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Peggy Kahles Guyder
Jean Ann Rowe Tourt and husband Tom enjoy the weather and lifestyle on Anne Marie Island on Florida’s west coast. They have access to a deep-water canal so they can continue boating; the Mississippi River it isn’t, but it’s a convenient outlet to the Gulf. Jean continues to play golf and walk the rounds of their community course.
Adele Altenburg Mardirosian and husband Set sailed from London to Edinburgh, then to Norway, where they explored some of the small, less touristy fjords. They also visited Bergen, Oslo, and some of the attractions of rural Denmark. More recently they spent several days in East Berlin before boarding a river ship down the Elbe. Adele reports that Dresden, badly damaged during WWII and since rebuilt, is worthy of a longer visit.
Nancy Radack Strauss and husband Howard celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in January. Son Michael lives in Paris and is engaged to an artist. Son Steve is looking into colleges for his son. (The Strausses suggest Skidmore!) Son Al works for Agribank. Nancy is still involved with her book and author event, now in its sixth year, and loves meeting the writers.
In September Ruth Niederlander Shoumate spent two weeks on the Costa del Sol in Spain, visiting different sights in the Andalusian area. Upon her return home, she enjoyed putting together an album of her photos.
Gloria Dahar Ashooh’s husband Joe is in a nursing home and suffers from dementia. Gloria says she is “holding on.”
A sad note came from Mary Lou Barry Storrs, telling us that her husband, Bill, died in June. And Minna Laskin Shure’s husband, Kalman, died last April after a long illness. We send Mary Lou and Minna our sympathy.
My big news is that I survived Hurricane Wilma, which made a direct hit on our city in October. The eye of the storm passed directly overhead, and sustained winds hit 128 mph. I fared well personally, but devastation in the area was tremendous. Many were without electricity for over two weeks, huge shade trees were uprooted, roofs were torn off and blown across major thoroughfares, and tough-looking concrete and metal telephone poles snapped at their bases. After the storm we walked around feeling small, impotent, and very grateful. Living through a hurricane is much tougher than I had envisioned.