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January 02, 2017 - Present
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Thursday, March 17, 2017 - 3:20 p.m.

Two new links have been added to the "Useful Links" Web page thanks to Lisa Romero.

1. Senior Road Safety Guide Covers how to be an independent driver as long as possible, how to approach someone you think should
                              stop driving, how to get around without a car, and general driver tips.Thought this went well with the home safety guide.

2. Tips to Make Traveling with a Disability Easier - Travel tips, resources, and info for seniors and people with disabilities to make
                              trips, tours, and vacations much easier. This is a good basic checklist to help someone thoroughly plan a trip and
                              avoid any anxiety later on.

If you know of ANY web sites that may be useful to other CANDOERs, PLEASE, forward the information to me and I will post it to this web site.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 9:00 p.m.

Jim Norton furnished an update to his bio. Thanks Jim for helping me keep my records up to date!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:40 a.m.

Sandy Suty furnished a new snail mail address. Thanks Sandy for helping me keep my records up to date!

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Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 4:35 p.m.

Barbara Senn
Death of Barbara Senn

Barbara Louise Senn of Rowlett, TX., born November 7th 1947, passed away on February 25th, 2017 at the age of 69. She was born in Denver CO. to the parents of Tony and Naomi Baca. She is survived by her two sons, Gerald and Brian Rowell, her brother Andre Baca and her loving partner James Parish.

A lover of life she took a true interest in expanding not only her career but also living and visiting different parts of the world. She had successful careers in the beauty industry owning her own shops and as a successful real estate agent.

She always explored new opportunities through various certifications for new careers and just for the sake of learning.

Although she mostly lived in Texas, and St. Croix, Virgin Islands, she traveled abroad frequently.

Always one to engage in interesting conversation she also had compassion, and empathy, with feeling and ability to love and be loved.

As an animal lover, she always was a loving pet owner.

She will be greatly missed and loved in our hearts.

Memorial Service was held Thursday March 2, 2017, 12pm, at Eastgate Funeral Home, 1910 Eastgate Dr. Garland TX 75041

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Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 12:35 p.m.

Death of Barbara Senn

The below was posted to Facebook this morning by Jim Parrish:

Most of you know I have had a special lady in my life for the past six and one-half years. What most of you don't know is that she was diagnosed with ALS on May 1, 2016. This brutal disease ravaged her body with a vengeance I have never seen. She faced it with courage and bravery all the way to the end. I was her primary caregiver and witnessed firsthand the brutality of this disease.

Death came and embraced her yesterday afternoon. She went eagerly and unafraid. Her son Gerald and I were by her side when she passed away at our home in Gunter, Tx. The speed in which this disease progressed is truly frightening. Less than one year start to finish. Thanks to all of you that did know of her condition for your support. Special thanks to Mario for also keeping my lawn mowed during the summer months.

I am going to miss her terribly.

Jim

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Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 9:40 a.m.

We have new members, Christopher and Ellen Gustavus! Welcome aboard! Hope to see you at our next luncheon!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 9:40 a.m.

1. I have made some major changes to the web site over the past two weekends. After the move from an old server to a new server at GoDaddy everyones bio was exposed for anyone to see. This was brought to my attention by Dave Borter. During the rewrite I had a several coding errors that did not allow users to search for a name by the first letter in the bio listings. This was discovered by Rob Robinson. I have corrected both problems. Believe me when I say I really appreciate it when someone finds a problem and brings it to my attention. A BIG THANK YOU to both Dave and Rob!

2. Tuesday should be my last day for radiation treatments for prostate cancer. On Monday I will have a Cat Scan and a MRI which will let me know if I will need further treatments or not.

3. A picture of Joe Hazewski and his first Hawg of 2017 has been posted. Joe had to have a knee replacement in October but it has not slowed down his passion for fishing.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:35 p.m.

Death of William Carter Brown, Sr.

William Carter Brown, Sr, 75, of Woodbridge, Virginia, died February 7, 2017 at home.

He was retired from the Department of State, as a communication officer and was also a service disabled veteran.

Carter was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lillian Mae Brown and brother, Andrew E. Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Rolanna M. Brown, daughter, Janine M. Brown , sons, William C. Brown, Jr and wife Judy, Charles S. Brown and wife Diana, Kenneth D. Brown and wife Cindy, grandchildren, William C. Brown III, Kara L. Brown, Kendra L. Brown, David J. Brown, Abigail L. Brown, Justin King, Acey Frazier and great grandchild, Theodore E. Brown.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm with service at 6:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge,VA 22192.

For those of you who did not know "Carter" he was a CEO back in the 70's and 80's (don't know exact dates). He passed away at home on the 7 Feb. after a long bout of Alzheimer's and several strokes.

Thanks to Bob White for furnishing the above information!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:25 p.m.

Death of Dorothy Loines

It is with sadness and deep regret that I inform you of the death of Dorothy Loines wife of long-time OC/T employee and CANDOER retiree George Loines.

I received the following from George: My wife passed on February 3. She had been sick for over a month. Viewing will be on Monday, February 13, at Peoples Congregational Church, 4704 13th Street, N.W., Walshington, D.C. beginning at 10 a.m. with the and funeral service to start at 11 a.m.

Those wishing to send condolences to George and his family the following is furnished:

George Loines
606 Nicholson Street, NE
Washington, DC 20011-6226
Tel: (202) 526-4539
geoanddotloines@aol.com

For those who do not know, George was a long time employee of DC and OC. At the time of his retirement he was a Deputy Chief of OC/T.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 11:40 a.m.

We have new members, Bob and June Blankenship! Welcome aboard!

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Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 3:40 p.m.

A picture of Gary Bobbitt and Archie McLaughlin out enjoying some target practice on a beautiful day in NC has been added to the picture gallery.

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Saturday, January 14 2017 - 10:40 a.m.

As most, or at least some of you know, Carter Brown was struck down with Alzheimer's disease a few years ago and now to add insult to injury, he has had a stroke and is in hospital. Roe, his wife, called this afternoon and said that he is doing O.K., but. . . Anyway, he is in Sentra Nortyhern Virginia Medicat Center in Woodbridge in Room 218. If you want to call his room telephone number is 703 - 523-0218. I'm sure that he and his family will be very happy to hear from any of his friends. Let's all pray for him.

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Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.

For those who are not on Facebook and have not heard about my health issue, be advised up-dates to the web site will only be performed on weekends for the next two months. I spend Sunday evening through Friday evening in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center receiving radiation treatments for Prostate Cancer. I have so far received 10 treatments out of 40 that I will be given. If treatments go as scheduled, I will be there through the 22nd of February. I was lucky in that the cancer was caught in Stage I. So far, everything is going great. Just do not expect instant responses to questions and up-dates as I will only have my IPhone with me during this period.

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Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 5:25 p.m.

Death of Ken Alms

Ken Alms

Kenneth Richard Alms, 55, passed away on Wednesday, December 28th at 7:13 am at Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born on April 30th 1961 to Richard and Eileen Alms.

Ken grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland. He graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. After high school, he attended college at UMBC in Catonsville, Maryland where he received a bachelor's degree in computer science in 1984. He worked for the US government as a computer specialist.

Ken married Linda Alms in 1986. They were happily married for 31 years. Ken was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Ken is survived by his spouse Linda Alms of Fulton, Maryland; his twin daughters: Christina and Cynthia Alms; his mother: Eileen Alms; and his two brothers: Steve and Bill Alms.

He was preceded in death by his father: Richard Alms.

A memorial service was held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 4:00 pm on Monday, January 2nd.

The following was posted to his Facebook page by his wife:

With a heavy heart, I am sad to announce that my soulmate, the loving father to my children, and a friend to everyone, has lost his battle with brain cancer this morning. Ken was a wonderful man and I will miss him dearly.

I received the above information from Susan Musser who received it from Sid Nance.The following contact information is furnished for those who wish to send condolences to his wife, Linda, and family:

Linda Alms
12404 Penelope CT,
Fulton, MD 20759
(301) 604-4237

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Saturday, Janujary 07, 2017 - 5:05 p.m.

Death of John Varner

John Varner

John Hopkins Varner, Jr., age 60, beloved son, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2016. Born and raised in Farmville, Virginia, Johnny always considered Farmville "home" even though he worked and lived all over the world.

Johnny had a distinguished career of over 30 years with the U.S. Department of State, where he held a top-secret clearance. He served as a Foreign Service Officer in Information Technology and Management with postings in Switzerland, Morocco, Zaire (Congo), Singapore, Venezuela, and Washington, DC. In addition, over the span of just a few years, Johnny traveled to 54 countries working as a cryptographic auditor and consultant. During the last three years of his career, he helped to manage video conferencing for the Department of State, embassies, and consulates worldwide. Upon Johnny's retirement, he was honored with The Secretary of State's Career Achievement Award for his extraordinary professionalism and outstanding contributions. Prior to his State Department career, he served in the United States Army in the Intelligence and Security Command. He attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany, where he developed his love of travel and diverse cultures.

Johnny was a gifted writer and he shared his travel logs with family and friends, who had the unique opportunity to see the world through his adventures. With his caring nature and quick wit, he made friends easily wherever he lived, and these friends became his extended family. Johnny followed in his father's footsteps and attended Virginia Tech, graduating with a concentration in mechanical engineering and languages. He had a beautiful singing voice and was a member of a Norwegian choir in Washington, DC. Although he didn't speak any Norwegian, Johnny possessed language skills in German, Spanish, Italian, Czech, and French.

Despite Johnny's professional accomplishments, he will best be remembered as a kind, generous, humble, and gentle soul. He lives on in the stories that his family and friends - near and far - share about how he touched their lives.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Anne Tapscott Varner, and his father, John Hopkins Varner, Sr.

He is survived by his sister, Janet V. Conboy and husband Rick of Matthews, NC, and his sister, Patricia L. Varner and husband Rusty Breeden of Glen Allen, VA.

The family wishes to thank the compassionate staff members at The Woodland, Inc. and Centra Hospice and loved ones who have lifted us up with their kindness and prayers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmville United Methodist Church (P. O. Box 64) or Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity (P.O. Box 816).

A celebration of Johnny's life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at the Farmville United Methodist Church, with visitation and reception to follow at The Woodland (2003 Cobb Street).

Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family. www.puckettfh.com.

I received the above information from Susan Musser who received it from Sid Nance.The only contact information I have is from his bio. I do not know if anyone will be monitoring his e-mails, but his address should be good if you wish to send condolences:

John Varner
307 First Avenue
Farmville, VA 23901
Tel: (434) 390-3996
varnerjh@yahoo.com

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Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 11:11 a.m.

The "Dedication" page has been up-dated to show the members we lost in 2016. RIP!

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Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 10:20 a.m.

1. We have new members, Leslie and Jane Probst! Welcome aboard!
2. We have a new member, Barton Hoskins! Welcome aboard!
3. Jerry Helmick furnished an up-date to his bio. Thanks Jerry for helping me keep my database up to date!

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Monday, January 02, 2017 - 9:20 a.m.

We have new members, Kirk and Karen Ingvoldstad! Welcome aboard!

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