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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR
Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
(727) 391-4359 (PCS Office)
Mr. Steve Nehring
1st Vice President
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
2nd Vice President
Mr. John R.Gough II
Ms. Faith Brundage
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
Mrs. Joan Ohman
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mrs. Mary Lou Lang
Mr. Ed Wardlow
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Your Reporter Says:
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FL Pinellas County...............50
FL South Florida...................50
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C ongratulations............................................................................... ........................................... 67
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B irth s................................................................................... .............................. .................7 9
W ith D eep Sorrow ....................................................................................... ......................................8 1
Em ail U pdates................................................................ .............................. ........... ............ 91
Letters to the Editor...................................................................... ............... ........... .............93
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A nnouncem ents........................................................................................................................ 101
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Cover: Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Panama Canal Society President 2004-2006.
DATES TO REMEMBER
November No PCS General Membership Meeting.
December 4 PCS General Meeting, Christmas Luncheon at the Wine Cellar,
17307 Gulf Blvd. North Redington Beach, Fla., 11:00 a.m., hosted by
Virgil and Shirley Camby. See page 4 for information.
December 5 Panama Canal Society of Southern California Annual Holiday
Luncheon, Holiday Inn, La Paz Rd, Laguna Hills, Calif. Contact Kathryn
Taylor (949) 951-4801or Joan (Ridge) de Grummond (949) 855-6447.
January 2005 No PCS General Membership Meeting.
February 5 PCS General Membership Meeting, Ryan's Restaurant 11:30 a.m. in
March 5 PCS General Membership Meeting, Pinellas County Picnic
PCS General Membership Meeting, StarShip Cruise/Luncheon
Secretary's M essage...................................................................................................................... 2
Editor's Corner.................................................................................................................................... 2
Bylaw Committee Letter................................... ...... ................................................................3
December General M membership Meeting Information........................ ...... ........................4
December General Meeting Directions.................................................................. ..............................5
Nominating Committee Report...................................... ....................................................................5
Synopsis of Executive Board M meeting M inutes.....................................................6
Highlights of M minutes of General Membership Meetings........................... .. .....................7
Legislative Report ............................................................................................................................. 9
Annual Reunion Report.................................................... ...............................................................
Reunion Pictures....................... ... ................................................ ...........................................13
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President Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Far and away
the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard
at work worth doing." With this being said so eloquently by
one of our finest Presidents, I would like to say to each of
you, that it is indeed an honor to serve as your 47th President
of the Panama Canal Society. In 1999, when I was recruited
to help out in the Society office, I had no inkling that in five
years, I would be your President. But, I saw first hand, a ded-
icated group of members and volunteers who are strongly
motivated to keep our great society viable and keep our mem-
ories of Panama and the Canal Zone alive!
We have a very distinguished and experienced group of
members who are serving with me on this year's Executive
Board. In our elected positions, we have Steve Nehring as
1st Vice President and Bob Russell as 2nd Vice President. As
elected Directors, we have John Gough, Skeeter Camby,
Faith Brundage and appointed Director, Joan Ohman. In
the Treasurer's slot and Sgt at Arms, we are fortunate to have
Ed Wardlow and Mary Lou Lang step up to the plate,
respectively. Keeping you informed on government issues is
once again, Legislative Representative Jim O'Donnell.
Cheryl Russell gracefully accepted our Chaplain's post and
Muriel Whitman our Bylaws Standing Committee
Chairperson. Jim Parthenais will continue to be our IT liai-
son for the office staff, budgetary consultant and Audit
Committee Chairperson. Past President Anna Collins has
agreed to be our Sunshine Committee point of contact this
year and Beth Brandenburg will continue as our insurance
Together, and with the help of all our loyal members, we
will work hard and smart to ensure that we maintain the
Society's goals and integrity... and of course, have a won-
derful Reunion in 2005!
Our first General Membership meeting for the year was
held at Stacey's Buffet in Clearwater on Saturday, September
18. Stacey's is an informal and relaxed restaurant. They have
a large variety of food items and there's always something for
everybody. On October 9 the Space Coast picnic will be held
in Titusville, hosted by Terry and Sue Deakins and the gang
from Merritt Island. On December 4th we will celebrate the
holidays at our luncheon scheduled for The Wine Cellar
restaurant in N. Redington Beach. This is always such a fes-
tive occasion and puts everyone in the Christmas spirit. In
March, we will have our annual picnic at one of the scenic
parks in Pinellas County. In April, we are considering the
Starship Cruise from the Port of Tampa and in May, we will
once again indulge ourselves in the delectable dining experi-
ence at Troyer's Restaurant in Sarasota. More details and
confirmed dates and times will be published in the upcoming
issues of the Canal Record.
In the Society office again this year, we have our loyal
and helpful Secretary Nancy Van Siclen and our very able
support person, Carol Masino. Jacque Vowell is excited to
continue as Editor of the Canal Record and has been pro-
active in recruiting new reporters from different geographical
sections of the country. They need your "news", so be sure to
contact your Area Reporter or Jacque with your articles, pho-
tos and stories.
Our 2004 Reunion was undoubtedly a huge success. It is
my impression that the Caribe Royale really went the extra
mile in making our group feel welcome and very special.
Reunion Coordinator, Betty LeDoux and her committee
chairpersons worked countless hours putting this together.
Past President Bill McLaughlin and his talented wife
Margaret, daughter Allison and Margaret's business partner,
Stephanie, were ever present behind the scenes doing deco-
rations, setting up audio visual equipment, band instruments
and wherever else they were needed. Bob and Cheryl Russell,
Pete and Marje Foster, Lou and Jan Andino, Jim
Parthenais, Roy Culbreth, Kenny Morris, Jacque Vowell,
Nancy Van Siclen and Carol Masino, Tom Wilder, "Bingo
Jim" O'Donnell, Dan Norman, John and Ellen Gough,
Lynnette Stokes and all the other chairperson/volunteers
were absolutely phenomenal! I heard so many positive com-
ments about our group from the hotel staff; and I also heard
comments on how responsive the hotel people were to our
needs. When something wasn't quite right, it seemed to me
that the hotel staff went out of their way to correct it.
Naturally, there will always be some minor glitches, but for
the most part, our members were very pleased with the hotel
accommodations and the Convention Center activities. We
are already working on improvements based on your com-
ments and suggestions, and we will get them implemented by
next year. The dates for the next Reunion are June 29 through
July 3, 2005. Mark your calendars now! The Caribe Royale
staff thought we were a terrific group and welcome us back
with open arms next year!
As an Executive Board we have some Old Business
remaining that needs to be addressed and then the 2004-2006
board is on our way. Thank you again for your support and we
look forward to seeing you at the meetings in the days ahead.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
Carol Masino and I just
returned from another
wonderful reunion at the
Caribe Royale. We met
with many of our current
members, who paid their
dues for 2005 and several
new members who joined
at the reunion.
All we heard was nice
comments from our members about the Caribe Royal and the
friendly staff. We even have received emails and phone calls
at the office that the membership enjoyed the reunion and felt
that the Caribe Royale reminded them of the "tropics."
With this issue you will see several highlighted boxes
reminding the members that your dues for 2005 are due by
December 31, 2004. Remember without your continued sup-
port with your payment of dues we could not keep the
Panama Canal Society functioning or hold the reunion each
year. Mark your calendar for sometime in November to mail
your $30.00 to renew your dues.
As Carol and I say farewell to Bill McLaughlin and his
board members from 2002 2004 we thank them for a won-
derful two years and wish Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and her new
board success for the coming two years.
Please remember that your dues are due by December 31,
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
office @ pancanalsociety.org
Another reunion has come
and gone. For those of you who
couldn't join us you missed a fan-
tastic time. The Clubhouse was a
great place to hang out with
friends and the empanadas were
delicious! It was wonderful to spend time with Ewald
Wiberg and Clarence Payne. Years ago Ewald and I worked
with Clarence at the Youth Advisor to the Governor's office.
Ewald was in charge of the "Gap" (the teen club in Balboa),
and I was the "Hotline" coordinator. We reminisced about our
former co-worker Walter Lenneville who was the manager
of the "Pub" at one time. Walter will be missed by many of
I am sad to say farewell to the Tallahassee reporter
Sharon Smith and Hawaii reporter Dee (Ramsey) Ahlstrom.
Thank you Sharon for the years of dedication you have given
as an area reporter and thank you Dee for volunteering as a
reporter. Dee has recently moved to Bethel, Alaska. Now I would
to like welcome Skip Rowley who has bravely volunteered to
become the Tallahassee, Fla. reporter and Helen (Aanstoos)
Hay who graciously volunteered to be the area reporter for
California. Thank you both for becoming a part of the Canal
Record. I would also like to thank Michael McDonald for
allowing me to use his artwork throughout the October Canal
Record. He is very talented and I know you will enjoy his art.
I would like to remind members that sometimes I have to
make difficult decisions to hold back articles and pictures for
another issue, so if you can't find your article or pictures in
this issue, it will probably be published in the December
Canal Record. Please contact me if you have any questions.
As always, if you have any questions about sending items
to the Canal Record or have suggestions please call me or
send an email.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Editor, Canal Record
editor @ pancanalsociety
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY 2005
Membership Dues need to be paid by
December 31, 2004.
DATE: July 17, 2004
TO: Executive Board, Panama Canal Society, Inc.
THROUGH: Mr. William McLaughlin, President, Panama Canal Society, Inc.
FROM: Peter W. Foster, Chairman, Bylaws Committee, Panama Canal Society, Inc.
SUBJECT: Correction of minor errors in the Society Bylaws.
Since the last major revision of the Society Bylaws, which occurred during the early 1990's, a few minor
typing errors, section designations, punctuations and duplication in context have been detected. A pri-
mary goal of this Bylaws Committee has been to maintain the authority of the membership, to permit the
Executive Board to utilize modern communication technology in administering the business of the
Society and to eliminate or correct ambiguous, conflicting and duplicate areas in the Bylaws.
Providing the basic context is not changed, Article XV, Amendments, Section H, 1, permits correcting
these minor technical and conflicting errors without having the membership go through the formal
Amendment process. A glaring example of duplication in the Bylaws concerns the Oath of Office, which
is used to swear in the newly elected officers at the annual meeting. In Article IV, Officers, Section 4 F,
Conditions of Office, the Oath is in its proper location. The Oath is repeated in Article IX, Executive
Board, Section 1 E. It is similar with slightly different wording. This Oath is also in the wrong location
and should be deleted.
Eliminating one of the duplicate Oath of Office paragraphs, correcting punctuation marks and paragraph
lettering in the basic Bylaw outline is just a small step in eliminating conflicts within the Society's
The proposed Correction Authorization to the Society's Bylaws should be published in the Canal Record
for membership consideration. Rejection of the Proposed Authorization requires at least twenty-five
members submitting their objections within thirty days following the Canal Record, which has the pub-
lished Correction Authorization. Members who object must mail their objections, in writing, addressed
to the Chairperson, Bylaws Committee. Adoption is automatic if less than twenty-five objections are
received, in writing, prior to the thirty day deadline.
PROPOSED AUTHORIZATION FOR BYLAWS CORRECTIONS:
Without changing the basic context of the Society's Bylaws, the Executive Board is authorized to cor-
rect article and section designations, punctuations, and cross references and to make such other tech-
nical and conforming changes as may be necessary for the uniformity within the Society's Bylaws.
The Executive Board is also authorized to delete the duplicate Oath Of Office in Article IX, Executive
Board, Section 1,E..
Peter W. Foster Margot E. Jordan Roy Culbreth
Chairman, Bylaws Committee Past President Director
Past President Member, Bylaws Committee Member, Bylaws Committee
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Chairpersons: Virgil "Skeeter" and Shirley Camby
December 4, 2004
The Panama Canal Society, Inc. Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at The Wine Cellar at 17307 Gulf
Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida on Saturday, December 4, 2004.
Social hour is planned from 11:00 a.m. with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The luncheon and monthly meet-
ing will start at 12:00 noon.
The cost of the luncheon is $20.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities. Monday, November 29, 2004
is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.
The menu will be a choice of Chicken Marsala, served with pasta and fresh vegetables or New York Strip Steak with
rissole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad, rolls and butter, dessert (ice cream
with Peach Melba), ice tea and/or coffee.
When completing your reservation form, be sure to list with whom you would like to sit. Tables will be set for eight
people. Also, please indicate your choice of Chicken Marsala or New York Strip Steak.
This will be a very special luncheon and preparations are underway to ensure you have an enjoyable afternoon. We
have some nice door prizes and we hope you will join in the festivities. SO... mark your calendar for December 4, 2004
and send in your reservation early. Map to the Wine Cellar is on page 5 of this issue.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
December 4, 2004
The Wine Cellar
* Member Name
* Please make
reservations at $20.00 each
Please indicate preference: New York Strip Steak Marsala Chicken
* Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)
* Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society, Inc., .
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772- 4787
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December Luncheon Directions
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17307 Gulf Blvd.
North Redington Beach, Fla
1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 15
West Gandy Blvd, turns into Park Blvd. Proceed on
Park until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left. The
Wine Cellar is on the left at 173rd Avenue.
2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit 15
West, and follow direction as above.
3. From North Pinellas Take A-19 South to Park
Blvd. and follow directions as in No. 1 to the West.
4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd.,
which runs into Bay Pines Blvd, bearing left to
cross Tom Stuart Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Then
right and proceed North to 173rd Avenue. Wine
Cellar is on the right.
The Nominating committee consisting of Betty LeDoux,
Chairperson, Jim Parthenais, Jack Sanders, Lori King and
Dan Norman convened bight and early on Friday morning to
start the count of the over 600 ballots that were received.
With board approval, we enlisted additional support from
William Harold Sorrell to assist in this endeavor. Our task
was completed shortly before the commencement of the
Annual Meeting with the following results.
Of the 601 ballots received, 11 of them were invalid.
Those 11 ballots were submitted by non-members and there-
fore were not counted.
Elaine Vestal Lewis
1st Vice President Steve Nehring
2nd Vice President Bob Russell
Director (three to be elected)
The newly elected officers therefore are:
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Elaine Vestal Lewis
Nominating Committee Chairperson
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY 2005
PAY BY DECEMBER 31, 2004
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
APRIL 24, 2004
All board members were present with the exception of the
Legislative Representative, one Director, and Chaplain.
Reunion Committee Present: Jan and Lou Andino, Joy Maale,
The Executive Board took the following actions:
Approved the minutes of the March 20, 2004 Executive
Approved the expenditures for the period of March 20
through April 21 in the amount of $24,472.81.
Approved 58 new membership applications.
Approved Paul Bierman as Canal Record reporter for the
The following reports were made:
Reunion Program Update
Event Insurance Report
Letter from member discussed
Financial report for 2003 has been finalized with Randy
Drake, CPA who will address the membership during the
May Luncheon is set for May 1st at Troyer's
Dutch Restaurant in Sarasota.
Discussion on using a higher quality of paper for the
Canal Record. The difference in price is approximately
The following reunion reports were made:
Vendor fee returned to Bob Medinger.
Purchase of name badges and ribbons
Volunteer names to be submitted by May 31, 2004.
As of today there are a total of 1,923 registered members;
a total of 716 hotel rooms are occupied.
NO EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JUNE 5, 2004
All board members were present with the exception of one
Director, Sgt. At Arms, Bylaws Chairperson and Chaplain.
The Executive Board took the following actions:
Approved the minutes of the April 24, 2004 Executive
Board Meeting., the expenditures of $17,671.06 for the
period of April 23, 2004 through June 4, 2004 the appli-
cations 67 new members.
Approved the purchase of a "Triple A" bond for
Approved the purchase of a new flag.
SApproved the purchase of two Clubhouse signs for $100.
Approved the expenditure of $500.00 to purchase center
pieces and programs for the Annual Luncheon.
Approved change fund for ticket sales, disco dances, lot-
tery, registration and secretary.
Approved Shingle Creek 2010 Contract
Approved the purchase of the LCD projector.
The following reunion reports were made:
SReunion Coordinator reported on updates to the
Convention Center room assignments for the individual
Vendors were notified tables would measure 6' in length
instead of 8' in length.
Reserved tables to be held for only one hour
Volunteer and vendors ribbons purchased.
Update on the SCN show at the Annual luncheon.
Update on Dance and Flower classes:
Token of thanks for key Caribe Royale staff members.
Free continental breakfast will be served in the lobbies of
Tower I, II, III and the Clubhouse.
Caribe Royale will provide safe deposit boxes.
The Caribe Royale renovations of the hotel rooms have
Shingle Creek will have a CD available to use at the
Review of a working reunion budget to be updated as
costs come in.
Shingle Creek golf course insurance
Approved Clay Wharry as the Alaska Reporter
Purchased Gold Hill/Contractors Hill for $100.00 in sup-
port of the Panama Canal Museum's new Trivia Board
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
SYNOPSIS OF MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JULY 17, 2004
All board members present with the exception of two
Directors, Sgt. At Arms and Chaplain.
The Executive Board took the following actions:
Approved the minutes of the June 5, 2004 Executive
Approved the expenditures for the period of June 5, 2004
through July 17, 2004 in the amount of $25,175.91.
Approved 58 new membership applications.
Approved Blood Drive to be held at the reunion.
Approved donation of a one-year Society membership to
the Museum for their silent auction.
Approved breakfast for the Nominating Committee.
Approved refunds on tickets to the dances and golf for 5
members. Each member submitting this request had bone-
fide medical or military reasons.
The following reports were made:
Mail Marketing address labels
Correction of punctuation marks and removal of the
duplicate oath in our bylaws would be published in the
October Canal Record. After 30 days from mailing if we
have not received 25 letters objecting in writing, the bylaw
will automatically be adjusted as advertised.
The following reunion reports were made:
Panama Beer is not being exported at this time.
Annual Reunion Flyer showing the times and locations of
all the events to be held.
Safety Deposit Boxes
64 vendors have registered.
Lottery The lottery percentage split is 50, 30 and 20.
Lottery tickets given out at the Annual Meeting would
cease at 11:00 a.m.
Rental of the musical instruments for $3,900.00.
Friday Night Dance
Saturday Night Dance and Despedida
27 members have signed up for the dance class. Rafael
(the instructor) will ask the dance class to perform on
Sunday at Despedida.
Annual Meeting; a display board that shows the renova-
tions that will be taking place at the Caribe Royale after
Reunion Clubhouse will be decorated with a tropical
theme with seating available along with a bar.
Religious Services; Father Kennedy and Bill Wilbur
Supplies and Equipment
MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
APRIL 3, 2004
President William McLaughlin welcomed the 50 mem-
bers in attendance at the April General Membership Meeting
held aboard the Yacht Starship, Tampa, Florida at 12:10 p.m.
In the absence of Dottie Yocum, Cheryl Russell gave the
invocation, followed by a moment of silence for members
who had recently passed away. In the absence of Lynnette
Stokes, Sgt. At Arms, Bob Rupp led the membership in the
Pledge of Allegiance.
The president welcomed past president Betty LeDoux.
The president on behalf of the Executive Board thanked
everyone for attending and thanked Betty LeDoux and Dan
Norman for arranging the event.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the
March General Membership Meeting from Anderson Park in
Tarpon Springs, Florida. As there were no changes or addi-
tions to the minutes, President William McLaughlin approved
the minutes as read.
Treasurer John Gough highlighted some of the major
expenses from the February Financial Statement. The
February Financial Statement stands for Audit.
Betty LeDoux, Reunion Coordinator reported that the
Caribe Royale is in the process of sending out confirmations.
Betty reminded the membership that the free continental
breakfast is for those members staying at the Caribe and that
this information will be published in the yellow pages for the
April Directory and June Canal Record. Betty reported that
we are planning on having a flower arranging class and a
dance class. Pre-registration is required and those forms are
in the March Canal Record.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum reported that Chuck Hummer has stepped
aside as president of the museum due to health problems and
Joe Wood has assumed the duties of president. The exhibit
this year will be on the construction days.
The meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.
MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
TROYER'S DUTCH HERITAGE RESTAURANT
MAY 1, 2004
President William McLaughlin welcomed the 66 mem-
bers in attendance at the May General Membership Meeting
held at Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant, Sarasota, Florida
at 11:50 a.m.
In the absence of Dottie Yocum, Cheryl Russell gave the
invocation, followed by a moment of silence for members
who had recently passed away. In the absence of Lynnette
Stokes, Sgt. At Arms, Bill McLaughlin led the membership in
the Pledge of Allegiance.
Meeting adjourned at 11:55 a.m. and reconvened at 12:45
The president welcomed past presidents Anna Collins,
Pete Foster, Bill Wheeler, Marje Foster, Jim O'Donnell, Tom
Peterson and Faith Brundage.
The president on behalf of the Executive Board thanked
everyone for attending and thanked Bob and Cheryl Russell
for arranging the luncheon.
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the April
General Membership Meeting from the Yacht Starship in
Tampa, Florida. As there were no changes or additions to the
minutes, President William McLaughlin approved the min-
utes as read.
Treasurer John Gough highlighted some of the major
expenses from the March Financial Statement. The March
Financial Statement stands for Audit.
Bill McLaughlin reported that the board held their month-
ly meeting at the Caribe Royale in April and also toured the
Convention Center, which will basically be used only by the
Society during the reunion. The hotel also prepared different
food items for the board members to sample. These same
food items will be served at the Annual Luncheon and in the
restaurants during our stay in July.
The president also reported that he has been in touch with
Gabe Ireton who was with the Armed Forces Radio and
Television Service. The luncheon show is coming along nice-
ly and Gabe has been in touch with other announcers who
will be at the Annual Luncheon. As of now we have 400
members signed up to attend the luncheon.
Tom Wilder, 2nd Vice President and Co-Reunion
Coordinator reminded the membership that if you have not
received a confirmation from the hotel to please call the
office. There are still hotel rooms available. Tom urged mem-
bers to sign up for the flower arranging and dance classes.
Pre-registration is required and the forms are in the March
Tom reminded the membership that the hotel is having
free continental breakfasts for all members who are registered
for the reunion and staying at the Caribe Royale. Tom men-
tioned that there would be a slight change in the room layout
in the Convention Center than originally planned. All regis-
tered members will receive a flyer with a floor plan when you
pick up your badges and tickets from Registration. Tom
Wilder stated that the deadline for room reservations is June
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, 1st Vice President and chairperson
of Vendors said that the room for the vendors this year is
much larger then we had in the past and that we have several
new vendors signed up this year.
Bill McLaughlin reminded the membership that the last
general membership meeting before the reunion would be
held at Stacey's in Clearwater, Florida on June 5 and that the
ballots for voting for the next term of officers are in the
March Canal Record.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative highlighted
his legislative report in that the chairman of the Federal
Reserve has urged Congress to cut future Social Security ben-
efits rather than hike taxes to counter a projected deficit in
Social Security funding.
Barbara Peterson, Secretary of the Panama Canal
Museum reported that the reunion exhibit this year would be
on the construction days. The Museum is planning another
cruise in 2005, which will transit into Gatun Lake. Richard
Bjorneby has donated his entire library of books to the muse-
um. The 2005 Panama Canal Museum calendar will highlight
the Panama Railroad.
Bill McLaughlin thanked those who donated door prizes,
which were given out and again thanked Bob and Cheryl
Russell for hosting the luncheon.
The meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
JUNE 5, 2004
President William McLaughlin welcomed the 55 mem-
bers in attendance at the June General Membership Meeting
held at Stacey's Restaurant, Clearwater, Florida at 11:30 a.m.
Dottie Yocum, Chaplain gave the invocation, followed by
a moment of silence for members who had recently passed
away. In the absence of Lynnette Stokes, Sgt. At Arms, Bill
McLaughlin led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The president welcomed past presidents Anna Collins,
Bob Johnson, Jim O'Donnell, Margot Jordan and Faith
The president on behalf of the Executive Board thanked
everyone for attending the last General Membership Meeting
prior to the Reunion and thanked Elaine (Vestal) Lewis for
hosting the luncheon.
Meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m. and reconvened at 12:35
Secretary Nancy Van Siclen read the minutes of the May
General Membership Meeting from Troyer's' Restaurant in
Sarasota, Florida. As there were no changes or additions to
the minutes, President William McLaughlin approved the
minutes as read.
Treasurer John Gough highlighted some of the major
expenses from the April Financial Statement. The April
Financial Statement stands for Audit.
Bill McLaughlin reported that we transferred money out
of the Society money market fund and invested in a triple A
rated bond which gives us a better interest rate of return for
our investment. At the same time he reported that we have
moved our investments from Merrill Lynch to Herbert J. Sims
and Company, a financial company in business for almost 70
years and our financial advisor is D. LaPorta, a member of the
President McLaughlin reported that as of today we have
over 500 members registered to attend the Annual Luncheon
and he has spoken with Gabe Ireton who has produced a his-
torical DVD show, which is just over an hour of film clips,
interviews and reports on the history of Armed Forces Radio
and Television Service in the Canal Zone.
Bill McLaughlin reminded the membership that this is the
last regular scheduled meeting before the annual reunion and
the next General Membership meeting after the reunion will
be held at Stacey's Buffet in Clearwater on September 18.
Tom Wilder, 2nd Vice President and Co-Reunion
Coordinator reported that all Villas and King Suites are
reserved and that we still have some Queen Suites available
but you need to get your reservations in as soon as possible.
In addition, the deadline for purchasing tickets for dances,
discos, and registration for golf and to sign up for the Flower
and Dance classes is July 1st.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, 1st Vice President and Vendor
Chairperson reported that we have several new vendors who
will be at the reunion this year.
Jim Parthenais, Director reported to the membership that
Randy Drake, CPA who did our full audit last year will pres-
ent a financial report at the Annual Meeting. Randy will also
answer any questions the membership might have.
Anna Collins, Sunshine Chairperson reminded the mem-
bership to notify the office if you know of anyone who is sick
so a card can be sent.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum reported that they are getting ready for the
reunion and that the exhibit theme this year will be "The
Construction Days of the Canal". The museum is also plan-
ning another silent auction and several new items will be for
sale either in the vendor room or the area where the museum
will be located.
The president announced that the Annual Attendance
Award has been tallied. This year the winner is Kathy Egolf.
She will be awarded either one ticket each to the Ball and
Panazonian Dance or two tickets to either dance. Bill asked
that Kathy please call the office to let them know what com-
bination of dance tickets she would like.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
INCREASED SURVIVOR BENEFIT OPTION
NARFE's legislative program for the 108th Congress
includes a resolve to advocate amendments to the Civil
Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal
Employee Retirement System (FERS) to provide retiring
employees the option of electing, and paying the actuarial
cost of, additional survivor annuity amounts in 5 percent
increments up to 75% of the unreduced employee annuity.
Under the current CSRS, retiring workers who elect
spouse survivor benefits have their annuities reduced by 2.5%
of the first $3600 per year plus 10 % of the annuity above
$3600 per year. The reduction entitles the surviving spouse to
a maximum 55% of the retiree's annuity before the reduction,
or about 60 % of the reduced annuity.
The retiree's reduction for the 55% survivor annuity is
approximately 8.5 +% of the earned annuity. The actuarial
cost of the 55% survivor annuity is 16.5% of the earned annu-
ity. Therefore, the government, as employer, is subsidizing an
additional 8%, or close to half of the current survivor annuity
Workers retiring under the FERS pay a flat 10% of earned
annuity for a survivor annuity of 50% of the unreduced
amount. The full actuarial cost of the FERS survivor annuity
is about 15%, so the government employer is subsidizing
one-third of the cost.
Assuming that the government employer would continue
the current subsidy level, but not assume additional costs, the
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) estimates that it
would cost the retiring CSRS employee an additional 1.5% of
earned annuity for each 5% increment in the survivor annu-
ity. Under FERS, the same actuarial cost per 5% increase in
survivor spouse annuity would apply; i.e. 1.5% of the unre-
* A 60% survivor annuity ($14,400 per annum) would cost
the retiree with a $24,000 earned annuity an additional $360
reduction. That would increase the reduction to $2490. The
reduced retiree annuity would be $21,510. The elected 60%
survivor annuity would then be 67% of the reduced retiree
* A 65% survivor annuity ($15,600 per annum) would cost
the retiree an additional 3% (above the current level) reduc-
tion, or $720 more. That would result in a total reduction of
$2,850, reducing the retiree's annuity to $21,150. The elected
65% survivor annuity would then be 74% of the reduced
* A 75% survivor annuity ($18,000 per annum) would cost
the retiree an additional 6% reduction, or $1440 more, result-
ing in a total reduction of $3570. The retiree's annuity would
then be $20,430, and the elected survivor benefit would be
88% of that reduced annuity.
NARFE supports legislation that would give retiring
workers the option of electing and assuming the actuarial cost
of survivor benefits greater than the current maximum level
of 55% under CSRS and 50% under FERS.
Medicare "Part A" -- the portion of the program that pays
for inpatient hospital costs -- is financed from payroll taxes
withheld from current wage earners, converted into govern-
ment securities and held in the Hospital Insurance (HI) trust
fund. Some public policy makers are concerned that the dou-
bling of the elderly population in 35 years and the drop in the
number of workers paying taxes to the HI trust fund will
place financial strains on Medicare.
Medicare trustees estimated in March 2002 that the HI
trust fund would have sufficient funds to pay benefits until
2030. The Bush Administration and other reformers believe
that more must be done to encourage the program's 40 million
beneficiaries to leave Medicare's traditional fee-for-service
plan in favor of private coverage they believe would contain
costs and deliver services more efficiently. Toward that end,
they have proposed the FEHBP-inspired "premium support"
model that would provide Medicare beneficiaries with a
voucher to purchase private health insurance. Even though
private plan options have been available to beneficiaries for
several years, seniors have been reluctant to give up the pub-
lic fee-for-service option because it allows them to select the
physicians and hospitals of their choice. NARFE and other
seniors' organization have also had concerns about the relia-
bility of private Medicare options since some plans have left
the program or reduced benefits.
For federal annuitants enrolled in Medicare and a Federal
Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) plan,
Medicare pays for services first and the FEHBP plan pays
remaining costs and for services not covered by Medicare,
like outpatient prescription drugs. Such coverage is coordi-
nated between the two programs when federal annuitants who
participate in the traditional Medicare program select one of
FEHBP's fee-for-service plans. As a result, annuitants
enrolled in both programs receive nearly complete coverage
for all expenses, and most co-payments and annual
deductibles are waived. However, there is no coordination of
benefits between Medicare managed care plans and FEHBP
fee-for-service policies. Consequently, the value of combin-
ing Medicare and FEHBP coverage would diminish if
reforms drive beneficiaries into managed care options and
allow the traditional Medicare program to become too expen-
Medicare reformers might respond to this shortcoming by
embracing a proposal in the Administration's fiscal year 2004
budget to "work with stakeholders to better coordinate these
two programs (Medicare and FEHBP) and look to practices
of the private sector to ensure high quality, cost-conscious
choices for retirees." NARFE is concerned that better coordi-
nation means creating separately rated FEHBP plans for
Medicare-participating retirees and survivors with higher pre-
miums and inferior coverage and access than FEHBP cur-
rently provides. We also fear that "cost-conscious choices for
retirees" is code for encouraging, or even forcing, annuitants
into FEHBP HMOs or so-called "customer-driven" options.
As a single insurance pool, the traditional Medicare fee-
for-service plan is affordable and predictable for all benefici-
aries because it spreads individual beneficiary health expens-
es across the full population. NARFE believes that the
Medicare premium support proposal could compromise this
fundamental principle of group health insurance. Moreover,
NARFE is concerned that the creation of a Medicare vouch-
er system could open the program to the cost-shifting pro-
posal that has been repeatedly suggested for FEHBP (see
FEHBP fact sheet).
The 107th Congress (2001-2002) failed to act on Senators
John Breaux (D-LA) and William Frist's (R-TN) Medicare
reform "premium support" bill. While short on many key
details, the President's fiscal year 2004 budget proposes that
similar legislation be approved. NARFE opposes this initia-
tive because it could undermine the present Medicare fee-for-
service program and shift new costs to beneficiaries
MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT
At least 16 million Medicare beneficiaries have no drug
coverage and must pay out-of-pocket for increasingly expen-
sive medication costs. That's because private Medigap sup-
plements that include a drug benefit are frequently unafford-
able. And, every year, fewer employers offer health coverage
to their retired and disabled workers when they become eligi-
ble for Medicare.
While NARFE supports the addition of a Medicare drug
benefit, the Association has repeatedly expressed concerns to
the White House and Capitol Hill about who would pay for
the new coverage. For Medicare to have a drug benefit equiv-
alent to the same coverage offered under most Federal
Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) plans, the cost
would be $520 billion over ten years according to an estimate
made in 2001 by the Senate Budget Committee. The employ-
er-sponsored health insurance that many older Americans
receive --- including FEHBP --- sometimes includes prescrip-
tion drug coverage. Adding the benefit to Medicare could
mean that some enrollees would have to pay for the drug cov-
erage twice; first, through their share of employer-sponsored
health insurance premiums, and second, through Medicare.
NARFE is also concerned that the creation of a Medicare
drug benefit might encourage lawmakers to reduce or elimi-
nate FEHBP drug coverage for Medicare-eligible annuitants.
During 107th Congress (2001-2002), $300 billion (to be
spent over ten years) was set aside in the fiscal year (FY)
2002 budget resolution for new drug coverage. Although the
House passed Medicare reform legislation, including a pre-
scription drug proposal, in June 2002, there was not enough
votes in the Senate to approve any of the competing plans
offered in the 107th Congress. The impasse in the Senate
occurred because of controversy over whether Medicare drug
benefit would be administered by the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services (CMS) (formerly the Health Care
Financing Administration-HCFA) or private insurance carri-
ers. The Medicare reform bill approved by the House in 2002
relies on private insurance carriers, as does the drug proposal
in the Bush Administration's fiscal year 2004 budget.
Previous and current Medicare drug benefit plans have also
been criticized by some aging organizations for offering ben-
eficiaries significantly less coverage compared to employer
sponsored retiree health plans.
As proposed March 3, 2003 by the Administration, only
beneficiaries who select a private Medicare plan (HMOs or
other managed-care plans, or preferred-provider organiza-
tions or other private fee-for-service providers) over the tra-
ditional fee-for-service program would receive "extensive"
drug coverage. However, public fee-for-service beneficiaries
would be offered a drug discount card to use at retail phar-
macies. Currently, 80 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are
enrolled in the traditional public plan. The President has sug-
gested that $400 billion over ten years be budgeted for his
Medicare reform proposal.
CONSUMER PRICE INDEX
The CPI is an index the government developed to meas-
ure changes in the price of market basket of goods and serv-
ices purchased by households. It does not reflect changes in
wages. There actually is more than one CPI. The one usual-
ly quoted in the CPI is for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
(CPI-W), which covers 32 percent of the population.
The CPI is used as an economic indicator. As the most
widely used measure of inflation, the CPI is an indicator of
the effectiveness of government policy. In addition, business
executives, labor leaders and other private citizens use the
index as a guide in making economic decisions. The index is
used as a means for adjusting income payments. Over 2 mil-
lion workers are covered by collective bargaining agree-
ments, which tie wages to the CPI
The index affects the income of almost 80 million people
as a result of the statutory action: 47.8 million Social Security
beneficiaries, about 4.1 million military and Federal Civil
Service retirees and survivors, and about 22.4 million food
stamp recipients. Changes in the CPI also affect the cost of
lunches for the 26.7 million children who eat lunch at school.
Some private firms and individuals use the CPI to keep rents,
royalties, alimony payments and child support payments in
line with changing prices. Since 1985, the CPI has been used
to adjust the Federal income tax structure to prevent inflation
induced increases in taxes.
On June 15th, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor
Statistics reported the consumer price index for clerical
Workers, the CPI-W, for May was up 0.7 percent from the
April index. For purposes of calculating the next COLA (cost
of living adjustment), May's index is 2.4 percent higher than
the December 2003 index. The June consumer price indexes
will be released Friday, July 16th.
If you would like more information on the Consumer Price
Index, you can go to www.BLS.Gov.cpi/.
James J. O'Donnell
WOW What great comments we've received about the 2004 Reunion! We greatly appreciate all of the members who
took the time to send in their compliments and critiques of the 2004 Reunion.
As with any new property we ran into some glitches but they were very few...mostly in the area of the Front Desk. The
Caribe Royale had a new Front Desk staff and I think we may have overwhelmed them as we arrived. This will not be an issue
next year as they now know what to expect from us as we check in. The Lodging portion of the reunion was successful with
many of our members opting for the use of a Villa instead of the suites. There were 80 villas in our room block and all were
taken by mid-January. As suspected, there were very few cancellations of the villas so only a very few people on the waiting
list lucked out in getting a villa at the last minute. In most instances, the hotel honored our special requests and I anticipate
this working out even better in the future years. We do hope, however, that the complimentary mimosas that were passed out
in the Front Lobby helped to make the check-in process a more enjoyable one.
Some of the personal touches we added to this year's reunion seemed to please our members. The Clubhouse was an idea
that we thought would be enjoyed by our members and it was. For years, we have been hearing from members that there
was no quiet area for members to sit and visit hence the Clubhouse idea was born. The Caribe staff was outstanding in gen-
eral but it didn't take long for the Clubhouse Boys to learn the drinks of their consistent patrons. The addition of the arcade,
dartboards and pool tables was appealing for our members young and old alike. It was an added bonus to have the old
Panama pictures under the glass of the bar for members to view while ordering their drinks. The sitting area under the porte
cochere was another hit as it offered yet another venue for members to sit and visit with one another.
The menu selections of the Foods from Home was another feature that was well received by members from the
empanadas in the Clubhouse and tower outlets to the customized menus in the restaurants; our members had every opportu-
nity to sample some flavors from home.
The contracted complimentary breakfast was enjoyed most mornings by our members whether they ate in the lobby
area of their tower, in the Clubhouse or the sitting area overlooking the pond, it offered a nice way to start the day among
Registration was co-chaired by Marje and Pete Foster and Joy and Al Maale. I have never seen a more lively registra-
tion area than we had this year the festive atmosphere created by the nice decorations only added to the excitement of those
members arriving at the reunion in anticipation of a fun-filled weekend. My thanks to Pete, Marje, Joy and Al for the many
long hours they spent checking and double checking the registration lists and stuffing the tickets for our members. Ron Abuelo
and Delidas hot sauce were both kind enough to provide giveaways for our members again this year. This was the third year
that they have provided goodies for our members and we greatly appreciate their participation. Pete, Marje, Joy and Al and
their volunteers registered over 3,225 members this year.
Our class reunion and mini reunion chairpersons were fortunate to once again have Jim Parthenais assisting them with
their very special reunions. Jim was with the class reunion chairpersons from the very beginning ensuring that every detail
was handled properly and expeditiously.
The Vendor area was all-abuzz with members shopping for treasures from home. Elaine Lewis chaired this function again
this year and did a great job in making sure that the vendors were properly placed to maximize their exposure to the mem-
bers. The Vendor area is always a favorite among our members our thanks to the many vendors who provide our members
with the opportunity to not only visit "home" but also to take some home with them.
The Information/Hospitality desk was not quiet for a minute during operating hours. Many members paid their member-
ship for the coming year we also acquired many new members. Nancy Van Siclen, Carol Masino and their volunteers are
to be commended for being there to answer the variety of questions that were asked of them regarding the reunion and Society
The Golf Tournament was a success once again this year. Although the number of players was down a little bit from 2003,
all who attended had a good time. The Tournament was chaired once again by Ken Morris who, as always, did an outstand-
ing job making sure that every golfer had a wonderful experience while playing on the new Shingle Creek Golf Course. His
report follows elsewhere in this issue.
Bob Russell and Roy Culbreth chaired the on-site tickets sales again this year. We strongly encourage members to pre-
purchase their tickets to the events; but have found that there is a need to have tickets available for sale on-site as a conven-
ience to those members who may require additional tickets or for those new members wishing to attend our splendid events.
Bob and Roy were behind the scenes late at night auditing the sales from the day and very rarely were finished with this task
before midnight. Thank you Bob and Roy and your committee for your tireless effort.
Lucho's Friends provided another festive evening at the PanaZonian Dance with yet another bonus for us this year with
Ornelio Cortez playing the fiddle which everyone found quite refreshing and exhilarating. Frankie Pretto and his band
were definitely "Hot Hot Hot" this year as they brought our Reunion to a near close.
Bingo Jim was hot at his job again this year on Friday and Saturday afternoons as he called out the B-I-N-G-O letters and
numbers. As always, a good time was had by all who participated.
We added a new feature this year with Baile Panameno. The Despedida Dance Troupe conducted this dance class, which
included a historic explanation behind some of the dances and concluded with a practice session for the "Students" to perform
for the membership at Despedida. David Lane and Nancy Eide were just a few of our members who looked like they would
be performing their own Despedida event within the next few years. This was a trial event and from all accounts is one that
should continue for years to come.
We also tried to add a Flower Arranging class for our members. This was to be conducted by Margaret McLaughlin, a
professional florist and decorator extraordinaire. The class was to include lessons in preparation of a corsage as well as the
making of a silk arrangement for home use. Unfortunately, there were only two people who signed up for the class and
although we had a minimum required for the class to take place, Margaret elected to continue despite the poor response. Sadly,
neither of the two participants showed up for the class. However, Margaret we appreciate your offering your expertise to our
members and the time and expense you put into arranging for this class.
Margaret also was responsible for the decorations at the dances once again this year. The hot pepper plants and recipe cards
were loved by all the members who were fortunate enough to collect the centerpiece. Margaret also added her personal touch-
es of peppers and pepper plants throughout the flower arrangements in the hotel. .. making sure that the Society's "touch"
was present at every turn.
The Annual Luncheon was put together by our In-house Luncheon experts Jan and Lou Andino. Not only was the lunch-
eon program interesting and memorable for all who were there, but the personal touches added by Jan and Lou were second
to none from the beautiful menu to the festive centerpieces. Thank you Jan and Lou for once again creating a successful
and memorable experience.
John Gough and Leni Stokes were our Despedida Lottery Chairpersons and a total of $600.00 in three separate prizes
were awarded. The lucky winners received their prizes at Despedida on Sunday morning.
The Disco Dances were a hit again this year for those brave enough to stay up until 4:00 am. Our sincere appreciation to
Jacque Vowell and Dan Norman who co-chaired this event, and their committee, who handled the late night crowds.
As a reminder, I reported at the Annual meeting that when we return to the Caribe Royale in 2005, all of the suites will
have been completely renovated. The rooms will have an entirely new and fresh look for our members to enjoy.
Tom Wilder my Co-Reunion Coordinator whose contribution went greatly unnoticed by many since his assistance took
place primarily at the Reunion itself whether it be ensuring our walkie-talkie phones were properly programmed, handling
security issues, ensuring Bands were set up, sound checks were in order, or handling issues at the doors of the dances, Tom
was there to help without question. Thank you, Tom for all your help over the last two years.
Last, but certainly not least I thank our many volunteers who took time away from their personal reunion experience to
help us make sure that our members were taken care of. The volunteers are the real heroes of our event for without them,
we certainly would not be as successful as we have been.
It was indeed a great pleasure serving as Reunion Coordinator over the past two years. It is always easy to work for some-
thing that you believe in and for the members who appreciate not only my efforts but also those of the Committee chairs and
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2005 Reunion.
Bright and early on Reunion Thursday mor, 81 enthusiastic golfers took their places at Shingle Creek Golf Club for a
Shotgun Start of the 24th Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament. The Tournament featured a good mix between
Individual players and those choosing to participate in the Two-Person Scramble format. This was the fourth year that the more
relaxed Two-Person Scramble feature was offered to players, which has contributed greatly to allowing most players to com-
plete their rounds within a very reasonable time frame. With the exception of Past President Anna Collins, the participants
appeared to be favorably impressed with the Shingle Creek Golf Course and indicated that they would not hesitate to return
again next year. The course was, without a doubt, in excellent shape, especially with it having been opened in recent months.
The Awards Luncheon following in the Shingle Creek Golf Club Clubhouse appeared to have been received very well by
the players and their guests, especially the Cajun/New Orleans-style buffet that satisfied many palates.
Bob Askew and Shelly Sanders were the Low Gross Winners of the Men's and Women's Individual Flights and, being
the Tournament Champions, were awarded the Founder's Trophy honoring past president Gene Askew and Joe Collins. The
trophies were presented by Joe's widow, Anna Collins, and Caitlin Askew, the youngest granddaughter of the late Gene
Askew, which was extra special because the award went to her father. The complete list of winners follows:
INDIVIDUAL PLAY TWO-PERSON SCRAMBLE
Jane Huldtquist flight Steve Falasca Gene Askew flight Max Sanders and Angelo Falasca
Fred Huldtquist flight Marvin Wright Joe Collins flight Carl Orvis and Will Clarke
Tom Carroll flight Marc Stock Jim Slover flight Windy Sasso and Rod Brayton
Ray Will flight Mac Lane Low Net Team Guillermo and Christian Eraso
Margot Jordan flight John Riesz
Low Net Overall Andy Whitlock
The Closest to the Pin prize was won by Bob Askew; the Longest Drive award was won by Shelly Sanders; and the
Straightest Drive was won by Jim Hoverson. Among many other door prizes distributed were multiple rounds of compli-
mentary golf at Saddlebrook Golf and Tennis Resort, the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course, and a two-night stay for two at
the Caribe Royale hotel. The roundtrip vacation for two to the Decameron resort in Panama was won by Maureen Egger
The Committee gratefully expresses its appreciation for sponsor International Wine and Spirits for the donation of the Ron
Cortez for all participants, and for the many donors who contributed door prizes. The committee is hopeful that the golfing
experience was one which will encourage the golfers to return next year and to continue this fine golfing tradition.
Jack Ruotf, George Downing and Lou Dedeaux
The Sanders / Falasca Golf Group
Ricky Tribaldos (Decameron Representative)
Steve Gilbert and Marc Malavasic
Marc Stock, Tom Carroll flight winner
Tournament Champions, Shelley Sanders and Bob Askew
with presenters Anna Collins and Caitlin Askew
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Carlton Morris Sr.
Mac Lane, Ray Will flight winner
Marvin Wright, Fred Huldtquist Flight Winner
John Riesz, Margot Jordan flight winner
Steve Falasca, Jane Huldtquist flight Winner
Steve Falasca, Jane Huldtquist flight WCinner
Carl Orvis and Will Clark, Joe Collins flight winners
Maureen Egger winner of Decameron vacation for two Angelo Falasca and Max Sanders, Gene Askew flight win-
with Decameron representative, Ricky Tribaldos ners
Windy Sasso and Rod Brayton, Jim Slover flight winners
Guillermo and Christian Eraso, low net Team winners
Andy Whitlock, low net overall winner
Bob Medinger, Panama Vacation Quarters
Christmas in Panama
Cathy (Goodrich) Scribner, Scribner Art
Cathy (Goodrich) Scribner, Scribner Art
Ron Abuelo and Ron Cortez
L. Grant and Lisa Emoke
Coffee from Panama
Chris Skeie, Barbara Dedeaux and Peggy Brown
Bob Johnson and Betsy Atkinson
Nellree Berger and Audrey Bowman
Anna Collins and Joni (Page) Smith
Back: Geoff and Eileen Cowell. Front: "Skeeter" and
Wilma Moore and Joan Arndt
Mary Ellen Horine and Shirley Boswell
Marje Foster and Joy Maale
Al Maale and Pete Foster
Jean Judge and Dolly Thomas
"Skeeter" Camby, Nathan Crook and Shirley Camby
Marge (Rathgeber) Ruoff and Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt
Faith Brundage and Linda Marshall
Pat (Perry) Hood, Mario Jones and Janet (Husum)
Mary Lou Bargnesi and Jeanne Wheeler
Katie (Olliver) Haas and Jodie Olliver
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ly White and Retta (Spitzer) Brock
Gilbert Freund, Anna Collins and Kathy Wilder
:kersgill, Harriet Wollmers and Karl Nehring
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John Gough, 'oim Hanna and Uarleen Hunt
"Leni" Stokes and John Gough
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
L-K: snirley Lamny, larbara Vose-Kulig, anirley
Boswell, Barbara Slover and Mary Lou Lang.
Rob Roy, Past President
Elected Officers 2004-2006: Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Steve
Nehring, John Gough, Bob Russell, Virgil Camby and
Bill McLaughlin, Past President and
elected President 2004-2006.
Betty LeDoux, Reunion Coordinator 2004
Randy Drake, CPA
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Lou Andino, Davis Stevenson and Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez presents Richard Parthenais with
Copa Airline tickets.
Paul Ebdon, Davis Stevenson and Michelle Rodriguez
Beth Brandenburg being presented Honorary Membership
by President Bill McLaughlin.
Bingo was held on Friday and Saturday during the
Reunion and over 200 people attended. The committee of
Roy Culbreth, Rick Nelson and Chris Wilder did a very
good job of running both sessions. They made arrangements
to have over two dozen prizes available plus cash awards.
Several prizes were received from the vendors and were well
received, such as: Panama Wreath, Mola Sandals, Panama
Coasters, Arturo Sauce, Key and Spice Rack, Goethals
Memorial Bag Dispenser, Memories of Panama Canal
College, Calendars, Duran Coffee, Guatemalan Bag, Yellow
Support the Troop Magnet. The committee expects to have
several more outstanding prizes next year.
BAILE PANAMENO CLASS
REUNION DECORATION COMMITTEE
pie of years until she brought in her business partner
Stephanie Cutler and our daughter Allison to help. As our
dances have grown, so did the job of decorating. The job has
S'gotten so big that Margaret, Stephanie and Allison barely had
time to enjoy the reunion.
During the last ten months, Margaret has chased down the
Best deals for supplies and decorations to support the 2004
Hot Hot Hot theme. Every night for the past 3 months, it has
been "pick night" while sitting at home watching TV. Over
2,500 crepe paper and pepper inserts were assembled on a
"pick tool" that was later inserted into the foam bases used at
the Friday night dance. (Image to the left)
I am writing this column to thank Margaret, Stephanie and
Allison for their hard work and dedication in making our
dances look their very best these past years. Your many hours
of exhaustive, back breaking and finger wrenching work is
gric..l, appreciated by all of us. Thank you.
The Panama Canal Society Reunion is made up of differ-
ent committees and many volunteers who support these com-
mittees. Without the support of these dedicated volunteers,
the reunions would not happen. In the background of the
reunion operations there is one committee that most members
probably don't even know exists until they walk into the ball- .
room dances and see the creative decorations.
I would like to recognize this committee here in this col- *
umn. My loving wife Margaret has been chairperson for the Stephanie Cutler, Allison and Margaret McLaughlin
Dance and Ball Decoration Committee since 1999 starting at
the Marriott Waterside and continuing for the last years in Bill McLaughlin
Orlando. Margaret did most of the work herself the first cou- Past President
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YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Edie (Smith) and Allen Cotton
AK Clay Wharry
AZ Nancy Eide
AR Betty Dunning
CA Helen (Aanstoos) Hay
FL Central Vicki Sizemore
Ocala Bill Muller
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
Pinellas County Betty Snow
South Florida Tom Pattison
Space Coast Kathie N, ii -lr ln McConaughey
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
Tampa Lynnette "Leni" Stokes Cansler
GA June A. Stevenson
LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Howie Laatz
OK Laura (Burns) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
SC Peggy Hutchison
TN Sheila Taylor
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
VA Evelyn Sellers
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Deadline for the December 2004 Canal Record is October 6, 2004
Jeannine (Herbert) Wilder reported last spring that she
and her husband Dave had visitors for Thanksgiving. I got the
announcement a little late for the March issue of the Record
and my scanner wouldn't cooperate and I missed the June
issue as well. Problem overcome and here is Jeannine's report
just in time for the October issue.
Betsy (Foster) Astin, Sue (Mitten) and Larry Corrigan,
Jeanne (Albritton) Bennett, all traveled to Dave and
Jeannine's Guntersville, Ala. home to celebrate Thanksgiving
2003. Having been friends for at least fifty years (Jeannine's
words), this Thanksgiving was truly different with Jeanne
having traveled from Dunedin, Fla. in her RV to pick up
Betsy in Decatur, Ga. for their trip to Guntersville (Jeanne's
first trip). Sue and Larry traveled from Tallahassee, Fla. to
Guntersville. While in Guntersville, the gals, Dave and Kate
Wilder (Kate having driven from Charlotte, N.C. with her
three cats), went to Knoxville, Tenn. to visit the Tennessee
Aquarium. Arrangements for the Aquarium trip were made by
Betsy (Foster) Astin, Sue (Mitten) Corrigan, Jeannine
(Herbert) Wilder and Jeanne (Albritton) Bennett enjoying
Thanksgiving 2003 at the Wilders in Guntersville, Ala.
Keith and Beverly Moumblow report that their
Brigadoon Bed and Breakfast in Skyline, Ala. is again open
for business following Keith's recovery from heart surgery.
The Moumblows will again host the North Alabama Canal
Zonian picnic in early October. A firm date hasn't been set as
Keith and Beverly are contacting previous attendees to see
what date is best for them. Keith usually sends out an e-mail
to those who have attended before so keep your eye open and
weekends in early October open! If you are interested in
attending, please contact this reporter
Edie (Smith) Cotton is hospitalized with a severe reac-
tion to her recent chemotherapy. Edie was in remission from
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma but a recent PET scan detected
that the cancer had returned. It seems the cure was almost as
bad as the disease this time. Hopefully she had passed the
worst of the "cure" and is on the road to recovery. Edie's
daughter Kendra Coulson drove to Prattville, Ala. to be with
her Mom while she is in the hospital. I believe that Kendra is
the best medicine that Edie has had while she's been in the
hospital. Please keep Edie in your prayers.
Allen Cotton, Reporter
abcotton @ bellsouth.net
This is the first report from Alaska, as there had not been
anyone on file as a reporter for a while. Hopefully I will get
some additional local participation in order to bring you more
information. There are about a dozen of us living in this large
and beautiful state who share the Canal Zone heritage.
After a long and snowy winter, Spring came to Alaska in
April and we are fortunate to be having a wonderful Summer.
While it has been dry and the state is battling numerous for-
est fires, this also makes the time spent out of doors pleasant.
The tourists are visiting us in full force and have been enjoy-
ing the pleasant weather as well.
Hopefully as they travel around the city of Anchorage,
they have had a chance to see my contribution to our Canal
Zone heritage. This is my vanity plate that helps me spread
the memory of the Canal Zone. I am often asked about the
plate and am proud to share with them information about the
Zone. And yes, I drive a 4-wheel drive SUV.
Actually living in Alaska is not that much different than
living in the Zone in the past. Everything we get either comes
in on a ship or by air. Nobody drops in on you unannounced,
as it does take an effort to come up here. I still have people,
fortunately not in my family, that think we are part of Canada
or even part of Russia yet.
I was fortunate to be able to fly down to Northwest
Arkansas in April to attend my brother Cal's wedding. All of
my family attended the wedding with my parents, Richard
and Bonnie Wharry, coming up from Panama and my sister
Irene flying in from Honolulu. All other family members
were located within a short distance and arrived with their
spouses and children. This would include Mark Forbis (for-
merly of La Boca) and his wife Dawn Forbis (Wharry) and
their two boys, Stephen and Nicolas. The best man was Case
Wharry in attendance with his wife Celeste and their three
children, Gavin, Niall and Teaghan. The bride and groom
honeymooned in Cancun and then returned to their home in
Bella Vista, Ark.
This is all the news that is currently available, please con-
tact me should you have any local Alaskan information.
Clay Wharry, Reporter
Arizona March PanCanal Meeting was held in Mesa,
Ariz. at Marie Calendars. What a fun afternoon seeing friends
and meeting new people. We had a wonderful lunch, visiting
with friends and entertainment was excellent.
Margo Calaghan gave a talk on the baskets of the Darien
Indians. What an interesting talk and Margo did such a good
job. She had some very interesting stories to tell us about the
indians in their everyday life.
Diane (Sparks) French invited a friend from Sun City
West who is an expert basket maker who enjoyed Margo's
program. She enjoyed seeing the baskets Margo had there on
display for us. What beautiful baskets and they are made so
well. Margo also had literature you could buy telling you
about her talk and pictures.
Among the twenty people who attended the meeting
were: Cecelia Gove, Loring and Evelyn White, Leo and
Barbara Liangland, Warren and Dora LeGrys, Miriam
Hirschl, Hazel Berry and Noralie Shobe (a Panama friend
from the state of Washington), Jay and Diane (Sparks)
French and Bud and Lou Burgess (friends who are into bas-
kets), Ann (Trimble) and Charlie Parks, Jerry Doyle and
his daughter Gwen Doyle Jones, Chester and Mary Grace
We hope to see many new faces at our Fall meeting which
will be announced when a date has been set.
Thanks to Chester and Mary Grace Oakes for all their
Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
Mike Horoda reported the following on our annual pic-
nic as I was out of town. The Panama Canal Society of
Northwest Arkansas held its traditional meeting-social func-
tion in June 2004. The picnic-meeting was held at Murphy
Park in Springdale, Ark. The weather was ideal for such a get-
together. A very enjoyable picnic-meeting was had by all and
the group looks forward to its dinner-meeting at Catfish Hole
No. 3 in Fayetteville, Ark. during the month of October 2004.
The potluck meal was up to its usual standard excellent.
A special treat of empanadas was brought by Marian
Colclasure. It was great news to know that empanadas are
available in Rogers, Ark. at the On The Border Mexican Grill
& Cantina. Of particular interest to the group was information
on Lucho Azcarraga, given by Marian. She passed out
sheets of information on Lucho's music which is available on
CDs. On the CDs are scenes which provide memorable
moments in the tropics. CDs of Lucho's music are collectors'
items. The web site for CDs of Lucho's music can be
obtained from Betty Dunning or Lynn Harp.
At this time Lynn Harp and family are on their way to the
reunion in Orlando, stopping off in Mississippi to visit with
Robert and Faye Lee, friends from the Canal Zone, and
Carol Wolf Schwenke and Roger Schwenke in Tampa, Fla.
Bill and I had a great visit with our daughter and son-in-
law, Cheryl and Mark Lowery, in Germany. They were still
teaching but we had a great visit and there were always
friends being invited over for dinner with us. One of the
guests were Bill and Liz Grimison Fahy. Liz worked with
my husband Bill at the Apprentice School. We had one fan-
tastic weekend trip to Eisenach, Germany where Bach was
born and where the Castle Wartburg is located. It was in this
castle where Martin Luther translated the New Testament in
ten weeks into the language of the people. Wow, what a feat.
Our visit was all too short but enjoyed being with them very
Bill and Betty Dunning, Liz and Bill Fahy, and Cheryl
Jerry and Harold Harp had their daughter Mary and
son-in-law Dave Cohen and their grandchildren Sarah,
Rebekah and Jacob for a visit this month. They had lots of
time for visiting, playing cards and golf for Dave and Bill.
I hate to report only on the Harp/Dunning connection but
we haven't had any news from the rest of our Society's mem-
Lynn Dunning Harp
Vowell, Pam Crowell, Janet Stuart and Faye Weisser who
with the exception of Faye, experienced their own difficulties
with Charlie. Thanks also to Chris Skeie, Rupert Turner,
Jimmy Van Loon and Rick, Roberta Evans and my broth-
er Tom for their kindness. I'm now ready for dry season!
Ed and I returned to Panama in June and had another great
trip! This time we made it to the Volcan where we visited with
Melody and Dino Barkema, Tom Carey (BHS'70) and
Janet (Tilley) (BHS'70) and Glenn Lee. The beauty of the
Volcan is breathtaking. We also spent a few days in Boquete.
Melody and Dino Barkema
Henry Twohy, Ed Wardlow and Chris Skeie.
August has brought the unwelcome visit of Hurricane
Charley to Central Florida. Losses have been devastating in
parts of the county though Ed and I escaped with minor roof
and pool screen damage. We were very, very lucky and I now
have a new appreciation for electricity and running water.
Unfortunately Ed was in Panama on business and missed
most of the adventure. We were able to keep in constant con-
tact thanks to outstanding cell phone service now available in
Panama. The tremendous support and encouragement I
received from my "zonian family" kept bringing to mind a
favorite quote from Helen Keller: "Walking in the darkness
with a friend is better than walking in the light alone." A spe-
cial thanks to my "circle of sisters" Debbie Beall, Jacque
We had a wonderful visit with Henry Twohy and Chris
Skeie while at Santa Clara. We also ran into a Randy and
Joella Deakins who with a large group of zonian friends
were celebrating their wedding anniversary at Decameron.
We also saw friends Rupert Turner and Jane Yocum.
Just when I thought that we would not see any more "sur-
prise" visitors I was astounded to find my former classmate
Rosemary Rhodes (BHS'70), her sister Charlotte (BHS'66)
and their husbands at the XS Sports Bar in Santa Clara. We
made a trek to Gatun to visit with our dear friend Jon (Sid)
Coffin were we celebrated his birthday with him on the
Chagres River aboard his beautiful boat, the Sea Hearse. We
stopped in Gamboa for a night and then back to Country Inn.
We enjoyed visiting with friends at the Elks-the new restau-
rant serves great food! If you have not been to Panama in a
while you really might want to consider a visit.
Ken and Nancy Scott along with their oldest son Jeffrey
from Texas and Michael Scott's wife (Pam) from Hawaii
went to Panama in June to spread Michael's ashes in Diablo
Terrace. Michael passed away in Hawaii in September 2002
from cancer. While in Panama, the Scotts visited the
Wickham family, Carol and Lyle. Carol prepared a delicious
typical Panamanian dinner which was enjoyed by all.
Pam and Nancy Scott, Carol and Lyle Wickham and
Another PCS Reunion has come and gone. The highlight
of the Reunion for me was running into my dear friend Jane
McCauley. Jane taught English at Curundu Jr. High for many
years. She traveled to the Reunion with daughters Margie
and Shelia, Shelia's husband Tom and great grandson Dallas.
Sheila and Margie do not seem to age and it was great to visit
with them. Jane lives in Terre Haute not too far from Sheila.
Margie and her husband live on their sailboat on Florida's
Please send me news of your goings and comings.
Vicki Sizemore, reporter
flew nearby and she observed a Japanese officer who was
reconnoitering the area for targets.
Roy and Charlene Trullinger write that their oldest son
George got married in April. (He is an entertainer and is
noted for his impersonations of Buddy Holly, Ed Sullivan,
Mick Jagger, etc.). They had "twin ceremonies". First, a big
formal wedding in Las Vegas with lots of entertainer friends
in attendance; then, a week or so later, a smaller wedding was
performed in their church in DeLand, Fla. Icing was added to
the cake when the Trullingers learned they would soon
become grandparents for the first time. Char expressed her
excitement and added that her new "daughter-in-love" is a
wonderful addition to their family and they are all looking
forward to the newest arrival as well.
Char took an exciting vacation trip to Hawaii with friends
Edna and Larry Didier. They cruised the islands aboard the
Norwegian Wind. They also went to the Fanning Islands in
the Republic of Kiribati. That untouched island has no run-
ning water, electricity, automobiles, etc. They found it hard to
believe that in the twenty-first century travel to such a place
was possible. Roy missed out on the trip but will probably
have a story or two to tell at the Canal Reunion. Char can tell
about her trip to Branson, Mo. where her son, George, will be
performing at The Legends in Concert Theater in July and
The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers next
semi-annual luncheon meeting will be on Tuesday, October 5,
2004 at Ryan's Family Steakhouse (3933 E. Silver Springs
Blvd./Hwy 40 East) in Ocala. Sign-in after 11:00 a.m.
Leo Krziza has returned from his "Round the World
Cruise". It all added up to some 15 weeks of travel, $50k and
included a "slow boat to China". He brought back many inter-
esting world items to add to his collection. Read his story in
this issue of the Canal Record.
Received an interesting phone call from Margaret "Peg"
(Muller) Kiernan. We are not related but she had read my
column in an old Canal Record (a friend had let her borrow
one to look over). Peggy was born in Colon Hospital when
her dad was stationed at Ft. Davis. She left the Canal Zone
when she was three. She was living in Pearl Harbor when the
infamous Dec. 7, 1941 attack occurred. Not realizing what
was happening, she stood outside and watched. One plane
Larry and Edna (Curles) Didier
Edna Didier adds that the trip (12 day/ 1 night cruise)
started after overnighting in Honolulu. The Norwegian Wind
took them to Hilo (on the big island of Hawaii), Kahului and
Lahaina (Maui), Hawiliwili (Kauai), Fanning Island
(Republic of Kiribati), Kona (Hawaii) and then back to
Honolulu (Oahu). Shore excursions took them to Hilo's
Volcanoes National Park and the IAO Valley in Maui;
Waimea Canyon, Wailua River and the Fern Grotto in Kauai;
the Kona area and the Parker Ranch on Hawaii. On the last
day, they went ashore in Honolulu and enjoyed a historical
and cultural tour as well as a trip to the Arizona Memorial.
There were eight in a group that palled around together. Edna
and Larry received about nine upgrades on their accommoda-
tions by booking early and their room was next to the main
dining room. Wonderful trip and good weather most of the
They also drove to Key West, Fla. and spent one night in
Key Largo so they could visit the Coral Reef State Park and
take a catamaran trip out to a nearby coral reef where they '
viewed a variety of fish. On to Key West for a stay of sever-
al days at a historic bed and breakfast on Truman Avenue.
They visited the Hemingway House, toured the Mel Fisher
Museum, the Key West Shipwreck Historium and Truman's
Little White House. A trip on one of the tall ships -a wonder-
ful schooner ride for about two hours just before dusk was "a
The following photos were taken at the Ocala
Zonians/Panama Canal Ditchdiggers April luncheon meeting
in Ocala by Anne "Rusty" LoFranco.
William "Bill" and Jean Muller
Gerry and Dianne Cox are having a new house built in
Ocala. Jim and Ethel Wich have been married 60 years as of
May 26, 2004. Bill and Jean Muller celebrated their 55th in
September. Jean's mother Pansy Crawford died in Texas
t .- (July 3rd) at the age of 93. She had visited the Canal Zone in
/ ". 1964. Adrienne (Muller) Neuhaus, Catharine (Muller)
Peabody and Ray Peabody flew over from Albuqueque,
N.M. for this year's Panama Canal reunion. John Muller
drove in from DeLand, Fla.
Dave and Barbara (Curles) Aycock have slowed down
in their travels but did cruise to Alaska recently and were sur-
Gerry Cox, Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom, and Dianne Cox prised when they were recognized for having sailed over 100
days with Holland American Line. The Captain making the
..5 -presentation was the same one they were sailing with in
Alaska on 9-11. While in the Seattle and Victoria area they
visited with family members.
William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
Kathy Egolf and Chuck Hummer Our world traveler, Janet (Martin) Slaughter, has been
cruising around again. In February, she took an 11-day cruise
to the West Indies and the Bahamas on the MSC Lirica, a new
Italian cruise ship, along with eight of her "Red Hatter" group
(the S.S.S.-Swinging Sassy Singles). They all had a great
In May, Janet went on a 17-day Transatlantic cruise on the
same ship (MSC Lirica)--she was remembered by the enter-
tainers and waiters and they were happy to see a familiar face.
This cruise left from Ft. Lauderdale with stops in San Juan,
St. Croix, St. Lucia and Barbados. After six days at sea, they
docked at the beautiful island of Funchal, Madeira, took a
tour of the island and visited a botanical garden and saw three
beautiful white peacocks who slowly turned and posed for all
the tourists to take their picture. Next, the ship sailed on to
Leo Shadeck, Maria Sylvia, Grace Shadeck, and Joe Malaga, Spain, where she toured the city on a double-decker
open top bus. For 12 Euros, you get on and off anywhere in
the city for the entire day. The following day, the ship sailed
to the fabulous city of Barcelona, Spain (it would take at least
a week to see everything). Janet went on a tour around the
city, then on to see "La Sagrada Faiglia"--the masterpiece of
Gaudi--the beautiful church is neo-Gothic style and is not yet
completed. Next, the ship sailed on to Genoa, Italy to disem-
bark. She was hoping to tour Christopher Columbus' famous
birthplace, but instead the passengers were taken to a small
village outside of Milan to spend the night before flying back
to Atlanta and driving back home to Pensacola from there.
While on the cruise, she celebrated her birthday with a sere-
nade by the singing waiter, Angelo, and was presented with a
beautiful and delicious birthday cake with "1" candle. Janet
says, Home Sweet Home--it's always great to be back. In
October, Janet will be off again for another Caribbean cruise,
this time on the Caribbean Princess. She promises to give me
all the details when she returns.
Janet (Martin) Slaughter's Happy Birthday aboard the
MSC Lirica, May 23, 2004, with Angelo the waiter in back.
In May we all attended the annual Escambia County
Orchestra Spring Concert. Our grandson Shane is a member
of the orchestra as a cellist. As usual, the youth performed
beautifully-the best selection was a Duke Ellington medley-I
wanted to get in the aisle and start dancing.
Also in May, we attended two ceremonies at the Booker
T. Washington High School for Shane. One was an Honor
Assembly where he received a special Music Award of
Excellence. The second was an Induction Ceremony into the
National Honor Society--he is a brilliant scholar. (I guess you
know by now that we're proud grandparents). On August 9th,
he began his junior year (taking Spanish so he can show off
at the Reunion next year).
Keith's cousins Walter (Pescod) Barefoot (Athens, Ga.)
and Eloise (Pescod) (Barefoot) (Missouri) and her daughter
Angie (North Carolina) came to Pensacola for a visit and to
attend the Gulf Coast Mini-Reunion. Keith had not seen them
since he graduated from high school and they were a wel-
come sight to see. We had dinner at Skopelos On The Bay one
evening and had a great time at the mini-reunion. We hope to
get Walter and Eloise to join the society and start attending
the Orlando reunions--we're working on it.
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Angie, Walter and Eloise (the Pescod cousins), Barb and
Keith Kulig at Skopelos On The Bay, May 29, 2004.
We had a fantastic time as usual at the 2004 Reunion.
Keith and I worked in Registration all day Thursday seeing
everyone, and look forward to working again in 2005. Marje
and Joy did a great job setting everything up--it went quite
smoothly. As usual I really enjoyed being a "page" again at
the Annual Business Meeting alongside Shirley (Bonneau)
Camby, Shirley (Harrington) Boswell, Barbara (Boyer)
Slover and Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang--we all really work
great together as a team and should make it a yearly tradition.
It was wonderful seeing my brother Butch again (hadn't seen
him since our wedding in October) and our good friends Joe
Lorenzo (Joe Joe) and Eileen (Cox) and Geoff Cowell.
This year we took our grandson Shane (16) with us-what
a treasure. We hardly saw him--he was having such a great
time meeting and mixing with everyone. He especially
enjoyed the disco dances and hanging with his Uncle Butch.
Had our yearly Reporter's Meeting with my fellow
reporters on Friday, hosted by our Editor Jacque (Crowell)
Vowell. Joining us this year was our outgoing President Bill
McLaughlin and newly-elected President Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis. It was an enjoyable few hours.
Again, a most pleasurable highlight was attending Mass
celebrated by Father John Kennedy on Saturday afternoon
with all the St. Mary's gang. It's always such a warm fuzzy
feeling to see everyone, get in some good hugs and remem-
ber the good times we all had at St. Mary's Church in Balboa-
-those were the days.
This year was Keith's 45th class reunion (CHS'59). Many
of his classmates attended and we all shared some good times
together. We had dinner twice and sat together at the dances-
-everyone looked great.
We were so pleased to see Elaine (Vestal) Lewis voted in
as the new Society President for the next two years. She is a
great person and I'm sure will be an awesome leader for the
We're really looking forward to staying at the Caribe
Royale again in 2005. The staff was pleasant and the service
Our 6th Annual Northwest Florida/Gulf Coast Panazonian
Mini-Reunion was a great success--everyone had a wonder-
ful time. See page 49.
Rosa and Bob Fishbough are grandparents again, a girl
6TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST FLORIDA/GULF COAST
and a boy, both born on June 8th just a few hours apart. Rosa
had always wanted twins and now she has them in her grand-
children, even though the girl (Sarah Anne) is Yvonne
(Fishbough) and Mike Mouser's and the boy (Dylan Jacob)
is Daryl and Ashley (Anderson) Fishbough's.
Congratulations to the proud grandparents and parents.
If you have any news for my next article, please send it or
call me--no matter how small. Hasta luego.
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
In mid-April Lucille Abernathy came for a 10-day visit
to move her belongings from her condo in Top of The World.
She planned to sell her condo and make her permanent home
in Falmouth, Ky. While here she was in contact with Kathie
Egolf re more donations to the P.C. Museum.
It happened on June 25th in Ocala. After a lovely and
romantic courtship, Capt. Albert L. Wilder wed Aura
Erikson. His son Tom Wilder and Aura's daughter Barbara
Adamson were their witnesses.
Alice Taber hosted a luncheon in her home for her moth-
er's 93rd birthday. Those present were Beverly Williams,
Millie Hickey, Betty Boyer and Betty Snow.
As always, the BHS Class of '43 was well represented at
the Reunion held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. In atten-
dance were Vic Melant, Larry Jones, George Chevalier,
Gordon Davis, Tommy Lou Horter, Elsie Woodruff,
Norine Rathgeber Lucas, Betty Boyer and Betty Snow. This
class has always attended reunions. To date the class has held
eight reunions. The last one was during Camavalito in Ocala
in February 2003 (their 60th).
The Tabers were out in force at the Reunion this year.
Louis, Jack, Alice and their mother Carlie. Louis, who lives
in California, was able to attend the Museum board meeting.
A mini-family reunion was held by the Chans. Harry and
Thelma came from Austin, Texas. Their son Bruce and his
wife Sharon and two children, Rachel (5) and Ryan (5-1/2
months) came from Norman, Okla. Sisters Betty and Beverly
joined them from the Clearwater area.
Many of the seniors complain that they don't see people
they know at the reunions or monthly meetings. Here is a list
of some people I hope they know who were at the reunion -
Audrey Benoit Bowman, Olga Disharoon, Elsie Garcia,
Mary Urey, Amy Garcia Fisher, Ellen Freund, Charlie
Garcia, Margaret Leigh, Father John Kennedy, Stella
Boggs DeMarr, and Rick Nelson.
Alan Dowell, son of Winship and Kathie Marie
Danielsen, celebrated his 15th birthday on August 1st as did
his twin sister Danielle. The twins are the grandchildren of
Dick Danielsen. Since Alan and Winship live in Jacksonville
it was nice that Dick was able to see them at the reunion.
The first week in May of this year Carlie and Alice Taber
had a wonderful and enjoyable visit from Carlie's grandson
Peter Zemitis, wife Karen and two great-grandsons Dylan
(8) and Craig (6) from Hershey, Pa.
Back: Dylan, Karen and Peter Zemitis. Front: Carlie Taber
and Craig Zemitis.
While there, Peter asked if he could do any jobs around
the house. Alice made out a "Do List" which Peter gladly
completed and added a few others of his own. What a terrific
grandson and nephew. Peter is the son of Carlie's daughter
Carlene (Taber) (CHS'54) and Andy Zemitis of Willow
Grove, Pa. Carlene and Andy's daughter Linda lives close to
her parents. She is a Registered Nurse and a big help to her
Betty Snow, Reporter
I know that some of our Society members, or should I say
family, are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after
Hurricane Charley as I write this. Paul and Margaret
(Brown) Karst in Englewood, a mere eight miles north of the
eye, rode out the storm with little damage while another
friend who was eight miles to the south of the eye on Pine
Island survived the storm with major but not complete dam-
age. He now lives in a virtual war zone and likened it to pic-
tures of Hiroshima after the A-bomb. Everything is flattened.
My heart goes out to all of you who are suffering from this
It is hard to believe that only a week ago we were all in
Orlando having a great time. Our only worries were how we
were going to feel the next day after dancing all night. Next
year I'll have to remember to bring a dinner jacket (yeah
right) so we can dine at the fancy restaurant. Or better yet, I'll
just borrow a snazzy suit from either Steve Gilbert or Marc
Malavasic. I'd like to know what Cookie and Noreen were
doing swimming over on the Atlantic side of the pool. Linda
and I had a great time again. When I took her for the first time
four years ago, all my friends said I was crazy to expose her
to so much after only one previous date. I figured she might
as well meet my extended "family" sooner rather than later. I
guess we passed because once again, she can't wait for next
year. We also attended the Annual Luncheon and enjoyed the
presentation on CFN/;CN. It hit close to home as my father,
Jim Pattison, was the program director from '55 to '64. My
brother Jim (who brought his wife Kat and kids Tommy and
Megan) and I got to meet three of dad's co-workers from that
era, Gabe Ireton, Jack Mulvain and Joe Ciokon. There
were a few tears but mostly laughs talking about the good old
days. Jack said dad was quite the punster and practical joker.
Both Jim and I can vouch for that.
Prior to the reunion we had a visit from Dave and Maggie
Lohse and their son and his girlfriend. They spent a couple of
days hanging out with Tom "TY" Young. They went on an
air-boat ride in the Everglades, checked out Shark Valley
(where TY was chased by a giant alligator) and spent the rest
of the day in our pool enjoying a beautiful South Florida
Back in July we took a trip to St. Augustine to revisit the
proverbial "scene of the crime" where I first met Linda three
years ago while attending the wedding of Regina "Gigi"
Eustace and Ron Jennings. This time we walked the streets
of old St. Augustine with Gigi and her sister Lisa, ducking
into a few watering holes to escape the frequent downpours.
Lisa and son Patrick "Paddy" live in Palm Coast not far
from her parents John and Lucille Eustace. John and Lucille
made us feel most welcome in their home and we had a great
time listening to John's memories of the Tivoli Hotel. He
recalled how he and some of the other regulars donned the
waiters uniforms to serve the staff on one of the hotel's final
days of operation.
Linda and I recently had a visit from Wayne Bryant, Jr.,
his wife Cindi, son Cole and father Wayne Bryant, Sr. We
once again spent the afternoon lounging in the pool and talk-
ing about days past and those to come.
Cindi and Wayne Bryant, Jr. with Cole
Wayne Sr. is up visiting from Panama and says he still
gets together with the "Nikos" gang for breakfast and
bochinche every day. What a life. Junior currently works as a
chief engineer on a tug out of New York harbor. They are con-
templating a move north to either the Orlando or Tampa area
in the near future.
From our cub reporter Mimi Azcarraga comes this
report: on the WHAM (Witte/Hoag/Azcarraga/Martinez)
front, Teresa and Louis "Luno" Martinez stopped by after
attending a workshop in the Amazonian river basin of Brazil.
The beauty and danger of the area kept them at their most
alert state. Luno (who currently lives in Tucson, Ariz.), Mimi,
Adam and Andre Azcarraga toured downtown Miami's Bay
Front Park and Bayside attractions, such as the legendary
Freedom Schooner Amistad. The ship was in port to celebrate
the legacy of The Amistad Incident, provide human rights
education and foster unity among people of diverse back-
grounds. In celebration of my (Mimi) birthday, a group of us
visited the Taverna Opa located in Hollywood, Fla. along the
Intracoastal Waterway. If you are looking for a fun time and
have always dreamed about dancing the tables with hand-
some young Greek men and exotic belly dancers, this is the
place to go. Our son Alex recently graduated from Miramar
High School and will be attending a local community college
for two years, then moving on to Florida International
University, working on Criminal Justice degrees. The life of
an 18-year-old is like a roller coaster, between the end of the
school year parties, prom, graduation parties and celebration.
Watching the sunrise from Hollywood beach isn't quite the
same as watching it from the Causeway, but it will have to do.
Alex Azcarraga graduates from Miramar High School.
During the reunion this summer, my mom Anne, along
with Maria, Teresa, Luno and I were able to meet up and hang
in the Villa #7 (labeled the townsite of Gamboa because of its
distance from the festivities). We all attended the 6th annual
Surf Session, in honor of my late brother Greg Martinez and as TY) in Hollywood, Fla. All are invited to attend.
David Payne at Typhoon Lagoon. Thanks to Richard
Grimison and the Payne family for making this such a mem-
orable event each year. We invite more surfers next year.
Teresa Martinez, Maria (Martinez) Witte, Surfboard,
Louis "Luno" Martinez, Ann Hoag and Mimi Azcarraga.
Ann Hoag, Mimi, Maria, Luno, Teresa and friend Jim
DesLondes also attended the Tipico dance class and some
performed a dance routine at the Despedida on Sunday. It was
an exciting class, especially learning the paseo, caida, pata-
con pisa'o and matando cucaracha steps.
Maria (Martinez) Witte, Louis "Luno" Martinez and
Mimi (Martinez) Azcarraga.
Manuel "Lucho" Azcarraga also played in the reunion
golf tournament with Marvin Dwayne Wright IH and his
brother-in-law Joey Burgoon. Manuel won 1st place in his
age category, as did Dwayne in his. Until they realized that
they were both in the same age category. Since Dwayne beat
Lucho by only one point, they agreed to share the trophy.
Back home, and only during non-work hours, Dwayne,
Manuel and Tom "Al" Frensley have now started their own
South Florida golf circuit, looking for the best deals and
courses along the way. They have encountered many celebri-
ties on their golf ventures such as football and basketball
Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual South Florida
Panamaniacs Christmas Picnic, scheduled for Saturday,
December 4 at the Topeegee Youngee Park (formerly known
Los Marys from Los Rios: Mary Clair Pascavage, Mary
(Jablonski) Nelson, Mary Lou and Rosemary Pascavage.
So, that's it from South Florida as far as I know. If you
have anything to add, I'd be happy to include it. Remember,
if you don't write me, call me or invite me, this is what you
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
Hope you have all recovered from another successful
annual reunion and that you had as much fun as our family
did. We want to thank the Society and all the volunteers for
all their work and time...it was well worth it and appreciated!
Most of my reunion photos are still in my camera...but I do
have one of three young men who were kids together in Los
Rios and got together again this year in Orlando. They had
not all seen each other in 20 years. I'm sure we will all have
more for the next issue.
Don and Joyce Humphrey got us in the party mood with
their annual pre-reunion barbeque the preceding weekend
and, as usual, we had a great time. Don is a master at the grill-
-his pork barbeque is outstanding. And it is always great to
see the regulars who show up every year...and then also be
surprised to see friends you haven't seen in ages...just like at
Chris Jeffries, Garrett Rigby, Cliff Livingston
Panama seems to have dominated our vacation plans this
year. Will Rogers visited with Don and Charlene Rogers at
their beautiful home in Albrook on his way to Costa Rica at
the end of March. Will said that after a day of fishing in the
Panama Canal, Don and Will caught so many bass they had
to throw away a case of Cerveza Panama to make room for
the fish...if you believe that, he wants to sell you a bridge
(Thatcher Ferry Bridge?). A good time was had by all.
Don and Will Rogers
Randy and Joella Deakins celebrating their 40th wedding
anniversary on the beach in Panama with three members of
their original wedding party (L-R): David Jenkins, Terry
Deakins, Randy, Joella, Vicki (Dunning) Howe.
In June 37 of us went to the Decameron Resort in Panama
to help Randy and Joella Deakins celebrate their 40th wed-
ding anniversary. Included in the group were their sons Rick
and his wife Tracy and their children, Ricky and Megan;
Tom and his girlfriend Cheryl; and Tim (unfortunately, due
to work commitments, Tim's wife Alice and daughter Nikki
could not make the trip). Other Zonians in the group were:
Terry and Sue Deakins, Mark Deakins and girlfriend
Heather, Dave and Judy Jenkins, Kathleen Sheridan, Bob
and Kathie McConaughey, Bill and Bebe (Nehring)
Denike, Bonnie (Nehring) Tudor. The rest of the group were
coworkers of Tom Deakins who knew any trip with a bunch
of Zonians would be a good time and they didn't want to miss
out--and they weren't disappointed. Three of the group--Dave
Jenkins, Terry Deakins, and Vicki Howe were in Randy and
Joella's wedding party 40 years ago--and we all commented
on how they haven't changed a bit. In five days we all man-
aged to pack lots of sightseeing from El Valle, Penonome,
Gamboa, Miraflores, Ft. Amador, Albrook, and parts in
between--picking up micha bread, pastalitos, empanadas, and
pan dulce, and Panama beer all along the way. Qu6 rico! The
overwhelming consensus was that five days is not enough
and we will all be back for a much longer visit.
Kathie McConaughey, Reporter
Well, I have been asking for quite awhile if someone else
would like to be the reporter for Tally. I think it is beneficial
to have "new voices" from time to time. I didn't get any new
takers, but I convinced a "voice from the past" to take on the
job. Bev Rowley had been the reporter for Tally a number of
years ago; now, her husband Skip has agreed to be the eyes
and ears of the Panhandle. Skip likes to send in articles to the
Record, so I think he will do a great job. So, henceforth,
please e-mail your news to Skip (see address at end of report).
Tallahassee is bidding a farewell to a wonderful family--
Gil, Cher, Gilly and Andrew Corrigan. The family is mov-
ing back to Kansas City (Cher's hometown) as Gil has
secured a great new job. But it was sad news indeed for the
Corrigan/Mead families. Larry and Sue Corrigan; Burt
and Carol Mead; Rick, Maria, Brianna and Dakota Mead;
and Keith, Cindy, Chase and Kelsey Mead were so accus-
tomed to having the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many
cousins close by. In fact, all the cousins attended the same
preschool and were the best of friends. They had a going-
away party, also attended by their Tampa family members,
Dave, Marcy and Darien Corrigan. The guys held a
farewell golf tournament for Gil. Attendees included Larry
Corrigan, Russ Stromberg, Burt Mead, Lloyd Spradlin,
Jimmy Givens and Mike Smith. (Carol says she is already
going through withdrawal pains).
Speaking of golf tournaments, Mike and Patrick Smith
recently played in the Capitol City Golf Club tourney here in
Tally. Paul Smith, Donna (Date) Smith, Anna Smith and
Cherish Collupy also made the trip up from Tampa. Just a
few weeks before that, Nancy (Smith) and Patrick Lincoln
were here for Father's Day. Patrick is recently home from a
year in Iraq. I'm afraid it won't be long before he is called up
Since it is my last time writing this report, and not many
people have sent me news, I will share just a bit more family
news. My daughter Kristin Kirkby who graduated last year
from the University of Florida's School of Veterinary
Medicine, and is doing a one-year internship in Colorado
before she returns to UF for a surgical residency, called me
around Christmas to say that she had saved an adorable
puppy's life. What she meant by "saved" is that she had
"adopted" the dog that a breeder was about to put down. All
I could think about was "uh, oh, Kristin is going to wind up
like her dance teacher, Vera Bomford (a saint, to be sure)
adopting all the sick, injured and abandoned dogs in the
world." Kristin already has a Labrador retriever, and she had
talked her dad Tim Kirkby and his neighbors into sharing
another one of her saved animals--a boxer/lab mix. It didn't
take long to realize that it was going to be my turn. When I
asked her how she was going to take care of a puppy, as she
was working seventeen-hour days, she coyly said, "Well,
Mom, I was hoping you would take her!" Our fourteen-year-
old cocker spaniel had recently died, and we did not want to
get another. But, when Kristin e-mailed me a picture of a
four-week-old, black and white Shih Tzu, with an IV tube
hanging from its paw and nestled in the arms of a big teddy
bear--well, guess you know "the rest of the story". When the
breeder had brought the puppy into the hospital, it had
stopped breathing momentarily, had pneumonia, only tiny
slits for nostrils (hence the breathing problems) and who
knew what else. Well, after a couple of weeks on antibiotics,
lots of tests, and lots of love (all the doctors and staff carried
her around in their pockets), Kristin said the pup was defi-
nitely going to make it. Good thing, as I was already attached
just looking at the pics. Kristin's dad, Tim, and his wife
Peggy Kirkby were visiting Colorado for the holidays and
graciously offered to drop the puppy off in Tally, on their way
home to the Keys. It was love at first sight! We named her
Panda, as she looks just like a panda bear (from the rear, at
least). But that is not the end of the story as her breathing was
terrible, sniffing and snorting. So, in April, we took her to UF
Vet hospital for "a nose job". Actually, the surgeon (a fellow
surgical resident with Kristin) cut two pie-shaped sections
from her nose and created a first-class proboscis. That is, if
you think schmushed-in noses on Shih Tzu/pug type dogs are
cute. (See picture of Kristin and me with Panda, after surgery,
sporting the latest Easter bonnet--an e-collar that prevents her
from scratching the stitches). So, our "free" puppy has now
cost us over a thousand dollars--hey, but who's counting?
Panda has turned out to be the most affectionate dog in the
world (guess it was being carried around and spoiled by those
vets all those weeks).
Kristin Kirkby with her mother Sharon Smith holding
Panda, the Shih Tzu puppy.
Let me add one more family item: my son Tim Kirkby,
who graduated from U.F. School of Architecture last year and
is now attending Yale Graduate School of Architecture, had
some exciting news. Every year, the first-year graduate stu-
dents design and actually build a house in New Haven, Conn.
for sale to a needy family. The architecture students pull out
all the stops trying to design an innovative, yet cost-effective
home. They form teams, have a design contest, then actually
do the building themselves. Tim is the team leader for the
group that won the design contest. The house is almost fin-
ished and ready to be sold; and to the students' delight, the
television show This Old House decided to feature it in an
upcoming (November or December) show.
Another proud parent, Rick Williams, e-mailed me with
some news to share. Seems that his son Ryan Williams
caught his first kingfish, a thirty-pounder, while free diving
off Rick's new boat (see picture). This past spring, Rick and
Ryan picked up their new 22-ft. power catamaran, named II
Wrasse Fisherman. Their fishing buddies, Hugh Thomas
and Mark Heddeaus, joined Rick and Ryan for sea trials in
fifty-degree weather, rain, and four-foot seas in the
Apalachicola Bay. Although no fish were boated on the first
trip, warmer weather soon produced as many grouper as the
limits allow. Ryan showed remarkable ability for free diving
and spearfishing, under the watchful eye of "Uncle" Hugh
Thomas. Comfortably free diving to sixty feet for grouper
and amberjack, fifteen-year-old Ryan did his part to assure
the II Wrasse Fisherman brought in its full limit of fish.
Fellow Tallahassee divers, Ed Winkler and Blake and Colin
Thomas, also joined in the fun. Rick says that it almost
seemed like the good old days in Panama, except that it was
necessary to travel twenty-five miles offshore to find good
fishing and diving spots. Delicious fish dinners with fried
yucca and patacones are now a common occurrence in the
Williams' house. "Uncle" Hugh has shared his ceviche-mak-
ing talent with Ryan, and now he can make the dish with the
best of them. The boys are anxiously waiting for the scallops
to come in, before the water cools down. That sounds like the
Ryan Williams lands his first kingfish while free diving.
Included in my final report is another photo, this time sub-
mitted by Joe Wood. Imagine Joe and Bev Wood, and Burt
and Carol Mead's astonishment while vacationing in Hot
Springs, Ark. when they saw a sign that read "Balboa Fire
Station". They just had to stop the car and take a picture.
Apparently, the Hot Springs Village has names of streets, golf
courses, clubhouses, restaurants, etc., that are all Spanish
names. Burt and Joe didn't get to see the Balboa Clubhouse
at the Balboa Golf Course because it was closed due to rainy
Joe Wood and Burt Mead in front of the Balboa Fire Station
Lloyd Spradlin's mom, Louise Spradlin, recently visited
from Texas. During her stay, some of us went to our favorite
French restaurant for lunch. Enjoying the quiche, crab cakes,
and indescribably delicious pastries were Elaine (Asbury)
Stephenson and her mom Lena Asbury (Lena now lives in
Tally with Mike and Elaine), Margaret Spradlin, Bev
Wood, Carol Mead, Sunny Mizrachi, and Sharon Smith. It
was the first time that I had met Lloyd's mom, and now I
know where he gets his dry wit. Mrs. Spradlin is one funny
Well, not only is this report coming to an end, so too is my
tenure as your Tallahassee reporter. It has been an honor, a
pleasure, and enormous fun serving you. Don't forget to share
your news with Skip Rowley, your new reporter.
Sharon Smith, Retired Reporter
Your new Tallahassee reporter is Skip Rowley, e-mail
address for Skip is: SROWLEY26@comcast.net
My 1954 BHS-CHS 50th Class Reunion is over. From
everything I heard it was a huge success and a good time was
had by all. It was held in conjunction with the annual Panama
Canal Reunion in Orlando, Fla. at the Caribe Royale Hotel
from July 28 to August 1, 2004, and we had a total of 137
classmates, friends and relatives join our festivities. I've sub-
mitted a collage of photos taken in the Hospitality Room, as
well as some separate photos. Dale Cockle (CHS) was a big
hit with his T-shirt that stated: I am a: ZONIAN v. a U.S.
citizen that lives or lived in the Panama Canal Zone. n. one
who is of great happiness or well-being. adj. in imminent
danger of extinction: "an endangered species".
Margaret Neal Zumbado (BHS) co-chaired the class
reunion with me and she did such a wonderful job. She
planned our special dinner on Friday, July 30th, and it was
hugely successful. There was a photo parade displayed on the
wall of classmates from both BHS and CHS that played dur-
ing the dinner and each classmate was given a CD of the
photo parade to take home. The Photo Parade was done by
Kenny Lee and Anne Magee Severy of BHS and it was
great. They spent a lot of time and effort on it and it showed.
Another item that the classmates took home was a BHS-
CHS yearbook put together by Jay Troup (BHS'51). Jay
lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and he and his wife Judy drove
over to my home in Lawrenceville, Ga. to personally hand
deliver 98 yearbooks in my hands. I loved them at first sight.
Jay did a magnificent job on the yearbooks, and all the class-
mates said they were the best yearbooks they had seen. In
fact, Jay may be getting orders to do other class yearbooks as
everyone who saw the books loved them.
We also had two hospitality rooms at our reunion right
next to one another, so there was plenty of room for everyone
to fit in and lots of food and drinks to enjoy. I'm happy to say
that this seemed to be a successful 50th class reunion, but I
sure am glad it is over. Now, to get back to my normal life.
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Jay and Judy Troup with Dave Stevenson in Lawrenceville,
Since all of my time prior to and up to the Class Reunion
was busy just keeping track of the finances to pay for every-
thing, I neglected my Georgia Zonians. I did hear from Ray
and Patty Burda when Ray sent me some photos of his
Mom's 90th birthday party in Boquete, Panama. That article
and photo are under a separate section of this Record. And I
also heard from Virgil and Lori Stevenson Snow when they
submitted an article and photo of their daughter Alexandria
Nicole Snow, fondly known as "Allie". Allie graduated from
Peachtree High School as the charter class of 2004, and has
been accepted at the Art Institute of Atlanta in July where she
will get her degree in Media Arts and Animation. We are all
so proud of Allie and you can see her photo and article under
BHS CHS 50TH REUNION
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at UGA working on my Sociology degree and we have two
children, Gabrielle is 7 and Michael is 3. I just wanted to
share a couple of pictures with everyone on our wonderful
trip we took to Arizona.
i L-R Alexis Vila, Nancy Kariger Eide, Tony Dyer, Jod%
Roberson, Aurora Lim Holloway, Tommy Hughes, Larry
Cox, John Hayes, all from CHS'54 except for Nancy
James, Michael, Kristine (Fox) and Gabrielle Hunter
We went to visit an old friend from Panama, Colleen
(Ellis) Kulaga (BHS'90), who lives in Glendale, Ariz. and
has just joined the Society. We visited Colleen and her fami-
ly and did some sightseeing in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and
(L-R): Bob Zumbado, Skip Rowley, Sara Snow and
Matthew Friedel visiting the 1954 CHS-BHS reunion,
Alexis Vila and Dale Cockle in background.
Lori Stevenson Snow with her dad Davis Stevenson in
Orlando, Fla. enjoying the festivities at the Panama Canal
Received an e-mail from Kristine (Fox) Hunter
(BHS'90) recently. She writes my parents are George and
Sylvia Fox, both BHS'65 of Cardenas. I have been getting
the Canal Records for a couple of years now, but have never
sent anything in yet. So I hope I do this right.
I am currently living in Gainesville, Ga. (my husband
works for the Gwinnett Fire Department and is stationed in
Lawrenceville Station #10). I am currently a junior enrolled
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Jimmy Kulaga (Colleen's son), Colleen (Ellis) Kulaga,
Kristine (Fox) Hunter, Gabrielle and Michael Hunter.
Colleen and I had not seen each other for 13 years. We
spent our time catching up and reminiscing about the fun
days of Panama and mAking empanadas. She will be visiting
us here in September, so I hope we will have some more news
If anyone else has any news for me, please do not hesitate
to send it in. I absolutely love hearing from each of you. Let's
make Georgia proud and send in lots of news and photos.
June A. Stevenson, Reporter
Carlos and Ruth Lee Lam were in New Orleans in June
where Carlos attended a computer convention. They got
together with Thea and Chuck Thomas of Mandeville for
dinner at the Bon Ton Restaurant. Ruth Lee taught in the
DoDDS system and Carlos taught at PanCanal College.
This reporter has returned from two glorious weeks in
Kenya where she visited four national parks, homes of Karen
Blixen (author of "Out of Africa") and Joy Adamson (author
of "Born Free") and Jane Goodall's chimpanzee sanctuary.
She saw the wildebeest and zebra migration across the
Serengeti from a hot-air balloon. Giraffes, gazelles, ele-
phants, cape buffalo, warthogs, ostriches, jackals, hyenas and
lions also freely roamed. Crocodiles and hippos in the Mara
River and a million flamingoes on a soda lake at sunset.
Had my picture taken with a game warden and Morani
(Maasai for warrior) a rhinoceros. Morani was hand-raised
after his mother was killed by poachers. He is too tame to be
released in the wild and lives on 200 moated acres with 24-
hour armed protection. His horns are worth $25,000 on the
black market. He followed us around like a 2-ton puppy.
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Vincent (game warden), Patt Foster Roberson and Morani
(Maasai for warrior).
JUST A REMINDER
DON'T FORGET TO PAY YOUR
2005 MEMBERSHIP DUES
BY DECEMBER 31, 2004
L-R: Carlos and Ruth Lee Lam, and Cynthia "Thea" and
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
This Maryland reporter for the Canal Record received a
picture and letter from William H. Wymer and wife Judy
(Johnson) Wymer, current residents of North Potomac, Md.
They attended the exciting WWII Memorial Dedication in
Washington, D.C. on May 29, 2004.
William H. Wymer was in the U.S. Army during WWII
from 1943 to 1948. Judy (Johnson) Wymer was employed by
the Schools Division and taught at Fort Kobbe. She continued
teaching for 17 years in the Montgomery County, Md.
Bill and Judy Wymer at the World War II
Dedication in Washington, D.C.
Bill sailed on various ships from Pier #7, Balboa and the
Cristobal piers. After 1948 he worked in the District Public
Works Office, 15th Naval District, Amador.
Robin Harrison Baker, Reporter
Greetings again from Western North Carolina. There's
lots of happenings to report so here we go. The social event
of the Hendersonville season was Sherri Beth Fraser's wed-
ding on April 17th (see wedding section). Sherri is the daugh-
ter of Patricia Fraser and the late James Fraser. Jim was
working at MTD when he retired. The bride was beautiful--
the decorations, flowers, etc. that Pat put together were exqui-
site. In all honesty I have to say it was one of the most mem-
orable weddings I have ever attended.
My sister-in-law Betty (Flenniken) Dunning flew in
from Rogers, Ark. and spent a week with me for the festivi-
ties. She and my brother Bill returned here in May on their
way to Germany to visit my niece Cheryl Lowery. Both
Cheryl and her husband Mark are teachers in the Frankfurt
area. Bill and Betty spent three weeks there and when they
returned the three of us drove to Pennsylvania to visit rela-
tives for several days. It was great having them here for an
Willy and Wilma Nowotny flew to Panama in May with
two other couples who had never been to Panama. Willy was
the tour guide and did the driving. Willy's one complaint was
that he didn't get a "real" corbina dinner--the one time he
ordered it he got an Italian version more like a pancake.
Overall the trip was great.
Jim and Diane Bradley flew to Germany in May to visit
their daughter Eileen and family. As usual they had a fabu-
lous trip. This time they also included an all-inclusive side
trip to a beach resort in Turkey and had a wonderful time.
Jimmy and Sherri (Anderson) Bradley and daughters drove
up from Jacksonville, Fla. for the July 4th weekend. The girls
stayed with grandma and gramps for a couple of weeks and
had lots of fun activities, including a trip to Dollywood.
Malcolm and Jean Stone celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary on July 4th. They went on a week's cruise to
Bermuda where they had spent their honeymoon. They were
on the Celebrity Line ship Horizon and embarked from
Philadelphia, where they took in a ballgame--Philly and
Baltimore--with daughter Lynn and her husband Scott. They
spent a night in St. Georges and two nights in Hamilton 40
years to the day that they spent their honeymoon there. While
they were in Hamilton they stayed in the same hotel. The
hotel in St. Georges was no longer there. All in all they had a
wonderful time; the island was beautiful but still recovering
from the devastating hurricane of a year or two ago.
Cherry Sue Stahlman drove solo across country to visit
her daughter Jill and grandson Hagen in northern California.
I think she wanted to make sure the teachers out there were
doing a good job. She finished her substitute teaching job
before school was out and was able to get out to California
before Hagen's school was finished.
Patricia Fraser spent a week at the beach in South
Carolina with her brother Skip and his wife Jo and some
other friends. I think it was a rest and recuperation trip to cel-
ebrate the end of the school year. Pat, "the retired school
teacher", has been teaching at a private school down the
mountain in Columbus for the past few years. Every year she
says it's her last....I'11 believe it when I see it.
My three girls, Lisa, Terri and Laurie, along with some
spouses and grandkids (Zach and Justin Trinca) all came for
my birthday weekend in June and built an extension onto my
deck. Son John didn't make it till the next week; my neigh-
bor commented that at least one of the family had some sense.
My sister Sandy (Dunning) Ingle and two of her three
grandchildren were here for a few days on their way to
Pennsylvania from Florida. My sister Vicki of Riverview,
Fla. went on a 5-day tour to Panama with the Deakins group.
She and daughter Brandi had a wonderful time and Vic is
ready to go back. My family is planning a trip down later this
Sam and Norma Irvin entertained son John and their
grandchildren Patricia and Bobby for a week in July. They
live in Reno, Nev. now. The kids haven't made it to the casi-
nos yet, according to grandpa Sam. Grandma Norma was
recovering from her second cataract surgery while they were
here and she is doing well.
I am just back from the annual reunion and my 50th HS
reunion (which is almost as hard to write as it is to say). All I
have to say is that everything was super. It was wonderful
seeing so many classmates and friends, especially our old
Pedro Miguel gang (Beth (Hatchett) Trout, Shirley
(Million) Muse, Adele Meissner, Shiela (Curling) Heath,
Andy (Mulligan) Hinderscheid, Marilyn (Abreu) Stevens,
Joanne (Hummer) Haugen and Dawn (Crowell)
Gressang). We had to visit Shirley at her home as she was
recovering from a triple bypass. She is doing well for which
we were all thankful. We also let two men in our "Pedro
Miguel gang" picture John Gary Riley and Fred Sill. All
the hospitality suite people did a spectacular job. Thanks so
much from all of us.
Keep your news coming and send me some pictures once
in a while--anybody in North Carolina. Till next time.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Hello to all from the great Northwest. We've had a great
summer so far very little rain, and finally some heat. Can
you believe the locals complain about it being in the 80's?
There were at least two Washington State high school
graduates in our area in June: Jamie Fealey, daughter of Guy
and Mary (Wells) Fealey from Oak Harbor High School and
Joyce Kennedy, daughter of Ed and Mellie (Turner)
Kennedy of Anacortes High. Both were exceptional students
and are planning to attend Central Washington University in
Ellensburg starting in September.
From Antioch, Calif., we heard from Niza Pasamante
that her son Alfredo E. Martiz (BHS ''9, known as Freddy,
returned from Iraq after a year there in the Army Infantry. A
few days after he left, those remaining were extended in Iraq.
He will retire soon after 22 years in the service. While Freddy
was over there, Drew Carey visited the troops and had his
picture taken with Freddy. Niza's youngest boy is in the Air
Force and was temporarily assigned to Germany. He saw the
photo on the Army Internet and forwarded it to Niza.
Paula Fleming of Portland, Ore. is doing great, and is
still working two-and-a-half days a week, and she is still driv-
ing her yellow VW bug. We heard that Art Hammond was
living close to us in Concrete, Wash. Gerry contacted him
and Art stopped by for a short visit in July.
Ginny Rankin wrote that her brother Walter and his wife
Suzanne drove to Ginny's in Tacoma from The Dalles, Ore.
and spent the night for Mother's Day. Husbands of Ginny's
daughters Sandi and Nancy cooked a fantastic Mother's Day
brunch at Ginny's house, including prime rib, shrimp, per-
sonalized omelets, hash browns, bacon, sausage, homemade
biscuits, sweet rolls, and champagne. They ate until they were
ready to pop!
From Phoenix, Ariz. in July Jack Sanders wrote that he
is finally back in the US after spending the last ten months
traveling abroad. He and John Hawthorne of Kauai, Hawaii
plan to meet up in California to do some motorcycle riding in
the California Gold country while visiting Jack's youngest
daughter Jacqueline's place in Truckee. From there Jack
plans to go to Portland with his oldest daughter Jennifer who
is attending Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore.
While in the area he is planning on visiting friends in
Washington, his cousin Ginny Rankin and join up with some
motorcycle riding friends.
In May we heard from Paul and Suzette (Connolly)
Baker who sailed their sailboat Altair to Sydney, Australia in
December after a nine-day passage from Noumea, New
Caledonia. They raved about Sydney and its culture.
Christmas down under is summertime and many folks do the
beach thing to celebrate the day. They were a month in the
Sydney area then sailed 20 miles north to explore the Broken
Bay-Pittwater area. While there having a picnic on the beach,
they came face to face with a goanna, a very large lizard
(about 4 feet long) similar to a monitor lizard. The goanna
would charge at people, scare them off their blankets, then
proceed to see what was for lunch. The Bakers were much
impressed with the abundance of tropical birds everywhere.
"It was a treat to be walking down the street and see a flock
of lorikeets with all their bright colors. Even in Sydney you
could see exotic birds in the most common places." They
shared some Aussie facts: An average Australian backyard
contains more reptile species than all of the United Kingdom
and more than 80% of Australia's plants and animals are
unique to Australia.
We heard from Vicki (Harrell) and Larry Ahlemann
who are now "homeless" and out in the world with their
motorhome, car and dog, Martha. They have been working at
various events around the country setting up tents, car park-
ing assists, ticketing and registrations, timekeeping and pay-
roll, food supply, etc. Some of the events were the Paso
Robles Wine Festival, an event in Bonnaroo, Tenn., Live Oak
Music Festival, Lompoc Flower Festival where "there are no
flowers but they used to have lots of flower fields", and High
Sierra Music Festival in California. They also worked at three
vineyard concerts as security for the bands, a vineyard dinner,
and worked with four 5-Star chefs from such places as Four
Seasons in San Francisco to set up the plates for 220 people
at a six-course, black tie, $1000/person dinner at Hearst
Castle, part of the Central Coast Classic Wine Festival. Their
next event is the Baja Bash in the San Diego area.
Recently heard from Bill Smith of Portland, Ore. since
1969. Bill is a CHS 1965 graduate and left CZ College in
1967. He is the son of Jack of the CZ Police and Lois (who
died about a year ago). Jack lives in Alexander City, Ala.
where Bill lived for three months after CZ College. Then Bill
was off to Santa Monica, Calif., meeting up with former
classmates Chris Clarke and Mike Klasovsky. Bill ended
up in Portland in 1969 where he was drafted and spent a year
in Viet Nam. He works with a support staff in a law firm after
trying different trades and getting an MA degree in liberal
arts. Bill's sister is Edie Cotton (CHS'70) of Prattville, Ala.
She has been married to husband Allen for about two years
and she has two kids, Daniel (23) and Kendra (20), who
were born and still live in Houston, Texas, and is a grandmom
twice over by Daniel and several more times over by Allen's
The annual Northwest picnic being hosted by Bill (Bee)
Bailey will be held August 14, a week after this deadline.
Many of us are looking forward to attending and seeing other
former Zonies. Pat Manning and friend Diane McCauley of
Little Hollywood, Fla. plan to visit us and attend also.
Pat, Gerry Laatz, and Cody Hollowell visited Sid Coffin
in Panama for a month in May and June and had a great time
fishing off Sid's boat, the Sea Hearse. Gerry and I had flown
to Orlando and after the guys departed for Panama I visited
Margie (Flumach) and Bob Daisey in Port Charlotte and my
aunt Alice (Westman) Weigold in Sanibel. When the men
returned to Orlando, Cody took us to Janice (Jennie) Scott's
new home, under renovation by her and daughter Trina, who
works for Disney Cruise Lines doing passenger liaison. We
also visited Pat's sister-in-law Beth (Brown) Schmidt at her
and husband Paul's new home in Mims, Fla., where Cody
assisted in some plumbing work and Gerry in door repair and
all of us in laying sand for her new aboveground pool. She
treated us to a great lunch!
Also, while in Florida, we met our son Ray, his wife
Emese, and son Alex at Miami Airport, returning from a year
and a half in France where Ray was studying for his MBA in
INSEAD in Fontainebleau. We all headed to St. Petersburg to
see our son J's wife Sunshine (J is in the Coast Guard in
Kuwait). Then we drove to Key West for the wedding of
Gerry's nephew Robert Laatz, son of Charles and Leslie
Laatz of Memphis, Tenn., to Kristen Smith. It was a beauti-
ful waterfront wedding and reception and it was good to see
Charles and Leslie and their kids, spouses, and grandkids,
including David, Debbi and kids Sara (3) and Christopher
(1); and Jennifer (Laatz) and Brian Koch.
There is a a best-selling book on the market now entitled
The Rule of Four The book was written by Ian Caldwell and
Dustin Thompson. Ian is the son of Ray and Sally Caldwell
of Annandale, Va., who are extremely proud of their son's
accomplishment. Ian is the grandson of the late Ray
(Maintenance Division) and Louise (Balboa Elementary)
Caldwell, who also were our son Ray's godparents.
Well, that's it for this time. Hasta la proxima, amigos.
Jimmy Fealey aboard the Radio Flyer during the Oak Harbor
Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
A contingency of people from the Oklahoma Chapter
attended the 2004 Annual Reunion and everyone had a blast.
John and Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler and daughter Kristin
and granddaughter Reina went to the Reunion. After the
Reunion they spent a few days in Florida visiting family.
Tomas and Aymee (Lugo) Diaz also went to the Reunion
Jean and Doris Burns also attended the Reunion and
enjoyed visiting with old friends. On their drive to Florida,
Jean and Doris stopped off in Lillian, Ala. and spent two
nights with Bob and Vicki Boukalis. One of the evenings,
Jean and Doris also enjoyed the company of Ray and Forest
(Wise) Robberson and Ed Matthews and family. Ed is a
BHS graduate and son of good friends Wally and Helen
Matthews. Jean and Doris came back home with some Ron
Cortez, Arturo sauce, empanadas, ginnups and various
mementos, and they shared it all with son Scott and daughter
Laura and family.
Steve Helin has permanently moved to Mabank, Texas.
Wife Esther finishes her contract at the end of August and
will be joining Steve at their lake house. As this reporter men-
tioned in the last Record, the Oklahoma Chapter will miss
Steve at our gatherings.
Michelle Diaz, daughter of Tomas and Aymee Diaz, has
recently started a job with the Social Security Administration.
She has also started the Masters of Human Relations Program
at the University of Oklahoma. Michelle's brother Miguel
Diaz will be graduating in December 2004 from Oklahoma
State University in Stillwater, Okla. Michelle's future plans
are to transfer to Dallas, Texas in a year and a half.
After the June Record's deadline, this reporter heard from
Daisy (lanole) Williams (BHS'71), who lives in the Tulsa
area. She conveyed some sad news about her father Daniel J.
Ianole. He died in a car accident in January 2004, and his
obituary was in the June 2004 Record. Daisy was busy for a
while, traveling back and forth to Clearwater, Fla., helping
her mother Aurora with necessary paperwork. Daisy's two
older sisters, Danita (BHS'64) and Diana (BHS'64), also
helped their Mom. Daisy has become a Director in Mary Kay
Cosmetics and is very excited about her new career.
The Oklahoma Chapter had their last business
meeting/picnic on May 2, 2004 at the home of Tomas and
Aymee Diaz in Norman, Okla. Everyone had a nice time
together, and some new people showed up. Laura (Burs)
Redemann had a great surprise and that was the appearance
of friend Debbie Sholk-Sousa (BHS'75). Debbie came with
husband John Sousa (BHS'75) and their son and daughter.
Laura and Debbie had a nice visit and Debbie enjoyed visit-
ing with Laura's parents. John and Debbie seemed to fit right
in with the Oklahoma group.
The Oklahoma Chapter's next business meeting/picnic is
October 2, 2004. We are meeting at the home of Paulino and
Julia Allende in Tulsa at 11:00 a.m. Call this reporter for
more details, if interested.
Oklahoma Chapter Business Meeting/Picnic, May 2, 2004,
Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2004
Rain, rain go away..come back another day. It has been
one of the heaviest rainy seasons Panama has seen in a long
time. But have no fear--us Zonians will still find time for our
favorite pastimes and having fun. So, let's catch up since
May 2004 brought us elections and a new President. We
had no incidents and all voting went well. Tony and Anne
Tiblier hosted a get-together at their home in La Boca, with
Tony's "catches of the day", Corvina, Dorado, Amberjack,
you name it. If it had a fin, it was ettiing served up. Party
people included: Capt. Jodi Chamberlain, Tom Maclean,
Dave Sherman, Paul Eastham, Carl Tuttle, Jorge Bloise,
Cathy Bottin, Tom Fennell, Dee Bishop, Capt. Tim and
Peggy Kirkby and many others who stopped by the festivi-
ties. As everyone from the zone knows, Anne and Tony are
the bests cooks in town, and both of them have opened their
doors almost daily, it seems like, to have one and all over for
food and liquid libation. I want to take this opportunity on
behalf of the community to thank them for their generous
hospitality and all that they do to keep the spirit of Zonian fel-
lowship alive in Panama.
I also need to say "sorry" to John Morales, I forgot to
include his name in the last Record as being the great guide
for Fran and Jack Hern's group visit and also one of the
guides for the Panama Canal Museum's visit to Panama. John
is retired from PCC and resides in Albrook. He works as a
guide in Panama during the Cruise Ship Season.
Fellow Canal Zoners, Ted and Mel Henter, were recent-
ly featured in a 5-page article in a local magazine in Panama.
Ted was recently recognized by the Microsoft corporation for
his JAWS program and his tireless contributions to the Helen
Keller School for the Blind, The Galindo Foundation, The
Patronato Luz Y Ciego and other organizations for the blind
and seeing impaired community in the Republic of Panama.
Ted is also an active member with BPOE Panama Canal
Lodge #1414, from which quite a few of his charitable dona-
tions are dispersed.
The Diablo Spinning Club crew or as I lovingly call them,
"The Diablo Barnacles", consisting of Bill "Billy D" De La
Mater, Pablito Fenochietti and George Lopp have a stand-
ing appointment for lunch almost daily at Shamrocks restau-
rant in La Boca and in turn they have made it a regular meet-
ing place for anyone wanting to catch up on what's been
going on in town. We have a few "interior-ites" like Charlie
and Ruth Leves, Capt. Tom "Silkshirt" and Joanne
Anderson, Billy Boner, Jim Hatrick, Henry Twohy, Pat
Liman, Martin Mooldyke and Bill and Mary Coffey, just to
name a few who benefit from running into old friends at a
centrally located place.
I had the pleasure of being invited by Agnes and David
Santomenno (owners of Reprosa) to a private cocktail party
viewing of the national dress that the current Miss Panama
2004 Jessica Rodriguez, would be wearing at the Miss
Universe Pageant June 1, 2004 held in Ecuador. The idea and
style of the dress was done by Reprosa. It was absolutely
stunning. I had said that night that it would win and I was
right. Panama took first place in the Best Costume Category.
Reprosa Dress. Miss Panama 2004 Jessica Rodriguez and
Best Costume Panama-Miss Universe Pageant 2004
The month of June saw quite a few people back for visits.
Chris Skeie was back in town enjoying some well-deserved
R&R in the balmy breezes of Panama. At any rate, Chris has
been extremely busy working in conjunction with INAC and
a few other Panamanian Government entities on behalf of the
Panama Canal Museum to help refurbish and recapture some
of Panama's cultural heritage.
Mike and Karen Laverty, Jimmy and Pam (Snell)
Groom got a chance to get together with a bunch of friends
while home for a visit. Zenia (Neely) Morris, Reyna Royo,
Christie Ford, Doug Stumvoll, Alan and Anabelle Blaney,
John and Lucy (Lincoln) Haines, HB Twohy III, Chris
Cook, Pedro Penalver, Donny Husted, Monica Morales,
David Cohen, Sam Castleton, Dee Bishop, and Tom
Fennell were a few.
For sake of good order, please remember to have your
membership dues paid up before submitting items to the
Canal Record for publication. You may pay on-line via the
web at www.pancanalsociety.org or you can contact the
Panama Area Reporter(s) for application or renewal forms.
Well, that's all the news that good news from "The
Beautiful Motherland" of Panama from me. If you want to let
your extended family and friends know what's going on with
you and yours, don't be shy and e-mail, snail mail, fax or drop
off any and all information to be submitted for publication.
Well, it has been a busy past couple of months. April and
May in the Opel house were spent getting my husband Carl
prepared for his new job in Baghdad, requiring many trips to
the hospitals and clinics for the different shots, exams, etc.,
required for his entry into Iraq. Carl is currently working with
Stanley Baker Hill in the "Green Zone" supporting the
Project and Contracting Office Construction Directorate in
the reconstruction of Iraq. About a month after his arrival in
Baghdad, Kurt Wiese also joined up with another firm,
Washington Group, and is a three-minute walk from Carl's
office. All is well with Carl and we talk various times during
the week by phone and many times during the day via e-mail.
How different from 1991 when he was in the region during
Desert Storm and when phone calls were few and other con-
tact was by snail mail taking forever. Thank God for technol-
ogy, and cell phones and computers.
Jenilee Szymanski was in town for a quick weekend visit
from Miami. She has to take a break where she can due to her
hectic schedule with Univision Television Company. Of
course July was reserved for Reunion, where I have heard
nothing but rave reviews. I know I had a great time that will
not soon be forgotten.
I must add a last minute get-together before this issue's
deadline. Post reunion party people Reyna Royo, Mike
Charles, Trina Clark, H.B. Twohy along with Tommy and
Zenia (Neely) Morris, Christy Ford, Mark Ford, Pedro
Pefialver, Chris Cook, Melissa Royo and Jose Love met up
with Eva Anderson and her beau Evan Rodaniche, who
were in town for a VIP concert for Cage 9 (Evan's band) at
Zumba Night Club.
ZUMBA Night Club Reunion
Kurt Wiese and Carl Opel in Saddam's Palace
At the beginning of June, my son Rick Szymanski,
recently married, came for a visit with his wife Terri (Miller)
and stepson Bryan. On their agenda were a few days spent in
La Guaira with the liquid sunshine so well known in Panama,
visiting local landmarks, and shopping at all the artisan
shops. We had a Johnny Mazzetti dinner at the house with his
friends and family which included Johnny and Lucy Haines,
HB Twohy, Trina Clark, Pedro Pefialver, Cathy Bottin, Alan
Blaney, Eric Holland and his wife, Fred Szymanski Jr.,
Stan Leon, and Aurora and Aldo Rodriquez.
As Trina mentioned earlier in her section, my daughter
Jenilee Szymanski also popped in for a short visit and one of
the highlights of her trip was having lunch at the Miraflores
Visitor's Center Restaurant. The view of the locks was spec-
tacular and the northbound traffic definitely kept us enter-
SPAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES EARLY
Carole Lightell came on her biannual visit to Panar
with her friend Dianne Barr-Cole for a couple of weeks
July, spending most of their time relaxing at La Guaira. Sin
Dianne had not visited Panama in over 20 years, they made
special trip to Fort Sherman to visit the ruins at Fort S
Lorenzo. Carole described the road to the Fort as somethir
out of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and they should have been
a four-wheel drive vehicle instead of a small rental car. Wi
the Fort itself so overgrown, they couldn't see any of t
ruins. The only thing that saved the day was the flock of abo
12 toucans which flew over while they were navigating t
mud road. Anita Seifert visited Panama at the same time a
they are pictured here at Carole's beach house in La Guair;
His Godchild, and my niece, Irma Villalaz of Miami, Fla.,
were married here on July 2nd accompanied by a large group
of the groom's family from the USA. It was a very large affair
held at the Caesars Park Hotel. Chuck is a PER and I am the
Lecturing Knight of Elks #1414. We are both in the Gatun
Masonic Lodge. Chuck worked on the Atlas prior to his
After attending the recent PC Reunion in Orlando, the
Quinn brothers, Marc and Bruce of Panama, and Fred Sill
(now residing in Brazil) drove to Atlanta for three delightful
days visiting Bruce's godson, Lindsay Denman (born at
Gorgas, son of former PanCanal attorneys). Then, they head-
ed for Hilton Head, S.C., where they spent the weekend tak-
ing part in a Newland/Lombard-Quinn family reunion. The
impressive crowd of "Zonians" present was composed of rel-
atives and lifetime friends of Ross (recently deceased) and
Elaine (Lombord-Quinn) Newland, who initially had
planned to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on
that occasion. While in the area, Marc, Bruce and Fred were
guests also at a "lowcountry dinner" given by Lesley
Hendricks at her beautiful Federal-style (circa 1820) home
ma in Beaufort, S.C.
Dianne Barr-Cole, Carole Lightell and Anita Seifert
Mr. Charles Hinz was honored in the 23 July-5 August
edition of El Faro, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) news-
paper for his exceptional record of 52 years of service with
the Panama Canal. El Faro, which is in Spanish, can be read
in its entirety at: http://www.pancanal.com/esp/noticiero/el-
Wallace M. Snyder wrote in an e-mail: "Chuck
McKeever and family from Florida were here for one month.
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Mr. and Mrs. George Soriano and John and Debbie
Sousa are co-hosting another PanaZonian party on
September 18th. With the weather, it should be perfect for the
traditional golf game, typical food, and bochinche.
Bienvenidos to John and Joan Long, formerly of
Kerrville, Texas. The Longs have relocated to Granbury. John
worked with the Meteorology and Hydrology Division before
his retirement. His former boss, Bill Shaw, also lives in the
Dallas area. The Longs will be closer to daughter Linda and
son-in-law Robert Gallardo (BHS'73) who live in North
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
2005 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY DUES
PAY BY DECEMBER 31, 2004
Greetings to all from Virginia. Tom and I visited Panama
in late June of this year and had a fabulous time. We had not
been back since November 1983 and the changes there are
remarkable. The former Canal Zone looks great and Panama
is definitely more modern -- at times I thought I was still
stateside. The country is truly beautiful and the people so
friendly. We were fortunate enough to have Skip Berger
from Gold Coast Travel Agency pick us up at the Country Inn
& Suites, drive us to the Atlantic side and drop us off at the
train to return to our hotel in the evening. He picked us up
again a few days later to tour the Pacific side. We highly rec-
ommend him to anyone planning a trip down -- he's a
Cristobal boy and knows the area and will do whatever it
takes to please you. We stayed a few days with my uncle
Dave Robles and his wife Sylvia in Panama City at their
beautiful home and also a weekend with them in El Valle and
fell in love with the place all over again. They showed us
parts of Panama we would not have been able to experience
on our own. We had a wonderful time with them and hope to
return within a year or later in 2005, depending on our sched-
We were fortunate to get together with a very old friend,
Pablo Fenochietti, his wife Emy and one of my former
classmates and friend, Eric Nicolaisen. We all had dinner at
the Balboa Elks Club one evening and spent hours talking
about old times and just catching up.
It doesn't appear that Panama has suffered much with the
demise of the Canal Zone. I think it is a great improvement
over the former Zone and that Panama has come a long way.
We are already looking forward to our return trip and being
able to spend a few days on the Atlantic side as well as visit
many other areas that time did not allow on this trip. This was
just a taste of what is to come.
Ev (Menges) Sellers, Reporter
(703) 361-7176 (home)
(703) 614-9810 (work)
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TIMOTHY COTTON NAMED TO
WARRANT OFFICER LIST
Chief Petty Officer Timothy Cotton, son of George and
Sue (Trim) Cotton, has been selected for promotion to
Tim and his wife Michelle and three daughters, Hanna,
Claire and Emily, reside in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Tim has
served aboard the Katmai Bay, Okracoke, Aquidneck and the
Vashon and is an instructor at the Coast Guard Station in
Portsmouth, Va. Tim's expertise is marine engineering.
Tim will be assigned shore duty at Coast Guard Station
San Juan for the next ten months then he will be re-assigned
another duty station in CONUS. George and Sue plan on
attending the promotion in June of next year, and are already
making plans. Congratulations to Tim on a job well done.
ASA HARRIS, MILITARY RESERVES
Enclosed is a picture of Lucky Dunlap and cousin Asa
Harris. Asa was temporarily assigned to Ft. Bliss, Texas with
the Army Reserves and was visiting his cousin Lucky and
Tita Dunlap in Ruidoso, N.M.
Tita (Clarke) Dunlap
Pablo and Emy Fenochietti, Eric Nicolaisen (CHS'67), Ev
(Menges) Sellers (CHS'68), Tom Sellers (CHS'59).
Luc- a i
Lucky Dunlap and Asa Harris
LUCHO AZCARRAGA HONORED
On the afternoon of April 14, 2004, members of the
Azcarraga family, sons Frankie and Chipi, daughter
Teresita, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws and many
friends of the family, were present when a street in the Bella
Vista District was named in honor of Lucho Azcarraga. At
the ceremony, Julio Crespo, Representative of the District,
stated the following:
Chipi Azcarraga, Teresita Azcarraga, and Frankie
Azcarraga un\ iling street plaque. Julio Crespo in back.
"During his entire life, and thru his magnificent
Hammond organ, Lucho Azcarraga was a great ambassador
for Panama and its beautiful music, which he carried to many
parts of the world. Locally, he inspired many generations
with his lively musical renditions during Carnaval, on televi-
sion, at many shows and private parties. Lucho was a credit
to his country and its citizens, for which reason the Panama
City District Representatives unanimously decreed that the
street that runs from Via Espafia, where the old Mini Max
Supermarket used to be, to 50th Street be now named Calle
Mr. Crespo then presented a copy of the official decree to
Lucho's children. On behalf of the family, Lucho's oldest son,
Frankie, thanked the City Representatives, especially
Representative Julio Crespo who had presented the petition
before the Board of City District Representatives, for this
honor bestowed upon his father.
The last act of the afternoon was the unveiling by Lucho's
three children of the street plaque bearing his name.
During the afternoon events, Panamanian music was
played by the Municipal Band.
Rolando Linares and Titina Joyce
JERRY COX 58TH BIRTHDAY
Richard Phillips of Conyers, Ga., Jon and Sue (Phillips)
Fisher of Valkaria, Fla. came to celebrate Jerry Cox's 58th
birthday in Ocala, Fla. Johnny Mazetti was the main dish for
the occasion. Richard and Sue are Diane (Hutchison) Cox's
Richard Phillips, Jerry Cox, Dianne (Hutchison) Cox, and
Jon and Sue (Phillips) Fisher.
Jessica, Megan and Chelsea Watkins of Longwood, Fla.
are pleased to announce the engagement of their daddy,
Richard A. Watkins, BHS Class of 1975, to his high school
sweetheart Cherie Day Jones, BHS Class of 1977.
Richard A. Watkins and Cherie Day Jones
Lucho Azcarraga street sign
KAUFMAN FIRST COMMUNION
Jillian Kaufman, daughter of Katie Carey (for-
merly of Gatun) and Marc Kaufman received her First
Communion on May 15, 2004 at Holy Sacrament Church in
Jillian is the granddaughter of Captain John Carey
and Lani Carey of Alameda, Calif.
Marc, Jillian, Katie, Abigael and Ryan Kaufman
KATIE OLLIVER HAAS TURNS 50
Jodie Olliver Sampieri (CZ 1966-75) traveled to
Colorado Springs, Colo. from Connecticut for Katie Olliver
Haas' 50th birthday bash. Jodie, Fred Olliver (BHS'7') and
Katie Olliver Haas (BHS'71) spent the day at Garden of the
Gods in Colorado Springs in October 2003.
Katie's 50th birthday bash was a blast! Family and friends
hosted the event.
Jodie Sampieri, Fred Olliver and Katie Olliver Haas
JUSTIN GOUGH WINS PRIZE
Justin Gough, a 13-year-old 8th grader, entered his
working scale model of the Miraflores Locks in the
Mississippi Science Fair. He took second place at his school
and second place at the Regionals. The State competition was
held at USM in Hattiesburg, Miss. He took fifth place overall
in his category (Engineering). He thought this would be the
Justin Gough with his working scale model of Miraflores
Even though he has never visited the Canal, he has heard
about it all his life. Special thanks went to his father John R.
Gough III (CHESS 82), grandfather John R. Gough II
(BHS'64) of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Jay French (BHS'61)
of Sun City West, Ariz. The Live Camera on the Web of the
Miraflores Locks was a great tool to understanding how it
worked and how amazing the canal is.
Sun City West, Ariz.
40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Phil and Judy Breunle of Aurora, Colo. celebrated their
40th wedding anniversary on May 30th. They observed the
occasion with a trip to Florida and the purchase of a home in
Ranchero Village, Largo, Fla.
Phil served five years (1972-77) in the former Canal Zone
as Military Assistant to two governors and four Health
Directors of the Panama Canal Commission/Canal Zone
Government. In 1980 he received a Doctorate of Public
Health from Tulane University. He retired from the U.S.
Army Medical Service Corps in 1990 with 30 years of serv-
ice. Upon retirement he was initially affiliated with the
Veterans Administration's Fort Logan National Cemetary in
Colorado. Since 1995 he has been Manager at a Centura
Health Independent/Assisted Living Retirement Center for
senior citizens in Denver.
July and Phil have four children: two sons, Shawn of
Oviedo, Fla. and Kris, Aurora, Colo.; two daughters, Melissa
relocating to Dinwiddie, Va. from Aurora, Colo. and Kara,
Oviedo, Fla., and seven grandchildren.
BRANDON PINZON GRADUATES
Brandon Pinzon, son of Carlos and Phyllis
(Miller) Pinzon, graduated from the University of Iowa in
Iowa City on May 15, 2004 with a degree in Computer
Phyllis Pinzon, Laura Gonzalez (Brandon's girlfriend),
Brandon Pinzon, Colin Pinzon and Carlos Pinzon.
Phil and Judy Breunle
MICK KELLEHER BIKE RIDE
Mick Kelleher just successfully completed a 189-mile
bike ride from Houston to Austin to benefit the Multiple
Mick and Carmen (Eastham) Kelleher have also partic-
ipated in the Houston 2003 and 2004 Marathons. The
Kellehers reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
Herschell W. (Bud) and Valerie A. (Mclntire) Dempsey
are proud to announce the engagement of their son Daren T.
Dempsey to Jaime L. Carter, daughter of James and
Darlene Carter of Merritt Island, Fla.
Daren graduated in May 2001 from the University of
Central Florida (UCF) with a Bachelors Degree in Finance
and is employed as a Quality Assurance Representative for
Land America in Orlando. Jaime also graduated from UCF in
August 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Business and is a
Contracting Officer with NASA at Kennedy Space Center.
Daren Dempsey and Jaime Carter
HORINES CELEBRATE 50TH
Mary Ellen and Larry Horine of Boone, N.C. recently
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Horines were
married in Boulder, Colo. on the same day as Mary Ellen
graduated from CU in the morning.
The Horines first met in 1947 when Mary Ellen was a
sophomore at BHS and Larry was a junior at CHS. They were
married on June 5, 1954.
Larry and Mary Ellen Horine, Dec. 1954
The ski picture was taken in April when the Horines cel-
ebrated with the family for a week of skiing at Park City,
Larry has retired as a Professor at Appalachian State
University while Mary Ellen continues to supervise student
teachers at ASU.
ALEXANDRIA NICOLE SNOW
Alexandria Snow, daughter of Lori Stevenson Snow
(BHS'77) and Virgil Snow, graduated from Peachtree High
School as the charter class of 2004. The graduation ceremo-
ny was attended by her parents and siblings Nicholas and
Sara. Also attending were her grandparents Davis and June
Stevenson (formerly of Panama), LaVoyce and Virgil Snow
of Griffin, Ga., her aunt Dorothy Gerhart and other family
She has been accepted and started attending the Art
Institute of Atlanta in July where she is to get her degree in
Media Arts & Animation. Her goal is to become an animator
for Pixar and eventually direct her own animated feature film.
Mary Ellen and Larry Horine, Europe, 2004
Their children include Joni Horine of Boone, Mary
Sheryl Horine of Boston, Dr. Stace Horine of Asheville, and
the late Dr. Sherwood Horine of Boone. They have six
Alexandria Nicole Snow
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CAROL BARLOW VEZINA TURNS 80
Carol Barlow Vezina celebrated her 80th birthday in a
grand way at the home shared by herself and her sister Ruth
Barlow Schmidt on the 19th of July.
Helping her celebrate were many Panama Canal retirees
as well as fam.ili members and friends. Her daughter Ruth
Ann Davis came in from Las Vegas, Nev. and son Jim
Vezina from Beachwood, N.J. along with nieces June
Barlow Reisz, Shirley Barlow Bernat, and Diane Eisert
from Palm Coast, Fla., and nephew John Schmidt, Jr. from
PAM CLARK'S LATEST CD
Mr. Fred Clark and Inez (Berg) Clark (BHS'59), along
with their children, T.C. Clark (BHS'79) and Trina Clark
(BHS'87), are proud to congratulate their daughter Pam
Clark (BHS'86) on her latest CD titled: ETHOS 7.
Pam is currently on tour in the United States, playing at
SOULFEST in New Hampshire with concert dates in Maine,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Nashville, Alabama and
Florida. She will head to Europe later this year to promote her
Pam is a Rhema University graduate with a degree in
youth ministry. Pam preaches throughout Central and South
America and is the President of GM Productions in Panama.
Ruth Ann Davis, Carol Barlow Vezina and Jim Vezina
GREG SORRELL GRADUATES
On June 18, 2004, Harold Sorrell (BHS'56) attended his
son's graduation. Greg Sorrell graduated from the Art
Institute of Portland with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in
TOM SELLERS HONORED
Tom Sellers, son of Tom (CHS'59) and Ev (Menges)
Sellers (CHS'68), was recently "collared" as a Deputy to the
International Supreme Council, Order of Demolay. Tom is a
former State Master Councilor of Virginia and now a Master
Mason in Springfield Lodge #217, Springfield, Va.
Harold and Greg Sorrell
Tom Sellers with his mom Ev Sellers
BREANNE RUPP GRADUATES
Breanne M. Rupp, daughter of Bob and Jeanne Rupp
of Valrico, Fla. graduated last May with Honors from
Bloomingdale High School, Brandon, Fla. She is the recipi-
ent of a $1000 Elks Legacy scholarship from BPOE Lodge
2383 and has also been awarded the Florida Bright Futures
scholarship. Breanne will be attending Flagler College in St.
Augustine, Fla. this fall.
Norman and Janet (Hunt) Watkins proudly announce
the engagement of their daughter Natalie Eve (BHS'93) to
Kenneth McClenahan. Natalie is the granddaughter of
Louise Hunt and Olga Watkins. A September wedding will
be held in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Natalie Watkins and Klenneth McClenanan
Breanne M. Rupp
Mrs. Kathleen Lavallee Sears of Elon, N.C. and Lt. Col
(USA Retired) and Mrs. Agustin Ortiz, of Stafford, Va.
announce the engagement of Shauna Jean Sears and
Agustin James Ortiz. Ms. Sears is also the daughter of Mr.
Jeffrey Sears of Pensacola, Fla.
Shauna is a 1996 graduate of Balboa High School and a
2000 graduate of North Carolina State University. Agustin is
a 1995 graduate of Balboa High School and a 1999 graduate
of the Georgia Institute of Technology. An October wedding
BRYAN DISHONG GRADUATES
Bryan Dishong, son of Chris (BHS'68) and Evey
(BHS'72) Dishong of Merritt Island, Fla. graduated from
Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Business
Administration (Marketing) on Friday, August 6th.
Bryan is the grandson of Josefina Dishong (formerly of
Curundu/Ft. Clayton) of Merritt Island, Fla. and Harry
Foster (formerly of Balboa/La Boca) of St. Petersburg, Fla.
He is currently exploring what options are available to him as
a recent graduate.
Jean Sears and Agustin James
Dr. and Mrs. Preston H. Beattie, Jr. of Johns Island, S.C.
announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah Elizabeth
Beattie of Charleston, S.C. to James Hudson Carper, also
of Charleston. He is the son of retired Brig. Gen. and Mrs.
James Turman Carper of Wilmington, N.C. and Judy Pully
Eberenz of Rocky Mount, N.C.
A wedding is planned for September 25, 2004 at the
James Island Presbyterian Church in Charleston with a recep-
tion at the home of the bride.
Sarah is a 1995 graduate of Balboa High School and a
graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Parks,
Recreation, and Tourism Management and Spanish. Sarah
completed a certification in graphic design following gradua-
tion from Clemson University. She is employed as a
Marketing Coordinator at The Daniel Island Company in
Jamie graduated from New Hanover High School in
Wilmington, N.C. and UNC Charlotte with a degree in
mechanical engineering. He is employed with Robert Bosch
Corporation in Charleston.
Sarah and Jamie are planning a honeymoon trip to
Panama in the dry season.
Also helping to celebrate Julieta's birthday were her
brother and sisters; many nephews and nieces; cousins and
friends. The Girl Scouts of Panama surprised Julieta with a
"mariachi" band. Julieta was the co-founder of the Girl
Scouts of Panama. Many of you will remember Julieta and
Rudy in the Canal Zone. Julieta would prescribe your glasses
at Gorgas Hospital and Rudy would prepare them for you at
the Optical Center. Ray and Patty reside in Georgia, while
Ralph resides in Houston, Texas.
Rudy, Julieta and Ralph Burda
KYE VOWELL GRADUATES
Kye Vowell, son of Charles (CHS'63) and Jacque
(Crowell) Vowell (BHS'70), graduated from Halifax
Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida on May 15, 2004.
Attending the graduation ceremony were family members
Dan and Dawn Gressang, and Pam Crowell.
James Hudson Carper and Sarah Elizabeth Beattie
DR. JULIETA BURDA
CELEBRATES 90TH BIRTHDAY
Dr. Julieta Burda celebrated her 90th birthday in Boquete,
Panama, where she resides with her husband Rudy. Helping
her celebrate this occasion was her son Ralph. Her son Ray
and his wife Patty had been visiting the Burdas earlier but
had to return to Georgia due to the death of Patty's father.
Charles and Kye Vowell
ANONA H. KIRKLAND
On August 13, 2004 there was another 100-year celebra-
tion in Panama. Mrs. Anona H. Kirkland, a living legend in
Panama has given many years of faithful service as a wife,
mother and professional.
Born in Connecticut and raised in Martha's Vineyard,
Mrs. Kirkland, a Brown University graduate, met and married
William E. Kirkland. The couple moved to Panama from
New York after William was hired to work at the Dredging
Division by the Canal Commission in the late 1940s.
She is the mother of two children: a son William and a
daughter Jessie. Mrs. Kirkland also has six grandchildren and
Mrs. Kirkland was responsible for bringing to the Zonians
the society news and countless interviews and articles with
influential women and the who's who in the Canal Zone via
the Star & Herald newspaper for over 45 years and she also
worked as acting Editor for many years for the Panama
Mrs. Kirkland is recognized for her work and countless
support in various women's groups in Panama, such as: the
Soroptimist Club, the American Historical Society, the Inter-
American Women's Club and the American Organists Guild,
as well as many others.
Mrs. Kirkland, Happy Birthday on behalf of all whose
lives you've touched. Thank you for your tireless and beauti-
ful spirit, your incredible stories and the never-ending gift of
communication and reporting.
Tanner Krafft, 7 yr. old grandson of Pat (Chase) and
Bob Thrift (BHS'69) proudly displays his 8+ lb. large mouth
bass caught on April 25, 2004 in his backyard at Port Orange,
Fla. He shares the same fishing passion as his Grandpa Bob.
Tanner has earned bragging rights at a very young age.
Congratulations Tanner, you are an inspiration to all of us
who fished in Gamboa/Gatun Lake and can only tell the tale
of how the big one got away. Tanner is the son of Leanne
(Thrift) (BHS'91) and Tim Krafft. His catch is proudly dis-
played in his bedroom.
Panama, R. de P.
Anona H. Kirkland
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Captain Donald P. Garrido and Mrs. Lydia I. Garrido,
formerly of La Boca, Panama, are pleased to announce the
marriage of their daughter Lydia D. Garrido (BHS'91) to
Victor A. Robledo. They were united in marriage on April 3,
2004 at the Incarnate Word Chapel in San Antonio, Texas.
Ronald J. Garrido (BHS'94), Dorthy Welsh, Denise
and Hugh Smith, Derek E. Smith (BHS'87) and Tracey
(Dubcak) Hajduk were members of the wedding party.
Several current and former Panama residents were present
at the celebration. They included: Bill Smith (BHS'81),
Sonia and Juergen Dorfmeier, John and Denia Nolan,
Melissa (Bowman) Van Leeuwen (BHS'91), Melva
Bowman, Elsa Welsh, Brian Wood (BHS'91), Jennifer
(Brewer) Longest (BHS'91), Nicole (Keiser) Amill
(BHS'91), Catherine (Loveless) Canter, Monica (Rios)
Fulton (BHS'91) and Eric Hajduk (BHS'88).
The attendees danced the night away to the sounds of a
Panamanian musician, the bouquet was made of fish scales
by an artisan in Los Santos, Panama, huevitos de leche and
cocadas decorated the guests' tables and the "arras" were
Panamanian 10-cent coins dipped in gold.
John Christopher Hoyne and Donna Jean Houston,
both of Boise, Idaho, were married March 3, 2004, in The
Church at Gathabawn, County Kilkenny, Ireland. The mar-
riage took place in the same church in which the groom's
great-great-grandfather had been married 145 years earlier.
The groom, formerly of Gatun, Panama, is the son of
Capt. Mike and Barbara Hoyne of Boise, Idaho. John, a
graduate of the University of Idaho, is now employed by
Safco Insurance. The bride, daughter of Thomas and Elenor
Houston of Marcola, Ore., is a graduate of the Unieri\,'ri of
Oregon and is now employed by State Farm Insurance in
Boise. Pamela Houston, sister of the bride, was maid of
honor. The best man was Lawrence Hoyne, brother of the
The wedding party and guests, from both the United
States and Ireland, were transported by bus from Kilkenny to
Gathabawn. After the ceremony, everyone crossed the lane to
the local pub where they enjoyed music, humorous toasts,
Irish cheer and step dancing by former Canal Zone resident
Noeline Morrissey. Later that evening, a lovely dinner, host-
ed by the groom's parents, was held in the Kilkenny-
The newlyweds spent their honeymoon touring the Irish
countryside and will make their home in Boise.
Lydia D. and Victor A. Robledo
Donna Jean and John Christopher Hoyne
(L-R): Larry Hoyne, Noel Morrissey, Noeline Morrissey,
Janet Rigby, John Hoyne, John Carey, Barbara Hoyne
and Mike Hoyne, former Canal residents attending wedding.
Sherri Elizabeth Fraser and Michael James Drysdale
Wright celebrated their marriage and reception at the
Hendersonville Country Club, April 17, 2004, in
Sherri is the daughter and fourth-generation Zonian of the
late James A. Fraser, Jr. and Patricia T. Fraser. Michael is
the son of Catroina Stewart of Hamilton, New Zealand.
Sherri currently works as a medical records assistant for
Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care and Michael cur-
rently works as a kitchen steward for Camp Blue Star in
Among the guests were included Zonian friends: Jim and
Diane Bradley, Betty Dunning, Pat Hunt, Willy and
Wilma Nowotny, Art and Margie Sherry, Linda Sherry
and Cherry Sue Stahlman.
As they began their journey together, Dionne Elizabeth
Holford and James Mark Pray, along with their parents,
invited family and friends to witness and celebrate their vows
on the first of May 2004 at The Carpenter House in Plano,
The bride's parents are William L. Holford (deceased)
and Esperanza Lopez Holford. The groom's mother is
Carole Ann Davidson. The bride was given in marriage by
her mother, Esperanza Lopez Holford. The couple are both
employed in the Dallas area and will make their home in
Michael and Sherri Wright
James Pray, Esperanza Holford, and Dionne Pray
Frederick D.H. Rambo III and Lisa D. DesLondes
(BHS'90) were united in marriage on July 16, 2004 at
Baldwin Park in Orlando, Fla.
Linda DesLondes and James L. DesLondes (BHS'56)
witnessed the marriage of their daughter Lisa to Fred Rambo
on the sunny Friday afternoon along with a few close friends
and family members. In casual dress the bride, groom, offi-
cial witnesses (Linda DesLondes and Scott Daughtry) and
guests enjoyed the Florida midday sun. The best man Robert
Lee Thomas Prankard (the groom's 10-year-old son) wore
a traditional white guayabera along with his new grandfather
Both the bride and groom love to grow orchids--the two
mothers received a gift of the flowering orchids used for dec-
orations at the end of the ceremony from Fred and Lisa. The
bridge that the bride and groom chose to have their ceremo-
ny on represented the joining of two lives--just as a bridge
joins two locations together. Without any planning Fred and
Lisa arrived from different sides of the bridge and met in the
Fred and Lisa plan to purchase a home in the Tampa, Fla.
area by August and will honeymoon in December. Once set-
tled into the house a wedding reception will be planned for
the many friends and family not able to attend the ceremony.
Fred received a fellowship to attend the University of South
Florida to complete his Masters Degree in Architecture. Lisa
will continue working for Florida Architects, Inc. in South
Orlando as a Business Development Manager.
Frederick and Lisa Rambo
Christi Lynne Frauenheim and Shannon Sanders
Wheeler were married July 10, 2004 at Our Lady Star of the
Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Christi is the daughter of Gene Frauenheim (BHS'62)
and Lynne Wellington Frauenheim (CZJC'63) of
Jacksonville Beach, Fla. and the granddaughter of Kerner
Frauenheim and the late Foy Frauenheim formerly of
Balboa, Canal Zone and now Jacksonville, Fla. Shannon is
the son of Beau Wheeler of Charlotte, N.C. and Joan
Wheeler of Raleigh, N.C.
The maid of honor was Leslie Frauenheim (sister of the
bride); bridesmaids were Michelle Frauenheim (sister-in-
law), Casey Wheeler (sister of the groom), Rebecca
Chambliss, Kelly Coward, and Brecken Lauman. Flower
girls were Courtney and Natalie Frauenheim (nieces of the
bride) and the ring bearer was Malik Lauman.
The bride, a 1995 graduate of Myers Park High School in
Charlotte, N.C., received a BS in Mathematics and Education
from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. She is
currently teaching 8th grade algebra in Boca Raton, Fla.
The groom, a 1991 graduate of Garner High School in
Garner, N.C., received an AA in Turf Management and a BS
in Business Management from North Carolina State
University in Raleigh, N.C. He is a golf course superinten-
dent at St. Andrews Golf Club in Boca Raton.
The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in St. Kitts. They
now reside in Delray Beach, Fla.
and Robert Lee Thomas
Christi Lynne and Shannon Sanders
Alice Lorraine DiBiase and Tim Cash Deakins, both of
Rockledge, Fla., were united in marriage on April 24, 2004 at
Cocoa Beach, Fla. Tim, born in the Canal Zone, is the son of
Randy and Joella Deakins. Alice is the daughter of Ester
DiBiase and the late John DiBiase of Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Tim and Alice were married on the beach by Alice's
brother Carmine DiBiase. Alice's daughter Nikki was the
flower girl and she, appropriately, scattered seashells instead
of flower petals.
Tim is a clinical laboratory scientist at Wuestoff Hospital
in Rockledge, Fla. and Alice is a Rockledge Police Officer.
Jessie teaches high school science in Prince William
County, Va. and Matt is a Senior Multi-Media Specialist with
Design Storage and Handling, Inc., Fredericksburg, Va. The
couple reside in Rippon Landing, Woodbridge, Va.
(L-R): Ed and Andra English, bride Jessie English, best
man David Nash English, groom Matt English, Alicia
English and groomsman Maj. Edward Lee English.
Stephanie McBride and Thomas Lilly were married
June 18, 2004 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Stephanie is the daughter of Carol (Ross) McBride
(CHS'72) and William R. McBride (Chief Engineer,
Panama Canal Commission) of Wilmington, N.C. The
groom's parents Jane and Paul Nevejans also reside in
Stephanie is a graduate of North Carolina State
University. Tom graduated from the University of North
Carolina. The newlyweds plan to live in the Wilmington,
N.C. area while they both attend classes to further their edu-
Tim and Alice Deakins with daughter Nikki
Col. (Ret.) Ed and Andra Nash English (BHS'60) of
Williamsburg, Va. announce the wedding of their son
Matthew Cory to Jessica Anne Williams on November 8,
2003. The bride is the daughter of Lt. Col. (Ret.) and Mrs.
Donald E. Williams of Burke, Va. and Ms. Adele N.
Williams of Fairfax, Va. Matt is the grandson of the late Lee
and Peggy Nash, longtime residents of Gatun.
The wedding took place in the Chapel of the historic Wren
Building on the campus of the College of William and Mary
in Williamsburg, Va. The bride and groom are graduates of
William and Mary. The reception was held at the Officer's
Club of the Yorktown Coast Guard Station on the York River.
Longtime friend and former Balboa resident Kathleen
McConaghy Campbell, who introduced the groom's parents
29 years ago, attended the festivities with her husband Bill.
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HASKEL BENJAMIN BAITEL
Captain John Carey and Lani Carey (formerly of
Gatun) would like to announce the arrival of their grandson
Haskel Benjamin born February 5, 2004 in Paitilla Hospital.
The proud parents are Pattie and Robert Baitel.
Pattie and Robert were married last summer at the City Club
and reside in Panama City.
Robert and Pattie Baitel with Haskel Benjamin Baitel
Alexander Laatz was born April 30, 2003 in
Fontainebleu, France. He is the grandson of Howie (Adams)
and Gerry Laatz of Anacortes, Wash. and Margaret
Schonberg of San Diego, Calif.
His proud parents are Emese (Radvanszky) and Ray
Laatz. The younger Laatz family is now living in San Diego
where Ray works for Kyocera, cell phone manufacturers, and
Emese works part-time with a medical computer assistance
KRISTEN ASHLEY PURCELL
Rosemary Gilead is shown seated holding her fifth great-
grandchild, Kristen Ashley Purcell, born April 8, 2004.
Also shown from left to right behind her are Rosemary's
son Kevin, his daughter Kerri and her husband Don Purcell,
the proud parents.
Rosemary Gilead's new pride and joy.
EVA BLAIR HARRILL
Lisa P. (Moffitt) Harrill (BHS'89), husband David
Harrill and son Jacob welcomed Eva Blair on July 27,
2004. She was born in Hospital Nacional, weight 9 pounds 14
ounces and was 53 centimeters long.
Eva is the granddaughter of Coach David Moffitt, Bunny
Frensley, Hu and Sherrill Harrill, all formerly of the Canal
Zone. The Harrills reside in Los Rios where David is the
Associate Director and Lisa is in charge of Chapel and
teacher recruiting at Crossroads Christian Academy in the
Republic of Panama.
Emese, Alex and Ray Laatz
MARK ANDREW TOMLET
LYNN KYLEE WINKLER
ALEXANDER GEORGE DALE
Mark Andrew Tomlet, born to Rebecca Ann Wilbur
Tomlet (BHS'88) and Matthew Tomlet (BHS'88) of
Albrook, Panama, on April 29, 2004. Mark weighed in at 7
pounds 5 ounces. Paternal grandparents are Capt. Philip
Tomlet and Susan Tomlet and maternal grandparents are
Reverend William E. Wilbur and Eleanor Ann Hammonds
Lynn Kylee Winkler born to Denise Lynn Winkler
(BHS'89) and Carl H. Winkler (BHS'87) of Diablo,
Panama, on April 26, 2004. Lynn weighed in at 4 pounds 14
ounces. Paternal grandparents are Gerald Winkler and
Dayce Hernandez Winkler and maternal grandparents are
Frank Richard Alberga (CHS'59) and Marcia Pinto
Alexander George Dale Stump born to Nicole Ann
Schoessow Stump and Michael Dale Stump (BHS'87) of
Ancon, Panama on May 21, 2004. Alexander weighed in at 7
pounds 12 ounces. Paternal grandparents are Gary Dale
Stump and Carole Lilia Hernandez and maternal grandpar-
ents are Terry Dale Schoessow and Jamar Schoessow.
ALEXA JADE MEDINGER
Proud parents Nikki and Bob Medinger (BHS'75) and
big brother Trevor lovingly welcomed Alexa Jade
Medinger into the world in El Paso, Texas on January 15,
2004. Maternal grandparents are John and Helen Scanlan of
Loveland, Colo. Paternal grandparents are Edith L. Meeker
(Medinger) of Oldsmar, Fla., "grandpa" John W. Meeker,
Jr. and Robert E. (Bob) Medinger Sr., both currently in
Heaven and all formerly of the Canal Zone. Alexa and the
Medinger clan just returned from the PCS Reunion in
Orlando, at which they all had a great time.
Grandma Edie Meeker holding Alexa in El Paso in January
Mark Andrew Tomlet held by Rebecca Tomlet, Lynn
Kylee Winkler held by Denise Lynn Winkler, and
Alexander George Dale Stump held by Nicole Ann Stump.
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Grandma Edie Meeker holding Alexa with big brother
Trevor holding court at Tampa airport following the reunion.
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27'W DEEP SORROW
"Ete naw Rest give to them, 0 Lord:
awd e aee t d (hts pa nthem"
John David Anderson, Jr., 66, of St. Petersburg died
May 1, 2004 at Bay Point Pavilion, St. Petersburg.
A native of St. Petersburg, he returned here in 1991 from
Fayetteville, N.C. He was a graduate of Gibbs High School.
He was a practical nurse. He retired from the Army after 22
years of service. He was stationed in the Panama Canal
region and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include two sons, Michael S., Los Angeles, and
John B., Fayetteville; a daughter, Angela Anderson, Raleigh,
N.C.; a brother, Donald F., St. Petersburg; and two sisters,
Edna Mitchell, St. Petersburg, and Queen Downing, the
Rosemary Kavanaugh Anderson, 86, of Gainesville,
Fla., passed away on June 9, 2004 at home with her family at
Mrs. Anderson was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduat-
ed from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She
was a member of the Red Cross in World War II and taught
elementary school on both sides of the isthmus for 34 years.
She retired to Dothan, Ala. with her husband, Frank A.
Anderson, Jr. (deceased) and spent 25 years there before
moving to Gainesville, Fla. Mrs. Anderson was active in
scouting, Canal Zone College Club, Bridge Club, St. Mary's
Catholic Church, and was an avid boater/water skier.
Survivors include her son Frank A. Anderson III, daugh-
ter-in-law Shirley Fears Anderson, and three grandchildren,
all of Gainesville, Fla.
Leslie (Les) G. Bains, 71, of Kerrville, Texas, passed
away July 26, 2004 in Clayton, N. M.
He was born August 27, 1932, in the Panama Canal Zone,
to Leslie C. and Wilma Bains. On February 18, 1967, he mar-
ried Alice K. Gratzfeld in Pasadena, Texas. In 1969, they
moved to Colorado and resided for 15 years where his sons
still make their homes. Les and Alice moved to the Kerrville
area in 1984.
Les volunteered for the Marines and was a sergeant dur-
ing the Korean War. He graduated from the University of
Houston, was a founding officer of Sigma Phi Epsilon and
continued as a supporting alumni to both. He spent much of
his life in construction equipment sales. He also was a mem-
ber of the Masonic Lodge of Bandera, Texas.
Les lived a full life and was an avid pilot. He loved to
share his passion of flying with others. He was a member of
the Civil Air Patrol, and the Experimental Aircraft
Association. He owned several aircraft over the years, two of
which he completely restored.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Bains, of Kerrville; sis-
ter, Barbara Yarber and her husband, Harold, of Blieberville,
Texas; his son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Michael and
Donna Johnson of Westminster, Colo.; his son and daughter-
in-law, Patrick and Christine, of Monument, Colo.; seven
grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Retired Lt. Col. Wayne L. Bart, 83, of San Angelo, Texas
passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence on
November 1, 2000.
Lt. Col. Bart was born April 2, 1917, in Fort Wayne, Ind.,
to Louis and Josephine Schumacker Bart.
He graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1942
He served in the European Theatre of Operations with the
83rd Infantry Division where he was wounded and evacuated
twice. Later he was assigned as an exchange instructor at the
U. S. Naval Academy.
From there he was assigned to the Panama Canal Zone,
where he was professor of military science and tactics for the
ROTC units at Cristobal and Balboa. Then he attended the
Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth,
Kan. and then the University of Virginia where he earned a
master's degree in physics. Following that he was assigned to
the Department of Atomic Weapons and Effects at the
Pentagon and was sent to the Pacific to witness atomic test-
ing. He retired from the military in 1959 and taught school in
the Fairfax County, Va. school system for 13 years. He and
his wife moved to San Angelo in 1972.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Bart of San Angelo;
two sons, Wayne L. Bart, Jr. and wife Pat of Centerville, Va.,
and Richard Bart and wife Charlotte of San Angelo; eight
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Helen "Aneta" (Albin) Bates of Natick, Mass., passed
away on January 11, 2004, at the age of 99.
Born in Babylon, N.Y, she was a graduate of the Balboa
High School class of 1922 in the Panama Canal Zone and of
the New York Conservatory of Music in New York City. Mrs.
Bates taught piano for three decades in Babylon, N.Y.
Following that, she and her husband, the late Stuart Frazer
Bates, owned the Fieldsboro Motel in Fieldsboro, Del., for
more than twenty years. Active until her last day, reading was
her favorite pastime and she was a member of the Babylon
Travelers Society and of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by one granddaughter, Susan Aneta
Nilsen of Natick, Mass. with whom she had been living, and
one sister, Althea (Albin) Baldwin, of Babylon, N.Y.
Grace Belden, 86, of Tarpon Springs, Fla. passed away at
HCR Manor Care, Dunedin, Fla. on July 7, 2004.
She was the daughter of Charles Willis Belden and
Heliodora Maria Ferrari. She was predeceased by her broth-
ers Charles E. Belden and Adolph Belden, and by her sister
Blanche B. Hopkins.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Thomas
and Layne Ashton of Tarpon Springs, Fla. and by her sisters
Margaret May of Dothan, Ala. and Lola Dotson of Bossier
City, La., and several nieces and nephews.
I. Robert Berger, MD, died on June 14, 2004 in
Bradenton, Fla. at the age of 94.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa. on November 1, 1909, he put
himself through Jefferson Medical College after the great
depression by working as a night bookkeeper at hotels and by
working at baseball stadiums. He went to the Panama Canal
Zone in 1940 where he served in the Army during World War
II. While working at Gorgas Hospital he met and married his
wife Querida (Ida) McAllister of Wytheville, Va., who also
worked at the hospital as a nurse.
Dr. Berger managed the outpatient clinic at Gorgas
Hospital where he enjoyed treating countless patients for over
30 years. He always recalled with great fondness his years of
service in the Canal Zone and all the wonderful patients and
friends that he had the pleasure of knowing there. He enjoyed
swimming at the beaches and fishing in Panama and after
retirement in 1972 he and his wife returned many times to
visit with their daughter Roberta (Bobbie) Berger who con-
tinued to work in the Canal Zone until 1999.
He is survived by his wife, Querida; and two daughters,
Diane Berger of Washington, D.C. and Bobbie Berger of
Gerald Brown, 67, of Von Ormy, Texas, passed away
peacefully on July 5, 2004 at the Vitas Hospice Center in San
Antonio, Texas following a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Brown was born March 29, 1937, in Lisbon, a son of
the late Ora Brown and Lavina (Stock) Brown of Lisbon. He
grew up in Lisbon and had lived in Texas since 1982 after liv-
ing in Panama for 20 years.
While living in Panama, Mr. Brown worked as a police
officer for the U.S. government until his retirement in 1982.
He was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in
San Antonio, of the Panama Canal Society, was bilingual and
had a love for horses. He also loved his Harley Davidson
motorcycle and had ridden from Ohio to Panama on several
occasions. He also served his country during peacetime as a
fireman in the U.S. Army before going to the Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Nivia (Ortega) Brown, whom
he married in Panama, at Fort Clayton, Canal Zone on
September 7, 1956; a daughter, Mrs. Judy (Randy) Brown
McCombs of Columbus; sons, Gerry L. Brown, Jr. of San
Antonio and Terry A. Brown of Von Ormy; a sister, Shirley
(Tom) Criss of Sebring; brothers, Dale Brown of Lisbon, Lee
Brown of Virginia Beach, Va., and Dick Brown of Lisbon;
four grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins,
and many friends.
William Francis Daniels, 88, of Dunnellon, formerly of
St. Petersburg, died May 3, 2004 in an Ocala hospice.
Born in Mount Kisco, N.Y., he moved to Dunnellon in
1983 from St. Petersburg. He owned and managed Daniels
Clover Specialty Manufacturing Co. in Gulfport from 1947 to
1982. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Rotary Club
and Dunnellon Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Nancy C.; three
daughters, Marilyn Hicks, Macon, Ga., Kathryn Arent,
Portsmouth, R.I. and Elizabeth J. Daniels, Largo; a brother,
Charles J., Falls Church, Va.; five grandchildren; and two
Norman B. Davison, 90, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., passed
away suddenly in his home on May 23, 2004.,
Norman was born July 28, 1913, in Malden, Mass. and
attended public schools at Melrose, Mass. He was a Phi Beta
Kappa graduate of Harvard University, Class of 1935, magna
cum laude, where he earned a degree in Political Science,
International Law and Foreign Relations.
He worked for Montgomery Ward prior to arriving in the
Panama Canal Zone in August 1942. There he worked in the
supply division, initially on the Atlantic side and later as mar-
keting superintendent at Balboa, a position he held for 13
years prior to retiring in 1973 with 31 years service.
Norman was an active 33rd-degree Mason, and was past
district grand master of the Masonic bodies of the Panama
Canal Zone. He was also a member of the Lehigh Acres
Lodge No. 344, F. and A.M., the York Rite bodies and the
Scottish Rite Bodies of Ft. Myers. He held the Joseph Warren
Medal, Henry Prince Medal, and the 50-year Medal from the
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. He also was the choir direc-
tor of the Araba Temple Chanters, which participated in
numerous Shrine parades throughout Florida.
Upon retirement, he became an active golfer and a mem-
ber of the First Community Congregational Church where he
sang in the choir. He was the founder and past president of the
Lehigh Acres Camera Club, and past president of the Florida
Camera Club Council. Both he and his wife, Vera, enjoyed
taking photographs and his pictures often won awards at the
Norman is survived by his wife of 67 years, R. Alvera
"Vera"; a brother, Robert Davison; a daughter, Marvel
Davison Townsend and her husband Frank of Gainesville,
Fla.; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His
son, Barry L. Davison, preceded him in death.
Violet Sylvia Deakins, 90, of Titusville, Fla. passed away
on May 12, 2004.
She was born on June 7, 1913 in Athens, Pa., and moved
to the Panama Canal Zone as a teenager. She met and married
Roger Deakins and they lived in the Canal Zone until 1966.
Upon Roger's retirement, they moved to Titusville where
they spent many happy years enjoying their Florida home.
Violet was a talented person throughout her life. While
living in Panama, she learned to make the "Pollera", and was
able to pass on her expertise in this skill with the many class-
es she gave. After moving to the United States, she gave craft
classes in china painting, doll making, and sewing for many
years at Brevard Community College's continuing education
program in Titusville; and, also shared her love of crafts with
many seniors and friends at Titusville's social services build-
ing. We like to say, with a touch of love and admiration, she
was a very crafty person. All who knew her will remember
her for what a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-
grandmother and friend she was; and she shall always be in
Violet was preceded in death by her husband, Roger, in
1992. She is survived by her two sons, Randall and his wife
Joella, and Terrell and his wife Sue; five grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; her sister, Arleen Bowers, of Dayton,
Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
Buren Douglas, 91, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died July 29,
2004 at Bayfront Medical Center.
She was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., and moved here in 1972
from Diablo, Canal Zone. She was a homemaker and attend-
ed Unity Congregational Church in New Port Richey.
Survivors include a son, Charles, Brooks, Ga.; a daughter,
Ellen Gough, St. Petersburg; a sister, Oleta Kirk, Fayetteville,
Ga.; and three grandchildren.
Leslie Barbara "Barb" Dwyre, 84, of St. Petersburg
died July 20, 2004 at home. Born in Long Beach, Calif., she
moved here in 1968 from Panama.
She was raised and schooled in Honolulu, Hawaii and sur-
vived the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. She mar-
ried George T. Dwyre on January 1, 1942 and accompanied
and supported her husband during his 34 years with the U.S.
Air Force. This included extensive foreign service leaving
dear friends throughout all of Central and South America, and
Formosa (Taiwan). In St. Petersburg, she was president of the
Abilities Rehabilitation Center Guild, chairman of the Florida
Symphony Guild Showhouse, and president of the Sunset
(now the Vinoy) Women's Golf Club.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, George T.; two
sons, Robert A. (BHS'61), St. Petersburg, and John S., San
Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Paula S. Noggle, St. Petersburg;
a sister, Thelma McFarland, San Jose, Calif.; and four grand-
Louis J. Fattorosi, 76, of Lakewood, N.J. died on May 1,
2004 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, N.J.
He was an English teacher at Georgian Court University,
Lakewood, retiring in 1998. Lou Fattorosi was born in Perth
Amboy, N.J. and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific dur-
ing the Second World War and Korean War. He graduated
from Rutgers University with a Master's degree, and was a
member of the Philosophian Society there.
He taught high school in Jamesburg before moving to the
Canal Zone in 1952. There he taught English, speech and
journalism at Cristobal High School and was a part-time
instructor at Florida State University, Canal Zone branch for
11 years. He also taught part-time at Canal Zone College and
one year at the Panamanian-North American Cultural
He was President of the Teachers Union from 1974 to
1978. He retired from the Canal in 1978 after leading a spir-
ited opposition to the U.S. government turnover of the Canal
Zone to Panama, was a member of the "Truth Squad", and
testified before the Senate on the planned turnover. Mr.
Fattorosi completed his doctoral studies in English specializ-
ing in the Renaissance and taught as a graduate assistant at
the University of Florida until 1983 when he returned to New
Jersey and lived for the past 20 years in Lakewood. He taught
at Ranney School in Tinton Falls and Georgian Court
University, Lakewood until he retired in 1998.
Louis Fattorosi authored a book of plays, satires and liter-
ary criticism, The Golden Lyre, in the classical tradition using
mythological themes. It is held in libraries worldwide. He
wrote satire, humorous sketches and poetry that appeared in
national publications. He also wrote abstracts from medical
journals for Lawyer's Medical Digest. Lou's most recent cre-
ative endeavor was spearheading the production and distribu-
tion of a CD of the original music of Norman Slade, per-
formed by Claudio Vasquez, both previous Canal Zone resi-
Mr. Fattorosi was pre-deceased by his parents, Louis J.
Fattorosi and Marie (Fimiaca) Fattorosi, who lived with him
in the Canal Zone for several years. He is survived by his
wife, Karen Fattorosi and two stepchildren, Christopher
Beach of Micanopy, Fla., and Laura Beach of Robbinsville,
N.J., and two grandsons. He is also survived by his brother
John Fattorosi and his wife Carol of Long Branch, N.J., and
two nephews and a niece and their families.
Anna M. Feilbach, 83, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died April
29, 2004 at Bay Pines VA Medical Center.
Born in Miller Heights, Pa., she came here in 2000 from
Hialeah. She retired as a baker for the Miami-Dade County
School Board. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church
in St. Petersburg and an Army medical technician in World
War II. She served in the Panama Canal Zone and was award-
ed the American Service Medal, the World War II Victory
Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Survivors include three daughters, Jacqueline Reese and
Sandra Roney, both of St. Petersburg, and Roberta Feilbach,
Sunrise; two brothers, James Kery and Frank Kery, both of
Bethlehem, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
Helen Jane Foster, 62, beloved wife of Elton E. Foster of
Diamondhead, passed away August 3, 2004. She was a
patient at Gulfport Memorial Hospital.
Helen Jane was an active member and officer of the Pass
Christian Isles and Henderson Point Garden Club. Helen was
also a member of the Gulfport Mardi Gras Krewe of Gemini,
the Pass Christian Yacht Club, and Diamondhead Country
Club, and the Panama Canal Society.
She was an expert in creating and working with all kinds
of crafts, and delighted in sharing her talents with her friends.
She will be remembered for her sharp wit and bubbling per-
sonality, always ready to lend a helping hand to those around
her. Helen and her husband, Elton, enjoyed their many cruis-
es, seeing the sights together, and meeting new friends.
Helen Jane is also survived by her parents, Helen Roth
Burke and Rivers John Marchand; and sons, Chris
Licciardi/wife Charlotte, and Vincent Licciardi/wife Lisa;
three grandchildren; brother, Ronald John and sisters, Gladys
Core, Mary Boudreaux, Ann Foster, Gay Redler, and Rivette
Marchand; her husband's children, Candy Tardiff, Maureen
Phelan, Teresa Baker, Sue Foster, and son, Elton A. Foster.
Thelma F. Fussell, 80, beloved wife of Norris F. Fussell,
died April 5th at her home in Lake Worth, Fla. Thelma and
Norris celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 15,
Thelma was the daughter of the late Ezequiel Fernandez
Jaen and Adela Fernandez Mord. She was born in the
Republic of Panama and moved to Florida in 1976.
She is survived by her husband, Norris; three children,
Rebecca (Paul) Wessen of San Jose, Costa Rica, Linda E.
Pierce of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Nory Fussell of Nevada
City, Calif.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In Panama, she is survived by one sister, Adela Fernandez
Corro and one very close sister-in-law, Carmen Fernandez,
two nieces and eight nephews.
All of her children and many of her nephews and nieces
were present at her memorial service.
Michael F. Greene, 95, of Heron House, Sarasota, Fla.,
died June 30, 2004.
Mr. Greene was born February 7, 1909, in Mobile, Ala.
and was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, and his wife
Michael and Marion lived and worked in the Panama
Canal Zone for some twenty-five years before moving to
Sarasota in the early 1960s. He enjoyed a brief career in semi-
pro baseball in Mobile, Ala., and on the Cristobal and Balboa
teams in the Canal Zone. The Greenes were members of the
Panama Canal Society and of the Presbyterian Church of the
Palms in Sarasota, where Mr. Greene served as Head Usher
for many years. Michael was a wonderfully intelligent, kind
and loving man who will be fondly remembered and missed
by all his family and friends.
He is survived by his niece, Deborah F Helm (Ed) of
Gretna, La.; his nephews, Ronald F. Fowler (Linda), Richard
E. Fowler (Linda) both of Pensacola, Fla., R. L. Lane (Mae)
of Mobile, Ala., and by numerous grand and great-grand
nieces and nephews.
Mary Ethlyn Grimes. 94, passed away May 15, 2004.
Mrs. Grimes was born in Fayette, Mo. on October 1,
1909. She moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1931 to work
as a beautician. She first worked in Panama and then in the
Canal Zone. She resided in the Canal Zone for 39 years. She
and her husband retired and moved to Pensacola, Fla. in
1970. She wa preceded in death by her husband, William C.
Grimes, in 1974.
Mrs. Grimes is survived by her two daughters, Nancy A.
Mroch of Pensacola, Fla., and Mary Ann Riley of Gulf
Breeze, Fla.; four grandchildren; and many nieces and
John Wilson Hayden, 88, died May 22, 2004 in Salinas,
He was born in Garland, Maine on September 28, 1915.
At the urging of friends he went to Panama in January 1940
to work with the U. S. Government in the Panama Canal
Zone. He was a mechanic in the Motor Transportation
Division. He and his family lived in Diablo Heights except
for a year in the "flats" in Balboa. In May 1950 he moved to
Salinas, Kan. where he operated a service station with his
partner Sam Still and later worked as a machinist. Blindness
forced him to retire at the age of 85. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society for many years. He was preceded in
death by a grandson.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, lone Lillian
(Wing); three daughters, Barbara Usher and husband Larry,
Salinas, Kan., Phyllis Larson and husband Duane, Topeka,
Kan., Janice Porter and husband Donald, Olathe, Kan.; nine
grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren, and one
John (Jack) Franklin Hern, 93, of Zephyrhills, Fla.
passed away at Hernando-Pasco Hospice on June 30, 2004.
He was born in the Panama Canal Zone on July 29, 1910.
He was a longtime employee of the Panama Canal Company
retiring as a General Foreman, Maintenance Division in 1972
with 44 years of U.S. government service. He was a resident
of Dothan, Ala. for 30 years. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society, Lifetime Member of Elks Lodge 1414, the
Amateur Radio Club and Vice President of NARFE, Dothan,
Jack leaves his wife of 65 years, Margaret Moore Hem;
two sons, John (Jack) Her, Jr. and his wife Fran Yost Hem
of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Richard (Dick) Hem and his wife
Ruth Chance Hem of Valrico, Fla.; two grandchildren; and
William Gonzales Hill, age 89, died on May 16, 2004, in
Fort Myers, Fla., after a long period of declining health.
He was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, and attended school
in Long Beach, Calif. and the Canal Zone. He graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1936. He worked for the United
Fruit Company in Cristobal before his employment by the
Panama Canal Health Department in 1944. He retired in
August 1976 and lived in Aiken, S.C. until he moved to Fort
Myers Beach, Fla. in 2000 to be near his three children.
He is survived by his wife of 71+ years, Bernice; two
sons, William G. Hill, Jr., of Big Pine Key, Fla., and Robert
Hill, M.D. of Cudjoe Key, Fla.; a daughter, Bernice A. Hill,
Jr. of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren; and four
Edna "Skippy" Hollowell died on March 15, 2004 in
Orlando, Fla. at the age of 88.
Skippy was born in Gatun, Canal Zone on September 19,
1915 and was married to Bill Hollowell who predeceased her
on May 5, 1989. Skippy and Bill Hollowell retired from the
Canal Zone in 1978. Bill was "the Water Commissioner" and
Skippy was a substitute teacher. Both Bill and Skippy's par-
ents went to Panama for the construction of the Canal.
She is survived by her son, Cody Hollowell, and her
daughter, Tinker Cooper, both of Orlando, Fla. Skippy was
predeceased by her grandson Joe Stephens. She is also sur-
vived by a granddaughter and two great-grandsons.
Richard Lee Hunt, P.E., Col. (Ret), 76, of Oklahoma
City died on April 23, 2004, after an extended battle with
metastatic kidney cancer.
Born in Walters, Okla., Dick graduated from Oklahoma
Military Academy in 1946, the U.S. Military Academy at
West Point in 1950 and completed a masters degree in civil
engineering at the University of Illinois in 1955. Upon his
graduation from West Point, Dick married Marilyn (nee
Rutter) and promptly departed for Korea as a newly commis-
sioned Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. Dick served the country he loved for a total of 32
Dick's military career culminated with his appointment as
Lieutenant Governor of the Panama Canal Zone and Vice
President of the Panama Canal Company. In 1978, after four
years in Panama, Dick retired from the Army and returned to
Oklahoma City with Marilyn, where he worked as a vice
president with Hutchinson, Thompson and Ball Architectural
& Engineering Firm. In the ensuing years of retirement, Dick
made it his personal responsibility to provide for the care of
the elderly of his and Marilyn's families.
Dick served as as Church Treasurer of New Covenant
Christian Church, and worked as a volunteer consultant for a
major building program at the church. He also served for sev-
eral years as a member of the Board of Directors for the
Oklahoma Christian Retirement Community in Edmond.
Dick is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his daughter Sherry
Cox and husband Bill, his daughter Sue Perry and husband
Bill, and his son Steve and wife Elizabeth; and seven grand-
Gordon Frederick Kariger, Sr., 64, departed this life
March 4, 2004 at DePaul Hospital,
Born in Colon, Panama, December 4, 1939, he moved to
Norfolk, Va. in May 1952. There he attended Grandy High
School, graduated from Clemson University, S. C. in 1967.
He retired as a Horticulturist for Norfolk Redevelopment and
Housing Authority after 30 years.
Survivors include his mother Pearl Barlow and late father,
Capt. Gordon F. Kariger, sister Gwendolyn Stegmeier and
husband; sons, Roger Iverson, Lawrence Iverson, Brian
Iverson, the late Gordon Kariger Jr. and daughters Wendy
Forsman and husband Jeff, Kara Hughes and husband
Charles and numerous grandchildren. Also, his aunt Mary
Atkins and her husband John and Norman Niles and special
friend Audrey Salzman.
Mary Alice (Hicks) Kelley, 68, of Houston, Texas passed
away on April 1, 2004 from complications of Myesthenia
She was born on November 17, 1935 at Gorgas Hospital
in the Canal Zone. Mary Alice was the daughter of the late
R.H. (Bobby) and Mary Belle Hicks of the Canal Zone and
St. Petersburg, Fla. After graduating from Balboa High
School in 1953, she attended West Suburban School of
Nursing in Wheaton, Ill., graduating as an RN. While home
on vacation from college in 1955, she met her future husband,
Kenneth D. Kelley of Coleman, Texas. Mr. Kelley was serv-
ing on the house staff of Gen. Wm. K. Harrison at Quarry
Heights. They were married on Dec. 20, 1956 at the Balboa
Heights Baptist Church, and returned to the U.S. where Mr.
Kelley studied at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee,
Okla. for the next three years.
After Ken finished his studies at OBU in 1959, the fami-
ly returned to the Canal Zone where Ken was employed on
the Locks Security Force in Gatun. Their second child,
Marcia, was born at Coco Solo Hospital. The Kelleys
returned to the U.S. in 1962. For the next 20-plus years, Mary
Alice worked as an RN as well as being active in church
music and children's ministries along with her husband who
served as a Minister of Music for some 40 years. For the last
ten years of her life, her many illnesses, pain and suffering
limited her ability to live her life as she would have chosen.
In addition to her husband, Mary Alice is survived by one
son, Master Sgt. Mark (and Hope) Kelley of Wheaton, Ill.;
two daughters, Marcia (and John) Driskill and Joy (and
David) Cardenas, both of Houston; six grandchildren; a great-
grandson; and a sister, Dorothy (Hicks) and Bob Chapman of
Banner Elk, N.C.; two nephews and four great-nephews, one
niece and one great-niece.
Walter Neil Lenneville, 55, of Dallas, Texas, died sud-
denly on June 27, 2004 of natural causes.
He was born in Vancouver, Wash., and accompanied his
parents to the Panama Canal Zone when he was one year old,
celebrating that birthday aboard the SS Cristobal. He was a
graduate of Balboa High School, attended Canal Zone
College, and served one tour in the U.S. Navy during the
Vietnam War aboard the USS Kiirm ai k He worked with the
Schools Division and was active in the Little Theater Guild in
the Canal Zone before returning to the United States in 1983.
His work took him from the Washington, D.C. area to Dallas
where he resided until his death.
Walter is survived by his mother and stepfather, Patricia
and Robert Whitam of Medina, Ohio; two stepbrothers and
one stepsister. His father, Jack G Lenneville, grandparents
Cornelius (Neil) B. and Nell Heitman, and uncle Neil B.
Heitman, all formerly of the Panama Canal Zone preceded
him in death.
A. Leonor Lombana, a resident of Orange Park, Fla. for
over 20 years, died peacefully at her daughter and son-in-
law's home on July 14, 2004.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years,
Alfredo Lombana, and her infant grandson Neil Lombana.
Along with her husband and family, she came to the United
States from the Panama Canal Zone in 1960. Leonor was an
extraordinary mother; very loving and caring as she raised
their five children.
The joy of Leonor's life was her faith and family, she was
a devoted member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church in
Orange Park, and served her brothers and sisters in the dioce-
san Ministry of Praise and the Joyful Family intercessory
prayer groups. From a very young age, Leonor had a special
love for the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
She is survived by her five children: sons Al of
Jacksonville, Fla. and Lou of Tampa, Fla.; daughters Grace
Welch and husband Jerry of Dunedin, Fla., Mary Hartwell
and husband Wylie of Orange Park, Fla., and Joyce Aragno
and husband Albino of St. Augustine, Fla.; ten grandchildren
and ten great-grandchildren.
Maycel Jean (Johnson) MacLean, 75, of Wenatchee,
Wash., passed away May 8, 2004 at Hospice House in Dade
City, Fla. after a year-long battle with cancer.
She married Donald MacLean in 1952 and went to live in
the Canal Zone for 21 wonderful years where they raised
their family. In 1973 they returned to Washington where she
worked for Seattle First National Bank until retiring in 1986.
Every December they would return to Panama for the holi-
Maycel is survived by her husband, Donald E. MacLean
of Wenatchee, Wash.; her son, Mark MacLean and daughter-
in-law Annie, also of Wenatchee, Wash.; her daughter,
Donella (MacLean) Vogel and son-in-law Louis Vogel of
Zephyrhills, Fla.; and four grandsons.
Warren "Zeke" Morse, 83, passed away May 26, 2004
in Sioux Falls, S.D.
He was born in Vermillion, S.D. where he grew up on a
farm and attended schools. In 1939, Warren joined the U.S.
Navy and was assigned to submarine service. He served most
of his tour of duty in the South Pacific during WWII. Warren
married Fern Marcotte, a native of Vermillion, S.D., on
August 21, 1944 in Warrenton, Va. Together, they raised six
The family moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1951 and
Warren worked for the Panama Canal Company in various
capacities. He retired from government employment in 1977
as Chief Engineer of Motor Vessels. Warren was an avid trav-
eler, visiting almost every state in the Union and several
countries in Europe and Asia, as well as Australia. He owned
his own airplane and was considered an experienced "bush"
pilot through Central and parts of South America.
Warren was Past Master of Darien Lodge AF&AM, Past
Patron of Eastern Star Fern Leaf Chapter #4, member of
Abou Saad Shriners and York Rite, in the Canal Zone; a
member of Eastern Star Juno Chapter #44, the Odd Fellows
Lodge #3, the Eagles, and the VFW of Vermillion. He was
District Commander of the South Dakota Submarine Veterans
and enjoyed attending reunions with his fellow veterans.
Survivors are his wife, Fern; sons Richard (Susanna
Kotalik) of El Paso, Texas, Douglas (JoAnn) of Grand Bay,
Ala., Charles of Tacoma, Wash.; daughters Janelle (Pat)
Kribell of Irene, S.D. and Adrienne (David) Whitehead of
Vermillion, S.D.; ten grandchildren, two step-grandchildren
and two step-great-grandchildren; a brother Don and a daugh-
ter-in-law Rosie of Panama.
William Ross Newland, 75, of Sun City Hilton Head
died June 5, 2004, at his home.
Mr. Newland was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, the son of
William Kenneth Newland and lone Martin Newland. He
attended Canal Zone schools, Kent School and the University
of Idaho before graduating from George Washington
University in 1957.
He served as an officer in the Army during the Korean
War. He retired from Amica Mutual Insurance Co. as a
regional vice president after 25 years of service in Baltimore,
Richmond, Va., and Coral Springs, Fla.
Mr. Newland enjoyed teaching youth sports. He organ-
ized leagues and coached teams in baseball, softball and girls
basketball during his years in Richmond, Coral Springs and
Bluffton. In 1990, he coached a baseball team of men over 25
to a national championship.
He served on a committee that helped integrate public
schools in Richmond. He promoted civil rights and worked
for the full integration of youth sports teams and leagues.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine Lombard
Newland; a sister, Mary Clary of Springfield, Mo.; a brother,
Guy Newland of Pittsburgh; three sons and daughters-in-law,
Guy Newland and Valerie Stephens of Mount Pleasant,
Mich., Chris and Ann Newland of Columbus, Ga., and Scott
Newland and Patricia Allaire of Albuquerque, N.M.; two
daughters and sons-in-law, Kit and Paul Botkins of Denver
and Jeanne and Steve Owens of Bluffton; and 13 grandchil-
William Nordstrom, 57, born July 3, 1946 in Ancon,
Panama Canal Zone, died May 5, 2004. He was a sales rep for
Altadis USA. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters
Angie and Caroline, son William, brother George Nordstrom
(Sue) and sister Mary Anne Reynolds. No further information
Frances Patchett O'Sullivan, a resident of Dothan, Ala.
died May 19, 2004, in Flowers Hospital. She was 87.
Mrs. O'Sullivan was born Oct. 30, 1917, in Washington,
D.C. and moved to the Panama Canal Zone at an early age
and lived there until moving to Dothan in 1974.
Survivors include two sisters, Anna Patchett Calvit,
Kerrville, Texas and Irma Patchett-Kruzich and her husband,
Andrew, Seattle; a niece, Helen Calvit; and a nephew,
Geraldine Bryant Olliver, 77, of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
died August 13, 2004 at her home.
She was born in Minco, Okla. August 18, 1926 to Dillard
and Gracie Bryant. She graduated from Minco High School
in 1944 and worked for the Air Force until the end of WWII.
In 1948 she married Chief Warrant Officer Frank Ingle Kidd,
USN. They moved to Paris, France in 1954 for duty at the
U.S. Embassy for the next three years. Widowed in 1964,
"Jerree" continued her college career. She belonged to Alpha
Chi and graduated summa cum laude from the College of the
Ozarks in 1965 with a Bachelor's Degree in English. In 1968
she graduated from Oklahoma Central State University
magna cum laude with a Master's Degree in Language Arts.
Her teaching positions included the University of Oklahoma
and Panama Canal Zone College. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Len
Olliver, USA Ret. Survivors include her son, Bryant Kidd and
wife, Chris; of Apex and two grandchildren; stepson, Fred
Olliver; stepdaughter, Kate Haas of Colorado Springs, Colo.;
stepdaughter Jodie Sampieri of Morris, Conn. and stepdaugh-
ter, Debra Williams; eight step-grandchildren; brother,
Dennis Bryant, of Glen Burnie, Md.; sister, Zelma McDonald
of Grand Junction, Colo.
Edward Borne Parker, of Slidell, La., a retired employ-
ee of the Panama Canal Company, died June 7, 2004 at Slidell
Memorial Hospital. He was 83.
Mr. Parker was born in Pensacola, Fla., grew up in Algiers
and lived in Slidell for the past 17 years. He was a member of
Ozone Amateur Radio Club, SCV and was a square dancer.
He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandy Burgdorf and
Ann Parker of Denver and Cathy Fontenot of Colorado
Springs, Colo.; a sister, Rene Haro of New Orleans, and two
Herbert K. Peterson (Pete), 94, of Springfield, Va.
passed away in his sleep July 23, 2004 at his home.
Pete Peterson was born in Cristobal, Canal Zone on New
Year's Eve 1909. He grew up on the Atlantic side and attend-
ed the Canal Zone Apprentice School. He worked for the
Industrial Division of the Marine Bureau for 37 years retiring
as the Production Superintendent of the Industrial Division.
During his career he worked as a pipe fitter and labored dur-
ing WWII repairing damaged U.S. naval vessels.
Pete retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1965 and
he and his wife, Adrianna Galindo Peterson (Tita), settled in
Miramar, Fla. They spent 18 years there where Pete worked
for several years for the Cather Construction Company as
Chief of Safety Inspections. In 1983 the Petersons moved to
Springfield, Va. and were members of St. Bernadette Catholic
Church for the past 21 years.
The Petersons spent time traveling in Europe and
throughout the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. One
of Pete's favorites was accompanying his son-in-law on sev-
eral business and pleasure trips to Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Lloyd, Walter and
Robert and two sisters, Mildred Stone and Doris Peterson.
His father, Walter, worked on the construction of the Panama
Canal and was the recipient of four Roosevelt Medals.
He is survived by his wife Tita, two daughters, Mercedes
Salter (Talmadge) of Lansdale, Pa. and Shirley High (Pete) of
Springfield, Va.; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchil-
Edna "Rusty" (Russell) Richter, of Lafayette, Ga. died
May 24, 2004. She was 75. Survivors include her daughters,
Nina Hucke of Rock Spring, Sherry Stanners of Huntsville,
Ala.; sons, Carl Eric Richter of Huntsville, Kurt Davan
Richter of Rainsville, Ala.; and seven grandchildren.
Dawn Marie Robinson, 35, of Paris, Ill., died June 7,
2004 in Paris Community Hospital.
She was born in Cristobal, Panama on February 4, 1969,
to Larry Felgenhauer Sr. and Sondra Kay Walters
Felgenhauer. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Randy Robinson, in 1997.
Survivors include her father of Paris, a daughter, Kyrah
Ann Felgenhauer; one brother, Larry Felgenhauer Jr. of
Charleston. She also was preceded in death by her mother in
Betty Jean Ross (formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone)
passed away on March 23, 2004 in Austin, Texas. Betty
fought a courageous battle with rheumatoid arthritis for over
Despite many surgeries and multiple health complica-
tions, Betty continued to put others first and had a positive
attitude toward the future. Her family and friends remember
her nurturing spirit. She put others' needs, wants and desires
above her own. Betty planned and provided many unique
opportunities for family and friends. They have wonderful
memories of many unforgettable experiences that Betty
organized while making sure there was plenty of fun involved
too. Her sense of humor was quick and fun loving. Betty left
a legacy of a wonderful positive spirit that will live on in the
hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her. She will be
deeply missed and remembered always.
She is survived by her husband Don Allen Ross
(CHS'65); her son, Marcus E. Ross; three grandchildren; two
sisters, Marilyn Funderburk and Ann Steele; one brother,
George Miller; and many nieces and nephews. She is also
survived by her in-laws, Henry and Martha Ross, Panama
City, Fla. (formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone).
Margaret Ryter Saarinen, 70, passed away on
December 4, 2003. Margaret, affectionately known in high
school as Margie and in her work environment as Maggie,
was born in Ancon, Canal Zone.
She was a daughter of Cliff Ryter, a tugboat captain on the
Canal, and Margaret Mary McBride. Maggie was raised in
Pedro Miguel and Gamboa and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1951. She worked at Quarry Heights with
USS()UTHCOM until 1981 when she transferred to Ft.
Jackson, S.C. Maggie retired from civil service in 1994.
In high school and in her adult life, Maggie was an
accomplished pianist. She continued her piano training at the
University of South Carolina where she was accepted into the
graduate music program for pianists after her retirement.
Throughout her life, Maggie was also kept busy by her four
children, Laurie, Lynn and the twins, Albert and Donald,
especially the twins. Sadly, Donald predeceased his mother in
Besides her surviving children and their spouses, other
survivors include Margaret's sister, Virginia Ryter Wennick
and brother, Don Ryter, and two grandchildren.
Mary Scigliane, 83, passed away peacefully in her Stone
Mountain, Ga., home surrounded by family and friends April
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mary and her two oldest daugh-
ters moved to the Canal Zone in April 1945 to join her hus-
band Lou. They resided in Curundu where she kept busy car-
ing for her growing family. Mary was employed as manager
of the U.S. Federal Credit Union, Albrook AFB, until 1976
when she and Lou moved to the metro Atlanta area.
During her long retirement, Mary thoroughly enjoyed her
frequent trips in the U.S., Panama and Europe. Her Panama
ties continued with many visits from former Zonians, Atlanta
get-togethers of Zonian/Panamanian friends and the annual
Florida reunions. She will be deeply missed by her friends
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Lou. She is
survived by her daughters and sons-in-laws, Mary and Bill
Leach, Louise and Gene Bauman, Janet and Henry Garcia,
June and Rob Lane; nine grandchildren; and eight great-
Frances V. Sharp, 84, passed away in Sun City Center,
Fla. on April 24, 2004.
Born in Providence, R.I., her parents, Frank and Lima
Violette, left for Panama when she was two months old. She
graduated from Balboa High School in 1937, went to the
University of Maine for two years, then transferred and grad-
uated from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston.
She returned to the Canal Zone and a secretarial job with the
Schools Division for several years, then on to the U.S.
Embassy in Panama in the Consular Section and later in the
After marriage, she devoted her time to raising a family.
She was very active in both Girl and Boy Scouts, and the
Pedro Miguel Stables, where both children had horses. She
enjoyed birding (helped start the Panama Canal Audubon
Society), shell collecting, deep sea fishing, and travel.
In 1972, retirement brought the family to St. Petersburg,
Fla. for about 15 years, and then she moved in 1988 from St.
Petersburg, Fla. to Sun City Center, Fla.
She is survived by her husband, Roy A. Sharp; a son,
Frank and Lisa Sharp in St. Petersburg, Fla.; a daughter, Mary
and Ed Kauffman in Wilson, Pa.; a brother, William and Jean
Violette in Seminole, Fla. nine grandchildren; and six great-
Lorraine A. Smith of Pensacola, Fla. passed away July 2,
2004 at her home.
Lorraine and her family resided in the Panama Canal
Zone where she was employed with the U.S. Army Tropic
Test Facility in Coco Solo. In 1979 she and her husband
Gerald, a PanCanal pilot, retired and returned "stateside" to
Winchester, Tenn. where they enjoyed retired life. In 2001
they moved to Pensacola, Fla. to be near their daughter,
Sharon Kearley. Lorraine enjoyed her 12 grandchildren, her
dog Misty, crossword puzzles, reading and crafts. Lorraine
also had a passion for music and was a member of the Good
Shepherd Catholic Church Choir in Winchester, Tenn. for
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gerald H.
Smith; her son Stephen Smith and his wife Mary; her daugh-
ter Sharon Kearley and her husband Jim; her daughter Sheryl
Danciu and her husband Luke; her daughter Susan Hamner
and her husband Craig; and her son Stuart Smith and his wife
Dana; her sister Shirley Comeau and her brother James A.
Carr; and twelve grandchildren.
Myrtle P. Sparks of St. Augustine, Fla. passed away
September 11, 2003 in her sleep.
Myrtle was born in Osceola Mills, Pa. on August 23,
1915. She went to Panama in 1942 and lived there until 1972.
Myrtle worked at the Rainbow Commissary, Administration
Building, and finally at the Balboa License Section. She
retired to Glendale, Calif. with her husband Lee Sparks.
Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband. She is sur-
vived by her daughter Diane (Sparks) French, Sun City West,
Ariz. and son-in-law Willard J. French; five grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Luke Price Standefer, 75, passed away quietly on May
25, 2004 in a Houston hospital, with his beloved wife Joyce
at his side.
Luke was born in Houston and went to Panama in 1941
with his family. His parents were Iva and Luke (Doc)
Standefer, Sr., who resided on Rodman submarine base. He
graduated from BHS in 1945 and CZJC in 1946. Inspired by
Mr. Walter Fischer, BHS chemistry teacher, and Mr. Edward
Hatchett, BHS mathematics teacher, Luke received his BS
degree in Chemistry from the University of Houston. Luke
retired from Upjohn Pharmaceuticals and Dow Chemical. He
was a member of South Main Baptist Church, the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He served in the U.S. Army in Korea.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Standefer; daughter,
Holly Standefer; son, Glen Standefer; sister, Jo Ann DeLoof;
two nephews and several cousins.
Vera P. Stewart, 87, of Bradenton, Fla. died July 25,
2004, at Queens Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Born in London, England on July 9, 1917, Vera came to
Bradenton from the Panama Canal Zone in 1966. She was an
office manager and personal secretary for the Commanding
General of the Caribbean forces, a Sergeant in the British
Army during WWII and worked for the Manatee County
Chamber of Commerce for five years. She was a member of
Mill Creek Baptist Church, the Red Hat Society, and the
Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include a daughter, Shelly Hollinger, of Santa
Clara, Calif.; two sons, Bill Stewart, of Williamsburg, Va.,
and Phil Stewart, of Bradenton; a sister, Stella Phillips, of
Sidcup, England; five grandchildren; and three great-grand-
Dorothy A. (Metzger) Stumvoll passed away on March
2, 2004, following a two-year battle with brain cancer.
Dorothy (Dot) Stumvoll was born in Gorgas Hospital,
Ancon, Canal Zone. She was a lifetime resident of Panama
with the exception of working for two years in New York,
N.Y. where she met and married Richard O. Stumvoll. Dot
retired with 37 years of government service with the U.S.
Army Caribbean Command. After retirement, she and her
husband remained in Panama. She enjoyed gardening, read-
ing and traveling.
Survivors include her husband Richard and her mother
Armenia Metzger of Ormond Beach, Fla., her brother
George, Port Orange, Fla., and three children, Erica Stumvoll,
The Plains, Va., Diana P. Stumvoll, Santa Monica, Calif.,
Douglas Stumvoll, Venice, Calif.; and two grandsons.
Helen Elaine Swearingen, 93, passed away April 14,
2004 in Charlotte, N.C.
She was born July 12, 1910 in Columbus, Ohio. She was
the third of seven children born to Herbert and Edith
Loechler. She married Truman Swearingen September 22,
1927 in Columbus, Ohio. They relocated to Abilene, Texas
and returned to Columbus in April 1929.
In November 1939 she went to reside in Gatun, Canal
Zone with her husband Truman and son Richard. While resid-
ing in Gatun from 1939 to 1962 she worked in various agen-
cies for the Panama Canal and the U.S. Army. In 1962 she
and her husband retired to Pompano Beach, Fla., where
Truman passed away on March 31, 1964.
Helen returned to work in the Canal Zone in 1965 and
retired from the Supply Division in 1972. After retirement she
had over 4000 volunteer hours in Florida Hospital. She spent
many hours doing her favorite thing, ballroom dancing. She
also enjoyed world travel, swimming and walking. In 2002
due to health problems, she relocated to Charlotte, N.C.
Helen is survived by her son Richard and his wife of Ft.
Collins, Colo.; her brother Herman of Ocala, Fla.; three
grandsons and their wives; and five great-grandchildren.
Mamie W. Van Siclen, 91, of Tigard, Ore., passed away
on May 19, 2004.
Mamie was born October 16, 1912, in Colon, Republic of
Panama. Christened Mamie Hadyn Hearne (Haydn being the
given name of her beloved grandmother) she grew up in
Pachuta, Miss., then later moved to Birmingham, Ala., where
her father built a beautiful family home. At the age of 18, she
returned to Panama to visit her sister Clover who was then
married and residing in the Canal Zone.
It was there that she met and married Andrew L. Van
Siclen. Five children were born to them while in the Zone:
Andrew (Andy) Van Siclen, Jr., Marilyn Beckham, Diane
Jones, Robert (Bob) Van Siclen and Corinne (Rene) Dollar. In
1952 they returned to the States, first settling in Pocatello,
Idaho (where their sixth child, William Alonzo (Lonnie) Van
Siclen, was born), and eventually making their way to the
Pacific Northwest, residing first in Pullman, Wash., then in
Clatskanie, Ore., and finally in Vancouver, Wash.
Mamie loved sewing, cooking, playing (or listening to)
the piano, playing bridge with her friends, and making trips
to Reno. Her great passion was to win the lottery, a dream that
was never realized; but even greater than this was her passion
and love for her family. She will be remembered by her chil-
dren as a mother who was always there for them when they
needed her--a mother who cared for them deeply. Mamie's
final days were spent with her oldest daughter, Marilyn, in
Richard Ward Tatelman, 68, a 41-year resident of San
Diego passed away in his sleep from heart disease while trav-
eling in Paris, France on July 15, 2004.
Born in Colon Hospital, Panama Canal Zone on
December 30, 1935, Dick was a member of the 1953 class of
Cristobal High School. He was also educated at the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y. and the
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo. After sailing in the
Merchant Marine and serving in the U.S. Navy, he enjoyed a
30-year career with Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) and
USAirways. After retiring in 1990 he toured Europe annual-
ly, in addition to various cruises, including RMS Queen
Elizabeth 2 world cruise segments.
Periodically riding his vintage BMW motorcycle until his
death, he was also a Charter Member of the Heritage Society
of the San Diego Maritime Museum and the San Diego Art
Museum. He also served on the Church Council of the First
Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego as well as being
selected for two terms as President of the Friars Village
Assoc. Dick helped found the "Live and Let Live" Alano
Club of San Diego.
Preceded in death by his parents, Judge and Mrs. Edward
Tatelman; sister Muriel O'Rorke and former wife and friend
Maxine Myers; he is survived by two nephews, a niece, and
a stepson. His grandfather, Harry Brown, was a Roosevelt
Medal of Honor holder.
Emma M. (Peggy) Wertz, passed away on October 14,
2003 in Zephyrhills, Fla. with her children by her side. Peggy
will always be remembered as the most loving, caring and
sharing mother any child could have. She was predeceased by
her husband of 57 years, Joe, in 1998.
Peggy retired in 1971 as a Budget Analyst with HQ
USASTRATCOM-SO with over 26 years of government
service. Peggy and Joe were former residents of Curundu
Heights and Albrook AFS, Canal Zone. While in the Canal
Zone Peggy was active in many community services which
included teaching Sunday school at the Curundu Protestant
Church; being a Brownie Scout leader; and managing the
Balboa Teen Club on Friday nights during the late 60s. Peggy
also supported events at the Curundu Riding Club and chari-
ty work for the annual Curundu Heights Christmas toy drive
for Panamanian orphanages.
After retirement and settling in Leesburg, Fla., she volun-
teered and later became Chairman of the Red Cross
Volunteers at the Leesburg Regional Medical Center. She
actively supported the hospital in this capacity for over 27
years. In addition, she also supported a family of handicapped
and retarded children in need in Leesburg as well as being
very active in the Lions Auxiliary. She assisted in the auxil-
iary's annual eye screenings of elementary school-aged chil-
dren finding those in need of glasses or having other vision
Peggy treasured her friendship with the hundreds of
friends and co-workers she met and worked with throughout
the years, and it pleased her to keep in touch with them
through correspondence and special occasion cards.
Peggy is survived by her children Ginger and Dick
Zornes, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
James J. Whitsett, 83, died April 16, 2004 in Clearwater,
He was born December 16, 1920 in Ancon, Canal Zone.
He grew up in Pedro Miguel and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1936 at the age of 16. In 1942 he graduated from
Ohio State University with a degree in engineering. He
served in the active Army from 1942-46 and retired as a cap-
tain. He also served many years in the Army Reserve and
retired as a colonel. He was married to Elizabeth Schenck of
Trenton, Ohio (who died in 1998).
He is survived by one son, Peter, and daughter-in-law
Faith, of Milford, Ohio; two grandsons; and one sister,
Miriam Whitsett Cardi, of Williamsburg, Va.
Rita S. (Laurie) Will, 85, of El Cajon, Calif. passed away
on May 15, 2004, at the home of her daughter Noreen Ernest
in Jacksonville, Fla. She had been in the care of Hospice since
She was born in Hoboken, N.J. and went to Panama as an
infant. She retired after nearly 30 years of service with the
Panama Canal Company. She started her career with the PCC
/as an usher and cashier at the Cristobal, Coco Solo and
Margarita Theaters. Upon her retirement she was the assistant
manager at the Coco Solo Retail Store.
Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Will,
in 1997. She is survived by a son Will and three daughters
and their husbands, Laurie (Will) and John Engelke, Margaret
(Will) and Frank Ender, and Noreen (Will) and Eric Ernest;
nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a sister,
Irene (Laurie) Will; and many nieces and nephews.
Nellie Virginia Wood, 85, of Seminole, died April 21,
2004 at Largo Medical Center.
Born in Ancon, Panama, she came here in 1969 from the
Panama Canal Zone, where she was a retired chief clerk in
the commandant's office for the Department of the Navy. She
was Episcopalian. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. After she retired to Florida, she served as
Secretary-Treasurer of the Society in 1971.
Survivors include two daughters, Nellie Engelke,
Seminole, Fla., and Anne Suescum, Sacramento, Calif.; a
son-in-law, Robert J. Engelke, Seminole, Fla.; a sister, Ruth
Ellen Preston White, St. Augustine; and seven grandchildren.
Andrew M. Wright, Jr. "Andy", 69, son of Col. Andrew
M. Wright (deceased) and Clarita Smith Wright of Panama,
died April 24, 2004 from lung cancer at his residence in
Andrew was born at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama
Canal Zone on September 18, 1934. He graduated from
Balboa High School in 1953, then entered St. Javier
University in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the summer of 1955 he
joined the army at Ft. Knox, during the Korean War. He also
served in Germany. After the war he was stationed at Ft.
Benning Ranger School in Georgia. In 1962 he returned to
the Canal Zone where he joined the Canal Zone Police.
He was a Training Sergeant with the Canal Zone Police
and as such studied, researched and gave lectures on terror-
ism, government administrative regulations, and federal
guidelines concerning when a police officer can fire and can-
not fire a weapon. He also served in the capacity of Range
Master of the Canal Zone Police Pistol Range on Chiva
Chiva Trail. He was very active in the Canal Zone Police
Association and helped run the Police Lodge during its last
three years of existence. He retired from the Canal Zone
Police Division as a Lieutenant after serving in Balboa,
Diablo and the Gamboa Penitentiary.
He is survived by his mother, Clarita Wright, of Panama;
his second wife, Beatrice, two sons, Mark and Alan and two
daughters, Laura and Michelle of his first wife, Shirley; 15
grandchildren; a brother, Julio and a sister, Cecilia.
Eve Wright, 87, of Chattanooga, Tenn. passed away
August 31, 2003 in a local hospital.
She was born on July 22, 1916, in Pikeville, Tenn., and
had spent 30 years living and working in the Panama Canal
before returning to Chattanooga in 1970. Eve's many activi-
ties included a love for golf, nature, teaching Bible study,
table tennis, and day trips with friends to favorite towns and
She is survived by a son, Harry C. Elliott, three grand-
sons, and three great-grandchildren.
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CHS CLASS OF 1964
L-K: mlnuy urver (1ial), Alice Haugnney (Lay), Janet
Hoverson, Barb Braun (O'Neal) and Nancy Booth
Linda Childs (Burza) and Ewald Wiberg
Mickey McElmore, Dick Roscoe and David Wilder
Mike Baranick and Jim Stevenson
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
A reunion at Giff and Evelyn Wilde's condo in St.
Petersburg, Fla., was held recently on April 10, 2004.
Attending were Loretta Date, Donna Date-Smith, Sue
Smith, Julie McCullough, Evelyn Wilde, Wendy Anderson
together with all their families for a fun day at the beach.
Loretta Date, Donna Date-Smith, Sue Smith, Julie Smith
McCullough, Evelyn Wilde, and Wendy Wilde Anderson.
PANAMA CANAL REUNION 2004
Well, another year has passed and another reunion is in
the books. As this was my 30th consecutive PCC reunion and
my 45th BHS class reunion, it made for a great time. Though
our intentions were good, we just didn't get our class reunion
planned far enough in advance, so the attendance was not
what we had hoped for, but for the 30 or so that did attend it
was good. Before the reunion, I kept getting an e-mail from
Art O'Leary, who was doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work
on the reunion but kept saying that he would not be there.
When I finally inquired as to just why he wouldn't be there,
he informed me that his new wife had just delivered twin girls
and he had the "diaper duty", as well as the fact that he was
living on the Black Sea in the former Soviet Union and just
couldn't make it this year. Having produced twin babies at
our age, both Bill Brunner and I have to concede he's a bet-
ter man than we are, and we gladly excuse him from showing
up as he probably needs his rest.
On Friday night, we had a cocktail party for which Jim
Bradley had made several gallons of ceviche, and for those
who don't get or haven't had fresh ceviche in a long time it
was to die for. I could have eaten a gallon by myself.
Admittedly there were a few people that I didn't recognize at
first. After 45 years, the women just got a lot better looking,
and the guys...well, we just got a little heavier and thinner on
top. But in no time at all, we were back in good old BHS hav-
ing some good times, at least in our minds.
BACK TO PANAMA
Jo Ann Standefer DeLoof (BHS'49) and her son Marc
Stephenson pictured on Avenida Balboa during an April
2004 visit to Panama.
Jo Ann Standefer DeLoof and Marc Stephenson
Jo Ann DeLoof
Bev and Skip Rowley dancing up a storm.
On Saturday, we had a luncheon, but as confusion set in,
the time and place got mixed up and some of us ate at one
restaurant while others ate at the "Clubhouse" (a restaurant
set up by the hotel to resemble the food we used to eat at the
various clubhouses). Empanadas were somewhat pricey, but
great. Anyway, we all kept in contact by cell phone while we
were eating so we kept up with our questions and life com-
parisons. Later, several of us got together and agreed to start
working on our 50th reunion. We are planning a cruise in con-
junction with the PCC reunion in 2009. More than likely, we
will include the classes of '58. '59. '60. both BHS and CHS.
Since our daughter Renee was there with our grandchil-
dren, I found myself doing double duty by taking them swim-
ming while I was girl watching.
It was also my sister June Stevenson's 50th class reunion,
for which they really did some serious planning and had a
super good party. When Bev and I went into their room, I was
instantly recognized by all of them as June's "little brat broth-
er". Everyone knew me so I felt at home at her party. June and
I had a surprise when our older sister Dorothy and hubby Jim
Gerhart arrived. We found out just the day before that they
would be there. It's kind of neat when the three of us get
Dorothy Gerhart, June Stevenson and Skip Rowley
While standing around the "Clubhouse" eating an
empanada, Bev saw Cece Gove and Judy Thompson of the
Canal Zone Sweet Adelines. Cece was the director of the
Crossroads Chapter in Margarita, back in the 70s and 80s.
Then she moved to Florida and directed the Pride of Pinellas
in St. Petersburg and ultimately moved out west. Bev, Cece,
and Judy talked for quite awhile and made plans to get the
group together for a sing out at a near future PCC Reunion.
Beverly Rowley, Cece Gove and Judy Thompson, past
members of Crossroads Chapter of Sweet Adelines in the CZ.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY DUES NEED
TO BE PAID BY DECEMBER 31, 2004
Constance (Woody) and Armenia Chase and Bev Rowley
at the Annual Ball on Saturday night.
Paul and Stephanie Menges (CHS'67 and CHS'69) of
Columbia, S.C., were joined by their children in Orlando dur-
ing the Panama Canal Society Reunion.
Daughter Jennifer, her husband Thomas Angelucci, our
son Paul and his fiance, Nicole, flew in from Seattle and
Baltimore for a week of fun and family.
Front (L-R): Jennifer (Menges) Angelucci, Thomas
Angelucci, Nicole Payne, and Paul D. Menges. Back Row:
Paul and Stephanie (Lawson) Menges.
Robert and Ange Bloemer returned to Panama for the
first time since 1982.
We saw remarkable changes and improvements. We also
vacationed at DeCameron for six nights and six nights with
an old friend, Peter Tassell, who toured us all through the
Pacific and Atlantic sides of the Isthmus. We enjoyed seeing
many old friends and places.
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TWO BILLS MEET AGAIN
Bill (I.W.) Metzger and Bill (W.P.) Quinn had lunch
together in Dublin, Calif. in October 2003. The last time we
were together was December 1, 1945.
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Peter Tassell, Jody Chamberlain, Leo Critides, Bob
Bloemer at Chamberlain's house.
Bob Bloemer, Sofie Kaufman, Ange Bloemer, Jim
Kaufman at Kaufman's house.
PAYMENT FOR 2005
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2004
It was at the Army-Navy Football Game in Philadelphia,
Pa. Bill Metzger was a midshipman at Annapolis, Md. and
sent me a ticket to the game when I was stationed at Camp
Pickett, Va. I hitchhiked all the way to Philly that weekend.
My seat was on the 50-yard line and about 10 rows above the
field. I never felt so insignificant among the high Navy offi-
cers in my Army uniform with one stripe on the sleeve
(Private First Class).
Enclosed is a picture of a group of us from Kerrville,
Texas who got together for lunch with Becky Green who was
visiting in San Antonio. Becky lives in Virginia. The lunch-
eon was in the Inn of the Hills on May 28, 2004.
Seated ij.-R) l arion (Orr) ellsls, Jean (Berger) Smilh,
Fred Wells, Marge Cook, Lois (Berger) Carpenter.
Standing (L-R): Honey (Berger) Fealey, Becky Green and
BIKE WEEK 2004,
NEW SMYRNA BEACH
(L-R): Renee Nellis, Steve and Cathy Gilbert, KR, Marc
Malavasic, Charlotte and Roy Reyes, Jeanine (Nellis) and
Richard Frensley, Stephanie (Nellis) and Barkley Hayes.
New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
ANNUAL SANTA ROSA PICNIC
We had our annual Santa Rosa, Calif. picnic on June 12.
It was the llth annual picnic in the area north of San
Francisco. We assembled at St. Francis Winery in Kenwood.
Lori Knapp (CHS'85) is winemaker at this winery.
We had a lovely location under redwood and pine trees
near the vineyards. We had a lot of gourmet food. In addition
to the fine wine, there were empanadas, oysters, salads, arroz
con polio, desserts and, of course, raspados (shaved flavored
ice cones) courtesy of Tom and Lance.
2005 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY DUES
RENEW BY DECEMBER 31, 2004
Tom Slice, Keith Olsen, Bobbie Field, Lilia Freed, Jane
Cochrane, Lance Hughes at Raspados table.
Some of the ex-Zonians and Panamanians came from
some distances. Those in attendance were: Lee and Willie
Doyle, Walnut Creek; Roger Kelley, San Jose; John and
Lilia Freed, Rohnert Park; Maria, Mark, Andrew and
Sophia Charlson, Petaluma; Roger and Lenore Weidoff,
Rockland; Helen Aanstoos and Isaac Hay, San Luis Obispo;
Jan Aanstoos and Michael Costello, Bodega; Keith Olsen,
Healdsburg; Kathy Olsen, Reno, Nev.; Tom Slice,
Monterey; Lance Hughes, San Francisco; from Santa Rosa
were Jane and Jim Cochrane, Kathleen and Steve
Cochrane, Lorraine Juvet, Lori Knapp, and Bobbie
Jane (Kaufer) Cochrane
Santa Rosa, Calif
ROSCOE GALS CRUISE
Diane (Roscoe) Murphy (CHS'63), Sue (Roscoe)
Lubera (CHS'65) and Gail (Roscoe) Tilley (CHS'75) went
on a week-long cruise on the Celebrity Cruise Lines Century
in May. They visited Ocho Rios and climbed Dunn's River
Falls; and also visited Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Key
We browsed through many of the quaint shops before having
lunch in one of the village restaurants and dessert at an old-
fashioned ice cream parlor. The next day we visited Mrs.
Morland at St. Joseph's Nursing Home and we all enjoyed
reminiscing about our days at Old Cristobal and Colon. By
the end of the visit we were able to persuade Mrs. Morland to
join us for lunch on the following day.
I think that everyone agreed that the best part of the visit
was relaxing at the Morland house, eating delicious hours
d'oeuvres, and talking about the "good old days" when we
were young and carefree. The memories flooded back as we
looked through the photo albums that Margaret and Sally
shared, and Margaret's wonderful clippings, school photos,
dance programs, and even an old corsage. The laughter was
endless and the time spent together was priceless.
Diane (Roscoe) Murphy, Gail (Roscoe) Tilley, and
During the month of June, Margaret Leigh and Sue
Pincus Smith drove to Pinehurst, N.C. where they joined the
Morland girls, Sunny, Mary and Carol, for a visit with their
sister Sally and their mother Virginia. It had been many years
since Margaret and Sue had seen their dear childhood friend,
Sally, but the years faded away instantly as once again they
were spending time together.
Sue Pincus Smith, childhood
Williams, and Margaret Leigh.
The visit began with a tour of the nearby village of
Pinehurst with Sunny, Mary, Carol and Sally as the guides.
Front (L-R): Carol Morland Mead, Virginia Morland, Sue
Pincus Smith. Back (L-R): Margaret Leigh, Mary
Morland Coffey, Sally Morland Williams, Sunny
As always, the good-byes were difficult but we were
grateful for the time we spent together. It was a special
reunion of longtime friends.
Sue Pincus Smith
BBS 1974 CLASSMATES
REUNITE IN VERMONT
Gay Michel Aquino, Cathy Goodrich Scribner, Lorrie
Husum Alien, Dodie Hannigan and Becky Tipton Kogler
met in March at a ski resort in Killington, Vt. There was snow
galore and the CZ friends had a wonderful time talking about
life in the tropics while enjoying the fireplace at the lodge and
watching the snow fall. What a juxtaposition! We took our
picture near one of the famous covered bridges, rode on a
horse-drawn sleigh, and went snow shoeing through the love-
ly Vermont woods.
Dianne Michel (BHS'65) and Gus Stenroos, Gay's sister
and brother-in-law, have lived in Rutland for many years.
They were wonderful hosts and entertained us with a fantas-
tic meal at their picturesque Vermont home. They are retired
teachers and Gus is an expert winter sportsman (lucky for us).
While in the Northeast, Becky and Lorrie also visited with
Dodie's husband Mike Penda and son Michael in Hartford,
Conn. They also had lunch with Dodie's parents, Rita and
Tom Hannigan, who looked as young as they did in the
Canal Zone 30 years ago. The trip reminded all that our Canal
Zone friends remain pure gold.
Lorraine Husum Allen
(L-R): Cathy Goodrich Scribner, Lorrie Husum Allen,
Gay Michel Aquino, Dodie Hannigan and Becky Tipton
I graduated from Cristobal High School in 1968. An Army
Brat, I was used to leaving my friends as my family moved
on to new assignments. I never looked back as I boarded the
ship in Cristobal for New Orleans. I eventually returned to
my original birth roots in New England, married and settled
with a family of my own. Then 9/11 happened.
I am an Army Reservist. Within two months of 9/11, I was
mobilized. I worked in D.C. for over two years doing my duty
and training the occasional replacement for the staff. Many
young people crossed my path. What an amazing group of
individuals. Thank God for American youth.
So, here I am in D.C. training a young man. He's well up
to speed on the procedures and he's coming back later for an
evening shift. In the meantime, I have the CZBrats website up
on my computer glancing occasionally to view the video cam
of the ships transiting the locks. This is where it gets incred-
This young man breezes in, ready for work and seeing the
locks video cam said, "Hey! That's the Panama Canal! My
mom used to live there."
I immediately perked up and asked if she lived on the
Atlantic or Pacific side.
"The Atlantic. But I don't know where. She moved a lot."
"This is interesting." I replied. "Do you know when she
graduated from high school?"
"Don't know, maybe 1967 or'68, something like that."
The feeling that came over me is incredible. It isn't some-
thing one received very often, if at all. I seemed to be float-
ing an ether. I knew where I was, but couldn't get a grasp on
the reality. I asked him, "What's your mom's maiden name?"
"Sawyer." He replied.
"Her first name is Sue. Right?"
With a blank expression he replied, "Yes.."
The first and only coherent words out of my mouth after
that were, "I graduated from high school in Panama with your
Now we have two totally dumfounded individuals, sepa-
rated by some 30 years of age yet knowing that we have a
connection between us which is uniquely inseparable.
The wonder took some time to recede. I contacted Sue
and we finally got together. What a great reunion we had with
her family and mine.
I've now left D.C. for home life once more and I consid-
er myself truly blessed for the positive experiences I have had
and feel I will continue to have.
I was fortunate to attend my 35th class reunion last year
in Orlando. I reconnected with many of my schoolmates. It
was a lot of fun. I'm now pushing Sue and her husband Marty
to come to our 40th class reunion.
Robert Scott Spencer
bue (sawyer) scnema ana scott spencer nolding tneir 190
CHS yearbook with a picture of themselves with the princi-
pal, Mr. Maedl during a reunion in Alexandria, Va.
RATHGEBER SISTERS CELEBRATE
The Rathgeber sisters celebrate Margie Rot
day. L-R: Norine, Margie and Lou
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