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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
Ms. Shirley Avery
Ms. Pamela (Scott) Reid
Mr. Mike Coffey
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
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
DATES TO REMEMBER
June 30-July 5
Panama Canal Ditchdiggers Luncheon at Piccadilly Cafeteria,
1602 E., Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Fla., 11:30 to 2:00 pm. For
information contact Grace Shadeck at (352) 347-4141.
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.
Never Quit Event, Jacksonville, Fla. See page 87 for more infor-
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 2009
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.
P resident's M essage..................................... ........................................................... 1
Office Manager/Secretary's Message.................................................
Troyers PCS Membership Meeting..................................................2
M em bership N ew s.................................... .......................................................3
E editor's C orner................................... ....................................... ........ ..............
A l Pate, Past President............................... .. ..................................................... 4
Space Coast Picnic and Membership Meeting.............................. ............ .........
2010 Annual Reunion Coordinator Report............................. ......................5
Reunion Cultural Seminars........................... ...............................6
Zonians Can Dance Contest............................ .............................7
Panamanian Dance Lessons........................... ............................8
Eventions of Florida Transportation Information..................... .... .................9
N om inating Com m ittee Report............................................................................... 11
Slate of Officers for 2010-2012.......................................................12
Space Coast Picnic Pictures........................... ........ ... .....................14
December Luncheon Pictures.............................. .......................................15
Synopsis of Minutes (Executive Board Meetings / General Membership Meeting..... 18
Legislative R eport................................................... ........................................ 18
Your Reporter Says:
Alabama....................19 FL Pensacola...................28 North Carolina..................43
Arizona....................... 20 FL South Florida............... 31 Northwest..................... 46
Arkansas..........................21 FL Space Coast................34 Panama......................47
California........................22 FL Tallahassee.................36 South Carolina..................50
Europe............................ 24 Georgia....................... 39 TX Dallas........................ 51
FL Central Florida.............26 Louisiana..........................41 Virginia.................... 53
FL Ocala.......................... 26 M ississippi.......................41 Younger Generation..........54
C ongratulations.................................. ..........................................................56
W ed d in g s......................................................................... ...................................... 6 1
Births ........................................................................ ........... 64
M military P ride...................................................................... ................................... 64
W ith D eep Sorrow .................................................................. ................................65
L letters to the Editor................................................................... ......................75
Panam a Canal M museum ....................... ...................... ......................... 83
A nnouncem ents............................................. ............ .... .......................85
A dvertisem ents.................................. ...........................................................88
Membership Application Form.................... ..................................95
Panama Canal Society Merchandise Form............................ ....................96
Cover: Golden Anniversary of the Panama Canal stamps depicting scenes from the Canal Zone
Our Christmas Luncheon was
well attended and my thanks to 2nd VP
Tom Spence for stepping in and han-
dling the meeting in my absence.
Kathy and I were busy with our
daughter Samantha's wedding. The
board has been busy working on vari-
Tom ider ous ideas to increase membership as
well as sustain our existing members.
We have launched a Facebook page that has over a thousand
members. This allows the society to announce upcoming
events and it provides a social network of Zonian friends.
Best of all it's free! Reunion plans are well underway and
please be sure to register. Of course you must have your dues
current to attend. Enclosed is a new membership sticker that
will be included in each March issue of the Canal Record.
We hope you will proudly display it for others to see that you
are a member of the Panama Canal Society! Hope to see you
at the Reunion, viva Panama!
Tom Wilder, President
Happy New Year to all Society
Members and their families! As it is every
January it is always a busy time for the
Society office. This year we mailed 1,662
"reminder" postcards to members who Nancy Van Siclen
had not paid their dues prior to December 31, 2009. This fig-
ure is down by 200 from the previous year. I hope that means
that the notices in the October and December issues of Canal
Record are working. Maybe in January of 2011 we will be
able to report the figure for postcards that need to be mailed
even lower. Your membership dues keep the Society going
Please remember that we just don't have the staff to
accommodate telephone requests to pay dues and make
reunion reservations by telephone.
As always, if you have any questions regarding your
Society membership status or Society activities please call or
email the Society office and we will be happy to help you.
Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
Email: office( )pancanalsocietv.org
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The membership fee is $40.00 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.
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YOUR VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
SEE PAGES 12-13 TO REVIEW THE SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2010-2012.
ALL BALLOTS NEED TO BE RETURNED TO THE OFFICE BY JUNE 22, 2010.
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant
Amish Style Cooking
May 1, 2010
The Gulf Coast Spring Luncheon will be held on May 1, 2010, 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 Monday, April 26, 2010. For more informa-
tion 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 at the exit and stay on Fruitville Road until the
traffic light at Mclntosh Road, go left (South). Stay on
Mclntosh until the next traffic light. Go right on Bahia
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
and Beneva Road.
Spring Luncheon Gulf Coast
Please Print Clearly
Telephone Number Please make reservations at $19.00 each.
INames of guests:
Total Enclosed $ RESERVATION DEADLINE: APRIL 26. 2010
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Happy New Year members!
In our last Canal Record I updated you on our membership trend over the past fifteen years and the formation of
our Membership Committee. Our Membership Committee has been very busy contacting prospective members and
inactive members over the past several months and we're happy to report an increase in new memberships since we
started. That's the good news.
The bad news is that our membership trend is still on the decline in comparison to last year and prior years. While
it's still early in the renewal process I urge all of our membership to reach out to friends, family members and others
you know who qualify for and should be members. The long-term health of the Society is dependent upon the make-
up of our membership. Below is a summary of our membership totals in comparison to last year:
Membership Enrollment Comparison
2008 for 2009 2009 for 2010
Renewals New Total Renewals New Total
65 51 116 60 9 69
19 8 27 12 11 23
9 11 20 18 3 21
69 15 84 176 15 191
421 14 435 300 28 328
389 18 407 365 30 395
1496 70 1566 1075 56 1131
2468 187 2655 2006 152 2158
In November the Membership Committee established our official Facebook page and we had a great response. In
less than two weeks we achieved over 1,000 Society Facebook members and many members were connecting with the
Society and other members for the first time. We held a contest to see who would be the 1,000th member and the win-
ner was Tita Kourany Alvarez. Congratulations Tina!
Over the past few months we've received many great suggestions on ways to add value, improve communication,
and grow membership. The suggestions are appreciated and we are in the process of evaluating what we want to imple-
ment. One topic many members are asking about is qualifications for membership. Below are the qualifications for
membership as outlined in the Society bylaws:
On behalf of the Board and committee I want to welcome all of the new members who have joined the Society and thank
the many members who have renewed their membership. We look forward to providing you with many great reasons
to maintaining membership. See you at the reunion!
Mike Coffey, Membership Committee Chairperson
Membership Eligibility: Any individual
18 years of age or over who worked or who
is or was associated with the operation,
maintenance, construction, contract sup-
port activity or protection of the Panama
Canal, and family members who were or
are dependents of, reside or resided with
this individual, or who are descendants of
such individual shall be eligible for active
membership in the Panama Canal Society,
I would like to introduce the newest per-
son to join our reporter family, Kathleen A.
Sheridan! Kathleen is from the BHS class
S of '65 and will be the area reporter for
NorthWest Virginia. You can reach her at
kascz4(sbcglobal.net. Welcome aboard
Kathleen! I am sad to let the membership
Jacque Vowell know Sarah Livingston Schlicht, Tampa
reporter will be leaving us to devote time to her mom. She
will be missed.
The countdown is on for the 2010 Annual Reunion! I am
so excited because this year I will be traveling to Panama for
my class reunion in June, then I will be attending another
class reunion in Orlando. I am looking forward to spending
time with my classmates from BHS'70.
Remember to buy your tickets for the activities early. For
those of you who couldn't get to Carnavalito, you will get the
opportunity to hear Frances Lindh Morrissey play at the
As always, if you need help sending articles and pictures
for the Canal Record, I am only a phone call or email away.
Please remember to send your news to your area reporter.
They would love to hear from members!
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Al Pate, Past President of the Panama Canal Society
1982-1983, passed away on January 12, 2010.
NOVEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
AND SPACE COAST PICNIC
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General Membership meet-
ing will be held on November 6, 2010, in conjunction
with the Space Coast Picnic at the Tom Statham Park
Pavilion, on the river side of US Highway 1, adjacent to
the Space Coast Executive Center. The picnic will be
held from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The General
Membership Meeting will start at 12:30 pm.
Bring your own picnic lunch and something to drink. If
you need more information, call Bob and Frances
Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob and Kathie
McConaughey at (321) 452-7281.
Reunion Coordinators March Update Viva Panama Reunion
Here we are in March with only a few months to go before our 2010
Reunion. We are all getting very excited about continuing our reunion at A
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Registration applications are steadily com-
ing 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 vr
Reunion registration forms (Yellow Pages) were in your December
Canal Record and as a cost savings will not be published in the March, -
April or June books. You can however get a hard copy of the Yellow ,
Pages by contacting the Society office or go on-line at the Society web
site to register.
We have a very special and new event this year. "ZONIANS CAN DANCE" dance competition will be the high-
light. With the increasing interest in TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, America's Got Talent, the
Panama Canal Society is keeping up with the times and will host a DANCE CONTEST that will be held on Thursday,
July 1, 2010. So, grab your partner or your group and enter the contest! Each couple or group may select an Era in which
to dance, and will be judged within their era. The deadline to sign up is June 1, 2010.
We are going to have another spectacular show and great eats at the ANNUAL LUNCHEON this year. This year we
will be having Frances Lindh Morrissey (BHS'62), who played at the Continental Hotel in Panama and, through the
years, was influenced by Lucho, his style, and his music. Frances has been entertaining our members at Carnavalito for
the past three years with her wonderful music. The Panamanian Folkloric Dancers, Sentimiento Panameno will also
make an appearance to add a bit of color to the show.
We have arranged with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) to have Dr. Stanley Heckadon, STRI
Staff Scientist who will present two very interesting presentations for our CULTURAL SEMINARS: Friday's topic will
be "The Smithsonian's Castle in the Tropics: The History and Work of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute" and
Saturday's topic will be "Turning Swords into Plowshares: the Galeta Marine Education Center". Read more about the
seminars in this issue of the Canal Record.
On Saturday afternoon, we will be having our 2nd ANNUAL POOL PARTY at poolside. Everyone had such a great
time last year we decided to do it again. Remember, you must be a member in good standing and registered for the
reunion to participate.
2010 Special Package 5 nights for 4 STAY 4 NIGHTS AND GET THE 4TH OF JULY FREE!!! Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort is offering a special package to Panama Canal Society members who book their rooms from June 30th to
July 4th through the Society for the 2010 Annual Reunion. Stay 4 nights and get the 4th of July night FREE!
Another new event for 2010 is the 4TH OF JULY FAMILY FUN EXTRAVAGANZA, three hours of family fun
and entertainment including: music, line dancing, Black Jack, Texas Hold 'em, crab and horse racing, etc. for ages 3 and
up will be held Sunday afternoon.
Also, we welcome back those of you who arefive-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
Volunteers are needed to help during the 2010 Reunion. If you would like to volunteer, contact one or more of the
volunteer chairpersons listed on Page A of the Yellow Pages (registration package).
Bill McLaughlin and Mike Coffey
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2010 CULTURAL SEMINARS
Research Institute (STRI)
Dr. Stanley Heckadon
STRI Staff Scientist
One of Panama's most eloquent conservationists, Stanley Heckadon-Moreno held positions
as professor at the University of Panama and the University of Santa Maria de Antigua, Director
of Panama's National Institute for the Environment (INRENARE, now ANAM), and Advisor to
the Director for Technology Transfer and Environmental Policy Issues at STRI before assuming
his current position as STRI's Director of the Office of Communications and Public Policy.
After a PhD in Anthropology in England, he returned to Panama to focus on rural poverty and
the link between poverty and environmental quality, especially among indigenous and campesino
As a pioneer of the environmental movement in the region he worked to establish Panama's
National Park System. Heckadon coordinated the Panama Canal Watershed Monitoring Project;
a 3-year field study looking at the state of the forest cover, water and soils, vertebrates and the
dynamics of human populations in one of the most important tropical watersheds in the world. In
recent years, Heckadon has worked to establish STRI's marine lab at Galeta as a center for envi-
ronmental education. Heckadon's efforts with Galeta and STRI's other public programs are cru-
cial to informing the public about the importance and interconnectedness of their natural envi-
This year's seminar topics will be:
Friday 2:00 4:00 p.m "The Smithsonian's Castle in the Tropics: The History and Work
of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute"
Saturday 2:00 3:30 p.m. "Turning Swords into Plowshares: the Galeta Marine
Come join us and Dr. Heckadon to enjoy two exciting and informative afternoons. Seminars
will be held in Wekiwa 4 and 5 (level 2 of the convention center). For further information, con-
tact Bob and Cheryl Russell at 813-633-8916.
ZONIANS CAN DANCE
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ZONIANS CAN DANCE!!!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Name: Email Address:
of Group Members (not to exceed 6 people)
Music for Competition (What song and era)
We will have a DJ playing the music.
Dance to which you will compete:
(Flappers, Viennese, Waltz, Jitterbug, Bebop, Rock, etc.
Please note: If there is n n
You will be notified
Deadline for receiving audition form is June 1. 2010.
MAIL FORM IN ITS ENTIRETY TO:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC., 7985 113th STREET, SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 33772-4787
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With the increasing interest in TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, America's Got
Talent, the Panama Canal Society is keeping up with the times and will host a DANCE CONTEST that will be
held on Thursday, July 1, 2010. So, grab your partner or your group and enter the contest! Each couple or
group may select an Era in which to dance, and will be judged within their era.
PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES AND SHOW THAT "ZONIANS CAN DANCE!!!"
"Auditions" will take place during the afternoon on Thursday before our very experienced Contest
Committee. You pick your partner, you pick your music. (We ask that you limit it to 3-4 minutes.) Each
couple/group will be judged on the basis of originality, technique, costume and talent. The winners
from each era of the audition round will then return to the Thursday night dance at which time they
will be judged by the Panama Canal Society members in attendance at the dance.
Deadline for receiving audition form is June 1. 2010.
Following the dance contest on Thursday night, a DJ dance will continue through the evening with a vari-
ety of music from the eras through the night.
SHOW OFF YOUR TALENT AND REPRESENT YOUR ERA IN A BIG WAY!!!
Please complete the form below and return it with your Reunion Registration form. You will be advised via
email as to the time that you will audition. Contact: Betty LeDoux-Morris at Zonianbk@aol.com.
ZONIANS CAN DANCE!!!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Name: Email Address:
BAILE PANAMENO CLASS
Friday, July 2, 2010
Sentimiento Panama, the Panamanian dance group
that has performed for the Panama Canal Society for
many years at our Despedida, will once again be
teaching unique dance steps used in the "typical"
dances from Panama during the reunion. You will also ,
learn the historical significance behind the different
dances. Beginners are welcome! You don't need to
be an accomplished dancer to participate. Join us to
refresh your dancing skills or learn to dance "Tipico"
style for the first time. Cost for this class is $15.00 per
person or $25.00 per couple. Class will be held on
Friday, July 2, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. in the
St. John's Meeting Rooms 30 and 31. Pre-registration
is necessary and a minimum of 6 participants is
required to conduct the class. In the event there are
not enough participants to hold the class, your fee will
be promptly refunded to you. Complete your registra-
tion now. You don't want to miss this opportunity.
DEADLINE IS JUNE 1, 2010
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BAILEY PANAMENIO CLASS
* Beginners are welcome
I REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 1, 2010 i
S$15 per person I $25 per couple
SClass held Friday July 2, 2010 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. St. John's Meeting Rooms 30 & 31
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Reservation Form /
Deluxe Round Trip airport transportation available through
EVENTIONS OF FLORIDA
2010 RATES ARE AS FOLLOW WS:
Round Trip $45.00
One Way $25.00
*Rates include being met by friendly, uniformed staffer in baggage claim, assistance with luggage
to vehicle, DIRECT transportation between the Orlando International Airport and Rosen Shingle
Creek, driver gratuity and fuel surcharge.
EARLY BIRD RATES AVAILABLE:
Make your reservation by Friday, April 30, 2010 to take advantage of the
early bird discounted rate of $35 round trip and $20 one way!
Three Ways to Register and Payment Information:
Mail transportation registration form and payment (credit card-Visa, MasterCard or
American Express only, check or money order in US dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank)
to Eventions of Florida, 4302 Henderson Blvd, Suite 107, Tampa, FL 33629
Fax completed registration form to (813) 315-6379
Registration online at www.uanamacanal.eventbrite.com
*You will receive a confirmation within 3 business days of receipt ofyour reservation form via email
or fax, whichever is provided
Registration will officially close on Friday, June 25, 2010.
After this date, please contact Eventions of Florida directly to make shuttle
arrangements or advise us of any flight changes.
Please, no phone reservations.
Only one credit card per reservation form.
Contact Ali Brown, Panama Canal Transportation Coordinator, at 813.600.5763 or
ali(,eventionsfl.com with any questions or special requests.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY- 2010 ANNUAL REUNION
Transportation Reservation Form
Please type or print clearly all fields are required to process registration:
LEAD PASSENGER INFORMATION:
ADDITIONAL GUEST INFO:
'light #: Originating City
light #: Connecting City
Round Trip Before 4/30 $35 per person inclusive
Round Trip After 4/30 $45 per person inclusive
One Way Before 4/30 $20 per person inclusive
One Way After 4/30 $25 per person inclusive
x __ _
x ___ _
= Total Due:
= Total Due:
= Total Due:
= Total Due:
TOTAL PAYMENT DUE:
Payment Method: Check#
ANY SPECIAL NEEDS i.e. TRAVELING WITH A WHEELCHAIR, AIRLINE WHEELCHAIR ASSISTANCE,
SPECIAL ASSISTANCE, CHILD CAR SEAT PLEASE DESCRIBE BELOW:
DCancellation Policy (check here to accept)
Eventions of Florida reserves the right to cancel all reserved airport transportation due to lack of participation, safety concerns, civil
unrest, terrorism or acts of God (including severe weather). If airport transportation is canceled due to any of these reasons, all Panama
Canal Society registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund if Eventions of Florida cannot accommodate the guests on alter-
*Cancellations will be accepted until 5:00pm, June 25, 2010, a refund will be issued less a $5.00 service
*No cancellations accepted after 5:00pm, June 25, 2010
DWaiver and Indemnity (check here to accept)
EVENTIONS OF FLORIDA is not responsible for accidents; any mishap due to alcohol or drug abuse by any Panama Canal Society
guest; disasters; government regulation or advisory; death; injury; illness; fire; disruption; delays; modifications or cancellations caused
by weather conditions; or any mechanical or electrical difficulties; strikes; lockouts; acts or threats or terrorism; civil disorder; acts of
God; and other events beyond the control of EVENTIONS OF FLORIDA. EVENTIONS OF FLORIDA will make every effort to con-
duct the program as described, however, reserves the right to make adjustments to the programs without affecting the overall quality.
Should situations beyond the control of EVENTIONS OF FLORIDA makes changes necessary, we will work with Panama Canal Society
on any such changes whenever possible. Refunds will be issued if inclement weather renders transportation performance impossible or
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2010 2012
In accordance with Article V, Section 2 Paragraph B, of the Bylaws, a notice was published by the
2009 Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society, Inc., in the October 2009 edition of the
Canal Record notifying members that nominations for Executive Board officers were in order for the
2010 2012 term of office. The notice also served the purpose of soliciting suggestions from mem-
bers who would be willing and able to serve on the Executive Board.
The Committee, consisting of Robert Russell, Chairperson, Shirley Boswell, Bliss Connerton,
George Downing and Jacque Vowell, canvassed the membership and found several worthy candi-
dates. In accordance with Article V, Section 2, Paragraph E, the Committee submitted the following
slate of officers for 2010 2012 to the membership at the regularly scheduled meeting and luncheon
on December 12, 2009, at the Wine Cellar, 17307 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida.
President Tom Wilder
1st Vice President Tom Spence
2nd Vice President Mike Coffey
Directors Shirley Avery
There were no mail-in nominations prior to the December 12, 2009, business meeting nor were there
any members nominated from the floor at the December business meeting.
Your vote in this year's election is very important because we have four candidates running for the
three elected positions of Director. In addition to showing your support for those officers running
unopposed, your vote will determine which three of the four candidates will be elected to the position
of Director. Accordingly, the Committee urges all members to take a few minutes and vote for the
candidates of their choice.
Also, please note that completed ballots must be received (postmarked or hand marked) by the Society
Office at least 10 days (June 22) prior to the July 2, 2010, annual meeting. The sealed ballots will
remain secured in the Society Office until they are opened and counted by the Nominating Committee
on Friday, July 2, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in the Sandlake Conference Room at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.
All members are welcome to observe the count. The results will be announced shortly after the bal-
lot count during the annual meeting which will begin at 10 a.m. in the same Sandlake Conference
Nominating Committee Chairperson
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING
You may only vote for one candidate for each of the office of President, 1st Vice President, and 2nd Vice President; for the
offices of Directors, you may vote for three candidates. Please vote by placing an "X" on the line next to the candidate's
name that you have selected. "Write-in" nominations are permitted for all offices listed. Candidates elected to office as a
write-in nominee shall be notified by the Nominating Committee and required to provide written acceptance of the posi-
tion within 15 days after the election held on July 2, 2010, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort; otherwise, the candidate
receiving the second highest number of votes for the office in question shall be declared the elected officer. Each active
member, life member or active member and spouse may individually submit a ballot. Vote for your selection of officers
indicated on the cut-out BALLOT/BALLOT ENVELOPE. Fold the ballot to the inside of the ballot envelope and fold the
envelope over your ballot with the address of the Chairperson, Nominating Committee on the outside, and seal the enve-
lope with Scotch tape. Do not detach ballot from the envelope. Place your name and return address in the upper left-
hand corner. Each spouse must include his or her individual name and return address in the upper left-hand cor-
ner of the ballot. Affix a 44 cent stamp and mail. Ballots must be received by the Panama Canal Society office by June
22, 2010. Ballot envelopes will be opened at the Annual Business Meeting on July 2, 2010.
SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2010-2012
I was born in Coco Solo Hospital in 1958 and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1976
and also attended Canal Zone College. After spending just shy of 20 years in the Canal Zone, I
moved to the states in 1979 to pursue a career while my three sisters, Alberta Corrigan, Joanne
Anderson and Penny Canamas stayed behind and still continue to reside in Panama. My dad,
Albert Wilder and his twin brother Arthur were both Panama Canal Pilots. I am currently the
Chief of Staff at the Marion County Sheriffs Office in Ocala, Fla where I have worked for the
past 26 years. I hold a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Saint Leo
University. I have served on the Panama Canal Society Executive Board as: By-Laws Chairman,
elected as Director, 2nd Vice-President, 1st Vice-President and currently serve as President. With your support, I am looking
forward to serving a second term as President where I am committed to the tradition of preserving the ideals and friendships
of the former Canal Zone and the Panama Canal Society.
I retired from the U.S. Army with 28 years of service and I am currently serving as 2nd Vice
President for the Panama Canal Society. I am married to former Cecilia Quiros of Ancon, C.Z. We
reside in Spring Hill, Fla., and have three sons and four grandchildren. I also serve on the Board of
Directors for the West Central Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, I am the
President of the Republican Club of Wellington, and I serve on the Communications Committee of
the Wellington at Seven Hills Homeowners Association. Cecelia and I are parishioners at St. Frances
Cabrini Roman Catholic Church and serve as Eucharistic Ministers.
I am a fifth generation Zonian and was born in Coco Solo hospital in 1960. At the age of seven
our family moved to the Pacific side where we lived in Corozal. My parents, John and Mary
-.. (Morland) Coffey grew up in Panama and both graduated from Cristobal High School. I have
Panamanian roots in that my father was the great grandson of Porfirio Ferrari Melendez, who
played an instrumental role in helping Panama gain independence from Colombia. He eventually
became the first governor of Colon.
I graduated from Balboa High School in 1978 and attended one year at Canal Zone Junior
College before moving to the US to attend Florida State University. I met my wife, Shawn, in Tallahassee and we have been
happily married for over 25 years. We are very fortunate to have four wonderful daughters, Madeline, Alise, Cameron, and
Stephanie and we currently reside in Lutz, Fla., north of Tampa.
Professionally, I have been in the mortgage industry for over 20 years. I currently work for American Equity Mortgage,
the largest private lender in the United States. I am also an active real estate investor and have an ownership interest in a
"green" company. I give back to my community by participating on several non-profit boards including Aging Solutions, The
Office of Public Guardian for several counties in Florida, the Lutz Volunteer Fire Department, and the Wilson Lakes
Neighborhood Association. I am happy to be part of the PCS Board and look forward to serving the needs of our membership.
Shirley (Avery) Bentley
My name is Shirley (Avery) Bentley and I am running for one of the Director positions on
the Society Executive Board. I was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, in February of 1965. My parents
were Eugene and Beatrice Avery. Some of you might remember my father, Gene, who worked at
Miraflores Locks and was known as "the neighborhood mechanic." My mother worked with the
Air Force at Albrook as a civilian. And, anybody who lived on Empire or Croton Streets in Balboa
would remember her as the "cool mom who rode a motorcycle with the neighborhood boys!!" I
.. p grew up in Balboa and attended Balboa Elementary, Curundu Junior High, and graduated in 1983
from Balboa High School. I now live in Tampa, Fla. I have been married for 17 years to a "very" patient and understanding
man. I work in the insurance business and I try to keep up with my two teenagers.
My future vision for the Society is to get more of the "younger generation" involved with the Society. I feel that there is
not enough participation from my generation on with the Society. My position on the Board would allow me to reach out and
"encourage" more of the younger generations to remember the pride and appreciation for the Canal Zone within them.
I will put my influence and my pride to great use in my new role on the Society board and I will represent you with great
zeal and professionalism.
My name is Noreen Hanson and I am running for one of the Director positions on the Panama
Canal Society Executive Board. I was born in California in 1957, but moved to Panama in 1961
with my parents, Albert and Elia Hanson and sister, Caroline. I lived in Margarita, Diablo, and
Balboa while growing up in the Canal Zone. I graduated from Balboa High School in 1975 and
attended Canal Zone College. I left the Canal Zone in 1978 to finish my education with a
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1982. I have
lived in Arizona, Texas, and Colorado and moved last year to Tampa, Fla. to be closer to my fam-
ily and good friends from the Canal Zone. I have worked in the Accounting field in many indus-
tries including banking, healthcare, telecommunications and most recently real estate. I am cur-
rently self-employed as a business consultant to a trade association.
For those who know me, I am known for keeping in touch with a lot of people from the Canal Zone. I started going to
the reunions in 1985 and have only missed 2 since then. I have always said that if I moved to Florida, I would get involved
with the Society. So I volunteered at the reunion in 2009 by working at the ticket sales table and am currently working with
the membership committee for the Society. I am very excited about getting involved, since I feel that it is important to encour-
age the people I grew up with in the Canal Zone to become and stay members of this great organization. I look forward to
serving you on the board.
Sitting on the board for the last two years has given me a deeper appreciation for the dedica-
tion required to represent all of the society members. Prior to becoming a board member I volun-
teered for many years to help at the reunions and had a good feel for the work and commitment it
takes to provide support for many of the daily activities there. Becoming a board member has real-
ly given me an opportunity to make a difference in the organization as a whole. Under the open
minded leadership of Tom Wilder, President, I feel we have leaped light years into "reality"! That
is not to say there is not more than we can do, but that we are on track to provide what the mem-
\ :i" bership is asking for. I will do everything I can to encourage Family Fun so that we can pass down
our heritage for generations to come. I stay committed to serving the membership to the best of my ability should you reelect
me to the 2010-2012 Executive Board.
My affiliation with the Canal Zone comes from my Dad, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents.
Bor stateside in Ocala, Fla. in 1988, and raised around many Zonian friends, I have attended soci-
ety events since birth! I currently attend University of South Florida where I am seeking my bach-
elor degree in Management Information Systems and I am a member of the Army National Guard.
I will graduate in 2011 and will receive my commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Since August 2008
I have served as Sergeant-at-Arms, the Webmaster for the Panama Canal Society website and the
Society Facebook. I hope to have your vote to continue serving on the Board as a Director rep-
resenting the "younger generation"--- kids of Zonians!
SPACE COAST PICNIC
Redington Beach, Fla.
rierson and Diane Pearson
Betty LeDoux-Morris and Bill McLaughlin
Back: Erica Lary and Sandra Hummer. Front: Chuck
iHummer and Kathy Egolf.
Redington Beach, Fla.
Frank and Lori King, and Lois Jones
Jody and John Marcum
Jody and John Marcum
Deb Mann, Linda Carol Phillips, Deannie Mann and
Noreen Hanson and Jacque \o%%ell
Paul Bierman and Jim Parthenais
Redington Beach, Fla.
Tom Spence and floral arrangement winner Roy Culbreth
Grand prize Panama Vacation Quarters winner Kelly
Parthenais and Jean Medinger McGuire
Terry Williams, Jean Medinger McGuire and Mike Young
and Tony Espino, and Ceci Espino
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES
AUGUST 22, 2009
Approved the June Executive Board minutes.
Approved expenditures for the period June 13, 2009
through August 20, 2009 in the amount of $68,404.61.
Approved 11 new members.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
OCALA ELKS LODGE, OCALA FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 12, 2009
Approved the July Annual Business Meeting minutes
Approved the July financial statement for audit.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
TOM STATHAM PARK, TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 9, 2009
Approved the September Meeting minutes as written.
Approved the September financial statement for audit.
Please review the full versions of the minutes of these meet-
ings by visiting the Panama Canal Society website at
DEBATE ON BUDGET
President Obama has released his budget
proposals that will start the annual debate
;S. '" over the following year's federal raise. The
im O'Donnell administration has said it will favor granting
the same January 2011 raise to federal employees as to the
military, a practice followed in most recent years-with the
2010 raise being an exception-to the benefit of federal
employees. Many employees apparently have been keeping a
close watch on inflation figures lately in expectation of a
raise next year more substantial than the 2 percent average
that was paid earlier this moth. For example, an inflation
count used to set adjustments in many federal programs was
up by 3.4 percent in calendar year 2009. Many employees
call their raises "COLAs" and consider them to be linked to
the latest inflation numbers. The federal raise proposals are
based on an index of private sector wage growth, the employ-
ment cost index, and the indicated figure under that formula
for the 2011 raise is just 1.4 percent.
CHECK THAT EARNINGS STATEMENT
It is a good time of the year for federal employees to take
a close look at their leave and earnings statements-or other
forms of information they may receive containing the same
information-to check for their accuracy. The pay raises that
were effective January 3 for most employees should be show-
ing up in employees' next pay statements, if they haven't
already. So should any changes in insurance coverage elected
during last fall's open season.
EXAMINE TSP CONTRIBUTIONS
It is also a good time to examine investments in the TSP.
The maximum contribution limits haven't changed from
2009-the limit remains $16;500 for regular contributions,
with persons who will be age 50 or older by the end of this
year eligible to make an additional $5,500 investment once
they already have invested the regular maximum or if they
are on an investing pace to do so by the end of the calendar
year. Employees may invest by percentage of salary or by
dollar amount per pay period; and regular investments con-
tinue unless changed year-to-year.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS IN FERS APPLY
Employees under the FERS system especially might need
to double-check that their investment rates, following the
raises, are structured to their best benefit. In order to capture
the maximum government contributions, FERS employees
need to pace their investments so that they are able to invest
at least 5 percent of salary each pay period throughout the
year. If they hit the $16,500 limit before the last pay period,
their regular investments will shut off, and so will agency
matching contributions (although the automatic 1 percent of
salary contribution would continue); once lost, matching con-
tributions can't be recouped. That is not a consideration for
CSRS employees, who get no government contributions. In
theory, at least, they could invest all of their salary, after taxes
and insurance and other withholding, in the TSP until they
reach their limit, in order to get the money into their accounts
early and start the tax-deferred growth as soon as possible.
There are no matching contributions on catch-up investments
under either system.
EXPERT'S VIEW: MEDICARE PART B PREMIUMS
Because of provision in the Social Security Act, Medicare
beneficiaries can't have their Social Security benefits
reduced, which is working to the advantage of many
Medicare enrollees this year, since there was no Social
Security COLA, writes benefits expert Reg Jones. However,
this protection does not apply to retirees who are not eligible
for Social Security, such as many of those retired under
CSRS, he writes. You'll find his column at
EXCISE TAX EXEMPTION APPLIED TO FEHB
Congressional leaders have agreed to make FEHB plans
exempt until 2018 from a tax on high-value health care plans
that is under consideration as part of the national health insur-
ance reform bill. The original agreement, negotiated between
the White House and union leaders, would have covered only
health insurance benefits that were negotiated (unions cannot
negotiate the terms of FEHB, although postal unions can
negotiate over the employer contribution for postal employ-
ees). That has now been amended to exempt most FEHB
enrollees, although members of Congress and political
appointees would still be potentially affected by the tax,
which would begin in 2013 and apply to enrollees in plans
exceeding certain value thresholds. The revisions to the con-
cept also would increase the thresholds over what was con-
sidered earlier and would exempt vision and dental insurance
coverage from the total. A CRS analysis of the original plan
found that many FEHB plans could fall above the threshold,
although that analysis was based on the lower figure and
counted the value of vision and dental insurance.
Jim O'Donnell, Legislative Representitive
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 (225) 774-7761
MD Robin Harrison Baker (410) 654-2351
Midwest Paul Bierman (630) 650-5006
MS Patt Foster Roberson (225) 774-7761
NC Patricia Hunt (828) 696-3995
Northwest Barbara (Greene) Litchford (206) 334-3359
OK Laura (Bums) Redemann (918) 745-1337
Panama Anna Opel 011 (507) 262-1001
SC George Garcia (864) 801-2072
TX Dallas Linda Morris (972) 398-9744
Kerrville JoAnne Fields (830) 895-2794
San Antonio Paula Kuyoth-Ayers (830) 632-9498
VA Karen (Peugnet) Brandl (757) 233-6767
NW Va Kathleen Sheridan (434) 295 6648
Younger Generation Britton & Ruth Coffman (281) 752-8446
Deadline for the JUNE 2010 Canal Record is April 2, 2010.
4th eight BHS'56 graduates, Shirley
Ransom Hartman (Phoenix, Ariz.),
Ann Keller Daykin (Walnut Creek,
Calif.), Diane Staples Backowski
Allen Cotton (Angels Camp, Calif.), Judy Curtis
Jablonski (Reading, Penn.), Emily Riley Newbury and Sue
Knapp Light (Huntsville, Ala.), Virginia DiBella Osborne
(Warrenton, Va.), and Patty Hattler Schultz (Farmington,
Conn.) decided to renew their friendships with a trip to The
Sanctuary Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. Shirley Ransom Hartman
and Sue Knapp Light put together the trip with Shirley doing
all the negotiating with the resort, especially since she's an
Arizona gal and knew the lay of the land. We all arrived on
Sunday except Patty who had trouble with airline connections
but finally arrived on Monday morning. The resort was fabu-
lous and we were all treated like royalty. Shirley had a typi-
cal southwestern Mexican style dinner held at her son and
daughter-in-law's house that was wonderful and their home
was beautiful and overlooked the valley. We were honored to
have Shirley's grandson Eric be our chauffeur for the
evening. We had breakfast most mornings in the resort dining
room except for Monday morning when Sue and Emily, who
had made empanadas and sent them to Shirley, had the resort
graciously cook them for our first breakfast. Boy, were they
good!! Balboa or Diablo Clubhouse doesn't have anything
over these gals. Judy had sent Shirley Pennsylvania pretzels,
Ann brought snacks for the main suite, which was our gath-
ering spot, along with wine and she and Shirley both brought
champagne. We laughed, reminisced, ate, drank and fully
enjoyed just being together. Some went to exercise classes,
some just walked around the grounds, and sometimes we
ended up at the pool just relaxing and enjoying the margari-
tas and fabulous hamburgers. Emily and Judy took a side trip
to Sedona and had a great time. Shirley, Sue and Ann were
able to go to a breakfast conversation that featured Sandra
Day O'Conner and it was a very rewarding experience to hear
a former Supreme Court Justice speak of her experiences. We
were sad to leave but are already planning a get-together next
year--where? Well, that has not been decided yet but I'm sure
we'll once again have fun just being together.
(L-R): Judy Curtis Jablonski, Ann Keller Daykin, Sue
Knapp Light, Virginia DiBella Osborne, Patty Hattler
Schultz, Diane Staples Backowski, Emily Riley Newbury,
and Shirley Ransom Hartman.
John Fettler (CHS'67), Christine Mitten (BHS'68)
Fettler, and Susanne Mitten (BHS'62) Corrigan spent
Thanksgiving in Guntersville, Ala., with Dave (CHS'64) and
Jeannine (BHS'62) Wilder. This is the third year that Chris
and John have come to the Wilders in Guntersville. Suzanne
came to Guntersville from Tallahassee, Fla., and Chris and
John came from Pace, Fla.
Mary Urey reported that she spent the month of
December 2008 in Panama and attended a few Christmas par-
ties where she ran into old friends. New Year's Eve was spent
at the beautiful beach home of Marieri Aleman in Punta
Barco, R. de P. Continuous partying was the order of the day!
In April Bill and Lorraine (Urey) Kirkland arrived in
Dothan, Ala., to surprise Mary for her birthday. The group
then drove to Norfolk, Va., to visit Mary's brother William
(Bill) Gilbert who was battling bone cancer (see With Deep
Sorrow). They stayed with Mary's nephew Dennis Gilbert
and his lovely wife Robin, who were great hosts. Robin
drove the visitors to Colonial Williamsburg where they spent
the day sightseeing.
In June Bill and Lorraine drove to Martha's Vineyard to
spend the summer. Donita McConaughey came to Dothan
and Mary and she drove to the Vineyard in September. They
made several stops along the way--Helen, Ga., the Great
Smoky Mountains Park and Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Carlisle,
Pa., where Mary's grandmother lived and where she spent
summers back in the 1930s and 1940s. They visited the home
of Mary's uncle and the site where her grandmother lived.
They had a great visit on Martha's Vineyard where they
were joined by Marieri Aleman. The trip back south was
made in tandem with Bill and Lorraine which included stops
in Hershey, Pa., and Lancaster, Pa.; however, due to bad
weather and flooding they cancelled a stop in Gatlinburg,
Tenn. Lorraine and Bill stayed with Mary in Dothan until
December 29th when they returned to Panama so as not to
miss the New Year's Day beach party.
Marieri Aleman, Lorraine Urey Kirkland, Mary Urey,
and Donita Crull McConaughey.
Mary is preparing to fly to New York City with the
Alexander-Fraunheim-Lawyer group to spend a long week-
Allen Cotton's (CHS'68 would-a-been) brother George
(CHS'62), his daughter Carrie (BHS'86 would-a-been), son-
in-law Joe Horn and grandsons, Cody and Luke Corbin,
overighted at Allen's house in Prattville, Ala., on their way
to spend Thanksgiving with George's son Tim Cotton in
Virginia Beach, Va. The visit was a surprise for Allen as they
hadn't planned to stop on the way from Texas to Virginia.
They stopped on their way back to Texas for a more planned
visit and we went out to dinner at Dreamland BBQ for some
world-famous BBQ ribs and BBQ sauce.
Spike, the wonder dog, and I drove from Prattville, Ala.,
to Aberdeen, Md., to spend Christmas with my daughter
Heather, son-in-law Tracy and granddaughter Chloe
Nichols. Chloe is five years old so Christmas was really
exciting for her this year. She is the only child of two only
children so Santa was VERY good to her. We stayed in
Aberdeen for a week and had a great time. The eastern
seaboard had a major snowstorm just before our arrival so we
enjoyed a white Christmas. Spike didn't like the two feet of
snow and neither did I--too cold! My friend Sheila
Mangrum was envious of my white Christmas so I brought
a snowman kit home for her by filling the back of my truck
with snow to dump in her yard. Unfortunately, with the 50-
degree weather we had in Alabama, by the time I got home I
was only able to deliver a snow baby kit.
I want to remind all of the Panama Canal Society mem-
bers in Alabama to renew your memberships in the Society
every year so as to keep our Society viable and to keep us all
in touch with our Canal Zone roots. Thanks to Sue Knapp
Light, Mary Urey and Jeannine Wilder for submitting their
news for me to report.
Allen Cotton, Reporter
Hello from sunny Arizona, would
like everyone to know that we had
our Fall meeting at Bill Johnsons Big
Apple Restaurant in Phoenix on
i November 14th. Everyone had a
wonderful time getting together
sharing stories about Panama. The meeting was conducted by
Lisa Boatwright who did a wonderful job.
We had a nice group who attended our meeting. Chester
and Mary Grace Oakes were at our meeting coming back
from Panama to Arizona to live. It is good that they will be
attending our meetings from now on, as they are looking for
a place to buy here in Arizona. Our entertainment at the meet-
ing was Chester showing us slides that he took of Panama
while he was there. We enjoyed seeing them and thank him
for bringing them to the meeting. Lisa Boatwright read an
email from Allan Hawkins in Panama telling us about his
Christmas project he would be doing for the poor children
who live in Panama. The Club was able to donate fifty dollars
to his cause, and then Chester Oakes matched what the club
Arizona Fall Meeting, November 14
Sharon Gonzalez writes that
she has won Best of Show award
for her watercolor Alma Creek in
the 15th Annual Art Competition
Betty Dunning and Lynn Awards art show. She was unable
Harp to get the results for me in time
for the last Record deadline so here it is now.
Arizona Fall Meeting
The people who attended the meeting were Nancy and
Darrell Eide, Patty (Siravo) and Gary Smith, Ginger and
Dick Zornes, Adele and Robbie Adams, Miriam Hirschl,
Craig and Lisa Boatwright, Paul Parks, Anne Parks, Ellen
Allman, Silver Crossman, Jay and Diane (Sparks) French.
The new officers of our Panama Canal Society of Arizona
are President--Chester Oakes, Vice President--Anne Parks,
Secretary--Lisa Boatwright, and Treasurer--Miriam Hirschl.
At our next meeting in the springtime there will be a con-
test to see who can bring the most new members, and they
will win a gift certificate to a restaurant. Hope to see a lot of
new faces at the next meeting!!! For more information call
Diane French (623) 546-8624 or Lisa Boatwright (623) 877-
Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
YOUR VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
SEE PAGES 12-13 TO REVIEW THE
SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2010-2012.
ALL BALLOTS NEED TO BE RETURNED
TO THE OFFICE BY JUNE 22, 2010.
Sharon Gonzalez and her prize watercolor Alma Creek
In November my sister Freda Stohrer and I drove to
Nashville to be with sister Carol Schwenke so we could do
another Flenniken sisters together again thing. Carol was
there with her chorus, Toast of Tampa, for the International
Sweet Adelines Competition. Ellen Peck was also there
singing with the same chorus. The Toast of Tampa did place
in the top 10 choruses in the world. Not bad!! We had four
great days of listening to barbershop singing and visiting with
Carol and her husband Roger who flew in for the finals.
While there we ran into Dottie Friedman who was singing
with another chorus from Virginia. You might remember her.
She and her husband Ed lived in Curundu back in those days
gone by. Dottie and I sang together with the Sweet Adelines
in Balboa back in the 1980s.
Ellen Peck and Carol Flenniken Schwenke
My grandchildren, Samantha and Jess Harp, were invit-
ed by their friends for a few days of skiing at Winter Park,
Colo., during their Christmas break for their first try at skiing.
They had a blast and enjoyed every minute that they were
--.. JP'i- .L
Bert) Flenniken Dunning, Ellen Peck, Dottie Friedman,
Carol Flenniken Schwenke, and Freda Flenniken Stohrer.
After Nashville the Flenniken sisters drove to Knoxville
and Sevierville to visit the homes of our ancestors and the
places we used to visit. Pat Hunt and Vicki Howe drove
from Hendersonville to Knoxville to meet us in Knoxville.
Their trip took longer than expected due to a slide in the
mountains over Hwy. 40. The detour took them six hours to
get to Knoxville via Johnson City, Tenn. It was so nice to see
Pat and Vicki. We had a great time and even visited our
cousin Eileen Dunning Tremolis and family while we were
there. This picture was taken at their home in Concord, Tenn.
While in Colorado, Samantha and Jess were able to visit
with their Aunt Mary Harp and Uncle Dave Cohen, and the
cousins, Rebekah, Sarah and Jacob, who live in Denver.
Sarah, Jacob and Rebekah Cohen
Back (L-R): Freda Stohrer, Betty Flenniken, Pat Hunt, and
Carol Schwenke. Front: Vicki Howe.
I received a note from Camille Gibbs telling me about
the death of Marge Gibbs (see With Deep Sorrow). Warren
had written that his mother, Margarita Reiman Gibbs, passed
away. She had been suffering from heart disease this past
year. She apparently had suffered a heart attack and fallen
across the bed without regaining consciousness. The memo-
rial service was held November 11, 2009, at St. Paul Catholic
Church in Tampa, Fla.
Dr. Stanley Heckadon
Smithsonian Tropical Research
See page 6 for information.
Betty Dunning, Reporter
Hello from wine country
where the towering redwoods
meet the mighty Russian River.
SIn October Jane Cochrane and I
hosted the Northern California
Panama picnic, again at Ragle
Park in Sebastopol. We had a
nice turnout of about 50 smiling
faces and the usual potluck fare of Panamanian dishes. Isaac
kept the music going with CDs by Willie Colon, Ruben
Blades and some old remastered traditional salsa from Puerto
Rico and Panama. CHS had more attendees than BHS this
Annie Benero Montoya, Bob Beall, Susan Bell, Boode
Swain, and Sarah Pritham (CHS Tigers).
Tom Slice drove his van up from Monterey, picking up
Lance Hughes and Roger Kat in San Francisco. Lance is
always an integral part of the gathering since he is the raspa-
do man. Dave "Kip" Finn brought his mom Josefina from
San Mateo and Bernadette "Bernie" McNamee enroute.
Bernie and I go back to 1964, living on the West Bank where
we were cheerleaders for Rodman's Navy basketball team.
What fun times those were. Bernie made meat on a stick. It
was definitely beef, not the canine meat, ala Don Sammy's.
Jane Cochrane's dad was a photographer who took many pic-
tures of life on Colon Beach after the canal first opened. They
are 8x10s, black and white, and in a treasured album. It shows
what a beautiful place Colon used to be. She shared the pho-
tos with everyone. Jim Cochrane had old photos also of
when he was a young man in Colon. What a handsome young
lad he was, no wonder Jane was smitten by him!
mI- birnlall liWiPT /
Lance Hughes, Raspado Man
Frances Lindh Morrissey (BHS'62), who played at the
Continental Hotel in Panama and who was influenced by
Lucho, his style, and his music will entertain us.
GET YOUR LUNCHEON TICKETS EARLY!
Roger Kelley and Roger Kat
Jane and Jim's daughter Kathleen's birthday fell on the
same day as the picnic so five of their seven children were
there too. We gathered round and sang her "Happy Birthday"
in several different countries' style, including a solo by Isaac
of the Puerto Rico rendition. Kathleen said it was one of the
best birthdays ever and nearly had tears in her eyes.
We welcomed some new faces (from Panama City)
Armando and Ligia Rosales and their sons, Armando Jr.,
Victor, and Jorge. You should have seen their eyes light up
when they saw the tables full of comida tipica! It really made
their day. Another new (to us) face was Jaime Barraza
(CHS'72) who now lives in Alameda. Lilia Freed (original-
ly from Darien Province) came and is slowly adjusting to
widowhood. It has been a year now since John's death.
As far as plans go for the next picnic, does anyone out
there want to host it??? If not, then we'll do it again in
Sebastopol in October.
Sad news from Panama on a couple deaths near and dear
to our hearts. Isaac's cousin Cesar Frago, 48 years old, was
a talented jeweler as his father was before him. When I met
him a couple years ago in Panama City he was working on a
crown of gold and pearls for a pollera headdress. In October
he and his business partner were kidnapped, robbed and mur-
dered. The bodies were found on the approach to the Puente
Centenario. Cesar leaves a wife and two young daughters. As
beautiful as Panama is, there is always a dark side.
Thelma De La Mater wrote from Panama City of the
recent death of her husband "Billy D". How many times did
we sit with Billy on his patio at the Spinning Club, enjoying
a cold one, watching the ships passing by, and an assortment
of old friends also dropping by to say hello? Next time I open
a Soberana it'll be to Billy. Rest in peace, good man--we will
miss you (see With Deep Sorrow).
On a lighter note, Roger Kat told us about the Quilts and
Textiles Show at the San Jose Museum this past Fall. Roger's
Aunt Isabella Zemer Lively displayed her extensive collec-
tion of molas, titled "The Art of Collecting Molas."
Mezzo soprano Shirley Harned Kelley performed
October 10th in Los Gatos in Broad Spectrum: The Recital,
dubbed Brahms to Bernstein! Verdi to Weill! In her 25+ years
as an opera and concert performer Shirley has sung leading or
supporting roles in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San
Francisco, Austin, Houston, Japan and Mexico City. She got
her start in Panama as a little girl, where she was raised. She
also has taught at Pacific Lutheran and Seattle Pacific
Universities. She married fellow ex-Zonian Roger Kelley in
1999 and moved to San Jose, Calif.
In November Isaac and I met with Jane and Jim Cochrane
for breakfast at the Santa Rosa IHOP. The food and service
were good, the company was terrific. Jane has been talking to
Carlton (CHS'34) and Pam Horine lately. They are living in
Saratoga, that's the one in California, and now into their 90s.
They live in an "assisted living" place and don't do a lot of
getting out to picnics and reunions any more.
Jane and Jim Cochrane
Tom Slice called us last night. He did his follow-up with
his doctor re his shoulder injury. Doc says, "Since you can't
climb ladders anymore, I'm putting you on permanent dis-
ability." No more firefighting and paramedic duty for that
buoy. So he gets early retirement. In March he will return to
Panama for an extended visit to "see if that is where I really
want to retire to." Everett and Lynn White will be in Panama
in March also. I bet Isaac will be itching to get down there
then too, since we are missing our annual visit this January.
Anyhow, we will see ya'll in Orlando this July. Hasta luego,
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
YOUR VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
ALL BALLOTS NEED TO BE RETURNED
TO THE OFFICE BY JUNE 22, 2010.
'My apologies go out to a fellow
Eurozonian. I did not include the fol-
lowing news in the December issue
so here it is now. Susan (Jellum)
Mu (BHS'70) Wesley went to the states
Mary oft for her niece's (Katherine
Pasavage-Croft Robertson) wedding on February 28,
2009. She is the daughter of Kerry Jellum (BHS'73) and
Norm Robertson (BHS'72). The wedding was in Nashville,
Tenn., where the groom, Scott Pettigrew, is from.
Susan Wesley, Judy Jellum (BHS'64) Carpenter, Bob
Jellum, and Kerry Jellum (BHS'73).
Welcome to Maureen Egger-Whitlock and Andy
Whitlock to Naples, Italy!!
It was a busy fall for the Seitz family in the Netherlands.
Mayra, Stephanie and Sarah spent the first quarter of school
with the varsity tennis team--the girls are on the team and
Mayra is the coach. Stephanie went on to compete at the
DoDDS European championships where she and her doubles
partner placed 2nd and earned a spot on the All-Europe First
Team. While at the tournament in Weisbaden, Germany,
Mayra was pleasantly surprised to run into Maureen (Egger)
Whitlock and her sister Marjorie Egger. Maureen and
Andy's daughter Patricia was representing the DoDDS
school from Naples. Italy.
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Mayra Seitz, Katherine Seitz and David Seitz
STennis, Squash, Aqua
J Fitness und Weliness
Every November Zonians and former Canal Zone
DoDDS teachers gather for the Panama Party. Lots of good
Panamanian food and good company! Thanks to Robert
Careless for hosting the Panama Party at his home in
Germany this year. Tony Garcia brought some outstanding
ceviche and was nice enough to share the recipe he received
from his sister. I heard there were some tasty empanadas, but
I never saw one! After being here almost a year, I finally got
to catch up with Bill McGann and his wife Laura. Other
new faces were Berta Garcia, Jim and Lynn Dilfer, Kelly
Kirby, Eileen Petzold-Bradley, and Melanie O'Brien.
David and Mayra Seitz traveled from the Netherlands and the
rest of the usual crew from Germany was in attendance. As
usual, it was great to see old friends and a great time was had
Ken Croft and I hosted a small wedding celebration at
our home in October. We welcomed family and friends from
near and far. Thanks to Barbara Croft, Diana Croft-Janese,
Christina and Stephen, Rob and Ana Boyer, and Rick and
Tera Brady for making the trek. The metzgerei (butcher) in
our village catered with local German dishes and a thank you
to Barbara and Diana for making the house picture perfect.
Ken and I enjoyed Barbara's extended visit and hope she
comes back to visit soon.
Ken Croft, Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft, Diana Croft-
Janese, and Barbara Croft.
tera nrauy, IucK Drauy,
And for those who have not heard the news, the latest
Shorty&Slim album Rust, Termites and Juega Vivos was
released in late November--see ad in back of this issue. David
and Alex are already scheming for this summer when they get
together to play the new tunes live in Panama.
Al Bernasconi, Kerry Clearwater, Jeff Lyle, Kelly Kirby,
(?), Mark Clearwater, and Libby Burgoon-Lyle.
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Berta Garcia, Eileen Petzold-Bradley, and Kelly Kirby
December found David and Mayra traveling to St. Paul,
Minn., to attend their daughter Katherine's graduation from
the College of St. Catherine. She earned her bachelor's
degree with a major in Spanish and a minor in Biology.
Katherine, David and Mayra returned home to the
Netherlands just in time to pick up Melanie who was visiting
from college for Christmas.
Ken Croft and I said goodbye to his daughter Stormy in
December. She is off to Pensacola to complete her bachelor's
degree in Exercise Science at the University of Western
Florida. Ken left Panama in 1988 and moved to Germany
where his daughter, Stormy, was born and raised. She gradu-
ated from Ramstein High School and recently completed her
associate's degree at the University of Maryland University
College Europe. We wish her well in her studies and adjust-
ing to that stateside living.
Marjorie Egger, Patricia Whitlo,
Stephanie Seitz, and Mayra Seitz.
John Riesz, Sh
my with her father Ken Croft and
On the move for the holidays...Monica Reyes-Carl head-
ed to Panama for Christmas to visit family and attend the St.
Mary's Christmas Mass. Robert Careless headed to Bangkok
for the holidays. Margaret Bivin-Coffin welcomed Mark's
mother to spend the holidays with them in Stuttgart. Melody
McConaughey traveled stateside. Tara King spent
Christmas in Munich. My son Andrew LeBrun spent
Christmas and his first trip to Europe with us in Germany.
Mary Lou Pascavage-Croft, Reporter
Hi to all!! I received a nice phone call
from Jack Wagner who has lived many
years in Alaska near Anchorage. Imagine
going from tropical Panama to cold
Alaska, but he and his wife love it there. Dawn Gressang
I also heard from June Riesz and she said in mid-
September, three cousins who had been born and raised in the
Canal Zone met at the home of their cousin, Norma
McKeown Ryan, who now lives in Deland, Fla., after being
in Miami for over thirty years. Norma cooked arroz con
polio, platanos and leche flan for dessert. Que rico! After
lunch many stories and anecdotes were told and the room was
filled with laughter for all of them, including their husbands,
who didn't know some of the early facts of their childhood
days. June and Shirley Bernat live in Palm Coast, which is
about one hour north of Deland and they hope to see each
other again soon.
Bonnie (BHS'64) and Michael Morrison's daughter
Cassie got married in October (see Weddings). This reporter
went to the wedding and I must say that she was the most
beautiful bride that I have ever seen.
This reporter, and my friend from Arizona, Mel, went to
Biloxi for a few days in October. What a great trip! We had
free airfare from Daytona, a free room at the Beau Rivage and
wound up with free food while we were there. The best part-
-we even won some money on the slots!
Pam Crowell (BHS'71), Janet Stuart (BHS'67) and
Jacque Vowell (BHS'70) traveled to Key West in November.
They went to their favorite show at the 808 on Duval Street,
traveled to a neighboring Key for good seafood, and went to
the Butterfly Conservatory. They mingled with the locals and
I heard that the commander at the VFW took a liking to one
of the gals! It was a wonderful "girls" vacation. Jacque
brought home an orchid, Janet brought back a shrub, and Pam
came home with a tree!
Janet Stuart figuring out how to get the tree in the car.
Jacque and son Kye spent time with Casey Vowell in
Asheville, N.C. Then they drove over to Georgia to have
Thanksgiving dinner with brother Rick Crowell and his fam-
ily. Rick's wife Linda bought a travel trailer as her retirement
gift. It is amazing how so much can fit into something so
small! A bed, shower, table, stove, fridge and TV. They also
went to the annual Gingerbread event and it snowed! Jacque
says the next time she travels to North Carolina, she will stop
and visit Pat Hunt and Vicki Dunning Howe.
It was a great Holiday season and a busy one, as Mel and
I hosted three parties--Thanksgiving, Christmas and a
Christmas get-together. It was nice to get family and friends
Jacque Vowell and Rudy Crespo, along with several of
their classmates, are finalizing plans for the BHS class of
1970 reunion in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the annu-
al society reunion in July 2010. There will be a suite for the
classmates on July 2nd and 3rd.
Gosh, I think that's about all for this time. Please let me
know of your comings and goings. I love to hear from you!
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
I sincerely hope your holidays
were blessed, joyful, and filled with
happiness. Also, wishing that the year
twenty-ten will bring all of you peace,
love, and good health.
Recent visitors to the Whistler Grace Shadeck
Mountain in British Columbia were Barbara (Curles)
Aycock and her daughter Kathleen Aycock. On top of the
mountain are stones which represent INUKSHUK, a symbol
of the 2010 Olympics. Downhill and sledding events will be
held at Whistler Mountain. When they were there in
September, construction was still in progress. What was a big
surprise were the cyclists using the ski trails and that the
trams were jammed with riders and their bikes. They out-
numbered the tourists! Barbara and Kathleen rode the famous
Peak 2 Peak tram up Whistler and then horizontally to
Blackcomb. What a feat! The tram or gondola is the first lift
to join two side-by-side mountains--Whistler and
Blackcomb. It holds world records for the longest free span
between rope way towers (1.88 miles) and highest point
above the ground (1,427 feet). The gondola is used to trans-
port skiers in the winter months as well as sightseers in the
YOUR VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
ALL BALLOTS NEED TO BE
RETURNED TO THE OFFICE
BY JUNE 22, 2010.
Barbara (Curles) Aycock on
What an exciting December 18, 2009 must have been for
Rolf and Joan (Powell) Arndt as they watched television to
see the champion football playoffs between the Montana
Grizzlies and Villanova from Philadelphia in Chattanooga,
Tenn. Their grandson David, son of Rolf and Crystal Arndt,
is a junior at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont.
He also plays offensive left tackle for the Montana Grizzlies.
This outstanding football team is part of the Big Sky
Conference and has been in the final division for the past two
years. Although the Montana Grizzlies did not win the game,
it was quite an honor for them to be in the champion playoffs.
I emailed Bill and Jean Muller to see how they were
doing and to ask what kind of weather they were experienc-
ing in Silverdale, Wash. Bill replied that there hasn't been any
snow in their area as Silverdale is close to sea level and most
of the cold clouds go across the north of them and then drop
to Spokane. He said that the temperature is forecasted to be in
the lower 40s to the upper 50s (as I am writing this article on
January 6th, Ocala as well as all of Florida, has had one of the
coldest, bone-chilling spells in years--in the teens up to the
50s!). He and Jean are doing okay although Bill is still both-
ered with Parkinson's. They spent a quiet Christmas with
their daughter Beverly and her family. Bill's sister
Catharine and her husband Ray are planning to visit them in
April. His other sister Adrienne is doing well and enjoying
life in Albuquerque. He also mentioned that Jean would be 80
on the 16th of January. We hope she had a happy and fantas-
tic birthday that was filled with love and laughter.
Fred Robinson, his wife Claudia, and their two dogs
drove up to Kernersville, N.C., to visit with daughter Trace
and family for the holidays. They arrived Thursday afternoon
just in time for the big snow on Friday. Kernersville received
about five inches of snow, which was enough to turn the area
into a winter wonderland. Other than giving the Christmas
shoppers fits, it was beautiful! They had not seen a big snow
like that since leaving Kernersville in 2001 and enjoyed the
White Christmas. The Robinsons returned home to Ocala,
Fla., on Friday, the first day of 2010, trying to beat the holi-
day traffic. The enclosed picture was taken in Trace's front
yard with the "Soldier Santa." Claudia is holding our two
dogs with grandkids, Danny and Cierra.
Danny, Claudia Robinson holding two dogs, and Cierra
Wally Doane (son of Diane and Jerry Cox) came to visit
them for the Christmas holidays. He left Virginia in snow and
returned to snow.
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Wally Doane holding Nick, Diane Cox holding Tina, and
Our feature person for the Canal ..'-.
Record is Joe Maravilla.
What brought you to Panama: After
working in Venezuela as a Lead Safety
Officer for four years, we returned to
Indiana. It took us only nine months to
realize how much we missed the warm
weather and tropical climate. I applied
for a job that brought us to Panama.
Years in the Canal Zone: Arrived in Joe Maravilla
early summer 1967 and was a Safety Officer for the Health
Bureau. Retired as Safety Director for the Panama Canal
Company in the fall of 1983.
Key Events: President of the Numismatic Society of the
Canal Zone. President of the Philatelic Society. Was an avid
collector of antique bottles. Acted in the stage plays of Man
ofLa Mancha and My Fair Lady. I was an interpreter during
the Arnulfo Arias coup in 1968. My wife Fran and I belonged
to a bowling league in Balboa. Was a member of the Sacred
Heart Choir the director was Patricia "Pat" Hunt.
What do you miss most: The camaraderie. The develop-
ment of a special kind of relationship. How working for the
Panama Canal Company or the Canal Zone knitted us togeth-
er as Americans. Annual fishing trips to the Perlas Islands
with my sons.
Accomplishments since Panama: I worked for the Marion
Country Schools as a substitute teacher. I asked my kids to
call me "Mr. Wonderful" as that is the literal translation of my
last name. Sang in the church choirs at Blessed Trinity or Our
Lady of Springs. Celebrated 62 wonderful and loving years of
marriage before my beautiful wife passed away several years
Added note: While in Northern Indiana, Joe worked and
campaigned diligently to get the huge Hispanic population to
vote Democratic and John F. Kennedy carried the Calumet
region due to their votes. He and his wife, Fran, were invited
to the President's Inauguration and the White House for his
efforts. What a tremendous honor, indeed!
The next Panama Canal Ditchdigger's luncheon will be
Saturday, April 10th, from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the
Piccadilly's Restaurant. The address is 1602 E. Silver Springs
Blvd. in Ocala. Looking forward to seeing you there.
It is with deep heartache that I inform you that Patricia
(Swanson) Catlin passed away December 13th in Cibolo,
Texas (see With Deep Sorrow). Pat was a Registered Nurse at
Gorgas Army Hospital and had such a wonderful caring,
empathetic, and positive attitude.
Erik Petroni called me with the very sad news that his
father Gerard "Jerry" Petroni died on December 31, 2009
(see With Deep Sorrow). He was a Pilot for the Panama Canal
Company. Erik also mentioned that in June 2010 there will be
an event in honor of his Dad in Jacksonville, Fla., called
Never Quit (see Announcements).
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
email: lvgs6171 (@embarqmail.com
Since my last article the holidays
have come and gone--much too quick-
ly for me! The weather had been cool
with lots of much-needed rain. Then
almost like it crept up on us when we
weren't looking, winter was here and I Barbara M. (Hall)
mean that in a very, very "cold" way!! Vose-Kulig
In the past week (beginning of
January), it has been in the "teens"--brrr! Tonight (January
7th) SNOW is predicted in the forecast. I'm really looking
forward to seeing it--if only flurries. If it does happen, you
know I'll be the first one out playing in it and taking pictures,
just the little kid in me!
In October had a great Halloween, lots of birthday cele-
brations and Keith and I celebrated six wonderful years of
married bliss--we expect to have many, many more!
Halloween was celebrated with the whole family, lots of trick
or treaters, and much comida delicioso. It seems as though
I've made Arroz con Pollo, yucca and empanadas at least 12
times this past year!
In November Barb and Lou Dedeaux travelled to Texas
to spend a week visiting Lou's sister, Iris Hogan, in
Kerrville. While there Barb lunched with the Canal Zone
"Canasta Girls"; they had dinner with Honey Fealey, Fred
and Marion Wells; visited with Bill and Sue Graham and
also had time to stop by Bobby Nordstrom's office to chat
awhile. Their visit was thoroughly enjoyed by both of them.
Next on the trip was Magnolia (just outside of Houston) to
spend Thanksgiving with their niece Mary and her husband
Steve Vaughn (in their beautiful new home), their family
Drew, Diana, baby Kayla Vaughn; Megan and Bobby
Heard. Barb said their stay was quite exciting being with
family and meeting some of the Vaughns' good friends.
Barb said it was cold in Texas, but they returned home to
Pensacola to even colder weather. But, in spite of the cold, the
following weekend Louie and a few of the "Zonian Dirt
Riders" (son Jon, D LaPorta, Winship Dowell, and Rod
Snyder) headed to Mark Collins' place in Spring Valley,
Ga., for an ATV/Motorcycle ride. It was freezing cold, but
they all had a great time!
J Dedeaux came home from FSU for Thanksgiving and
since both Jon and Deb's parents were out of town,
Thanksgiving dinner was shared with friends Terry, D,
Samantha LaPorta, and Rod Snyder. They had a delicious
spread--Jon and Deb cooked the Cajun turkey and Terry
cooked the ham. That Friday Deb and J spent lots of quality
time together while Rod, Jon and Russell Gillespie ran
errands and hung out. On Saturday Jon, Deb and J went over
to the Gillespies for an enjoyable day of football with Ed,
Carter and Shannon Blount; Tom Gabriel and new girl-
friend Melissa; Rod Snyder, D, Terry and Samantha LaPorta.
As usual, a great time was had by all.
Thanksgiving for us was again deliciously spent at our
son Bob's house. Everyone brought homemade goodies. Bob
roasted the turkey, his wife Dawn baked all the pies and I
baked the ham along with decorated (turkey look-alike) cup-
cakes for the kids. Our sons Kevin and Brent and grand-
daughter Crystal were not able to join us this year and they
were surely missed.
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Lou Dedeaux, Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan, and Bob Norstrom
Back: Fred Wells and Lou Dedeaux. Front (L-R): Barb
(Egolf) Dedeaux, Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan, Marion (Orr)
Wells, and Honey (Bergman) Fealey.
The "Canasta uilris tacK (L-K): sue (i~otanK) ijranam,
JoAnn Fields, Jackie (Schmidt) Bishop, Elsie Larson, and
Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan. Front (L-R): Honey (Bergman)
Fealey, Marion (Orr) Wells, Coral Adema, and Marge
Back (L-R): Rich Berg, Keith Kulig, Jeff Creek and Shane
Vose-Mora. Center (L-R): Sandi Berg, Bobby Vose, Barb
Vose-Kulig, Darla (Vose) Creek, Marilyn Falardeau, and
Jonathan Creek. Front (L-R): Barry and Terry Minning,
Isabella Vose, Dawn (Berg) Vose holding dog Molly, and
Robert Vose, Thanksgiving 2009.
Christmas for Keith and I was exceptional--our son Brent
and granddaughter Crystal (5) arrived from Houston two days
before to spend the holidays with all of us--what a great visit
we had! It had been quite a long time since Keith and I woke
up with signs of Santa's visit (sooo early)!! Preparing for
their visit was amazing--so much to do--lots of baking, cook-
ing, decorating and shopping along with my traditional cook-
ie and cake baking; making gift baskets for friends and fami-
ly and mailing out goodies to everyone. The whole family
attended the Children's Mass on Christmas Eve and later
enjoyed dinner and traditional opening of stockings at
Grandma and Grandpa's. On Christmas day we shared open
house brunch and opening of presents at Darla's and ended
up staying until late that evening as we were having such a
great time! The day after we went over to Bob and Dawn's for
breakfast and opening of more presents. Grandchildren
Crystal and Isabella really enjoyed playing together while
grandson Bobby was totally glued to his electric trains (Keith
gave him another one for Christmas)!!
Cousins Isabella Vose and Crystal Kulig
Keith had lots of help with the lights and decorations this
year--grandsons Shane and Jonathan helped him with
everything (as long as Grandma cooked them dinner) and the
house looked bright and beautiful! While visiting, Crystal
spent quality time with her cousin Isabella (they look more
like twin sisters). Brent and Crystal left on the 31st to return
to Houston--we surely do miss them!
The Christmas holidays for the Dedeauxs were busy, but
relaxing. J arrived home from FSU on December 19th. Later
that evening they went to a party at the LaPortas--attending
were Jon, Deb, J, Barb and Lou Dedeaux; Tom, Philip and
Kristina Gabriel; Melissa (Tom's girlfriend) and her friend
Margaret; Ed and Shannon Blount; Russell and Leslie
Gillespie, and local neighborhood friends. On December
20th Jon and Deb had a dinner gathering for Deb's family--
December 22nd J and Deb drove out to her parents' house to
visit and admire their decorations. On December 24th Jon and
Deb held a Christmas party for family and friends with cock-
tails, appetizers and dinner. Attending were Orrin, Carol and
Casey Clement; D, Terry, Samantha and Debbie LaPorta; J,
Barb and Lou Dedeaux; Tom and Philip Gabriel. Good food
and good company always make a great combination!
Samantha and Debbie LaPorta were excited anticipating
Louis, Barb (Egoif), J, Deb, Jon Dedeaux, Christmas Eve
Put on your dancing shoes and show
that "ZONIANS CAN DANCE!"
See page 7 for more information.
Lou Dedeaux and nephew Orrin Clement, Christmas Eve
Casey, Carol and Orrin Clement, Christmas Eve
On Christmas day Barb and Lou went to Deb and Jon's to
have a huge breakfast, open presents, watch movies and relax
before grilling steaks for dinner. What a way to end a beauti-
ful Christmas--Barb told me they really had a great time! On
the 26th, Tom Gabriel and Jon went bike riding while J met
up with friends and Deb went shopping. On the 27th, Jon,
Deb and J visited cousins Candace Clement (in her new
condo), Carrie (Clement) and Dan Hopson and their chil-
dren Ellie and Pierce (saw all the neat things they got from
Santa), and Orrin and Carol Clement. Later that evening, Jon,
J, Deb and Barb went to see AVATAR-they said it was really
a good movie and would highly recommend it. On the 29th
they all gathered again at the LaPortas while Carter Blount
and Tom Finneman were visiting there. J returned to FSU on
the 30th--Deb said he really made their Christmas, but if their
daughter Sonya and husband Dan could have been there, it
would have been perfectly complete. New Year's day they
went to Mobile to have dinner with Ed and Shannon Blount
with a quick stop at Pro Bass for D and Jon, ha! Deb said they
had such a wonderful holiday filled with lots of close friends
and family whom they love!
Keith and I celebrated the New Year just relaxing and&
watching the "Pelican" drop at midnight on TV from down-
town Pensacola. New Year's night we invited the family over
for Arroz con Pollo, fried yucca, traditional black-eyed peas
and a succulent 12-person crown pork roast with apple and
red plum jelly glaze, which I had received as a Christmas gift
from a friend (what a great gift for a cook)? I had never
cooked one before, but it was a huge success and everyone
really enjoyed the feast!
January 6th was Three Kings Day (El Nacamiento), cele-
brated in Latin countries all over. I was raised celebrating it
so I continued the tradition with my kids throughout their
childhood. Now, they celebrate it with their families. We
gathered at our house that night, exchanged presents and ate
tons of delicious Pizza!!
We're really looking forward to seeing everyone at the
2010 Reunion. My sister Ruby will be having her 50th class
reunion, so we'll be seeing her. Hopefully, the whole family
will be going this 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
Over the holidays I heard a
lot of "I hope next year is better
than last." I don't know about
you, but we've had a great year.
I feel like I'm writing a
Christmas letter when I say, it's Tom "T-Bird" Pattison
been a very busy year for the Pattison family. My wife Linda
is substitute teaching at a private school in Plantation and her
dad Sam "Canman" DiTullo moved south from New York
and is renting a "love shack" next to the senior center here in
Pembroke Pines. Actually there've been more than a few
changes for the whole SoFla gang. Facebook exploded in the
CZ online community and you probably got tagged, poked or
invited to be someone's friend. Are you out in Farmville or
did you get an offer you couldn't refuse in Mafia Wars?
Where to begin? How about yesterday? It was colder than
a well-digger's @$$. How about the day before? Colder than
a dead witches *#*. Need I say more? I used to joke that we
had an ice problem in SoFla...it keeps melting. No one's
laughing. Not anymore. Muy frio.
How about last week? Steelers win! Steelers win...but
didn't make the playoffs. A bunch of us went to the game at
Dolphin stadium dressed in black and gold (Bradshaw,
Lambert and Palumalu) expecting to get some hassling from
the home-team crowd. Greg Norton and his wife Alison
Schwartz were in town from Guatemala (more on that later)
as well as good friends, Bob and Mary McGruber. Bob is a
Pittsburgh native and we follow the teams) throughout the
year, cursing and moaning about most of it (not a great year)
and patting each other on the back when we win as if we had
anything to do with it. So we suited up and as we drove down
to the stadium we noticed a lot of Steelers stickers on the cars.
It was the tip of the iceberg. The parking lot and stadium were
awash in a sea of Steelers fans. Someone quipped, "Just like
walking into Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, only warmer."
Sunday's game capped a great New Year's week at our hum-
ble abode. Greg and Aly had flown in the week before so
Greg and I could plan the festivities. Yeah right! We could
barely plan what we were going to do each day! The empty
bottle count was shameful even for a Zonian. However, I will
say this, we ate well. Actually, it's an understatement.
Greg is quite inventive and between us, each night was a
trip to far-off lands. We explored India, Italy, Greece and cul-
minating on New Year's with Spain and the million dollar
Paella. Imagine the movie Big Night's timpano al fomo and
you'll get the picture. Greg prepared it alfresco, first on the
fogon, then on the bbq; grabbing handfuls oflangostinos, lob-
ster, clams and chorizo, while tossing wine, garlic and spices
into the mix. Wielding a long-handled spoon with one hand
and the other grasping a Rum and Coke, he resembled a
drunken Don Quixote (or Patten Oswald) railing at the wind-
mills. It was an impressive feast but the next day my yard
looked like Bob and Mindy Dollar's the day after her ##th
birthday bash in Gamboa (the grass never recovered).
Remnants of critter parts and evidence of "cooking flair"
were everywhere (a veritable kitty smorgasbord) while empty
cups, bottles and cigar butts littered the matted grass. Our
intrepid guests included Patti Rice, Tom "TY" Young and
his girlfriend Karin Boss, as well as neighbors Bob and
Diana, and the aforementioned Sam, Greg, Aly, Bob and
Mary. Missing were longtime partners in crime Mimi and
"Lucho" Azcarraga, who always bring the road flares for
our midnight fireworks display. The future's so bright I gotta
Backtracking two weeks before, Linda and I were guests
of my brother Jim "Red" Pattison and his wife Kat (Evans)
in Round Rock, Texas. We planned on spending the week
before Christmas with them and took Sam with us so he could
see some cowboys, tumbleweeds and cactus. No tumble-
weeds were to be found but he got to see some cactus and
cowboys when we took him to a rodeo up in Georgetown. My
niece Megan was entered in both barrels and poles with her
horse Blue. She took home a first and second place finish for
the night. They are a thing of beauty when they compete and
seem to fly through the air, barely missing the barrels and
poles...mostly. My nephew Tommy has been looking high
and low for work since graduating from Texas State. Times
are particularly tough in his chosen field (Mass
Communication) but he seems focused on his goal and I'm
sure he'll succeed. We also visited the Capitol in Austin
(highly recommended), stopped for an outdoor brew at Opal
Divines and walked the Trail of Lights (dubbed the cul-de-sac
of lights due to budget cuts but impressive just the same). We
ended up listening to Rosey Flores play a free concert in
Zilker Park. There's nothing like live music outdoors. Red
and I also got to enjoy some quiet time on their back porch
sampling seasonal brews and figuring out the plan o' the day
(another trip to HEB/REI/Waterloo Records/HEB/Whole
Foods/Fiesta/HEB.ad infinitum). Red and Kat hosted a small
get-together while we were there. The usual suspects were
there such as Randy "Bo" Lane and his girlfriend Leslie
Landreth, Val Krueger and her daughter Sara, as well as
Beth (Wright) McDowell, who brought her daughter Laura
and grandson "Sully". In addition, Gary Melant, who was in
town visiting his family in Georgetown, stopped by for a sur-
prise. Gary and I reminisced about the time Doug Allen hired
Jim "Walter Mitty" Norris and us to build a "deck" off the
back of his boat shed in Diablo. It was "Mac and Mire for
Hire" with too many chiefs and not enough Indians. We final-
ly finished the project, overdue and over budget, earning only
enough money to pay for happy hour at the BYC.
Two weeks before that we enjoyed the company of fellow
Zonians at the 12th annual Panamaniac Picnic way up north
in Boca Raton. Scott Parker, Dave Hannigan, and Jaime
and Amy Niedda have taken on the task of hosting the annu-
al bacchanal for the past three or four years. For the first time
since we started this get-together, Scott was unable to attend.
Boy did we miss the wontons, empanadas and yuca frita.
Next year for sure! The turnout was not as good as years past
because of the sketchy weather but that didn't deter us from
having fun, joking and eating great food. Mimi (Martinez)
Azcarraga's mom Anne Hoag caught a ride with us and we
joined Patti Rice, Debbie Pollack and her husband, and
Jeannie Eggleston. Marvin Wright and Tom Frensley
stopped by after their golf game for a brew. As always
Jaime's parents came with his dad making his famous arroz
con pollo...incredible! Linda made Ensalada Ruso (purple
potato salad) and I made corvina ceviche. I even got the
Marvin Duane Wright III seal of approval. Lots of folks
couldn't make it this year for one reason or another (you
know who I'm talking about Tio Came), so there'll be no
excuses for December 2010.
Panamaniac Picnic, December 2
Two weeks before that, Linda, the Canman and I fired up
the piloto and headed down (or it is up) the highway to
Atlanta to spend Thanksgiving with my sister Molly
(Journey) and her husband Rick Ridder. We stopped in
Ormond Beach and spent the night with my cousin Karen
(Davis) and her husband Steve Andrews. Ever the consum-
mate hosts, we were treated to a fantastic dinner, homemade
Limoncello and beds that "make you feel like you're sleeping
on a cloud" (Sam). The next day we awoke to an enormous
breakfast of empanadas, eggs, fruit, etc. Breakfast consumed
most of the morning and we got off to a late start. An hour
down the road as we stopped for one of many breaks, Sam
inquired if it was time for lunch yet? After all, it was noon
o'clock (a mere hour since we last ate). Serenity now I
intoned as I imagined my own father back in the day, after
driving countless hours in the old station wagon, stopping yet
again (and not for a beer). "South of the Border" we chant.
"Jekyll and Hyde Island" we plead. Oh the humanity. I can
hear him shaking his fist in the air and bellowing like Jackie
Gleason "One of these days, Alice; one of these days." We
eventually made it to Atlanta, calm and collected, and settled
in for the extended weekend. First stop was the local liquor
store to stock up on some seasonal brews (see the trend
emerging?). Now that we had the fuel for our endeavor, we
foraged from the local Publix for secret ingredients and per-
haps the occasional whipped cream canister for Irish coffee.
Molly and I did most of the cooking while Linda and Rick
just shook their heads and stayed out of the way. Everyone
has a task...some clean while others make a mess, Linda
reminds me. Many bottles of red were consumed and at long
last we all (Sam, Linda, Molly, Rick, Sean, Kelly, Laura, Jim,
Kelly, Zach, Andrew, Allison, Mike, can't remember, sorry)
sat down for dinner. Whew! After the main course and too
many desserts, we all settled in for a little R & R (Red wine
The next day we loaded up the car and headed down to
Fort Benning to continue our adventure. Sam was especially
excited to go as he had been stationed in Fort Benning before
heading off to Europe in WWII and gone back again for
Jungle Training in preparation for being sent to the Pacific.
Luckily the war ended and he went home to New York to start
a family. The real reason for this excursion was to give Tim
Dolan, son of my cousin Bonnie (Davis) and husband Ed
Dolan, a proper send-off before he deployed overseas. Ed and
Bonnie threw a huge party at the Uchee campground outside
of Fort Benning. His brother Eddie with wife Carson and
their kids drove down from D.C. and sister Karen (Dolan)
with her husband Steve Bapp and their collective brood were
all there for the outdoor fiesta. Steve (the only full bird who
calls me T-Bird) is a Colonel in the Army and stationed at
Fort Benning. Steve Andrews' son Matt also joined us for the
outdoor adventure as we borrowed firewood from adjoining
campgrounds to build a huge fire (it was cooooold). We set
up an outdoor bar (you got to stay warm) and a table full of
leftovers. As we gathered 'round the campfire, I noticed there
were a lot of folks there by the name Dolan. Now, I had
always known there were a lot of Dolans because I knew
them all. But I was wrong, because more and more kept com-
ing out of the woodwork. Anyway, by the time the fire was
nothing but smoking embers, and we had traded the CZ "war"
stories that connect us all in one way or another, I came to the
conclusion that although I still hadn't met them all, I was
probably halfway there. The next day Karen and Steve
Andrews followed us back up to Atlanta for a supposed rest.
Not a chance because by the time we got back the "kids" had
another party brewing and it was groundhog day all over
Uchee Campground, Thanksgiving 2009
Back in October of 2009 we went up to New York to visit
Linda's brother Sam and his girlfriend Debbie in New Paltz.
It was our annual Fall visit and we stopped in many small tav-
erns and restaurants for cozy meals. One day we drove up to
Woodstock for lunch. As Sam and I were standing outside a
store selling all sorts of hippie memorabilia, an old guy
(looked like Larry David) walked out. I was thinking, this
tourist is probably scratching his head wondering what all
this stuff is about when I heard him say to his buddy,
"Remember the black light Jimi Hendrix poster I used to have
on my wall at college? Now that was cool." "Is that what I
look like now" I worry? Nah, who cares.
We spent Labor Day in North Florida with Molly, Rick,
Karen, Steve, Ed, Bonnie and took a boat ride up the St. John
into Lake George to Salt Spring. We were treated to beautiful
sunny skies, lush scenery draped with Spanish moss, an
almost iridescent green river (much like a quetzal's tail feath-
ers) with inviting crystal-clear water bubbling from the spring
at journey's end. It was cold, but worth the wait (too many
gators elsewhere). Joining us was Molly's daughter Kelley
and her boyfriend Zach. He, Rick and Linda are all of Italian
descent so we had the obligatory cross-referencing of "what
did you have on Sundays; sauce or gravy, mootzarel or moz-
zarella, prosciutto or prozut" and so on. Once again we ate
and drank like kings and queens and would require days to
recover. Why do they call it a vacation? That's what you need
when you get home!
Mini-Curundu gathering, Labelle, Fla., Sept. 2009. Standing
(L-R): Lesley Arnold, Diane McKenna-Marsh, John
Marcum, Jody Davis, Richard Barker, Larry Marsh, and
Yakeel Barker. Seated (L-R): Tom Arnold, Leonard
Wilson, and Joyce Smail.
Late July found us back in Round Rock at Red and Kat's
for a party commemorating Mom's birthday. Quite a crowd
showed up besides the regulars (Val, Sara, Beth, Bo and
Leslie), Joe Dolan, Debbie Watson, Pat Fallon, Leo
Eastham, Mary Fehrenbach, Mark and Jules Melendrez,
and Sue (Hirons) and Al "Snake" Fehrenbach all joined in
the fiesta. We made margaritas, then we made more margari-
tas (by hand...top shelf, with the secret agave syrup), then we
gave in and started making pitchers. We fired up the bbq, laid
out a gi-normous spread of appetizers and stayed up til the
wee hours...swimming in the pool and talking 'bout the good
old days. Believe me, there was lots to talk about, many
laughs and a few "that's not how I remember it. You must've
Awareness ride. A record-setting heat index of 105 degrees
that day added to the challenge of the 25-mile bicycle event.
Peggy and MaryAnne, riding at the back of the pack, got sep-
arated from the main group, took a wrong turn, and rode the
course in reverse! Two weeks later, Dennis Huff, Peggy and
Val rode in the Gainesville (Fla.) Cycling Festival, a fund-
raiser for the Boys and Girls Club, completing the 27-mile
course through the rolling hills and horse farm country most-
ly in the rain. This time it was Val's turn to have a flat tire and
she had to drop out just short of the finish line. In their first
competitive event together, Peggy had the flat and their
triathlon team was not able to post a valid time. While in
Gainesville, the Boughners and Huffs camped out in Paynes
Prairie State Preserve in Jim and Val's Airstream camper.
Round Rock Parti JuIl\ '(19 IL-Ri. Berh NMcDoMell. Mlars
Fehrenbach, Leslie Landreth, Leo Eastham, and Joe
Dolan (in the background), Albert Fehrenbach, Linda
DiTullo, and Pat Fallon.
Prior to that, Linda and I were in Georgia for my nephew
Sean Sullivan's wedding to Kelly Teal of Atlanta. Sean,
Molly's oldest son, is a Captain in the Army stationed at Fort
McPherson. Just back from a tour in Korea, he and Kelly did
the long-distance thing while he was there and are finally
together for good. It was a lovely affair in the country at
Barnsley Gardens with both small and large cabins/houses.
The wedding was held in the ruins of the original plantation;
very elaborate and modern yet proper and old south. Yes,
Ma'am, I'd be much obliged. Ed and Bonnie as well as Steve
and Karen drove up from Florida. Molly, Rick and her mom
Harriet Journey were there as well as Molly's kids Kelly,
Andrew, and Laura with her husband Jim Shropshire and
Rick's daughter Allison. Two of my brother Andrew's kids
Chris and Tatiana, were joining us on their summer vacation
from Alaska and had a blast.
And still before that Linda and I went to Isla Mujeres in
Mexico with the aforementioned Bob and Mary. We swam
with a whale shark, drove around the island in a golf cart, ate
some delicious meals and drank lots of great tequila. I think
that's about enough about us.
With that, I apologize for not writing in so long. My
excuses are: only one submission by SoFla members; I'm
doing too much traveling; and my dog Jack ate my report. So,
my New Year's resolution is to keep up with the reports, grill
the locals for info (rum-boarding?), have some more adven-
tures and see many of you at the reunion this summer.
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
In mid-October Peggy (Hale) Huff
of Merritt Island traveled to Lake Mary,
Fla., to ride with Valerie (DePiper)
Boughner and Mary Anne Williams in
a Trek Women Breast Cancer .
Val Boughner and Peggy Huff
In December a group from the Merritt Island area gath-
ered once again at the home of Peggy Huff to support the U.S.
Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program with a gift. Everyone
attending the dinner and a movie, Phantom of the Opera, girls
night out resulted in eighteen gifts being donated to the pro-
gram. Attending were Pam Reid, Mary Ann O'Shea, Maria
Felgar, Connie Stoakley, Nikki and Fran Meyer, Nancy
Grimison, Mari Smith, Diana Grimison, Peggy Huff,
Pattie Benny, Rebecca Pletcher, Katrina Herring,
Melinda Niemeyer, Mary Sharpe, and Cristina Gattorna.
Bottom Left to Bottom Right: Pam, Mary Ann, Maria,
Connie, Fran, The Phantom, Pattie, Diane, Mari, Nikki,
Betty and Phil Gabriel were the recipients of a large
number of family members around their Thanksgiving table
this year. They were fortunate to have three of their six chil-
dren, Jane (Gabriel) and Bill Huff; Susan (Gabriel)
Compton; and Tom Gabriel. Six of their twenty-three
grandchildren included were Brandy (Huff) and Rick
Cofer; Phil and Cassandra Compton; and Philip,
Elizabeth, and Christina Gabriel. Five of their thirty great-
grandchildren were Emma, Tim, Ellie and Christopher
Cofer, and Amaia Compton. There were stories told and
much laughter. It was great to have so many gathered togeth-
er on such a wonderful day to count and recount all the bless-
ings that have been received through the intercession of a
wonderful God. On the weekend everyone gathered in the liv-
ing room and proceeded to put up and decorate their
Back (L-R): Emma, Christina, Betty, and Amaia. Front (L-
R): Ellie, Elizabeth, Philip, Phil, Christopher, and
The Grimisons and Scotts (descendants of Roosevelt
medal holder, Thomas J. and Jessie Grimison) in keeping
with tradition celebrated many holiday events beginning with
a Thanksgiving Day dinner hosted by Rebecca (Grimison)
and Geoff Pletcher and their children, Dylan, Ryan and
Rachel, at their home in Cocoa Beach. Matt and Theresa
(Harnisch) Grimison and their son Jack were visiting from
Washington, D.C. Melinda (Grimison) and Tom Niemeyer
and their daughters, Breanne and Allison, hosted a
Christmas Eve dinner at their home in Merritt Island. Tom
and Nancy Grimison hosted a Christmas Day dinner at their
home in Satellite Beach attended by most of their children
and grandchildren (about thirty guests). Patrick and Myra
(Brannon) Grimison and their children Brandon and
Chelsea hosted a December 27th dinner at their home in
Orlando to celebrate Patrick's birthday and safe return from
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(L-R): Breanne Niemeyer, Samantha Grimison, Alison
Niemeyer, and Melinda (Grimison) Niemeyer.
Richard and Diana (Huff) Grimison and children Carly,
Tommy, Samantha and Megan attended all the events.
Christina (Grimison) and Ed Volonnino; Eric and Rachel
(Bottin) Grimison and children MaryJane and infant son
Evan; Peggy (Hale) and Dennis Huff; Nancy Scott, Satellite
Beach (who recently moved from California); and Janice
Scott, her daughter Katrina (Herring) and granddaughters,
Catherine and Sofia, and son Geoffrey Herring and his wife
Sarah attended most of the holiday celebrations. More
cousins joined from out of town. Edward W. Scott IV (Dito)
and Michele and children Natalie, Michael and Robbie from
California hosted a post-New Year's party in Satellite Beach
with his sister Heather (Scott) and Jose Maria Molleda
family came from Virginia with their daughter Jeanine, who
plays soccer and whose team placed third in the annual
Disney soccer tournament. They were visiting their father
Edward W. Scott, Jr. and wife Cheryl and their son Reece
of Merritt Island who was home for the holidays from
Nagoya, Japan, where he attends university.
In summary, it was a very happy holiday season for this
family who have much for which to be grateful and celebrate!
Brevard Zonians showed their dedication for a traditional
Christmas tree bur and rang in the New Year on January 9,
2010, braving record freezing temperatures, sleet, bone-chill-
ing wind and even snow flurries, on a Cocoa Beach beach at
dusk, for the Space Coast III Annual Tree Burn organized by
Rebecca (Grimison) Pletcher and Peggy (Hale) Huff. It's esti-
mated over one hundred were there, but not all could be iden-
tified because of heavy winter clothing. Thanks to Richard
Grimison and Geoff Pletcher who acted as the fire safety offi-
cial. and controlling throwing of trees into the fire.
Two cayucos have been spotted in the Banana River
recently, and although the crews have not been positively
ID'd, this reporter has some idea it could be Karen Coffey,
Diana Grimison, Trina Herring, GeoffPletcher, Scott Roach,
Richard Grimison, Guillermo Payne, or Carrie (Corrigan)
Green. We'll know for sure who the Brevard paddlers are at
the March 26, 2010 annual ocean-to-ocean race in Panama.
Peggy Huff and Janice Scott, 20F, Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Mystery paddlers take up the challenge
Janice G. Scott, Reporter
Space Coast III Annual Tree Burn
Mari Smith (BHS'85), Chief Officer of the Military
Sealift Command ship, USNS WATERS, has been a Brevard
County resident for the past seven months as her ship, cur-
rently homeported in Port Canaveral, Fla., supports the U.S.
Navy's SSBN submarines and the fleet's Trident II ballistic
missile test launch program, to which she's been assigned on
a rotating schedule since early 2009. Mari has worked in the
maritime industry since graduating from Kings Point in 1989,
and coincidentally, fellow alumni Richard Grimison was the
harbor pilot when the USNS WATERS first pulled into Port
Canaveral in July 2009. Mari is the daughter of Ralph and
Clarita Smith (BHS'62). She says when she gets her vaca-
tion in March, she's heading straight to Panama!
Clarita Smith and Mari Smith, USNS WATERS, March
2009 canal transit.
Once again I bring you greetings
from Florida's Capital city of
Tallahassee. It was a beautiful warm
fall, and so far, an extremely cold
winter. Skip Rowley
In the middle of August, Beverly
and I rented a house for several days up in Murphy, N.C., and
invited my sister and brother-in-law, June and Dave
Stevenson, to join us. We also invited our daughter Adriane
and her fiance Ron Bolen to join us for a few days. We had a
good time driving around and seeing some of the sights. The
drive up and the first day was beautiful, the rest of the time
there was rainy, cold and damp, so they spent time playing
scrabble. I'm not much for those types of games, so I sat and
listened to the jokes, the scheming, the oohs and aahs, while
watching TV. We found a few neat restaurants, and went
house looking during the day. It was a pleasant week of
change from our normal routine at Tallahassee. On the way
back, my Odyssey turned 100,000 miles.
"Lorrie Husum (BHS'74) Allen hosted the 4th annual
CZ GGW (girls gone wild) in Tallahassee the weekend of
October 9th. The BHS'74 girls visiting Lorrie were: Helen
Calvit, Sheila Webb Messmore, Ingrid Errhalt Bryan,
Linda Ramey, Evelyn White, Kathy Malin Mclnturff, and
Nancy Spiros (BHS'73) Brady. Jessie Smith drove over
with her mom, Sheila, and cheered for the Seminoles. A
friend Robin and another FSU alumni, Rhonda Wardlow,
joined us to cheer for FSU. With George Husum's family
hosting the tailgate party, we ran into two BHS'72 grads--Ed
Malin and George Nunez. The game was disappointing with
the weather and the score not cooperating. Lorrie's hospitali-
ty was the highlight of our weekend; she opened up her beau-
tiful home (thanks Todd) then showed us the sights--boating
on Wakulla Springs where we saw manatees and alligators
then drove over the Saint Marks where we had lunch on the
water and visited the lighthouse. Rhonda was the 'star' in
Saint Marks showing us her fondness for outdoor facilities!
When we looked back on other CZ GGW weekends, we
missed Vikki Borell (BHS'74) Edwards during this one. We
all said a prayer for Vikki and the condition she is now fac-
ing. 'You go Girl!' Where are the CZ GGW going in 2010--a
wedding in Chicago perhaps?"
la -- -
FSU alumnus Rhonda Wardlow, Kathy Malin McInturff,
Ed Malin, George Nunez, Lorrie Husum, Linda Ramey,
and Jessie Smith.
.... 1. M
Bottom Left to Bottom Right: Sheila, Robin, Helen, Linda,
Lorrie, Ingrid, Evelyn, Rhonda, Nancy, and Kathy, CZ
In November Beverly's Mother, who we refer to as "Mom
Mom," came to stay with us for a month. While here she cel-
ebrated her 93rd birthday. She is both a character, and a very
good cook, which is the start to my recent weight gain.
Beverly's large assortment of Christmas goodies over the hol-
idays didn't help one bit either. It's now diet time in the
Rowley house. Thanksgiving found us all up in Huntsville,
Ala., for a weeklong visit with Adriane and Ron. We had a
scrumptious Turkey/Ham dinner with his parents, Ron Sr.
and Darlene, and Ron's sister Tammy and husband Johnny.
While there Ron had to run up to Vanderbilt University
Hospital in Nashville for business, so we all went along and
Adriane drove Bev and I all around Nashville to see the var-
ious recording studios, and other points of interest. When
Ron was finished, we picked him up at the Hospital and drove
out to the Grand Ole Opry House along with the Gaylord
Hotel to see the most beautiful Christmas lights that you
could ever imagine short of MGM studios in Orlando. We
spent hours walking all around taking in all the sights.
Voli UrUIIII, Moui lMo I nU IY, DkYV R Iul
Shircliffe (Mom Mom), and Skip Rowley.
Mark and Katherine Heddaeus write that they spent ten
wonderful dry season days in Panama right before Christmas.
Jillian was a bridesmaid in Stephanie Bodden and
Armando Gundin's wedding which was held in Campana. It
was a picture perfect place to have a beautiful wedding.
Jillian's boyfriend Ricky joined us on the trip and it was fun
showing him all the places we talk about when we reminisce
about the "good old days." It was great to be down there and
see so many friends...those who still live in Panama, and
those who came down there for the holidays. There wasn't a
place we went to that we didn't run into someone we knew.
Our last night in Panama was spent at La Italia where we had
to keep adding tables as more and more people kept showing
up. We ended up with a grand total of 19! What fun we had
as we ate as much pizza, almejas and ceviche as we
could...not knowing when we would savor another one of
those delights again. Once back from Panama, we spent
Christmas doing the family shuttle between Mark and
Katherine's parents. It's been a long time since we've spent
the holidays with our parents and we all had a wonderful hol-
iday together. Before heading back to Tallahassee, we went to
see the Dolphins play. We had great seats on the 50-yard line,
but headed home sad that they lost.
Jillian Heddaeus, Stephanie (Bodden) Gundin, and
Samantha Parthenais, Campana.
I\lark rnuuaeus, i airnerine (a3imni) r cuutaus,
Heddaeus, and Ricky Lowery, Campana.
Ld [lM ll\aine, Iarn !Mcllaine no llliiig Lijgle, 1l4IKIe
Coman, Cindy Coman, Hugh Thomas, Eileen Thomas,
Katherine and Mark Heddaeus.
And finally, Bev and I spent Christmas in Orlando with
our daughter Renee and Brian Friedel and grandkids
Miranda, Matthew, Brenden and Bradley. It was a fun-
filled several days. Miranda got a bright shiny Red
Volkswagen Convertible from Santa Claus. She will be start-
ing college this week and needed a car. The three other grand-
kids got the usual amount of Santa stuff. We all went to
Disney World and MGM for a day. Bev and I hadn't been
there since our girls were young, so it was a treat. Brian had
gone to each of the rides that we wanted to go on and got the
fast passes for them so we didn't have to stand in long lines
for hours. That really helped. The Christmas program, elec-
Concetta (Tita) Simons, Carl Simons, Kenny Grafe, tric light parade and fireworks were all spectacular.
Donald Simons, Fran Simons, Chris Simons, Liz (Simons)
Grafe, Katherine (Simons) Heddaeus, and Jillian *
Heddaeus, South Florida.
Ed, Kari and Nathan McIllvaine spent Christmas in
Richmond, Va., with Sarah McIllvaine. They had a wonder-
ful trip visiting Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and
Williamsburg. Ed and Kari then spent New Year's with spe-
cial friends Mike and Cindy Coman from Port Orange, Fla.,
Hugh and Eileen Thomas, and Katherine and Mark
Back (L-R): Brian, Renee, Matthew, Miranda Friedel,
Skip and Bev Rowley. Front: Bradley and Brenden Friedel.
Tom Robertson will be hosting the annual Christmas
Tree Burn on his property this next weekend. If all goes as
planned and based on past times, we should have well over
100 trees to burn, as well as over 100 people from all over the
state and even from Georgia and Alabama. I'm looking for-
ward to another great tree bum.
Skip Rowley, Reporter
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Received a note from Lester Smith
stating that his wife Andrea was feeling
better, so they traded in their new 2010
camper for a new 2011 32-footer. Says
the new camper has a real bedroom and June Rowley
an extra ten feet!! They have already Stevenson
taken it for a short trip to meet up with Canal Zone friends,
Joe and Sue Eytalis. They then took their eldest daughter
Christine and youngest grandson Walker from Charleston to
Denver where they visited with their youngest daughter
Kimberly. Between the trips and Christmas, Andrea had a
problem with compressing another vertebrae and Lester tore
a rotator cuff, but both are mending. Their daughter Christine
and her family drove in to visit for Christmas and Kimberly
flew in from Denver, so they had a very nice Christmas with
not only their daughters and families, but also Lester's Mom
and Dad, Robert and Terry Smith, who live in the same
Lori Stevenson Snow has been busy traveling as usual
this fall. She had traveled to Costa Rica in September fol-
lowed by Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas in early
November for a quick trip. Then to Panama later in
November. The highlight of her travels was going to
Guatemala where she spent time in Antigua, Lake Atitlan and
the Pacific Coastal area. She really liked Antigua and would
love to go back there. This trip she took with a friend and
business associate from Panama, Yenia Mendoza. They took
a week to just explore this region. To end the year Lori and
her daughter Sara Snow headed for Disney to spend New
Year's Eve. All in all she has been busy traveling and sees
more in the near future.
Yenia Mendoza and Lori Stevenson Snow
Joan Coffey Rienks emailed me that their son Alex came
up to Ellijay to spend three weeks over Thanksgiving with her
and her husband Harry and grandson Shane. Monica, their
daughter, had to work but was able to come up the day before
Thanksgiving. They all had a wonderful Thanksgiving
together, but then everyone but Alex and Shane came down
with the flu. In spite of that they loved having everyone there,
and can't wait for Alex to return, hopefully, this coming sum-
Cissy and Gary Collins also sent me their news about
their trip taken to Branson, Mo., on a Knoxville Bus Tour in
December. Cissy says they traveled with friends Buddy and
Joan Aslinger and the purpose of the trip was to see five
shows and eat as much as possible in the four days they were
in Branson. While there they stayed at the Chateau, located
high above Branson, and Cissy says it was "the best." They
saw The Miracle of Christmas in the new Sight and Sound
Theater with the story of the birth of Christ enacted on stage
with live animals coming up the aisles and in by way of the
side stages as well as flying angels coming down from the
rafters. Shoji Tobuchi entertained them with his masterful
violin skills, singing and flashy jackets. Cissy says the dinner
theater entertainer, Allen Edwards, started his career as a
Houston, Texas policeman, and through the infomercials he
did for the Police Department he was discovered and his
singing career began. He will have a musical special on PBS
sometime in January, which is a must see. Cissy sent me a
photo of she and Gary, plus their travel friends, Buddy and
Joan Aslinger, at Dino's 24 Carat Caf6 in Branson, along with
Dino's wife, Sharon. Dino is an accomplished pianist and
Sharon designs the beautiful costumes worn by the song-and-
dance troupe, plus sings. The cafe is best known for the "24
carat (carrot) cake" made from Dino's recipe.
Cissy Collins, Gary Collins, Sharon, Joan Aslinger, and
Buddy Aslinger, Dino's 24 Carat Cafe.
Cissy also enjoyed a visit from her granddaughter,
McKenna Walker, her good friend and former zonian
Florence Carlson (1960-1978), and Florence's granddaugh-
ter, Caroline Carlson. The two-day visit took place in
November 2009 at Cissy's home in Douglasville, Ga.
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Back (L-Ri. Florence Carlson, Caroline Carlson. and
Cissy Collins. Front: McKenna Walker.
In October my husband and I flew to Washington D.C.,
for several days and visited with family and friends. Went to
dinner one night at one of the many Officer's Clubs in D.C.
with my classmate, Connie Glassburn Dawson and her hus-
band Bill, plus Gail Dawson McNally and her husband JJ,
and my sister Dorothy and her husband Jim Gerhart. The
following day we went to visit my sister Dorothy and her hus-
band Jim Gerhart at their home in Silver Spring, Md.
Dorothy's home was all decorated for Halloween and looked
adorable. Earlier in the month of October, Davis and I drove
up with my brother Skip and his wife Beverly Rowley into
the mountains of North Carolina for a mini-vacation and
some cool weather. We had a great time there, driving around
during the day to check out the area, and nights playing
Scrabble. On our way back to Georgia, we stopped at a pump-
kin patch to check out the pumpkins.
In December we drove once again to North Carolina to
visit with our dear friends, Jan and Don Ponder, who were
renting a place near Boone, N.C. The weather turned very,
very cold, so we kept the fireplace going full blast plus the
heat in the home. We so enjoyed visiting with the Ponders and
plan on seeing them once again in February when we all fly
to Panama to take our seven-day Southern Caribbean Cruise
on the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas.
After the cruise we will rent a car and head up into the interi-
or of Panama to spend two nights at a new bed-and-breakfast
in El Valle which we have heard wonderful things about, and
where I plan on having a wonderful and long overdue body
massage. After two restful days in El Valle, we will then drive
further into the interior to check out fishing camps for clients
who have expressed an interest in fishing in Panama, and our
last stop will be the Volcan so Jan and Don Ponder can revis-
it their old vacation home close to the Cherokee Viejo River.
I am really looking forward to being back in Panama and
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Davis Stevenson, June Stevenson, Jan Ponder, and Don
Our Christmas was wonderful (and cold). We had dinner
at our daughter's home along with our son Davis and his fam-
ily, and everything was delicious. Lori's husband Virgil did
most of the cooking as he is a very good cook. I did bake two
pies (pumpkin and pecan) but was so full from eating all the
wonderful food I had to pass on dessert till much later. I want-
ed a photo of me with my daughter and two granddaughters.
So there are three generations in this photo. I also have a
grandson Nick but this was "ladies only" photo, so Nick did-
n't get in the picture.
Connle lassDurn uawson ana June Kowley stevenson
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Jim Gerhart, Dorothy Rowley Gerhart, June Rowley
Stevenson, and Davis Stevenson.
Allie Snow, Lori Snow, June Stevenson, and Sara Snow
Some of the Georgia Zonians got together in December
for lunch at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Atlanta. As
usual, the food was good, but the company was even better.
Shown starting from the front are: June Stevenson, Janis
Burda, Ray and Pat Burda, Ray and Helen Underwood,
Mary and Bill Leach, Camile Harrington and Carole
Arnold, Bill Arnold, Pat Henson, Richard Phillips,
MaNie KnaDo. and Larry Harrin2ton.
Line many years ago. That called for an hour's conversation.
Later I unearthed a large photograph of the ship with the title
Retirement of the SS Cristobal, 1939-1981 and gave it to Bob.
He almost cried and said he would have it framed to hang in
Georgia Zonians December 2009 Get-together
Right now it is very cold in Georgia, though we haven't
experienced any snow where we live. Looking back on 2009,
it was an interesting year for us. Our son and daughter-in-law
both lost theirjobs, though our son is now back working. Lori
has continued to work towards making our travel business
grow, and both Steve and I are looking forward to a happy
and healthy New Year!!
June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
You just never know when you
might make a Canal Zone connection.
This reporter was out soliciting adver-
tising for the famous Baker Buffalo
Patt Foster Festival program when Bob Battistella,
Roberson owner of Sportsman's Credit, saw the
Panama Canal Society license plate on
the front of her car. Well, it turns out that his grandfather's
brother was the purser on the SS Cristobal of the Panama
: L' .
Arline Schmidt Winerman and Patt Foster Roberson with
Capt. John Smith, Jamestown, Va.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
In July 2009 Connie Clemons-Chevis and her daughter
Megan went down to Panama for a monthlong visit. They
stayed with her cousin Eva Mora in Panama City. Megan and
Connie would wake up at the crack of dawn to go walk on the
Pipeline and other places for the birdwatching. They went
surfing several times at El Palmar and did volunteer work
with SpayPanama. Later, her brother Eulus Clemons Jr. with
his wife Kathi and his two children, Kara and Kyle, joined
them and they went to Las Sirenas in Santa Clara. Eulus and
Connie reminisced about the moments spent there as kids.
They also went to Isla Grande, Fort San Lorenzo, Fort
Sherman, the Spillway and visited the old stomping grounds
in Gatun. They keep dreaming about returning to Panama to
stay. The final week, Connie's husband John came down and
they went to Boquete for a week. They went whitewater raft-
ing and climbed Volcan Baru. This has become an annual
visit and one of these days they would like to meet up with
some of the Zonians.
Eulus Clemons and Connie Clemons, La Arenosa
Penny and Joe Lotterhos of Clinton, Miss., traveled to
Europe. They were in Munich, Germany, for their 41st wed-
ding anniversary. While there they met their cousins who
were on a European tour, Sarah G. Bradford of Boston,
Mass., and Sarah Keller of Louisa, Va. Penny and Joe also
visited Oberndorf, Austria, where "Silent Night" was written
and played for the first time. They spent about two weeks
doing Christmas markets in Germany, France and Austria.
Megan Chevis, John Chevis, and Connie Chevis, going
white-water rafting, Boquete.
Connie is a veterinarian in Bay St. Louis, Miss., where
she is a consultant for Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
which does research and rescue work on dolphins, does relief
work at a small-animal hospital and has a Traditional Chinese
Veterinary Medicine practice. Connie is working on a mas- .
ter's degree in TCVM. John is a retired lawyer. Megan is a Sarah G Bradford, Penny Lotterhos, Joe Lotterhos, and
sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi study- Sarah Keller.
ing biology and hopes to go to veterinary school. Eulus and
his family live in Birmingham, Ala., where their mother
Maria R. Clemons lives. Unfortunately, their dad, Eulus
Clemons, died a few years ago. Eulus (Klim) worked at
Gatun Locks. Kara Clemons graduated com laude from
Auburn University in December 2009.
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Front (L-R): Eva Mora, Jossi Guttierez, and Jose R. Mora.
Back (L-R): Kara Clemons, Megan Chevis, Kathi
Clemons, Eulus Clemons, and Kyle Clemons, Isla Grande.
renny and Joe Lotterhos, Uberndort, Austria
Lee and Jean Wade (formerly of Gatun 1963-79), now
living in Gautier, Miss., became great-grandparents for the
first time in August 2009. A beautiful baby girl weighing 5 lb.
15 ozs. was born to Kristie and Tim Conway. Melanie
Wade Walton is a grandmother for the first time and is moth-
er to Kristie.
Jean Wade did a 13-day tour of Greece and the Greek
Isles in November 2009, walking in the footsteps of St. Paul.
She toured the Royal Palace, the Stadium and Temple of
Zeus, Mars Hill, the Acropolis and Parthenon and the Agora
(marketplace) where Paul spoke and Socrates was in prison.
Drove along the Sacred Way of Elusinian Mysteries, then
crossed the Corinth Canal which connects the Aegean and
Ionian Seas. Visited Corinth which was the most important
city in St. Paul's day, founded in 50 AD, and where Paul
worked with Aquila and Priscilla. Next came a three-day
Aegean Sea cruise to the islands of Rhodes, Patmos and
Ephesus to visit the monastery where John received inspira-
tion for the Book of Revelation. Cruised on to the Turkish
resort of Kusadasu, the magnificent city of Ephesus and the
fabled Temple of Artemis. Visited the home where it is said
Mary (mother of Jesus) lived with John the last few years of
Back in Athens, drove the national highway through
Thebes, Levadia and Delphi and visited the Temple of
Apollo. On to Kalambaka and Thessaloniki where the amaz-
ing hanging monasteries are perched on top of very high rock
formations in Meteora. Visited the tomb of Philip of
Macedonia in Vergina, on to the Philippi where Marc
Anthony defeated Brutus and St. Paul first preached the
gospel in Europe. Stood in the doorway of the prison where
Paul was in prison and an earthquake loosed his chains. On
the way back to Athens via the Valley of Tempi and
Thermopylae had a good view of Mt. Olympus as we traveled
through beautiful mountains, valleys and farmland. A won-
derful trip, temperatures in the 60s, with only one day of rain.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
New Year's greetings from North
Carolina and yes, I realize it is not
January now, but actually as I am writing
this it is January 4th in Hendersonville--
Pat Hunt a balmy 23-degrees on my thermometer-
-our high of the day! Not only that but I still have snow all
over the ground around my house. I'm sure all you Floridians
are green with envy. Enough about this miserable cold and on
with the news!
First an apology to Carmen Wanner who sent me these
two pictures of the mini-reunion in July in Texas, which I for-
got to include in my last article. Better late than never.
Back iL-Ri Lisa Hunt Johnson, Tin.
Carmen Wanner. Front: Michael Horoda.
Laurie and Sam Trinca celebrated Octoberfest in Helen,
Ga., with Joe and Ellen O'Connell of Peachtree City. Joe
and Sam were Air Force buddies in Panama and the four of
them have "biker get-togethers" periodically.
My grandson Justin Trinca celebrated his 21st birthday
in early November in Las Vegas with his dad Sam. No big
fortunes were lost or won, so apparently it was a fortunate
and a not-so-fortunate experience. Nonetheless they had a
great time. Shortly after that trip Justin flew to California
with two friends, one of whom was picking up a car. After
enjoying some of the sights around Los Angeles, including
Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood and the USC
Stadium in the pouring rain, they headed home. As they trav-
eled they saw the border fence in Texas, lots of sand and cac-
tus in Arizona and partied a little in the French Quarter and
Bourbon St. in New Orleans before arriving back in North
Thanksgiving brought a houseful of family to Willy and
Wilma Nowotny with the arrival of Willy and Anna
Nowotny and their son Bryan and his wife Fernanda, Mike
Densmore, and Linda and Emilio Garza. A good time was
had by all. Linda and Emilio have moved from Conyers, Ga.,
to Sanford, N.C., where Emilio is now an assistant principal
in the military school system at Fort Bragg.
Willy and Wilma flew to Texas to celebrate Christmas
with daughter Terri Fields and grandsons Ahren and
Brandon. While there they were able to have lunch with
Marge and Jack Ruoff. They actually had lunch at the same
restaurant the first time they visited them in Kingwood. In
early January they flew to Miami and on to Puerto Rico for a
cruise in the Caribbean. I'm really not sure whether it was the
eastern or the western but it is whichever part of that sea that
holds St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Aruba, etc., etc. Okay, so
maybe it's the southern Caribbean. Anyway it was a beautiful
cruise and they had a marvelous time.
Diane Bradley and her twin sister Dolores celebrated
their Medicare birthday, as Jim calls it, in November.
Dolores's four children and granddaughter came to
Hendersonville with her and there was a surprise visit from
their other sister Kay Wilson who flew in from Miami.
Jimmy and Sherry Bradley, along with daughters Candace
and Lauren, drove up for the Thanksgiving weekend and on
the following Tuesday Jim and Diane drove down to
Jacksonville to stay with them until they flew to Puerto Rico
to board the Celebrity ship Millennium for a 12-day cruise
through the Caribbean. Actually, I think they must have
scouted out the route for the Nowotnys as that is the same
cruise I described above. Christmas was celebrated in Top Per and Eileen Petiold. Middle. Karl Phillip Boiuoni.
Jacksonville and Jim and Diane returned to North Carolina Mia and Pia.
before New Year's, just in time for our frigid weather.
Malcolm and Jean Stone attended the Kings Point
reunion in October and met up with Andy and Carol
Blakely, Bob Emerick, and John Davis, another CHS grad-
uate. Needless to say there was a great deal of "old times"
talk. Thanksgiving was celebrated in Stafford, Va., at son
David's home. Lynn and Scott and the two girls were there
as well as Diane Scheidegg, a classmate from CHS who was
recently widowed and is living in Fairfax, Va. It was the first
time in 22 years that the Stone family had all been together.
Unfortunately Malcolm had some health problems and
shortly after they returned home he had major, major, surgery.
Sisters Diane, Dolores, and Kay celebrating Diane and I am very happy to report he was able to attend our annual
Dolores' 65th birthday. Christmas party which was held on December 12th at
O'Charley's. There was a total of 31 people attending this
year; eight people cancelled at the last minute for various rea-
sons or we would have had 39--a record number for us. Those
who didn't get here missed a great party.
George Garcia brought along five South Carolina guests,
Merri Lewis, Sharon Mann, Rita Jones Fenwick, Patty
Jones, and Sharon Singleton, a friend of Sharon Mann's. We
missed Alice Latimer, also from South Carolina. There were
a few first timers--Terri Hunt Rhodes, Laurie Hunt Trinca,
Nanette Runion (Vicki Howe's daughter), and Ed Suarez.
Also present were Nicki and Ty Erickson, "K" and Bob
Rodgers, Wilma and Willy Nowotny, Ron and Pat Nessler,
and Dick and Lila Cheville. I still have to call him Dr.--he
was my boss and if there was one thing we learned in nurse's
Jim Bradley, Karl Phillip and Diane Bradley training it was that you didn't call doctors by their first name!
Vicki Howe, Ron Angermuller, Priscilla Dunn, her mom
CULTURAL SEMINARS Bertha Allen, daughter Katrina and grandson Xavier and
Dr. Stanley Heckadon her brother Roy (who was another first timer) rounded out the
Smithsonian Tropical Research very festive group. We missed several of our regulars and you
See page 6 for information, know who you are so I won't list you by name. Hopefully you
will be back with us next year.
Hap and Beth Lewis Brandenburg of Cashiers and
Riverview, Fla., had a steady stream of visitors in the fall.
Bob, Jeanne, Ryan and Breanne Rupp of Valrico, Fla.,
overnighted on their way to Brevard. Gene and Carol Fritz
of Peachtree City, Ga., were there Halloween week and
attended a costume party at the Brandenburgs' neighbors,
Terry and Jamie Hawkins. Janice Scott of Merritt Island,
Fla., Sandra Wallace of Birmingham, Ala., and Dr. Carol
Meyer of Melrose, Fla. and Highlands, were in the area at the
time and also attended the party. Dennis and Peggy Huff of
Merritt Island spent four days with Hap and Beth the follow-
ing week. Hap took the Huffs on several mountain hikes;
Beth stayed home nursing a broken shoulder. Thanksgiving
week saw nine more houseguests--Tim and Diane Audorff;
Jason, Bethany and Ziren Bidwell; sons Todd, Gabe, and
Bryan and his fiance Angela Audorff. Pete, Dawn, John
and Jessica Dominici of Tampa, Fla., joined the family gath-
ering for Thanksgiving dinner.
Vicki and I drove to Knoxville Tenn., in November to see
our sister-in-law Betty Dunning and her sisters, Carol
Schwenke and Freda Stohrer. We started over on a Sunday
morning--the day of a major rock slide on interstate 40 and as
the slide had happened early in the a.m. we didn't know it. As
a result we were turned back and had to retrace our route back
to Asheville. What would normally have taken 2 to 3 hours
took us about 7 hours but it was worth it as we hadn't seen
Betty in five years. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the
company and the sights in Knoxville. I spent Thanksgiving
with the Trinca clan and daughter Lisa. My daughter Terri
and granddaughter Jennifer Surface drove up to Burlington
the day after and we had a memorable day of shopping!
Christmas was celebrated at home with grandson Michael
Watkins, Terri and Bryan, Lisa, and my sisters Vicki and
Sandi. We were lucky to get Sandi here for two weeks over
the holidays--unfortunately we had our coldest weather of the
season so I think she was very happy to get back home to
Brandenburg Halloween Party
Hap Brandenburg, Beth Brandenburg, Peggy
Sandi Dunning Ingle plays in the snow
Laurie, Sam, Zach and Justin Trinca were not able to be
with us as Sam had surgery just before Christmas and my son
John and his wife Julie didn't make it as they left for a two-
week vacation in Panama. It was John's first trip back in 20
years. I was very sad to hear of the death of Dr. Filos, who
was a member of my choir at Sacred Heart. Was in touch with
Fr. Lynch, Obie Faas, Mary Schulte, Joe Kane and Grace
Shadeck, all from Sacred Heart choir, when I heard the news.
I also heard from Ceil Maisel, another choir member and
nurse at Gorgas. She recently had back surgery and is recov-
ering in Texas. That's it from North Carolina this time. Hard
to believe when this issue goes to press it will be time to get
ready for the reunion. Keep your news coming--email or
phone--and until next time.
Pat Hunt, Reporter
Happy New Year! Here's hoping
that everyone had happy holidays sur-
rounded by friends and family. Wow!
What a difference a year makes here in
the Pacific Northwest. Last December we
were fighting snow, ice and really cold weather. Now...it's
warmer in the Northwest than it is in Florida!
Before getting into my report, I want to urge you to sup-
port the Society. Membership seems to be declining and with-
out members, there would be no society. Gift memberships
are always a great idea for that "hard to shop for" person. For
you Facebook members, the Panama Canal Society has a
group and frequent updates/news is posted there.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ted Paine
and his "admin assistant" Suzanne Baker for hosting anoth-
er knockout Pacific Northwest Holiday Party at the
Bremerton Elks Club. There were several new faces at this
year's gathering and hopefully that trend will continue--the
more the merrier! First timers included Bebe Nehring
DeNike, Neil and Tammy Doherty. Jim Shobe announced
that our summer picnic will be held on July 31 at Belfair State
Park. That should give everyone time to get home from the
annual Panama Canal Society Reunion, recuperate and get
their bochinche "straight." I have even heard a rumor that Jim
is planning on having ceviche at the picnic.
Speaking of Jim and Noralee...they did a little traveling
this fall. They visited Jack Rocker over in Eastern
Washington and went apple picking then down to Hermiston,
Ore., to visit an old Gamboa friend, Lou Womack. Many
mango seasons ago her father Lyle Womack owned and ran
the El Rancho. Jim says it was a great place to dance to
Lucho. They also spent a weekend with his daughter Clover
Duffus. Jim and son Steve are still restoring old British
motorcycles and are currently working on a 1961 Matchless.
On September 5, 2009 Henry and Pat Cruz's entire fam-
ily came from all over Washington state and surprised them
by showing up at a restaurant in Bellingham, where their son
Ed, who lives nearby, had taken them for dinner to celebrate
their 50th wedding anniversary. Pat and Henry were married
in Eugene, Ore., in 1959. Later on in the month, they sailed
on a wonderful 12-day cruise through the Hawaiian islands.
After returning home and exchanging emails with David
Albritton, they discovered that all three of them had been on
the beach at Kauai at the same time. David had been there
having lunch while Henry and Pat were taking a dip. Talk
about your small world!
Bob (membership #309) and Mary Blake have taken the
"retirement community" plunge and moved on November 6th
from their home to a new high-rise in downtown Seattle. If
interested in their new address, contact this reporter. Bob said
they are still unpacking boxes and getting organized. The
community they live in sure looks nice and is convenient to
many downtown Seattle attractions. I hope they enjoy "retire-
ment" living! Bob also reports that he heard from BHS'37
classmates Norma Stillwell Martin in Virginia, George
Fenton in Pennsylvania, Todd Lipzinksky in Michigan, and
Leland Edwards in California, all in good health and at or
approaching age 90. Bob will celebrate his 89th in May.
World travelers Pat and Janet Bartlett and their friends,
Ted and Debbie Marti, traveled to Rome and visited
Pompeii, Pisa, and the local sights. Being in Roma on a
Sunday gave them the opportunity to see the Pope give a spe-
cial blessing to the general public. From there they boarded
the Grand Princess and cruised to Florence, Barcelona,
Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, Casablanca, Africa, Brazil,
Barbados, Dominica and back to Fort Lauderdale. They saw
sights and scenes never expected. It was a wonderful trip, and
they got home just in time for Christmas.
Ginny Kleefkens Rankin hosted the gang for
Thanksgiving. Her brother Walter Kleefkens and wife
Suzanne drove up from The Dalles, Ore.; Robert and Gayle
Rankin drove down from Sequim for the day; and her two
daughters, Sandi McClanahan and Nancy Ivory, and their
families joined in. Jibby Kleefkens, Ginny's mom, turned 92
in November and they had to celebrate her birthday so the
great-grandkids could sing "Happy Birthday" to her.
Grandson Seth McClanahan was in his first gymnastics
competition in December and came out with a second place
medal. He also was selected to play his guitar at his school's
Christmas program; he gave a wonderful performance as only
his grandmother can brag. Ginny, who loves model trains,
went to the model train expo at the Tacoma Museum with
daughter Nancy and family. Daughter Karen Blennerhassett
and her family from Panama are expected for a two-week
visit in January--they hope to play in the snow (I'm hoping
they have to go to the mountains for that). Christmas day at
Ginny's was loud, noisy and messy as they gathered to open
gifts and enjoy the day.
Tim Herring (CHS'67) and Theresa Snider (CHS'78)
Herring of Silverdale, Wash., are very proud to announce the
birth of two more grandchildren in September 2009! Thomas
and Mary Herring Beuschel added Gabriel Thomas to their
family in September as did Tom (BHS'98) and Carrie
Herring add a son James Michael two weeks later. Theresa
felt very blessed to be in on both the deliveries and is
extremely proud of these little families. These births added
even greater joy to their 30th wedding anniversary celebra-
tion on September 22nd. They were delighted to have all 13
children and four grandchildren together. In October the
Beuschels moved to Fort Polk, La., where Thomas is sta-
tioned in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. The Tom
Herrings live near Tim and Theresa in Port Orchard, Wash.,
where Tom works as a health physicist in the Naval shipyard
in Bremerton. Great-grandma Margaret Herring lives in
Lynn Haven, Fla., and great-grandma Kathy Snider in
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Tom Beuschel holding Dominick and Mary (Herring)
Beuschel holding Gabriel.
Tom Herring holding Clare and Carrie Herring holding
My brother Allen Sheppard visited in
October/November to see our mom Lavinia (Wink) Greene
and his children Lavi Sheppard (BHS'89) Moran and Ben
Sheppard (BHS'87) and grandson Jack (Lavi's son). It's
always nice when he comes from Panama--I get my Maggi
Tom and Carmen Matthews of Olympia, Wash., had the
pleasure of a visit from their daughter Julia (Matthews)
(BHS'96) Torres and their grandchildren, Isabella and
Marion, over the Christmas holidays. This picture was taken
on December 29, 2009, on top of Snoqualmie Pass where
they were tubing for the day. (And, yes, Grandma and
Grandpa also went tubing!)
Back (L-R): Tom Matthews, Julia Torres, and Carmen
Matthews. Front: Marion Torres and Isabella Torres.
I look forward to hearing from all of the members (and
nonmembers) living here in the Pacific Northwest. No news
is too small and members enjoy finding out what friends, both
old and new, are up to.
Barbara Greene Litchford, Reporter
Saludos de Panama!! Here we are
once again in the beginnings of dry
season (heralded as always by the. ..
falling leaves of the mahogany trees),
almost everyone's favorite time in Anna Opel
Panama, where beaches, all-inclusive hotels and other vaca-
tion spots are packed to the limit. The soothsayers, already
predicting a drier than normal dry season, blaming it on El
Nifio, are discussing plans for water and electricity rationing
in the later months. Good grief, we may be in trouble!!
Things have been busy now that my daughter Jenilee
Szymanski and granddaughter Sophia are here at the house.
I've discovered there is still a wealth of children's activities
in Panama after the Canal turnover and base closures--like
Halloween, for one! Yes, there are areas where trick-or-treat-
ing is still going strong. Jeni, Sophia and I went to Cardenas
and joined a group consisting of Nicole and Mike Stump,
sons Beau, Lukas and Alex, Wendell and Ines Sasso and
daughter. Sophia dressed as Disney's Princess Jasmine, and
ended up with a pumpkin full of goodies, finished off by her
and her abuelo (grandfather) Carl!
YOUR VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
I visited my son Rick Szymanski, his wife Terri, and
grandchildren, Bryan, Marianna, and Elysia, in Denver for
two weeks in November. Denver has never failed me and
dumped a foot of snow the first weekend I was there. I had an
extra 10 lbs. of warm clothing on me for the entire visit but it
was worth it for the quality time with my grandchildren.
On the way home we stopped off at the Elks Club where
they hosted a pig roast and Halloween Party. Jason Critides
roasted the pig to perfection. But since we arrived late most
of the partygoers had eaten and left. We did enjoy a surprise-
-Art Mokray playing as the DJ and spinning some of his col-
lection of vinyls on a turntable. What a treat!
irianna and LIysia szy mansKi
John Zornes surprised us with a visit to our home in
Ancon in mid-December. John came for a short stay with his
parents, John, SGM, USA (Ret.) and Anamaria Zornes in
Capira while on leave from his job in Israel. It was good see-
ing him and just sorry we didn't have time for a longer visit.
The ACP did a nice job of dressing up the grassy area in
front of Goethals Monument in celebration of October's Pink
Ribbon Campaign for the Awareness of breast cancer, as can
be seen in this photo.
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In December Carl and I attended Vicki Sizemore and Ed
Wardlow's Christmas Eve Party at their Albrook Gardens
apartment. Vicki had cooked up a holiday feast for their
guests, some of whom were: Mary Roush and Goldie
Watkins, Vicki and Bob Greenwood, Art Mokray, Sid
Coffin and Alejandra, Luke Palumbo, Victoria and
Michael Butler, Chris and Bruce Homa, and Winnie and
REGISTER EARLY FOR
THE ANNUAL REUNION!
Pink Ribbon Campaign decorations, Goethals Monument
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Now on to the other news:
In late August John and Melva Bowman of Balboa, R.P.,
flew to Venice, Italy, where they began an enjoyable guided
tour of Slovenia, Croatia, and the Dalmatian coast islands. En
route back to Panama, they passed through Frisco, Texas, to
visit with their daughter Melissa VanLeeuwen (BHS'91),
husband Andy, and granddaughters Isabella and Maria Inez.
Amy (Garcia) and Richard Fisher whom now live in
North Carolina visited Amy's mother Elsie Garcia and her
brother Charly Garcia in El Valle for the Christmas holi-
days. Amy stayed on in Panama to help celebrate her moth-
er's 89th birthday on February 7th.
Larry Niedzialek was on the Isthmus in December visit-
ing his parents, Dave and Del Niedzialek, in Albrook. Larry
is currently assigned to Memphis, Tenn., as an Immigration &
Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent.
Kurt and Anne Muse spent Christmas in Panama along
with their children Kimberly and Erik and their families.
Rita and Alex Sosa joined the entire Muse clan along with
Tito and Lina Mouynes at Taboga for a wonderful day at
Charlie Muse's beautiful home.
After many years of not seeing each other, a group of
good friends got together over the holidays to catch up on
their careers and families. Things started off at Jimmy's
restaurant where everyone at the table either ordered pulpo
(octopus) or corvina. After dinner the crowd headed to The
Londoner, an English pub on Calle Uruguay--very low key.
The music selection was very '80s, which helped incite their
walk down memory lane.
Melva and John Bowman, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Earlier, in July, they traveled to historic Saint Augustine,
Fla., to attend the wedding of their son Christopher
(BHS'97) and Jessica Reanne Young (see Weddings). Chris'
best man was his brother Steve (BHS'99) who came from
Australia where he is pursuing a Master's Degree at the
University of Sydney.
Charlie Morris (BHS'56) and Julieta (Garcia-
Lavergne) (BHS'58) Morris are pictured here standing next
to the photo of Julieta as the 1961 Union Club Carnival
Queen of the Union, which was presented in the Gallery of
the Union Club Carnival Queens in celebration of the 100th
anniversary (centenario) of the founding of the Club Union of
(L-K): Justin Stana (tHsm'g), Chris Maytiel, Jessica
(Staha) (BHS'94) Mayfield, Michelle Kuo (BHS'94),
William Pohl (BHS'94), Analisa Arcacha, Pepe Castaneda
(BHS'93), Cristina Hanily, Ivan Rodriguez (BHS'94), and
Jenilee Szymanski (BHS'94), Londoner Pub.
Maddy Leckey (Anita's twin sister), Anita Seifert,
Ryder Green, and Thomas Leckey (BHS'89) are pictured
here celebrating Anita and Maddy's birthday at Kim
(Leckey) (BHS'92) Green's home in Phoenix, Ariz., just
before Anita's return to Panama. Anita and her husband, Jack
Townsend, were in the States for a few months visiting
friends and relatives. They recently escaped the cold to return
home to Portobelo.
It's 2010 and South Carolina
wishes everyone a happy and healthy
New Year (a bit late, but....).
Winter was a bit chillier than we --G
expected this year. The New Year
came in like a lion with temperatures in the teens and wind-
chill factors in the single digits. The Christmas holiday sea-
son brought some visitors to South Carolina. Rita Fenwick
nee Jones (BHS'61) and her sister Patty Jones (BHS'67)
came to visit so they could attend the Western North Carolina
Christmas Party. It was nice to have Rita and Patty staying
with me. They are just as nutty as I am. That's why we get
along. Here I am baking some cakes for local dentists.
Maddy Leckey, Anita Seifert, Ryder Green, and Thomas
While in Arizona Anita received a surprise phone call
from Margaret Leigh, whom she hadn't seen in over nine
years and who was in Phoenix playing golf with friends. They
met up for dinner at the Outback Restaurant. They worked
together at Los Rios Elementary School, where Margaret was
the principal and Anita was a 5th grade teacher.
Anita Seifert and Margaret Leigh
The Panazonian community was again saddened by the
passing of more of its members: Mike James, October 31;
William Lovell (Billy "D") De La Mater, December 3rd;
Annie (Torbert) Wainio, December 12th; and Donald
March, December 29th.
So ends another report--till next time. Hasta la vista!!
Anna Opel, Reporter
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Dr. Stanley Heckadon, Smithsonian Tropical Research
See page 6 for information.
Patty Jones, Rita Fenwick, and George Garcia
Also included are some pictures that Rita and Patty took
at the Western North Carolina Christmas Party of our little
group. Our group consisted of Rita and Patty, me and one of
Rita's friends from North Carolina, Sharon Singleton. Also
Merri Bandy (BHS'67) Lewis and Sharon Mann (BHS'67)
Price. Sharon's father was a pilot in the Canal Zone. You can
read more about the Western North Carolina Christmas Party
in Pat Hunt's report from North Carolina.
Ev Menges (CHS'68) and Tom Sellers (CHS'59) of Sun
City, S.C., sent in this picture of their son's wedding. "Young
Tom" married Jennifer Ratanavanich on September 6,
2009. in Warrenton. Va. (See Weddings.)
Merri Bandy Lewis, George Garcia, and
Tom, Ev, Jennifer and "Young" Tom Sellers
(L-R): Sharon Mann Price, Merri Bandy Lewis, George
Garcia, Rita Fenwick, Sharon Singleton, and Patty Jones.
Merri Bandy Lewis says she and her mother, Kathy
Bandy, met Sharon Mann Price and her grandson Kellen for
lunch on the Saturday after Christmas. Merri said it was a
wonderful reunion since her mother (age 81) and Sharon had
not seen each other since 1967. Sharon was like a second
daughter to the Bandys. Merri's father was in the Air Force
and they lived in Quarry Heights.
In other news from South Carolina, Matt Baas (CHS'66)
and Katie Baas (CHS'59) were featured in the Summer 2009
issue of Insights, a publication of SCANA Corporation. They
were among the first residential customers selling their
renewable generated electricity to SCE&G the provider of
electricity and natural gas to South Carolina, North Carolina
and Georgia. I'm sure you can get a copy of the Summer 2009
Insights from SCANA and read the article"The Solar
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Katie and Matt Baas
Well, my fellow Zonians, I guess that's about all for this
area of the country. Looking forward to the Carnavalito in
February in Melbourne and then the PCS Reunion in July.
Hope to see everyone there!
George Garcia, Reporter
Snow in Dallas! An early snow for
Thanksgiving and a crystalline White
Christmas. It's been a cold winter start
but it's doable.
Oprah spent two days in Dallas at the
Texas State Fair in October. She claims Linda Morris
she gained ten pounds just smelling the Jalapeno Chili Dogs
and Fried Butter (Texas biscuits). She caused more traffic
jams and havoc than the opening of our new one billion dol-
lar Cowboy Stadium, the largest domed stadium in the world.
Bienvenida to Melva Comer (formerly Graham)...a new
kid on the block in Piano. She's settled in, enjoying Texas life
and her grandchildren.
Angela Bloemer and son Donald spent an amazing
twelve days on an excursion touring Croatia, Montenegro,
and Slovenia in October. They marveled at the scenery--the
pristine lakes and mountains. They were amazed that during
the Roman Empire Era, the third largest coliseum in the
world had been built along the Adriatic Sea.
YOUR VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Seeleys spent the Christmas holidays in Panama with
the entire Efthimiadis family. Sisters Maria and Clea also
jointed the clan traveling from the Middle East where they
are both working.
Bob and Linda Morris spent a month away from home
cruising the Mediterranean for two weeks and returning on
transatlantic crossing to Miami on the Celebrity's Century in
November. Highlight of the trip was finally seeing the Giza
Andrew Efthimiadis (Panama) visited sis Christina and
Glenn Seeley in their new four-floor townhouse in Dallas.
(Yep, I said four floors.) The fourth floor is a media room/den
and the balcony boasts an outdoor fireplace and a view of
downtown. How cool is that? Christina continues her
Residency in Pediatrics at nearby Children's Medical Center
Colin Creel, Glenn Seeley, Andrew Efthimiadis, and Bliss
It was November third--reason enough for a party. The
Seeley boys--Evan and Nicholas and bride Holly were hosts
as well as bartenders. For the "foodies" there was seviche,
lamb kabobs, spicy Colombian empanadas, and shrimp to
tempt palates and lots of mingling with old friends. Some
new faces were Gene and Phyllis Pugh, Frank Berry and
friend, newlyweds Jody and Diane de St. Germain, Frank
Coronos, Terri Corbit, and, of course, the "usual suspects."
November third party at the Seeleys
Bruce (CHS'54) and Sandy Sanders (BHS'59) are keep-
ing busy with family living in the same city. Curt Sanders
(BHS'80) and wife Kim spent Christmas in Orlando watch-
ing son Collin play in the Disney Cup Soccer Tournament.
Collin plays for Allen High School in Allen, Texas. Curt's
oldest son Ryan is a junior at the University of Texas at
Bob and Gladys O'Conner enjoyed the company of their
grandson Brandon Hiett (the son of Laurie (BHS'81) a sen-
ior at the University of Nevada for the holidays. Son Robert
Jr. and family from close by Celina also joined them.
An annual Christmas party hosted by Lee and Annette
Morton started out the holiday season with a bang! Photo
includes partygoers and a great shot of the Morton family.
Annual Christmas Party at the home of Lee and Annette
Steve Niskanen and Wil Robb Morris (both BHS'78)
joined the Navy Grads Tailgate at the Texas Bowl (Navy vs.
Missouri) in Houston on January 31st. They are both Naval
Academy alumni of the class of 1982.
GO NAVy ;
Hello from Virginia! Hope every-
one had a safe and happy new year. I
can't wait to receive the March issue "
of the Canal Record because by then
the weather will be bearable. It's
been so cold--no me gusta!
The Peters family was together for Thanksgiving Day
dinner at the home of Rick (BHS'71) and Sue Peters
(BHS'72) Carroll in South Hill, Va. You couldn't have asked
for a more beautiful day. Great Grandma and Grandpa sure
did enjoy watching their ever-expanding family.
iskanen at Reliant Stadium,
Edie Farrell will attend the wedding of her daughter
Roberta LeBlanc of Cape Coral, Fla., in February. The cele-
bration will continue on a family cruise afterwards.
My sister Marge Gibbs died at her home in Valrico, Fla.,
in November (see With Deep Sorrow). Since January, she had
endured numerous hospitalizations for a weakening heart and
had been deemed terminal. She will be missed by her family
and her many friends.
Also received a note from Dr. Glen Murphy informing
me of Katherine Murphy's passing in Deland, Fla. (see
With Deep Sorrow). Katherine was a dear friend and my
mentor. We enjoyed many art classes together.
Our former neighbor Evelyn Wilde also died this past
November. This reporter's annual Christmas party was
always planned for December 23rd, which coincidentally was
also Giff and Evelyn's anniversary date. Every year she
"tongue-in-cheek" thanked me profusely for the party in her
honor. Evelyn was an exceptional teacher and will be well
remembered by her former students and colleagues.
Still waiting to hear from more of y'all. Pictures are
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
Scott (BHS'79), Doris, Stan (BHS'76), Virgil and Sue.
Bonita (Ensey) Leavitt, formerly of Albrook AFB and
STRI, sister of Juanita and Mark, daughter of CMSGT W.
F. "Bill" Ensey (SLA/IAAFA) and Pat (Albrook, Ft. Clayton
and Tropic Test Center libraries), three tours, 1957-1973,
three separate quarters, provided this wonderful story:
"Balboa High School class of 1964 met to celebrate our
45th High School Reunion in Park City, Utah, over the Labor
Day holiday in September. The elevation took some getting
used to for us 'sea level' breathers (who knew Utah was even
higher than Denver?), but the camaraderie and sharing of hal-
cyon memories of days gone by shared with other CZ and
Panamanian brats could not be beat. We ate, and drank, and
did the touristy things and, with the help of our 'musicians'
and with a very special performance by our very own Billy
Shepherd, we were 'gozando de la vida!' My sister Juanita
and I took our 85-year-old mom (who designed, created and
donated a unique handmade 'Batea Quilt' to our silent auc-
tion) on the trip with us and our class adopted her and took
her to their hearts in typical CZ fashion. Garret DePiper
'silently' took this prize quilt home with him and it will keep
him warm in too many ways to mention! Mom was able to
meet and 'talk quilts' with classmate Gail Mabry Ferrick,
trade 'shaggy dog stories' of The Ensey Twins' High School
Capers with classmates Roberta Evans, Sherry Hozack,
Carole Salonick Barber, Joe Bremer, Betsy Bell, Kathy
Lavalle, Edna Glass, Billy Satterwhite, Barbara Ellis,
Claire McNaught, John Singleton, Tom Whitley, Charlie
Belden, Larry Simpson, Vic Alers, Billy Shepherd, and so
Wil Morris and Steve
many, many more 'blasts from the past' from all over the
USA, Panama, and even Fred Wells all the way from
Australia! I think we numbered well over a hundred plus with
spouses and significant others! We even had three who made
the round trip all the way from South Carolina on motorcy-
cles and another who followed them in his truck as a backup!
One was riding his 'hog' on to California and then back South
after the reunion! What a blast! It was a watershed event!
How wonderful it was to travel down memory lane again and
share stories of the good, the bad, and the unbelievable
(unless you are a Zonian). We celebrated victories over can-
cer and other life-threatening illnesses and, sadly, we huddled
together and mourned for those classmates taken too soon by
death. Joyously, we survived our first coed pajama party,
went on a scenic train trip followed by a barbeque dinner and
country western entertainment, visited the Mormon
Tabernacle, and remembered and harmonized with impromp-
tu songfests of oldies and goodies from the sixties and took a
CD and special gold coins home with us as reminders.
Memory Lane took us back to teen clubs, pop shop, Rio Mar,
Napoli's shrimp pizza, the Tivoli, Gorgas Hospital and Ancon
Hill, the Balboa commissary, french fries and pork gravy, St.
Mary's, chivas, Culebra Cut, 'mules,' riding the train to the
'other side,' crossing the 'old bridge' at Miraflores Locks to
go to school at Ft. Kobbe Elementary (for some of military
brats), CZC, the 'new' Thatcher Ferry Bridge, Lucho, Walter
Woods, BCI, Governor's Island, Coronado, the San Blas,
Molas...If there was ever any question of how unique and
special Zonian life was in those wonderful years we shared, it
was summed up by Billy Shepherd at our Big Dinner Dance
when he said, 'Did we love each other this much when we
were in high school together?' We were undoubtedly too
caught up in the moments, in our youth, in our own personal
struggles to even think about it then, but we can answer truth-
fully today and say resoundingly, 'YES!' BHS Class of 1964
was a party to, had a hand in, and had a bird's-eye view of a
once in a lifetime, never to be repeated, events in Canal Zone
history and we can still make dar good ceviche and
empanadas, are intimately acquainted with mamones and can
dance to Lucho with all we have in us! From all over the
world, we come together as often as we can to recapture and
celebrate that 'BHS feeling,' that 'Zonian feeling,' that 'six-
ties feeling' and harkens back to a simpler time, a time of
innocence where friendships were made that have grown
stronger, lasted longer, and are more meaningful than we
would have thought possible while we were making them.
"Kudos definitely goes out to our organizers, Carole,
Sherry, Roberta and all their 'slave troops!' Rumor has it,
we have a Medicare Party in the works and 2014 will mark
our 'Golden!' Until then, abrazos, Dios los bendiga, hasta
luego and Ciao amigos y compadres."
Julie (Fiori) Coates (BHS'73/CZC'75) writes she is
proud to announce that her daughter Christina Virginia
Huther graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University
on May 16, 2009, at the Richmond Convention Center in
Richmond, Va. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Communication Arts. Cheering her on were her stepdad
James, sister Jillian, cousins and friends. We had a big party
at our house and she's planning a graduation trip to Italy in
Karen Peugnet Brandl, Reporter
Hello fellow Zonians! We're
Ruth McArthur (BHS'85)
Coffman and Britton Coffman
and we are really excited to have
the opportunity to serve the
Panama Canal Society as
S Reporters for the "Younger
Brirton and Ruh Coffman Generation." Admittedly we did
not know what we were getting
ourselves into but we knew that we wanted to participate in
some manner. Our first major task is to get to know the many
class reunion representatives and classmates that make up the
twenty-year period from 1980-1999. In the meantime, we
thought it would be a good idea to tell you about our family
and share some family photos from the past few weeks of hol-
iday fun. After all, we can't exactly ask you to share your life
with us unless we are willing to share ours with you first...
YOUR VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
ALL BALLOTS NEED TO BE RETURNED
TO THE OFFICE BY JUNE 22, 2010.
Texas, and recently celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary.
We have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Adriana
(12) and Gabriela (9).
We travel to Panama as often as we can and visit my
father Edgar "Bobo" McArthur in the interior near Chitre.
Britton is a beginner triathlete and our family is very active.
We love to travel to Orlando for the Panama Canal Reunion
each year in order to reconnect with old friends and make
Back: Ruth and Britton Coffman. Front: Adriana and
Gabriela Coffman, New Year's Day 2010.
McArthur-Coffman families during Thanksgiving 2009
I work in private aviation after serving 19+ years with
Continental Airlines and Britton works as a Project Manager
for a medical equipment planning firm. We live in Houston,
Edwin Garrido, Ruth Coffman, Ed McArthur, and Bobo
McArthur, Lung Fung Restaurant, Panama, November 2009.
We're organizing a networking event for Houston-area
Zonians and friends to take place in the month of April 2010.
We'd love to see as many people in attendance as possible so
don't hesitate to call us or e-mail us if you would like to
attend or simply connect.
Our goal is the expand the Younger Generation section in
future Canal Record issues so we look forward to receiving
lots of photos and e-mails from all.
Britton and Ruth (McArthur) Coffman, Reporters
ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK RESORT
2010 Special Package 5 nights for 4
STAY 4 NIGHTS AND GET THE 4TH OF JULY FREE!!!
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is offering a special package to Panama
members who book their rooms through the Society for the 2010 Annual
4 nights and get the 4th of July FREE!
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is also offering discounts to Panama Canal
bers who register with the Society for the reunion and stay at the Rosen
Resort during the Annual Reunion in 2010.
* 25% discount in Osceola for buffet
* 25% discount in Calla Bella and Land Remembered (specific times apply)
* 10% discount in the Deli
* 10% discount at Cat-Tails
STUART ALLEN RETIRES
Stuart Allen (CHS'78) retired from the U.S. Army on
March 31, 2009, at Fort Benning, Ga., after 20 years of serv-
ice. Stuart was stationed in Italy, one year in Korea, Oman,
Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Benning, Ga. During his mili-
tary career he was deployed to Iraq for Desert Storm and later
for Iraqi freedom. Stuart had the unfortunate experience of
being the target of a roadside bomb (IED) that blew him out
of his vehicle. He was very lucky to have suffered only minor
Stuart was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for
his heroic actions as Platoon Sergeant during Iraqi freedom.
His friend's platoon was ambushed and pinned down. Stuart
heard the radio call and with his platoon, he brought his gun-
ships (heavily armed trucks) to his friend's aid and took out
the enemy. The other platoon was saved and there were no
casualties in either platoon.
Stuart and his wife Manuela and daughter Amanda live
in Columbus, Ga., where he works on the tank and rifle
ranges. In his spare time he hunts wild pig and deer with rifle
and bow. He also is involved in the Wounded Warrior pro-
gram that helps them realize their dreams. All of his family is
relieved and happy that Stuart is out of the Army. He is the
son of Bud and Joanne Allen of Eight Mile, Ala.
FRANCIS "DUKE" BOYD HONORED
Francis "Duke" Boyd (BHS'53) was honored on
October 4th at the Annual Legends' Day Event at the
California Surf Museum in Oceanside, Calif.
"Duke" was honored as a surf industry trailblazer and the
founder of Hang Ten Surf Wear. The Boyds reside in
Honolulu and the theme of the event was "Hawaiian" with
Hukilau buffet, Ukulele strummers and dancers.
BREUNLES CELEBRATE 45TH
Phil and Judy Breunle of Aurora, Colo., celebrated their
45th wedding anniversary on May 30th. They observed the
occasion with a trip to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, N.M. They
enjoyed touring the Loretta Chapel, the Indian vendors at the
Plaza, St. Francis Cathedral, the Palace of the Governors, and
the historic LaFonda Hotel--end point of the Santa Fe Trail.
They drank one of "the world's best milkshakes" at the
famous Route 66 Diner in Albuquerque.
Phil and Judy Breunle
Phil served five years (1972-77) in the former Canal Zone
as Military Assistant to two governors and four Health
Directors of the Panama Canal Company/Canal Zone
Government. He was a key military medical strategist devel-
oping/coordinating sensitive PCC/CZG health care delivery
treaty negotiations between the United States and the
Republic of Panama as part of the transfer of CZ operational
Phil received a Doctorate of Public Health from Tulane
University in 1980. He retired with 30 years of service as a
Colonel from the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1990. Upon
retirement, he was initially affiliated with the Veterans
Administration's Fort Logan National Cemetery in Colorado.
From 1995-2004, he served as Manager at Porter Place, the
Centura Health Independent/Assisted Living Retirement
Center in Denver.
HAROLD CARTER IS 87
Harold Carter was born in Kansas City, Mo., on October
6, 1922, to Hazel Israel and Orin Riley Carter.
His family celebrated the occasion. Chris, Barbara,
Virginia, Marc, Harold and Lece had a wonderful time and
a great meal to commemorate the event!
Chris, Barbara, Virginia, Marc, Lece, and Harold Carter.
DANA "TED" HAFF ELECTED
Captain Dana "Ted" Haff, a retired Merchant Marine
Master, won the General Election on November 3, 2009, for
the Hartford Town Supervisor's race in Hartford, N.Y. Ted is
the son of retired Panama Canal Pilot Captain Daniel and
June Haff, formerly from Upper Corozal.
Ted, a Republican, ran on both the Republican and
Democrat ballot lines to gather 62% of the votes in a three-
way race defeating both the incumbent and another chal-
Ted retired from the sea in August 2008 after a 26-year
career, the last ten of which were as Master of the multipur-
pose containership MV Ascension operated by Sealift, Inc.
Ted, along with his wife Judy and daughters Kalissa and
Rebecca, own and operate a 4000-tree apple orchard called
Haff's Hilltop Orchard in Hartford, N.Y.
ERIN C. McCONAUGHEY, 2ND LT.
On May 23, 2009, Erin C. McConaughey graduated
from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She
was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United
Her father William McConaughey, mother Melody, sis-
ter Ashley, brother Lucas, grandmother Juanita
McConaughey, aunt Donita McConaughey, aunt Sherry
Huerbsch, uncle Robert Huerbsch, godfather George
Hayes, and Ashley's boyfriend Joe Wilhelm attended the
ceremony. Erin is assigned to Air Defense Artillery in Fort
Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
Ashley, Will, Erin, Melody, and Lucas
GAIL DAWSON McNALLY
Longtime resident of Panama Gail Dawson McNally
published a novel The Return in June 2009 and was thrilled
to launch the book at the Panama Canal Society Reunion in
July 2009 where she also delivered one of the presentations
for the Panama Canal Museum Seminar on Write of Passage.
A good portion of the novel, a religious thriller, takes place in
Gail Dawson McNally
Raised on the New Jersey shore, Gail attended Centenary
College for Women in Hackettstown. After graduation she
joined the CIA, and following training in Washington, D.C.,
began working in the Canal Zone. She met and married the
admiral's aide, Herbert Dawson, and after several years in
the U.S., returned to Panama and worked in both government
and commercial ventures. Enamored with the Latin world
about her, she wrote extensively on issues affecting Central
and South America.
A contributor of several articles, as well as a family histo-
ry, in the Panama Canal Museum's 2009 publication Write of
Passage, Gail is a recipient of the Panama Canal Honorary
Public Service Award. She is also a past president of the
American Society of Panama and of the Panama Chapter of
Soroptimist International of the Americas. She resides with
her husband in Alexandria, Va.
HOT TIME IN LAS VEGAS
Christopher and Megan Graves, children of Sandi and
Jeff Graves raced the U.S. Open Amateur National Arena
Cross Championships in Las Vegas. Megan not only raced,
but she sang the National Anthem at opening ceremonies.
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Edna (Jenkins) (BHS'54) Rogers joined Charlene
(Morency) (BHS'62) Rogers at Sandi's home in the Fort
Worth/Dallas area prior to going to Las Vegas. A fun time was
had by all.
Continuing on to Las Vegas, guess who was the real show
girl there??? Well, Edna Rogers, Miss Foxie, Charlene
Rogers, and Sandi Graves almost made the chorus.
Remember what happens in Vegas--stays in Vegas.
" AI. vl
Edna Rogers, Miss Foxie, Charlene Rogers, and Sandi
STAFF SGT. SAMANTHA WILDER
On December 9, 2009 Samantha Wilder, who is serving
in the U.S. Air Force as a medic, graduated from Airman
Leadership School. Her parents, Kathy and Tom Wilder,
along with her fiance Staff Sgt. Nicholas Crucet attended the
graduation held at the Officers Club, Eglin Air Force Base.
Upon her graduation, Sam was promoted as a
Noncommissioned Officer to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Tom Wilder, Staff Sgt. Samantha Wilder, and Kathy
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Crucet and Staff Sgt. Samantha Wilder
Megan Graves with showgirls
40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Alex and Rita Sosa celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary on November 22, 2009. They started celebrating
early and visited friends in Jamaica during the "Fiestas
Patrias." The photo was taken at the beautiful beach home
they stayed in.
On their actual anniversary weekend they visited Kurt
and Anne Muse in Virginia and had a pre-anniversary dinner
with old friends from Panama who are living in the
Washington, D.C. area. It was great to see Martha and Bob
Dahlstrom, Howie and Patricia Lane, Elaine and Ralph
Pumarin, Sandee and Fred Scruggs, Richard and Margie
Dotoson, and Bud and Helen Hensgen.
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At Christmas time Eddie and Debbie Sykes and Brittany
Sykes-Hartley and Matt Hartley visited with Chick Sykes.
Standing (L-R): Brittany Sykes-Hartley, Matt Hartley,
Eddie Sykes, and Debbie Sykes. Seated: Chick Sykes
John David Trim, son of June Boeckel (nee Foster) and
Preston M. Trim has become engaged to Emily Vlahakis.
John and Emily are planning a May wedding in Sarasota and
plan on settling down in Florida or Texas.
Emily just graduated from the University of South Florida
with a BA in Hospitality Management. John has an Associate
Degree in Business and is working towards his BA in
Eddie and Debbie Sykes are proud to announce that their
youngest daughter Brittany Sykes-Hartley graduated from
Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Wellness Science. They are also proud to announce that
son-in-law Matt Hartley graduated from the Masters pro-
gram at Arkansas Tech University with a Masters degree in
Nuclear Engineering. Matt also has a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mechanical Engineering also from Arkansas Tech
Debbie Sykes, Matt Hartley, Brittany Sykes-Hartley, and
John David Trim and Emily Vlahakis
On May 8, 2009, Beatriz Truxton ofAlamogordo, N.M.,
graduated from New Mexico State University-Alamogordo
with a Degree of Associate of Art.
Perry and Beatriz Truxton's grandson Michael Truxton
graduated on May 22, 2009, from Saint Mary's College of
California. Michael is the son of Charles and Vicki Truxton.
After the graduation ceremony, a reception followed at the
residence of his aunt Nellie Beatty (Truxton) and Brian
HARRIET WOLLMERS 80TH
Harriet Keenan Wollmers celebrated a very special 80th
birthday with her three children, five grandchildren, and three
great-grandchildren at a large beach house at Holmes Beach
on Anna Maria Island. They were joined by guests for a birth-
Family members attending were Harriet's daughter Carol
(Serger) Pickersgill and her husband Bill Pickersgill, and
children Mallorie and Madeline Pickersgill; son Steve
Serger and his wife Sonia; son Carl Serger and his wife and
children, Suzy Serger, Nick Serger and John Serger.
Harriet's granddaughter Candace Date Buddemeier and her
husband Shawn were there with their three children, Taylor,
Shane, and their new baby, one-month-old Dana. Dana was
the hit of the family with everyone wanting a chance to hold
her. Other family members attending were Harriet's brother
Bill Keenan, Jo Anne Winslow, his daughter-in-law and her
Other guests were Suzanne Secrest, Loretta Date, her
daughter Donna Smith and granddaughter Anna Smith from
Tampa. Several of Harriet's friends from Sun City who
attended the dinner were Bill and Chrissy Barker and
Murray and Margaret Benthall.
and Steve Serger.
Back (L-R); Nellie (Truxton) Beatty, Michael Truxton,
Beatriz Truxton, Teresa Beatty, Cahrlie Truxton, Rebecca
Truxton, Stephen Truxton, Brian Beatty. Front (L-R):
Elizabeth Beatty, Christopher Beatty, Sarah Truxton,
Katherine Beatty holding Maria Truxton, Jennifer Beatty
holding Angela Beatty, Ann Truxton holding Annelise
Truxton, and Aaron Truxton.
Put on your dancing shoes
and show that
"ZONIANS CAN DANCE!"
See page 7 for more information.
Taylor Buddemeier, Shane Buddemeier, and great-grandma
Harriet (Keenan) Wollmers holding Dana Buddemeier.
Loretta Date, Harriet (Keenan) Wollmers, and Anna
James W. Borell, Jr. (BHS'68) and Jo Anne Longhill
(BHS'69) of Burke, Va., and Scientist's Cliffs, Md., are
pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Jamey
Elizabeth Borell to Lauri Matti Oskar Tahtinen, son of
Matti Tahtinen and Helena Sallila-Tahtinen of Helsinki
and Sydanmaa, Finland. Jamey and Lauri were married at the
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on May 9, 2009, in
Deacon Bartholomew Merella performed the candlelit
ceremony. Liz Hoffman, Jamey's college housemate was the
maid of honor. Jukka Pekka Strand attended Lauri as best
man. Ava Zelensky, the bride's goddaughter, was the flower
girl. Readers included the bride's brother James W. Borell,
III and the groom's sister Liisa Tahtinen. A reception fol-
lowed at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.
The bride graduated from Smith College in 2003 and
received her MBA from Georgetown University the week
after her marriage. The groom graduated from the London
School of Economics & Political Science in 2004 and earned
his master's from Harvard University in 2006. The happy
couple now resides in London where Jamey works for
Strategy One and Lauri is currently a doctoral candidate in
history at the University of Cambridge, England.
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Marie Ruth Lory and Kristan Scott Breunle were unit-
ed in marriage in a beautiful lakeside setting on the groom's
36th birthday, August 8, 2009, at the Amphitheater in
Broomfield, Colo. The bride was given in marriage by her
parents, Master Sgt. Marc Denette, USAF (Ret.) and Ruth
Denette of Farmington, N.M. The groom is the son of Dr.
Phillip C. Breunle, Col., USA (Ret.), and Judy Breunle of
Aurora, Colo. His father served as Military Assistant to the
PCC/CZG Governor and Assistant to the Health Director
from 1972 to 1977.
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Marie Ruth Lory and Kristan Scott Breunle
Jamey Elizabeth Borell and Lauri Matti Oskar Tahtinen
The matron of honor was Andrea Thompson of
Broomfield, Colo., and the bride's best friend. Bridesmaids
included Caroline Frahm and Kathryn Holt of Denver,
Colo. The bride's son Reese Lory was the ring bearer and her
daughter Arianna Lory served as flower girl. Shawn
Breunle of Oviedo, Fla., brother of the groom, was the best
man. Groomsmen included Jason Bell and John Yates of
The bride wore a stunning strapless, truffle and cham-
pagne colored, full-length satin gown enhanced by a jeweled
tiara. Her gown was complimented by matching taupe colors
worn by the bridal party. The ceremony was enhanced by the
braiding of the "Cord of Three Strands." While the groom
holds a small ring with three silk cords, the bride braids, first,
the gold cord--signifying God at the center uniting one man
and one woman; next, the purple cord--God's grant enabling
the husband to bind the marriage; and lastly, the white cord--
representing the purity of the wife in Christ and the accept-
ance by the bride and groom of Christ as their personal
In addition to several local guests, out-of-town guests
included the bride's grandparents, the Rev. Santiago
Alvarado and Marie Alvarado of Colorado Springs, Colo.;
Kris' sister, Melissa vonPoks of Dewitt, Va., her husband
Jerry and nieces Katherine and Abigail; and from Orlando,
Fla., Kara Snyder, sister of the groom and nieces Emily and
The bride is a 1998 graduate of Lewis Palmer High
School, Monument, Colo., and is a 1999 graduate of Berean
University, Greenwood Village, Colo., where she received a
pastoral license. She was recently employed as a retail super-
visor and is pursuing a career in the culinary arts. The groom
is a 1992 graduate of Overland High School in Aurora, Colo.
He is employed as a Certified Picture Framer as well as a pro-
fessional audio engineer for local and regional musical
groups. A month-long honeymoon included a camping excur-
sion throughout several states, highlighted by a visit to the
Grand Canyon. The couple resides in Denver.
Christopher John Bowman (BHS'97) and Jessica
Reanne Young exchanged marriage vows on July 10, 2009,
in the Ancient City Baptist Church in Saint Augustine, Fla.
Christopher is the son of John and Melva Bowman of
Balboa, R.P.; Reanne is the daughter of Duane and Kerry
(Kent) (BHS'76) Young.
Courtney McGovern, a former college roommate, was
the bride's matron of honor and Steven M. Bowman
(BHS'99) was his brother's best man. Michelle and Cassie
Young (sisters of the bride), Shayla Hayner, Emily Nelson,
and Tiffani Brock (friends of the bride) served as brides-
maids. Leo Wheeler (BHS'96), Michael Boyle (BHS'96),
Jan-Michael Norman (BHS'97) and Michael and Paul
Gambella served as groomsmen. After the church ceremony,
a dinner reception was held at the Casa Monica Hotel in Saint
Christopher, a graduate of North Carolina State
University, is a mechanical engineer with Progress Energy,
Inc., in Orlando, and Reanne, a graduate of the University of
Central Florida, teaches honors and AP history at West
Orange High School in Winter Garden.
The couple honeymooned in Montego Bay, Jamaica and
now reside in Orlando.
Jessica Reanne Young and Christopher John Bowman
On December 11, 2009 Samantha Ann Wilder, the
daughter of Kathy and Tom Wilder, was joined together in
holy matrimony with Nicholas Carlos Crucet, the son of
Tina and Carlos Crucet. Sam and Nick are high school
sweethearts who both joined the U. S. Air Force when they
graduated from high school.
A lovely beach ceremony was held at Beasley Park in Fort
Walton Beach, Fla., with the reception at the Fisherman's
Wharf restaurant. Sam is currently deployed to Ramstein Air
Base in Germany until July with her unit from Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., where she is a medic working in the base
emergency room. Nick is a Firefighter stationed at Davis
Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
Samantha Ann Wilder and Nicholas Carlos Crucet
Tom Wilder, Kathy Wilder, Samantha Wilder, Nicholas
Crucet, Tina Crucet, and Carlos Crucet.
Cassie Lee Morrison and Daniel J. Collet were married
on October 10, 2009, at Riverside Pavilion in Port Orange,
Fla. Cassie is the daughter of Mike and Bonnie (BHS'64)
Morrison of Deland, Fla. Dan is the son of Bob and Carol
Collet of DeLeon Springs, Fla. The ceremony took place on
the Pavilion deck overlooking the St. John's River and was
officiated by the Reverend Yessie of the Emmanual Lutheran
Church of Orange City.
Cassie wore an Oleg Cassini ball gown accented with
Swarovski crystals and cultured pearls. She was given away
by her father, Mike. Her matron of honor was Mayme
Monroe, her best friend of more than 20 years. Mayme's
daughter Naomi was the beautiful flower girl. Her brides-
maids were Deann Parker and Christine Joyner. Dan's best
man was their son Zach Morrison. His groomsmen were
Alan Parker and Curtis Tower. Ushers were the bride's
brother Paul Hebert and her cousin Tom Garcia.
After the champagne toasts, a buffet dinner and reception
was held inside the Pavilion. Tears were readily flowing dur-
ing the father/daughter dance to the song "My Little Girl."
Even more tears were seen during the mother/son dance as
Carol and Dan danced to one of her favorite Journey songs.
Then the fun began as the open bar contributed to an evening
of dancing and singing. Aunt Dawn boogied down to every-
thing and Aunt Pam requested "Brickhouse" and "Play that
Funky Music," honoring her promise to dance to both songs
as long as the other three sisters got out there also.
This was the first time in many years that all five of the
Crowell kids had been together. Rick Crowell and his fami-
ly came down from the Georgia mountains to reunite with the
sistahs: Dawn (BHS'55), Bonnie (BHS'64), Jacque
(BHS'70), and Pam (BHS'71), all residing in Volusia County.
Other family members in attendance were Cassie's cousin
Scott Parker (son of Dawn) and his wife Catrina; cousin
Kye Vowell (son of Jacque and Charlie Vowell); cousin Beth
Crowell (daughter of Rick); and cousin Tom Garcia (son of
Pam). Also Paul and Jennifer Hebert, the bride's brother
and sister, and Paul's children, Jackie, Savannah, Garrett
and Cooper. Honorary sistah Janet Stuart (BHS'67) was
also present to help dance the night away.
(L-R): Jacque Vowell, Richard Crowell, Dawn Gressang,
Dan and Cassie Collet, Zach Morrison, Bonnie Morrison
and Pam Crowell.
After parties were held at the Daytona Beach Resort, it is
rumored there were many close calls regarding falling into
the pool. The night before the wedding turned into a Crowell
family reunion at the same locale, which spilled over into the
pre-wedding festivities enjoyed by the many out-of-town
guests. Cassie and Dan are still recuperating from the wed-
ding and plan their honeymoon cruise in the near future.
Cassie Lee Morrison and Daniel J. Collet
Tom Sellers (CHS'59) and Ev (Menges) (CHS'68)
Sellers are pleased to announce the marriage of their son
Tom to Jennifer Ratanavanich on September 6, 2009. The
wedding was held at Airlie House in the beautiful countryside
of Warrenton, Va., and was well attended by numerous
friends and family who helped celebrate this joyous occasion.
After the reception in the beautiful gardens of Airlie House,
dinner and dancing followed in the Pavilion.
Following a ten-day honeymoon in Greece, Tom and Jen
returned to their home in Fairfax, Va. Both are employed by
the federal government in the Washington, D.C., area.
Tom Sellers and Jennifer Ratanavanich
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MARIA INEZ VanLEEUWEN
Melissa (Bowman) (BHS'91) and husband Andy
VanLeeuwen of Austin, Texas, proudly announce the arrival
on April 30, 2009, of their second daughter, Maria Inez.
Maria weighed in at 8 lbs. 7 oz., and was 19.25 inches long.
She joins her sister Isabella Marie, who was born on
November 5, 2007.
Maternal grandparents are John and Melva Bowman of
Balboa, R.P; paternal grandparents are David and Patricia
VanLeeuwen of Vonore, Tenn.
Andy VanLeeuwen, Maria Inez VanLeeuwen, Melissa
VanLeeuwen, and Isabella Marie VanLeeuwen.
CAPT. RYAN WHITE
Capt. Ryan White, USMC, son of
Everett White, Jr. of Davie, Fla., recently
returned from the Middle East. Ryan was
deployed for seven months with his squadron
as part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
His family, wife Brie, children Brayden
and Ashlyn, are shown reuniting with their
husband and father in the enclosed photo-
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Calvin Ray Aldridge, 79, of Stratford, Okla., died
December 17, 2009, at an Oklahoma City hospital. He was
bom June 20, 1930, at San Juan, Texas, to Hubert and Opal
Skaggs Aldridge. He graduated from high school in
California and also completed two years of law enforcement
training. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean
He married Maria F. Sanjur on June 16, 1969, in Panama.
He served during the Cold War patrolling the Panama Canal.
Mr. Aldridge retired as a sergeant with the U.S. Canal Zone
Police force in Panama in February 1980. Later, he worked
with the Stratford Police Department as the commissioner
and trustee for 14 years.
Mr. Aldridge was a member of St. Joseph Catholic
Church, a past commander of American Legion Chapter 191
in Stratford, a member of the McAlester Masonic Lodge, and
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include his wife, Maria Aldridge, of the home;
five sons, Ray Michael Aldridge, San Diego, Calif., Brian F.
Aldridge and wife Jennifer, Pittsburgh, Pa., Mark K.
Aldridge, Panama, Patrick Lee Aldridge and wife Charlene,
Oklahoma City, and Mitchell Aldridge, Los Angeles, Calif.;
one daughter, Raelene Marie Aldridge, Houston, Texas; five
grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Dale
Aldridge and wife Ann, Lake Havasu, Ariz.; a sister, Irma
Martin, Lake Havasu, Ariz.; and two half-sisters, Jerry
Brooks and husband Joe, Tahoka, Texas, and Ellen Lindsey,
Davis. He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert
Aldridge; his mother and stepfather, Opal and Herman
Abney; and one grandson.
Gloria D. Barbier, 63, died of complications with Lou
Gehrig's disease at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla.,
on October 24, 2009. She was born in Panama, Republic of
Panama, on June 26, 1946.
She traveled extensively with her husband while he was
in the U.S. Navy and later in government service. She was a
beautiful and radiant woman who loved people. She gave her
unconditional love to family and friends and wherever she
went she would brighten the day and bring in sunshine.
Gloria was a fabulous cook. One of her favorite pastimes was
talking on the telephone with family and friends for hours.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society and enjoyed
participating in its many activities. She especially loved the
annual reunions in Orlando, Fla.
She is survived by her husband Louis J. Barbier Jr. of 40+
years; her mother; five sisters, countless uncles, aunts, nieces
John Paul "Zip" Barriteau, 53, of Ona,
\.\'a.. passed away August 31, 2009 at his res-
idence after a short battle with carcinoid cancer.
He \\as bom August 30, 1956 in Charleston,
S.C.. the son of the late John "Frenchy" and
Patricia Downey Barriteau.
He spent several happy years of his youth living in the
Panama Canal Zone where he raced dirt bikes and cayucos.
When "Zip" was 14, he attended the World Boy Scout
Jamboree in Japan and later became an Eagle Scout. "Zip"
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1976. He was a
graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he met his
wife, Lisa, and played on the soccer team. In 1981, he taught
shop and Tech. Ed at Lincoln Junior High, Enslow Middle,
Milton Middle and Cabell Midland High School. Over the
years, he also coached boys' basketball, football, volleyball,
soccer, track and wrestling.
"Zip" had a small construction company for several years
with his longtime friend, David Riggs. He loved to fish and
attend NASCAR races. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society. Although his life was cut terribly short, there
was much joy.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa McClain Barriteau;
daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Brandon Stevens; son,
Matthew Barriteau; sister and brother-in-law, Danielle and
James May; sister and brother-in-law, Paige and Hunter
Nicholl; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Linda
McClain; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Laura and David
Driskell, Cheryl and George McClain, and Lynn and Fred
Ward; five nephews; one niece; and one great-nephew. He is
also survived by his aunt, Elizabeth Yerxa of Homosassa,
Fla., and many special friends.
Warren Bell Berquist, 82, of Clearwater, Fla., died
October 17, 2009, of a rare epidural cancer. He grew up in
Waltham, Mass., the eldest of seven children. He enlisted in
the Merchant Marine at age 17. He served about a year and
was on board a Navy vessel that was hit by a suicide pilot. He
and 122 others were rescued after days in the Pacific Ocean.
After his service time, he had brief careers as a boxer and
a race car driver. Then, after a dozen years working as a
machinist for government contractors in Cape Canaveral and
New Orleans, he relocated to the Canal Zone in 1965. He
stayed there 20 years, working as a tool and die maker. His
low-key demeanor proved useful to the authorities, who were
monitoring smuggling by federal employees, and he assisted
in this project.
Mr. Berquist moved to Clearwater in the late 1980s. He
met his wife Marie in a bereavement group in 1990 and mar-
ried two years later at the age of 65. Marie owned a travel
agency and they traveled. He was a clown for Shriners shows
and worked security at Tampa Bay Downs. For a while, he
and another clown ran a hot dog stand. As Zippo the Clown,
he raised money for Shriners Hospital in Tampa and its burn
unit for children. He was a member of the Panama Canal
He is survived by his wife Marie Altamura Berquist; sis-
ters, Martha Phillips, Barbara Palermo; brothers, Robert and
Richard; three stepdaughters; a stepson; and ten grandchil-
Charles LaVerne Blystone, Sr., died December 14,
2009, at the VA Hospital in Augusta, Ga. He was born in the
Panama Canal Zone, a son of Elsie Zona Aruda Blystone,
Aiken, and the late Arthur Leroy Blystone, Sr. He was a res-
ident of Aiken since 1963, and was a Heavy Equipment
Mechanic for Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority. He was a
member of the NRA, and was proud to be known as a jack-
of-all-trades. He could fix anything.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved
wife, Nevada Ruth Geary Blystone; a daughter, Denise
(Kenneth) Arnett Blystone-Hogan, Aiken; two sons, Charles
LaVerne fiancee Dawn Brummett) Blystone, Jr., Aiken,
Travis Dean (Ootie) Blystone, Aiken; six grandchildren; two
great-grandchildren; a brother, Marvin Carl (Lynda)
Blystone, Aiken; sister-in-law Glenda (the late Arthur
Blystone, Jr.) Blystone, Aiken; numerous nieces, nephews
Adrien M. "Kibby" Bouch6 Jr.,
86, passed away September 27, 2009 in
Lehi, Utah. He was born in
Philadelphia, Pa., on June 3, 1923 to
Adrien M. Bouch6, Sr. and Marguerite
(Hess) Bouch6 returning to live in
Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone, at three
months of age. He was the oldest of
three siblings, all raised in the Zone,
next to the Canal that their father and grandfathers helped to
He literally grew up on the banks of the Canal in Pedro
Miguel, where his father was the Lock Master and the locks
were in their backyard. He was raised, lived, and worked on
the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Panama, but regularly visit-
ed his grandparents and family who lived on "the Other Side"
(Atlantic) of the Isthmus. He graduated from Balboa High
School in 1941, and earned a degree from Canal Zone Junior
College where he studied math, science, and engineering.
He married Jean Louise Heick in Vineland, N.J., on
September 15, 1945. They returned to Panama where they
lived for most of the next 31 years. In 1947 daughter Jean
(Chickie) was born, and in 1951 son Adrian III (Bud) joined
Kibby served in the U.S. Army Infantry, and Signal Corps
during World War II, and was trained to be a Japanese linguist
for the Army. When the war ended he worked as an announc-
er for the Armed Forces Radio Service in Puerto Rico and
Trinidad, and as a draftsman and a mapmaker for the Inter
American Geodetic Survey. He later worked as a civilian for
the Signal Corps in the Canal Zone. As an aircrew member
for Pan American Airways he flew from Albrook on trips
throughout South and Central America. He also worked for
Phillips Petroleum in Borger, Texas, and for DuPont
Chemical in New Jersey. He later worked for Pan Pacific
Construction Company in Panama, and then as a supervisor
for the United Fruit Company on a banana plantation in
His service in the Canal Zone was diverse. He worked for
the Panama Railroad; the Canal Zone Fire Department; as a
Canal Signalman (living with his family at the La Pita Signal
Station in the Gaillard Cut); the Meteorological and
Hydrographic Branch; and Marine Traffic Control. His inter-
est and love of "the bush" was shared with family and friends
on countless adventures--collecting plants, rocks, shells,
insects (and insect bites), many of the items being sent to col-
lectors and museums all over the world. Like his father, he
was a repository of knowledge regarding Panama, the
Panama Canal, the Panama Canal Company, and the Panama
Canal Zone and spent much of his time and funds assuring the
preservation of their artifacts and history. The University of
California has been the beneficiary of most of his vast col-
lection along with generous donations from many others.
Kibby's service to others spanned decades of membership
and leadership in the Balboa Lions Club, the CZ Pacific Side
Civic Council, and other organizations, as well as his indi-
vidual desire to serve. He organized block parties, town
Christmas parties, and tree burns in Los Rios (where orphans
were guests); Pacific side 4th of July celebrations; and the
dedications of both the Stevens Circle and the Thatcher Ferry
Bridge. He donated his time to identify and organize thou-
sands of glass plates for the Panama Canal Company and the
National Archives. He frequently gathered and distributed
donations for the indigenous tribes in outlying areas of
Panama; provided handyman services for various local
orphanages at no charge; and spearheaded a massive relief
effort for victims of the December 1972 Nicaragua earth-
quake. His love of railroad led him to spend countless hours
and funds restoring the "299," the locomotive that was dis-
played at the Balboa Train Station.
Following retirement from the Panama Canal Company in
1976, Kibby and Jean settled in northern Utah to be closer to
family. In Utah, he worked for Brigham Young University in
their paleontology laboratory, classifying and preparing
dinosaur bones for display. Kibby and Jean later moved to
Florida to be closer to their parents who had settled near
Sarasota, and Panama City. After their parents had passed
away, they moved back to Utah, opting to live in warmer St.
George in southern Utah. Jean passed away in 2002.
Kibby's posterity includes his daughter, Jean (Chickie)
Gunn; son, Adrian M. "Bud" Bouche III; eleven grandchil-
dren, and twenty-one great-grandchildren. He is also survived
by his brother Georges of Palm City, Fla., and his sister
Marguerite (Pete) Budreau of Parker, Fla.
Genevieve Ellen Brady, 86, of
Columbia, S.C., died November 29, 2009
at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center. She
was born in Anderson, S.C., to the late
j Otis Campbell and Grace Jennings
Campbell. She was a longtime member of
SSt. Joseph's Catholic Church in Columbia,
The Brady Bunch arrived in the Canal Zone in August of
1956 and left September of 1974. Coach Brady was involved
with kids sports and started the women's softball and basket-
ball programs. Mrs. Brady was active in scouting programs
and Our Lady of Fatima Church programs. She was also very
active in the bridge world. She was a nationally ranked
Duplicate Bridge Player. In the early 1960s she represented
the country of Panama in a Trans-Atlantic Bridge tourna-
Surviving is her daughter, Mary Jean Huhn (BHS'65)
(Coney) of Columbia; three sons, George W. Grady Jr.
(BHS'68), Richard Brady (BHS'69) (Tera), and William P.
Brady (BHS'71) (Nancy Spiros), all of Columbia; seven
grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Alfreda "Freddie" Brandenburg, 79, of Sun City
Center, Fla., formerly of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, passed
away November 16, 2009. She was preceded in death by her
husband Dick "Brandy."
Survivors include her son, Hap Brandenburg and his wife
Beth; two daughters, Pam Darino and Janet Monson; and
Edward Bringas, 80, MSG-US Army 1946-1971
"Special Forces Green Beret"-Retired, of Panama City,
Republic of Panama, died November 3, 2009 at the Bay Pines
VA Health Care System in St. Petersburg, Fla. He became a
local resident for only a few weeks for medical treatment at
Bay Pines. He was born July 6, 1929 in New London, Conn.,
and graduated from "Old" Cristobal High School in 1951.
He was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the
Vietnam War. He was a member of the 5th, 7th, and 8th
Special Forces Groups. He did two tours in Vietnam, being
based out of Nah Trang and many other missions throughout
Latin America. He was an instructor at The School of
Americas Fort Gulick, NCOIC Instructor Jungle Operations
Training Center Fort Sherman, Panama Canal Zone. He was
awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor; Vietnam Cross
of Gallantry with Palms; Army Commendation Medal;
Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal with 2 overseas
bars; National Defense Service Medal with 2 awards; Good
Conduct Medal with 4 awards; World War II Victory Medal;
Vietnam Medal; Combat Infantry Badge; Vietnam Service
Medal; Vietnam Parachute Badge; and Senior Parachute
Badge. He completed Combat Engineer and Construction
NCO Course; Jungle Operation School; Basic Airborne
Course; Military Justice School; Escape and Evasion Course;
Special Forces Training School; Jumpmasters Course.
He retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Clayton, Canal
Zone, after which he worked as a Machinist for the Panama
Canal Company Marine Bureau (Locks Division) from 1974-
1987. He was a Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elvia Padilla. He is
survived by his six children: son, Edward (Theresa) Bringas,
Jr., of El Paso, Texas; daughter, Carmen Bringas of Winter
Park, Fla.; daughter, Carmelia (James) Bennett-Johnson of
Winter Springs, Fla.; son, Edmund (Regina) Bringas of St.
Petersburg, Fla.; daughter, Kerya of Brooklyn, N.Y.; son,
Brando Bringas of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; a broth-
er, Rafael (Dorinda) Bringas of Panama; and three sisters,
Caroline Hilzinger of Salinas, Calif., Velvia Feller-Halsey of
Austin, Texas, and Jenny Bringas Godremount of Miami, Fla.
Stephen Wayne Bristol, 58, of
Orem, Utah, passed away on
November 15, 2009. He was born to
Berts Edgar (Tex) and Mary Ruth
Bristol on May 1, 1951, in the
.Panama Canal Zone. He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1969. He
married Lillian Emma Meyer on June
Steve was an amazing person who was a leader his whole
life. He had a heart that could not be compared to any other.
Anytime he was needed he seemed to be there, ready to help.
Throughout his life he was many great things. He was a
father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a real estate agent, a per-
former, a songwriter, a cook, a provider, and a friend. He was
also a member of Latter Day Saints and the Panama Canal
Steve is survived by his wife, Lillian, and his children,
Skyla, Amber, Landra, Tamara, Tianna, and Coburn; and six
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, as
well as both of his brothers, Clark and Samuel Bristol.
Tula Brown, 64, of Hiram, Ga.,
passed away at home on December 1,
2i009 Tula was born March 18, 1945,
and raised in the Panama Canal Zone
and graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1963. She moved to Atlanta,
iGa., to attend nursing school and
\ returned to the Canal Zone and attend-
ed Canal Zone College. She worked for
the Customs Division temporarily before moving back to
Atlanta where she worked for a division of Armour and
Company for 16 years and then for Lockheed Missiles and
Space from 1983 until 1997.
For health reason, Tula retired early and it was during this
time that she discovered her interest in photography and the
computer, and blended these two skills to become an excel-
lent photographer. She especially loved to photograph "all
things Panama." In the last few years, two trips to her beloved
Panama provided her with a renewed appreciation of the
country and great joy in having been able to experience
Panama's natural beauty through the lens of her camera.
During this time she was the happiest and through photogra-
phy Tula developed many new friends who mentored and
encouraged her. She delighted in sharing her good works and
love of photography and her grateful friends were the benefi-
ciaries of beautiful photos.
Tula was a member of the Panama Canal Society and was
a frequent vendor at the Society's annual reunion where she
sold her photographic artwork. She truly enjoyed attending
the annual reunion where she renewed friendships and
enjoyed reminiscing about life in the Canal Zone. She was
also a member of the "ya-ya sistahood," a group of lifelong
friends from the Canal Zone.
Tula was predeceased by her mother, Sarah Jean Williams
Brown, and her brother, James (Jack) R. Williams, Jr. She is
survived by her father, Lawrence S. Brown; two nieces and a
nephew. Tula's maternal grandparents were James R. and
Augusta Williams. Her grandfather was a Roosevelt medal
holder for his work during canal construction.
Olga Catanzaro died October 18,
2009, in Middletown, N.J., after a long
and courageous battle. Olga and John
Catanzaro met and were married in
New York City on May 3, 1953, after
-*' which they made their home in the
Canal Zone. Olga not only continued
her education after marriage by receiv-
ing a Master's Degree in Guidance and
Counseling, she also took courses in flower arranging,
sewing and cooking. Her husband and children were always
her first love though.
After John's retirement from the Panama Canal
Commission in February 1986, they made their home in
Houston, Texas. In July 2009, they relocated to New Jersey to
be near their daughter. Olga was a member of the Panama
She is survived by her husband, John; three children, Jane
and husband Paul Pattwell, of Red Bank, N.J., Grace and hus-
band Jack Makowski of South Plainfield, N.J., and John and
wife Andrea Catanzaro of Galveston, Texas; six grandchil-
dren; a sister Rosa Garner of Staten Island, N.Y.; several in-
laws and many nieces and nephews.
Patricia Ann Catlin, 58, passed
away December 13, 2009. She was
born November 24, 2951 in Newport,
Ark., fifteen minutes before her identi-
cal twin, Penelope. Her parents, Everett
and Glenna Kay, moved the family to
7 Michigan in 1953, finally settling in
Grant, Mich., in 1958.
Patricia became a Registered
Nurse in 1974 and spent the next 16 years travelling overseas
and working in U.S. Military Hospitals and Clinics in
Okinawa, Germany, and Panama. In Panama, she met Russell
Catlin, whom she married two years later. They moved to San
Antonio, Texas, in 1992 and relocated to Cibolo in 2005.
Patricia continued working as a Registered Nurse at BAMC's
Hemodialysis Unit until 2005 when she was diagnosed with
breast cancer. Her strong faith, spirit and positive attitude,
plus the loving support of her husband, family and friends
speeded her recovery.
Patricia enjoyed gardening and was a Texas Master
Gardener. She loved spending quality time with her two
grandchildren and loved traveling with and working on proj-
ects with her husband, Russ. Patricia was preceded in death
by her twin sister and her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Catlin; her broth-
er, Michael Kay and wife, Milli, of Grant, Mich.; her stepson,
Jeffrey Catlin and Samantha Harte of Austin; her stepdaugh-
ter, Jennifer Medina of Converse, Texas, and her two grand-
Charles Alton Cavanaugh Jr., 83, passed away on
November 16, 2009. Mr. Cavanaugh retired from the Panama
Canal Company in 1980 after twenty-six years of service as a
He served in World War II, receiving one Purple Heart
and one Bronze Star. In the Korean War, he received two
Purple Hearts and one Silver Star. He was a member of the
Purple Heart Society and various other organizations. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Ann (McNall)
Cavanaugh. Survivors include his wife, Joan E. Cavanaugh,
of Round Rock, Texas; daughter, Helen Marie Cavanaugh-
Doss and her husband, Byron Curtis Doss, of Round Rock,
Texas; stepdaughter, Eileen Anderson, of Austin, Texas; sis-
ter, Marion Salminen, of West Rockport, Maine; and numer-
ous nieces and nephews.
William Lovell "Billy D" De La Mater, 84, passed away
December 3, 2009, at the San Fernando Hospital in Panama
City. "Billy D" was born in Colon, Republic of Panama, on
January 4, 1925, in the Samaritan Hospital. He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1942. He graduated from Canal
Zone Junior College in 1948 with an AA Degree and Denver
University in 1950 with an Engineering Degree.
Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps with the First Marine
Division in the South Pacific, Okinawa and North China and
was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and other
medals. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the
U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1951 and retired as a Lieutenant
Bill worked for the Panama Canal
Company/Commission, the USA Corps of Engineers and
Signal Corps in the Canal Zone. His major positions with the
Panama Canal Company were in the Engineering and
Construction Bureau, Executive Planning Staff, and the
Office of the Governor (Canal Zone Government)/President
(Panama Canal Company) and the Office of the
Administrator of the Panama Canal Commission. He retired
in 1982 while he was on the Administrator's Staff of the
Panama Canal Commission, with 35 years of dedicated serv-
He was an avid sportsman and was instrumental in initi-
ating the game of softball into the Canal Zone. The Pacific
Softball League Park in Balboa, Republic of Panama, was
named "The William L. De La Mater Park" in 1996 in his
honor and dedication. He was a member of the Panama Canal
He is survived by his wife, Thelma (Leignadier) De La
Mater, of the Republic of Panama; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-
law (including Humberto Leignadier), four stepchildren; one
niece and one nephew.
Marjorie P. Frensley, 85, passed away on October 24,
2009, in Las Vegas, Nev. She had been a resident of Las
Vegas since 1993. Marjorie was born and raised in Leon,
Iowa, until the age of 18, then moved to Michigan, Hawaii,
and finally moved to Coco Solo in Panama in 1961.
She later worked on the Pacific side as a budget analyst
for the Canal Zone Police, met and married Thomas Frensley.
She was always a great mother to her children and a good
friend to the many Zonians who stayed in touch over the
years. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her three children, Andy Peake, Robin
Bland, Matthew Peake, and three grandchildren.
Elizabeth "Libby" Fulcher, 87, a retired elementary
school teacher and volunteer for the Shriners Hospitals for
Children died of injuries sustained in a fall on August 14,
2009, at the Maryland Masonic Home. She was born in
Atlantic, N.C., on February 24, 1922, and raised in Tampa,
Fla., where she graduated from Hillsboro High School in
1940. She attended Florida State College for Women until
1943, when she left to work in New Orleans for the war
effort. She met and married the late Aldon Fulcher of Stacy,
N.C., in 1946.
She moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1957 when her
husband was stationed at Rodman Naval Base. She returned
to Florida State University in 1960 and completed her degree
in elementary education. She then became a Panama Canal
Company school teacher, teaching first grade at the Kobbe
Elementary School in the Canal Zone until her retirement in
1980. She and her husband moved to Niceville, Fla., where
they resided until 2005 when they moved to a retirement
community in Bradenton, Fla. After the death of her husband,
she moved to the Maryland Masonic Home to be closer to her
son and grandchildren.
Libby loved nature and was fascinated by the tropical jun-
gles of Panama. She traveled extensively throughout Central
and South America making two trips by car from the U.S. to
Panama. She made trips by dugout canoe up the headwaters
of the Amazon River in Ecuador, and the Bayano River in
Panama. One summer she and her husband also drove round
trip from New Orleans to Alaska. She had a wide range of
other interests, from collecting, polishing and making rock
jewelry, to insect collecting and quilting, and was an avid
reader. She also spent countless hours supporting the Shriners
Hospitals for Children with her husband, who was a member
ofAbou Saad Temple and the Ft. Walton Beach Shrine Club.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include her sons, Leslie A. Fulcher and Thomas
R. Fulcher; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; a
niece and a nephew.
Norris F. (Jim) Fussell, 94, died October 17, 2009. A
10th generation Quaker, Norris was born in Grand Rapids,
Mich., on July 13, 1915. He had four brothers, the sole sur-
viving brother being Bill Fussell of Panama City, Fla.
Norris was married to Thelma Alicia (Memy) Fernandez
on June 19, 1943, in Panama City, Republic of Panama.
Memy passed away in April of 2005. As an accountant in the
employ of the U.S. Federal government, he raised his family
in the Panama Canal Zone and took much delight in weekend
getaways with family and friends to the beaches and to the
Interior of Panama. The family also enjoyed frequent gather-
ings with in-laws in Panama City, including picnics to
Panama's beautiful rivers and escapes to the mountains of El
Valle. Dinners and barbeques with friends and work associ-
ates were a regular occurrence and he loved to surprise the
neighbors with fresh michas (rolls) and flowers from "el mer-
cado" left on doorknobs by sunrise Sunday mornings.
Norris was very active in his community, both in Curundu
in the Canal Zone and in his last 30 years in Lake Worth, Fla.
He was also very active in the Lions Club and the Masons and
received conferral of The Scottish Rite 33rd Degree in
Washington, D.C., in 1997. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society. He was a brave and sincere man, a gentle spir-
it, a kind and loving father, a grandfather and a great-grand-
He is survived by his three children, daughter Becky
Wessen of Escazu, Costa Rica; daughter Linda Pierce of
Cocoa, Fla.; son Nory of Grass Valley, Calif., five grandchil-
dren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Margarita R. Gibbs, 70, of Brandon, Fla., passed away
November 4, 2009, at home. She was born May 3, 1939, in
Chicago, Ill., the daughter of the late Carmen and Frank
Reimann. She was the youngest of three siblings.
Since leaving the Republic of Panama in 1989, for the
past 20 years Margarita has called Brandon, Fla., home but
never forgot where her real home was--Panama. She retired
in 2007 from the U.S. Marshals Service and spent a lot of
time running around with her best friend, Joanie Harris, and
was able to make one last trip home to Panama in 2008. She
was also looking forward to the birth of a new grandson,
Brynner Reimann Gibbs, in February 2010. He was all she
would talk about.
It was the simple things around her in life that she never
took for granted, commenting daily how fortunate and thank-
ful she was. Above all, Margarita was absolutely devoted to
her sons, Paul and Warren. She was a mother who always
involved herself in every detail of her sons' lives and sup-
ported, respected and loved her family unconditionally. She
was a woman of strong faith. She was one of the strongest
women and will be greatly missed. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her son, Paul D. Gibbs Jr.; son and
daughter-in-law, Warren and Tiffany Leto Gibbs and soon-to-
be grandson of Tampa, Fla.; a grandson and granddaughter of
Melbourne, Fla.; two sisters, Linda R. Morris of Piano,
Texas; and Maria Alcalde of Los Angeles, Calif.
1 Jackie Gilbert, 81, of San
Antonio, Texas, died December 27, 2009.
She was born on October 5, 1928 to
William B. and Catherine Carlin, in
Astoria, N.Y. In September 1940, her
family left New York to reside in Ancon,
Panama Canal Zone. She graduated from
Cristobal High School. Following her
graduation, she married John Gilbert on
July 28, 1950; nine months after their first blind date. She
was a Vital Statistics Clerk of the Panama Canal Zone
Government when her family moved to San Antonio, Texas.
She was employed by the Audie L. Murphy V.A. Hospital
until her retirement in January 1985, and at the University
Hospital emergency room for almost two years. Jackie
bowled in the Club 55 and Olde Sports Senior Leagues at
University Bowl for many years. She was an avid square
dancer since 1983 and served in every office in the former
Circle Eights Square Dance Club. She served in every capac-
ity from secretary to President of the AASRDA from 1991
through 1997. She and her husband John were Chairmen of
the H & R Committee for the 45th National Square Dance
Convention held in San Antonio in June 1996. She was active
in St. Brigid Catholic Church for many years; volunteering
and participating in many aspects of the church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and
Catherine Carlin and her brothers, James and William Carlin.
She is survived by her husband, John "Bucky" Gilbert, sons
John and wife Shelley Gilbert, Steve and Cathie Gilbert, Bo
and Andrea Gilbert, Mike and Lesa Gilbert, and daughter
Catherine and Richard Reddout. She had 14 grandchildren,
one great-granddaughter, and two great-grandsons on the
way. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Carlin and
his wife Flois and sisters-in-law Mary Urey and Mildred
Patton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
SWilliam J. Gilbert, Sr., 79, of
Virginia Beach, Va., passed away
S December 12, 2009. Bill was born in
A. the Canal Zone, Republic of Panama,
on December 28, 1929.
He retired after 34 years of service
S"as Harbor Master for the Panama
Canal Company. After retiring, Bill
and his wife moved to Virginia to be
with family. He ended his career at Tesoro as Fleet Manager,
where he was affectionately known as "Uncle Bill."
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary
Elizabeth Gilbert. Left to cherish his memory are his chil-
dren, Susan De Abate and husband Alberto, and William
Gilbert and wife Susan; three grandchildren; three great-
grandchildren; and his nephew, Dennis Gilbert and his fami-
ly. He is also survived by one brother, two sisters and many
other family and friends.
Lt. Col. Michael C. Kilgore, USAR (Ret.), passed away
February 2, 2009. He was born in Tacoma, Wash., on
September 16, 1953, and spent his childhood traveling the
globe as an Air Force dependent. Mike graduated from
Balboa High School, Canal Zone in 1972, where he met his
wife of 31 years, Jacqy Lamas Kilgore.
He graduated from Washington State University in 1978
and received his commission in the United States Army. Mike
left active duty in 1986 and retired from the Army Reserve in
December 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 1986 he went to
work for Honeywell. During his 22 years of service with
Honeywell Aerospace, Mike established and nurtured a long-
lasting relationship in the industry around the world. He was
passionate about growing the aerospace business as well as
enhancing customer support. After September 11, 2001, Mike
was called to the Pentagon and spent 18 months in G4 sup-
porting operations in Iraq while continuing his commitments
to Honeywell. Mike truly had a gift for reaching out to peo-
ple, even strangers, and looking for the best in all. He was a
genuine man, who meant what he said and continually strived
to do his best for God, country and family.
Mike is survived by his three children, Hadley, Patrick,
and Lara; and by his brother, Don, and sister, Marijo.
Theresa Katherine Bierbaum Kyser, 58, died at Noland
Long Term Hospital in Dothan, Ala., on November 6, 2009.
She was born in the Republic of Panama on March 20, 1951.
She worked with Civil Service for over 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her father, Elmer William
Bierbaum; son, William E. Brown; sister, Carolyn A.
Bierbaum; and sister-in-law, Martha Bierbaum. She is sur-
vived by her mother, Marie Bierbaum; her husband, Eugene
(Mickey) Kyser; daughter, Barbara Cherry and her husband
Eddie; stepdaughter Angela Kyser and her husband Jeromy;
five grandchildren; and her brother, Ray Bierbaum.
Severino (Sevie) La Fuente, 90, of Tampa, Fla., passed
away November 17, 2009 after a long, happy, and healthy
life. A native of Tampa, he graduated from Hillsborough High
School and the University of Tampa. He was a veteran hav-
ing served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II.
In 1956 he and his family moved to Panama when he
became comptroller of Sears for Central America. In 1961 he
went to work for the Panama Canal Company in the Systems
Division where he remained until his retirement in 1981.
After retirement, he returned home to Tampa.
He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, member of
the Darien Lodge in Balboa, and a member of the Egypt
Temple Shrine in Tampa.
He was preceded in death by his son, Edward. He is sur-
vived by his wife of 66 years, Olympia (Petie), and son,
Russell D. La Fuente, both of Tampa.
Elaine Sullivan Larkin, 83, devoted mother and daugh-
ter of former Arcadia mayor Thomas C. Sullivan and Estelle
Cody Sullivan, died November 30, 2009, at Regents Point in
Elaine was well known in Arcadia for her community
service. Born in the Panama Canal Zone, Elaine and her fam-
ily moved to Arcadia in 1944, following her graduation from
Cristobal High School.
Between 1955 and 1978, Elaine was active in Holy
Angels, Santa Anita, Holly Avenue, Dana Junior High and
Arcadia High School PTAs, where she was honored with the
Honorary Service and Golden Oaks Awards. Arcadia Unified
School District presented her with the Golden Apple Award in
1979. Other volunteer services included Campfire Girls, Girl
Scouts, Little League, Pony League, Colt League, American
Legion Baseball, and Arcadia High School Booster Club. She
served on Arcadia's Recreation Commission from 1967-74
and was its chairwoman for two years. Proud of her work
with the Assistance League of Arcadia, Elaine worked tire-
lessly for the Bargain Box. In later years she donated many
hours to the Senior Citizens Center of Irvine. She was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
A graduate of Duke University, Elaine met her husband,
Sydney, while earning her political science degree. They mar-
ried in 1948 and raised their five children in Arcadia. Sydney
passed away in 1983.
She is survived by her daughter Estelle and husband
Bruce Seaton of Cypress; Michael Larkin of Laguna Woods;
Tom and wife Lorraine of Wilton, Conn.; Tim and wife
Barbara of La Verne; and Patrick and wife Sue of Woodland
Hills, eleven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; and
her brother, Edward J. Sullivan of Manson, Wash.
Captain Robert (Bob) Lee Mc Auslin, 87, passed away
November 5, 2009. He was the only son of Lancelot and
Dorothy Mc Auslin. Bob grew up in Detroit, Mich., Algonac,
Mich., and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from
Algonac High School in 1940 and began sailing on the Great
Lakes. During World War II he graduated from the Merchant
Marine Academy and sailed in convoys to Europe and along
the Atlantic Coast. He married his wife Joyce Warner at the
Merchant Marine Academy in New London, Conn., on
November 3, 1944. Joyce followed him to various ports when
he sailed along the coast. After the war they returned to
Algonac, Mich., where Bob worked in construction.
In 1949 Bob, Joyce, and their daughter Nancy moved to
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where sons Rob and Richard were
born. In 1952, the family moved to Green Cove Springs, Fla.
In 1959 Bob returned to his first love--the sea. In 1960 the
whole family moved to Jacksonville where he worked as a
tugboat captain and docking pilot as well as taking barges via
tugboats from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1966
Bob, Joyce and the boys moved to the Canal Zone in Panama.
He was a tugboat captain from 1966-1969. In November
1969 he realized his dream job when he became a Panama
Canal Ship Pilot. He said it was the best job as he was paid to
play with ships. While a pilot he also held many different
positions with the Panama Canal Commission. He retired in
April 1984 and he and Joyce made their retirement home in
Umatilla, Ore., where he was very active in the community.
He helped build the fishing shack on the Umatilla River, and
always helped others, building and repairing things for many
people in the community as well as for family and friends.
Many people benefited from his quiet way of doing things for
He was a 33rd Degree Mason and active in the Masonic
Lodges and Shrine in Panama and in Oregon. After moving to
Umatilla, he was active in many lodges in the state and the
Shrine where he held many different positions. He was asso-
ciate guardian for the Jobies for many years. He had many
secret daughters who remained in touch with him. He enjoyed
clowning for the Shriners and entertained at the Portland
Shriners Hospital for Children, at clinics for children being
evaluated for the hospital services and in parades. He was
known as "Coyote Bob" to the staff at Shriners Hospital and
was instrumental in helping them get many things for the
children and the hospital through his work with the Masons
and Shrine groups.
He is survived by his wife Joyce Mc Auslin, Umatilla,
Ore.; daughter, Nancy De Selover and husband Bill De
Selover, Kennewick, Wash.; sons, Robert Mc Auslin, Jr. and
his wife, Mary Mc Auslin, Hickory Valley, Tenn., and
Richard Mc Auslin, Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren,
and five great-grandchildren.
Captain WK Morgan, 84, of Grovehill, Ala., a former
resident of the Panama Canal Zone, and a current resident of
Fairhope, Ala., passed away December 17, 2009. Capt.
Morgan had an exciting maritime career that crisscrossed the
world's oceans. He graduated from the Merchant Marine
Academy, transported troops and supplies during World War
II, worked for Lykes Lines as Captain, for the Panama Canal
Company as pilot, and for the Port of Mobile as Harbor
Master, where he earned a commendation from the Governor
of Alabama for his service during Hurricane Frederic. He fin-
ished his career with Ingalls Shipbuilding as Sea Trials
Captain of the Navy's Aegis Destroyers.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rebecca Morgan
of Fairhope, daughters Allison Morgan Estape and Leslie
Morgan Gross, and two grandchildren.
Emma Katherine Murphy, 88, of DeLand, Fla., died
October 20, 2009, at Florida Hospital after losing her battle
with pneumonia. She was born in Leesburg, Fla., on June 8,
1921 to Ira Bascom and Emma Pullen Layton Adams. She
graduated from Florida State College for Women with a
Master's Degree in Education. She was a member of Phi
Delta Kappa and Delta Phi Epsilon sororities.
Mrs. Murphy went to Panama in 1955 with her husband
who worked for the American Embassy. She taught Business
at Balboa High School. In the early 1960s, she and her hus-
band moved to the Dominican Republic where Dr. Murphy
worked for the American Embassy. Later they moved back to
Panama and worked for the Department of Defense as educa-
tors until their retirement in 1983. Her husband, Dr. Dean
Murphy, was the Dean of the Panama Canal Community
College. Upon retirement they moved to New Smyrna Beach,
later moving to Port Orange and then to DeLand. Mrs.
Murphy was a wonderful mother, wife, artist, friend and ani-
mal lover. She enjoyed raising Macaws and other exotic
birds. She was also an accomplished artist and spent much of
her time painting and drawing. Many of her pieces of art were
displayed in the community and at Woodland Towers and
Terrace, where she continued working on her art until she
could no more. She was a member of the Panama Canal
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dr. Glen
Murphy of DeLand; two sons, James (Susan) Murphy of
DeLeon Springs, Fla., and Thomas Murphy of Corpus
Christi, Texas; daughter, Julie Wilson-Bush of Corpus
Christi, Texas; two brothers, Ira "Buster" Adams of DeLand,
and Robert Adams of Leesburg, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
Hugh Andrews Norris, 87, passed
away November 12, 2009. He was born
on October 25, 1922, in the Panama
Canal Zone, the son of Hugh A. Norris
and Nye Crook Norris. He began
employment with the Panama Canal
Company as a helper on the Locks while
still in high school. After graduating
from Balboa High School in 1940, he attended Canal Zone
College and then entered an electrical apprenticeship. After
the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he volunteered as an air raid
warden and proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps dur-
ing World War II, and left afterwards returning to the Panama
Canal as an electrician. He left this employment to complete
a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a mas-
ter's degree in Economics at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
For the next three years Hugh was an associate professor of
Economics and Foreign Trade.
In 1953 he returned to the Panama Canal Zone as an elec-
trician. During a reorganization of the Panama Canal
Company in 1954, the Board of Directors felt the Company
needed an economist and he was appointed as their first
Economist. In this position he traveled around the world sev-
eral times visiting shipping companies to predict future ship-
ping demands for the Panama Canal. He served in this posi-
tion for 18 years while in the Executive Planning Staff before
becoming Deputy Director, Chief of the Planning Division in
1972. He was appointed as Director of Executive Planning
for the Panama Canal Company in 1977 a position he held
until his retirement from the Panama Canal Company in
1979. Over the years he was active in the Boy Scout program,
first as a scoutmaster and then as the treasurer for the Canal
Zone Boy Scout Council which awarded him the Silver
Beaver Award for his service. He was also the Executive
Director for the United Way and on the Board of Directors at
the Summit Golf Club. He retired to Dothan, Ala., where he
remained for over twenty five years enjoying golfing, fishing
and traveling. In 2003 he moved to San Antonio, Texas, to be
close to his family and resided at the Inn at Los Patios where
he enjoyed many friends and fishing on the Salado Creek. He
was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Ara Stuart Norris
and Patrice Wallace Norris; brother, Charles Nye Norris; and
his parents Hugh and Nye Norris. He is survived by his son,
James Hugh Norris, daughter-in-law Lina, and granddaugh-
ter, Ara Nye Norris; Susan Diego, Chip, Jay and Patrice
Wallace, Deane James, and grandson Sam Beck; sister Lillian
Norris Schwarz, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruth Irene Brown O'Neal, 88,
died October 25, 2009, at the home she
shared with her daughter and son-in-
law, Alice and Bill Grove, for the last
three years in Powder Springs, Ga.
Ruth was born on December 11,
1920, in Manchester, Ga. Growing up
in a time of poverty in Georgia, Ruth
had vivid memories of walking long
distances to school, working in the
fields with her father and other siblings, and eating many
meals consisting of only cornbread or sweet potatoes.
Intelligent and motivated, she was an excellent student
who was the valedictorian of her Manchester High School
class of 1937. Ruth remembered days of work at a peach
packing shed to earn enough money to pay for her class ring.
The principal of her high school was so impressed with her
that he persuaded her parents to allow her to attend LaGrange
College which she did for two years until a worsening Great
Depression prevented her from finishing. While at LaGrange
she majored in French. She so impressed the French profes-
sor that she was invited to travel to France to continue her
studies. Ruth always regretted that she was not able to take
advantage of that opportunity.
In 1941 after a short courtship, she eloped to marry Rufus
C. O'Neal. Coming from a small town, rural area, she had
known who Rufus was during her school years, but it was not
until he returned to the area as a young soldier on leave from
the U.S. military in Panama that romance blossomed. Ruth
and Rufus were to live in the Panama Canal Zone as a mili-
tary family and then as a PanCanal family until Rufus retired
in 1974, when they moved to Titusville, Fla. Early in their
marriage Ruth worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
in Panama. Her daughter Barbara was born in 1946 followed
by Margaret and Alice. From that point on, she was a full-
time homemaker. Ruth was a gifted seamstress and excellent
cook. She had many friends who would get together regular-
ly to sew or play cards. Her skill at various card games was
legendary in her family. She loved crossword puzzles which
she filled out in ink. Ruth served as Girl Scout leader for her
daughter Barbara's troop for a number of years and is still
remembered fondly by her scouts.
After her husband Rufus died in 1982, Ruth stayed in
Titusville for a number of years where she enjoyed the com-
pany of good friends and had the opportunity to take several
international trips. She enjoyed these trips tremendously. She
also traveled to Georgia and New Jersey to visit with various
members of her family. She lived to see her grandchildren
attend and graduate from college, to dance at a granddaugh-
ter's wedding, and to spend many hours tracing the O'Neal
family tree. She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Ruth sold her Florida home and moved to Georgia in 1994
to be closer to family. For a number of years she lived in her
beautiful apartment in Presbyterian Village where she made
many friends and won more than her fair share of Bingo
games. In 2006 Ruth moved to Powder Springs, Ga.,
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alice and
Bill Grove, Powder Springs, Ga.; daughter Margaret and son-
in-law Hadley Wellborn; four grandchildren, and two great-
grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Barbara.
Captain Gerard Petroni, 74, died
December 31, 2009. He was born in
Boston, Mass., on April 5, 1935. When he
was one year old, Gerard's mother died.
His father was unable to care for him and
his brother; therefore, he was raised in a
Franciscan Orphanage until the age of 15.
Despite his difficult childhood, Gerard
graduated from high school and attended the University of
Massachusetts Extension. From the ages of 16-18, he worked
on the Boston Bell cleaning toilets and assisting with general
maintenance of the ship. During this time, Gerard became
friends with a deaf-mute who introduced his mind to a world
of books about the sea. In 1952 Gerard and his brother drove
from Boston to California to live on the beach and to surf;
exploring the new world he had discovered in his books.
Upon their return, Gerard and his brother Gabe were among
the first surfers in the Eastern area. This was just another
beginning of Gerard's lifelong love and devotion to the sea.
In 1952 Gerard was drafted and served on the front lines
of North Korea in the 19th Infantry Regiment. During this
time he was Squad Leader, Runner, trained new recruits in
Fort Dix and became an expert rifleman. Following this, from
1955-1977, Gerard sailed Ordinary Seaman to Boatswain,
Third, Second and Chief Officers. He studied and worked his
way to become officer and Master of large oceangoing ships
of every description to include serving as Radar Officer and
Navigator of the Super Liner S.S. United States. Gerard was
proud to serve his country and had many amazing accom-
plishments during his military career as follows:
1958-Given appointment to the Massachusetts Maritime
Academy by Senator John F. Kennedy. Rather than accepting,
he chose to work his way to Master so as to have a solid
understanding of the business of shipping. 1958-1962:
Served under five steamship companies, unlicensed able-
bodied seaman. 1962-1977: Steamship companies served as a
Licensed Officer (all in worldwide service)--Grace Line,
American Trading & Production, Prudential Lines, American
President Lines and Pacific Far East Lines; Military SeaLift
Command--Navigator and earned rank of Lt. (USN). 1972:
Served in Vietnam and Thailand as Chief Officer on
Some of Gerard's activities and training in the Army,
Navy, and civilian life were: Survival School--Special
Forces; Jungle Warfare Operations School--Special Forces;
Special Forces Paratrooper School--Water and Land; Anti-
Terrorist Warfare School--High Speed Cast and Recovery
Training and Repelling; Convoy Operations--Sea of Guam;
Qualified Port Captain and Port Services Officer of any Naval
seaport. Also, Naval Control of Shipping; Anti-Submarine
Warfare; Convoy Commodore School; Defense of Harbors
and Ports of the Panama Canal; Defense of Naval Ports;
Naval Engineering and Oceanography; Naval Operations
Tactics and Logistics; Instructor in Handling of Submarines;
Destroyer Frigate Operations at Sea Instructor; Instructor in
Ship Handling; Operations and Damage Control-
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Precision Anchoring and Blind
Among Gerard's licenses and documents he earned were:
Commander, USNR-R; U.S. Coast Guard: Master Unlimited,
Any Oceans, Any Tonnage; First Class Pilot, Panama Canal,
All Waters, Locks, Harbor and Dry Docks; Radar Unlimited,
Abandon Ship, Survival Craft, Advanced Maritime
Firefighter, Radio Operator, High Speed Ocean Search and
Rescue, Panama Canal Unlimited; Member of Council of
American Master Mariners, Institute of Navigation United
States Naval Institute, and the National Rifle Association.
In 1977 Gerard was accepted as a Pilot-in-training by the
Panama Canal Company and would work on the Canal until
2001. During this time he attained the rank of Senior Pilot of
Large Passenger Ships, Warships, Nuclear and Trident
Submarines. He piloted over 3,000 ships of every description
including dead ships. He also served 2.5 years as Captain of
the Port where his responsibilities included inspection of
ships, firefighting operations, refloating grounded ships, sur-
veying collision damage and training new pilots.
Additionally, during this period, Gerard was sent on Top
Secret missions with the Special Forces and the Navy Seals
in El Salvador and Honduras to gather intelligence for drug
interdiction with the rank of Navy Commander.
Gerard Petroni married in Norway to his beautiful
Norwegian wife of 42 years, Reidunn Bergheim in 1968.
During their wonderful life together, they had four children:
Erik, Paul, Sonya and Karina. From 1977-2001, the family
lived in Gatun and upon leaving Panama, they made their
home in Atlantic Beach, Fla., where Gerard built their family
home overlooking the beautiful sea that he held so dear.
During his time in Florida, Gerard served as Relief Master of
the Volunteer Mercy Medical Ship White Holly of
Canvasback Missions, Non-Profit Organization; Master of
ex-USCG Cutter Paw Paw; appeared as a Maritime Law
expert in court cases; and in 2005 was the Relief Master of
the Russian Container Ship MS Eagle.
Gerard loved his family, country and was a man of strong
faith and character. He was a member of Neptune Baptist
Church where he faithfully attended with his family and
loved to sing and share his love of God. Gerard suffered a
brain bleed in 2006. After six months of not being able to
communicate, the first words that he wrote were "Never
Quit." These words are the inspiration behind the Never Quit
Beach Fest that focuses on family, love, healthy lifestyles and
educating people how to avoid stroke and heart disease.
Gerard's strength and determination were an inspiration to all
who knew him. He will be missed by many. He was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
Jacqueline Gail Williams Price-Ladunzenski, 59, lost
her battle with cancer on September 26, 2009 after a long ill-
ness. She was born at Fort Clayton "519" U.S. Army Hospital
on February 5, 1950. She left with her family to Fort Jackson,
S.C., in March of 1955. She resided in the United States until
she returned to the Canal Zone in 1966 to live with her rela-
tives, Harry and Pearl Van Loon of Balboa, Canal Zone. She
attended Balboa High School, and returned to the United
States to graduate from high school at Dentsville, S.C. There
she married David Price who became a member of the U.S.
Air Force and they moved to New Mexico. Years later she
and Dr. Eugene Ladunzenski married in Augusta, Ga., her
final resting place.
In addition to her husband Dr. Eugene Ladunzenski, sur-
vivors include her son, Stephen Michael Price (Marion) of
Martinez, Ga.; three brothers, Sam Williams (Cathy) of
Asheville, N.C., G. Tony Williams of Marietta, Ga.; and four
Clate Melvin Riddle, 77, of Winston-Salem, N.C.,
passed away July 30, 2009 from COPD. He was bom August
3, 1931 in North Wilkesboro, N.C., and went to the Republic
of Panama in 1958 to work for Bill Rogers Electrical
Contractor Company. Clate helped wire the Balboa
Administration building and the Cardenas community. In
1962 he began working for the Panama Canal Company as an
electrician at the Gamboa Dredging Division Aids to
Navigation Electrical shop. He wired and maintained the
lights along the canal, and lighthouses in the Pacific and
Caribbean shipping channels. He was transferred to the
Atlantic Side Mount Hope Electrical Division in 1972, where
he worked until his retirement in 1986. Upon retiring he
moved to North Carolina, but the cold weather didn't agree
with him so he had a home built on his property in Deltona,
Fla., and moved there in 1990. Due to his health he moved
back to North Carolina in March 2009.
Clate served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean con-
flict. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW, and the
Panama Canal Society.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and
one sister. He is survived by his ex-wife, Lucy, of Winston-
Salem, N.C.; a son, Doyle and wife Phyllis, of Winston-
Salem, N.C.; a daughter, Regina, of Crossville, Tenn.; one
grandson; four sisters and many nephews and nieces in North
Ellen Lamar Thomas, 95, of Lenox, Mass., former read-
ing consultant at the University of Chicago and author of
books on teaching reading, died May 22, 2008, at Kimball
Farms Nursing Care Center. Bom in North Tonawanda, N.Y.,
on September 16, 1912, daughter of Ellen Beattie Thomas
and Bernard Thomas, she was a graduate of St. Petersburg,
Fla., high school, where her best friend was the late Marie
Weir, who taught biology and was Girls' Adviser at Balboa
High School. Ellen was faculty sponsor for the Zonian for the
Balboa High School Class of 1951.
She earned her bachelor's degree in education from the
College of William and Mary, attended Columbia University
and earned her master's degree in journalism from Wisconsin
University. She taught journalism and English in Florida and
in the Panama Canal Zone, then became a reading specialist,
spending much of her professional life in the Laboratory
School of the University of Chicago, where she trained teach-
ers and helped young people upgrade their reading. Her work
there earned her the Master Teacher's medal.
Her book Improving Reading in Every Class was selected
as a Book of the Year in education. Upon leaving the
Laboratory School, Ellen was honored by the senior class for
being of special help to them during their high school years
and, at their graduation, was awarded an honorary diploma,
which became a prized possession of hers.
A free lance magazine writer, her articles appeared in
Parents Magazine, Mature Years, Mature Living, Living with
Teen-Agers, Popular Photography, Catholic Digest, and a
host of other publications.
A resident of Middlebury for several years, Ellen was
active in community projects, writing slide shows for the
United Way, being secretary for the League of Women Voters
and Community Action, and writing publicity for Addison
County Hospice, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, and the
Christmas Shop. She was an active member of the Orwell
Congregational Church, authoring a brief history of the
church and providing marketing leadership for the Steeple
Fund and annual organ recitals. She was an active member of
the Orwell Sixty Plus club.
Mrs. Thomas was predeceased by her husband, Sydney
Hale Thomas. She leaves her brother, William Bernard
Thomas; two stepsons, James C. Thomas and George M.
Thomas; two step-granddaughters; and a grandniece.
Captain Roley J. Wesley, 85, of Pamlico Plantation,
Washington, N.C., died January 4, 2010 at his home. Capt.
Wesley was bom in Oklahoma on October 16, 1924. He was
the son of the late John Wesley and Neva Buckner Wesley.
Capt. Wesley served in the U. S. Army Transportation
Corps during World War II. He was a Maritime Master. He
was a Sea Captain prior to working in the Panama Canal
Zone. Capt. Wesley retired as a Panama Canal Pilot with 29
years of service. After his retirement, he mastered super-
tankers of Phillips 66. He was a member of the Balboa Canal
Zone Masonic Lodge, a Shriner and an animal lover. Capt.
Wesley was a member of the Creek Nation and was a strong
supporter of the Creek Nation schools. He was married to the
former Gertrude Evelyn Thompson, who preceded him in
death on April 26, 2005.
Survivors include a son, Thomas Wesley and wife, Susan,
of Germany; a daughter, Barbara Taylor and husband Tom of
Baltimore, Md.; a son, Mark Wesley of Washington; four
grandsons and a granddaughter.
Michael "Mike" Edward
Zimmerman, 73, of Salem, Ore., died
December 16, 2009. He was born in
Coffeyville, Kan., and lived there about
ten years before migrating to the Panama
Canal Zone with his family where he
lived until 1964 with the exception of
two relatively brief departures, once to
the Pacific Northwest for two years during his high school
years and once for two years while he attended college in
During his post-collegiate time in Panama, Mike's
Mechanical Engineering degree from Kansas State led him
into employment as a civil servant working for the Navy.
When he brought his family to Oregon in 1964, Mike worked
in the local farm fields for a couple of months before secur-
ing a position with the Oregon Dept. of Transportation
Engineering Dept. He remained employed there until his
retirement in 1993.
Mike was a lifelong outdoorsman and an accomplished
mountain climber. After his retirement, Mike became an avid
skydiver and obtained a private pilot license. His love of pho-
tography coupled with his love of the outdoors, his family
and friends, led him to create lasting records of his many
adventures and a multitude of family events. Mike's value of
community was demonstrated in many ways, from his stint as
a Marion County Deputy Reserve in the early 1970s to the ice
cream bars he handed out to neighborhood children over
many summers. The American Red Cross recognized him as
one of their 10+ gal. donors.
Mike leaves behind his former wife, Jeanene Kleasner
Zimmerman, of Salem, Ore.; daughter, Susan Wheeler, of
Salem, Ore.; son, Michael Eugene Zimmerman, of Riverside,
Wash.; daughter, Elizabeth David, of Dallas, Texas; seven
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
B. G "Bud" Allen posed on a Harley in 1947. His son
Brian Allen poses on his at the exact same location, the
Burford Theatre in Arkansas City.
,, Ingrid Errhalt Bryan,
Bud Allen in 1947 Brian Allen in 2009
BHS'74 CLASSMATES VISIT
BHS'74 classmates got together for a short week since
they missed their class reunion in July. Ingrid Errhalt
Bryan, Vikki Borell Edwards, and Kathy Malin McInturff
spent some time together in Miami after visiting Helen
Calvit and Rhonda Wardlow in Fort Lauderdale in August.
Linda Ramey also showed up bringing her friend Robin and
granddaughters, Cameron and Olivia Davidson.
Ingrid brought her daughter Karenna, and Kathy brought
her granddaughter Hali to South Florida to enjoy the sights-
alligators, Everglades, watergun fights, Snickerdoodle, and
the Keys. In the Keys, the ladies visited Donna Malin
(BHS'80) Meyerson and her son Ben who showed them
around Key West for a day. Next time, they will stay longer!
Vikki looks great doesn't she? Two months later, Vikki
was diagnosed with a brain tumor, see please keep Vikki in
Karenna Bryan, Olivia and Cameron
Kathy Malin Mclnturff, Ingrid Errhalt Bryan, Linda
Ramey, and Helen Calvit.
NEWS FROM THE LANGS
Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang's close friend, Vicki
(Goodson) Page, visited us in Clearwater at the end of
August. Vicki used to live in Panama from 1972 to 1978 and
worked for the Panama Canal Commission in the
Administrative Services Division from 1976 to 1978. She
now lives in Dallas, Texas.
T 1 Betty Boyer and Robbie Boyer
Vicki (Goodson) Page
Mary Lou's daughter, Patti (McPherson) Schueler and
husband Jon, had a great visit in September for 11 days, also ,
seeing other family members. She lives in Napa Valley, Calif.
Back (L-R): Beverly Williams, Mary DesLondes, Doris
Holt and Mary Lou Lang. Front (L-R): Janice Carr, Betty
Boyer and Sally Nickisher.
Mary Lou Lang and Patti (McPherson) Schueler Mary Lou Lang
Pete's daughter Helen Lang had a real nice visit here in Clearwater, Fla.
September for a few days. She lives in Germantown, N.Y.
November of 2009 the Harris brothers decided to get
together on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Marshall and
his wife Tracy were in New Bern, N.C., on their sailboat for
the hurricane season and Tracy was going to run in a 1/2
marathon race in Nags Head. We rented a cottage in Waves
on the OBX, as the locals refer to Outer Banks, for the week
Se of the Veterans Day holiday. Waves is a quaint little village
south of Rodanthe for those of you familiar with the movie
Pete Lang and Helen Lang Nights in Rodanthe.
Betty Boyer and Robbie Boyer came to Clearwater for
one day in the summer and again on November 10th where
Clearwater friends gathered to see her. She is now living in
an assisted living in Sanford, Fla. She would love to hear Dr. Stanley Heckadon, Smithsonian Tropical Research
from her friends. If anyone is interested, contact Mary Lou or
Pete Lang. Hasta luego. See page 6 for information.
John and his wife Valerie drove in from Dothan, Ala.
Mickey, his wife Judy, and friend Marty drove in from
Jakin, Ga., stopping in Rock Hill, S.C., to pick up Mickey's
daughter Katie and her fiance Ryan Keel. We took in the
sights: the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, the Lighthouse on
Ocracoke Island with a 40-minute car ferry ride from Cape
Hatteras to Ocracoke Island. I had not been on a car ferry
since the Thatcher ferry across the canal way back when.
Also saw the Wright Brothers' monument and museum, the
largest sand dune east of the Mississippi, Jockey's Ridge, and
a visit to one of the North Carolina Sea Aquariums which had
a great exhibit on hurricanes and nor'easters. (Should have
paid more attention to that one.)
Most of the family live in New England but others trav-
eled from England (David and Arlene), British Columbia
(Philip, Sharon, Jessica and Caelin), Virginia (Catherine and
Chris), and California (Mark). Missing from the event were
Sean Owen and Amanda Gilligan who could not make it
from Sydney, Australia. Also unable to attend were Shane
and Laura (Seaton) Donnelly and their children, Jackson,
Abby and Morgan.
Owen Family Reunion
Tracy Harris, Marshall Harris, Finnegan, Ryan Keel,
Katie Harris, Judy Harris, Mickey Harris, John Harris,
and Valerie Harris.
Enjoyed the local seafood cuisine served up in some inter-
esting eateries. The girls had a great time shopping the "end
of season" sales going on in every store. Everyone had a great
time catching up on recent events and telling stories about
growing up in the Canal Zone. All this in spite of the
Nor'easter, which became known as Nor-Ida, that blew in
around midweek, but that they say is a story for another day.
OWEN FAMILY REUNION
The Owen family (formerly from the Atlantic side) held a
family reunion at the Mountain View Grand Resort in
Whitefield, N.H., in June 2009. The reunion was attended by
four generations of the family headed by Florence Owen, 95,
(Hingham, Mass.). In attendance were her four children: Jean
Young (CHS'59), David, Rene Seaton (CHS'63), and Philip
(CHS'67); grandchildren Elizabeth (Young) Hoyt, Jennifer
(Young) Gray, Catherine (Goodrich) Maness, Mark
Goodrich, Michael Seaton, and Jessica Owen; and great-
grandchildren Chelsea and Morgan Hoyt, Kaya and Sage
Gray, and Sam Seaton. Spouses and significant others were
in attendance, of course, to keep the Zonians in line: Jim
Young, Arlene Owen, Jim Seaton, Sharon Owen, Jeff
Hoyt, Ed Gray, Chris Maness, Kate O'Hara, and Caelin
It was a quiet time for the resort so in good Zonian fash-
ion the clan essentially took over the hotel, especially the bar
and the indoor pool. Rumor has it Rene was downing
Jagermiesters the last night and it appears Sean in Australia
received a less than sober voicemail from his sister and
Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Mary Gilbert Urey, Donita Crull McConaughey, and
Marieri Aleman visited Bill and Lorraine Urey Kirkland
in September at their summer home in Martha's Vineyard.
The weather was beautiful. Sightseeing and eating were top
on our list. The picturesque island is exquisite and the sunsets
are phenomenal at Menemsha Bay, just down the hill from
Bill and Lorraine's.
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Marieri Aleman, Donita Crull McConaughey, Bill
Kirkland, Lorraine Urey Kirkland, and Mary Gilbert
Upon leaving the island with the Kirklands, we visited
Lancaster and Hershey, Pa., and we took Mary back to her
grandfather's childhood home in Carlisle, Pa.
NEWS FROM THE BEATTIES
During the holidays Susie and Press Beattie visited r an
Bamberg, Germany, to spend Christmas with Jamie and
Sarah Beattie (BHS'95) Carper and their son Liam. We had
deep snow, cold temperatures, and beautiful scenery as we .:
visited and traveled to Christmas Markets in several German
towns. The mulled wine was the best!
Santa came to Bamberg and six-month-old Liam had a l
great time playing with his Christmas toys. We had a won-
derful time in Heidelberg visiting Jim and Lynn Dilfer and James Beartie and Katie (Williams) Beattie holding Bryce
Steven and Thomas who were home from college.
MICKEY CUNNINGHAM'S HOBBY
Mickey Cunningham (CHS'59) is learning how to cut
and polish gemstones for his "girls." These are the stones he
made for Christmas 2009. Bottom row from left to right:
large Amethyst pendant with a clear sapphire for his oldest
granddaughter Rachel. Next is a golden Beryl pendant with a
clear sapphire at the top for his youngest Brittany. The ring
is Aquamarine with a diamond on each side for his daughter
Sarah Carper, Susie and Press Beattie, Jamie Carper hold- Stephanie. Then a Black Opal pendant for his wife Virginia.
ing Liam. Top row left to right is a ring made with Blue Topaz and three
.. ,. -," .. diamonds on each side for his wife. In the case is a large Blue
Topaz with four diamonds on top for his daughter-in-law, the
stone in the lower left is Golden Topaz with three diamonds
and lower right is Almandine Garnet.
Jamie Carper and Sarah (Beattie) Carper holding Liam
On the way back to our home in South Carolina we
stopped by to see James and Katie Beattie (BHS'97) and
Bryce in Lorton, Va. Santa had also visited Bryce and we
loved seeing him playing with his haul. Jewelry made by Mickey Cunningham
These are extras for later birthdays. All the settings are
either 14-carat gold and white gold. Mickey goes to North
Carolina and finds the gemstones, brings them home and cuts
and facets them into beautiful gems. Great hobby and keeps
all his girls happy.
Saint Augustine, Fla.
CREW OF Z2pNIc76
HEAD TO PANAMA
In 1976, Zip Barriteau captained the crew of the NIC to
victory in the Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race.
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He inspired, coached, and drove his crew to the win. In
doing so, he helped transform a motley crew of skinny young
boys into men. They took the lessons that they learned from
the race into other successful endeavors in their lives. While
this was Zip's last race through the canal, it was just the
beginning of his impact on the world.
Over the next 30 years, Zip would teach, coach, and lead
hundreds of kids to exceed their expectations of themselves
and become champions in Life.
Zip loved the Cayuco Race. He dedicated three dry-sea-
sons of his youth to paddling in it. In later years he would talk
about the challenge of competing in this incredible event, the
joys of finishing the race, and the transforming power it had
on every participant.
The crew of the ZipNic76 is proud to honor the life, the
leadership, and the spirit of Zip in the 2010 Ocean-to-Ocean
Cayuco Race. Crew members are Betty Kay LeDoux-
Morris, Kathy (Corrigan) Barcia, Keith Allan and Steve
Fetherston. They have been training for many months sepa-
rately and practice together when possible. The crew of
ZipNic76 is very grateful to Tom and Alan Eckel (SNAFU)
for their continued support of our efforts, the use of their boat,
their expertise, guidance and most importantly friendship.
Without the Eckel brothers, ZipNic76 would have been but a
. = -. .
Keith Allan, Stere Fetherston, Bett) Kay LeDou%-Morris,
Kathy (Corrigan) Barcia.
ZipNic76 is paddling in memory of Zip, and to raise
awareness of the $1,000.00 annual ZipNic76 scholarship that
will be established this year. All high school seniors partici-
pating in the Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race will be eligible to
compete for the scholarship. The criteria and details of the
award will be announced at a later date.
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
NEWS FROM THE LEISYS
After visiting San Antonio, Kathy and Ed Kirchmeier
visited Rita and Ralph Leisy in College Station, Texas,
before returning to Hollywood, Fla. They had visited Ed's
sister Cathy and watched Notre Dame play football in the
Alamo Dome. Ed attended Notre Dame after graduating from
Balboa High School. Ed and Ralph were classmates.
Standing: Rita and R
College Station, Texas
YOUR VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
SEE PAGES 12-13 TO REVIEW THE SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2010-2012.
ALL BALLOTS NEED TO BE RETURNED TO THE OFFICE BY JUNE 22, 2010.
NEWS FROM THE WHITES
Lynn and I vacationed in New England. We stayed two
days with an old Canal Zone friend Gerry Brennan and his
wife Pat in East Islip, N.Y. We visited Rockefeller Plaza in
downtown New York City, and thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
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Everett White, Lynn White, Pat Brennan, and Gerry
Brennan, Rockefeller Plaza.
In addition, recently a group of Zonians gathered in
Houston, Texas, for a happy hour and mucho bochinche."
Will McConaughey, Tim Lane, Everett White, CATZ, and
Everett White, Jr.
by Erik Petroni
son of Capt Gerard Petroni
To all Zonians: Thank you for making the Canal Zone the
greatest place to grow up, with the
greatest people and parents to grow
Coming from a Canal Zone kid,
it was our parents that allowed us to
live in and really understand para-
iWhere else in the world could
iou like in a place where every-
thhing oa had was better than your
neighbors To each of us, our
house belier than your house, one
side of the Isthmus better than the
other, or even our side of the lake
Sas better than yours. We each
had a better school, better rain,
bigger frogs, nicer town, a better team, better locks. Where
have you lived where everyone felt that what they had was
the best, and better than what anyone in a different town or on
the "other" side had? And when it came to being better than
the States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter,
bringing up a comparison like
that would have made other
Zonians look at you like you did-
n't understand anything at all.
There was one more thing that
every son or daughter felt was
better while living in the Canal
Zone... We felt we had the Best E
Erik and Gerard Petroni
My dad was Captain Gerard Petroni, a Panama Canal
Pilot, a Master Mariner, whom I wanted to be like. My pride,
my Father, my best friend.
We moved to Gatun in 1977 and
left in 2000. While there, Dad would
take me for jungle hikes, taught me
to fih in the lake, took me on end-
leMMs ships through the Panama
Canal He introduced me to other
people in his line of work, Pilots and
Ilheir families, Lock Masters, Tug
Boat Captains, Admeasurers, Port
Captains, Shipping agents. Whenever I went somewhere, I
would say with pride, I am Capt. Petroni's son. That was the
same pride we all had in saying who our parents were.
From my father I learned the importance of hard work,
loving his wife, respecting -
women, about the stars, the ships
and how to navigate. I watched
someone who loved to take time
for others, teach them things, and
learn from them. Dad would say;
"If you want to be interesting, be
interested." Dad taught me to
surf at Devil's Beach, to believe
in myself, to go "Full Ahead" in everything, and that "Right
Makes Might". When I got in trouble at Cristobal High
School for being a typical Gatun boy, he loved me just the
same. He went on Boy Scout trips with us, became Airborne,
introduced me to music like Frank
Sinatra, and loved the lyrics to
"My Way" and "That's Life". He
would fill our home with the lights
from his ship when entering Gatun
Locks late at night. He would send
S: Mom Morse Code light signals to
., / ,. tell her he loved her, and as she
stood watching him from the house,
c- he would yell at the top of his lungs
., and wave to her from the ships
bridge, just to make sure she knew
that she was everything to him.
Many times I would keep Dad's
Spare radio next to my bed and listen
to him give commands as he took a
ship through the canal, listening to
the tugs and mules sound their whistle or clang their bell in
response to his commands. And, many times, when those
hard rainy season rains would come pouring down on our
copper roof, I would get up and look out from a dry room at
Dad with his yellow terry cloth hat leaning over the bridge in
Gatun Locks, radio in hand, at 4 a.m., faithfully doing his job.
Man I was proud of My Dad. I still am, more than ever.
As many of you know, a little
over 3 years ago my father had a
massive brain hemorrhage due to ..
high blood pressure. I begged I
God to take my arms, my sight,
my legs, my life, if he would just
make Dad well. I learned God
doesn't make deals. He never took
any of my body parts, and within 6
months, I was able to use the things
from my unanswered prayers to help
Dad on the path to recovery. I could
now walk by his side, listen to my
answered questions about the sea, and
as we walked down our street in
Florida, smile to hear him yell to
Mom, "Reidunn, come join us, we're
taking a walk down the Locks'
Road." Most importantly, I learned
how to love my father, even in some small way compared to
all the love he had shown me.
I now had to help him, the
way he always helped me. We
went to the pool and I held him
as he exercised with all the older
women, who kept smiling at
him. I would think of the times
he and mom taught us Gatun
how to Paul at Gatun pool
get their "B" badge. We would body
surf, with him now holding on to my
back as we rode waves in Atlantic
Beach, Fla., instead of Devils Beach
where I would hold on to his back.
And to now carry him out of the
water as he rode piggyback on my
back, steering me with my ears, the
way I would do to him when I was
just young. We would drive around
an empty parking lot in our beat up
van, and I would give Pilot com-
mands, "Hard to Port, Mid Ships" as
he would drive almost crashing into
the Center Wall or the Knuckle.
Oh, the laughter we had! As he
regained his strength, with all his
brain damage, he had a difficult -
time getting out of bed on his own,
but all Mom had to say as she
stood by the window was, "Wow,
Jerry, what kind of a ship do you "
think that is?" And he was right
out of bed by her side staring out the window at the sea. He
always knew every type of ship that went by. One evening, I
was able to watch him flex his new muscles to Mom in the
bedroom, and ask her with a smile, "Do I turn you on?" What
I have never laughed with someone more, clapped for
I someone more, told them how
Proud I was of someone more.
I learned that loving someone is
everything, and that the Bible
thele aromdnedo th hlo smtheo isd
verse of respecting your parents
has so much meaning, more
than I ever really knew. Our
Canal Zone parents taught us to
respect our elders, and what a
-aL great lesson we all learned from
them. For me, just watching Mom devote herself with end-
less pride to "Jerry" all day, every day, made me understand
Amazing Love. That saying, "Only a life lived for someone
else is worth living" is so true.
While down fishing in Lake Gatun and visiting friends
and Dad's workmates in December, I was more proud than
ever, ten years after our family leaving the Zone, to say, "I am
Captain Petroni's son."
Dad had a small stroke on December 19th that made him
lose some ground and become a little unstable, but we were
out of the hospital in days. Days later, on the afternoon of
Dec 25, Dad and I went for a swim in the pool and like
always, he gave it his all. We laughed, and we held hands as
we left the pool and he asked me, "Will I ever be totally well
again," I said, "Yes Dad, you bet.
We'll just pick up where we left
off and get back on the top
again." He said, "Thank you, I ,
hope so." That night, he told
Mom in bed, how much he loved
her, he thanked her for all that
she had done for him, they
prayed, and his last words to her
were, "I love you Reidunn, and I love Jesus." They fell
asleep holding each other's hands, with Mom's face snuggled
in his neck. Could it be any more complete for us?
Our family was able to have Dad for three years after his
2006 brain bleed, before he left us to be with Jesus this
December 31st. When he had his last colossal brain bleed late
that night on Dec 25th, 2009, and mom yelling out the next
morning for me to help her get Dad out of bed, racing him to
the hospital to only look at scans of a catastrophic situation, I
begged God once again, to take my life, not Dad's, so that he
could be here for Mom. I begged God for just one more
chance. Just One More Chance... There were so many things
I still needed to ask Dad, do with Dad, and make up for past
failures with Dad. But this time it was God's time. And we
knew it. Doctors were unable to heal Dad from this bleed
unless we wanted to have our father unable to speak, com-
prehend, walk, or breathe on his own. Not a life for anyone,
and not one for our Dad. We chose to let him go Home.
Those last days were so full of tears, regrets, feelings of lone-
liness and extreme sorrow, and of joy in knowing that our life
on earth is such a small part in time, and that real living was
just about to start for Dad.
As Dad's grip loosened from our hands over those next 6
days, I watched someone who
never knew his parents, who had
the most difficult upbringing,
never quit and give life his Best.
He was knocked down
Thanksgiving of 2006, and rose
back to the top to get knocked
down only one last time on
Christmas Day 2009. He was lift-
ed up the last day of 2009, with a
full moon over a starry sky and a
glistening blue sea, to such won-
derful heights. We will only
understand such joy when it is our
time to go.
Almost ten years to the day, after leaving Gatun and mov-
AfI ing to the United States, my
father would now pass
away on Dec 31, 2009. In
these past ten years, he trav-
eled to Norway and
Australia, hiked mountains,
.~ sailed captain on a few
ships, bodysurfed with us
and helped my sister in her
surfing. He was there for
our family, and he started to
really impress upon me his
love for God, Country and Family.
I would be so happy for him to be back with us, most
importantly for Mom, but how thankful I am to know where
he is. I have learned, like so many of us who grew up in a
place where the impossible was made possible, that Only
people of Real Greatness, Honor, Fortitude, Integrity and
Love of their family and country, could accomplish such a
feat as building the Panama Canal. The man that was taking
his last gasping breaths, was
that type of a man. As our
family stood around his bed in
our home that evening, we
were in awe and amazement.
He was our best friend, he was
our father and my mother's
I never understood why
such a stout Dad would slide
off his bed to his knees each
morning to pray, go for a swim
in the ocean as the sun rose and
bring Mom flowers and breakfast in bed. He always longed
to be back on the ships, even if it was just as an able-bodied
seaman. He loved his family with patience and tenderness
and he was there for us everyday, in every way, ending his
days again on his knees thanking God.
For 3 years and one month with all the brain damage he
had, he prayed prayers that I still cannot grasp, such as,
thanking God for all that He .
gives us, and all that He does i~'.
not give us. Dad was always
laughing, that infectious
smile with a sparkle in his
eyes, always pinching mom
on her butt even when it was
hard for him to stand and bal-
ance, and closing his eyes in
joy after she would give him a kiss. Six months after he had
his November bleed, he scratched out on a paper, "Never
Quit", and he lived by those words his whole life.
I now understand peace. After all that Dad accomplished
on this earth, all the storms at sea, working his way from
washing ships toilets, to being washed off his ship into the sea
and back on again in a cold North
Atlantic storm, to became a
Master Mariner, Naval
Commander, Airborne, transit
over 3000 ships through the
Panama Canal and even helped to
raise a family. After all that, I
Watched him leave this earth with
not even a lung full of air. He left
with nothing, except peace in
Becoming .Airborne at Fr. knowing his Savior. That peace I
ISherman. now understand, (teary eyed writ-
ing this, but it is so true) to Know God is to Live. I want to
follow in Dad's footsteps.
Let us all give Life our
Very Best, show genuine
kindness to others, take on a
Never Quit attitude and only
remember the greatness and
wonderfulness in each of our
Dad's (and Mom's) lives.
And when others are
around, or if we have sons or Sonya, Jerry and Karina
daughters, let us remember how they are watching us, admir-
ing us and learning life through us.
Thank you all for being
"Our" best Moms and Dads
and giving us life. We are so
proud of you.
SAlways, your Gatun friend,
Go to www.NeverOuitNever.com to watch the short video
on Gerard's life.
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
7985 113th Street, Suite 100 1 Seminole, FL 33772 I Fax: 727-394-2737
University of Florida and PC Museum Kick Off Partnership
The ink on the UF/PCM Partnership Agreement was not yet dry when the Museum and the University of
Florida began collaborating on a number of issues:
UF and Museum officials have toured and held meetings at each other's facilities
UF and the Museum have appointed representatives to serve on each other's boards
UF digitized several museum artifacts and publications (including BHS and CHS 1959 yearbooks,
the Balboa bust and other items) which can be accessed online at:
UF participated in the PCM exhibit room during the Annual Panama Canal Society Reunion,
distributed yearbook DVDs to 1959 Class Members and displayed its interactive website to visitors
to the Museum exhibit room
UF will begin digitizing other yearbooks, which will be available in DVDs at the 2010 Reunion
(See the advertisement in the back pages of this issue for more details.)
UF hosted Museum member Robert Hughes on the UF campus for a book signing/talk about his
new book, Ahorca Lagarto
UF conducted an oral history interview with Museum member Leo Krziza and plans to take other
oral histories from former Canal Zone residents during the 2010 Reunion
UF will collaborate with Bayside High School in St. Petersburg and the Museum to train high school
students to interview individuals about their personal experiences in the Canal Zone on a project
entitled "American Voices: Operating a Canal Through the Panamanian Isthmus'
Yearbooks Needed for UF/PCM Digitization Project
The Panama Canal Museum has recently provided the University of Florida with a copy of every Zonian,
Caribbean, and Conquistador yearbook in our collection for UF for digitization project. Unfortunately, the
museum does not have a complete set of all Canal Zone Schools yearbooks. If you have a copy of any of the
following, please contact the museum:
Caribbean (Cristobal High School): before 1920
Zonian (Balboa High School): before 1914, 1916-1919, 1923, 1937, 1988, 1999
Conquistador (CZ Junior College/CZ College/Panama Canal College): before 1936, 1942, 1950, 1951, after 1972
Cougar's Pride (Curundu Junior High/Middle School): before 1966, 1975, 1977. 1978, 1980, 1990, 1992, after 1996
ElPacifico (Paraiso High School): any year before 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, after 1977
Rainbow City High School: all years needed
Elementary Schools: practically all of the elementary school yearbooks
Yearbooks from any other schools we may have overlooked!
We appreciate your help with this important project! Contact the museum by phone at 727-394-9338 or send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
PANAMA CANAL MUSEUM
Website HOURS OF OPERATION Monday -Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Email
www.panamacanalmuseum.org 727-394-9338 email@example.com
BHS Class of 1961's Trunk
Welcomed in South Carolina
On November 6, 2009, a Museum in a Trunk donated
by the Balboa High School Class of 1961 was
presented to the Greenville, South Carolina, School
District. The ceremony and media coverage were
skillfully arranged by BHS alumnus and Greenville
resident, George Garcia, at Mountain View Elementary
Tommy Hughes, Principal of Mountain View Elementary
School, expresses appreciation for the Museum in a Trunk
presented to the school by George Garcia (center) on behalf of
BHS Class of '61. At right is Dr. Eugene Bondurant, also
present for the ceremony.
Former Zonians attending the ceremony included,
Alice Latimer, Ron Nessler, and Dr. Eugene Bondurant,
a former BHS principal.
The Museum in a Trunk is an outreach program to
schools to teach the history of the Canal. Other Canal
Zone/DoDDS-Panama alumni classes, individuals and
families are encouraged to sponsor trunks for school
districts of their choice.
Telephone Books Needed
The PCM/UF partnership is planning to digitize
telephone books. If you have any of the following and
can donate them to the project, they would help to fill
holes in our collection:
PCC/PC Commission Telephone Books: before 1941,
1942, 1943, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954,
1956, 1957, 1973, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, after 1997
Armed Forces Telephone Books: before 1972, 1973, 1974,
1975, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, after 1993
Republic of Panama Telephone Books: before 1954,
1955-1977, 1980-1993, after 1995
Planning Starts on 2010 Reunion Exhibits
At the 2010 Panama Canal Society Reunion, the
museum is hoping to include two exhibits for which
we are looking for documents, photos, and objects to
supplement those in our collection.
"Visits by Famous People" would feature the visits of
dignitaries such as presidents, film and sport stars, and
members of royalty; and "The Canal Zone Health
System" would tell the story of the people and methods
used to make the Canal Zone the healthiest tropical
area in the world.
If you have some items you could lend the museum for
these exhibits, please call 727-394-9338 or e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what
Red, White, and Blue Troupe DVD
Now Available to Museum Members
The unbelievable feats of Canal swimmers and divers
continue to amaze and delight all those who view the
DVD. Many members have donated $25 toward a
Museum in a Trunk and received the DVD as a thank
you gift. So far, we've received over $900 through this
project. All museum members are invited to participate
in this program and obtain this very special DVD.
Let's make that $1500 goal and be able to present a
Trunk to another school district!
APRIL 18 Space Coast Bunco V for PCM
Grab your friends and head on over to the Dog 'n Bone
Pub in Cocoa Village, Fla, for the 5th Annual Space
Coast Bunco Fundraiser. Prizes! Snacks! Fun!
Contact email@example.com or 321-455-1649.
JUNE 30-JULY4 Panama Canal Reunion
Visit the Panama Canal Museum exhibit room, bid on
items in the silent auction, and see our tables in the Vendors'
Room Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla.
Jean Medinger McGuire, Reporter/Editor
(727) 804-5000 1 Museum (727) 394-9338
OYE! OYE! BHS CLASS OF '49
Again it is time to mark your calendars for the Annual
Reunion in Orlando in June/July. We will have our tradi-
tional Hospitality Suite with all the goodies and treats. The
suite will open on Thursday, July 1st, and remain open till
Saturday night, July 3rd. The Class of '50 has invited us
to join them at their 60th reunion dinner on Friday, July
2nd, at the hotel.
Remember, there is no place better than the Hospitality
Suite at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort to meet and enjoy
old friends. Come, relax and enjoy the festivities.
Any questions? Please contact Bill Carson (305-944-
0059) or George Downing (321-676-0660). Donations
always help defray the suite costs
BHS '49 AND '50
The BHS Classes of '49 and '50 will host their annu-
al Hospitality Suite during the Panama Canal Society
Reunion at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. We will be
open Thursday, July 1, through Saturday, July 3. It is a
great opportunity to visit with old friends and enjoy the
open bar and refreshments.
For more information, contact:
George Downing ('49)
Shirley O'Connor ('50)
BHS CLASS OF 1950
We will have a reunion dinner on Friday, July 2, 2010,
at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort as part of the annual
Panama Canal Society Reunion, which will be held June
30-July 4, in Orlando.
For further information, contact Shirley O'Connor at
(817) 642-0569, or panamasso(@aol.com.
LET'S GO TO PANAMA!!
BHS CLASS OF 1958
REUNION IN PANAMA
Those interested in going for a mini-reunion
in April 14, 2010, please contact:
BHS/CHS CLASSES OF 1955
55TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
We will have our reunion during the period of June 30
to July 4, 2010, in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in
Orlando, Fla. Our hospitality room will be open Thursday,
July 1, through Saturday, July 3, and will feature food and
beverages and time for recalling the good old days and
catching up on one another's current lives. A banquet will
be held on Friday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
More detailed information will be forthcoming via
emails and mailings as complete plans are firmed up. To
give us your commitment to attend or to get more infor-
mation, please contact your school/class representative:
BHS Contacts: Bob Zumbado
11416 Carabelee Circle
Orlando, FL 32825
905 Teaberry Lane
Port Orange, FL 32127
CHS Contact: Joan Kozar-Murphy
11837 Washington Place
Trinity, FL 34655
BHS CLASS OF 1960
Planning has begun for our 50th Class Reunion to be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
Annual Reunion at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf
Club in Orlando, Fla., from June 30-July 4, 2010. Let's
make this one even better than the last one!!! Details to
RSVP to: Carolyn Holmes Morris at
or give a call at 706-592-5705
HAVING A CLASS
OR MINI REUNION?
CHS CLASS OF 1960
50TH CLASS REUNION
Our 50th class reunion will be held in conjunction with
the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando,
Fla., at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. The dates for the
2010 reunion are June 30-July 4, 2010. It will be here
before you know it so please mark your calendars and tell
any classmates who you are in contact with!!
Your committee is hard at work on plans for a fun time
and will keep you updated as we go along. We are looking
for addresses/telephone numbers/email for John
Petersen, Brenda Murray (Clarke), Georgia Smith
(Sumrall), and Dee Pearce (Beckstrom).
Joni (Page) Smith
BHS CLASS OF 1968
The time has flown...we all
have grown! And as we have sur-
vived...the spirit of our class is still
So now is the time to cele-
brate...for BHS Class of '68! As we
turn sixty--and still feel quite nifty...
We'll gather for some fun (and
\ i MAYBE some rum)...so reserve the
date...don't be late...it's going to be great!!
Fellow classmates, CHS'68, and friends, join us in
Orlando at the Panama Canal Society Annual Reunion on
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010, for dinner in our class Suite,
birthday cake and the Society Ball where we will dance the
night away! More details to follow by email. Please email
Mike or Peggy to sign up.
Mike Chavez El Jefe
Peggy Hale Huff
Wayne Albritton Darleen Woodruff Hunt
John Disharoon Frances Stabler Meyer
Lee Harwell Grant Janet Hunt Watkins
Registration for the PCS Reunion ($7.00) and reserva-
tions for the PCS Reunion block hotel rooms may be made
online at http://www.pancanalsocietv.org/. Society mem-
bership must be current.
BHS CLASS 1970
Vicki Sizemore is hosting
the "Party in Panama" from
SL June 23-27, 2010. 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.
Our famous Florida contingent have set up the state-
side class reunion in conjunction with the 2010 Panama
Canal Society Reunion. We will have a suite for class-
mates on July 2 3, 2010. Contact Rudy or Jacque.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
Tina (Vega) Cohen
CHS CLASS OF 1970
We will be having a hospitality room at the reunion.
Contact Jane (Gabriel) Huff
ianehuff(ihotmail.com or call (321) 449-9665
BHS CLASS OF 1975
Plans for our 35th class reunion are well underway.
Save the dates of June 30-July 4, 2010, in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society Reunion at the Rosen
Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. We're planning a
variety of fun events starting on Thursday night and end-
ing Sunday afternoon. A website will be developed soon.
In the meantime, check for more details at www.pan-
For more information, please contact:
Bill Walker at wwalker(@bfglobal.org
Noreen Hanson at noreen.hanson(igmail.com
Joanie Ridge Cameron at joaniell26(.sbcglobal.net
CHS CLASS OF 1975
Our 35th class reunion is planning to be held during
the Panama Canal Society's 2010 Annual Reunion in
Orlando, Fla. Please contact either David Evans or Scott
Parker if you plan to attend. We are also gathering con-
tact information on classmates if you have updated email
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1980
The Balboa High School Class of 1980 will be cele-
brating our 30th High School Reunion in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society Reunion June 30-July 4,
2010, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Fla.
For more information please visit the web site:
www.bhs80cz.com, join the facebook group: Balboa
High School Class of 1980, or email:
BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1985
25 YEAR REUNION
The Balboa High School and Cristobal High School
classes of 1985 invite you to our 25 year reunion to be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's
Annual Reunion in Orlando, Fla. We will be having our
get-together at the hospitality suite of the Rosen Shingle
Creek Resort so plan ahead!!
For more information visit our Facebook group at:
You can register for our 25 year Class Reunion at:
Reunion coordinators are:
Pedro Vangas Darla Creek Patti Revello
Our 20th class reunion will be
held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society Reunion
/ at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort in Orlando, Fla., June 30
July 4, 2010. A pool side
Cabana has been reserved for
Friday, July 2, 2010. For the lat-
est reunion details e-mail Kevin Steil at kevin(isteil-
tech.com or check out Facebook: Balboa High School
Class of 1990 event.
HAVING A CLASS OR MINI REUNION?
NOW IS THE TIME TO START
PLANNING FOR YOUR
CLASS REUNION FOR 2011.
SEND YOUR INFORMATION TO
THE EDITOR AT:
SPACE COAST BUNCO V
Space Coast Bunco V, an annual fund-raiser for the
Panama Canal Museum will be held on April 17, 2010 at
the Dog 'n Bone Pub in Cocoa Village, Fla. An optional
covered dish luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed
by bunco at 1 p.m. SCB V is open to anyone who would
like to participate. Contact Peggy Huff at
phufficfl.rr.com or (321) 455-1649.
Never Quit is designed for everyone as it focused on
Love, Health and Determination. This year's event will
take place all day on Saturday, June 5, 2010, in
This year's event will feature a 5K Run & Walk and a
Trident event, which will consist of solo or teams doing a
5K run, 1K ocean swim and 2K surfboard paddle. The
only one of its kind in the world. There will be many other
things to do, free health checkups, Jaguar football players
playing flag football with the kids, a 1-mile Fun-run for
the kids, a big Never Quit-Salt Life Fishing tournament
and prizes for all events that are out of this world. Navy
Jets and P-51 Mustangs and paratroopers jumping will
start the day and free food, drinks, pictures of you in the
event, and T-shirts will be given to all participants. The
day will end with a big after party at the Salt Life Food
Shack, with bands and free food. It is intended to be the
best beach day ever.
Never Quit would be honored if as many Zonians as
possible would attend the event this June. All information
can be seen at www.NeverOuitNever.com to include reg-
istration, hotels, past high school speeches, past pictures,
etc. You can also watch the video on Gerard Petroni and
his Never Quit story on this Web site, which has many
great pictures from the Canal Zone.
BHS CLASS 1961
Please send your CURRENT
to George Garcia
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.
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or by FAX to 266-7808
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If you are like us at Panama Vacation Quarters (PV]Q and want to show your
appreciation to our wounded veterans, please join us in this great opportunity.
PVQ is proud to announce our affiliation with Vacations for Veteran's (VFV), a
non-profit organization formed to provide vacations for Purple Heart Medal
recipients from the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.
Here's how it works: PVQ donates the lodging for a week [worth up to $1,500)
and VFV will collect your tax-deductible donation to pay for a wounded hero's
airfare to Panama.
One hundred percent of your donation will go to transport a wounded veteran and
his family to our beloved Panama for some much-needed R&R. Let's show
these heroes how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice. Please
donate $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford to support this honorable
cause. And we'll take good care of them at PVQ, we promise!
Please make checks payable to:
Vacations for Veterans (Federal ID 20-865343)
9435 Lorton Market Street #105 -- A
Lorton, VA 22079
or donate online at www.VacationsforVeterans.org
*Mark your donation 'PVQ" so it goes specifically to this effort.
Call Bob Medinger with any questions: 915-581-9388 -4 'Iacato,
ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK RESORT
2010 Special Package 5 nights for 4
STAY 4 NIGHTS AND GET THE 4TH OF JULY FREE!!!
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is offering a special package to Panama Canal Society
members who book their rooms through the Society for the 2010 Annual Reunion.
Stay 4 nights and get the 4th of July FREE!
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is also offering discounts to Panama Canal Society mem-
bers who register with the Society for the reunion and stay at the Rosen Shingle Creek
Resort during the Annual Reunion in 2010.
25% discount in Osceola for buffet
25% discount in Calla Bella and Land Remembered (specific times apply)
10% discount in the Deli
10% discount at Cat-Tails
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Anniversaries, and Birthdays.
We also do Ballroom Clusters,
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