Class of ’69 News 2017
My “roomie” Cindy Kannapel Weiss was the first to respond to my plea for news. She recently discovered her near neighbor in Lansdowne, PA – Gwen Ebersole Lehman ’68 – small world! Cindy has nicely recovered from back surgery but anticipates a knee replacement in the fall. A little R&R in Cape Cod and Cape May over the summer should do wonders. Her three grandchildren live not far away. Carolyn Cantagalli Dumaresq stays busy with dog training and showing in agility her three Boarder Collies. In addition she teaches Doctoral students Quantitative Research (Statistics) for Immuculata University and volunteers with Rotary exchange students and rescue dogs. She stays in touch with Connie Meek who competes worldwide in skiing and running. In retirement Carol Wyman Harris now creates handmade greeting cards and other crafts which she sells at area craft fairs. Attracting birds, bees and butterflies to her garden is a passion of hers. Jill Stanley and her husband have been Indiana Hoosiers for a year now. They’ve gained a granddaughter AND a great-granddaughter and continue to dance and make new friends. Marty Silcox Hankins has officially retired from teaching! She continues to help Ken with his pottery business and volunteers with the Carroll County Master Garden program. A 46th anniversary trip is planned to Smith Island, then off to Nova Scotia in September. Susie Holtzmann Richardson writes: “Susie Lawrence, Linda Richards McKnight and I are grateful to share the joy of later in life relationships with very special men and to support each other through the aging and death of our parents.” Esther Kofod shared roommate Joanne Fodor’s glowing review of Esther’s book The Libyan: “Libya should salute Esther for writing such a heartrending tale of their country. She makes the madness and cruelty of Libya palpable and hence gives a real voice to the decimated beauty of the land and her peoples. Through the details she chooses to express and the character of her personhood she has made me aware of the true Libyan.” In addition to running a horse boarding business, Karla Leum Stoner and Bill manage a farm in south Frederick County at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. They love river cruises and so far have taken two in the US and two in Europe. Sadly Sarah Jane Snyder Raffety reports battling IPF, diagnosed in 2014, but she keeps a positive attitude and looks forward to welcoming a new grandson in November, and to visiting with Sharon McDonald Sayles later this year. Thanks to retirement, Joanane Ingoldsby Peters is again transitioning from winter hobbies – snowshoeing, genealogy and quilting, to her summer favorites – travel, golf and gardening. A trip to Ireland is planned for September. Linda Israel Lamm and Doug enjoyed a week of art and architecture in Havana, Cuba with Sam (Mary) Ryan Reeves ’70 in February. They’ll head to North Carolina this summer and to London in the fall. May 23rd marked the culmination of lots of work on the part of Margaret Dunkle. The portrait of civil rights hero Harriet Elizabeth Brown was unveiled at the Calvert County, MD courthouse. Margaret spearheaded the event. Virginia (Penney) Weatherby Brown writes: “Libby Marckwardt Oliver and I just returned from a 9-day cruise to Bermuda and the Caribbean to celebrate our 70th birthdays and 52 years of friendship.” Also taking a recent Bermuda cruise were Carole Downing Staton and Roy. Prior to that they went to El Paso, TX to visit son Andrew before his next deployment. They’ll welcome a new granddaughter in Binghamton, NY in June, then set sail on an Alaskan cruise in July. Dave and I Sayre Roney Steere are doing a good bit of traveling ourselves. In November we took a quick “family anniversary” cruise to Cozumel. We packed up the Tesla again in January and drove to Flagstaff, AZ where our girls and “grandgirls” joined us for a week at a resort. Snow abounded while at Grand Canyon but the weather was ideal in Sedona. This spring we drove up the east coast to Cape Cod and on the return trip “hit” the Poconos, Atlantic City and Washington, DC. Next up Seattle, home to both our daughters. But this time we’re flying!