Regina Schlank Pyle
Gail Dawson Clarke: I’ve been in Florida now for quite some time. I was raised a military brat used to relocating again and again. I attended 13 different schools before college and as some of you may remember, I was a transfer student to Hood in my sophomore year. Remaining in one place is almost an uncomfortable feeling. Therefore, when the opportunity for me to relocate arose, I met it with joy. I will be moving in a month or so to the southwest corner of Colorado to a small village outside Durango in the Four Corners Region. There will be mountains to view, lots of horses and wild critters, Indian ruins to explore and a significant lack of mosquitoes, red tide, gators, and mugginess. The acreage is adjacent to the Southern Ute Tribe Reservation and, since I’ve worked with and on Native Reservations in past job experiences, I hope to be able to volunteer some time there. Just now I am waiting for the snowy travel weather to clear and assessing my condo contents …but soon I will be able to contribute a new address for other Hoodlums to either write or visit. Hmmm, do we even write these days besides e mails, texting or snatches on Facebook? I dunno. Hope the rest of you are well. I’m still vertical with a minimum of aches and pains which I attribute to these damn birthdays that insist on creeping up on us every year!
Ann Holmes Flatt: 2018 was unusually full – some good, some bad. JP, my dear husband of 55 years died of lung cancer in October. His illness was mercifully brief. A lovely memorial service was held in November. Most recently we have traveled to Switzerland this summer with our entire family plus friends and their families. Three generations – such a treat! We enjoyed hiking in the alps and enjoyed the many delights offered by the Swiss culture. Kids and grandkids are all well, pursuing many varied interests. Grandkid’s ages range from 24 to 8! I still sing with the Worcester Chorus. We are presently rehearsing the Verdi Requiem for a concert in March in Worcester’s magnificent Mechanics Hall with full orchestra. I also enjoy weekly gatherings with a group of artists where we draw or paint and enjoy each other’s company and friendly critiques. Yoga, hiking and some fitness training are helping to curb the inevitable challenges of age. I am recovering well from my stem cell bone marrow transplant done exactly 2 years ago and remain ever so grateful for my unknown yet very unselfish donor. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
Susan Shinnick Hossfeld: At the end of January, Carl and I will take off for Telluride, CO where Carl skis with the International Rotary ski group and I enjoy the activities of the group and the beautiful town. In March we leave with Jeff, Craig and the two grandchildren for our annual trip to Snowmass, CO. Later in June the entire family will leave for Hawaii to celebrate Carl’s upcoming 80th birthday. We have signed up for a cruise that visits the four main Islands and many activities along the way. Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy New Year!
Midge (Rusty) Papst Hougland: Bill and I are still living the lives of migratory birds…fall and spring in a 55+ active adult gated community in Haymarket, VA, summer in Old Saybrook, CT and winter on Amelia Island in Florida. Life’s good. This summer my daughter and I are doing a Viking Cruise around the British Isles and Norway.
Penny Misirian Mardoian: My son, Richard, and I traveled to Armenia, my heritage, in October. Armenia is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, had the first alphabet and became a Christian nation in 301. It is an amazing country. We all gathered in PA for Christmas where I saw Nancy Hecksher and husband, Ben. I am off to Florida for two weeks to see friends who winter there from spending summers in Maine.
Phoebe Adams Marshall: feel as though my news is always the same. I play tennis, sing in a chorale and in our church choir. I love to read and cannot be without a book. Happy New Year to one and all, and I hope we all have a good 2019.
Kathy Morisse: Things are going reasonably well these days (health and otherwise). One of my current goals is to retire from various retirement jobs/responsibilities and embrace the concepts of relaxation and enjoying the moment. Only mild success so far. However, on a trip to the Rockies last summer for the first time I actually let someone else do all the driving and planning (Road Scholar) — from Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons, to Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, and into Canada (Waterton National Park, Banff, and Jasper). It was my first time in that part of the world and it provided a wonderful range of sights and sensations (and altitude, and smoke from forest fires, a couple of adventures, and great companions).
Lynn MacDonough Marrow: George and I are blessed to have wonderful relationships with our children, extended family and cherished friends. We shared the following news in our Christmas letter in hopes that our friends will also keep us up to date with their lives as well. All my children and grandsons gathered at Arch Spring Farm for Thanksgiving. Over that weekend we celebrated Andres’s 12th birthday by creating small weavings at a local arts and crafts place called “The Makery.” Other grandsons’ birthday celebrations over the summer included visits to the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, the Red Caboose Motel, PA Railroad Museum and the Adidas Outlet Store. All the boys (ages 6, 9, 10, 12 and 14) are doing well in school and sports. I don’t know how parents Laurie & Miguel and Austin & Colleen handle their schedules. Ralph joined Melanie on her work trips to Indonesia, Europe, and California this year, to which they were able to incorporate time off to visit far flung family and friends, plus tourist stops along the way.
After 7 years of “practicing” with my 5 grandsons, we deemed George “qualified” to have grandchildren of his own. On March 6 Elizabeth Jean Smith made him a grandfather! Because her parents, Meg and Dan, now live in State College, we have had the pleasure of spending lots of time with her and watching her grow into a darling 10-month-old. Dan provides child care enabling Meg to continue her graduate program in music conducting at Penn State School of Music along with a half-time job as band director for Lock Haven University AND a volunteer position as director of the Bellefonte Municipal Band.
Meg’s siblings came from London and from Denver at Easter to meet their baby niece. In May, Mac & Brea, Bonnie & Gabor, Meg, Dan & Elizabeth, and George & I all shared a condo in Winnipeg, Canada where we gathered for a Pedlow/McKenzie reunion. I was happy to meet McKenzie cousins as well as to enjoy polar bears at the zoo and the impressive Canadian Museum for Human Rights. They all traveled again across time zones to spend Christmas with us.
Other than our trip to Winnipeg, our own travels were close to home this year; we decided to delay a visit to London for April/May 2019. George continues to research the old deeds of my farm and surrounding properties as well as tying things together with his accurate GPS technology. Much of my time is spent as a volunteer at church and at The Village, which honored me as their volunteer of the year in 2018. George became an official resident of The Village at Penn State (rather than my guest) which entitles him to health care, meals and other benefits.
Marvia Slade Perreault: Finally got together with Bobbi Arthur Pretzsch and Linda Martin McManus for a 10 day trip to New Orleans, which included a 5 day cruise with Bobbi’s line dancing class! Gail Wood Fortin was unable to attend as she was still grieving the loss of her 2nd daughter, Carla. I had shoulder replacement surgery last July. Unfortunately, it failed due to a fall shortly after that surgery, which also resulted in broken ribs. Just had the shoulder revision surgery last week, during which it was discovered my rotator cuff had gradually shredded due to the fall. Crazy, right? Once I heal from this latest surgery, I’m facing hand and right shoulder replacement surgery. Ain’t arthritis great??!! I like to say that whoever called these the golden years should be shot at dawn, if not before! Beats the alternative, tho! May 2019 be a better year, in so many ways!!
Joan Terpack Plitt: We had a wonderful Christmas visit with our son John and grandson Noah over the holidays. We are very proud of Noah. He is 17, does well in school and has his own business. While visiting us, he had several photo shoots for a possible modeling job. Our daughter and her family live in York about a half mile from us, so we see them often and the whole family got together at Christmas. Our granddaughter, Alyssa, is in the Navy Reserves and pursuing studies in cyber security through online classes with Purdue U. Our other granddaughter, Emily, is mother to 3 year-old Jacob, a beautiful, curly headed little guy who is special to all of us. John and I are doing well and continue to be involved in our antique business.
Regina Schlank Pyle: I continue to enjoy living in Boston and sharing my condo with Monty (9 yr. old cairn terrier) and Rossy (14 yr. old cat). My days are filled with volunteering, dealing with condo issues and keeping up with friends – near in person and friends -far via email. I also enjoyed some fun travel. Attended a bar mitzvah held on Mercer Island, WA – the celebrant is a granddaughter of a dear friend. It was a joyous, family oriented ceremony so very different than those I experienced growing up in the Catholic Church. I spent Thanksgiving visiting my niece and her family in Manhattan Beach, CA – what a wonderful place to live! And spent the New Years’ holiday with an old friend who relocated to Phoenix – however the weather was as cold as in Boston. My best news is that my grandkids, Katie and Cam Laughlin, having graduated from college, are now living in Boston. Great to see them often and keep up with their new exiting jobs.
Sally Zimmerman: At home in Tampa, I continue to volunteer for USF OLLI as board of advisers member and as instructor for courses including German conversation, Transcendentalism, and Bauhaus architecture. In the fall, I vacationed for five weeks in Germany, visited friends in Hamburg, studied the Bauhaus movement in Dessau, and took a two week refresher course at a German language school in Schwaebisch Hall near Stuttgart. Love this Mark Twain quote, Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness….
Judi Simonsen Ziobro; Ed and I are enjoying retirement, ”grandparenthood,” and our own pace of living. Our health is good, other than usual aches when we try to do things that we did 25 years ago – which at that time, caused no after effects. We get to see and interact with most of our kids’ families and that is a real joy to us. To see our kids become such great parents means we must have done something right (where else would they have learned it from?) But our life is pretty simple and – to us – very rewarding! Hope others in the class can jazz up this column with their adventures.