"NOW vs. THEN" CONSTRUCTION OF THE PANAMA CANAL
OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE FOR 2010-2012
Mr. Tom Wilder
(352) 566-7121 (evenings)
Mr. Mike Coffey
1st Vice President
Ms. Shirley Avery
2nd Vice President
Ms. Noreen Hanson
Mr. Chris Wilder
Ms. Kelly Parthenais
Mrs. Bliss (Morris) Connerton
Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Mike Young
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
President's M essage...................................................................................................... 1
Office Manager/Secretary's Message............................... .......................2
Annual Business Meeting Handout...................... ..... ........................ 3
2012 Nominating Committee Report...................................................5
ByLaw Am endm ent..................................................................... ..................... 5
M arriott Letter.................................. .......... .... .................................... ....
Titanium Sponsors..................................................................... ...................... 7
Reunion Vendors.................................................. ..................... ................ 7
Reunion Lost and Found.............................. .... ..... ....................7
Editor's C orner........................................... ...............................................................8
November Space Coast Picnic.............. ................................. ...................8
Annual Reunion Winners............................ ..... .... ....................8
Christm as Luncheon Form ....................................... ..................9
Christmas Luncheon Directions..................................................10
Corozal Cemetery Information....................... .. ....................10
May PCS Membership Meeting................................. .. .................... 11
M em bership N ew s.................................................. ......................................... 13
South Texas Zonian Mini-Reunion....................... ...... ............... ....13
Synopsis of Minutes Executive Board and General Membership Meetings.............. 14
Your Reporter Says:
Arizona................... 15 FL North Central...............25
Arkansas............................16 FL Pensacola.....................26
California............... 18 FL Space Coast..................28
DC Metro Area................20 FL Tallahassee..................30
Europe.............................21 FL Tampa......................... 32
FL Central Florida.............23 Georgia........................34
FL Niceville....................... 24 Louisiana.................37
Annual Reunion Pictures
Registration................43 Yoga Class.......................52
Vendors.......................45 Annual Meeting.................53
Decorations..................47 Candid Pictures............56, 63
Golf..........................48 PanaZonian Dance........57
Thursday Yacht Club........49 Annual Luncheon..............60
Bingo......................50 Ticket/Lottery Sales..........62
Dance Class.....................51 Clubhouse..................64
Owl Show........................52 After Hours Club...............65
Annual Pool Party..............67
A Merchant Marine Looks Back........................... ......... .......................82
Congratulations.................... .......... ...... ............................ 83
W eddings....................... .. ................................... 89
W ith Deep Sorrow ........................................................ 93
Letters to the Editor.................................. ........................ 101
Panam a Canal M museum ............................................................ ...................... 106
A nnouncem ents.......................................................................... ....................... 08
Advertisements....................... ...... .................109
M membership Application Form ........................................................................... 115
Panama Canal Society M merchandise Form................. .......................................... 116
Cover: "Now vs. Then" construction of the Panama Canal pictures from the collection
of Bill McLaughlin.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Space Coast Picnic, Tom Statham Park, Titusville, Fla. For infor-
mation, call Bob and Frances Morrissey at (321) 639-9092 or Bob
and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-7281. See page 8.
Southern California Panama Potluck Luncheon, Laguna Woods,
Calif., 11:00 a.m. For information, call David Lane:at (619) 665-
2857 or Kathy Taylor: at (949) 951-4801. See page 88.
PCS Christmas Luncheon, Wine Cellar, N. Redington Beach, Fla.
Contact Margaret McLaughlin at (352) 726-8804 or Betty
LeDoux-Morris at (727) 934-2781. See page 9.
Hello Everyone -
My message this month will be
excerpts from my State of the Society
Report presented at the Annual Meeting
during the Reunion. Another handout
Tom Wilder with graphs was presented to the atten-
dees to go along with my report and any-
one wanting a copy may contact the office. We also complet-
ed another SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities,
Threats) exercise to help the Executive Board with decision
making for the upcoming year. This exercise is very valuable
and provides input directly from the membership.
Let me begin by thanking each of the Board members
who have sacrificed their valuable time over the past year to
volunteer their time to the Panama Canal Society. Their input,
counsel and experience have been valuable to our success!
(Proverbs 15:22) says: "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but
with many advisers they succeed." I thank each of the Board
members for their wise counsel. Last, but not least! Our Staff.
They work behind the scenes to keep everyone in line. I also
need to thank my wife Kathy for all her support over the past
This past year has been like no other. From natural disas-
ters like tornadoes, earthquakes, to our military taking out the
leader of terrorism. We owe a debt of gratitude to our military
folks for all their sacrifices. Please always keep them in your
We know the economy is still trying to get back on track.
While I reported last year that it seemed to have stabilized; I
feel that for the most part it has. At least I don't believe we
are still falling! We know that some members are still experi-
encing hard times. Besides the obvious, this could be one rea-
son that memberships are not increasing. Let's hope and pray
that our nation bounces back soon and we get back on track!
The Board continues to address expenditures and look for
ways to save money. Our expenditures vs. expenses are with-
in acceptable limits. The expenses of the Society operation
are continuously monitored. On the horizon will again be our
office lease. Nancy has also hinted that her temporary return
as Secretary 12 years ago may end next year! These will be
some very important issues that will need to be addressed. We
have our work cut out for us!
The Society Facebook page continues to be a hit with
members. We are using it as an immediate communication
tool to send reminders of Society events. I see this expanding
even more in the future. We currently have 2134 friends on
Our website has been successfully moved to our own in-
house server. Improvements to forms and features are ongo-
ing. Still on the horizon will be an improved integrated data-
base. I need to thank my son and Director Chris Wilder for
all his work on this at no cost to the Society!
The Canal Record continues to be our most visible chron-
icle. Costs have stabilized and quality has not been compro-
mised. Our first color edition was published last October and
we are planning for this October to be the same. This was met
with many positive comments from members.
Memberships show another slight decline. I do feel our
Membership Committee efforts have helped slow the decline.
This year we introduced the Governor's Club Membership.
This has resulted in over 100 members taking advantage of
this by renewing their memberships for five years. We hope
more will join! Our proactive approach to membership con-
SPanama Canal Society, Inc.
4 (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
S"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
r l 7985 113th Street. Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
'March, June, October, and December
*Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida, and additional entry for March, C1) wE
June, October and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 7985 113th Street, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
The membership fee is S40.00 annually.
The Annual Directory is published once a year.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships. Single copies for sale at $5.00 each (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society, Inc., will become the property of the
Society and will be retained in the Society files and archives.
Panama Canal Society, Inc., assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.
727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.pancanalsocietv.org/
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday
Printed by North Florida Graphics, 19566 SE Institution Dr., Blountstown, FL 32424
tinues by sponsoring membership drives at events attended
by Zonians. We again sponsored Shorty&Slim Annual
Cayuco Race kick-off party in Panama. The Society also co-
sponsored two cayucos in the race. This sponsorship for the
second year in a row recruited several new memberships!
Everyone needs to help remind our fellow Zonians to join or
renew their Society membership! This is the lifeblood of
keeping the Society alive! I believe there is still a myth
among members that dues are used to supplant the Reunion.
That is not true...dues are for the daily operation of the
Society, the office, staff and Canal Record is where our dues
go. What is true, is without the Society there will not be a
Reunion! That is why sustained membership is so important!
The traveling general membership meetings continue to
be successful. These meetings allow members throughout the
year access to their Executive Board. I continually have
members say how much they appreciate these meetings com-
ing to their area. These traveling meetings will continue with
our next membership meeting in October in Ocala. Hope to
see some of you there!
In 2010 income spiked as a result of the $10 dues
increase. This allowed for income to rise above our expens-
es. This shows the affect of a declining membership on
expenses. For those who joined the Governor's Club, the
additional yearly dues were not included in the 2011 income.
I truly believe we are ever mindful of our expenditures and I
am proud of the good stewardship of the Executive Board.
One example is our sponsorship of activities and cayucos in
Panama during the Cayuco Race. We were able to purchase,
print and sell T-shirts in Panama during the Cayuco Race that
ended up covering all of our sponsorships costs!
The Canal Record cost has reached a cost level that is
acceptable. The only way to reduce this cost would be to
reduce the number of annual publications or number of pages
in each edition. At this time I don't believe it is necessary to
do this. Cost of the publication has stabilized and quality has
not been sacrificed. We have increased color covers and last
October included color photos of the Reunion! Something we
plan to do again. A special shout-out to all our area reporters!
Their submissions are truly appreciated. Without them all we
would have is pictures and of course the President's Report!
How many of you really read that anyway?
Our investments are in good shape. We have monitored
these and as I reported last year none of our investments lost
money! As our CDs mature we are rolling them over or mov-
ing them into money market accounts that pay the most inter-
est. Our minimum threshold balance for these investments
has been maintained at $160,000.
Our 2010 Annual Reunion was another success. While it
appears in the graph there was a profit, please keep in mind
this does not include office staff expenses. It is always our
goal to ensure that the Annual Reunion and all associated
costs are paid for by the attendees and not from operating
funds. As you can see by the charts, fees collected vs. reunion
expenses paid is almost breakeven. We also have several cor-
porate sponsors who donate prizes and in some cases funds
to offset our expenses such as the pool party. A complete list
of those sponsors was posted at Information and was provid-
ed in the October Canal Record. Please thank them! Or bet-
ter yet, use their products! I must also not forget that our
reunion is run by volunteers. Without their assistance we
couldn't pull it off. Please be sure to thank them for taking
the time out of their reunion to pitch in!
In conclusion, the state of the Society is good. We are sol-
vent and continue to exercise best practices in our handling
of Society matters. But we still have work to do! Sustaining
and increasing memberships should be everyone's priority.
Thank you everyone for your support of the Panama
Canal Society. May God bless each of you, the Society and
the United States of America!
Tom Wilder, President
Well the 2011 Reunion has passed and
we hope everyone enjoyed the Orlando
*- World Center Marriott and had a great
time. As usual we were busy at the
Information/Society Desk this year, and
as usual our volunteers were there to help
out. A very sincere thank you to June
I Boeckel, Shirley Boswell, Pete Foster,
Nancy Van Siclen
Lee Grant, Betty LeDoux, Joy Maale,
Carol Masino and Kathy Wilder. We also had two new vol-
unteers this year and hope that Janet Herrington and Sue
Light enjoyed their time at the Information Desk and if they
are planning on attending the Reunion in 2012 will think
about volunteering again.
We had several members stop by to say hello and pay
their membership dues for 2012 and several members joined
the Governors Club. So many told us that it was so conven-
ient to do it at the Reunion and not have to worry about it in
November and December.
For those members who have not paid their membership
dues for 2012, it is that time of year again, where we start
reminding you "the member" that your dues must be paid
before December 31, 2011 for the coming year. You can
either mail in a check for $40.00 or go to the Society website
at www.pancanalsociety.org and complete the membership
Remember you must be a current member if you plan on
attending the 2012 Reunion which is also the 80th
Anniversary of the founding of the Panama Canal Society,
Inc. It should be a very exciting year for the Society, and you
"the member" make it happen by staying a current member
and supporting your organization.
Again, thank you to each of you for supporting "Your
Nancy Van Siclen, Office Manager/Secretary
MEMBERSHIP DUES FOR 2012
ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2011.
201O / Innuial Re/nion Rlpo/rl foir /asI year..
The 2010 Amnual Reunion was held at Rosen 'h.iilr
~i Creek Resort in Orlando Florida. This is a breakdown of
the fees paid by members and cost of events where
those fees are applied. Not reflected in these charts are other expenses
such as office staff wages, fees, mi,,sc :' specificallv for reunion,
Reunion Fees Collected
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ANNUAL PRESIIi ITS i- PORT
FRIDAY, JULY 8, 201 1
Reunion Expenses Paid
Total '10 reunion fees collected: j71,656.85
Total '10 reunion expenses: :.. .
Difference< + $8,38.366
cccoulrt for office st5ff costS ci l office OP jxlne)ss u ed for the ieunlion.
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Iers. Our membership (committee continues to implement ideas stch as the
Govern rs Club, signirn up over 100 members this year who will have plid
their dues for 5 years! Traveling membership meetings are still well al-
tended and appre iated by members. The Executive Board continues to be(
good 'sewvards of the society funds citing expenses whenever possible. This
report is a snap shot of the society since our last Annual Meeting in July o010.
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2012 NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT
Article V of the Bylaws requires that a N..miritin- Committee be selected within two months following the Society's
Annual Business meeting of the Executive Board's second year's term of office. The Nominating Committee will consist
of five members. The President has appointed Jim Parthenais as Chairperson. Two additional members will be elected
at the Executive Board meeting on September 10, 2011 and the remaining two will be elected from the general member-
ship meeting at the October General Membership Meeting in Ocala, Fla. on October 22, 2011. Article V also states that
the Nominating Committee shall announce to the general membership in the first issue of the Canal Record following the
annual meeting of the Board's second year's term of office that nominations are in order. The Nominating Committee's
responsibility is to compile a slate of officers that, in our collective opinions, would best serve the Panama Canal Society.
Mail-in nominations must be postmarked and received by the Nominating Committee at least 10 days prior to the sched-
uled December 3, 2011 General Membership Meeting. The Nominating Committee will then present its slate of nominat-
ed officers, along with the list of qualified mail-in and floor nominations (also in order at the December meeting) to the
attendees at the meeting. All qualified nominees must provide written consent of their candidacy to the Nominating
Committee and state their willingness to accept the position if elected prior to the published deadline date of January 6,
2012 for the printing of the official ballot in the March issue of the Canal Record. Otherwise, the nomination will be con-
Therefore, anyone wishing to nominate another member, or himself or herself. for an elected office should do so as out-
lined above. We urge each nominee to review the Bylaws and familiarize himself or herself with the duties and responsi-
bilities of the office for which he or she is being nominated in order to ensure that the nominee can in fact fulfill the obli-
gations of the position.
Nominating Committee Chairperson
PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT #37
The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society, Inc. is concerned with the wording restriction in our Bylaws with a
board member only being able to hold any one position on the Executive Board for no more that two consecutive terms
(Article IV, Sec. 3, B) and could cause problems in the future. With this said, the ever dwindling number of persons inter-
ested in serving as an Executive Board member could possibly lead to vacancies within the Executive Board while current
board members interested in continuing to serve being subject to removal after two terms.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
SEC. 3 ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE:
B. The treasurer, office managerisecretary. Record editor, legislative officer, sergeant-at-arms and chaplain are permitted to
serve unlimited consecutive terms in the same office, with all other officer positions being restricted to two consecutive
terms in the same titled office, whether appointed or elected.
B. The treasurer, office manager/secretary, Record editor, legislative officer, sergeant-at-arms and chaplain are permitted to
serve unlimited consecutive terms in the same office, with all other officer positions being restricted to two consecutive
terms in the same titled office, whether appointed or elected. In the event that no other eligible member is available or
willing to serve, it shall be permissible for the current board member holding the affected position to serve an addi-
tional term in that capacity.
SEE CENTER OF THIS ISSUE FOR BALLOTS
Dear Pa:aia-a! Canal "ociNi-. \liem!ierll .
It was a i:!eat pri\ ile2e to welcome ,..o bWjc: to "he Orlando \Voil Center
M.\IT'rioT I itri'. value our tlo--tem. p rl:ei'rhip and I am persn.iiill
conuinined to an Cul!t din-l event next summer.
We have received your fe*dbhack and have learned quite a lot on how to
improve for next year. Froil our check in process to fod uid b. era2e
otffennl and hours of operation ,':f our oitrlc -. we v. ill customize our
ofTerigSg to enuier serve you in 2.12
Thank ou for returning to \. orld Center. I am loki for.. ardc to an
exLce.tioilna event in 2'12!
Hotel Mana l.er
Orlan~i.o World Cenrer Marn-iot
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
PROUDLY RECOGNIZES THE TITANIUM LEVEL SPONSORS
FOR THEIR GENEROUS PARTICIPATION WITH THE 2011 PCS REUNION.
CONDOR TOURS & TRAVEL, INC.
All Inclusive Hotels & Resorts
DECAMERON in PANAMA
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TRUMP TOWER HOTEL
RON ABUELO DISTRIBUTORS, MIAMI, FL
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE 2011 VENDORS WHO DONATED
DOOR PRIZES FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING AND BINGO!
Balint, Debra and Daryl
Brockman, Leonard and Janet
Ellis Jr, Thomas
Karpinski, Ken and Patty
McLaughlin, Allison, Bill and Margaret
Orlando World Center Marriott
Panama Canal Museum
Riley, William J
Santomenno, Agnes and Ariana
Sykes, Ed and Debbie
Taylor, Kassie (Sprague)
Vangas Jr, Pedro J
2011 ANNUAL REUNION LOST AND FOUND
Please call the Society office if you have lost any items during the 2011 Annual Reunion.
Items found were sunglasses, bracelet, book. etc.
Contact the Society office: The toll free number is: 1-866-726-2262
Whew! I finally finished reviewing
the thousands of pictures from the
reunion. If you would like to order pic-
Jacque Vowell tures taken at the reunion; go to
A big thank you goes out to Fran Myers, Chris Dishong,
Katie Haas and Elaine Vestal Lewis for sending their per-
sonal reunion pictures. Thanks for sharing!
On a sad note, Betty (Flenniken) Dunning who was part
of the Arkansas area reporter team has passed away. Betty will
be greatly missed. Nancy Eider, Helen Aaronson-Hay and
Isaac Hay are retiring as reporters. Helen and Isaac are passing on
November General Membership
Meeting and Space Coast Picnic
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Tom Statham Park Pavilion
near Titusville, Florida
The Panama Canal Society General Membership meeting
will be held on November 5, 2011, 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 p.m.
the California area reporter duties to Joanie Ridge Cameron
(BHS'75). Members can reach Joanie at
ioaniell26(SASBCelobal.net/. A round of applause goes out to our
retiring reporters for their years of service to the membership. We
also welcome Shelly McGowan as the Northeastern reporter.
Shelly lived in Panama from 1974-1977 as an army brat.
Members living in the New England states and New York can
contact Shelly at shellvm61(ivahoo.com
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell, Editor
(386) 451- 4779, evenings
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.
2011 WINNERS AT ANNUAL MEETING
Bob Zumbado one round of golf for a foursome at the Orlando World Center Marriott
Dolly Thomas Two nights stay plus one round of golf for a foursome at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
Paul Glassburn Two nights stay at the Radisson Summit Golf Resort in Panama.
Anne Sistrunk Three nights stay at the Trump Tower Ocean Club in Panama.
Roland Lees Five nights stay all inclusive for two at Decameron in Panama.
DESPEDIDA LOTTERY TICKET WINNERS
Third prize of $147.00 was won by Anna Knapp.
Second prize ot I 1 00 was won for the 2nd year in a row by Kay Hamilton.
First prize of $368.00 was won by Louis Engelke.
CULTURAL SEMINAR WINNERS
Lynn Cunningham Townsite Book
Rita Leisy Christmas Ornament and Note Cards
Betsy (Hewitt) Nichols Mola
Diane Lewis Hot Sauce
Sarah Pritham Hot Sauce
Patt Spiars Marriott Gift Card
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
i' December 3, 2011
r -^ Chairpersons: Betty LeDoux-Morris and Margaret McLaughlin
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The Panama Canal Society, Inc., Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held at The Wine Cellar at 17307 Gulf
Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida, on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Social hour is planned from 11:00 a.m.
with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The luncheon and monthly meeting will start at 12:00 noon.
The cost of the luncheon is $25.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities.
Friday, November 25, 2011 is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.
The menu will be a choice of Chicken Veronique, served with rice and fresh vegetables or New York Strip Steak with
rissole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad, rolls and butter, dessert (macadamia
nut sundae), iced tea and/or coffee.
When completing your reservation form, be sure to list with whom you would like to sit. Tables will be set for eight
people. Also, please indicate your choice of Chicken Veronique or New York Strip Steak.
This will be a very special luncheon and we hope you will join in the festivities. Preparations are underway to ensure
you have an enjoyable afternoon. We have some nice door prizes. Mark your calendar for December 3, 2011, and send in
your reservation early. Map to the Wine Cellar is on page 10 of this issue.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
-- December 3, 2011 -
Member Name Telephone Number:
Please make reservations at $25.00 each Total enclosed_
Please indicate preference: New York Strip Steak Chicken Veronique
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS NOVEMBER 25, 2011
Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)
Please make checks payable to the Panama Canal Society, Inc. and mail to Panama Canal Society. Inc.,
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
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December Luncheon Directions
December 3, 2011
17307 Gulf Blvd.
North Redington Beach, Florida
1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 28
West Gandy Blvd, turns into Park Blvd. Proceed
on Park until you reach Gulf Blvd. and turn left.
The Wine Cellar is on the left at 173rd Avenue.
2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit
28 West, and follow directions in No. 1 above.
3. From North Pinellas Take A-19 South to
Park Blvd. and follow directions as in No. 1 to the
4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd.,
which runs into Bay Pines Blvd, bearing left
towards Madeira Beach/Redington Beach and
cross Tom Stuart Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Then
right and proceed North to 173rd Avenue. Wine
Cellar is on the right.
BIoa C ga Bay
North Redngton Beach
9d' 1641 Ave
COROZAL AMERICAN CEMETERY IN PANAMA
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The Corozal American Cemetery in Panama is
reaching out to the members of the Panama Canal
Society and asking for biographies and photographs
from the families who have loved ones buried in the
The caretakers of the Corozal American Cemetery
are asked many times throughout the year by visitors,
"who is buried here and why were they in Panama"?
The biographies and photographs would be greatly
appreciated to help tell the story of those Americans
who are buried there and keep alive the history of the
Americans in Panama.
Corozal American Cemetery
(01) (507) 317-6033 / 6034
ebra Sanders, Lou Carlisle and
Joan and Ed Ohman and Judi McCullough
Joan and Ed Ohman and Judi McCullough
Faith Brundag.e .iid John Disharoon
e Hultin Jim and Linda DesLondes
Cherri Randall, Judy and David Long
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and Cheryl Russell Kristle Pearson and Nick Dowell
Michelle Pearson and Barbara Peterson
Donna (-lunphres )
Nancy Van Siclen, Bill McLaughlin and Bob Russell
Olga Disharoon and Cecilia Spence
Vannie Jones, Pete and Mary Lou Lang
Pete Foster, Shirley Boswell and Shelly Sanders
Cecilia and Tom Spence
General Membership Meeting attendance winner
2011 Ed Ohman with President Tom Wilder.
Hello Members! If you didn't attend this year's reunion, you missed a really great time. We did a few things different
this year and received a lot of positive feedback from many that attended. We always appreciate your feedback as it guides
us in making decisions for upcoming reunions. We have compiled some great ideas and we encourage you to submit any
feedback you have. You can e-mail your feedback-good or bad-to suggestionsipanancanalsociety.org.
I want to bring your attention to an item that came up at this year's Annual Business Meeting. There appears to be some
confusion as to whether military personnel stationed in Panama qualify for membership. Yes, they absolutely do! Our
Bylaws define membership eligibility as:
SEC. 2 ELIGIBILITY
A. Anv individual 18 years of age or over who worked or who is or was associated with the operation, maintenance, con-
struction, contract support 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 member-
ship in the Panama Canal Society Inc.
The key word here is "protection" and our military personnel certainly do that. If you know of anyone who may be inter-
ested in becoming a member of our Society I encourage you to invite him or her to join at www.pancanalsocietv.org. The
preservation, growth, and continuance of this great Society of friends will require an effort on the part of all members to
not only maintain their memberships but to recruit and enlist membership. Encourage your friends and family to join!
The Panama CZ Fall Classic "St. Pete Bash IV" was held at the Alden Beach Resort & Suites at St. Pete Beach, Fla. The
event was hosted by Richard Mel \rthur and Darla Creek and information was available through their website at
In May the Panama Canal Society sponsored the Annual. 6_- -,
South Texan Zonian Mini-Reunion. Executive Board .
members Bliss Connerton and Mike Young promoted
Panama Canal Society membership during this event. See
page 13-14 for candid pictures from the Texas mini-
reunion. If you have an upcoming Zonian event. contact
the Society for sponsorship at www.pancanalsociety.org.
Thanks to the many members who joined the Governors
Club while at the reunion. The Club is growing and we
appreciate the great. long-term commitment these mem-
bers are making to the Society. When renewing your
membership this year, please consider joining the
Governors Club. Details are available on the website.
We're already working on our reunion for next year and
hope you'll make plans to attend. You can expect a great
time for you and your entire family. I hope to see you Bliss Connerton and Mike Young promote Panama Canal
there! Society membership at the Texas mini-reunion.
Mike Coffey, Chairperson
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ANNUAL SOUTH TEXAN ZONIAN MINI-REUNION
ANNUAL SOUTH TEXAN ZONIAN MINI-REUNION
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY, INC. MEETING MINUTES
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SOCIETY HEADQUARTERS OFFICE SEMINOLE, FL.
OCTOBER 23, 2010
Approved: August 28, 2010 Executive Board Minutes
Approved: Expenditures from August 27, 2010 through
October 23, 2010 in the amount of S22,885.78.
Approved: six new applicants for membership.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
HILTON MELBOURNE BEACH OCEANFRONT
FEBRUARY 5, 2011
Approved: expenditures from October 23, 2010 through
January 31, 2011 in the amount of .-1 1,590.39.
Approved: 10 new applicants for membership
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
TOM STATHAM PARK, TITUSVILLE, FLA.
NOVEMBER 6, 2010
Approved: September 18, 2010 General Membership
accepted as written.
Approved: September Financial Statement to stand for
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
A. L. ANDERSON PARK, TARPON SPRINGS, FLA.
MARCH 19, 2011
Approved: February 5, 2011 General Membership
Minutes accepted as written.
Approved: January Financial Statement to stand for
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
TROYER'S DUTCH HERITAGE RESTAURANT
MAY 14, 2011
Approved: March 19, 2011 General Membership
Minutes accepted as written.
Approved: March Financial Statement to stand for audit.
FOR 2012 ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2011.
YOUR REPORTER SAYS
AL Allen Cotton
AZ Diane French
AR Lynn Harp
CA Joanie Ridge Cameron
CO Betty Annis
DC Metro Kathy Mclnturff
Europe Mary Lou Pascavage
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Emerald Coast Edwin Annbruster
North Central Grace Shadeck
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
South Florida Tom Pattison
Space Coast Janice Scott
Tallahassee Skip Rowley
Tampa Laura Kosik
(49) (0) 170-965-2556
GA June A. Stevenson (770) 995-7537
LA Patt Foster Roberson (225) 774-7761
Midwest Paul Bierman (630) 650-5006
MS Patt Foster Roberson (225) 774-7761
NC Patricia Hunt (828) 696-3995
Northeast Sikli McGowan (603) 233-0705
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 Kathleen Sheridan (434) 295 6648
Younger Generation Britton & Ruth Coffman (281) 752-8446
A ARIZONA I
Dick and Ginger Zornes traveled to
Panama in April to support Joey Zornes
and his team from Ohio in the Annual
Cayuco Race. As in years past, Dick and
Diane French Ginger watched anxiously from start to fin-
ish as Joey and his crew set out on their goal to place in this
awesome race. With little practice on the water in Ohio (due
to cold weather) the team had to implement alternate means
to prepare for this race. They practiced in their version of a
cayuco on the Ohio River, and spent many hours in the gym
to build up their stamina. They left a few days early in the
week to meet and stay with their fabulous hosts, Jay and
Llori Gibson, in Gamboa. Their few days of practice in
Gamboa in the Temie was well spent in preparing this cayuco
to "fit" them. As day three of the race ended, the team suc-
cessfully earned a fourth place trophy! Congratulations on
their hard work, Joey, Dan, Jack, and Mary Jo. It was an
In addition to enjoying the race, Dick and Ginger also had
the company of their beautiful granddaughters, Ava, Alex,
and their mother Meghan. Having the rest of the family in
Panama was a very special treat. There was a memorable trip
to El Valle where Dick's brother Chuck and wife Carmen
came down to have lunch with the entire family. Joining the
families was one of Joey's teammate's wife, Liz, who also
got to enjoy beautiful El Valle.
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Dick and Ginger appreciated the extended hospitality of
Jay and Llori Gibson, and thanked them for their outreach to
all the paddlers and families involved, some of whom trav-
eled all the way from Holland. Jay, Llori, son Lee, and crew
member took first place once more in the Misconception.
Fantastic paddling all around!
One thing Dick and Ginger could not get enough of
though was the seafood. When dining out that was the num-
ber one item to order whether it was corvina. shrimp, ceviche
or lobster. Corvina being number one staple that is sorely
missed in the states.
Sharon and Phil Owen (CHS'67) spent a few weeks in
Green Valley, Ariz., this past winter to get away from beauti-
ful but gray and wet British Columbia. The idea of golfing in
February and March without having to wear rain gear was
very .ipp,-.ilin, to them. They were able to connect with some
old friends from the Canal Zone days in Brazos Heights and
CHS--namely, Sam and Marv Puller, Beeby (Slauter)
Puller, and Mr. Richard Bock. Sam, Mary. and Mr. Bock
joined them for lunch at their rental house and Mary and Sam
reciprocated with a dinner at their home in Tucson.
Reminiscing is always fun but especially when it includes not
only friends but a teacher like Mr. Bock who has always taken
an interest in his students beyond the classroom and contin-
ues even today.
seen him since high school, and had a wonderful time catch-
ing up on the events in our lives. Our reunion is a great place
to meet old friends from Panama and the Canal Zone.
Warren and Dora LeGrys, Arizona Luncheon
Back: Phil Owen and Sam Puller. Front: Richard Bock and
f ''* '^
Sam Puller, Phil Owen, Mary Puller, and Beeby (Slauter)
Arizona had a Panama Canal reunion on May 12, 2011 at
the Royal Cafe Restaurant in Sun City, Ariz. There were
twenty people attending the luncheon. Craig and Lisa
Boatwright, Anita Seifert, Maddy Leckey, John and Jane
Alley, Anne Parks, Kelly Yielding, Carl and Pat Berg,
Judy Baerg, Curtis and Georgia Searcy, Miriam Hirschl,
Chester and Mary Grace Oakes, Warren and Dora
LeGrys, Jay and Diane French.
We played a game of Panama Canal Trivia which was fun
seeing how much we knew about the Canal Zone. Jay French
won first prize for knowing all the answers. Mary Grace
Oakes and Diane French came in second place. What fun we
all had trying to answer the questions! Lisa Boatwright had
nice prizes for the winners.
It was nice to see Curtis Searcy and his lovely wife
Georgia who live in the Phoenix area. I graduated with Curtis
in the 1963 graduating class at Balboa High School. I hadn't
Mary Grace Oakes, Miriam Hirschl, Diane French,
Georgia Searcy, and Curtis Searcy, Arizona Luncheon.
Arizona will have their next meeting in the fall. We have
two meetings a year. We will be looking forward to seeing all
our friends from Panama and the Canal Zone at our next
meeting. We look forward to seeing new members at each
meeting. Anyone who doesn't belong to the Panama Canal
Society should join. You will enjoy receiving the Canal
Record with news about the latest events, and pictures of
friends from Panama and the Canal Zone.
Diane (Sparks) French, Reporter
S In March the Flenniken sisters
S' (Betty Dunning, Carol Schwenke,
"" and Freda Stohrer) made a nostalgic
trip back "home" to Panama. We delib-
.'" erately told the rest of the family that
only the sisters were making this trip,
and so we visited many of our old haunts with no one to com-
plain about the weird stops at the Margarita gym or the ruins
of Cristobal Union Church and Our Savior Episcopal Chapel.
We spent only one day on the Atlantic Side, where we visited
our childhood neighborhoods in Margarita--Hevea Place,
Second and Third Streets, St. Margaret's church, the Union
Church, Snake Road, etc., etc. The Smithsonian Institution
has a small operation going at Galeta Point. One major focus
is education. Busloads of school children visit them on field
trips. The staff teach the kids about the wildlife in the area and
emphasize conservation--the blue crabs are now an endan-
gered species. And of course they conduct scientific studies.
That was a high point for us.
Margie Sherry, Freda (Flenniken) Stohrer, Betty
(Flenniken) Dunning, and Carol (Flenniken) Schwenke.
Friends Art and Margie Sherry had met us our first day
back "home." They took us here and there on the Pacific Side-
-to El Rey, to Siete Mares, to Miraflores, and much more.
Margie took us to Napoli where we once again ate pizza
(yum). Betty smuggled some home to daughter Lynn and
family. We loved sitting on the patio at Vacation Quarters
where we stayed, drinking tea or coffee or beer, watching the
birds and nikis, feeling the breezes, and wondering if we
could just squat in our apartment and stay on and on and on.
Our last three days took us to Santa Clara, where Phillips
cottages are now Las Sirenas, and to Gamboa. The view from
Las Sirenas is just the same and so is the water! Gamboa held
a big disappointment. On her last trip there, Carol had stayed
in our mother's Gamboa apartment on the Ridge, now part of
the big resort there. We had hoped to do the same. But Mom's
house is no longer habitable; mold and all sorts of tropical
decay are destroying the building. It was sad, but we were
able to say goodbye.
It was a wonderful week and a half. I guess we'll have to
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Jess and Lynn (Dunning) Harp and children Samantha,
Jess and Cheryl spent Spring Break in Colorado. It went by
too quick. Jess's four sisters live in the Denver/Boulder area,
Jacquelyn, Laurie, Rebecca and Mary. We stayed with Jess's
sister Mary (Harp) Cohen and her family, husband Dave
and children Sarah, Rebecca and Jacob. Mary and Dave had
everyone over for a wonderful smoked salmon and pork
shoulder. The crowd included Jess's sisters Laurie (Harp)
and husband Brett Morland, and Rebecca Harp and her
friend Pete. The next time Rebecca and Pete and daughter
Morgan had us all over for dinner and their sister Jacquelyn
Harp and husband Rod Walker, daughter Rachel and hus-
band and son Wild also joined the group. Morgan had made
empanadas, I must say they were the best empanadas I've had
since Panama! They made us an excellent Taco dinner. Pete
took two of our children, Samantha and Jess N., skiing. They
went to Copper Mountain and had a blast. They wished they
could have had another day or two to ski.
Jacquelyn Harp, Laurie (Harp) Morland, Jess Harp,
Rebecca Harp, and Mary (Harp) Cohen.
Cheryl Harp in the middle after a speed boat ride at Navy
Pier in Chicago.
It's summer now and we are enjoying the heat! At least I
am, others say it is way too hot. I would take this weather
year-round. Our summer visitors were my sister Cheryl
Lowery and her husband Mark. They have purchased a
condo on the lake and we have enjoyed helping them get set
up. Lisa (Hunt) Johnson came out for her usual week visit
over the 4th of July and we had a wonderful visit. We kept
busy swimming, canoeing and boating on the lake! We took
her to a Naturals' baseball game on the 4th and we won, we
enjoyed wonderful fireworks after the game. Of course, there
is always lots of shopping!
Jack and Joan Corliss and family went to Orange Beach,
Ala., and Joan's sister Joy Lindell came over from Pensacola
to visit. Everyone had a great time. A surprise 80th birthday
part was held for Jack Corliss at his daughter Leslie Corliss
Everett's house. Family and friends were there to celebrate!
Jack and Joan Corliss, and Joy Lindell
Jack Corliss, John Corliss, Joan Corliss, Leslie Corliss
Everett, Bud Planchon, and Kelsie Everett.
Our daughter Cheryl Harp, as a survivor of radiation treat-
ment, went on a CARTI trip this summer to Chicago. She
enjoyed the Navy Pier, Sears Tower, Shedd Aquarium and
Field Museum, and the Wrigley Field for a game, Cubs vs
We end our report this time with the sad news of my moth-
er's death, Betty. She passed away on April 24, 2011, Easter
Sunday (see With Deep Sorrow). After a long battle with lung
cancer, which she beat the 2% odds of living 5/2 years, she
just wore out. We brought home my sister, Cheryl (Dunning)
Lowery, from Japan 1/2 weeks before she passed. We had
many visitors before and after. Before were my cousins Anne
Stohrer, Carol (Stohrer) Grench and Montgomery (Wolf)
Harding, and my uncle Roger Schwenke. Mom's sister
Carol stayed the whole 2'/2 weeks and Mom's sister Freda
lives here, so she was also here the whole time. After, and for
Mom's service, our visitors were cousins Lisa (Hunt)
Johnson, Terri (Hunt) Watkins, Laurie (Hunt) Trinca,
John Hunt and son River, Tracy (Wolf) Dickey and Dad's
sister, Pat (Dunning) Hunt. The service was held at my par-
ents' church and was beautiful. Lisa played the piano and
Aunt Pat sang "Faithful Servant." Aunt Carol spoke, Roger
and Jess read verses, and Tracy spoke. We had many compli-
ments that it was the nicest service they had every been to. We
miss her dearly.
Please send any news to my email address below or call
me. I would love to hear from you and get your news in my
Lynn (Dunning) Harp, Reporter
Hello from the left coast! It's
two days before deadline and
here I am scrambling again to get
9 1 2 my report written. Alas, this will
be my last report as I am passing
this duty on to Joanie Ridge
Cameron (BHS'75). Like me,
Joanie is a 3rd generation Zonian who is dedicated to keeping
us all connected. Joanie's namesake is her aunt Joan Ridge
de Grummond (BHS'40) who was the California reporter
for 30 years. Joan lives in Laguna Hills and will be 89 in
December. Joanie lives near Sacramento and is eager to hear
from everyone and, unlike me, she is retired AND computer-
literate! I know she will do a great job representing our
Golden State. For future issues of the Canal Record, Joanie
can be contacted by phone at (916) 759-5962 or by email at
ioaniell26C(SBCglobal.net, or by snail mail at 2449
Briarton Dr., Lincoln, CA 95648.
Exiting California reporter Helen Aanstoos-Hay and incom-
ing California reporter Joanie Ridge Cameron.
As news, let's start with our new reporter! Joanie spent
August driving through Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
Highlights were Yellowstone National Park, the Grand
Tetons, and a three-day horseback trip.
Sue (Kotalik) and Richard Morse in El Paso are proud
grandparents of one-year-old Aaron Daniel. Another tidbit is
that Fran (Stabler) Meyer flew out to San Francisco to
watch her son Craig participate in a triathlon at Alcatraz.
Naomi Bell-Rosenberg (BL H I 'iii from down San Diego
way has been hosting mini-Panama reunions every few
months. In the last year they have met in San Clemente,
Oceanside and San Diego. Sometimes it is just a lunch date
and others have been all-day and night events. Naomi's dad
was a Canal Zone teacher and her stepbrother and sister are
the Engelhardts and Beldus siblings.
f bf- "
Cheryl Garrett, Rolando Garrett, Naomi Bell-Rosenberg,
and Larry Schoenleber.
cootiess!") and said forget it. The decades passed, George
married and divorced, Cheryl was widowed. Well, Cheryl's
second kiss was nothing like that first long-ago kiss! George
retired in June, got rid of his place in Houston, and packed up
his two cats, car. household goods, and shipped them to
Cheryl's in Panama. Cheryl has a beautiful beach house on 29
acres of oceanfront heaven near the El Valle turnoff, a home
she's had for 30 years. And now they have each other to com-
plete the story.
Cheryl and George did a long road trip this summer. They
drove from Houston to Durango, Colo.. to celebrate Cheryl's
mom's (Barbara Jackson Walters) 85th birnhJ, and visit
sisters, Kate Hopkins and Chris Wigton. Then on to
Yellowstone, and then to Burns, Ore., to see more family.
They went to Portland to visit George's old college roommate
Jim Stevenson. Then south to Forestville where they stayed
with us for three days. They bid us adios, heading off to
Yosemite, Las Vegas, and to Houston to ship the car off to
Panama. We just got a letter from them and they are now safe
and at home in Panama. sipping Cafe Duran and enjoying the
lull of the Pacific waves from their patio.
Cheryl and George Kandrin and Isaac Haes in Forestville
Cheryl and George Kandrin and Isaac Hayes in Forestville
Javier Cedeno and Kevin \la\ l
Javier Cedeno, Mlike Densmore, Naomi
and Craig The Guitar Man.
I don't recall if I already mentioned that I got a call awhile
back from Carlton (CHS'34) and Pam Horine. They are in
their 90s now and have moved into an assisted living facili-
ty. Wouldn't it be nice if such a place would open up at Santa
Clara Beach?..and they accepted our Medicare??
At the 2010 Orlando Reunion George Kandrin, Jr.
(CHS'64) and old classmate Cheryl (Jackson) Phillips
Klein (CHS'63) hit it off splendidly. Back in elementary
(Margarita?) school they had exchanged a first kiss and
George was not impressed at all with this girlie thing (recall
While at the Orlando Reunion we got to catch up with fel-
low classmate Jan (Jensen) Noethe. Jan was widowed at an
early age. put herself through architect school and raised her
two boys as a single mom. She suffered a stroke a year ago
and was no longer able to work. She gave up her Florida
..-- home and moved in with her sister Jeanie (BHS'68) who
nursed her back to health. Jan left Florida and bought a sweet
little house in Portland, Ore. The best part of her story is that
she is now just a few blocks away from her two sons, their
wives and a grandson. Come October she'll have a grand-
daughter too! She's so happy. painting her house purple on
the outside and the inside rooms various colors from a
favorite tapestry pillow. Despite challenges, her life is pretty
-Rosenberg, close to perfect now.
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Janice (Jensen) Noethe and Helen Aanstoos-Hay at the
Virginia Aanstoos Taylor, Woody and Janice DeJernette,
Isaac Haves and Helen Aanstoos-Hayes in full dress at the
At the Reunion's saturday night ball we met Jan's sister
Jeanie who told us she works at the Orlando Airport. The next
day as we passed through security at the airport we literally
ran into Jeanie. She was at work, a supervisor with TSA. She
was gracious enough to pose for this picture. It really sent us
off with one more sweet memory of a great 2011 Panama
Our annual picnic was rained out. So in July we hosted a
pingding at our house in honor of Keith Olsen's retirement.
He was a Sonoma County teacher and now, at last, is retiring
to his condo in Kaui. About 40 people came and it was better
than all the picnics. We bid (and won) a mola owl at the
Panama Canal Museum auction and everyone wrote their
good wishes for Keith on the back of the owl. I thought it was
a bit odd when Lilia Freed showed up toting a suitcase. k\ .Ill,
lo and behold, she had Isaac put on a really good cumbia and
she came out dancing in her full pollera dress. It was the high-
light of the day.
Keith Olsen and friends
Isaac Hay and Jeanie Jensen at the Orlando airport
Frank (BHS'55) and Marilyn Mott are spending the
summer nearby in their motorhome on the Russian River. One
July day we drove around the park until we saw an RV with a
chiva on the dashboard. That's THEM! We stopped, intro-
duced ourselves, and visited a bit. It turns out that Frank lived
on the 3rd Street in Farfan, same as my family. Marilyn is a
California girl, but has been to Panama so many times she
may as well be a Zonian.
Frank and Marilyn Mott
Well, my dear friends, thank you so much for all your
reaching out to me over the past seven or so years. I know
Joanie will do a great job in my place. Fondly,
Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay, Reporters
DC METRO AREA
; The DC area Zonians were busy
traveling this summer to vacations, birth-
.-a day celebrations, and the Reunion in
Orlando. All were too busy to send me
S-" .. information by the deadline! I did receive
4 ._ a few great pictures!
A few DC area Zonians that I saw
Kathy \lclnturlf at or heard were at the Reunion were:
Rae Donaldson, Bill and Annette (Violette) Deming,
Jessica Smith, Martha Duncan, Michael and Jeanette
(Simon) Perry, Jim Borell, Jody Longhill, Mark
Maravilla, Patrice Valle, Mignon Linder, Eileen (Angle)
Sanders, Barbara (Wesley) Taylor, Marsha (M\ackihbin)
Sprague, Leon Young, Ann (Nledingerl Stillman, Dennis
Gilbert, Brian McNamee, and Helen Malin-Christiansen.
Martha Duncan of Alexandria, Va., joined her sister
Diana Duncan Bishop and brother Tom in Panama at the end
of July to celebrate their Aunt Eusebia Larrinaga's 106th
birthday! While there Martha and Diane enjoyed a toast to
celebrate the occasion.
Eusebia Larrinaga and Martha Duncan
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their aunt's 106th birthday.
Roy Powell (BHS'73)
Decameron Beach Resort in
and his son Eric visited the
Panama this past summer.
It's summertime summertime sum
sum summertime! Time for some
Willkommen to Tom and
IMan Lou Rochelle (Blount) Finneman now liv-
Pascavage-Croft ing in Frankfurt; and Gary Miskovsky
Jr. and his family who rci.ntl, moved to Wiesbaden.
Tara King definitely takes advantage of living overseas
and plans a trip somewhere every month. She ventured a bit
further afield with her twins. Summer and Sk\ Irr. to visit her
friend in Moscow, Russia. With a different feel from Europe,
they felt like they were on another planet. Luckily, her friend
was fluent in Russian--otherwise, they might still be lost and
wandering the subway system! Then they were off on anoth-
er trip to Pompeii, Italy. The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79
AD buried the town in ash, preserving artwork and buildings.
They had a fascinating tour stepping back in time. Aside from
all her trips. Tara is looking forward to heading stateside next
year for her class reunion.
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Roy Powell and son Eric, Decameron Beach Resort
Jane Sparling with her son Michael (BHS'74) celebrat-
ed here 97th birthday party in Tinley Park. 111.. with family
members on June 11. 2011.
Tara King with her twins. Summer and Skyler, Red Square
Some of us visit the good ole USA too! Per and Eileen
(Bradley) Petzold and their children, Karl, Pia and Mia,
went to Florida for the summer. First stop was to visit their
Aunt Marion Linkh in Tarpon Springs. Thereafter the whole
family went to the PCS reunion enjoying the pool, golf, and
good cheer. After the reunion Jim and Diane Bradley took
Karl, Mia and Pia on a one-week cruise to the Caribbean.
While the kids were away. Eileen and Per headed to the Keys
to play. On the way back they stopped in Miami to visit new-
lyweds Sean and Megan Williams. The family reunited in
Jacksonville to visit with Eileen's brother Jimmy Bradley.
The remainder of their vacation was spent with the grandpar-
ents, Jim and Diane Bradley, in Asheville, N.C. All were
delighted that Michael Bradley and daughter Kerstin arrived
to visit their long-distance family. After a one-month vacation
Eileen and family returned to Berlin just in time for Mia and
Pia to start school. Now it's back to reality for Eileen as she
moves her business to a new location and Per continues to
transition in taking over an orthopedic practice.
The Seitz family had a busy summer playing tour guide
for lots of company. Caroline Carlson (granddaughter of
Herb and Florence Carlson) went to spend the summer with
Stephanie Seitz and family in the Netherlands. They spent a
week traveling in the province of Friesland Netherlands;
kayaking, biking, visiting cheese markets and enjoying some
well-deserved time off after a long year of school. Mayra
Linares Seitz took Stephanie and Caroline for a two-day girls
trip to Paris where they saw all of the major sites and spent a
half day enjoying the Louvre Museum. Then Lee and Ann
Weigt (good friends from Panama during the '90s) spent a
couple of days visiting during their summer travels. They all
went to Cologne and were able to get the best view of the city,
after David and Mayra had them take the 500 steps to get
there! But the best time was had just hanging out and grilling
in the backyard, and catching up with good friends. Mrs.
Linares made the trek from Panama to visit her daughter
Mayra. Although Europe is not very wheelchair friendly, they
managed some nice trips along the Rhine River and some
shopping and site seeing in the Netherlands. After Grandma
left the girls were off to church camp and David and Mayra
were able to enjoy 36 hours alone together!! Hope they
enjoyed that because then it was time for more visitors, Mike
and Lynn Seitz. They met in Amsterdam and started a 10-day
tour starting in Delft, famous for the Dutch blue pottery;
antique and secondhand stores for all those hidden treasures
and back to Monschau for more of their fabulous mustard;
Bastogne to see the WWII museum, local markets, kayaking
in the Ardennes and, of course, more fun family time. They
said goodbye to Mike, Lynn and Caroline the first week of
August and now have a couple weeks left of summer to work
on all of their projects they put off during the school year.
Congratulations to Stephanie Seitz who graduated with hon-
ors from high school and will be attending Benedictine
College in Kansas in the fall. That means there are TWO
guest rooms at Casa Seitz for anyone who wants to visit! And
you know they are the best tour guides as well!
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Back (L-R): Sara, Caroline Carlson, David Seitz and
Stephanie. Front: Mrs. Linares, hiking to Burg Eltz.
As for us, we headed to Florida to get in some family
time! And the PCS Reunion is always the place to do that in
one stop! Ken and I were happy that our mothers, Barbara
Thrift Croft and Clair Pascavage, could join us this year.
Since the Grandmas were there we needed to corral the kids
to Orlando. It was easy enough to get my kids Cristina,
Andrew, Stephen and Caleb to a CZ reunion; they showed
Ken's daughter Stormy Croft the ropes. Icing on the cake
was Diana Croft Janese in the house and my nephew Robert
Matthews visited us on Sunday. We were able to round up
most everyone for a dinner with the Sniders who were also
having a family reunion. Ana and Bob Boyer hosted a Happy
21st Birthday for Barbara Boyer and lots of family and
friends were on hand to celebrate! Muchimas gracias to my
dear amigos Ana and Rob for their hospitality!
Pascavage kids: Robert Matthews and Andrew, Cristina,
Stephen and Caleb Pascavage, the next generation.
Evelyn, Kyle, Kristin, Tom, and Ryan Snider
I to the Miraflores visitors' center, and took a partial transit of
the Canal. We also met Vicki Sizemore (BHS'70) and Ed
\ ardIlor at the Balboa Elks before we all went out to the
Causeway to dinner. Our last stay was at the Country Inn
StAmador and where we walked to the Balboa Yacht Club a few
times. Vicki and Ed picked us up to go to lunch one day and
they drove us all over looking for empanadas--yes, we found
some and il I were wonderful! We walked all around Balboa
and went to the YMCA for souvenirs, went to Balboa High
School and gym. So many wonderful memories, that's for
Snider, Croft and Pascavage family reunions at Reumon sure. It was a great experience for Mel as it was his first trip
to Panama. and I enjoyed showing him where I lived at one
Time. He saw things that I have been telling him about.
When we got home from Panama, my son Kevin and two
teenage granddaughters from New Jersey were at my home.
They stayed for a week over Easter and it was wonderful to
have them with us.
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell (BHS'70) and Pam Crowell
(BHS'71) traveled to Jacksonville with Donita
McConaughey (BHS'71) to attend the \ % er Quit Fest"
S put on by Erik Petroni. Shortt&Slim played and I heard the
girls made signs that declared their love for "all the guys in
the Shortv&Slim band." They also had a chance to visit with
.the other zonies who attended--Clay Dowell and Bonnie
Nehring Tudor. They had so much fun they are making plans
for next year!
Barbara Bover and her sister Maddie Bover at Barbara's -. _
21st Birthday. _
Almost forgot, the Sniders, Ken and I went to Madrid,
Spain, for the long weekend in May. Fun times with lots of
sangria, paella, and bocadillos. We also made it to a bull-
Hasta la pr6xima!
Marx Lou Pascavage-Croft, Reporter
(49) (0) 170-965-2556 Zonians at "Never Quit Fest"
email: marvloupasc(ai gmail.com
Jacque (Crowell) Vowell celebrated her birthday in April
with Pam Crowell, Janet Stuart (BHS'67), this reporter and
FLO D A Veronica Brown at a local Houlihan's. We certainly were the
FLO R ID A center of attention with our wax teeth, black mustaches, and
plastic butterflies on our cheeks that Jacque supplied! We are
such a crazy bunch!
Central Florida _
Hi to all, it seems that I just wrote an
article--time does fly by quickly! t-
In April Mel and I traveled to Panama I
for a week. This was the trip I won during Dawn Gressang -
the business meeting at the Panama Canal Annual Reunion in
2010. A special thank you goes to Lori Snow at Condor
Travel for helping us plan this trip! We stayed at the .~ "
Rainforest Resort in Gamboa where we visited Monkey
Island and rode the tram through and above the jungle. The -
next stop was the LaPlaya Resort and it was so beautiful.
There were double beds with canopies on the beach and near
(L-R) Dawn Gressang, Jacque Vowell, Janet Stuart, Pam
the pool--so neat! When we returned to Panama City, we went
Crowell, Veronica Brown and friend.
I also celebrated a birthday! Jacque Vowell, Pam Crowell,
Janet Stuart, my granddaughter Andrea and Mel were there.
I was treated to a Mexican dinner. I had brought the party
favors (a bunch of beads I had collected through the years)
and gave them to everyone at the table, plus a couple of wait-
ers and shared with people I didn't know at nearby tables.
Never too old to have some silly fun, I say! I was given the
honor of a huge sombrero to wear at dinner..I was sad when I
had to give it back!
Bonnie and Mike Morrison have moved back to
Jacksonville and are in the process of building their brand-
new home. A very exciting time for them. The rest of the fam-
ily is waiting for the house to be completed also. The location
reminds us of the Zone as we watch ships go through the
Marilynn Stevens from Washington State was in my area,
and Mel and I met her for lunch in Ocala in May. We have
been friends for a long time and it was great to see her again.
I received a note from Al and Sheila Schonert. They rent-
ed an RV in May and traveled from Iowa to Seward, Alaska-
-some 4500 miles via Yellowstone, Banff, Jasper, Canada,
and the Alcan Highway. They saw breathtaking scenery and
had several bear encounters, and said it was an awesome
Triangle Ranch, Paducah, Texas.
Edwin and Jean Armbruster served a
work mission for the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).
They reported to the ranch foreman on
January 15th after brief training at Church
headquarters, Salt Lake City, the previous week. The
160,000-acre ranch is one of dozens located in the U.S. and
many foreign countries. The largest is a 300,000-acre ranch
near Kissimmee, Fla. (Deseret Cattle & Citrus Ranch) which
is the largest cattle ranch in the U.S.
Ed's job was taking out mesquite and cedar trees which
suck up water needed for grazing grass for the 9,000 head of
cattle with a caterpillar grubber machine. Jean did genealogy
indexing and family research on the Internet and also volun-
teered at a nursing home in Paducah one day a week.
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Jean and Ed Armbruster on the range
Al and Sheila Schonert
On a sadder note, Al Schonert's mother Florence passed
away peacefully in her sleep on June 17, 2011 at the age of
101 and one half. She had a wonderful long life (see With
Deep Sorrow). Also, June Barlow Riesz passed away on
May 6, 2011 (see With Deep Sorrow), and she will be missed.
June organized many Panama Canal Museum cruises and did
such a great job.
That's about it for this time. Please let me know what you
have been doing--I love to hear from you!!
Dawn Gressang, Reporter
During the two weeks the Armbrusters, along with two
other missionary couples who reside on the ranch, participat-
ed in the ranch roundup assisting the cowboys, driving their
horse trailers, giving shots to calves while they were being
branded and helping with the meals for the dozen plus cow-
Daughter Margie (Armbruster) Speight visited during
Paducah days, where she was selected along with five others,
as final judges in the Bar B Q ribs cook-off. There were 27
competitors coming from several different states to compete.
Margie said she thought she had died and gone to heaven
sampling the best of the best until the first dozen were eaten
but really struggled with the last four.
Ed and Jean completed their mission July 15th after which
they planned to travel to San Diego for a grandson's wed-
ding., then to St. Louis for a travel agent convention before
returning home to Niceville, Fla.
Edwin Armbruster, Reporter
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Although Leo and I could not make it
to the Reunion last July, we had a mini-
mini get-together when Betty (Fears) A
Goldstein (RN at GACH) flew in from
Panama about a week early to visit friends Grace Shadeck
and relatives before and after attending the Reunion in
Orlando. She stayed with some very dear friends, Fran
(Thompson) and Dick Clinton, who live in Lady Lake, Fla.
We not only enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Clintons' beau-
tiful home but had a fantastic and wonderful time catching up
on anything and c-. cr IhiniL especially the "good life" living
in the Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama.
Canal. She said that at the end of the program, all the veter-
ans were asked to come up on the stage while the American
flag was lowered. She wrote about the parks being super
because you see the prairie dogs up close as well as donkeys,
buffaloes, antelopes, and deer as you drive along the road.
Dianne mentioned the many different levels of caves--even
one that you can get down on your hands and knees. They
rode on an elevator that took them down a cave that was well
lit, had a nice path, and didn't have any bats or musty smell.
Wall Drug Store is a street lined with stores and probably the
best place to shop as they have everything. She said that the
Crazy Horse Memorial is not finished and probably won't be
in her lifetime. Dianne and Jerry also visited Rapid City
which she says is small but they have a bronze statue of every
President of the United States on each comer.
Leo Shadeck, Betty Goldstein,
Sandy (Hayden) Horn (DON at GACH) sent me an
email and pictures when Betty visited with her and husband
Bill Horn in Easton, Pa. Naturally, they all had a great time
and as Sandy remarked--"very nostalgic."
crazy Horse statue with Jerry and Diane Cox
Betty Goldstein, Bill Horn, and Sandy Horn
I received an email from Dianne (Hutchinson) and Jerry
(Norm) Cox who were in South Dakota this past June. They
visited Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State
Park, Wall Drug Store, and a cave. She said South Dakota is
truly an American state--they honor the people who served
their country by going up to anyone in uniform to thank them;
anything made in America had an American flag on it; and
merchants gave you a hat with the emblem of what war you
served in. Dianne said the night show at Mt. Rushmore is
worth seeing. The program started with saying the Pledge of
Allegiance, singing the "National Anthem," and a speaker
who talked about the history of Mt. Rushmore including
Teddy Roosevelt and yes, even the building of the Panama
Another traveling couple, Edna (Curles) and Larry
Didier, sent a letter about their visit to Larry's late wife's
mother in Newnan, Ga. His son and family were also there
visiting her. They enjoyed their mini-family reunion and con-
tinued their travels heading to Nashville, Tenn., to attend the
Grand Ole Opry. Edna said the evening's entertainment by
Darryl Worley, Jimmy Wayne, Henry Cho and others was
great. A longtime musician, Jesse McReynolds mandolinistt,
singer, and one of the most talented and acclaimed acts in
bluegrass music) was the feature entertainer of the show. The
following day they took time to travel south on the Natchez
Trace Parkway for a few hours to view the beauty of the area.
From there they meandered off the Parkway and slowly
worked their way back home. Edna said that their trip wasn't
long, but certainly was one of the nicest!
What a wonderful surprise when I heard from Kae
(Parks) Huggins (RN-Education). She and K Caldwell
(Knapp) Rodgers (NC) wrote about their reunion on the high
seas with three other retired nurses: Karen Coffey (Rep. de
Panama), Carole Hayward-Lightell (Wash.), and Coral
(Olson) Adema (Texas). They joined retired PCC pilot
Captain Gerald Cooper (Fla.) for a reunion on his sailing
vessel, the Roncador: Karen and Carole crewed the boat with
Gerry from Florida to Staniel Cay, one of the Great Exuma
Islands in the Bahamas. Jeff Strub (Fla.) flew over to be
Gerry's Chief Mate and King of the BBQ. K, Coral and Kae
rendezvoused in Fort Lauderdale and took the plane trip to the
island. They boarded the vessel at the Staniel Cay Marina.
Once underway, the "Captain and his Mkllc Crew" fed wild
swiimming pigs, fished, swam, consumed lots of food and
drinks, and did some sightseeing ashore--all while catching
up on the 20+ years that had elapsed since most had seen each
other. Captain C savored his "golden moments of silence"
when his crew was either ashore or asleep! All figured out the
importance of following the Captain's rules and adapted to
the uniqueness of living aboard: taking "sea hio'.% er,," coping
with a 'sensitive head" (toilet); cheerfully sharing quarters;
preparing galley food; communal dining; storing gear to be
shipshape to avoid confiscation by El Capitan, and doing KP
duties. All this was done with humor and amidst confused
messages due to changes in their hearing abilities. Everyone
enjoyed the mostly calm, clear blue seas and the wonderful
time to re-connect and relax. After four adventurous days and
nights aboard the Roncador, Captain Cooper bid farewell to
his crew as they flew back to the mainland and their home.
The five venturesome crew members profusely thanked and
gave much kudos to Captain Cooper for facilitating a won-
derful reunion on the high seas where friendships were
renewed and new memories were created!
Coral Adema, Carole Hayward-Lightell, Captain Gerry
Cooper, K Rodgers, Kae Huggins, and Karen Coffey.
Al fin!! We have a Feature Person for
the Canal Record. It is Ted Norris.
What brought you to Panama: My
father came to work on the Third set of
locks and the family followed in February
Years in the Canal Zone: 12 years.
Key Events: Ted's original answer was: Ted Norris
football, track, and girls. He then told me that he played four
years of football for Balboa High School as a running back
and that tackle football was started during those years. Was a
member of the track team and ran the 100-yard and 200-yard
sprints. Graduated from BHS in 1953.
What do you miss most: My youth (no worries Dad paid
Accomplishments since Panama: I married a wonderful
woman, Pat, and we have a great daughter Karen. Was in the
Marine Corps for three years. I paid off a house up North and
paid off the one I live in. Was part of a Panama Canal group
located in Northern Virginia. We called ourselves the CZ
Statesiders, put out a directory, and held CZ reunions from
1980 to 1984. I understand there is still a group in that area.
Okay, Kats and Jammers--need to hear from YOU. Also,
need more volunteers to be the feature person for the Canal
Grace Shadeck, Reporter
email: lvgs6171 (laembarqmail.com
Bob, Darla and I started cooking meals m
periodically for the families and staff of
The Ronald McDonald House--it is such a -
pleasure and so rewarding to do this i
because they appreciate it so much. Parents
are always so tired and drained when they Barbara
get to the House after being with their child
all day at the hospital. The first meal we ever made was chick-
en with my version of Panama Red Sauce and Bob made
Coconut Rice with kidney beans to go with it--they devoured
it all--one three-year-old couldn't stop eating the coconut
rice! We've met some wonderful people and it fills our hearts
with so much joy to be able to make their life easier with just
a simple thing like a homecooked meal. We went over again
on the 4th of July and cooked something really special--
Johnny Mazzetti--they loved it! In October Bob is hosting
another Golf Tournament Benefit for The Ronald McDonald
House Charities and I'm already planning the cakes to make.
In April Deb Dedeaux, along with her parents Jack and
DeLila Hepler, traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas, to spend
Easter with her grandson Ethan and celebrate her daughter
Sonya's birthday. It was the first time his great-grandparents
had a chance to see him. Speaking of her grandson, Deb says
"what a precious and happy sweetie he is and we enjoyed
stealing all his sugar!" For all it was a totally exciting and
Sonya (Dedeaux) Sigmond, DeLila Hepler, Deb Dedeaux
holding Ethan Sigmond.
Deb Dedeaux told me her Mother's Day week was the
best yet--just hanging around with her son J, who had come
in from college for the week. They visited J's grandparents.
Jack and DeLila Hepler. and one night Jon, J and Deb went
to see Fast and Furious 5. The rest of the week was spent just
That same weekend a friend of Deb's (from Panama who
now lives in California) Debbie (True) Mobley, flew in to
Pensacola with some of her relatives for the week. Saturday.
J and Deb went to see her and meet her husband Tim--they
just hung out at the pool and later had a BBQ. On Sunday
after J was on the road back to college, Deb picked up her
friend Karen Adams to visit Debbie and hang by the pool
drinking bushwhackers. On Wednesday Jon and Deb: Russell
and Leslie Gillespie; Terry, D and Samantha LaPorta went
to see Debbie and crew (Debbie's dad Bruce, stepmom
Mary--California; niece Caren and nephew Ryan--Oregon;
brother Kevin True and his girlfriend Holly--Las Vegas: aunt
Mildred Hearne--Pensacola; son John and wife Pat--Texas
and Mississippi) for a good old-fashioned cookout with burg-
On Friday Deb, Russell. Leslie and Aislyn went out to
visit Debbie again to hang at the pool and drink Leslie's
famous Banana Bushwhackers.
In June J came home for much need R&R. That evening
Jon, Deb and J, Winship Dowell and Rod Snyder went over
to the LaPorta's house for a good time. That Saturday the
guys (D LaPorta; Rod Snyder; Jon and J Dedeaux; and
Russell, Liz and Billy Gillespie) went jeeping at Eglin. That
evening everyone went over to the Gillespic's house for a
party. Billy. Liz, Grace, Aislyn and Brandon Gillespie were
in town, so D. Rod, Tom, Betty and Philip Gabriel, Ed,
Cartel and Shannon Blount, Barb and Louie Dedeaux, and
Winship Dowell showed up for a great time of catching up--
that's what Zonians do when they get together--always have a
residence--a Catholic community for seniors with really nice
apartments, nuns, priests and such caring staff members.
Their chapel was beautiful and we got the opportunity to
attend Mass. We were there for Father's Day and we really
enjoyed that. We're really looking forward to returning to
visit real soon.
Keith Kulig, Barb (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Ray Kulig, cousins
Kit and Ron Smith, St. Cloud, Minn.
My brother Butch went to Donald and Joyce
Humphrey's pre-reunion BBQ this year. He said everyone
had such a great time--Don and Joyce are perfect hosts. I hope
we get to go one year.
Herb Spector, \ ind% Sasso, and Jim Brooks, pre-Reunion
Gillespie Party (L-R): Jon and Deb Dedeaux, Terryn D and
Samantha LaPorta, Russell and Leslie Gillespie, Debbie
(True) and Tim Mobley, Bruce and Mary True, and
In June we flew to Minnesota to spend some time with
Keith's dad. We had such a great time! Keith wanted it to be
like a second honeymoon so he took us 1st class all the way
and we stayed in a suite in the Country Inn and Suites in St.
Cloud. It was great shopping there--"No Sales Tax"! It was
luxury all the way. It was great seeing Keith's dad--he turned
91 years young in July and looks wonderful. He loves his new
Don Humphrey enjoying the good life
The 2011 Reunion was an experience--it was the first time
we'd been at the Marriott World Center in many years. Darla,
Jonathan, Kevin and Butch also were able to go also. We
didn't see too many friends this year, but I was especially
excited to see my cousin Sybil (Harley) Stinson whom I had-
n't seen since she married and left Panama--she looked great!
On Sunday we had a family brunch before everyone went
on their way back home. Keith and I stayed an extra day and
relaxed before heading back home. That Sunday evening we
went to the Sports Bar for dinner and found our favorite
"turkey burgers" on the menu--they were delicious--only
wish they opened earlier (they didn't open until 4 p.m.). The
Society did a great job organizing the Reunion as they always
do--hats off to everyone involved.
Members of the Egolf family went on the Panama Canal
Museum's latest cruise in May and had a wonderful time--
look for the entire article on their cruise and excursions in
Letters to the Editor.
If you have any news for my next article, no matter how
Jonathan Creekl, Darla (\ ose) Creek, and Ke in \ ose .uI d',e
Jona r small, please call or send it to me! Hasta Luego!
Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
Olivia Rogers, the daughter of Willy
Rogers (BHS'73) and Heather Rogers
is completing her first year at the
Chicago Art Institute. She was visited at
Sybil (Harley) Stinson and Barb (Hall) Vose-Kulig at the the Art Institute Museum in Chicago by
Reunion. her grandmother, Edna (Jenkins) 'Janice Scott
In October 2010 Gail (Albritton) Klingenberg and Pat
(Albritton) Henson visited Edna Rogers, and they had a
great time reminiscing about days gone by while dining along
the Indian River at Eau Gallie (MelboLnie), Fla.
Barb (Hall) Vose-Kulig and Rosa Fishbough at the Reunion
I worked registration with Keith and as a page at the
Annual Business Meeting (11th year). One of the highlights
of the Reunion was always Mass with Father Kennedy.
Sadly, he was not able to make it this year and we really did
miss him. But Father Pretto celebrated such a beautiful mass
and no matter who celebrates, it will always be nostalgic with -.
all our St. Mary's friends--it still felt like home!
Gall Klingenberg, Pat Henson and Edna Rogers
After an afternoon on the Indian River, Annette, Charles
(BHS'89), Charlene, and Willy, Camille, Caley, and Ann
Rogers were entertained at Willy's home, Melbourne Beach,
Fla. Charlene, Charles and family visited Edna Rogers in
October 2010, and it was wonderful to have them. Charles
and family have been assigned to Hong Kong, so it may be a
Keith Kulig, Father Pretto, and Barb Vose-Kulig at Mass while before they see them again.
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Front (L-R): Camille, Caley, Ann Rogers.
Panama Amigos includii n. nine former Zonians waited for
the April launch of the orbiter Endeavour at Port Canaveral.
Fla. (subsequently scrubbed).
Joe and Sue Eytalis, Carol Fritz, Ed and Joan Ohman, Hal
Wade, Peggy Huff, and Patty and Gary Smith.
Blanche Stabler celebrated her 93rd birthday May 13th at
Longhorn's Steakhouse, Merritt Island. Fla., with her son
Lew and his wife Sue (Lessiack) Stabler, Panama; daughter
Frances (Stabler) Meyer and her husband Ron and their
daughter Nikki Meyer, Merritt Island, Fla.; and, a dear
Curundu friend, Stanley Wilson. Blanche was surprised with
a chocolate mousse dessert with a Panamanian flag. She was
born and raised in the Canal Zone, and misses Panama to this
While attending his son Reece's graduation ceremony at
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.. on May 21, 2011
(see Congratulations), Ed W. Scott, Jr. (BHS'56). Merritt
Island, Fla., and Washington, D.C., was pleasantly surprised
to discover Vice President Joe Biden sitting next to him, who
was there to attend his niece's graduation. Not pictured, but at
the graduation and seated to Ed's right were Reece's mother
Cheryl, Merritt Island, Fla., and Hot Springs, Va.; his grand-
mother Ruth Gilliland, Sparr, Fla.; his aunt Janice Scott and
cousin Catherine Herring, both of Cocoa Beach. Fla.
FOR 2012 ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2011.
On June 8, 2011 the Center of Global Development
(CGD) in Washington, D.C., an organization founded by Ed
W. Scott, Jr., celebrated its 10th anniversary with a progres-
sive dinner celebration that began with hors d'oeuvres at the
British Embassy. followed by dinner hosted by the Finland
Embassy. after which Nicky Oppenheimer. De Beers
Chairman, presented the Edward W. Scott Jr. Equity Advocate
Award to Donald Kaberuka, President of the African
Development Bank. and the evening was concluded with
dessert and entertainment at the Norwegian Embassy.
The Center for Global Development works to reduce
global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and
active engagement with the policy community to make the
world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for all. An inde-
pendent. nonpartisan think tank. CGD combines world-class
research with policy analysis and innovative communications
to turn ideas into action.
Early in the evening, Ed's sister, Janice Scott, and Rory
Molleda (Ed's grandson and her great-nephew) of Clifton,
Va.. found themselves standing next to retired 7'2" basketball
player Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-
Jacques Wamutombo. commonly referred to as Dikembe
Mutombo. the retired Congolese American professional bas-
ketball player, who last played for the \ '14'S Houston
Rockets, and commonly referred to as one of the greatest shot
blockers and defensive players of all time, winning the NBA
Defensive Player of the Year Award four times! What would
one say standing next to a person who is two feet taller than
you are? "Wow, he really is tall!"
Janice Scott, Dikembe Mutombo, and Rory Molleda
Janice Scott, Dikembe Mutombo, and Rory Molleda
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Don (CHS'59) and Joyce Humphrey hosted their annual
pre-Reunion Pork BBQ Picnic on July 3 at their home in
Grant-Valkaria, Fla. This enjoyable covered dish affair was
attended by approximately sixty-five Zonians. It is always
interesting to listen to folks explain how they grew up on 'one
side,' and what was the cause for their moving to the 'other
side.' Parents who transferred in their job from Atlantic to
Pacific side or vice versa are often accused of such villiany,
to which Don laughingly asserts, "the repetition of 'old'
Canal Zone stories gets better in the retelling each year."
Another familiar face at the picnic was Dr. James
Brooks-Bruzzese, conductor extraordinaire for Symphony of
the Americas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who invites you to visit
the ongoing events calendar at their website. Fort Lauderdale
can be a nice cultural change of pace, and has a very pleasant,
Taken on Sunday afternoon, July 10, the following photo
proves beyond any doubt that the Panama Canal Society
Reunion 2011 was an exhausting event. The "like father like
sons" portrait was taken by accomplished photographer
Dennis Huff, Merritt Island, Fla. The subjects of his out-
standing photos are generally spacecraft and wildlife; howev-
er, as one can observe, he has an eye for human interest in this
"devil made him do it" photo (of his relatives).
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Each July for the past ten years JoElla (Jenkins)
(BHS'62) and Randy Deakins and their families, all from
Brevard County, Fla., have a reunion near Silver Springs,
Fla., at Island Lake, Orange Springs, Fla. The Deakins owned
the site for twenty-two years, which they subsequently sold to
Ted and Mel (Little) Henter, who generously allow the
Deakins to continue to use it. Ted's dad was Randy's godfa-
Back (L-R): Randy, JoElla, Meghan, Ricky, Cheryl and
Tom. Front (L-R): Rick, Tracie, Nikki, Alice and Tim.
Janice G Scott, Reporter
Brothers Richard and Matthew Grimison and their father
Tom Grimison conked out.
Terry and Sonja Justice's son Gene and wife Lisa and
grandkids Emily and Maddie visited from Ashland, Ky., in
July. They had a great visit and managed to get in one day at
Satellite Beach for seashell hunting.
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Back: Sonia Justice. Front: Emily and Maddie Justice.
Hello again from the retirement if '
paradise of Florida. Well another O
Reunion has come and gone and, as
usual, it was a blast. I've lost track but
I believe it was my 33rd or 34th con- Skip Rowle%
secutive Reunion. I guess I will be going until the day I drop.
We Zonians all are so lucky to have a reunion such as this
where we can see and spend a long weekend forgetting our
current problems, and going back in time laughing and carry-
ing on with some good old friends, relive some happy and
not-so-happy times in our youth, and even get to rekindle
friendships with some of those with whom we had some dif-
ferences with many years ago. I love it, and can't wait until
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DECEMBER 31, 2011.
got to see many gators both on land and in the water, as well
as a few manatees right alongside the boat. It was a beautiful
fourth of July day and the swimmers were out in full force,
even in the COLD water. Then after the Reunion, %likL and
Susan Jeffers Toal of Puyallup. Wash., followed us home
and spent a few days with us before going on to South
Carolina to visit with Mike's sister. Susie is just like a big sis-
ter to our two daughters.
Reporters got together at the Reporters' Meeting at Reunion
Richie, Bonnie Gunn Abellera, Robert, A.J. Abellera, Allie
Snow, and Skip Rowley at Reunion.
Tom and Bill White, Bev Rowley, Louise (White) Rainier,
Adriane Rowley Bolen, and Skip Rowley at Reunion.
Before the reunion we had a few days' visit from my sis-
ter and brother-in-law, June and Dave Stevenson. It was a
treat to have them visit with us. Then my nephew Ken
Gerhart joined us and though we had a house full, we still
had a great time being together. Bev and I took them to
Wakulla Springs where we took the boat ride from which we
Skip Rowley, Bev Rowley, Steve and June Stevenson, and
Ken Gerhart, Wakulla Springs.
Shortly after that, Bev's mother joined us from
Cumberland, Md., for a long stay. We will be taking her back
up North in early October, and then head up to Niagara Falls
for another short vacation. I say another week because we
will shortly be heading out to Destin again for a week at our
time-share. But now that Bev has retired, who's counting
vacations? I'm still looking for someone who wants to go
around the "HORN" with me. Any takers?
Bev Rowlev's retirement
Bev. her mother, and I just returned from a 10-day trip to
Murfreesboro. Tenn.. where we had a great time visiting with
our daughter Adriane Rowley Bolen. Her husband Ron
Bolen will be returning from the war in Afghanistan on Labor
Day. We all will rest more easily when he finally steps off the
plane at home.
Sue Corrigan told me that fun was had by all on a recent
trip to Oaxaca. Mexico taken by Sue Mitten Corrigan
(BHS'62), Charlene Rose Burke (BHS'68). Eileen Rose
Thomas (BHS'70). and Melinda Mood%. Sue and Char were
there for 18 days and Eileen and Melinda joined them for 10
days. Tours, with lots of shopping, were taken to various vil-
lages and the food was delicious but the unseasonably warm
weather forced the ladies each day to have a FEW cold, cold
Coronas with lunch followed by an afternoon siesta. Yes, it
was a great, relaxing trip.
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Oaxaca, Mexico Trip taken by Sue Corrigan, Charlene
Burke, Eileen Thomas, and Melinda Moody.
John Schmidt writes "that all the kids and grandkids are
all fine, and with the recent pr.dJtiion here from Lincoln
High, granddaughter Kristy Schmidt has been accepted at
the University of Florida and will start her 'Gatorship' in the
fall. We here in Tallahassee have tried to keep all our folks in
'Nole' land...but Kristy will follow her great-grandfather,
Colonel Clifford Blitch (Former Superintendent of Gorgas,
'49-'54) to grace Gainesville. One of the several exciting
ways to celebrate her acceptance--was to do a 'tamed' free
fall from 18,000 ft. over near Orlando. She is now looking for
a place to BASE jump as well as Bungee Jump. Oh, to be 19
"I plan to visit daughter Kathleen and family in Colorado
Springs during the Xmas holidays and be there for another
grandson's graduation from the University of Colorado as
well as attend my annual breakfast meeting with 'old com-
padres' from my Air Force days there at the USAF Academy.
In the spring--I have been asked to give some talks on
Panama and the Canal...aboard a cruise to Panama that my
fellow 'residents' here at Westminster Oaks Retirement
Community are sponsoring. Since the other PCMuseum
cruise was taking the same itinerary that I had done before--I
chose the Feb. cruise which will travel to places 'new to me'
before and after we visit Gatun Lake for a turn around.
"Life is good and still exciting as I make the move to the
big Ochenta on 9/11/11."
Clarence and Rosita Payne are back in Colombia, for a
second time this year. They write that "our grandson David
made very high marks in his high school studies and SAT
tests and, as a result, was accepted by Florida State University
into their Honors Medical Scholars program, an accelerated
pre-med curriculum that guarantees entrance into FSI med-
ical school after three years of undergraduate study. As a
reward for his achievement, Rosita and I told him that we
would like to take him on a grand tour of Colombia. He said
he would love it and immediately asked if he could bring his
younger brothers along. Daughter Anita then said that we
can't take her three chicks to Colombia without her, and she
added that she has not seen her Colombian cousins in more
than 25 years. So, here we are with Anita and three grandsons,
David, Paul and John, ages 18, 16 and 14. Son-in-law
Morris Henry and grandchildren Morris Payne and Rose
were dying to come also but could not because of responsi-
bilities at home and work. This will be a grand adventure; our
full trip will encompass 31 days, and we will be visiting sev-
eral coastal cities and then flying up to Bogota high in the
Andes. We are presently in Cartagena."
Mania Nita and her mother Stella had a "visit from Tim
Hotz on his way back home from the reunion. We had a great
visit with my sister Toni Kalb and her daughter Rene joining
us for dinner. Tim hit the road after dinner to cut the driving
in half on his way back to Greensboro, N.C. On the 22nd, her
nephew Ted, wife Donna and two boys Ryan and Tyler came
down for a visit from Knoxville, Tenn. Ryan will be on his
way to college in a few days. Mostly we just hung out but did
a little shopping at "Hobby Lobby" and then out to dinner of
course. We always have a fun time." Mania's brother John
and wife Marcia flew to Panama on July 27 for a couple of
Skip Rowley, Reporter
Since the last time I wrote in October, I had the opportu-
nity to visit a few Zonians. We attended a Christmas party in
Brandon, Fla., which was hosted by Roberto (Coco) and
Kellie (Harmon) Nieves. Jim and Sandra (Gordon) Foley,
Mainor and Michelle Yocum, Ralph and Brenda
(Smartwood) Furlong, Jose and Johanna (Cantu) Alvarez,
Robert and Julia Nieves, Michael Keister, Ken and Mirna
Parsons, to name a few attended a great party.
I was glad to attend the Panama Canal Society Christmas
Luncheon in North Redington Beach, Fla. This is an annual
event that is held every year which is open to all members of
the Society. Come on out next year! See the Canal Record for
further details! The Panama Canal Museum was on hand,
thanks to Gerry DeTore, to showcase some of their items
which have a lot of history that most of us took for granted.
He was able to read an excerpt from their newsletter written
by Chuck Hummer about different activities in the museum
and also scheduled upcoming cruise trips. I definitely could
not get a list of all who attended but some were: Betty Snow,
Beverly Williams, Barbara Green, Randy Rios, Margot
Jordan, Debra Lane, Cecile Demers, Michelle Humphries,
the McCullough sisters (Joan, Karen, Susan, and Judith),
Kathy Egolf, Skeeter and Shirley Camby, and of course the
members of the Board.
ME lBER.sH IP DUES FOR 2012
ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2011.
Hack il.-Ri Str~e \aughn Iiidinx_ I Bill EFolf. Barbara
(Egolf) Dedeaux. Front (L-R): Mary Ruth (Clement)
Vaughn, Carol Clement, Kath% Egolf, Orrin Clement,
Bobbi (Williams) Egolf, and Debbie (Egolf) Lane.
During March 6-13th. while cruising on the Royal
Caribbean's Allure of the Sea. courtesy of the Panama Canal
Museum, one of the many stops was in the Netherlands to
visit the museum that included locomotives that helped with
the digging of the Panama Canal.
In late April a few Zonians got together and had a bowl-
ing party at Terrace Sports in Tampa. I was able to organize
the event and I am glad to hear that everyone had a great time
including the kids. Carolyn Dragseth, Jim and Sandra
(Gordon) Foley, Randy Rios. Mainor and Michelle Yocum to
name a few. We had fun with Cosmic bowling, laser tag, and
a few drinks. The kids :ni.. ed themselves too. We arc mak-
ing plans to do this again in August and to get together often
during the year. So if you are interested, get in touch with me.
In May Roger Rios (BHS'74) came in from Hawaii for a
long visit. He was visiting his brother Randy Rios, sister
Terrie Rios-Hannigan, mother Barbara Green, and father
Roger Rios. While he was here, he was a busy man. He had
visits from Kenny and Lee (Nickishrr) Gaul, Brian (Bear)
Kennon, Paul Swearingen, Richard and Jeanine Frensley,
Debbie Dekle, Roy Reyes, Deb Foster, and Noreen Hanson.
During Roger's visit he went to the Tampa Bay Storm, Rays,
and Lightning games. Like I said he was a busy man.
Walk is definitely an eye opener--if you know someone, come
on out and support them in a walk for a cure!
Of course I had a great time at the Panama Canal Reunion
this year! I got to see some old friends and met with new ones
too! For my personal friends who are loyal on attending the
Reunion. I was glad to see them again! The Payne family
(Guillermo, Luis, Patty, and Elda), Sandra Lovelady,
Darla (Vose) Creek, Ilka liarrin. Rebecca Grimison, Mike
Coffey, the Young clan (Mike, Tom, and Frank), Richard
Barker, "some" of the McArthurs (Ruth, Richard, and
Murray), David and Kathy (Kessel) Rivera, Andre Josiah,
Kelly (Morris) Fenton, Dawn (Sutherland) Jones, Deb
Foster, Deb Dekle, Alan Dekle, Steve Gayer, Kaye Richey,
Leon Bonk, Linda (Smith) Badger, Liz (Bell) Catlett,
Sammie Catlett, Lynn (Henderson) Reynolds, Terrie
(Strey) Harmon, Pedro Vangas, Charley Leves, and Raul
Quintero. There were faces that I was surprised to see:
Marie Jordan, Rene Richards, Mileneel (Alves) Simmons,
Paul Bierman, Jim Norris, Bosco Hoyte, Kyle Barsness,
Kirk Kunkel, Carl Orvis, Jerry Curtis, Paul Parks,
Arthur Egger, Sue (MolaGirl) Gomez, Tony Weeding,
Raul Haines, and Bobby Clingan..to name a few! I know
that everyone had a great time! As always, and everyone can
attest to this. .' cir-..n wants to know where your sibling
and or parents are. it's always fun to get people updated on
what's going on with your family. Gotta love the Zonians!
Shirley (Avery) Bentley's son Lee Bentley was one of
our "young" volunteers for the Panama Canal Society.
Thanks go to them for a great time at the After Hours Party!
We need more volunteers like them.
Shirley (Avery) Bentley and Lee Bentley
Roger Rios with friends and family
On May 14 the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa held an
annual Walk for Cancer. Deb Dekle had asked a few friends
to walk the 1 mile or the 5K for Team Dekle. Her brother
John Dekle (BHS'74) had passed away from cancer and a lot
of their friends and family were out there to support the
Dekles. Her brother Alan Dekle was there with his family
also. The support for Team Dekle was: Roy Reyes, Kenny
Gaul, Brian Kennon, Randy Rios, Noreen Hanson, Richard
and Jeanine Frensley. and Deb Foster to name a few. The
I have heard from a proud employee of the Canal Zone
Schools, David Speir. Currently, he lives in Lido Beach,
Sarasota. He worked in the Division of Schools in the CZ
from September 1951-December 1979. He worked his way
up as a teacher, counselor. Assistant Principal, Principal,
Supervisor of Instruction. Assistant Superintendent, and final-
ly Superintendent of the Canal Zone Schools. He is the last
Superintendent and the only surviving former Superintendent
of CZ schools, and enjoyed every bit of it working as a mem-
ber of that great organization. We are so proud of our teach-
ers, thanks for your service!
Amongst the Zonian authors that we have, we can add
Rich Hull to the list. He is formerly of Brazos Heights and a
CHS'66 grad. He writes under the name of Richard Anthony
Hull and has just released his second book, Azrael s Wrath.
Rich is a graduate of the University of Florida with a
Bachelor's degree (1970) and an MBA (1971). He currently
lives in Sarasota, Fla., with his wife Linda and miniature pin-
The class of 1981 girls got together at the Bahama Breeze
for a great Zonian lunch! The group included Monica Reyes,
Annette Bloise, Kelly (Morris) Fenton, Lynn Heddaeus, and
Susan Thompson. They were wishing that they were at the
Amador Officers' club since the food and the music remind-
ed them of home!
Monica Reyes, Annette Bloise, Kelly (\lorrik) Fenton,
Lynn Heddaeus, and Susan Thompson at Bahama Breeze.
We are gearing up for the annual St. Pete Bash IV that is
being held at Alden Beach Resort & Suites starting on
September 29th. Darla (Vose) Creek and Richard (Dicky)
McArthur are really excited about hosting this event again
this year. The proud sponsors will be the Panama Canal
Society; Ruth (McArthur) and Britton Coffman (Balboa
Trading Company), and Sue (MolaGirl) Gomez. I will report
back about the event in the next issue of the Canal Record.
There was a lot to report. That's what happens when I
become MIA. I have always said that Zonians are a dying
breed. I am very grateful for the Canal Record as a forum for
our breed to keep in touch and locate old friends. If you want
to let everyone know what you did or where you are, or an
event you attended for your family and/or friends, email me!
Laura Kosik, Reporter
SBilly Arnold wrote that he has
H been playing golf with Ray Burda and
Ray Underwood almost every week and
sometimes twice a week. Billy says that
June Stevenson they have both been wonderful models of
how one should play the ;. ni'lcm.mll.n game of golf, -hou.,li he
has, on occasion, made some untimely remarks that led them
to miss easy putts. Billy says he really did not mean to have
them miss their putts, and will try to remember not to speak
when they both are "putting."
Received an email from Guy Damiani of Alpharetta that
Jerry Coffin of New York City visited old pals in Atlanta. A
few months ago Jerry flew to Atlanta to spend several days
with Guy and Chris Lasher of Cartersville, Ga. Enclosed is
a picture of the three "amigos" outside the Georgia Aquarium.
They have all been friends since meeting on the kindergarten
bus in Gatun in 1960. In addition to visiting the Aquarium,
Jerry treated them to front row seats to the Thrasher hockey
game. Then on Sunday, Jerry an avid diver, was able to suit
up along with nephew Derek DeRaps (Brian and Stacy
DeRaps' son) and dove in the Georgia Aquarium with the
famous killer sharks. Jerry who has been diving all over the
world said it was the highlight of his trip...oh well, who can
outdo killer sharks?
Chris Lasher, Jerry Coffin, and Guy Damiani
John Patrick Coffey and wife Angela Blount Coffey
had the pleasure of hosting cousin Gilbert Corrigan, wife
Cher and their two boys, Gilbert, Jr. and Drew. The
Corrigans were on their way to celebrate the 18th birthday of
Darien Corrigan, daughter of David and Marcy Corrigan
in Clearwater, Fla. While far too brief of a stay it was not at a
loss for excitement. The fan gave way on the electric grill and
smoke began to billow from the kitchen. The fire alarms on
every floor of the house did little to calm the waters. By the
time the attic fan had pulled the smoke from the house, two
metal rails on the grill had melted into the barbecue, yet the
steaks came out perfectly! The chaos took us back to our
youth! As always John Patrick and Gilbert raised their tragos
to toast their grandparents, Gilbert and Virginia Morland.
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John Patrick Coffey, Angela Coffey, Cher Corrigan,
Gilbert Corrigan, Drew Corrigan, and Gilbert Corrigan,
Rebecca Courtney Highley from Morgantown, Ga., and
her ex-husband Fred Highley from Margarita and other
places in the Canal Zone, are the proud grandparents of three
grandchildren within the past 18 months. Their son Chris
Highley and his wife Jessica Odom Highley had their sec-
ond son, Christian David, on December 15, 2010. Christian
arrived one year to the date after the birth of his big brother
Liam John, born December 16, 2009. Liam and Christian
have a big sister to keep them in line. Kaydee Addison is
now four years old. Adding to the quickly growing brood of
grandbabies is the new daughter of Nikki (Highley) Dover
and her husband Dustin Dover. Rebecca says she returned
from her job in Kauai, Hawaii, to be with Nikki for the birth
of her first child born May 25, 2011. She says the baby, Eris
Abigail Dover, arrived full of spunk and wonder. Eris' big
sister Tanya is soon to be eight years old and is eagerly look-
ing forward to one of her world-renowned birthday parties in
mid-July in Ellijay, Ga. Rebecca says life is good in the Blue
Ridge for the Highley clan.
Mark Thrailkill wrote that he was not able to attend the
Panama Canal Reunion as he had been in Florida earlier vis-
iting some Atlantic Siders while at the beach. On his next trip
to Florida he hopes to get some photos for the next Record
Adrienne Stallworth wrote that though she and Ed did
not go to the Reunion, their daughter Karen Stallworth
Cross went as it was her 25th high school reunion and
Adrienne said she had a blast. Adrienne said they went to
Guatemala on their annual Mission trip. They worked with
the Army of God Church in Chicacao, to help them begin a
new work in Bishops, a small area in their city. There were
many of them from Georgia, but not Panama Canal people.
She did say that Ralph Howell, former Balboa High School
teacher, and his brother-in-law went with them. Ralph now
lives in Knoxville, Tenn. Adrienne said they helped the
Church begin a new work and they have already have servic-
es. Adrienne also reminded me that she made the wedding
cake for my daughter Lori Stevenson Snow.
While I was at the Reunion, I had the pleasure of meeting
up with Bertha Read. Bertha and I worked together at the
Marine Bureau in the '80s, and she is a dear friend of mine.
My husband and I, as well as Mary Urey, Arden Swisher
Cook and those who worked with her were all so pleased to
see her at the Reunion, and we had always admired her many,
many molas that she presented to the Museum as a gift.
Rachel Schipper from the University of Florida Libraries
sent me a picture of Bertha and me.
Bertha Read and June Rowley Stevenson
Cissy Collins wrote that they went on vacation to
Mississippi, stopping first at Hattiesburg at the home of their
friend Florence Carlson where they were treated to a cook-
out at Brian, Michelle, Caroline, Rachel and Christopher
Carlson's home. Second son Alan, Jeannie, Jared and
Jordan joined them with assorted family and friends. Cissy
says she thinks she counted 26 people who passed by the food
table. She says Brian is an excellent cook. so they all ate too
much. However. they weren't too distracted to talk about their
time in the Canal Zone. Congratulations to Florence who
retired from teaching the same week they were there.
Back (L-R): Caroline, Brian, Christopher, Alan and Jared
Carlson. Middle (L-R): Michelle, Jeannie and Jordan
Carlson. Front (L-R): Gary Collins, Florence Carlson, and
Their second stop was at Mary Sneed's home in
Gulfport. Many will remember that Mary was the secretary at
Diablo and Curundu Junior High Schools. She is now 92
years old and still works daily at her son John's insurance
business. Mary would like to retire, but no one in the office
wants to deal with the type of insurance she has been trained
to do. Mary's daughter Mary Torrence Hinkle (BHS), hus-
band Dan and college student/grandson John Henry came
for the Memorial Day weekend.
Later, Gary's cousin Ann took them to one of the seafood
restaurants on the bay that has been built since Katrina swept
away so many homes and businesses. They each ordered a
different meal to try out the menu, and as you might expect
when cousins get together, they had many childhood memo-
ries and family to talk about. Cissy says they extended their
visit into late afternoon, but it wasn't long enough because
they don't get to see each other very often. Their next get-
together will be in September for the Collins/Whitworth
Cissy Collins, Ann Vowell and cousin Gary Collins
On Saturday night in Pascagoula, Miss., Cissy met with
the members of her first physical education class and home-
room to celebrate their 50th high school reunion. Cissy says
this was one of the best evenings in the entire trip, as there
were 56 classmates out of 209 there. Cissy says some faces
were recognizable right away. but the name tags printed in
large bold print helped to identify others. Gary enjoyed talk-
ing with the boys he coached in football and baseball. He was
impressed with the number who went on to play ball on the
college level and then coach sports. She said "it was a night
Their final stop on their trip was Pensacola where they
stayed overnight with Doug and Jean Litton. It was the
Littons' intention to attend the Pascagoula reunion, as Doug
coached the varsity baseball and Jr. High football teams;
however, they were unable to attend. Greg, their son, came to
cook their lunch on the grill and made homemade ice cream
for dessert. The last time they saw Greg was when he stepped
up to the plate at the Atlanta Stadium and on the first pitch hit
a home run for his team, the San Francisco Giants.
Gary Collins, Jean, Greg and Doug Litton
Cissy also mentioned that they visited the Tunon family
in Villa Rica, Ga., where they went to support Sofia Tunon's
team, Cherokee Pride. Sofia's dad Jose Tunon coaches the
On April 11th my husband and I along with our daughter,
Lori Snow and her husband Virgil and their daughter Sara
went on a Royal Caribbean Cruise to different ports in
Mexico in support of our granddaughter Sara Snow and her
Dance Company. Sara wants to be a professional dancer when
she grows up, and the cruise ship allowed the dance company
to put on several wonderful dance pieces on the stage while
on the cruise. We did go ashore at one of our "-'i-'*p Our
daughter arranged for a large bus to take all the dancers and
their parents and grandparents to drive us to Tampa, Fla.,
where we embarked on our cruise. Naturally, we had a won-
derful time and were very proud of our granddaughter and the
Davis Stevenson, Lori Stevenson Snow, Sara Snow, and
June Rowley Stevenson.
Billie Spencer sent me some photos and a note earlier.
Dot Meissner and John McKinsey visited her in Savannah,
Ga., and they had a great time at the crab shack on Tybee
Island. Later on, Sue Halvosa, Frank and Marvel
Townsend, and Billie Sue went to Uncle Bubbas in
Savannah. Marvel and Frank came to Savannah to celebrate
their anniversary. Frank and Marvel also visited the statue of
Johnny Mercer and Frank also checked out the status of
Marilyn Monroe at City Market. They had a great time during
Marvel Townsend, Frank Townsend and Sue
In May Lori Snow and I, along with Jennye Davidson
and Betty Cook, friends from Oklahoma, went to Panama for
a week at the new Nikki Beach Resort.
June Rowley Stevenson, Lori Stevenson Snow, and Jennye
I also heard from Glenda Mecca and Jim Brown saying
that this year their winter home also became their summer
home, as they did not go home to Washington for the summer
but stayed in Georgia instead. Glenda said that the PC
Reunion in Orlando at the Marriott World Center was fabu-
lous. If you were there you know that there was something
happening every minute of every day and if you had the stam-
ina to stay up that late and get by on very little sleep, then lots
of luck! Glenda had a vendor table for the first time and said
it was great. She also mentioned that there were many vendor
booths to look at and they all had great Tliin ,_ Glenda said
that she also enjoyed the Panama Canal Museum booth
where, among other things they were selling, they had the
2012 calendars with homesites of all the areas in the Canal
Zone, which was a treasure for those who grew up in the
Canal Zone. Glenda plans on taking the calendar to her son
when they go to Washington in November, and they are
already making plans for the 2012 Reunion.
Lester Smith sent me a short email stating that his wife
Andrea continues to improve, although it is rough on her
having to learn to walk once more. Andrea has been very sick
and spent quite a few weeks in the hospital, but is now home.
Their daughter Christine and her family came to visit and
help Andrea while Lester attended the PC Society Reunion.
Lester is hoping that soon Andrea will be strong enough to go
camping this year, although they have managed to take some
day trips and enjoy the beauty of Georgia.
I recently returned from a weeklong trip to New York with
my daughter Lori and granddaughter Sara. and though it was
HOT there we did manage to take in three absolutely won-
derful plays. Also spent three days in Quoque, Long Island,
where my father was from and where I spent my summers as
a child. We stayed with some friends and had a wonderful
time driving around and seeing places that brought back great
memories of my summers in Quoque. My nephew Kenneth
Gerhart and niece Suzanne Gerhart George with her five-
year-old daughter Sara Kate joined us in Quoque while I was
there with my daughter and granddaughter. We even managed
to make it to the beach, where the water was really, really
cold compared to Panama Beach waters. We also were able to
get to the Quoque Cemetery for a visit with my parents, Sara
and Sam Rowley, who chose Quoque as their final resting
Back (L-R): Yanira and Bertha Read, June and Davis
Stevenson, Beverly and Skip Rowley, Mike Toal, Dorothy
and Jim Gerhart. Front (L-R): Sara, Allie and Lori Snow,
and Kenneth Gerhart.
June Stevenson, Kenneth Gerhart, Lori Snow, Sara Snow,
Suzanne Gerhart George, and Sara Kate George, Quoque,
June Rowley Stevenson, Reporter
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S^.. o .lur'\ Espiau, a longtime
.. Curundu resident, is happy to be back in
her New Orleans home following its
Patt Roberson restoration after being flooded by
Hurricane Katrina. During a year of
repairs she lived with her daughter Claudia "Tibby" Nolan
Donie (BHS'52) in Garland, Texas. Mary has two other chil-
dren: Ginger (BHS'54) who lives in Union, Ky., and
Fernand (BHS'55) who lives in Van, Texas, on his 65-acre
ranch. Five generations of Mary's family are shown in the
enclosed picture: Mary is seated, surrounded from the right
by her daughter Tibby, Tibby's daughter and Mary's grand-
daughter Gwen Donie Rodriquez, Gwen's daughter and
Mary's great-granddaughter Casie Slater, holding her daugh-
ter and Mary's great-great-granddaughter Shealyn.
L rl .tI
Back: Gwen Donie Rodriguez and Claudia "Tibby" Donie.
Front: Casie Slater holding Shealyn and Mary Espiau.
Chimere Little is keeping her Zonian ties in Baton Rouge
and recently had lunch with Sharon Creque and Lee
Engelke. Chimere moved to Baton Rouge recently with her
boyfriend Andrew Bruning (not from the Zone), following
their graduation from the University of North Florida,
Jacksonville. Chimere graduated with a bachelor of science in
biology and Andrew with a dual major in marketing and man-
agement. Chimere plans to enter pre-med after completing a
year's residency in Louisiana to be eligible. Andrew will
work on a master's degree at LSU. Chimere is the daughter of
Elaine and Mike Little and the granddaughter of Barbara
and the late Tom Peterson.
MEMBERSHIP DUES FOR 2012
ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2011.
sharon ( reque, .ee Engelke, and
Patt Roberson in Baker is deeply grateful to all those
who sent best wishes following her encounter with a way-too-
heavy box of books that broke her back (sacrum actually).
Not yet 100 percent, but on the mend, slowly. Advice: Do not
lift anything you even think may be too heavy for you. Just
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
Paul Boostrom reminisced about the
good ole days with Wilt Cassibry, his best i -
bud growing up fishing, playing baseball
and just goofing off. He saw Hugh and a
Chita Cassibry around '86 or '87 in Ocean -a' "
Springs but then his parents moved to
Montana in '88 and they never went South again. Paul also
regrets having lost touch with Peggy, Linda and Bobby, but
Paul and his wife Linda plan to attend next year's Gulf Coast
Picnic. We are grateful to Chita and Hugh who began our pic-
Sue Epperson, Biloxi, took her first trip to David in
March to visit son Billy, wife Zoee, granddaughter Kaden
and granddaughter Jayda. They also drove to Boquete and El
Volcan and spent some time with Bill and Berta in Los Rios.
Sue visited with Carolyn and Richard Dillon at the reunion
and bought one of their son's paintings. Hope they can bring
some to the Gulf Coast picnic in April.
Penny and Joe Lotterhos, Clinton, write that in April
Clinton was hit by a tornado. Lots of damage, no deaths. They
have lived in Clinton for 35 years and are now looking for a
house in Keller, near Fort Worth, to be closer to their daugh-
ter's family. Joe will continue to practice law part-time.
Meanwhile they took a few days off in May and went to
Jimmy McKeown, Diamondhead, writes that his daugh-
ter lives at Eagle Point near the park's information center
where we have the Gulf Coast Picnic. That said, we can now
count on Jimmy being at the picnic in April.
Terry Stanley Truett and husband Mike, Diamondhead,
enjoyed the reunion sooo much, visiting with their BHS'72
classmates, kids they grew up with. They plan to attend again
next year which marks the 40th for BHS'72.
Jean Wade, Gautier, with husband Lee lived in Gatun
1963-79. Late last year she enjoyed a six-day Christmas tour
traveling to Myrtle Beach, Jacksonville and St. Augustine.
She saw The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carolina
Opry (I,,,ir., Special, The South s Grandest Christmas
Show at the Alabama Theatre, Christmas at the Dixie
Stampede, Christmas on Ice, It's a Wonderful Life at the
Alhambra Threatre, and Magical Spirit of Ireland Irh.,.
Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
By the time you are all reading
this we will be close to bidding farewell
to 2011. Those many resolutions I made
to accomplish this or that will have to
be moved to 2012. I have to admit,
many of them were moved from 2010 to 2011! Am I the only
On a sad note, we lost another member of our family in
less than a year with the death of my sister-in-law Betty
Dunning on Easter Sunday (see With Deep Sorrow). The
happier note was that she did more living during her five-year
fight against cancer than many of us have done in a lifetime.
She lived life to the fullest, enjoying every minute with her
family and friends. She especially loved the time spent with
her grandchildren, which was the main reason she and Bill
left Hendersonville for Arkansas. We will all miss her. It was
good to see longtime friends Jack and Joan Corliss at the
funeral, as well as Greta Vowell, one of the many nurses I
worked with over the years in Public Health and the schools.
I also talked with Mary Lou Engelke and her daughter
Kathy while I was there. Mary Lou sang in my choir at
Sacred Heart for many years and Kathie's girls were in the
children's choir. Hard to believe they are all grown up now.
My daughter Laurie and I made a short trip to
Pennsylvania over the 4th of July and while there visiting rel-
atives in Springdale, Pa., a neighbor came over. Her name
was Christine Yarnall Liberati. Turns out she lived in
Clayton for about three years when her father was in the army
from '83-'86. She would have been in the class of 1987 but
left in September of 1986 when her father was transferred to
the Army War College. One of the names she remembered
was Ariel Blood, who worked at the Balboa Pool in '84-'85.
Such a small world--we run into Panama people everywhere.
Our family had several celebrations in the past couple of
months with the May graduation of Justin Trinca from
Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. (see Congratulations).
Proud parents, Laurie and Sam Trinca, hosted a luncheon in
honor of Justin at his favorite spot for family and friends. A
very big surprise birthday party that my kids threw for me
was not only a big surprise but an even bigger birthday! And
finally, a birthday/welcome home party for Michael and
Jennifer Watkins Surface and their Dad, Fred Watkins,
who was on leave from his contracting job in Afghanistan.
Fred was glad to see all his kids: Jen, Michael, Rio and
Lago....only the last two wagged their tails!
Michael and Fred Watkins
Jim and Diane Bradley attended the reunion in July,
along with their children and grandchildren. The "Germany"
grands, Karl Phillip, Mia and Pia, then accompanied their
grandparents on a Caribbean cruise. It was the girls' first
cruise with their grands but Karl Phillip is an old pro by now.
I still think Diane and Jim should take all their grandchildren
on a cruise together. Think of how memorable that would be!!
After the cruise they picked up their Mom Eileen and
returned to Hendersonville for a short visit. Other N.C.
reunion attendees were Al and Lola Jones; however. Lola did
her traveling before the reunion. Leaving Al to hold the fort
at home she flew to Rowley, Mass., on June 8th to help
youngest daughter Ashlyn with their newest grandchild Lyla
Rae Murray who was bor on May 29th. Lyla was wel-
comed home by her 4/2-year-old sister Emma and her 16-
month-old brother Cooper. Ashlyn's husband Adam is in the
Coast Guard and was in the process of transferring to Morro
Bay, Calif. He left July 1st to drive to the west coast. Lola,
Ashlyn, and the children flew to Atlantic Beach, Fla., to visit
daughters Tara, Lisa and their families. Al drove to Florida,
via Atlanta, where he visited overnight with classmate Jim
Selby (BHS'56) and his wife Jeanne. Jim had suffered a
stroke a few months before and was still in recovery. Al then
drove to Atlantic Beach to pick up Lola and head on to the
reunion. They attended two class reunions, her 50th
(BHS'61) and his 55th (BHS'56). That would have been my
brother Danny's class also. Their daughter Ashlyn and the
children, accompanied by her sister Tara, flew to California to
join her husband. A whirlwind trip covering a lot of territory
for Lola and Al.
Dan Winklosky recently underwent hip surgery and is
recovering well at home. Hope it doesn't interfere with the
Greensboro reunion he organizes every year. He is also one of
the honchos for the class of'57's 55th reunion next year so he
has lots of work to do.
Terri (Densmore) Fields, Linda (Densmore) and Emilio
Garza spent several days visiting with Mom Wilma and
Willy Nowotny in July. I don't think it was for a cool get-
away to the mountains, as our temperatures were right up
there with the rest of the country. A good time was had by all.
Linda and Emilio were returning to Sanford, N.C., to prepare
for a move to Fort Bragg where Emilio has been appointed
principal of the middle school.
Our annual NC Christmas party will be held again at
O'Charleys Restaurant on Saturday, December 10th, at 2:30
PM. Put the date on your calendars now. You don't have to be
a North Carolinian to come. If you are visiting in the area you
are most welcome to attend. We would love to have you. Just
let me know for our head count to the restaurant. It's an easy
drive for you Charlotte people and several come up every
year. I know there are more Zonians there so give it a try. We
have a great time.
Unless any more earth-shattering news comes in before
our deadline, I have to end my report as I did the beginning
with a sad note. Our longtime member and friend, Capt. Sam
Irvin, passed away in July (see With Deep Sorrow). We will
miss him very much. Our hearts go out to Norma and the
boys and to all their family members.
Keep your news coming so I can have lots of news to
report. Till next time.
Vicki Howe and Pat Hunt
Pat Hunt, Reporter
email: pathunt01 (bellsouth.net
Hooray! Summer has FINALLY arrived
in the Northwest; although by the time you
read this, fall will be just around the corer! I
hope everyone who attended this year's
Panama Canal Society Reunion had a great
time and made it home in "one piece." We
Barbara reporters had a reporter's social hour hosted
Litchford by Editor Jacque Vowell. It was a fun time to
meet, and chat with, the other reporters from around the
FOR 2012 ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2011.
Bob Blake celebrated his 90th birthday in May with two
separate celebrations; one with family at his daughter's condo
and one at his retirement community, Skyline, where all
guests were 90 or better. Other than that, Bob and Mary have
stayed close to home this summer.
Ginny Rankin has enjoyed having her Panama family of
John and Karen Blennerhassett and their two children
Ryann and Jason here for a visit. They spent one day in
Sequim, Wash., visiting with Robert and Gayle Rankin and
their two daughters, Kindra and Jennifer and their children,
who are also visiting. It was the first time in many years that
Ginny's three daughters and Gayle and Robert's two girls
have all been able to get together at the same time. Though it
was a little chilly and overcast most of the day, they had a fun
time picnicking at the beach. Grandson Mitchel Saunders
made the baseball All Star team, but sadly they were beaten
in the tournament. Granddaughter Cassidy McClanahan is
on the swim team at the Oakbrook pool and trying her best to
win a ribbon or two. This is her first year on the team, so she
has a lot of room for improvement in the future. Ginny was-
n't able to make it to the reunion this year due to her mother's
health issues, but does plan to make it next year for her class
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Bob Blake celebrating his 90th birthday
Bebe Nehring DINike and husband Bill journeyed to
Florida for some "pre-reunion" festivities with her sisters,
Kathie McConaughey, Bonnie Tudor and Annette
Nehring. While they were there, they attended the July
NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway since they
didn't make the Daytona 500 in February.
Glenda Scanlon Mecca wrote: We didn't make it to
Washington this summer, as it was my 40th High School
reunion. Instead we went to Orlando for a week, where I had
a vendor table for the first time. I must take this opportunity
to tell you that having a vendor table is a lot of work, and I
would not recommend having one when it is your high school
reunion year. However, it is a pretty lucrative deal: I made
enough money in sales Thursday, Friday, Saturday and
Sunday morning to pay for our trip there, all our meals,
snacks and beverages while there, and our hotel room, plus
took home a fairly large sum of money. If you are consider-
ing having a vendor table, now is the time. Even with the bad
economy people always want to buy stuff from Panama,
about Panama, etc. Even the workers at the Marriott were
shopping at my vendor table and I'm sure they shopped at
others as well. My prized possessions from the reunion are
hand-carved wooden hibiscus napkin rings. They are so beau-
tiful and look like the live flower. The Panama Canal
Museum is selling them if anyone is interested. We are hop-
ing to make it home to Washington in November and come
home in December, if the price of gas doesn't get any worse.
Wish we could have made the picnic this year as it sounds like
it will be tons of fun. If you made it to the reunion this year,
then you already know what a really special event it was.
Fier.ihi.g was very organized and complete, and I didn't
hear any complaints of registration or dance issues, so big
kudos to the Society for all their hard work. The reunion was
a blast for everyone, although I lost my voice Friday night at
the dance and ended up whispering the rest of the weekend.
The annual Despedida on Sunday morning was beautiful, as
always. I'm already planning for next year's reunion! Hope to
see some of you when we get to Washington later in the year!
Ginny Rankin, Robert and Gayle Rankin and all their off-
Back (L-R): Ryann Blennerhassett, Ginny Rankin, Gayle
Fettler Rankin, Karen Rankin Blennerhassett, Sandi
Rankin McClanahan, Kindra Rankin Younce, Jennifer
Rankin Lewis and Ella Kate Lewis. Front: Cassidy
Since my deadline was before the 2011 Northwest Picnic,
I was not able to get a write-up and pictures in. Please make
sure to send your picnic pictures and memories so I can get
them included in the December issue. Send me your news and
Barbara (Greene) Litchford, Reporter
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Saludos de Panama! We are again
in the first months of rainy season and
have already had our share of traffic-stop-
ping, street-flooding rains. New areas of
Anna l flooding in Panama City have arisen with
the high-rise building construction which
has plugged up many of the inadequate sewer systems, and
exacerbated by trash thrown in streets, rivers and streams in
the City. One new area in particular in Punta Pacifica put a
damper on the early July inauguration of the Trump Tower
impeding traffic to that location for several hours. The new
Coastal Belt along Balboa Avenue also becomes an extended
lake during severe downpours. Don't expect this to get any
better with time! Work has finally started on the
Albrook/Diablo Intersection overpass. So far the work has not
affected traffic much but that will change soon. Now on to the
In January 2011 Mel Oiler found a stray, very thin female
dog with skin problems sleeping under his car at his house in
La Boca. They became fast friends so he took her to the vet
where he found out she was pregnant; she delivered four love-
ly puppies on March 12; and took extra good care of them.
Mel gave the pups to friends and had her spayed. He named
her Dinka, his super loyal, good house protector, loveable,
and partner when he is home. Mel is pictured here with
Mel Oiler and Dinka
Fred Clark was surprised and honored at a Thursday
night Karaoke Sports Club in Tampa, Fla.. on Busch
Boulevard on May 13 as a Purple Heart recipient. Korean
Conflict and Vietnam Vet. Fred's sister-in-law Betty (Berg)
Tajiani talked Fred into going to the club called "In the
Zone." It was a special moment for Fred as they sang, "Proud
to be an American," honoring his military service. He
received many handshakes and hugs from all the well-wish-
A few members of the BHS'59 class got together for a
small but nice dinner party at the Trapiche Restaurant in mid-
Iune Theyv menlnvd th ,.-i r-l, hrri;r c na n ,d ndr nei ctnriec
(L-R): Tony and \ irginia Womble, Inez (Berg) Clark, Bill
Brunner, Jorge Aleman, and Henry Barker at Trapiche.
Inez (Berg) Clark and her brother Carl N. Berg
(BHS'60) are pictured here in front of the Panama Canal
Museum. Carl is the PCC Museum Reporter for the Arizona
area. Both Inez and Carl have been longtime members of the
Linda and Larry Layman had their son Carl and grand-
son Kodie (16) visit in June for ten days to go fishing. Since
Carl was born in Coco Solo, they went to the Atlantic side so
Carl could see his old stomping grounds. They had a great
time fishing, caught lots of fish, and took two coolers full of
fish back home.
Fred Clark with the MC
Kodie and Carl Layman and some of their fish
The Elks Club hosted a Father's Day BBQ in the after-
noon for Elks members and guests. The Club provided the
chicken and filete (beef tenderloin) and the members provid-
ed a wide array of side dishes and desserts. Some of those in
attendance were: Boston (Exalted Ruler) and Christine
Patterson, Woody and Janice DeJernette, Dee Dee Hanna,
Ellen and Frank Attaberry, Dennis Garrison, John
McTaggert, Ed Kirch, Sophie and Leo Critides, Larry
Layman, son Carl, and grandson Kodie, Stanley Wright,
Richard Marohl, Teddy Will, Rob Roy, Bruce and Chris
Homa, Frank and Margaret Ender, and Ed Farrell.
Linda Layman went to Florida in July for the Reunion and
was met by her granddaughter Chelsie Layman (19), her son
Carl's daughter. They enjoyed the four days seeing everyone.
Chelsie was finally able to meet a lot of her dad's friends.
After the Reunion they visited Sandee and Bill Weigle for
two days in Bradenton. They drove back to Orlando to meet
Kaylee Layman (20), Linda's son Cliff's daughter, and on to
Daytona Beach for four days of beach and fun in the sun.
While there at Daytona, Linda's best friend Sue Fisher came
with her daughter Christie and her two girls to spend time
Canamas, William Bremer, William Arnold, Kathy Wainio
and Rob Roy, Blanca and Frank Mitchell, Teddy Will, Ed
Doan, Jane and Bill Huff, Sandy Wallace, Kim Rowell,
Lenny Huff, Pablo Prieto, Jody and Lorraine
Chamberlain, Lucas Palumbo, George Wheeler, Pat
Arnold, John Hanna, Ted Henter, and Carl and Anna Opel.
I was looking for a photo of the birthday boy in the multitude
that I had taken that night and much to my embarrassment,
realized I didn't take one of Ed!
Update on Bob Askew (BHS'66) and his two daughters.
Claire recently finished her fast-track nursing program, was
awarded her BSN, passed her national nursing exam and
started work at St. Luke's neo-natal intensive care unit in
Boise. Caitlin soon starts her senior year at Boise's
Centennial High. In July Bob took Caitlin on a weeklong col-
lege visitation trip through Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
A 4th of July Celebration was held at the Elks Club on
July 3rd with a chicken and spareribs BBQ and side dishes
and desserts provided by members and guests. Art Mokray
and HB Twohy put on a pretty good show of fireworks from
the Club roof that was a definite hit. There were a few close
calls but neither Art nor HB would admit to singed eyebrows
but they did work up a real sweat! Some of the faces in the
crowd throughout the night were: Penny and Vincent
Canamas and grandson Timmy, Victoria and Michael
Spebar, Leila Shelton, Thad Chamberlain, John Wolff,
Dave McArthur and girlfriend, Pablo Etham, Mimi, and
family, Boston Patterson, Steve and Nancy Schwartz, Vicky
Sizemore and Ed Wardlow, Bruce and Chris Homa, Larry
and Linda Layman, Bret Conliffe and his mother Eunice
Greaves, Ellen and Frank Attaberry, Katya DeLaMater,
Max Crowe, Tim Higgerson, Gordy Will, George
Garland, Jody Chamberlain, Bonnie (Bishop) Beasley,
Marisa and Pablo Prieto, Tony Tibler, Doug Allen, Carl
and Anna Opel and granddaughter Sophia Szymanski.
Vicky Sizemore invited a large group of Ed Wardlow's
friends to the Elks Club on Friday, July 22, to help Ed cele-
brate the "40th Anniversary of his 31st Birthday." Well-wish-
ers were: Dee Dee and Billy Hanna, Gerald Watkins and
Mary Roush, Billy and Karen Coffey, Vincent and Penny
Claire Askew, Bob Askew, and Caitlin Askew
Claire Askew, Bob Askew, and Caitlin Askew
Bill and Jane (Gabriel) Huff had quite a houseful of guests
here in their Panama home. Their two daughters, Brandy and
Allison, son-in-law Rick Cofer and daughter-in-law
Michelle, arrived within days of each other with their chil-
dren, Emma (16), Timothy (11), Gabriel (9), Ellie (9),
Ethan (8), Koby (6), Billy (5), Christopher (4), and
Christiana (3). So as not to be confused, Emma Huff,
Timothy Cofer, Ellie Cofer, and Christopher Cofer belong to
Brandy (Huff) and Rick Cofer; Gabriel, Ethan, and Koby
MacPherson belong to Allison Huff; Billy and Christina
belong to William and Michelle (McLean) Huff.
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Pete Foster (1985-1986), Bill McLaughlin (2002-2004).
Front (L-R): Barbara Chieffalo, Dody Moses, Debbie Bathke, Louise Peters, Patsy Black, Susan Davis, Ann Kalb, Lois
Thompson, Beverly Bowman, Marie "Peanut"Powell, Didi Bremer, Betty Friese, Rose Monzon, Dianne Baltozer, Rita
Jones. 2nd row: Marion Bradley, Joan Barrett, Lola Fraunheim, Sandra Wallace, Jackie Ashton, George Garcia, Maria
Izquierdo, Janet Sutherland, Kathy Egolf, Bonnie Bell, Lyn "Mimi" Stratford, Elaine Herring, Walter Brown, Don
Ellwood, John Deming, Worden French, Jobey Turner, Diane McKenna. 3rd row: Leonard Wilson, Robert Sprague,
Alba Wilmoth, Zoraida "Toy" Lugo, Alan Trickey, Tom Mallia, Gary Anderson, Ralph Edmondson, Jeff Hare, Mike
Lowrie. 4th row: Fred Snyder, Richard "-Dick" Hern, Clifford Mugnier, Father John Reade, Curtis Fitzgerald, Harold
Smith, William "Bill "' Arnold, Jack Finlason, William "Bill" Browder.
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Barbara Erikson, Pat Egger, Molly Engelke. Middle: Pat Dockery, Gary Irving, Abel Borsellino, Brenda Collins, Ginny
Favorite, Walter Kleefkens, Alex Stearns, Paul Ebdon, Jay French, Rod Brayton, Lynne Coffin, Bobby Vache, Donald
Bonneau. Back: Jay Bialkowski Barrett, Robert Morrissey, George Cotton, Warren Marquard, John Cronan, Leo
Sanchez, Bob Geddes, Giles Martin, Cody Hollowell, Pat Manning, Larry Corrigan.
Seated (L-R): Carol Walker, Jan Carzden, Grace Whitney, Edna Beechner, Florinda Beechner, Dillon Lynch, Jan
Jensen, Edie Benetiz, Marge Malone, John Rathgeber, Ken Kelly, Nelson Borrero, Jerry Hunt, Beth Dudley, Terry
Sprague, Rich Harrington. Standing (L-R): Pat Pratchett, Tom Mitchell, Everett White, Emanuel Sledge, Jeff Riley,
Alan Blumberg, Marge Brigadier, Craig Holliday, Connie Zemer, Leslie Dugas, Judy Walton, Marta Calleja, Muneca
Guilbert, Sue Hibbert, Sarah Runnestrand.
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Collins, Alberto Wilmount, Jim Snider. Middle row: Ed Blount, Clhtr I Evans Sibson, Patricia Sanchez Boniewicz, Ruth
Hudgins Pinkerton, Didi Rouff Heimberger, Sandi Lewis, Vonnie Smith, Andy Norval, Debbie Sanderfield Farrow,
Stephanie Mowery Cooprider, Lourdes Suarez. Back row: Roger Welch, Reid Stinnett, D LaPorta, Tom Gabriel, Eddie
Stroop. Missing from picture: Mary Blanchette, John Bridwell, Janet Katsumoto
John Hanna is pictured here on his newly-restored 1973
Triumph motorcycle, restored this year by his talented uncle
Tom Hanna, as his brother Dan Hanna, looks on.
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IL-RI Ethan, Emma, Chritriana, Ellie, Christopher,
Timothy, Koby, Gabriel, and Billy (Huff grandchildren).
There were trips to the Interior to the beach. El Valle,
Embera Indian Village, Pipeline Road in Gamboa, Canopy
tours, walks up Ancon Hill to the flag, a few runs up the
Administration steps, an attempt to slide down the Admin
Hill, trips out in Grandpa's boat for fishing in Gatun Lake and
up the Chagres River. Unfortunately, William was unable to
get leave from his work until after his siblings and their fam-
ilies left Panama. While William was in Panama his family
continued the tradition of lots and lots of Napoli and Pizza
Italia. They took a trip out to Pina Beach on the Atlantic side,
visited Fort San Lorenzo while over there, spent a few days in
the Interior at the beach with Michelle's sister Jamie's fami-
ly, Rudy Waller and their son Thomas. They celebrated their
daughter Christiana's 4th birthday at the bowling alley on
Cuidad de Saber (Fort Clayton) with many of their longtime
friends and their children. Jane says it was a very hectic and
chaotic time for her and Bill and that they loved every second
On July 23 the Brandyl Coffey family--Brandyl, Kim
and daughters Charlotte and Olivia, and the Carl Winkler
family--Carl, Denise and daughter Lyn spent the afternoon at
the Gorgona home of Billy and Karen Coffey. Everyone
enjoyed the pool and beach and Lyn entertained all with her
version of the new dance, "The Pancake." The Winkler fami-
ly were here visiting from their residence in Guantanamo Bay.
Dee Dee and Bill Hanna are proud to announce the open-
ing of their son's new hotel, owned by Jon Hanna and
Kenny Myers, designed for surfers called Santa Catalina
Hotel, across the bay from Mariato, Panama, near Coiba.
Their son, Jon, is fulfilling a dream that he always had, being
an avid surfer and having spent many a night in a car waiting
to wake up to the best surf break in town at the break of dawn,
or spending an evening looking for decent digs to sleep at and
still make it to the surf break on time, or waking up early
morning to drive to the surf break. It is comfortable, has a/c,
hot water, great views, beautiful surf break, great food, ham-
mocks, a wonderful ambiance, and a good price. They are
very proud indeed. If you want more information on the hotel,
contact me for the web site.
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In March 2011 Sandra Wallace and Dee Dee Hanna visit-
ed the lovely Cielito Sur bed and breakfast in Volcan,
Panama. owned and operated very successfully by Janet and
Glen Lee. Later that month. Sandy and Dee Dee ate at the
Swiss Chalet/1985 Restaurant in Panama City, run by the
ever-famous( lict \\ ll, Diegelman. Dee Dee is holding up a
painting of Chef Willy.
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Sandra Wallace, Edith Endres, and Dee Hanna at the Swiss
Chalet/1985 Restaurant, Panama City.
Carl and I attended Frank Mitchell's birthday party at his
home in Betania on Sunday, July 24. Frank whipped up his
famous pulled pork, baked beans, and cole slaw. Yum! Guests
included: daughter Malena and her husband David
Roquebert and grandchildren lan, Lucia and David Jr.;
Tony Howitt and Jennifer Jones, Sonia Sierra, Ernie and
Maritza Dean, John and Lynn Wolff, Larry Liberty and
Choli, Carmen Carrasquillo, Maribel Corosco, Sandy
Toothman, Steve and Nancy Schwartz, Bob and Katrina
Karmen, and Art Mokray. Ernie surprised Frank with a birth-
day cake which he baked himself.
Frank Mitchell and Blanca at Frank's birthday party
Maurie Moore (CHS'75) from Palm Bay, Fla., visited
Panama late July and early August for about two weeks, stay-
ing with Jill (Paulson) and Skip Berger on the Atlantic side.
This was Maurie's second visit to Panama in the last 30 years,
the first one being in 2009. We ran into Maurie and Jill at La
Guaira, while spending a few days with Carole Lightell at
her beach house, Paco's Place. They were together at the
Bergers' Kartoon Land (beach house) and brought over a bot-
tle of champagne for Happy Hour and joined Carl and I,
Anita Seifert, and Carole on Macaw watch, waiting for the
Macaws to fly overhead on their way to Isla Grande for the
night. We were not disappointed, 31 Macaws passed over, and
included one baby. That made our evening! Of course the
champagne and wine did add some flavor.
(L-R): Anita Seifert, Carol Lightell, Carl Opel, Jill Berger,
and Mauri Moore on Macaw Watch.
Our Panama community was saddened by the loss of more
of its members: Robert Womble in April; Sam Katz
(CHS'62) in May; Felix Augusto Arrieta in July.
Well, so ends another report on Panama Happenings. If I
do not have you on my quarterly e-mail reminder that input is
due, and you want to be included, please let me know. Till
next time, hasta la vista!
Anna Opel, Reporter
By the time you read this it will be fall
and the leaves will have started turning
their lovely colors. The blankets of red,
gold, yellow, green and brown will soon
cover our landscape. The cold air will be
welcome after the extreme heat we have
had over the summer months. eorge Carcia
On May 5th and 6th, I drove to Bluffton, S.C., to dine with
my Southeastern South Carolina Zonians. The evening of
May 5th, Ev Sellers (CHS'68) and her husband Tom
(CHS'59), Katie Baas (CHS'59) and her husband Matt
(CHS'66), Leslie Hendricks (BHS'63) and I had a wonder-
ful dinner at Panini's on the Waterfront Park in Beaufort, S.C.
Before dinner, Ev, Tom and 1 stopped in at the Baas' and I got
to finally meet my friend, Lulu (Matt and Katie's dog). I do
apologize that pictures of this dinner seem to have disap-
peared. Next time I promise there will be some.
On May 6th Tom and Ev Sellers, Matt and Katie Baas,
Ron and Annette (Rentz BHS'58) Petit, Richard and Lynn
(Botzenmayer) Armfield (BHS'61), Ann Richardson and I
enjoyed lunch at Truffles Caf6 in Bluffton.
The lunch and the conversation were enjoyable. I hated to
see it end. And we left making plans for another get-together;
this time I'm going to cook.
(L-R): Katie Baas, Matt Baas, Annette Rentz Petit, George
Garcia, Ev Sellers, Tom Sellers, Lynn Botzenmayer
Armfield, and Richard Armfield.
Katie Baas, Matt Baas, Annette Rentz Petit, and Ron Petit
I attended the PCS Reunion this year and my 50th Class
Reunion. Read all about it in "Letters to the Editor" section in
the December issue.
George Garcia, Reporter
email: czgarcial4(a bellsouth.net
As of August 6th, we have had 37+ .
days of TRIPLE DIGIT TF\1PI- PA -f
TURES--by any standard, that is exces-
sive! Only by planning a day around a/c
stops is it DOABLE. In Texas, however, Linda Morris
everything is Air conditioned--Thank
Three cheers--Hooray! Dr. Christina (Efthimiadis)
Seeley was graduated from Children's Medical Center in
Dallas with a specialty in Pediatrics.
Robert O'Connor completed his work on his Doctor of
Education degree on June 9, 2011. The graduation ceremony
will be held August 13 at Texas A&M at Commerce, Texas.
He will be the new Superintendent of Schools in Marble
Falls, Texas, in the new school year.
Capt. Robert and Angie Bloemer have recently traveled
to attend the weddings of their two grandsons. Matt
Ellington wed Megan O'Connor on May 28, 2011 in Austin,
Texas. They spent a week in St. Lucia on their honeymoon
and are now back at work. Matt is a third-year Intern at Scott
White Hospital in Temple specializing in Orthopedic Surgery
and Megan is a Physician's Assistant in the Emergency
Room. Matt is the son of Dr. Tim and Barbara (CHS'73)
Gregory Bloemer, son of Robert (CHS'72) and
Kimberley Bloemer was married in Hightstown, N.J., to
Kattie O'Connor. They are graduates from Ryder College in
New Jersey. They spent a week at the Marriott in Hawaii
before returning to their jobs.
Lots of folks from the Dallas area attended the Reunion in
Orlando. Terry Corbitt, Dickie McArthur, Lee and Annette
Morton, Arden O'Daniel, Marianna Tanguy Hetrick,
Bliss Connerton, Victoria Morris Hall, Jack and Jo Ann
Morton, and '\urra% McArthur. Ed and Judy Colvin and
daughter Kerri attended their first PC Society Reunion,
where they met longtime friend Louise Murphy. Most of the
Zonians were pleased with the return to the World Center
Marriott. The seating throughout the public areas made a
good observation point for welcoming "longtime-no-see
friends." Members of the West Coast Society David Lane,
Jolie Seeley, and John and Phyllis McGee happened by.
"Yes. the Society group is alive and well," I was told. Meeting
the Canal Record deadlines has been difficult, but they will
The many scheduled events kept the masses very busy
rushing from one activity to the next. There was music and
laughter everywhere as friends connected. This year's
"Dueling Murgas"--Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo, each with
their own Queen, band, comparsa, and dancers was a great
hit. Remember the Murga is literally a street band. The "musi-
ca tipica" was rhythmic and loud and had the hordes moving
and shaking. It was fun watching granddad Kaye Richey
bouncing to the beat with granddaughter (Valerie's daughter)
on his shoulders. Next year there will be a "Chiva
Parrandero" for sure.
The BHS 1949-53 Suite was a great stop to meet and
greet. This is an annual Hospitality Suite hosted by Bill and
Kay (Cross) Carson and Dave and Judy (Coulthard) Long.
Ray Peabody has been the Nmcuni uno bartender" for
years. Culinary delights filled the Banquet table--hot and cold
entrees. and .- -.llling from fruit to nuts. Everything was
"delish." Try Judy Long's easy recipe for Hot Artichoke Dip-
-one cup of mayo, parmesan cheese, grated and one cup of
chopped artichoke hearts. Combine all, and bake in serving
dish at 425-degrees until bubbly. It is sooo good! See reunion
pictures in the December issue!
The photo of the 1953 Rag-Tag Football team (Canal
Record issue June 2011) submitted by Coach Jim Wolf got a
spirited discussion going. It ran the gamut from "whatever
happened to, where is?" The inimitable Coach Jim's ears
must have been burning with all the colorful antidotes
revealed about him. FYI: Did you know he could spout com-
plete poems at a moment's notice? A favorite: "A bunch of the
boys were whooping it up..." It was a lovely walk down
Kenneth G. Fortner was the guest speaker at the annual
Luncheon and he did a good job describing the progress on
the third set of Locks project. BobbyMo and I just returned
from a transit through the Canal in April and Mr. Fortner's
slides put everything into perspective--well kinda! Folks sit-
ting at our table were aghast to hear that their town of Gatun
has just a few streets left.
It was wonderful seeing Bucky Gilbert at this year's
reunion. Captain John and wife Jackie (Carlin) and family
retired from the CZ Police Force in 1976 and settled in San
Antonio. Bucky was wearing a pink shirt and said "...He did-
n't know how to separate whites from dark clothing after his
wife died, so everything he owns is now PIl\k Yes, real
men do wear pink! His son Steve (BHS'73) accompanied his
Dad to the reunion and he was resplendent in his iridescent
Due to illness Father John Kennedy did not attend this
year's reunion. Of course, he was missed. Father Frankie
Pretto officiated at the annual mass and those present finally
got a glimpse of the very personable "Salsa Padre." His hom-
ily at the mass was meaningful, earnest and revealing. Former
parishioners from St. Mary's and Sacred Heart churches con-
gregated long after the service chattering. Father Pretto mean-
while readied for an evening of music at the Panazonian
Dance with his Parranda Band.
We were delighted to see Elaine Raybourn ooops- Dr.
Raybour-Benoit outside the ballroom with her "sooo French
husband Benoit Morel." I remember "Elaine chica" and we
were so pleased to see the charming and sophisticated couple
together. She was with her uncle Reverend Fred and wife
Susan and coz Loren and they too were beaming.
Loren Raybourn, Elaine Raybourn-Benoit, Bob and
Linda Morris, and Susan Raybourn.
It never ceases to amaze me how intertwined our lives
were in the Canal Zone. Sit with a group of Zonians that bare-
ly know one another--mention a place, a person, or any inci-
dent and soon you'll have everyone talking at once and with
an opinion. An hour later, and everyone will be the best of
Finally, I had a chance to finally visit with my dear friend
Isabel Wood--after over twenty years. The years flew away
and we chatted as if it was a conversation from just yesterday.
Also enjoyed seeing Joanie Norris-Harris and Sonia Canas
Valley. Old friends are BEST!
Ify'all missed this year's Reunion--positively "pencil it in
for next year." As for my fellow Texicans--I can't report your
news if you don't phone, write or email me.
Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
MEMBERSHIP DUES FOR 2012
ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2011.
A MERCHANT MARINE CREWMAN LOOKS BACK
By Andy Fillmore Reprinted ith permission.
1 In 1936, at age 19. Albert Wilder "did-
Sn't want to sit in an office all the time,"
Sso he signed on as a crewman on a
freighter to South America along with
his identical twin, Arthur.
It was the maiden voyage of seafaring
careers for the Wilder boys, who were
born in Dorchester, Mass.
The next voyage for the brothers was
..'- -'. in 1937, on the SSS Nantucket, a three-
Albert Wilder masted Merchant Marine schooling
ship, where they had to learn more than 100 rigging lines and
climb the tall masts on the 165-foot-long ship.
The sailors also got matching anchor tattoos on their right
forearms, to the chagrin of their mother, who saw a newspa-
per photo of them arriving at a dock.
Albert's Merchant Marine career lasted from 1939 to 1950
and included hauling critical cargo on Liberty ships to Russia
under the Lend Lease World War II program.
Liberty ships, 441 feet long, were quickly produced in
modular sections. The lightly armed cargo ships were regu-
larly dogged by German submarines and subject to attack by
enemy aircraft as crews risked their lives to deliver critical
war supplies needed by the U.S. and allies in the European
and Pacific theaters during World War II.
"The enemy knew if we got the tanks and materials over
there, we would get stronger," said Albert, now 93, as he
pointed out pictures of the WW II vessels in his northeast
Ocala home, where he lives with his third wife, Aura.
In 1942, Albert set sail on the Liberty ship Daniel Morgan
as part of the ill-fated convoy PQ-17. The convoy's heavily
armed escort warships were called off when there was con-
cern the German battleship von Tirpitz might attack, leaving
the cargo ships as "sitting ducks."
He had to abandon ship on July 5 after two Nazi dive
bombers released six torpedoes and the ship's steering was
knocked out of commission. The crew reboarded, but a fire in
the engine room forced them to abandon ship again.
He said a German U-boat surfaced nearby as the ship
sank, and the enemy captain questioned his captain about
what they were carrying.
"Our captain said 'hospital supplies,' and told the U-boat
commander he had a bad compass [and could not get to land
for safety] and the U-boat commander said to follow him."
The survivors eventually made it to islands near
Arthur served on the Liberty ship William Hooper, which
sank July 4, 1942.
"For four days, neither Arthur nor I knew what had hap-
pened to each other," Albert said. "We later met up and toured
several Russia hospitals playing music, myself on guitar and
my brother on mandolin, for wounded soldiers."
Albert served in the Navy from 1950 to 1952 and attained
the rank of lieutenant commander. In 1952, he began a career
Continue on p..Lt 91
NICKLAS SWAIN BOYER
Nicklas Swain Boyer to join brother Tristan at Cal.
Congratulations to Nick Boyer for being selected and admit-
ted to the University of California at Berkeley, to play rugby
for the current National Champion Cal Rugby Team. Nick
graduated with honors from Jesuit High School in
Sacramento on May 28, 2011. He will join his brother,
Tristan, who will be entering his junior year of studies in pre-
med at Cal.
Nicklas is a very accomplished high school rugby player,
having earned many accolades and awards. He traveled to
New Zealand last summer and played for the Napier Boys
High School. During Nick's six weeks in New Zealand he
was also selected to the prestigious under- 7-year old repre-
sentative side from the North Island. Nick plays both scrum-
half and fly-half positions equally well, as well as kicking for
extra points. He has scored a drop goal during a game, an
uncommon feat for high school rugby.
Nicklas Swain Boyer
Nicklas and Tristan are the sons of Nola Swain-Boyer
(formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone), and Richard Boyer (Cal
1984). They are the nephews of Richard Boode Swain, also
of the Sacramento area.
90TH BIRTHDAY CRUISE
Bea Rhyne's grandson Eddie Stanford and his wife
Wendy planned a cruise to the Bahamas to celebrate Bea's
90th birthday in June 2011. The planning began in July and
August 2010 and the cruise was scheduled with Royal
Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas on June 27, 2011.
But, at the end of March Bea was admitted to the hospital
with pneumonia and was shuttled back and forth between the
hospital and the rehab center until June 4--but she made the
cruise!! They flew from San Antonio to Port Canaveral, Fla.,
and boarded the ship the f.llbw. ii,: day.
The ship made two ports--Coco Cay and Nassau. They
spent the day in Nassau, which was wonderful and Bea was
impressed with the people, the town, the trees and the fruits,
all of which made her homesick for Panama. They also visit-
ed Atlantis and it was as large and beautiful as described on
Family and friends who helped Bea celebrate were:
Barbara and Ed Stanford; Eddie, Wendy and Kayce
Stanford; Cheryl and Danielle Stanford (four generations);
Kathy Keenan and daughter Camille Keenan, Cinda
Spilling and her mother Dona Helmerichs. The food, serv-
ice, entertainment and other amenities of the Monarch of the
Seas were outstanding and it was wonderful being all togeth-
Back (L-R): Ed Stanford, Barbara (Rhyne) Stanford,
Eddie Stanford, Cheryl Stanford with daughter Danielle,
Wendy (Winkler) Stanford, Camille Keenan, and Kathy
(Orr) Keenan. Front (L-R): Bea (\lonsanio) Rhyne, Kayce
Stanford, Dona Helmerichs, and Cinda (Helmerichs)
Tony and Sigi Espino and Bob and Cheryl Russell of
Sun City Center, Fla., and Ed and Joan Ohman of
Riverview, Fla., celebrated their wedding anniversaries on a
cruise to St. Petersburg, Russia in May 2010. Tony and Sigi
were celebrating their 45th, Bob and Cheryl were celebrating
their 40th, and Ed and Joan were celebrating their 35th.
Front (L-R): Joan Ohman, Cheryl Russell, Bob Russell,
Sigi Espino. Back: Ed Ohman and Tony Espino.
90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Eleanor Buehler, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone and
widow of Capt. Howard "Buck\" Buehler, celebrated her
90th birthday on June 13th. A family reunion and celebration
was held on Saturday. June llth, at the home of Judy
Buehler Williamson and Sid Williamson in Garretson, S.D.
Eleanor's three children and their spouses: Judy (BHS'62)
and Sid Williamson, Beverly (BHS'65) and Richard Grassy,
and Paul Buehler (BHS'71) and Linda Lund hosted the
weekend lone event.
CARROLLS CELEBRATE 43RD
Archie Carroll (BH'61) and his wife Priscilla celebrated
their 43rd wedding anniversary on June 9, 2011, at their home
in Augusta. Ga. Archie is retired from teaching in the Terry
College of Business, University of Georgia. He is still work-
ing in the business school part time.
Archie Carroll and Priscilla Carroll
Archie Carroll and Priscilla Carroll
Back (L-R): Judy (Buehler) Williamson, Paul Buehler,
Beverly (Buehler) Grassy. Front: Eleanor Buehler.
Other family members in attendance were Kathy
Williamson-Davis of Edmond, Okla.; Matthew Williamson
and his daughter Selia Williamson of Scottsdale, Ariz.;
Sarah Grassy Vance, her husband Justin and sons Zach and
Nick of Madison, Wise.; Larry Thorpe (Eleanor's only liv-
ing sibling) of Kohler, Wise.; and Eleanor's nephew Tim
Thorpe, his wife Val and daughters Kayla, Katie and
Kristina of Grove City, Ohio.
On Sunday, June 12th, a family brunch followed by an
open house reception was held at Bethany Meadows Senior
Living Center in Brandon, S.D., where Eleanor has resided
since leaving Florida in 2004.
Canal Zone friends celebrated Charlie and Marilyn
Chase's 46th and Lew and Elsmary French's 41st wedding
anniversaries at a gathering in Texas i,.c n d. Head Chef Ray
Croft prepared tostones, lobster seviche, and adult beverages.
What could be better? Good friends, good food, and memo-
ries of the good ol' days.
(L-R): Ray Croft (CHS'57), Charlie Chase (BHS'59), Lew
French (BHS'63), Mac Lane (BHS'63), and Jack Morton
ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2011.
DREW FISCHER GRADUATES
Drew Fischer of Highland, Calif.. graduated on May 28,
2011 from the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif.,
with a Bachelor of Science d-c._i,, in Business
Administration. He is the son of Nancy Fischer, grandson of
Florence Davis Strawn, and great-grandson of Thelma
Davis of Garland, Texas, and the late Milton Davis.
LaRUE HUTCHINSON IS 80
Lester and LaRue Hutchinson of Dothan, Ala., celebrat-
ed LaRue's 80th birthday on a five-day cruise with their four
children and several grandchildren. David (BHS'72) and
Mark (BHS'73) came from their homes in Fort Myers and
Englewood. Fla. Eve (BHS'76) and her husband Mark
Giroux and their three children (Claire, Louis, and Charles)
came from Santa Barbara, Calif., and Ann (BHS'79) came
from Houston, Texas for the weeklong family celebration on
board the Carnival cruise ship Fascination which sailed from
Jacksonville to Key \\ c, and Nassau. The weather was per-
fect, sailing was smooth, and everyone had a great time.
Lester and LaRue were in the Canal Zone from 1962 to
1984; Lester taught at Balboa High School and LaRue was a
registered nurse at Gorgas Hospital. Mark retired from the
Electrical Division in 1999 and works in real estate and prop-
erty management. David is Planning Director of the
Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council.
ARIEL GREY GRADUATES
Ariel Grey, daughter of Lisa (Bonk) Grey (BHS'68) of
Wesley Chapel, Fla.. and William Grey of Tampa. Fla.. grad-
uated from Wiregrass Ranch High School on May 28. 2011.
Ariel is now attending college at the University of South
Florida in Tampa.
William Grey, Ariel Grey, Lisa (Bonk) Grey, and Ariel's
sister Nichole Grey.
FOR 2012 ARE DUE BY
DECEMBER 31, 2011.
Lester and LaRue Hutchinson
Back: David Hutchinson and Eve Giroux Hutchinson.
Front: Ann McAvoy Hutchinson and Mark Hutchinson.
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BOB LEISY'S 80TH BIRTHDAY
After attending the Balboa Class of 1956 Reunion at the
Annual Society Reunion in Orlando, Ralph (BHS'56) and
Rita Leisy of College Station, Texas, visited Robert
(BHS'49) and Delores Leisy in Green Cove Springs, Fla.
While there, they celebrated Robert's (Bob) 80th birthday.
Robert Leisy, Delores Leisy, Rita Leisy, and Ralph Leisy
JUSTIN TRINCA GRADUATES
Justin Daniel Trinca, son of Laurie and Sam Trinca of
Burlington, N.C., graduated Cum Laude from Queens
University of Charlotte, N.C., on May 6th with a Bachelor of
Arts in Business Administration and a Minor in Pre-Law. He
is presently employed by Alyward Family Law and will be
attending Carolina School of Law in the fall.
He is the grandson of Patricia Hunt of Hendersonville,
N.C., and Saverio Trinca ofAlbermarle, N.C.
Laurie Trinca, Justin Trinca, Sam Trinca and Zach Trinca
TWO BLOISE GRADUATES
Annette Bloise took a trip to San Francisco, Calif., to
attend the graduations of her niece and nephew. Her niece
Anastasia Bloise is going into the 9th grade at Washington
High School and her nephew Nicholas Bloise is heading to
New York University.
Dad Alex Bloise, mom Ester Morales, Annette Bloise,
Nicholas Bloise, and Anastasia Bloise.
BILL HATCHETT HONORED
As owner and founder of Hammer, Inc., Bill Hatchett
(BHS'56), received an award from Vice Admiral Alan
Thompson, Commander, Defense Logistics Agency. As a
service-disabled, veteran-owned business, Hammer Inc. was
recognized as DLA's Inn1 '. .ii'., Business Performer of the
Year for 2010." The presentation was made at an awards ban-
quet during the 2011 DLA Industry Conference and
Exhibition at the Columbus Convention Center, Columbus,
Ohio. Briefly, the award stated:
"Hammer Inc., an innovative and driven organization, has
proved to be a world-class leader in streamlining the opera-
tions of fuel facilities. Hammer has continuously improved
business strategies and practices by proactively establishing
checklists and spot self-inspections. Its superior customer
focus and vision enabled it to quickly assess the needs of the
Air Force and DLA Energy by preventing problems before
they arise. Hammer has been extremely responsive and has
bent over backwards to consistently provide excellent serv-
Vice Admiral Alan Thompson and Bill Hatchett
Hammer Inc. performs fuel operations and maintenance Baseball season ranked 1 Ith in the nation with 13 home runs.
services at 17 Air Force Bases worldwide, as well as a recent- This season he is currently ranked 12th with 12 home runs.
ly started contract at Naval Station, Rota, Spain, where they
provide bulk and aircraft refueling services.
CESAR PINILLA GRADUATES
Cesar Pinilla, nephew of Ron and Belinda Byrd of
Punta Raton, Panama, graduated with a degree in marine
engineering from Kings Point, United States Merchant
Marine Academy on June 20. His parents, Pedro and
Jackeline Pinilla, sister Michelle, grandmother Colombia
Garcia de Paredes, his Aunt Belinda, and girlfriend,
Maricarmen Garrido, all from Panama, were there in New .
York to celebrate his graduation.
Cesar will be taking some time off, starts training with the Andrew Gough at the bat
Shell Company in September for employment with them in
October. Pedro, Cesar's older brother, graduated from Kings
Point in 2006. CATHERINE HERRING GRADUATES
Catherine E. Herring graduated with an A.A. in Liberal
City of Cocoa Beach for the past four summers and, also at
her favorite restaurant, Carrabba's Italian Grill while attend-
ing college, and expects to transfer to their Centreville, Va.,
Catherine's very proud family includes her mom Katrina
Herring (BHS8 1), her sister Sofia who attends Cocoa Beach
High School, and grandmom Janice Scott, who are all resi-
dents of Cocoa Beach.
Ba"d L-R) Pedro, Cesar aiid Jacenline Pinilla. I-r.ni
FUTURE BIG LEAGUER?
"Baseball for Christmas," that is exactly what Jay and
Diane French of Sun City West, Ariz., received--grandson
Andrew Gough, 16, who lives in Pearl, Miss.
The son of John R. Gough III (CHS'82) was selected to
represent Mississippi in the International Power Show Case
High School Home Run Derby. The first event was Pro-Scout a
day held at the Padres training facility main stadium. Andrew
hit four home runs; the longest 450 feet. That night they all
went to a dinner at the Sheraton in downtown Phoenix. Bryce
Harper, 2009 #1 MLB draft pick and 2009 Power showcase
Home Run Derby winner, was the guest speaker.
The following day at Chase Field (Arizona Diamond
Backs Stadium) they watched Andrew hit a 385' home run
during the competition. Andrew did not win, but seeing him
hit in a big league field was good enough. In attendance to
watch Andrew hit with Jay and Diane was son Frank and his
family, Andrew's mom Bridgitte, and longtime friend of the
family Kathi Overstreet. Andrew finished the 2010 HS Catherine E. Herring
REECE D. SCOTT GRADUATES
Reece D. Scott graduated from Georgetown University,
Washington, D.C., in June with a B.A. in Japanese studies,
and has moved to Ngoya, Japan to work for a non-govern-
ment organization (NGO) called ACC21 which promotes vol-
unteerism in Asia, where he specifically wanted to assist in
the tsunami devastated Sendai area of Japan. He has also
begun working at Takagi Manufacturing, a Japanese auto
parts company that supplies parts to Toyota in Japan, Korea,
and the U.S. (Ohio).
His proud parents are Ed (BU Il'.it and Cheryl Scott of
Merritt Island, Fla., and Washington, D.C.
Samantha (\ilderI Crucet. Karh \\ ilder. Chris \\ilder.
Tom Wilder, Brittney (Wilder) Garretson and Haley
Reece D. Scott
WILDER RECEIVES COMMISSION
In time honored tradition, 2nd Lieutenant Chris Wilder
receives his first salute as an officer by his sister, US Air
Force Staff Sergeant Samantha (Wilder) Crucet during his
commissioning ceremony. Chris graduated with a Bachelor
Degree in Management Information Systems from the
University of South Florida and will attend training at Fort
Gordon, Ga., before heading to Fort Polk, La., where he is
assigned to the U.S. Army Ist Maneuver Enhancement
Chris Wilder and Samantha (Wilder) Crucet
2nd Lieutenant Chris Wilder and Staff Sergeant Samantha
S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
November 6, 2011 @
What: Pot Luck Luncheon
Where: Laguna Woods, Calif.
Wanted: Someone to make a presentation, please!!
Contacts for more information:
cell (619) 665-2857
cell (949) 813-8602
Brittney Wilder married Danny Garretson in Ocala,
Fla., on June 11, 2011. Brittney is the daughter of Kathy and
Tom Wilder (CHS'76). Both Danny and Brittney are Florida
State Certified Corrections Officers. Danny works for the
Marion County Sheriffs Office and Brittney works at the
women state prison in Lowell, Fla. They will reside in
On May 22. 2011. Valerie J. Gayer (BHS'83) and
Richard T. Hayden Jr. (BHS'83) were united in holy matri-
mony in a private family ceremony at Hillside Community
Church in Bristol, Conn. The bride is the daughter of
Richard and \1aril\ n Gayer (BHS'53) of Torrington, Conn.
The groom is the son of Sandra Hayden of Easton, Pa., and
the late Richard T. Hayden (BHS'58).
The couple were joyfully surrounded by immediate fami-
ly consisting of the bride's parents, Richard and Marilyn
Gayer; the bride's sons, Michael and Kevin; the groom's
mother and stepfather, Sandra Hayden and William Horn;
the groom's sister, Holly Hayden; and the groom's niece
Sidney. The happy couple reside in Bristol, Conn.
Brittney Wilder and Tom Wilder
Richard T. Hayden Jr. and Valerie J. Gayer
Kathy Wilder, Danny and Brittney Garretson, and Tom
Sandra Hayden (Schaffer), former nurse in the Panama
Canal Zone, and William Horn, retired engineer of Hughes
Aircraft, Carlsbad, Calif., were joined in marriage in a civil
ceremony on February 14, 2011 in San Marcos, Calif.
Bill Horn and Sandra Hayden went to grade school
together and graduated from high school in 1956 in Easton,
Pa., and then went their separate ways. They reunited after he
mentioned a cruise he took to Panama to someone who wrote
for his high school reunion group's newsletter. He was told to
talk to Hayden, because she used to live there. And one thing
led to another--emailing for a year and finally a trip to Palm
Springs, Calif., by Sandra to visit her close friend and fellow
Panama nurse Mary Azcarraga, 76. And that one mention of
his cruise to Panama led to their marriage.
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Sandra Hayden (Schaffer) and William Horn
On May 24, 2011, Bill Allen (CHS'75) and Debra
Harden (CHS'75) were united in matrimony near Orlando,
Fla., in the Secret Garden.
Bill and Debra are known to many as high school sweet-
hearts but have been sweethearts since the tender young age
of 14. After having lost contact with each other over the years,
it was during their CHS 35-year reunion that they realized
their love for each other had only grown stronger.
The bride is the daughter of Johnny and Jeanette
Harden of Phoenix, Ariz. While in the Canal Zone, the
Hardens lived in Gatun employed with International
Telephone Telegraph (ITT). The groom is the son of Bud and
JoAnne Allen of Mobile, Ala. The Allens lived in Coco Solo.
Bud was a tugboat captain and JoAnne a cherished secretary
The wedding ceremony began with the bride's son
Brandon Plocki walking her to Bill's side, followed with a
weeklong vacation at Disney. The newly married couple now
resides outside of Tampa, Fla. Bill is a surgical nurse and
Debra is employed with the Air Force.
Debra Harden and Bill Allen. 1975
Tara Marie Kimball and William (Bill) Soltesz were
united in marriage on June 18, 2011, in a sunset ceremony at
the Beso Del Sol Resort in Dunedin, Fla. The bride is the
daughter of Tom and Sheri (Alexaitis) Kimball, and the
granddaughter of the late John Alexaitis Sr. and Shirley
A beautiful reception was held afterwards where David
Smith (son of Gil and Sue Smith) was the "DJ" and played
Panamanian music along with other songs requested by the
couple. Among the guests were Tara's brother Thomas
Kimball and date Sarah; John and Irene, Alyson and John
Michael Alexaitis; Paul and Cheryl and Wendy Alexaitis
(Tara's uncles and aunts); Paul and Margaret Karst along
with Paul and Kelly, (cousins) Kyle and Katie Kimball and
their family. Sarah (Polite) and Rick Hughes with their
daughter Emma came from Houston, Texas; and Noreen
Hanson from Tampa, Fla. Many friends and co-workers from
the Coast Guard stationed in the Jacksonville and Clearwater,
Fla., areas, and relatives of the groom from out of state.
They will reside in the Jacksonville, Fla., area where Bill
is stationed and has currently served 16 years in the Coast
Guard. They are hoping to transfer to the Clearwater, Fla.,
area in the near future.
William (Bill) Soltesz and Tara Mlarie Kimball
Mary Gilbert Urey and her sister Mildred Patton flew
to Dallas. Texas, to attend the wedding of Mary's grandson,
John Wesley Perez, son of Michael and Michele Urey
Perez, to Jennifer Pattillo, daughter of Rusty and Paula
Pattillo of Fort Worth, Texas. The wedding took place in the
Robert Carr Chapel in Fort Worth and the reception followed
at the Stockyard.
John is employed with Homeland Security and Jennifer is
working with Price \\.,lerl',,-. in Phoenix Arin
Jennifer Pattillo and John Wesley Perez
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that lasted until 1982 as a ship's pilot for the Panama Canal
locks, taking ships like the' I i'r, r- lh..i freighter Tokyo Bay
through the locks with only a few feet to spare on either side.
He said his 2,554 traverses of the canal included many with
his brother, who worked in the Canal Zone for years, with the
brothers often at opposite ends of the same ship.
"I'd tell the operator in a control room at the center, 'I'm
so busy I'm at both ends,' Albert said with a chuckle.
He and his first wife, Rosemary, had three daughters and
a son, Tom, who is chief of staff with the Marion County
Sheriffs Office. Tom was born was in the Canal Zone: his sis-
ters still live in Panama.
"Some of the ships' captains had a hard time with it, but
my dad had complete control of the ship as it traversed the
canal," Tom Wilder said. He is president of the Panama
Canal Society, a group of former Canal Zone residents who
meet annually in Florida. Albert's experiences as a ship's pilot
at the Panama Canal were selected for the University of
Florida's Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. The pro-
gram's director, Paul Ortiz, said Wilder's "significant"
accounts of experiences, including "moving multi-million
dollar" cargoes through the locks, were added "to preserve
the history of the American era in the Canal Zone."
After moving to the Ocala area in 1984, Albert thought it
might be "fun" to captain a glass-bottom boat at Silver
Springs. But holding a lifetime Master Captain license from
the Coast Guard made him "overqualified." After satisfying
the proper paperwork, he did skipper one of the attraction's
boats for a summer. Albert still enjoys a daily 20-minute
swim and watching baseball. He recently was recognized by
the Marion County Veteran's Council for his "heroic service
and dedication to his country," said Marion County Veterans
Services director Jeffery Askew. Arthur, who has Alzheimer's
disease, is in a nursing facility in South Florida. Albert, a for-
mer CEO of the American Merchant Marine Veterans group
in Ocala, said members of the Merchant Marine were not
included in veteran's benefits until the 1980s, and even then
still lacked benefits such as the GI. Bill. Morris Harvey, of
Ocala, the current national president of the American
Merchant Marine Veterans, called Wilder a "dedicated" vet-
eran. "Some of those Liberty ships had fake guns or no guns.
He is a real hero," Harvey said. When asked about his most
exciting moment, Albert replied: "That's tomorrow; it hasn't
happened yet." ( ;.? 201 IOcala.com
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ALVIA LYNN MENGES
Alivia Lynn Menges was born in November 2010 to
Paul and Stacy Menges of Glen Burnie, Md. Paul is the son
of Paul (CHS'67) and Stephanie (Lawson) (CHS'69)
Menges of Columbia, S.C.
Stephanie (Lawson) Menges, Alivia Lynn Menges, and
DAVID GILBERT SNYDER, IV
Dr. (Col., USA Ret.) Phil and Judy Breunle of Aurora,
Colo., are extremely proud to announce the birth on February
10, 2011 of their twelfth grandchild, David (Davy) Gilbert
Snyder, IV, son of Kara Lynn (Breunle) Snyder and David
G. Snyder, III of Orlando, Fla.
Back (L-R): Phil Breunle, Kara Snyder holding Davy,
Judy Breunle. Front: Lara and Emily Snyder.
RILEY JOHN MORTON
Jack and Jo Ann Morton of McKinney, Texas, proudly
announce the birth of their first great-grandchild, Riley John.
Riley was born on December 1, 2010, making it an extra joy-
Riley's proud parents are Paul J. Morton, Jr. and Jill
Jack Morton, Paul J. Morton, Sr., and Paul J. Morton, Jr.,
holding Riley John.
ELLIOT ELIZABETH REYNOLDS
Deanne (Vosburgh) and husband Tim Reynolds of
Arlington, Va., visited Florida in June to baptize their 4-
month-old daughter, Elliot Elizabeth, at the same church in
which they were married, Eastminster Presbyterian,
Indialantic, Fla. They stayed with the happy grandparents,
David and Betsy (Morrison) Vosburgh (BHS'69) of
Satellite Beach, Fla.
Many of the friends and family who attended the service
and reception were from Florida including great-grandfather
Bob Morrison, Ormond Beach; great-grandmother Ines
Vosburgh, Melbourne; Bill Morrison (BHS'78) and his
fiance 1\elod% Parrott, Jacksonville; and Sara and Pete
lit 111 F
Back (L-R): Betsy Vosburgh, Tim Reynolds, David
Vosburgh. Front (L-R): Bob Morrison, Deanne Reynolds
holding Elliot Elizabeth, and Ines Vosburgh.
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Edward Neil Belland, 96, of Rapid
River. Mich., passed away April 26, 2011.
at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba. He
was born Dec. 14. 1914 in Rapid River, the
son of William and Helen (Trepanier)
Belland. He was a graduate of Rapid River
High School and then attended Michigan
Tech University. After graduation, he worked for a short peri-
od of time at Bethlehem Steel Corp. as a metallurgist. He then
went to work for the Panama Canal Company as an
In September 1941 he married Norma Acker of Rapid
River in the Canal Zone. While living in Panama. Neil sang
in a barbershop quartet, and was a member of the chorus.
When he retired, they returned to the States and established a
new home at Maywood Shores.
Neil was involved with local Barbershop Chorus and St.
Charles Church Choir for many years. He was blessed with a
beautiful singing voice and sang for many weddings and
He is survived by his wife. Geraldine "Jeri" Mitchell-
Belland of Maywood Shores, whom he married in 1986,
three nieces, a nephew, many great-nieces and great-
nephews, and five stepchildren.
Sarah (Suzi) Belzer, 84. of Sarasota, Fla., passed away
on April 11, 2011. Suzi was born in '\\'c Reading, Pa., and
moved to Philadelphia where she graduated from Olney High
School in 1944. On Memorial Day weekend in 1953, she met
Richard (Dick) Belzer at the beach in Beach Haven, N.J.
Dick and Suzi married on February 21, 1954.
The family moved to the Panama Canal Zone via the SS
Ancon in 1959 with two sons--Robert A. and Richard Belzer,
Jr. (aged two and four). The family initially resided on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus in Coco Solo and France Field.
James A. was born in Coco Solo in 1960. On the Atlantic
side, Suzi was very active in the Sweet Adelines group and
raising her three boys. In 1967 the family moved to the
Pacific side to Diablo Heights.
On the Pacific side, Suzi's interests included acting and
singing with various musical organizations including the
Theatre Guild of Ancon, United Way Productions at Balboa
High School, and the Balboa Union Church choir. Her
employment included deputy clerk of the United States
District Court/District of the Canal Zone in Balboa. As a
result, she was acting clerk when the Court closed as part of
the Treaty with Panama.
In 1983 Suzi and Dick moved to Sarasota, Fla. (Note: kids
already had left Panama to pursue careers and educations in
the metro New York City area. Jim and Robert reside in the
metro area and Rick in Malibu, Calif.) Dick and Suzi moved
to Sarasota principally due to its artistic community where
Suzi worked in the Players Theatre and also the Van Wezel.
Suzi also continued to sing in Sarasota's Key Chorale group.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Richard; sons,
Richard Jr., Robert, and James; daughter-in-law Elizabeth; a
granddaughter and a grandson; a brother George and sister-
Edgar "Ed" A. Capalbo, 81, of New Beaver Borough,
Pa., died unexpectedly December 13, 2010 at his residence.
Ed was born June 9, 1929 in Pittsburg, Pa., and was the son
of the late Gilio (Jim) and Angeline (Christian) Capalbo. Ed
graduated from Wampum High School in 1946 and continued
his education on a basketball scholarship at the University of
Dayton. He earned his degree in education from Youngstown
Ed was stationed at Fort Clayton in the late 1940s and
while there played for the Army Basketball team in the Canal
Zone League. Ed worked in the Canal Zone in various fields
until 1989 when he retired from teaching at Curundu. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Ed is survived by a son. James Amdt, daughter-in-law
Martha Wayman and grandson Max Wayman-Arndt of
Hampton, Va.: former wife Joan Powell Amdt of Dunnellon,
Fla.; five siblings, Francis Capalbo, Rosemarie Belissimo,
both of Ellwood City, Pa.; Anthony Capalbo of Wampum,
Pa.; Mary Jane Winter of West Pittsburg, Pa.; and Elizabeth
Ann Petriff of Ambridge. Pa.; along with many nieces,
nephews, cousins and friends.
Phyllis Allen Christoph, 69, passed away May 8, 2011 in
Tyler, Texas. Phyllis was born in Miami, Fla. on July 31,
1941 to John H. and Theresa L. Allen. She graduated from
Balboa High School in 1961 and attended CZJC for a year
and a half.
Phyllis will be remembered for her unselfishness, love
and devotion to her family and "good cooking." She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 27 years, LaRue
(L.J.) Christoph; son Earl Valentine III; daughter Angela
Weaver; four granddaughters, all of Texas; a sister, Sandra
Allen Reyes of Florida, and her stepmother Raquel Allen of
Adelle W. Cooper, 89, of Pittsburg, Texas, passed away
recently. She was born December 2. 1921, in Bosque County.
Adelle worked in both the Margarita and Cristobal Service
Centers for seven years. She and her family mostly lived in
Margarita on 6th and then 4th street. She was a member of the
Order of the Eastern Star.
Adelle was preceded in death by the love of her life A. B.
Cooper who was on the Canal Zone Police Force from 1942
until he retired in 1964. She was also preceded in death by her
granddaughter. Dawn Michelle Smith, in 1985.
Adelle is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon
and Albert Smith of Pittsburg, Kenny and Kim Cooper of
Pittsburg, and Ronnie and Donna Cooper of Palestine; thir-
teen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Her first
great-great-grandchild is due in January.
SCecile L. Demers, 89, of Largo, Fla.,
B died April 21, 2011. at Morton Plant
SHospital, Clearwater. Cecile came to
Florida in 1973 from the Panama Canal
Zone where she worked for the federal gov-
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church,
Largo. She sponsored the education of Catholic priests and
nuns and provided scholarships to students at several Catholic
schools. Cecile was predeceased by her loving husband of 65
years, Norman E. Demers.
Both Cecile and Norman were ardent supporters of
Morton Plant Hospital, Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute,
Native American schools, and sponsored the updating of the
computer lab at St. Patrick's School, Largo. She was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society.
Survivors include her brother-in-law, Gary Becker,
California. and several nieces and nephews.
Robert (Bob) D. Donaldson, Jr., 90, passed away on
May 9, 2011 in Rockport, Maine, due to complications aris-
ing from a broken hip. He was born May 23, 1920 in Anoka,
Minn., and after graduating from the University of
Minnesota, he became a mechanical engineer working for
Curtiss-A rnAhi Propeller in New Jersey in WWII. He earned
an advanced engineering degree from Stevens Institute of
Tei>hnl..l1,', in Hoboken, N.J.
As a youth he participated in Boys Scouts and rose to the
rank of Eagle Scout. As a result of a lifelong passion for
stamp collecting he operated Bob's Stamp Exchange in his
spare time for over 50 years, and that doubtlessly sparked an
interest to be in different places around the world.
He began working in the Panama Canal Zone in 1954,
retiring there in 1981 after becoming Chief of the Engineering
Division. His work had included a five-year assignment in
Yokohama, Japan, managing construction of the Panama
Canal's new ship-towing locomotives. For several years he
taught evening engineering classes at the Canal Zone College.
During the 1970s, he served on the Canal Zone Philatelic
Committee and the Coroner's Jury.
After retirement, he and his wife Elaine settled in
Rockland, Maine, and he did substitute teaching in that area
in elementary and high schools until the 1990s. His friends
enjoyed his hundreds of humorous and ever-changing stories
about his life experiences. He was a member of the Panama
He is survived by his wife Elaine, children Bert, John and
Rae Donaldson, stepsons Arthur and Robert Payne, and a
Betty Marie Flenniken Dunning died
at hnme on Easter, April 24, 2011, sur-
Fiundicd by family. She battled lung cancer
Yr.tor a hIle more then five years.
Bcrn was born in New Orleans, La., the
J dauhiter of Fred and Lucille Flenniken. In
I 1 I ~. hen she was seven years old, her
t1tIiil,. traveled to the Panama Canal Zone
where she lived for the next 43 years. Betty attended
Margarita Elementary School and Cristobal High School,
graduating in 1952. Two days after graduation she married
William R. (Bill) Dunning. Everyone said they were too
young and that it never would last. Next June Betty and Bill
would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Betty had many jobs in the Canal Zone. During high
school she worked as the recreation specialist at Gatun
Elementary School and at Gatun Swimming Pool. The story
is that the guys would come by the pool just to look at her in
her bathing suit.
When Bill retired in February 1984, he and Betty moved
to Hendersonville, N.C., and then in 2001 they moved to
Rogers, Ark., to be near their daughter Lynn's family. She was
a member of the Panama Canal Society and a Canal Record
reporter for many years.
Betty was an artist whose pail in.1, are treasured by those
lucky enough to own one. She lived as she wished all would
live, loving and serving others and her God more than she
loved herself. The song "Faithful Servant" by Cindy Berry
was sung at her memorial service. It was a song that was
meant for her.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Dunning, and by her
daughters, Cheryl (Dunning) Lowery and Lynn (Dunning)
Harp; three grandchildren; sisters, Carol Schwenke of Tampa,
Fla., and Freda Stohrer of Rogers, Ark.; and sisters-in-law,
Patricia (Dunning) Hunt and Vicki (Dunning) Howe, both of
Victoria E. Borell Edwards, 55,
.. passed away May 28th in her home in
Homestead, Fla., after a 20-month fight
S with brain cancer. During Vikkie's fight,
she stayed with her sister, Gloria 'Sis' and
S Allen Layne and family in New Jersey.
'Sis' two daughters, Lynn and Karen, and friend Elyse, were
part of Vikki's tremendous support system. They took her to
the beach, shopping, treatments, and to her beloved home in
South Florida. She complained more about the winters in
New Jersey than her treatments! Vikki worked hard to regain
her strength; she never lost her sense of humor and continued
to visit friends--Canal Zone and Customs! Vikki held her
Christmas gathering in December and soon after returned to
New Jersey for visits to doctors and her last pet scan. She was
told that the cancer was active and that she should do the
things she liked to do and see the people she wanted to see.
'Sis' and family brought her home to the place she loved in
Homestead, Fla. Vikki continued to visit with friends and
enjoyed her Friday nights at the White Lion Inn. Vikki swam
with the dolphins in Key Largo in early April--one thing from
her "bucket list." Even after becoming homebound, Vikki
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