1. 1954: Winter 2013

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    Very best wishes to Jean Baker Leister and Mark Weikert who were married Sept. 29. Mark attended our last reunion with Jean. They are enjoying life together with all their shared activities. Betty Remsberg DeColigny has been traveling the last few years. Hawaii was followed by a trip to Alaska to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary––enjoying Vancouver, cruising and Denali National Park. They had a stop in Seattle and Baltimore. This year, they drove south stopping in North Carolina to visit the Billy Graham Library. They continued through Alabama and Mississippi, visiting the capitals, mansions and other interesting sights. In September, they cruised from Baltimore up the coast stopping at ports along the way. A highlight was St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia, visiting Peggy’s Cove lighthouse and the Museum of the Atlantic Titanic exhibit plus the Fairview Cemetery where 121 victims of the sinking are interred. The triplet granddaughters are growing up. Megan Thomas is a senior at West Virginia Univ. Kelli Thomas and sister Erin graduated from Frederick Community College. Kelli is working in the weed research unit at Fort Detrick in Frederick. Erin works in the dietary department at Homewood Retirement Center at Cumberland Farm in Frederick. While at the community college, Erin had the opportunity to study in Ireland at Cork Univ. Betty also went to visit! Cindy Armentrout studied child development and is a nanny for a fine family. She also has certification as a cosmetologist and as a wedding planner. Betty said, “Life is great. I love being with family.” Her husband has his civic organizations and Betty enjoys church, civic work and Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Janet Edelstein Ettinger said they are doing well and enjoying a new grandson, who is six months old. Janet and her husband are snowbirds, heading to Isla del Sol for the winter season. She keeps up with roommate Nancy Swearingen Davis who is also in Florida. Marilyn Ogden Heath and husband Alan live in Naples, Fla., and moved there full time about seven years ago. They are blessed with three children and six grandchildren, mostly grown and launched; three are in school. They have a family in Delaware, one in Indiana, one in Colorado and two grandsons in Vero Beach, Fla. “My passion is still horses and I continue to judge dressage shows and teach people to become judges. This entails traveling all over the country and often affords us the opportunity to visit our families. Of course, Florida is a popular destination in the winter, so they often visit here,” said Marilyn. They both volunteer at church and in the community. Toby, their therapy dog, takes them along to hospitals and nursing homes to brighten the lives of others. Marilyn looks forward to reading class news.

    Kaye Petersen Boothman still lives in central Massachusetts raising llamas, gardening in the summer and shoveling snow in the winter. “We attend the operas, especially those in high-definition theaters. Weekly tennis games and yoga help keep me moving. My husband teaches voice at Clark Univ. in Worcester, Mass., so there are many musical events to enjoy,” said Kaye. Carol Schwarz Fitch and husband Dan have just returned from a three-week trip to India and South Seas ports. It was mostly a cruise with a land tour. Carol wrote, “We feel fortunate to be able to do this at our advanced age and we intend to keep traveling as long as possible. Cruising is a good option because it is a more relaxed way to tour.” She keeps busy at home with gardening, opera, museums, theater and as a docent at a national historic register property. Twenty years ago, Carol had Lyme disease making a pacemaker necessary, but otherwise enjoys good health. Living now in Rhode Island, they plan to move to a life care facility in the Boston area before long. Family lives near enough for frequent visits and to watch the grandchildren in their various sport activities.

    Class Reporter:

    Dorris Smith Radcliffe
    (804) 776-7116
    dsrcanis@va.metrocast.net

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