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Adele Altenburg Mardirosian
Nancy Appel Gross and Buzz gave up the rigors of stair-climbing in their Alexandria, VA, home and moved to Longboat Key, FL, last winter. Shortly thereafter, Nancy had a get-together with Sibyl Ringquist Connolly and Phil and Joan Weller LaPann and Ted, catching up on all the news.
In New Jersey Mary Snyder Close works three days a week at the Sage Eldercare Adult Day Health Center, housed in a state-of-the-art building. She finds the work gratifying. Gussie has nine grandchildren, ranging from two years to college-age.
Joan Foreman Spangler moved to Melbourne, FL, last May—to be closer to her brother and sister-in-law—only to get hit by three hurricanes. Thankfully she had no damage beyond a little water under the front door. In late January she and a friend from Seattle spent three days traipsing around Disney World.
Ruth Niederlander Shoumate enjoyed a 10-day Caribbean cruise on the Dawn Princess, island-hopping to South America with neighbors and fellow country-club members.
Mary Dickinson Furth is in the process of selling her home on the Pamlico River and moving to a retirement community in Greenville, NC, where she knows many of the residents. She reports she is well except for macular degeneration—surgery has preserved the central vision in one eye, so she can do most everything but drive.
Helen Miller Reindel settled into a senior housing community in Montpelier, VT. Lenny is delighted with her new residence, which is small enough to quickly get acquainted with everyone.
Ellen Kelsey Dubocq is back from a 16-day Elderhostel program in New Zealand. It was late summer there, but still cool as she journeyed south to Milford Sound. She learned about Maori history and visited some lovely towns and cities. Among her favorite sights were hundreds of waterfalls.
Marilyn Welsh Andrews and husband John celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by taking a cruise on the Victory Chimes—Maine’s Windjammer.
We want to extend sympathy to Sallie Holland Corish, whose husband, John, passed away after 53 wonderful years together. The Corishes had five children; there are now five grandchildren.
Our sympathy also goes to Ruth Raush Wilson, whose grandson Patrick died in 2002 of a massive brain aneurysm. He was 16 years old and a basketball player.
In October Set and I sailed on the four-masted Star Clipper through parts of the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas. (Corsica was worthy of a return visit.) In December, we cruised from Singapore to Rangoon (now Yangon), with many stops in Malaysia and Indonesia, just a week before the tsunami hit some of the beaches and little towns we walked through.