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Happily, Andrea Flynn McCarthy has recovered from spinal surgery a year ago. Her hobby of 10 years is doing stained glass. She and John have made and installed all the windows in their church, and they accept commissions from many sources. They find the life and climate of the Florida Keys suits them perfectly.
After having both knees replaced in 1995 Midge Garton Monski now has the addition of neoprene pads between the prostheses, which enables her to keep active. She recently moved to a retirement facility, where husband Bill is in the assisted-living section and she is in the independent-living unit. Eldest daughter Martha is a realtor in Winter Haven, where Midge lives. Midge hears from Louise Bossler Cervone, who winters in Florida and summers on Long Island, NY. They share a December birthday.
Also in Florida, Phyllis Gast Berlin moved three years ago to the Veranda Club in Boca Raton, an independent-living facility. Her three children and four grandchildren are up north.
Trish Gibson Bettle enjoyed a trip to the Galápagos Islands with her daughter and granddaughter. They walked among giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, flightless cormorants, and penguins, saw whales and dolphins, and observed many birds.
In Ohio Barb Smith Martien writes, “I’m still here. Fighting through the dispersal-of-stuff stage, getting ready for the next step.”
Condolences to Peg Colby Doig, who lost her husband, Al, in November. He had been seriously ill for almost eight years. She is still living in Sharon Springs, NY, near her two sons.
I am grateful that I can still be on the go. In 2006 I did an Elderhostel Jewish heritage trip to Italy and enjoyed a wonderful summer week at Cape May, NJ. The other big event was having my car stolen and thoroughly vandalized—motor, headlights, Bose radio, bumper, and leather seats all removed before it was found. It is small stuff in view of issues many friends are dealing with. Having married late, I am a generation behind many of you. My six grandkids range in age from
6 to 18. Kay Krauskopf Brylawski ’45 lives nearby, and we do events together occasionally. I am
in contact with Jean Alvord Donohue, whose four children and families live nearby and provide moral support as she cares for Dick.