CANDOER Retirement Group

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Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

June 03, 2017 - Present
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Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 11:20 p.m.

Rob Robinson sent me pictures of the Washington Area CANDOER September Luncheon.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 8:50 a.m.

Death of George W. Little, Jr.

George W. Little, Jr., 77, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017 in Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Derry Twp.

George spent his career in service of his country. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy and later retired from the U.S. State Department Foreign Service.

George was a 1958 graduate of Lemoyne High School and a technology enthusiast who built his own computer in the 1970's. He enjoyed woodworking, photography and playing the lottery to support senior citizens. He was a private man, a devoted husband, and a dedicated family man who loved his family more than anything.

George was born in York, PA and was the son of the late George and Bette (Kemmerly) Little.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Jacqueline K. Coyle.

He is survived by his wife of more than 51 years, Minako "Mikki" Little; children, JoAnne Little and partner George Mason of Steelton, Nicole Little-Cook and husband Robert of Clarksburg, MD and Geoff W. Little and wife Melanie of Mechanicsburg; a brother William T. Little and wife Betty of Etters; six grandchildren, Jacob and Hannah, Zachary and Eleanor, and Isabella and Duncan; and several nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:50 p.m.

Death of Leonard "Len" Fenner

Len Fenner

My name is Scott Fenner, I am Lenny's son. I wanted to let anyone who did not know already that my Dad passed away in his sleep on Sunday.

I can be reached at 608-444-5670 or by email I also have my Dad's cellphone with me.

My family and I appreciate all of the support that we have received during this difficult time. As Dad would say........Cheers!

Death of Leonard "Len" Fenner

Leonard A. "Len" Fenner, age 72 of Arkdale, WI formerly of Darlington, WI passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 at his home.

He was born September 5, 1944 in Richland Center, WI the son of Scott and Lucille (Pletzer) Fenner. Len graduated from Darlington High School in 1962. He grew up in Spring Green, WI and later moved to Darlington. Following his graduation from high school he was drafted into the United States Army where he served in Vietnam from 1965 until being honorably discharged in 1967. Len moved to Burlington, WI and began working with GTE Telephone Company for a number of years. He later served for the State Department overseas and in Virginia until his retirement.

Len is survived by his three children: Kimberly (Tom) Burgess of Stephens City, VA, Kelly Whitmore of Occoquan, VA, and Scott (Amber) Fenner of Sun Prairie, WI; eight grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Caroline, Meghann, and Scott Burgess, Ellen (Gabe) Bowers, Cory Whitmore, Carter and Jackson Fenner; two brothers: Carl (Pam) Fenner of rural Darlington and Greg Fenner of Darlington; two sisters: Helen (Jerry) Rhodes of Belmont, WI, and Marilyn (Ed) Aebersold; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother: Wayne Fenner.

Len was a member of Okeechobee American Legion and Okeechobee Garden Club. He loved to golf and was an avid fisherman. Len cherished the time he spent with his family and friends creating memories they will all remember forever. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Erickson Funeral Home with Rev. Joji Reddy of Holy Rosary Catholic Church a branch of Our Lady of Fatima Parish officiating. Burial will be in Rock Island National Cemetery. A visitation will be held Monday, August 28, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Erickson Funeral home (508 Main Street, Darlington). A visitation will also be held on Tuesday from 9:00 A.M. until 9:45 A.M. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Len's name.

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Leonard A. Fenner, please visit our Tribute Store

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:50 a.m.

Death of Victor E. Maffei

Vic Maffei

Victor E. Maffei, 80, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2017.

He was born on January 27, 1937 in Sannicandro di Bari, Italy and moved to New York in 1950. In 1959.

He joined the US Army as part of the Signal Corps. Soon after he joined the Foreign Service through the Department of State working as a Communications Officer. He served in numerous diplomatic posts including Benghazi, Libya (where he met his future wife Harriet), 62-64 Leopoldville; 65-66 Benghazi; 66-68 Stuttgart; 68-70 USNATO Brussels; 70-72 Budapest; 72-74 Dakar; 74-75 Maseru; 75-79 Rome; 79-81 Abidjan; 81-84 Jidda; 84-87 Canberra; 87 Conakry; 87-89 Department; 89-93 Rabat; 94-98 WAE/Rover Durban, Nouakchott, Lome, Kinshasa, Niamey, Pretoria, Addis Ababa, Abidjan, Yaounde, Lahore, Guayaquil, and Sao Paulo. While serving in Stuttgart, Germany he married Harriet in 1966. He retired in 1993 in Gloucester.

Victor is predeceased by his wife, Harriet (Lovett) and his brother, Rocco Maffei.

He is survived by his daughter, Francesca and her husband, Scott and two grandchildren, Simon and Samantha, of Stratham, NH. He is also survived by his brothers, Franco Maffei, Vito Maffei, Giuseppe Maffei and Cosmo Maffei and sisters, Filomena Desposati and Antonietta Blanco, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many devoted friends.

Visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Sunday, August 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. His funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Annís Church, Holy Family Parish, 72 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, on Monday at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at a nearby location. Burial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or if a friend of Bill W., you can make a donation through the AA website or at a favorite meeting.

For online condolences, please visit

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Monday, August 14, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Saigon Reunion Logo
Host:Theodore (Tedd) Little
Place: Norfolk, Virginia
Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 5th through Friday, Sept. 8th, 2017 with hotel checkout on the 9th (early arrival or stay over - on our own . . .)
Address: Sheraton Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23510; visit for more details on amentities and such.
Rate: Contact Tedd Little for room reservations and information. He must have the reservations and give you your reservation code. Also, he will give you information about the airport and parking services available. Contact Tedd by email at or by telephone at (757) 536-5195 (at anytime).
A hospitality suite will be provided for the group.
Events: Tuesday: Check-in
Wednesday: Hampton Air and Space Museum tour
Thursday: Nauticus/USS Wisconsin tour
Friday: Free during the day; evening banquet
Saturday: Check-out
NOTE:Ample time for individual selection of sites to visit on your own.
Cost: $100 per peson, which includes hospitality suite, tours, banquet, etc. Mail checks as soon as possible payable to "Saigon Marines and Civilians Reunion", to:
Theodore Little
2413 Dunbarton Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23325-4437
Registration: Web site (Go to the "reunions" page, click on the large "reunions logo", go to the "Sign-up" page and complete the registration form OR
By email to Tedd Little at or Gus Tomujschat, OR
By mail to Tedd Little at the abovel mailing address, OR
By telephone to Tedd Little (757) 420-4579 (anytime) or Gus Tomuschat (804) 693-3007 (between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.n. EDT/EST)
If after having signed up for the reunion, something happens to change you mind and you will not be attending, please let either Tedd or myself know as soon as possible.


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Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.

1. I received the following from Jim Prosser:

Vic Maffei is a longtime friend of mine and asked me to have his address information changed because he sold his home and is now in an assisted living establishment dealing with several medical issues. He still wishes to maintain contact with Foreign Service friends. He no longer has e-mail capability. His new snail-mail address has been up-dated under the membership section.

2. Jim also reports that another good friend, Ben Candelaria, has developed Altzheimers. Jim talked to his daughter, Lianne! She said Ben has developed Altzheimers and while physically in good shape has difficulty remembering or doing anything that requires thinking. Consequently Lianne, already a widowed grandmother, moved in with him as he cannot be left alone lest he wander off and not return. She said several months ago she had to get him a new e-mail address. His new e-mail address has been up-dated under the e-mail section. His daughter reports that "on his good days" she reads his e-mails and newsworthy items to him. "It's tought sometimes," she says!

3. We have new members, Hank and Emily Kenealy! Welcome aboard!

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Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 9:00 p.m.

George McCumber furnished a new snail-mail address. Thanks George for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 1:20 p.m.

I received two pictures and a press release from Ed Wilson showing him and Joan at his swearing in ceremony on August 1 at the Wildwood Police Department (i.e., The Villages). Congratulations Ed!

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Friday, July 28, 2017 - 9:50 p.m. -

Death of John H. Watson

John Watson

On Saturday, July 22, 2017. our beloved John Henry Watson of Waldorf, MD entered into eternal rest.

He leaves a loving wife, (Jerri) Lessie Geraldine; his children, Darryl Shaun Watson (Inez), Cheryl W. Murry (Al); three grandchildren, Tre and Camari Mueey and Sean Miller; two great-grandchildren, Carter and Riley Miller; four brothers, four sisters, special relatives Meredity Baker and Diane Lane, and a host of relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Journey of Faith Church, 2900 Smallwood drive, Waldorf MD from 9 a.m. until the time of the serviced at 11 a.m.

Internment will be Wednesday August 2, 2017 at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Services entrusted to Adams Funeral Home P.A. 20605 Aquasco Road, Aquasco, MD 20608.

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Monday, July 24, 2017 - 11:20 p.m. -

Death of John H. Watson

I received the following from Harry Laury today:

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that my brother-in-law John H. Watson died on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017.

He was a former State Department communications specialist.

His home going service will be Saturday, July 29th, at Journey of Faith church.

Viewing will be from 9:00 am until 11:00 am with the service following immediately thereafter.

The address for Journey of Faith is 2900 Smallwood Drive W., Waldorf, MD 20603.

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Monday, July 19, 2017 - 11:19 a.m.

George Gorisek furnished a new snail-mail address. Thanks George for helping me keep my records up-to-date! Welcome back to the States!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 4:20 p.m. - U P D A T E D - July 13 with additional information furnished by Frank.

Death of Larry D. Moyer

I received word from Frank Morgan that Larry passed away back in 2011. His name has been added to the In Memory pages!

Larry D. Moyer, 72, a retired Foreign Service Information Management Officer died October 18, 2011 in Newark, Deleware from injuries suffered in a fall at thisi home.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960, primarily in Guam and Japan.

He joined State in 1964 and was posted to Saigon, Copenhagen, Islamabad, Lagos, Panama City, Rangoon, London, Ouagadougou, Dakar and Mexico City.

He was a lifetime member of a VFW Postin Hamburg, PA.

He enjoyed travel, cooking and dining out.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Death of Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

The following was received from John Feldman. John found his obituary while doing research to locate Joe! (Please note that this obit is over two years old.)

Joseph (Joe) J. Duffy, born on September 13, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA, died suddenly on February 13, 2015. He has lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1997.

Joe served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1976, and during that time he was awarded a Bronze Star, four (4) Air Force Commendation Medals, and other numerous awards. He was honored in 2010 by being inducted into the Air Force Cyberspace Operations Hall of Fame (formerly called the Air Force Communications/Information Hall of Fame).

After his Air Force service, Joe joined the U.S. Department of State where he served with distinction until a second retirement in 1997. He received numerous awards from the Department of State, including Superior Performance and Meritorious Service awards. Joe served in a number of high level/volume posts, such as Moscow, Beijing, Berlin, Bonn and Sidney.

Joe is survived by his wife Isabel; his twin brother, James; sister Delores, and a large extended family and many friends.

Rosary began at 10:30 am with the Mass of the Christian Burial following at the Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 4925 N. Carefree Circle, Colorado Springs, CO on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

In Lieu of flowers, Joe's wife Isabel requests that contributions/donations be made to the "AF Communicators & Air Traffic Controllers Association", at This Association was dear to Joe's heart.

The following is furished for anyone wishing to send belated condolences to Isabel:

Isabel Duffy
7834 Brandy Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Tel: (719) 266-0592

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Monday, July 10, 2017 - 12:19 p.m.

The latest issue of the CANDOER News has neen posted for your reading enjoyment. I NEED STORIES FOR NEXT QUARTERS ISSUE. PLEASE, HELP ME KEEP THE Newsletter GOING!!!

Issue 112-July 2017-Volume 17-Number 2 - Web Format
Issue 112 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 112 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017 - 2:19 p.m.

1. Jeff Flynn furnished a new snail-mail address! Thanks Jeff for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

2. Mike McCaffrey furnished a new e-mail address! Thanks Mike for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 2:19 p.m.

I received two pictures from Debbie Bobbitt. They may be seen here.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.

Death of Louis Vraniak

The following was received from Jim Prosser who received it from Rush Lantz and Rose Jacobsen:

Louis Vraniak, passed away on April 28, 2017. Louis was 86! The following is furnished for those wishing to send condolences to the family:

Mr. Louis Vraniak
261 S. E. 46th Street
Cape Coral, FL 33904-8430
Tel: (941) 549-2066

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Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 10:19 a.m.

I have renewed the CANDOER.ORG domain ($20.17) and the CANDOER.ORG hosting ($42.37) for another year. The treasury now has a total of $404.38 in it. Enough, at the present GoDaddy cost, for another six years.

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Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 5:19 p.m.

We have new members, Allen and Susan Nicholas! Welcome aboard!

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Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 4:55 p.m.

Pictures of the Spring Pacific Northwest CANDOERs, taken by Phil Wold, have been posted here Picture128.html