Fall 2006


1930s - 1940s | 1950s - 1960s | 1970s - 1980s | 1990s - 2000s

1970s – 1980s

Fellow classmates, we can’t possibly have lost so many of us to death, the federal protection program, or senility. Based on my usual underwhelming response to this column, what else should I conclude? Remember this is your column. If you’re reading this, you probably have an interest in what your fellow UVM alums are doing. Believe it or not, they want to know what you are up to, and so do I. So please drop me a line or send an email. I did hear from two of you recently, each with a very different story. Barry Stone contacted me to say he likes this column even though about the only name he recognizes is Paul Trono. He does fondly remember ski bumming, The Mill, working at Lake Champlain Transportation Co., joining the Navy and even getting married. Barry has been living in Washington State for the past 28 years running ferry boats. He is captain of Puyallup, which ferries between Edmonds and Kingston, Wash. He has a wife and two step-kids as well as two Vermont-born children now living in Georgia and Florida, and another daughter who graduated from the University of Washington. Who’d ever guess a kid from Burlington, Vt., could ever end up as a ferry boat captain in Washington State? Coming in just under deadline was a nice note from Bruce Wilson, who wants to officially announce his retirement. After leaving Vermont and Sigma Phi fraternity, Bruce served the country as a captain in the Army and then graduated law school. He has spent the past 30 years practicing law in Ithaca, N.Y., where he has served as city prosecutor, deputy county attorney, and in private practice. He retired as president of his bar association and states that his wife, Nancy, is one of his many blessings. The others are a house on Cayuga Lake and a house in sunny Siesta Key, Fla. Things are good here in Cleveland if you don’t count the Indians. My daughter is home from school in Boulder and working at a local sports camp. She was accepted to the CU School of Journalism so expect her to write my future columns! As I finish this epistle, I’m preparing to fly to Burlington, Vt., tomorrow with my wife to spend a long 4th of July weekend. We will be guests of Peter (’69) and Jain Doremus at their lake house on beautiful Lake Champlain. I’m praying for sun and hope to see some of you around town.
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Doug Arnold

What a terrific Reunion we had in June! I wish I could list all those who attended, but there just isn’t room in this column. I will say that 51 of us enjoyed the gathering at my house followed by dinner at Greenstreets Restaurant on Saturday evening. And…Jimmy Seder showed up! What a guy. Just to clarify who are our class officers: Gary Barnes and Nancy McDonald Quimby serve as co-president, and Annie Viets will continue to serve as our vice president. I will serve as secretary until I am fired, which may be sooner than later. It was very special to see Jeff Faller smiling the entire weekend. Everyone in our class should know that Bob Lynch (aka “the Whale”) and Tom McLaughlin (aka “the Sheriff”) “were here and surprisingly sober and amazingly well-behaved.” McLaughlin’s words! Catherine Beinhauer Foss’s husband, a Yale graduate, was wearing a UVM T-shirt by the end of the weekend. Catherine is planning and managing all facets of the International Association of Plastic Surgeons’ annual meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, coming up this fall. Annie Viets was terrific to host a lovely brunch on Sunday so we could continue to share stories and say our goodbyes. What followed the weekend was an interesting tale from Annie: In a plot hatched at our 35th reunion, Marc “Maypo” Milowski and Annie pedaled 100 miles through the White Mountains in The Prouty in July to raise money for cancer research at Dartmouth. Neither had ever biked that far before. They said, “The buddy system works!” Lui Luis, one of four restaurants owned by Marc and his wife, Patty French ’73, donated and served the “carbo load” dinner for 2000 runners, walkers, and bikers the night before. When I called Rob Sydney before Reunion Weekend to be sure he’d attend, he reported that he and four other UVMers (Arnie Brown, Doug Kerr, Jay Keillor, and Tom Watkinson) would be packing that weekend for a trip to Alaska, where they would get together with Bill Ridder, their host. Bill has lived in Delta Junction, Alaska, for more than 30 years. Rob reported that they planned to rent a motor home in Skagway and “commence taking in the indigenous fauna and flora.” This same group, minus Bill Ridder, got together in the summer of 2005 for their own UVM reunion, where they were joined by Lorna Skelsky Farmer, Shelby Hanson, and Gail Grossman, who collectively turned down their toga party idea but joined them for a festive summer evening. Rob promised me photos of the UVM mini-reunion in the Alaskan wild. Rob is still with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources. Old friends of Rob Sidney, Lon and Janie Williams Sherman showed up on campus in June when their daughter, Tanya ’10, participated in orientation. It was fun to catch up with Janie and Lon, who will be in and out this summer sailing the East Coast. Just before Reunion Weekend, I learned that Penny Delaire Pillsbury, director of the Brownell Library in Essex Junction, Vt., was presented with the Vermont Library Association’s Sarah C. Hagar Award in May. Penny was selected because of her leadership, commitment, and outstanding accomplishments over more than 30 years. She was commended for her advocacy for Vermont libraries, personalized service to Essex Junction senior citizens and shut ins, guiding the library through renovation and expansion, as well as taking on an assortment of tasks with good humor. In other news, Jim Taylor and his wife, Barbara Potter ’76, are back from an extended trip in Estonia, where they worked on another filming project. Locations this year included Bangladesh, Ghana, China, Peru, and Estonia. Once their films are produced, we’ll spread the news. I saw Tom Reilly in New York at the end of June, and life is good in the private investigation business. The morning we met, he was presenting to a group. His son, Devon, is already in primary school. Steven Gartner has been an independent insurance adjuster in Rutland, Vt., for the past 35 years. His wife, Shelley, is a family court magistrate. Daughter Jessica just graduated cum laude from Elmira College. She has accepted a graduate assistantship at Elmira College. She is working as a public relations associate in the college’s public relations office, and next year, she plans to pursue her master’s degree in literacy at Elmira. Susan Hynes Taylor missed our reunion but reported that Patty Lennox Kaufman organized a mini-reunion for classmates who have gathered before in the New York area. Susan plans to get together with Johanna Smith Ellis, Judy Wiendl Hood, and Patty in early September. Please keep in touch. Let’s not wait until our next reunion in 2011 to meet again!
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Sarah Wilbur Sprayregen

Keith Meurlin was promoted to major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He is mobilization assistant to the commander at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Materiel Command Headquarters in Ohio. He has served on active duty as a KC-135 pilot and in the Air National Guard as a C-7 pilot. He joined the Reserve in 1985. Keith is employed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he is vice president and airport manager of Washington Dulles International Airport. He and his wife, Beth Constantinides Meurlin, have many UVM graduates in their family. Keith’s dad, Neil Meurlin ’50, who sent me this news, as well as brother Craig and his wife, Rhonda Farr Meurlin, both ’74; Rhonda’s father, Gordon Farr ’46, George Stanley ’18, George Stanley ’48, and Robert Stanley ’50. On a sad note, Debra Ann Rogavin passed away quietly June 27, 2006, after a two-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer. She is survived by her loving husband, Greg Lutz; her parents, three stepchildren, Kristin, Sean and Danielle; and a host of very devoted friends. Debra worked in banking for many years in Vermont. She was a Delta Delta Delta sister as well as a member of Team Williston, the 2002 Buxton Cup Champions. Memorials were held in Ann Arbor, Mich., Paramus, N. J., and Burlington, Vt.
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Debra Koslow Stern

Tim Crowley and wife Suzanne returned from China with their adopted daughter Jing Jing. Tim wrote, “With one son out of college and away from home and a second in college, we felt the need to fill the nest again.” Tim owns a design/build firm in New York City. Suzanne also works in the city as a casting director with Hopkins, Smith & Barden. Gene and Marilyn Bush (’72) Beaudoin reported from Connecticut that their daughter Danielle graduated from Westminster School, and she will attend UVM this fall as a member of the class of 2010. Gene has been developing real estate for 15 years with an avocation of political campaigns. Marilyn completed a tour of duty as president of the Parent Association and member of the board of trustees for the Renbrook School They say hello to all and look forward to parent weekends.
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Deborah Mesce

Darryle Lloyd wrote from Inwood, N.Y., that he is the general residence manager for Professional Services for the Chronically Handicapped, a live-in residence for the elderly who are handicapped in Queens, N.Y. His job keeps him very busy. Darryle was excited to announce the births of two granddaughters: Anayah, who was born on March 24, 2005, and Tia, born February 24, 2006. Both are active little ones, and Darryle is excited that they will be applying to UVM…in a few years. Jim Werther and his wife, Becky, have moved to Greenville, S.C. Jim is a workout officer with Business Loan Express, LLC, and Becky works in the accounting group of Smith-Drey Lines. Son Adam lives and works in Clifton Park, N.Y. Son Robert will graduate from SUNY Oswego in December 2006, and son Matthew will graduate from SUNY Oswego in May 2007. Their son, Jeff, and wife Jillian have a daughter, Mikaela Marie, born in January 2006.
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Dina Dwyer Child

On behalf of our class, special thanks to Marge Stern Hackett and Linda Boardman Drumheller for arranging a fantastic 30th reunion. In spite of frequent downpours, more than 100 classmates returned to UVM and had a wonderful weekend, culminating in dinner and dancing at Higher Ground in South Burlington. Charlie Rice, formally of Downpour, did a masterful job as DJ, getting everyone out on the dance floor. The hat was passed, and Charlie stayed an extra hour so the party could continue. Mark Soufleris, our class president and master of ceremonies, announced that our class gift was more than $250,000, the second largest 30th reunion gift in UVM history. Thank you so much for your continued generosity! Mark; Ed Sall, vice president; and yours truly were re-elected for another five years. Marge and Linda are on board for our 35th reunion in June 2011 and our return engagement at Higher Ground. Other reunion memories included Bill Newall doing some great play-by-play action of a UVM hockey game and legendary Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most. It took Lisa Warms Gille and Robbie Kleinman two days to travel from Houston and Fort Lauderdale. Bad weather delayed their flights, and, after spending a day stranded in New York, they caught the last flight to Burlington, arriving just in time for our class dinner Saturday night. Good friend Elise Fishman came to their rescue with accommodations at her Manhattan apartment. Dickie Sears departed reunion and headed for an appearance on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Out on the golf course, Duke Snodgrass demonstrated that having your ball buried in a pot bunker was not so bad after all. Speaking of Duke, Tina Heck Flood had us in stitches recounting the first time she met Duke…as he was passing through Doc McCormick’s Forestry 101 class. Andrea Mastrocinque Martone and Joan Segal warrant special recognition for recording numerous Kodak moments from the weekend and posting them at http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0DbxmzVkyYuPg for all of us to enjoy. Also, an elderly couple, who wish to remain anonymous, sent their thanks to Andrea for making their stay at the Sheraton a memorable one. Congratulations to Vic Vaughan for his volunteer work as a lobbyist in the Connecticut State Legislature. The legislature finally passed a bill allowing patients to seek the services of a physical therapist without a physician referral. As always, it was great to see Scott Baldwin again, the classmate who traveled the shortest distance (one block) to attend Reunion. Scott is now working in the employee benefits field after flying for the Green Mountain Boys for many years, including being the first F-16 to reach Manhattan on 9/11. George Beato, another Burlingtonian, was kind enough to host a cocktail party at his home on Friday night prior to the barbecue on campus. Gary Wright left his mark on Reunion. It is hard to believe that Gary was once licensed to drive a school bus. He must have missed the portion of the class devoted to left-turn-only lanes. In other news, Mary Beliveau Swanson has worked at the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge in Needham for three years. She has helped organize a bike-a-thon to raise money for the Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber, the largest, most cost efficient bike-a-thon weekend in the country. She rode in the challenge for two years and volunteered in the office until her youngest child left for college. Mary sends her best to classmates. Hope to hear from more classmates for the next issue!
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Pete Beekman

Cindy Cotton Orrick of Vero Beach, Fla., reported that she, Polly Cheshire Yoas, Anne Ainsworth Holtz (so stylish!), and Pam Wales Hart celebrated their BIG birthdays last fall in Seabrook Island, S.C. Side trips to Charleston included visits with Polly’s daughter, Lindsay, a student at the College of Charleston. They are all looking forward to our 30th reunion next year, and they hope everyone from Theta will be there, too. Christopher Bray G’91, a writer, editor, and book designer from New Haven, Vt., was named an award-winner at two major book competitions in the past year. In May, he was awarded an IPPY award at the Independent Book Publishers Awards competition; in March, he won first prize at the New England Book Show in Boston, one of the oldest and most prestigious book fairs in the United States. Two of his books were also recently added to the art books collection in Special Collections at UVM’s Bailey/Howe Library.
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Steve Monroe

Some very good news: I received a wonderful, long note from Stanley Przybylinski G’80. Stan lives in North Carolina. He has been working for Dassault Systems, a Paris-based company that supplies software used to design most of the world’s cars and planes, among other things. Since headquarters is in Paris, he spends one week a month there. Not a bad gig! It also requires travel to far flung subsidiaries, including Seoul and Tokyo. Stan’s wife, Susan Brady ’79, accompanied him on his most recent trip, and they spent a week seeing the Louvre and other Paris sights. He lost contact with Herb Gillman ’79, another of the Chittenden 1 crowd from 1974 that took more than four years to finish. His two most reliable UVM contacts are Chris Henningsen, who lives and works in Florida and is making the move to Celebration near Orlando, and Randy White ’83, one of his math students during his teaching fellowship. They played basketball together on an intramural championship team and have kept close touch ever since. Randy would love to hear from Bob Giles, Dave Drake, and Derek Stavenger who shared the freshman year experience. He can be reached at smprezbo@hotmail.com. Some very bad news (for me, anyway): For no apparent reason, after five years at the State Bar of Nevada, I was fired as editor of Nevada Lawyer, the State Bar’s monthly publication, after just five issues. In Nevada, a “right-to-work” state, no reason at all is necessary to terminate someone’s employment. Since I loved my job and was very good at it, I complained to the Nevada Supreme Court, which oversees the State Bar, and an investigation was launched. I have not been offered my editorship back, and it doesn’t look like I will. I have been applying for various positions throughout Las Vegas, but I’m either over-educated or over-paid or (possibly) too old! Keep your fingers crossed for me, please. Now how about some news from the rest of you? I can think of so many people I have not heard from in (gulp) nearly 30 years. Please write and share!
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Audrey Ziss Bath

It is difficult to believe that I am writing these class notes on a beautiful, sunny June day in Burlington for the fall issue of the Quarterly. Summer is here in Vermont in full force after a rainy start. I hope everyone enjoyed the summer. Please note below that my email address has changed. I look forward to receiving your updates soon. Carol Sturnick Burns wrote from Cape Cod that she recently saw Jayne Osmanski Kim of Westborough, Mass., and Jean Crouch (’78) Ricci. They were comparing stories of their children preparing for college. Carol has two sons, one looking at UVM this summer and another one to follow. Ralph Manchester, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of University Health Services at the University of Rochester, was honored with the distinguished Edward Hitchcock Award, honoring American College Health Association members who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the health of all college students.
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Beth Nutter Gamache
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What happy memories fall at the University of Vermont conjures up…crisp mornings walking to class while enjoying the splash of color on Camel’s Hump and the surrounding hills, apple picking at Shelburne Orchards with my Tri-Delta sisters and the enthusiasm and anticipation associated with another new year of school. This column has been a wonderful way to stay connected with all of you, and I hope you enjoy the quarterly walk down memory lane. It was great to learn that Dr. Janet Walbert has been named president-elect of the National Student Affairs Organization of Arcadia University. Janet noted that “NASFA has been a professional foundation throughout my career, and I welcome the opportunity to represent my colleagues and to provide leadership in our profession.” She has been at Arcadia for the past 17 years. She received her EdD from Lehigh University, and she now lives in Ambler, Pa. Congratulations! I have heard from a number of you that you enjoy reading our class notes column. I hope you will consider taking a few minutes to drop me a note or an email to let me know what you have been up to since graduation or if you’ve visited with classmates. I’d love to pass your message along.
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MaryBeth Cirino Pinard-Brace

In June, our class celebrated our 25th Reunion, and, although the weather was damp, the spirit certainly wasn’t. The laughter flowed as we reminisced about the “good old days” and listened to stories about where life has taken our classmates over the years. It was surprising to see that the faces of old friends hadn’t really changed, and it was like picking up where we had left off back in 1981. Saturday evening’s celebration occurred at the Firehouse Center for Visual Arts, and when “American Pie” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights” was heard, the dance floor became a substitute for our old haunt What Ales You. I especially had fun spending time with the Pi Phis who were able to attend: Tracy Dittrick Autera, Liz Raab Weing, Gloria LaPlante Flinn, Linda Johnson Norris, Nancy Bartsch Osborn, and Betsy Shaughnessy. Tim Anderson, in true Sigma Phi tradition, made sure that the Alpha Chis, Tri Deltas, and Pi Phis all had a turn on the dance floor. It was great to see that, not only were the surrounding states represented, but that classmates came from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Texas. Thanks for making the trip, and I hope that you all enjoyed seeing old friends and all of the changes that the University has undergone over the years. I hope it won’t be another 25 years before we all meet again. Kristen Kelley wrote recently to tell us about our classmate, Jen Hynson Edson, who recently won the Women’s Double World Squash Championship, held last April in Toronto. After several years of holding second place honors, she is now number one in the world. Congratulations! While at UVM, Jen played on the tennis team and squash team. David Hennessy of Delmar, N.Y., was the first recipient of the Schenectady County Community College Foundation Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Catherine Engstrom received the Francis McMillan Parks Women of Influence Award for her work as an associate professor of higher education at the Syracuse University School of Education. This award is presented to distinguished women who have demonstrated sincere efforts in advancing women’s issues and have worked to enhance the quality of life and educational opportunities of faculty, staff, and students. Congratulations! Hope to hear from more classmates for the next issue.
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Mardi Trask Sorensen

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Beth Peabody

Susan Dromeshauser and husband Mark Daileader, a St. Mike’s alum, recently started an annual event, at the suggestion of Susan Black, with several of our classmates meeting at various locations in the Northeast. Two years ago, Sandy Cheek and her husband, Steve Morris, came over to visit the Dromehausers in Scituate, Mass., where they live with their two sons. The Morris family, Susan Black, her husband, Mark Viale, and their two children of Belmont, Mass., and Leslie Jones Bulmer, husband Paul, and their two children from Albany, N.Y.; had a great time reminiscing. Last year, they went to Essex Junction, Vt., to camp out in Sandy and Steve’s backyard. It poured rain for two days. Cindy DiSesa Walsh and her two children joined them from Stamford, Conn., as did Doug Parker, his wife, and two children from Acton, Mass. Mike Ryan and his wife, Susan, visited with their puppy, and Barbara Velzy Salg of Enosburg Falls, Vt., dropped by with her husband and son. Susan Black put together a slide show with many photos from their UVM days at Jeanne Mance and off-campus apartments. They plan to continue the tradition of camping out during the second week of July every year. This year they were meeting again in the Daileaders’ backyard. Kathy Kelley Corson wrote to share that she and her husband, Rob, live in Exeter, N.H., with their children, Jackson, David, and Kelley. Kathy and her husband, Rob, a 1982 graduate of UNH and an architect, are home schooling the children. Recently, they had a great reunion with childhood friends Mark Kittell, Dan Pratt, and Lakshmi Jeshi Boyle, and their spouses. Lakshmi is married to Stephen Boyle ’87. Kathy wrote, “It’s amazing that, no matter how long it has been since our last rendezvous, we still manage to pick up where we left off.” Last March, they enjoyed a St. Patrick’s Day party given by Jim Bloomer and his wife. Other UVMers in attendance were Ryan ’82 and Cathy Carr Rigaby and husband Ryan. Cathy was Kathy’s little sister in Pi Phi. Some of Kathy’s dearest friends in Exeter whom she did not know until their children met are Anthony (’85) and Laurie Mraz (’84) Zwaan. Anthony and Kathy have served on the Exeter Planning Board for the past five years. The Corsons rent a camp in West Barnet, Vt., from Diane Jones ’56, who was a friend of Kathy’s mom’s at UVM and whose daughter, Sandy Jones, was Kathy’s roommate in Coolidge freshman year. Their families have stayed friends. Kathy noted, “I never realized how UVM touches me everyday. Maybe one of my children will go there. My cousin’s daughter, who will be the fifth generation to have a connection to UVM, will be attending. My great grandfather taught at the UVM Medical School.”
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Michael McCarthy was hired as photo department coordinator at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y., last year. He had a one-person photo exhibition at the Abrons Art Center in New York City last May, and he also participated in the Everson Museum Biennial in Syracuse, N.Y. In June, Michael returned to teaching a summer photo workshop in Florence, Italy, at the Santa Reparata International School of Art.
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Sarah Vaden Reynolds

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch. It is always great hearing from old UVM friends. Thanks to Chris Kirchner, I got information about his UVM friends. Chris lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Debbie Gerhardt. They have been married for 12 years, and they have a six-year-old son Owen. Before moving to Philly, Chris lived with Bill Peterson and Pat Bonebrake ’87 in New York City. Chris has been in media since graduating. He mostly does sales management for a group of radio stations in the Philadelphia area. He sends daily emails to Bill Peterson, KC Peters, Craig Swanson, Ed Canady, John Ohm, Dean Park, Pat Bonebrake, and Will Zorn. Frequent trips to New York City keep him in touch with Elizabeth Horman, Ed Canady, and Voice. KC lives in Connecticut. Bill Gage and Chris worked together for a Wilco concert paired with a Phillies/ Cubs game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Speaking of Bill Gage, I caught him on CBS “Sunday Morning”. He was interviewed about his Mailboat on Lake Geneva, Wisc. It was so amazing to see him on TV! In Philly, he occasionally sees Rob Driscoll ’87 and Terry Rooney. He also wrote that Gus Braun ’89 and Carol Neville owe him a visit. Chris hopes that the UVM Concert Bureau is alive and well in ’06. Thanks to Chris, Bill Peterson also got in touch. Bill and his wife, Jen, have been happily married for the past five years. They live in Massachusetts with their daughter, Olivia, who is nearly three. Bill works for two UVMers, Kevin Owens and Jeff Beer ’87, who started a marketing services business called Select Design in Burlington. They do creative work and branded products for household names like Pepsi, Timberland, Ben & Jerry’s, and more. He also keeps in touch with the same email group as Chris Kirchner. Through work, Bill occasionally sees Chris Palmer, Chris Oullette, Bill Howard ’87 and his wife, Carolyn Chaffe ’89. Bill also keeps in touch with Kim Kirschner Felty. She lives in Connecticut and has two sons, Calder and Storme. John Megan and his wife, Molly, of Southborough, Mass., welcomed an adorable baby girl, Keira Elizabeth, into the world on September 11, 2005. Keira, who just returned from her first vacation, a week-long trip to St. John, loved the Caribbean water. John and Molly traveled with Peter Poulin ’88 and his family. Rebecca Kline had a beautiful baby girl, Zaidee Anne Peterman. Rebecca and her husband, Gregg, make their home in South Dakota. She travels back East every summer for a visit. We can’t wait to meet Zaidee.
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