Happy Holidays to all our friends and family!
We are doing well and hope you are too.
Toni is busy and getting used to college life at Kent State
University. She has adjusted well and is learning to be very creative
making food in her microwave!
Jeff is now busy with basketball practice and games twice a
week. he is on JV and Dana is a crazy parent who always screams and yells
for every basket he makes. He also plays Varsity golf and then track in
the spring. By the way, he is now 6"3".
We have two new additions to our family this year, German
shepherd puppies, Rocco Jay and Sandy May. They are keeping our lives
quite busy, it's like having toddlers!
Our family wishes you much happiness, good health, and joy
this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
After graduating from Conneaut in 1972, I joined the US Army and completed
16 years (10/1972 to 10/1988). When I was in the Army, I was stationed in
Vicenza, Italy for 4 years. I just thought it was unique. Here the
Gurto family all Italian and me going to Italy. Vicenza it located in the
North-Eastern part of Italy, not far from Venice. I had a blast when I was
there. It was a great experience. I lived on the Italian economy and learned
about the people.
The shopping was the best part. It was so cheap. 3 pairs of pants for
$10. Sweaters $2 a piece, etc. When I got out, I applied and received a
position that I had in the US Army. I worked for the US Army Topographic
Engineer Center at Ft Belvoir, VA in the Special Security Office as an
Security Specialist. I stayed there for one year then received an offer from
Autometric Inc to work as an Industrial Security Specialist. I stayed with
them for 11 years then the company got bought out by The Boeing Company. I
stayed with Boeing for 3 add'l years for a total of 14 years vested. I got
tired of what I was doing in Boeing and decided to move on. Dec 6th this
year, I secured a position with a company called ManTech (Management
Technology). I work in Washington DC at the Ronald Reagan's International
Trade Center for the Environmental Protection Agency. I am an Information
Security Specialist. I basically write about the security experiences I have
had in my career and apply that knowledge into writing security manuals for
I recently had some professional pictures made
of myself (Wal-Mart special) :). I've lost a lot of weight and no one had any
good pictures of me so I decided to have the pictures made. Here they are:
I've enjoyed your website over the years. It is a great way to find
everyone. Although I don't know everybody except the elders and those I went
to school with; it's nice keeping up on your life. I never know when I'm going
to see anyone again except Frank. I visit with Frank every year. He was a part
of my life growing up and that I am thankful. For the past decade or so, we
have kept in touch every 2 weeks religiously.
We both wish you a very Happy Holiday season - can't
believe that last year you were here celebrating with us!!
We are getting our first snow today and just heard them
say Ashtabula Oh. was really getting hit with the Lake Effect!!
hope this finds all well - we are all doing O.K.
Bob continues to do well and so thankful for that - he has gone back to work
(part-time) as still taking therapy and many medications.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We - Nancy, Bob
and Daniel went to Texas so was great to be there with Jan ad Dave, Amanda too.
She's in her 2nd yr at Oklahoma University.
Let's hope for peace - good health and the best for the
Greetings family and
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and hard to believe this year is
almost over. do hope all have a good, healthy year - seems at our age this
is our number one priority!! As for us, we have had a few problems, but at
this time all is well.
We have had a busy year. Did quite a bit of traveling in January, had a
great cruise to the Western Caribbean, then many special family functions -
weddings, reunions, etc, as the summer months flew by. We also made trips
to Dallas visiting Dave, Jan and Amanda. We just got back as we had our
Thanksgiving there along with Bob, Nancy and Daniel. It was wonderful to
all be together!! Joe, Patti and the girls could not make it because of
the girls' activities, cheerleading competitions and other things to keep them
Our whole family is all doing quite well. Joe is still a sales manager
selling Coors, etc. Patti was promoted to Vice President, Mellon
Financial, and has been traveling internationally to India and London on
business. She is going back to London again this week. Kelley is now
in 10th grade and doing well. She was inducted to National Honor Society,
a member of varsity cheerleading, and recently got her driver's permit. Jenna's
in the 8th grade and is enjoying her last year of middle school. She is a
very good student, but recently has discovered "boys".
Nancy's husband, Bob, had his second liver transplant in July. After a
long and hard recovery, he is now doing great. We thank God every day for
the doctors and the Donors. If you are not currently a Donor, think about
being one, as it's one of the best gifts you can give to someone in great need.
Nancy is still teaching Home Education at the High School level. Their
sons, Daniel and David, are both doing well. Daniel graduated in June with
a Masters Degree in engineering from Penn State and started new job with DuPont
in Columbia, south Carolina. So now we have a reason to travel south
again. David is in his last year at West Virginia university, and has a
Janice is currently working for a High School in Dallas. She works under
one of the principals and she is enjoying it a ton. Amanda is now a
sophomore at Oklahoma University. We visited her there this past summer
and loved seeing the campus and Oklahoma in general. Dave has gone on a
few more hunting excursions and this summer shot a 500 pound black bear!
He also traveled to Venezuela, and he got unique animal hides. he also
hunted many ducks, a bob cat, and a wild boar too.
Jim and I keep ourselves occupied through many little doings. He is always
building and construction projects in his workshop. he has much patience and the
results show it. I've been busy while working with the hospital auxiliary,
church, and other interests.
Bust as a final work, please let us not forget the true meaning of
Christmas. It's the time of year to wish contentment, good will, strong
health and peace upon others. Let us have serenity, and remember to
recognize the blessings in which you should be thankful for. We wish you a
Merry Christmas, a joyous Holiday Season, and a strong, prosperous New year.