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    Alumni News – Spring 2014

    Doris Deal Siler ’46 lives in California. Doris and her husband, Harold, were married 67 years (as of September 22, 2013)!  Doris said her mother said it wouldn’t last.  Doris has long been a big supporter of her alma mater. And, we appreciate hearing from Doris.

    Jim Shaffer ’47 and his wife Shelvie of Lake Ariel, PA have been to Disney World 19 out of 20 years. They took their sons, then grandchildren and this year they took great-grandchildren! On several of their trips to Orlando, FL, they spent some time with Tony DeMarco ’43.  For the record, Jim was a Medic in the Army during the Korean War. Thank you for your service, Jim!

    Gay Cocker, wife of William C. Cocker ’57 who died on March 30, 2013 sent a note to the Association dated May 15, 2013. It reads, “Sisters and Brothers of Scotland School:  I am writing this note of thanks to all of you who were so kind to remember one of your Brothers William C. Cocker Sr., who since October 2012 was in and out of Hospitals and physical therapy till he passed away on March 30, 2013.    He wanted me to write to tell you all how he so looked forward to receiving the funny and thoughtful prayers in cards from his Brothers and Sisters.  He enjoyed all of them.  I want to thank you too for making his days go faster.  If you have ever been in a hospital, you know what I mean.  You cheered him when he was low and the prayers you sent got him through 5 surgeries. I know that God will bless you all and I will continue to pray for you all.  With love to all, Thank You, Gay R. Cocker”.

    The Quilt from Chuck ‘58 and Barb Hughes
    The Quilt from Chuck ‘58 and Barb Hughes

    Chuck ’58 and Barb Hughes attended Reunion in June 2013. They traveled all the way from Moses Lake, WA! Under Chuck’s watchful eye, Barb sewed a most beautiful quilt. The quilt has pictures of the members of the class of 1958, pictures of many of the buildings around campus and the words to the Alma Mater, shown on the quilt on this page. Thank you, Chuck and Barb, for a spectacular quilt that has been donated to the Association and will hang in our new museum.

    Lois Kennedy Rheam ’61 and her husband, Larry celebrated their 50th anniversary on November 30, 2013.  On

    November 24th, their children, Tena and George had a surprise 50th anniversary party at their church, Mt. Gilead UMC in Shermans Dale, PA where Lois and Larry live.

    Leslie Campbell Maxwell ’66 became a first-time great grandmother to Taylor Jane in November 2013. Congratulations, Leslie! And you’re so young!

    Preston C.  Jones ‘69 is taking a big step in April 2014. After 33 years, Preston plans to retire from SEPTA, Philadelphia’s mass transit system, as a bus operator. We are proud of you and wish you all the best. Congratulations on your upcoming retirement, Preston!

    Al ‘71 and wife Connie Hart gave the Association their homemade quilt to raffle.  Won by Sally Sheaffer ‘65, she donated it to the Museum. Look for it next time you visit the museum.  Thanks Al and Connie!

    Nancy Wright, former houseparent, attended the “Homecoming” dinner in November 2013 despite the serious medical issues she is undergoing. Nancy was all excited to get an address for George Smith ‘97 as George was a big help to her in the cottage. It was clear you made quite an impression on Nancy, George. It looks like a win-win situation having each other in your lives. Good job, George!

    Barbie Hartman Feathers ‘67, Debbie Keefer Gilbert ‘67, Kay Beck Heavner ‘68, and Nancy Moless Egan ‘68 had a girls weekend at Nancy’s shore house in New Jersey. They all had a grand time and really enjoyed every moment. In fact, they would all agree their time together was absolutely heavenly!

    Class of 1954, Reunion, June 8, 2013. Seven  alumni of the original 37 got together at the Orchards in Chambersburg. Amazing!

    Pictured (from left to right):  Jerry Sanner (WA), Rose Marie Shrawder Hoke (PA), Tom Slee (PA), Corindo “Cory” DeLarurentis (PA), Paul Knouse (AZ), John Gibbons (PA), Eddie DePascale (NJ), Peggy Moore Stout (PA).  Note: 59th Reunion for the class of 1954.  This year is their 60th year since graduation! (Sorry for the earlier error. You know what I mean, Peggy!)

    Sede R. Saunders ’95  is living in Florida and doing something magical. Sede is a Chef in one of the Magic Kingdom’s newest restaurants modeled after “Beauty and the Beast”! You make us proud, Sede!

    Joel Scott ‘97 has done a magnificent job on the alumni website. Check it out: www.ssvcalumni.org! And, Joel worked his magic while caring for his family, to include a new baby (Congrats!), working full time and staying in touch with friends and family.  Great job, Joel and thanks for your efforts!

    Do you recognize the kids in this picture? Richard ‘64, Edie ‘69, Roger ‘70, and Ronald ‘66 Kolowitz! Cuties all! Thanks to Edie for sharing this photo with us.

    Do you recognize the kids in this picture? Richard ‘64, Edie ‘69, Roger ‘70, and Ronald ‘66 Kolowitz! Cuties all! Thanks to Edie for sharing this photo with us.



  • Jim Lowe
    From the President's Desk

    From the Desk of the President – Issue No. 119  ‐  Spring 2014

    Dear Alumni, Former Faculty and Staff and Friends, 
    I hope you are reading this newsletter on a bright, warm, and sunny day.  It has been a long winter and I believe we are all
    ready for some warmer weather and outdoor activities.  Joining us for our Central PA Breakfasts is an activity yo

                 Glory Days!
    Glory Days!

    u will not want to miss!  Monthly, approximately 45 alumni and friends on average meet for breakfast and alternate between York, New Holland, Chambersburg, Mechanicsburg, and Harrisburg.   It was a nice way to catch up with everyone.   The Alumni Association is also in the planning stages of three big events – our September picnic, our 11th Annual SSVC golf tournament scheduled for October 4, and our Homecoming Dinner/Dance to honor our veterans scheduled for November 8.   I hope you can join us for one, two, or all three events!

    With warmer weather we can also begin some of the many exciting renovations to the Alumni Museum.  Phase one of the renovations is about to start and will include roof and ventilation repairs as well as some minor brick facing.  Randy Gates ‘71 has volunteered to take the lead on this project.  The Alumni Association will also be looking for assistance with the move and clean‐up of Cottage 3 and the new museum.  Though we don’t have an exact timeline just yet, any and all helping hands will be appreciated.  If interested, please provide your name to our secretary, Sally Sheaffer ‘65, and she will contact you when the dates are confirmed.  The goal is to have the Alumni Museum open for Reunion 2015.
    Just as the historical marker will remind others of what a great school and home that SSVC was for so many children, so will
    the Alumni Museum.   The Winebrenner Theological Seminary has kept their promise of keeping the history of SSVC alive, so
    must we.  We, the Alumni Association, can only achieve its goals with the assistance of donations from our alumni, community, and friends.  Without these donations, it is very likely that we will not reach our goal of having the museum open for the next reunion.  Since our organization relies on the generosity of alumni like you, I ask that you consider making a donation.  Your donation will make a difference, I promise you.  You can mail your check or money order to our treasurer, Ken Beck ’74.  To those who have made a donation, THANK YOU!
    James A. Lowe
    SSVC Alumni Association