Louise Marie Spencer Lindsay ~ F-Faculty 1969 – 1974

Louise Lindsay ~ F-Faculty

Departed ~ 4/6/2022

Lovingly submitted by her son, Ken Lindsay.

Happy Mother’s Day Louise. Thanks for all your helpful guidance and good intentions.

Miss Louise (12/3/1932 — 4/6/2022)

On Wednesday evening, shortly before Easter, the nighttime caregiver telephoned to say that Miss Louise had taken her last breath and the Good Lord has called her home. Louise’s last word that I heard was “yes” when we said “you’ll probably be seeing God soon” and Louise responded immediately and clearly “yes”.

Wednesday was a good day for Louise. She had extended visits from two priests and received the last rites. The daytime caregiver sang to her and held her hand, rubbed lotion on her feet and read from The Little Prince, one of Louise’s favorite books. We talked to her several times and the last one she seemed much more at peace. Her breath was calm, not labored.

Born Louise Marie Spencer in Kansas City to Florence Bjorkman Spencer and Francis Edward Spencer, Louise was half pure Swedish and half Anglo-American mix. She grew up in the Great Depression and World War Two which led her to being a fiscal and political conservative. As the Republican party became more partisan and extreme, and abandoned traditional conservative values, Louise migrated towards the Democrats and reluctantly supported them for the last several elections in which she voted.

Louise was an extremely intelligent woman and excelled in school. She went to University of Missouri in Columbia and was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. Her sisters sought her help with studies and school work to such an extent that apparently it attracted some disapproval from University authorities, the details of which are lost in the murky depths of time.

Louise met Bob Lindsay at a football game between Mizzou and KU (Bob’s alma mater). They fell in love immediately and were married before too long. For many years Bob carried a picture in his wallet of the two of them after a Chi Omega song and dance review, with Bob standing next to Louise looking dazzled and shy, and Louise kicking her leg high in the air, wearing a chorus line costume and a smile as big as Montana. Louise gave life to two boys, Gary (died from covid 2020) and Ken (still kicking, as Bob often said). She is survived by her younger brother Steve, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. In her last few months, one of the caregivers discovered that Louise enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and NFL football, which was completely unknown to the rest of the family. It does make sense though since Louise and Bob met at a football game, and brother Steve is a hotrod enthusiast from way back and still enjoys racing motorcycles as he approaches his 80th birthday.

In 1969 Bob received an assignment to work for Goodyear Thailand, and so the family moved to Bangkok where the boys went to high school, Louise taught high school science, and Bob managed the manufacturing of tires. After Thailand Bob was assigned to Northern Ireland and then South Africa. Louise and Bob lived together in those two places while the boys attended college. After Louise and Bob moved back to the States and retired, they did a variety of interesting and beneficial activities. Notably Louise earned her private pilot license and instrument rating for flying small airplanes, and they participated for several years in the church’s Kairos prison outreach program. In Kairos they prepared and served special meals to the inmates, and talked with them offering counsel to help them improve their lives and be ready to do well outside when they were released.

Louise was very musical and played piano (Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin et al.), flute and ukulele, popular due to Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. When the boys reached an age to be interested in playing music, Louise enrolled them with a single mom piano teacher, in keeping with her lifelong support of motherhood and especially single mothers. She supported the March of Dimes and various women’s shelters throughout her life.

It was in science and education that Louise found her lifetime avocation, earning a Masters degree in Botany from University of Kansas and a teaching certificate from Kansas State Teachers College. She taught high school science for several decades, first in Oskaloosa Kansas, International School Bangkok, and ending at Bishop Flaget in Chillicothe Ohio. In South Africa where regulations prevented her from teaching with American credentials, she did various other education related activities including appearing on a television science show with Dr. Christiaan Barnard, inventor of human heart transplants.

Louise taught chemistry, biology, earth science and IPS (Introductory Physical Science) which was hands down her favorite subject. IPS introduced students to many basic physical properties of the world including length, area and volume; weight and mass; thermal expansion and contraction of solids, liquids and gases, among many other topics. Louise’s favorite lab experiment was the “black box” wherein every team of 3 or 4 students was given a closed cardboard box containing various physical objects, and by shaking, weighing and other interactions, students were to develop theories about the types of objects contained in the box, e.g. pencil vs. ball point pen, metal nuts and bolts vs. wooden shapes etc. One experiment involved discovering the empty space contained in sand by measuring the volume of sand and the volume of a certain amount of water, and then pouring the water into the sand and measuring the “lost” volume that comprises the empty spaces between the grains of sand. One year all of the students came up with a radically abnormal measure of the lost volume (typically 30 to 40%). Ever the scientist, Louise took the sample of sand under a microscope and discovered that the sand contained grains of a wide range of sizes, and so the smaller grains filled in what would have been the standard empty space to be filled by water in the normal sample where all sand grains are approximately the same size. At home, Louise applied these principles to educating the boys, e.g. the best way to dissolve all the granules in jello is by stirring, not in a circle but a figure 8, a trick she learned in her grad school biology lab. Her teaching led to Ken working at NASA, and Gary passing the final selection rounds to be on the Jeopardy show shortly before his death.

Many of Louise’s students went on to perform high level jobs in Business, Military, Government and Academia and generally credited Louise with teaching them analytical skills and critical thinking.

Louise had a wry and subtle sense of humor, but generally avoided telling jokes in keeping with her oft stated maxim “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”, an expression of Robert Heinlein’s observation that much of what is considered humor is actually hurtful and negative. She did have a few gems that she told over the years like when the boys were in the final years of high school “Just when they get big enough to start being useful, they go off to college”, and as Chinese culture was making inroads into American culture in the 1960s and 1970s “Confucius say: spank little boy every day. You not know why but little boy knows why.” A good expression of her sophisticated wit is “What is the difference between Heaven and Hell? In Heaven the French are the cooks, the British are the police, the Italians are the lovers, the Swiss are the civil servants and the Germans are the engineers. In Hell, the British are the cooks, the French are the civil servants, the Swiss are the lovers, the Italians are the engineers and the Germans are the police.”

Louise liked musical theatre (popular in the 1960s and 1970s e.g. My Fair Lady, Camelot, Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Oliver, Oklahoma, The Music Man, and the musical review Up With People (“If more people were for people, all people everywhere, there’d be a lot less people to worry about and a lot more people who care”). She also enjoyed cultural and political satire like the songs of Tom Lehrer and Allan Sherman, and watched the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour with the family. Recently she liked watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

We will have a memorial for Louise at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chillicothe, time and date to be announced later. The Lindsay family would like to thank National Church Residences who managed the care for Louise and Bob for the past several years, and especially all the caregivers, hospice and nursing staff, including Yvonne Beverly, Deb Bachor, Robin Brushart, Tammy Diaz, Sondra Dunham, Linda Rogers-Flores, Michelle Goode, McKayla Harrison, Michelle Hines, Pastor Aaron Hines, Tara Hollis, Alisha Jenkins, Marjorie McFarland, Rebekah McCarty, Sherry Mitchell, Amy Monday, Tangi Rider, Sarah Wicker, Amanda, Billy and Katie. Thanks are also due to St. Paul’s Church, Father Michael Ralph, Father Paul Daggett, Deacon Craig and Gary Haslop.

Where flies this feather

Where flies this feather
That is my mother’s soul
As she unfolds the journey
Into her next life?

Will she meet Jesus?
Yes of course.
And maybe the Mary’s,
Saints and Apostles.

Perhaps even Buddha,
The Little Prince
And other spirit guides
That she knew of or not
In this lifetime.

Wherever her path takes her
I’m sure it will be some place good.

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Kazuhiko Wakugami ~ Class of 1984

Kazuhiko Wakugami ~ Class of 1984

Departed ~ 4/27/22

Barry Jien lovingly posted:
It saddens me to report that we have lost one of our members, Kazuhiko a few days ago in Thailand. I took this picture during our Pattaya trip in 1984.

D.O.B. 11/3/1966
Departed:. 4/27/2022
Cremated: 4/30/2022

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Bernice “Bea” Scheible

Bernice Bea Scheible ~ F. Faculty 1962 – 1966

Departed ~ 6/28/2020

Bernice “Bea” Scheible
February 28, 1920 – June 28, 2020

Mrs. Bernice “Bea” Elaine Scheible, daughter of the late Mildred Evaline “Eva” and John Myers, was born on February 28th, 1920 in Mulberry Grove, Illinois. She was the ninth out of ten children. Bea graduated from Mulberry Grove High School in 1936 at the age of 16, and continued her higher education at the University of Illinois, class of 1941, with a degree in Education.

In 1946, while working at the University of Illnois’ Department of Education, she met a dashing young man, Lt. Colonel Wilbur Roy Scheible, affectionately known as “Scheib,” who was attending the University for his Masters in Electrical Engineering. They were married on June 22, 1947 and blessed with four children, William (Bill), Mark, Jane and Eric. Bea and Scheib celebrated 54 years of marriage before his death in 2001.

Bea truly embraced life to the absolute fullest and enjoyed traveling and seeing the world. In 1962, the family was transferred to Bangkok, Thailand. During her 4 years in Thailand, the family explored most of Southeast Asia and grew to love the country as their second home. With her teaching credential, Bea became a teacher at the International School of Bangkok (62-66). Upon returning to the States, she settled in Saratoga, California, where she taught at both Saratoga High and Los Gatos High Schools. After retiring from the school district, Bea and Scheib, continued their love of travel and traveled the world including China, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe.

Bea had the ability to light up the room wherever she was and always had a big smile on her face. She gave the best hugs in the world and was a dedicated Friend, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, music, reading, holidays and lots of family gatherings.

She will be deeply missed and cherished in the lives of her 4 children, William (Bill) Scheible, Mark Scheible, Jane Thomas (Scheible) and Eric Scheible, her Daughter-in-laws, Jill, Kathy and Rita along with her 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, with 2 more on the way.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Terraces of Los Gatos for the incredible care that they gave Bea during her 14 years of living at the Terraces

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Patabun Oppusunggu ~ Class of 1972

Patabun Oppusunggu ~ Class of 1972

Departed ~ 11/7/2011

Patabun Oppusunggu’s sister Kartini Oppusunggu wrote.

I am not sure if our ISB classmates of 1972 know about the passing of my brother Patabun Oppusunggu (Class 1972) on 7 Nov 2011 in Jakarta. He has now joined by our beloved parents, Mami (2013) and Papi (2021).

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Paul Joseph Drakulich ~ Class of 1972

Paul Drakulich ~ Class of 1972

Departed ~ 4/18/22

LOVINGLY SUBMITTED BY WILLIAM “BILL” CLARKE CLASS OF 1967

This is a FB Obituary for Paul Drakulich, my brother in law, who recently passed, I will do my best from what I know – Paul Joseph Drakulich passed away on April 18th, 2022, after 8 days in the hospital in Chiang Rai,Northern, Thailand; as a result of a condition of cancer, he has been struggling with for many years.

At his side was his spouse Yada Buchuen Drakulich, who he met and married when he relocated to Chiang Rai, Thailand in approximately 2016. Paul had been traveling off and on to Thailand since 2012. Paul was employed as a teacher at a local school in Chiang Rai, and was quite happy with his life there.

Paul was born September 7th, 1954 to Sam Drakulich of Nevada and Jeanne Forsythe of Reno, Nevada, Sam’s work with the CIA took the family all over the Far East and Africa, starting in Saipan, then Ethiopia, and Thailand, Vietnam, Paul also stayed in the Phillipines, Okinawa, and Hong Kong at various times, he transferred to International school of Bangkok in 1967 as part of the group known as Saigon Kids; he attended school at ISB in 1968 as well, the same Class as my brother David Clarke 1972, and is remember by some of his classmates at ISB, and then Paul headed back to McLean, VA graduating there in 1972 from Mclean High School.

Paul was a Marine right out of High School, and went straight to Radford University, in Virginia after he left the Marines, there he had many friends and is well remembered as a friendly and likable person. After Radford, Paul lived and worked in Virginia for many years before deciding to head back to Thailand in 2012. For a while Paul has worked in Northern, VA; then he bought a house in the Richmond, Va area, and worked with his childhood friend from Saipan, Kenny Secora, in repairing computers, and was quite good at it, before shifting to Chiang Rai as his final place of residence in 2012.

Paul was preceded in his passage from life by his Father Sam Drakulich, and his mother Jeanne Drakulich, both of whom are buried together at Arlington National Cemetery for service in WW2, OSS, and for careers in the CIA.

Paul is survived by his older Sister Diana Drakulich-Clarke, of Virginia, his niece Shavonne Wei Ming Drakulich-Clarke of Washington, DC., his other sister Darcee Funkhauser (nee Drakulich) of California, his brother Donald Drakulich of Virginia, and his nephew Damian Drakulich of Virginia. Paul is also remembered by countless cousins in Nevada, and cousins from his Mom’s family in California, and fondly by Thai spouse Yada Buchuen Drakulich, and by his many Thai friends, and Ex Pat American friends in Thailand, Paul was cremated in a Buddist ceremony, and his spouse Yada says his ashes will be scattered at his favorite beach in Thailand, as per his wishes, God Bless, Rest in peace Paul Drakulich.

Cremation

Cremation Video

High School Daze McLean, VA,

College and later

Thailand

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Denise Marie Donnell Moonan ~ Class of 1966

Denise Donnell Moonan ~ Class of 1966

Departed ~ 4/4/22

Denise Marie Donnell Moonan


March 10, 1948 – April 4, 2022


Denise Marie Donnell Moonan, devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, was born on March 10, 1948 in Antwerp, Ohio. She is survived by her loving spouse, Patrick J. Moonan Jr, her 4 children: Elizabeth Ann Heddy, Amy Donnell Lucas, Mary Ailene Woomer, and Gregory Michael Moonan. As well as six grandchildren; Bridget Elizabeth Heddy, Morgan Alexandra Heddy, Adriana Pearl Woomer, Brooke Marie Woomer, Richelle Lucas, DJ Lucas, and Linda Lucas and 3 great-grandchildren; Alexander Patrick Moonan, Daniel Robert Moonan, Connor Nolan Moonan.

She was the first daughter of Lt. Colonel Henry Kenneth Donnell and Edna Ailene Donnell. Denise was raised with a strong military foundation, living overseas in Thailand, Italy, and Hawaii, she considered her childhood home to be in Petersburg, VA. Denise graduated from International School of Bangkok (ISB). Denise raised her family in PA and most recently moved to Long Neck, Delaware where her loved ones spent their summers visiting. Denise believed that her many travels defined her as well-rounded, adaptable, and inclusive. She believed her Army brat lifestyle gave her confidence and made her the loving, compassionate soul she was.

Denise dedicated herself to Early Childhod Education, leading and impacting the lives of hundreds of children and many families over the 30 plus years of service. She held a special place in her heart for her KinderCare Family. She taught future generations to always aspire and conquer with compassion and positivity. Passing these cultural triumphs through 4 generations which her family will continue to pass on.

Most recently Denise devoted herself to VA veterans’ wives’ group and found so much joy staying connected with her ISB family and attending reunions whenever possible.

Denise’s biggest accomplishments have always been the strong, compassionate family she has built, her loving marriage of 53 years and the dedication and service to numerous Veteran Associations.

Denise peacefully passed away surrounded by family on April 4th, 2022.

Forever in our hearts and always loved, her legacy continues through her children, grandchildren, and great -grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Thursday April 7th from 6 to 8 PM or on Friday April 8th from 10 to 11 AM with a Funeral Service beginning at 11:00 AM at McConaghy Funeral Home, 328 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore PA. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America- Chapter 1105

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Ryan P. Farley ~ Class of 1991

I have not been able to located Ryan’s pic. I have searched every Erawan from 1991 – 1979 K-12.

Ryan Farley ~ Class of 1991

Departed ~ 9/29/2012

FARLEY–Ryan P., 39, of Montclair, NJ, passed suddenly, September 29. A Memorial Service will be on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at Martin’s Home for Service, Inc., 48 Elm St., Montclair, NJ. Survived by, his children; Clare and Oliver, their mother; Joyce, and his parents; Boris and Evelyn Farley. (Class of 91)

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