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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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St. Petersburg, Fla


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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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VOL. 39


NO. 3

Ms. Elaine (Vestal) Lewis
(727) 391-4359 (PCS Office)
Mr. Steve Nehring
1st Vice President
(727) 528-6133

Mr. Robert Russell, Jr.
2nd Vice President
(813) 633-8916
Mr. John R. Gough II
(727) 527-2955

Ms. Faith Brundage
(727) 527-6925
Mr. Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
(727) 321-8566
Mrs. Joan Ohman
(813) 672-4823
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Past President
(352) 726-8804
Mr. James J. O'Donnell
Legislative Representative
(727) 894-2478
Mrs. Mary Lou Lang
(727) 787-5519
Mrs. Margaret McLaughlin
(352) 726-8804
Mrs. Cheryl Russell
(813) 633-8916
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
(727) 391-4359 (Office)
(727) 319-8593 (Fax)
Ms. Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
(386) 676-5140
Mr. Bill McLaughlin
Web Master
(352) 726-8804

President's M essage............................................................ ......................
Secretary's M essage.......................................................... .............................................. 2
E editor's C orner...................................................................................................... 3
Insurance U pdate........................................................................................ 3
O october Picnic Inform ation....................................................... ................................. 4
December Luncheon Information.................. .......... ................. .....5
Synopsis of Executive Board Meeting Minutes..................................................6
Highlights of Minutes of General Membership Meetings................................................... 8
M ay L uncheon............................................................................................10
A annual R union R eport...................................................................................... 14
R union Pictures......................................................................... ....................... 14
Your Reporter Says:

FL Central ........................50
FL Ocala...........................52
FL Pensacola....................54
FL South Florida..............56

FL Space Coast..................58
FL Tallahassee.................59

North Carolina...................67
Panam a... ............ ..............71
TX Dallas.....................75
TX Kerrville...................... 77

C ongratu lations.......................................................................... ................................. ...... 78
W ed d in g s................................ ............................................................................ ........... 8 3
B irth s......................................................................................................8 6
W ith D eep Sorrow ....................... ... ......... ............................................... 88
U updated E m ail A ddresses............................................................... .................................... 94
L letters to the E ditor............................................................ .............................................. 96
"Looking B ack"....................... .............................. ........ .........................................105
M museum N ew s................... ............................. .... .. ... .................... 107
A nnouncem ents............................. .................................109
A dvertisem ents................................................. ...................... 111
M membership Application Form.............................. ............... 119

Cover: 2004-2006 Panama Canal Society Executive Board; Front: Mary Lou Lang,
"Skeeter" Camby, Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, Jim O'Donnell and Joan Ohman. Back:
Faith Brundage, Steve Nehring, Jim Parthenais, Bob Russell, Margaret
McLaughlin, Bill McLaughlin and John Gough.


October 1

Arizona PCS Fall Luncheon, contact Mary Grace Oakes at (602)

October 22 Panama Canal Society General Membership Meeting and Space
Coast Group Picnic, 11:00 a.m. at Tom Statham Park Pavilion, near
Titusville, Fla. Call Bob and Kathie McConaughey at (321) 452-
7281 for more info. See page 4.

November No PCS General Membership Meeting.

December 3

December 4

PCS General Meeting, Christmas Luncheon at the Wine Cellar,
17307 Gulf Blvd. North Redington Beach, Fla., 11:00 a.m., hosted
by Virgil and Shirley Camby. See page 5 for information.

Panama Canal Society of Southern California Annual Holiday
Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, Calif. Contact Kathryn
Taylor (949) 951-4801 or Joan (Ridge) de Grummond (949) 855-

January 2006 No PCS General Membership Meeting.

Hola Everyone!

Reunion 2005 is hardly history
and we're already planning for
2006, but before we fast forward to
S.... next year, I would like to make a
few comments about our most
ew recent reunion this past July. The
Elaine (Vestal) ews overall consensus from everyone
who attended is that it was a resounding success! It seems
that the Thursday night "Battle of the Bands", featuring The
Castaways from the Gold Coast and the Trollin' 69ers from
the Pacific Side kicked off a great weekend of fun, fond
memories, and reconnecting with old friends and classmates.
For those of you who weren't able to attend the Thursday
night event, let me assure you that the dance floor was packed
with "baby boomers", the X/Y generations and even a few
brave souls from the "over 65 group". It was definitely a
blast from the past, reminiscent of the old Club Squirt on
Avenida Balboa and the Monster Room in Arraijan-only the
band members appeared to be a little more stout, lots of gray
hair or none at all, but undoubtedly more sophisticated musi-
cians than they were in the '60s and probably a whole lot
We had 47 vendors participate this year and many new
unique items were available. Some of our old favorites were
there as well: Al Spraque 'Editions', 'Reprosa',
'TraderBrock', 'Bruce Bateman Enterprises', 'Coffee from
Panama', 'Menchi Creations', 'Elsie Prather Art' and so
many more. We also had several corporate sponsors this year,
which included Caf6 Duran who provided very perky coffee
packets for every registered member and had an animated
booth where you could stock up on coffee and mugs for hol-

iday gifts; Varela Imports, Inc. (Ron Abuelo) who again pro-
vided the complimentary bottles of rum for all age appropri-
ate registered members; COPA Airlines who also, once again,
donated free round trip tickets from the USA to Panama
(wonder what would happen if they only donated one-way
tickets?); 'Condor Outfitters, Inc.' outdid themselves this
year and gave the Society some very noteworthy travel pack-
ages that not only featured a number of free nights at the
Decamaron Resort as well as several overnights in Panama
City at the Decapolis Hotel, but free airfare on COPA airlines.
'Condor Outfitters' said the tour packages were worth $5,000
each. 'Panama Vacation Quarters, Inc.' also donated three
outstanding gift certificates consisting of several free night
stays at their spacious property in Quarry Heights, which
offers some of the best views of the older part of la ciudad
and the Casco Viejo area. I would like to thank each of these
companies for their support, supreme generosity and dedica-
tion to our Society. I would also like to express my sincerest
appreciation to each of the vendors-old and new, who have
always given us such beautiful and creative gifts to use as
door prizes. We couldn't do it without all of you!
Fortunately, there was no rain or impending hurricane on
the day of the golf tournament. There were a total of 74
golfers and all had a good time. The on-site Registration this
year revealed there were 2,704 actual human beings we could
account for. This number does not include the Zonians and
their friends who did not register with us or those who just
showed up for the day or the dances and other activities. I
can assure you there were tons more roaming around at all
hours of the day and night. The disco dances were well
attended and disco ticket sales at the door were brisk. The
Friday night dance came off without a hitch. Chipi and his
conjunto set the tone with the old Lucho classics. Saturday


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S"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
7985 113th Street, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
SThe Canal Record (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly in
SMarch, June, September, and December
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Periodicals postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for
March. June, September and December issues.
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The membership fee is $30.00 annually. $15.00 of which is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
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 their files and archives.
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HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
7985 113th Street, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 33772-4787
(727) 391-4359, 1-866-PANCANAL (866-726-2262) (Toll free), FAX (727) 319-8593
E-Mail: Web Site:
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night Frankie Pretto and his Parranda Band kicked it up a
notch with some old favorites as well as some of their own
salsa and meringue tunes. When I hobbled out of the ball-
room at 2:00 AM (when I could still walk), to check on how
the discos were doing on the other end of the Convention
Center, people were standing on the dance floor shouting,
"otra", "otra", "otra"! All three dances really rocked!
The Annual Luncheon was outstanding. The food was
yummy and the guest speaker Tom Kenna was by far one of
the most informative and humorous presenters we've heard in
a long time. His presentation generated a great deal of inter-
est among our members and it was reassuring to know that
the Panama Railway is in good hands with managers like
Tom and some of the other former Zonies who are in leader-
ship positions within the new railroad company. The lunch-
eon table decorations and programs were designed and creat-
ed by Lou and Jan Andino. They always manage to surprise
us with such clever ideas. This year, their ability to merge the
two themes-the Panama Railroad and the 4th of July, resulted
in a cheery and patriotic ambiance for our Independence Day
The Annual Business Meeting was well attended and pro-
vided ample opportunity for members to catch up on 2004-
2005 Society business. It also provided a perfect venue to
award the fantastic door prizes provided by the vendors, pri-
vate donors and the corporate sponsors to our loyal members.
Additionally, three outstanding members of the Society were
recognized for their continued commitment, dedication and
contributions to our organization. They were Jim O'Donnell
for Distinguished Service, Jim Parthenais, Honorary
Membership and Carol Masino, Honorary Membership.
Congratulations and thank you, again.
On Sunday morning, the Despedida featured many of our
very own members performing with the professional
Panamanian dancers for the tipico dance presentation. We
had an excellent turnout and hope even more of you will sign
up next year to learn not only the steps, but the history of each
dance and join the fun. The lottery drawing was held and
when it was over, three extremely happy winners went home.
I would be remiss in my President's imei,'gc if I didn't
comment on the decorations at the Friday and Saturday night
dances. Whether you know it or not, our very own Society
member (and our new Treasurer) Margaret McLaughlin is
responsible for all the decorations. She makes it seem so
easy, but believe me, Margaret and her associate Stefanie (we
should make her an honorary Zonie), are constantly working
behind the scenes and when we're all sleeping (or not), mak-
ing sure that the decorations are perfect. I was overwhelmed
with delight, both nights, when I entered the Grand Sierra
Ballroom-the decorations were awesome. The Friday night
theme was "Jungle Night" and the room was "alive" with
monkeys, baskets, palm trees, parrots, panther prints, and
everything else tropical you could dream up. The Saturday
night dance theme was "The Ocean" and the colors were blue
and white. Everywhere you looked, there were huge fish,
flowers and balloons. It was definitely a reflection of the deep
blue Pacific Ocean (sorry, Gold Coasters!). Thanks to
Margaret (and to husband Bill) for buying a humongous truck
to haul all the decorations to and from the reunion; otherwise,
we would have had to hire an 18-wheeler and a crew of guys.

Bill says he hasn't seen the top of his dining room table for
over three years! Anyway, thanks again to Margaret (and
Bill) who always seem to work their fingers to the bone to
ensure we have a wonderful party atmosphere at every
Watch for upcoming Society events posted in the Canal
Record. The next activity for this year is the Annual Space
Coast Picnic in Titusville on October 22nd. The Holiday
luncheon in Redington Beach on December 3rd is always a
popular gathering and in February, we'll be at the Olive
Garden Restaurant in St. Pete. The month of March will bring
the Pinellas County Annual Picnic on Lake Tarpon, and May
will feature the Spring luncheon in Sarasota. In July 2006,
we're back again in Orlando for another memorable Reunion.
In closing, I would like to thank each of my Board mem-
bers: Bill McLaughlin, Steve Nehring, Bob Russell, Faith
Brundage, Skeeter Camby, John Gough, Joan Ohman,
Ed Wardlow, Mary Lou Lang, Jim "Bingo" O'Donnell,
Muriel Whitman, Cheryl Russell, and Jim Parthenais; the
Committee Chairpersons: Darleen Hunt, Margaret
McLaughlin and Jan and Lou Andino: all the Society volun-
teers, the corporate sponsors and our loyal office staff and
membership-at-large for making this reunion a tremendous
success. And, thank you for reading this President's
Hasta Luego!

Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, President
Panama Canal Society 2004-2006


It's that time of year again when
the Society office starts reminding
the members that their membership
dues for 2006 are due no later than
Nancy Van Siclen December 31, 2005. In this issue of
the Canal Record you will notice
several highlighted boxes reminding you so that you don't
forget! Please remember, that we depend on every member
to keep the Panama Canal Society operational by paying your
dues so we can all enjoy the annual reunion. Mark your cal-
endar for sometime in early November (or before) to mail
your $30.00 for the 2006 membership dues.
Carol and I would both like to thank Debbie Watson, Lee
Grant, Shirley Boswell, Linda Marshall. Marje Foster,
Beth Brandenburg and Betty LeDoux who volunteered at
the Information Desk when Carol had to leave early Friday
morning. Thank you all for your help.
We would also like to thank all the members who stopped
by to introduce themselves. After talking with members on
the phone and email during the year it is so nice to finally
meet face to face. We appreciate your taking the time to say
hello and appreciate your kind words.

Several personal items belonging to Society members
were turned in at the Information Desk, "Lost & Found". We
collected eyeglasses, earrings and a cell phone. If anyone lost
anything at the Reunion, please call the Society office at 1-
866-726-2262, and claim your item. We will mail it to you.
Again, please remember that your membership dues
should be received in the Society office no later than
December 31, 2005. Thank you again for all your support.

Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary
(727) 391-4359
office @


Another successful reunion has
come and gone. If you missed out on
the festivities, you need to check out
the pictures in this issue to see the
Jacque Vowell fun you missed! I would like to thank
the area reporters that found the time in their busy schedules
to join me at the reunion; Paul Bierman \l MId'.e,*), Helen
Aanstoos-Hay (California), Kathie (Nehring)
McConaughey (Space Coast, Florida), Dawn Gressang
(Central Florida), Skip Rowley (Tallahassee, Florida), Robin
(Harrison) Baker (Maryland), Barbara Vose-Kulig
(Pensacola, Florida), Karen (Peugnet) Brandl (Virginia),
Linda Morris (Texas), June Stevenson (Georgia), Bill
Muller (Ocala, Florida) and Lisa Barrett (Northeast,
I would like to welcome two new reporters Lisa Barrett
and Karen (IP'ugncit Brandl. Lisa will report for Northeast
Florida (Jacksonville and St. Augustine area) and Karen will
report for Virginia. Please support all your reporters and send
them news and pictures you would like to include in the
Canal Record. Remember this is your magazine!
On a sad note, I am sorry to report the passing of Peggy
Hutchison who was the area reporter for South Carolina.
Peggy was very active in zonian activities in South Carolina,
as well as being a reporter for the Canal Record. She will be
As always, if anyone needs help on how to submit pic-
tures or information to the Canal Record please contact me at
any time.

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
editor, Canal Record
(3..s, 451-4779

DECEMBER 31, 2005.


A silver HP Photosmart 733 digital camera was lost
during the photo session of the BHS'60 group picture
that was taken on Friday, July 1, 2005 at the Caribe
If someone found this camera, please return to:

Carolyn Holmes Morris
2067 Youngblood Drive
Hephzibah, GA 30815
call 706-592-5705


Compania Internacional de Seguros (CIS), the current
underwriter of the former Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance
Program, has recently implemented a number of changes
that are designed to improve their ability to handle busi-
ness in English and to expedite the process of issuing new
certificates to policyholders, updating beneficiary designa-
tions, and adjudicating death benefit claims. As a result,
CIS is currently encouraging policyholders to do their
business directly with the Panama office, but will gladly
continue to accept and handle all business of those policy-
holders who choose to act and process through the Panama
Canal Society office. Beth Brandenburg will continue to
be the Society's point of contact and may be reached on
the last Wednesday afternoon of the month at the Society's
toll free number (1-866-726-2262) for assistance or to
obtain Change of Beneficiary or Beneficiary Death Claim
For persons choosing to deal directly with the CIS
office in Panama, the point of contact is: Mr. Miguel
Gordon; and he can be reached as follows:

Mail: Compania Internacional de Seguros
Attention: Mr. Miguel Gordon
Apartado 0833-0084
Plaza Credicorp Bank
Panama, Republic of Panama
Telephone: 011-507-206-4000 Ext. 4382
Fax: 011-507-210-1605

Policyholders or claimants dealing directly with the
Panama office should advise the Society office of the par-
ticulars if they would like for the Society to monitor CIS
progress and intercede with CIS on their behalf. Likewise,
policyholders and claimants should notify the Society
office when their business has been satisfactorily conclud-
ed with CIS so that the Society can drop the policyholder
or claimant from its list of pending cases to be pursued.

October General

Membership Meeting

and Space Coast Picnic

October 22. 2005

Tom Stalham Park Pavilion
near Tiiu,. ille. Florida

The Panama Canail Soci'Lc General Memberhip
meeting \ Ill be held on October 22. 2005 in Lonlunc-
lion %ith the Spice Coast Picnic. at the Tom Mtathrin
Park Palilion on the ri\er side (i L S I. adjacent to
the space Center E\ecuIi\e Center The picnic \ill
tart at II 1.1i. d ml. and our meeting %ull start at 12:30
p ni
Bring \Lir ok\n picnic ltlinh Jnd something to
drink If \oi need more inirnfmation. cjll Bob and
Kathie McConaughe ati 1321) 452-7281.

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December Luncheon

DECEMBER 3, 2005

17307 Gulf Blvd.
North Redington Beach, Fla

1. From the South Take 275 North to Exit 26
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

2. From Tampa Area Take 275 South to Exit
26 West, and follow direction as above.

3. From North Pinellas Take A-19 South to
Park Blvd. and follow directions as in No. 1 to
the West.

4. From South Pinellas Take Tyrone Blvd.,
which runs into Bay Pines Blvd, bearing left to
cross Tom Stuart Causeway to Gulf Blvd. Then
right and proceed North to 173rd Avenue. Wine
Cellar is on the right.

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O0 Chairpersons: Virgil "Skeeter" and Shirley Camby
DECEMBER 3, 2005

The Panama Canal Society, Inc. Annual Christmas Luncheon will be held this year at The Wine Cellar at 17307
Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach, Florida on Saturday, December 3, 2005.

Social hour is planned from 11:00 a.m. with a cash bar set up in the luncheon room. The luncheon and monthly meet-
ing will start at 12:00 noon.
The cost of the luncheon is $23.00 per person, which includes the tax and gratuities.

Monday, November 28. 2005 is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.

The menu will be a choice of Chicken Marsala, served with pasta and fresh vegetables or New York Strip Steak with
rissole potatoes and fresh vegetables. Both meals will include The Wine Cellar Salad, rolls and butter, dessert (ice cream
with Peach Melba), ice tea and/or coffee.

When completing your reservation form, be sure to list with whom you would like to sit. Tables will be set for eight
people. Also, please indicate your choice of Chicken Marsala or New York Strip Steak.
This will be a very special luncheon and preparations are underway to ensure you have an enjoyable afternoon. We have
some nice door prizes and we hope you will join in the festivities. SO... mark your calendar for December 3, 2005 and send
in your reservation early. Map to the Wine Cellar is on page 4 of this issue.
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December 3, 2005
The Wine Cellar

Member Name Telephone Number:

Please make reservations at $23.00 each Total enclosed

Please indicate preference: New York Strip Steak Marsala Chicken


Names of Guests or those you wish to sit with: (Please Print)

1. 5.

2. 6.

3. 7.

4. 8.

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

MARCH 19, 2005

All board members present with the exception of one
Director and Bylaws Chairperson.

The Executive Board took the follow actions:
SApproved the minutes of the February 19, 2005 Executive
Board Meeting.
SApproved the expenditures for the period February 19,
2005 through March 16, 2005 in the amount of $16,418.46.
Approved 82 membership applications.
Approved the donation of $100.00 to the Panama Canal
Museum in memory of Capt. William Lewis.
* Approved having the August 6th General Membership
Meeting at Kally-K's.

The following reports were made:
SMarch 5th Picnic Meeting -85 members and guests signed
the register.
SApril 2nd StarShip Cruise The StarShip refunded the
$250.00 deposit.
SMay 14th Troyer's postcards to be mailed out to mem-
bers in Pinellas County, Tampa, Sarasota and surrounding
areas in early April.
SCaf6 Duran to donate small packets of coffee to members
that registered for the reunion.
*PCS Volunteer Lapel Pins
Society memorabilia shadow box
*PCS Items for Sale
*PCS Board Member Shirts
Panama Canal Museum
Varela y Hermanos, S.A. Update
Guest Speaker Reception Update
Thursday Night Dance
* AV. Update
* PCS Patches
SNominating Committee Bill McLaughlin will serve as
the Nominating Chairperson with two members from the
Executive Board and two members from the general mem-
bership. Steve Nehring and Faith Brundage from the
Executive Board have volunteered to serve on the
Nominating Committee.
SReunion Update sold 192 luncheon tickets, 423 Friday
night dance tickets, 451 Saturday night dance tickets and 100
Disco tickets for both nights.
SReunion Security
* Nextel/Radio Phone Rental
Volunteer Letter Rewrite
SOY Contract/Letter of Intent
Registration Update
Troyer's Luncheon
Treasurer's Report
Golf Update 35 golfers signed up to play
* Elks Club 1414 Letter of Intent
*Despedida Lottery Ticket Sales 850 lottery tickets have
been made to sell at the reunion and they are still looking for
volunteers to sell tickets.

SVendor Update -23 vendors signed up, also COPA, Duran
Coffee and Varela y Hermanos, S.A. will have tables in the
vendor room.
Transportation Update
SCanal Record Update March Issue
Annual Directory disclaimer to be added at the begin-
ning of the email addresses that it is up to the members to
advise the Society office of a change. This year the Annual
Directory will be by the alphabet.
* New Reporter -Lester Oliver of BHS'70 approved as
reporter for Tennessee.
*Randy Drake Update IRS
*Office Update
SLegislative Report
Thank you to Pete Lang for building the new stand for the
American Flag.
SLodging Report
Mini-Reunion report
Budget Committee report
Discussion on the theme for the 2006 Annual Luncheon.

APRIL 16, 2005

All board members present with the exception of the
.Le'i li l\. Representative.

The Executive Board took the follow actions:
SApproved the minutes of the March 19, 2005 Executive
Board Meeting.
SApproved the expenditures for the period March 19, 2005
through April 14, 2005 in the amount of $12,670.60.
Approved 46 members for the month of April.
Approved the purchasing of flowers/plant.
Approved to move the investment account of the Society
to SunTrust.

The following reports were made:
SThank you note from Beth Brandenburg and family for
the donation from the Society to the Panama Canal Museum.
May 14th Luncheon
SDiscussed PCS Items for Sale
SDiscussion on location for General Membership Meetings
for 2005-2006 Olive Garden, McDill Air Force Base,
Clearwater Country Club
SOY Thomas has agreed to the stipulations set by the
SComparative Analysis 2005/2004 Reunion report
SMini-Reunions report
SReunion Consultant report
Reported on the Reporters, Vendors, Guest Speaker
Receptions and Volunteer Snacks
SGolf Tournament 41 golfers have signed up to play..
* Gift Certificates
Vendors report
Thursday Night Dance -waiting for electrical specifica-

Reunion Security Contract 2005 contract has been signed.
Nextel Phones
Volunteer Letter
Reunion Registration Update a confirmation letter with
dates and times to send to all volunteers.
* Troyer's Luncheon -39 members and guests signed up for
the luncheon on May 14th. The cutoff date for reservations is
May 6th.
*Rob Thrift trusts and wills
Treasurer report
SElks Club followup
Lottery Ticket Sales report
SVendors 31 vendors have signed up to sell at the reunion.
Ticket Sales report
Transportation all plane tickets for the band members
have been purchased and correction made to the Mears
Transportation Coupon.
Annual Directory
June Canal Record
Society Taxes
Office Insurance
Golf Insurance Coverage
Bylaws Report: 134 ballots received; 5 invalid; 120 yes
votes and 9 no votes.
Lodging report
SMini Reunion report

MAY 21, 2005

All board members present with the exception of the Bylaws

The Executive Board took the follow actions:
Approved the minutes of the April 16, 2005.
Approved the expenditures for the period of April 15,
2005 through May 20, 211115 in the amount of $23,543.41.
Approved 64 new members for the month of May.
Approved the donation of $100.00 to the hospice chosen
in the memory of Woody Woodruff.
Approved purchase of a printer.
Approved the purchase of 2006 Calendars for board
members and for thank you tokens.
SApproved $500.00 estimate of cost for Annual Luncheon

The following reports were made:
STroyer's Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota on May 14, 2005
had a total of 79 members and guests with two no-shows.
Guest Speaker Reception
* PCS Embroidered Shirts
Annual Luncheon Attendance
SBusiness Meetings and Board Meetings for 2005-2006 -
A schedule of times, dates and places for the Membership and
Board Meetings for the 2005-2006 was provided to each

board member.
* MacDill AFB Luncheon due to the security issues for
Central Command, it was decided not to hold a membership
luncheon at MacDill at this time.
SPCS Items for Sale in Vendor Room The items for sale
in the Vendor Room were discussed and prices including tax
are as follows: Patches $2.00; Koozies $5.00; Ball
Markers $2.00; Divot Tool w/1 Ball Marker $6.00 and
License Plate Frame $2.00. A receipt book will keep track
of what is sold in order to pay Florida Sales Tax at the end of
the year.
* Treasurer Resignation effective July 3, 2005 Ed
Wardlow will resign his position as Treasurer since he will be
spending more time in Panama.
* Picnic Reimbursement and 2006 Shelter Reservation -
The picnic will again be at Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs
in 2006.
STransportation of PCS Items To/From Reunion each
chairperson is responsible to make arrangements to transport
items pertaining to their particular function and for bringing
the items back to the Society office in a timely fashion.
Reserved Table Signs for Dances
Ice Cream
Dain Blair Thursday Night Battle of the Bands update.
*Vintage Placemats
*Early Check-In/Late Checkout.
Bus Company for the golfers.
Signs -each chairperson will be responsible for their
sign(s) during the reunion. The signs need to be secured every
evening. Chairpersons need to return the signs before they
leave the hotel on Sunday.
* Nominating Committee Tthe board members need to
make known their intentions for the next term (2006-2008).
During the August General Membership meeting two mem-
bers from the membership-at-large will be asked to serve on
the committee.
SSecurity Contract for 2006 reunion has yet to be received
from the company.
Volunteer Letter Re-write
SMembership Re-Instatements Prior to 2000, if a member
had not renewed his/her dues by January 31st that member-
ship information was deleted from the membership database.
Since August 2000, any memberships dues are not paid are
marked as inactive but are still retained still in the database.
This gives the Society an accurate count of membership.
Rob Thrift Proposal
* Registration Update
STreasurer's Report
Golf Tournament 66 golfers guests have registered.
Lottery Ticket Sales
February 2006 General Membership Meeting The Olive
Garden Restaurant in St. Pete/Pinellas Park will be contacted
for the February 4, 2006.
Vendors 37 vendors registered.
Ticket Sales
Holiday Luncheon December 3rd
Canal Record update The April Annual Directory is in
the mail, the June Canal Record is at the printer and the
September issue has been started. The deadline for the
September issue is July 8, 2005.

SAdvanced Funds The following functions will receive a
start up bank for the reunion: Dance Tickets, Registration,
Lottery, Vendors, Disco, and Information/Administration.
Jim O'Donnell will be given $200.00 ($100.00 per day) for
Bingo prizes.
* Detailed After-Action report to be submitted as soon as
possible after the Reunion concludes.
Legislative Representative Report
General Membership Meeting August 6th meeting at
Mini Reunion schedule.

MARCH 5, 2005

President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis welcomed the 85 mem-
bers and guests in attendance at the General Membership
Meeting held at A. L. Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, Florida
at 12:40 p.m. Elaine thanked Ellen and John Gough, "Bingo"
Jim O'Donnell and Roberta Evans for organizing and hosting
the event. Cheryl Russell, Chaplain gave the invocation, fol-
lowed by a moment of silence for members who had recent-
ly passed away. Mary Lou Lang, Sgt. At Arms led the mem-
bership in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The president welcomed past presidents Bill Wheeler,
Muriel Whitman, Jim O'Donnell, Margot Jordan, Faith
Brundage and Bill McLaughlin.
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes from the
February General Meeting held at the Florida Buffet of
Ocala. As there were no changes or additions, the minutes
were approved as read.
In the absence of Ed Wardlow, Treasurer, John Gough
highlighted the January 2005 Financial Statement, which
stands for Audit.
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis reported that the next monthly
General Membership Meeting would be on April 2nd, sailing
around Tampa Bay on the StarShip Yacht. Reservations forms
were available on the table for the cruise as well as the May
14th luncheon in Sarasota at Troyer's Dutch Heritage
The president reminded everyone that in order to have
another great reunion in 2005, we require lots of volunteers to
help out with different tasks, such as Registration, the Annual
Business Meeting, Dance Ticket Sales and the Vendor Room.
She encouraged members at the picnic who might be inter-
ested in helping out for a couple hours during the reunion to
please let one of the Executive Board officers know or call
the Society office.
Elaine reminded everyone that the guest speaker at the
Annual Luncheon would be Thomas Kenna, Director of
Marketing for the Panama Railroad. This is the 150th
Anniversary of the Panama Railroad and Tom Kenna is not
only the Marketing Director of the PRR, but he is also a 1980
graduate of Balboa High School. She encouraged everyone
to order their luncheon tickets when they made their reunion
and/or hotel reservations because tickets for the Annual

Luncheon will not be sold at the reunion. They must be
ordered ahead of time.
Steve Nehring, 1st Vice President and Reunion
Coordinator reported that as of today we have a total of 803
registered members and guests signed up for the reunion. He
also added that Villas have been "sold out", but if a member
still wants to take a chance and reserve one, they can call the
Society office and put their name on the waiting list, pending
any cancellations. He also mentioned even though a member
might choose to put his/her name on the waiting list for a
villa, he suggested that they should still go ahead and choose
another type of room/suite so they will be sure to have some-
thing confirmed if the villa does not materialize.
Bob Russell, 2nd Vice President and Registration Co-
Chairperson reported the May 14th Luncheon would be held
at Troyer's Dutch Heritage Restaurant in Sarasota and the
reservation form is in the March Canal Record. He also men-
tioned that he is still seeking more members to volunteer at
Registration during the Reunion.
John Gough, Director and Vendor Chairperson reported
that as of today we have 22 vendors signed up for the
Reunion and if anyone is interested in being a Vendor please
see him or go on-line and download the Vendor form and
Bill McLaughlin, Past President and Reunion Consultant
showed the floor plan of the Convention Center and high-
lighted where activities would be held during the Reunion.
Bill reported we would be offering the tipico dance class
again this year and pre-registration for the class is required.
The cost is $15.00 per person or $25.00 per couple, which is
the same as last year. More information will appear in the
April Annual Directory.
Kathy Egolf, Executive Vice President of the Panama
Canal Museum reported that the potluck luncheon held in
January had 90 people in attendance; the 2nd Annual Fund
Raiser Cruise in February was very successful. In June 2005
the Museum is planning a trip to Panama the first week of
June; in June 2006 they are planning a cruise to Alaska. The
Museum is planning an exhibit on the Panama Railroad for
the Reunion this year. Cheryl Russell is having a Mola
Exhibit in the Museum at the end of April showing different
Molas with the American influence.
Pete Lang made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 1:10
p.m.; seconded by Muriel Whitman. Motion passed.

MAY 14, 2005

President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis called the meeting to
order and welcomed the 79 members and guests in attendance
at the General Membership Meeting held at Troyer's
Restaurant, Sarasota, Florida at 11:55 a.m. Cheryl Russell,
Chaplain gave the invocation, followed by a moment of
silence for members who had recently passed away. Mary
Lou Lang, Sgt. At Arms led the membership in the Pledge of

Elaine (Vestal) Lewis thanked Cheryl and Bob Russell for
organizing and arranging the luncheon.
The president welcomed all past presidents in attendance:
Anna Collins, Bill Wheeler, Pete Foster, Muriel Whitman,
Marje Foster, Tom Peterson, Faith Brundage and Bill
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis introduced the Executive Board
officers in attendance at the luncheon to the members in
Nancy Van Siclen, Secretary read the minutes of the
March Membership Meeting held at A. L. Anderson Park,
Tarpon Springs, Florida. As there were no changes or addi-
tions, the minutes were approved as read.
Ed Wardlow, Treasurer highlighted the March 2005
Financial Statement, which stands for Audit.
Muriel Whitman, Chairperson of Bylaws reported the
committee verified all ballots in March with a total of 134
ballots received. The bylaw passed with 120 yes votes, 9 no
votes and 4 invalid. Barbara Peterson made a motion to
destroy the ballots; seconded by Skeeter Camby. Motion
Elaine (Vestal) Lewis, President reported that we are get-
ting in many new members and have been proactively track-
ing our numbers for the reunion. At this time, our figures
show we have increased membership enrollments from May
of 2004.
Jim Parthenais, Budget Chairperson reported that since all
membership data is now in our database, he is able to track
weekly how we are doing compared to the previous year. Jim
stated that for the same period last year we are ahead in room
reservations by 88 people, members and guests registered are
93 more than in 2004 and all other critical numbers have
increased, including dance tickets.
Bill McLaughlin, Past President and Reunion Consultant
reported that we have 44 days until the reunion starts; the
Panamanian "Tipico" Dance Class will be held again this
year and the application form is printed in the April Annual
Directory. We also have copies of the form today if anyone is
interested. Bill reported that the Caribe Royale has installed
new software and is in the process of sending out room con-
firmations. Bill said that if you haven't received a confirma-
tion from the hotel, you could call the Society office to get
their number. The Caribe Royale is once again offering the
continental breakfast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
morning for those members registered and staying at the
Bill informed the membership that the reunion flyer with
all information and times of events would again be given out
at Registration and Information. He also encouraged mem-
bers to attend the Annual Business Meeting on Friday morn-
ing and reminded everyone that the Vendors and Corporate
sponsors will be giving away some fantastic door prizes dur-
ing the business meeting. He also encouraged attendance at
the Annual Luncheon to hear the guest speaker, Thomas
Kenna, Director of Marketing for the Panama Railroad.
Tickets and reservations for this event must be purchased in
Faith Brundage and Mary Lou Lang, Co-chair of Lottery
Ticket Sales and Muriel Whitman and Skeeter Camby, Co-
chair of Dance Ticket Sales are still seeking a few more vol-

unteers to sell lottery and dance tickets during the reunion.
Steve Nehring, 1st Vice President and Reunion
Coordinator reported all is going smoothly for the upcoming
reunion and if there are any problems or issues at the reunion
to contact him, Bill McLaughlin or Elaine Lewis. Also, if you
have a situation with your room reservation to contact
Darleen Hunt, the Lodging Chairperson.
Bob Russell, 2nd Vice President and Co-Chair
Registration reported that the committee is right on track and
they are busy stuffing envelopes with name badges and tick-
In the absence of John Gough, Director and Vendor
Chairperson, Elaine reported that she has had a conversation
with the new consulate from Panama in Tampa, Roberto
Cordovez who is a 1980 BHS graduate and a member of the
Panama Canal Society. He will be at the reunion to talk to
anyone about procedures for retiring to Panama, immigration,
getting jobs, cedula and passport renewal, importing or
exporting pets, etc.
Trina Clark, Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge 1414 in
Panama will be in attendance at the reunion for anyone wish-
ing to renew their Elks membership.
Barbara Peterson, Secretary of the Panama Canal
Museum reported to the membership in attendance the
updates to the museum board.
Elaine reported to the membership that the 2005-2006
General Membership meetings have been established. The
first one will be on Saturday, August 6, 2005 at Kally-K's
Restaurant in Dunedin, Fla. The Space Coast group will host
the October General Membership Meeting and it will again
be a Picnic in Titusville. The December meeting will be the
Annual Holiday Luncheon at the Wine Cellar in Redington
Elaine announced that every year, a small prize is given to
the Society member who attends the most General
Membership meetings. She announced that Tom Hanna had
attended all six General Membership meetings since August
2004 to the present. As a result, he was the winner of the
Annual Attendance award in 2005. She congratulated Tom
and thanked him for his support.
There was no New Business or other announcements, so
Bill McLaughlin made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
1:45 p.m.; seconded by Mary Lou Lang. Motion passed.




DECEMBER 31, 2005.


Mary Lou Lang

Roberta Evans, Glenn Evns and Tom Hanna
Roberta Evans, Glenn Evans and Tom Hanna

Jacque Vowell, Steve Nehring and Tom Hanna

Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow

"Skeeter" and Shirley Camby


Virginia Moriarty

Bill McLaughlin and Tom Hanna

Cheryl Russell selling for the Panama Canal Museum.

Bob Russell Sigi Espino

Joy Maale


Mary Lou Lang

Shirley Boswell

Julieta (Preciado) Morgan

Lee Kariger

Beth Brandenburg

Wilma Hidalgo


Shirley Boswell and Barbara Slover

Ben Parthenais

Al and Joy Maale with Marge Foster

Aura and Al Wilder

Meeting and greeting at Troyer's.

Good company and good food.


Once again the Reunion has come and gone leaving us with only the memories and pictures to remind us of our time
together with friends and families. Special thanks to all those who volunteered and chaired the committees needed to put
on this event.
We had 2,704 registered members and guests joining us in this year's celebration. Mr. Thomas Kenna provided an
entertaining presentation at the Annual Luncheon and once again Lou and Jan Andino did a fantastic job hosting this
event. Bob Russell, his wife Cheryl, and Joan Ohman did an outstanding job with Society Registration and made sure
all the members had name tags and their tickets for the different activities. The Information desk manned by our office staff
and volunteers provided a valuable service by answering questions and providing information on all the scheduled events.
The Hotel accommodations were appropriate and aside from some minor problems that ranged from room assignments
to not enough chairs in the lobby. In the end, everything worked out fine. The Convention Center accommodated all our
needs with the Clubhouse and Vendor room proving to be the most popular locations for socializing and buying treasures.
The Museum room with their display of the past Panama Railroad had everyone's attention and complimented the theme
of the Annual Luncheon, the Panama Railway.
The PanaZonian dance and Saturday night Ball were extremely popular and the music was exceptional both nights. The
dances were accented beautifully by the decorations provided by Margaret McLaughlin. The DJ Dances were also very
popular and provided entertainment for the younger crowd. The Despedida was the closing highlight with the music and
dancers providing the members with a dazzling display of culture and tradition and three lucky members won the lottery.
The total dollars collected for the lottery was $777.00. The winners for the lottery were: Ist place Zoraida (Zori) Alicea
($350), 2nd place Denise Smith ($250) and 3rd place Krista Willett ($177).
In closing, I want to thank everyone who attended this year's Reunion and I hope that you had a great time. Please let
the Executive Board officers know if you have any suggestions for the upcoming 2006 Reunion.

Steve Nehring
Reunion Coordinator 2005



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Shingle Creek Golf Course for the 24th Chagres Invitational
Golf Tournament. I would like to thank my committee, Anna
Collins and Vicki Sizemore for their help at registration and
the luncheon.

The winners are as follows: '''.
Ladies flight: Shelley Sanders low gross with 77
Linda Gregory low net with 71
Mens flight age 0-45: Pat Carroll low gross with 83
Mr. Egger low net with 64.
Mens flight age 46-60: Joey Burgoon low gross with 72
Dave Albanese low net with 63.
Mens flight age 61-over: J. Cronan and Max Sanders tied
for low gross with 82
Warren Marquard low net with 70

Winners of Best Low Gross Score for the Collins/Askew
Founders trophy are Joey Burgoon for men and Shelley
Sanders for women.

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Mary Lou and Pete Lang

Lois Jones and Faith Brundage


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George Scribner and Cathy (Goodwin) Scribner

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Lizette Gutierrez Davis Stevenson and Lori Snow

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Tom Hanna and John Gough

Steven Steuart, Marie-Elena (Steuart) Ottman (Vendor)
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Roger Wells, Graciela Manjarres and Florinda (Beechner)

MartaVagas, Pedro J. Vangas, and Pedro J. Vangas, Jr.
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Mae and Bob Rosania

Hindi Diamond

Kerri Young, Llori Gibson, Jo Anne Kent and Jackie


Back row: Paul Bierman (Midwest), Isaac Hay, Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey (Space Coast, Florida), Helen Aanstoos-Hay
(California), Dawn Gressang (Central Florida), Skip Rowley (Tallahassee, Florida), Robin (Harrison) Baker (Maryland), Barbara
Vose-Kulig (Pensacola, Florida), Jacque Vowell (Editor), Karen (Peugnet) Brandl (Virginia), Linda Morris (Texas). Front row: June
Stevenson (Georgia), Bill Muller (Ocala, Florida) and Lisa Barrett (Northeast, Florida) .

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AK Clay Wharry
AZ Nancy Eide
Diane French
AR Betty Dunning
Lynn Harp
CA Helen Aanstoos-Hay
FL Central Dawn Gressang
Northeast Lisa Barrett
Ocala Bill Muller
Pensacola Barbara Vose-Kulig
Pinellas County Betty Snow
Space Coast Kathie (Nclurmr.. McConaughey
South Florida Tom Pattison
Tallahassee Skip Rowley

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GA June A. Stevenson
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MD Robin Harrison Baker
Midwest Paul Bierman
MS Patt Foster Roberson
NC Patricia Hunt
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Deadline for the December 2005 Canal Record is October 7, 2005


Greetings from Alabama! 2005 has started out really hard
for Edie and me (especially Edie) and as a result our report-
ing for the Canal Record has been nonexistent. I owe an apol-
ogy to those who submitted updates to be published.
Seems like the first part of the year Edie and I couldn't get
well and we were infecting and re-infecting each other. Then
on our wedding anniversary, June 6th, Edie was admitted to
the hospital with gall bladder problems and an infection. She
had surgery and was doing well following the surgery and we
even had hopes she would recover in time to attend the
Panama Canal Society Reunion and the 35th Reunion of
CHS'70. Edie developed an infection and ARDS (acute res-
piratory distress syndrome) that put her in intensive care and
on life support for six days. The doctors gave her less than a
50% chance of survival and weren't sure where the infection
originated. As quickly as the ARDS took hold of Edie it
released her and she has recovered somewhat completely, is
home and appears to be doing well. We are hoping the gall
bladder has been the root of all of Edie's problems for the past
couple of years that couldn't be explained by her lymphoma.
Nicole A. Sherer, daughter of David and Barbara
(Gangle) Sherer (BHS'74) of Dothan, Ala. graduated from
Troy University Dothan in May with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Early Childhood Education. While at Troy
University, Nicole was on the President's and Dean's Lists.
Nicole plans to pursue a job in the city of Dothan and return
to school to obtain a Graduate Degree in Special Education.

Mary (Gilbert) Urey reported that John Wesley Perez
graduated from Del Rio High School and has been accepted
to Texas A&M, Mays Business School in College Station,
Texas where he will major in Business Administration. Mary
also reported that Ryan Jeffery Perez graduated from the
University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Government with a minor in Business Foundations. Ryan is
currently employed in the Hertz Management Training
Program. Both John and Ryan are Eagle Scouts and are the
sons of Michele (Urey) and Michael Perez of Del Rio, Texas
and the grandsons of Mary and the late John W. Urey of
Dothan, Ala. Paternal grandparents are Col. (Ret.) Ernest and
Stella Perez of San Jose, Calif.

John and Ryan Perez

Allen Cotton, Reporter
(334) 361-2373
email: abcotton @


Jess and Lynn (Dunning)
Harp's two older children,
Samantha and Jess, went to an
Odyssey of the Mind world com-
petition in Boulder, Colo. Odyssey
of the Mind is an after school pro-
gram in which the kids must solve
Lynn (Dunning) Harp
Sa problem by creating a story and
solving certain tasks. They compete at a Regional competi-
tion and the top three teams go to State competition, then the
top two teams go to World. There were 13 countries repre-
We had a wonderful time and the kids' team did their per-
sonal best and came in 19th place out of 51 teams. You can
look up OM at
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OM Team Members: Bladen, Zach, Preston, Jess Harp,
Hannah, and Samantha Harp; Cheryl Harp in front.

Since Jess's four sisters live in the Boulder area, we also
had a family reunion. Harold and Jerry (Harp) drove up
from Bentonville, Ark.; Bill and Susan Harp flew in from
California; Jacquelyn, Laurie, Rebecca and Mary all live in
Colorado. All but three grandchildren were able to attend.
Samantha and Jess had a huge cheering section.

Lynn (Dunning) Harp, Reporter
(479) 271-8055


How many of us dusted off our
Panama hats, ironed and packed our
guayaberas and polleras in anticipa-
tion of the big annual Orlando ping
S ,ding? Of course, by the time this
next Canal Record arrives it will all
Sbe another "job well done" by our
Helen Aanstoos-Hay
Helen Aanstoos-Hay amazing reunion miracle workers.
Isaac and I just figured out how to make new pompoms to
replace the old ones on my Grandma Helen's 90-year-old
pollera. San Francisco just had its annual carnival parade fea-
turing comparsas from all over Latin America and the world.
The dozens of stunning polleras gliding down Mission Street
in our beautiful city by the bay reminded us of our blessed
Panama. Do you guys all feel like we are luckier than our
stateside neighbors who missed having a Panama life? It is
hard for us to feel humble sometimes.
'Twas chatting the other night at work in the E.R. with
Patrick Parks, one of the best X-ray technicians I have had
the pleasure of working with. He was an Air Force brat and
lived at Albrook back in the late fifties. He did his first years
of elementary school at St. Mary's in Balboa and his siblings
were all born at Gorgas. He says he remembers wandering
among the bamboo groves to check out all the bats. He said
swimming in the warm Pacific makes him want to go back.
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Patrick Parks, best x-ray tech in Sonoma County

We went over to see Connie (Zemer) Bumgarner in
Santa Rosa recently. Her dad (ex-C.Z. teacher) moved to
Georgia and Connie had to empty and sell the mobile home
she and her brother had bought for him. We loaded her rental
truck high with furniture and tied it all down well. We com-
mented that we just needed a few cages of chickens and some
music tipica to complete the picture. She got home to La
Selva Beach by 2:00 a.m., had the truck unloaded by 3:00
a.m., and the rental truck returned by 8:00 a.m.

I received an email from Eileen (Rodgers) Nakata who
lived in Gatun and attended Cristobal High School until late
1954. She has been out of touch with her Zonian roots and is
looking for former classmates, like Mitzi Siegel who was in
a drama festival with her in high school. If anyone remembers
Eileen and wants to say hi, contact this reporter for more

Connie iZemer) Bumgarner .t I II 0 p.mi ,[IheK JLdn'i i.ll
us "mighty bulldogs" for nothing).

Susan (Mitchell) Conniry (BHS'66) and her husband
stopped at Doran Beach on their annual camping trek enroute
to Washington state. Their pickup truck was loaded with
kayaks, a sweet dog, two Harley Davidsons and a 10-foot
camping trailer in tow. They just bought property on a lake on
the Olympia Peninsula and are building a retirement cabin
there. They run a wilderness school for troubled teens in east
San Diego County and Susan also teaches martial arts there.
The fires from last fall that devastated their neighbors left
them nearly unscathed. They have a large extended family of
young adults whose lives they have turned around and set on
a productive course.

Susan (Mitchell) Conniry and Helen Hay, the first two
surfer girls of Panama (Rio Mar 1964) at the Union Hotel in
Occidental, Calif.

Susan and her husband

Eileen (Rodgers) Nakata

Anita Kaufer and her son Teddy Jr. came out to north-
ern California from Tampa, Fla. for an exciting three weeks.
The first festivities they attended were for the wedding of
Ann Romera, daughter of Nancy (Kaufer) Lanfranco, in
Half Moon Bay. Nancy's four kids plus grandchildren and
one great-grandchild also attended. Jane (Kaufer) and Jim
Cochrane were there too with their children and grandchil-
dren. It was a great reunion for all the families. Anita and Ted
stayed at her daughter Norine's and granddaughter Mary-
Kelly's house in Healdsburg. They had a memorial service
for Ted Kaufer Sr. who died in November while they were
there. Later Anita and Ted traveled with Jane and Jim
Cochrane to Fairfield to have a small reunion with Lee and
Willie Doyle and Roger and Leonore Weidoff. From there,
Anita and Ted went to visit another daughter Vicky Garrison
and son Matt, and Mary Leach and Liz Rawlins. A trip to
Santa Maria was also made to visit with their old neighbor
Mary Cronan, who lived on the same street in Margarita.

Norine Crnich, Jim Cochrane, Anita Kaufer, Mary-Kelly
Crnich, Jane Cochrane and Ted Kaufer Jr.

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Ted Kaul'er Jr., \nila Kaufer, Roger \\eidol', Jim
Cochrane, Lee Doyle, Willie Doyle, Jane Cochrane and
Lenore Weidoff.

John Millar (self-described "Curundu Maliante") who
many of you remember for his great rock 'n roll music in the
1960s reports that his daughter Marie Helen Millar just
graduated June 10th from Rancho Cotati High School in
Rohnert Park. She will be continuing her education at the
Santa Rosa Junior College in September. John also said he
visited his sister-in-law at her horse ranch in Ocala last year
and drove all over Florida. He has taken an interest in Panama
as a retirement possibility despite "the traffic and BIG bugs-
-still hate 'em!" Speaking of which, have you heard Mick
Jagger and John Travolta now have homes in Panama? Doubt
that will help keep prices affordable for the rest of us.
Incidentally, John works at the Petaluma Post Office along
with Dirk Van Loon, an ex-Balboa bway.
Anyone out there remember Tony Ramirez (BHS'36)?
He called me recently to say hello. He is married to a lady
from Chile named Maria. We had met them several years ago
at the Los Gatos Panama Picnic. He is 87 years young and
said the undertakers in Menlo Park hate him because he isn't
giving them any business! He sounded very robust on the
phone. We figure it must be from the Chagres water. He used
to work with my uncle Ted Aanstoos years ago in the Zone.
Tony and Maria are going to Panama in August to visit his
sister Anna (BHS'35). He said she was a poet for the
Parrakeet. Joining them will be his other sister Elsa who is a
young 80 years old. Hopefully they will send us a group pic-
ture and report.
Under the threat of rain (we missed all you who opted out)
we met at the St. Francis Winery on June 18th for our annual
Santa Rosa Picnic. Fortunately, all we had were a few rain-
drops and in true Panamanian style, we carried on and had a
great time. Incidentally, it NEVER rains here in June and we
have had THREE big downpours this month. Lori Knapp
(BHS'86) was the St. Francis winemaker until this past week
when she broke away to start her own winery.
We had a beautiful picnic area under the redwood, oak
and bay leaf trees. We had ceviche and patacones (hot off the
frying pan) and other gourmet food.

DECEMBER 31, 2005.

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Santa Rosa Picnic. Standing (L-R): John Freed, Lila Freed,
Roger Weidoff, Lenore Weidoff, Marcy Borsellino, Elaine
Rogers Nakata, Jane Kaufer Cochrane, Kathleen
Cochrane, Benigna Landof, Willie Doyle and Jan
Aanstoos. Kneeling (L-R): Jim Cochrane, Frank
Borsellino, Lee Doyle, Helen Aanstoos-Hay and Isaac Hay.

Ricky Appin, Tom Slice and Lance Hughes

Lila Freed making patacones while Willie Doyle and
Lenore Weidoff indulge.

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through the vineyards to line up at the Portosan!

Obviously missing at the Santa Rosa picnic was the smil-
ing face of Bobby Styles Field in her Gatun T-shirt. Born in
Ancon August 8, 1922, Bobby passed away June 1, 2005 at
home in Santa Rosa.

Bobbie Styles Field

Okay all you Sacramento area Californians, get ready for
a Panama picnic in your area in September. Contact this
reporter for more information. Keep in mind the October 1st
picnic potluck at Vasona Lake in Los Gatos. Looks like we
will be renting a van or bus or chiva of some sort to transport
the folks north of San Francisco to the event. Please call me
at (707) 887-1015 if you want to be included for the bus ride.
We will need a head count in advance to make sure there will
be enough seats.

Helen Aanstoos-Hay, Reporter
(707) 887-1015


Central Florida

I received a note from Dennis
McNamee that came too late to include
in my June article. He wrote to say his
mother Kitty McNamee recently cele- g
Dawn Gressang
brated her 96th birthday in May at her
nursing home in Tennessee. Kitty's daughter Sheila Taylor
and son Brian McNamee helped to celebrate the occasion.
We hope she celebrates many more birthdays!
My husband Dan Gressang (BHS'54) and I attended my
50th high school class reunion (GULP) that was held in con-
junction with the Annual Panama Canal Society reunion in
Orlando in June. We had such a wonderful time seeing friends
and classmates that we hadn't seen in many years. Where did
the years go? It seems like we just graduated yesterday. Our
class seems to have that special bond that makes us feel so
close to one another, even though many years have gone by
since we have seen each other.
Debbie (Beall) Bandy (BHS'73), formerly of Holly Hill.
Fla., threw a farewell party for herself in June to celebrate her
move to a new job at Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Fla. in
the Tampa area. We wish her the best in her new endeavor and
we can't wait for an invitation to another party in her new
Joanie Toscar lost her beloved husband Aaron in April.
Bobby and Marguerite Zumbado as well as Dan and I were
among the many friends who attended Aaron's memorial
service. He will be deeply missed.
In April the Crowell sisters, Pam Crowell (BHS'71),
Bonnie Morrison (BHS'64), "adopted sister" Janet Stuart
(BHS'68) and I, along with Dan took Jacque (Crowell)
Vowell (BHS'70) out on the town to celebrate her birthday.
Laughter abounded! We have such fun when the sisters get
together. After dinner we ended the evening at Boot Hill (an
infamous biker bar located across the street from a cemetery)
to sing and dance to a live band. No bail money was neces-
Jacque recently had the chance to go back to Panama for
the BHS'70 class reunion. She says Panama is still as beauti-
ful as she remembered. This is what she had to say about her
trip: "My classmates and I toured the city and the former
Canal Zone stopping by old haunts and former houses. I still
recognized many of the streets and buildings in Panama and
was amazed at the growth. It was mango season and the trees
dripped heavily with mangos. The stop at Miraflores Locks
was spectacular. It brought back plenty of memories of my
dad Richard Crowell. He was a Lock Master before he
retired and he was always willing to let my friends and I visit
during the overhauls, go through the tunnels and visit the con-
trol tower. If we were lucky, we could open one of the gates
to let a ship enter a chamber."
"Our tour guide and driver were adventuresome as we
headed up to the top of Flamingo Island only to get fussed at
by the Guardia because we forgot to sign in first. Later that

week Vicki Sizemore (BHS'70), Ed Wardlow and I spent a
few moments and a cold Panama beer with our dear friend
Howard Marks at Corozal. We also spent time at the beach
and ate lunch at Rio Mar. 1 just love that view. Later during
that same weekend we spent the night at Henry Twohy's
home in Santa Clara. It was great to share stories from the old
days. We got up early the next morning to meet Sandra
Chesson, her daughter Kyle and friend Jewel to drive to El
Valle for the market. Of course, I got to spend time at the Elks
Club and visited with our favorite bartender Ashby (who
recently officially retired but is still working there). The food
at the Elks Club was wonderful! 1 ate lots of ceviche and
corvina..ok, and a few chuletas too! I brought back many
treasured memories and hope to be able to take my children
with me on my next trip home."

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Sandra (Chesson) Walker, Kyle Walker, Jacque (Crowell)
Vowell, Archie McDonald, Ed Wardlow and Vicki
Sizemore in El Valle.

Jacque also reports that her daughter Casey and son Kye
recently spent time in St. Thomas, VI with their dad Charlie
Vowell. Their cousin Amy Vowell, daughter of Joe and
Gretta Vowell was visiting Charlie at the same time. They
had a great time celebrating Charlie's birthday. Kye brought
back two gunnips for Jacque. She said they were very deli-
Janet Stuart spent Memorial Day weekend with friend and
former roommate Candy McCann in Fort Myers. They had
a great time taking a boat trip out to Captiva Island which is
now Big Captiva and Little Captiva thanks to Hurricane
Charlie (2004). Isn't mother nature amazing? On the drive
down she got to see "FEMA city". What a sad sight that was.
There were thousands of trailers all the same, row after row
for those displaced from last year's hurricanes.


Janet Stuart and Candy McCann


Janet says thanks to the efforts of Merry Bandy and
Frankie Jones the BHS'67 Hospitality Suite was a big suc-
cess again this year. "We always have such a good turnout of
our classmates and it's a great place to meet and catch up with
everyone. I really enjoyed spending some quality time with
my classmates this year." After the reunion, Janet traveled to
Spring Hill, Fla. for an overnight visit with Jimmy Van Loon
and Rick Walsh at their lovely home. Janet says Jimmy and
Rick are such gracious hosts and they always have a great
time together.
Bonnie and Mike Morrison had a 40th birthday party at
their beautiful home in DeLand recently for their son Paul
Hebert. Lots of family members watched as Paul went sky-
diving for the very first time. He was so excited and loved it,
as everyone watched in awe! Paul's wife Evi and their four
children, Bonnie and Mike's daughters Jennifer and Cassie
and her significant other Dan and son Zach enjoyed the day.
Pam Crowell decided to take on a "part-time job" to keep
herself busy when she wasn't working on her tan this sum-
mer. She is working in a resort gift shop on the boardwalk in
Daytona Beach, Fla. She is having a great time meeting peo-
ple from all over the world and she says she gets the chance
to practice her espafiol with several of her co-workers. She is
hinting at another "girls' weekend" sometime soon. Wonder
if they will be heading back to Key West? Pam had a great
time at this year's reunion, especially at the Thursday night
"Battle of the Bands" where she danced into the wee hours of
the morning. Pam and her sister Jacque sang along with the
old songs and screamed for their favorite drummer, Billy
Foster. They also spent time with Billy's sisters: Kathy,
Nancy and Debbie. The Fosters and Crowells were neigh-
bors back in the late '50s and the early '60s. Back then the
Fosters lived in Balboa on La Boca Road next to St. Mary's
Church and the Crowells lived in the next duplex down
(across from the JWB). I heard the only person missing from
that group of kids from the old days was John Flumach.

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The Foster sisters: Kathy, Nancy and Debbie

Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow moved to Panama the
end of July. Vicki has accepted a position at the International
School of Panama near Tocumen. They will be living in their

apartment in Albrook with their cat Max. Ed and Vicki have
graciously invited us down to visit. Get ready-we just may be
arriving sooner than they think!
Dan and I remain well and keep busy. Dan gets short of
breath when he walks for long distances, so we rented a
scooter to run around in at the reunion. We had such fun. I sat
on his lap a few times as we scooted about attending various
activities. It really helped me during the "dress up" nights
when I had to wear heels.

Dawn and Dan Gressang

Please let me know about your comings and goings. I
would really love hearing from all the members in the Central
Florida area. Until next time.

Dawn Gressang, Reporter
(386) 441-6595

this time as she, her daughter Kathleen, and sister-in-law
Mary Jo Aycock met in Germany for a two-week tour,
"Glory of the Hapburgs", which also took them to Austria,
Hungary and the Czech Republic. She writes, "The history
and beauty were overwhelming but, Budapest was their
favorite city." She closes with "See you at the reunion".
Orlando--she must know someone there.

Mary Jo, Barbara, and Kathleen Aycock in Prague, Czech

Dianne Hutchison Cox started out the New Year with
high hopes and then the traveling swooped her up. Many trips
to South Florida to see her aunt Doris Hutchison. March, she
was in South Carolina visiting her mother for Easter along
with her son Wally Doane and husband Jerry Cox. They
planned a trip to Texas and Alabama for Mother's Day so
Peggy could see her great-grandchildren.


The Ocala Zonians/Panama Canal
Ditchdiggers next semi-annual lunch-
eon meeting is set for Tuesday, October
4th at the Florida Buffet of Ocala, 3933
E. Silver Springs Blvd/Hwy 40 East.
The Ocala Zonians hosted the Bill Muller
Panama Canal Society General
Business Meeting on February 5th with 52 in attendance,
including President Elaine (Vestal) Lewis and her entourage
of officers and staff. Honored guest was Mr. R. T. Vestal of
Pasadena, Fla.
On April 5, 2005, the OZ/PCDD met for their Spring
luncheon meeting with 32 in attendance. Ample time was
provided for reminiscing and discussing plans for the upcom-
ing Annual Reunion in Orlando.
Our travel expert Barbara Curies Aycock outdid herself

Peggy Hutchison on Mother's Day with her
daughter Katelyn and great-grandson Ryan Hutchison in
Hurst, Texas.

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erations), Mother's Day, Hurst, Texas.

Then it was back to Lillian, Ala. and a stay with Dianne's
sister Vicki and Bob Boukalis where Peggy passed away on
May 29th. Peggy was the Area Reporter for South Carolina.
We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to all
the family.
We made it to Orlando okay and the first person I ran into
was my boss, Editor Jacque Vowell. I personally congratu-
late her for the many improvements and hard work she has
put into the Canal Record. It is a credit to the PCSociety.
Support it! I also owe a lot of credit for my column for all the
help and support I receive from Nancy Van Siclen and Carol
Masino. Their patience and fortitude have helped me through
my many trials and misfortunes with my computer.
Then it was Pacific Softball season when I was
approached by Gil and Joe Smith and Larry Jones. We
talked awhile about Bill Carlin and I later saw Gary Collins.
Those were "good old days" with tough competition and
great sportsmanship.
Marge Rathgeber Ruoff and her sister Louise R. Hunt
were constant companions. We were next-door neighbors up
on Morgan Ave. Used to listen to Doc Moody's thespians as
they emoted Macbeth. I had never heard that kind of language
before. We worked "Registration" and welcomed Roberta
and George Egolf. Jim Shobe was almost everywhere I
George Stone and I talked about our work at Miraflores
Locks and the passing of my brother Jack Muller back in
1980. Many of Jack's classmates (BHS'44) still talk about
him. He played all sports all out. Jack and George Muller
(BHS'42) returned from World War II service in time for the
three of us to be Freshmen students the same year in CZJC.
So the BHS classes of '42, '44 and '46 became the classmates
of CZJC'48. However, in the fall of '47, George and Jack
were in Oklahoma and I was at the University of Texas.
Ocala Zonians making the rounds were: Ruth Rose and
Woody Foster, Edna Curies and Larry Didier with
Charlene and Roy Trullinger collecting door prizes. Joan
Powell and Rolf Arndt and John Balschun. Talked to
Charlie Hinz and Charlie Giavelli. Giavelli and 1 were
classmates (BHS'46) and we had a long conversation about
60th reunion next year. Nothing formal. We will look for a
quiet room where we can sit and talk old times. Interested?
We enjoyed the PC luncheon and talk about the new

Panama Canal Railway. George Stone joined us again at the
same table and we made the acquaintance of a couple from
Gainesville. George Blumberg would have been BHS'70.
We told him about our Ocala group and maybe they will join
us on October 4th.
Catharine Muller and Ray Peabody came over from
Albuquerque, N.M. for the Canal Reunion and some family
visiting. Flying in to Orlando two weeks ahead of the reunion
allowed them the time to attend to some personal business in
Tampa and enjoy the area. Then it was back to DeLand to
visit brother John Muller before traveling up to Jacksonville
to visit Ray's sister. On the way back to Orlando, there was
still time to visit brother Bill and Jean Muller in Ocala and
enjoy some solitude at Shalom Park. Sister Adrienne Muller
Neuhaus completed the family gathering in Orlando.

John Muller (on left) welcomes his sister Catherine and
Ray Peabody.

Jean Muller (in front) enjoys the serenity of Ocala's Shalom
Park with Catherine Muller and Ray Peabody.

Valerie Smith McAlister writes about the Reunion. She
met the three Kilbey sisters: Tina Kilbey Luken was enjoy-
ing her class reunion (BHS'65) along with sister Charlotte
Kilbey Mullins and Jolie Kilbey Seeley and Jolie's daughter
Laura. They attended the dances on Friday and Saturday

nights and the luncheon on Saturday. They took in the
Arabian Nights Dinner Theatre since they were horse affi-
cionados. Valerie adds that: "Back in 1979 I was the head
rider for the Royal Lippizan (Spanish Riding School, Vienna)
(Dancing White Stallions, Disney Movie) horses when they
wintered in Florida one year." She mentioned seeing Chris
Skeie and Alfred Chase (BHS'63). She wanted to know
"When is our class going to do something again?"

William "Bill" Muller, Reporter
(352) 854-7902


Our grandson Shane's academic biog-
raphy will be published in the 2004/2005
Who's Who Among American High School
Students. He was nominated for this high Barb Vose-Kulig
honor by an administrator at Washington High School in
Pensacola where he is in his senior year. This is one of the
highest academic honors and is awarded to less than 5% of
American high school students. We're so proud of him--he's
grown up to be an awesome young man.
Our Pensacola traveler Janet (Martin) Slaughter has
been on the road again. In October 2004 her group from the
Red Hat Society took a cruise on the Caribbean Princess, a
3500-passenger liner. The food and entertainment were fabu-
lous. They sailed out of Ft. Lauderdale to St. Thomas, St.
Martin and Nassau. In March 2005 Janet was off again for
three weeks to Europe with one of her friends from the Red
Hat Society. They traveled to Spain, Portugal and London. In
London they were met with a snowstorm and had to transfer
from their plane to Heathrow and fly to Malaga, Spain. In
Spain they stayed at the MacDonald Doia Lola Resort on the
lower coast of Mijas with a lovely view of the sea. This area
had their first snow in 60 years. They took a day trip in
Gibraltar to enjoy duty-free shopping: Tangier, Morocco to
taste the local fare and walked through the Casbah. After a
week in Spain, they traveled to Portugal and stayed at Balaia
Golf Village in Albufiera where her Spanish really came in
handy. While there they met a couple from Gulf Breeze
(across the bridge from Pensacola). It was quite a surprise for
Janet because they realized they had mutual friends and
attended the same church--what a small world.
After a week in Portugal, they traveled by bus to Lisbon
staying there for three days. They took a tour bus throughout
the city viewing roasting chestnuts and beautiful parks with
blooming flowers. Next they flew to London and while wait-
ing for the limo to take them to their hotel, they met a man
who also was from Gulf Breeze, went to the same church and
knew mutual friends. When you travel, you never know who
you'll run into. In London they took the double-decker bus
around town and a boat tour on the Thames to scope out
places of interest for their next trip in November when they
will be flying to London for seven days and returning on the


Queen Mary II. Janet is surely enjoying life to its fullest and
is such an outgoing person--she enjoys people and everything
around her.

Janet (Martin) Slaughter, Lisbon, Portugal, with smart car
(hybrid) used in schools for drug enforcement.

We had a great time, as usual, at the 2005 Reunion. Keith
and I worked all day Thursday in Registration. seeing so
many familiar faces--we really are looking forward to work-
ing again in 2006. I enjoyed being a "page" at the Annual
Business Meeting and again working with Shirley
(Bonneau) Camby, Shirley (Harrington) Boswell and
Barbara (Boyer) Slover--the two Shirleys and two
Barbaras--I still say we make a great team and hopefully
we'll work together again next year. It was great seeing my
brother Butch and sister Ruby and lots of good friends. I was
surprised and excited to see my friend Sue Norman who
worked with me at the Directorate of Engineering and
Housing in Corozal--I hadn't seen her since I retired in 1994.
Our grandson, Shane, traveled with us again--he had a
great time devouring the "comida tipica" and attending the
disco dances. He can't wait to go next year.
We missed seeing Father Kennedy since he could not
attend this year, but really enjoyed mass celebrated by Father
Pretto. Not too many St. Mary's familiar faces as in the past
years but I do so enjoy seeing the Grimison family.
Had our yearly Reporters luncheon meeting with my fel-
low reporters on Friday, hosted by our Editor Jacque
(Crowell) Vowell. Our Society President Elaine (Vestal)
Lewis also attended. We had a few hours talking business and
just enjoying each other's company.





DECEMBER 31, 2005.

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Keith and I really enjoyed the Clubhouse atmosphere this
year--what a change from last year--I believe everyone had a
great time whenever they were there. The meal choices were
delicioso (ropa vieja con arroz and arroz con polio). The
empanadas were oh so good. Tasted just like the Balboa
Bowling Alley remember those?

Jim Will, Bill Weigle, and Maurice Bellanger in the
Reunion Clubhouse.

Some of my classmates and I met to establish a planning
committee for our CHS'61 45th Class Reunion. Thirteen of
us showed up and a lot was accomplished. As a group we
work well together and if everything goes as planned, we'll
have a fantastic 45th.
Our daughter Darla had her 20th reunion this year
(BHS'85)--over 60 of her classmates attended. My sister
Ruby had her 45th reunion (CHS'60). They both agreed that
the food was superb.
For the first time, Keith and I decided to stay an extra day
just to relax--it felt great. Darla and her family went to Sea
World on Sunday and on Monday we all traveled back to
Pensacola together.
When Maestro Jim Brooks was here in Pensacola in
December last year conducting the Nutcracker Ballet, he sug-
gested we try to get Zonian friends together to attend in
December 2005. So, while at the Reunion, I spoke to some
friends about coming to the ballet which is always held the
weekend before Christmas. If you're a friend of Maestro
Brooks and are interested in joining us, please contact me at
least by mid-November. Hopefully, we'll get lots of Jim's
friends to attend this beautiful event.
Keith finally moved to Pensacola--hurrah! He was plan-
ning to retire and move here when he landed a great job at the
Naval Air Station, Pensacola with a contracting group. God
really works in mysterious ways. It was great driving to and
from the Reunion together for the first time.
We didn't have a mini-reunion in Pensacola this year--too
many folks still recouping from Ivan. Maybe we'll have one
in 2006 and are thinking seriously about changing the usual
Memorial Day weekend date. I'll be sure to let everyone
know as soon as plans are set.
As of the writing of this article, Category 3 or 4 Dennis is
upon us--hopefully it will miss us! We had a little of Tropical
Storm Cindy yesterday. We surely do not need any more
major hurricanes in our beautiful Panhandle.

If you have any news for my next article, please send it or
call me--no matter how small. Hasta luego.

Barbara M. (Hall) Vose-Kulig, Reporter
(850) 474-6341

South Florida

First week in July and we are
already at Emily. I can only hope that
most of the alphabet remains unused by
the time you read this report.
Speaking of whirlwinds, Linda and "T-Bird" Pattison
I just got back from a short visit to Austin, Texas to visit my
family. We got together with my mom "Bricky" Pattison,
my brother Red, his wife Kat and their kids Tommy and
Megan. We managed to squeeze in a wild night drinking
Mexican Martinis at Chuy's (the Bush twins did not show
up), a leisurely tube ride down the San Marcos, a rodeo and
finally a backyard pool party with the whole gang in the three
days we had to socialize. Bob and Mindy (Eustace) Dollar,
her sister Regina and husband Ron Jennings were in town
for their niece's wedding, so they joined us before and after
the event. Val Krueger met us for the float on Friday with her
daughter Sarah. What a "cool" way to spent a HOT day in
Texas. Although you don't need to paddle, top speed is
"mosey". We stopped for turns on the rope swing and I was
transported back to stopping at Governor's Island on Gatun
Lake or Doug Allen's swimming hole on Rio Teta. Speaking
of Rio Teta, I got an email from Doug stating that somebody
came up with the hare-brained idea of damming the river to
generate power. There goes the neighborhood! So many

Kat, T-Bird, Val, Linda, Megan, Sarah, Tommy and Red

Back to Texas: Saturday we went up to Georgetown to
watch my niece Megan compete in a rodeo. She has a new
horse and they're still getting used to each other. In spite of
Bar-B's resistance they managed a third-place ribbon. Before
you know it she'll be back to winning saddles. On Sunday, we
gathered at my brother's house in Round Rock for an after-

noon of cooling off in his new pool. Nothing too strenuous
besides a couple of cannonballs and water fights since we
were all capping off three days of nonstop fun. Talking with
old friends is so easy because all anybody has to say is
"remember the time" and everybody laughs and nods their
heads. Like the time we asked Russ Herrington if his gas
grill was supposed to smoke so much (the ribs burned to a
crisp), or listening to the Chilibre Liberation Army Band late
at night up on the hill and getting stuck on the way down.

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Megan and Bar-B

In May we went to Memphis to visit Jay Sieleman and
his wife Priscilla Hernandez at their new home overlooking
the Mississippi River. It truly is just a stone's throw from the
muddy Miss much like the homes overlooking the Panama
Canal in Gamboa. Jay was rewarded for all his hard work
including bringing the Blues Foundation back into the black
and two of the most successful Handy Awards Shows by
being appointed as its Executive Director. Their home is full
of all kinds of memorabilia from their travels plus a great
kitchen and cozy backyard garden. It's a great place to watch
the many riverboats and barges while sipping one of P's
famous Bloody Marys. Priscilla put together a fine soiree for
some of their industry and local friends on the Friday follow-
ing the Awards Show. Barbara Richey Holden came up
from Venice for the weekend and we were also joined by
Mikey Young. Speaking of Mikey, by the time you read this
he'll be a South Florida resident. He just took a job in West
Palm and I'm sure we'll be seeing plenty of him on the week-
ends! Who's going to make the sancocho? Don't forget the
ceviche! How much Cortez do we need?

We've heard from Mimi and Lucho in Dieburg, Germany
and they are adapting fine. This is an e-mail I just received:
"We had a great time at Utrecht, Holland. There are canals
everywhere and had lunch on one then we went to the soccer
match. We watched Turkey play China and they were
extreme sports fans. They wound up breaking plastic bleach-
er chairs and throwing them on the field. Panama and Ukraine
played next and although we lost it was fun to hang with other
locals from Panama. The next day we headed back home and
saw windmills. I only saw two so I wasn't too happy. We
went to the Applewine festival two weekends ago. Manuel
tried the winning wine and it tasted like fermented apple
juice. So much for that. Last weekend was Fourth of July and
the city of Darmstadt closed down for the second-largest fes-
tival in Germany. Talk about lots of people. We had our first
chance to ride the local bus to the fest. We saw some Latin
dancers and met the president of the Darmstadt Spanish soci-
ety and they want us to join, talk about a coincidence. This
past weekend Manuel and I played in our first golf tourna-
ment. Guess what, even though we didn't come in first or sec-
ond or third, we walked away with some great prizes. Best
overall woman's score--Me! and I got a new set of
clubs/irons; and the final prize which was picked out of a hat,
was our team number and we each won a trip. We just could-
n't believe our luck. The Military Police (who we played
with) and my co-workers, won a trophy for best participants,
even though we had one team quit early because they drank a
bit too much and wanted to go swimming in one of the water
holes. Sure reminded me of the old Elks Tournaments. There
was a party at our town square last night but we were too tired
to go. The music was loud enough to echo towards our house
and I thought it was the boys playing their music too loud
downstairs. We are enjoying ourselves but we sure do miss
our family and friends to spend it with."
From Terri (Livingston) Helkenn: "I am visiting an old
friend of mine from the Atlantic side who lives in Delray
Beach, Fla. Her name is Ellie (Blevins) Pusateri (CHS'71).

Ellie (Blevins) Pusateri

"When Ellie was a young Gatun girl she was my babysit-
ter! We remained friends throughout her teenage years and
when she was around 15 or 16, I gave her an Irish Setter
puppy. She had always loved and admired my two Irish
Setters. Well, here we are, almost 40 years later and Ellie is
one of the top breeders in the United States. She is not one to
brag about her accomplishments and many people in the
Canal Society are unaware of her successes. Not only does
she breed and show Irish Setters, but she also shows English
Setters, Golden Retrievers and German Wirehair Pointers.
Ellie is invited to the Westminster Dog Show in NYC every
year and in 2003 was awarded the #1 sporting dog in the
nation for Laney, her German Wirehair Pointer. Ellie and her
husband Dana are flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the
World Dog Show!"
So, that's it from South Florida as far as I know. By the
way, TY tells me if I don't make it to the reunion next year,
I'll need to give him a t-shirt to wear with my top ten excus-
es for not going.
Ciao pesca'o.

Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Reporter
(954) 894-1247
email: curundu @

Space Coast

We are all still recovering from the reunion...but it was
great seeing everyone and talking nonstop. Hats off to the
Society and all the volunteers who work so hard every year to
make sure that we have such a wonderful time.
Panama seems to keep calling us all back...Randy and
Joella Deakins have been back twice in the last few months,
and Lou and Robyn Husted, along with Lou's parents, just
returned. Everyone had a fantastic time and are planning their
next trips "home".
I keep finding more Zonians in the area...and was very
glad to hear recently from Don and Ginny Miller. Don was
the Superintendent of the La Boca printing plant until 1974
when he retired and relocated to Titusville. This last April, his
sons from Washington, D.C. were able to be with him to cel-
ebrate the Easter season and Don's 86th birthday. This was
the first time since 1967 that the whole family could be
together...and a good time was had by all...lots of memories





DECEMBER 31, 2005.

tbacK (L-K): uonny, tlinny, Eva (vonny s wire), von, rat
and Dave (CHS'61). Front: Donny's son Christopher with

Those of us who know Peggy Huff know that she is an
extremely accomplished seamstress. Now, that talent has
been recognized statewide. Peggy's daughter Diana
Grimison had asked Peggy to make her a Panamanian
Christmas tree skirt. Peggy decided to use the colorful Kuna
prints and incorporate some molas. She even found the red
and yellow bandanna-type print with snowflakes! She had
molas custom-made in the Christmas motif and embroidered
them onto the skirt panels. Peggy entered the skirt in the
Merritt Island Women's Club annual arts and crafts competi-
tion. She is also the corresponding secretary of the club and
editor of the monthly newsletter. The skirt won the first blue
ribbon at club level; this allowed her to advance to district
level, which is composed of 17 clubs in Brevard and Volusia
counties. Another blue ribbon there and the skirt advanced to
state level, where it took top honors in its category. The skirt
is pictured below, but you really have to see it in color to get
the full impact.
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Award-winning Christmas Tree Skirt made by Peggy Huff

Bob and Fran Morrissey just returned from a trip to
South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. They will be
leaving again soon along with Terry and Sue Deakins for a
visit to Maine. When they are in town, they continue to keep
us all socially active. Among their great dinners, they recent-
ly had a fish fry with dolphin that their son Sean caught. It
was was everything to go with it. It was good to
see Sean and he is now on his way to Greenland on a U.S.
Don and Joyce Humphries had their annual pre-reunion
barbeque again this year the weekend before the reunion.
Despite torrential rains, we had a great time...and even
though Bob and I didn't get to stay, we heard that Don's
expertise again resulted in awesome barbeque.
A reminder to mark your calendar for October 22nd for
the annual Space Coast Picnic at Tom Statham Park. Bring
your kids, lunch and drinks...we will provide the door prizes
and congenial atmosphere. Please note my new e-mail
address. Also, I am always looking for names and addresses
(e-mail or snail mail) and phone numbers of Zonians in our
area who may be "hiding".

Kathie (Nehring) McConaughey, Reporter
(321) 452-7281


Did you all have a good time at the
PCS Reunion this year? We did. -
Haven't fully recovered yet but I'm try-
ing. More on that subject later.
This past winter, my wife Bev had a Rowley
very rare opportunity to band a winter
Hummingbird. Through a friend of hers at work she found
out that Fred Bassett of Montgomery, Ala. goes around the
Southeast doing research on the migratory habits of Western
Hummingbirds. When he found out that we had two different
types in our backyard, he came to our house to check it out.
He showed up with a strange looking cage, to which he con-
nected a long fishing line to the door, and all the necessary
items to catch, band and make a photo record of the event.
Fred puts a pink dye spot on the top of their heads for quick
identification to prevent catching the same one during that
winter season. The spot comes off in a couple of months.

Bev Rowley holding a "Black Chinned" hummingbird.

Bev actually got to hold the little bird in her hand and
actually felt the heartbeat and, believe it or not, the hum-
mingbird just sat in her hand. She was so excited. These birds
migrate from the West during winter months. Can you imag-
ine how many flaps of their little wings it takes to come
across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida?
April 30th was a busy day for this reporter. Besides a long
day of Choreography Rehearsal for our upcoming
Barbershop show, there were two FSU College graduation
parties held in Tallahassee. The first was hosted by Woody
and Armenia Chase for their daughter Stephanie. Stephanie
graduated with honors and has already started Medical
School at FSU. For anyone lucky enough to have been invit-
ed to their home for dinner, you know that if you walk away
hungry it's your own fault. Woody has turned his plain Jane
house into a show home (under Armie's guidance). After
some libations and what seemed like a ten-course meal, I had
my designated driver (Bev) take us over to Mark and
Katherine Heddaeus' home for a second party to honor their
daughter Jillian, who graduated from FSU with a degree in
Information Studies, and is presently coaching competitive
Gymnastics while hunting for a full-time job in her field of
education. They too have a beautiful home. 1 got there just in
time for some more food and libations (just what 1 needed).
Ever notice how much fun you can have at a "Zonian" party?
Both sets of Jillian's grandparents were present. To show you
that you're never too old to learn, I found out that Carl
Simons is Katherine's father. I've known Carl for many years
and never even knew that he had a daughter.


Kim (a friend of David's), Michael, Armie, Stephanie
(holding Logan Paul), Woody and David Chase.

DECEMBER 31, 2005.

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Air Show

Standing (L-R): Mark, Jillian and Katherine Heddaeus.
Seated (L-R): Grandparents Jean and Robert Heddaeus,
Tita and Carl Simons.

May 14th found me doing one of my life's dreams.
Tallahassee Airport hosted an Air Show with the star plane
being a P-51 Mustang. Naturally, being a Pilot, and an avid
admirer of a Mustang, I just had to go check it out. Long story
made short, I signed up to fly it and away I went. There isn't
too much I can say to impress you with what I did, except
WOW!! Now let me clear up any thoughts you might be har-
boring about my flight. It was NOT just a ride in the back
seat. When I signed up for the flight, it came out that I held a
Commercial license, and had been trained in aerobatics, so
upon takeoff, the pilot handed me the controls, told me that it
was my airplane, and to do whatever I wanted. It had been
many years since I had done all my maneuvers, so he assist-
ed me in relearning the trade. Have any of you ever seen your
hometown from the air while inverted? It sure looks different.
I'm here to tell you that I did everything that 1 ever wanted to
do plus a few things that I had never done before. That plane
is so smooth and powerful. I have wanted to ride in a P-51
ever since I was a kid, but to actually get to fly one is a dream
come true. Like I said, 'WOW"! Now, all I have to do is pay
for it.

On June 3rd and 4th, my Barbershop Chorus held its
annual show. This year the theme was "Those Fabulous
Fifties" which, from all the survey information, has been
determined to be one of the best shows that we have ever put
on. All 27 songs, choreography, skits, and clothing were of
the fifties. It lasted two and a half hours and included the
international champion Quartet "Fred" from Atlanta. Among
the many short acts was my skit on This is Korea by Edward
R. Murrow, in February of 1953. The Chorus worked on the
show for several months learning all the music, etc.
Our daughter Adriane Rowley has discovered fishing for
a new hobby. Of course her boyfriend Andy Strickland is a
Fisheries Biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency.
They have been catching a lot of bass, trout and catfish. So
we have been eating more fish than usual. Andy serves up a
mean filet and no bones about it.

Adriane Rowley
Adriane Rowley

Stan Musick (pilot) and his able-bodied co-pilot Skip

Just last week, my two nephews, Ken Gerhart from
Arlington, Va., and his brother Brian Gerhart, came to visit
with us before the reunion. Brian had just returned from
Seoul, Korea, where he is employed with the State
Department. He is in the process of being transferred to
Tokyo, Japan and is now attending Japanese language school

in D.C. Ken brought his new toy, an "M-4" semi-automatic
weapon. So we loaded up all the clips to his gun, dusted off
my new 380 PPK, gathered up a few other handguns and
went to the gun range here in Tallahassee. By the end of the
day, we had shot somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000
rounds of ammo, had a great time being competitive, and
were both tired and sore. I don't want to say just who the best
shot was, but I managed to show the young kids a thing or
two. Then we had to come home and clean all the guns. What
a chore that turned out to be. But it was worth it.
Then there was the 2005 Reunion in Orlando. Joe and
Oty Steuart had a family reunion while in Orlando. Present
were: Robert Steuart, Steve and Deanna (Malo) Steuart
and sons Niko, Alek, Noah and Christian Steuart, Larry
and Kathleen (Steuart) Crowl, Shawn and Marie-Elena
(Steuart) Ottman, who had a vendor's booth stocked with
lots of beautiful handmade ceramics. Marie-Elena worked
hard and long getting ready for the reunion. I did manage to
round up several of the past BHS Cheerleaders and took their
photo. I tried in vain to get them to jump up and down like
they always did in the past, but the response was somewhat
sedate. Now I wonder why?? They just didn't seem to be
enthusiastic. Hopefully in my next report, I will have a lot of
information from the entire Tallahassee group for your pleas-

Back (L-R): Dodi Moses, Didi Bremer, Barbara (Klipper)
Miller, Jackie (Dunn) Fearon. Front (L-R): Bev (Bowman)
Wood, Gloria (Ely) Corrigan, Nancy Morency.





DECEMBER 31, 2005.

Please folks, I can't write about you if you don't send in
any information. Please either write or call me with things
that you do. Tell me about your various trips, etc. so I can
share them with your friends.

Skip Rowley, Reporter
(850) 422-2151
email: SRowley26 @


Hola a todos from warm and
rainy Tampa, Fla. I must tell you that
I could swear I was back in Panama,
but I would be missing my mango "
and coconut trees in yard. Anyway, I Leni Stokes Cansler
am trying with the mango but still no luck con el coco. Thank
goodness that the only thing these tropical storms have done
was to over-water our lawns with no real damage other than
a couple of hours without electricity but David and I took
advantage of the Tax Free Week to buy a generator for our
house this year. I've decided that my days of "camping out"
in my house are over. We just hope we don't have another
hurricane summer like last year.
I just returned from Orlando after attending the 2005
Panama Canal Society Reunion and, as usual, thanks to our
wonderful officers and Executive Committee members, it
was a total success, but the nicest thing this year was attend-
ing with my wonderful roommate. My mother Elia C. Stokes
flew in from Joplin, Mo. to spend a week with us and to go to
the Reunion. Well, needless to say, Mom had a wonderful
time seeing all of her former neighbors and amigos from the
"good" side...Atlantic of course. Mom also went to that won-
derful luncheon and she said that it was wonderful and that
the speaker was just great. My thanks to all of you who knew
my father Bobby Joe Stokes and took the time to reminisce
with Mom about the good times spent with him in Panama.
Mom really enjoyed that very much!

Sk k
Leni Stokes and Elia Stokes

Memorial weekend was a wonderful time for the Stokes
Cansler household since we were invited to a wonderful

birthday ping ding. Pat Smith invited us to celebrate the
birthday of Cherish Collupy. It was a great balmy night
filled with good food, drinks and a lot of catching up with
"amigos" from home. Some of the guests there were George
and Cindy Ateek, Wally "Sonito" Waller, Buzzy Kennon,
Hubert and Margot Jordan, his brothers Paul and Mike
Smith and Mike's lovely wife Donna and daughter Anna
Smith, along with Mr. and Mrs. John Hern and friends. My
husband David was disappointed to see that one of the
"locos" did not show up. Patrick Lincoln and his wife
Nancy were kicking up their heels up north in New York.
I received a wonderful letter from Richard and Virginia
Zornes on their visit with Pat and Peggy McCarragher in
San Diego and Maui, Hawaii. She writes:
"Aloha! When one speaks about how to celebrate special
anniversaries, we have a great recommendation visit and
'play' in Hawaii. Upon acceptance of a very generous invita-
tion to visit with Pat and Peggy McCarragher at their beauti-
ful home in San Diego and then fly with them to Hawaii to
share their '5-star' luxurious double-suite timeshare at the
Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villa in Ka'anapali, Maui,
we couldn't have chosen a better way to celebrate our upcom-
ing 35th anniversary!
"Pat and Peggy are truly exceptional hosts who really
know how to make their company relax and also savor the
exciting atmosphere of where they live, work and 'play'. We
were treated to an array of fun ihin', to do and see in and
around San Diego, including a visit to the beautiful Flower
fields of Carlsbad; learning about the habits and habitats of
the animals residing at the Wild Animal Park; enjoying wine
tasting at the Orfila Winery: shopping a duty-free store near
the border and then crossing over to sightsee in Tijuana,
Mexico. (On the way back, we spotted a smuggler among the
pedestrians who hid a small package in his shorts and his
actions were tipped off to some of Pat's former colleagues at
the U.S. Border Inspection Station).
"For the San Diego nightlife, we were treated to a sensa-
tional sunset in La Jolla followed by fine dining at the very
impressive Azul La Jolla restaurant. The homes in La Jolla
were extremely luxurious, and their owners share spectacular
views of the seaside cliffs, seals and other wildlife frolicking
in the Pacific Ocean. Our other entertainment included visita-
tions to the Viejas Indian Casino where 'somebody' got very
"In Maui the flora and beaches bring back fond memories
of Panama. Maui's inhabitants have a lot of pride in their
homeland as we found Maui's environment to be so clean and
welcoming. The people were extremely friendly and service
on the island was top notch. Crystal clear waters and inlets
allow one to take every advantage of the water sport of your
choice. The four of us enjoyed swimming and snorkeling at
the beach in front of the villas, as well as at nearby popular
Honolua Bay, an underwater Marine Conservation District
which is host to some of the most beautiful coral formations
on the Maui. One didn't have to venture out very far to enjoy
the colorful fish. It was amazing and so beautiful, truly
Nature at its very best.
"There she blows! Although it was at the tail-end of the
whale watching season, the four of us are extremely happy to
report whale sightings from the lanai (balcony) of the villas.

Totally unexpected, and it certainly made the trip even more
exhilarating. Nothing like drinking 'the world's best' home-
made pifia coladas while taking in the tropical breeze, spec-
tacular sunsets and watching whales spouting and breaching
off in the distance! There was plenty of fine dining on the
island of Maui. For the golfers, you may be interested in golf-
ing at the world-famous Plantation Golf Course in Kapalua.
We had dinner at the Plantation House Restaurant on the golf
course which has a beautiful dining area overlooking the pris-
tine course, bordered with tall pines and an incredible ocean
view with accompanying breathtaking sunset. The drinks,
wine and food were delicious and the service there was 5-star.
"In addition to the first-class dining, night entertainment
was exceptional. A must see is the theater production of
Ulalena in nearby Lahaina. This musical production 'weaves
together the powerful images of Hawaiian mythology and
history into a celebration of the spirit of the human imagina-
tion.' It's a spectacular show filled with Hawaiian chants,
dance and music, and should not be missed. Another hit was
the Old Lahaina Luau. This is a first-class luau, and in addi-
tion to eating an extensive array of traditional luau foods, the
unburying of the pig and having unlimited drinks--whoa-- the
entertainment was fantastic! Beautiful voices and hula
dancers who really hold your attention both male and
female! Very exciting!
"We also were privileged to see the Lele Kawa (cliff div-
ing) at Pu'u Keka' a Ka'anapali and hear the story of the leg-
end behind the diving. The Hawaiian people believed this
was a sacred spot where the souls of the deceased would leap
from this physical world into the spirit one. Very beautifully
done, and we caught some great photos of this event. Maui
offers a variety of shopping areas to pick and choose sou-
venirs, remembrances and gifts. From downtown Lahaina
and the Whalers Village, to the markets and 'swap meets'
throughout the island, there are plenty of treasures to be
found. Upon return from Hawaii, Pat and P-:.', treated us to
a very delicious 'surf and turf' meal of lobster and steak
cooked up on their grill on the beautiful rear patio. This meal
was very special as the lobsters were hand caught by Pat who
takes a lot of pride in his lobstering in San Diego bay. We
were very elated to enjoy the fruits of his labor!
"Pat and Peggy are also in the process of completely re-
doing their backyard and already have large palm trees plant-
ed, outdoor stereo garden speakers and a lighted waterfall.
We were able to listen to more Hawaiian music while we ate
and then relaxed and reminisced about our trip to Maui. Make
the trip folks, you will not be disappointed."

i o .m LA

The Zornes and McCarraghers

Roberto "Coco" and Kellie Nieves wrote to tell me they
had some out-of-town guests. Andrew Baldwin and his girl-
friend Amy came down to spend the weekend in Tampa with
them. Some of the other guests included Mike Laverty,
Eugene Monaghan, Dave "Chili" McArthur, Andrew
"Roo" Baldwin, Jimmy Groom, Stephanie, Jason and
Jason Bacot, Nayda Nieves and Chris Hawkins. Kellie says
that it was a blast to once again get together with old friends,
and that a great time was had by everyone.

Mike Laverty, Eugene Monaghan, Koberto "Coco"
Nieves, Dave "Chili" McArthur and Andrew "Roo"

I received a wonderful email from Petty Officer Reina
(Miller) Kennon currently stationed in Kuwait. Reina said
that other than being extremely hot and sandy (nothing like
the black sands of Panama of course) she is doing well. Of
course, she misses her wonderful family, and can't wait to see
her new home up in Lake Wales, Fla. Just a quick note to all
who may be interested in sending Reina a Military Care
Package, you may contact me (my number is at the end of this
report) and I can assist you in sending some essential items to
her. So let me know. In the meantime, let us all send her our
prayers that she can safely come home soon.

Mr. Clark (Brandy) Brandenburg sent me a wonderful
note and to share a photo of him and 27 members of the Canal
Zone Church of Christ Reunion that took place in Green
Briar. Tenn. which is about ten miles north of Nashville. The
Reunion was held from April 20-May 2, 2005. He writes to
say that he is in the far rear and that the gentleman to his right
is Jack Hankins and his wife Mandy. Most of the folks in
this photo were members of the military stationed in the
Canal Zone back in the early 1970s and were also members
of the Balboa Church of Christ.

Mr. Brandenburg and Church of Christ Reunion members

One last thing I wanted to write is that I lost a very impor-
tant person in my life...Mrs. Sheila Egger. This wonderful
lady was a major influence in my life and like another moth-
er to me. The many days spent at her house in Margarita prac-
ticing cheers and cheerleading stunts, running up and down
that horrible hill behind her house were some of the best
memories I've ever had. She always had time for "her" girls
and I was privileged to be one of those. I will truly miss Nana



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Petty Officer Reina (Miller) Kennon

Mrs. Sheila Egger

Hasta la proxima! Please keep your letters and emails

Lynnette E. Stokes Cansler, Reporter
(813) 672-2298
email: junglegirl


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Deadline for the December 2005 Canal Record is October 1, 2005.
Please use your area reporter to submit your pictures and items.


Another Reunion over with, and again,
a great time was had by your Reporter,
seeing friends, classmates and relatives
that we seem to see only once a year at
the Reunions. My husband and I cele-
brated our 50th wedding anniversary ear-
lier in June, so our daughter Lori Snow
June A. Stevenson
had a small cocktail party for us in our
Villa. I did a collage of some of the friends and family who
joined us for this special anniversary.
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Seated (L-R): Dorothy Rowley Gerhart, Skip Rowley,
Davis Stevenson, June Rowley Stevenson. Standing (L-R):
Brenden Friedel, Renee Rowley Friedel, Jim Gerhart,
Suzanne Gerhart George, Ken Gerhart, Brian Gerhart,
Lori Stevenson Snow, Beverly Rowley.

Matthew Friedel, Renee Rowley Friedel holding Bradley
Friedel, Brenden Friedel, Miranda Friedel, Lori
Stevenson Snow.

I also had a few other photos of the family and then one
with a classmate, John Hayes, of San Antonio, Texas, in
front of paintings by Al Sprague. Since our articles for the
Record were needed so soon after the Panama Canal
Reunion, and since I had not heard from anyone in the entire

state of Georgia, I decided to keep my article short and get it
in to the Society to make our Canal Record deadline.

June Rowley Stevenson and classmate John Hayes

I did attend the annual Reporters meeting where I heard
from other Reporters throughout the United States, and we all
lamented that we have a hard time getting news from our
Remember, if you live in any part of Georgia and have
some news about trips taken, or Zonian/Panama visitors,
please either give me a call, or send me an email/letter so I
can get your news in the Record. I honestly love hearing from
you, and know other Zonians feel the same way.

June A. Stevenson, Reporter
(770) 995-7537


Full-time RVer, \largarrl Curies Maxwell, welcomed
this reporter to Abbeville, La., where Margaret was spending
time before the Orlando reunion. She drives a 31.5-foot,
Class A RV and tows a red Ford Focus wherever she wants to
go. All the comforts of a modern home with lots to learn



about the water and electrical systems, solar panels and lev-
eling in case you're inclined. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at
River Front, a Louisiana grill on the Vermilion River with a
view of historical downtown Abbeville.


Margaret Maxwell with Patt Foster Roberson, reporter

What a pleasant surprise it was when Jennie Frazier
Cowell (BHS'58) sent us a charming slumber-party picture.
Jennie and her sister Polly Ann Frazier South (BHS'52)
traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. to meet up with CZ friends
Shirley Barlow Bernat (BHS'58) and Diane Ross Eisert
(left the CZ in 1952) who they hadn't seen in 52 years. This
party had been planned 52 years ago and it finally happened.
Diane and Jennie were best friends as only kids can be and
Shirley lived behind them in Balboa. Such a good time was
had that it may be repeated in another year. Jennie and Polly
Ann are in Tennessee, while Shirley and Diane are in Palm
Coast, Fla.

Polly Frazier South, Shirley Barlow Bernat, Jennie
Frazier Cowell and Diane Ross Eisert.

In June this reporter attended the Red Hat Society con-
vention in Las Vegas along with nearly 6,000 other old ladies
in red hats and purple outfits. The food was good, the enter-
tainment better and the shopping spectacular. Next year the
convention moves into the New Orleans Superdome May 31-
June 4. Wouldn't it be marvelous if the CZ Red Hatters could

come together in New Orleans before the PanCanal Reunion?
Anyone interested can contact this reporter.

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Charles and Bill Clarke spent their
teenaged years in the Canal Zone and
lived in Curundu during the war years.
Charles is now living in Fairhaven
Retirement Community in Sykesville,
Md. and Bill lives in New Oxford, Pa.
Robin E. Baker Their father, W. F. Clarke, was
employed with the Corps of Engineers two separate times
during the '40s.
Charles reminisces about a particular Halloween in
Balboa when he and others sneaked into the Balboa
Elementary School and rang the school bell. He remembers
the war years and the barrage balloons over the locks. A spot-
ter plane was entangled in the lines and crashed, he said.
He has remained in contact with Harold Fullman of
Oregon but would especially like to hear from former Canal
Zone pilot Sam Irvin. Sam's father was a doctor at Corozal
Mental Hospital, he said.

Robin E. Baker, Reporter
(410) 654-2351


Polly and Jim Calhoun, Linda Calhoun and Charles
Yardley, Carolyn and Richard Dillon, Laurie (Will) and
John Engelke, Hilda and Don Fletcher, George Fryer, Ellie
Jackson and Robert Lantz, Richard Lane, Faye and
Robert E. Lee, Donna and Don Seitz and this reporter
enjoyed the annual Gulf Coast Picnic at Gulf Islands National
Seashore, Ocean Springs, Miss. It was Ellie's (BHS'74) first
CZ picnic but hopefully not her last. George shared a won-
derful scrapbook prepared by his mother who died in 1981. It
contained postcards of the Canal Zone and Panama from the
1960s. As usual, the food was delicious, especially Carolyn's
empanadas. Her catering business is doing well in Grove Hill,

Finm L-err Roberl E. .id Fa~e Leet, Donna .nd Don Seit/,
Polly and Jim Calhoun who attended the first Gulf Coast
Picnic in 1988.

Zachary Trinca's graduation from high school. Zach is the
son of Laurie (Hunt) and Sam Trinca. We had a fun-filled
weekend of parties, limo rides and dining out to celebrate.
Zach has received both an academic and an athletic scholar-
ship to attend Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. in the fall.
He will be running track. We are all very proud of him. Justin
Trinca went on a week's driving trip with a friend's family to
New Jersey, Maine, and New York where they visited the
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the streets of New York. He
has decided he likes big cities so he wants to go to Chicago
and San Francisco next!!
Willy and Wilma Nowotny went on a three-week trip to
China in April and had a wonderful time--said it was one of
the best trips they ever made. See Letters to the Editor section
of this issue. Note especially the reference to Janet Chang.
Jim and Diane Bradley became grandparents again with
the arrival of twin girls, Mia and Pia, born to their daughter
Eileen. See Births Section for picture and details. That
means, of course, they will probably be making another
Germany trip before too long. They did go on a three-day
mini-vacation to Destin, Fla. to meet up with son Michael
and family who came over from Texas. In June Candace and
Lauren came for a three-week visit. They are the children of
Jimmy and Sherri (Anderson) Bradley of Jacksonville, Fla.
Gramma and Grampa were very busy, going to Pigeon Forge
and Gatlinburg, Tenn.; to Carrowinds for two days in
Charlotte, N.C., and to an Asheville tourist baseball game.
Jimmy and Sherri came to retrieve the girls after the 4th hol-
iday. Jim and Diane, I'm sure, took a brief but much needed
rest after the girls left. I say brief because they have just
acquired a brand-new boxer puppy who by now, I'm sure, has
replaced Jim as "master of the house".

The whole Gulf Coast Picnic gang

Patt Foster Roberson, Reporter
(225) 774-7761


Greetings from North Carolina where 1 am writing my
article while probably everyone else in the world is at the
Reunion having a wonderful time. It's July 4th weekend
which means half the year is over again I must be having
My daughter Lisa Johnson spent her Easter week vaca-
tion with me here in Hendersonville. I can't remember what
we did constructive, but we did our share of shopping and
dining out. Right now, over the 4th she is in Rogers, Ark. vis-
iting her uncle Bill and aunt Betty Dunning and cousins
Lynn Harp and family and Cheryl and Mark Lowery, who
are home from Germany. I will let Lynn and Betty, the
Arkansas reporters, fill in the activities.
In May I went to the Durham, N.C. area for my grandson

Candace and Lauren Bradley with grandma Diane at the
Asheville Tourist Baseball game.

Malcolm and Jean Stone have sold their house, or are in
the process of selling, but will not be leaving Hendersonville.
They will be "downsizing" as we older folks say "to a one-
floor, no-stairs home" in another area of Hendersonville. I
think Malcolm is still "clowning around" and both are
involved in Shrine activities.
Our North Carolina group had it's annual spring get-
together at Ryan's in April and we will be having a picnic at
Jackson Park in Hendersonville August 27th.
Pat Fraser and Cherry Stahlman drove to Florida in

June to visit Gladys Gramlich in Ormond Beach.
Unfortunately they had to visit with her in a rehab facility as
Gladys had fallen and broken her hip. She is now home and
doing well. In part, I'm sure, because of the good "home
health care" she received from Larry and Aggie Gramlich,
who came to help her out after she got home. They probably
would benefit from a nice North Carolina mountain vacation
after all their hard work, and could visit with any of their old
friends and neighbors from Diablo who might live in that
North Carolina area. Pat and Cherry also visited with Art,
Marge and Linda Sherry in Zephyrhills and drove down to
Melbourne to look around. Going and coming they stopped in
Savannah and Amelia Island. All in all they had a great trip.
Cherry Sue was off to California to visit daughter Jill and
grandson Haugen and Pat spent a week at Litchfield Beach
with her brother Skip and his wife Jo. Before Cherry Sue left
for California she got "something" in her eye and drove ten
hours to her "eye doctor" daughter Bonnie's to have it
checked. Now we only have about 20 eye doctors in our
Hendersonville area BUT she had to go to Bonnie's. I won-
der if it had anything to do with baby grandson Christopher,
who is in Bonnie's possession. Methinks she may have to
move to the Continental Divide since Haugen is on the West
Coast and Christopher is on the East Coast. Just kidding, we
don't want her to leave Hendersonville.
Hendersonville will be getting some new residents next
week when my sister Vicki Dunning Howe and her daughter
Kaitlyn will be moving here from Riverview, Fla. I am so
excited to have her here, especially since my brother Bill
abandoned me a few years ago when he moved to Arkansas.
They were here the end of June to look for a house and timed
it to be here when my daughters Laurie and Terri and son
John, granddaughter Jennifer Watkins and boyfriend
Jason, my sister Sandi and her granddaughter Kelsey, and a
few people I didn't even know, came to celebrate my birthday
(yes, it was 39). Anyway, there were bodies everywhere and
we had a very fun, noisy time. Luckily I didn't get kicked out
of Long John Mountain but I did get a "warning" to keep the
noise down.
Norma and Sam Irvin drove to Newtown Square, Pa. in
April to attend a surprise 50th anniversary luncheon for Capt.
Rom and Bianca Pino, a former PCC pilot. The party was
hosted by their two sons, Roy and Mario, both of whom
grew up in Diablo and graduated from BHS. Norma wasn't
sure what years. John Irvin of Fallon, Nev. attended his 25th
class reunion, making this his first ever PCC Reunion. He had
a ball. He will probably be a regular from now on.
Well, hopefully that is it for this time. Keep sending me
news and pictures--anyone in North Carolina and our close
Greenville, S.C. members. Otherwise, as I have said before,
I'll just have to make up stuff about you and you may not like
it. Until next time.

Pat Hunt, Reporter
(828) 696-3995



The great Northwest has been enjoying some fine summer
weather, which makes most of us very, very happy!
Beverly Jones and Wallace Teal just returned from a six-
month trip of 18,000 miles across 27 states, including a three-
week trip to Hawaii on an extensive birding trip. They also
attended the 5th annual Panama Canal Fire Fighters Reunion
in Ft. Lauderdale and visited several Canal friends along the
Randall and Donna Grubbs have recently returned to
Diamond Point to their retirement home. They were in
Okinawa, Japan with DoDDS for the past five years and
Donna has now retired.
Frank and Christine Bru have spent the past ten years in
Okinawa. Christine has also retired from DoDDS and they
now live in their retirement home at Diamond Point. Their
son Joseph recently was there for a five-day visit with his
parents before returning to Florida State University where he
will graduate in December.
Joan (Doherty) Stoltz recently ran into Kathy
(Stevenson) Wetherell at Anna Lena's (a local quilt shop).
Neal Doherty writes that his daughter Lindsey just grad-
uated from the University of Washington with a BA in
Psychology. Neal says, "Obviously we are extremely proud."
Pat Scott writes that she and husband Bill do volunteer
work with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program, which
has taken them from Texas to Florida and then up to the
Pacific Northwest this year with two more trips planned
before the year is over. They are in the Seattle area for the
month of July volunteering at Union Gospel Mission and plan
to stay over after their work is done so they can attend the
annual Northwest Pan Canal picnic on July 30.
Barbara (Greene) Litchford writes that her son Sean
graduated from high school in June and was honored by the
Marine Corps as their Student Athlete of the Year and was
also named Ingraham High School (Seattle) Football
Lineman of the Year. He plans to take a year "off' before
going to community college. Her son Ian will start fifth grade
in the fall; meanwhile, he's spending the summer at a local
community center day camp.

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Barbara (Greene) Litchford and son Scan at his high
school graduation.

From Bob Geddes: On June 26th Herb Tabert sailed
into Anacortes on the ferry Bob is an engineer for, the Elwha,
after a visit to Victoria, BC. Herb grew up in Gamboa and
would have been a BHS grad in the class of 1968 but his fam-
ily left in 1966. They caught up on news of their mutual
friends over lunch. Bob said it was a good visit!
Clover (Shobe) Duffus just got back from the PC
Reunion in Florida. She and husband Jim had a great time
and of course loved seeing everyone. When they returned
home Clover's brother Steve Shobe and friend Dave were
waiting there. Steve, Dave and Jim got up the next morning
to ride their BMI\ motorcycles down to California to a big
motorcycle race and show and will be camping in the
Redwoods on the way. Clover said her dad Jim Shobe is pret-
ty excited about hosting the Pan Canal Northwest picnic and
potluck dinner again. Jim's cousin Marilyn Beckham and
Clover are putting together a family reunion the first Saturday
in August. They are expecting a large gathering which will
include several Zonians.
Gerry and I did a Florida/Panama trip in April and May.
We stopped for a few days in St. Pete to see our son J and his
wife Sunshine. While there we four were invited to Butch
and Janis Eckel's lovely home in Odessa for a barbecue, and
we saw Joann Eckel and son Christopher, Jennifer Eckel,
Tom and Lisa (Sasso) Eckel and their two darling daughters,
and Kristine (Stromberg) Eckel and her and Alan's two
handsome sons (Alan was away working on a friend's proj-

Front (L-R): Joann Eckel, Janis Eckel, Howie Laatz,
Jennifer Eckel, Gerry Laatz. Back (L-R): Tom Eckel, J and
Sunshine Laatz, Butch Eckel at Eckels' barbecue.

In Panama, we were joined by Gerry's brother Chuck
Laatz, his wife Leslie, and their daughter and son-in-law,
Jennifer and Brian Koch. We watched the late afternoon
solar eclipse from Amador and later had dinner on the
Causeway with my cousin Sue (Lessiack) Stabler and her
husband Lew. Next day, we ran into Penny (Wilder)
Canamas at the Albrook El Rey. We headed up to El Valle,
then Santa Clara where we met up with Charlie and Ruth
(King) Leves for a pleasurable visit to their lovely home in
Gorgona. We then hit the Atlantic side and stayed with Jon
"Sid" Coffin on whose boat a fun fishing trip netted Jennifer
the first and biggest fish--a wahoo.

Chuck Laatz, Jenr

When we returned to Florida, we visited Pat Manning
and we three went to DeLand for lunch at a Cuban eatery and
to see Richard and Gelana (Putaturo) Bailey for an after-
noon of banter and rehashing motorbike and boating memo-
ries (Pat's friend Diane McCauley had another engagement).
Pat hosted a fish fry for family and friends including us,
Barbara (Brown) Coleman and Beth (Brown) Schmidt,
Barbara's daughter Lyza and her husband Steve Van
Nortwyck and their two daughters and one son, Beth's
daughter and son-in-law Amanda and Dwayne Breeden and
their daughter Abigail, Cody Hollowell and Tinker
(Hollowell) Cooper who brought her famous secret bean
dish. Abigail (age 3) landed her first fish there using bacon as
bait off a neighbor's repaired dock (Pat's dock was a goner
from a hurricane last year). Lyza's son Tyler also landed a
possible keeper. Beth hosted a pool and picnic party at her
home in Mims, attended by Pat and Diane; Amanda, Dwayne
and Abigail; Barbara and Jerry Coleman, and Barbara's son
Michael Bryne who brought sister Lyza's three kids, and
Cody Hollowell and Tinker Cooper who again graced us with
her extra special beans; Diane's daughter Wendy and her
husband Terry, and our son J. When Pat and Gerry went to
Ft. Lauderdale to go fishing on our son J's new boat, they
came home empty handed (it's time they take lessons from
the kids, no?). J was there from St. Pete with Sunshine who
was on temporary assignment for the Mercantile Bank.

Dwayne and Amanda (Schmidt) Breeden with their daugh-
ter Abigail in Mims, Fla.

Phil and Debbie Sanders, Shell Point, Fla.

As of this writing in early July, we are visiting our son and
daughter-in-law Ray and Emese Laatz, their two-year-old
son Alex, and their three-week-old daughter Lillian. These
are our first two grandkids and, of course, we think they are
the cutest and smartest kids ever.
Ginny Rankin writes that in April she had a mini-family
reunion at her house in Tacoma. Her mother Jibby (Sanders)
Kleefken's oldest sister, Bernice (Sanders) Hill from
Florida, flew over to California with her daughter Bernie and
met up with her son Bob Hill and his wife Sharrie and the
four of them drove up to Washington. Ginny's brother Walter
Kleefkens drove up from The Dalles, Ore., and they had a
nice family reunion bringing out old family photos and telling
tales of growing up in the Canal Zone.

Back (L-R): Bob Hill, Bernie Hill, Walter Kleefkens,
Ginny Rankin. Front: Jibby Kleefkens and Bernice Hill.

In May, Ginny's grandson Seth McClanahan's school
had a Grandparents' Day celebration and Jibby and Ginny
went to his school for the event. Ginny's sure Seth was the
only child in the school who had both his great-grandmother
and grandmother there.

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Jibby Kleefkens and great-grandson Seth McClanahan

Also in May, Ginny had one of her lifetime dreams come
true--she went to see the New York Yankees play baseball
against the Seattle Mariners with her daughter Nancy who
really isn't a baseball fan. Nancy's husband Jack was to go
with Ginny, but he and Ginny's other son-in-law Autie
McClanahan were busy catching lots of fish off Westport,
Gayle (Fettler) Rankin wrote that she and Robert have
been busy with guests and family in Diamond Point. Son-in-
law and daughter Dave and Kindra (Rankin) Younce and
their three young sons came over the end of June for two
weeks and they had a great time. They met in the park in
Sequim with the Ginny Rankin family and had a good picnic
with the kids. They left two days after the gang and went to
the Florida reunion for Gayle's 40th high school reunion.
Gayle and Robert returned in time to be in the Diamond Point
Parade by the Lagoon for the 4th of July. A few days later,
they went Dungeness crabbing and collected five crabs which
hit the pot for dinner and, Wow!, what a feast they had. They
are expecting daughter Jennifer and gang to be there July 9th
for a week and a half. Jennifer will compete in the Sequim
Lavender Festival 5K run and they plan to camp and play
hard. Penny and Vince Canamas will be visiting them in
September which they are really looking forward to. We are
Our sympathy goes out to Marcia Winford and family on
the loss of Bill Winford in June.
May you enjoy the fall season wherever you are and
Hasta la proxima!

Howie (Adams) Laatz, Reporter
(360) 293-0923)



On May 7, 2005, the Oklahoma Chapter met at Andrews
Park in Norman for their Spring business meeting and picnic.
The day started out cool and breezy but turned into a beauti-
ful, sunny day. All of the attendees enjoyed the good food and
good company. The regular members welcomed a contin-
gency of new guests to this event. Six guests became chapter
members, and those guests were: "Tito" Brown, the Rivera
Alvarado family, Elvira Poland, Victoria and Americo
Alvarado, Erika Walker and Emy Myers.

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Andrews Park, Norman, Okla.

A group of Oklahoma Chapter members attended the
Society's Annual Reunion in Orlando this year. Those mem-
bers who attended were Jean and Doris Burns, John and
Madeleine (Lugo) Raffler along with son Erik; Aymee
(Lugo) Diaz, Zoraida "Toy" (Lugo) Barnard, Lydia
(Lugo) Long, and George and Linda (Huff) Dany with a

Front Row: Elia (Garcia) Stokes, Doris Burns, Madeleine
(Lugo) Raffler, John Raffler. Second Row: Aymee (Lugo)
Diaz, Jean Burns, Toy (Lugo) Barnard.

Jean and Doris Burns drove to Orlando so they stopped to
visit Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis in Lillian, Ala. for
a few days. Jean and Doris always enjoy the time they spend
with their "other" children Bob and Vicki.
At the Reunion the Lugo "girls" enjoyed seeing old class-

mates and friends and neighbors from the Curundu area
where the Lugo family lived. Along with meeting up with old
friends and getting to know classmates better, Aymee Diaz
had a wonderful time dancing.
Aymee's daughter Michelle Diaz just reached her one-
year anniversary of employment with Social Security.
Michelle is in the process of moving to Texas, along with
brother Miguel Diaz.
John Raffler wrote that this Reunion seemed to be one of
the best of all. John has family in Florida, including an aunt
in Naples. All of John's family enjoyed the Saturday evening
Ball. When the Reunion ended, John and family stayed for an
additional three days at the Marriott World Center, watching
the 4th of July fireworks from their hotel balcony.
The next Oklahoma Chapter event will be in October in
the Tulsa area. If interested, please call or email this reporter
for details.

Laura L. (Burns) Redemann, Reporter
(918) 745-1337


Anna reports:

True to form, rainy season has begun
with some serious storms. During one of
the sunny days, there was a surprise guest
in our yard, Mr. Iguana. He was one of the
largest iguanas I have seen in years and I Anna Opel
can only hope to look as good as he does when I get older! I
spent the better part of the afternoon babysittingg" him to
make sure that none of the taxistas took him home for dinner,
all those who stopped to gawk had visions of fried iguana legs
dancing in their heads. He returned safely into the jungle with
a little prodding from a stick and as this picture shows, he
wasn't a happy camper.

Mr. Iguana

I returned to San Antonio in April for my granddaughter
Marianna Isabel Szymanski's baptism on April 16th.
Marianna is the daughter of my son Rick Szymanski and
Terri Miller. The baptism was held at Holy Name Catholic
Church in San Antonio with John Zornes (aka Potie) as
Godfather, and Lesley Tapia, Godmother. The ceremony was
followed with a party held at Trish (Szymanski) and Doyle
Phillips condo in Alamo Heights, San Antonio, with a
Panamanian menu of ropa vieja (old clothes), arroz con coco
and guandu, platanos intentacion, ceviche, tamales,
camarones (shrimp) and tres leches cake. Some of those in
attendance were John and Leigh Zornes, Glenda (Lewis)
and Mike Kochel, Heidi (Hinz) Schroeder and son Kyle;
Brian and Karina Wood with their two sons, and other fam-
ily and friends from the San Antonio area.

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Michelle Duncan and her daughter Lauren were unable
to attend the baptism so Trish, her husband Doyle and I drove
to Austin to visit with them at their house and then followed
that with an excellent lunch at ZTejas restaurant.

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Anna Opel holding granddaughter Marianna Isabel

Michelle Duncan and her daughter Lauren at ZTejas restau-
On my return to Panama I stopped in Miami Lakes for a
weeklong visit with my youngest, Jenilee Szymanski, beau
Roberto, and Yorkie Muffin.
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Roberto Herrera and Jenilee Szymanski

After 22 years of being away from Panama, Xenia
(Wood) Thorman returned for a visit with her father,
Charles D. Wood who retired from Miraflores Locks in
January 1978, and who is recovering from a recent surgery.
Xenia lived a few houses down from my family on Morgan
Avenue, when it belonged to the Panama Canal Company
when we were children, and graduated from Balboa High
School with my sister Elsa (Proback) White in 1969. I took
Xenia around the former Canal areas to show her all the
changes since her last visit many years before and to catch up
on the latest with our families. We drove to the top of Ancon
Hill and spent time there taking photographs and pointing out
all the "famous" landmarks of the area and then ended that
day with lunch at Shamrocks in Balboa.

In a recent e-mail from my nephew Greg (Snapper) and
wife Tammy (Martinez) Gramlich, they updated me on the
latest. After 17 years of working "hard" construction, Greg
changed jobs and is now with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as
the Maintenance Chief and absolutely loves it. Greg has to
attend all the Devil Rays games and frequently Tammy and
son Jason join him at the stadium to watch the games. Jason
is now in the 5th grade. Last year he went to surf camp in San
Diego and is really looking forward to surfing in Panama.

Xenia (Wood) Thorman on top of Ancon Hill

Xenia currently resides in Seguin, Texas outside of San
Antonio, and has two grown daughters. Her oldest daughter
Leticia Jacobson has two little girls, Dakota (9) and Kailee
(2), and also resides in San Antonio. Her youngest daughter
Theresa Jacobson is serving in the U.S. Army and stationed
at LRMC in Germany. Xenia really enjoyed her visit to
Panama and said that she has fond memories of growing up
there, those memories which last a whole lifetime. She hopes
to make the BHS'69 class reunion in Panama in 2009. For
those interested in contacting Xenia, please contact this
I received an e-mail from Penny and Vince Canamas
that they were heading out to the states for the birth of their
first grandchild and would have that information for the next
issue of the Record.
In another e-mail, Bruce Quinn wrote that he has a bunch
of visitors arriving in town. "Seems like everyone wants to
return home. Recent visitors included: Dale Cockle and his
wife Peggy and Bruce True and his son Mark. Expected
arrivals in the coming months are: Fred and Melanie Bales
and their sons, Caleb and Joshua, and Margaret Leigh.
Also expected in August are: Toni (Fisher) Millard, her
daughter Melinda, and former DODDS and Canal Zone
Government schoolteacher, Terry Goldfarb. This is just the
tip of the iceberg of some of our prodigal children returning
to their homeland for visits."

Carole Lightell returned again to Panama for a much
longer visit than the last one-almost a full month. As always,
breakfast at Lung Fungs was first and after shopping at the
Fish Market and El Rey supermarket, both her and her friend
Diana Barr-Cole headed out to her beach house in La
Guaira. With La Guaira being her primary base, Carole has
planned road trips to visit El Valle, Bocas del Toro and
Palmar. My husband Carl Opel, who is home for another
R&R from Baghdad, and I joined them at "Paco's Place" for
a few days of fun in the sun. It was a welcome respite for Carl
after a six-day trip to get home from Baghdad due to sand-
storms and cancelled flights and missed connections.

Diane Barr, Carole Lightell and Carl Opel drinking mar-
garitas at poolside, La Guaira.

Carl and I are currently in Amsterdam, Holland, for a
week of sightseeing. It was the first time for me to cross the
Atlantic Ocean and to experience a 9-10 hour flight--thought
I would suffer "cabin fever" but to my surprise it wasn't so
bad. Amsterdam is beautiful and my biggest fear here is get-
ting run over by a bicycle--the primary mode of transporta-
tion. Carl suggested we rent bikes and join the throngs but I
value my life too much to attempt that with all the crowds,
cars, trams and the tram tracks. After our week here, Carl will
return to Baghdad, and I'll head on back to Panama. Till next

Anna Opel, Reporter
011 (507) 262-1001

Trina reports:

Greetings from HOME!! I hope the
last couple of months have been good to
you all. I have been quite busy, so this one
will be short as I will be traveling out of
Country from June to July.
Before I get started...I have to make a
few corrections and apologies for my article in the last
1. Correction to the bride's name The wedding photo of
Wayne Michael Watkins and his bride Dawn Elizabeth (not
Marie) Bilgray.
2. If I don't make a written correction concerning Allison
Huff and Frank Ender for a missed name and comma--It
may cause some problems! The sentence should have read:
Allison Huff and her husband Cecil, Frank Ender. Thank
My biggest news to report is the retirement party that was
held for Elks Club bartender Lindolf Leon Ashby ("Ashby")
- an icon, a fixture, a landmark...a true friend after 36 years
of unwavering service to others. It was a memorable evening
complete with food prepared by Shamrocks Restaurant, pres-
entation of several gifts and a special certificate from the Elks
and Exalted Ruler Trina Clark. The party lasted until the
early morning hours. Party goers included: Richard and
Diane (Huff) Grimison, Eddie and Carson Dolan, Dodd
and Tiernan (Corrigan) Dupree, Christine Grimison,
Patrick Grimison, Penny Canamas, Lucas Palumbo, Jim
Reid, Barkley and Stephanie Hayes, Jim Dertien, Alex and
Vivian Reyes, Bruce and Chris Homa, David and Diana
(Duncan) Bishop, Dean and Kim Homa, Andrew
Efthimiades, John Haines III and wife Lucy, Tom Fennel,
Kathy Bottin, Kirby and Marita (Jaen) Kaufman,
Marjorie Werlein, Wallace and Vilma Snyder, Ted and Mel
Henter, Pablo Prieto, Vicki Sizemore and Ed Wardlow,
John Morales, Thad Chamberlain.
Just a side note: Ashby has officially retired by law but
will continue working for the Elks Club until he is ready to
give it up!!

I attended a few motor cross races to watch Danny
Hannah and Jorge "J.B." Bloise do some major damage to
some fierce competitors. Danny, who is well-known in the
Central and South American racing circuit, has decided to
make Panama his permanent home after being in California
for a few years. J.B., a veteran motor cross champ in Panama,
got the "itch" and decided to return to racing and participates
in the Senior Division. The racetrack at Chilibre played host
to a great day of over 10 heats of races. It was great to spend
the day with Panamanian and Zonian friends to enjoy a fam-
ily day of festivities.
Eric Holland dropped me a quick note while he was
rejoining the Panama Canal Society and asked if I would
include a photo of his family. Eric is the Athletic Director for
Florida State University in Panama. Eric loves that he still
lives and works in Panama. FSU Campus is part of the City
of Knowledge Program and is located on the former campus
of PCC (Panama Canal College). Memories....!

Eric Holland and family

The class of BHS'73 had their class reunion shortly
before the Reunion in Orlando. They all looked like they had
a great time. I am sure there will be a more detailed write-up
in this issue.
Panama Canal Elks Lodge had the privilege to attend this
year's Panama Canal Reunion in Orlando thanks to the
Panama Canal Society's Board of Directors and President

Elaine Lewis. The Elks Lodge is a piece of Canal Zone his-
tory that is still alive and thriving in Panama. I, as Exalted
Ruler wanted to give the opportunity to most of our member-
ship that live CONUS to see our Fraternal Order still in
action. I would like to thank the following Elks, Ed Wardlow
(who without his assistance and direct line of communication
to the Board), my wish to have the Elks present in Orlando
would have not been possible. Also, Art Mokray for man-
ning the table and making the preparations to decorate the
Elks area, and Vicki Sizemore for assisting at the table during
the Reunion.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to say, "Thank
you"! to the members. I leave you with the following dates of
special events in Panama; so mark your calendars according-
ly in order to plan your next visit home. Upcoming events in
Panama are: September 14-18, 2005: International Fair of the
Ocean, Isla Colon, and Bocas Del Toro. September 22, 2005:
Santo Tomas de Villa Nueva Fair, Pedasi, Los Santos.
September 27, 2005: San Vincent Fiesta, Puerto Armuelles,
Chiriqui Province. October 14-16, 2005: Festival of the
"Torito Guapo" in Ant6n, Code Province. October 18, 2005:
Rio Sereno Coffee Festival, Chiriqui Province. October 21-
24, 2005: March of the Black Christ, Portobelo, and Colon
Take care and as always That's all the news, that's good
news from "The beautiful Motherland" of Panama. If you
want to let your extended family and friends know what's
going on with you and yours, don't be shy and e-mail, snail
mail, fax or drop off any and all information to be submitted
for publication.
For sake of good order, please remember to have your
membership dues paid up before submitting items to the
Canal Record for publication. You may pay on-line via the
web at or you can contact the
Panama Area Reporter(s) for application or renewal forms.

Trina Clark, Reporter
011 (507) 232-7451



John and Debbie (Sholk) Sousa's
home was alive with the "Salsa Sound"
and the dynamic energy emanating
from amicable classmates and friends.
It was the long Memorial Day week-
end and chums came from near and far Linda Morris
to the BHS'75 and etc. mini-reunion. The hospitality was free
and easy and included the use of the pool and spa at Carlton
Morris's just across the golf course green. Would you
believe that eleven kids were soaking in the hot tub at one

Patriarch Julio "Chi Chi" Sousa and wife Dorothy were
guests of honor and helped arrange the buffet tables and serve
freshly-baked empanadas. Specialties were Austin-style hot
wings brought by Ed Dolan and seviche complements of
George and Cynthia Soriano. There were lots of hot dishes
and an unbelievable assortment of desserts and fresh fruit sal-
ads. There was even a bowl of chinese plums. A "Margarita
Machine" was on the patio churning out the frozen concoc-
tions as fast as it could supply the hordes.


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Bob Morris and "Chi Chi" Sousa

A lottery drawing had everyone's attention. Prizes ranged
from Hot sauce to HOT HOT Sauce Texas style. Colonel
Paco Alicer (BHS'75), recently retired from the Army at Fort
Sill in Oklahoma, won the grand prize "a tool belt" that he
will soon put to good use in his new home in Tampa.
Empty-nesters Glenn and Christina (Efthimiades)
Seeley (BHS'75) are living in a downtown Dallas townhouse
and enjoying the convenience. Christina has decided what she
wants to do "when she grows up" and has just completed her
first year in medical school.

Glenn and Christina (Efthimiades) Seeley

Capt. Art and Edie Farrell (Richardson, Texas) celebrat-
ed Art's 80th birthday in Las Vegas. No talk about big wins
or losses I guess "what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las
Vegas". Richard and Carolyn Dillon from Alabama were
houseguests of the Farrells in June and enjoyed their long
overdue visit.
This was our Orlando Reunion year and we were once
again seduced by the familiar sounds and sociability of the
Society. We enjoyed the Clubhouse, a favorite for snacks and
chats, but the real action areas were the halls in front of the
meeting rooms, museum and vendors areas. Standing in just
one place afforded us a chance to greet a whole community
of folks--the huggers, the backslappers, and the handshakers,
and all three combined. Lots of reminiscing and memories
were evoked all good.
"Hail, hail" almost the whole Supply Division gang was
in attendance: Ed Baumbach, Sonia Canas Valley, Jack
Corrigan, Pete Lang, Dick Morgan, Bobby Morris,
Rutherford P. Rivet, and Wendy Sasso. No commissary talk
here! Missed were Earl Hattaway and Willy Nowotny.
The great state of Texas was represented by Wally and
Eileen Brians, Colin Creel, Eddie McArthur, Dickie
McArthur, Bob and Jackie Fearon, Carlton Morris, Doug
and Sharon (Booth) Schmidt, Barry Seldon, John and
Debbie (Sholk) Sousa. From all appearances, everyone had
The Baile Panameno Dance Class is a wonderful idea.
Lots more folks were afoot on the dance floor with swirls and
twirls and they looked good. The music was fantastic. The
Panazonian Dance with Lucho's Friends and Saturday Night
Ball with Frankie "The Salsa Priest" Pretto and the Parranda
Band had many dancing the night away. Bobby Morris and I
stayed up until 3:30 a.m. for three nights straight Lord have
We shared a table at the dances with good friends Tom
and Rita Hannigan and Jean and Doris Burns a good van-
tage point for seeing everyone. Maggie (Williams) Windle
stopped by with a tray of her "health-conscious Empanadas".
I still prefer the fat, cholesterol-filled ones better. The happy-
go-lucky Smith brothers: Joe, Gil and Stan stood in almost
the same spot for hours laughing, telling jokes and singing.
Yes, singing Stan loves to sing, opera or rock 'n' roll, loud
and clear.
Museum volunteers Gary and Cissy Collins, Catherine
Goodrich, Sis (Paige) Medinger, and Joanne Steiner did a
fantastic job hawking the Canal Cuisine Cook Book. They
unabashedly played the SS Cristobal dinner chimes (from the
Museum archives) to attract buyers. Remember that sound?
With the tasty samples of recipes from the book offered at
their booth they sold their entire stock. I bought two books
after tasting Bev Wood's Marinated Black Olives. Suggestion
for next year: additional pages with recipes that can be
included in the same three-ring book. One recipe should be
the Columbia Restaurant 1905 Salad and Seviche with
Mango that we enjoyed at Happy Hour at the Samba Room
on International Drive.
Bliss Connerton could not attend her 25th BHS anniver-
sary so we decided to join the party and "dance on the tables"
for her. The Class of 1980 is a handsome group and so many
of the group came over "to saludar" and chat. (Sorry no mar-

ried names): K-boy Richey, Donna Malin, Susie Kelleher,
David and Lisa (Ramsey) Kelleher, Michelle Owens, Roy
Vasquez, Rebecca Harp, Johnny and Martha Corrigan,
Richard and Christina Grimison, Rick Merritt, Jeff
Burbach, Ruth Baumbach, Anita Payne, Carrie
Anderson, and Bill Bright. We learned about their lives,
jobs, and families. We also received lots of abrazos!

Robert and Patty Givonetti-Gaston, Victoria Morris Hall,
Richard McArthur ('79) and Bliss Morris Connerton

Tammie LePage Lewis ('75) and her husband with Mark
Farmer ('79).

One of the nicest surprises of this reunion was seeing Gail
Dawson McAnally. The Dawsons lived in the Republic but
all the kids attended CZ school. Remember Brian (BHS'78),
Sharon (BHS'80), Erin, Kelly and Herbie? Gail was the
model-perfect Mola fashion guru. She and Herb knew just
about everyone. Seeing her was just so nostalgic.
Catsy Taylor Schafer is one bodacious lady. She traveled
alone on the plane from San Diego to Tampa. Daughter Sue
Pitney helped her on one end and daughter Lynn Ashton
picked her up in Tampa. This keen, lively lady is ninety-two
and with vision problems. She was holding court at the Ball
with countless friends and family. Irene Will, still chic and
svelte, was pampered by all six of her children and family.
Ellie Husum also enjoyed most of her family's attention dur-

ing the reunion. I missed seeing Raymond and Mary though.
From the Republica we saw John and Tilly McTaggart,
Rolando Linares and Titina Joyce, Sonia Valley, Charlie
Leves, and of course, Chipi Azcarraga.
I've run out of space not words. Send me your news and
photos. "Hasta pronto".

Linda Reimann Morris, Reporter
(972) 398-3400


In April Marjorie Kunkel celebrated her 85th birthday
with family and friends. Their son Thomas Kunkel from
Spring Branch, Texas, joined Marge and her husband
Edward along with the other son Raymond Roberts and his
wife Sharon from San Antonio, and Dan Roberts and his
son Paul of Las Vegas. Dan gave Marge a new flat-screen
monitor for her computer and the group spent a large part of
the day playing with the computer and new flat screen.

This is the hottest summer since I retired!
In May Fred and Marion (Orr) Wells had the pleasure of
a visit from their three children, Fred Jr., Alan, and Mary
Linda Fealey, to help them celebrate their 60th wedding
anniversary. The three arrived at San Antonio airport from
Perth, Australia, Atlanta, Ga. and Oak Harbor, Wash. (respec-
tively) within minutes of each other. They got to renew fam-
ily ties with uncle Bob and Margaret Orr, Joe and Sonia
Orr with daughters Ashley and Shannon, and Honey
Fealey, Jean Smith, and Lois Carpenter. They enjoyed the
Canal Zone canasta group and numerous Canal Zone friends.
In July Marion flew to San Jose, Calif. for the wedding of
Katherine Orr and Cody Harris. Katherine is the grand-
daughter of Mattes (ex-CZ, deceased) and Selwyn Orr, and
the daughter of Lynn and Susan Orr. Alan and Kathy Jane
(Melanson) Wells also attended. It was a great wedding and
a real treat to be with the Mattes Orr family.
Marion was delighted to have lunch while there with
Juanita Jones Girand (daughter of Juanita Orr Jones and
Russell Jones ex-CZ). Nita and Marion had not seen each
other for over thirty years. Nita left a day later to attend the
celebration of her graduation fifty years ago from Balboa
High School at the Panama Canal Society in Orlando, Fla.
A week later Fred and Marion went to Atlanta, Ga. to join
the Alan Wells family get-together. This included Ted and
Nora Melanson and Katherine Melanson. Chandra
(Wells), David, and Lily Bea Rice, Krista (Wells), J.D.,
Kailey, and Kendall Collins, and Michael Wells were all
there. It was a chance to catch up on family (especially three
little great-granddaughters and to celebrate July birthdays).
Fred and Marion are planning to spend the rest of the summer
at home.
I am sorry that I couldn't make it to the Reunion this year.
My class had a large gathering for our 45th but Caroline has
already put out the dates for 2010 so there will be no excus-

Jo-Anne Fields, Reporter
(830) 895-2794

Raymond Roberts, Dan Roberts, Marjorie Kunkel,
Sharon Roberts, Edward Kunkel, Paul Roberts, Thomas

I had a monthlong visit by my goddaughter Bridget Kant
of Panama. Since it was her summer break she took her first
plane ride and made her first visit to the United States. Texas
is in the south but we had several nights in the 30s, so she did
lots of layering of jackets. We did all of the tourist attractions
like Sea World, Six Flags, Natural Bridge Wildlife and
Caverns, the River Walk, and the YO Ranch, along with lots
of shopping and good eating. One week we spent in San
Antonio with Richard Boggs. It meant we didn't have to
drive 60 miles to get somewhere and then 60 miles to get
home again. I had some minor foot surgery after she left,
which I should have put off until this 100+ weather hit us.






DECEMBER 31, 2005.



Wade Carlisle, the son of Drake and Colette (Foster)
Carlisle of Clearwater, Fla., graduated from Flagler College
in St. Augustine, Fla. in April 2005. Wade earned a
Bachelor's degree in Communications, with an emphasis on
Public Relations.

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Drake, Wade and Colette Carlisle

Wade's grandparents, Lou Carlisle, Pete and Marje
Foster, and special family friend Ceci Marceau attended the
graduation ceremony.


On June 1, 2005, Timothy Cotton, son of George and
Sue (Trim) Cotton of Canyon Lake, Texas, was promoted to
Chief Warrant Officer, U. S. Coast Guard. Tim was ranked
number 1 on the promotion list. Tim and his wife Michelle
and three daughters Hanna, Claire and Emily live in
Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where Tim is assigned to the Coast
Guard Base, Old San Juan.
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Out-of-town guests who flew in for the ceremony were
his mom and dad, his aunt Wendy and uncle Dennis
Corrigan, aunt Phyllis and uncle Bill Rachel, his sister
Carrie Corbin and sons Cody and Luke, and his grand-
mother Dorothy Trim. There was a huge "pig roast" which
was attended by about 100 people from the coast guard hous-
ing area and the coast guard base. There were lots of laughs
and libations and everybody had a ball.

Front (L-R): Emily, Claire and Hanna Cotton, Luke
Corbin. Center (L-R): CWO Tim Cotton, Sue Cotton,
Cody Corbin, Carrie (Cotton) Corbin, Dot Trim and
Michelle Cotton. Back (L-R): Dennis Corrigan, Wendy
(Cotton) Corrigan, George Cotton, Phyllis (Trim) Rachal
and Bill Rachal.

Tim, his dad and nephew went fishing on Saturday and
Tim landed a 625-pound Blue Marlin. It is the biggest Blue
Marlin ever caught out of the Cabo Rojo Fishing Club. Word
spread quickly via ship-to-shore radio, and when the fisher-
men returned to the dock the village had turned out to see the
fish. George said he had never seen so many flashbulbs going
off in his life. Everybody was hooting and hollering and even
brought Champagne, Scotch and beer to celebrate.
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broulzht Champagne, Scotch and beer to celebrate.

CPO Tim Cotton (in middle) getting the rank epaulets of
Chief Warrant Officer placed on his shoulders by his wife The happy fishermen (L-R): Cody Corbin, Pabo Arrocha,
Michelle and his mother Sue (Trim) Cotton. Tim Cotton and George Cotton. In middle, the unhappy


Electronics Technician Petty Officer Second Class Will
Coffey was part of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman's record
bust for Go Fast vessel seizures of 10,670 pounds of cocaine
during their southern patrol last April.

Amber was also very successful on warm blood Paula
(owned by Christina Schultsmeyer of Quiet Hill Farm). On
Paula she won the Marshall and Sterling Charles Owen
medal, the CFHJA medal, the Showtime Magazine medal,
and took Grand Champion in equitation 12-14 and children's
hunters, all in the month of June.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Will Coffey

Will is the son of Karen (Coffey) (BHS'81) Wilson.
Will's grandparents are Lillian (Ward) (BHS'58) Wilson
and Don Wilson (BHS'48) of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.;
Jerry Coffey (BHS'55) of Weeki Wachee, Fla. and Captain
Ben and Florence Schoenleber of Carlsbad, Calif.

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Amber Henter on Paula


Amber Henter earned a chance to compete with the top
pony riders in the country at the Pony Finals to be held at
Lexington Horse Park in Kentucky this August. Amber won
Reserve Circuit Champion on her new German riding pony,
Cosmopolitan Girl. She won in just three shows out of a six-
show circuit.

Amber Henter on Cosmopolitan Girl


Lorraine C. Eggleston graduated on May 19, 2005 from
Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, Fla. She is the
daughter of Dale and Cindy (Little) E2gleston.

Lorraine C. Eggleston


Eve Michelle Morales, daughter of Lars (BHS'68) and
Marcela Hawk (BHS'67) Morales, graduated from
Heidelberg High School on June 9, 2005. The ceremony was
held in the historic Heidelberg Stadthalle where the pictures
were taken.


Thelma (Mrs. George) Fryer was made a naturalized
United States citizen at a ceremony in New Orleans on June
23, 2005. Their many friends are very proud and happy for
Thelma and George.

Eve Michelle Morales

Eve was an honor graduate and wore cords for several
honors including National Honor Society, Model United
Nations, Spanish Honor Society, and Student Government.
She plans to attend Florida State University, Panama Campus
(old CZC campus) for her first year and has been accepted at
University of Tampa and Lynn University, Boca Raton.
Lars and Marcella moved to Germany when their jobs
with Army in Panama ended in 1999. He works as a Human
Resources Specialist and Marcela is a Management Analyst
with US Army-Europe. Their oldest Ian graduated from the
University of Maryland with honors and is two classes from
completion of a Master in International Management at
Schiller International University in Heidelberg. Daren is a
couple credits short of a BS in Management Information
Systems at U. of Maryland in Heidelberg. Both sons have
assimilated into the local culture and plan to stay to work and
travel indefinitely in "Deutschland" and Europe. Marcela and
Lars will grudgingly leave Germany soon to relocate some-
where in the United States to finish their careers. Mid-term
plans call for a return to the roots for retirement.


Caitlin Kessler, granddaughter of Dr. James and Mrs.
Laverne Wolf, graduated from high school last May. Dr. and
Mrs. Wolf celebrated with a family reunion in San Antonio,
Texas, for Caitlin.

Caitlin Kessler

Ian, Lars, Eve, Marcela (Hawk) and Daren Morales

Caitlin is also the granddaughter of Bill Kessler, the last
Chief of Police of the Canal Zone, and Marguerite "Babe"
(Flynn) Kessler (BHS'51) of Dothan, Ala.
Many from the Canal Zone days will remember Dr. Wolf
as the last head of Special Education in the Canal Zone
schools. Living in Houston today, Dr. Wolf goes often to visit
the schools still thriving at the old Fort Clayton.


Gina Parsons, daughter of Dr. Mit Parsons (BHS'62)
and Mary Lou Parsons of Pine, Colo. graduated from
Colorado State University on May 23, 2005 with a Master of
Science with honors in Biomedical Anatomy and Physiology.
Gina has been accepted into the College of Veterinary
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State
University and will begin her studies in August 2005 in the
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program. Both Mit and Mary
Lou were faculty members at Cristobal High School from


William A. (BHS'50) and Mary J. (BHS'51) Lang cele-
brated their 50th wedding anniversary on a family cruise
from Montreal, Canada to Boston, Mass. The Langs booked
passage for their three sons and daughter, their spouses and
eight grandchildren. The family gathered in Montreal on June
30, 2005, to participate in the Canadian Independence Day
celebration on July 1 and boarded the MS Maasdam on July
2nd. They celebrated their own Independence Day sailing on
the St. Lawrence River.
The ship visited Quebec City, Charlottetown, Prince
Edward Island, Sydney and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bar
Harbor, Maine ending in Boston on July 9, 2005. After sev-
eral days of sightseeing in Boston, the families returned
In addition to the family cruise, Bill and Mary Jo
exchanged golden wedding bands with Celtic design to cele-
brate their golden wedding anniversary.


Mr. and Mrs. Donald McKeon of Kingwood, Texas (for-
merly of Balboa) are pleased to announce the engagement of
their daughter Patricia Erin (BHS'96) to Jack Brian Fu,
son of Dr. and Mrs. John Fu of The Woodlands, Texas.
Patti is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a
BA in Environmental Studies. She is currently employed by
Enbridge Energy as an Environmental Coordinator in the
Houston corporate office. Jack received his Doctorate of
Medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical School. He is currently a resident physician at the
Texas Medical Center. A wedding is planned for July 30,
2005 in Houston. Texas.

Mary Lou, Gina and Mit Parsons

Gina is the granddaughter of the late Dorothy (Parsons)
Bright who retired from the Electrical Division of the
Panama Canal Company in 1972. Dr. Parsons works for the
USDA Forest Service and is Special Assistant to the Deputy
Chief of State and Private Forestry. Mary Lou is a retired high
school math teacher.

DECEMBER 31, 2005.

Patti McKeon and Jack Brian Fu


Murry and Lessie Walker celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on April 2d, in Defuniak Springs, Fla. This cele-
bration was hosted by their three children: Lesa Walker
Hirsch of Melbourne Beach, Fla., Larry Walker of Milton,
Fla., and Clayton Walker of Collierville, Tenn.

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The Walkers retired to Florida in 1991 coming from the
Panama Canal Zone. The Walker family lived and worked on
the Atlantic side of the Isthmus. Mr. Walker worked as a Civil
Service employee of the U.S. government for more than 27
years prior to retiring. Murry was Operations General
Foreman upon his retirement in 1991. Mrs. Walker was a
long-time member of the Cristobal Women's Club, and was
the last employee to work in, and the person to close, the
Canal Zone Credit Union in Margarita.

Murry Walker
Defuniak Springs, Fla.


Mary Jane Weade of Littleton, Colo. and her husband
Fred celebrated her 80th birthday last August. Others attend-
ing were their children Mary Jane and Mike with their
spouses, and two of their grandchildren.

Lessie and Murry Walker

Many friends and family gathered to wish them a won-
derful celebration in this milestone of their marriage. Out-of-
town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Linzy, Bradenton,
Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vaughn, Millville, Ala.; Mr. and
Mrs. Michael Logan, Panama City, Fla.; Mr. Willys Walker
and daughter Mrs. Kathy Hale from Dothan, Ala.
Their life together was told in the form of a story, entitled
"The Road We Traveled", from 1955 until their retirement in
1991. Their family and friends completed the story by shar-
ing fond memories of their life here in Defuniak. The Walkers
have six grandchildren who took part in the celebration in
various ways. A time out for the children to feed the duck in
the lake was a highlight for the grandchildren ranging in age
from four years to ten years old.

front (L-K): tirandchlldren Morgan Walker, Anne Hirsch,
Chase Hirsch, Walker Hirsch (the oldest grandson Tyler
Walker was not present). Back (L-R): Fran Johnson
Walker, Clayton Walker, Lesa Walker Hirsch, Cliff
Hirsch, Murry Walker, Lessie Walker, Larry Walker,
Deivia Hallett Walker.

Fred and Mary Jane Weade







DECEMBER 31, 2005.



Dan Norman has passed his Professional Engineering
Exam and is now a Licensed Professional Engineer in the
State of Florida. Dan graduated from the University of Notre
Dame in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering.
After graduation he moved to Florida to join his girlfriend
Lynley Weade and to work with Greeley and Hansen LLC,
an engineering firm headquartered in Chicago. Since moving
to Florida, Dan and Lynley have been busy opening a graph-
ic design business and caring for their two dogs, Cortez and
Brisa. Dan and Lynley are both planning to move back to
Panama some day to continue their careers.



Jennifer Elizabeth Franco, daughter of Rowland Roy
Hayward and Mercedes "Dolly" Hayward, married
Michael Anthony Doll on May 28, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nev.
In attendance were the father and mother of the bride; the
bride's three children, Irene, Dominic, and Monica; the
groom's brother John Doll and the groom's uncle Michael
Doll. After the .eillini'. a reception was held at Mrs.
Margarita "Rita" Welch's house. There to help celebrate
were Bob and Chela Marohl, Kathleen (Staab) Cabada,
Mrs. Terry Willis, John Boromeo Jr., Marion (Willis)
Geoghegan, Betty (Willis) Slaughter, and the son and
daughter-in-law of Marilyn "Billie" (Welch) Rippiley:
William and Amanda Engel.

Dan Norman celebrating the receipt of results of the
Professional Engineering Exam.


After operating out of a home office for two years,
Creative Zone Graphics has now opened an office in the
Tampa Bay area offering full Graphic Design and printing
services. Owner Lynley Weade, along with parents Mike
and Jan Weade, and Danny Norman celebrated with clients,
friends, and fellow Chamber of Commerce members for the
official ribbon cutting ceremony on June 22, 2005. Zonians
present for this celebration were Jason, Rob and Renee
Domenech, and Yoela Cedeno.

Jennifer Elizabeth Franco and Michael Anthony Doll



Lisa Michele Hunt, daughter of Joseph M. Hunt and
Darleen (Woodruff) Hunt, and Edward Aide were united in
marriage on May 7, 2005. The ceremony and reception took
place at Lakeside Hall in Orlando, Fla. Lisa's sister Kelly
Rae Hunt was the maid of honor and Joanne (Hunt)
Armstrong was a bridesmaid. Lisa's niece Dylan Rae
Armstrong (daughter of Joanne) was one of the flower girls.
Many zonians were in attendance to help celebrate the
occasion. Edward's parents, Ed and Lorraine Aide of
Indiana, and Cheryl Aide of Connecticut were also present,
as well as many other friends and relatives of both families.
Lisa and Edward enjoyed a week's honeymoon in Cabo
San Lucas, Mexico. They will be moving from their home in
Orlando, Fla. to Windermere, Fla. in July.
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Ann Leach Romera and Jay Motsinger were married
May 28, 2005 in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The ceremony took
place outdoors in the Hastings Gardens overlooking the
Pacific Ocean. Fifty-five family members and friends attend-
ed the ceremony followed by a dinner dance at Caddy's Gold
Club in Half Moon Bay.
Ann is the daughter of Nancy Kaufer Lanfranco
(CHS'51) and the late LeRoy Leach, also of the Canal Zone.
Guests included former Zonians Anita Kaufer and her son
Ted Jr. (CHS'77), both of Tampa, Fla. and daughter Norine
Crnich (CHS'76) of Healdsburg, Calif.; Jane Kaufer
Cochrane (CHS'40) and Jim Cochrane of Santa Rosa,
Calif.: Doug and Jim Koenig, sons of the late Patricia
Leach Koenig (CHS'48).
The bride and groom honeymooned in Hawaii and will
reside in Cincinnatti, Ohio where both are employed by the

Lisa and Edward Aide

organ (niece), Lisa (Hunt) Aide and

Ann Leach Romera and Jay Motsinger


Wayne Michael Watkins and Dawn Elizabeth Bilgray
were united in holy matrimony at 4:00 p.m. on January 15,
2005 at the Cocoa Riverfront Park. Dawn is the daughter of *
Laura (Russon) and Lt. Col. (R) Paul McDill of Tampa; and
granddaughter of Virginia Russon. Wayne is the son of
Janet (Hunt) and Norman Watkins of Merritt Island, and
grandson of Louise Hunt of Merritt Island and Olga
Watkins of Panama, R.P.

Wedding party

Fred Watkins, Harvey Watkins, Wayne Watkins (Groom)
Jeffrey Watkins, and Norman Watkins (father of the

Unseasonable weather made the outdoor riverfront cere-
mony tenuous at best but the groom (in true Zonian spirit)
made the weather decision at 3:45 that it was a "go for the
glory" from that point until the balloons were released on the
walk back up the aisle as a wedded couple. As the crowd
began moving into the reception area, Mother Nature released
the fury of her leaden clouds with torrents of raindrops which
had so narrowly missed the beautiful ceremony.
Approximately 240 people, mostly Zonians naturally,
attended the reception which was replete with the toasts of
good wishes and the good-natured ribaldry we are all so used
to at such occasions. The food was truly Panama-American in
that special care was exercised to include ceviche,
empanadas, and other sumptuous goodies from the Zone in
the fare. The evening was made even more perfect through
the musical ministrations provided by DJ David Smith
crowding the dance floor with a mixture of new and old
tunes. The evening was crowned by the enjoyment of all in
the dancing, reliving old memories, making new friends, as
well as renewing the old, and just breaking down into a fan-
tastic evening.
The newlyweds spent their honeymoon on a weeklong
Dawn and Wayne Watkins cruise of the Caribbean on the Queen Mary II.

* Effective since the March issue, 1993, baby pictures will not be accepted unless they are shown with their parents or grandparents.


Eileen and Per Petzold of Pankow, Germany announce
the arrival of twin daughters, Mia and Pia, born on April 11,
2005. Big brother Karl Phillip welcomed them home.
Maternal grandparents are Jim and Diane Bradley of
Arden, N.C. and paternal grandparents are Drs. Peter and
Ellen Petzold of Biesenthal, Germany.


Lisa D. Rambo and Frederick D. Rambo III of Tampa,
Fla. are proud to announce the birth of their son Frederick
David Henry Rambo IV on April 20, 2005. Frederick
weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces. He is the grandson of James L.
and Linda C. DesLondes of Sun City Center, Fla.
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Eileen and Per Petzold holding the twins Mia and Pia and
big brother Karl Phillip.


Frederick D. H. Rambo

IV and grandmother Lisa


Walter and Anne Lang proudly announce the birth of
their second son Noah Lang, born on March 19, 2005 in
Portland, Ore. weighing seven pounds eight ounces and 21
inches long. He was welcomed by his brother Nathan (10)
and sister Hannah (5).
Noah is the grandson of William (BHS'50) and Mary Jo
Lang (BHS'51) of Portland, Ore. Noah is the eighth grand-
child for the Langs.

Mary Jo Lang holding grandson Noah

On June 12, 2005, Jim and Linda DesLondes celebrated
their new grandbaby with friends and family. Those in atten-
dance were: Jimmy DesLondes, Mary and Dan DesLondes,
Lee, Lisa and Fred Rambo, Tommy and Kathy Anderson,
Sean Anderson, James and Bev Higley, Jan and Mike

Front (L-R): James DesLondes, Jimmy DesLondes, Sean
Anderson. Middle (L-R): Lee, Lisa, Fred and Baby
Rambo, Linda DesLondes. Back (L-R): Tommy and Kathy
Anderson, James and Bev Higley, Jan and Mike Weade,
Mary and Dan DesLondes.


Tom and Melinda (Grimison) Niemeyer (BHS'86),
along with big sister Breanne, proudly announce the birth of
Alison Emily Niemeyer born on May 1, 2005.
Maternal grandparents are Tom (BHS'53) and Nancy
Grimison of Satellite Beach, Fla. Paternal grandparents are
Brenda Niemeyer and the late Albert Niemeyer of
Kissimmee, Fla.

Melinda (Grimison) Niemeyer holding Breanne Niemeyer
and Nancy Grimison holding her 14th grandchild, Alison


Herb and Pam Spector of Seminole, Fla. are proud to
announce the birth of their grandson Aaron Riley, born
January 20, 2005 at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater.
Aaron weighed in at 6 lbs. 7 oz. and measured 20 inches long.
He is the son of Herb and Pam's youngest daughter Carol
Spector of Pinellas Park, Fla.

Carol Spector and Aaron Riley


Patsy (Clemens) Detamore is pleased to announce the
birth of great-grandson Kota Jerry Denton on June 29, 2005
in Brandon, Fla. Also welcoming Kota to the family are his
parents Yuki and Adam Denton and sister Yume, and grand-
parents Cathy (Detamore) and Jerry Denton.

Adam Denton holding Yume and Kota Denton

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Donald L. Adams, 79, passed away on June 22, 2005 at
a San Antonio Hospital. He was born on September 24, 1926
in St. Louis, Mo. to Samuel Adams and Rachel Beckett
Donald retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army as a SFC,
serving during World War II and Korea. He served in the
reserves as a Captain. Donald worked for Sea Level Canal
Studies in the Republic of Panama during 1966, where he met
his future wife. He married Catherine Ridge (BHS'60) on
January 13, 1966 in Margarita, Canal Zone. He went on to
work for the Panama Canal Company and Commission in the
Canal Zone. They moved to Kerrville, Texas in 1980. He was
a member of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Catherine Adams
of Kerrville, Texas; seven children, Christine Lee Cain and
husband Michael of California, Ingrid Winifred Adams of
Missouri, Martha Ann Hardisty and husband Gerald of
Connecticut, David Thomas Adams and wife Angelica of
Germany, Sabine Odile Adams of California, Alban Francois
Adams and wife Danielle of Switzerland, and Damian
Francois Adams and wife Sarah of Texas; two brothers,
Royce Eugene Adams and wife Patricia of Texas and Richard
Arthur Adams and wife Charleen; twelve grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; six nephews and nieces; ten great-
nephews and nieces; sister-in-law, Sister Therese Ann Ridge
aka Mary E. Ridge (BHS'62); mother-in-law, Julia B. Ridge
(Wilson) and many other family members and friends.

Alice Faye Tucker Albritton of Salem, Ore. passed away
May 25, 2005 after a long fight with various and sundry prob-
lems following a heart stoppage due to a blocked artery. Her
heart finally gave up and she died in peace and comfort.
Faye lived in Curundu and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1953 and later married David Albritton (BHS'51).
She was a U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot's wife from 1957 to 1983
when David retired as a Commander in the U.S. Navy. They
moved to Salem, Ore. where he taught Mathematics. They
enjoyed traveling in their retirement years.
She is survived by her husband, David and they had two
daughters, Alice Lee and Stacey Beth. (Excerpted from the
Parrakeet Voyager, July 20, 2005.)

Querida M. Berger passed away peacefully in
Bradenton, Fla. on November 14, 2004 after a period of
declining health. She was born in Wytheville, Va. and attend-
ed McKinley Nursing School in New Jersey in the 1930s. She
served as an Army nurse in England during World War II.
In the 1940s, she went to the Canal Zone to continue her
nursing career at Gorgas Hospital. While working at the hos-
pital she met and married Dr. I. Robert Berger, her handsome
prince charming for the next 60 years. During her career as a

hospital nurse, she worked in many different areas such as in
pediatrics and on the maternity ward. Her favorite job was
managing a medical station near the locks of the Panama
Canal where she treated the workers who were overhauling
the locks and equipment to operate the canal. She retired in
1972 and always recalled with great fondness her years as a
nurse and her wonderful co-workers and patients. After they
retired, the Bergers returned to Panama many times to visit
family and friends. They always loved the beaches, golf
courses, and tropical gardens. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
Dr. Berger predeceased her by five months. She is sur-
vived by her two daughters Roberta Berger of Bradenton, Fla.
and Diane Berger of Washington, D.C.; two brothers Hood
and Ford McAllister; and her sister Eva Spraker, all of

James Walter Braswell Jr., 93, of Wilmington, N.C.
died May 20, 2005.
He worked at Corozal as an Engineer and resided in
Curundu from 1964-1969. He was predeceased by his wife
Sarah in 1991.
He is survived by his three children; Ken and wife Laura,
Wesley and Helen, three grandchildren and a great-grand-

Yolanda Alemin de Canfield, 77, passed away on June
12, 2005 (2 days after her birthday) of lung cancer.
She was the Secretary, Incentive Awards Committee, for
the Panama Canal Company for many years.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Amdrico
Abadia Canfield and Gladys Ayala de Abadia; daughter
Germaine Ivette Canfield de Rovi and son-in-law Jariel Irel
Rovi; daughter Jeannette Marie Canfield de Chanis and son-
in-law Moisis Chanis Vergara; and eight grandchildren.

Lola Cheeseman, 98, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (for-
merly of Brea, Calif.) died April 28, 2005 at Avante Skilled
Nursing Home.
She was born in Graybull, Wyo. on February 9, 1907. She
arrived in Panama in the early 1930s and married Forrest R.
Cheeseman, who preceded her in death in November 1991
while residing in Brea. Lola will be remembered by many for
the wonderful service they received in her Beauty Shop. The
first shop was located on 4th of July Ave. and later located in
the El Panama Hotel. Her husband "Cheesy" raised and bred
chickens at his farm in the Blue Mountains. Many of you may
remember the Goofey Lake area of those mountains.
Lola was the sister of Foy Frauenheim and husband,
Kerner who passed away July 4, 2005, and sister-in-law to

Virginia and Jim Wood, deceased. Survivors include nieces
Lynne Hoch of Germany and Lola Jones and husband Al; and
two nephews.

Helen Emily Collister, 92, of La Mesa, Calif. passed
away on April 18, 2005.
She and her late husband, Loren, lived in Curundu where
he worked for IAGS. They were members of Curundu
Protestant Church and retired to Arizona in 1971.
She is survived by her daughter Lorene Collister Nichols
of La Mesa, Calif. and a son Scott Collister of Valrico, Fla.

Mary L. Crawford, 94, passed away in Grand Ledge,
Mich. on March 19, 2005.
Mary went to the Panama Canal Zone in 1940 with her
husband, Porter W. Crawford, who passed away in 1968 at
Coco Solo Hospital. She never remarried. Mary and Porter
first lived in Balboa and in 1951 moved to Cristobal with
their sons James and Charles. Mary worked for many years
for the U.S. Army in Ft. Gulick, running the self service sup-
ply center. She retired in 1975 and moved to Titusville, Fla.
In 2003, Mary moved to Michigan and lived with her grand-
daughter Elizabeth Lea in Grand Ledge. She was a member
of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
Surviving are her sons James of Dimondale, Mich. and
Charles of Charlotte, N.C. In addition, there are six grand-
children and eight great-grandchildren.

Eula Reno Driscoll, 92, of Rolling Green Village
Healthcare, died May 13, 2005.
Born in Blum, Texas, she was a graduate of North Texas
State University and earned her Masters Degree in Education
from New York University. She taught at North Texas State
University in Denton, Texas and at the Canal Zone College in
Balboa, Panama. She was a member of the Harris Bible Class
and Circle No. 5 at Greenville Associate Reformed
Presbyterian Church. She was the widow of Herbert S.
Surviving are one niece, Sylvia Reno Kelly of New
Orleans; her family in Greenville, Jerry and Susan Welmaker
and their children and grandchildren; and her late husband's
nieces and nephews.

Sheila LaMar (Leach) Egger, "Nana Egger", passed
away May 21, 2005 at her home in Fayetteville, N.C.
Sheila was born February 25, 1936 at Ancon Hospital,
Panama Canal Zone. She returned to the United States with
her husband of 33 years, Richard (Dickie) Owen Egger Sr.,
who retired in 1988.
She was a prominent member of the Fayetteville, N.C.
community where she was a lifetime active member of the
Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW of the United States Life
Member Post 10630, Red Hat Society, a supporter of the
youth of the Pope Air Force Community and dedicated mem-
ber of the Hope Mills Good Sheperd Catholic Church.
She is survived by her siblings: Mary Constance (Sissy)

Leach Isaacson, Lorna Childers, and Maureen Wells. She is
also survived by her children: Richard Owen Egger Jr..
Marjorie Lynn Egger, Arthur Bradford Egger, Maureen Ann
Egger Whitlock, Rory Shane Egger; three daughters-in-law,
Diana Bryan Egger, Orietta Del Carmen De Catalan and
Jeannette Fernandez Del Egger; a son-in-law, Andrew
Augustus Whitlock II; eight grandchildren; and her beloved
dog "Buddie".

Bobbie May Styles Field, 82, passed away June 1, 2005
at her home in Santa Rosa, Calif. Bobbie was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone on August 8, 1922.
Bobbie was known for her many volunteer civic activities
in the community of Oakmont where she lived for the past 38
years. She was a longtime member of the Oakmont Village
Association as well as the Panama Canal Society.
She was predeceased by her late husband, C. Edward
Field; her two brothers, Tommy Styles and Bruce Styles; and
her sister, Carol Styles Nellis. She is survived by her two sis-
ters, Marjorie Styles Nellis and Joan Styles Sevey, as well as
many nieces and nephews.

Kerner E. Frauenheim, 92, passed away peacefully at
the Avanti Nursing Home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. on July
4, 2005. He was born and raised in Zelienople, Pa., a suburb
of Pittsburgh.
He went to work for the Navy in the Panama Canal Zone
in 1940 and later transferred to the Service Centers Division
where he worked primarily at the Diablo Clubhouse and the
Tivoli Hotel. In 1941 he met and married Foy Ruble
Frauenheim, his wife of 57 years who preceded him in death
in 1998. Kerner was a big sportsman who loved to fish off the
causeway and hit practice golf balls in the open field behind
the Amador Officers Club. He loved football and was an avid
fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Fighting Irish of Notre
Dame. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St.
Mary's Catholic Church in Balboa. Upon retirement in 1972,
Kerner and Foy moved to Seminole, Fla. where they resided
until 1994 when they moved to Jacksonville, Fla.
Kerner is survived by two daughters, Lola Jones and son-
in-law Al of Atlantic Beach, Fla. and Lynne Hoch of
Germany; two sons, Neil and Gene and daughter-in-law
Lynne, both of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; thirteen grandchil-
dren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Gertrude H. Gibson, born November 16, 1910 in
Gorgona, Canal Zone, died May 30, 2005 in San Diego,
Mrs. Gibson was the granddaughter of Stephen E. Calvit
and Annie Wright Calvit who went to the Isthmus in 1907
from Texas. Her father, T. W. Harrison (a Roosevelt Medal
Holder) and her mother, Mary Calvit Harrison, lived in
Balboa for many years until retiring to California.
She was predeceased by her husband, Capt. Stuart D.
Gibson who worked as a Tugboat Captain for the Marine
Division. Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Gibson danced ballet
professionally and then taught dance classes to many young

students in the Canal Zone. She was later employed with the
Electrical Division, Communications Branch. Mrs. Gibson
left the Canal Zone in 1953 and retired from the Social
Security Administration in Van Nuys, Calif.
She is survived by her daughter, Joan Conover, of San
Diego, Calif.; a granddaughter and a grandson; three nieces
and two nephews.

John R. Gough Sr., 80, of Marrero, La. passed away on
April 18, 2005 from a heart attack after a very brief illness.
John was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. In 1942 he
joined the U.S. Army and arrived in the Panama Canal Zone
as a Sergeant with the Army Air Corps at the Albrook Air
Station in 1943. He was discharged in 1946 and remained in
the Canal Zone working as a civilian for the Army Audit
Agency. In 1958 he moved to the Budget and Rates Division
of the Panama Canal Company. He finished his long govern-
ment career as a Supervisory Budget Analyst in the Budget
office when he retired in 1979.
John was a former treasurer of the Curundu Protestant
Church, a Sunday school teacher, and a good friend to many
children in the Balboa and Curundu areas. He was also a Past
Commander of The Frank P. Albrook VFW Post in Curundu,
a member of Elks Lodge 1414, a past Cubmaster Pack 7 of
Curundu, and a member of the Panama Canal Society. He was
honored to be awarded the Silver Panama Canal Community
Service Medal by Governor Parfitt.
John was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen C. in
1992. He is survived by his two sons, John R. Gough II of St.
Petersburg, Fla. and William E. Gough III of Marrero, La.;
three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ed Hepner, 78, of Winter Haven, Fla. died of lung dis-
ease on June 18, 2005.
A native of Franklin, Pa. he moved to Winter Haven from
The Colony, Texas in 1993. He lived in the Panama Canal
Zone from 1965 where he worked as a marine machinist fore-
man in Mt. Hope Industrial Division. He retired as a planner
and estimator for the Panama Canal Commission in 1987. He
was a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy serving dur-
ing World War II and the Korean War. He was a lifetime
member of the VFW.
Survivors include a son, Ralph Hepner of Winter Haven,
Fla.; a daughter, Marcie (Hepner) Zaharee of Sterling, Mass.;
four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His wife,
Dorthy Hepner, passed away in January 2000.

Jean Carleton Hill, 85, of Castine and North Berwick,
Maine passed away on June 25, 2005 in North Berwick,
Maine. She was born in Irvington-on-the-Hudson, N.Y. on
August 2, 1919, to Guy and Ada (Whittemore) Carleton. She
graduated from Manhasset High School, N.Y. in 1937, and
Stonehill Junior College in Rye Beach, N.Y. in 1939 with an
A.A.S. Degree.
She married M. Chester Hill of Marion, Mass., on January
8, 1944 in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Calif. She was
employed by Mass Bonding & Insurance Company, Bally

Ribbon Mills and the Federation of Protestant Welfare
Agencies, all in New York, N.Y.; and Demers Insurance and
the American Red Cross in San Francisco, Calif.
Prior to moving to Castine in 1967 she and her husband
also resided in New Orleans, and the Panama Canal Zone.
She was a past and present member of St. Luke's Episcopal
Church in Ancon, Panama; Trinity Episcopal Church in
Castine, the Maine Maritime Women's Club, the Castine Golf
Club, and the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a
brother, a sister and a sister-in-law. She is survived by her
brother, Robert Carleton of Manson, Wash.; sons and daugh-
ters-in-law, Bruce and Evelyn Hill and Mark and Pat Hill;
three grandsons, a sister-in-law Janice Whipple, and several
nieces and nephews.

Ben "Uncle Benny" Horton died of cardiac arrest on
May 1, 2005.
He was a Canal Zone Police Officer and a proud Zonian.
He graduated from Balboa High School, Class of 1962/63.
Ben grew up in different areas of the Zone: Cocoli, Gamboa,
and Ancon. In the 1970s he lived in Balboa and in the 1980s
he lived in Los Rios.
He is survived by two children: Jackie Horton and her two
children; Eddie Horton (Florida); and Benji's children. Benji
died three years ago of congestive heart failure in Miami, Fla.
Eddie and Benji attended Los Rios Elementary School in the
1980s, and Jackie graduated from Balboa High School

Margaret (Peggy) Sealey Hutchison, 87, of Aiken, S.C.
died peacefully at the home of her youngest daughter Vicki
Boukalis in Lillian, Ala. on May 29, 2005.
Peggy was born on December 1, 1917 in Ancon, Canal
Zone. Her parents were among the group of Americans
involved in the initial construction of the Panama Canal and
her father was awarded the Roosevelt Medal with one bar for
four years of construction service between 1910-1914.
Peggy graduated from Balboa High School in 1935,
attended two years of Canal Zone Junior College and married
Donald P. Hutchison (Hutch) in 1938. She sold insurance out
of her home for various insurance companies within Panama
plus was active in the Orchid Chapter No. I of the Order of
the Eastern Star before going to work as a Secretary for
Headquarters U.S. Southcom. She resigned in 1975 with 19
years of service when her husband retired from the Marine
Bureau's Locks Division and they relocated to Aiken, S.C.
Peggy was an active member and officer of Aiken's First
Church of Christ Scientist, the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
and was the Canal Record reporter for South Carolina at the
time of her death, the National Association of Retired Federal
Employees, Town and Country, and Pairs & Spares.
Peggy was predeceased by her husband Donald P.
Hutchison. She is survived by her son, Gary; daughters,
Dianne Cox and Vicki Boukalis; three grandsons; and three

Claire Helene Jaworski, 65, died on June 17, 2004 under
hospice care at Ruxton Health of Alexandria, Va.
Mrs. Jaworski was born in Philadelphia, Pa. to Helen and
John Simpson and was the youngest daughter of two. She
married Eugene Francis Jaworski in 1958 and moved to Fort
Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Two of her children
were born in San Antonio before moving to Northern Virginia
in 1961, where she resided for the remainder of her life and
raised her four children.
She worked for several years as a lactation consultant and
fostered 23 children through various foster programs includ-
ing Catholic Charities. She also participated in the prison
ministry through the Catholic Church. Mrs. Jaworski was rec-
ognized for her endless charitable work with infants, birth
and adoptive parents, and prisoners. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Eugene; a
daughter, Nancy J. Cooke of Mesa, Ariz.; three sons, John
Jaworski of Shelton, Conn., Joe Jaworski of Framingham,
Mass., and Jim Jaworski of Spotsylvania, Va.; a sister, Nancy
Munroe of Lansdowne, Pa.; a niece and five grandchildren.

Paul William "Pablo" Kramer, 78, of Portland, Texas,
passed away at his residence on May 25, 2005. Paul was born
on September 11, 1926, in Ocean City, N.J., the son of Paul
W. Sr. and Margaret Kramer.
He moved to Panama with his parents at age 14 and grad-
uated from Balboa High School in 1946. He served a four-
year machinist apprenticeship for the Panama Canal. He
served two years with the Marine Corps, and returned to the
Panama Canal where he worked until his retirement in 1985,
when he moved to Portland.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife Helen and his par-
ents. Survivors include his fifteen-year companion, Marian L.
Karr of Portland; two cousins and many friends he worked
with in Panama.

Gilbert Marcum, 82, of Hallandale, Fla. passed away on
June 30, 2005.
Gilbert was stationed at Quarry Heights prior to World
War II, shipped to the European Theater during the war, and
returned to Panama once World War II terminated. A Curundu
resident until 1964, he was very active in the VFW and youth
baseball leagues of that town. There are few, if any, young
men from Curundu who participated in youth baseball during
his era whose lives were not touched in some way by Gilbert.
He is survived by his wife Lesbia. sons John and James,
four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Diane "Pat" McCay, 88, of Port Charlotte, Fla., former-
ly of St. Petersburg, died May 12, 2005 at Deep Creek
Rehabilitation and Nursing Home.
She was born in Erie, Pa., and was a secretary for the city
of St. Petersburg for about 20 years. She moved to Port
Charlotte in 2002. She came to Florida in 1935 when her
father, an engineer for the Panama Canal, relocated to Miami.
Survivors include two sons, Steve, Port Charlotte, and

Howard, Seattle; a daughter, Carol McCay, Islamorada; six
grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Evangeline Theresa Melant, 80, died March 16, 2005 in
Georgetown, Texas.
She was born July 10, 1924 in Buffalo, N.Y. and spent the
first part of her life in a Catholic orphanage. She was adopt-
ed as a pre-schooler by Frank Nowak and Sophie Biliski
Nowak of Buffalo. After graduation from high school, she
began a career with Civil Service in Buffalo as an IRS audi-
tor during World War II. During this time, she met and mar-
ried Victor C. Melant whose family had connections to the
Buffalo area but had lived in the Panama Canal Zone for
many years.
They moved to the Canal Zone where Evangeline contin-
ued to work for Civil Service as a secretary for the U.S. Navy.
Victor worked for the Panama Canal ending as Chief of Oil
Pollution Control. They divorced in 1967. Evangeline contin-
ued to work for the Armed Forces in Panama while raising
her three children then retired in 1999. Following her retire-
ment at 75, Evangeline joined her daughter Michelle in
Heidelberg, Germany. In July 2004, she became ill and
moved to Georgetown, Texas to reside with her son Michael
and daughter-in-law Sally.
She is survived by her ex-husband Victor Melant of
Orlando, Fla.; her brother Eugene Nowak of Buffalo, N.Y.;
two sons, Michael and daughter-in-law Sally, and Victor Gary
Melant; daughter Michelle, nine grandchildren, and nine

Dawn M. Morgan, 49, of Altamonte Springs, Fla. died
June 22, 2005 at her home under the care of Hospice. Dawn
was born February 6, 1956 at St. Augustine, Fla. She gradu-
ated from Cristobal High School in 1975.
She is survived by two daughters, Amanda and son-in-law
Dan of Longview, Fla., and Deanna and her son, Steven Jr.;
and two sons, Christopher and Corey. She is also survived by
two brothers, Kevin and Todd Morgan, her aunt Louise
Morgan and her stepmother Barbara (Bozzuffi) Yee. She was
predeceased by her father, Ned D. Morgan, who worked for
the Panama Railroad and Gatun Locks.

Samuel G. Newhard, 66, of Tiffin, Ohio, died June 7,
2005 at his residence. He was born April 23, 1939 in Ancon,
Panama Canal Zone.
Sam graduated in 1957 from Cristobal High School and
was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from
Hillsdale College in 1966 and retired from United Insurance
Service of Tiffin in 2001, where he was the claims manager.
He was a past president and an active member of the
Tiffin Kiwanis Club. He was a member of First Presbyterian
Church in Tiffin where he served as an elder and Presbytery
representative. Sam was instrumental in forming the girls
ponytail league of Tiffin and was the commissioner for many
years. His concern for the safety of others through his insur-
ance experiences led him to become a crossing guard at Krout
School upon his retirement. Being there for the kids' safety

each day was truly a joy for him. Sam loved fishing, camp-
ing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Ann (Martin) Newhard and
three daughters, Carolyn (Tony) Gase, Nancy (Jim)
Warnement, and Wendy (Jason) Bird, all of Tiffin; two broth-
ers, Bruce (Karen) Newhard of Battle Creek, Mich., and Carl
Newhard of Rogers, Ark.; and seven grandchildren.

R. David Otten, 68, of Lakeland, Fla. died of heart fail-
ure January 29, 2005 at Winter Haven Hospital.
Born in Springfield, Mo. on December 20, 1936, he grad-
uated from Balboa High School in 1954. He came to
Lakeland from Columbus, Ohio, 17 years ago. He was the
owner and operator of Signature Software Systems Inc. for 25
years. He was past president of Bach Festival of Central
Florida. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society, the
American Society for Automation in Pharmacy, and on the
board of directors of the Winter Haven Messiah Association.
He attended the College-Conservatory of Music in
Cincinnati, and directed choirs and choruses in Kentucky,
Kansas, Ohio and Florida. He was a member of McLeod
Memorial Presbyterian Church of Bartow, where he was a
choir director.
Mr. Otten is survived by his wife, Donnell Otten; son,
Darrin Otten, Lakeland; daughters, Beverly Hendricks,
Jennifer Schmeiser, both of Lakeland; five grandchildren;
and one great-grandchild.

Linda Mae Wong Redfern, 69, passed away peacefully
at Florida Hospital Rollins, Orlando, Fla. on June 19, 2005
surrounded by her children and family.
Linda was born in Colon, Panama to Lam Shoa Wong
(deceased) and Josephine Kinglow Wong on March 20, 1936.
She retired from the Panama Canal Commission in 1987 and
relocated to Orlando, Fla. Her home became a haven, not
only to her children, grandchildren and relatives, but to many
friends visiting from Panama and other parts of the world.
In June 2004, she was blessed to be able to make a won-
derful trip back to her beloved Panama, where she got reac-
quainted with friends and relatives, and was able to see the
many changes in the country. In August 2004, she made her
last trip to Las Vegas, Nev. to help celebrate the 30th wedding
anniversary of her sister and brother-in-law, Selma and
Chuck Umnuss.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E.
Redfern; father, Lam Shoa Wong; and brother, Herminio E.
Wong. Survivors are: daughters, Theresa Redfern Lester
(John) and Laura Redfern Rolland (Jerry); son, Robert E.
Redfern Jr.; mother, Josephine Wong; sister, Jean Wong
Wilson; and five grandchildren, all of the Orlando area;
daughter, Cynthia Redfern Shapiro (Ken), Deltona, Fla.; sis-
ters, Selma Wong Umnuss and Vilma Wong Bechtold, of Las
Vegas, Nev.; and brother, Gordon Wong, of Panama City,

Charles Joseph "Joe" Roth-Roffy Jr., 85, formerly of
Balboa, Canal Zone, passed away April 30, 2005 at his home

in Fayetteville, N.C.
Joe was a veteran of World War II serving as a Chief Petty
Officer in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Naval
Reserves. He also retired from the Panama Canal Company in
1980 where he was well known throughout the Canal Zone
and Panama. He was a longtime member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Elks and Lions Clubs, Knights of Columbus
(4th degree), NARFE, the USN Fleet Reserve Association
and the Panama Canal Society. During his retirement, Joe and
his wife Helen traveled extensively by land, sea, and by air
throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and
the Far East.
He is survived by his wife Helen (Giavelli), daughter
Sandra, sons Charles, William, and Thomas, six grandchil-
dren, four great-grandchildren and two brothers, William (his
twin) and Kenneth Roth-Roffy of St. Louis, Mo.

Paul Rozmeski, 73, of Lutz, Fla. died on July 16, 2005.
He was born in Bridgeport, Conn. He was a veteran of the
Korean War and was stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort
Kobbe, C. Z. where he met and married his wife Lilia. After
discharge from the Army, they returned to Bridgeport for a
short time. He joined the Panama Canal Company in 1954 as
a butcher at the Cristobal Commissary. He later joined the
Cristobal Police Department. He retired as a Detective in
January 1980.
He was very active in youth activities and received an
Honorary Public Service Award in 1973. He was a member of
Elks Lodge 1542 and was Elk of the Year in 1978. he coached
the Police Pals Little League team on the Atlantic side. He
was also a member of the Panama Canal Society and a
Director on the Executive Board from 1995-1997.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lilia (Flores)
Rozmeski (BHS'52) and sons Joseph, Jeffrey, and Robert
Rozmeski and daughters-in-law Tina and Carrie Rozmeski;
brother John of Hawaii, and sisters Kay and Marie of
Connecticut; and three granddaughters and a grandson.

Frances Fanning Sampsell, 90, passed away on April
23, 2005. Mrs. Sampsell began her career as an educator in
Lincoln County, Tenn. in 1939, serving in both the city and
the county systems. In 1950, Mrs. Sampsell went to Sendai,
Japan, where she taught for the Dept. of Defense Schools. In
1952, she went to the former Panama Canal Zone where she
served as a teacher, an elementary principal, Supervisor of
Instruction, Elementary Schools, and Assistant
Superintendent in charge of Elementary Schools. She spent a
total of thirty-eight years in education.
Upon her retirement, Mrs. Sampsell was presented a
Keeper of Children's Minds plaque from Governor Parfitt,
the last U.S. governor of the Canal Zone. While in the Canal
Zone, Mrs. Sampsell was an active member of the
Soroptimist, College Club, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, and
Eastern Star. Mrs. Sampsell continued her association with
Eastern Star after she moved to Cleveland, Tenn. She had
received her fifty-year pin in that organization. Mrs. Sampsell
belonged to First Baptist Church, Cleveland, Tenn. where she
was a member of Merritt-Greer Circle and Dorcas Sunday

School class. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society. Mrs. Sampsell was the widow of H. Lee Sampsell.
She is survived by her brother, Woodrow Fanning, of
Cleveland, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Irene Fanning,
Cleveland, Tenn. and Martha Fanning, Signal Mountain,
Tenn., and many nieces and nephews.

Laura V. Spencer, 89, died on April 16, 2005 at Hospice
Residence, Stuart, Fla.
She was born in St. Albans, W.Va. and lived in Palm City
for 35 years, coming from Balboa Canal Zone. She was a
member of the Eastern Star, Pen Woman's Club in the Canal
Zone and Palm Beach, and the American Red Cross. She was
a volunteer Pink Lady with Martin Memorial Hospital, Crisis
Line in Martin county, and the Council on Aging in Stuart.
Survivors include her son, Phil Spencer of Social Circle,
Ga.; daughters, Billie Sue Spencer, Buford, Ga., and Lois
Ann Spencer of Palm City, Fla.; six grandchildren, 12 great-
grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William W.
Spencer, in 1990.

Lillian M. "Carlie" Taber, 93, of Seminole, Fla. died
May 11, 2005 at Sun Coast Hospital.
She was born in Hazardville, Conn., and came to Florida
in 1967 from the Panama Canal Zone, where she was a mem-
ber of the Canal Zone Women's Club. She was a home health
nurse in Boston and enjoyed arts and crafts, traveling, cruis-
es and square dancing. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.
Survivors include two sons, Lewis, Rohnert Park, Calif.,
and Jack, Bellevue, Neb.; two daughters, Alice Taber,
Seminole, and Carlene Zemitis, Willow Grove, Pa.; seven
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Sarah Reynolds "Sue" Wall, 90, passed away peaceful-
ly at her residence, the Inn at Hamilton, on November 19,
She was born in Colon and grew up in Balboa. Sue grad-
uated from Balboa High School in 1931, and attended the
Canal Zone Junior College briefly. She worked in the
Administration Building Library for a short time, and then in
Personnel until she moved to Baltimore to join her family in
1936. Upon her retirement, after the death of her husband,
Bill Wall, she moved to Plantation, Fla. to be near her sister,
Dr. Georgia Reynolds, who survives her. She was long known
as a breeder of champion pugs, and as the "Pug Lady" for her
rescue work with pugs. She was a member of the Panama
Canal Society.

Fred Weade, 94, passed away this past April 2005. He
passed away peacefully at a hospice in Colorado.
He started work as a pilot on the Panama Canal in 1941.
He kept his Elks Club Lodge 1414 membership active every
year until his death. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and
active in the Shriners. Fred will be remembered as an out-

standing Canal pilot who helped other young pilots get start-
ed. He was also a devoted husband and father.
He is survived by his wife Mary Jane, sons Mike and
Fred, daughter Mary Jane, and six grandchildren.

Judith Sigl Weber (BHS'57) passed away April 14, 2005
in Waterford, Mich. Judy was born near Seymour, Wisc. in
July 1939.
The Sigl family moved to Panama in 1943. Judy attended
Balboa Elementary School, St. Mary's School and Balboa
High School and then went to nursing school at Mercy
College in Detroit, Mich. She married Frank Weber and had
four children. Judy had practiced as a visiting nurse for most
of her professional career.
Judy is survived by her mother, Catherine Wallace, who
had lived in Dothan from 1979 until she moved to New
Orleans in 2002. She is also survived by her four children
Laura, Julie, Charles and Stephen who all live in the Detroit
area; her sister Gloria Sigl Maisano (BHS'59) who lives in
New Orleans, La.; and four grandchildren.

Billy Charles Winford, 66, of Wesley Chapel, Fla.
passed away on June 9, 2005 at University Community
Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Bill was born on August 31, 1938 in
Jonesboro, Ark.
He went to Panama when he was nine, graduated from
Balboa High School in 1956. Bill left Panama and lived in
Hialeah, Fla. for three years where he graduated from Radio
Electronics Technical School and worked for the city water
department. He returned to Panama and completed an elec-
tronics apprenticeship with the Panama Canal Company and
worked for the Electronics Division for 35-1/2 years, retiring
in 1998.
Upon retirement, Bill and his wife, Marcia (Dubbs), left
Panama and moved to Wesley Chapel. He enjoyed being at
home keeping busy fixing things around the house and main-
taining the yard. Bill looked forward to traveling with his
family and friends; going on several cruises and long trips by
car. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society and a
Lifetime member of the Panama Canal Elks Lodge #1414 of
Balboa, Panama.
In addition to his wife Marcia of 40 years, Bill is survived
by a son, Bill Winford of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a daughter,
Melissa Fannin and her husband Tony, and a granddaughter
Katlyn of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; brother, Bobby Winford of
Inman, S.C.; stepsister, Caroline Hall and husband Jerry of
Sarasota, Fla.; stepmother, Beatrice Winford of Lakeland,
Fla.; brother-in-law Michael Dubbs and wife Sondra of West
Lafayette, Ind.; four nephews; three nieces; six great-
nephews; three great-nieces, and one great-great niece.
Bill will be remembered for his patience, devotion to his
family and quiet manner.

Marion B. "Woody" Woodruff, 82, of the Mainlands,
Pinellas Park, Fla. passed away May 11, 2005 at home under
the care of family and the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
He was born in Cristobal, Canal Zone, and graduated

from Balboa High School in 1942. In December 1943, he
joined the U.S. Navy, Construction Battalion (Seabees) and
served until March 1946. He participated in the invasion of
Okinawa with the 6th Marine Division, and the occupation of
the Japanese Homeland from September 1945 to October
Upon his return to the Canal Zone, he worked for the
Balboa Police Department and the Locks Division. He retired
in 1979 from the Miraflores Locks (as a locomotive operator)
with 38 years and 5 months government service. Woody and
Elsie, whom he married in 1958, retired to Dothan, Ala. In
March of 2000, they moved to Pinellas Park, Fla.
He was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge 1887, Dothan,
Ala.; a member of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.; AARP
and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In recent years, Woody was
very active playing golf, shuffleboard, bowling, working the
pancake breakfasts, putting up the Christmas lights, and just
about anything else he was asked to do at The Mainlands.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elsie; two daugh-
ters, Linda Weir and Darleen Hunt, son-in-law Joe Hunt; two
sisters, Elsie Prokop, Seffner, and Mildred Garrison,
Huntersville, N.C.; four granddaughters; and three great-

The Panama Canal Society is not responsible for the accuracy
of the following email address directory. These addresses are
considered correct at the time of this printing. It is the
responsibility of the individual member to insure his/her email
is updated in the Society's database.
Aguirre, Frankie and
Ahrens, Tanya (Frazier)
Ainsworth, Larry and Alisha... larry.ainsworth
Aleman, Danny
Alexaitis, Paul and
Aviles, Andres............................
Baker, Pablo L...........................................spints@
Balmas, Randy and Kathy (Stone)
Barrett, Lisa.............................. ..........isabarrett@
Batcheldor Jr, Bud and
Beers, John A and
Belanger, C.E. Maurice/
Bell Jr, Billy..................... ...................... bdbell6@
Bell, Warren M
Blumberg, George/
Boring, Bob and
Botha, Jessica (Ernest) and
Bright, Frankie
Bryson, Dennis and
Bulone, Marjorie (Blair)/
Burgess, Beth and Bill
Castleton, Karen (Dolan)
Chelette, Jackie (Naum) and
Cicero, Joe and Marcia......................zonian6l
Corbett, Syd (Townsend) and
Cordovez, Roberto and
Coughlin, Viki (Weber) and
Creel, Colin and
Cronan, Joseph and
Cummings, Gary and
Cunningham Sr, Jay and Clotilde (Perez)
Davidson, Tommie/
Dawson-McNally, Gail and
Densmore, Mikey
Dorfmeier, Sonia and
Eddleman, Edward.......................................
Ernst, Patrick and Michelle................
Evans, Andrew T and
Farrow, Wayne/Karen (Kennedy)
Filo Jr, Ed............................................edfilo@ hotm
First, Sonia (Mendoza-Diaz)....smendozl
Forsythe, Robert G
Fullmer, Dee (N li\C and
Furlong, Ralph and
Garcia, Lincoln and
Getman, B. (Jennings) and
Gewelbe, Miguelda and

The Panama Canal Society is not
responsible for the accuracy of the
following email address directory.
These addresses are considered
correct at the time of this printing. It
is the responsibility of the individual
member to insure his/her email is
updated in the Society's database.

Gonzalez, Sharon (DeVore)/
Gordon, Chris...............................
Gragg, Torrey.......
Grant, Lee (Harwell) and
Greer, Arabia...........................................securitec@
Grimberg, Tracy
Hand, Bruce G and Dodee (Coleman)
Harris, Candra (Cobia)
Harris, Joan and
Hazelip, Laurie (McBride)/
Hodge, Willeen (O'Sullivan)/
Holland, Eric and
Huther, Julie (Fiori)................................... JulielO
Irvin, John..........................................
Jackson, Ginny
Jordan, Thomas
Keesee, Melissa (Cruz)/
Keller, Bill and
Kourany, Tita and Victor
Kramer, Oliver and
Kredell, Mark J and
Kunkel Jr,
Laug, Bernadetta (Valle)/
Lavender, Hank
Leeser, Russell
Lewis Jr, Herbert H and
Macht, Raymond and
Mallett, Richard/Ruth (McCall)
Marcum, Roma (Levy)
McDill, Laura and
McDonough, Ivy "Pat"
McGinness Jr,
McGuerty, Jay........................................
McGuinness III,
McGuinness, Sam....................................
McMullen, Rose (Knight) and
Medinger, Frances "Sis"
Mollard, Rita B and
Morris, Carolyn (Holmes)
Morrison, Bonnie (Crowell)/Mike...
Mouser, Yvonne (Fishbough)/
Murphy, Richard/
Nakata, Eilenn (Rodgers)/
Ness, Gary and
Neuren, Bonnie (Lavender)
Newton, Curtis and
Nieves, Roberto and
Nolte, Sergio.........................................
Paglia, Norma (Gomez) and
Paradin, Pat ...........................................
Pepe, Michele (Owen) and
Perkins, Ralph F and
Perkins, Yvette (Hern)

Quinn, Kathi (Chandler)/
Rambo, Dr. George
Randall, Jack...................................... jacliffrl
Rankin, Virginia
Rendon, Gene and Diana (Newlon)
Rentfrow, Don......................
Reynolds III, John/
Rheberg, Charlie/Florida (Cortes)
Rice, Annie
Richter, Tanya and
Ridge, Lawrence and
Riesz, June ...............................junebugriesz @
Riley, Bill.........................................Billriley52@
Riser, Brenda (Daisey) and
Roberts, Kathy (Fears)
Sanders, Jack
Schmidt, Beth (Brown) and
Sears, Bill and
Shambo, Seldon and
Skains, Andre (Gatlin) and
Slaughter, Jeffry and
Snavely, Mary (Thompson)/
Spector, Pam and
Spencer, Bill
Steuart, Joe and Oty (Castillo)
Stevenson, Carlos A and
Stromberg, Gladys and
Stroop III, Edward C and Lesa
Taylor, Wenford G and
Thompson, Jane (Holgerson) and
Thorne, Mabel (Diaz)
Tiblier, Hunter
Truett, Terry (Stanley) and
Villasenor, Danny
Vincent, Maria (Girard)
Vowell, Casey............................
Walker, Monica and
White, Hal..............................
White, Neale and
Whitehead, Dave/
Wickham, Jimmie.....................jcwick
Wiedenhoff, Dr Alice (Chambers)
Wiley, Norman/May Jo (Snable)
Will, Carl and Gail (Allen).........
Will, Jim and
Windle, Maggie and
Winford, Billy C/Marcia (Dubbs)
Wootan, Anna (Ubben)/
Yates, Randolph and



I would like to thank each and every one of you that sent
me cards, emails and prayers when I was in the hospital ear-
lier this year for my 5-bypass heart surgery. Although I was
unaware of your thoughtfulness and concerns at the time, I
was very touched when I was finally able to read about your
prayers and concerns. They meant a lot to me, and again,
thank you. I feel so blessed to be a part of a society that is so
caring and thoughtful. God bless you all.

Davis Stevenson
Lawrenceville, Ga.


Brad and Kimberly (Phillips) Collins (BHS'86), Little
Rock, Ark. spent Columbus Day weekend with Bob and
Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis in Lillian, Ala. Kim, a nurse,
and Brad, a pharmacist, were looking into the possibility of
transferring to the Biloxi, Miss. area.

Brad and Kimberly (Phillips) Collins

Wally Matthews, retired E&C Budget Officer, arrived
New Year's Day after spending Christmas with his son Ed
and family in Austin, Texas. Wally was thrilled that Ray and
Forest (Wise) Robberson (BHS'57) were available to come
over for a good old Panamanian dinner of ceviche, fried fish,
plantains and yucca. Forest was Wally's Budget Analyst in
the E&C Director's Office.
In January, Bob and Vicki joined Bob's parents, Jim and
Julia Boukalis; sister Cynthia Humphreys; brother

Kenneth Boukalis; and nephews Jonpaul, Jeff, and Dan
Humphreys along with their spouses and children, for a mar-
velous week aboard the Norwegian Dream, which sailed out
of New Orleans.

Back (L-R): Kenneth Boukalis, Jonpaul Humphreys,
Kayla Stark, Jeff and Bekki Humphreys, Tammie and Dan
Humphreys, Vicki and Bob Boukalis, Jack Humphreys.
Front (L-R): Beverly Boukalis, Chance Humphreys, Julia
Boukalis, Keelyn Humphreys, Jim Boukalis, Cynthia

Also on board this luxurious Caribbean cruise were
Peggy Hutchison, Forest and Ray Robberson, Geri
(CHS'72) and Bill Foster, and Doris, Jean and Scott Burns.
The seven days were spent eating the scrumptious meals,
watching the marvelous shows, gambling in the Casino and
visiting the ports of Cozumel, Roatan, Belize City, and
Cancun. In Roatan, Geri and Bill accidentally signed up for
the Reef Shark SCUBA so were shocked when they came
face-to-face with schools of sharks ranging in size from three
to nine feet. Be sure to ask them about it the next time you see

Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis
Lillian, Ala.


It all began last December when ten good girlfriends of
Nancy (Spiros) Brady gathered in Panama to celebrate her
50th birthday. The schedule was exhilarating and fast paced.
We arrived in Panama in full customary tradition...late. Our
winter clothes were no match for the welcoming warmth
from a tropical land we love so dearly, so we started shedding
them fast. We quickly claimed our busito or the Nancita
Express and headed for fun in the sun but first needed a quick
power nap at our hacienda, the Amador Country Inn & Suites.
The following six days were pure "Girls Gone Wild". Our

second day was spent on the beautiful ocean waters sur-
rounding Taboga with Captain George Hayes. The Captain
really knew how to show these ladies a good time.
A day trip to Rio Mar was spent with Jesse (Coleman)
Burger, husband Andy, and family. We lounged by the pool-
side and drooled over the gorgeous view. Jesse and Andy
wined and dined us. We left with fond memories.
We did all the shopping girls like to do and topped it off
with a great New Year's Party at the Elks Club. Then it was
time to head home. Each one of us felt like eighteen again.

Back (L-R): Becky (Ridge) Seymour, Maureen (Carey)
Domenech, Lynn Saarinen, Valerie Krueger, George
Hayes. Front (L-R): Doug Allen, Sheila Webb, Nancy
(Spiros) Brady, Nancy (Baldwin) Reed, Jean (Medinger)
McGuire, Carol (Fish) McIlvaine.


Joe and Marcia Cicero hosted a barbecue at their home
in Winter Park, Fla. earlier this year. Attending were Jack and
Gloria Corrigan of Deltona, Mike and Mary Gordon of
New Smyrna Beach, Marie and Jim Morris from Palm
Harbor, and Bob and Marguerite Zumbado from Orlando.

aWSSi r- 47

Jack Corrigan, Gloria Corrigan, Mike Gordon, Mary
Gordon, Marie Morris, Bob Zumbado, Marguerite
Zumbado, and Jim Morris.


Barbara Ellington (CHS'73), daughter of Captain
Robert J. Bloemer, retired Panama Canal Pilot, and her hus-
band Dr. Tim Ellington and family and friends spent six
nights at the Decameron Resort in Panama. They visited El
Valle on the market day then spent several nights at the
Country Inn & Suites, Amador. They visited and had lunch at
Miraflores Locks and spent two nights at San Blas.
This was a first-time visit to Panama for Barbara's son
and daughter and friends. They enjoyed their visit very, very
much and are hoping to return one day.

t5acK (L-K): vaierie Arueger, Lynn aarnnen. claale (L-
R): Carol (Fish) McIlvaine, Sheila Webb, Nancy
(Baldwin) Reed, Nancy (Spiros) Brady, Andy Burger,
Jesse Burger, Evelyn White, Becky (Ridge) Seymour.
Front (L-R): Maureen (Carey) Domenech, Jean
(Medinger) McGuire.

Evelyn White
Fayetteville, Ga.





DECEMBER 31, 2005.

Megan Stuart, Matt Ellington, Tim and Barbara
Ellington, Zach McKee, Laura Ellington, Decameron

Angie Bloemer
McKinney, Texas


Early this summer, eight Zonian amigas took a vacation
from "life" and headed to Key West. Kim (Morgan)
Stonecypher, Barb (Carlin) Armentrout, Julie (Smith)
McCullough, Melanie (Carlin) Filas, Lisa Corrigan, Rae
(Thrift) Catlett, Denise (Streeter) Clark and Sandy
(Carlin) Regnier caused much chaos on the island. Cold
beverages were enjoyed while shopping, relaxing by the pool
and visiting local establishments.
Sloppy Joe's was a favorite landmark, although a little
hole-in-the-wall called the "Smallest Bar in Key West" was a
close tie. Lisa Corrigan was celebrating her 40th birthday, so
she provided much free entertainment including a rendition
of "La Bamba" on stage at Kevin's Irish Pub. Everyone had
a wonderful time.

Kim (Morgan) Stonecypher, Barb (Carlin) Armentrout,
Julie (Smith) McCullough, Melanie (Carlin) Filas, Lisa
Corrigan, Rae (Thrift) Catlett, Denise (Streeter) Clark.
Not pictured: Sandy (Carlin) Regnier.

The drive home was much like the drive home from any
reunion. Most discussions started with "1 can't believe you..."
and "Just get me a hamburger, fries and an extra-large foun-
tain drink and I'll be fine."

Julie (Smith) McCullough
Jacksonville, Fla.


George and Beverly (Comley) Dilfer of Boca Raton, Fla.
flew to Heidelberg, Germany in April to spend ten days with
their son Jim (Hallmark, Panama), his wife Lynn (teacher,
Balboa Elementary School) and their two grandsons,
Thomas (16) and Steven (15), both of whom attended Balboa
Jim is currently teaching 8th grade science and Lynn is a
counselor in the same U.S. Army Base Patrick Henry Village
School. George and Bev arrived in Heidelberg on George's
91st birthday and were given a nice party. Seven days later,
Bev and George celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary
followed the very next day by Steven's 15th birthday--three

celebrations during their spring break.
Jim and Lynn live in Ziegelhausen, a suburb of
Heidelberg on the top 2-floor apartment of a high-rise com-
plex. Interesting sideline is you have to climb 74 stairs on the
outside of the building to reach their apartment. They have a
magnificent view overlooking the Neckar River and sur-
rounding green hills and homes on winding cobblestone

Thomas Dilfer, George Dilfer, Bev Dilfer, Jim Dilfer,
Steven Dilfer holding Yuki, and Lynn Dilfer, Ziegelhausen.

Jim and Lynn took us touring daily to interesting cities, all
of pretty Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Baden Baden (spas and casi-
no), Germany, and on to Strasbourg, France, all in 40-60
degree sunny Spring weather with tulips and daffodils in full
bloom everywhere. It was a beautiful trip.

Beverly C. Dilfer
Boca Raton, Fla.


Christina Carter was born in July 2004. Alex (5) is a
great big brother. Becky is a stay-at-home mom, and I am a
professor at the University of Utah School of Computing.
We have the room, and would love to have any of our
friends come to visit us in Utah.

:- 1.-

Alex, John, Christina and Becky Carter

John Carter (BHS'82)
Salt Lake City, Utah

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