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Patricia Bryant Koedding

Virginia Morgan Travis recently returned from Greece and Turkey and says she’s “‘ruined’ from looking at the ruins.”

Barbara Tyson Hartman had a double knee operation in February. She says she has no more pain, but there will be no more kneeling and scrubbing her kitchen floor. The lunch bunch—she and Mary Kahle Monthie, Camy Cutie Wick, and Pat Jevons O’Meara—continue to meet in Saratoga regularly. Barb also saw Carol Peever Zedler while visiting daughter Pam in Virginia Beach, VA.

Barbara Freedman Wolfson’s mother died at the ripe old age of 106 in her NYC apartment, where she had lived for over 50 years. She taught yoga into her 70s. Barbara questions her own longevity, seeing as her father died at 59.

Izzy Bohman has been involved with a big sale of items at her retirement community. The proceeds will go toward projects that enhance the lives of residents.

Ann Hammel Kahl is staying close to home these days to attend to her busy calligraphy business; she’s also coaching several women in weightlifting and running, which will culminate in local senior competitions and road races. Ann finally traded in her 20-year-old Dodge Shadow for a red Mazda Miata MX-5 sports convertible.

Anne Schaaf Wadham and husband Charlie hosted a gathering of their entire 33-member clan by a mountain lake near Yosemite for a week. Anne says the crowd was unwieldy, which made it “fun and exhausting.”

Helen Cox Colman has moved to Parrish, FL. She would love to see any Skiddies in the area. The Colmans spent a few days in London before heading off on cruises to the North Cape and British Isles.

Laurence Gosnell, husband of Marilyn Zneimer Gosnell, who passed away several years ago, wrote to share news of their four children and 10 grandchildren. One of their grandchildren is a freshman at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, where Gloria Dagilas McMurrough is assistant admissions director.

Margaret Sharpe Whitehead visited Mary Stirling Campbell at Mary’s summer home in Seagirt, NY. Peggy’s ninth great-grandchild arrived in May.

Anthea Merrihue Turner has had a difficult two years. Her husband, Charles, died in 2005, and a year later she lost her 43-year-old son to multiple myeloma. She still splits her time between Lake George, NY, and Maitland, FL. Despite the losses, she is well and says her life is good.

Natalie Hazelton Mata visited daughter Christina and her family in Amherst, MA, then spent a week in Cape Cod with a hometown friend. Granddaughter Olivia, who participated in a five-week YMCA-sponsored program on a Sioux reservation, toured Stockholm, Sweden, and St. Petersburg, Russia, with an international program last year. In September Natalie attended her 60th high-school reunion in Sturbridge, MA.

Natalie reports that Regina Burgess Keightley passed away on July 4 after a struggle with cancer. Natalie and Queenie were high-school classmates.

Kim Patterson, daughter of Marjorie-Ann Matheson Arrien, wrote to tell of her mother’s passing in July. Marjorie-Ann had suffered a stroke in 2006 and then had a heart attack in March. Her health deteriorated quickly after that.

My oldest child is looking at retirement after 30 years of teaching second-graders. My oldest granddaughter is in her second year of residency in pathology at the University of Pennsylvania. I have three grandchildren who graduated this year, one from college and two from high school.