June 30, 2012
talked to David, they took out 80% of tumor and will do a biopsy. He has a
dr. appointment next Friday to find out the results and decide if and when
they need to go in and remove anything further. The doctor said his lymph
nodes looked good too.
keep you updated when he knows more.
appreciates you letting the family know.
Just to let you
know, Jeremy will be visiting Conneaut for a week form Sunday night (April
29 to Sunday May 6). He will be visiting with my Mom.
April 26, 2012
me again with a new phone number lol Effie was moved this afternoon to the
Ashtabula County Nursing Home with the address of 5740 Dibble Rd. 44048 and
her phone number to her room is 440-224-2064. She will be there til she can
walk etc. my guess is 1-3 weeks. She looked real good when we saw her after
supper. Other then being cold she is doing good. Thats all for now so if
you would just pass it on. Thanks Love me....
April 24, 2012
Just to let you know Effie was moved out of ICU late yesterday afternoon.
She is having the test today around 1300. They had her to PT this morning.
Have to wait and see what happens next. She is eating real food. Johnny
called her last night too as he made it home. If you want to call her here
is her phone number to her room 440-285-6222 Other than that her bp is up
and her blood count is at a 10 as of yesterday and everything else is
working again. Take care let you know more later. Gayle
April 23, 2012
Jim, Effie is in Geauga Medical Center with alot of things wrong but she is
getting better. She may get moved out of ICU sometime today is what the Dr
said. I will give you a call if you would like it is too much to type.
Just let me know a good time to call and I will.
This is a message I got from Gayle. I just called her. Effie is in Geauga
Medical Center, south of Chardon, on Rt44.
correct name is University Hospital Geauga Medical Center, 13207 Ravenna
Road, Chardon, OH 44024 –
sick Friday night, they took her to Brown Memorial….low blood pressure, low
potassium level, deceased renal function, urinary tract infection, anemic,
and some others. That is why they transferred her to a bigger hospital.
They think she is losing blood and will do the scope tests tomorrow.
April 23, 2012
Just a note to
let you know that Flora is in a hospital (Gauga). Gayel called me
yesterday and had been in Conneaut but moved her there--
She is haviing
kidney problems (renal problems), just talked with Gayle and she said she is
doing better. So that is good newsMichelle
so keep her in
your prayers.. Love, B,Ann
March 26, 2012
Timothy graduated from New South Wales University tonight with a Bachelor of
Engineering (Software Engineering) degree with honours.
December 11, 2011
Diane and Barry Vorse are celebrating their retirements this week. The
flyer is on Chrisy's web page. click here
September 14, 2011
Hi I just had a call from Aunt Gayle. Aunt Effie is out of surgery
and all went well. She just has to stay in until 6 or so to be sure
everything is ok. Thanks for your prayers. Love Sharen
September 13, 2011
Tomorrow Aunt Effie is going in for surgery. She has to have her
pace maker replaced. I would ask that you keep her in your thoughts and
prayers. Love Sharen
August 15, 2011
Wanted to give you an update on John's surgery outcome…..
The Pathology report came back from the tumor in the kidney
They said it is now a Benign Tumor, and can’t explain how....
All the facts were identical footprint to all other Kidney Cancer.
So.. thank you so much for all the support and prayers during this past
month.. They obviously made a difference.
The outcome is unbelievable.
We still need to follow up with the Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic.
He still has not done any full body scan, and wants to still track all of
this for a while.
What a MIRACLE.
One month ago we were told it was stage 4 Kidney Cancer from Parma
Radiology Team, Southwest Urology Team, and Parma Internal Medicine Team.
Then went transfer to the Cleveland CLINIC and their Radiologist
Team, their Urologist Team ( and top Surgeon), the Oncologist who is also
head of the Kidney Cancer Research team, as well as a Professor of Medicine
at Case Western, and on staff at the Cleveland Clinic ALL told us it was
Stage 4 Kidney Cancer.
So thank you all… for all the support and prayers of
Miracles do happen to those who believe.
I am confident as we proceed with all the other testing they want to
do, we will have positive feedback on all of it.
Thank you again for helping us get thru these trying times,
Faye & Family
August 14, 2011
I received the following text from Faye:
Miracles do happen to those who believe…the surgeon called…the 3
inch tumor in the kidney was benign…praise be to GOD…we still need to follow
up with the oncologist. He wants to monitor the other spots…but since it
was benign…the other results just have to be okay I pray. Thank you all for
the prayers and support during these very trying weeks…and the removal of
John’s kidney. We cannot thank you enough. God Bless
August 5, 2011
I got these
texts from Faye about John’s surgery today;
At 2:40 she sent: “ We are probably half way thru surgery…they just
came and told me everything is going smooth, I will let you know more later,
thanks for all of the prayers “
And at 4:00 she sent “ they just got the kidney out.
They said they have to finish some other things then start to close
after that “
“great update from surgeon himself. Surgery is over they took 3 samples
from the liver and the pathologist was 100% it is NOT cancer in the
liver…and probably not in the bone either….thanks you all for prayer
GOD heard you and listened updates later….bye”
Will let you know if I hear anything else.
August 2, 2011
I know I have let most of you know about my cousin-in-law. Just a
reminder to keep saying prayers for him and his family.
The operation is
Thursday. Thank you in advance for doing this. Love Sharen
July 23, 2011
I would like to ask you all to say some prayers for My cousin John
Kazimer (it doesn’t matter if you know him or not) If you are reading this
then you know me. John has a tumor on his Kidney, the doctors are going to
remove the kidney on Aug. 4th at the Cleveland Clinic. They are removing it
because they don’t want to have to do two operations (a biopsy and the
removal). The doctors are the best in the country. Please say a prayer for
him and his family. Thank you for doing this. Love Sharen P.S. If you
could pass this on to anyone that might be on your email or in a prayer
chain pass this on to them, or if you know of someone that does not have a
computer let them know. Thank you all again.
July 12, 2011
We have great news... John is in complete remission! All of the
cancer is gone and the chance of it coming back is very small. We
appreciate all of your prayers and support throughout his treatment and my
pregnancy. Sophia is very excited that her Daddy is in remission and wants
to invite you to join us at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the
Night Family Walk in Cleveland on September 24. To join or donate to John's
team "Remission Accomplished" click on the link -
Jill, John & Sophia
June 22, 2011
I was wondering if there is any way you could put everyone’s
mailing address on the Gurto website? I have lost my directory and don’t
have any addresses.
If you can’t it’s ok…..THANK YOU!
June 22, 2011
Just got a call from Jim. Gayle called him to tell him Aunt Effie was out
of surgery and everything went well. Thank God. She had the surgery in
Cleveland and will be going home either today or tomorrow. Thank you all for
your prayers. She just has to go back in six months for a follow up. Love
June 21, 2011
Aunt Effie is going in for surgery tomorrow. Please keep her in
your prayers. Love Sharen
June 22, 2011
That would be fine. I'll get something else.
June 20, 2011
Hi Joe I would like to contribute to the reunion. To save you time,
I would like to buy the paper and plastic ware for the reunion. David can
pick it up the next time he goes to Sam’s Club (a
warehouse store). Jim can bring it to the reunion, he is going to be up
here the week before. Let me know if that is ok with you.
Take care Love Sharen
June 20, 2011
I will not be able to attend the reunion this year . I am still
the head volleyball coach at our high school and I will be with my team at
Youngstown State for a camp Friday and Saturday,
July 8 and 9. Luke has to work and Toni has a few appointments that
morning. If she can finish by noon , she may come. I am extremely sorry
and hope everyone enjoys their time together. I would have loved to share
my photos from our trip. I may be able to get my albums to Joyce and she
can share them. Maybe you can tell everyone the scoop on the photos.
Thanks for arranging everything and always making it special. If there's
any way I can escape from the camp for an hour, I'll show up. Unlikely, but
We won't be able to attend the reunion this year either. John is
up there now for his Mom's surgery, so we won't be able to travel back up so
Hope everyone has a great time!
June 18, 2011
I will buy some paper products for the reunion as well as something else.
I haven't decided what yet.
June 18, 2011
Joe, thank you for doing the invitation. Dana, thank you for
arranging the Pavilion.
I will get a pinata for the kids...also, I think everyone should
bring their own paper products.
Just as a reminder to everyone, we no longer have a reunion fund.
Tim, Kayla, and I will be coming to the reunion... as for my
kids.... Stacy was planning on coming, but someone quit at her job, and she
may have to work that weekend. Jill thinks they may come, she's not sure
yet. I don't think Kim is coming.
I haven't decided what I am bringing yet..I'll let you know.
We'll see you in a few weeks.
June 17, 2011
Hi Joe We will bring a ham and something else not sure what. Love
June 17, 2011
One of these days we
will see each other. We will not be able to attend the reunion this
year as we will be in Cleveland the next weekend for Toni Ward's wedding,
the 1 month later is Missy Schneider's wedding and then 2 weeks later is our
Ashley's wedding here in Door County. Safe travels to you.
June 15, 2011
Services at Marcy's Funeral Home
probably Sunday and burial Monday for Betty Vorse.
Barry's dad address is Guy Vorse 121 Ansel Rd Geneva, OH 44041
June 15, 2011
Barry's mother passed away this evening
Please let the Gurtos know.
Calling hours will be Sunday 6/19 - don't know times yet
Funeral will be Monday 6/20.
We are leaving in the morning, driving and staying one night in
Beckley, WV and get to Ohio Friday afternoon.
Alan is flying in Saturday night.
much for us to deal with so close to dad's death. Betty died on Dad's
June 15, 2011
We had the last test done today for Effie that I know of. Johnny
called and said he is leaving Fla Thurs am and should be here on Fri.
I have to have my belly scoped on Fri and your Uncle Pat is throwing up and
his hands and feet are like ice. And he broke out in a sweat. Wont go to
Dr or hospital yet. Boy what a week.
June 15, 2011
As of now, I am planning on attending the reunion. I will probably
not get into Conneaut until Friday night. Will be at the reunion, and then
Sunday I will hopefully spend the day in Cleveland with several people I
worked with in Cleveland. Then I plan to go back to Lebanon Sunday night,
or Monday morning.
I will order a couple of sheet pizzas for the reunion…they seem to
go over pretty good.
Will be good to see you…have a safe trip…
June 14, 2011
We will not be able to attend the reunion.
June 14, 2011
Baby Sophia Maria Modzelewski was born on 6/8/11 at 6:23am. She was
7lbs 11oz and 19.5 inches long. She is happy and very healthy! We love you
Jill, John and Sophia
P.S. I just posted lots of pictures of Sophia to facebook...
May 21, 2011
I am very happy to say John completed his last radiation treatment
today and he is finished with all of his cancer treatments! As of his most
recent scans from about a month ago, he was almost in complete remission and
the radiation was to kill the remaining cancer cells. He also found out
today that the Army promoted him to a Staff Sergeant. He has been on
medical leave from the military since all of this started and can now start
to condition to get back into military tiptop shape. He will begin student
teaching (his last college class) in August and graduate in December with a
teaching degree. In baby news...I am due in 5 weeks and we decided to name
our daughter Sophia Maria Modzelewski. Today was a very good day in the
Modzelewski household! We want to thank all of you for your prayers and
support and can’t wait for Sophia to meet everyone!
March 15, 2011
This is a sad email for me to send. I just found out that Uncle
Christy passed away a couple of hours ago. Visitation will be at Quattlebaum
F.H. in West Palm Beach Fl. Friday evening and Services Sat. Please keep
the family in your thoughts and Prayers. Love Sharen
March 8, 2011
Gayle, Thinking of you and hoping things get better and they figure
this out. Hugs and love to you, Pat ,Sherry, and the boys.
March 7, 2011
We, too, are thinking and praying for a full and quick recovery to both Aunt
Gayle and Uncle Christy
Joe, Frances and Family
March 7, 2011
Thoughts, prayers and hugs to both Aunt Gayle and Uncle Christy and
Dana & Joe
March 7 2011
Hi I just heard Aunt Gayle is in the hosp., due to bleeding. She
started bleeding during the night Uncle Pat took her to the hosp. They are
trying to find out where it is coming from. Keep her in your prayers. Love
March 7, 2011
My prayers and thoughts go out to Christy, Peggy, Diane, Lynne,
Michele and all their families. Hoping things will improve.
Love to all of you.
March 6, 2011
Tuesday evening dad went back into the hospital. This time Palm
Beach Gardens Community Hospital. Lynne, Michele and I did not want him at
the VA Hospital again. Dad's cardiologist is at PBG Hospital so he is
directing his care. Lungs are still filling up with fluid so since Tuesday
they have been addressing that problem. His body is wearing out with each
one of these trips to the hospital. Mom and Michele were going to see him
today, so when I know anything else, I'll let you know.
When we all visited him last weekend he was tired and weak, still on
oxygen 24/7 and depressed that he is not able to do more.
January 24, 2011
Hi Everyone: I got an email from Diane, she asked me to share this
with everyone. Uncle Christy has been in and out of the hosp. a couple of
times. He has severe infections in his lungs. He is on oxygen and
breathing treatments. Please keep him in your prayers and if you want send
him a card. Thank you Love Sharen
November 6, 2010
15 years? Wow! It seems like yesterday. It also seems as though the
older we get the more treasured the memories become.
Poet Maya Angelou wrote , "We are at our greatest when we encourage
connect with another human being."
Rosie had a knack for connecting with us all. Her love was
boundless. She punctuated our lives with wit, humor and generosity. That is
why we think about her often and why she will live in our hearts forever
November 6, 2010
15 years ago today My Mom passed away. We still miss her and love
her very much, I can still see her painted nails, and her goofy little
smile. She loved Ohio and traveling there for the family reunions. She
would plan for the next trip as soon as she got back from the current one.
No matter how hard it was for her she never complained. I will always
remember her and love her. She lives in my heart and the hearts of everyone
that knew her. Love Sharen
June 4, 2010
I will not be able to attend the reunion this year. Just wanted to
let you know I will be buying the paper products. Jim is coming here for a
week before the reunion and I will have him bring them down. I would like
to try to get a count of how many people are going to be there so if you
could email me back I would appreciate it. If you want to let me know what
you are taking for you dishes to pass I will pass that information on. It
will make me feel like I am doing something for the reunion. If you could
also let anyone that is not on the receive list let them know thank you.
Sharen and David paper products( plates,
bowls, plastic ware, napkins)
May 4, 2010
David called Sunday afternoon, Sharen is back in the hospital. She
started getting sick on Saturday – could not keep anything down. They
called the doctor twice and got anti-nausea medication – nothing worked. So
she was admitted on Sunday morning. They are checking for blood clots,
blockages, etc., to find out what is going on with her. I will let you know
if I hear any news about her condition.
I was interviewed for a couple of different jobs…one here in the
purchasing department, and one in Tomah, WI, at another VA…didn’t get either
one. I will keep looking for something else…hard to believe I will be here
7 years, this August!
Sounds as though everyone is busy at your home.
Is anyone, besides Brenda, going on the Italian trip with you? By
then all the flights should be back to normal – unless the volcano acts up
again. Hope everyone has a great time and look forward to hearing about the
That’s about it from here – will write later.
April 29, 2010
Good news from Wisconsin!
Just had a call from David about Sharen’s surgery.
She was scheduled for 8 am, and they started early. They were able
to do the robotic surgery (which will cut down on her recovery time) which
lasted 4 hours.
The doctor said the surgery went well, all of the cancer was
removed, and a check of the lymphoids was negative.
I will let you know if there is any other information, when I talk
to David tonight.
James R. Speer
Engineering Program Support Clerk
272-6621 ext 4722
(717) 228-6052 FAX
April 29, 2010
Just a bit of an update on the Joe Gurto Family Down Under.
Dominic is nearly finished with his degree. Timothy wants to do
another class before he starts his thesis so he might not finish until the
first half of next year. Jeremy is half-way through his third year.
Frances and I are just working hard, looking forward to our trip to Italy
with Brenda in July and then a couple of weeks touring Europe. Timothy is
talking about visiting the US soon. He wants to go to Las Vegas to talk to
some people about a prospective job there. The weather is beginning to cool
down here. Almost time to turn on the heater, but not quite.
April 29, 2010
Hey Joe, How are you doing??? We are all fine here. Mom is still working
and planning on her retirement on 1-1-11. Dad is happy to be outside mowing
the grass and planting his flowers. Kyle and Karl will be done with their
1st year of college next week. Time is flying by. As for me, I like my
townhouse. I've have been busy myself working 2 jobs. I have my full time
40 hour job at Highland Place Apts and then on Saturday and Sunday mornings
6am to 12pm, I work at Pizzis in the kitchen doing all of the prep work. I
really like it. I'm tired!!!
Here is my email so you can add it to the list:
How is everyone doing in your family???
April 28, 2010
We are moving on Saturday and I wanted to send you our new apartment
address and my new email address:
11115 Cheyenne Trail # 304
Parma Hts, OH 44130
I am closing this email account in a couple days, my new email is
April 3, 2010
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!
Sharen and David
April 1, 2010
Hope this finds all well and know everyone is glad to see
Spring finally here. All is well here in Wexford and hope this finds the
same with everyone,
Do wish you all a very Happy, Blessed Easter and a great Spring.
Love, B.Ann and All.
|April 1, 2010
I had my doctors appt. today. We didn't get home until after 7 this
evening. The main thing is I have to get clearance from my pulmonary care
doctor, my heart doctor, and my gp doctor. I have to have X-Rays, and blood
work done. The surgeon wants to do the robotic surgery but has to make sure
my heart and lungs will be ok. They tilt the table with the head downward.
The operation takes about 4 hours. recovery takes 1 night in hosp. and 2
weeks at home. The reg. way, cutting. Takes about 2 hours for
the operation, 3 to 5 nights in hosp. and 6 weeks recovery at home. It
depends on how fast I can get all the pre-op done. The surgeons office is
taking care of setting up the appts. I will keep everyone informed as soon
as I have a date. Keep me in your prayers. Thanks
March 25, 2010
Hello Everyone: I am emailing everyone on my list. If you could
pass this on to anyone that is not on the list that would save me having
to call. I had a doctors appt. today, my results were mixed. My Cells are
at a level 4. That means I am one level below full cancer. The cells show
there can be cancer there, but to be sure I will have to have surgery(a
hysterectomy) at that time the doctor will be able to determine if it is
cancer and if it is contained. Anyway I won't know any more until I talk to
the surgeon. I will keep you informed as best I can. Thank you all for your
prayers and thoughts.
|March 15, 2010
would like to ask you to pray for me, and I would also like to ask everyone to please send
my request to everyone on your email list. I was having some problems with bleeding.
My doctor started doing some testing(pap's smear, pelvic ultra sound).
They show something is there but not sure what( it can be anything from
polyps to cancer). On Wednesday I am going for a D&C I will have the results
back on Mon. So if you could keep me in your prays I would be really grateful. Thank
you in advance. Love Sharen P.S. Joe could you post this to the website and let
everyone know it is out there.
|March 1, 2010
mom took a fall last month and really bruised her ribs and body. She is not healing
very well and is very weak.
am worried about her- she is 85 and not recovering as we had hoped.
know everyone is busy, but since she does not go on the computer and is too weak to speak
on the phone, it would mean alot to her and to me
you could send her a card to let her know that you are thinking of her and how special she
address is Peggy Gurto
C North Meridian Way
Beach Gardens, FL 33410
everyone: These were caught at three different outings.
The last one of Greg was caught on Friday. They where all caught on Fox Lake.
Love Sharen P.S. they did put them back.
|June 25, 2009
||Greetings, The Dale
Gurto family will not be attending the annual Gurto family reunion.
Dale & Letty
|June 25, 2009
Tim and I will be
coming. maybe Jill.
I'll bring pasta salad,
fruit salad, and a dessert.
|June 23, 2009
Unfortunately the Jack Moneypenny
family will not be able to attend. We hope all of you have a great time.
|June 22, 2009
Hi photos of Greg and Amanda, and Greg and
David on father's day.
|June 20, 2009
Just wanted to let you know that my mom IS planning to attend and will
bring dessert. Patti and I can not come this year, we will both be on vacation
then. Hope all is well with you and your family. I am enjoying my summer...the
perks of being a teacher! Right now Mom and I are in NC at Daniel's visiting until
the middle of next week. It is really hot here(99 degrees) but we are enjoying
the sun. We left rain and storms behind in PA.
|June 20, 2009
Hi Everyone: I have been
checking the family website everyday. So far only Lorraine, Effie, and Myself have
signed up as far as what we are taking to the reunion or if you are even going to the
reunion. I know Uncle Christy and family won't be able to attend, also John and Pam
won't be there. The reason I am concerned is because I am ordering the chicken from
Jim, David and I and I would like to get some kind of count. Also I am bring the
paper goods, so if you could email me just to let me know if you are planning on going or
not, I would really appreciate it. If you want to include what you are bring that
would be good, I will forward the information along to everyone. Thanks Love Sharen
|June 2, 2009
Just had Luke's graduation last night. I was very proud of him. He graduated
with honors (cum laude) and wore his National Honor Society collar. These last
two years have been tough for him without Doug, but he made it, and with
honors. He took his college English classes and one college science class post
secondary at The University of Akron and then finished the day at the high school with a
few classes. He's off to Columbus, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University.
He leaves in September. He's going to study Construction Management Technology with
an emphasis on bridges and roadways. He will be the guy in between the engineers and
construction company. It's a business management degree yet he needs to take a lot
of science and math courses to understand the engineering part of construction. It
sounds like something he may really enjoy but... who knows, four years is a long time and
things can always change. I'm enclosing some pictures
of last night's graduation. Faye and Joyce came with Faye's boys. It was
nice. I know Doug would have been extremely proud of him. It's been tough
going through all of Luke's accomplishments without him. Luke was on Homecoming
Court in the fall, Prom Court two weeks ago, and now honors in graduation. I know
he's watching and is proud of Luke. Well, I need to get going so once again, thanks
for sharing the pictures and messages with the family. Give Frances and the boys a
|June 2, 2009
you'd like to post the following pics and info
Update from Michele re family
Since we won't make the family reunion this year, I wanted to share some updates on the
Steven is in his junior year at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
He is majoring in Civil Engineering with a Business Minor.
(I have no idea what he is talking about when he talks to me about statics, dynamics and
other engineering lingo- but he loves it and he actually Aced his accounting class last
semester without any phone calls to me) He is going to be the president of the Outlanders
Club, which is an environmental club that goes canoeing, kayaking, camping and does water
cleanups. (All the things I don't do !) He's taking classes this summer so we won't see
him too much this summer.
Lauren will be 16 in July and will be driving on her own.
My current car which she will take over looks like a teenagers car with bumper stickers
all over it already.
Her love of cheerleading has taken over our lives. She was
on the varsity football, basketball & competitive squad at her high school.
And she was on a competitive gym squad that competed in 7
competitions this year in Florida & Atlanta- her squad got 6 first places and 1
second. (So you can tell how good they are & how serious they are about this. I refuse
to wear a Cheer Mom shirt or a large button with her photo on it- I had to draw the line
somewhere!- the 2 photos are from this year) She will be a junior in the fall and her high
school has been in a remodel mode for 2 years, so they are excited to go into their new
facilities this fall. She is a really good student and lives life to the fullest. She's
not sure where she is going to college yet. (Of course if they were a national champion
cheer squad is a big plus)
James is living the dream life in California now. Though he
has to work 2 jobs to pay the bills, he loves to surf and skim
boarding etc. so he loves Cal. He gets to Florida only once a year, so we miss seeing him.
Jared is in the Air Force and will be going to Africa in
July- so please keep him and all of our military guys and gals in your prayers. He will
decide this fall if he is re-enlisting. He is up for a Sgt
promotion and has adjusted to military life. We will see him in
July for the NASCAR race in Daytona before he leaves.
It's great to see all of our families grow up and move
through different phases of their lives.
Hope that all of you are well and have a wonderful time at
the reunion. I'll miss you.
If anyone is thinking about an Italy trip in the next few
years, let me know.
|May 27, 2009
||Lysa sent some photos of
the baby - Liliana. I have posted some on my Dad's page
and one on this year's reunion page.
|May 24, 2009
||Hey Uncle Joey, I just wanted to give you an update; Liliana A'Merie
Marshall was born on May 21, 2009 she was 7 lbs 5 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. Mom and
baby are both great and I will send some pictures this afternoon.
|May 16, 2009
||Hi Greg went fishing with his Dad for a couple
of days this week. He caught this 39 inch Muskie
on a tube jig. Last time they went he caught the two nice size
walleye. Take care Love Sharen
|May 14, 2009
I sent you a few pictures of Luke, so if you please scan them in and put one in the
graduation page, I would appreciate it. Luke also is graduating June 1, 2009.
If you can put it on the banner, that would be great. He's going to The Ohio State
University in Columbus and will be an Ohio State Buckeye! We're all excited and he
can't wait. I'll update everything in a few weeks. Thanks Joey! So next summer
I'll be 50 and that's when I want to go to Italy. I'm going to start planning it in
the fall. Will you be? I hope so. We will have a blast!!!
Give Francis a hug and the boys as well. Sending you a hug and wish you could be
here for Luke's celebration. Thanks for all you do!
|May 13, 2009
I just wanted to give everyone an update
on Bill. He came home from the hospital on April 13th. He had a Heart cath and the
results showed no blockage. The doctors said the Bill had a virus that attacked his heart
muscle and made it so weak. He is on several medications and a very strict diet. They said
his heart should get strong again but it will be a long road. He is working half days and
the band played but he only did a few songs. He was not
allowed to play the whole gig. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. We hope to see everyone at the reunion. Love, Pam
|May 3, 2009
Hi David wanted me to send you the photo of Greg with one the fish he caught. They went
out Sat. Greg caught 10, he keep two. One 21 inch and the other 16 inch. David
didn't catch very many but was happy for Greg. The birds
where on the feeder by our deck. Sharen
|May 3, 2009
||Food for Reunion
LORRAINE---BAKED BEANS ,MEATLOAF
EFFIE---CUT-UP FRESH FRUIT, SAUSAGE
|April 11, 2009
This is Pam I just wanted to let everyone
know Bill is not well. He went in the hospital on Monday with acute congestive heart
failure. It has been a long week around the Miller house. The latest news is that his
heart is extremely weak, they think it's because he has a blockage. He is scheduled for a
heart cath. on Monday 4-13-09. We will find out if he has to have surgery at that
point. He is in
St. Joseph's Health Center in Warren,Ohio Monday
he will be transfered to St Elizabeth's hospital in Youngstown,Ohio.
They will do the test and tell us that day
if he has a blockage. From now til Monday they will be working on getting his Blood
Pressure down. I just wanted to see if you could post this info so everyone could see it.
I have a favor to ask everyone.......
PLEASE KEEP BILL IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
|April 10, 2009
If while in Orlando, if the boys need a place to stay or would have time to come over for dinner,
we'd be happy to have them! I had no clue what a Contiki bus tour was until I
just goggled it. It looks like one big party, which I'm sure they are looking
forward to. Fun with people their own ages! But, if they
have time, we'd love to see them!!
As for the reunion, I doubt we'll make it this
year. Since Sherry's twins and Barb's son are graduating this year, they are both
having parties for them, and we MIGHT go up for that, but not sure yet. We
just got a new puppy a couple of months ago, and we're still in the potty training part of
raising her, so traveling might not be a good idea yet! ha I'll include
a picture of her (and our other dog too) in this email. I'm not too sure if
getting a puppy was such a good idea. I had forgotten how much work they
Hope your all doing well. John's
work is a little slow right now and should be through the summer but hopefully will pick
up again. My work was slow but now with spring/summer here, it should pick up
too. We're just hanging in there and trying to get through these tough
Take care and keep in touch. Let us
know what the boys figure out for transportation.
PS....This is Lacee
(our new addition, the little one) and Marcee (our 8 year old Maltese)......
Our wedding photos have been
published online! To access our online album, please follow the steps below...
2.) Find our photo (Jill
& John) and click on it, this will bring up our Shutterfly login page.
3.) Use the password
"photo2008" to access your album!
this finds all well and guess we all are wondering where the summer went, just cant
believe Labor Day is this week-end. We have no special plans yet,
but Daniel will be here for the week-end so know something will happen. All is well
here, busy as ever with everything, we finally are getting some rain as we have not had any for sometime and things are really looking brown, so have
been doing a lot of watering to keep the beds going, Have enjoyed all the
updates and pictures of the Reunion so Thanks for
Patti and girls have recently moved to a new Town-House, so about a half-hour away.
This is her new address: Patti Kolling
101 Legend Creek Road
Cranberry Twp., PA. 16066
No more news so will sign off and hope all
have a great weekend.
||I attached some pictures
for the Gurto website. John and I will be getting married on August 2. John is
in the Ohio Army National Guard and is getting deployed to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt in
September for 12 months. I wanted to know if you could put a link to his website (www.armyofmoj.com)
on the family's site?
Thanks again for the wedding gift!
Jill & John
|June 11, 2008
Just a little update, Toni got hired last week
at Conneaut High School to teach Algebra II. They also offered her the drill team
and majorette advisor position. She is so excited and I can't believe she will be
working right back here in Conneaut!
Can't wait to see everyone at the reunion!
|June 3, 2008
Just wanted to send a photo of Toni. She
graduated on May 11 from Baldwin-Wallace College. She received an honor
bestowed on 30 outstanding senior women called the White Rose Ceremony. It
was very nice ceremony and we were very proud of her. She also graduated magna cum
laude. There were 800 graduates. It was a great Mother's Day gift! I'm
sure Doug would have been so proud of her. She has some prospects in Clay County
Schools in Florida. It is located about 30 minutes south of Jacksonville. She
accepted a position and is waiting for paperwork. She graduated with a MS in
Middle Childhood Education, concentrating in math and science. I think the job
may be 6th grade math. She's excited. It's bittersweet for me, however,
because she is moving so far away, yet, was successful at getting a job. Hey, I'll
just have to visit!! We went on a family trip in March to Punta Cana. I'm
enclosing some of those pictures as well. Luke had his junior prom a few weeks ago.
I'm sending a pic of him too. Take care and thanks
for all your continued work on this wonderful website!
|May 23, 2008
Just wanted to put a little note on the website,
that we are celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary on May 28th. No big plans
probably a nice dinner with Toni and Jeff and maybe an overnighter (or two) for us
somewhere. We have attached a photo.
|May 15, 2008
I wanted to update all of you on our move to
Door County. After 7 months on the market, our home in Racine still has not sold. As
aggravating as it is, we realize we are not alone in this housing crunch. We have made an
offer on a home in Door County with the contingency we sell our home before closing. Not
the ideal situation, but its working. The home in Door County was empty, so I have been
renting it since January. After discussing it, Susan and I decided to get on with living
and hope for the best. Susan gave her notice last week at the Racine Marriott where she
has been employed for the last 18 years. May 25th will be her last day. The moving truck
will pack up our belongings and move our household to Door County on May 30th. Susan will
take a bit of a R & R before looking for a new job. We will leave the home in Racine
vacant and see what happens.
Door County is a great place to visit, hint
hint. Our love to all, keep your fingers crossed for us that the Racine home sells in this
less than ideal market.
|May 11, 2008
graduated Summa Cum Laude on May 10, 2008 from Kent State University with a
Bachelor of Science in Education Degree majoring in Integrated Mathematics. She
will be licensed to teach grades 7 through 12 in Mathematics.
While attending Kent State University, Toni
earned the President's and Dean's List. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi
International Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Kent Student Education
Association, Ohio Education Association, National Education Association and Ohio Council
of Teachers of Mathematics. She also studied abroad in Florence, Italy during her
|March 26, 2008
As most of you must already
know. Uncle Jim Gurto passed away shortly after midnight (March
26th). Please keep his family in your prayers. Love Sharen
|March 11, 2008
I don't know if you have heard or not
about Tammy and the kids losing everything in a fire. The place they where
renting caught on fire. Michele burned her arm, but she woke up everyone and they
all got out. The red cross put them up in a hotel for two nights and a couple of
Steve's sisters paid for four more nights. It anyone can or wants to help out with
money or anything send it to Pam Miller. She will make sure they get what they need.
which is everything). Please keep the family in your prayers. Sharen
|March 3, 2008
||Dear Joe and All.
Want to give you an update on Jim, Just talked with the Nurses Station this
AM and Jim had a fairly good night, having a lot of pain now so keeping him sedated as
they say these next few days will be that way with the body getting back into running on
its own. They have had him up and walking all ready. He is now out
of ICU and in the step-down critical care unit, I will be going down this PM and
stay till he has his supper. We have had such bad weather, roads have been bad so
lucky that it is beginning to get better and warmer. The girls have left, Janice and
Amanda got back to WA. And OK Nancy left yesterday and just talked with her and she
is busy getting things organized for school tomorrow.. It was very good having them
all here and enjoyed their visit and being here with me. Patti is close so that is
good, right now she has a bad cold, etc so cant go to Hospital as they dont
want her near Jim. Want to Thank everyone for all their concerns. Calls and most of
all the Prayers.
Thank you so much for keeping everyone informed, Gayle has
been great in spreading the Info. Thanks
I just got a call from Aunt
Gayle. She talked to Nancy, Uncle Jim is doing really well. They had him up
today. His kidneys are doing ok so far. They are going to see how he does tonight and
maybe tomorrow move him to step down. He is on oxygen and has to do breathing
treatments 4 times a day.
Uncle Jim went into surgery this
morning. They replaced the Aorta Valve, they did not have to do the bypass's they
thought they where going to have to do. His kidneys where at 20% the
doctors are going to put him on dialysis and hopefully they will kick back
in. If things change or I hear anything else I will let you know. Keep him and
his family in your prayers.
|February 24, 2008
First Jimmy is staying with Pam Miller
and family. He got there yesterday.
Uncle Jim: Aunt Gayle called to say he
passed out at home. Aunt B-Ann called 911. They took him to the hosp. He
is in intensive care they are checking his heart. Please keep him in your
||Jim went to see the surgeon last week,
his ankle is coming along fine. He had a hard cast put on and has to go back to see
the doctor in 3 weeks. He still can not put any weight on the foot and can not drive a
car. He asked to be released from rehab on Thursday. He is going to his
apartment and Pam Miller is going to pick him up on Fri. or Sat. He is going to Pam
and Bills for two weeks. Pam's address is 310 Norris Ave. Sharon Pa. 16146 phone #
1-724-981-2942 He has the next doctors appt. on March 6th.
Take care Sharen
|February 15, 2008
Dear Frances, Joe and
Thank you so much for remembering us. So
thoughtful of you to remember us and was a great day!!! We really had a very full day,
receiving many cards, calls. We went out for dinner and so glad that Jim was
able to go and doing OK , has his good and bad days and gets frustrated that he
cant do all he wants. Please convey to all the family on the Family news
how much we did appreciated all the cards, E-mails , calls that we
got. Hope this will find all well. Thanks for everything.
Aunt B.Ann and Uncle Jim
|February 12, 2008
Jim is in rehab at the Va. Hosp. in
Pa. He will be there until at least Thurs. at that time he has a doctors appt.
and will find out how the ankle is doing. The doctor may change the cast at that
time. It is just a matter of wait and see. Take care Love Sharen
|February 6, 2008
Here is the latest on Jim. As of
4PM est he was still at the hosp. waiting to be transferred to the VA for rehab. The
problem is he is still sick to his stomach. Aunt Gayle talked to him. He was taking a
breathing treatment (don't know why). Anyway as soon as I
have a phone # and Room # I will let you know. Love Sharen
|February 4, 2008
I talked to Jim a little while
ago. He is having a bad reaction to the meds. they gave him before surgery. He
will be in the hosp. until at least tomorrow. The surgeon was in today to see
him. He told Jim he had to make a six inch cut on both sides of the
ankle. I am calling Jim back tonight. I will keep you informed of any
news. Take care Love Sharen
|February 3, 2008
I just talked to Jimmy he is still all
drugged up. He said the surgery went well. It is his right leg. He is not to
put any weight on it for at least three weeks. I did not ask too many questions because as
I said he was still pretty out of it. I will call him later tonight and find out
more. Love Sharen
David talked to Jimmy at around 7PM our time.
Jim was still pretty much out of it. So I will email everyone tomorrow(later in the
day) after I talk to him. He doesn't know when they are going to release him, or if
he is going home or to rehab. Love Sharen
I called Jim, he has a dislocated
ankle and it is broken in three places. He fell on the way to the parking lot early
this morning. He crawled back to the apartment building and got hold of someone that
lives there. They called 911. The emergency room doctor popped the ankle back
into place. Jim was admitted, and is waiting to here from the surgeon
tomorrow. They will probably operate tomorrow. I will let you know as soon as
I find out more. The hosp. is Good Samaritan Rm#
469 phone# 1717-270-8069 Love Sharen
I just called Jim again. The surgeon
stopped in to tell him he is going into surgery at 10AM tomorrow morning. I told Jim
I would call the nurses station at around 1PM to see how everything is going. I will email
you again after his surgery is complete. Love Sharen
Jeremy was accepted to his first choice at Australian Catholic University.
He will begin classes on February 18. He also received a scholarship from his former
school to help him over the next 4 years
Hi everyone: Just wanted to let
you know I just received a call from the VA that Jimmy works in PA. He fell this
morning and may have broken his ankle in three places. They are checking it now so I
will let you know as soon as I know more. Keep him in your prayers please.
Thank you Love Sharen
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday-- ours were busy too. Steven was
home from University of Central Florida for a month, and Mike's son
Jared was home for a week from NM (Air Force). Plus we got a puppy for
Lauren-- will send photos in a separate email
attached are photos from the Mediation Garden at
our church St Peter
Catholic Church in Jupiter
when I had a brick in memory of Aunt Sue and for my parent's 60th
Thought you might want to add this to the family website.
||Diane (Gurto) Vorse and Barry Vorse of
Jacksonville, Fla, renewed their wedding vows on January 13, 2008, their 40th Wedding
Anniversary, at St. Ann Catholic Church, West Palm Beach, Florida where they were married
The former Conneaut residents were joined in
the celebration by their son Alan Vorse and his wife, Shannon, of Minneapolis, Minn. Also
attending the ceremony and family gathering afterwards for an Italian dinner and
anniversary cake were the brides parents Christy and Peggy Gurto, the brides
sister (and maid of honor in 1968), Lynne Gurto Quartullo and husband Henry; the
brides sister (and flower girl in 1968), Michele Gurto DeLong and husband Michael
and the couples nephew Steven Veil, and niece Lauren Veil.
Diane is employed by the U.S. Department of Labor as an
adjudications specialist. Barry is employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a
Senior Public Affairs Specialist.
Aunt B-Ann called today to say Uncle
Jim had a heart attack yesterday. They are running tests to make sure he is
ok. Please let members of your family know I don't have some of the email addresses
on my computer.
||Hi Joe this is a photo of Jim receiving an award at
work. You can post it to the website.
|October 12, 2007
I hope all is well. Aaron & Jane just moved
into their new apartment. the address is:
1405 S. Emmertsen Rd. #202
We'll send some pictures of the wedding next
Here are a few photos
that Sharen and David (the official photographers) took at Alan's wedding last
Saturday. Everything went well. Everyone traveled to and from Florida, Ohio (and
Denver -Michele was there for business) without any delays or lost luggage!
We went to the kids house to see them open
gifts. The cookbooks you sent are great. Thanks for your thoughtfulness.
Jeremy will graduate from high school on Wednesday, September 26th.
Click here to see the announcement.
Joe and Frances
|September 18, 2007
I wanted to let everyone know that Doug had a courageous and short lived battle with
cancer. He was diagnosed a few weeks ago with liver cancer. The tumor grew
aggressively and quickly and the cancer moved to his stomach. Then it aggressively
attacked the kidneys last week and he peacefully left us this afternoon,
September 18th, at 3:15 pm. He was 45 years old. Much too young to have this
horrific disease take him. Toni, Luke and I are getting through this, yet it is
difficult. Doug loved all the Gurto reunions and enjoyed talking to all the aunts,
uncles, and cousins. Even though he couldn't keep all the juniors and juniors kids'
straight , it was always fun when I tested him. He loved the colored shirts because
he sort of thought he knew who belonged to who. Thank you all for welcoming him into
our family 22 years 354 days ago. Hold on to his memory and love to all.
I hope all is well with you, Frances and the
boys. I have a bit of news to share with the family, so if you would pass it on, I would
I have taken a new job. On October 16th, I will
start as the President/CEO of the Door County Visitors Bureau in Door County Wisconsin.
Its about three hours north of us at the top of the state. It is a peninsula, with Green
bay to the west and Lake Michigan to the east. 322 miles of shoreline, upscale leisure
Susan and I will be selling the house and moving
there this Fall. I will commute home on weekends until the house is sold. We have lived in
Racine since march 17, 1979 so it will be a bit of an adjustment for us. Ashley moved into
an apartment a few months ago with one of her girlfriends and Aaron is getting married on
October 13th. So many changes in such a short time.
This is such a great opportunity for us and we
are very excited about the possibilities. Once relocated, Susan may opt to reactivate her
teaching license and start teaching again, she just hasn't decided as of yet.
We hope everyone in the family is doing
well and is as healthy as can be expected.
|August 22, 2007
Hello To Everyone ,
Havent checked the Family news for awhile so today have been trying to get caught up
on things so thought Id get a few lines off to you and do hope this finds all well
and know busy with everything. Seems the last time I wrote it was just beginning
Spring, etc and now its going back to School Time, has
been such a fast summer!!! Jim and I did get to the Reunion and know that
Sharen sent the pictures, I got all the books back as last year they had thought it would
be a good idea to have them all put on CD,s but guess Joyce and her girls tried and was
too difficult as so many were from old pictures and clippings so I will still try to keep
them up think we have about 8 albumns now so have to get them caught up but really people
dont send that much so is mainly the pictures that we take at the Reunion.
Jim has not been well having trouble with his back, etchad
him in the hospital for a few days and the heart, lungs,are Ok but has all this pain in
back and they say he has sprained it and will take time for it to heal, and he just
cant take a lot of pain medication as gets very nauseous, then he got the hic-cups
and took a long time to get rid of them, said from vomiting had got the diaphragm
upset so that was the cause of the hic-cups . so finally got everything settled and he has
had no more problems so far, but still far from feeling good and taking it easy. He
goes back to the Dr. to-morrow so hope we get some good news, We had planned to
leave for Jan and Daves this week-end for 10 days, but have had to cancel out as
would be to much for Jim and is a long trip and cant get there Non Stop so will just
have to wait till he is feeling better.
Nancy sold her house last month and moved into a new Condo and it is very nice and glad
she doesnt have all the worries of keeping up the yard, etc and all the other things
that had to be done. With both the boys away she had it all to do so now she has no
worries. She just got back from visiting Jan and dave and had a great time was there
for 10 days so they really got to see Seattle and all the surrounding areas. Their
new home is very nice and they have done a lot in the short time they have been
there. Patti is very busy and just got back from London, she will be taking Kelley
to school this week-end Penn State so they have been busy getting things ready to go, we
went over Sunday to celebrate Kelleys 19th Birthday. Jenna is in 11th grade
and already practicing for the Cheerleaders so school starts next Monday.
Think I have brought you up on all our news and do hope this finds all well and all Our
Love to Everyone,
B,Ann and Jim
|June 30, 2007
||Hi to all of you Down
Under. All well here. I am using a co-worker'
desktop to look at the website. Our computer is on the blink. We just ordered a new one
AND will be back to a faster system. Hope the reunion is a fun one for all . None of us
will be attending . Dad is better but still dealing with a wound that will not close. Time
will heal. I fell and fractured my shoulder humerus bone, OUCH!!. not bouncing off the
walls anymore, Work is good at the new spa and salon even though
it is summer we arte more year round for business. Thanks for all you do.
Stay well and Happy
|June 30, 2007
||Hey Joe, I hope all is well. Things here are
well. I have a few pictures I wanted to send you for the website.
back row, Aaron, Kailey, Jane (Aaron's fiancee'), Ashley, John (
Ashley's boyfriend) and Mason, (John's son) front row, Zach,
Stacey, (Zach's girlfriend), Jean, (Susan's Mother), Susan, Jack and our dog Tobie This picture was taken on father's day.
This picture is of
Jack and Susan at the Brewer's game on June 24th.
We hope all is well with you and your family, give our best
to Frances and the boys.
|June 28, 2007
Someone sent in our address and it
is for old houses that have been fixed up, I will try to send
the pictures and you can see if you
would like to put it on the web. Uncle Pat did alot of work
I took the pictures from my
I am going back to work on July 9, if no more problems with
Recovery from this was long with
all that took place after the fact. Oh Well Take care.
Love Aunt Gayle
|June 23, 2007
||Frances and I attended the
Good Food and Wine Show at Darling Harbour. We met, got autographs and photos with Ainsley Harriott and Donna Hay - celebrity chefs.
|June 18, 2007
||On Friday June 16, Frances was invited to have
an audience with the Dalai Lama. Here are some photos.
|June 17, 2007
||Here are some photos of Samantha's Graduation.
|June 16, 2007
||I spoke to my Mom today. She has just
returned from Florida. She said that she took Aunt Effie to the Hospital today as
she had a fall the other day and broke some ribs.
|June 15, 2007
In lieu of mailed invitations, we decided
last year to have the invitation posted on the web site.
Attached is the invitation. If you
could post it, would you please send an e-mail to all of us?
Thank you very much. We all greatly
appreciate all your hard work on your web site.
|June 14, 2007
||Pam sent Alex's graduation announcement to all the family.
|June 7, 2007
Take care and thanks again Joe, for the
wonderful job you do on the Gurto Family Website!
|June 6, 2007
||Here are some more photos
of Lauren and Steven
and Steven's official Graduation photo.
|June 2, 2007
We vacationed last
week in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, the TVA and Lake George in
Tennessee and Cherokee, NC
Arrived in town and picked up a local newspaper
to find out that Dolly Parton was performing a special benefit concert. We were able
to get tickets and three hours later we were enjoying her show. She is quite an
entertainer. She has done so much for her hometown and the surrounding area and
everyone loves her! Spent the day at Dollywood theme park (nice-right in the
hills and lots of trees and shade). Drove up one side of the Smokey Mountains and
down the other side (with lots of switchbacks) to Cherokee, NC and Harrah's
Casino. Didn't win any large amounts of cash so we returned to work the following
week after a fun mini-vacation.
We won't be able to attend the Gurto Family
Reunion this year. Barry is going to Ohio over a long weekend to visit his
parents and attend the Vorse Family Reunion in late July. Then we will be going to
Minneapolis in the Fall for Alan and Shannon's Wedding on September 29th.
Diane and Barry
|June 1, 2007
is graduation photo of Steven and some info for the website.
Steven Michael Veil graduated May 22, 2007 from William T.
Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Steven received Florida Medallion Scholarship &
graduated with science honors. He was a member of Science National Honor Society and the
treasurer of the Key Club.
Steven was accepted at Georgia Tech, University of Miami
(FL) and the University of Central Florida. He will attend University of Central Florida
in Orlando and will begin studying for his degree in Engineering in August.
We had an open house on Sunday with his family and friends.
Steven has really taken an interest in photography, so he recently purchased a new Canon
digital camera and extra lenses and accessories, so he can continue to work on his
Steven works part time at an architectural firm and loves
the beach, boating, & skimboarding-- which is one reason he chose to stay in Florida
All of us are proud of his accomplishments, but even more
so, we are proud of the fine young man that he is.
Will send more photos soon.
|May 27, 2007
||Dear Joe and Family,
All is well here, just busy with everything and now so much outside
work to be done, but it is getting done slow but sure!!! Just got my outside hanging
baskets made and flowers transplanted so now hope for some rain as we really do need it.
The family is all
well, busy with everything as Kelley will be graduating the *8th so Patti has been
away and just got back from India again so now busy with all the coming up
things. Kelley has done well and received some honors both in Academics and Sports
as has been in Cheerleading all four years and Capt. this year.. She will be going
to Penn State and loo9king forward to it so much. Her party is June 3oth.
Guess we will have 5 graduating this year from the families. Know it will be Jeffrey,
Alex, Steven , Samantha and Kelley. We will be having some type of a
picnic this weekend, Nancy will be coming and will get together with Patti and all.
Talked with Janice today and they are very busy
getting their new home landscaped, etc. they moved from Dallas to Deming. Wa. (near border of Vancouver) as Dave works in BC. We
havent been able to get out to see them as Jim is not up for traveling yet so
hopefully we will be able to do it this summer. Amanda is still at OK. University and has another term to do this fall as she was out for
one term with Mono so will graduate in Dec. Jim is holding his own but far from up
to Par, just cant seem to get any extra strength and gets upset as cant do
what he wants to do, but still putters in his Shop. Having some difficulty with
walking any distant, etc.
So we take each day and make the most of it and Thank God
we have had so many years together and cant believe our 60th will be coming up next
with Gayle yesterday and she is slowly recuperating form her Surgery but still having
problems with her arm, etc. says she hasnt heard yet when
she will go back for the other 2 stents that she has to have done, one in the Knee and
other into kidney. Flora called today too and says was pouring rain there and no-one
had any big plans for a get together for Monday, guess your Mom is still in Fl.
Love Aunt B-Ann and Uncle Jim
|May 20, 2007
My mom told me that Samantha will be graduating
on June 5.
|May 20, 2007
Jeff graduates on Saturday, June 3, and
his open house will be on Saturday, June 9th. I will be sending invitations.
He will be attending Kent State in the fall. Toni has just finished her third
year at Kent State and made the President's list. She will be student teaching
(high school math) at Twinsburg High School in the fall.
|May 20, 2007
||Hi Sharen (excerpt of email
from Aunt B-Ann to Sharen)
I just got a call
from Sherry and she was on her way to Erie as Gayle has not been able to get home since
she had her surgery Wed. they did the 2 stents in her heart and one in the groin and
will be going back to do the other in leg and kidney. I talked with Gayle Wed. night
and she sounded pretty good but was having trouble with the IVS,etc. Sherry
said they were going to go in and do some kind of surgery today and Pat was already
there so hope all will go well for them. I know she said she didnt plan on
staying in the hospital except over nite
|May 19, 2007
||I spoke to my mother this
morning and she told me that Aunt Gayle had to have another operation
I really don't know any more at this time.
|May 19, 2007
all is well with the family--
Busy here as
Steven graduates High School on Tuesday--
and we are having his open house this
you photos etc soon.
received any other graduation news????
|May 15, 2007
I talked to Aunt Gayle yesterday. She has to go into
the hospital Wednesday. She has four blockages, two in her heart, one in the groin,
and one in the knee. They are going to put in stints. Keep her in your prayers.
|May 15, 2007
I just wanted to let you know, if you didn't hear, that my
Aunt Elinor passed away early Sunday morning at her home.
Barry and I visited the family in
South Florida for Easter weekend. Dad was able to go to Easter Mass then to Lynne
and Henry's for Easter dinner later in the day. He has lost 20 pounds since his
surgery (February 28th) so he needs to build up his strength and muscles. His
appetite is good. The doctor wants him to lift light weights to regain the
muscle/strength in his arms. He is getting stronger and is able to do
more walking and is able to go up and down the stairs of their
house. He can't drive yet and I know he is anxious to get behind the wheel
A nurse is still coming in every day to inspect
his wound and change the bandages. The incision needs to heal from the inside out so
it is a slower healing process and he still has pain. The doctors are happy with his
results. The cancer was stage 1, thus he WILL NOT NEED TO HAVE ANY
CHEMOTHERAPY. Good news!
Mom is a really good nurse. It has been
difficult and exhausting for her too. She takes care of Dad as well as
the things around the house that Dad normally does. She is anxious for him to
resume "garbage detail" and other household chores!
Thank you all for your prayers and
concern. He received a lot of heartfelt cards, well wishes and
flowers. Knowing that so many family members are thinking of him has really
lifted his sprit and he truly appreciates you.
|March 1, 2005
||My dads surgery went well. He will
be in ICU for a few days.
Will keep you informed
Keeping Uncle Chris in our prayers. Just a note to add to family news. Toni
Ward has also been accepted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in
Education at Baldwin Wallace College. Her induction is Sunday, March 25. She
is majoring in Middle Childhood Education with her two areas of study being math and
science. She is also in 3rd year at Baldwin Wallace College. She'll be student
teaching next spring and graduating in spring of 2008.
FYI: His recent colonoscopy
showed an area of concern and they want to remove it. His surgery is scheduled for
February 28th, and his doctor says he will be in the hospital from 5 to 7 days.
I plan to go down to Palm Beach Gardens and stay
with my Mom and get her back and forth to the hospital starting February 27th through the
My cell phone number is (904)553-3868.
I'll keep you posted.
Please send cards and get well wishes to him at
3313 C North Meridian Way
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Toni Rae was one of twelve students to be initiated as a
member into the Delta Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor
Society in Education founded in 1911, at Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio on
Sunday, November 19, 2006.
Kappa Delta Pi encourages
high professional, intellectual, and personal standards and recognizes outstanding
contributions to education.
Toni Rae is in her 3rd year
at Kent State University studying in the field of Integrated Math Education.
|Uncle Tony passed away.
|Joe and Frances are travelling to the US for a
three week vacation
|Lorraine is in Florida for 4 weeks visiting
her Sister and Mother and attending a family wedding.
I just wanted to give you an update on my
dad. I previously emailed you that he has prostate cancer and they are treating it
with hormone therapy (one shot and maybe another in December).
Now, from the bone marrow biopsy performed
several months ago, which one doctor said was negative and a different doctor now says he
has MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome). in which the bone marrow does not function
normally, causing shortages of one or more cell types in the blood, and the bone marrow
does not produce enough blood cells. It can range from mild anemia to
leukemia. This is why he is having to have blood given to him so often. I
don't think there is much treatment for this.
Joe and I will be going on Tuesday to talk to
his doctor and I will keep you updated.
Please keep him in your prayers.
Just a note today to let you know that Jim is back home again after another week in
hospital, had to rush him back on the 1st as was having difficulty breathing so after
2 days in ICU finally got him stabilized and is the valve in heart and open
heart surgery would be the answer but not in his condition and age, so they have got
him on medications and he will have to slow down ,etc. He has got much better and
stronger since home so hope this will continue, Have had visiting Nurses and Therapy
coming almost every day and they have helped him a lot and so hope this keeps
up, Im keeping busy with being Nurse and all the other things that are
||I just wanted to update everyone on my
Dad. He is doing really well and feeling a lot better. He sounded like his old
self the last time I talked to him. Thank you everyone for thinking of him.
I'll keep you updated on him!
We have had another family tragedy.
Brandy's husband Rocky was found dead on Friday, the 25th. I'll post more
information as soon as it comes to hand.
Havent been on
the computer too much so trying to get caught up today. Guess you all know that Jim
went into hospital on the 13th and finally got the blockage in intestines cleared up by
the stomach pump for 3 days. Then a week ago he developed pneumonia so had to get
that problem solved and came home Monday (overnight) and then had to take him back as he
was having breathing problems again so he is still there and hopefully will get things
settled soon, he seems to be doing a lot better and hope to get him home sometime
over the week end. They have brought some Oxygen, etc today so guess will have
to use them till he gets better. Has been a hectic
time !!!Other than that everything else is doing OK. Nancy is back in school
and the girls start next week. Patti is moving now and the house sold so they will
be closing on it soon. So has been a very busy time for everyone. Hope Frank
that this will find things going better for you and no problems with the treatments, etc/
No more news so
will sign off. Have talked with Conneaut so they are all up to date on
things. Love, B.Ann
Health update. Uncle Tony is
back in the hosp. Aunt Effie was in last week hopefully they are both out and doing
well. Uncle Jim is in. He has an intestinal blockage, they are trying to correct it
without operating, but they may have to operate. Keep them all in your
|July 29, 2006
Having lived in Australia for 19 years, last Thursday evening, July 27, 2006, I attended a
ceremony in which I became an Australian Citizen.
I still retain my US citizenship.
|July 14, 2006
||Thought you would enjoy the photo of Steven at the Boys State Leadership
Conference Hosted by the American Legion in Tallhassee, FL.
Steven spent a week learning about state, county & city government.
|June 20, 2006
Could you put a
reminder on the web that my mom and dad's 60th Wedding Anniversary is July
3rd. I know cards would be appreciated. Their address is:
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-5065
Looking forward to seeing you this fall.
|June 3, 2006
||We are all pretty busy here too. I am
getting a new kitchen installed in my classroom that I have been trying to get since I
started there 4 years ago.
company is about to move to a new building in the city which will cause a bit of commotion
and disruption for her.
Dominic and Timothy are doing very
well at University and they only have one week to go before the first semester is
finished. Then they have a study week and then a week and a half of exams before
they get two and a half weeks vacation.
Jeremy is doing well in his studies as
well. He is still uncertain about what he wants to in the future. He has three
weeks left in this term and then, after his two weeks school holidays, he has only 11
weeks left in year 11. He will start year 12 in October and graduate next September.
The weather here has been very cool
and fresh. We have been lighting fires in the fireplace for the past several weeks
now. We are on our second load of firewood already and winter's just begun. We
only went through one load in the whole of last year.
All our love to all of you. Look
|June 3, 2006
||Hi, I talked to Aunt B Ann
last night and Uncle Jim is in ICU. He was having some problems and instead of him coming
home he went to ICU. Needs all the prayers that we can send him.
The kids have two more days of school for this
I an still working six and seven days a
week. Pat is busy with the yard work. His foot is still bad.
Nothing more can be done so he walks
with a limp and is in a lot of pain most of the time.
Sherry is working part time at the
Moose and the schools. That is it
for now, take
|June 2, 2006
I just got a call from Aunt B-Ann. Uncle Jim had to have gallbladder surgery
yesterday. They did the laser surgery. He is doing well. No more news
for now. Keep Uncle Jim and family in your prayers.
|April 16, 2006
celebrating Easter with Toni Ward who is visiting us for a few days. See the photos
on the Vacations page.
|April 7, 2006
I thought you might want to add this to the
website, This is how my dad is celebrating being 85 years young, having dinner with Susan Lucci (Erica Cane All My
Children soap star)
Hope all is well with you-- heard your
US trip is cancelled :(
|March 30, 2006
Hi Everyone Just a
quick update. Aunt Effie had her surgery today. I just got a forwarded email
from Jim. Pam Lewis emailed him to say the surgery went well. Effie has to stay in
overnight. Pat and Gayle took her to the hosp. and stayed until she came out of
recovery. It took 2 hours instead of 1. She did have some bleeding but they
got it stopped. Tomorrow Gayle is going to go back to pickup Effie and take her
home. She is restricted as far as what she can and can not do for two weeks at
least. Keep her in your prayers. Love Sharen
|March 27, 2006
||(A little Schneider
I'm a candidate for the superintendent
position in my district. ( I must be nuts to want more stress!) We have 2 weddings this
Matt & Steph are getting married in
(He's still coaching and working as a
sales rep.) Mindi & Geoff are getting married on New Year's Eve.
(She's teaching math and science at the
high school.) Missy is still with the same firm in D.C. working on a huge anti-trust case
involving the U.S. Justice Dept.
Mikey will graduate from Duke in May
and then attend graduate school for his MBA and play his last year of collegiate football.
He's hoping to be invited to the Combine next spring for the NFL draft. If that doesn't
happen, he wants to coach at the collegiate level or go into business. That's it. As you
can see, we're all pretty busy and just hanging in there.)
Everyone take care.
Love to all,
|March 25, 2006
This is an update on Aunt Effie. She has to go in on Mar. 29th to have a pacemaker
installed. She will be in over night. She will back in Hamot hosp. in
Erie. I talked to her last week. She didn't sound to good. But that is
just how I felt after talking to her. Please keep her in your prayers.
|March 16, 2006
I just returned from my
vacation in Italy with Toni...IT WAS WONDERFUL! My friends and I visited Rome
and Venice and then took a train to Florence to stay with Toni for a week. She was
such a great tour guide and showed us all the museums and sights. We ate
delicious meals everyday accompanied with a "few liters" of wine every
night! We also took a wine tasting tour in the Tuscan area, it was a beautiful day
riding through the area seeing olive trees, acres and acres of vineyards and Tuscan
villas on the hillsides. We enjoyed a lunch in a little village prepared by
"Mamma Gina and her daughter, Paoula! Florence was so full of history and
I felt like I was back in time walking on the cobblestone streets.
looks so "European" and fits right in with the rest of the Italians! I was
so proud of her translating for us too, it was very helpful! I hated to end my
vacation and it was so hard to leave Toni in Italy. But I know she'll have wonderful
memories that will last a lifetime, and I was so glad to have been able to make the trip
to make our own special memories together.
go back in a minuted. I LOVED ITALY!
|March 12, 2006
in Italy visiting Toni - see photo on vacations page
|March 11, 2006
Everyone I got an email from Jim Friday. He said Aunt Effie has to have a pacemaker
put in. The doctor will do it in 3 to 6 weeks, he wants her to recoup for
a while. Johnny is still in Conneaut and is planning on leaving Mon. or Tues.
|March 7, 2006
Everyone Again: Jim just called me here is the latest on Aunt Effie. They
cleared out two arteries on the left side. The other one was blocked about 90%
they could not completely get that one cleared if was clotted so bad. They where
about to get it to 75%. They could not do anything about the leaky valve. But
will be able to control it with medication. She is going to be in the hosp. at
least until tomorrow. So they had watch her on the new medication for an extra
day. That is all so far.
|March 7, 2006
Mom just called a few minutes ago and said that Gayle gave them an update. Able to
open one of the blockages on one side but not the others. At least some good news,
but were all hoping for better results.
|March 6, 2006
Everyone. Jim called about 3:30PM he said the doctor had just come out to talk to
Johnny. They went in and did as much work as they could. He wanted to do more,
but couldn't at this time. She will be in the hosp. until at least Weds.
Then they will have to see how she is doing. They are going to try to control the
rest of the condition with medication.
|March 5, 2006
Everyone: I just talked to Aunt Gayle and my brother. Aunt Effie is going to
be operated on Monday morning. They are going to try to unblock the two blockages
and repair the one valve. So please keep her in your prayers. John and family
arrived safely they went right to the hosp. to see her. Jim is in Conneaut also, he
plans on staying at least until she has the operation. That is all I know for
now. John is staying by his Moms.
|March 4, 2006
Everyone again. I just talked to my brother. He talked to Gayle and she told
him they are going to decide what they are going to do for Aunt Effie on Monday. If
anyone what's to send a card or call she is in Hamot hosp. in Erie Pa. the
phone # is 814-877-4528 rm # 528.
Take care Love Sharen
|March 3, 2006
Everyone. I just got a call from John. He said his Mom is not doing
good. They couldn't put any stints in the heart. She has three blockages of
the heart and there are problems with her kidneys. So if doesn't look good at
all. John, Pam and Emilee are heading to Conneaut tomorrow morning. Please
keep Aunt Effie and her family in your prayers. Aunt Effie is in the Hosp. in Erie.
When I hear any more I will let you know, or if you hear anything email me and let me
know. Remember say a prayer for Aunt Effie, and also for John, Pam and Emilee that
they have a safe trip to Conneaut.
|March 2, 2006
Everyone: Just wanted to let you know that Aunt Effie will be going into the
Hosp. Friday. She has to have her heart checked as she has been having
problems again. Please keep her in your prayers. I think Gayle said she is
going to the hosp. in Erie. If anyone has more information please forward it to
|February 26, 2006
B-Ann called to ask me to email everyone. Bob died this morning. There will
not be a viewing, but there will be a memorial service on Sat. If you don't see a
family member on the email list, please let them know.
Thank you Love Sharen
|February 13, 2006
Toni called me, Thursday evening to say she arrived. She is
having a great time! Her roommates are an Australian girl, a Japanese girl, and a
Korean girl. She says they are all very nice. She's been at the beach
already! Tomorrow she starts orientation so the first week she'll still be getting
familiar with things. We've e-mailed everyday and she sent pictures of kangaroos that are
all over the place. She said it's sort of like squirrels.She absolutely loves
it. We miss her but she is having the time of her life! Her e-mail address is
February 9, 2006
Just thought I'd let you know that Toni boarded her plane to
Australia at 5:20 this evening, Feb. 8th, 2006. She should arrive in
Brisbane, Australia Friday morning at 7:45 AM. It will be a great experience,
but we certainly will miss her!! She starts her semester at the University of Sunshine
Coast on Fe. 13th. She'll return home June 20th. I'll contact you about her break in April
so that she can spend a few days in Sydney.
|January 15, 2006
Thanks Joe Aunt Gayle called. She said he just closed his eyes. It
was nice that most of his family was there for him when he really need them.
January 15, 2006
Im sure that most of you have heard, but Uncle Frank passed away at about 3:45 p.m.
today, January 15, 2006. May he rest in peace.
|January 10, 2005
Hi, I just wanted to let you know Toni Rae arrived in Firenze
(Florence) safely this morning (Monday, January 9) after a LONG trip. I'm
anxiously awaiting to hear from her and what her first impression of Italy is. I'll
keep you updated on her travels and adventures while she is there.
January 4, 2005
I've talked to Kim a lot these past few months and have heard how
Frank's doing. Right now he has stopped taking the morphine patches because they are
suppose to last at least 3 days and that's not enough for him. Now he gets morphine (shots
or pills?) twice a day at 7 am and 7 pm. 280 mg each time. Morphine deadens the pain but
keeps the patient sleeping. So tell family do not get frustrated that you cannot speak to
Frank cause he's "sleeping all the time". If you want to do anything I
suggest sending him cards to let him know you are thinking of him. I don't think Get Well
cards are appropriate maybe Thinking of You cards would be best.
December 1, 2005
The compassionate friends are holding their annual lights around the world candle
lighting on Dec. 11. this year. It is at 7PM If you can not go to a
meeting place you can light a candle at home. In memory of a child
(no matter what age) that has been called home too soon. As you light
the candle just say the name of the child you are remembering. If you could, light a
candle for Pam I would appreciate it. We will be going to Oak Creek to light the
candles. That is where the Children's garden and the wall with the names
of the children is located. Thank You for doing this for us. Love Sharen
|November 18, 2005
Just thought maybe everyone would like to know that Toni Ward is going to
Australia in Feb. She will spend the entire semester studying in Brisbane, Australia.
She'll be back to the states in June. Hopefully she can spend Easter with Joey. It's only
about 12 hrs north of Sydney and quick puddle jumper flights are available. It's too bad
we have no spring break this year because of the building of new schools, so I don't think
I can make a visit. Hopefully she doesn't fall head over heels with some Aussie dude and
not come home! She'll do fine, but I know I will miss her tremendously.
|November 17, 2005
I thought you might
be interested in knowing that Toni will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy for spring
semester 2006...she is leaving January 7 and will return May 13.....she is SOOOOOOOOOOO
excited! I'm a little nervous. I'm planning on visiting her in March, I
thought it might coincide with Michele's trip, but I guess they are going in May now, so
I'm a disappointed it couldn't have been when Toni is there.
She has been taking Italian at Kent State and will also take it while she is studying in
Italy. She will also be travelling on weekend trips during her semester there.
|November 16, 2005
Hi Sharen! I just got your e-mail and wanted to update you on my Mom. She
is still in the hospitalthey just moved her last night to the Physical Therapy floor
and she will start that today. She will be there for at least 5 days and then the
doctors will decide if she is able to come home or not. We still dont know how
we are going to get her back to Wexford!!! We are just taking things one day at a
time. She is in pretty good spirits; but in a lot of pain. She has her right
arm in a cast above the elbow and had a rod and pins put in her hip. Her recovery
from the hip surgery is going to be difficult because of the broken wrist. They are
trying to rig up a walker with a trough in front for her to rest her arm in. Anyway;
thanks for your concernI dont have the hospital address with me here at school
but I will get it to you tomorrow. On another note; Bob is back in the
hospital nowhe hasnt been well for a couple of weeks so I am not sure what is
happening. His blood work is all screwed up (white blood count dangerously low; bili
rubin high) so they are running tests etc. I took him to PGH last night to be
admitted so I hope they can figure something out. Gotta gomy students are
coming in. Take care
|November 15, 2005
||BAnn was at her nieces
wedding in Long Island, NY, this past weekend. She was
leaving the dance floor, her heel got caught, and she fell. She broke her hip and
dont have much detail.
- Jim Speer
|November, 15, 2005
Schneider is engaged.
|October 11, 2005
||Update on Frank. He's
still hanging in there. Has good and bad days. He's on morphine now. HOSPICE visits
him weekly. Kim is with him. He doesn't drive anymore. Doesn't sleep well.
|Dominic and Timothy are
Graduating from High School
|August 29, 2005
|John just found out he has 5
partial to moderate blockages in his arteries, so his doctor wants to do another heart
cath in a couple of weeks. He's not overly concerned but wants to go in and check it
out. I for one hope they are blocked enough so that he can repair them. If
they aren't at least 70% they won't fix them. So if they aren't, then we just have
to continue to worry about them getting more blocked and causing another heart
attack. I'm sure all will work out OK though. - Pam Lewis
|Uncle Frank was diagnosed with
cancer of the pancreas.
|Lorraine is in Florida helping
her sister look after her husband who is in a coma.