Last winter brought Steven and Rhea Bel-Jon Calkins a spectacular adventure. They flew to the Pacific coast of northern Baja in a Piper Cub and spent 3 magical days meeting and touching grey whales in one of their birthing lagoons. Then to the Sea of Cortez near Bahia de los Angeles to glamp under horizon to horizon stars and swim with sea lions. Rhea has been busy with the NGO. She volunteers with Mujeres en Cambio revamping the donor and student scholarship systems and writing a partnership proposal to a Canadian fundraising organization. She is thrilled to say they were accepted.
Cheryl Cuddeback is still in real estate but with a new brokerage firm. Her daughter, Samantha Mendl, just graduated from Hunter College, NY this year. Anne Cuppia class of ‘74 and Cheryl are heading over to Billie Weiss‘s class of ‘74 digs in Ocean Grove, NJ. They’ll stay out of trouble, obviously!
Sue Shorb-Sterling has sad news to report. Her ten year old granddaughter, Norah Brubaker, died from septic shock in April. She was an active, healthy fifth grader who loved to read and was musically talented. Her family is coping as best as they can to accept this great loss. As her cousin stated, “Life is not fair!” Sue is reminded that our children and grandchildren are to bury us, and not the other way around. Sue grieves not only the loss of Norah’s life, but the loss of her future as well.
Peg Yanarella Hosky is glad to say that all is well in Washington DC. They continue to enjoy running their successful marketing firm, fedinsider.com. Their children, while in their 30s now, are all local, much to Peggy’s delight! Her garden and it’s several thousand purple iris flourishes, and she reads and knits voraciously.
Joyce Klugh Wilson retired in Williamsburg, VA, after 25 years of teaching in Fairfax County. She recently returned from a lovely two week cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Joyce is a member of the LGA9 golf league in Ford’s Colony and volunteers often, especially for elementary school vision screening with the James City Lions Club.
Jane Ludwick Viprino is still working but hopes to retire sometime soon. She is the supervisor of the laboratory at a large veterinary clinic in the Reading, PA area. In addition Jane volunteers at the local Berks Jazz Fest that is held in the spring. Quite a big event. Jane has a son who just married in February. She will be a Nana by the end of the November and is so excited. The big gender reveal was just at OBX on the beach. It’s a Boy!!! The whole family has been going to the Outer Banks for over 30 years. Her sister, Nancy Warrenfeltz class of ’76, was up from Florida and her family also gathered there. Always a busy and fun vacation.
Thank you to everyone who continue to shared their news. I am still designing retirement plans for small businesses. My mom has been working hard recovering from her stroke but really struggles with the feeding tube. If she could only eat life would be so much better for her. Northern California is already into “Fire Season”. Love seeing all of the wildlife outside our house, but worry too much about potential fires. Hope everyone has a great end to 2019. Wishing you, your families and friends the best! Debbie Page Rath