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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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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Mrs. Adele Arnold Platter ~ Faculty

Adele Arnold ~ Faculty

Departed ~ 4/3/2019

GRADY DONALDSON

Yesterday at 6:13 PM
Miss Arnold taught art at the Intermediate School in Bangsue during my 8th grade year, which was 1968-1969. One of my favorite teachers despite my lack of any artistic talent. RIP Miss Arnold

Adele (Arnold) Platter

September 1, 1940 ~ April 3, 2019 (age 78)
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Adele Arnold Platter, 78, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2019 at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Charlotte, NC, after a courageous fight with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.  Adele was born September 1, 1940 to William L Arnold and Bess Yanda Arnold in Pittsburgh, PA.  She graduated from Baldwin High School and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.
Adele was an artist, a gifted teacher and a caring and loving friend to all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. She spent time overseas and taught art in the Bangkok International School in Thailand during the Vietnam War.  She returned to the US, married, and continued to teach in Pleasant Hills, PA, Greenville, SC, Chesterton, IN and Charlotte, NC.  Adele spent 15 years at Sterling Elementary and most recently Elizabeth Lane Elementary School until her retirement in 2011. We will miss her warm smile, charm and wit dearly.
Adele is survived by her loving husband, Lawrence Platter; children and spouses Mark and Cathy, Alethea and Matthew; grandchildren Elizabeth and Mark Jr.; brother William L Arnold Jr and his spouse Maria ; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her mother and father
A celebration of her life will be held at the Matthews Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 13 at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region or the Matthews Presbyterian Church.

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Melissa Maddock Bastian ~ Class of 1983 & 1984

Melissa Maddock ~ Class of 1983 & 1984

Departed ~ 12/15/2019

Sep 23, 1965 – Dec 15, 2019

Melissa MacHale Bastian of Tampa died in her sleep of heart failure on December 15, 2019 after 54 years of an exciting, rewarding, and wide-ranging life. Daughter of Janet Laurie Crampton and Lt Col Michael Maddock (USAF, Retired) Melissa’s first three years were spent in London, England followed by a year in Virginia and another in Fort Worth, Texas with her baby brother Michael.

She really blossomed during the next five years in Hawaii. She stood out among the Hawaiian and Asian-American children as the most talented Hawaiian dancer and excellent soccer, swimming, and gymnastics athlete. Her sister Tricia was born in 1972 and Melissa loved chasing her on the beautiful beaches of Oahu.

At the age of 10 Melissa quickly adapted to life in California. She took on all challenges. She won the local Jerry Lewis charity SKATE-A-THON, by roller skating for 24 hours. Her donors were shocked at how much they owed to the charity. She followed up by competing in the McDonald’s charity bike race finishing second to a semi-professional racer. She asked the winner if he was going to race next year, trying to convince him not to so she could win. Melissa continued to develop as an excellent athlete playing on youth soccer teams and actually pitching for the local boy’s Little League team. Finally, her biggest “accomplishment” was learning to wear shoes to school after five years of flip flops in Hawaii.

In 1978, her dreams came true with the family’s return to Hawaii for another 4 years. Unfortunately, life was tougher as a minority teenager in high school. She played high school soccer but was frequently bullied. In the long run, her experience in Hawaii made her a more empathetic and caring person towards minorities and people of color.

In contrast to Hawaii, Bangkok, Thailand was Melissa’s heaven on earth. She embarked on a modeling career of television ads, newspaper advertisements, film commercials, and movie videos. She was a good looking, blonde, American teenage girl loved by the Thai media for her entire 3 years in the Kingdom. It restored her self esteem and confidence that had been damaged in Hawaii. It gave her the personality and caring attitude she carried through her adult life.

In 1985, her father retired from the Air Force and the Maddock family returned to the US and settled down in Northern Virginia. Melissa entered the work force by working for two temporary-employment agencies. She did so well on one of her jobs, NEC bought out her contract making her a full time employee. Hard work led her, in 1997, to Lockheed-Martin in Washington, DC where she worked her way up to Manager of the Proposal Production department.

Melissa and Bart Bastian were married in 2000 and, following the birth of son Christopher in 2001, they relocated to Miami, Florida. Sean was born in 2004.

Following her divorce, Melissa was unable to find meaningful employment in Miami. Custom Manufacturing and Engineering (CME) in St Petersburg, Florida offered her a position as proposal manager and she relocated to Westchase, Tampa. She was a dedicated employee for nearly 15 years and felt very strongly that the people at CME were her extended family. Those feelings were reciprocated by her supervisors and fellow employees. A tribute to her years with CME can be found at their website www.custom-mfg-eng.com.

Melissa is survived by her two sons, Christopher, a freshman at Providence College, and Sean, a sophmore at IMG Academy. Her parents Laurie and Mike Maddock live in Spring Hill, FL. Melissa’s sister Tricia Kemper, husband Carlton, and daughters Laura Jane and Sarah, reside in Homewood, AL. Brother Michael and his wife Marti Giella are residents of Fairfax, Va. Melissa’s extended family includes aunts Pat Blanchard, Mary O’Toole, Valerie Rafferty Crampton, Leandra Maddock, and Patte Crampton. Col Richard Crampton (US Army, retired), Dr William Crampton, Kevin Maddock, and William O’Toole are Melissa’s uncles. Melissa had numerous other relatives in the Maddock, Chabot, Kemper, Blanchard, and O’Toole families. Finally, Melissa was blessed to be a member of the CME family. A Memorial service will be held in Tampa in the future at a time acceptable to her family and friends. Donations to St Jude’s Hospital in Melissa’s name would be preferred by the family.

 

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Christian Winkles ~ Class of 2016

Christian Winkles ~ Class of 2016

Departed ~ 6/6/2019

It is with deep regret that I [tardily] notify the ISB alumni community of the passing of Christian Winkles at the young age of 21. Christian graduated from ISB as a proud member of the Class of 2016. He was well rounded and talented, a skilled musician and participant in theater, rugby, and volleyball.
Christian was a gentle giant who lit up every room he entered. While some of this was due to his massive height, it was primarily a result of a radiating, infectious smile that he carried with him. His kindness, brotherly love, sportsmanship, positivity, and care for others are just a few of the reasons his friends, family, teammates, and peers loved and admired him so much.

Christian is remembered by his parents, three brothers, and countless friends, family members, and community members.

03/27/1998 – 06/06/2019

Lovingly submitted by:

Cambri Williams 

Remembering Chris Winks (Christian Winkles)

 

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Filipe “Philip” Aromin ~ Class of 1970

Philip Aromin ~ Class of 1970

Departed ~ 12/23/2019 ~ Details Unknown

 

 

My brother, Felipe “Philip” Aromin passed away this morning. Gone so suddenly and so soon. He will be missed. Philip was ISB class ‘70.

Celebrating the life of Felipe Ballesteros Aromin (April 29, 1952 to December 23, 2019). Join us to share stories and remember a life lived to the fullest.

Interment: Pryce Gardens – Pagadian
Location: Barangay Poloyagan, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
When: December 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM

Tina Ratanavaree ~ ISB ES Secretary

Tina Ratanavaree ~ ISB ES Secretary

Departed ~ 11/9/19

 

Dear ISB Community,

With deep sadness we share the news that Khun Tina Ratanavaree has passed away. Tina was our beloved ES secretary and worked at ISB for over 30 years. She had been on medical leave for over a year and the entire ISB community missed her during her absence.

Khun Tina is well known in the ES for her constant smile, kind heart, and her love for all people. She enjoyed playing music, learning languages and was always curious about other cultures. She was a fast friend to everyone who met her; adults and children alike.

Her son let us know that she passed away peacefully on November 9th with her family by her side. He also expressed gratitude for all of the love that ISB has shown her over the years.

The memorial service is being held each day at St. Louise Marie de Montfort Church, Bang Phai Sub-district, Bang Khae District, Bangkok at 7:00 pm. The last day of the memorial service will be on November 13, 2019. The funeral will be held at Santikham Cemetery, Sam Phran District, Na Khon Pathom Province after the final memorial service on
14 November.

Tina Ratanavaree was a very special presence at ISB and will be missed dearly. We send our sincerest condolences to her family and friends.

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Mary Katherine Hensley Vining ~ Class of 1978

Mary Hensley ~ Class of 1978

Departed ~ 11/5/19

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On 5 November 2019 Kathy passed away. She is with Love, free, at peace and at Home. She was my love and companion for over 38 years, my wife and mother of my children for over 30 years, my favorite grandmother for over 6 years. I am so thankful for every moment with her; the great and the not so great.

Kathy was preceded Home by her father, LTC Ret. James Hensley and mother, Sally, and grandson, Joshua. Kathy loved being a nurse because she loved caring for people. Caring was her love language. She was a caregiver who devoted her life to others. She was a woman in love with Jesus first, her family second, her country third and all of humanity. She strove to see the best in a fallen people while holding fast to a belief in Father’s plan for all. She raised two wonderful children who are well rounded, well- grounded and destined for great things of their own. Now those children have families of their own. Great families that Kathy cared for with a ferocious love of motherhood.

I am eternally grateful for just one day with Kathy in my life, more so for the nearly four decades together. She ran her race so very well. Rest well.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, November 7 at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow in the chapel with the Rev. Keith Miller officiating. Burial will be at 10:30 EST on Friday, November 8 in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Shawn Ramsey Wrote:

Just to inform any of her friends on here…(Mary) Kathy Hensley Vining passed away this morning at 6:10 She will be Forever remembered and sadly missed! I will forever cherish and hold dear to my heart my wonderful childhood memories we shared in Bangkok, Thailand. I was blessed enough that she and another friend of ours looked for me and found me on Facebook a little over three years ago! I was also blessed that her wonderful husband kept me posted on her condition throughout her sickness! I am also very blessed to have been able to speak with her also with her husband’s help about a month ago and hear her precious voice one more time. Please keep her family in your prayers as they lay this Beautiful, Kind, and Loving woman to rest.

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(Mary) Kathy Hensley Vining passed away this morning. She went by Mary Hensley when she and I were friends and attended ISB. Her Facebook is listed as Kathy Hensley Vining. She attended Jr. High at ISB and is in the 1973 and 1974 Erawans. She was in Bangkok years 1972-1974. Her class year is 1978.

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John Cory Ahrens ~ Class of 1970

John Ahrens ~ Class of 1970

Departed ~ 8/17/2019

Lovingly written by John’s sister, Beth Ahrens Kley, Class of 1971.

The definition of “surreal” is “unreal, unearthly, dreamlike”. John Cory Ahrens passed away on Saturday 8/17, age 67, after a brave fight with a deadly form of brain cancer. A man who only half a year ago on March 1 celebrated mom’s 91st birthday with the family at the Crow’s Nest restaurant with a view of the ocean, is now no longer with us. How can a healthy person now be gone, where one can only see him, touch him now, in the flatness of a photograph, no longer hear his sardonic comments or hike with him through the forests of the Sierras? Who visited mom regularly, laying on her couch with his feet hanging over the side, playing Sinatra on his phone for her which made mom so happy?

He never wavered in the battle, never indulged in self-pity or asked why me. He accepted the fate with heroism, as did the family who helped him get through this ordeal in the comfort of his home. It was a drastically strong downward trajectory, having experienced loss of some mobility and some speech even before surgery, radiation and one round of chemo. His situation seriously degenerated with a bout of seizures. Soon after his wife set up the family home to bring him to a place of comfort. There he had 24 hour care, the decision to stop chemo was made and soon thereafter hospice was brought in.