1961 Class News- Fall 2015

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Katharine Baum Wolpe

Phyllis Allegretti Panico
is living in a senior community, playing bridge, and writing for a local monthly journal. She sponsors a regular First Aid course for fellow residents. Katharine Baum Wolpe volunteers weekly at a food pantry at her church giving out fresh vegetables and fruit donated by a local farmers’ market. She remains busy with local Democratic politics and escorting frail seniors to shopping and doctor’s appointments. She and friend Philip had a beautiful weekend in August with friends in rural Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Sarah (Sally) Bennett Edwards is still working at a local newspaper, but her hours are flexible. She plays tennis two or three mornings a week and has the summer off. This past summer she took her family of 19 to Bermuda for a week. Her nine grandchildren are all involved in sports and Sally enjoys watching the soccer games of the three who live nearby. Her husband William just had his second hip replacement, but is doing well. Ann Corderman Helton continues to work as the administrator at a UCC church, chairs the local CASA board, and fundraises for the Harford Land Trust. She enjoys her great-granddaughter, her book club, and her garden. Janice Dobbs Pedersen and husband Tom had a family reunion in Ocean City, New Jersey, with their daughters and grandchildren. Their daughter Katie’s oldest child is looking at colleges. Joyce Freedman Diamondstone is the proud grandmother of four grandsons. The oldest does IT training all over the world for his company. The next oldest is a mechanical engineer with Armstrong, the third just graduated from Penn State University and is an acoustic engineer, and the youngest is a sophomore at Indiana University in Bloomington and is in the Soul Revue Music Group. Shirley Garrett Haley and husband Edward are selling their condo on the ocean in Rehoboth Beach and seeking new adventures. They spent a week in Nashville following the music, learning Tennessee history, and observing a different cultural perspective. Carol Handwerk Ziegler enjoyed playing the organ for the Alumni/ae Weekend chapel service last June. Carol and Barbara Sands ‘65 spent a summer morning making jelly for their fall church bazaar. She and husband Jesse keep busy with eight great-grandchildren, gardening, and maintaining 4-1/2 acres. Susan Kaehrle visited Christine Steere Lamb and her family in Maine for a few days in August. Marilyn King Jessen had a wonderful two week trip to Italy with her family this past summer. It was an intergenerational trip with Road Scholar. Hilda Koontz visited her son and daughter and their families in August. Her fifth grandchild is expected in April, 2016. Her Civil War speaking schedule is getting a lot of press coverage, especially by the Frederick News-Post. She and Spencer continue to enjoy re-enactment events in the Mid-Atlantic region. Martha Miller Strickland went on a Quilt Cruise the first week of June with two “quilting buddies.” The group visited the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten and sewed while at sea. Marty visited Carolyn Adams Sprinkle at Sunrise Senior Living in North Chesterfield, Virignia. Lyn is doing well and is happy to be living there. Her children live close by and visit often. Marty is expecting her first great-grandchild in December. Sandra Murphy Schmidt and husband Bob took a Great Lakes cruise in July. The trip extended from Providence, Rhode Island, to Chicago. Doretta Ruggles Allison spent a year painting murals for four reading oases that the Marietta Kiwanis Clubs and Scholastic Book Services have placed in the libraries of three elementary schools and a Boys and Girls Club. She is currently painting murals at a preschool for handicapped children. Her son’s oldest daughter received a grant to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Denver and her younger sister is in the nursing program at Kennesaw State University. Janet Spaulding Nunn and husband Jack attended the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the first time in the fall of 2014. Dorothy Willis Rainwater has retired from nursing. She and husband Roger traveled to Quebec City and the Gaspe Peninsula this summer. Children and grandchildren came from California, Seattle, and Alaska to visit them in Florida. She and Roger join the Clean the Beaches group frequently. Martha Kaiser Canner and husband Paul visited friends on the West Coast in September and went to Lassen Volcanic National Park in California for the first time. Lassen has beautiful scenery and interesting geothermal features without the crowds of Yosemite or Yellowstone. Judy Arenson Friedman spent the summer in the Berkshires, going to arts and craft shows, theater festivals, and Tanglewood. She’s back in NYC and just saw the musical “Hamilton” which she highly recommends. They’ll return to Florida in the spring.

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