1964: Summer 2016

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Barbara Maly Fish

I send the sympathy of the class to the family of Alyce Burn Sheaffer, who died on April 29, after a 42-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Those of us who saw Alyce at reunions always marveled at her courage and the tender care she received from her husband, Fred. On a happier note, Joanna Miller reports that she is cancer-free five years after being treated for breast cancer. She enjoys retirement and country life in Garrett County, MD, although she fell several months ago and broke her clavicle. She has had frequent episodes of rapid heart rate, which should be corrected by ablation by the time you read this. Charlie and Mary Frances Gaver Trunk celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July 2015. In November, Mary Frances had a total right knee replacement, which was completely healed in time for the Trunks’ move to a new patio home at the Homewood retirement center in Frederick. “Living on one floor is especially nice,” she says. Cal and Bobbi Wiley Erdman also celebrated their 50th anniversary last July. Their three daughters and families (including seven grandchildren ranging in age from 3 ½ to 18) joined the Erdmans for a weekend in Little Compton RI with professional beach photos, a cookout, and presentation of a photo book covering their 50 years together. Bobbi and Cal have lived in Pinehurst NC for 16 years and continue to enjoy the climate, new friends, and golf. Carolyn Clewell came for their 3-day ladies golf member-guest in April and they won their flight. Bobbi continues to take needlepoint courses and learned gold work this year. She also volunteers with the First Tee program in Pinehurst. Ben and Betsy Benson Walker celebrated their 6th anniversary in May on a 15-day Viking river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Betsy says, “Our home, backyard birds, and gardens bring us joy, and our German shepherd and 20 grandchildren keep us active and amazed! Life is good.” Ed and Scottie Hansbrough Sneckenberger have just finished the  overwhelming task of downsizing and moving to a retirement village not far from where they have spent the past 46 ½ years in Morgantown WV. Over the years, their travels filled their home with treasures such as a coolie hat from a Vietnamese rice paddy, a carved piece of bamboo from China, woven placemats from Guatemala, and Russian art from St. Petersburg. The Sneckenbergers’ three daughters have given them five wonderful grandchildren. Hal and Kathie Tatem Brody will celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer with a special trip to Pittsburgh with their two children and four grandchildren. The Brodys’ children suggested the trip in order to visit the city where they grew up and to show their own children their old haunts. Kathie and Hal look forward to reconnecting with relatives and old friends. Hal still works as a professor at UConn, teaching and doing research. Kathie volunteers with the UConn League and the Tourism Bureau. Their home in Willington CT is big enough for guests and Kathie encourages classmates to visit. Marta Schneebeli Johnson keeps busy with volunteering and traveling.  She had a wonderful trip to Japan last fall and recently visited the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. In alternate years, Marta and her sister and their families get together in Stone Harbor, NJ. 2016 is the year and there will be 21 in the group this time. All of the grands especially enjoy visiting with cousins who live far apart.

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