1954; Fall 2018

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Jean Baker Weikert
It was refreshingly reminiscent to speak with Dorris Smith Radcliffe. She and her husband Rip are enjoying their home by the James River. Visualizing with her description of nearby eagles nest, blue heron deer, and being able to fish and then eat the days catch sounds amazing. Chesapeake Bay is within sight, in good health, Dorris and Rip are also slowed down. Last year they experienced the loss of a son in law who had multiple myeloma. A granddaughter was married last year and a grandson shall marry next year. She has also kept in touch with Marilyn Randall Stefayne plus the reverend Robert lowry, Lois White Lowry’s husband, who kept us laughing at our 50th reunion. Attempts to reach Liz Frost Wittel, Anne Lyon Canon, Nancy Swearingen Davis by phone were unsuccessful. Betty Remsberg DeColigny and her husband Warren are devoted to, as well as to each other, their granddaughters. News of them is as follows: Cindy Armentrout Ray and Christopher Ray are the proud parents of Caden Michael Ray. Born on May 18, 2017, which coincided with grandmother Betty Remsburg Decoligny’s birthday. Cindy is a busy mother, wedding planner and nanny for a wonderful family. Cindy’s mate Chris is a fireman and loves his work. Erin Lynn Thomas recently graduated from Salisbury University with a master’s degree in social work, May 23, 2018. Warren and Betty have three adult children: Sharon, Charlotte and John. Received a newsletter from Betsy Oehrle, still in Durban, South Africa. One of the villages here at cross keys in New Oxford traveled to South Africa this spring with a group of retired music teachers. I had hoped they could meet with Betsy to share commonalities, but they were unable to do so. Betsy had completed a book, Creative Musicing with African, Indian and Western Music’s. She shall give a workshop at a conference in South Africa using material from her book. She feels news of happenings in USA is very upsetting and shares thoughts and prayers of good leadership. Sub-tropical weather is indicative of approaching winter for our S.A. classmate. Mark and I are thankful for five grown children and seven grandchildren who help inspire and encourage us. Involved in a Greif share program led by two of the chaplains on the brethren campus. We recently attended a workshop on working with difficult people. We still do some ballroom dancing, Sunday school, church plus cultivating two garden plots: perennial and vegetable. There are some plants and flowers around our cottage. Children Kathy Leister Orewiler holding two positions: Truenorth Wellness in Hanover as well as with Visiting Angels. Christine Leister Abrams continues as clinical manager with Truenorth Wellness. Andy Leister still a patient here at Mission Point nursing unit, charming other patients, aides and nurses with his positive attitude despite his right sided paralysis and losing vision. Heidi Leister Haafke remains at Hanover general hospital on the IT department. Youngest son, Dan, involved in recycling in York. Granddaughter Kelsey Miller is teaching in Santa Barbara, CA. Grandson David Abrams recently promoted to captain in camp Gordon, Georgia. Granddaughter Erin Haafke is enthused as a music teacher in South Eastern school district, and performing in Ephrata this simmer in West Side Story. Granddaughter Sierra Miller in housekeeping at spirit trust Lutheran, UTZ Terrace, Hanover. Rachael Adams employed at Walmart. Grandson Nick Haafke studying electricity at York Technical Institute. Grandson Sean Miller is a sophomore at St Johns College, Annapolis. Sean Enjoys Croquet, having played on the winning St Johns team. Wish I could wax poetic, however despite the glorious soon to be summer weather, I feel less inclined to be creative. Just deeply appreciative. I apologize for any discrepancies or omissions. Last December I experienced a day-in-and-out surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for excision of squamous cell cancer detected by biopsy from a dermatologist in camp Hill. The Motts Dermatology Clinic at Hershey was very proficient in the procedure which prayerfully resolved the detected squamous cells. There are over 30 dermatologists there, many of the women. Please keep in touch by writing to me at 13 Fulton Drive New Oxford, PA 17350 or by calling 717-624-3960.

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