Elaine Butler Ryan (Class Secretary)
Marsha Shapiro Carpenter and her husband, Richard, enjoy spending time at their condo in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She writes, “Richard, our sons, and grandchildren are all great. Hope everyone is well!”
Laura Jensen (right) enjoyed a September lunch in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at the home of Susan “Connie” Constantine Buonocore ’65 and her husband, George. She writes, “Due to COVID, it had been some time since we were together, so it was nice to reconnect. My 80th birthday week celebration was filled with cards, laughs, memories, long phone conversations, and more food and drink.”
Elaine Butler Ryan was looking forward to celebrating her 80th birthday on Thanksgiving this year. She writes, “It’s safe to say there will be plenty of food and my gift will be having the family all together again.” She enjoys golf, kayaking, and playing her bodhrán (Irish drum) at a weekly Irish traditional music session at a local Irish pub.
Jacqueline Hans Sierakowski reports that after graduating from Lasell with an associate’s degree in art, she earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from New York University. She married her husband, Jacek, in Warsaw, Poland. Their son Andrej earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Cornell in applied and engineering physics. Jacqueline is still in touch with Gail Warren Barry.
Pat McKinnon Williams became an octogenarian in March and celebrated with a small dinner with her sister, Ginny McKinnon Dernavich ’62, and her husband Rodney’s family. Her children, Todd and Katie, rented a beach house in October in Hilton Head, South Carolina, for the family to gather and celebrate both Pat and Rodney’s 80th birthdays. She writes, “In spite of having COVID, we continue to wear masks, are vaccinated, and avoid crowds. Stay safe and well.”
Linda Falt York has retired and enjoys spending time with her five granddaughters.
Joan Curtin (Class Secretary)
Deeny Nemeth Shore and her husband, Howie, live on the ocean in Florida after raising three children in the Northeast. Deeny would love to connect with some of her friends from the Class of 1963.
Bev Landros Bley (pictured left) lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and has a small summer home in Eastport, Maine. Through DNA testing, she learned that she has two half-sisters and many cousins. Her four children are spread out around the country, but they try to get together at Christmas time.
Nancy Zigo Bush retired in 2009 after a career of more than 40 years, primarily with Steelcase in the contract furniture industry. She now enjoys leisurely days featuring book club, mahjong, jazzercise, and, of course, grandchildren. She writes, “Life has given me many blessings.”
Ruth DeWitt Ghia and her husband, who retired last year, built their fifth house. It is located in Lancaster, Massachusetts, overlooking an apple orchard, just up the hill from where her parents lived for nearly 50 years and across the street from a house her husband owned in the 1980s. She designed the house for an “aging-in-place” experience and continues to work on several home projects. Her three children live locally, and she has one grandchild. Ruth still enjoys downhill skiing and hopes to resume traveling soon. She keeps in touch with Joan Keefe Feloney, Pat Perry Polidor, and Joy Raymond Carey, and gets together with Joan and Pat for a few days almost every year in the Berkshires or Saratoga. She writes, “Stay well everyone. I hope we can all meet again for our 60th Reunion.”
Nancy Naylor Busby lives in a lovely senior apartment community as an active widow and is enjoying this chapter of her life. She writes, “I love the Lord and the ministry activities He directs me to, exercise classes, walking, and visiting with friends and family!”
Roberta Rogers Shore GP’25 is proud and excited to share that her grandson, Elliot Pototsky ’25, is a first-year student at Lasell. Her mother, Charlotte Kaplan ’36 P’66 GGP ‘25, also graduated from Lasell. Roberta writes, “My mother would be amazed at the changes. Just look at it now!”
Katherine McDonough Ryan P’03 (Class Secretary)
Ann Hudson North writes that her two years at Lasell Junior College provided her with many wonderful memories, a good education, and lasting friendships. She stopped in Connecticut to see her roommate, Martha Begley Hertel, and her husband in July. Ann writes, “Martha and I are blessed with long marriages and the gift of grandchildren. I hope to visit Martha for many more years!” Photos above are of Ann and Martha together in 1966, 1987, and this year.
Kathy Morgan Lucey is enjoying retirement. She stays busy serving as a lay leader at her church and crocheting blankets for Project Linus, which distributes them to children in hospitals, Head Start programs, and shelters. She is thrilled that her daughter and three grandchildren have returned to Massachusetts after 15 years living in the Midwest. She writes, “I still live in Newton and go by or through Lasell most every day. I have such great memories.”
Jane Norcross Bodrie (pictured left) is a real estate agent, selling homes on Cape Cod for Sotheby’s and loving it. She enjoyed a 33-year career as an international flight attendant for TWA before retiring in 2001. She and her husband of 43 years, Gregory, an optometrist, have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
Melinda Smith Partridge moved back to Western Massachusetts and looks forward to connecting with classmates.
Mary Anne Conboy G’15 has stayed busy reading and listening to books (more than 300, at last count) and completing jigsaw puzzles since the onset of COVID-19. She had several of the puzzles framed, which led to her being hired to work at the local Michaels crafts store. Early in her career, the Lasell art/interior design major sold drapery and upholstery fabrics at Calico Corners, and sold carpet, wallpaper, and fabrics to designers and architects at F. Schumacher & Co.
Rebecca Robarts Wilson writes, “Wishing all Lasell alums good health and happiness as we circumnavigate this pandemic. We have another little miracle grandbaby on the way — a wonderful blessing during these difficult times. Be well!”