Sincere condolences to the family of Nadya Klotz Giusi, who passed away this past August. On a lighter note, the winner of the Truxal scholarship for this year is Konjit S. Lachir ’19—she is a junior and lives in Frederick. I received a holiday letter from Nancy Brown Kohlheyer—she is doing well in Brussels and has reconnected with some of her students, and was invited to join the Brussels Academy of Art. This past July she had a good visit with her sons in Maryland and Georgia. Short note from Penny Fradd Vahsen—she spent Christmas with her daughter and family in Roanoke, Va. and had 4 generations of family to help make the celebration a lively one. She sponsored her last class of midshipman—203 in all—and plans to write a book about her adventures with them. Joan Gebhardt Tambling “is enjoying each day in good health, mind and spirit with family, friends and devoted rescue dog Lucy”. Pat Lloyd Fordham spent the holidays in Kansas, with her family—she now the great grandmother to a new great grandson—Elliot. Bim Mayer Werle and Jerry decided to downsize this past year and sold their homes in Vermont and Florida and settled in Wake Robin, a CCRC in Shelbourne, Vt.  They have become involved in community activities, are a 5 minute drive from the beach, and have done some exploring using their kayaks.  Their children have taken over the hosting of the holidays, “refining old traditions and creating new ones” They had a white Christmas and enjoyed every moment of it. Kathie Redelfs Rott has moved top Boca Raton, Florida so she could be closer to her family—she now lives in a CCRC.  She no longer drives due to her poor vision.  She enjoys the weather “certainly nicer than Indiana”. Bev Rosenberg Sager and he daughter went to California visited her son and grandson for Thanksgiving. She also went to Malta with her art appreciation class, and found it a great experience. Sheila Siegal Asher and Dick sold their home on Kiawah this past Feb., and are now living year round in Florida.  Dick is not doing well, and they have help 24/7. Katherine Sponsler Patten is still in her home, with help from her grandson and daughters.  She enjoys playing duplicate bridge and going out to Sunday breakfasts with a friend. Like the energizer bunny, Hal and I just keep on going.   I go to the nursery school where I taught on Wednesdays and read the golden oldies to the children—it is a nice respite for them, as the pre-k children adhere to part of the common core plans New York State requires.  Some of the younger teachers have not heard these stories.  Every other Thursday is Cookie Café time at the USMMA—cookies from home, coffee, tea, mild and tlc are freely dispensed to the Midshipmen. We still sponsor 2 cadets a year, and have made some lasting friendships with them and their folks. —-We wish you all a happy, healthy 2019.–Jo

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