Friday, May 22, 2009

Green Alaskan Cribbage...

From Green Alaska:

"...We have begun a new activity on Monday evenings. It may even become a traditional type thing. One Monday a little bit ago we were looking for something to do. I asked Jul if she knew how to play Cribbage. Now, I remember playing cribbage with her before but it had been a long, long time. She said no and honestly wasn't enthusiastic about playing but the board was dusted off and a deck of cards found. We have been having fun playing each week now for a few..."

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Ray H. Collishaw: pegged out...

From Helena IR:

Entrepreneur and businessman Ray H. Collishaw, 75, died May 17, 2009, in Helena. Born to Madeleine “Jonnie” Johnson and Howard Collishaw on March 2, 1934, Ray joined the Marines in 1952, shortly after graduation from Helena High School earlier that year. It was at Helena High where Ray met his high-school sweetheart, Earlyn Bjork, and they married on Feb. 26, 1954. They were married 55 years until Ray’s passing.

After his discharge from the Marines in 1955, Ray decided to relocate to seek his fortune, and he and Earlyn moved to California in 1956. It was in California where Ray began a career as a successful entrepreneur. He built and managed many successful business ventures, spanning several areas of interest, including Collishaw Sprinkler Company, Collishaw Development, Twin Creeks Sports Complex, Mountain Winery, and J R Chops Restaurant. Ray lived in Los Gatos, Calif. until he semi-retired, returning to Helena in 2002.

However outstanding his career achievements, they pale in comparison with his life’s greatest achievement: his family. Ray was an avid family man who wanted to give his family the world, and decided to do it one location at a time. His trips with them spanned the globe, including forays from Japan to Italy, Africa, New Zealand, and Hawaii. And yet his favorite trips were often the annual summer visits to his mountain cabin in Nelson with those he loved.

Always a man of many interests, it’s no surprise that his personal interests were as varied as his business ventures, and included hunting, fishing, traveling and playing cards. His competitive spirit would often appear during games of backgammon and cribbage. Ray loved waterskiing and snow skiing with his children and later enjoyed watching grandchildren in their extracurricular activities.

Well loved and remembered by all who knew him for his generosity, Ray gave just as tirelessly to his community. He was a constant supporter of multiple charities, giving frequently to schools, parks and recreation. His support benefited many, including the Crippled Children’s Society and the Fisher Middle School Gym. He left an enduring, living legacy with the donation of York Community Park to the city.

Facts are not enough to pay tribute to this man. He will continue to live in the memory of his family, his friends and his employees. He is remembered as the husband who once chartered a plane to get his wife to Denver to see her family when the commercial flights were all snowed in, or the father who proudly presented a huge album to his son of every picture and clipping of each game pitched, none were missed, or simply as the friend who offered a young friend of his grandson’s a thousand dollars if she would only quit smoking. His employees say he was the best boss they had ever known, and his reputation only grows from there.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Earlyn Collishaw; and his five children, Bob, Mike, married to Lisa, Patti, Dave, married to Kathy, and Penny, and his “adopted” daughter, Margaret. He was the proud grandfather of 14 grandchildren, Sara, Dylan, Renee, Lindsay, Megan, Tara, Nic, Casey, Alexa, Jake, Carly, Brianna, Heather and Leslie; and two great-grandchildren, Victoria and Alex. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Gary.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Retz Funeral Home, 315 East 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59601. Those wishing to pay their respects may send flowers to the funeral home or send donations to Westmont, 2708 Bozeman Ave., Helena MT 59601, or to a charity of donor’s choice. To offer condolences to Ray’s family or to share a memory of Ray, please visit www.mem.com.

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Lynn Charles Graves (1939-2009): Pegged out...

From Windsor Beacon:

Lynn Charles Graves, 70, of Loveland, died May 15, 2009, at his home. Lynn was born January 25, 1939, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Lynn and Charlene (Campbell) Graves. He grew up in California with his two sisters, Patricia and Vicki. He attended school in Bakersfield.

Lynn married Carol Taylor in 1958 and they had two daughters, Lisa and Leslie. They divorced in 1964. Lynn married Marilyn Elder in 1965 and they had one daughter, Margaret. They divorced in 1976. On July 12, 1986, he married Sondra Hale in Osceola, NY, and welcomed Cindy and Dean into the family.

Lynn and Sondra have been married for 23 years.

As a young man, Lynn worked for a gas station/mechanic shop and he liked to tell the story that he changed Walt Disney’s tire once. Later he worked as a systems designer in several companies including Coors, Rohr Aviation, and Kodak. Lynn retired in 1992.

Lynn enjoyed traveling with his wife Sondra. They traveled to Korea to visit son Dean, Washington state to visit daughter Cindy, Hawaii with daughter Lisa and family, they took a European cruise with Sonnie’s sister and husband, Jim and Judy Mucklow, traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, yearly trips to the Indy 500, many trips to visit family and friends within the US, and most recently a cruise to Alaska with daughter Margaret and family.

When Lynn was not traveling he enjoyed his car club and car-club friends whom he met more than 50 years ago. He met weekly with his friends from Kodak for lunch. He enjoyed playing cribbage, gourmet cooking, watching the stock market, and history.

Lynn is survived by his wife Sondra Graves, four daughters, and one son; Lisa Geib and husband Matt of Kersey, Cindy Taylor and husband Mike of Vancouver, Wash.; Leslie Hallieb of Sacramento, Calif.; Dean Rath of Lakeland, Fla.; and Margaret Maze and husband Eric of Greeley, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Lynn is also survived by his two sisters, Patricia Wiens of Vista, Calif. and Vicki Bruce of Albion, Calif.

Donations can be made to King Of Glory Lutheran Church or National Jewish Pulmonary Research.

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Donald Charles "Don" Smith: Pegged out...

From Mansfield News Journal:

MANSFIELD: Long before claiming the title "Renaissance Man" was in vogue, Donald Charles Smith began living the title. Remarkably blessed with musical talent, Don played the piano by ear ~ never limited to notes on the printed score. After hearing a song just once, Don was able to play the tune, which made him a sought-after party guest and sing-a-long accompanist.

His earthly fingers are now still, as Don passed away Wednesday morning May 20, 2009 in Liberty Nursing Center.

He was born June 22, 1923 in Mansfield to William and Blanche (Sherman) Smith, and was graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1941.

For 11 years he worked in the vitreous plant at the Westinghouse Company, and retired from the General Motors stamping plant with 25 years of service in Quality Control. At his retirement, Don was secretary of Quality Control.

A lifelong member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Don sang in the church choir and was a member of Knights of Columbus.

His love for the arts provided rewarding hobbies~ for 60 years he worked as a piano tuner, and enjoyed attending live theater events of plays and musicals.

For years, he and his "best golfing buddy" Elery Carpenter, played the local links.

Fluent in languages of both French, and the archaic Latin, Don was a bit of a wordsmith. For special occasions he would write speeches and stories, crafting the puns and storylines with his wonderful mixture of humor. A natural at the board game Scrabble®, Don taught all of his grandchildren his favorite card game: Cribbage.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores M. (O'Bryan) Smith, whom he married April 3, 1951; his son, Gregory Smith of Springfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Regina & Ray Burkhalter of Shelby, Sharon & Bill Russell of Mansfield and Cindy & Dave Eilenfeld of Lucas; grandchildren, David & Kaylee Smith, Megan Smith and Aaron Smith, Don Johnson, Dan Johnson, Tim Johnson, Jimmy & Stephanie Johnson, Marcie & Mike Annis and Philip Johnson, Zachary Russell, Nathan Russell and Emily Russell, Jacob Eilenfeld, Jessica Eilenfeld, Andrea Eilenfeld and Ben Eilenfeld; step grandchildren, Blake Burkhalter and Craig Burkhalter; six great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandchildren, Paul Burkhalter, Sarah Eilenfeld, Jedediah Eilenfeld and Samuel Eilenfeld; as well as brothers, Robert Smith and Paul Smith; and his sister, Mary Urschel.

The Smith Family will receive friends Friday, May 22, 2009 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Catholic Church, celebrated by the Rev. Father Tony Borgia. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Those unable to attend may wish to send a condolence to the Smith Family online, by visiting:


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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bolwerk, Willard J. "Willie": Pegged out...

From Post Crescent:

"Willard Bolwerk, 77, Neenah, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, following a short illness at Theda Clark Medical Center. He was born June 22, 1931, in Combined Locks, son of Martin and Adrianna (Hurkman) Bolwerk. Willie married Virginia Kessler, May 11, 1957, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Menasha. He was employed at American National Can for 31 years prior to his retirement. During this time he also operated his own painting business. Following retirement Willie drove for Bergstrom Auto. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Neenah and the Knights of Columbus Neenah Council #5514. Willie was a regular cook for many of their cookouts. He was a fast pitch softball pitcher. Willie enjoyed fishing, playing cribbage and spending summer vacations at Birches Resort with his family.

Willie is survived by his wife, Ginny; his children: Mary (Christopher) Volkman, Appleton; Patricia (Tom) Smith, Kaukauna; Martin (Debbie), Neenah; Kristi (Andy) Yates, Wallace, MI; Jane (Gary) Kattau, Gardner, MA; Jon (Dawn), Neenah; grandchildren: Peter (fiancee, Leslie Iverson) Volkman, Kati (Russell) Stacey, Elizabeth (Nathan) Frailey, Adam and Matthew Bolwerk, April and Kyle Yates, Emily, Jonah, Jarrod and Noah Kattau, Jacqueline and Gabrielle Bolwerk; brothers and sisters: Theodore (Mary), Harlow, England; Gerald (Carmen), Appleton; Mary Jo (Vernon) Lamers, Combined Locks; Clair (Nancy), Kimberly; Joseph, Winchester; Julie (William) Van Hout, Roswell, GA; Roger, Kimberly; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Leah Bolwerk, El Cajon, CA; Sister Donna Marie Kessler, Manitowoc; Lawrence (Donna) Kessler and John (Sally) Kessler, both of Neenah; Robert (Nancy) Kessler, Exeland, WI; Thomas (Joyce) Kessler, Turtle Lake, WI and Donna Kessler, Green Bay.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Bolwerk and two sisters-in-law: Frances and Judy Bolwerk.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009, at St. Margaret Mary Church, 620 Division Street, Neenah with Fr. Michael L. Ingold officiating. Interment will be in St. Margaret Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kessler Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of the mass. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and the Knights of Columbus Neenah Council #5514 will pray the rosary at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the church. A memorial has been established."

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Cribbage baffles Runner Girl...

From Running with the Runner Girl:

"...After hauling our stuff in (I, not surprisingly, having packed rather more than one would expect to need for a short weekend), we had a few hours to kill before hitting the sleeping bags. So Rod got the deck of Uno cards that he got at my office Christmas party and we set up a makeshift coffee table to play on. Neither of us had played Uno for years, so we studied the rules intently. They were a little easier to understand than the cribbage rules we had tried to decipher last fall..."

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Chicago Cribbage on Board Game Geek...

From Board Game Geek:

"...Chicago Cribbage is not a standalone game - instead it is an expansion pack for good old cribbage. You will need a board and pegs, as well as knowledge of how to play cribbage (traditional cribbage rules are not included). Chicago Cribbage comes with a tiny instruction manual: it is smaller than a playing card! The actual "how to play" section of the manual is three tiny pages long, the rest of the manual devotes a single page to each special card and another page to a picture of each special card. That's it...."

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Mary B. Bahr: Pegged Out...

From Sheboygan Press:

Mary B. Bahr, 82, of W Foster St., Port Washington, WI, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan.

She was born March 22, 1926 to George and Anna Ellermann Augustine in Port Washington. Her husband, Alois preceded her in death May 19, 1991.

On January 10, 1948 she married Alois Bahr of the Town of Holland, WI at St. Mary's Church in Port Washington.

A life long resident of Port Washington she always lived on the South side. She was a proud homemaker and active in the SHARE program, St. Mary's Parish and the Port Washington Senior Center. She was a dog lover and avid reader who enjoyed bird watching, gardening and playing cribbage and sheepshead.

Mary is survived by her children, AnnMarie Bahr of Brookins, SD, Joseph (Nancy Lois Emple) Bahr of Waterbury Center, VT and David Bahr of Port Washington, WI. Mary is further survived by brothers; Norbert (Marie) Augustine and Leonard (Harriet) Augustine, both of Port Washington; half sister, Eunice Colden of Wauwatosa, WI, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alois; brothers, Fred, Leander, Ruben and Joe and a sister, Bernadine Possley.

Rev. Tom Lijewski will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 6, 2009 (TODAY) at St. Mary's Church, 430 Johnson Street, Port Washington, WI. Interment will be at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 6, (TODAY) at the church with a 4:00 P.M. rosary.

For online condolences or further information visit www.poolefh.com or call 262-284-4431.

Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family.

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Mildred A. Johnson: Pegged out...

From SeaCoast Online:

YORK — Mildred A. Johnson, 74, of 117 Long Sands Road, and formerly of Wells, died Sunday, May 3, 2009 in York Hospital.

She was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Acton, Mass., a daughter of Ralph D. and Mabel (Tracey) Smith.

She worked as a waitress for many years at Henri's Restaurant in Wells. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and an active member of the Ogunquit-Wells Senior Center. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will always be remembered as having an open door for all to come in. She enjoyed knitting and cribbage.

Her husband of 30 years, Edwin Johnson, died in 2000. A daughter, Ivy M. Mansfield, and a brother, Ralph Smith, also predeceased her.

She leaves two sons, Earl L. Mansfield, of Portsmouth, Va., and Richard H. Mansfield, of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; five daughters, Susan V. Legrand, of Hyde Park, Mass., Heidi Lebel, of Deland, Fla., Holly Green, of Portsmouth, Va., Enid Carol Parker, of Hudson, Mass. and Kathie Lilly, of Hudson, Mass.; two brothers, Hardy Smith, of Bolton, Mass. and Robert Smith, of Lunenburg, Mass.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 5 in the Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Road, York. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. Visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com.

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Branch 142 team represents Ontario...

From Dunnville Chronicle:

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Casey Clarence F. Durst: Pegged Out

From Zanesville Times Recorder:

ZANESVILLE: Casey Clarence F. Durst, 93, of Zanesville, died at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Genesis Good Samaritan hospital.

Casey was born March 17, 1916, in Pomeroy, Ohio, the son of the late John and Alice Hood Durst. He worked for the Roekel Company for 48 years where he served as President for the last twelve years, retiring March 16, 1984. Casey was a longtime member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ, where he served on various church boards and sang in the choir. He served as president of the Muscoryan Club, Goodwill Industries, Optimist Club and the Zanesville Rotary Club. He served on the Salvation Army Board and was very generous with donations to Eastside Ministries, Christ's Table and the Salvation Army. Casey served his country as a Army Veteran of World War II. He was a former member of the Zanesville Country Club, where he enjoyed golf and he loved to play cribbage at the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie Mattingly Durst of the home; a son, Karl C. (Barbara) Durst of Grove City, Ohio; a sister, Ruth Miles of Cincinnati, Ohio; a special granddaughter, Sarah Durst of Grove City; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009 and one hour prior to services at the Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home, 1271 Blue Ave., Zanesville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2009 at the funeral home with Rev. Mitch Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Zanesville Memorial Park with VFW George Selsam Post 1058 holding full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Immanuel United Church of Christ, 105 South 7th St., Zanesville, Ohio, 43701.

To view the video-tribute or send a note of condolence to the family: www.bolin-dierkes funeralhome.com

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Miracle on 4th Street...

From Bridge Books:

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Considering cribbage...

From Considering Lilies:

"...Speaking of Cribbage...

A couple of years ago I went to play board games with my BFF and her grandparents at the Franke Home. At some point during a very long game of Phase 10, the subject of Cribbage came up. When Mr. Hooker pulled out his board I was ecstatic. He was surprised to find I really knew the game. We were equally excited to play.

There was trash-talk on both sides. He promised he'd school me, while I assured him that youth would triumph..."

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Olaf "Ole" B. Olson Sr.: Pegged out

From the Chetek Alert:

"Olaf "Ole" B. Olson Sr., 91, Arleta, Calif., died Wednesday, April 22, 2009.
He was born Jan. 26, 1918, in Dovre to George and Ingeborg (Thue) Olson and was raised on a dairy farm. He went to Dovre school through eighth grade and then worked on the farm. He enlisted in the Air Force after Pearl Harbor. While on a three-day pass in March 1943, he married Vera Carlson, who was living in Chicago, Ill. A few weeks later, he went to Africa and soon was injured and spent six months in the hospital from which he was discharged due to his injuries. He moved back to work on the farm, but because of his bad foot, he had to look for other work. The GI bill provided training at Chippewa Falls Vocational School as an auto mechanic and training with Henneman Garage. He built his home in Chippewa Falls. Because of asthma, he moved to California. He had two sons while living in Chippewa Falls, Olaf Jr. and David. They moved to Pacoima, Calif., in 1951, where Ellen was later born. Ole worked as an auto mechanic for Harry C. Dow Hudson and later teamed up with Chuck Burnside to form Chuck-n-Ole's Automotive in 1959, where he worked until his retirement 30 years later.

Ole was an avid bowler, cribbage player and was active with Calvary Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway Norrona Lodge in Van Nuys, Calif. Anyone who knew him loved him for his warm personality and sense of humor. He continued to stay in touch with many people whom he knew from his home area and enjoyed his trips back to Wisconsin to visit family and friends.

He is survived by his sister, Valborg (Lou) Shipley, of Dallas; a sister-in-law, Fern Olson, of Chippewa Falls; two sons, Olaf (Charlotte) Olson Jr., of Reseda, Calif., and David Olson, of Sylmar, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Dawnise (Sean) Keller, Deonna (Mario) Armijo, Bryan Olson, Derrick Olson, Nicole Anderhalden, Christine Anderhalden, Danielle Anderhalden and Devin Anderhalden; four great-grandchildren, Stewart-Glenn Keller, MacKenzie Keller, Paige Armijo and Parker Armijo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife after 55 years of marriage; a brother, Trygve Olson; a sister, Solveig Stark; a daughter, Ellen Anderhalden; and a great-grandson, Matthew Keller.

He was buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, Calif., April 29.
Memorials can be sent to Dovre Lutheran Church in his name.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ida Janet 'Jan' Watts: pegged out

From the Great Falls Tribune:

NASHUA — Former Glasgow and Nashua resident Ida Janet "Jan" (Rowe) Watts, 58, of Seven Springs, N.C., who enjoyed playing bingo, game shows, crossword puzzles, family games, cribbage, fishing and camping, country music and Indian music, died of natural causes April 30 at her home.

Her funeral is 3 p.m. Friday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashua, with burial in Nashua Cemetery. Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include daughters Cindy LaRoche of Glasgow, Sheila Shepard, Jesse Arroyo and Juanita Howell, all of Seven Springs, N.C., Peggy Oliver of Burley, Idaho, and Aleta Kelsey of Bossier City, La.

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Favorite games... what's yours???

From the RikRak Studio:

"board games & fun memories so often go hand-in-hand for me!

memories of playing one of my early faves, the game sorry,
with my grandma in florida , seemingly for hours and hours
each time we visited it.
we both loved that game!

of sleepover 80’s board games over the years with pjs and pops
and chips and payday & life until the wee hours of the night!

of trying to learn all the tricks with my dad and uncle on Friday
nights as a child playing cribbage..."

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Win $100 worth of games!!!

From Games For Educators:

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Helen Corey Casten: Pegged out...

From Windsor Beacon:

Helen Corey Casten, 89, of Windsor passed away last Sunday at the Windsor Health Care Center, 710 Third Street.

Casten was born July 25, 1919 in Windsor and remained a Windsorite for most of her life.

“She was always busy and loved to learn even in the last day of her life,” said Jane Sattler, Casten’s daughter who now lives in Aurora. “She loved sharing things with people, it’s what made her tick.”

Casten was known to her friends as someone who “bloomed where she was planted” and to her mother as “Merry Sunshine,” as she always had a positive outlook on life.

To the rest of her family and friends, she was a loveable woman who had a passion for others.

“She made sure everyone had a napkin and tableware (at Windsor Health Care Center),” Sattler said with a smile. “If someone needed their food cut up into smaller pieces, she would do it. She just looked out for everyone.” Casten was also notorious for saving newspaper articles to share with friends and family members.

“She loved to send newspaper clippings to people who she thought would like to see them or who were in the newspaper,” Sattler said. “They could be obituaries, wedding announcements, graduation announcements- whatever. She just loved to share them with people.”

Michele Rodman, an activities assistant at Windsor Health Care Center, agreed.
“She was always concerned about other people,” Rodman said. “She was also very outgoing and a very nice lady.”

Looking out for others also included keeping track of all of the visitors, nurses and family members traveling in and out of the health center.

“She was a pretty big micro-manager,” Sattler said with a laugh. “She would sit out front with a book and wait to see who came and went, along with finding out all of the news. It wasn’t a gossipy-thing, she just monitored what was going on and followed every bit of news.”

Beisdes being a big newshound, Casten loved books, magazines and keeping up with what was happening in the world.

“She had a voracious appreciation for knowledge,” Sattler said. “Besides reading the newspaper, the Times and Reader’s Digest she had also read Roosevelt’s 600-page biography, Danielle Steele novels and all of the books on Oprah’s best selling list.”
Dr. Jim Barrington, a minister at First Christian Church of Windsor, 530 Walnut Street, could not agree more.

“She always wanted to share her books,” he said, “especially the one about Walter Cronkite. We would also talk about music during our weekly cribbage games and she knew a lot of Windsor’s history. She was like a walking history book.”

It only made sense that Casten would marvel in the history of Windsor.

Her father, George B. Teller, was the son of a pioneer and prominent Windsor merchant, Harrison Teller, who lived in Windsor years ago and was one of the founders of First Christian Church.

“Her family was a big part of the history of Windsor,” Sattler said. “Now, it’s kind of like the end of an era.”

Besides knowing a great deal of Windsor’s history, Casten also took time to learn a few new tricks of the 21st Century.

“She was just e-mailing me off of a high-speed laptop on Wednesday,” Sattler recalled. “I remember when the VCR first came out she had to have it and she also knew how to use a cell phone, although it was getting a little harder for her to use.”

“She constantly had to be learning something new,” Sattler added, “which made her interesting. It’s also amazing that she was not stuck in the past but always looking to the future.”

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Never bored of cribbage...

From Bristol Press:

"... member of the American Cribbage Congress, she is planning trips this year to Milwaukee, Reno, Grand Rapids and Massachusetts.

“We car pool to those nearby and fly to those farther away,” she explained.

She admitted to taking off a couple of months each year from cribbage because she takes part in the Bristol Boys & Girls Club OM Show. She’ll also stay home when needed as a member of the Bristol Choral Society, which, by the way, is holding a concert this Saturday at Bristol Central, beginning at 7 p.m.

She added that for anyone interested in playing cribbage, there’s a Monday night “grassroots club” at the East Hartford Moose Club and that you can call Phil at (860) 666-8300 to learn more about it. Or, look at www.cribbage.org..."

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Monday, May 4, 2009


Harmon, Elizabeth R. (Betty): Pegged out...

From Post Crescent.com:

Elizabeth Harmon passed away from cancer at the age of 89 at her daughter's home in Neenah on Monday, April 27, 2009, and into the arms of her loving Savior. Betty was born on Nov. 18, 1919, to Andrew and Rose (Bauman) Kestly. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School, Manitowoc, Class of 1937. Betty married Kenneth Harmon on Nov. 26, 1949, and they spent 58 wonderful years together before Ken passed away on March 7, 2008.

Betty is survived by daughters, Lorrie Bennett, Neenah; Denise Pollack, Phoenix, Ariz.; grandson, Stephen Bennett; and granddaughter, Hannah Bennett; brother, Charles Kestly, Manitowoc; sister-in-law, Elaine Kestly, Manitowoc; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Karroll and Annie Harmon, Markesan.

Betty worked for years as a secretary, both in Milwaukee and Glen Ellyn, Ill., before retiring to Markesan, Wis. Her life was devoted to Ken and her family. She was an excellent cook and for years enjoyed making their famous Chinese Easter dinner with Ken. Betty and Ken spent many hours playing cribbage together. Betty had many nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved dearly.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her son, Stephen; son-in-law, James Bennett; her friend and grandmother to Stephen and Hannah, Marilyn Bennett. Betty was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Andrew, George, LeRoy and Jack Kestly; and three sisters, Josephine McGlynn, Lorraine Sullivan and Marie Rathsack.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, at The Vine Christian Fellowship, 3395 W. College Avenue, Appleton, [920-560-5244]. The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, until the time of the memorial service at 11:30 a.m.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Hospice staff at Theda-Care at Home.


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Madison K. Miner: Pegged out...

From Great Falls Tribune:

LEWISTOWN — Madison K. Miner, 84, a Navy veteran and retired state employee, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Lewistown.

Graveside services are 4 p.m. Monday in Lewistown City Cemetery. At his request, cremation has taken place under the direction of Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

He is survived by five sons, Steven (Darlene) of Lewistown, Mont., David (Linda) of Franktown, Colo., Gary (Becky) of Olympia, Wash., Rick (Pam) of Selah, Wash., and Mark (Kim) of Spokane, Wash.; six daughters, Marilyn Miner of Lewistown, Barbara (Gary) Alexander of Junction City, Kan., Gail (Rick) Pierzina of Bozeman, Mont., Sharon Andersen of Dillon, Mont., Sherri (Rick) Feller of Ephrata, Wash., and Donna (Terry) Econom of Winifred, Mont.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Madison was born Feb. 26, 1925, in Lewistown, the son of Jordan J. and Effie D. (Welch) Miner. He received his schooling in Lewistown, graduating from Fergus County High School in 1942.

He entered the U.S. Navy in 1943, serving until 1945, during World War II.

On Dec. 22, 1944, he was united in marriage to Mary Delores Pfenning in Long Beach, Calif., and they returned to Montana, where he began working for the state of Montana Highway Department in 1946.

His wife Mary preceded him in death in 1968. He continued living in Lewistown and working for the state of Montana. On Feb. 25, 1970, he was united in marriage to Patricia Finn in Stanford, Mont. He retired from the Montana Department of Highways in 1983. Pat preceded him in death in 2000.

Madison enjoyed visiting with family and friends, playing cribbage, hunting and fishing.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the Fergus Post No. 16 of the American Legion.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters and one granddaughter.

Friends are asked to make memorials to Hospice of Central Montana or the Winifred Endowment, c/o the Central Montana Foundation, and they may be left at the Cloyd Funeral Home.

Condolences may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com and/orwww.gftribune.com/obituaries.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

60 countries and counting and counting...

We have now invaded about 1/3 of the known world... well, that is roughly speaking of course. Yup, we hit the 60 mark. Have a drink of rum and set up the pegs... I'm in for a round.