July 04, 2018 - Present
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 11:15 a.m.Death of Margaret Benson
Widow of Edward L. Benson
Margaret Benson, widow of Ed Benson, passed on September 20, 2018 in Woodbridge, VA! (No further information is available.) Thank you to Larry Limbaugh for bringing her passing to my attention!
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 11:10 a.m.Death of Edward L. Benson, Jr.
Edward L Benson, Jr., age 73, passed away on July 14, 2010, at Alexandria Hospital. Thank you to Larry Limbaugh for bringing his passing to my attention!
He was born November 3, 1936, the eldest child of Edward Lee and Katherine Benson of Des Moines, Iowa. He proudly served his country in the Air Force for twenty years before joining the Foreign Service where he served in domestic and overseas assignments (IMTS/D).
He is survived by his wife, Margaret and daughter, Amy both currently of Woodbridge; his father, Edward Lee of Norwalk, Iowa; sister, Mary Jane and brother, Frederick Eugene both of Indianola, Iowa.
Ed was a member of the Nishnabotany Lodge #153 A.F. and A. M. in Sydney, Iowa. He was a lifelong member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Lodge Council Chapter Consistory in the Valley of Marquette where he attained the 32nd degree.
A Memorial Service was held at Hillendale Baptist Church on Friday, August 6 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the piano fund at Hillendale Baptist Church, 13135 Hillendale Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22193.
Interment took take place in Hamburg, Iowa on September 9 through the Gude Funeral Home.
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
Death of Larry Lambert
Larry Lambert, 79, of Sebring, Florida, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Florida Hospital at Sebring.Thank you to Larry Limbaugh for bringing his passing to my attention!
Born on February 12, 1939 in Rensselaer, Indiana, he was the son of Ray and Angeline Lambert.
Larry dutifully served in the National Guard for 2 years, United States Air Force for 4 years then went on to work for the U.S. Department of State. He was married on June 9, 1961 to his beloved wife, Anita Rightmire. They traveled the world creating a lifetime of memories. They moved to Remington, Indiana and finally settling in Sebring, Florida to remain close to their daughter and grandchildren.
Larry is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Anita: daughter Shyrl: grandchildren Jordan, Erin, Cori, Jamie and TJ; great grandson Skyler: Brothers Ronald (Brenda), Lafayette and Frank (Linda), Remington and sister Shirley in Fowler.
He was proceeded by his brother Gerald.
For anyone wishing to send condolences to Anita the following is furnished:
135 Sparrow Avenue,
Sebring, Florida 33870
Tel: (863) 382-9320
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 10:10 a.m.
Two pictures of the September 2018 Washington DC Area CANDOER Luncheon have been posted for viewing. The first picture was furnished by Rob Robinson and the other by JohnTyburski. Thanks to both!
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 5:50 p.m.
Today was a special day here at the House of Cat. Early this morning I received a call from Stu Branch. We talked at length. He indicated he is doing well. I then went to the CANDOER Luncheon where we had 11 people turn out. When I returned home, a voice mail was pending from Bob Riberia. We talked at length. He and Nivia are now living in an assisted living facility. They are living indepentently but can move to assisted care if needed. Shortly after that I talked with Bob Caffrey. Although Bob is doing well, his son and wife are having some health issues, but nothing, as he put it, to dwell on. Bob Caffrey furnished an up-to-date e-mail address.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 5:40 p.m.Death of Thomas J. McCay, Jr.
At todays CANDOER Luncheon I learned from Joe Rinker that Tom passed in 2016.
Thomas was born on February 6, 1934 and passed away on Monday, August 29, 2016.
Thomas was a resident of Monroe, Georgia at the time of passing.
He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force.
Thomas was married to Nancy.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday September 1 2016 at 10:30 AM at the Bible Baptist Church 1180 Old Monroe Madison Hwy Monroe GA 30655. Rev. Greg Butler officiated. Interment followed at 2:30 PM at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. The family received friends from 5:30 - 8 PM on Wednesday August 31 2016 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home 209 South Hammond Drive Monroe GA 30655.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:40 a.m.Memorial Service for James "Jim" Richard Parker
I received word from Charlene Parker that a Memorial Service will be held for Jim on Saturday, September 22, at 10 am at Demaine's Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:35 a.m.Death of James "Jim" Richard Parker
James "Jim" Parker, formerly of Spokane, passed at his home in Springfield, VA on September 10, at the age of 78. Beloved husband of 51 and a half years to Charlene.
Jim and Charlene met in Spokane in 1964 when he was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base. They married in October 1966.
He is also survived by sister-in-law Dee Parker and nieces Karen Gamble of Raleigh, NC and Judy Passadore of Portland, OR; and great niece and nephew Becky and John Gamble; as well as various cousins.
Jim retired from the Department of State as a Foreign Service officer after serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Ham radio operator, W4EKB, for over 60 years, and a Shriner in the El Katif Temple in Spokane.
A memorial service to celebrate James' life will be held locally at a future date. Please sign and view the guestbook at www.demainefunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in James' memory to Shriners' Hospital for Children - Spokane, 911 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:25 a.m.Memorial Service for James "Jim" Richard Parker
I received word from Charlene Parker that a Memorial Service will be held for Jim on Saturday, September 22, at 10 am at Demaine's Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151.
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 4:45 p.m.Death of James "Jim" Parker
I received word from Dee Parker that she received a call from Charlene Parker informing her that Jim passed away this morning. Jim had a stroke two years ago and while being treated for that they discovered that he had congestive heart failure. He has been in declining health since the stroke.
I talked with Charlene. She said Jim wanted to be cremated so there will not be an immediate service. She said she will hold a memorial service at a later date and will let me know when that will be.
Anyone wishing to send condolences to Charlene the following is furnished:
P.O. Box 101
Springfield, VA 22150-0101
Tel: (703) 914-9040
Monday, August 27, 2018 - 9:45 a.m.Death of George L. Goldstein
George L. Goldstein, 82, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018, at Northern Dutchess Hospital.
Born November 19, 1935 in Brooklyn he was the son of Morris and Goldie (Mayerhoff) Goldstein.
George served 20 years in the United States Air Force as a radio communications specialist; he retired with the rank of Staff Sergeant. His time of service included the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Following his retirement he worked all over the world for 13 years as a radio officer for the State Department.
George became a Free and Accepted Mason in Harry S. Truman Lodge #649, when he was stationed in Naples, Italy. When he moved to Rhinebeck he became a member of the Rhinebeck Lodge #432 F. & A.M. and served as Master of the Lodge. He was a dual member of Hendrick Hudson Lodge #875. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and Cyprus Shriners. George was very active with the Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield, MA transporting patients and their families. He served as the Ambassador representing the European Shrine Club in North America.
George is survived by many close friends in Rhinebeck and the surrounding area.
Members of Rhinebeck Lodge #432 and neighboring free masons conducted services at 2 PM on Sunday February 11 at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck , and a period of calling hours followed the service.
Interment was in the Wurtemburg Cemetery.
Friday, August 17, 2018 - Noon
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:45 a.m.Death of OVALINE B. TYBURSKI
After several weeks, John was able to get Ovaline's obituary posted in the Washington Post:
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Of Springfield, VA.
She is survived by her husband, John and family in Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, and California.
Ovaline was born in LaGrange, GA, on January 31, 1923. She grew up in Akron, OH. Ovaline attended Cooper-Union School of Art in New York City and was a skilled and gifted artist, working primarily in drawing and oil paints.
She married her husband on Groundhog Day in 1974. After a brief residence in Alexandria, VA, they were transferred by the U.S. Department of State to Tehran, Iran, Caracas, Venezuela, Panama City, Panama, and Pretoria, South Africa, before returning to reside in Springfield, VA. Ovaline taught art in Tehran and Panama City, where she also had one person show of her art work. Ovaline joined the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, where she continued to attend art classes and earned two one person shows and shared a three person show.
A celebration of life service is scheduled for Sunday, August 19, at 2:00 p.m., at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church (SUMC), 8508 Hooes Rd., Springfield, VA 22153. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in Ovaline's name, or the memorial fund at SUMC, would be appreciated.
Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 10:45 a.m.
The following was received from George McComber:
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
©by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.
And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?
A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?
He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
©Copyright 1987 by A. Lawrence Vaincourt
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:15 a.m.
Glenn Jones sent me a picture of the fancy case he keeps his Christmas cards in. What do you think, nice case?
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
The following is a repeat of an entry from February of this year and was received from Rob Robinson. If you have not received your new Medicare Card, this is a reminder. I have had a friend who has fallen for this scam and is out $35. Please pass this on to your elderly friends.
Yes, we will get new Medicare cards but NO one from Medicare (I emphasize this strongly) NO one from Medicare will call you.
Pass it along . It might come in handy to know Medicare will never call you on the phone.
It is true that the new cards will be sent out from April 2018 to April 2019. Medicare has warned there will be scams. They emphasize they do not charge for cards or want your personal information over the phone.
This change is coming up. DO NOT give out information over the phone.
Medicare Cards without Social Security Numbers Coming
Example of the new Medicare cards:
This is pretty important to get out to people with Medicare, their families, and friends or adult kids who help parents with Medicare.
Texas Senior Medicare Patrol, a division within the Better Business Bureau has just gotten word about the newest Medicare scam.
Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends, throughout the US.
Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year-long project to replace all current Medicare Cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently, the ID number is your social security number. This is starting to hit the media.
Scammers are opportunistic.
First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You don't need to request it or do anything. It will show up.
WHAT'S THE SCAM?
Somebody saying they are from "MEDICARE" will call to tell you-you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. They will tell you there is a fee for the card of between 5 and 50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account information or credit card information so they can process your temporary card. DO NOT REPEAT NOT GIVE THIS INFORMATION OUT!
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call. No one from Medicare will ever repeat ever call you saying they "I work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to".
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS ONE?
First of all, spread the word. Feel free to share these notes. Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don't even answer a number you don't recognize. If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones and personal info had been given out (happens considerably more often than you think so don't feel bad or stupid) immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 10:15 a.m.
Juan Becerra furnished new contact information. Thanks Juan for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:15 a.m.Death of Grace Grammo
Grace Sheila (Russell) Grammo "Gracie", 79, of Stephens City, Virginia, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Winchester Medical Center.
Gracie was born in 1938 in Tupper Lake, New York, the daughter of the late Ralph and Julia Russell. She was a registered nurse, retiring in 2003 from Capital Women's Care LLC.
Gracie enjoyed spending Tuesdays playing cards with her neighbor lady friends and playing 3 card poker at the casino. She loved traveling with her husband, Reynald, during his career to the Philippines, Germany, Thailand, Nepal, and Uruquay. Her greatest passion was her family . . . spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She attended St. Bridget of Ireland Catholic Church in Berryville, Virginia.
She married Reynald P. Grammo on October 22, 1960 in Tupper Lake, New York.
Surviving with her husband of 57 years is a daughter, Amy Feather (Scott); sons, Mark Grammo (Julianna), Michael Grammo (Kathy), Jeffrey Grammo (Donna); daughter-in-law, Angela L. Grammo; grandchildren, Kellie Davis, Jason, Sheila, Michael (LeAnne), Travis (Caroline), Jonathan, Savannah, Jordan, Audrey Grammo, Stefanie Gochnour, Jacob Fahrenthold, Mason Adams, Cameron Feather; great grandchildren, Gracie, Joshua, Jackson, Joseph, Tyler, Preston; sisters, Sally Poirier, Nance Green, Helen "Peg" Cole, Sioux Collier; brothers, William, Ralph, Robert "Tom", and Michael Russell; and many dear and loving friends, especially Ann, Rose Marie, Sharon, and Dottie.
Preceding her in death is a son, Paul Douglas Grammo; sister, Irene Russell; and brother, John Russell.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 12:30 pm to 2 pm on Monday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 pm on Monday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel with Father Paul M. Grankauskus officiating. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions in Gracie's memory may be made to Shenandoah Oncology Angel Fund, 400 Campus Blvd, Suite 100, Winchester, Virginia 22601 or Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 253, Stephens City, Virginia 22655.
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.Death of Grace Grammo
I received word that visitation and funeral services for Grace will be as follows:
Visitation - 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 16, 2018
Funeral Service - 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 16, 2018
OMPS Funeral Home
1560 Amherst Stret
Winchester, VA 22601
Those wishing to send condolences to Rey and the Grammo family the following is furnished:
301 Lynn Drive
Stephens City, VA 22655
Tel: (540) 869-5492
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 11:35 a.m.
Joyce Snyder sent me a picture of the attendees at the July 2018 Washington DC Area CANDOERs Luncheon.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 4:45 p.m.
Due to a permanent, progressive, health issue I am experiencing I have discontinued publication of the CANDOER Newsletter. I hope you all have enjoyed reading the over 114 issues that were published since 1995 as much as I enjoyed publishing them.
I will continue to keep the web site up-to-date for as long as my health will allow. In addition I will try to attend as many of the monthly luncheons as I can!
Have a great and enjoyable 4th of July!