Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz ‘76
Thanks for all the updates!
Gail Lippert Ebersole: 2013 has been a busy year for my family! In January, our oldest daughter Lindsay had our second granddaughter Nora, who joined her 2 1/2 year old sister Lena. Lindsay is a wedding photographer in St. Croix, USVI. Then in May, our youngest daughter Lauren got married. She works as a sonographer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In other news, in 2010, I retired from 34 years with Baltimore County Public Schools (20 years as a teacher and 14 as a middle school assistant principal) when my husband Brad became President of Washington State Community College in Ohio.
Lynn Furtek Eubanks: How many times have I sat down meaning to update my Hood news, but life seemed to get in the way! Anyway, a lot has happened this year, particularly with our grandchildren. Jacob (grandson #2) graduated college in May and began a youth ministry job in Michigan. Carly (granddaughter #1) graduated high school and has begun college in New York. The next two granddaughters have moved on up to the high school and middle school. Rilee, the “baby”, started kindergarten this year! The years have flown. And let’s add that my nephew was married in May; he is the son of Emily Gibbs Furtek, ‘75. As for us, Jack and I finally started working on our bucket list trips, taking a cruise to New England, Canada and the St. Lawrence Seaway followed a month later with our trek to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. If you get a chance GO! I don’t think we’re doing this bucket list “thing” right, though; every time we check something off the list we add two more things to it! We are living in Tennessee near the foothills of the Smokies…still teaching…for now! And next year promises to be even more eventful.
Debbie Huff Nicholson reports: My son Justin married Lydia Cross in August. They had a beautiful garden wedding on Cape Cod–it was a picture postcard day. Sue Transue Hoge and her husband Phil were there and a fine time was had by all. The wedding photos of us all out on the dance floor reminded me of our Hood party days–some things never change! The newlyweds are living in Rochester, NY where Justin is working on his Phd in political science. Back on the home front, Norm and I are moving to the Portland area of Maine in January 2014 (yes, that’s right, moving north in the winter!). He wants to retire shortly, but I’m not quite ready for that yet, so I’m on the job hunt. Can a Jersey girl make it in Maine? Well, we’ll see!
Torie Hoveman Seeger: I have two bits of news. The first is that my husband Geoff has retired. He found a part-time “gig” at the local Home Depot, which suits him just fine. Enough to keep his whole day busy (part-time in morning, then attending to home stuff and his Mom in the afternoon.) It seems to keep him out of trouble and he is no longer dealing with bureaucratic issues, which pleases him. Secondly, our son Ben has volunteered for overseas duty again. He is currently in Texas and will, at some point, leave for Kuwait for the remainder of his one year contract. He is with the Army National Guard and I would ask all alums to say a prayer, or keep a thought for all service men and women still in harm’s way and serving in our country’s military and diplomatic corps. God Bless our Military!
Linda Fox-Jarvis: David & I are looking forward to grandkids, as now both Stephanie and Brian are married. Stephanie got married in June and was a beautiful bride. It was a really big wedding with ten bridesmaids and ten groomsmen. Her husband Tyler is a local accountant. Funny, they actually grew up in the same neighborhood and had mutual friends in college (went to different colleges) but never knew each other. I am so excited that Stephanie has joined me in my real estate business. It is so great teaching her the ropes and knowing I can pass along my business of 30+ years to her eventually. Brian and Amanda are doing well in Fairfax, VA. They both are working at Azure Blue, a computer engineering company. My husband David is still working for BAE Systems and supervises the Norfolk and Jacksonville operations. We hope to retire in the next 5+ years but who knows. When we can vacation, we enjoy our cabin south of Charlottesville and our shared home in Normandy France with our two dogs – Wiley the Westie and Izzie the Schnoodle.
Barbara Woolmington-Smith: Craig and I are continuing to work—our retirement was pushed back because of the recession these last five years. But we work out of our home office and can work short days, so it actually works out fine. We are planning to close up the business in about three years and possibly move to Asheville, NC. We have purchased some land back there and Craig’s family all live in South Carolina. If any Hood classmates know the area or live in NC, I would love to hear from them because I am still ambivalent about moving to a new community after spending our entire married life in California. The kids are living at home at the moment but both are working. They came home to live temporarily and have stayed on. It is time for them to get their own places. Harrison wants to move to San Francisco where his job is located—unfortunately it is very expensive to live there… I see roommates in his future. Alisha works at the local veterinary office and does lots of pet sitting so she is rarely home. It looks like she may move back to Oregon—where she went to college—and get settled up there. Our health is great and we enjoyed a vacation to Kauai in Nov 2013.
Hi from Kurt and Libby Crouter Holter: We are having a busy year. I have gone back to Hood for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Kurt stays busy with his commercial and college photo work. Our son Andrew is on a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching English to students in Kyjov, Czech Republic, for a year. Our older son, Colin, is teaching music composition and theory at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, with his wife of one year, Jessica Narum. We are so happy that both of our sons and daughters-in-law are having wonderful adventures. We plan to visit them soon!
Larry & I are doing well. We have vacationed at the Outer Banks twice this year. Once in June for my family reunion and then in November for the OBX Marathon with our son Jim & his family. Jim ran this race and placed 3rd in his age group and received a special pin for his medal. He ran his best time ever & qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon. We love spending time with our grandchildren. Jim & Liz have 2 girls: Madeline is 5 years and Chloe is 2 years. Our daughter Lindsay & her husband Nathan live in Seattle. We visit them about twice a year. They are parents to our grandson, Jacob, who was 1 year old this past October.
Please email me your Hood news. We love hearing from all of our classmates!