From Joann Daily Demars comes news of the death of Patricia Labonte Heney on June 29, 2003, from pancreatic cancer at her home in Green Bay, Wis. Patsy and her husband, Owen, were married on June 25, 1960, and lived at various times in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, and New Hampshire. She was a substitute teacher and active in Girl Scouts when her children were young. Later, she took travel courses at DuPage Community College and became a professional travel agent. She traveled to Europe, Turkey, China, New Zealand, Australia, and Alaska. Australia was her favorite. In 2002 she and Owen moved to Green Bay to be closer to their three children and eight grandchildren. Her funeral was in Durham, and she was buried in Dover.
Joann wrote of a luncheon with the "Dover girls" at her home in 2002. Present were Patsy, Barbara Fisher Nevel, Winnie McCarthy Baldassaro, Joyce Willette McGarr, Dotti Matthews Pierce '61, Phyllis Stackpole Howard, and Joann. "We had such a great time reminiscing about our years at KSC. A lot of laughs and some tears were shed that day. All of us were so happy that we had that last time together with Patsy."
Many will remember that Patsy and Owen attended several Reunions and were present at our 40th. It was wonderful to have shared their company that day. You may also remember that when they lived in Pennsylvania, Patsy served as our class agent in the alumni fund drive. Our condolences to Owen.
Norma Turcotte McShane recently retired and is busily cleaning out after 40 years teaching. She travels frequently to Mexico to visit her daughter and granddaughter.
Mark Walz lives in Maine and is teaching a college course in Vermont. He recently established a memorial endowment in his father's name.
In October, Lefty Joy was expecting a visit from John Farrell from California. Pete Kageleiry was to join them – the "Dover boys."
Dick Neilsen is enjoying golf and tennis.
Irene Plourde is living in Leesburg, Fla., and enjoying the swimming and weather.
Carmen Malbone, of Titusville, N.J., writes, "Went on a seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise in November. Also aboard were Barbara and Ernest Gendron, Allan and Martha LaFleur '67, and Ed and Carol Claus '77. We had a fantastic cruise!"
IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Stanley Danforth '61, M '73 died on Sept. 27, 2003, in Keene. She was an elementary school teacher in Manchester, in Santa Rita, Calif., and in Keene, where she taught at Wheelock and St. Joseph Regional schools. She was named to "Who's Who in American Teachers."
Wesley McNair received the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry at the literary awards ceremony at the New Hampshire Writers Project in Manchester, in October 2003. The prize was for his recent collection, Fire. In November, Down East Books published McNair's The Maine Poets, a chronological anthology of the state's poetry from Longfellow to the present. It is the second anthology of Maine writing McNair has edited; The Quotable Moose is the first. His next volume is an art book featuring his narrative poem "Fire" and drawings by Malcolm Cochran.
Margaret Roehrig Barrett, of Hudson, writes, "I am retiring from BAE Systems in Nashua on Dec. 31, 2003, after working there for 20 years as a financial analyst. BAE is formerly Sanders, a Lockheed Martin company."
40th Reunion – June 4-6, 2004
Bob "Whitey" Dearborn sent e-mail from Indiana. He is teaching for at least five more years in graphic arts and communications. His daughter got married in the spring of 2003. He visits his family annually in Portsmouth and has traveled to the Ozarks, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., Texas, Florida, and Tennessee. Whitey says he enjoys riding his bike because it keeps him young at heart! Life goes on, he writes, always to new challenges and experiences. His e-mail address in Indiana: firstname.lastname@example.org
Loisanne Foster writes from Marlow that she has retired from teaching English and humanities for 35 years in public schools. She continues to teach adults and publishes in the journals of the Plymouth Writers Group and NEATE. Loisanne lives between two large wildlife reserves and pursues her interests in wildlife preservations and nature conservation.
Norman Cain writes from Bow that he taught for 24 years and retired in 1988. He now repairs and refinishes furniture. Norm had worked for GE Aircraft Engines and at building and remodeling for himself for 14 years. He has two daughters and one granddaughter.
Penny Demeritt writes from Raymond that she is retired from 26 years as a special education teacher. Since losing her husband to cancer in '95, she has toured the United States and Canada in her 36-foot motor home. Penny enjoyed traveling along the Mississippi River via the Great River Road and traveling Route 66 all the way to California. She has two grown sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren.
Ed Brookshire writes from Eastham. Mass., that he retired in June '99 and enjoys woodworking and is building a barn for a shop. He is still somewhat active in the MTA, serving on a statewide committee. He is on the Nauset school board, which should be different, sitting on the other side of the table! Ed and Joy go to Pine Island, Fla., each year for a couple of weeks.
Barbara Mayrand Yeaton writes from Alfred, Maine, that she retired in June '01 and loves it! She enjoys gardening, boating, and going to her family camp on Lake Danforth. She has two married daughters and one grandson. Barbara writes a wonderful newsy reply to my questionnaire about old friends like Sheila Barry, Judy Holmes Cook, and Nancy and John Bean.
Harry Burns writes from Ocala, Fla., that he will retire in three years after teaching as a math specialist for 10 years. He has traveled to Peru, exploring the ancient city Machu Picchu and the Amazon River. Harry has two sons - a painter and a body-builder.
Jane True Morgan writes from Milton, Vt., that she has been an antique dealer and artist for the past 15 years. She enjoys her grandchildren, reading, traveling, studying, gallery hopping, walking, and biking. Jane bumped into former president Bill Clinton in Estonia at a medieval festival while on vacation with her son, daughter, and grandson. Other trips include Sweden, Maine, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Ted Perrin writes from Tilton that he has been retired for four years after teaching industrial arts in Laconia for 33 years, and he loves it. He enjoys rebuilding his antique cape house and fishing from his place in West Yarmouth. He has three grandsons ranging in age from 9 years to 2 months. Ted asks if anyone has ever heard from Bob Folsom.
Eugenie Eaves Andrews writes from Amherst, Mass., that in '98 she retired from teaching home ec and health for 30 years in Massachusetts. She likes hiking, canoeing, quilting, cooking, and reading. Genie has traveled to Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce national parks and currently winters with her husband in Florida. They hope to make it year round and permanent soon.
Jack Barry hails us from Keene and says that he's been retired since 2000. He likes to golf, ski, travel, and bike. He has traveled to Scandinavia and St. Petersburg. Jack has two grown children and runs a business called Take 1 Video and is trying to get smaller
Kenneth '64 and Corinne L. Brown live in Alton. Corinne is a self-employed seamstress working from their home and in an area upholstery shop.
Charles Mitchell, of Tilton, writes, "Retired from education in 1998, am self-employed and semi-retired. Wife Kathy retired from Concord School District in June 2002 after 35 years of teaching."
Janet P. Hughgill, of Monument Beach, Mass., retired in June 2003, after 35 years of teaching grades 3 and 4 in Bourne, Mass.
Pat Cox Darrin, of Hudson, writes, "My husband Jay and I are going to retire at the end of the school year. He has worked in the Andover (Mass.) school system for 35 years, and I have taught in private kindergarten for 18. We plan to spend summer and fall in Hudson, winter and spring in Phoenix."
35th Reunion – June 4-6, 2004
Nan Hodgdon was nominated by a past student now in high school for inclusion in Who's Who among American Teachers. Nan teaches fourth grade at Rollinsford Grade School.
Karen Menswar Bianco, of Gilford, opened a private psychotherapy practice for individuals, couples, and families in November. She is licensed in New Hampshire as a clinical social worker.
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