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Flora Shoemaker Taylor survived a hip replacement followed by a month of shin- gles, which was “no fun.” Happily, she was able to enjoy a two-week stay at her son’s cottage in Sandpoint, Idaho. Flo 1ives in Kimball Junction, Utah, and likes to converse with retired area doctors and nurses, even though most of them are a decade younger than she. Ann Brown Abdalla is now nicely situ-

ated in Coburg Village, a great retirement community in Rexford, N.Y. She attended a family reunion on the shores of the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania this past summer. Although she did not swim or hike, she enjoyed spending time with family and the lush scenery. Jean Adams Shaw and husband Biff are delighted with their many new friends, activities, and busy schedules in Essex, Conn. Jean, who along with Jackie Pinover Mulrow, Nancy Colway Cammann, and Dotsy Bernstein Modlin make up our class Annual Fund Committee, says it is “up and running.” Dawn Rylander Spitz and husband Eric

are still singing! (We so enjoyed their per- formance at our 60th reunion.) They recently performed for their local library and in a revue at the Chatham Drama Guild. Dawn is pleased that two of her poems, illustrated by her daughter, Kim, are on exhibition in Sandwich, Mass. The couple spends six months on the Cape and winters in Venice, Fla., accompanied by their cocker spaniel. Rosemary Lawton MacCoun is writing biographies of family members at her daughter’s request. She finds it time-con- suming but very rewarding and urges us all to consider documenting our family histories. Rosemary also informed me that Don Read, husband of her twin sis- ter Barbara Lawton Read, died of Parkinson’s disease in August 2013. We extend our condolences to Barbara, who lives in Saint Augustine, Fla. We also offer our condolences to Marie

Forcucci, whose husband, Augustino Forcucci, died in August 2013. We remember Gus from our Skidmore days; he and Marie attended many of our class reunions. Al Mossman wrote to inform me that

his dear wife, Judy Schwarz Mossman, passed away in September after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. Our hearts go out to you, Al, at this difficult time. Close friend and former roommate Dawn Rylander Spitz was saddened to hear of Judy’s passing.

Bill and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary on a Grand Circle cruise from


Normandy to Paris on the Seine River, a special coffee hour at our church in Dennis, Mass., a fancy breakfast with some of our Cape Cod friends, and a four-day family get-together in North East Harbor, Maine. We feel so blessed to have good health, a wonderful family, and lots of friends. Some of you may remember me as “Jonne,” although I now go by Betty. BETTY JOHNSON BOOTHE 14 HEEGEONG DRIVE DENNIS, MA 02638-2220 508-385-5735 BETTYBOOTHE@GMAIL.COM


Our 60th reunion is behind us, and our eagerness to stay con -

nected continues to be very much alive. Jacquie Bailey Martin shared a fun visit

with Joan Dymond Barnett and Ann Shaaber Campney over lunch at her beach club in Centerville, Mass., on old Cape Cod the Friday before Labor Day weekend. There were lots of laughs and stories; Joan and Ann delighted in seeing our class reunion picture and wished they could have attended Reunion too. Jacquie commented that Joan and Shaabie are both doing great! Of course, they all had to do a little shopping after lunch, espe- cially Shaabie, who is a needlepoint whiz! Mary Lyman Heist, who lost her hus- band, Whitey, 14 years ago, recently made the big transition from her home of 47 years in Old Greenwich, Conn., to a great senior residence in the area. She is happy that she can still easily visit friends and children who live nearby. Mary says it was an excellent move, although clean- ing out years of accumulated stuff from her home was a tough job. Her new address is available on Skidmore Connect, the secure alumni online community. Barbara Feder Mindel is teaching a cre-

ative writing class for developmentally disabled teens and facilitating a memoir class for senior citizens through the Marist College Center for Lifetime Studies. She is also taking courses at Marist, writ- ing for two senior citizen newsletters, and working on a writers’ tea event for the local chapter of the American Association of University Women. Barbara is a vora- cious reader now that she has reached the age of waking up too early, and likes play- ing lots of duplicate bridge. Last year, she was honored by the town Democratic committee for her years of community service. Her spirit is “still willing despite the body’s periodic creaks.” Janet Tinsley Fiske hosted Sally Sanderson Cutler for a three-day get- together at her summer home in Barnard,

Vt. The annual tradition includes Debby Phillips, who lives in nearby Woodstock and joins them for their daily outings and dinners. Janet says it has always been spe- cial to share this time together, and the exceptional weather and beauty of Vermont made it a magical few days. Bascha Grubman Mon is excited that

poet David Skybound Rosenak has written an accompaniment for her recent work, a large oil painting and three small gouaches. The works were on display at the Hamilton Street Gallery in Bound Brook, N.J., this past fall. They are Bascha’s first creations since a flood dis- rupted her studio and life two years ago. Sally Wineck Hollman lost her hus-

band of almost 60 years, Lawrence, in June to lung cancer. Sally’s three children and six grandchildren have been wonder- ful in helping her through all the experi- ences a newly widowed person has to face. Luckily, she and Lawrence had moved into a condo several years ago, and there is a good support group for her there. She urges us to remember that every day is precious. We send our heart- felt sympathy to Sally and her family. During Reunion weekend we learned the sad news that Susanne Eustis Bogart passed away in May. As many of us remember, Sue was a valued, enthusiastic, and active member of our class. A two- term class president and class secretary, she also served as our irrepressible song leader. Her presence, class spirit, tireless energy, and friendliness will be sorely missed. In her later years she retired to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, to be closer to the beloved Isle of Springs cottage where she had spent every summer of her life. We extend our sincere condolences to her family. The loss of the whole first floor of our cottage in Normandy Beach, N.J., to Superstorm Sandy led to some unexpect- edly happy consequences. While we sore- ly missed the shore life we had enjoyed there for 44 summers, our family chose some new venues for our yearly gather- ings. The first was the farmhouse of daughter Susan and French son-in-law Christophe in Normandy, France, where we were joined by our daughter Marybeth and her family, who live in the U.K. Later in the summer, the whole clan came together at a wonderful camp on the shore of Lake Champlain near the Vermont home of our son, Jim, and his family. They were glorious days! MARYANNE “MIBS” WADE MENK 14 DEXTER DRIVE S. BASKING RIDGE, NJ 07920-1552 MMENK@VERIZON.NET

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