1961; Summer 2017

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Marty Kaiser Canner

Katharine Baum Wolpe

Constance Ann Coleman Alexander is enjoying her position as director of music at her church and also enjoying her family and friends.  She expects two more grandchildren in 2017 (June and November).  She will be traveling to Greece in August with her brother, Bill, and plans to visit China in the spring of 2018.  “Life is good.” Nancy Brown Braudrick finally moved into her new, newly-built home in Gold Beach, OR, on Easter weekend, the only time her son could help with the move.  Her daughter and son-in-law live nearby and are a great help.  Her home is still a work in progress. Estelle Harrison Brendle sent greetings from North Carolina.  She hoped to attend her sixtieth high school class reunion in Calvert County, MD in June.  She keeps in touch with Judy Freedom Westenhoefer.  “It’s fun to visit her in Bedford, VA and hear about her farm and all her animals.” Judy Arenson Friedman lives in Boca Raton, FL, as her children and grandchildren are in the NYC area, she spends June and September in the City and July and August in the Berkshires.  She had a fantastic 16-day trip in April to Israel and Jordan, covering Tel-Aviv, Haifa, upper Galilee, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Eilat. Marilyn King Jessen had sad news and good news.  The sad news is that her Hood roommate, Suzanne Brown Wellcome, passed away on October 30, 2016.  We send our condolences to Suzanne’s children and her husband, Page.  The good news is that Marilyn is taking her family, eleven in all, on a Disney cruise in August.  Marilyn also reported that she is doing very well after being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in February, 2016.  She feels great now and takes one pill a day, Torceva, to keep the cancer in check.  “I have all of my old energy back and am enjoying life.  Praise the Lord!  My friends call me a miracle and I am.  Every day is a gift, especially not knowing how much longer things will be this good.” Joy Hillegas Johnson’s daughter-in-law reported that Joy passed away May 14, 2017.  We send our condolences to Joy’s husband, Norman, and their children and grandchildren. Janet Spaulding Nunn, P’06 and husband, Jack, planned to go in July on the Rhine River cruise sponsored by Hood. Janice Dobbs Pedersen and husband, Tom, are happily settled in an Erickson retirement community in Tinton Falls, NJ.  She is doing watercolors and has had some nice commissions.  “We are fighting age with vigor, humor, and determination.” Mable Philipp Pochedly enjoys living in Long Beach, CA, and would be delighted to see anyone down that way.  As her children and grandchildren live on Long Island, NY, she visits there often. Lyn Adams Sprinkle is enjoying living at Sunrise community in Richmond, VA.  She dines with other residents daily and participates in the many activities.  Her daughters drop by 3 times a week.  Her son, Stuart, a policeman who has less time available, is married to Kim who has twin boys. Barbara Hufham Wells and husband, Richard, continue to be in good health and enjoy small town living in Moscow, ID.  They have become strong supporters of The Xercis Society, which is devoted to preserving invertebrates, particularly bees, butterflies, and other pollinators; and Richard, “the gardener,” has been busy planting flowering plants they find attractive. Beth Lee Zehnder has a second granddaughter about to go to college.  Her husband, Chuck, retired as a CPA; then in tax season was called back to work to help.  She and Vivi Bruckel Harvey got together and enjoyed “catching up.”  Beth says, “We’re still able to use the stairs in the home we purchased in 1966.  Thank You, Lord!”  Marty Kaiser Canner does not have much news, but has chatted a couple of times with Shirley Garrett Haley, P’85 and her husband, Ed, in a local grocery store since Shirley and Ed moved to Catonsville, MD last year. Katharine Baum Wolpe keeps a hectic schedule with her church, Democratic club, and as a volunteer escorting frail senior neighbors to weekly appointments and shopping.  She also participates in a local seniors group and exercise classes, and spends time posting flyers and sending emails about interesting local events.  She and companion Philip continue to enjoy concerts, dance and theater performances, and his home-cooked meals.  They also participate in a reading group on the Israel-Palestine situation.  Fluffy Pancho Cat continues as her sometimes cranky roommate.

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