February 21, 2018 - Present
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!
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:45 a.m.Death of Ben Perry, Jr.
March 16, 1936 - June 30, 2018
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 10. Viewing will be at 10:00 a.m. and the service will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Walker Mill Baptist Church, 6801 Walker Mill Road, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:45 a.m.Death of Ben Perry, Jr.
It is with sadness I inform you of the death of long time friend and employee of State, Ben Perry. Ben worked in OC/T for many years as a GS employee and then after retirement as a contract employee. He passed after a short illness. When funeral arrangements have been made I will post them here.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.
Jon Jensen furnshed a new snail-mail address and telephone number! Thanks Jon for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.Funeral Service for Carol Ann Workman
Loving spouse of Clarence Workman
Carol Workman's grave side service will be held at noon on Monday, July 9, 2018, at Quantico National Cemetery.
Visitors attending should gather at the staging area along the side of the entrance road where they will be met and escorted by cemetery staff. Roadway parking is available throughout the cemetery and near the committal shelter during services. Special observances and ceremonies are held at the parade ground near the main flagpoles.
Quantico National Cemetery
18424 Joplin Road
Triangle, Va. 22172
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.Passing of Ovaline Tyburski
Loving spouse of John Tyburski
I received word from John that Ovaline is being cremated. A "Celebration of Life" service will be held at a later date. He will keep her ashes at home. When he passes they will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery. (John served four years in the Navy).
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:20 a.m.Passing of Eleanor Sura
Loving spouse of George Sura
I received word from Jim Prosser that George Sura's wife, Eleanor, passed on October 27, 2017.
Eleanor May Sura, 77, of (North) Philipsburg, passed away Friday afternoon, October 27, 2017, at UPMC Altoona.
She was born on May 30, 1940, in Elkhart, Indiana, a daughter of Charles A. and Adeline (Cowell) Wolfinger, both of whom preceded her in death.
Eleanor started her working career while in high school. She was employed as an usher with the Miller Theatre and in shoe sales with Zeisel's Dept. Store, both of Elkhart. She graduated from Elkhart High School in 1958; and later, completed a number of college courses.
Eleanor was married on July 5, 1959, in Angola, New York, to George Sura, whom survives at home.
After their marriage in 1959, Eleanor lived in Elkhart and other neighboring states, traveling at times with their three daughters and accompanying her husband, George, during his employment with ITT Telecommunications.
When George accepted a two-year tour of duty with the US Dept. of State, Foreign Service, in 1968, Eleanor found herself and her family in the midst of Washington, D.C. Up until that time, the furthest she had ever traveled from home was Chicago, a mere two hours away. She and the three girls would accompany George on a number of other assignments; including: Beirut, Lebanon for 3 1/2 years, Washington, D.C. for 3 years, Bonn, West Germany, for 5 years, Accra, Ghana, West Africa, for 1 year, Kinshasa, Zaire, Central Africa, for 3 1/2 years and Mexico City, Mexico, for 1 year. During her husband's tours overseas, she had been employed with the APO and Mail Pouch sections of the American Embassies. While in Washington, D.C., she had been employed with the DEA Agency, Dept. of Justice.
Eleanor was a member of Nativity of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Chester Hill. She was an active member of her church and her activities included: the church's St. Anne's Guild, serving as Council Secretary for several years while her husband served as Treasurer, assisting with ticket sales for the church's annual BBQ chicken event and assisting with various bake and yard sales throughout the years to help raise funds for the church. She loved her church and enjoyed the family hour discussions following the Liturgy Services.
She excelled in a number of crafts; including: sewing, cake decorating, knitting and crocheting. She also enjoyed playing bingo, cooking and "winning" at the area casinos. She especially loved getting together with her family, relatives and friends for both the biennial Sura Family Reunion held locally and the annual Wolfinger Reunion held in the Indiana and Michigan areas of the country. Needless to say, she loved being with her family and traveled extensively to be with them.
Eleanor and her surviving husband, George, enjoyed 58 years of marriage across the US and around the world. She is also survived by three daughters: Gloria A. Sura Taylor and her husband, Mel, of Elkhart, Ind., Catherine L. Sura and her husband, Paul Heesaker, of Silverthorne, Colo. and Susan E. (Sura) Sutherland and her husband, Les, of Glennallen, Alaska; three grandchildren, George I. and Sarah D. Taylor, both of Elkhart, and Melvin W. Taylor and his fiancee, Katie (Serge), of Osceola, Ind.; one great-granddaughter, Adele Taylor-Johnson, of Elkhart; one sister, Alice (Wolfinger) Ride and her husband, Will, of Saint Louis, Mich.; four sisters-in-law: Ann (Sura) Richards, of Hummelstown, Verna (Sura) Silay and her husband, Stephen, of Erie, Mary (Sura) Saupp, of Hollidaysburg, Susan (Sura) Johnson and her husband, Jerry, of West Seneca, New York; two brothers-in-law, Peter Sura, of Hollidaysburg and Marvin Hughes (New Liberty) RD Philipsburg; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Eleanor was also preceded in death by a brother, Maynard D. Wolfinger; three sisters-in-law, Irene R (Lowe) Wolfinger, Dorothy (Sura) Hughes and Connie (Wiggins) Sura; four brothers-in-law: Michael Sura, Jr. and his wife, Mari (Chitko), Vasil Sura, John Sura, Andrew Sura and his wife, Dorothy(Schick), Joseph Sura and his wife, Bernice (Whitmore), John Saupp and John Richards; and several nieces and nephews including, Charles Duane Wolfinger.
A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at 2 pm at the Nativity of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 420 Laura Street, Chester Hill, with Fr. Mark Meholic, Officiating.
The family received friends on Monday, October 30, 2017, from 5 to 8 pm at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, 719 E. Spruce Street, Philipsburg; and on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 12 Noon until the time to depart for church. A Panikhida Service was held Monday, at 7 pm at the funeral home.
Interment was at Hope Mausoleum at Rice Cemetery, Elkhart, under the direction of Stemm, Lawson & Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, Indiana.
Anyone wishing to send belated condolences to George the following is furnished:
P.O. Box 167
Philipsburg, PA 16866-0167
Tel: (814) 342-4054
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.Passing of Ovaline Tyburski
Loving spouse of John Tyburski
I received word from John that his wife, Ovaline passed early this morning. As soon as funeral arrangement information is known I will post it here.
The following is furnished for those wishing to extend condolences to John:
8625 Woodview Drive
Springfield, VA 22153-1547
Tel: (703) 866-3554
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.Passing of Carol Ann Workman
Loving spouse of Clarence Workman
December 29, 1946 - June 12, 2018
Carol Ann Workman, 71, of Williamsburg, Virginia, died June 12, 2018 at Riverside Doctor's Hospital. Born on December 29, 1946, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Amos (Ben) Couture and Mary (Myers) Couture also of Attleboro, Massachusetts.
A resident of Williamsburg since her retirement in 2006, she enjoyed her memberships in the Colonial Heritage Gardening Club; Travel Club; and History Club. She also found it very rewarding to be involved with the St. Olaf's Catholic Church's Respect Life Ministry; the From His Hands hot meals program; and her work at the church's Food Pantry, as well as her variety of volunteer tasks as a member of the St. Olaf's Women's Club.
Prior to retirement, Carol was employed by the U.S. Department of State. She originally joined the Department of State Foreign Service in 1975 to exercise her love of travel and her desire to be of service to her country. From 1975 through 1977, she was assigned to the American Embassy in Paris. During that period, she married her husband who also worked at the State Department. Following that assignment, they transferred to Belgrade, Yugoslavia from 1977 through 1979. Upon completion of that assignment, the two were transferred back to Washington DC. Following the birth of their first child, she transferred from the Foreign Service to the State Department Civil Service. While working in Washington, she worked about 10 years in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, with the remaining time spent supporting Department of State Contracting for the Bureau of Information Resource Management and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Clarence E. Workman, Jr.; son, Jeffery Workman and wife, Beth and granddaughter, Reese, of Alexandria, Virginia; daughter, Victoria (Workman) Hickland and husband, Josh, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and son, Bradley Workman.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Olaf's Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg, Virginia on Tuesday, June 19 at 11:00AM. Immediately following the Mass the family will receive friends at a reception at the Colonial Heritage Club House at 12:00PM. Interment will be at a future date at the National Cemetery at Quantico, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of Williamsburg, Virginia 23188. Online condolences may be made to www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.
Anyone wishing to send the Workman family condolences the following is furnished:
Clarence E. Workman, Jr.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Tel: (757) 259-4624
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 2:10 p.m.
Roger Cohen furnished a new snail-mail addresses and telephone number. Thanks, Roger, for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 9:10 a.m.
Pat Stout furnished new e-mail addresses for her and Carles! Thanks for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:10 a.m.Passing of Raymond W. Lau
The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) is deeply saddened to share the news of the
passing of Raymond W. Lau on May 4th, 2018, in Singapore. Ray served as Information Programs
Officer at Embassy Singapore since 2017, and previously in Frankfurt and Niamey. Prior to joining
the State Department Ray worked at U.S. Embassies Yerevan and Luanda, served with the distinction
in the U.S. Air Force for six years, and was a brand manager and game designer at Alderac
Entertainment Group, in California.
A valued member of the community, recipient of multiple Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards,
with close colleagues throughout the Department and the entire USG, Ray was extremely capable,
providing excellent information technology services to mission staff. He was passionate about his
work, always using his talents to find a way to support employees, improve the Mission, and deliver
results. Ray was a dear friend and colleague, known for his professionalism, infectious humor, and a
never-ending supply of snacks, whose work and friendship touched many across the Department. He
will be sorely missed.
Embassy Singapore is planning a memorial service for Ray at the end of this week. His family
is planning a memorial service in Washington DC with details to be announced. Expressions of
condolences may be sent to email@example.com. Ray is survived by his wife Foreign Service Officer Maureen Yates, and daughter Emma Lau.
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:10 a.m.Death of Tom Mukai
I received the below obituary from Dick Kalla:
It is with deep sorrow to announce the passing of Tom Mukai. Tom was born in Alderton, Washington on June 7, 1930. He is the youngest son of Setsu Yamamoto and Kamasuki Mukai, farms from Orting. Tom is married to Leila de Leon who he met when he was assigned at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines in 1976. They were married on May 19, 1978. They planned to travel to South America to go back to Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile and Argentina to visit places where they used to live to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary but Tom left for the Lord's kingdom one month earlier on April 21, 2018.
Tom is a very loving and devoted husband and spoiled Leila rotten. They had a wonderful life together and she will sorely miss him.
At the age of eight years Tom goes with his mother picking vegetables and berries in Orting and around the valley. He attended Fife High school but his schooling was interrupted when World War II broke out, December 8, 1941. In early 1942 the family was sent to the Internment Camp in Minidoka, Idaho. In the camp Tom's mother was a laundrywoman and Tom got a job raising the flag in the morning and lowering it down in the afternoon. He earned like one dollar ($1.00) a week. He saved the money so he and his friends from the camp can go to the next town of Jerome, Idaho. At 10 years old Tom and his friends would swim the deep and strong current of Snake River and walk ten miles to Jerome to buy candies and ice cream. The guard at the camp tower didn't even know they slipped out and slipped in. In 1945 the U.S. Government released the internees. Tom is now fourteen years old, continued and finished his high school at Lincoln High School, Tacoma. At barely eighteen years old Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for four years during the Korean War in the 50's. After four years he got out of the U.S. Navy and worked at Fort Lewis for two years while studying at a business school (now defunct) in Tacoma. While he was in Ft. Lewis he was recruited by the U.S. Department of State where he received further education and training.
Working with the U.S. Department of State is a privilege. Tom and his wife, Leila, lived and travelled practically all over the world with assignments in Paris, Brussels, Belgium, Middle East (Jordan), Asia (Manilla, Beijing, South Vietnam) South America (Costa Rica and Chile, Peru), Africa (Lagos, Nigeria), with visits to the nearby countries. Tom was accomplished and very successful in his career. He is one of the key officers in the U.S. Embassy with the rank of Attache. He used to say he made the right decision to enter the diplomatic service instead of working in the Tacoma police force. Tom is a very likeable person and well spoken of by his employees, relatives and friends. He was a good and strict supervisor but was fair. With that, his employees want to follow him wherever he gets posted. In 1980 Tom was one of the advance party to be sent to Sao Paolo, Brazil during President Reagan's visit and in 1981 he was also one of the advance party to be posted in Peru for that country's election from military to civilian rule. He cherished these challenging assignments. Leila accompanied him on these assignments.
Tom came from the family of heroes. While Tom's family was in the internment camp his older brother Bill enlisted in 442nd regiment, the most decorated regiment in U.S. military history. His parents want to prove their loyalty to the U.S. Government as U.S. born citizens. His brother Bill received a purple medal fighting in Europe. Tom's oldest brother, Takeshi was a prisoner of war (POW) in North Korea for four years. Tom did his part by enlisting in the U.S. Navy during the Korean campaign. Tom used to say "Who else is supposed to protect me but my government". But that was not the case during World War II.
Tom is survived by his wife Leila Mukai and numerous nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his parents Setsu Yamamoto Mukai and Kamasuki Mukai, sisters Mary Aihara, and Kim McKay; brothers Bill (Minuro) Mukai and Takeshi Mukai.
Leila Mukai would like to express her heartfelt appreciation to those who supported her in her time of deep sorrow.
Funeral Services were held at the Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA 98371; (253)845-0536.
Friday, May 04, 2018 - 10:25 a.m.
Dick Hoffer furnished a picture of the 2018 Paolozzi Golf Outing at Myrtle Beach! In attendance were Ed Braun, Carmen Bevacqua, Dick Hoffer, Virgil Hudson, Tom Paolozzi, and Gary Bobbitt.
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 4:25 p.m.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1. STATUS OF HUGH BUFFHAM
Hugh worked as a contractor at BAX from 1977 thru 1992. Many of you may remember him. I received word from his son today about some health problems Hugh is experiencing:
My Dad has been dealing with Parkinson's Disease for the past 10 years. Recently he has progressed into a very aggressive form of Alzheimer's. Last Thursday he was found unresponsive and rushed to Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Florida. Since then he has had kidney surgery and has regained consciousness!
The following is furnished for those wishing to send Hugh get well wishes:
Twin Cities Hospital
2190 Hwy 85 N
Niceville, Florida 32578
His son's email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. I know a lot of you, like me, are happy in retirement and not looking for employment, but if any of your friends have just retired or are about to retire they may be interested in this employment offer:
Mount Airey Group, Inc.
4716 Wakefield Chapel Road
Annandale, VA 22003
Who we are: We are an Overseas Diplomatic Mission experienced company that have on staff former Foreign Service Program Managers of the DoS Overseas Installations Branch, Information Management Officers, RIMC technical personnel, and long serving Federal contractors.
We provide: Data, Voice, Audio Visual and all other Cable Plant and Infrastructure Design, Maintenance, Installation and Decommissioning Services.
We Hire: Former Foreign Service Program Managers of the DoS Overseas Installation Branch, Information Management Officers, RiMC technical personnel.
Cleared technicians that have actually performed Cable Plant Designs and Installations for the DoS, DoD, and DHS worldwide with an emphasis on unclassified and classified Foreign Affairs agency projects in overseas Consulates and Embassies.
Multiple projects/positions available for deployments of varying lengths beginning from May 2018. No requirement to be local to support these projects. Also see other career opportunities at www.mountaireygroup.com
Mount Airey Group, Inc.
Director of Operations
Mount Airey Group, Inc.
Senior Project Manager
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:10 a.m.Death of Tom Mukai
I received the below from Dick Kalla this morning:
I received a telephone call and the following email today from Leila Mukai, wife of former communicator, Tom Mukai. Tom was 87 when he died on April 21. I promised Leila that I would contact you soonest so you could pass the message to the entire IM retiree community. For those who didn't know him, Tom was a great guy and he will be sorely missed.
I'm soooo..... broken hearted to inform you that Tom died April 21, 2018 in St Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He has a heart attack and rushed to the hospital on April 12. He was fighting for his life for 10 days. He has four issues before the heart attack. At the hospital they found three more - he has pneumonia, failing kidney and the bladder cancer has already spread inside his body. He has a bladder cancer surgery last year. He never recovered his strength after that surgery.
Here's the details for those who want to attend his funeral:
|May 3, 2018, Thursday ||Viewing from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.|
|May 4, 2018, Friday ||Open casket 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon|
| || 12:00 noon to 1:45 p.m. funeral service|
| || 2:30 p.m. cemetery internment|
| || 3:30 p.m. reception|
Powers Funeral Home will do the service. Address below:
320 W. Pioneer Avenue
For those wishing to send condolences to Leila the following is furnished:
2514 David Court East
Tacoma, WA 98424
Tel: (253) 922-7166
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 5:45 p.m.
1. Joyce Snider furnished new contact information!
2. Judy Chidester furnished new contact information for Glenn and Gladys Powell! Gladys has developed serious health problems and they have moved in with her niece!
3. Charles LChristian has furnished a new e-mail address!
Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
1. Brad Ham furnished a new e-mail address!
2. Bob Ribera furnished an up-date to his telephone numbers!
3. Joe Hazewski furnished a picture of an 8.6 pound bass he caught!
Friday, April 06, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
The spring issue of the Newsletter has been posted for your reading enjoyment:
Issue 115-April 2018-Volume 18-Number 1
Issue 115 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 114 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format
Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 11:11 a.m.
Jane Florence furnished a new snail-mail address! Thanks Jane for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 9:35 p.m.
We have a new member, Bob Cull! Welcome aboard!
Friday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.
The following was received from Rob Robinson and is repeated for your action/information:
Pass this on to your 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.