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I enjoyed a nice chat with Deena White DiStanislao, who lives in Petersburg, VA. She reports that her cancer has not returned, and she is doing very well. She asked me to phone Fluff Jenney Hume. Fluff and I talked about life in Kentucky, and about boyfriends; I am engaged to my companion, Mike, and Fluff is happily sharing activities with a new beau.
It is with a sad heart that I write about classmates who have passed away. Jan Lauer informed me that Bunny Conlon Pendleton died suddenly in Naples, FL, on May 9. Shortly after getting that news, I received a beautiful book of photos from the daughter of Betty Swartz Fisher, who passed away in 2008. The album portrayed Swartzie’s life from birth to death. I was so impressed with this artistic presentation that I sent it to Jean Clements Roth in Colorado; Clem also does great work with digital photography.
Next came word about Natalie Wolf Goetz’s death on May 5. I wrote to her husband, Abraham, and later received a nice phone call from him, including his promise to come to our next Reunion! I also asked him about his sister Ellie Goetz August, as I had not been able to reach her. Sadly, Ellie died in New Jersey about two years ago. I have been in contact with Ellie’s daughter.
Also, we no longer have our “three gals from Barre.” Sylvia Watkins Allen died March 12, 2009, leaving Merilyn Fayen Friberg and Loraine Friberg Granai to represent their hometown of Barre, VT, in the Class of 1947. Sylvia had such a nice, large family of five sons and daughters-in-law, who gathered in Barre for her memorial service. I caught up with Lunt Granai, who is well and active; and Lynn Friberg has completely recovered from a stroke she suffered a while back.
Lynne Killgore, daughter of Leona Kaplan Killgore, wrote to share memories of her mother, who passed away in 2008 after a fierce struggle with cancer in San Angelo, TX. Le double-majored in comparative European studies, taught entirely in French, and performance piano. She enjoyed multiple careers, including translation (French, Spanish, and Russian) and journalism (she created the first multimedia public affairs show in the United States after retiring). Lynne says her mother mentored hundreds of people throughout the years. “Her legacy, both inside and outside the family, lives on.”
Joan Schimpf Root passed along sad news that Mary Jane Ullman Getty’s husband, Tom, died. Mary Jane and I plan to get together in Saratoga in May.
We send condolences to Joyce Nathan LeVine, whose husband of 60 years passed away in September. Joyce recently joined the Peace Choir in Ashland, OR.