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OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE FOR 2008-2010
Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 694-2211 (evenings)
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
1st Vice President
Mr. Tom Spence
2nd Vice President
To Be Announced
Ms. Shirley Avery
Ms. Pamela (Scott) Reid
Mr. Mike Coffey
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Chris Wilder
Mr. Jim Parthenais
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 451-4779 (evenings)
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Mr. Chris Wilder
FL Central Florida.............19
FL South Florida...............23
FL Space Coast..................25
TX San Antonio.................42
W eddings........................ .......... ........................... ......... 51
W ith D eep Sorrow ........................................................................................ ..................... 54
L letters to the E ditor............................................................ ..................................................62
L cooking B ack ............. ..............................................................................................................68
Panam a C anal M museum .................................................................................. ................... 70
A nnouncem ents................................................................. ............................................ 72
M em bership Application Form ................................................................ ....................79
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form............................... .............................80
Cover: Panamax ship leaving Gatun Locks, northbound into the Caribbean.
Photograph courtesy of Art Mokray.
DATES TO REMEMBER
March 21 PCS West Coast Picnic, Anderson Park, Shelter #8 at Tarpon
Springs, Fla. Contact Tom Spence at (352) 684-7771 for more infor-
mation.. See page 3.
April 4 Ditchdiggers' meeting will be at the Golden Corral, Ocala, Fla. at
11:30 a.m. Contact Grace Shadek at (352) 347-4141.
April 25 Annual Gulf Coast No-Host Potluck Picnic at Gulf Islands
National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Miss. Contact
Patt Roberson at pattrpan(vahoo.com. See page 75.
May 2 Spring Luncheon, Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant, 3713 Bahia
Vista St., Sarasota, Fla. For more information call Bob and Cheryl
Russell at (813) 633-8916. See page 4.
July 1-5 PCS Annual Reunion, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939
Universal Blvd., Orlando, Fla. Visit http://www.pancanalsocietv.org/
to view yellow pages and register online or see the December 2007
Canal Record yellow pages or call (727) 391-4359, 1-866-PAN
CANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free) for a copy of the yellow pages.
July 3 Masons and Eastern Star luncheon at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort, Orlando, Fla. See page 75 for reservation form. Contact Bob
Russell at (813) 633-8916 for more information.
President's M essage........................................................................... .................................... 1
Office M anager/Secretary's M essage....................................................... ....................... 2
March PCS West Coast Picnic and General Meeting..................... ....................3
E editor's C om er......................................................................... ...................................... 3
A annual Luncheon....................................................................... ........... ..................... 4
R union Coordinator U pdate....................................................................... ..................... 5
M em bership Contest................................................................................................................ 6
Christmas Luncheon General Membership Meeting Pictures.............................. .............. 8
Synopsis of Minutes (Executive Board Meetings / General Membership Meetings).................14
L legislative R eport..................................................................................... ................. .......... 14
Your Reporter Says:
Panama Canal Society, Inc.
ZONE (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
i ( 7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
0 The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
'March, June, October, and December
^ Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida, and additional entry for o E
March, June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is $30.00 annually.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships. Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc., will become the property of the
Society and will be retained in the Society files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: office(pancanalsociety.org Web site: http://www.pancanalsocietv.org/
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Printed by North Florida Graphics, 19566 SE Institution Dr., Blountstown, FL 32424
PRES/Dri/ir, lfal, f,4_
Wow, it's already 2009! Since becoming President there have been several "frequently asked ques-
tions" that everyone seems to have different answers for. I decided to focus my entire message on try-
ing to answer the questions I felt the membership had the most issues with. This is my humble attempt:
Frequently asked questions
Tom Wilder 10 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
1. Q Are the Panama Canal Museum and the Panama Canal Society one and the same?
A No. The Panama Canal Museum and the Panama Canal Society are two separate organizations. Each has its own
not-for-profit status and its own independent board of directors.
2. Q What do I get for my annual dues to the Panama Canal Society?
A Your dues are used to support the daily operation of the Panama Canal Society office and publication and distribu-
tion of four annual issues of the Canal Record and one Directory. Daily operating expenses include the office rent, a toll-
free number for members to call the office, salaries for the Office Manager, Canal Record Editor and one part-time office
assistant who are the only paid employees of the society.
3. Q Are my dues used to pay for hotel rooms or events at the Annual Reunion?
A No. The Annual Reunion is a function paid for by attendees who pay to attend dances, luncheons, etc. Contracts are
negotiated with each hotel to host the Annual Reunion and concessions such as comp. rooms are a part of each contract
that also includes convention space to host the events, as well as food prices our members will pay at the hotel.
4. Q Is it the main purpose of the society to organize the annual reunion?
A No. Many events are held throughout the year such as Christmas luncheon, Caravalito, and the annual picnic to name
a few. Usually there are bimonthly events hosted throughout the year by the society for members to attend. The society
also provides updates on legislative issues that affect the membership as well as insurance issues. The office is a resource
available to members seeking society information. We exist to perpetuate friendships from the Canal Zone.
5. Q Is my address or personal information provided to just anyone?
A No. Other than being printed in the Annual Directory the society does not sell or provide member's information to
solicitors, only to our members through the Directory.
6. Q Why don't we use smaller hotels to host our annual reunion?
A Our venue requires a minimum amount of square footage to hold our dances, meetings, clubhouse, etc., and smaller
hotels do not provide this space. We also bring under our umbrella the museum to provide the members visual memories
of the Canal Zone. We have also experienced smaller hotels that cannot accommodate all our attendees requiring over-
flow hotels. In the best interest of all our members who attend the annual reunion, the larger hotels) are the most accom-
modating to keep us all together. A smaller hotel would not necessarily reduce room costs.
7. Q Why the need to ask for dues to be raised?
A To briefly summarize and reiterate what was discussed at the 2008 annual meeting; a dues increase is necessary to help
sustain the society into the future. Rising costs along with declining membership will result in the need to begin tapping
our reserves. While we have not had to do this yet, not addressing this issue would result in a more rapid dissolution of
8. Q What is the current board doing to help cut costs?
A The biggest impact so far was to change printers for the Canal Record. This alone has saved over $4000 in printing
costs for the October and December issues. The board continues to review expenditures and discuss ways to save costs.
9. Q Has the board considered having the annual reunion in another state?
A Yes. Several boards have discussed this but quickly drew the conclusion that it would be a logistical nightmare to try
and move the venue much further than Orlando. The core volunteers, who take on the responsibility of the yearlong plan-
ning process while holding a normal job, at this time cannot accomplish this. This does not preclude a future board being
able to consider this.
10. Q What has been the benefit of the traveling meetings and what expenses are there in going outside of the St. Pete/Tampa
A The traveling membership meetings have been a great success especially in the membership attendance. Our numbers
have averaged over 60 members at each meeting and some over 100. This is in contrast to less than 20 when held strict-
ly in the St. Pete/Tampa area. As far as expenses the board members travel at their own cost to these meetings and pay
for any meals or expenses out of their own pocket. Our bylaws do provide for limited per diem, but no board member
over the last several boards has applied for this nor has any of the staff.
I hope you have found this helpful and informative. Your volunteer board continues to work hard for the society and it is
my desire to be transparent and open. Questions are always welcome! In closing, we are in full swing in reunion prepara-
tion! If you haven't made reservations, please get them in.
Tom Wilder, President
OFFICE MANAGER/ As always, if you have any questions regarding your
SECRETARY MESSAGE Society membership status or Society activities, please call or
e-mail the Society and we will be happy to help you in any
way we can.
Happy New Year to all our members!
As usual January is always a busy time Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
for the Society office. This year we (727-391-4359; 1-866-7262)
Nancy Van Siclen mailed 1,863 "reminder" postcards to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
members who had not paid their dues
prior to December 31, 2008.
ATTENTION REUNION GOLFERS:
Please remember that we are not able to process telephone
requests to pay dues or make reunion reservations. We just
don't have the staff to accommodate such requests and appre- The following correction has been made concerning
ciate your understanding our limitations, the proper dress and etiquette for the golf course.
We also want to thank the members who have sent extra
money when paying their membership dues as a donation to NO DENIM SHORTS OR PANTS
the Society. These extra contributions certainly help reduce OR COOLERS PERMITTED
costs of mailing notices, etc.
...2009 Ann I Luncheo .
'Another specta c^r S%. has i en fo er for the Annua nthei
during this.year re i TheTanamania.lkloric Dancers, Seik im.
', Panameno, will da&e us'with a fabulous show featuring a varl
~i ~fferent dances and colorful costumes from Panama. A narrator Will bei
describing the historical background of each dance and costume and what',
they represent. The Sentimiento Panameno band will play typical music to
entertain the Luncheon attendees during lunch with the Dance performances
immediately following. The grand finale will feature a special Diablicos
presentation. There will be souvenir programs for everyone to take home
that will include descriptions of the dances and costumes. Of course as is
customary, the dancers will ask the audience to join and dance with them at
the end. There will be a photo session after the show. Last but not least, this
year's menu will feature either London Broil or Broiled Florida Grouper. Don't
miss this great event and sign up early, as space will be limited. Tickets will
not be sold at the reunion.
I am sad to tell the membership that
our reporter for Hawaii, Frances
Viglielmo has resigned. Her reports will
Jacque Vowell be missed. But on a happier note, I would
like to welcome Mary Lou Pascavage
(BHS'77) who lives in Germany and will be our Europe area
reporter at large. So those of you living in Europe contact her.
You can find her phone number on the list of reporters in this
issue and her email address at the end of her article.
The Executive Board has approved to add pictures to the
obituaries section. Please remember any photograph sent to
the Canal Record has to be in a jpeg or tif format and saved
at 300 DPI.
As always, contact me if you need help submitting articles
and pictures. The deadlines for submission are posted on
inside the back cover.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
ANNUAL PCS WEST COAST PICNIC
March 21, 2009
The Panama Canal Society will hold its Annual Picnic at
11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Shelter #8 in A.L.
Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida. 0\6
Anderson Park is located 7/10ths of a mile north of N TARPON AVE E
Klosterman Rd. or 9/10ths of a mile south of Tarpon
Springs/Keystone Rd. on the east side of Highway 19.
Shelter #8 has ample parking space and is close to rest- 19
Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish to
share and your own soft drinks. The Park does not allow
alcoholic beverages on the premises. The Society will pro- LAKE
vide plastic plates, utensils, cups, hamburgers, hotdogs and AN PR TARPON
Bingo, games and great door prizes are on the agenda.
Come and join fellow members for a nice Spring afternoon
in Anderson Park. Picnic begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at Klosterman Rd. 880
12:00 noon. A short business meeting will be held after
Contact Tom Spence at (352) 684-7771
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Amish Style Cooking
May 2, 2009
The Gulf Coast Spring Luncheon will be held on May 2, 2009, from 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. The food is excellent so come on out and join
us. Our menu will be: Two meats (chicken and roast beef), homemade bread, dressing, gravy, real
mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, tossed salad, slice of pie and beverage. This will be a sit-down
served meal and reservations are required. Cost for the lunch is $19.00 per person, which includes
tax and gratuity. Pre-meeting at 11:45 a.m., lunch served at 12:00 noon followed by our May General
Membership Meeting. The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 24, 2009. For more information
contact our hosts: Bob and Cheryl Russell at (813) 633-8916.
Directions: Troyer's Dutch Heritage (the new Der
Dutchman of Sarasota) is located at 3713 Bahia
Vista, Sarasota, Florida. Telephone: 941-955-8007.
Take 1-75 to Exit 210 (old 39), Fruitville Road. Go right
Si" at the exit and stay on Fruitville Road until the traffic
light at Mclntosh Road, go left (South). Stay on
S Mclntosh until the next traffic light. Go right on Bahia
S- Vista Street. Right after the railroad tracks the restau-
: rant will be on the right (North). The restaurant is
located close to the intersection of Bahia Vista Street
Sand Beneva Road.
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Please Print Clearly
Telephone Number Please make reservations at $19.00 each.
Names of guests:
Total Enclosed $ RESERVATION DEADLINE: APRIL 24. 2009
Make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to: Panama Canal Society. Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 33772-4787
REUNION COORDINATOR UPDATE
Here we are in March with only a few months to go before our 2009 Reunion. We are all getting very excited about
continuing our reunion at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Registration applications are steadily coming in to the office from
our members. It looks like we will have another great reunion. If you have not registered yet, we encourage you to do so
Please note that the connecting guest rooms or bedrooms next to suites are additional, not part of the suite. It states in
the Yellow Pages and on the On-Line Registration, that "GUEST ROOM ADD-ONS TO SUITES ARE EXTRA". If you
want to reserve a Grand or Executive Parlor Suite and want to have the connecting guest rooms, you will have to pay an
additional $121.00 plus 12.5% resort and sales tax ($136.13) per guest room. This does not apply to Hospitality Suites, as
they do not have connecting guest rooms.
We are going to have another spectacular show and great eats at the Annual
Luncheon this year. The Panamanian Folkloric Dancers, Sentimiento Panameno will
dazzle us with a big show with many different dances and colorful costumes from
Panama. A narrator will be describing a historical background about each dance and
costume and what it all means. The Sentimiento Panameno band will be entertaining
luncheon attendees with elegant typical music during lunch with the dance perform-
ances immediately following. There will be a special bonus with a Diablicos pres- '
entation for the grand finale. There will be programs for everyone to take home with i
the description of the dances and costumes. Of course as is customary, the dancers 7. / ,.
will ask everyone to join in and dance with them at the end. There will be a photo '
session after the show. V, "- .
Sentimiento Panameno dancers
Also, we welcome back those of you who are five-year members members who renew their membership to attend class
reunions. We hope that you enjoy this year's reunion activities and your class reunion. That's what our reunions are all about
because they help us perpetuate lasting friendships and our Isthmian traditions. We encourage each of you in this category
to consider maintaining your membership on a continuous annual basis rather than in five-year increments. Your continued
support and participation are vital to the Society, as they will ensure its continued existence for years to come.
On Thursday night, we will be having our Third Annual "Owl Show". This is a free activity and we encourage every-
one to come and get SPOOKED by our scary movie. It will be a great time while carrying on the old Canal Zone Owl Show
tradition. There will also be a Saturday matinee movie. Check your schedules for times and dates of all our programs and
A note about parking: Through negotiations, we were able to get the hotel to give complimentary parking to all our
members attending the reunion who are registered guests at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Unfortunately the hotel will not
provide complimentary parking to reunion attendees who are just visiting for the day or staying at another hotel.
Just a reminder about Rosen Shingle Creek Resort's smoking policy, there is NO smoking anywhere in the resort,
including guest rooms and suites. As stated in the Yellow Pages in the Canal Record, resort guests will be fined if this pol-
icy is ignored.
Volunteers are needed to help during the 2009 Reunion. If you would like to volunteer, contact one or more of the vol-
unteer chairpersons listed on Page A of the Yellow Pages (registration package). Yellow pages can be downloaded from the
Society web site or requested through the Society office if you don't have copies.
Attention golfers, there is a correction to the reunion registration package. The golf tournament will be held on
Thursday, July 2, not July 1 as printed in the Yellow Pages.
Be on the lookout for last minute changes or information in the June edition of the Canal Record.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
2009 MEMBERSHIP CONTEST
The Panama Canal Society is sponsoring another membership contest for 2009. With your
help, we hope to attract new members as well as those whose memberships have expired.
Any successful organization must have a loyal, dedicated and committed membership base.
S You, me, our parents, our children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, etc., are all needed to help
"Preserve American ideals and Canal Zone friendships."
Please review the rules and categories as they have changed for 2009.
Class Reunion Organizers...pay special attention to the details. Remember as you are send-
ing out letters and e-mails to your classmates to ask them to mention your name when they
apply for membership and you will get the credit for the new memberships and be eligible to
win valuable prizes as well as an opportunity to win two free room nights, (king or queen) at
the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort during the 2009 Reunion. You and your classmates have to be
paid-up members to reserve a room at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, so you and your group
may as well take the credit for the new members and collect!
Giving a Panama Canal Society 2009 membership to your family, friends and other relatives is
a perfect gift! They will start receiving the Canal Record with the first issue in March of 2009,
plus the Annual Directory in April, the June issue which comes out just before the reunion, and
all subsequent issues for the remainder of the year.
It is never too early to start planning. Don't wait...renew now or apply for a new 2009 mem-
bership before April 30th. Sign up your friends and family, and plan to attend the 2009
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
2009 MEMBERSHIP CONTEST
Contest will begin January 1. 2009, and end April 30, 2009.
All new memberships must be paid in full and received no later than April 30, 2009.
If there is more than one member with 16 or more "new members" to their credit, a
S drawingwill take place for the "Top Membership Recruiter Award" at the May luncheon in
S Sarasota, Florida. You do not have to be present to win.
Complimentary memberships will be for 2010.
7 If the winner of the "Top Membership Recruiter Award" is unable to attend the 2009
Reunion, the two free room nights (king or queen) at the hotel can be transferred to
another member of their choice.
> If a member is successful in signing up 4 New Members they will receive:
El A Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board.
S* A Panama Canal Society License Plate.
11 Two complimentary Saturday Night Ball Tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
> If a member is successful in signing up 8 New Members they will receive:
N A Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board.
A Panama Canal Society License Plate.
o Two complimentary PanaZonian Dance Tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
o Two complimentary Saturday Night Ball tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
> If a member is successful in signing up 16 New Members they will receive:
A Certificate of Recognition from the Executive Board.
p A Panama Canal Society License Plate.
Two complimentary PanaZonian Dance Tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
: Two complimentary Saturday Night Ball tickets for the 2009 Reunion.
+ A complimentary membership in the Panama Canal Society for 2010.
o PLUS...your name is automatically entered into the drawing for:
"TOP MEMBERSHIP RECRUITER AWARD"
...and you could win Two Free Room Nights (king or queen) at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando during the 2009 Reunion!
Redington Beach, Fla
Deb Mann, Lynda Carol Philips, Deannine
j Donna Mann.
DaCK: nLrisIec anu iviIcnenle rearsun. ruIni.
and Barbara Peterson.
Mickey Fitzgerald, Wilma
Dick and Lynn Cunningham and Kathy Egolf
Dick and Lynn Cunningham and Kathy Egolf
Shawn and Mike Coffey
,Kelly Parthenais and Annie Parthenais
Judy Hooper and Jo Attia
Redington Beach, Fla
!scod and Amparo Paul
Cecile Demers and Betty Snow
Cecile Demers and Betty Snow
Betty Boyer and Bev Williams
Elaine McArthur and Eleanor Mack
Back: Susan Burk and Joan Ohman. Front: Judi
Redington Beach, Fla
Vickie Johnson, Cheryl and Bob Russell
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Irene and Richard Andrews
rnnie Jones, Jacqui and Fred Cotton
Innie Jones, Jacquie and Fred Cotton
Kuth Warner and Donna and Bill Halvosa
-ri and Tara Kimball and L3nette Stokes-Can!
cKinse) and Doroth) Meissner
Redington Beach, Fla
Pete and Marge Foster and Dot Herrington
Shirley Boswell and Carol Wright
Kathy and Tom Wilder
Betty LeDoux-Morris and Nancy Van Siclen
Redington Beach, Fla
Linda Marshall and Faith Brundage
Olga Disharoon and Muriel Whitman
Mary Lou and Pete Lang
Lois Jones, Lori and Frank King
Gemma O'Donnell, Loretta Date and Jim O'Donnell
John and Jody Marcum
Redington Beach, Fla
Debie Kaufman, Blanche Browne and Mary Lynch
President Tom Wilder congratulating Muriel Whitn
winner of the Condor Outfitter/Copa package to Panama.
~ Il:1. Awde~e
Table centerpieces created by Margaret McLaughlin
Table centerpieces created by Margaret McLaughlin
Please review the full versions of the minutes of these meet-
ings by visiting the Panama Canal Society website at
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES
HEADQUARTERS OFFICE SEMINOLE, FLORIDA
AUGUST 23, 2008
Approved the August 23, 2008 Board Minutes,
Executive Board Meeting.
Approved expenditures for the period of August 23,
2008 through October 17, 2008, in the amount of
Approved 19 new members.
Approved an advance for decorations for the
Approved an advance of $2,500.00 for decorations
for the 2009 reunion.
Approved purchase of new Quick Books program.
Approved Reporters Payment for 2008.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
OCALA ELKS LODGE, OCALA, FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 13, 2008
Significant Actions taken:
Approved the Annual Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the July financial statement for audit.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING
TOM STRATHAM PARK, TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 1, 2008
Approved the September Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the September financial statement for audit.
COLA: Millions of retired Americans
receiving federal civilian and military
retirement, as well as Social Security, will
receive a cost-of-living adjustment
(COLA) in their January 2008 retirement
checks. CSRS retirees and Social Security
recipients will receive a 5.8 percent adjust-
ment, and FERS retirees over 62 will receive a 4.8 percent
COLA along with a 5.8 percent hike in their Social Security
For purposes of calculating the next COLA in the year
2010 the index has dropped to a minus 1.5 percent. October's
CPI-W begins the compilation of monthly inflation figures
which will determine the COLA to become effective
December 1, 2009. The Labor Department said that consumer
prices fell by the biggest one-month decline based on records
beginning in February 1947.
FERS SICK LEAVE: The House of Representatives has
passed legislation to allow Federal Employees Retirement
System (FERS) employees to credit their unused sick leave
toward their retirement. The FERS sick leave provisions were
added on July 30 to an unrelated bill to regulate tobacco prod-
ucts, H.R. 1108, that passed the House on a vote of 326 to
102. At press time, the bill was pending in the Senate.
PREMIUM CONVERSION: Since 1998, Federal
Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) premiums
have increased by nearly 10 percent, but more frequently
above that amount, each year, while cost-of-living adjust-
ments (COLAs) for annuitants have increased by an average
of just over 2 percent. FEHBP family plan-Blue Cross/Blue
Shield standard option-is $314 a month. Currently, federal
employees and annuitants pay an average share of 29 percent
for FEHBP premiums and the federal government contributes
o Federal tax law (Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code)
presently allows employers in the public and private sectors to per-
mit their employees to pay for health insurance with pre-tax dollars,
wages excluded from both income and Social Security payroll taxes.
For example, if a federal employee's annual share of a FEHBP pre-
mium is $1,700, then the adjusted gross income would be lowered
by that amount for purposes of filing personal income taxes. These
so-called "premium conversion plans" are available to most employ-
ees of large private-sector companies.
** The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) began offering
premium conversion plans to executive branch employees in
October 2000 and Congress extended the tax benefit to legislative
branch workers in January 2001. Premium conversion saves the
average federal worker about $820 a year.
4* Unfortunately, federal annuitants were not included in the
new plan because the tax code is unclear on their eligibility to par-
ticipate. These individuals must also shoulder the burden of increas-
ingly high health premiums. Much of the relatively low percentage
COLAs received by federal annuitants and military retirees in recent
years have been eroded by several years of double-digit increases in
their health insurance premiums.
o* Current federal employees will be surprised to learn that they
will no longer receive the premium conversion benefit after they
GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET: Present law
prevents federal, state and local government retirees (who
were first eligible to retire in December 1982 and later) from
collecting both a government annuity based on their own
work and Social Security benefits based on their spouse's
work record. This law provides that two-thirds of the govern-
ment annuity offsets whatever Social Security benefits would
be payable to the retired government worker as a spouse
(wife, husband, widow, etc.). A federal retiree with a month-
ly annuity of $900 and no Social Security coverage of her
own would receive a greatly reduced widow's benefit from
the program on the death of her husband as a result of GPO.
Example: The husband, a private-sector retiree, received
a $1,100 monthly Social Security benefit. A spouse who
worked in the private sector would be entitled to receive this
entire $1,100 per month benefit. However, because the
widow is a federal annuitant, she will receive only $500 a
month from Social Security, since two-thirds of her own $900
annuity -- $600 offsets the $1,100.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representative
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Allen Cotton
AZ Nancy Eide
AR Betty Dunning
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay
CO Lars Morales
Europe Mary Lou Pascavage
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Emerald Coast Edwin Armbruster
Ocala Grace Shadeck
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
South Florida Tom Pattison
Space Coast Janice Scott
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
GA June A. Stevenson
LA Patt Foster Roberson
MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
Northwest Barbara (Greene) Litchford
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann
Panama Anna Opel
SC George Garcia
TX Dallas Linda Morris
Kerrville JoAnne Fields
San Antonio Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl
Deadline for the JUNE 2009 Canal Record is March 28, 2009.
.W Mary Urey reports that she attended
the Camavalito in Melbourne with Bill
and Lorraine (Urey) Kirkland. Donita
McConaughey was a great hostess and
they certainly enjoyed their stay with
Donita. She had a wonderful time and
SC enjoyed seeing some "Zonian Amigos"
In April Mary flew to Longview, Texas, to attend the wed-
ding of her grandson Ryan Perez (son of Mike and Michelle
(Urey) Perez) to Stacy Killingsworth. The newlyweds were
a handsome couple (the bride was beautiful). Mary then went
on to Del Rio, Texas, to stay with Mike and Michelle for a
week. On the way back to Dothan, Ala., Michelle and Mary
visited Mary's brother John (Bucky), Jacky (Carlin)
Gilbert and their family.
In August Mary flew to Portland, Ore., to visit Walter and
Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens and to attend the wedding of
Mary's first great-grandchild, Jamie. Jamie is the daughter of
Craig and Catherine (Kleefkens) Dahl and Suzanne's first
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Mary Urey and her great-grandchildren: Whitney Bansch,
Jamie Hagestedt, Mary Urey, Brady, Mason, and Gus
Back home in September Donita McConaughey and
Marieddi Aleman joined Bill and Lorraine and Mary on a
drive to Savannah, Ga. They took the Paula Deen Tour and
took other tours in the city. They had a great time at the Lady
and Sons Restaurant. Their hotel was on the River Walk and
they enjoyed watching the oceangoing ships coming and
On December 8th Mary flew to Panama to spend
Christmas with the Kirklands.
That's all for my report from Alabama. Hope you all have
a great New Year!
Allen Cotton, Reporter
The Panama Canal Society of Arizona
had a Fall meeting in Mesa, Ariz., at
Marie Calendars Restaurant.
We missed Chester and Mary Grace
Oakes at the meeting but are happy that
Diane Fench they are enjoying being able to live in
Panama. They organized our meetings
for years. Lisa (Parks) Boatwright is organizing our meet-
ings now, and she is doing an excellent job.
Attending our meeting were Craig and Lisa Boatwright,
Anne Parks, Nancy and Darrell Eide, Evelyn and Loring
White, Vernon and Kathy Paige, Silver Crossman, Dora
and Warren LeGrys, Leo and Barbara Langland, Carl
Berg, Jay and Diane French. Carl Berg showed his slides of
Panama which were very interesting, as they were pictures
taken during the contractor days of the Panama Canal.
Thanks go to Carl for showing his slides for entertainment at
Our next meeting will be in the Spring. We are hoping to
see more new members at our next meeting. If anyone wants
any information about our meetings here in Arizona, please
call Lisa (Parks) Boatwright at (623) 877-4755 or Diane
French at (623) 546-8624.
Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
The news from
Arkansas for 2008 is
both good and bad.
First, our sad news.
S One of our friends,
May, died on
October 21, 2008
Betty Dunning (see With Deep Lynn Harp
On a lighter note, this year the Dunning/Harp/Stohrer
Thanksgiving celebration was a joyous one. Lots of visitors
came to Rogers. Carol, Roger and Matthew Schwenke and
granddaughter Margaret Dickey came in from Florida on
Wednesday. Carol (Stohrer) and Paul Grench arrived from
California on Thursday, and their daughter Eileen Grench
got here from Ohio just in time for Thanksgiving dinner at
Harold and Jerry Harp's. Once we were all here, there were
18 of us, and we did keep busy.
Join us for the
O Fourth of July
See page 50 for specific
information on how to participate.
Back (L-R): Paul Grench, Jess Harp, Harold Harp,
Matthew Schwenke, Bill Dunning. Middle (L-R): Freda
Flenniken Stohrer, Lynn Dunning Harp, Carol Flenniken
Schwenke, Roger Schwenke, Margaret Dickey, Betty
Flenniken Dunning. Front (L-R): Eileen Grench, Jess
Harp, Samantha Harp, Cheryl Harp, Carol Stohrer
There was one lasagna dinner at Bill and Betty
Dunning's, another turkey and ham dinner at Freda
Stohrer's, and Sunday dinner after church at Lynn and Jess
Harp's. Everyone who hadn't flown home went to church
with Betty and Bill at the Methodist Church in Rogers.
Carol Flenniken Schwenke left at 5:00 a.m. on Monday--
Jess Harp was good enough to drop her at the airport on his
way to work. Carol and Paul Grench were the last to leave on
Monday afternoon. All three Flenniken sisters and families
had a great time being together. Of course, we took lots of
pictures but the editor wouldn't let us put all of them in the
Canal Record. The one I'll share shows all of us thoroughly
enjoying each other's company.
With her dual citizenship, our Eileen Grench is now fenc-
ing for Panama. Isn't that exciting!!
Wish that we had more news from around the region, but
your Canal Zone buddies haven't sent us anything
(pobrecita). We only ax for de news mon.
Betty Dunning, Reporter Lynn Dunning Harp, Reporter
(479) 633-0612 (479) 271-8055
emails: bdunning3(cox.net email@example.com
We're getting perilously low
on D'Elidas Picante Chombo
sauce. Good thing we'll be in
Panama next week so we can
stock up. Without a doubt it is
the best salsa picante ever
Isaac and Helen Hay made.
The Northern California Panama Picnic in Los Gatos had
a smaller turnout than in previous years. But because of that
it was easier to have uninterrupted conversations with old
friends and learn more about new ones. Isaac rented the chiva
van again and brought our usual Sonoma County gang down,
stopping in San Francisco to pick up Lance Hughes and his
raspado gear. As soon as we got to Vasona Lake Park we saw
Gordy Will with her San Francisco friends there braving the
wind and cold. Due to the weather they left early, not know-
ing the wind would soon stop and the sun warmed things up.
We welcomed newcomers George K. Ford, Sissy Hixon,
and Dr. Pedro Garcia to our group. Duncan Ballenger, like
his father before him who was a real loteria announcer,
resided over the loteria in resplendent Bajan and everyone
went home with sore laugh muscles and lots of Panamanian
prizes. David Finn donated two copies of his recently pub-
lished memoir The Cocoli Kids. I got a kick out of reading his
book and it brought back lots of memories. Of course he
infused much poetic license and many of the tales are embel-
lished Curundu-style. He captured many childhood adven-
tures of being a Zonian brat and it was a book I didn't want
Reynaldo Royo, Dr. Pedro Garcia, Roger Kat, Ricky
Royo, and Lance Hughes.
Sadly missing from the picnic this year was Lilia Freed's
dear esposo John, who died of a brain tumor on October 25.
I attended his memorial service in Cotati, along with fellow
Zonians Roger Kelley, Shirley Harned, Jim and Jane
Cochrane, Keith Olsen, and Bennie Landoff. It was a large
church and several hundred friends were in attendance. We
only knew John from the picnics, but learned he had a very
full life in the community.
Chatted with Ricky Royo who recently finished a big
high-end project at the Marriott in San Jose. He'll be back in
Panama for the cayuco race, to Greece for a friend's wedding,
to Orlando this summer for his big class reunion, and to Israel
with his mom Vilma, a retired Panama and Canal Zone
teacher. I also learned from Ricky that Mark Conover left
Buelton in the Santa Barbara area and moved to Albrook
where he bought a company that does advertising. I guess you
could say he left the famous pea soup in exchange for sanco-
cho! We'll look for him at the big Super Bowl party at the
Balboa Elks Club.
Joanie Ridge Cameron got to go to the Annual Rose
Parade with her job with the City of Roseville. They went to
LA with three busloads of fellow Rosevillians and raised a
good sum of money for the senior projects in which Joanie is
involved. Joanie said she's always watched the parade on TV
so it was extra thrilling to be there in person. Roseville had a
In the course of Isaac's job interpreting at Santa Rosa
Memorial Hospital, he ran into Felix Riggs, born in the Canal
Zone in 1938. Felix now lives in Ukiah. His dad was James
Riggs, who was a locks guard in Pedro Miguel and
Miraflores. Felix would have graduated from BHS but the
family moved to Oakland in the mid '50s. His sister Ana still
returns to Panama regularly. Their mom was Pastora Conejo
from El Calmito, Veraguas Province. If any of you remember
Felix, let me know and I will give him your phone number.
He would like to hear from old friends.
Everett and Lynn White left sunny Florida to spend
Christmas in California with Everett's son Ryan and his fam-
ily. Ryan is a Marine Corps pilot stationed in San Diego.
Lynn and Everett love visiting the grandbabies and said it
makes them feel young, which they already are! Everett
lamented that New Year's Eve in Florida was a "very cool 65
degrees" and he had to don his snow cap and gloves. That
must have looked pretty interesting along with his surfing
Los Gatos Picnic Group
Does anyone out there want to host the picnic next year?
If so, I will send you the mailing list. I have decided to com-
bine my energy with Jane Cochrane, closer to home, and
help her with the Santa Rosa picnic. We are looking at
October 3 at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. More details
will be in the next issue.
Everett White, Lynn White, and Ryan White holding his
Fran Meyer wrote from Florida that Kathy
McConaughey's son Cliff Livingston was married in Aptos
in October (see Weddings). Fran also reported that she and
Ronnie were happy to have their son Craig home for
Christmas. Craig has been settled in San Francisco 13 years
now, where he enjoys the diversity and spends a lot of time
outdoors, mostly cycling. Fran went to San Francisco in April
to visit Craig, met his girlfriend Andrea, and they showed
Fran around the city. They also went to Half Moon Bay visit-
ine niece Pancho and her beautiful daughters.
Andrea (Craig's girlfriend) and Craig Meyer
Fran Meyer with her niece Pancho's daughters
Marge Cohen Brigadier wrote from Pacific Grove that
fellow BHS classmate Lou Churchville was out California
way and she and Connie Zemer Bumgarner had lunch with
him in San Jose. Marge has done an incredible job of finding
missing classmates. She has also raised over $15,000 in two
years for breast cancer research. She also recently spoke to
Ricky Richter who was visiting his sister in Monterey. He
married Bobbe Malinoski from BHS and lives in
Washington State. If you ever need to find someone, let
Marge know! She is our unofficial bloodhound and has amaz-
If any of you have seen the movie Milk that was just
released, I have an interesting side story from my eldest
daughter Lisa. When she was going to Santa Barbara High
School she loved theatre arts and did a skit with fellow class-
mate Josh Brolin. He played the role of Dan White in the
movie, brilliantly I might add. Anyhow, Lisa's first kiss was
with Josh during a skit they did together in high school. She
also hung out with other future talents, but Josh in particular
turned out very talented and successful.
Anyhow, happy Spring everyone and do keep in touch.
Over and out,
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
Greetings from Europe from all of
us!! I recently moved to Germany
and have been enjoying the cold
weather with plenty of Gluwein. Ken
Croft (BHS'77) and I enjoyed a few
Mary Lou Pascavage Christmas Markets and the German
holiday traditions. I am looking forward to travelling in
Germany and to Italy, Netherlands, and Belgium in search of
the many Zonians living over here.
David (BHS'77) and Mayra (Linares) (BHS'82) Seitz
are settling into their new home in the southern part of the
Netherlands. The past year has been one of major remodeling.
They have learned a lot about converting attics into bedrooms
and building a master bathroom from the ground up! They
hope to be finished with the big projects soon and welcome
any friends who are traveling through the Netherlands to stop
and visit. They have been enjoying a month-long visit from
daughters Katherine and Melanie, who are home on break
from college in the U.S. It has been nice having all four girls
at home together again. David (aka Shorty) has been busy
mailing back and forth with Alex Reyes (aka Slim) who is
in Panama putting the finishing touches on the "nex Shorty
and Slim halbum" due out next summer. Two trips to Panama
last year allowed them to have plenty of time to record new
material. Get ready for more fun music with themes from
Taboga to Johnny Mazzetti!
Rick Dahlstrom (BHS'79) and his wife Katy are expect-
ing a baby girl in April! They are both math teachers in
Aviano, Italy. Rick is also the head coach of the football team.
They bought a wonderful house and have lots of room for vis-
itors. (Where do I make my reservation?)
Linda (Husted) Dahlstrom from Vicenza, Italy, would
like to welcome their great friends from the Pacific Theatre
Arts Centre and Theatre Guild in Panama, Jerry Brees and
Joanne Mitchell. Jerry was hired as the director of the
Soldiers Theatre MWR program, and they couldn't be more
thrilled to have him and Joanne there. Linda and her husband
Aaron Talley have already been in their first show there, the
Christmas show titled The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
In true Jerry and Joanne form they put on a stellar show that
truly impressed the members of their community. It is such a
wonderful turn of events that they are all reunited in Italy
after all these years! They look forward to travelling and
enjoying Europe together and doing many more terrific
Evelyn (Barraza) (CHS'74) and Tom Snider (CHS'76)
are back in Europe with the U.S. Army stationed at
Landstuhl, Germany. They recently celebrated their 25th
wedding anniversary in Paris. Ryan and Kristin flew over
for the holidays which included skiing in Austria.
Ryan, Evelyn and Kristin Snider
In November Jeff and Liz (Burgoon) Lyle hosted the
annual Panama Party at their new home in Germany. It was a
pre-holiday kickoff, and fun times with EuroZonians!
Mayra Seitz, Liz Lyle, Tara King and unknown
Thank you all for sharing and let's hear from my other ami-
gos! Any news for the next Canal Record is welcome.
Mary Lou Pascavage, Reporter
Hi to all! I recently heard from June
(Barlow) Riesz and she writes, "Major
Michaels and Captain Patrick Langley
presented Lieutenant Elizabeth Riesz
with her lieutenant credentials at the Dawn Gressang
FWC DLE South Region Bravo,
Marathon office. Lieutenant Riesz was recently promoted to
the rank of lieutenant and is assigned as a field supervisor in
the lower Keys. She started her career with FWC as a Duty
Officer in the Marathon Communication Center, but quickly
advanced her career by attending the FWC Class Two
Academy, graduating in 2002. She was assigned to Monroe
County as a patrol officer and quickly demonstrated strong
leadership ability and great enthusiasm for the job. Her
accomplishments as an officer included being a Sanctuary
officer, a member of the SOG team, President of the Peer
Group, FTO, as well as participating in numerous disaster
response deployments and offshore patrols." Her parents
John and June live in Palm Coast.
June and John Riesz spent five days in Panama at the
Decameron Resort. This was a trip that John won in the golf
drawing at the Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando.
Condor Outfitters donated the package. It was a beautiful
experience and gorgeous pools on the beach and many beach
activities. While John played golf at the adjacent golf club,
June had two beach massages. Being fluent in Spanish was a
joy, as June hadn't spoken it in many years. After a wonder-
ful stay up-country at the resort, they spent their last night at
the Country Inn & Suites at Amador. This brought back many
memories and it was a fantastic trip. That evening June told
John that she wanted to purchase some Duran coffee. The
coffee they found in a little tienda run by a Chinese woman
on La Boca Road near their last house on Tavernilla Street.
June then wanted to go swimming at Fort Amador beach.
Their taxi took them along the causeway to a recommended
Bohio-type restaurant called Mi Ranchito and there they
savored the atmosphere of Balboa beer, seviche, empanadas,
and corvina. They sure had a wonderful time!
My sister Jacque Vowell traveled to Panama in
November to join friends Faye Weisser and Vicki Sizemore.
It was the first time in 30-something years the three of them
had been together in Panama since Canal Zone Jr. College.
Faye and Jacque stayed in Albrook Park close to Vicki's
apartment. Although Vicki still had to work, husband Ed
Wardlow was a real trooper to put up with the women for 12
days and be their tour guide. But on the day Ed had to play
golf, Faye and Jacque hired a female driver for their adven-
tures. It turned out the driver was Yesmine Raymono, who
graduated from BHS in 1973 and is a close friend of the
O'Briens. She took them to several pawnshops around
Central Avenue, and shopping at the Harley Davidson place.
When the owner found out Faye was from San Antonio,
Texas, he brought out his computer to share photos of his
Jacque's favorite part of the trip was an adventure to the
Interior. Even though Vicki insisted the market in El Valle
would be open on a Monday (it wasn't) there were a couple
of tourist stores open. The weather was fabulous, the flowers
were beautiful and they had side trip adventures to places in
the Interior that are emerging new communities. The trip
ended with a dip in the Pacific Ocean at Santa Clara. I hear
they missed out on a great photo op of Faye getting knocked
down by a wave and the only thing you could see were her
surf shoes. Jacque said swimming in the warm water, the
smell of the ocean breeze, the sand between her toes and
being with good friends made it a very special day.
While in Panama Jacque had the honor of being a judge
for the chili contest at the Elks Club, along with Eric Ernest
and Pablo Prieto. It was a job they took very seriously and
they had crackers and Panama beer to cleanse their palate
between chili samples; Mr. Roy won the chili contest! Shorty
& Slim played after dinner and had everyone singing and
dancing the night away. Pablo offered to take Faye and
Jacque to Taboga on his boat, but they could never coordinate
times that were good for all three.
Jacque Vowell and Faye Weisser with Shorty & Slim band
Amy Kuyoth-Rote joined Faye and Jacque for their last
week in Panama and she was brave enough to battle traffic in
Panama City. They took the tour of the Reprosa factory,
where Faye and Jacque got to sandblast silver huacas. Faye
and Amy got up early one morning and traveled to Monkey
Island on the Chagres River. I am sure Faye will write about
her version of the trip in the San Antonio section of the Canal
Vicki surprised Faye and Jacque will the best gift! They
finally got to meet and spend time with Howard Marks' son
Vicki Sizemore, Tim Marks and Jacque Vowell
Pam Crowell and son Thomas opened their home to the
Crowell clan for Thanksgiving dinner. Jacque Vowell, son
Kye, and daughter Casey, Janet Stuart, daughter Lindsey,
Cassie Morrison (Bonnie and Mike Morrison's daughter),
her fiance Dan, her son Zach, and I had such great fun and
Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison and husband Mike went on a
cross-country trip over Thanksgiving. They flew to Las Vegas
and then traveled by car to San Diego and then to Phoenix
and then flew back home to Florida. Due to a sore foot,
Bonnie managed to get to the plane's gate via wheelchair and
in first class. Not a bad deal, she said!
My friend Barbie LaBonca and I took a bus trip to
Nashville, Tenn., recently. We stayed at the Opryland Hotel
and that place is huge and was all decorated for the Christmas
season. There were over two million lights on the property--
so beautiful! We saw the Country Music Hall of Fame, had a
dinner cruise up the Cumberland River (I got the scarf from
an Elvis impersonator), saw the Rockettes at the Grand Ole
Opry, went to Louise Mandrell's dinner theater show, saw a
show called Ice (all ice sculptures), took a tour of Nashville
and a drive-by tour of several country stars' homes. We were
the youngest ones on the bus and got razzed when we delayed
the bus trip home by oversleeping! We had a great time.
Christmas dinner was held at this reporter's home and as
usual there was food galore. Family, friends and neighbors
came and the living room was filled with wrapping paper and
gifts. I do enjoy having such great people around me.
New Year's Eve found my sister Jacque and me at my son
Scott Parker and his wife Catrina's beer-and-wine bar
called Axe and Shield in Daytona Beach Shores. The place
was packed, the food was free, and the music was good and
we all had a great time "ringing" in the New Year. A week
later found all the Crowell sisters visiting the Axe and Shield
again, this time to sing and dance to the tunes of the Jersey
Shore "Big Bopper" Howard Parker.
Congratulations to Pam Crowell's son, Thomas. He start-
ed working for the Ormond Beach Police force in January.
We wish much good wishes to him and his new job.
If you have any news, please get in touch with me. I'd be
delighted to put it in my article.
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
Sincerely hope your Christmas was
a blessed and merry one and that the
year 2009 will be a healthy, happy, and
Bill and Jean Muller, who are now
living in Silverdale, Wash., sent an Grace Shadeck
email stating that they are still getting
around with some limitations. Jean had a hip replacement, is
doing quite well, and uses a cane to steady herself. Bill had to
buy a new computer and hopes to get back on track with his
friends. He celebrated his 80th birthday on September 7th and
on September 10th he and Jean celebrated their 59th wedding
anniversary! Congratulations on both occasions. Please con-
tact me if you want their home address and telephone number
to contact them.
Barbara and Dave Aycock wrote about their visit to
Mount Rainier with their youngest daughter Kathleen and
Dave's sister Mary Jo (CHS'56). It was a complete surprise
when Mary Jo came to visit them. The group spent a couple
of days in Mount Rainier and could not have asked for more
perfect weather and a spectacular view.
Barbara Aycock, Mary Jo Aycock, and Kathleen Aycock
Fred and Claudia Robinson attended a Fall Festival held
at On Top of the World last October 31st. Fred was dressed as
Pancho Villa (the Documented Alien) and Claudia as the
beautiful Border Patrol Agent. Both had a fantastic time at the
John Balshun went to Panama in November. He hadn't
been there in three years and remarked that there were a lot of
changes: skyscrapers all over the place, lots of new homes
being built or remodeled especially in the Albrook, Amador,
and Clayton areas. He said it was great to see the progress of
the country. John readily admitted he got lost and found out
that all he had to do was hail a taxi and the driver took him to
wherever he needed to go--all for $1.50 or $2.50. He stayed
with his brother-in-law Pasquale Calvosa and visited other
in-laws. John got together with several of his old co-workers
and the Ancon boys like Rolando Linares and Charlie
Hinz--said it was always great seeing his old friends who are
still living in Panama.
Our feature person for the Canal
Record is William B. Melody (aka
Wild Bill, Bush Man):
What brought you to Panama:
Hired from Boston, Mass. I am an
import to the Canal Zone. I answered a
want ad from the Panama Canal .
Company. They were looking for g
machinists/heavy equipment mechan- BillMelody
ics. Until then I had no idea where the
Panama Canal was.
Years in Canal Zone: I retired in October 1990 with 25.5
years of service as a Senior Lockmaster (mechanic) with the
Locks Division, Miraflores Locks.
Key Events: I married my wife Marbella in May 1975.
She is a Zonian as she was born in Gorgas Hospital. We have
three fine children. Patrick is a director of Client Operations
for JB Hunt Trucking. He also is a Sergeant in the Marine
Corps Reserves. Jennifer graduated from a local college as a
nurse. Michael is the traveler and has traveled all over the
United States looking for his fortune in life. There was no bet-
ter place on earth to raise kids than the Panama Canal Zone.
We lived through Operation Just Cause safely in Cardenas,
What is missed most: My adventures and misadventures
exploring the jungles of Panama and the Zone. It became my
hobby. I was a member of the Isthmian Four Wheelers Jeep
Club. I miss my Panama and Canal Zone friends and the pro-
tective environment of the Zone.
Since Panama: Someone once told me I must have diesel
for blood since I have worked with machinery all my life.
After I retired I worked maintaining tractor trailers for three
years. My son, Patrick, and I put together a classic 1966
Shelby Cobra Roadster and take it to car shows. All of us are
proud to be called Zonians. My wife and I celebrated our 35th
wedding anniversary on May 29, 2008.
The next Ditchdiggers' meeting will be on Saturday, April
4th, at the Golden Corral--time 11:30 a.m. Looking forward
to seeing all of you there.
Any news for the next Canal Record is welcomed. Please
call, email or snail mail them to me. Also, volunteers are
needed to be the Feature Person for the Canal Record.
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
Keith and I celebrated five wonder-
ful years of married bliss on my birth-
day in October and at the same time, I
became a Medicare young lady--time
goes by so fast when you're happy and
so into enjoying life.
On October 25th, Jon and Deb Barbara Vose-Kulig
Dedeaux drove to Tallahassee to visit their son J for FSU's
parents' weekend. While there they stayed at the Quincy
Holiday Inn where auditions were being held for American
Idol. Deb said there were so many people! Simon Cowell
stayed on the same floor as Jon and Deb. They never saw a
glimpse of him, but considered the experience exciting. J is in
his sophomore year at FSU still studying Pharmacy and
recently enjoying his newly-purchased toy (a motorcycle)
which he purchased on his own.
On October 9th, Jon, Deb, J and Barbara Dedeaux flew
to Las Vegas to attend Sonya Dedeaux and Dan Sigmond's
wedding (see Weddings). They checked into Caesar's Palace,
explored the strip and had an organized schedule of events
that kept everyone busy. The next day Deb had breakfast with
Sonya and Dan, then went to Spago to confirm everything for
the reception. Later, Sonya, Barb and Deb went to The Paris
for lunch along with shopping at the Venetian while Jon, J
and Dan took on errands at New York, New York. That
evening the rehearsal was held at the Venus Garden at
Caesar's followed by the rehearsal dinner at Bally's
Steakhouse, hosted by Jon and Deb Dedeaux and Herman
and Elaine Sigmond--after dinner all went to Harrah's Hotel
and Casino for cocktails and dancing. J and Jon G (the best
man) had a blast at the Improv Comedy Club. Deb and Barb
had time the next day to shop and experience the famous
Voges Chocolate Shoppe. Deb especially enjoyed their moth-
er and daughter time when she and Sonya had their makeup
done together and Sonya enjoyed lots of attention in her
Victoria Secret sexy little bride tank she wore. While helping
Sonya dress for the nuptials, they toasted yummy champagne
and took photos--very heartfelt moment for Deb--Sonya was
so beautiful in her gown. After photos they met everyone at
the Venus Garden to witness Sonya signing her marriage cer-
tificate before the ceremony. On Sunday, they flew back to
Pensacola. Everyone had such a great time, even though Deb
never even got to play a single slot machine!!
Before the holiday Leslie and Russell Gillespie had a
party at their home for all the gang--Terry, Samantha, Deb
and D LaPorta; Jon, Deb and J Dedeaux; Tom Gabriel and
girlfriend Karen; Ralph and Vicki Baraza; Ed Blount;
Tom Finneman and some local friends.
Thanksgiving was the best this year. Instead of dining out
like we had been doing for some years, we decided to have a
traditional at-home family dinner at Bob and Dawn's home.
It was amazing--everyone was here--21 total count! Our son
Kevin came this year and we also had the pleasure of a visit
from our son Brent and granddaughter Crystal of Houston,
Texas. It was so enjoyable spending quality time with all the
family--so laid back and relaxing. It was so nice having our
Houston family here--Crystal was able to spend lots of fun
time with her cousins. Of course, grandma and grandpa were
tickled pink to spend time with her even though it was just
four days--we're really looking forward to our next visit.
Kulig, Vose, Fitzsimons, Berg, Creek family Thanksgiving
Christmas came and went so fast this year! Keith and I
both caught the flu right before and we had to put our dog
Scotty of 14 years to sleep--it was the hardest thing to do, but
he's happier in "doggy heaven". I found the time in between
being sick, decorating and shopping to put together 25 home-
made cookie and cake baskets--it seems as though I make
new friends during the year and add them to my gift list. But
I totally enjoy baking and Keith enjoys watching me and
waiting to go to the store in the wee hours of the morning
when I need some ingredient. He's my sous-chef!! When bak-
ing and cooking I'm totally in my element.
Christmas Eve we all went to the children's mass and had
the most wonderful and totally surprising event happen. At
the end of mass after joyfully singing carols, Santa arrived!
Darla and I kept looking at him thinking how familiar he
looked, well...it was Bob!! He was a perfect Santa and all the
kids just loved him. It's amazing how Dawn, Isabella and
Bobby were able to keep it a secret from us. After mass we
went back to our house and had our traditional dinner and
opening of stockings. On Christmas Day, Keith and I went
over to Bob and Dawn's to watch the grandchildren open
their presents from Santa and family and to share a delicious
breakfast/brunch (prepared by Chef Robert) of omelet souffle
and cinnamon rolls. In the afternoon we went to Darla and
Jeff's for Christmas lunch/dinner. Keith and I ordered a deep-
fried turkey from Jerry's Cajun Cafe. We were invited to have
dessert and coffee at the Dedeauxs with Barb, Lou, Jon and
Deb later that evening but we passed on it (we were bushed-
-had such a long day). It would have been a delightful ending
to a beautiful fulfilling day.
tiarD vose-Kung, KoDert manta- vose, ana Uaria (Vose)
Deb told me that she, Jon and grandparents Barb and
Louie Dedeaux celebrated Christmas Eve at their home in
Pace with a family dinner and movie for J.
New Year's Eve was quiet and the next day I cooked tipi-
co comida--arroz con polio, empanadas, fried yucca and pla-
tano. Our grandson Shane came over and had dinner with us.
I don't make arroz con polio often but we had the urge for it,
and I used my huge rice pot from the market in Panama and
it came out just perfect.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Reunion this
year--it's Keith's 50th Class Reunion--should be a good one.
Hopefully, it will be another eventful year.
If you have any news for my next article, no matter how
small, please call or send it to me. Hasta Luego!!
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
If it's Tuesday, it must be
Austin. It seemed like Linda and I
were on the road constantly the
last months of 2008. Starting with
Thanksgiving in Austin with my
brother Red and his family, driv-
ing all the way up to Boca for the Tom Pattison
Panamaniac picnic, up to Atlanta
for Christmas with my sister Molly and her family to the
grand finale New Year's party at our home in Pembroke
What can I say about visits to Austin that I haven't said
already? Well, this year for Thanksgiving we fried a turkey
instead of the usual roasted version with Coleman stuffing. It
was also the first since Mom died, so we fired up a pot of oil,
poured a couple of Winter Welcomes, made one of numerous
toasts to Mom, lit our curly heads and dunked the bird. We
made Coleman stuffing from a curious recipe handed down
by our mother from her mother who was from
Czechoslovakia which uses curry powder as a predominant
spice. Traditions are much of what Thanksgiving is all about,
no matter how strange they may seem to others. We feasted,
laughed, shed a tear or two, drank a few too many glasses of
red wine, beers and rum and cokes while catching up on what
everyone has been doing. Tommy's working at the local col-
lege radio station in San Marcos, KTSW, and Megan is still
making money on the barrel and pole-bending circuit. Kat
stays busy keeping it all together. We also attended the oblig-
atory Chuy's Blue Santa parade. It is a great event where chil-
dren give gifts to Santa who then hands them out to less for-
tunate kids on Christmas. We had a fabulous time and can't
wait to go back.
nar, neo ana inaa ranison
The annual picnic was great as always and we ate and
drank well. Thanks to Scott Parker and Dave Hannigan and
Jaime and Amy Niedda for putting it all together. It was hard
letting go of being in charge after all these years, but the pic-
nic is better off now that it is in new and more capable hands.
The Azcarragas, TY and I started it back in 1997 when we
first came up from Panama. We hooked up with the local
northern Panamaniac community and the rest is history. The
last couple of years, especially after Mimi and Lucho moved
to Germany, I found myself forgetting to reserve the bohio,
send out invitations and suddenly realized that it was mid-
November and I'd better get my arse in gear. So, the torch has
been passed and even though Linda and I have to drive for 20
minutes all the way up to Boca for the picnic, we are all bet-
ter off with the change. Scott and Dave were already doing
most of the work anyway with the fryer, BBQ and Jaime's
dad always makes the best arroz con pollo. Mikey Young
drove down from Tampa with Noreen Hansen to represent
the out-of-towners as did Val Richey and Burkhard Klein.
If it's Christmas Eve, it must be Atlanta! Linda and I flew
up to visit my sister Molly and family in Atlanta in the mid-
dle of a cold snap both here in Florida and up in Georgia. We
were experiencing bone-chillin', frostbite-toe weather (highs
in the mid-60s) before we boarded the plane to Atlanta where
the highs were only in the low 50s! My brother-in-law Rick
picked us up at the airport and drove us north to their home
in Suwanee for the week. Something about a fire during the
holidays that is so out of place! It's supposed to be the start of
dry season; cool, sunny and windy. We should be sitting on a
patio or under a bohio. Where are the palm trees, Christmas
tamales and ponche?? Why can't we go to the beach and see
the dummies propped up by the side of the road? Regardless,
we sucked it up and tried to make the best of things. Wait,
what about the plywood snow drifts on the houses in
Curundu? Okay, I'll stop being a baby and suck it up.
Actually, on certain occasions, cool weather is quite holiday-
like. And Molly and Rick's house was very holiday-like.
"First thing, Tom, would you like a rum and coke? And how
'bout you Linda, some red wine?", sez Rick. And, home we
were for the holidays. We cooked a filete (beef tenderloin) on
the grill and had a big dinner with all the trimmings. Molly's
oldest son Sean was home from Korea where he is a 1st Lt.
in the Army. He was also visiting his fiance Kelly who joined
us for the festivities. Molly's youngest son Andrew was there
along with daughters Kelly and Laura. Laura and her hus-
band Jim are school teachers in Atlanta and he gets to prac-
tice his Spanish when we're together. Maybe we'll see Kelly
again down our way for Spring Break.
Join us for the 4th of July
Pool Party at the Reunion!
See page 50 for information.
As soon as we got home from Atlanta, it was time to start
working on our New Year's party. Manuel "Lucho" and Mimi
Azcarraga were visiting south Florida from Germany so we
had a couple of incidents during their stay. Usually an inci-
dent involves Bob Dollar, but not this time as his alibi was
that he was at home with his wife Mindy in Annapolis. True.
The first incident involved the deadly "gurt von kliene
schnapp flaschen" or belt of little schnapp bottles. "But
they're so cute," everyone says. The second involved a bottle
of Patron Reposado. Tequila+Lucho=Incident, 'nuf said. The
third was an almost incident involving a pool, red wine and
thinking that the water in December is not that cold...not like
Germany. Bottom line...we miss Mimi and Lucho!! Dollar
can't handle all the incidents by himself now, can he? We did-
n't catch the pool on fire like we did back in 2000 and Lucho
forgot to bring the "road flares" to substitute for the lack of
fireworks. I'll wrap it up this way, two days, two cases of
Das Rock von Aleman with Lucho and Adam Azcarraga
If my report lacks detail about who was there and what
they wore it's because I'm late as usual and not up to snuff. I
didn't receive any news from the locals except that Karin
visited TY (great to see you as always, Karin, when are you
moving back?). And I have to remember not to mention
EMM-SEE-PEA. You know what I'm talking about.
See you later.
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
Randy and JoElla Deakins cele-
brated Christmas with their family in
Rockledge, Fla., with their son Rick,
his wife Tracie and children Ricky
and Meghan. Rick works for NASA Janie
and Tracie works at Wuesthoff
Hospital in Rockledge; son Tom and his wife Cheryl both
work for Harris Corporation; and son Tim, his wife Alice,
and daughter Nikki. Tim works at Wuesthoff Hospital, and
Alice is a Rockledge Police Officer.
Jim and Pam (Scott) Reid announce the graduation of
daughter Jamie Leigh Reid from college (see
A group of former Zonians gathered for a tailgate party on
the Banana River on Merritt Island to watch the November
14th launch of the space shuttle Endeavour The group staked
out a spot on the river early in the afternoon and, to pass the
time, shared a picnic supper and played a dominoes game
called Mexican train. The spectacular nighttime launch was a
first time event for Jean Jensen Lampe and Jan Jensen
Noethe of Winter Haven; launch junkies Ed and Joan
Ohman drove over from the other side to attend and Jim and
Pam Reid came from Orlando. Area reporter Janice Scott
joined the group for the launch and brought a trunkful of sea-
sonal hats for the group photo. Following liftoff, the group
went to Peggy Huffs home for a slumber party.
Reunion Reservations now!
Back iL-R) Pegg) Huff, Jan Noethe, Joan Ohman, Pam
Reid, Jim Reid, and Janice Scott. Front: Jeannie Lampe
and Ed Ohman.
Philip A. "Pete" Hale was honored on his 90th birthday
with a surprise party hosted by Carolyn and Jay Foster of
North Port, Fla. The buffet dinner was held at Pumpemickle's
Delicatessen, Titusville, Fla., where Pete has lived for 35
years since retiring from PanCanal. Carolyn presented her
dad with an album of photos taken when he was a child. At
90, Pete stays active playing tennis with a group of his simi-
larly-aged friends. Family members attending the October
party are in the photo.
(L-R): Diana and Richard Grimison, Peggy and Dennis
Huff, sons Phil and Jimmy Hale, Jay and Carolyn Foster,
Pete Hale, Jessica Hale, Doug and Luz Hale. Front: Anna
Jane (Gabriel) and Bill Huff had a whirlwind Christmas
season. The day after returning from their month-long trip to
Panama (Bill to work and Jane to play), their guests arrived.
Jane's parents, Phil and Betty Gabriel, drove down from
Pensacola, Fla., to visit with the family for the weekend.
Allison Huff and her three boys, Gabriel (7), Ethan (6) and
Koby (4) arrived from Tucson, Ariz., that evening for a two-
week visit. They were joined by Rick and Brandy Cofer
along with their four children, Emma (13), Timothy (9),
Ellie (6) and Christopher (2) from Rockledge, Fla., and by
William and Michelle (McLean) Huff along with their two
children, Billy (3) and Christiana (1) from Jacksonville, Fla.
It was very exciting for Phil and Betty to spend time with
three of their 23 grandchildren and nine of their 28 great-
grandchildren. During the Huff-Mac visit there were visits to
Disney World, Gatorland, trips out on Grandpa's boat, fish-
ing, and runs on the beach and plenty of playtime between
laughs (and tears) with the many stories told about the
Watkins family growing up in Gamboa. It was the first time
all seven Watkins siblings had been together since 2003.
Back (L-R): Bill Huff, Allison Huff, William Huff, and
Brandy (Huff) Cofer. Seated (L-R): Emma Huff holding
Christiana Huff, Michelle (McLean) Huff, Christopher
Cofer, Jane (Gabriel) Huff, Gabriel MacPherson, Ethan
MacPherson, Timothy Cofer, Ellie Cofer, Koby
MacPherson, Rick Cofer, and Billy Huff.
Back (L-R): Gabriel MacPherson, Ethan MacPherson,
Timothy Cofer, Emma Huff holding Christiana Huff.
Front (L-R): Billy Huff, Koby MacPherson, Christopher
Cofer, and Ellie Cofer.
William Huff, Brandy (Huff) Cofer and Allison Huff
Sandra (Watkins) Ponce, Marsha (Watkins) Bullinger,
Harvey, Norman, Dennis, Fred and Jeff Watkins and their
families gathered at the home of Norman and Janet Watkins
on December 13, 2008, for a family get-together and to cele-
brate the life of their mother Olga Watkins, who passed
away on August 22, 2008, in Panama. There were lots of
Kear kL-K);: ennis, Harvey, norman ana rreu vvatKns.
Front (L-R): Marsha, Jeff, and Sandra (Watkins Siblings).
When the Grimisons and Scotts get together, especially
for the Christmas holidays, it is similar to what one might
imagine as a traditional gathering of the clans. And, they do
celebrate. Melinda (Grimison) Niemeyer and husband Tom
hosted their annual Christmas Eve Family Dinner at their
home in Merritt Island, Fla., for approximately thirty mem-
bers of their families, including parents, siblings, aunts,
uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, grandchildren, and in-laws.
Melinda and Tom maintain an exceptionally calm composure
given so many children are so very excited at the prospect of
getting their wish lists delivered by Santa in just a few hours.
Nancy and Tom Grimison, the family patriarchs, hosted
Christmas Day Dinner at their home in Satellite Beach for a
festive gathering of their children, grandchildren, cousins,
and in-laws, and their youngest grandchild Jack (see Births).
And he is a cutie. Then it was time for the Grimison monthly
birthday celebration hosted by Patrick and Myra Grimison
at their home in Orlando on December 27. This year it coin-
cidentally became part of a pre-game warm-up for the Gator-
Watkins extended Family Reunion
Wisconsin football game at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. New
Year's Day was celebrated at the home of Janice Scott in
Cocoa Beach and included daughter Katrina Herring,
granddaughters Catherine and Sofia; and son Geoffrey
Herring and wife Sarah; out-of-town cousins Heather
Scott-Molleda, husband Jose-Maria, and her children Rory
and Jeannine from Clifton, Va., who all thoroughly enjoyed
shooting off fireworks on New Year's Eve similar to the 4th
of July from Sosa Hill. After all, it was their great-great-
grandfather who used to ship fireworks to their great-grand-
father, which he sold in the Canal Zone. Getting together to
celebrate is what families are all about, and especially to cel-
ebrate the holidays and Auld Lang Syne.
Janice G Scott, Reporter
In October Bev and I drove to Atlanta
to join my sister and brother-in-law, June
and Dave "Steve" Stevenson, at the annu-
al Shrine "Sporting Clays for Kid" charity
shoot. It was hosted by Yaarab Shrine
Temple Sporting Clays Association, with Skip Rowley
Steve being the President of the association. It was a thrilling
event to attend. There were shooters from all over the state of
Georgia as well as some from out of state to include young
high school boys and girls. They all formed into teams of four
and were awarded cash prizes and trophies at the end of the
long day for top scores of individuals, as well as teams of var-
ious age and gender and experience. Steve had asked me a
year in advance to be his photographer which I had agreed to
Bev Rowley and June (Rowley) Stevenson, Scorekeepers
On Friday evening, Steve said "Let's go make some
money for the crippled children" and I said "why not." What
I didn't know was that we were going to go down to one of
the busiest intersections in Lawrenceville, stand out in the
middle of the street with our Fez and bucket and collect
money from passing drivers. Whoo boy!! Is that ever a feel-
ing of suicide? When the light was red you could walk up
between the lanes of cars, but when it turned green, hang on!
Was I crazy? Yes. Was it exciting? Yes. Was it scary? Yes.
Would I do it again? You betcha. We raised an amazing sum
of money for the Shriners Hospital in just one hour.
Since the shootout was on Saturday, we spent Friday night
up in the north Georgia mountains and enjoyed the company
of several other Shriners and their wives from the Shrine
Club. Beverly and June along with other Shrine ladies were
scorekeepers at all the many different shooting stations. I
roamed around and did some shooting too, but with my cam-
era. At the end of the day, Steve surprised me by awarding me
with a beautiful plaque for being a graduate patient of a
Shrine hospital as well as a participant in the shoot. I'm ready
to do it again next year.
On December 12th, Bev and I flew up to Atlanta and
joined June and Steve again and flew up to Washington, D.C.,
to be with our older sister Dorothy Rowley Gerhart and hus-
band Jim Gerhart for her 75th birthday. Jim had made plans
for a great dinner and reception at the Officers Club at Fort
McNair in D.C. Along with Dorothy's three children, Kenny
and Brian Gerhart, Suzanne (Gerhart) and husband Sean
George, her grandchildren Sara Kate and Evan George,
there were some old friends from the D.C. area, as well as
from the Canal Zone. It was good to see John and Linda Sell
Cotton, and Gwendolyn Kariger Stegmeier, who I had not
seen for over fifty-plus years.
Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhart, June (Rowley) Stevenson and
While there our three families drove to the Fort Belvoir
Officers Club for the Sunday morning brunch to celebrate my
69th birthday. The view from the Officers Club which sits on
a bluff overlooking the Potomac River is just beautiful. It was
very special being together with the family for my birthday.
Later that evening we all went to the Daughters of the
American Revolution Hall for a great Christmas Concert,
which was put on by the Washington Military (Pershing's
own) Band. Kenny and Brian had stood in line for a few
hours on a cold fall morning to get us the tickets in advance.
After that we walked over to the Ellipse to photograph the
National Christmas Tree as well as the White House. They
both looked so beautiful with all the Christmas lights on.
From there we went to Ken's place for a birthday drink, and
then on to Suzanne's home where Sean cooked up a delicious
ham dinner. All in all, it was an outstanding two-person, two-
day birthday celebration.
John Schmidt writes that on December 18th Ryan
Schmidt, who is with a DOD contractor in Iraq (his second
tour), flew into Italy and met his brother Matthew Schmidt
and both girlfriends, Samantha Maurer and Natalie Cronk,
who had flown from Tallahassee into Italy as they helped
Ryan enjoy a bit of R&R from his duties in Kirkuk, Iraq. The
four spent two weeks exploring the ruins and historical sights
all over Italy. I am not "privy" to all the moments of time and
pleasure that they must have experienced in their travels all
over in making their young lives part of the history that they
shared. But, on Christmas day while on some secluded shore-
line and in the presence of "angels" from above, Matthew
Schmidt proposed to Samantha Maurer of Tallahassee...and
she said yes. So for John E. Schmidt Jr. and his son John
Clifford Schmidt--there is hope and praise for the Schmidt
family name to continue on into the future.
We spent the Christmas holidays in Orlando visiting with
our son-in-law and daughter, Brian and Renee Rowley
Friedel. Our other daughter Adriane Rowley joined us for
the holidays. Santa was very good to our grandchildren,
Matthew, Brenden, and Bradley, and especially our grand-
daughter Miranda Friedel, who received her letter of accept-
ance to the Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.) in
Poughkeepsie, N.Y., which she will enter this coming fall. We
are very proud of her and are looking forward to having a
famous Pastry Chef in the family. From there we drove to St.
Pete to visit with Bev's mother, Beverly Shircliffe, who is 91
years young. With all the traveling that we did this year we
never even bothered to put up any Christmas decorations or a
Ken Gerhart, Jim Gerhart, Dave Stevenson, and Skip
Then on Monday, June, Steve, Bev and I drove out to
Cumberland, Md., where Bev was born and raised to visit her
brother Ansel Shircliffe and wife Dianne. Bev got to see a
long lost cousin Carol McDade, and a dear childhood friend
Allison "Digi" Harmon and, she finally got to eat her long
favorite Coney Island Hotdog, Cumberland style. The very
next day while we were flying home it snowed in
Cumberland and we missed it.
Miranda Friedel, Future Pastry Chef
Bev Rowley, Dianne and Ansel Shircliffe
Ihe Rowley and rinedel LUang
Tom Robertson just called to let me know that he is in
Idaho and Montana doing some mountain flying, tracking
wolves for the biologists. He just wanted everyone to know
that the temperature up in the mountains and valleys this time
of the year gets down to 20 and 30 degrees below zero. He
can't wait to return home, thaw out and attend his annual
Christmas tree bur, which is to be held on the 17th of
January at his place. Then in the spring when it warms up a
tad, he will head out again and continue where he left off.
Sounds like Tom is really enjoying his job.
Skip Rowley, Reporter
Received an email from Carolyn
Holmes Morris on December 27, 2008.
In it she stated that: "November was a
busy month. Ray and I headed up to
North Carolina and spent a few days with June Stevenson
Doug (BHS'60) and Mary Bergere and
from there we all proceeded to Kathleen (McConaghy) and
Bill Campbell's for their open house. Other BHS'60 class-
mates joining us were: Jimmy and Sadie Price, Barbara
Bartlett Garlitz, George Rambo and his new wife, Chuck
and Brooksie Rentz, Doug and Judy (Meyers) Pajak. Also
from the Canal Zone Andra Nash (CHS'60) and Ed English.
Kathleen kept us guessing on who the mystery guest was and,
behold, Al Sprague and his wife Marsha appeared!! Nice
surprise as I am sure so many of us have enjoyed and own lots
of Sprague art. We had intended to play some golf but the
weather did not permit it. The guys did get three holes in
before the rain hit. Us gals were a lot smarter and passed! We
spent our time chopping, peeling, baking, cooking, drinking!!
Also managed to work in some sightseeing in spite of the del-
uge of rain.
"It was a wonderful open house and quickly became a full
house! Food was abundant seviche, ropa vieja, arroz con
polo, johnny mazzetti, barbeque, and so on and so on!! No
one went hungry. Some of us barely made it past the hours
d'oeuvres. We met many of Kathleen and Bill's neighbors
and it is easy to see why they are so happy in their new house.
"Came home for a week and then headed to Fort
Lauderdale for Thanksgiving with my aunt and cousin. While
there we got together with another Zonic and her husband--
Judy (Felps) and Rocco Spaziano. We did a lot of meeting
and eating with them. From there we pit stopped in Sebring
and visited with one of Ray's Curundu buddies, Henry
Rocco and Judy Felps Spaziano, Carolyn Holmes Morris,
and Ray Amato.
Henry Barker and Ray Amato (Curundu boys)
Back (L-R): Chuck Rentz, Doug Pajak, Doug Bergere, Bill
Campbell. Middle (L-R): Brooksie Rentz, Judy Meyers
Pajak, Sadie Price, Mary Bergere. Front (L-R): Barbara
Bartlett Garlitz, Carolyn Holmes Morris, Ray Amato,
Kathleen McConaghy Campbell, and Jimmy Price.
Received another article for this issue. "Margaret
(Maggie) Knapp had a dinner party on December 6, 2008, to
start the holiday season with a few Panama friends. The menu
consisted of Johnny Mazzetti, shrimp seviche, salads, vegeta-
bles and lots of other good eats. Of course wine, margaritas
and other adult beverages were enjoyed. In attendance were
Bill and Carol Arnold, Pete Richards, Dick and Diane
Wallace, Camille and Larry Harrington, Ray and Helen
Underwood, Mary and Bill Leach, and Frank Baldwin."
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to mention just a few. Many offered prayers on Andrea's
behalf. Lester apologized if he left anyone out, but the point
he wanted to make was that the Canal Zone lives in all our
hearts, especially those of us from Curundu. On the bright
side, their daughter Christine and family were able to spend
Christmas with them here in Georgia. Once it warms up they
will go and visit them in Charleston, and in the Spring they
hope that Andrea will be well enough for both of them to take
a camping trip to Denver for a visit with their other daughter
Kimberly and her husband.
We have kept fairly busy the last part of 2008. The first
week of October, my husband and I went to Gettysburg, Pa.,
for a 33rd Infantry Reunion and revisiting with some of the
infantrymen he had served with in Panama, plus a great tour
of Gettysburg. We also flew to Washington, D.C, for a long
weekend in October where we met up for dinner with Bill and
Connie Glassburn Dawson and Gail and John McNally at
the Army and Navy Officer's Club in Virginia. It was won-
derful getting together and catching up on all the news of
what they have been doing the past year.
Group at dinner party, December 6, 2008
Billy Arnold sent me an email saying that his wife
Carole's 90-year-old mother had suffered a major heart
attack on December 12; however, is now home recuperating
from a blocked artery. Billy said he was very impressed with
the super quick response to their 911 call by the Forsyth
County Fire Dept. Billy couldn't say enough good things
about Georgia's EMT and Emergency Room Doctors, stating
they have to be among the best in the world. Billy also said
that his wife's daughter Robin and her husband John and
their three children spent three days with them in December.
He says the children, Rebecca (9), Jake (7) and Georgia (2)
are cute as they can be and call him "Captain Billy" instead
of Grandpa. He says after they left the house was way too
quiet and he missed having them there. Billy will be heading
back to Panama in February to see his Mom, who is still liv-
Heard from Lester and Andrea Smith who both live near
me in Lawrenceville, Ga. Les says that since their last camp-
ing trip, Andrea managed to fall and fracture her pelvis. She
spent three weeks between the hospital and the rehabilitation
center. What helped her cope with this setback were her won-
derful Canal Zone friends who called or visited her while she
was in the hospital. Mary Leach, Kerie Evers, Bill and
Carole Arnold, June Stevenson, Robert and Terry Smith,
just to name a few. There were also lots of phone calls and
emails from out of state. Among them were: Pat and Peggy
McCarragher, Pennye and Jerry Rose, cousins Pat
Albritton, Fred and Carol Snyder, and Fred's sister Sheila,
and Woody DeJernette from Panama. Also Hilda Fletcher
Standing (L-R): Bill Dawson, John McNally, Connie
Glassburn Dawson, Davis and June Stevenson. Seated:
In November we went on a seven-night cruise to Mexico,
Belize and the Bahamas with several members of our local
Gwinnett Shrine Club, and I enjoyed just relaxing by the pool
and eating lots of delicious desserts. Davis and I flew back to
the D.C. area in December to spend another long weekend,
along with my brother Skip and his wife Beverly Rowley, to
help celebrate a special birthday on December 13th for our
sister, Dorothy Rowley Gerhart. Jim, her husband, along
with their three children, Kenneth, Suzanne and Brian, put
on a wonderful luncheon at the Fort McNair Officer's Club
with 36 friends and family. Fort McNair's Officer's Club is
located beside the Potomac Riber, and was beautifully deco-
rated for this festive occasion. Jim Gerhart presented Dorothy
with a beautiful ruby and diamond ring as his birthday gift.
While in the D.C. area we also went to an Army Band
Concert at the DAR Concert Hall, and it was awesome. When
the female voice sang "O, Holy Night" with the Army Band
behind her, I thought it was the most beautiful version I had
ever heard. Afterwards we walked over to see the White
House Christmas Tree, which was beautiful, and then on to
dinner at the home of my niece Suzanne Gerhart George
and her husband Sean. It was a perfect ending to a perfect
day. 2008 is now officially over, and we are looking forward
to what the New Year will bring us. We do hope all of you
have a Happy and Healthy New Year! And please, keep the
news coming to me so I can submit it in the Canal Record!!!
June Rowley Stevenson, Lori Stevenson Snow, and Sara
Ann Snow by Poinsetta Xmas tree at Opryland Hotel in
June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
"' As you have no doubt noticed, I
Sa have not been filing reports from
Hawaii. No one is contacting me
Fr from here, and I lack the energy to
track people down at 77. I think it's
Francis Viglielmo time to get out of the way and let the
job be done by someone younger, so please consider this my
Here we are all agog with anticipation for the inaugural of
Hawaii's native born son, President-elect Barack Obama.
There was much local media coverage of his 10-day vacation
here over the Christmas holidays. He worked out daily at the
Marine Corps base at Kaneohe, played golf daily at a course
at the foot of the lowering Pali (cliffs), which look like accor-
dion-pleated mountains, visited the Marine Base to speak
with the single troops gathered for their Christmas dinner and
played basketball at the prestigious Punahou school where he
had been a scholarship student. He attended a private memo-
rial service for his beloved grandmother ("Toot"--from the
Hawaiian "Tutu") who had raised him and scattered her
ashes at a lava rock outcrop of the southern shore of this
island. With his family he enjoyed local "grinds" (foods par-
ticular to the Islands); spam musubi, shave ice, lau lau, li-hing
mui. There will be inaugural balls here too and one group of
local people will travel to Washington, D.C., with the mak-
ings of a luau, a Hawaiian feast the centerpiece of which is
the whole pig baked underground wrapped in ti leaves,
accompanied by lomi lomi salmon, chicken long rice,
Okinawa sweet potato (purple) and poi (also purple) with
haupia (coconut milk pudding). It's the poi that usually
stumps the "furriners"--color, taste (they say it's like library
paste) and texture depending on its thickness for scooping up.
So, I'm signing off as your Hawaii reporter; as I said I
lack the energy to track people down. Time for a younger
reporter from Hawaii Nei. Mahalo (thanks) and Aloha.
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo, Reporter
Thea Thomas, Mandeville, reports that son Andy
(BHS'90) has released a new CD titled Resonance &
Resistance as a follow-up to his book Garage to Gig: A
Musician s Guide. The how-to book is selling well and Andy
is excited. Thea's husband Chuck continues to sail and she
practices law as a partner in the New Orleans firm of
One of Thea's former colleagues, Pat Peoples, who
worked in the Commission's Office of General Counsel in
Panama from 1982-84 died in July 2008 of pancreatic cancer.
Pat and her daughter Debbie were avid horsewomen. All who
knew Pat mourn her loss.
Carol Webster, Eros, wrote that her kids gave her a won-
derful 80th birthday party. Jehd and wife Cheryl (and cock-
atiel Sky) came from Missouri. Fr. Butch Naters Gamarra
came from Los Angeles. Richard and wife Arlene from
Seattle. Megan from her farm in mid-Washington State.
Biggest surprise for Carol: Mary came from El Salvador
where she teaches English in the American School. Ed and
Martha live next door and housed the gang. Carol didn't
have to cook for six days. Only Jim and Vickie did not come;
she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and the doctor told
her not to travel until they have it under control. Carol's hus-
band, Fr. Ned, is 83 and still taking care of a small, friendly,
cheerful (and grateful) mission station, St. Matthew's, in
If anyone is still looking for a Balboa Union Church cal-
endar, Patricia M. Thomas has them. Please contact this
reporter if you are interested.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Penny Lotterhos, Clinton, won three gold medals biking
in the 2008 Senior Olympics. She qualified for the National
Senior Olympics in California this summer. She is a
Mississippi Museum of Art docent and active in church.
Husband Joe is still working but they were able to make sev-
eral trips last year. It was France in April enjoying Paris and
Normandy. June found them in Hawaii and August in
Anchorage, Alaska. They went to Wasilla before they knew
who Sarah Palin was.
The big event was their 40th wedding anniversary in
November. Over Thanksgiving they took Karen, Todd, and
the grandgirls to Oxford for a football game. Then Penny and
Joe flew to Germany and spent a few days at Lake Constance.
The hotel thought of everything, even champagne in the room
and exceptional service.
Ed, Candice and Jocelyn are at Barksdale Air Force
Base, La., where Ed is an Air Force flight surgeon. Karen,
Todd, Anna, Amelia and Eva are in Mansfield, Texas. Karen
works at the church where the girls are in pre-school. Todd
still travels to China quite frequently. Penny and Joe spent
Christmas with them in Texas.
Sandra Roth-Roffy, Greenville, spent December 1-12 in
Panama, traveling with brother Will and his wife Karen.
They spent a few days in the city then went up to Decameron
Beach Resort. Will and Karen's son graduated from college
on December 13 so the plan was to leave Panama and attend
the graduation. Unfortunately the flight out was so late leav-
ing that they missed their connection in Miami and the grad-
uation. One good thing--they brought back Auntie Hilda
Huddleston from Curundu.
Barbara McShane (BHS'73) Barnickel became Barbara
McShane Stainback in 2007 after marrying Mike Stainback,
who is principal of Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth. He
lives in Oakdale and Barbara still lives in Leesville. They are
maintaining two households until they retire. Besides serving
as principal of Vernon Parish Optional School, Barbara is the
president of Louisiana Association of Principals. Her daugh-
ter Corinne Barnickel became Corinne Barnickel-
Jorgenson (Mrs. Adam Jorgenson) in November 2008.
They live and work in Austin, Texas.
Jean Wade, Gautier, and four friends enjoyed a whirl-
wind 17 days in Portugal, Spain and Morocco in May and
June 2008. They started in Lisbon with Jeronimo's Monastery
and Vasco de Gama's tomb, then Algarve and Seville for the
world's largest Gothic cathedral and Columbus's tomb. They
crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to Africa, toured massive
medieval battlements, the royal palace, the Kasbah, Roman
relics and Casablanca. In Marrakesh, tombs, the palace,
minaret, the spiritual and artistic center of Fez. Back on
Gibraltar to see the Moorish castle, St. Michael's caves and
the Barbary apes. In Grenada they saw the Alhambra, drove
through Don Quixote's La Mancha to Toledo with its 13th-
century Gothic cathedral and the church of Santo Tome with
El Greco's famous paintings. The highlight in Madrid was the
Prado Museum. Sights, sounds, smells you would never
believe, Jean said.
In October Jean and Lee Wade traveled to Memphis,
toured Mud Island, Beale Street and the famous Peabody
Hotel to see the "marching ducks." They visited Graceland a
few years ago. From Memphis they went to Branson, Mo., for
four days of afternoon and evening shows each day. October
2007 found them in the Smokies.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
The holidays are over but things
seem to still be hopping around here-
-people are coming and going all the
Pat Hunt time. The Bradleys have been to
Florida--flew to Germany for Christmas with Eileen and Per
and the "grands"--back to Florida--visited with Jim and
Sherry and more "grands"--left again for a trip to Panama
then another cruise--etc., etc., etc. Great trips all but they
missed a great Christmas party.
We had about 30 people attending and a few who didn't
make it at the last minute. We had some "first time guests"
including the South Carolina reporter George Garcia accom-
panied by Rita Jones Fenwick and her sister Patty, who
were visiting from Miami. George and Rita and our Lola
Frauenheim Jones (not related) all graduated in the class of
1961 from BHS. Patty was in the class of 1963. Another first-
timer was Shirley Zemer (BHS'52) Swenson, who is now
living in Columbus, N.C.--just down the mountain from
Hendersonville. She moved here in 2006 to a retirement com-
munity. Her brother Bill and sisters Phyliss and Isabelle were
all members of the famous Red White and Blue Swim team
in Balboa and Bill became the team's coach when he returned
to Panama after college and military service. Interestingly
there are two other BHS grads living in the same community:
George Fedde (BHS'45) who graduated with Phyliss, and
Marguerite Van Wagner (BHS'41) Runck who graduated
with Bill and whose brother Robert Van Wagner graduated
with George. Their mother was a Cotton and they are related
to a batch of Canal Cottons--Fred, Bea, George, Wendy and
Larry, etc. Marguerite used to live here in Hendersonville
and several issues ago I wrote about her in my column. The
five of them could have a family reunion of their own. Also
living there in the same community are Betty Gentry
Knowlton whose father was Chief of Medicine at Gorgas in
the '30s, and Bob Brunson and Carolyn Brunson Pickering
and who also were there in the '30s. Their father was a
plumbing contractor and they lived in a private cottage some-
where near Pedro Miguel. Ron and Pat Nessler brought
another "first time guest" Raquel Gaillardo who was visit-
ing from Panama.
Jean Wade and four friends
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The rest of the gang included Nicki and Ty Erickson,
Malcolm and Jean Stone, Norma and Sam Irvin, Wilma
and Willy Nowotny, Lola and Al Jones, Jan and Don
Ponder, Dr. Henry and Hannah Stockwell, who incidental-
ly won the big prize of the day--a hummingbird batea tray.
Priscilla Dunn came with daughter Katrina and grandson
Xavier, who won a prize for being the youngest attendee. My
sister Vicki Howe, president Ron Angermuller and I round-
ed out the group. A really fun time was had by all.
Unfortunately, I had to leave almost before I got my dinner
eaten but all agree it was a great party.
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Wilma Nowotny and Shirley Zemer Swenson
I had a note from Danny Winklosky (BHS'57) with a
couple of pictures that I hope I will be able to get in, the first
is Daniel Gary Winklosky, Jr., Josh Winklosky and grand-
daddy Danny, and the second is Kriston Hotz Quigly, Jim
Reece (BHS'56), Danny, and Martha Hackett (BHS'56)
Cramer at their mini-reunion in the Piedmont. One of these
days I hope we can combine one of our get-togethers. How
about it. vou Piedmonters and Charlotte Panther fans!!
Daniel Gary Winklosky, Jr., Josh Winklosky, and grand-
daddy Danny Winklosky.
Willy and Wilma Nowotny hosted their "Very Last
Octoberfest" ever--so Willy says--at their home in Carriage
Park. It was almost like being in Germany, the decorations
and the food were spectacular. Wilma and a German neighbor
were in their authentic German dresses and the music made it
seem like we were in one of those big beer halls in Germany.
I don't remember Wilma carrying any of those giant beer
mugs in her hands though. My daughter Laurie was here for
the weekend so she and my sister Vicki and I enjoyed the fes-
tivities. I seem to remember that I drove home.
I had a call from John Gary Riley informing me of the
death of Lee Herrington in Orlando. Lee was in the class of
1954 but did not graduate with us apparently, as he was not in
the yearbook. Details are sketchy as he had no immediate
family--only a distant cousin, I understand. Louie Charles
(BHS'54) had visited him shortly before he died. Lou is now
living in Costa Rica--again!!
Art and Marge Sherry made a quick trip to
Hendersonville right after the New Year. They visited with
Pat Fraser, and I had dinner with them one evening. Both
were looking great and it was so good to see them. They
returned to Florida and Art headed back to Panama and by the
time you are reading this he is probably sitting on his deck in
Diablo overlooking the canal with a long tall glass of iced tea
in his hand--or lemonade--what a life!
My whole family--sans granddaughter Jennifer Watkins
Surface and husband Jason--were here for Christmas. My
son Jon and his wife Julie arranged a super Christmas gift for
all of us--a two hour Zoom comedy bus tour of Asheville. In
the almost 19 years I've been living here I've never seen
some of the places we visited. The tour was very enjoyable
and well worth the time if you ever get to visit this area. We,
of course, were the noisiest group on the bus! Actually some
of us were the loudest--I won't name names.
Well, I think that's it from North Carolina for this issue,
unless someone calls me at the last minute. Keep your news
coming or I will be out of a job. Sigh! Hope everyone has had
a spectacular start to their New Year.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
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Greetings from the frozen/soggy tun-
dra aka the Pacific Northwest. I hope
everyone had great holidays surrounded
by friends and loved ones. I guess I was
Barbara Litchford overly optimistic when I suggested that
we would have a mild winter. Hah! I guess Mother Nature
showed us just who was boss. I ended up with almost 10 inch-
es of snow in my yard and I did have, what every child
dreams of, a white Christmas.
I would like to thank Ted Paine for hosting our annual
Pacific Northwest holiday gathering at the Bremerton Elks
Club. We had a wonderful cocktail hour (or two) and a very
good meal. Suzette Baker deserves kudos for being Ted's
secretaria. Our thanks to Suzette for getting the word out to
everyone. BHS'64 was well represented by Fred Perra, Jim
Ebdon, Kathi Hirt-Schultz, Aurea Velez Mitchell, Connie
Ebdon and John Bundy. I think that night was the beginning
of Mother Nature's revenge on us. I hope all who were driv-
ing any distance had a safe trip home.
Back: Fred Perra, Kathi Hirt-Schultz, and Jim Ebdon.
Front: Aurea Velez Mitchell, Connie Edbon, and John
Bebe (Nehring) DeNike reports: "Thanksgiving found us
without the typical November Seattle area windstorms (with
wind gusts up to 90 mph but they don't call them hurricanes
on the Pacific NW side) so thankfully we had power to cook
the turkey inside this year. The Nehring Holidaze gathering at
Bebe (BHS'77) and Billy DeNike's was as crowded as they
used to be at 2350-B Owen Street. Pat (BHS'76) and Shelly
Nehring and son Tom, Janice Nehring (BHS'73) and her
daughter Marissa traveled from north and west of Seattle,
Marissa Hannan, Erin O'Toole, Jesse Nehring, and
Christmas found us under several inches of snow and ice,
which is not good for Zonians and kept Pat and Jan from trav-
eling back to Bebe's for another visit. Most of Bebe and Bill's
kids made it home, excepting newly promoted Petty Officer
Third Class Justin DeNike who had the duty in warm San
Diego. However, he was able to join us by New Year's Eve
allowing us to extend our Ping Dinging for yet another
rvq. .. __.d" WMIMMIM-
Back: Jason DeNike. MIddle: Katy Nehring, Bebe
Nehring, and Jesse Nehring. Front: Aaron Nehring, Devon
Nehring, and Justin DeNike.
Ginny Rankin writes that her youngest daughter Karen
Blennerhassett and husband John and their two kids, Ryann
and Jason, came up from Panama for a visit over
Thanksgiving, making it a great family reunion at her home
in Lakewood, Wash. Ginny's other two daughters, Sandi
McClanahan and Nancy Ivory, live nearby and her brother
and his wife, Walter and Suzanne Kleefkens, drove up from
The Dalles, Ore., with their granddaughter Jaime and her
new husband Dustin, for the gathering. Brother-in-law
Robert Rankin came down from Sequim, Wash. His wife
Gayle was on a plane heading home from a visit to see her
mother Vera Fettler in Ohio, and didn't get in until later that
evening, thus missing most of the festivities.
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Kleefkens, Sandi McClanahan, Suzanne Kleefkens,
Nancy Ivory, Jaime and Dustin Hagestedt and Jake
Saunders. Front: Mitchel Saunders, Jason Blennerhassett,
Seth McClanahan, Jibby Kleefkens, Ryann
Blennerhassett and Cassidy McClanahan.
In late May Jim Duffus (BHS'73) and his dad Jim
Duffus took a long plane ride from Portland, Ore., to
Brisbane, Australia, to visit my Jim's son Josh, who had been
working there with the Australian Army. They arrived on a
Saturday morning, unloaded at Josh's apartment and pro-
ceeded to downtown Brisbane to enjoy some fish and chips
and a view of the city from the riverfront. After lunch they
were treated to a catamaran ride (city water taxi) through the
middle of Brisbane. It's very similar to Portland, Ore., as the
river runs right through downtown. The following day after
Jim's golf clubs arrived, they headed out for a tee time at a
Greg Norman designed course outside the city. They enjoyed
a round of golf and dinner at a local oub.
Coast and another round of golf nearer to the South Pacific.
They finished off with more fish and chips along the beach.
Jim says that Brisbane is similar in many ways to Panama
with the exception of slightly better infrastructure. And, if
you ever get a chance to go down under, you'll probably be
treated to a great vacation at a place where you can almost
understand the language! If you're lucky enough to take in an
Australian Rules Football game you might decide that the
NFL really isn't that exciting.
Jim Huffman is pleased to report that his wife (and our
Northwest Pacific Auctioneer Extraordinaire) Joan is on the
Honor Roll at Skagit Valley College for the second straight
quarter. She has maintained a straight 4.0 grade point average
during this time frame.
Anne Grimm has been busy helping her 95-year-old
activist neighbor in her fight for handicapped access to the
Raymond Post Office which is listed on the Historic Register.
With Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire and State
Representative Brian Baird to help her, she is getting some-
where! They have been told though that it might take until
2010. Anyone who may have this type of problem can email
Anne for further information.
John Bundy (BHS'64) finally gave me his story of the
Milk Shake Run. This year the Milk Shake Run was all in
Washington State. What is a Milk Shake Run you ask? It's an
annual motorcycle ride in the northwest part of the U.S.
where the ride is all on back roads looking for milk shake par-
lors for midday refreshment. They were started four years ago
when John Bundy asked Dick Casey (BHS'64) to accompa-
ny him for a lunch ride to the other side of the state on their
Velocette motorcycles. Others were asked to join them: Guy
Fealey (BHS'69), John Smith (who visited Panama in 2008
with the Bundys), Bill Maxwell, and George Hayes. The
first year all rode their Velocette motorcycles on a ride that
covered 1000 miles to get lunch at that one place. Subsequent
rides have been on more modern motorcycles. This year's
ride started on Whidbey Island, Wash. The route for the first
day took them over the North Cascades Highway (State
Route 20) to Winthrop, Wash., a western frontier-styled town.
The second day they rode through some of the great back
roads on the Colville Indian Reservation, crossed Lake
Roosevelt on a small open-decked ferry, rode up past Grand
Coulee Dam and alongside Banks and Soap Lakes. That night
they stayed in a motel of log cabins in the town of Soap Lake.
Josh, Jim and Jim Duffus
Later that week they enjoyed seeing some of the sights
around Brisbane as well as playing some golf at a local city
course. Jim says that the people are great and very friendly.
They enjoyed a steak and some local refreshments at the
Brecky Creek Hotel. Jim, Jim and Josh took a trip up to Gold
Bill Maxwell, Guy Fealey, George Hayes, John Smith,
John Bundy, and Dick Casey.
The third day's ride was through some of the wheat coun-
try known as the Palouse. This was an interesting ride
through farming country and they could see what has hap-
pened to the smaller farms all along the way. That night was
spent in Colfax, a small town in the southeastern comer of
Washington. The fourth day they rode north to Steptoe Butte
State Park. Steptoe Butte is over 3612 feet high and you have
a 360-degree view for many, many miles. After the descent,
the ride headed west through more of the Palouse, past
Potholes Reservoir and Potholes State Park with a final des-
tination ofWenatchee. Wenatchee has traditionally been their
last night on the road. One reason is the food at the
Wenatchee Roaster and Alehouse (shameless plug) which is
absolutely wonderful. The other reason is that Wenatchee is
only a half day's ride back to Issaquah, and metro Seattle. On
the way home over Stevens Pass on Hwy 2, they start split-
ting off in various directions. But not before having one last
milk shake in the town of Sultan. Photos courtesy of Dick
Amanda and Sean Litchford
Guy Fealey and Dick Casey.
My husband John, son Ian, and I just returned from
Bradenton, Fla., where we attended the wedding of our oldest
son Sean to Amanda Mahoney of Bradenton. Roberta
Evans (BHS'64) attended the wedding as well. I sure enjoyed
seeing Ro and having her as my "wing man." Sean's mater-
nal grandparents are Wink (Callaway) Greene and Herb
Greene. Paternal grandparents are Jean Neese Litchford
and Leo Litchford. Amanda is the daughter of Harold
(Skip) and Bonnie Mahoney of Bradenton, Fla.
While we were there, the weather was spectacular--it was
sunny and warm the entire time. Sean, Ian and I even man-
aged a short side trip to Busch Gardens. Ian even got to go
swimming in the gulf; I managed to dip my toes in the 65-
degree water. It was nice to come back to the soggy
Northwest with a good start on a tan.
Thanks for sending your news and I look forward to hear-
ing from you soon. Remember, you can always give me a call
or email me.
Barbara (Greene) Litchford, Reporter
.Greetings from Homestead!!
SOnce again I find myself writing the
SPanama section away from my desk
and computer at home and with my
primary duty as the "granny nanny"
Anna Opel for my granddaughter Sophia
Gabriella while the regular nanny is
on holiday. A trip to Denver is also on schedule for me to visit
with my son Rick Szymanski, wife Terri, and grandchildren,
Marianna, Elysia, and Bryan, before I return to Panama.
This was a bittersweet quarter for my family with the
unexpected passing of our sister, Gladys (Miller) Mead
(BHS'57) on October 22nd (see With Deep Sorrow). A cele-
bration of her life was held after her memorial service at
David Corrigan's house in St. Pete, standing room only and
with a "Panamanian flavor" buffet. Gladys' sons, Rick and
Keith Mead and their families, were in attendance. It was
heartbreaking for all of us. Our eldest sister Carrie (Miller)
Edwards was unable to attend due to health reasons, but the
rest of us were there, for Gladys.
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(Proback) Gramlich, and Dottie (Miller) Meissner.
In October 2008 Bob Askew won the Armando Puyana
Cup--a three-day regional senior golf tournament sponsored
by the Colombian Senior Golf Association at Ruitoque Golf
Club in Colombia. Bob plays for and represents Panama in
golf tournaments in Central and South America.
Rick and Keith Mead, Patricia (Szymanski) Phillips, Greg
Gramlich, and Jean (Gramlich) Conners.
A little after that, the sweet side, on November 1st I
attended the wedding of my grandniece Heather Collins to
Kyle Varner in Charleston, S.C. (see Weddings). The other
family members in attendance were: Grandmothers, Dottie
Meissner and Joan (Holgerson) Collins; Rusty and Ronnie
Meissner and daughters Mindy and Melody; Brian
Meissner; Jim and Kathy (Newbury) Collins and daugh-
ters, Jacqueline and Erin.
I returned to Panama mid-November and in time to have
Thanksgiving dinner at our house in Ancon with the usual
gang, Frank and Blanca Mitchell, Stanley and Maureen
Leon, and Aurora and Aldo Rodriguez and sons, Aldo and
My daughter Jenilee Szymanski and granddaughter
Sophia came to visit for Christmas. We celebrated Christmas
dinner at the house with her sister, Patricia, and other guests,
Stewart Warner, Miguel Angel, Frank and Blanca Mitchell,
and Michelle Kuo.
Now on to the other news....The 24 Hour store in Balboa
finally closed its doors in early December. For any of you
who have visited it during the last few years may have
noticed the severe lack of grocery products; it was just a mat-
ter of time before it succumbed to the competition in the area.
Lili (Oller) Kohr represented Delaware in the Mrs.
America Pageant in Tucson, Ariz., on September 2, 2008,
with all proud family members attending the program. Lili
won the prize of the State Costume and is pictured here with
her sister Itzil (Oller) Bruno.
Charlotte Isabella Coffey, age two-and-a-half, on her
first modeling job is seen below. She appeared in the October
2008 issue of the Panama fashion magazine Mundo Social.
Her parents are Brandy and Kim Coffey ofAlbrook, mater-
nal grandparents are Adrian and Pat Holmes of Paitilla, and
paternal grandparents Billy and Karen Coffey of Gorgona.
Blanca Mitchell celebrated her 60th with a birthday bash
held at the Balboa Yacht Club Bohio on December 3rd with
close to 125 people in attendance. John Wolff provided the
music for the event. Guests included: Alfredo Bocanegra,
Anita Fehrenbach, Anna Opel, Art Mokray, Betsy and
Brendan O'Regan, Bonnie Beasley, Brenda and Joe
Hummer, Cecilia Mojica, Connie and Rowland Folse, Dan
Hardwick, Dave and Diana Bishop, Dave Cooper, Dave
Walker, David and Mylena Roquebert, Doug and Luz
Hale, Doug Allen, Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow, Ernie
and Maritza Dean, Howard Wenzel, Jay Hughes, Jim
Hattrick, Jim Lantry, John and Lupe Morales, John and
Lynn Wolff, John and Tilly McTaggart, Ken Campbell,
Larry Liberty, Mike Young, Olga Lincoln, Richard
Zaleskie, Sonia Valle, Tom and Gail Salluci, and Tony and
Jennifer (Jones) Howitt.
The ladies pictured below had a wonderful day playing
Mah-Jongg at the British Residence off of Balboa Avenue in
November during its semiannual Game Day.
Standing (L-R): Margaret (Will) Ender, Penny (Wilder)
Canamas, Jane (Gabriel) Huff, and Lorraine (Urey)
Kirkland. Seated (L-R): Freda Dowdon, Ana (Bottin)
Boyer, and Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan.
Pictured here are Dr. Ron Riefkohl, Nancy Riefkohl,
Elsie Garcia, Amy (Garcia) Fisher, and Dr. Charly Garcia
having dinner at Casa de Lourdes in El Valle on Mother's
Day in December during the recent visit of Nancy and Ron
Riefkohl to Panama.
Dr. Ron Riefkohl, Nancy Riefkohl, El
Charly Garcia, and Amy (Garcia) Fisher.
As an added note to this, I was leaving the bohio with
Jennifer Jones, her husband Tony, and Mike Young and a
meteor passed low over the parking lot, lighting it up as day,
a classic textbook picture of a meteor, the red front and tail
end--a once in a lifetime experience. Neither of the guys saw
it nor believed us--said it must have been the firewater!
Panama had several that night and one was reported as
impacting somewhere in Pacora, shaking houses and scaring
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Charlie (BHS'79) and wife Christine Thrush joined the
"breakfast bunch" at Niko's in Balboa the other day. Charlie's
mom, Norma, frequently joined the "breakfast bunch" in the
past. Charlie and Christine live in Colorado and come
"home" every year as do a lot of former Zonians.
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Other Niko sightings and back for their Chagres water fix
were Charlie Soukup, Richard Lopp, Monty Smith, and
A noontime birthday party was held at the Balboa Union
Church on January llth in honor of Marjorie (Tilley)
Gerhart's 90th birthday. In the picture are Maria (Girard)
(BHS'57) Vincent, Marjorie and her daughter Helen (Tilley)
(BHS'55) Martin. Maria is a close family friend who accom-
panied Helen from the states. Also present were Marje's three
sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Marje is remem-
bered as a pillar of the Union Church and retired as secretary
to the Gorgas Hospital Director. She is the widow of Pat
Gerhart, a former CZ contractor.
cent, Marjorie Gerhart, and Helen Martin
In an email, Vicki Sizemore wrote her news: "The
Holiday Season in Panama has finally taken a rest before the
party starts up again in February for Carnival. November
finds us celebrating Fiestas de Patrias, which include up to
four holidays including our own U.S. Thanksgiving.
Christmas is a wonderful time with the emphasis on celebrat-
ing with friends and family. Ed and I got to share time with
many visitors from the U.S. during this busy season. In
October we shared comida with Elaine Vestal and Suzanne
Goldstein who were here for a quick trip. Elaine's love and
appreciation of corvine ajillo is legendary so we did our best
to give her max opportunities to partake of the 'tasty treat.'
We attended a very special birthday party for Mr. Rob Roy
Sr. who was celebrating his 99th birthday in October at the
home of his son and daughter-in-law, Rob Roy and Kathy
Wainio. We spent Election Night at the Bristol Hotel with
friends and members of a Medical Mission from Michigan
fresh out of the jungle. They had called looking for a place to
watch election results so we invited them to join Democrats
Abroad Panama at the Bristol. Needless to say, it was an
extraordinary night. In November friends Jacque Vowell and
Faye Weisser came for a visit and we greatly enjoyed our
time together. We had friends over for Thanksgiving to
include Nick Jackson, Linda Layman and Margie Werlein.
On Veteran's Day there was a ceremony at Corozal Cemetery
to honor our veterans. The ceremony was well attended by
members of the panagringo community including our Elks,
the American Society, the Navy League and the U.S.
Embassy. Also in attendance was Richard Austen the
Ambassador from the United Kingdom and the Ambassador
from Canada. Our new U.S. Ambassador Barbara
Stephenson spoke at the event. In December the Elks were
very busy. They hosted a tree-trimming event for the
Christmas Tree in the Elks Bar and a gift wrapping (for the
kids from the Helen Keller School) and football party. Both
events were well attended with many volunteers helping out
to make sure the kids from the Helen Keller School for the
Blind had a great Christmas party. This event is held annual-
ly at the Elks and would not be possible without the work of
the volunteers to include Gordy Will, Jane Huff, Chris
Homa, Penny Canamas, Carl Tuttle and Ruth, Art Mokray,
Jim Read and Ed Wardlow. The Elks Members Christmas
Dinner was held on the traditional Thursday before
Christmas. We had over 60 people attend this great event with
lots of food and good cheer. Our Ladies Lunch Group
enjoyed a wonderful Christmas lunch at Buzio's in Casco
Viejo. We have a very eclectic group of women that meet
once a month for the sheer goal of socializing. Ed and I along
with Linda Layman had our annual Christmas Party on
Christmas Eve. This year we had it at the large Bohio at
Albrook Park (our condo complex) with about 50 friends. We
enjoyed a visit from Florida friends Lori Edwards and
Frank Schultz. This was their first visit to Panama so we
stayed busy sightseeing and showing dff this beautiful coun-
try. New Year's Day the Elks Club hosted a Day After the
Night Before Party complete with great food and football. Ed
and I ended the holidays with our annual trek to the Volcan
for some much needed rest and relaxation. We stayed at El
Cielito Sur the wonderful B&B owned by friends Janet
(Tilley) (BHS'70) and her husband Glenn Lee. Janet and
Glenn were excited by their coming trip to India in January.
We can't wait to see the pictures!!"
The Panazonian community was again saddened by the
passing of some more of our members: Frank Raymond, Pio
Delgado, and Berta Briceiio.
So ends another report--till the next issue, Hasta la vista!!
Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001
Make your reservations now!
Hello from South Carolina. I hope
everyone had a wonderful Christmas
and a very glorious time ringing in
George Garcia 2009! We rang in the New Year with
friends and introduced them to seviche and beer. We also had
some good old arroz con polo.
In early November it was time for us to break out the win-
ter clothing. We truly enjoyed the onset of winter this year.
The Good Lord sure did use all of his artistic talent when he
painted our leaves this year. Getting ready for the Christmas
season was even more exciting.
However, it seems that the weather gods are still with us.
We've been having some unseasonably warm weather for
January. It starts out cold but then the day seems to get
warmer. I'm still wearing sandals. But I know how cruel the
weather gods can be. We have to look forward to February.
That's one of our coldest months. Oh well, it will be over
Now let me get on with the Christmas news. The Western
North Carolina Panama group had a Christmas luncheon on
December 13th (see North Carolina report). My classmate
Rita Jones Fenwick and her sister Patty Jones came up for
the weekend. It's always great fun to have Rita and Patty in
our home. They are such great guests!
Ann Richardson threw a pre-Christmas party for the
Canal Zone residents of the Columbia, S.C., area.
Unfortunately I could not attend and was truly sorry about
that. However, Mike Padua was kind enough to send me this
picture of the group.
Back (L-R) Charles Rentz, Paul Menges, Jim Spinelli,
Mike Padua. Front (L-R): Ann Batcheldor Richardson,
Kay Flowers McFarland, Diana lanole Woodrow, and
Stephanie Lawson Menges.
j 2 ^ Join us at the reunion for
S i \ the 4th of July pool party!
See page 50 for information.
NOTE: I am encountering "bad" email addresses for
some of the people who are registered with me as living in
South Carolina. My last email announcing the party at Ann
Richardson's home returned these addresses as "Cannot Find
Mailbox". If you have a new address or if anyone knows the
email address of these people, please send them to me at the
email address provided.
Incorrect email addresses
Arthur Jay Troup
George Garcia, Reporter
Jim Donovan (BHS'72) called to
touch base with the local Zonians in
North Texas. He and brother Brian
were Farfan boys with a sister named
Anne. Jim lives in Duncanville with his
wife Judith Price, a Speech Therapist, Morris
and twelve-year-old daughter Rachel. Lnda
Donovan is author of A Terrible Glory, a book on the histori-
cal Battle of the Little Big Horn (on New York Bestseller list
for three weeks). An avid historian and researcher, Jim is cur-
rently compiling facts on The Battle ofAlamo. Update on the
Donovan family. Brian (BHS'77) and Bridget (Dolan) live in
Austin and have two children, a fourteen-year-old son
Kiernan and a daughter Darien (twelve). Jim's sister Anne
(BHS'73) lives in Mississippi.
Came en Paletto. Arroz con Pollo, Seviche, and freshly-
baked Empanadas were enjoyed by the gang (the usual sus-
pects) at Colin (BHS'76) and Karen Creel's annual fiesta.
Everyone enjoyed the music, dancing, and badda-bing,
Lee and Annette Morton
A surprise birthday party that really was a well-kept secret
was planned by Angie Bloemer and co-conspirators, daugh-
ter Barbara Ellington and son Donald, to celebrate Captain
Bob's 80th birthday. A crowd of eighty friends astonished
Bob at the Eldorado Country Club with their loud
"Surprise"!! It was a gala evening with an elegant buffet,
wine and dessert. A slide show celebrating Bob's life from
cradle to present was narrated by a golf buddy and it induced
a lot of chuckles.
Bob and Linda Morris spent two weeks on Celebrity's
Millennium revisiting Alaska's Inner passage. They saw
Moose Burgers offered on the menu in a Seward restaurant.
"Thanks, but no thanks!," they decided.
Captain Bob Bloemer
Bob Morris, Skagway, Alaska
Bloemer Birthday Gathering
The Art Farrell clan arranged a formal ceremony with
uniformed participation by the Navy and Marines at the Fort
Worth National Cemetery. Edie Farrell and three of their
four daughters, Kelly Murphy, Sheila Fashionpauer, and
Denise Cronk and husbands, were in attendance. Daughter
Roberta LeBlanc, Cape Coral, Fla., was unable to attend.
Also attending were Art's granddaughter Ashley Clement
and her dad Edward Clement and his parents James and Lu
Bob and Flois Carlin and Bucky and Jackie (Carlin)
Gilbert had booked a cruise to the Southern Caribbean but
health problems forced the Gilberts to cancel at the last
moment. Bob and Flois, however, did sail on the ten-day
Holland American Noordam and arrived home rested and
Jack and Jo Ann Morton and Bruce and Sandy Sanders
made a transatlantic crossing on the Voyager of the Seas from
England to Boston (see Letters to the Editor).
John, Bliss, and boys Jake and Drew Connerton spent
Christmas week at their favorite Hilton Resort Hotel in
Cancun. This is a yearly trek so some of the hotel staff are
friends. They were invited to spend Christmas Eve at a typi-
cal Mexican home with offers of freshly-made tamales, Ron
ponche, and camaraderie.
Still haven't heard from lots of you. Send me your hap-
penings. "Hasta" next time.
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
Annie Boggs from San Antonio, Texas came to Kerrville
to visit and attend the Canal Zone Canasta Group Christmas
luncheon hosted by Honey Fealey. Annie recently visited her
son Raymond Boggs in North Carolina and her brother and
cousins in Tennessee, as well as the National Eagles conven-
tion in Kentucky. She also went north to Fort Worth to an
expo and west to California to attend her 50th high school
reunion and visit her sister and brother.
Richard Boggs, Annie's son, also of San Antonio, has
been to Korea and on a couple of cruise ships, including
across the Atlantic, but he still found time to visit me and put
together my new Christmas presents.
The end of 2008 I spent several months in New Jersey
with my sister Janet Fields-Himes and her husband Ray.
The highlight of my trip was the Fields family "meet and
greet" reunion in August. My niece Annette Cashman with
beau Mark and children Lindsay and Seth came from Rhode
Island, and Bethany Derma with daughter Nixie came from
California, while niece Meggan Seidelmann with husband
Erik and son John live near my sister in New Jersey. Being
able to spend a week together was definitely the highlight of
I hope the New Year is a new beginning and a better time
for all of us.
Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter
We wish congratulations to my
nephew Mikal Kuyoth-Rote for his
enlistment and graduation from
Naval School in Great Lakes, Ill., this
past winter. Mikal's parents and best
friend attended his graduation (see Paula Kuyoth-Ayers
Congratulations). After graduation,
he attended technical training in Pensacola, Fla. He was
grateful for the great beaches and substantially warmer cli-
mate. Currently he is stationed in Norfolk, Va. When I was in
Greensboro, N.C., visiting our grandchildren, Mikal came
down for a visit and now spends quite a few weekends with
his cousins in Greensboro.
In June our son Michael Martin graduated from Life
University, Marietta, Ga. (see Congratulations). Randy and I
traveled to Marietta to see him walk the stage and receive his
Doctor of Chiropractic degree. My sister Amy Kuyoth-Rote
and her daughter Bree joined us for the occasion and cele-
brations. It was wonderful to see him achieve his longtime
goal. After graduation, Amy, Bree, and Michael drove down
to Pensacola to spent a few days visiting Mikal Kuyoth-Rote
and enjoying the beaches.
I drove out to Marietta, Ga., in September to help Michael
move back to San Antonio, Texas. On the way I stopped in
Birmingham, Ala., and spent several days with Paul and
Linda Boostrom. It was great to talk about the "old days"
and everyone we know. Paul invited Sandra Wallace over
for dinner one evening and, needless to say, we were up until
the "wee hours" of the morning "re-digging the canal"! It was
wonderful to say the least and we are looking forward to see-
ing them again very soon. I also was able to spend some time
with Paul and Linda's children, Aaron and Anna.
Amy Kuyoth-Rote and her husband Scott headed down to
Panama for a three-week vacation in November. They started
out at Ana and Bob Boyer's home in La Boca. They headed
off to Bocas del Toro for a couple of days. Then to Volcan to
stay with Janet Tilley and Glenn Lee at their bed-and-break-
fast, Cielito Sur, for several days. They went to the beach, and
then went back to Ana and Bob's. Amy said that Ana and Bob
are the consummate hosts and have become part of her
extended family. She and Scott enjoyed their time with them
.. -V m f
Bob Boyer with his niece and baby squirrel he rescued
Faye Weisser and Jacque Vowell also went to Panama at
the same time and enjoyed their time visiting with Vicki
Sizemore and Ed Wardlow. They also spent time visiting
several sites around Panama City and the surrounding area.
Amy and Scott met up with Faye, Jacque, Vicki, and Ed to
catch up on "goings' on" and round out a successful trip.
Amy and Scott Rote are very proud parents of their son,
ITSR Mikal Kuyoth-Rote for being chosen to serve the U.S.
Navy on the new San Antonio class assault ship USS New
York. In March he is to report to New Orleans, La., where the
ship is nearing its completion. Amy, Scott, and his sister,
Bree, will be attending the ceremony. Mikal's grandparents,
Margaret and Gerald Tobin Rote will also attend.
We mourn the loss of John Carlson and Lucky
Summers during the latter part of 2008 and extend our
prayers and thoughts to their families.
Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, Reporter
Happy Spring, Everyone! At this time
Swe are planning a Zonian BBQ in May
here in Norfolk/Virginia Beach. I'll
have more info soon. Hope everyone
had a safe holiday season. I'm looking
S forward to our next reunion this sum-
mer. As I write today, it's January and
it's quite cold, record lows they say. Can't wait until summer!
Dennis Gilbert (BHS'69) shares that in November he
and his family (Robin, Kevin, Andrea, and John) flew to
Houston for the wedding of Leslie Gilbert and Chris
Hokanson. Leslie is Dennis' niece, daughter of John Gilbert
(CHS'75) and Marlene Gilbert. They motored up to College
Station where they enjoyed the rehearsal dinner amongst
family and the Saturday wedding with over 200 people.
Leslie (Gilbert) and Chris Hokanson
Congratulations to grandparents Dave and Becky
Albanese. The proud parents are David and Amy Albanese,
and the great-grandfather is Lt. Col. Al Albanese, USA
(Ret.), former Commander of the 4th Battalion, 10th Infantry
stationed at Fort Davis in 1965. We should have pictures soon
of baby Ava. Big sister Riley Elizabeth is excited to have a
A Happy Birthday wish to Al Sprague!! In December the
Sprague/Taylor gang got together to celebrate Al's 70th
birthday at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Va.
Back (L-R): Mark Sprague, Kassie Sprague Taylor,
Kendall Taylor, Michael Sprague, and Dagny Sprague.
Front (L-R); Braden Taylor, Hannah Sprague, Al Sprague,
Blake Taylor, and Alexander Sprague.
Karen Peugnet Brandl, Reporter
The waiting was unbearable; I
thought it was in vain.
But now the moment has
arrived, it's time to board the
As we speed across the sky, the
hours seem like days.
Then I finally see it through
the cloudy haze.
Orlando is below us, and soon we're at the gate.
We grab our bags, pile in the car drive faster, I can't wait!
We make a right and then a left, .. -
the hotel it is so near.
We go inside, scan the crowd,
and of course we grab a beer.
We visit with old friends, and
catch up on the latest.
We laugh and talk and reminisce
of times that were the greatest.
All the bartenders can't believe the drinking hours we keep,
But this week we are Zonians and next week we can sleep.
The days they pass too quickly,
and the nights do just the same.
It's almost time, we must
return, back from whence we
Mr. Carter, what a guy, he took
the Zone away,
But in our hearts it lives and
breathes, and is with us here
At the desk we all check out, and turn in the funny key.
All these friends who part at once, a depressing sight to see.
We hug and kiss and bid
farewell to those we hold so
But there's a bright spot 'cause
we know we'll see them all
I sometimes wish that Zonians
filled the houses near to mine.
The people there just can't
relate to a Paradise lost in time.
I will always miss the Canal Zone, its simple life and
But as I leave it's plain to see, its people are its treasures.
Unknown author from San Diego, California
CAITLIN M. ALLEN GRADUATES
Lorrie Husum (BHS'74) and Tod Allen celebrated the
graduation of their daughter Caitlin M. Allen on December
13, 2008, in Tallahassee, Fla. Caitlin graduated from Florida
State University with a bachelor's in Biology and a minor in
Caitlin is the granddaughter of Ellen Foley (BHS'47)
Husum and the late Edward J. Husum, Jr. She is a third-
generation Seminole, joining her grandfather Ed Husum (the
first FSU graduate in the family); mother Lorrie, father Tod,
aunt Mary Husum Toston; uncles John Husum, George
Husum, and Bill Toston; and cousins Anne Barca,
Catherine Husum Taylor, and Rebekah Husum. She is a
welcome addition to the Seminole Nation.
An intimate party was thrown in her honor at her parents'
home, and Zonians in attendance included Janet Husum
(BHS'69) Herrington; Mary Husum Toston and husband
Bill (BHS'85); George Husum, wife Barb, and sons Daniel
and Kevin; Ed Husum (BHS'72), wife Ruth, and son John;
Anne Norval (CHS'74) Mulbach and husband Jeff; and
Patty Kelleher (BHS'75).
DEREK DeRAPS GRADUATES
On December 13, 2008, Derek DeRaps received his
Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the
Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. Derek gradu-
ated with Highest Honors. He returned to Georgia Tech after
the Christmas break to work on several research projects.
Derek is the son of (the late) Brian and Stacy DeRaps
and grandson of (the late) Donald and Gloria Parker. Derek
celebrated this day with Mom (Stacy), Nana (Gloria), sisters
Breanne and Meagan, auntie Betty Kay LeDoux-Morris,
and Erik Bachmann.
Caitlin M. Allen
BREANNE RUPP RECEIVES
Flanked by her parents, Jeanne and Bob Rupp, Breanne
Rupp celebrated her college graduation from Flagler
College, Saint Augustine, Fla. Breanne received a Bachelor
of Arts in the Spring of 2008 (Magna Cum Laude) and was
subsequently accepted to the very prestigious Flagler
Department of Fine Arts from which she was conferred a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in December of 2008.
Breanne's future plans are to continue her education and
pursue a Master's in Fine Arts in the fall of 2009 at a univer-
sity yet to be determined.
Standing (L-R): Betty LeDoux-Morris, Breanne DeRaps,
Meagan DeRaps, Erik Bachmann, Derek DeRaps, and
Gloria Parker. Front: Stacy DeRaps.
REUNION INFORMATION ONLINE
BREANNE DeRAPS, JURIS DOCTOR
On May 22, 2008, Breanne DeRaps graduated and
received her Juris Doctor Degree from Rutgers Law School
in Camden, N.J. At Rutgers University Breanne served as the
Associate Articles Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law &
Religion. Currently she is working for an Appellate Judge in
Hackensack, N.J., and has passed both the New Jersey and
Washington State Bar exams.
Breanne is the daughter of (the late) Brian and Stacy
DeRaps of Odessa, Fla., and granddaughter of Gloria and
(the late) Donald Parker of Inverness, Fla.
impressive facts that were a pleasant surprise to most in atten-
dance. Needless to say, Billy was quite taken aback by his
well-disguised surprise weekend and was visibly grateful for
the outpouring of affection for him from family and friends.
Jo Kent, Billy Hatchett, Beth Trout, and Vee MacLaren
Gloria (Geddes) Parker, Meagan DeRaps, Derek DeRaps,
Breanne DeRaps, and Stacy (Parker) DeRaps.
BILLY HATCHET 70TH BIRTHDAY
The place to be was Diamondhead, Miss., where family
and friends gathered to surprise Billy Hatchett and to help
him celebrate his 70th birthday. The surprise was pulled off
masterfully by Billy's better half, Kathy, and his children
much to the delight of Billy and all in attendance.
Billy's children, Bill, Leigh and Chris, along with their
spouses and all the grandchildren, as well as Billy's sisters,
Jo Kent, Beth Trout and Vee MacLaren and their families,
participated in the surprise event starting on Friday,
November 21, 2008, as each member of the family just start-
ed showing up at the house delivering pizza, flowers and
whatever cover-up they could muster to keep Billy on his
Saturday started with breakfast at Bill and Kathy's very
lovely and comfortable home, which of course included
Zonian and family stories of days gone by. That evening the
group migrated to the Diamondhead Country Club where
they were joined by several local friends of Bill, for a sit-
down dinner in honor of his special day, which of course
involved the sharing of more stories led by sister Vee. Jo
touched everyone's heart with a beautiful poem she wrote for
their favorite (and only) baby brother. Another highlight of
the evening was a cleverly concocted trivia quiz about Bill
and his storied past, which contained many interesting and
Jim McKeown, Billy Hatchett, and Kenny Morris
Jim McKeown, Kenny Morris, Bonnie Kent (Billy's
niece), Billy Hatchett, and Betty LeDoux-Morris.
DR. MICHAEL MARTIN, DC
Dr. Michael T. Martin, son of Randy Ayers and Paula
Kuyoth-Ayers (BHS'69) of New Braunfels, Texas, was
awarded his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) from Life
University in Marietta, Ga., in June 2008. He currently is
residing in San Antonio, Texas, pending the decision as to
where to begin his practice. He also holds a BS Degree in
Psychology with a Minor in Biology from Texas State
University, San Marcos, Texas. His maternal grandparents are
Paul and Mary Kuyoth of San Antonio, Texas.
His graduation ceremony was attended by Randy Ayers
and Paula Kuyoth-Ayers, and his aunt Amy Kuyoth-Rote
and cousin Bree Rote of San Antonio, Texas.
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Randy Ayers, Dr. Michael Martin, and Paula Kuyoth-
Seaman Apprentice Mikal Kuyoth-Rote, son of Scott
Rote and Amy Kuyoth-Rote of San Antonio, Texas, joined
the U.S. Navy in March 2008 and graduated from the U.S.
Navy Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in May
2008. He underwent Specialty Technical Training at the U.S.
Navy Center for Information Dominance, Corry Station,
Pensacola, Fla., and graduated in August 2008. Mikal report-
ed to his first duty station, Norfolk Naval Base, in September
2008 where he is currently undergoing advanced technical
training. Mikal received the honor of being selected as a
crewmember on the USS New York, a unique naval ship con-
structed with 24 tons of reforged scrap steel from the World
His maternal grandparents are Paul and Mary Kuyoth of
San Antonio, Texas. His graduation ceremony was attended
by Scott Rote and Amy Kuyoth-Rote, his sister Bree
Kuyoth-Rote, and his best friend Paul Thorsen, all of San
ALICE McGANN CRUISES
FOR 86TH BIRTHDAY
Alice McGann of Anchorage, Alaska, accompanied her
son Bill McGann (BHS'77), his wife Laura and their daugh-
ter Emilee on a 12-day cruise of the Baltic Sea. Boarding the
Costa Marina in Amsterdam, the voyage docked in six dif-
ferent countries, allowing the passengers to take tours of the
cities, free time to shop or explore the various places on their
own. From Amsterdam the ship transited the Nord-Ostsee
canal to Guingen, Poland; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki,
Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia, and
Copenhagen, Denmark, and back to dock in Amsterdam.
It so happened that while docked in St. Petersburg,
Russia, Alice celebrated her 86th birthday on board with
complimentary champagne and a special birthday cake pre-
pared by the ship's pastry chef. It was a very memorable
occasion for her and her family.
Bill and Laura are both employed by the DOD Dependent
School System Europe. Bill is the facility manager for all the
Heidelberg district schools in Germany. His wife, the former
Laura Campbell, taught at Kobbe Elementary and Curundu
Middle School and with the Panama-Cuba district as curricu-
lar and instruction coordinator until the closing of the Canal
Zone schools. She is now vice-principal of Special Education
at Mannheim Elementary School. Their daughter Emilee is an
8th grade honor student attending DODs Heidelberg Middle
Bill McGann and Alice McGann
Seaman Apprentice Mikal Kuyoth-Rote
JAMIE LEIGH REID GRADUATES
Jim and Pam (Scott) Reid announce the graduation of
daughter Jamie Leigh Reid from the University of Florida,
Rinker School of Building Construction with a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Construction Management and a
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certification on December 19, 2008. Jamie's swimming
career afforded her the opportunity to a fully-funded
This past January through May, Jamie lived in Hong
Kong as one of four students chosen to participate in the
Hong Kong Polytech Institute Building and Real Estate study
aboard program. While abroad, she traveled to the
Philippines and later to mainland China where she viewed
many construction sites including the Beijing Olympic
venue. Visiting the famed Great Wall of China, Jamie and her
friends walked a challenging five kilometers winding up and
down the steep hills. The reward at the end was a thrilling ride
down a steep zip line stretched across a very wide river!!
Jamie will continue to live and work and volunteer in
Gainesville, Fla., with her rescue dogs Sammy and Emma
Frost while she continues to apply for positions anywhere in
the construction industry.
JIM AND FRAN MYERS
CELEBRATE 60 YEARS TOGETHER
Fran and Jim Myers, 1948
James F. "Jim" Myers and Frances "Fran" (Adam)
(CHS'48) Myers of Albuquerque, N.M., celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary on December 4, 2008. They were mar-
ried at the Fort Davis, Canal Zone chapel and continued to
live in Panama until December of 1950.
Jamie Leigh Reid
VAL SCHROETER-80TH BIRTHDAY
Val Schroeter celebrated her 80th birthday at a local
Austin, Texas restaurant with family and friends. The lunch-
eon was hosted by her daughter Tina (BHS'73) Schroeter,
her husband Chris John and their children Reena and D.J.
Among the guests were former Zonians Barbara
Krueger, Georgia Corin, Elena Kelly of Hattiesburg, Miss.,
Gail Goodrich Totten, Val's daughter Suzie Schroeter, and
Carol Kelly Puzon of San Antonio.
Jim and Fran Myers, 2008
(L-R): Barbara Krueger, Georgia Corin, Val Schroeter,
Elena Kelly, Tina Schroeter, Gail Goodrich Totten, Suzie
Schroeter, and Carol Kelly Puzon.
ANOTHER YEAR, MORE MEDALS
Larry and Mary Ellen Horine of Boone, N.C., returned
home recently with gold, silver and bronze medals. Larry
(BHS'49) came home with nine golds, three each for javelin,
shot put and discus. He won three firsts at the Masters' Track
and Field Championships in Florida; three more at the Las
Vegas, Nevada state senior games; and three again at the
Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Mary
Ellen (BHS'51) captured two medals; silver in shot put and
bronze in discus in the Huntsman games. She also placed
fourth in javelin. Both of them compete in the 75 to 79 age
They both work hard at their sports Larry has been
involved in physical education all his life. For many years, he
was chair of physical education at Appalachian State
University and in his last years at the university, he was direc-
tor of ASU's international programs. Mary Ellen was the
supervisor ofASU's student teachers. They retired in the mid-
1990s. Larry founded the High Country Senior Games in the
High Country about 20 years ago. Winning gold or silver
there is a prerequisite to participation in the state senior
games held every year in Raleigh.
Larry ana iviary Enen riorine
The Horines have won countless medals in many senior
games over the years. Their eight grandchildren sometimes
fall heir to one each as a souvenir, but they also donate
medals to school games and often return state medals for
GABE BRANDENBURG GRADUATES
Beth (Lewis) and Hap Brendenburg of Riverview, Fla.,
are proud to announce the graduation of their youngest son
Gabe from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., on
December 13, 2008. Gabe's brothers Bryan, Todd, and Giles
were also in attendance at the ceremony.
Gabe is the grandson of Freddie Brandenburg of
Sun City Center, Fla.
CICEROS CELEBRATE 50TH
The family of Joe and Marcia Cicero gathered in
Orlando, Fla., to celebrate their 50 years of marriage on June
28, 2008. Joe and Marcia's family surprised them with an
anniversary dinner during which they were roasted by their
sons, presented with a DVD of pictures from their life as well
as a scrapbook commemorating their lives together. Their
children and grandchildren also surprised them with an
anniversary trip to Las Vegas which Joe and Marcia enjoyed
Attending the celebration were Joe and Marcia's four
sons, Larry, Craig, Jim and Mark, four daughters-in-law,
11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Also attend-
ing were Joe's sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Jim
Morris, Marcia's brother Pete Starr, nephew John Morris,
and niece Cori Morris.
JOIN US FOR
THE 4TH OF JULY
SEE PAGE 50 FOR INFORMATION.
ELLEN FOLEY HUSUM'S BIG 80TH
The children of Ellen Foley (BHS'47) Husum threw an
80th birthday celebration for her at the 2008 Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando, Fla. All the Husums were there-
-Janet Herrington (BHS'69), Karen Clary (BHS'70) and
husband Jim and daughter Darien, Ed (BHS'72) and wife
Ruth and son John, Maureen (BHS'72) and sons Dillon and
Thomas, Lorrie Allen (BHS'74) and husband Tod and
daughters Caitlin and Kelsey, John (BHS'75) and wife
Lorena and daughters Catherine, Rebekah, and Valerie,
Ray and fiancee Loreen Ridge, Michael, and Mary Toston
and husband Bill.
Also making the party even more special were some of
Juana Rios' children (Santi, Dilma, and Melida) and grand-
children (Zoraida and Anna). They made the trip from
Maryland and Panama to celebrate with Ellie. Juana was the
Husum children's other mother and she is missed greatly. It
was such a special time for all as many of the family had not
seen each other or the younger generation in a long time.
Other wonderful Zonian friends were also there, which made
Ellie feel like the Queen for the Day.
Ellie Husum with her children and Juana Rios' children
Ellie Husum with her children and nieces and nephews
Ellie was also blessed to be surrounded by her extended
family--her nieces and nephews and their families, including
Marianne Field Hockin (CHS'67) and husband Russ and
children Jaime and wife Jessica Hockin, Ryan and wife
Nicole Hockin and grandchildren Travis and Genna Grace,
Garrett Hockin and Kevin Hockin; Kenny Field (CHS'68)
and wife Sandy; Josie Field (wife of the late Rusty Field);
John Cronan (CHS'61); Celia (Cronan) (CHS'63) Miller
and husband Gary; Joe Cronan (CHS'70); Will Cronan
(CHS'76); and Mary (Cronan) (CHS'78) Spallino and hus-
band Jim; Irene (Foley) Girard and husband Ozzie and son
Thomas (Foley) Wood and his wife Rachel; Pauline
(Foley) Watson and husband Danny; Joe Foley, and Tom
Foley; and Anne Barca (BHS'82). Cousin Mel Field
(CHS'60) was there in spirit and was represented by his son
Sean and wife Monica and children Cory and Seanna.
CLARKS CELEBRATE 51 YEARS
Inez and Fred Clark, 2008
Fred and Inez (Berg) Clark celebrated their 51st wed-
ding anniversary on November 9, 2008. They were married at
Fort Kobbe, Panama, in 1957. Inez was a smiling bride then
and still a smiling bride now!!
Ellie Husum with grandchildren, grandnephews and grand-
Mac Lane (BHS'65) of Granberry, Texas, has submitted
the following photograph of his parents, McNair and
Priscilla Lane, of San Antonio, Texas, on the occasion of
their 65th wedding anniversary.
Standing (L-R): Mac Lane, Ruby Lane, Ethan Lane, and
Priscilla Lane. Seated: McNair Lane.
DOROTHY GERHART BIRTHDAY
Three dozen family and friends gathered at the Fort
McNair Officers Club in Washington, D.C., on December
13th to honor Dorothy Rowley Gerhart of Silver Spring,
Md., on the occasion of her 75th birthday. Dorothy's husband
Jim and her children Kenneth, Brian and Suzanne
(George) hosted the affair which included a cocktail hour,
slide show depicting the many stages of Dorothy's active life,
some musical favorites, and a sit-down luncheon, Dorothy's
sister June Rowley Stevenson and her husband Davis trav-
eled from Lawrenceville, Ga, and her brother, Skip Rowley
and his wife Beverly traveled from Tallahassee, Fla. to join in
the celebration. Other guests included Gwen (Kariger)
Stegmeier, a former CHS classmate now living in Southern
Maryland, and her husband Rick. There were testimonials
praising Dorothy from her husband Jim, the Stevensons, and
Skip Rowley. Jim read a poem he'd prepared for hiswife of
nearly 40 years, and presented her with a ruby ring as both
birthday and early anniversary present.
Dorothy Rowley Gerhart
FOURTH OF JULY POOL PARTY!
S, We are happy to announce that the Panama Canal
S \ Society along with sponsors Panama Vacation
B' Quarters, Cebaco Bay and Rosen Shingle Creek will
be celebrating the 4th of July with a pool party from
1p.m. 'til 5p.m. with DJ music.
You MUST be a current PCS member, and registered
with the Reunion to obtain the
Panama Canal Society wristband to participate.
You MUST wear the wristband to take
part in the Pool Party!
Come and join us poolside
for a fun filled afternoon!
On October 11, 2008, Sonya Michelle Dedeaux and Dan
Ramon Sigmond were united in marriage in the Venus
Garden at Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas,
Nev. The bride was given away by her father Jon Louis
Dedeaux and her mother Debra Ann Dedeaux. Her brother
J Dedeaux escorted her grandmother Barbara (Egolf)
Dedeaux down the aisle. Her maid of honor was Rafaela de
la Rosa, a good and longtime friend from Piano, Texas, and
her other attendant was her neighbor Jennifer Gillman of
Rahway, N.J. Dan's best man was Jon G. of New York.
It was a beautiful Jewish ceremony celebrated by Rabbi
Craig Rosenstein of Las Vegas, spoken first in Hebrew, then
in English. The bride and her parents walked down a beauti-
ful pathway of lit candles to music by Cuppella Strings, a
string trio. The gazebo in the Venus Garden was decorated by
Naakiti Floral Designs with natural vines, blue hydrangeas
and cr6me roses--same as her mother Deb carried when she
married Jon Dedeaux. Dan was quite handsome in his grey
tux, white vest and blue tie.
The reception was held at Spago, located in the forum
shops at Caesar's. On the guest book table, Sonya and Dan
displayed a black-and-white children's photo of themselves.
In the center of each of the dinner tables, were black-and-
white wedding photos of their parents and grandparents.
Cocktails and appetizers were served, followed by a full-
course gourmet dinner. The best man and maid of honor gave
a memorable toast to the bride and groom.
The wedding cake was made by Freed's Bakery in Vegas.
The bottom lawyer was chocolate cake with Bavarian cream
and raspberries; the middle layer was almond cake with
Amaretto mousse; the top layer was marble cake with Irish
Cream mousse. Cameron Smith of Imagine Studios did a
beautiful job capturing Sonya and Dan's remarkable day with
photos and a video.
Out-of-town guests and family included: Elaine and
Herman Sigmond, the groom's parents (Pa.); Gloria and
Jim Gadsby, the groom's sister and brother-in-law (Pa.);
Richard and Susan Sigmond, the groom's aunt and uncle
(Pa.); Jon and Deb Dedeaux, the bride's parents (Pace, Fla.);
J Dedeaux, the bride's brother (Tallahassee, Fla.); Barbara
(Egolf) Dedeaux, the bride's grandmother (Pensacola, Fla.);
Jon Koch, the bride's longtime Air Force friend (N.J.); Chris
Reyes and Rafaela de la Rosa (Plano, Texas); Jon G. (N.Y.);
Peter Pellisier and Jennifer Gillman (N.J.); Nina and Mark
(D.C.); Mark and Susan (D.C.); Danielle Evans (N.J.);
Jason Evans (Calif.); Paul and Silvia (Texas); Jozef and
Mariena (Texas); Christian L. (N.Y.); Peter and Tiffany
Olsen (Germany); Shane W. (Texas); and Joe M. Due to ill-
ness, her grandparents, Jack and DeLila Hepler of Alabama,
were unable to attend.
The happy couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico, dur-
ing Thanksgiving week, and will continue to reside in
Rahway, N.J., until they are up for transfer.
Corinne Kate Barnickel of Killeen, Texas, daughter of
Barbara McShane (BHS'73) Stainback and Richard
Barnickel of Leesville, La., became the bride of Adam
Robert Jorgenson of Austin, Texas, on November 1, 2008.
The wedding took place in the historic town of Natchitoches,
La., at Maison Louisiana Bed and Breakfast. Following the
wedding the couple traveled to Rivera Maya, Mexico. Upon
their return they took up residence in Austin, Texas.
Corinne is a 2006 graduate of Louisiana Tech university
where she earned a degree in Family and Child Studies. She
is a certified child life specialist and is employed at Wonders
and Worries in Austin. Adam attended Northern Arizona
University. He was a Specialist in the U.S. Army, 101st
Cavalry. He is employed by Ion Art in Austin.
Corinne Kate Barnickel
Heather Michelle Collins of Charleston, S.C., and Kyle
Thomas Varner of Charleston, S.C., were married on
November 1, 2008, at Calvary Church of the Nazarene in
Goose Creek, S.C. A reception at The Red Bank Club was
held immediately following with approximately 175 guests in
attendance. The Red Bank Club was decorated with tall vases
filled with diamond white and terracotta flowers.
The bride is the daughter of Peter (CHS'77) and Denise
(Meissner) (BHS'80) Collins of Charleston, S.C. She is the
granddaughter of Joan (Holgerson) (CHS'54) Collins and
the late Jim Collins of Dothan, Ala., and Dorothy Miller
(BHS'58) Meissner of Clearwater, Fla., and the late Carl
Meissner of Melbourne, Fla. Heather received her Bachelor's
of Science in Business Administration from the College of
Charleston, S.C., and is currently attending Charleston
Southern University for a Master's in Business
Administration. She is employed as an Administrative
Manager for UTi Integrated Logistics in Charleston, S.C. The
bride wore a stunning ballgown with pickups that featured a
strapless sweetheart diamond white-beaded bodice. The
gown was accompanied by the traditional Panamanian tem-
The groom is the son of Aldon and Peggy Varner of
Charleston, S.C. He is the grandson of George and Ida
Harbeson of Charleston, S.C., and the late Raymond and
Mae Varner of St. George, S.C. Kyle received his Bachelor's
in Business Administration from the College of Charleston
and is currently attending Charleston School of Law for his
Out-of-town guests included Jim and Kathy (Newberry)
Collins and their daughters, Jackyln and Erin; Rusty and
Rhonda Meissner and their daughters, Mindy and Melody,
and Anna Opel from Ancon, Panama.
Helen Marie Wilson and Raymond B. Underwood were
married on December 29, 2007, at Messiah Lutheran Church
in Alpharetta, Ga. Standing with them were Helen's son and
daughter-in-law, Ryan and Nicole Mitchell, and Ray's son,
daughter-in-law, and grandson, Ryan, Devon, and Graeson
Underwood. Helen and Ray now reside in Cumming, Ga.,
and Balboa, Panama, traveling back and forth.
Ray was born in Cristobal, raised in Curundu, and gradu-
ated from Balboa High School in 1960. He served four years
in the Air Force and graduated from North Texas State in
1970 after serving in Viet Nam. He is currently Latin America
and Caribbean Sales Manager for Perspectives International
out of Miami, Fla. Helen was born in Japan, lived in France
as a young child, grew up in Springfield, Va., outside of
Washington, D.C., where she graduated from Robert E. Lee
High School in 1972, graduated from Mercer University in
1976, and later went on to earn a Specialist Degree in
Elementary Education from Brenau University. She is a
retired teacher and currently tutors and substitutes in the
Cumming, Ga., area.
Kyan anco iNcole Iviatcnen, Helen and Kay Underwood,
Graeson, Devon, and Ryan Underwood.
Heather and Kyle Varner
Clifton Michael Livingston and Feliz Angelina
Guarino were married on October 18, 2008, in Aptos Village
Park, Aptos, Calif. The glorious weather provided a perfect
backdrop for the beautiful outdoor wedding and reception.
Feliz is the daughter of Albert and Rose Guarino of
Watsonville, Calif. Cliff is the son of Bob and Kathie
McConaughey of Merritt Island, Fla., and Mike Livingston
of San Francisco, Calif. The bride was given away by her
father and wore her mother's wedding veil. Both mothers
were asked to say a few words during the ceremony. Monica
(Livingston) Parkhurst, the groom's sister, was one of the
Cliff and Feliz reside in Aptos. Cliff is co-owner of Cava
Wine Bar in Capitola, Calif., and Feliz teaches 4th grade at
H.A.Hyde Elementary School in Watsonville, Calif.
and nephews served as flower girls, junior bridesmaids and
ushers. The couple's six-month-old son John Matthew
(Jack) Grimison was also in attendance.
Dozens of extended family and friends, many former and
current Canal Zone and Panama residents, helped the couple
celebrate the event. After the Catholic Mass on the beach--
capped by a beautiful Pacific Ocean sunset--guests gathered
for a poolside outdoor reception at the resort. Alex Reyes
(Slim of Shorty & Slim fame) played some of his well-
known Canal Zone tunes at the reception.
After a brief stay in Panama, the family returned to their
home in Washington, D.C.
Theresa Harnisch and Matthew Grimison were married
on October 25, 2008, in a sunset ceremony on the beach at
Royal Decameron Beach Resort, Panama. The bride is the
daughter of Col. John Harnisch, USA (Ret.) and Peggy
Harnisch of Santa Fe, N.M. (formerly of Fort Clayton,
Panama). She is a graduate of Balboa High School (1989).
The groom is the son of Thomas W. and Nancy Grimison of
Satellite Beach, Fla. (formerly of La Boca, Panama).
The bride's sister Molly Harnisch was the maid of honor,
and other attendants were sister Helen Harnisch, sister-in-
law Kristie Harnisch, and sister-in-law Rachel (Bottin)
Grimison. The groom's brother Eric Grimison was the best
man, and other attendants were Alex Reyes, Sammy
Castleton and Craig Orndorff.
Other family members traveling to Panama for the event
included the bride's brother Marty Harnisch; groom's sister
Elizabeth (Grimison) Fahy; groom's sister Christina
(Grimison) Vollonnino; groom's brother Richard Grimison
and wife Diana (Huff) Grimison; groom's brother Patrick
Grimison and wife Myra (Brannon) Grimison; groom's
sister Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher and husband Geoff
Pletcher; and groom's sister Melinda (Grimison) Niemeyer
and husband Tom Niemeyer. Thirteen of the groom's nieces
Theresa and Matthew Grimison
Catherine Husum and Terry Taylor were married on
August 9, 2008, in Destin, Fla. It was an evening beach wed-
ding at the Henderson Park Inn. The bride is the daughter of
John Husum (BHS'75) and Lorena Husum of Katy, Texas.,
and Susan (McIlvaine) (BHS'77) Laferriere and Bruce
Laferriere of Forest Hill, Md. The groom is the son of
Debbie Gilreath of Tallahassee, Fla.
The maid of honor was the bride's twin sister, Rebekah
Husum, the best man was the groom's uncle John
Cheatham, and the flower girls were Valerie Husum (sister
of the bride) and Avery Love (niece of the groom).
It was a small ceremony and reception which was well
attended by John's brothers and sisters: Janet (Husum)
Herrington, Karen (Husum) Clary, Ed Husum, Maureen
Husum, Lorraine (Husum) Allen, Raymond Husum,
George Husum, Mike Husum, and Mary (Husum) Toston,
most of their spouses and children. This was the first wedding
of a grandchild that the bride's grandmother, Ellie (Foley)
Husum, has been able to attend.
The bride and groom reside in Tallahassee, Fla. Catherine
works as a Territory Sales Manager for Progressive
Insurance, and Terry works as an Art Director for the Florida
Department of Financial Services.
Terry Taylor and Catherine Husum
Effective with the March 1993 edition, baby pictures must
include parents or grandparents.
JOHN MATTHEW GRIMISON
Matthew and Theresa Grimison are pleased to
announce the birth of their son John Matthew (Jack) on
April 21, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Jack weighed 5 lbs. 13
oz. and was 18 and /4 inches long.
Jack's maternal grandparents are Col. John Harnisch,
USA (Ret.) and Peggy Harnisch of Santa Fe, N.M. (former-
ly of Fort Clayton, Panama). He is their fourth grandchild.
Jack's paternal grandparents are Thomas W. and Nancy
Grimison of Satellite Beach, Fla. (formerly of La Boca,
Panama). He is their 16th grandchild. Jack made his first trip
to Panama in October 2008.
Theresa and Jack Grimison in Panama
Frank Ammirati, 65, of Tampa, Fla., passed away
December 16, 2008. Frank grew up in the Panama Canal
Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in 1961. He
retired after 37 years of teaching in Hillsborough County
schools. He was a member of Idlewild Baptist Church. He
enjoyed baseball, fishing and cruising with his wife and
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Barbara; daughter,
Karen Basham (Chris); son, Jimmy Ammirati (Allison); sis-
ter, Joan Ammirati; and four grandchildren.
Janelle "Jane" Bouch6, 77, of Palm City, Fla., passed
away on December 9, 2008, at the Palm City home of her
daughter, Michele. Jane was born October 30, 1931, in
Wichita Falls, Texas, and received her undergraduate degree
in teaching from Texas Tech University. While attending
Texas Tech, she met her husband, Georges, and they were
married in 1952. Early in her career, while living in Dallas,
Texas, she was self-employed as a tap and ballet instructor.
In 1970 the family moved to the Panama Canal Zone
where she served as a substitute teacher for the Panama Canal
Zone School System. She loved teaching the grade school
kids and was the "fireperson" for the Pacific side Schools
Division. She obtained two master's degrees from the
University of Oklahoma and later was appointed to the posi-
tion of Administrator for the University of Oklahoma
Graduate Degree Program, Panama Canal Zone. Jane made
sure that course materials were sent well in advance to OU
students in the military overseas for the concentrated week-
long classes at Albrook AFB. She also helped many Panama
Canal Company employees obtain their master's degrees.
After retiring, she and Georges returned to Wichita Falls,
Texas. There she became very involved in Toastmasters
International and was elected as District Governor for District
25 which spanned most of North Texas and had more than
4200 members. She also was a United Way loaned executive,
and a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She and Georges moved to Palm City in 2001. In 2002
they joined the Palm City Presbyterian Church where Jane
served as a Deacon.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Georges G.
Bouch6, Sr. of Palm City; two daughters, Michele Bouch6
and Joyce McMillan, both of Palm City; son, Georges G.
Bouch6, Jr. of Alien, Texas; two brothers, Ralph Armstrong,
Jr. of Wichita Falls and Joseph Thomas Armstrong of Fort
Worth, Texas; a sister, Katherine Greenwood of McKinney,
Texas; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Berta M6ndez de Bricefio, 85, of Panama City, Panama,
passed away December 20, 2008. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Victor Bricefio. Victor retired in 1972 after
completing 42 years of service with the Panama Canal
During 1960-1970 Berta taught Spanish lessons to many
U.S. military officers stationed in Panama. She also worked
temporarily for the Panama Canal Company. Her favorite
pastime was walking on the beach in Taboga Island.
Berta is survived by her two daughters, Berta, Teodolinda
and her husband Ruben G6mez. She is also survived by her
sister, Delia Mend6z, and many nieces and nephews.
Janice Brownlee, 68, of West Palm Beach, Fla., passed
away on November 21, 2008. She was born on November 20,
1940, to Narcisa and Oather (Sonny) Taylor Brownlee in
Ancon, Canal Zone. She grew up in the Canal Zone and grad-
uated from Cristobal High School in 1959. She married her
high school sweetheart, Robert (Bob) Dailey, in 1959 and
they were married for twelve years. They had four children.
She and Bob moved from Panama in March of 1962 as he
was to go to school in Hawthorne, Ga.
She also lived in Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Florida.
She worked in the Health Food Industry as a Nutritionist for
many years. She had another daughter with her second hus-
band. She had many friends and she will be missed very
She is survived by her son Robert (Bobby) Dailey and his
three children, son Earl (Sonny) Dailey and his child, daugh-
ter Deborah (Debbie) McDougal and her two children,
daughter Stacey Lynn Stuckert and her three children, and a
sister Beverly, all of Florida. She was predeceased by her son
Kevin Dailey. She also leaves behind her fourth ex-husband
and longtime companion, Joe Forenza.
Anna E. (Patchett) Calvit born May 5, 1919 passed
away at the age of 89 in Pembroke Pines, Fla., on November
24, 2008. She was a graduate of the Cristobal High School
class of 1939, and was married to the late Robert "Benny"
Calvit. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society. Anna
moved from Kerrville, Texas, to Florida three years ago to
live with her daughter Helen in Pembroke Pines; her son Tim
lived nearby in Hollywood, Fla.
She is survived by her daughter Helen Calvit, son Tim
Calvit, and sister Irma (Patchett) Kruzich and family of
Jenny Sue (Frazier) Cowell, 71, of Bumpus Mills,
Tenn., passed away of cancer on January 4, 2009. She was
born in Highland Rim, Mich., on October 20, 1937, to John
R. and Sue Frazier. In 1942 the family left Tennessee for the
Canal Zone where her father was a civilian fireman and her
mother was a registered nurse at Gorgas Hospital. She attend-
ed Ancon and Balboa Elementary Schools.
The family returned to Tennessee in 1952 and she finished
high school in Clarksville, Tenn. She was employed by vari-
ous banks and was a member of several organizations includ-
ing the Scalerdoma Foundation, the Lion's Club, the
Beekeepers Assn., and the Panama Canal Society. In retire-
ment she and her husband, Charles Cowell, delighted in
entertaining the grandchildren, fishing, enjoying nature, and
hosting a family of deer in their yard.
She is survived by her husband, Charles; daughter, Kym
Sims (Kevin), and two sons, Joel Davis (Lorainne) and Kerry
Cowell (Lisa); six grandchildren; and two great-grandchil-
dren. She is also survived by a sister, Polly Frazier (BHS'52)
South (Bill), of Clarksville, Tenn.; a half-sister, Connie
Dickey (Bill); a niece; an extended family, and a dear friend,
Roscoe Ronald "Ronn" Crump, 60, of Conway, S.C.,
passed away December 24, 2008, at Conway Medical Center
of a massive heart attack. Ronn was born in Colon, Republic
of Panama, the son of Wilma D. Hultin and the late Roscoe
Carter Crump. He graduated from Balboa High School in
1966. He retired after many years in the local golf industry,
and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Crump
was predeceased by his son, Sean P. Crump. He was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his mother, Wilma D. Hultin, and his
stepfather, Capt. Ove V. Hultin of Sarasota, Fla.; his wife,
Donna Crump of Conway; and one daughter, Erika C. Ray,
her husband Corey Way, and a grandson, all ofArlington, Va.
Additional survivors include one brother, Charles L. Crump
and his wife, Barbara, of Cardenas, Republic of Panama; one
brother-in-law, Donald R. Rathgeber of Mariata, Panama; one
sister-in-law, Judi L. Phillips ofFayetteville, N.C.; two nieces
and two nephews.
John Robert Dekle, Jr., 54, of Tampa, Fla., passed away
on July 9, 2008, after a brief battle with cancer. John was born
in Tampa, Fla., in 1954, the son of the late John and Patricia
Dekle. In 1963, the Dekle family moved to Panama, where
his father taught at Balboa High School. John graduated from
Balboa High School in 1973, where he was very active in
sports, especially football, and won the MVP player while
attending Canal Zone College. John also paddled in the annu-
al Cayuco races and he and his team won the race in 1973 in
John worked for a company that contracted out security
service to the U.S. State Department. He traveled extensively
throughout the world on assignments that took him to U.S.
Embassies and Consulates in Cuba, Chile, Brazil, a few coun-
tries in Africa, Egypt, Laos, Finland, St. Petersburg, Moscow,
Vladivostok, Russia, and a few other (STAN) countries sur-
rounding Afghanistan. He loved his job and worked in this
field for over 18 years. Ironically, John's last assignment
found him working at the new American Embassy in Clayton,
Panama, for over a year and a half, where he was assigned
while the Embassy was under construction.
John is survived by his sister, Debbie Dekle; brother Mark
and wife Julie; brother Allen and wife Jeanette; and two
nieces, all of Tampa, Fla.
Lois Johnson "Sweetiegirl" Evitt, 77, of Las Vegas,
Nev., and Missouri City, Texas, died on December 10, 2008,
at a Las Vegas memory care home after a long illness. She
was born on October 15, 1931, in Balboa, Canal Zone, to
Catherine and John Johnson. Lois grew up there and graduat-
ed from Balboa High School in 1949 where she was an excel-
lent student, active in sports and was the Captain of the
Bulldog Cheerleaders her senior year. She had an exemplary
and enjoyable career with the U.S. Government where she
worked as a Personnel Specialist for the Canal Zone
Government from 1960-1970 in Balboa, and from 1976-1978
for the Internal Revenue Service in Houston, Texas.
Lois cherished the many long lasting friendships that she
made during her career with the government, and as a devot-
ed USAF and civilian wife to her husband, Donald. Lois was
also a member of the Panama Canal Society for many years.
She enjoyed music, sports (especially baseball), books,
movies, fashion and playing golf and bridge.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Donald Evitt,
Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.); daughter, Catherine Trachtenberg; son,
M. R. Alexander; daughter and son by marriage, Pamela
O'Connor and Douglas Evitt; a nephew, and many other dear
friends and family members. Her brother, Jack Johnson, son,
John Alexander, and her parents preceded Lois in death.
Alan R. Ford, of Sarasota, Fla., died November 3, 2008,
after a long and valiant struggle with emphysema. He was
born in Panama, R. de P., and was one of swimming's all-time
greats. He attended Canal Zone schools and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1941. He then attended Mercersburg
Academy in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Yale
University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1945.
He also served as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy during World
During his prep and university careers, Alan held numer-
ous national and world swimming records. While at Yale, he
broke Johnny Weismuller's 17-year-old world record in the
100-yard freestyle. His most prominent record was breaking
the 50-second barrier for the 100-yard freestyle; swimming's
equivalent of running a sub-four minute mile in track. Alan
made a comeback after the war to win a silver medal in the
1948 Olympic Games held in London. For all his aquatic
achievements, Alan was elected to the International
Swimming Hall of Fame in 1966.
He spent his professional career designing and supervis-
ing the building of oil refineries, chemical, ore, and food pro-
cessing plants as well as petroleum and chemical storage
facilities in the United States and abroad. He retired as Vice
President of International Terminals, Inc., in Bay City, Mich.
After retirement he and his wife moved to Sarasota, Fla.,
from Midland, Mich., 20 years ago. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Beverly Joy; a
daughter, Joy Recla of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, Randall of
Lexington, Ky.; twin sons, Donald of San Francisco, Calif,
and Robert of Syracuse, N.Y.; a sister, Marilyn Foster of New
York, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Dr. Walter C. Friday Jr., 90, of Burlington, Iowa, passed
away November 19, 2008. He was born July 26, 1918, in
Starkville, Miss., and moved to the Canal Zone in 1924,
where his father was a health care physician. Walter went
through the Canal Zone schools, graduating in 1936 from
Balboa High School. He was an outstanding baseball player,
and was very popular among his classmates and friends.
In 1943 he graduated from Tulane School of Medicine
and joined the Army Medical Corp after an internship at
Gorgas Hospital. He served a year in the China-Burma India
Theater. He specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, and
besides a busy career of delivering babies, held several dis-
tinguished positions in the medical field, and was president of
the Iowa OB-GYN Society in 1963.
Survivors include his wife Jeanne of 64 years, daughter
Elizabeth, sons John and James, six grandchildren, and a
brother, Dr. Howard Friday of Jackson, Miss.
Gerald (Jerry) Hall of Carrollton, Texas, died November
22, 2008, of a heart attack. He was a graduate of S. Illinois
University and a retired Senior Captain with Southwest
Airlines. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include his wife Sheila Snyder (BHS'59) Hall,
sons Don and Toner Kersting and Ian Walsh, his daughters
Kathy Roberts and Donna Hazelbaker, several granddaugh-
ters and grandsons, and three brothers and a sister.
Charles Edwin Johnston, 96, of Franklin, N.C., passed
away October 19, 2008. He was born in Brilliant, Ohio, to the
late Harry Johnston and Mary Cole Johnston. In addition to
his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred
Charles attended Kent University and went to work for
Republic Steel Company as a foreman. He then moved to the
Canal Zone where he worked in Customs. Charles moved to
Kissimmee, Fla., where he lived for 35 years and then retired
to Franklin. He attended First Christian Church in Franklin.
He had just received his 70-year pin from Harding-Concordia
Lodge No. 345 F.E.A.M., Cleveland, Ohio, and was a
Perpetual member in good standing in the Valley of Orlando
Orient of Florida Scottish Rite. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol Ann Johnston of
Raymond Newell Larson, 80, passed away at his home
in Kerrville, Texas, on November 18, 2008. Ray was a leap
year baby, born on February 29, 1928, on a moving train
between Idaho and Washington. His parents were given the
unique opportunity to decide which state his birth certificate
would read, Sand Point, Idaho, or Spokane, Wash.
Ray served in the Naval Reserves for 19 years and
worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad for 13 years. Ray
and his wife Elsie met in Spokane, Wash., on a blind date and
married on July 6, 1966. They decided to start their new life
in Panama where Ray took his new bride to the Canal Zone.
Ray and Elsie raised her two sons in the beautiful tropics of
Panama where Ray worked for the Electrical Division at the
Miraflores Power Plant as a machinist shift foreman for 20
years. They retired to paradise on the Guadalupe River where
many extended family and friends from Panama had retired
Ray was a lifetime member of the NRA. He was an avid
sportsman teaching their children the pleasures and responsi-
bilities of being a good steward to the land. He was also a
lifetime member of the Buck and Bull Gun Club since its
inception in Kerrville. This was Ray's greatest hobby. He
enjoyed hunting with friends in Washington, Montana,
Wyoming and Texas and fishing the lakes of Panama and the
Guadalupe. He was also a member of the Panama Canal
Society. Ray will be truly missed. Some knew Ray as the
"Snowman" from his white hair and beard, but whoever did
know him was blessed to share time with him.
He is survived by his wife Elsie Larson, and her sons,
Greg Autry of New Port, Wash., and Terry Autry who resides
in Spokane, Wash., with his wife, Deloris, two granddaugh-
ters and a grandson.
Gertrude E. Levin, 84, of Bronson, Fla., died April 7,
2008. She was born on August 14, 1923. She had last been
married to Dr. Bernard K. Levin, the Health Director from
Coco Solo, and after his death lived in El Cangrejo, Panama.
She grew up in Colon, the daughter of Edmund and Edith
Ullrich. Her father's uncle, Frank Ullrich, was the entrepre-
neur who started the Diers & Ullrich liquor business in
Panama that was later run by her father Edmund. She married
Luther E. Davis Jr. known as Cully by most in the Canal Zone
because his stepfather was Horace Culpepper, the butcher at
the commissary, and his mother was Maud Culpepper. Her
children lived most of their lives in Panama and went to
school in the Canal Zone going to St. Mary's and then to
Balboa High School.
She was a lady who knew how to live life to the fullest
and always looked forward to tomorrow and looked for the
best in people. She moved to the United States about 1988,
lived in Hawaii for a while, and then moved to Florida in
2000. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra E. Davis, and son,
Luther E. Davis III (BHS'65), four grandchildren, and three
great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Vera
Pare Ullrich of Canada, two nephews and their children.
Joyce Engelke May, 75, died on October 21, 2008. Joyce
was born on June 11, 1933 at Gorgas Hospital and grew up in
Gamboa. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1950.
Her parents, now deceased, were Connie and Robert Engelke.
She had one brother, Bob Engelke.
While in the Canal Zone, Joyce worked for the Schools
Division as a Recreation Assistant at the swimming pools.
She also worked for the U.S. Army. She was married to Eddie
May who died some years ago while they were still living in
the Canal Zone. Two of her children, Patsy and Bob, are also
She is survived by a son, Michael, and a daughter, Debra,
and six grandchildren.
Bruce McKeen, longtime teacher and musician in
Bucksport, Maine, died unexpectedly on December 22, 2008.
He was born January 5, 1959, in Belfast. Bruce grew up in the
Panama Canal Zone. He shared many stories of wild boar
pigs, giant snakes and beautiful beaches. It was one of his
favorite places and times in his life. He attended Canal Zone
College and earned a Bachelor of Science in business from
Florida State University. He attended University of Maine -
Orono, where he acquired his teaching certificate.
Bruce was a talented harmonica player and loved music,
especially the blues. He played with many local musicians
but was most proud of his band with his son, Seth McKeen;
and the Blues Machine. Bruce was a talented artist as well,
specializing in molas, a technique of the Kuna Indians. Bruce
loved tennis, having worked as a pro at Country Club of
Sarasota in the mid-1980s, where he became acquainted with
many tennis stars of the time, and he taught many tennis play-
ers in Bucksport, Maine. Prior to teaching, he also was
employed by Sarasota (Fla.) Herald Tribune; Concord
Monitor, Concord, N.H.; and Main Street Courant, as a
He held his first teaching job at Appleton Village School,
but he was a dedicated teacher at Miles Lane School,
Bucksport, for 16 years. Friends, co-workers, and his students
will remember his sense of humor, his enthusiasm for all the
world had to offer, and warm weather and vacations in his
He is survived by his wife, Karin; son, Seth; mother,
Klara; and brothers, Bryan and Mark.
Gladys E. (Miller) Mead, 69, of Dunedin, Fla., passed
away on October 22, 2008, at home. Gladys was born in San
Jose, Costa Rica, and graduated from Balboa High School in
1957. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her sons, Rick (Maria) and Keith
(Cindy) of Tallahassee; her sisters Carrie (Miller) Edwards,
Dorothy (Miller) Meissner, Agnes (Proback) Gramlich, Anna
(Proback) Opel, and Elsa (Proback) White-Hall; and her four
Margaret Kuhn Morales, 89, of California, Mo., died
January 8, 2009, at her home. She was born February 8, 1919,
the daughter of Willard R. and Jean Boyd Kuhn at Fort
Snider in Logan, Kan. He graduated from Logan High School
in 1949; served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1950 to 1954,
attaining the rank of Sgt. He earned the Purple Heart at
Inchon Landing, Korea, in 1950. On September 27, 1952, he
was married to Kathleen A. Wenzl at Our Lady Star of the Sea
in Bremerton, Wash. He served a Machinist apprenticeship at
PSNS from 1954 to 1958 and transferred to the Panama
Canal Company in 1963 as a Marine Machinist. In 1966 he
began a new career as Admeasurer (ship tonnage measure-
He retired from Government service in 1981 and returned
to Poulsbo, Wash., for three years where he worked at
Keyport Torpedo Station for Gould Company. In 1986 he was
employed by the Bilstein Company of Portland, Ore., as a
Ship Surveyor. In 1989, he returned to Admeasurement as an
independent contractor for American Bureau of Shipping of
New York City and later Houston, Texas. During this time, he
traveled extensively throughout the Northwest, Alaska,
Australia, Pacific Islands and England as an Admeasurer and
Lee was involved in sports all of his life, playing football,
basketball and baseball in high school in Logan, Kan. In
Bremerton he played softball and basketball while in the
Marines, basketball during his Apprentice Program, and soft-
ball for a number of other teams. He coached Star of the Sea
football and youth league basketball. In Panama he continued
playing softball and coaching little league and pony league
baseball. Throughout his life, he continued to follow local
sports, including major league, college and high school. He
was also an avid fisherman and hunter. His favorite salmon
fishing places with friends from apprenticeship days were the
Columbia River and LaPush, Wash. After retirement he
returned to Panama several times to fish for Marlin and
Sailfish in the Perlas Islands and for Tarpon on the Chagres
Lee was an active member of St. Olaf's Catholic Church
in Poulsbo and most recently of Our Lady Star of the Sea in
Bremerton. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, St.
Vincent de Paul Society and Elks Lodge in both Panama and
in Bremerton. He was a member of AARP, Government
Retiree Association, Kitsap County Old Timers Softball
Organization, and the Panama Canal Society. In recent years
he enjoyed playing bridge weekly at St. Olaf's, traveling and
watching his grandchildren play sports.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons, Mike (Joan)
Snider of Wichita, Kan.; Jim (Mary) Snider, Bremerton,
Wash.; Tom (Evelyn Barraza) Snider of Lanstuhl, Germany;
Bill Snider of Gilroy, Calif.; daughters, Patty (Ken) of
Topeka, Kan.; Beth Hutchinson, Depoe Bay, Ore.; and
Theresa (Tim) Herring of Silverdale, Wash.; 25 grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sis-
ter, Edith (Leland) Schick of Fort Myers, Fla., and brothers,
Gary (Kris) Reese, Canton, Kan., and Chris Reese of Linn
Valley, Kan. Lee was predeceased by his parents and his step-
father, Floyd Reese.
John Hay Stevens, 92, passed away in Titusville, Fla., on
December 8, 2008, after a short illness. He was born in
Chicago, Ill., in 1916. His father was the head of the USO and
transferred from the USO in Turkey to the Canal Zone when
John was 18 years old.
John attended the Canal Zone Junior College and worked
as a reporter for the Star & Herald for several years and then
married Dorothy Allen in 1943. John worked for the
Commissary Division in Mt. Hope on the Atlantic side of the
Isthmus. In 1956 John was transferred to the Pacific side and
he retired December 31, 1977 as Chief of Procurement with
the Storehouse Division. He and Dorothy moved to Titusville
in 1977 after he retired.
John was a lifetime Commander of the Power Squadron
and a lifetime member of the Panama Canal Elks. He also
was given the "Key to the Canal" upon his retirement.
He is survived by his sister, Jane Steel of South Carolina;
his two daughters, Lois Stevens Paredes of Lutz, Fla., and
Margaret Stevens Spradlin of Tallahassee, Fla., his stepson,
Allen Blaney of Panama; seven grandchildren, and eight
Donna M. Stuebe, 82, passed away December 4, 2008.
She was born October 30, 1926, in Danville, Ill., the daugh-
ter of Edward and Ruvilla Stuebe. Donna received her B.S.
degree in education from Indiana State Teachers College,
which later became Indiana State University in Terre Haute,
Ind. She also received her M.S. degree in education from
Indiana State University.
She taught for two years at Danville High School in
Danville, Ill., and was a counselor at Balboa High School in
the Panama Canal Zone from 1954-1982. Donna was a vol-
unteer at Crescent Hill Library, a member of St. Paul's
Episcopal Church, and a member of the Panama Canal
She is survived by her sister, Jo Anne Stuebe.
Robert W. "Lucky" Summers of Clearwater, Fla., died
November 10, 2008, at Mease-Countryside Hospital. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society. he is survived by two
sons, Rory of Clearwater, Fla., and Russell of St. Petersburg,
Fla. No further information is available.
Erich Thomas Tabert, 26, died suddenly on November
17, 2007, at the hands of another. He was born April 27, 1981,
in Loma Linda, Calif.
He graduated from Brighton High School in 1999. He was
enlisted in the U.S. Air Force while he attended the Air Force
Academy Prep School. He also attended the University of
Utah. Erich had a beautiful smile that lit up any room he
walked into and drew people to him. He was easygoing, kind
and trusting and had many friends. He played soccer, was a
Liverpool fan, a voracious reader, an Eagle Scout, and an avid
Star Wars fan. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfa-
ther, Bert Tabert, formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zone.
He is survived by his mother and father, Eileen Mastin
Tabert and Herbert H. Tabert, Jr. (BHS'68) of Salt Lake City,
Utah; a brother, Herbert H. Tabert III (Chip); a sister, Natasha
A. Tabert; grandparents, Thomas and Tomiko Mastin, Maria
V. Tabert; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Dorothy J. Trim, 81, of Conway, Ariz., died September
16, 2008. Dorothy was born in Rosedale, Miss., on December
8, 1926, to William Henry Harrison McNemar and Dorothy
Ursula Stigall McNemar. Upon her father's death she was
raised by her stepfather, James William Tripp.
On March 5, 1945, Dorothy married the late Preston M.
Trim, Jr. and embarked on a life abroad. They moved to live
and work in the former Canal Zone where they raised five
children, and lived in Diablo and Balboa. While in the Canal
Zone, Dot was active in the Girl Scouts, bridge clubs, and
assisted at the scorer's table for PWGA Golf tournaments
with her mother-in-law, Pearl Trim. She was also very active
in the Panama Women's Club until they retired to Conway in
1979. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society and
enjoyed attending the annual society reunions with her fami-
As a member of the First United Methodist Church of
Conway, she served weekly lunches in the church hall for
many years. Dorothy loved to travel and visit family. She was
known for her home-cooked meals and large family gather-
ings. She also loved to work with her hands sewing and cro-
Surviving her are her son, Preston M. Trim III and his
wife Patricia of Shreveport, La.; daughter, Phyllis Rachal and
her husband Bill, of Highland, Ill.; daughter, Melanie Bales
and her husband Fred, of Okinawa, Japan; daughter, Dottie
Trim, of Bryant, Ariz; son-in-law, George Cotton, of Canyon
Lake, Texas; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchil-
dren, and a brother-in-law, Chester A. Trim, of San Antonio,
Olga Watkins passed away on August 22, 2008, in
Panama. Born in 1920 she was raised in Colon, Republic of
Panama. In 1940 she met Homer Watkins, who had moved to
Panama from Hillsborough, N.C. Homer was a Fireman at the
Mount Hope Fire Station. They married in 1942 and had
seven children, Sandra, Harvey, Norman, Dennis, Marsha,
Frederick, and Jeffrey. They lived in Cristobal, Cocoli, Ancon
and Gamboa. While living in Gamboa, Homer transferred to
the Locks Division and worked as a Locomotive Operator
until his death in 1970.
Olga is survived by her seven children, thirteen grand-
children, and eight great-grandchildren.
Marie C. Weir, 96, passed away at home in Gulfport,
Fla., on October 22, 2008. She was born in Utica, N.Y., and
moved to St. Petersburg with her parents in 1925, graduating
from St. Pete High in 1930. She earned a Bachelor of Science
in Education at the University of Florida and a M.A. from
Marie spent 28 wonderful years in the Panama Canal
Zone where she taught biology and served as chairman of the
guidance department at Balboa High School and then at the
Canal Zone College. She retired to Gulfport in 1973 and
became a world traveler, volunteered at the St. Petersburg
Free Clinic, tutored children and helped other community
organizations. She was a long-time member of the Panama
She was a generous and caring person with a wonderful
sense of humor and her passion was education. She was an
inspiration and mentor to her many students, helping many in
deciding on their college choices and future plans and staying
in touch with them over the years.
H. Loring White, 80, of Phoenix, Ariz., lost a six-month
battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis on January 8, 2009. Loring
was born November 17, 1928, and raised in Newington,
Conn. He received Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in
English from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Arts
degree in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder,
and a Doctor of Arts in history from Illinois State University
He taught for a few years in Nebraska where his son Hal
was born. In 1956, with his young family, Loring set out for
the adventure of living and teaching in the Panama Canal
Zone where sons Tom and Bill were born. Teaching first at
the high school level, he soon moved to the Canal Zone
College as a professor of history and English. In 1977 and
1978, he went on sabbatical for his doctoral program at
Illinois State University. While visiting his brother, Jim, in
Ohio, Loring met Evelyn (Gramse) Smith on St. Patrick's
Day. They married six months later in the Canal Zone. With
this marriage, Loring gained three stepsons.
In June 1981 Loring took early retirement from the
Panama Canal Company. They settled in Ahwatukee
Foothills to be near Loring's father and stepmother. Loring
and Evelyn enjoyed their retirement years to the fullest, time-
sharing to all the 50 states and several European countries.
Through Evelyn's research, Loring learned that he had eight
ancestors on the Mayflower. His New England heritage must
have given him a love of the sea. They made a total of 22
cruises--almost 240 days at sea--often spending time after the
cruise touring European countries locating his ancestors' vil-
lages. Many of the cruises also incorporated his great love of
Ragtime and Dixieland music. When not cruising with
Dixieland bands, they attended Ragtime music festivals
across the States. Continuing his love of history, he recently
published a book on the Ragtime era called Ragging It -
Getting Ragtime into History (and some history into
Loring and Evelyn loved their years as members of the
Ahwatukee Recreation Center. As Loring had been in theater
since a child, he soon joined the ARC Entertainers and espe-
cially loved singing in a production for the first time.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Evelyn, sons Hal
of Anchorage, Alaska; Tom (Ann) of Chesapeake, Va., and
two grandchildren; Bill (Sharon) of Phoenix; stepsons
Vincent Smith (Vicky) of Wilmington, N.C.; Larry Smith
(Charlyn) of Richmond, Va., and two stepgrandsons. He was
preceded in death by his stepson Bruce Smith.
Starting with the June 2009 Canal Record,
we will accept one photograph with the obituary.
Please mail photograph to the Society office or email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailed photos need to be
saved in a jpeg format with at least a 300 DPI or higher.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
ZONIAN FRIENDS CRUISE
Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, Lillian, Ala.;
Richard and Olga Phillips, Conyers, Ga.; Garrett Beasley
and Lesa Kubichita, Gainesville, Fla.; and Edward and
Bonnie (Bishop) Beasley, David and Diana (Duncan)
Bishop, and Bruce and Chris Homa, of Panama, R.P., met in
Rome, Italy, on September 22, 2008. While in Rome they vis-
ited the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain,
Palazza Navona, the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel,
Raphael's Room, and St. Peter's Basilica.
cake!! Among those attending were the "Ladies of the '80s"
- Monica Reyes (BHS'83), Kelly Kirby (CHS'82), Mimi
Martinez (BHS'82) Azcarraga, Margaret Bivin, Mayra
Linares (BHS'82) Seitz and Tara King (BHS'82).
European Get-Together Gang
(L-R): Dave Bishop, Garrett Beasley, Diana Bishop, Lesa
Kubichita, Richard and Olga Phillips, Bonnie and Ed
Beasley, Vicki and Bob Boukalis, Chris and Bruce Homa.
The following day they boarded Royal Caribbean's
Legend of the Seas for a 12-night Greece and Eastern
Mediterranean cruise. The thirteen days were spent eating the
scrumptious meals, watching the marvelous shows, gambling
in the Casino, and playing liar's dice and gin, while visiting
the ports of Mykonos, Greece; Ephesus, Turkey; Rhodes,
Greece; Limasso, Cyprus; Alexandria, Egypt; Athens,
Greece; and Naples/Capri, Italy. While on board they cele-
brated Vicki and David's birthdays and Bonnie and Ed's
We had a Panazonian/European get-together organized by
Robert Careless and hosted by Liz (Burgoon) (BHS'78)
and Jeff Lyle (BHS'78) at their lovely home located in
Kaiserslautern, Germany. It was a great time and featured all
the dishes we miss so much....Johnny Mazzetti, arroz con
polo, arroz con quandu, empanadas, baked plantain and a
fabulous "authentic" seviche. There was even a Panama Flag
SCHWENKES CRUISE ON QE2
We were so fortunate to be able to take the QE2 on her
last voyage westbound from Southampton, England, to New
York City in October. Our transatlantic crossing was in tan-
dem with the Queen Mary 2 seen in the background.
The QE2 has been sold to Dubai as a floating hotel. Too
bad--we had a wonderful time eating our way across the
Atlantic. Arriving in New York Harbor was so much like
arriving on the Panama Line except the view was not as good.
There was no shuffleboard deck to watch it all.
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Roger Schwenke and Carol Flenniken Schwenke
Carol Flenniken Schwenke
ZONIAN DIRT RIDERS
The Zonian Dirt Riders converged in the Ocala National
Forest to celebrate the New Year. This year along with the
overnighters several day visitors came to meet up with
friends. The day was spent either socializing or taking jeep,
four-wheeler, and some two-wheel rides in the forest. At
night everyone gathered around the fire pit and reminisced
about old times in the Canal Zone.
Rear (L-R): Rod Snyder, Barb Dedeaux, Louie Dedeauz,
Tom Finneman, D LaPorta, Rochelle Bount, Jon
Dedeaux, and Deb Dedeaux. Seated (L-R): Chris, Kathy
and Tom Wilder.
New Year's Eve at the stroke of midnight was made extra
exciting thanks to the Gillespies who splurged on some great
fireworks! Everyone pitched in with their favorite recipes for
potlucks two of the nights. Empanadas, fried wontons,
Johnny Mazzetti were just a few of the favorite dishes.
lhe whole gang ot Zonlan Dirt Kilers in Ucala National
Those who were around when we realized we needed a
sign-up sheet were: Coach Lou and Barbara Dedeaux;
George and Bobby Egolf; Rod Snyder; Scott Parker; Dave
Hannigan; Jon, Deb and Jay Dedeaux; Kim, Mickinzee
and Jameson Hetrick; Erin Flemming; Susan (Austin)
Jones; Stacy (Parker) DeRaps; Tracy (Scott) Herring; D,
Terry, and Samantha LaPorta; Winship Dowell; Billy
Foster, Jr.; Blake Thomas; Conan Herring; Lee and Paula
Shultz; Donald and Sharon Love; Dwayne and Jamie
Love; Mark and Patti Chiappini; Jim, Kelly, Ben and
Annie Parthenais; Haily; Tom Finneman; Rochelle
Bount; Ed Blount; Paul and Cheryl Alexaitis; Harry
Bilgray and family; Laura (Russon) McDill and husband;
Russell, Leslie, Aislynn and Jenny Gillespie; friend
Morgan; Tom, Kathy, Brittney and Chris Wilder. Trust us,
there were several others who came, but our combined brain
power couldn't remember their names! We know you were
there--hope you will come again!!
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Zonian Dirt Riders in Ocala National Forest
Next gathering is planned for Memorial Day weekend at
Durhamtown Plantation in Union Point, Ga.
NISKANENS TAKE CRUISE
On November 23, 2008, Ed and Esther Niskanen
returned home to The Woodlands, Texas, from a 65-day
cruise to Asia and Australia as well as several South Pacific
Islands. More than ten countries and twenty ports of call were
visited during this grand voyage.
The Woodlands. Texas
Ed and Esther Niskanen
REYNOLDS SIBLINGS VISIT
I would like to share a wonderful and very rewarding visit
with my brother J. J. Reynolds with other members of the
Panama Canal Society. My name is Sheila Reynolds Dillow
and J.J. and I both attended Balboa High School. J.J. gradu-
ated in 1959 and I graduated in 1962.
Our visit was in Texas where my brother and his wife
Cleo live. They have a home on top of this huge hill named
Ranchito Reynolds and the entire place is beautiful. J.J. and I
had not seen each other in over 15 years and our reunion was
magnificent. We caught up on "old times" with lots of won-
derful memories!! The visit was short, but one I will always
J.J. Reynolds (then) Sheila Reynolds (then)
J.J. Reynolds and Sheila Reynolds Dillow (now)
Sheila Reynolds Dillow
Travelers Rest, S.C.
Harold Sorrell (BHS'56) and Ann Wood (BHS'59)
Suescum were guests of Dorman Fulton (BHS'56) and his
lovely wife Jane on a great trip to Minnesota to visit first at
the wonderful lake home of Dorman's on White Fish Lake
then on to Ann (Merlino/Batcheldor) Richardson's beauti-
ful lake home on Man-Trap Lake north of Dorman's. We
missed the freezing of the lakes up to five feet deep!!
We all joined up one day to go to the Itasca Park State
Park and walked to the mouth of the Mississippi and all of us
"walked across the Mississippi"!! Another highlight was a
visit to the Northland Bison Ranch where we bought bison
filet steaks and had a great BBQ. This bison ranch is the home
of "Big Thunder" -- the largest bison you will ever see!!
W AA .H--
Harold Sorrell, Ann Wood Suescum, Ann
(Merlino/Batcheldor) Richardson, and Dorman Fulton.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND
RUINS OF PANAMA TOUR
Condor Outfitters, Inc. had its first Indigenous People and
Ruins Tour to Panama, December 2-8, 2008, and it was an
interesting adventure. On the first day the group went to the
Embera Indian Village. The river was so high due to previous
heavy rains that they were able to take the boat up the side
river all the way to the Waterfall, instead of walking by trail,
as the trail was under water.
On Day 2 there was an overnight trip to the San Blas.
When the group returned from the San Blas trip, they report-
ed that the island they went to was very primitive, as there
was no water of significance to bathe in and everyone need-
ed a shower upon their return to their Panama City Hotel.
After everyone had cleaned up at the hotel, they embarked on
a wonderful day of sightseeing in Panama, including stops at
Panama Viejo to climb to the top of the Bell Tower, and
Casco Antiguo. The renovations there were stunning. They
also saw the rebuilt Flat Arch and visited the Church of the
Golden Altar. They had lunch at the lovely Miraflores Locks
Visitor Center, then enjoyed watching ships transit. That
night was a typical Panama dinner show.
The next day was a trip to the Atlantic Side to visit the old
neighborhoods, Gatun Locks and the Portobelo ruins. On the
last day of the tour they all went to El Valle for the Indian
Market. Everyone enjoyed the entire trip and commented that
the San Blas portion would leave a lasting impression on
(L-R): Stephen Snyder, Paula Snyder, Linda Eustis, David
Turner, Christine Eustis, Peter Eustis, William Turner,
John Turner, Lynn Turner, David Hines, Bernice Hines,
and Vicki McCoy.
June A. Stevenso
WESTERN EUROPE CRUISE
On September 8 Shirley (Harrington) Boswell and Deb
(Boswell) Sanders boarded a plane to London, England, to
begin a trip that will always be remembered. They met up
with Jennifer Boswell, daughter of the late Steve Boswell
and Carmel Boswell, in England. Jennifer was on her R&R
from her military service in Iraq where she is a sergeant in the
Deb Sanders, Shirley Boswell, and Jennifer Boswell at
Captain's Cocktail Party aboard the Carnival Splendor.
This was the start of an 18-day vacation that centered
around a Western European cruise aboard the Carnival
Flagship Splendor. After spending two days in London, we
boarded the ship in Dover and had a grand time cruising to
ports of call that included Paris, Lisbon, Vigo, Malaga and
Barcelona in Spain, the French Riviera and the Tuscan region
of Italy. We concluded our cruise in Rome where we stayed
an extra two days. We also enjoyed our days at sea, partaking
of the many activities the ship had to offer.
This is Jennifer's second military tour overseas. She ini-
tially served in Afghanistan for 15 months and now is in Iraq
for 15 months. We are so proud of her and she deserved every
minute of this special vacation. She will return to her base in
Texas sometime in the spring, where she still has two more
years to serve.
Deb (Boswell) Sanders
Fort Myers, Fla.
JOHN DEKLE CELEBRATION
A celebration of life for John Dekle (Jason) was held in
Tampa, Fla., in July 2008 at the home of his brother Mark.
John passed away after a short battle with cancer and it was
his wish that a party be held in lieu of a memorial service and
it couldn't have been a more fitting occasion that this "party"
would bring together old friends to gather together and pass
along "old" and "recent" memories of having known John.
Barkley Hayes flew in from Panama, Roger Rios was here
from Hawaii, Richard Frensley from Wesley Chapel, Fla.,
and Brian "Bear" Kennon from Winter Haven, Fla., (the
Diablo Boys) were John's partners in crime growing up in
Diablo, playing football together, paddling in cayuco races
and staying one step ahead of getting into too much trouble.
Beattie Hendricks, David "Woody" Webb and Mark
Wilson were unable to attend, but they were definitely part of
some stories told that day. Other Diablo boys attending were
Frank Anderson, Mark Albritton, Butch and Steve
Nehring, Randy Rios, Brian and Marco Robinson, Mark
Baker, and Paul and Patrick Smith.
K ~ 4%
Kneeling: Roy Reyes, Frank Anderson, Allen Dekle, Gary
Myers, Steve Nehring. Standing: Butch Nehring, Barkley
Hayes, Roger Rios, Richard Frensley, Bear Kennon,
Mark Dekle, Mark Albritton.
Also, out-of-state friends attending the party were Susan
(Ehrensberger) Silverman from Houston, Stephanie
(Nellis) Hayes from Panama, Gary Alen from Georgia, and
John's longtime girlfriend Izabel Teceroli from Sao Paulo,
Brazil. Friends attending from throughout Florida were Mary
Alice (Myers) Albritton, Gary Myers, Margot and Hubie
Jordan, Janine (Nellis) Frensley, Renee Nellis, Lynn
(Little) Nehring, Tom Engelke, Alice (Parthenais)
Engelke, Lloyd and Peggy Roberts, Earl and Sue (Roberts)
Mullins, Lloyd and Patti Roberts, Roy Reyes, Richard
Holt, Debbie Foster. Also attending were the many local
friends of John and the family.
The Dekle family wishes to thank everyone for their sin-
cere thoughts, phone calls, cards, emails and a special thanks
to Phillip Wolf, Eddie Davis for their (football, Causeway)
memories and pictures, and Frank Anderson for taking all
those photos from the party. John will be missed and his
"party" was a huge success.
The Dekle Family
MORTONS & SANDERS CRUISE
In September Sandy and Bruce Sanders and Jo Ann and
Jack Morton enjoyed cruising on the grand Voyager of the
Seas; the young, female Captain was very personable as well
as professional. The transatlantic crossing from Ireland to St.
John's was as smooth as glass.
The temperature in all the countries (England, France,
Ireland, and Canada) was 60 degrees, perfect for sightseeing,
and we had almost no rain, just one gentle sprinkle in Ireland.
We had fun walking the streets of Dublin and drinking
Smithwicks beer in the "Panama" pub. The traditional Irish
pubs are quaint and friendly.
While in Cork, we took a taxi to the lovely Blarney
Village. Blarney Castle (built in 1446) was most impressive.
Bruce was the only one who kissed the Blarney Stone at the
top of the castle (a long, steep climb). St. John's,
Newfoundland, was very impressive with its pretty, colorful
wooden Victorian cottages. We went to Signal Hill where
Marconi received the first wireless transatlantic signal in
1901. The view overlooking the Atlantic and St. John's was
Bruce Sanders, Sandy Sanders, Jack Morton, and Jo Ann
FUNDRAISER FOR KEVIN JOYCE
Family, friends (especially Zonians), and co-workers
gathered together at a fundraiseer event held in Jacksonville,
Fla., on October 11, 2008, to show their love and support for
Kevin Joyce (BHS'82). Kevin, who is the son of the late
William Joyce and Mildred "Millie" (Gibbs) Joyce, was
diagnosed with a Grade IV Glioblastoma Multiforme brain
tumor on August 9, 2008. He is married to Pam Wuff and
they have two beautiful daughters, Kate (6) and Nicole (5).
The fundraiser was not only a time to raise money for
Kevin's medical expenses, but was a time for families to
share a day of fun and enjoyment with the Joyce family.
There were special activities for the children and teenagers
including a Ferris wheel, a large inflatable slide, and a dunk
tank with brave volunteers. Unlimited snow cones, popcorn,
and cotton candy were a huge hit with the kids....not so much
with the parents! Other activities included a Putting Contest,
haircuts provided by trained beautician friends, a bake sale
with lots of goodies, and a raffle which included many
Panamanian items, large gift baskets, and various gift certifi-
cates. It was a day of fun for all who attended, and especial-
ly for the few diehard Zonians who continued the good fel-
lowship into the wee hours of the morning.
A big thanks goes out to all the Zonian volunteers who
donated items, made a monetary donation, or worked tire-
lessly at one of the booths. The fundraiser was an over-
whelming success due to the volunteers and generosity of
Kevin (BHS'82), Billy (BHS'81), and Steve Joyce with little
William Joyce in front.
On behalf of the Ramirez family we wish to give our
sincere thank you for all the sympathy cards that you sent
me on behalf of the loss of our beloved mother, Josefa
Ramirez who passed away August 16, 2008. We appreci-
ate the caring and compassionate way of all of you
expressing your sincere thoughtfulness of our loss.
Norma Ramirez-Reed and family
Connor, Ke'in Jo ce, and Julie (Smith)
Julie (Smith) McCullough
For the last five years, the Farnsworth ladies have met
with Edie Meeker and Jean Medinger McGuire for a girl's
lunch over the Christmas holiday in Tampa. Patty visits from
Mesa, Ariz., for a few weeks and Camilla makes the trek
from Minnesota to spend several months in the great (and
warmer) Tampa weather visiting her Tampa-based children,
Jan (Farnsworth) Thompson, Ron and Jimmy
Farnsworth and their growing families. Edie and Camilla
have been friends for 50 years and Jean and Patty have been
best friends since childhood. It's a great time to catch up on
each other's lives...no boys allowed!
Back: Patty Farnsworth and Jean McGuire. Front:
Camilla Farnsworth and Edie Meeker.
Then, Jean Medinger McGuire and husband Gary spent
part of the Christmas holidays playing with their 19-month-
old granddaughter Savannah Madden. Daughter Dana
Madden and husband Mike flew with Savannah from
Houston to spend a week with Jean, Gary and Anna. Mike is
an award-winning history teacher in the Fort Bend ISD near
Houston and Dana owns a photography business. The family
had an active week going to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo,
Honeymoon Island, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and Tarpon Springs
DacK (L-R): Trary IVIC I re, Jean Ivieulinger ivlc.uire, anl
Mike Madden. Front (L-R): Dana Madden, Savannah
Madden, and Anna McGuire.
Safety Harbor, Fla.
Arline Winerman recently taught line dancing and com-
peted in Orlando at the Country Dance World Championship.
One of her students was her partner in the competition. There
were about 3,000 dancers -- couples, line dancers, swing and
hustle. Arline has been going since 1997 when she became the
pro/am silver novice world champion.
BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE ATLAS CLUB, JUNE 13, 1945
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Left side (front to back): Lou Zent, unknown, Harold Tuttle, Nanette Lynch, Mary Lou
Haines, Bob Engelke, Mrs. Emily Sullivan, Mr. Paul Sullivan. Right side (front to back):
Dick Burgoon, Shirley Sullivan (the birthday girl) (aka McKibbin), Liz Zent, Mike
Dawson, Ellie Foley, Marcel Martin, Donna McClain, and Milo Alexander.
Photo submitted by Ellie Foley Husum.
THE CRISTOBAL "MOTTA'S" OF 1950, CHAMPIONS
CANAL ZONE BASEBALL LEAGUE FOR FIVE SUCCESSIVE YEARS
Back Ro standingng. Director B. W\. Stephenson, Director Bob White, Rolando Morris, Al Baselici, Bucky Hall, Bill
Sweiger, Manager Al Kubski, Don Warfield, Mike Conroy, Secretary Ronald Owen, President Gil Morland. Front Row
(seated): Clem Koshorek, Eddie Yaeger, Ray Dabec, George Waldron, Dave Thomas, Dean Wood, Tom Lasorda, Eddie
Neville. In front: Bill Price and Skippy Williams. Not pictured: Elmer Middlebrook and George Bennett.
Submitted by Tom Wilder.
CAMP HARRIET, GATUN, C.Z.
1-ronr (L-Kl) ledd3 Nimitz, Charlotte Urr, Mlarel Ua\ison, BlarOara Lrikson, Kutb Hall, Eileen Lo\, [iariln
Defenbaugh. Middle (L-R): Anna Amelunxen, Patricia Shedden, Ellen Clute, Carolyn McGann, Carol Ann Forrest,
Pauline Dockery, Olivia Causey. Back (L-R): Mrs. N. B. Davison, Director, Mrs. George Tully, Asst. Team Leader, Mrs.
George Allgaier, Unit Leader, Mary Sherry, Program Aide, and Mrs. T. D. Ladd, Asst. Director, June 20-August 15, 1951.
Submitted by Alice McGann, Anchorage, Alaska.
PANAMA ROTARY CLUB
HOSTING GATESHEAD, ENGLAND ROTARY CLUB, MARCH 1973
Back Ro". (L-R Standing). Donald Ponder, James \\hilmore, Carlos Ibanez, \\inter Collins, \i ior, Joseph
Herrington, a visitor, Gordon Dalton, James DesLondes, Thomas Williams, Davis Stevenson, and Cleve Soper. Middle
Row (L-R Sitting): John McTaggart, Ambassador Dugald Malcom (Guest speaker), Frank Ostrander, Rudy Burda,
Roger Toledano, and Albert Joyce. Left Table (L-R): Charles Hummer, Ray Laverty, Bruce Quinn, and Michael Pierce.
Right Table (L-R): Morgan Goodwin, Frank Baldwin, George Urban, and Roger Adams.
Submitted by Davis Stevenson
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
7985 113th Street, Suite 100
Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: 727-394-9338 Fax: 727-394-2737
Zonian Networking and Talent
Support Museum's Silent Auction
When Jean and Bill Muller were preparing to move
from Ocala, Fla., to Silverdale, Wash., a couple of
years ago, Jean decided she just could not take all the
unpainted bateas she had hoped one day to paint. So
she generously donated them to the Panama Canal
There they sat until this fall, when Grace Shadeck,
knowing of Jean's donation to the museum, notified
us that Fran Thompson Clinton, a new member of
the museum, was a gifted artist looking for bateas to
S Fran and Dick
St to the museum
for the silent
Fran and the museum arrived at what they considered
a fair price for the bateas she wanted, and she went
right to work on them after her husband, Dick,
prepped them for painting. Fran, a friend and class-
mate of Al Sprague's who has had some of her work
critiqued by him and calls him "an inspiration," has
now offered to donate two of these bateas she painted
back to the museum for our silent auction this year.
What a network of support the Panama Canal
Museum has from people like Jean, Bill, Grace, Fran
and Dick! Look for the results of their efforts in our
silent auction at the Panama Canal Society Reunion
SJOWIN THE MUSEUM TOPAY
ANJP HELP PRISGRV
February Potluck Highlights
The Panama Canal Museum held its annual potluck
luncheon this year on Valentine's Day, with great
Many of the delicious dishes were from the
museum's award-winning cookbook, Opening the
Gates to Canal Cuisine.
A highlight of the luncheon featured attendees'
readings of their family stories published in the
museum's Write of Passage-Stories of the Ameri-
can Era of the Panama Canal.
Lend A Hand to Make 2009 the
Museum's Best Year Ever!
SJoin the Panama Canal Museum. You can help
preserve the history of the United States in
SSponsor a Panama Canal Museum in a Trunk
-as an individual, a family, school class,
member of an organization-and choose the
school district where it will be placed.
Volunteer. People with computer skills, a
silent auction chairperson, outreach speak-
ers, and help at the Panama Canal Reunion in
the museum exhibit room and at our vending
tables are especially needed.
SDonate items for the museum's annual silent
auction. Let us know if you have special
Panama Canal treasures or other appealing
items that your friends will bid on at the
reunion to help support their museum.
Donate photographs and other art work of
Panama's flora and fauna for the museum's
2009 reunion exhibit and 2010 calendar.
Contact the museum for advice on format-
ting computer submissions.
Call the museum at 727-394-9338 or send an email to
email@example.com for more information.
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday -Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Big Plans for Museum Store
at 2009 PC Reunion
The Panama Canal Museum Store Committee
has been busy planning the museum's offerings
for the vendors' room at the Panama Canal
Society Reunion this summer. Committee
members have enthusiastically embraced the
flora and fauna aspects of the reunion's "Para-
dise Found" theme.
Last year's popular plush golden frogs will
return, and the 500-piece Panamanian golden
frog jigsaw puzzle will be available, too. Our
golden frogs have been so successful and
appealing that this year's collectible ornament
will feature the golden frog. Panama's flora and
fauna will also be the focus of the museum's
Plush iguanas will be a new addition to the
museum's vending tables at the reunion. And
our ever popular bateas from El Valle will be
there adorned with iguanas, golden frogs,
turtles, toucans, parakeets, butterflies, hum-
mingbirds, and hibiscus. Don't miss a chance to
take a piece of paradise home with you!
Educational Outreach Programs Hit
the Road And the High Seas!
Our educational outreach programs are finding their
way out into the community surrounding Seminole -
A Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department grant
has made it possible for us to send speakers into schools
and communities throughout Florida's Pinellas County,
where the museum is located. Word about our
programs spread further this fall when we had present-
ers at the annual Florida Conference for Social Studies
in St. Petersburg.
We have also had guest lecturers on Princess and Crys-
tal Line ships to the Panama Canal, and our museums
in a trunk are beginning to be placed in school districts
across the country.
If you would like to serve as a Panama Canal presenter
in your area using support materials from the museum
or wish to sponsor a Panama Canal Museum in a
Trunk, please contact the museum.
Revisit Paradise by Visiting the
Museum's Flora and Fauna Exhibit
If you can't remember how nice it was living in Panama
and the Canal Zone in years past, be sure to visit the
museum's exhibit during this year's reunion.
Images of the flora and fauna and sounds of the jungle
will surely bring you back to the time and place we all
remember as paradise.
Never went into the jungle? Visit the exhibit and see
what bugged those that did. Don't have a green thumb?
See what grew naturally right outside your door.
Lush gardens, palms in formal attire, royal blues and a
myriad of other colorful butterflies flittin' and floatin'
among the flowers. Even remnants of the deep will be
there for those who played in the blue waters off the
Ninth Anniversary Observed During
"Business As Usual" Day at Museum
The ninth anniversary of passing the control of the
Canal to Panama was noted at the museum during a
On December 31st, 2008, trustee Gerry DeTore was
conducting a guided tour of the museum for members
Roy and Marlys Hohmann and their family. One of
them asked a question regarding the turnover to
Panama, and Gerry noticed the time on the clock
before answering it was just after noon. It was an
emotional moment for all.
APRIL 18: Space Coast Bunco IV Museum Event.
See page 75 in the Announcements Section in this
Canal Record issue for additional information.
APRIL 19-MAY 4: Museum Transatlantic Cruise from
Florida to Italy.
JULY 1-5: Panama Canal Society Reunion at Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in Orlando. Museum
will be featuring an exhibit with the "Paradise Found"
theme, silent auction, vending tables.
JANUARY 25-FEBRUARY 5, 2010: An Ultimate 11-
Night Caribbean Cruise (Including Panama!) on a
magnificent ship debuting later this year. See Spring
mailing to museum members and the ad in this issue.
Jean Medinger McGuire, Reporter/Editor
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LASS OF '49 BHS/CHS 1959
REUNION 50th CLASS REUNION
949 will be celebrating its 60th The classes of BHS and CHS of 1959 will hold their
nama Canal Society Reunion in 50th Class Reunion in conjunction with the annual
1-5, 2009. We have a super hos- Panama Canal Society Reunion at the Rosen Shingle
is the home base in the Rosen Creek Resort on July 2-4, 2009.
)ur suite will be open Thursday, It's going to be a great party, and if you haven't been
ay, July 4th. Our committee has to a class reunion in the past, this is one you won't want
manian buffet for Friday night, to miss. There will be a Hospitality Room with refresh-
ments and libations, to meet and greet with all your old
your calendar and tell any class- friends. There will be two dances to enjoy, a Clubhouse
are in contact. The 50th reunion where you can sit and enjoy others as well. It's also a
ve want to make this even more good time when you can purchase all the missing treas-
50 will be joining us again. See ures from Panama that you always dreamed about, but
never got back to Panama to get. A trip to Panama to cel-
n at kavcarson(@msn.com or ebrate with our Panamanian classmates is also being
nailpangolf(@cfl.rr.com if you planned. Come give us your input.
ant to help the committee. In order to get the Society discount on your room,
you will need to be a member of the Panama Canal
Society. It's a great way to keep our legacy going, as well
JOIN US FOR as keep up with your friends throughout the years.
Contact persons are:
HE 4TH OF JULY
POOL PARTY! Skip Rowley Mickey Walker Fitzgerald
Tallahassee, FL New Smyrna Beach, FL
age 50 for information. (850) 422-2151 (386) 428-2791
LASSES OF 1954 Bill Brunner Herb Spector
REUNION Panama Seminole, FL
011-(507) 983-6126 (727) 393-9789
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(1) a class reunion during the Panama Canal Society
Reunion from July 1-5, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando, Fla., and (2) an after-reunion four (4)
night Bahama cruise out of Port Canaveral is offered to
those who want to continue celebrating. For cruise infor-
mation, please contact:
June Rowley Stevenson
Tel: (770) 339-9961Tel: (386) 753-0263
CLASS REUNION COORDINATORS
CONTACT THE MINI-REUNION
COORDINATOR FOR THE 2009
CHS CLASS OF 1959
The class of CHS 1959 will be celebrating their 50th
Class Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion July 3-5, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla. There will be a Hospitality
Room with refreshments and libations on Friday, July 3,
to meet and greet old friends. On Saturday, July 4 at 5
p.m. we will have a special dinner. Emails and mailings
will be forthcoming with more details. For information or
any questions, please contact:
Martha Johnson Stephenson
(360) 546-3307 or johnmart706(@msn.com.
CLASS OF 1964
2009 CLASS REUNIONS
Decisions, decisions--which of the three BHS'64 class
reunions will you attend next year? They will all be fun,
so maybe you should plan on attending all three!!
Join classmates, spouses and friends for a trip to
Panama from January 30-February 5, 2009.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION
Celebrate 45 years later with other BHS'64 classmates
in conjunction with the annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion from July 1 to July 5, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla. Your hosts for this event will
be Roberta Evans, Bonnie (Crowell) Morrison, and
BHS'64 OFFICIAL 45TH CLASS REUNION
September 2nd September 7th, 2009 in Park City UT
If you want to visit with as many of your fellow
BHS'64 classmates as you can, this is the reunion to
Sherry Sabo Hozack
Our 40th class reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion to
be held at Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando, Fla., from July 1-5, 2009.
All classmates, family and friends are welcome to join
us in the class suite on Thursday, July 2nd, Friday, July
3rd, and Saturday, July 4th for libations, good conversa-
tions, memories, exaggerations, storytelling, and assorted
bochinche. If you don't show up, we will probably talk
about you!! A buffet dinner is planned for Friday, July
3rd, starting early at 6:30 p.m.
Please let us know if you are going to make it!
Volunteers to help are also needed. Contact one of the fol-
Glenda (Lewis) Kochel
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS
OF 1969 40TH REUNION
And the celebration continues in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion to be held at the Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., from July 1-5,
2009. The Class of 1969 will host a hospitality suite for
all classmates beginning Thursday evening, July 2nd
through Saturday night, July 4th to visit, eat, drink and
reminisce about the last 40 years. Please note, if you plan
to stay at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and receive the
Society room rate, you will need to be a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
If you are interested in attending or need further infor-
mation, please contact:
Chaco (Will) Smail
Sue (Waters) Eytalis
CLASS REUNION FOR CHS 1964
For those who are interested in putting something
together, please contact: Naomi (Kuntz) Schmigel at
CHS CLASS OF 1974
Our 35th class reunion will be held in conjunction
with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in July
2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Plans are in the works to rent a hospitality suite for two
days to gather, catch up and reminisce. A Latin dinner is
planned. Please come!!
BHS CLASS OF 1974
Our reunion will be held from July 6-13, 2009, in
Panama. All classmates, CHS'74, friends and family are
INVITED to join us.
We are looking for BHS'74 classmates' e-mails, so
please send to:
BHS CLASS OF 1979
30TH CLASS REUNION
Preplanning has begun for our 30th Class Reunion!!
Our 30th class reunion will be held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion to be held at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.,
from July 1-5, 2009. More details to follow....
Please send your current email and contact details to:
Carlton A. Morris
CHS CLASS OF 1979
30TH CLASS REUNION
Our 30th Class Reunion will be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion at the
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
from July 1-5, 2009. Our class suite will be available on
Friday and Saturday nights with comida y bebidas. Please
let us know if you can make it by RSVP on
classmates.com or contact one of the following:
Lynnette (Leni) Stokes Cansler
Sharon Dumas Hoffman
ATTENTION BHS CLASS OF 1984
Our 25th high school reunion will take place in con-
junction with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion
in July 2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla. Planning has begun but we need your help.
Please send your name, address, phone number and email
Also, if you would like to help with the planning of our
reunion, please call Jillian (Collins) Walker at (770) 846-
Remember, you must be a member of the Panama
Canal Society in order to attend the reunion.
BHS CLASS OF 1989
Our 20th high school reunion will take place in con-
junction with the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion
in July 2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla. We will have an informal Friday night cock-
tail hours) as well as a formal reunion dinner party
Contact Rob Thrift for information.
BHS CLASS 1970
Vicki Sizemore is willing to
set up the "Party in Panama" in
June 2010 if we have enough
people who are interested. At the
last class reunion in Panama,
BHS'70 drank the Balboa Yacht
Club out of beer, I have been assured this time they will
double their stock!! If you are interested in going to
Panama in 2010, contact Vicki.
Vicki Sizemore maxgatoblanco(hotmail.com
Our famous Florida contingent will set up the state-
side class reunion in conjunction with the 2010 Panama
Canal Society Reunion. Contact Rudy or Jacque.
Rudy Crespo twistedrlc(@Iahoo.com
Jacque Vowell vowellja(aol.com
CHS CLASS OF
Plans for our 40th class reunion
to be held in Panama are taking
shape nicely. Please mark March 13-19, 2010, on your cal-
endars. Let's make this a reunion to remember...so let's get
the word out to any and all classmates and/or friends.
Panama and Dry Season...HERE WE COME!! To keep up
on the latest information please send current addresses and
e-mails and any other contact information for yourself and
Jane (Gabriel) Huff
BHS CLASS 1961
Please send your
CURRENT e-mail addresses
to George Garcia at:
GULF COAST PICNIC
11 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2009
Pavilion 5 at the end of Boat Launch Road has been
reserved for the annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic
at Gulf Islands National Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean
Gerda Smith and Patt Roberson will be tenting at
the campground Friday night to tidy up the pavilion on
Saturday morning and get the coffee started. Bring your
favorite dish and watch for the PanCanal Picnic signs.
For overnight RVing details, write the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500
Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.
For any other information, contact:
SPACE COAST BUNCO IV
The Space Coast Bunco IV will be held on April 18,
2009, at the Dog 'n Bone Pub in Cocoa Village, Fla.
Proceeds from the annual fund-raiser are donated to the
Panama Canal Museum and go into the Space Coast
Panazonians Wall of Honor transit account.
This year's event will incorporate an additional fund-
raiser for the Panama Amigos Lending Support (PALS)
group, which traditionally sponsors a booth at the
American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, scheduled for
Merritt Island that same day. A pay-as-you-go luncheon
provided by PALS will replace the covered dish bunco
luncheon and proceeds will go to the ACS-RFL.
For bunco information telephone Peggy Huff at (321)
455-1649, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For PALS information telephone Fran Meyer at (321)
456-5944, or email: ronfran(i,cfl.rr.com.
MASONS AND OES LUNCHEON
I After a two-year absence, there will be a Panama I
Canal Masons and Eastern Star luncheon on Friday, July
3, 2009, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando,
Florida, in conjunction with the 2009 Panama Canal
The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m., immediately
following the Society's Annual Business Meeting. The
cost of the luncheon is $30/meal.
All Panama Canal Masons, Eastern Stars, spouses and I
friends of the fraternity and sorority are invited to attend.
Dress for the occasion is coat and tie or guayaberra.
MASONS & OES LUNCHEON
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819-9357
IFriday July 3, 2009
Luncheon: 12:30 p.m. Cost: $30/meal
(A) Penne Pesto with Grilled Chicken
(B) Roasted Sliced Sirloin of Beef
Please make reservations and meal selection
of (A) or (B) below.
Total Enclosed: $
Make U.S. Postal Money orders or checks payable to
Robert Russell and mail to:
2327 Lyndhurst Drive
Sun City Center, Florida 33573
List names of persons attending for name tags and select
their meal choice:
Name Meal Selection
I Deadline for reservations
I is June 24, 2009
Luke C. Palumbo Memorial Scholarship
Contact Andrea Wagner, Northwest
Missouri State University, (660) 541-0294
or see www.coachpalumbo.org
Started as a non-profit organization in 1952,
the Canal Zone Study Group has 750 members
worldwide. Check out www.czsg.org for
much more CZ stamp information. For a free
digital copy of our color quarterly newsletter send an email
to David Zemer at SOSAHILL@HOTMAIL.COM and
put "free CZP" in the subject field. Or, to become a mem-
ber send a check for only $8/year to: CZSG, 408 Redwood
Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60193.
Ruins of Panama -
$1650 per person in a dotible
Day trip to the Embera Indian Village,
an overnight stay on the San Bias
Islands with the Kuna Indians
See the ruins of Portobelo, Fort San
Lorenzo, Panama Viejo & Casco Antigu
Enjoy a dinner show with the
Pollera Dancers and 'comida tipica
Day trip to El Valle and see the
Indian craft market
Includes accommodations, breakfast and lunch daily
prices subject to change
pre and post tours available upon request Accredited by
2009 ADVERTISEMENT RATES
Advertising rates approved at the October 17, 2007, Executive Board Meeting are listed below. The increase in advertising
rates was necessary due to an increase in the U.S. Postal mailing rates, which encompasses a charge for each ad shown in
the Canal Record. Commercial Rates are for those who are either non-members of The Panama Canal Society, Inc., or those
who are members but are placing an ad for an established business firm, who want to advertise in the Canal Record. All
ads are subject to Executive Board approval. All ads submitted must be camera-ready. The Canal Record will not com-
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ITEMS Price Quantity Total
Write of Passage: Stories of the American Era of the Panama Canal. $50.00
Over 100 heartwarming Zonian family stories and photographs. Hardback.
2008 Panama Canal Museum Collectible Mola Stocking/Wreath Ornament. $20.00
Designed exclusively for the Panama Canal Museum.
Bateas: Golden Frogs, Yellow Hibiscus, Coral Hibiscus,
Turtles, Iguana, Fruit $20.00
Paper Towel Holders: Golden Frog, Yellow Hibiscus, Coral Hibiscus,
__ Parakeet, Toucan, Blue Butterfly $12.00
Panamanian Golden Frog ultra-plush toy, Large 10 inch _$10; Small 5 inch _$5; Both $13.00
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$ 75.01 -$100.00 $13.50 $17.50
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$125.01- $150.00 $15.50 $19.50
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7% Sales Tax (to Florida addresses only)
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3), 50 Seminole, FL 33772-4785
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7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359 1-866-726-2262
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Members not renewing their membership by January 31 of the current year must pay a $10.00 administrative fee.
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$10.00 administrative fee. Total: $40.00.
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7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359 1-866-726-2262
MERCHANDISE ORDER FORM
Society License Plate: $5.00 (Tax included)
Society Decal: $2.00 (Tax included)
Canal Record: $5.00 (Postage included)
Mailing Address of Purchaser:
State Zip Code
Society License Plate: $5.00 (Tax included)
Qty. License Plates
4 Ir. cd
Society Decal: $2.00 (Tax included)
Canal Record: $5.00 (Postage included)
Qty. Canal Record
Date of Issue
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Phone: (727) 391-4359
1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free)
FAX (727) 319-8593
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Web site: http://www.pancanalsocietv.org
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING
ADS, ARTICLES, NEWS OR PHOTOS FOR EACH CANAL RECORD
JUNE 2009 Canal Record Deadline March 28, 2009
OCTOBER 2009 Canal Record Deadline August 7, 2009
DECEMBER 2009 Canal Record Deadline October 2, 2009
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