CANDOER Retirement Group

        A World-Wide Organization

Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

June 12, 2016 - Present
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Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 11:15 a.m.

We have a new members, Clif and Isobel Miller! Welcome aboard!

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Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 5:05 p.m.

Jane Florence furnished a new snail-mail addres. Thanks Jane for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Sunday, October 02, 2019 - 8:30 p.m.

The Fall Issue of the CANDOER Newsletter has been posted to the web site for your reading enjoyment:

Issue 109-October 2016-Volume 16-Number 3 - Web format!
Issue 109 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 109 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format

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Thursday, September 29, 2019 - 8:30 p.m.

Rob Robinson furnished a new telephone number. Thanks Rob for helping me keep my records up-do-date!

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Sunday, September 25, 2019 - 2:30 p.m.

Three more pictures, furnished by Phil Wold, of the Pacific Northwest CANDOERs Fall Luncheon have been posted to the web site:

Pacific Northwest Fall Luncheon

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Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00 a.m.

Death of Chris Sinnott

I received word from Bob Failla, who received word from Monika Sinnott, that Chris passed away in a hospital in Rome where he had been for over a month with various health problems including cardiac insufficiency. RIP Chris!

FYI: After retirement Chris retired in Rome, Italy!

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Monday, September 19, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.

Death of Calvin E Kearney - June 10, 1938 - September 03, 2016

Calvin Kearney

Mr. Calvin E. Kearney, son of the late Beverly B. Kearney and Mary Alston was born June 10, 1938 in Judkins Township, North Carolina. On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Calvin, aka Poor Calvin, of Capitol Heights, MD transitioned peacefully in his residence with great respect and dignity. He was loved and respected by many.

Calvin moved with his family from North Carolina to Richmond, Virginia when he was 16 years of age. He joined the United States Air Force in 1955, where he served over 20 years and retired September 1, 1975 as a Communications Specialist. He attained the rank of E-6 Technical Sergeant.

Upon his retirement from the military, Calvin continued to serve his country at NASA and the U.S. State Department. There he served as a Communications Supervisor and retired on June 30, 1993 as a GS-13 with over 37 years of combined military and federal service.

Calvin was a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars and enjoyed anything relating to or dealing with electronics specifically computers. Upon retirement, he completed a home study course in P.C. Repair and received a certificate in January 1994. Thereafter, he established his business, Calvinís Computer Innovations, building and selling computers and providing technical support. He loved reading, wrote short stories and worked on publishing his novel. Calvin had a long love affair with sweet potatoes and mastered his motherís recipe for coconut pies, which he shared with many family and friends.

Calvin was the fifth child of eight children. He was predeceased by two brothers, Frederick and Mac Arthur Kearney. He leaves his cherish memories to his devoted partner, Royale Ledbetter; four daughters; Austine Long, Deitra Kearney, Katrina Paulding, and Monique Kearney; five grandchildren; David Paulding, Austin Short, Jalen Kearney, Dania Paulding, and Tempest Paulding; devoted; three brothers, Claude (Cornelia), Beverly, and Franklin Kearney; two sisters, Pattie (Clarence) Scott, and Mattie Ward; a life time friend, Phil (Linda) Harrison; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Internment of his remains will be in the future at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of his faithful and dedicated service to the Armed Forces.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to:

American Association for Cancer Research
615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

*Please note - Ending time for all funerals and memorial services as well as starting times for cemeteries are subject to change. Arrangements by J.B. Jenkins Funeral Homes, Inc.


Visitation:  Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, Inc.
Hyattsville, Maryland 20785

Funeral Service:  Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 1:30 PM
J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, Inc.
Hyattsville, Maryland 20785.

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Sunday, September 18, 2019 - 4:30 p.m..

Three new pictures have been posted to the Web site:

1.  A picture from Jim Ryan taken in 1987 in Bangkok - Bangkok 1987
2.  A picture of the Pacific Northwest CANDOERs Fall Luncheon - Pacific Northwest Fall Luncheon
3.  A picture of the Washington Area CANDOERs September Luncheon - Washington Area September Luncheon

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Sunday, September 18, 2019 - 4:00 p.m..

Dave Beltz furnished a new e-mail address!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 1:00 p.m.

A picture of Tim Lawson and his son, Purin, has been posted to the Picture Menu.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 9:30 a.m.

We have new members, Al and Kay Thomas! Al stated, "I think I still have a roll of toilet paper Gary Bobbit, DTSPO deputy at the time, tossed across the room to me during a small departure event! As immediate references, I worked closely with Dan Ullrich and Paul Del Giudice at the DTSPO and I have remained in irregular contact with Dan for several years. I also worked for Dan during some 'dark days' in Moscow." Welcome aboard Al and Kay!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 9:30 p.m.

Status of Vic Maffei

The following was received from Jim Prosser (Vic's e-mail address is:

Hi Family and Friends:

Instead of getting news second hand of my present situation, I thought it best to contact you all directly:

A mere two weeks ago I told my doctor that I was having a problem sending food easily down my esophagus. He reacted quickly by ordering a barium Xray procedure. It showed a narrowing of the esophagus midway to the stomach. This was followed by a CT scan, entomology probes and biopsies and appointments with an oncologist. It was found that I had developed a tumor in the esophagus and two nearby affected lymph nodes, one above and one below the mass in question.

At present I am to see a lung specialist, a surgeon and a radiologist for eventual involvement in my care. As of now, I will have to undergo treatment by radiation (usually 8 weeks [5 days a week] and chemotherapy once a week.). Reaction to radiation and chemotherapy will determine viability of surgical intervention. It is hoped that it does not have to go that far, in that esophagus surgery would be quite an undertaking.

I feel that I'm in good hands medically, and I have much support from family, friends and available social services.

So, some rough times ahead, but with faith and understanding by all, there's hope that I'll come out of this OK.

I would appreciate not receiving phone calls on this. Please Email me instead of phoning. Will monitor my Emails and will keep you all posted of events as they occur.

Hope this finds you all in great health.

Love you all, Victor

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 3:30 p.m.

Death of PAUL DAVID LANE (Age 84)

Paul David Lane passed away suddenly at his home in McLean, VA on Monday, July 11, 2016. Born in Quincy, MA, he was the son of the late Abraham and Doris Lubarsky.

Paul served his country during the Korean War in the Coast Guard and later in the Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of State. His work in designing Information Systems took him and his family around the world. In his heart, Paul was a true Washingtonian and dedicated his retirement to volunteering at the Library of Congress, Reagan National Airport, and the Amputee Coalition.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Aase Lane and leaves behind his daughter, Lisa; son-in-law, David and two beloved grandchildren, Leah and John of Texas. Service private.

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Monday, July 11, 2016 - 9:40 a.m.

All except one person in the picture at the Bangkok Hilton has been identified. Thanks to all who responded.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 10:20 a.m.

The summer issue of the CANDOER News has been posted to the web site for your reading enjoyment.

Issue 108 in Web Format
Issue 108 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 108 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format

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Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 11:20 a.m.

The following was received from our counterparts in CANADA. Their 2016 reunion information is furnished below. They have graciously invited us to attend. If you wish to attend, follow the below instructions:

Here is an update on our Telecommunications Reunion which will be held this September in Ottawa, Canada. We would be delighted if anyone is interested in attending. Travel and accommodation would have to be arranged personally by attendees.

Cost of the reunion will be $50.00 Canadian per person. The sit-down dinner will be held at the Hellenic Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, on Saturday, September 17th with drinks at 5 PM and dinner at 7 PM. (casual wear) Main dinner choices will be Osso buco (pork) or salmon.

A pre-reunion meet-and-greet will be held on Friday, September 16th, at the Canadian Legion, 294 Cyr Avenue, Ottawa starting at 11:30 am. Food will be available to order from the kitchen.

Registration cheques should be made payable to B.D. Thomas and mailed to him at 60 Kincardine Drive, Kanata, Ontario, Canada K2V 1B2. Remember it is Canadian funds, so a money order may be preferable. American cheques might face additional fees if sent to Canada. Barrie will provide receipt of the registration by return e-mail.

Please include with your registration the following information: Full surname and given name of attendees, your postal address and telephone number, e-mail address, and special meal requests (Vegan, lactose intolerant, etc), any question, along with your mail meal choice. Barrie will send you an e-mail return as your official receipt.

There is some leniency for cancellations, which should be fine up to September 1st for a full refund. After that date the Hellenic Centre will require final numbers for meals and it may not be possible to issue a full refund.

I have updated our web site with this information:

After my last message several individuals sent me queries about Canadians they met or served with at the same post abroad and asked for whereabouts. I passed on these messages but they may not have received any follow-up, perhaps because no one had information. Please do not give up. Please check out our web site as well as our Facebook group Our technical colleagues also have a web presence with a gallery that includes some old member photos. A familiar face might just be included.

Thanks for your assistance, Bob!

Cheers, George

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Wednesday, June 26, 2016 - 10:00 a.m.

Death of Eva Linden Chesteen

Eva Linden Chesteen, 82, of Nellysford, Virginia passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the University Of Virginia Medical Center, Charottesville, Virginia.

She was born on February 2, 1934 in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Eva is survived by her husband of 50 years, Charles (Chuck) Chesteen, daughters Pamela Chesteen Wolfe of Purcellville, Va. and Vanessa Chesteen O'Connor of Cayucos, California; niece Sandra Linden Juncosa of New Jersey and her grandchildren, Gabrielle, Andrew and Zachary Wolfe.

Service will be private as Eva wished. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Eva's memory do so to the Wintergreen Fire and Rescue Department, 487 Monocan Drive, Nellysford, VA 22958.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

The following is furnished for those wishing to send Chuck condolences:

Charles Chesteen
38 Camping Ridge Road
Nellysford, VA 22958-9523
Tel: (434) 361-1596

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 10:20 p.m.

Rose Valenti furnished a new e-mail address. Thanks Rose for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 2:40 p.m.

Gene Caruso  Gene Caruso  Gene Caruso

                                                                       Gene at 90                  Gene at 25                    Gene at 95

Gene Caruso
        Gene with daughter Dee - Easter 2015

Death of Eugene "Gene" Caruso

Eugene B. Caruso, 100, of Sandy Creek, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at his home. He was born in New York City, and lived in Bay County for the last 35 years. Eugene served his country in the US Army Air Corps, and as a cryptographer for the Department of State for 33 years. He was a member of Emmaus United Methodist Church, and enjoyed golfing, visiting with friends, and playing with his cat.

Survivors include his daughter, Elena Dalanda Caruso of Sandy Creek; 3 grandchildren, Christopher Hutchinson, Cindy Seale, and Robert Seale; 2 great-grandchildren, Rickie Blake York and Nicholas York; a sister, Rosa Caruso Bellamy; a niece, Veronica Carpenter; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Services for Mr. Caruso were at 4:00 PM Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jack Hankins officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home from 3:00 PM until service time at 4:00.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 12:00 p.m.

Mark Buske
Death of Mark S. Buske - 65
9/5/1950 - 6/19/2016

Morrison, IL -- Mark Steven Buske, 65, died in Morrison, IL, on June 19, 2016 from complications of Fabry disease.

A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM at Prince of Peace Parish on Thursday, June 23rd. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home in Clinton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Fabry Disease Foundation, 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 404, Washington, DC 20008-2369.

Mark was born in Stockton, IL on September 5, 1950, the son of Marshall and Mary Ellen (Carroll) Buske. He grew up in Clinton and attended St. Mary's and Clinton Community College. He served in the Navy from 1970 to 1974. In 1976, Mark joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer and spent the next 27 years on assignments to Italy (where he met and married his wife of 38 years, Maria-Antonietta on March 4, 1978 in Rome), Niger, Costa Rica, Germany (Bonn and Berlin), Norway, Austria and Washington, D.C. Mark retired on disability to Fulton, IL in 2004.

Mark was a very happy-go-lucky man who was passionate about the Lord, his family, and his country. He was a loyal friend and treated all he met as if he had known them for years. In retirement, Mark enjoyed talking back at the pundits on his favorite news channel, watching sports, and being entertained by the antics of all the squirrels and birds that inhabited his backyard.

In addition to his wife, Mark is survived by his beloved son, Marc-Antonio "Tony," Buske of Fulton; his sisters, Sue (Ed) Runner (who donated a kidney to him) of Elburn, IL, and Mary (Dave) Leonard of Ottumwa, IA, his brothers John (Beth) of Reston, LA, and William (Sharon) of Clinton, and his amazing nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Iowa University Hospital and especially to the Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Morrison, IL, for the superb and loving care they provided while at the facility.

Above all, we thank God for lending Mark to us and feel so very blessed for his presence in our lives.

Thanks to Jim Prosser for furnishing the above obituary!
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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 9:40 a.m.

Gene Caruso
Death of Eugene "Gene" Caruso

The oldest CANDOER passed away at the age of 100. RIP Gene!

The following was received from his daughter Elena Dalanda (Dee) Caruso:

This is to let you know that my dad, Eugene Caruso, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016 in the afternoon. After reaching his goal of 100 years on March 22nd, he was content. He just slipped away quietly in his sleep.

Yours truly,

Elena Dalanda (Dee) Caruso

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Thursday, June 12, 2016 -11:10 a.m.

Nick Romeo furnished a picture taken at the Hilton International Hotel in Bangkok. We need help in identifying the people in this picture

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Thursday, June 12, 2016 -10:50 a.m.

Cathy Farrell sent me a picture of a CANDOER Luncheon at the Weathervane Restaurant in Salem, NH on Monday, June 6, 2016. Thank you, Kathy!