1983: Summer 2016

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Mary Townley

Hello Class of 1983!  Here we are again reflecting on all we are doing in our AMAZING lives!  I first wish to apologize for missing the last edition. All I can say is, life got in the way.  I am involved with starting a new non-profit organization here in Richmond, VA that supports young adults with disabilities, and it can be overwhelming at times. Our website is www.thenextmoveprogram.com.  We are always looking for support so please check us out. Beyond that, I have news from several classmates to share. First off, news from Joyce Rhinecker Gillich, P’08. Joyce reports, “I will be celebrating 34 years of marriage this June with my husband Daniel. Our daughter Heather Gillich ’08, will be celebrating her 30th birthday in June, and we will be traveling to Missouri to help her celebrate.  My husband and I are trying to figure out where time has gone, and how we got this old so fast!!  Our son Matthew married Jovanni Mahonez ’08 in October. Matthew and Jovanni live and work in DC.  I recently celebrated 3 years as a partner in a screen printing and embroidery business in Martinsburg, WV.  Love the work, and the customers.  Business is great, life is good.”  Sue Bridgers reports, “Hello to fellow Hoodlums! I’m happy to report that I finally received my Master’s in Library Science in 2014, concentrating in special librarianship. I now work remotely for a medical library, a super sweet arrangement. Since I can live anywhere, I chose to relocate from Chapel Hill to Asheville, NC last July and now view the glorious Smokey Mountains from my desk window.  My daughter lives nearby and we thoroughly enjoy the vibrant offerings of this growing town and its surrounds.  I’ve found great community to go along with the views here. Let’s hear from our other classmates, big sisters, little sisters, roommates, and hall mates.” Shelley Wagar Sabo says, “I am very happy to report that my daughter, Courtney, just finished her first year at Coastal Carolina. She graduated from Northern Virginia Community College last year and began at CCU last year. She made Dean’s list and loves living in the South. She is also engaged and getting married in September 2017. Sadly, my father died on Valentine’s Day this past February. I was able to be with him and he had been fighting kidney and heart failure since last Fall. My work is good, my partner in crime, David, is wonderful and I feel blessed to have wonderful family and friends every day!” Carolyn Inch Marriott reports in May 2016, “I am having my first grandchild today, at the hospital now, so little Jacob will be here today! This is my eldest daughter, Kellie who will be 30 this month. My younger daughter, Amy will have her first in July!” Congratulations, Carolyn!! Jacque Witt Lyons reports, “My husband Ed and I relocated to North Port, Florida in October 2014.” From Pam Stamey Inskeep, “Good news! Since June 2013, I have been working part-time as a CSW II (Community Service Worker II) Library Circulation Aide at my local library, and, last month, I was offered the position of Book Group Leader, which I happily accepted. I also tutor students on a part-time basis .Even better news! My daughter was recruited by Freire Charter School in Wilmington, DE, as Director of their Special Education Dept. She also teaches two classes at the school.  Her career is moving at a fast pace, and we are very happy for her. On a sad note, my uncle, John H. Guy, passed away on December 8, 2015, at home, from congestive heart failure.  Then, his dog died a couple of weeks ago. My mom took care of them both and is finding it hard to cope with the loss of her older brother and his pet. Thank you to everyone for reporting their news!  Carol and I are thrilled to report that our daughter, Emily, graduated from Monacan High School, here near Richmond, Virginia, l with many honors this past June (proud Moms) and will be attending Roanoke College this fall.  Empty nest is official!  Starting to pack care packages already! Please stay in touch!  Love to all.  Mary

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