Antoinette LeBris Maynard ~ F-Faculty

Antoinette Maynard ~ F-Faculty 1968 – 1969

Departed ~ 12/15/2018

Antoinette LeBris Maynard

September 9, 1923-December 15, 2018

Antoinette Françoise LeBris was born in Paris, France on September 9, 1923 to René and Lucie LeBris, who owned and operated a small hotel with café on the ground floor and room upstairs. Her sister Nicole was 18 months older. Unfortunately, due to complications from nerve gas exposure in World War I, René passed away in 1925. The young girls were sent to live with Lucie’s parents on a farm in Liernolles, France. Lucie arranged for Antoinette to be looked after by a “nurse” who also assisted the local Catholic priest and was a town scribe reading and writing letters for villagers.

On a vacation in Normandy, Lucie had met a woman, named Eugenie, who had learned English from British soldiers in WWI. She offered Eugenie a job at the hotel as a housekeeper and translator, which proved providential. After the American Impressionist Maurice Prendergast’s death in 1924, his brother Charles and friends came to stay at Lucie’s hotel on a memory tour of the places in Europe that Maurice had painted. Eugenie drove them around and Charles became quite smitten, but she refused to return to America with him. After corresponding with each other, Eugenie finally agreed and became Eugenie Prendergast living in Westport, CT.

When Antoinette was 12, she and Nicole went to Paris to live with their mother. Antoinette had been practicing her English by writing letters to the Prendergasts. After the death of a close friend and fellow artist who had a heart attack and died when Charles told him a joke, Charles became very melancholy. Antoinette’s letters and their cute mistakes made him laugh again, so they invited her to come visit for a summer. But she still had one year of school and her Baccalaureate to pass. Lucie said if they invited her again after finishing her school, she could go to America. Thus, in 1939, 15 year old Antoinette boarded a ship bound for New York to see the World’s Fair.

1939 was a big year in Europe with the start of the Second World War and Antoinette’s ship was sunk in Marseilles stranding her in the US. The Prendergasts took responsibility for her, helped her get winter clothes from their friends in New York’s Garment District, and got her into a private school to learn fluent English and finish her education American style. It was there that she met her best friend for life, Carol Ann Crotty, who had learned French in Switzerland while being treated for tuberculosis of the bones.

During the war, there were many people who stepped up to help stranded Europeans in America. After graduating from high school, Antoinette received a full scholarship to Sweet Briar College in Virginia. When she graduated from Sweet Briar, she was offered a job in the Pentagon working with maps and military movements. There she met a Naval Officer named Paul John Maynard.

Paul and Antoinette were married in 1945 and in 1948 their first daughter, Elizabeth (Libby) was born. Lucie had come to live with the young family in 1952. In 1954 daughter Carol was born. The family moved from Morrison Street in NW Washington to Western Avenue two blocks from Connecticut Avenue and the Chevy Chase Circle. About that time, with Lucie taking care of the girls, Antoinette started working at the Library of Congress as a descriptive cataloger in the Romance languages. She loved working with people from many countries and diverse cuisines as one of her passions was cooking. She led the Library Cooking Club for many years.

In 1960, Paul joined the US Agency for International Development as a Program Officer. His first assignment was Vientiane, Laos. So, the family packed up and rented the house. Paul went ahead first with the rest to follow. Unfortunately, the day he arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, the three Lao Princes decided to have a civil war, so he couldn’t make it to his post. The family also couldn’t join him, so they made the best of living in the house with minimal furniture, etc., for a year. Finally in 1961, the State Department allowed them to travel to Bangkok. On the way, they stopped in Paris, Rome, Athens, Cairo, and Colombo, Sri Lanka.

After a year in Bangkok, the family was finally allowed to go to Vientiane. Meanwhile, at 40 years old, Antoinette became pregnant with her son, Philip. Paul insisted that they had to go back to the States for Philip to be born, in case he wanted to be President. The family spent 1963-64 in Washington, while Paul returned to Bangkok to start the Southeast Asian office of ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) before the Vietnam war.

Reunited once again in Bangkok, the family stayed there until 1969. Antoinette taught French and History at the International School of Bangkok, and later at the American School of Vientiane. As the Vietnam war wound down, Paul transferred back to USAID and was stationed in Laos again. After Paul retired in 1977, the family lived in Bangkok for a year before returning to Washington.

Antoinette was welcomed back to the Library of Congress.. In the intervening time, computers had become common and in order to do her job, she had to master the Library’s system, which she conquered! She loved working at the Library of Congress and all the wonderful friends she had there. Her goal was to retire at 80 years old.

Unfortunately, Paul suffered a stroke in 2000 and the three children decided it would be best to move Paul and Antoinette close to Carol near Erie, PA. Paul died in 2003 from Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time in her life, Antoinette lived alone in her house, even though it was 100 yards from Carol’s house, she was unhappy alone. She found a wonderful independent living facility on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD where she had many friends.

She stayed for several years, until it was determined that her memory was degrading and she moved to a nursing facility near Philip in McLean, VA. Carol moved to Asheville, NC in 2012 and found a facility with a special memory care unit where Antoinette was content living in her happy memories until she passed December 15, 2018 with Philip by her side.

Antoinette will be remembered as a charming and gracious person. She cared deeply for her family and worked hard to provide the best life for them, and in turn, was proud of their accomplishments. She especially loved her grandchildren and delighted in them.

Antoinette was preceded in death by Ren­é and Lucie LeBris, Paul Maynard, sister Nicole and brother-in-law Stanilas de Gozdawa Godlewski. She is survived by daughters Libby and Carol, son Philip, grandchildren Kayleigh Ross, Alyssa Maynard, Claire (Chris) Barber-Stetson, and Nick (Ridhi) Barber, and great granddaughter Zoë Stetson
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Antoinette’s ashes will be inurned with Paul’s at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date and a memorial ceremony will be held in Washington, DC.

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Randal Emory “Randy” Kalbfleisch ~ Class of 1978

Randy Kalbfleisch ~ Class of 1978

Departed ~ 1/30/2020

Obituary:

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Randal Emory Kalbfleisch, of Harrisburg, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 59. Randy was born on April 18, 1960, on Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to Darrel and Noreen (Eastman). Randy enjoyed singing, traveling, spending time outdoors, and being with his family. He also loved following extreme weather. He was known for his gentle spirit and love for the Lord. Randy is preceded in death by his mother, and survived by his wife Regina (Fritz), and two children, Kaleb of Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Emily, his father, three brothers, Keith and Cristina of Kissimmee, FL, Leon and Esther of Arcata, CA, Monte of Las Vegas, NV, and sister Julie of Arcata, CA. He is also survived by a nephew and niece. A viewing will be held at Neill Funeral Home at 3501 Derry St., Harrisburg, PA 17111,on Friday, February 7, 2020, from 6-8 pm. Another viewing will be at 10 am on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Slate Hill Mennonite Church 1352 Slate Hill Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011. A funeral service will begin around 11 am with burial to follow on the church grounds. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Alliance Church at 403 S. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17109.

Leon Kalbfleisch wrote:
With sadness, I’m writing to notify you that my younger brother Randy Kalbfleisch, also an ISB alumnus, passed away earlier this year. He was class of 1978. Please add this information to your much-appreciated ISBeings.org site.
Randy never made it to a reunion, but was always very interested and often expressed his desire to go to one sometime. I believe he kept in occasional touch with one or more of his classmates.
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Herman Schon ~ F-Faculty

Herman Schon ~ F-Faculty ~ 1964 – 1984

Departed 2/18/1984

Robbed and murdered en route to Chiang Mai.

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Venkata Rao Vedurumudi ~ Class of 1990

Venkata  Rao Vedurumudi ~ Class of 1990

Departed 2/5/1985

Rama Rao, Venkata Rao’s older brother wrote: Venkata Rao was in the 6th grade, when he passed from spinal cancer (Astrocytoma). He was  born 2/22/1972 and was twelve when he passed away on 02/05/85.  Mr.Sailer, his homeroom teacher, did a memoriam in his honor, and the school planted a tree in front of the gym at the old high school. This was the day the music died for my family.

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Nancy E. Hope ~ Class of 1973

Nancy Hope ~ Class of 1973

Departed ~ 1/6/2018

Obituary of Nancy E. Hope

Nancy E. Hope, 63, passed away November 6, 2018.  Funeral Services celebrating her life will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday December 1, 2018 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church of Kernersville, North Carolina officiated by Rev. Frances Cox.

Nancy was born February 18, 1955 to the late Leon M. Hope and Joan Riley Hope in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.   Nancy was the second of six children of a career U.S. Army Officer.  She grew up in Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts, Okinawa, Japan, North Carolina and Bangkok, Thailand before her family settled in North Carolina.  Nancy graduated from East Forsyth High School in 1973.  She received a B.A. in Political Science in 1977 from Western Carolina University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from UNC-G.   She joined the U.S. Navy and served in Diego Garcia, London, Germany, and California.  After leaving the Navy she taught Information and Computer Technology at Heald Technical College and Institute in San Francisco, California.  Nancy returned to North Carolina in 2006 to be closer to family and took a position as Information Technology (IT) Specialist at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

Nancy’s passions were family, animals, friends, reading, and music, especially The Beatles.  She was very close to her mother and father and provided critical care and companionship in the last years of their lives. Nancy had a special place in her heart for her numerous nephews and nieces. She loved going to the Outer Banks to spend time watching them grow into adulthood. She cherished her family and friends.  She taught her cousin to drive, schooled her brother in everything about The Beatles, played Angry Birds with her nephews, and exchanged in spirited discussions about books and politics with friends.  She was especially close to her friends and colleagues at WSSU. She loved working in the IT field at the school and sharing her knowledge. She dearly loved her dogs and treasured her time with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents Nancy was preceded in death by a beloved niece, Briana Hope Bugg.

Survivors include, a sister, Tracy Bugg and Glenn of South Hill, Virginia; brothers, Bruce Hope of Kernersville, North Carolina, Tim Hope and Cyndi of Fairfax, Virginia, Jeff Hope and Allison of Winterville, North Carolina, and Chris Hope and Susan of Stafford, Virginia; nieces, Katie Robins, Molly Hope, Colleen Hope, and Meghann Bugg; nephews, Sean Bugg, Riley Hope, Andrew Hope, Bryce Hope, and Scott Hope, and many extended family and friends.

The Family will visit with friends 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Friday November 30 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services Chapel.

In Lieu Of Flowers, please donate money to cancer research at the American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org/

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Marissa W. Gage ~ Class of 1991

Marissa Gage ~ Class of 1991

Departed ~ 5/8/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marissa Gage
7/3/1971 – 5/8/2019
Marissa W. Gage, 47, of South Portland, Maine passed away after a long illness on May 8, 2019.
Marissa was born in Mae Sariang, Thailand. She was adopted by Philip and Nancy Gage. She grew up in Bangkok, Thailand and Wayne, Maine. She was an avid crafter, designing and hand making many designs in felt and recycled wool sweaters. Missy struggled with and eventually succumbed to a chronic lung illness. She is survived by her brother Chris, sister Lorrie, and brother Ben. In lieu of any cards, gifts, or flowers, Missy requested donations be sent to Pug Rescue of New England, or to the South Portland Public Library.

 

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Heidi Gage ~ Class of 1984

Heidi Gage ~ Class of 1984

Departed ~ 10/19/2017

 

 

Heidi Gage
7/4/1966 – 10/19/2017
Heidi Gage, 51, of Portland, died on October 19, 2017, after a short, but valiant, battle with cancer. She was born in Westbrook, Maine, the daughter of Rev. Philip and Nancy Gage. Heidi lived most of her childhood in Bangkok, Thailand, where she graduated from the International School of Bangkok. There she developed her love for performing choral music and her appreciation for those of other cultures and backgrounds.

 

Upon returning to the United States, Heidi lived in the Boston area and Groveland, Mass., before moving to Portland, Maine. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine, and most recently worked as Admissions Coordinator and Director of the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program. Heidi’s organizational ability and warm personality showed through as she worked with university students, directed children’s choral groups, and taught Sunday school at Falmouth Congregational Church. Many of the young people she worked with considered Heidi a beloved second mother to them.

 

Heidi’s pride and joy were in her children, Kenneth (19) and Elizabeth (15) Drelich, and she spent every spare moment attending their school and sporting events and encouraging them in their endeavors. She enjoyed spending time at the beach, at the family camp, and outdoors with them. Family relationships were important to Heidi, and she loved cultivating traditions and spending time over meals with those she loved.

 

Heidi was preceded in death by her parents. In addition to her children, Kenneth and Elizabeth Drelich, she is survived by her siblings, Chris Gage (Melodie), Lorrie Gage (Jim Thornton), Marissa Gage, and Ben Gage; her niece and nephews; her partner, Leland John Arris, and his children and grandson.

 

A memorial service will be held at Falmouth Congregational Church on Saturday, October 28, at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial funds in Heidi’s honor be directed to the support of her children either online at www.youcaring.com/HeidiGageMemorialFund or by mail to the Kenneth & Elizabeth Drelich Support Fund, Town & Country Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 9420, South Portland, ME 04116-9420, account #152966.
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Franklin Bradley “Frank” Simmons III ~ Class of 1961

Frank Simmons ~ Class of 1961

Departed ~ 10/11/2019

 

 

Franklin Bradley Simmons III, age 75, of San Antonio, Texas passed away on Friday October 11, 2019. Frank was born December 15, 1943 in Arlington, TX. His father, Colonel Franklin B. Simmons Jr., was overseas on this cold wintry night, and his mother, Willie Mae Simmons, delivered her wonderful first born son. Being a member of a military family, they traveled the world to many places, including Saudi Arabia, Panama Canal Zone, Monterrey, CA, Spokane, WA, and Bangkok, Thailand, where Frank graduated from High School. These vast experiences shaped who he became and his appreciation of different cultures, foods and nature.

Frank received his BS and his MS from Illinois State University. His thesis was on a study of the parasites known as flukes. He definitely had an interest in all things gross! He taught high school science at Jefferson High School in San Antonio for 27 years, where he worked with many brilliant colleagues and influenced many young lives. He retired from teaching in 1997, and then worked at Wal-Mart overnight for nearly 15 years. Frank loved his 2:00 am lunch hour where he would play cards with his friends.

He met his wife, Barbara, in June of 1972 on a blind date through a mutual friend. They shared many things in common and he knew on their first date that he would marry her. He even told his mother that. They married after only a few months on October 7, 1972. Frank and Barbara enjoyed playing bridge, dining out, traveling, going on cruises, spending time with family and friends, and so much else together. In addition, Frank and Barb loved to go to movies, rarely missing a good (or not so good) movie. Early in their marriage, they went downtown to the Majestic, Texas, and Empire Theaters to see karate flicks – not Barb’s favorite, but … Over the last many years, they have seen many many movies and even have/had the Regal Unlimited Passes.

Frank was very excited to become a father. He even lost a bet as to who would reveal their pregnancy first! In August 1984, Franklin Bradley Simmons IV was born, and in March 1987 Therese (Teri) Dale Simmons arrived. He loved his children with all he had and was a wise and intelligent man, eager to share his knowledge and experiences with his kids. He taught them about the periodic table in elementary school and dissected different creatures for their school classrooms.

In 2010, Frank’s first grandson, Braeden, was born. He was very eager to become a grandfather; so this was very special. Frank wanted to be referred to as “Grumpy” by his grandchildren, and indeed he was! He was also blessed to have four more beautiful grandchildren – Mason, Willow, Charlie and Benji. Grumpy always loved to give his grandkids a Matchbox car with each visit. They each have quite the collection! Frank loved his Labradoodle grand-dogs as well – Ivy, Neo, Spruce, Acacia, and Ash. These high energy, 40 – 50 pound dogs always ambushed him when he would arrive for a visit and then would enjoy a cuddle in his lap.

Frank was an avid reader who would often have multiple books open at once, habitually misplacing them because he had to take at least one everywhere he went. Most books would not fit in his fanny pack! Before he had children, he bred Guinea Pigs. Frank even gave Barbara three “sexy” guinea pigs for her first birthday they spent together. He was a judge at Guinea pig shows and traveled the country, even into Canada to judge shows. He enjoyed playing computer games and often felt he was born into the wrong era, too late to become an expert at the ins and outs of computers. He loved playing World of Warcraft online with a special group of friends and family every Tuesday. He spent many hours playing Civilization and other strategy games as well. This helped to keep his mind sharp. Frank also really liked playing cards, and winning! His opponents would relish in beating him if they were so able. Oh Hell!, bridge, hearts and spades were among his favorites. He also enjoyed fishing, learning and researching, listening to talk radio (and talking or yelling back), and rock hunting and polishing, among other things.

Frank was a good man. He was kind, generous, and honest and a “weird” character. He was an independent thinker. Frank was very sarcastic and had a great sense of humor, even if a dry one. He had a sense of justice and was very logical, and instilled these characteristics in his children. He was definitely unique!! Frank, Honey-Honey, Dad, Grumpy, Mr. Simmons will be seriously missed by all who love him. His 75 years on earth were full of life and love, as well as many interesting and exciting experiences. Frank is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara Hudson Simmons, son Franklin Bradley Simmons IV and wife Kristen, daughter Therese (Teri) Dale Pellerin and husband Kevin, grandson Braeden, grandson Mason, granddaughter Willow, granddaughter Charlie, grandson Benji; brother Jonathan H. Simmons and wife Janet, nephew Jonathan J. Simmons; Rudy Xavier, long-time brother-friend whom he met in Thailand; numerous cousins and friends. He was also predeceased by his brother James D. Simmons.

A visitation for Frank will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX 78148. A Funeral Service will occur Friday, October 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX 78148. There will be a Life Celebration at Colonial Funeral Home immediately following the Funeral Service.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com for the Simmons family.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests Tribute Donations in Frank’s memory be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. A link to their website is immediately below. You may also donate by calling 1-800-708-7644.

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Carol Turnbull ~ Class of 1971

Carol Turnbull ~ Class of 1971

Departed ~ 9/15/1998

Carol with her dog Kelly, who was very supportive during her illness.

Carol beside her houseboat where she was living while attending grad school at University of MN.

Cover of a catalog for the Lawrence Hall of Science at Berkeley where she worked for a while.

Carol Turnbull

Carol Turnbull, former direc­tor of robotics and technical ser­vices at the Lawrence Hall of Sci­ence died in Berkeley on September 15 after a long struggle with cancer. She was 45 years old.

Ms. Turnbull was also an ac­complished athlete. She  won  a gold medal in swimming at  the Gay Games in New York in 1994.

Her varied life included work as a pastry chef at Cocolat in Berkeley. She also enjoyed coun­try -western dancing and had a love of music that ranged from opera to Hawaiian slack key gui­tar.

Ms. Turnbull was born June 26, 1953, in Egypt. She graduated from high school in Thailand and re­ceived her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a MacArthur Scholar at the University of Minne­sota forestry department, study­ing for her doctorate, when she was re-diagnosed with cancer.

Ms. Turnbull is survived by her parents, Robert and Dorothy Turn­bull; her sisters Ann Turnbull of Brainerd, Minn., Janet Sheldon of Monmouth, Ore., and Nancy  Loh of Sunnyvale; her brother, Lee Turnbull, of Iowa; nieces Haley Sheldon and Samantha and Lindsey Turnbull; and nephew Eli Shel­don.

Memorials in Ms. Turnbull’s name may be sent to the Women ‘s Cancer Research Center, 3023 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, Calif. 94705; Kaiser Hospital hospice pro­ gram, 280 W. MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, Calif. 94611; or te De­partment of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota,  115 Green Hall, 1530 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul, Minn. 55108.

Ann Turnbull wrote: Carol died of breast cancer September 15, 1998.

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