I send the sympathy of the class to Barbie Haun Morris, whose sister Sophia Olsen Haun ’66 (whom we knew as Skeeter) died in October 2011. This was a long goodbye, as Skeeter had been ill for many years. Barbie lives in Williamsburg, Va., where she enjoys the many outreach education programs for seniors at William and Mary. She has resumed playing golf, sings with the church choir, and is a member of Kiwanis and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Like most of us, Barbie turned 70 this year and celebrated with a fancy birthday party, complete with a swing band, organized by her daughters and stepdaughter. Barbie also enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. Debbie Parker Hamilton celebrated her 70th with a surprise trip to New York City given by her three daughters and three granddaughters. They had a wonderful time and Debbie said, “It was such fun seeing how much alike we all are.” Debbie and Tim still love living in Wilmington, N.C., and look forward to their 50th wedding anniversary next year. Their granddaughter Chelsea graduated from the Univ. of Virginia recently and granddaughter Lindsay is a junior at Virginia Tech.
Sherry Kimble Johnson described 2012 as a big year for her and husband Bill. In late April, they fell in love with a 100-year-old house in Cleveland, Tenn., and closed on it in six days. Within two weeks, they sold their own house and then went to central France with Teddy and Marcy Leavitt Bourne and Bill’s brother and his wife. Sherry’s daughter Jaime Boyce Lacey ’90 supervised the move and served as general contractor for the restoration and painting at their new house while Sherry and Bill continued on to Provence and Italy. They have been settled into their new house since June and enjoy walking everywhere, plus taking a more active part in their church. Bill and Sherry celebrated her 70th in Lynchburg, Va., with a big family reunion and Thanksgiving feast. Claire Fulenwider retired last December from being executive director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, then she and partner Harriet returned home to Santa Fe, N.M. While they miss the lushness of the Northwest and friends and family there, they are glad to be back home in sunshine and high desert. Claire enjoys spending time with daughter Nina and grandson Nelson in Maryland and with son Nathan, who has a resort in northern Wisconsin. Claire and Harriet spend summers at their Wisconsin cabin, fishing, hiking and RVing.
Anne Burgess Huffer has been teaching at Shepherd Univ. She has also taught since 2006 at Penn State Mont Alto. Most years, she takes courses at the community college, because she still loves going to school. Anne and her husband are snowbirds who go to Florida from December to April every year, where she works on genealogy, knits and does scrapbooking. Another knitter is Tina Bassett Stevens, who is vice president of the Windy City Knitting Guild and lives in Wilmette, Ill. She goes to New England twice a year; in June for a knitting workshop on Cape Cod and in September to Maine because she loves it there. She is currently recovering from knee replacement surgery and anticipating surgery on the other knee. Tina was being comforted by her two greyhounds. Sally Stoecklein Bregenser describes herself and husband Jim as very fortunate. Their son works with his dad in the family construction management business and lives across the street. He recently remarried to a woman with three children, making Sally and Jim grandparents of five and frequent attenders at activities like the marching band, dance competitions, volleyball games and concerts. Jim and Sally enjoy the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh football and basketball games.
I received an email from Alyce Burn Sheaffer’s daughter Marcella who reports that her mother moved to Harrisonburg, Va., four years ago to be near to Marcella and her family. This enables Alyce to see her three grandsons regularly. Alyce’s address is Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, 1475 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 and she would love to hear from former classmates. Congratulations to Ellen Roberts Glaccum, chair of the Stanley Community Library board of trustees in Stanley, Idaho, for doing such a good fund-raising job that the new library building planned to open in December and will be almost entirely paid for. Ellen’s work with the library board amounted to an unpaid half-time job, but she has the satisfaction of seeing this new facility opening to serve the community. Talk about a legacy!
Every fall, I, Barb Maly Fish, have a mini-reunion with former classmates Kate Jenks Powell, Cookie Johnson Bolig, Sally Erb Soisson and Sandy Borrelli Ricci. This year, we met in D.C. and spent most of a day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts at an exhibition called Women Who Rock, which featured memorabilia from great rockers. We even saw Lady Gaga’s meat dress, proving that we are really quite with it despite a combined age of almost 350!
Barbara Maly Fish