Thursday, September 15, 2016

Obituary - Elaine (Boyd) Mitchell

Elaine Boyd Mitchell - 1970

Elaine Virginia Boyd (Boyd) Mitchell

Elaine Boyd Mitchell, age 68, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Born September 29, 1947 in Beaufort County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Nathan Wilmont Boyd and Margie Gurkin Boyd. Elaine was deaf and worked tirelessly to help with projects that were dedicated to helping the deaf community including serving as a house parent in a group home. She was a gracious lady and a loving mother who adored her grandchildren. Elaine was an avid reader who was known for her ever-present smile.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jackson Mitchell and brother, Charles Boyd.

Left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Jolene Crooks of Hickory; sons, Jonathan Mitchell of Morganton, Jarvis Mitchell and wife, Nicole of Holly Springs, NC; brother, Dwight Boyd and wife, Rose of Belhaven, NC; sisters, Myra McCraney and husband, Bill of Suffolk, VA, Joyce Boyd of PA, Dianne Haddock and husband, Glenn of Greenville, NC, Esther Poe and husband, Joseph of Zuni, VA; grandchildren, Benson, Taylor, McKay, Hunter, Grant, Jackson and Lucas.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Viewmont Community of Hickory, NC with President Mick Berry officiating.

Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery & Memorial Garden in Morganton, NC.

Her family will receive friends on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bruce Hubbard's Celebration of Life - May 14, 2016 in Frederick, Maryland by Vicki Shank

With downpours of rain and wind, along with a cold front, the memorial service brought friends, family, EDT members, US Post Office colleagues, and classmates together at the Urbana District Park. We were sheltered at a pavilion with a lovely view of green trees and pastures and it was an appropriate setting that Bruce would have loved !!! Class President Rayna spoke for the Class of 72 that Bruce was very active with the Class' Reunions as well as making sure all the mailing addresses were corrected and up to date. We shall miss him !! Many of you have commented via email that Bruce was a great person. James Womack said it well. "Bruce was one of the nicest classmates I had at Gally. Seemed to be everybody's friend. I think the world is less nice with his passing."

Rayna Kozerka

Back row: Kathy Jones, Rayna Kozerka, Ed Kozerka
Front row: Liz Sale, Helen Snow (Bruce's companion for 8 years), Vicki Shank, and Holly Roth

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bruce Hubbard's Funeral, Childhood Pictures & Comments by Barbara French Burbank

Editor's Note: Barbara Burbank and her husband went to Bruce Hubbard's funeral on February 16, 2016.  Here are her comments & pictures below.

February 17: We just got home from Vermont an hour ago.  The weather in VT was really bad with snow/freezing rain mixed yesterday.  Good thing we arrived there last Monday to spend the night and arrived the funeral home earlier before more people coming.  It was very nice service.  Don Powers gave a wonderful speech.   It was open casket.  He wore black T-shirt with long sleeves and in front of green T-shirt with Deaf Timberfest logo that he was a founder of Deaf Timberfest about 22 years ago.

At Bruce's Funeral

Don Powers gave a wonderful speech and explained that he and Bruce went to Austine School from 1st grade until 12th grade then to Gallaudet for 4 years. He felt like Bruce as his close friend and brother. Bruce's parents took Bruce, his 2 deaf sisters Darlene and Joyce, Donald and other 2 students home and brought them back to school for years. You can see their suitcases on top of his parents's car. I thought it was cool. From Left - Donald, Bruce, his sisters and 2 students.

 (Austine School for the Deaf, VT Graduates in 1967) Bruce Hubbard, Barbara (French) Burbank, Donald Powers during 25th Anniversary of class of 1972.

Thank you, Barbara, for sharing the comments and pictures.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Obituary: Bruce Hubbard: January 23, 1949 - February 12, 2016

Bruce Hubbard passed away on February 12, 2016.  He will always be remembered as the class photographer.  He was the cherished member of the Class of 1972.

Sadie Hawkins - 1968
Bruce & his companion, Helen Snow at Gallaudet's 150th Anniversary - 2014
Photo Credit: Randy & Nancy Sergeant

In Loving Memory
Bruce C. Hubbard
1/23/1949 - 2/12/2016
Bruce Calvin Hubbard, age 67, of Whiting, N.J., formerly of Lyndonville, Vt., passed away at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J., Feb. 12, 2016.

Bruce was born in Lyndon, Vt., on Jan. 23, 1949, son to the late Calvin Frederick and Veleda Ellen (Taylor) Hubbard. He was raised Lydonville on Hubbard Hill and graduated from Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vt., in 1967. He went on to Gallaudet University graduating with a Bachelor's in Business. Bruce worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years as a LSM Operator and later as a Processing Clerk when he retired. He enjoyed traveling with his camper and studying his family genealogy. He loved his work with the Eastern Deaf Timberfest and with the Alumni of the Austine School for the Deaf. His highlights were being an advocate for deaf rights and his role as Santa Claus for deaf children.

Bruce is survived by his companion, Helen Snow of Manahawkin, N.J.; his two children: Bambi Midkiff (Bob) of Westminster, Md., Mingo Hubbard of Westminster, Md., and their mother Sue Hubbard of Brattleboro, Vt.; Bruce's brother and sisters: Bernard Hubbard (Sharon) of Lyndon, Vt., Darlene Hubbard (Carla Mathers) of Hyattsville, Md., Joyce Hubbard of Waterbury, Vt.; three grandchildren: Laura Midkiff, Karson Hubbard, Jonathan Midkiff; two nieces: Jamie Lee, Sarah Hubbard and his nephew: Samuel LaClair.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Feb. 16, 2016, at the Guibord Funeral Home, 15 Main Street in Lyndonville, Vt., with John Sleeper officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday prior to the services.

A Graveside service will be scheduled for Friday, May 27, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Lyndon Center Cemetery in Lyndonville, Vt.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Eastern Deaf Timberfest, Inc. P.O. Box 545, Williamsport, MD 21795 or to the Austine School for the Deaf Museum, Inc. P.O. Box 2266, Brattleboro, VT 05303-2266.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at

Bruce's Obituary
Link credited to Gordon Ryall

Monday, January 11, 2016

Class News: Betty Mulvey & Mike Finneran attended 100th Anniversary of St Rita School for the Deaf - Summer 2015

Mike Finneran and Betty Mulvey had a great time in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of St. Rita School for the Deaf in Cincinnati last summer.  We were with our old classmates, Class of 1967.

Submitted by: Betty Mulvey

Friday, October 9, 2015

Obituary: Marilouise (Hale) Burgess

Passed away on Monday, October 5, 2015, of Silver Spring, MD. Loving mother of Marla (Michael) Byrnes and Marvella (Dave) Brown. Grandmother of William and Cayley Byrnes. Sister of Joyce Meyer. The Memorial Service was held on Thursday October 8. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Maryland Association of the Deaf, PO Box 527, Burtonsville, MD 20866 or

Contributed by Vicki Shank

The Class of 1972 send its heartfelt condolences to the Burgess Family.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mini Class Reunion at Deaf Seniors of America Conference - Asheville, NC - August 23 - 27, 2015

At the DSA conference at Asheville, NC, classmates of the Class of 72 met for breakfast at the Blue Ridge Restaurant. We enjoyed the buffet and the beautiful view overlooking the Blue Ridge and other mountain ranges. 
Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

Jill Moebus, Debbie Johnston Friesen, Toni Falsetta, Vicki Shank, Fred Newberry
Judy Williams, Rita Spencer, Barry Harlan, Barbara Palmento

Linda Dampf Shaw, Garrod Shaw

Millie Russo, Frank Burbank, Barbara French Burbank

Rachel Stone
Camilla Anderson Ramborger, Bill Ramborger

Susan Smith Kallina, Sandra Loftin Evers, John Padden

Photo Credits: Vicki Shank

Submitted by Vicki Shank

Monday, August 17, 2015

Class News: Kjell Omhr Mork of Norway has Retired in 2013

(I met Pastors Ron Friedrich and Mark Ehrlichmann and they knew him from years ago. This morning Mark send me an article from the Deaf Oslo Church Bulletin in Norwegian which I have attached at the bottom of this posting. Here is the English Translation. Vicki)

Kjell Omahr Mork has retired
Posted on 03/01/13
Kjell Omahr joined this fall as sexton and retired. After over 20 years in service for Deaf Church in Oslo, he chose to step down and was AFP retiree. Kjell Omahr is a comic relief and has helped a lot of fun, great stories and experience both at lunch and coffee breaks.
Every Tuesday we have devotions with lighting candles and praying in Deaf Church in Oslo. Kjell Omahr was always in place. Your prayers we remember. In your prayers have often focused on the worldwide church, asked for cooperation and peace. I will thank you for. You have been a role model for us.
It touches you when disasters and accidents affected groups and countries. It has also put forward in your prayers by light globe. I hope you also retirement will be with us at the light globe on Tuesdays. We need you in prayer community.
In the fall, there were many who taught you to know in a new way, the employee paint in Molde. Where helped with singing, beautiful visual song that went to our hearts. You told me that you love song but it is because of your hearing loss, you lost some of what you loved most. But you continued to use hymns as an important part of your life of faith. Your story and testimony made an impression on us, and we are grateful for what you shared with us.
Kjell Omahr often say about himself that he is a potato. There are good term for you. You are an exciting and well-read theologian, literary and newspaper reader. You've never held your rich knowledge for yourself, but contributed with the working community, for the benefit and enlightenment for us.
It radiates dignity and scrupulous while leading the procession at the beginning of the service, and easy should not be to replace you there. You have also taken your sessions in the dishes in the kitchen and contributed to social gatherings in church with practical tasks.
We are pleased that Kjell Omahr still be living in Suhm street and join the community of the church. We wish you many good years in retirement.
Tor Einar Lie

Aktivitetskalender 1 - Gudstjenester i Oslo 2 - Andre aktiviteter i Oslo 3 - Gudstjenester i Vestfold og Telemark 4 - Andre aktiviteter i Vestfold og Telemark...

Submitted by Vicki Shank