Celia Pierce (Jim Hillman) passed away September 21, 2021

Celia Pierce
Celia Pierce

Celia E. (Kingsbury) Pierce, 79, of Cotuit, Massachusetts, passed on September 21, 2021.

She grew up in Cummaquid and was the daughter of Walter and Esther (Kelley) Kingsbury of Cummaquid. Celia worked for many years as a private nurse. Celia enjoyed all things having to do with horses, traveling with her longtime partner, Jim, and spending as much time as possible with family and dear friends.

She is survived by her brother, John W. Kingsbury of Wakefield, and her children Susan E. Pierce of Cummaquid, Linda Milde of Hyannis, and David Pierce, Jr. of Hyannis, along with grandchildren Keith and Erin Milde of Brewster, Jill (Milde) Julin of Hyannis, and Jacob Milde of Hyannis. Celia also was proud to have five great-grandchildren: Lexi and Autumn, Matthew and Maxwell, and Janice.

She is predeceased by her sister, Marjorie E. (Kingsbury) Henry of Cummaquid and longtime partner, James Hillman of Cotuit and Pinellas Park, Florida.

A graveside ceremony was held at Cummaquid Cemetery Mary Dunn Rd, Barnstable, MA 02630, on Saturday October 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM.

Celia and Jim Hillman were a big part of our LT Family. They attended many of our reunions.

Mary Beatty (Chuck) passed away September 6, 2021

Mary Beatty (Chuck)

Mrs. Mary Brechwald Beatty, 71, of Winterville, NC passed away from ARDS (non-Covid) on Monday, September 6, 2021 in Morehead City, NC.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 1 PM at St. Peter Catholic Church, Greenville, NC. The family received friends at the church 1 hour prior to the service. Interment was to be private at a later date at St. Peter.

A memorial service was held Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 12:30 PM in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Cortland, NY. The family received friends from 4 to 7 PM Friday at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, Cortland.

Mary was born on March 16, 1950 to the late Raymond and Rosanna Brechwald and grew up on a farm in Sutherland, Iowa. She completed a Bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University, where she met her husband and soulmate of 49 years, Charles T. (Chuck) Beatty. Married in August, 1972, the couple first lived in Honolulu, HI.

She loved children of all ages and abilities and taught Special Ed for over 30 years combined in Klickitat, WA and McGraw, NY. While living in Klickitat she finished a Master’s degree, driving 90 miles each way for night classes at Portland State University. While living in Cortland, NY, she was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Mary was a yard enthusiast and enjoyed gardening, the ocean and entertaining friends, especially at Atlantic Beach, NC. In retirement she enjoyed traveling throughout North America to visit family and friends and to enjoy wildlife and the outdoors.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers David & Daniel Brechwald.

In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by; a sister, Beverly Jochum and husband, Leo, of Salix, Iowa; brother, Ray Brechwald of Milford, Iowa; sister-in-law, Anna Shearer of Pittsboro, NC; “daughter”, Maria Leis, of Portland, OR; 8 nieces and nephews; 23 great nieces and nephews; A very close friend, Marian Guy, of Scott, NY and many other friends scattered from the Pacific Northwest to the vast Midwest to the Atlantic Coast.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Catholic Charities of Cortland, 33 Central Ave, Cortland, NY 13045 or to St. Paul’s Episcopal Legacy Fund, 401 E. 4th St., Greenville, NC 27858 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Jeanne (Ron) Campus passed away September 6, 2020

Jeanne Marie Campus, wife of Ron

Jeanne M. Campus (Ron), 86, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Sunday September 6, 2020 at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She was born on November 16, 1933 in Lynn, Massachusetts to the late Didace & Annie (Foster) Belliveau.

Along with her parents, Jeanne is reunited in death with her eight siblings.

Jeanne was a hardworking woman with a heart of gold. In her younger years she worked as a nurse in the healthcare industry. Following her marriage and the birth of her children, Jeanne was granted the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and relished all that came with the honor. She was a proud Girl Scout Troop Leader for her daughter’s brownie troop for many years. In Jeanne’s spare time she enjoyed playing bingo, knitting, bowling, cooking and reading. Jeanne appreciated staying busy within her community. She volunteered her time graciously with the American Red Cross, was a member of the Moose Lodge #2351 in Murrells Inlet, member of the B.P.O.E #1771, proudly played Mrs. Clause for the children during Christmas time, and was a proud member of the 9 Holers at Prestwick Golf Club. Ms. Jeanne and her husband regularly enjoyed going on cruises twice a year for many years. Jeanne will be deeply missed but remembered for her unconditional love for her family, her fabulous cooking, quick wit, and sense of humor.

Left to cherish Jeanne’s memory are her beloved husband of 63 wonderful years, Mr. Ronald “Ron” J. Campus of Myrtle Beach; their children, Ladonna Perritt of Myrtle Beach & John Campus of Germany; grandchildren, Danielle Perritt of Myrtle Beach, Shonna Campus of Ocean Isle, NC, Brett Perritt of Statesville, NC & Nicholas Campus of Frisco, TX; great-grandchildren, Nathan Campus Cook & Ayden Hughes both of Ocean Isle, NC; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins; a large, loving, extended family and many supportive friends and neighbors.

The family gathered to greet friends on Thursday September 10, 2020 from 6:00PM until 8:00PM at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. A Funeral Service Mass was held on Friday September 11, 2020 at 1:30PM at St. Michael Catholic Church, 574 Cypress Ave. Garden City, SC 29576. A committal service was held immediately following the service within the church columbarium.

At the request of the family, memorial contributions were asked in lieu of flowers. Donations in Jeanne’s name were requested to be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Captain King Pfeiffer passed away January 4, 2021

Captain King Pfeiffer
King Pfeiffer, Damage Control 1950 – 52

Captain King Pfeiffer died of COVID in Dover, N.H., on Monday, January 4, 2021. He was born in Evanston, Illinois and spent his early years in Peoria, Illinois.

Upon graduating from Phillips Andover Academy he enlisted in the US Navy and was called to duty in the spring of 1945.

In 1946 he received a Fleet appointment to the USNA where he graduated in 1950. After graduation from the USNA he was assigned to the USS Lloyd Thomas (a surface ship) for two years.

Following he entered the SUBMARINE FORCE where he served on the GRENADIR.

In 1953 he married Patricia Taylor of N. Y. City. He continued sea and shore duty in the East Coast as well as two postings in Europe.

In 1961 he was assigned as the first U.S. exchange instructor to the Federal German Naval Academy in Flensburg, Germany. He was also engaged in negotiations for SALT ARMS Control agreement which earned him the Legion of Merit Awards.

In 1978 he retired from the Navy. He received his PHD from Notre Dame and subsequently taught International Relations there. His wife died in 1984. In late 1987 he married Karola Luft. Upon his move to Durham he taught US FOREIGN POLICY at UNH for 14 years, retiring in 2002.

He is survived by his wife (Karola), two children: Robert Pfeiffer and Caroline Rose and her husband Charles; one grandchild from his first marriage; two stepchildren and four grandchildren from his second marriage. Predeceased by one grandson.

Interment was at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. In lieu of flowers, donations in King’s name were requested to a favorite charity.

Paul Kent Koehler passed away November 19, 2020

Paul Koehler
Paul Koehler, STG 1965 – 69

Paul Kent Koehler, age 73 of Lewes, DE, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at
Beebe Healthcare in Lewes. He was born on January 3, 1947 in Baltimore, MD, son of the late Edward W.and Ruth J. (Bitterman) Koehler.

Mr. Koehler was a proud veteran, honorably serving in the US Navy from 1965-1969. He held an associate’s degree in engineering from the Northern Virginia Community College and built a career as an electronics engineer. Mr. Koehler was a member and former editor of the DDGG, Geneaology, a member of the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), the RC Airplane Worlds Club, and the American Legion. He had many interests and hobbies, but none were so important as the cherished time spent with those he held most dear. Mr. Koehler was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Koehler was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Koehler; and his granddaughter, Amber Koehler. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Noreen Musgrove-Koehler of Lewes, DE; his daughters: Melinda Moser (Henry) of Catlett, VA and Kathleen Kidd of Landover Hills, MD; his grandchildren: David Bradshaw, Gannon Koehler, William Moser, Tiffani Kidd, and Montana Moser; his great-grandchildren: German, Zayda, and Ellie; and his brother, Steven Koehler.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all services were private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested contributions in Mr. Koehler’s memory to the American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters, 1200 Hosford Street, Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54106-9316, or www.action.lung.org.

Hart Robert Stringfellow Jr. passed away September 5, 2020

Hart Stringfellow
Hart Stringfellow, Supply Officer, 1950–51

Hart Robert Stringfellow, Jr., eldest of four sons of Hart and Lillian Glass Stringfellow, was born March 14, 1924 in Natchez, Mississippi. Raised in Gainesville, Florida, he graduated from P. K. Yonge Laboratory School in 1942. He began his engineering studies with a year at the University of Florida, then entered the United States Army. After graduating from Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia in 1944, he received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy.

Upon graduation from the Academy in 1948, he began what would be a twenty-year career as an officer in the Navy Supply Corps, serving on many ships—he was a “plank owner,” i.e., a member of the commissioning crew, of the aircraft carrier USS Independence—and at stations in Japan and Panama.

He retired to Gainesville in 1967, becoming the first Director of Purchasing for Santa Fe Community College. He followed his work at SFCC with a year at the Sperry Rand Corporation before returning to the University of Florida, receiving his M.Ed. degree in 1972. With his study of Computer Assisted Instruction in the identification of oral disease, he earned his Ph.D. in 1975. The same year, he joined the faculty of the UF College of Dentistry, retiring from the university fourteen years later.

A lively raconteur and occasional poet, Hart was active in a multitude of civic and social organizations, including, but not limited to, Kiwanis and UF Retired Faculty (both of which he served as president), and, most important to him, Technocracy, Inc. Technocracy, he believed, allowed him to apply his engineering and education background to scientific solutions to macroeconomic and societal problems. He relished the opportunity to speak on the topic, whether to a large audience or to a single attentive listener.

He was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

In his second year at the Naval Academy, Hart met Ernestine “Teen” Short of Denton, Maryland. The two were married in the Academy’s Main Chapel one day after his graduation. Teen (and, eventually, their three children) accompanied Hart through all his travels with the Navy. At home in Gainesville, as in their Navy life, she was by his side in all things until her death in 2010.

Hart Robert Stringfellow, Jr. died at home on Saturday, the fifth of September at the age of 96. He leaves behind his children: Kirkman Hart Stringfellow, Mark Christian Stringfellow (Zoë Wright Edwards), and Tina Louise Stringfellow (Richard Hassler); a grandchild, Alexis Ann Stringfellow; a sister-in-law, Jennie Stringfellow; longtime friend and caregiver Virginia Greider, and his dear friend and companion Betty Vasiliadis. His three brothers, William “Buddy” Stringfellow, Fred Stringfellow, and James Stringfellow, Sr. also predeceased him.

[A full service in celebration of his life was to be held when conditions would permit.]

Dayton Reunion is postponed again

The September 2021 Dayton Reunion has been postponed until September 20-24, 2022.  We will try to keep the events and times the same, but will not be able to put out any exact information until next year.

If you correspond with a shipmate who has not attended the reunions, please reach out and encourage them to consider attending next year.

We look forward to being able to get together with all of you again.  Until then, visit us on Facebook at USS Lloyd Thomas Reunion Family.

Best wishes to you and yours,

Scott and Nadine

Ramona Hendricks (Harry) passed away Thursday December 3, 2020

Ramona and HarryRamona Frances Hendricks was born Dec. 13, 1930, in Wendling, OR, to Carl and Frances Baxter. She passed away Dec. 3, 2020, at Ray Hickey Hospice House after a short and unexpected illness.

Growing up during the depression was a challenge for many families. Ramona’s was no different. In 1936, Ramona’s mother had to make an incredibly difficult decision. Ramona and sister Betty would live for the next five and a half years at Christie Home, a Catholic orphanage for girls on the grounds of what is now Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, OR, her brother, Carl, went to St. Mary’s, a Catholic orphanage for boys, in Beaverton, OR, for a time and sister, Joanna, to their grandparents.

World War II eventually brought the family back together. First Carl, who would go off to the Merchant Marines; then Joanna, followed eventually by Betty and Ramona, reunited with their mother and her new husband, Earl “Van” Vandemark. Ramona would call Van “daddy” for the rest of her life. On returning to Vancouver, WA, Ramona attended McLoughlin Junior High School and would graduate from Meadows High School in 1948.

Ramona’s first job was at Rapp’s Baby Clothing Store in downtown Portland which required a long trip by bus and streetcar. That was followed by a stint as an operator for Bell Telephone in Vancouver which she spoke about often and fondly.

While Harry and Ramona went to Meadows High School at the same time, she was not impressed. It was not until Harry was home on leave from the Navy, they were brought together on a date arranged by a mutual friend, Alyce (Dahl) Mattox. They were married Oct. 28, 1950, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Alyce was Ramona’s maid of honor and remained her best friend for life.

After spending their first years in “Heights Housing,” Harry and Ramona built two houses for their growing family. The first in 1957 clearing several acres of land mostly by hand. The second in 1965 which would be their home for the next 53 years in which she took enormous pride. Ramona passionately embraced “home is where the heart is.” Her experience as a child no doubt serving as significant influence in that regard. That was certainly underscored by her commitment to her husband, sons and ultimately their families. All have shared fond memories of family get togethers, vacations from Canada to Mexico, California to Washington DC, the annual winter trips to Bend and 60th anniversary to Hawaii. All four grandchildren recently shared detailed and fond recollections of their time with their grandma. Most of all, what they learned from her; attention to detail, kindness, organization and for her granddaughters, “how to be a lady.”

Ramona was a homemaker extraordinaire, focusing on her family. She volunteered at schools and as a Cub Scout assistant den mother. She was an outstanding cook and also enjoyed genealogy, sewing, reading, and, for a time, dabbled in pottery. For 20 years, Ramona was a member of the Hooky Ice Skating Club at Lloyd Center, always participating in the annual Christmas performance which her grandchildren loved to watch. Ramona knew about healthy eating long before most. Even after two heart attacks and beating cancer twice, she never slowed down. For many years, she enjoyed working out at the Firstenburg Center and later at The Bedford.

Harry and Ramona traveled extensively including an extended trip to Europe to visit Eric, Nikki and newborn Erin while Eric was serving in the United States Army. They enjoyed many adventures across the United States eventually visiting 49 of 50 states. Trips were on their own, with family or on occasion with Bill and Alyce Mattox. Oftentimes those trips were with their trailer in tow or in 1993 after Harry’s retirement, in their motor home.
Ramona and a group of “girls” who attended Meadows High School together met for lunch just about every month until COVID-19 kept them from carrying on the tradition. Those lifelong friendships were important to Ramona. Two other ladies from the group passed in the last six weeks: Louise Backstrom and Jackie Zanotto.

After six decades in the house that became their home, Harry and Ramona sold and moved into The Bedford, a local independent senior living community. They enjoyed spending time with their growing family whenever possible at barbecues, birthday parties, holidays and oftentimes Sunday dinner with their sons and their wives. Ramona will always be remembered as a caring, kind, funny, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She is missed every day.

Ramona was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Vandemark; stepfather, Earl Vandemark; brother, Carl; and sisters, Joanna and Betty. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Harry; sons, Greg (Janette) Hendricks and Eric (Nikki) Hendricks; grandchildren, Nathan (Saryna) Hendricks, Kelsey Hendricks, Erin (Tyson) Reed, Katie (Mark) Hawley; and great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Bennett, William, Waylon, Sawyer and Emerson.

The family would like to thank staff at The Bedford, The Vancouver Clinic, PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center and Ray Hickey Hospice House for their care and support.

At her request, there was no service, but there are many fond, loving, and lasting memories.

Published in The Columbian on Jan. 24, 2021.

John “Jack” C. Malady passed away Friday May 8, 2020

John (Jack) C. Malady

John “Jack” C. Malady passed away on Friday, May 8 at the age of 90. He was the loving husband of Angela Costantino Malady, with whom he enjoyed 66 years of marriage; cherished father of Kevin Malady, Barbara (James) Blake, Richard (Peggy) Malady, and Carol Malady; caring grandfather of Deirdre, Siobhan, Richard, Joseph, Annemarie, Sean, Christopher, Brian, Nicholas, and Jessica; great-grandfather of Laura, Aiden, Ian, and Jack; brother of Terrance Malady, the late Helen Sullivan, and the late Thomas Malady.

Jack was a Lieutenant on the USS Lloyd Thomas stationed in Newport, RI, where he met his beautiful wife Angela. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame as an electrical engineer and became a design engineer for Westinghouse, during which time he travelled to Europe, China, and South America. Jack enjoyed golfing and curling with friends and family.

Upon retirement, he took up his passion for winemaking, and his “Knob Hill Estates” label graced many of his friends and family’s tables. Jack will be remembered always for his kind smile, contagious laughter, and of course his famous tin roof sundaes. Due to the COVID-19 situation, services and interment were private. A celebration of Jack’s life held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions were asked to be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Ave., Pgh, PA 15212. Arrangements by Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry.

Jack was reunion treasurer for a long time; he and Angela hosted the Pittsburgh reunion.

Phyllis Keener (wife of Paul) passed away May 7, 2020

Phyllis Keener, wife of Paul

Phyllis Keener, of Catawissa, Missouri, was born May 9, 1930, in Spring Lake, New Jersey and entered into rest Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Fenton, Missouri at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 29 days.

She is preceded in death by, her parents, and six siblings, Lester Reynolds, May Parisi, Harry Johnson, Arther Bubadaias, Robert Bubadaias and Nancy Michaelson. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Paul Keener of Catawissa, Missouri, ten (10) children, Lester Starnes of Red Back, New Jersey, Wanda Starnes of Masauan, New Jersey, Reginald “Freddy” (Sharon) Starnes of Parma, Ohio, Annmarie Starnes of Maryland, Sherry McDonald of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Eileen Jernigan of Dale, Texas, Heidi Wier of Dale, Texas, Edith Eddelton of Lockhart, Texas, Walter (Catlin) Demming of Fenton, Missouri and Andrea Demming of Catawissa, Missouri, nineteen (19) grandchildren, twenty-six (26) great-grandchildren, three (3) great-great-grandchildren, one (1) sister, Shirley Fetzer of Brick, New Jersey, two (2) sisters-in-law, Donna Heisler of Cedar Hill, Missouri and Charlene (Jerry) Walden of Afton, Missouri, and many other family and friends.

Phyllis grew up in New Jersey, and was such an amazing lady. She had a heart of Gold and would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. Phyllis loved painting, traveling, thrift store shopping and going to garage sales. She will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation was Friday, May 15, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. until time of Service at 3:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Mortuary 6300 Highway 30, Cedar Hill, Missouri. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were asked to be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, Tennessee 38148-0412.  Family and friends can review and share stories, photos and condolences online at www.stlfuneral.com

Horace Carroll “Pete” Peterson passed away April 25, 2020

Pete PetersonHorace Carroll “Pete” Peterson, 90 of Durand, IL died peacefully at 8:37 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2020 in his home.

Pete was born March 20, 1930 in Chicago, IL the son of Mr. and Mrs Harold C. and Margaret (Thorderson) Peterson. Many of his childhood years were spent in Merrill, WI. He graduated from Broadview Academy in the class of 1950. Upon graduating, Pete joined the US Navy during the Korean War where he served on the USS Lloyd Thomas. After his years in the Navy (1951-1954), he attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI, graduating with a BS degree in 1961. He was employed as a 6th grade teacher by Mannheim Schools, District #83 in Franklin Park, IL. Pete retired after teaching for 33 years, all at Scott School. He married Frances Panos on November 7, 1953 in Washington DC. and Jean Waring on October 8, 1977 in Niles, IL.

Survivors include sisters Helen Schourup; Thelma (Norman) Baptist, nephew Stephen (Edna) Baptist, nieces Kathe (Tom) Miller, Holly (Jeff) Beal and many great nephews and nieces; daughter Katherine Reed; daughter-in-law Brenda Peterson, grandson Brian (Marilyn) Mertz, granddaughters Jennifer (Jesse) Kleinsasser, Michelle Peterson, great-grandchildren James, Brendan, Bryce, Emily, and great-great grandchildren Aria and Maliki.

Predeceased by his parents, his wives, and son James Randolph Peterson.

Cremation Rites were Accorded. Private ceremonies were held. McCorkle Funeral Home – Durand Chapel assisted the family.

Pete was a regular attendee at our reunions.

Richard C. Fuhrmann passed away April 30, 2020

Dick FuhrmannBorn and raised in North Brunswick, NJ, he had been a resident of Florida since 1972 coming from Colts Neck, NJ.

He was a devoted husband to his late wife Grace H. Fuhrmann for 42 years, loving father to their 4 children and hardworking businessman for many years. His passion in life was family and boating and was well known for his sense of humor. He was a Navy Vet who served as a Signalman on the USS Lloyd Thomas during the Korean War.

Survivors include his loving partner of 15 years, Patricia Van Wie; 3 daughters, Lynne (Mike) Corcione, Ginny Lubinski and Janet (Sam) Anderson; 1 son, Ken Fuhrmann; 9 cherished grandchildren; 10 precious great-grandchildren and many loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in his memory to Wounded Warriors, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Hospice.

Visitation was held on Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458. A Committal Service followed at Riverside Memorial Park, 19351 SE County Line Road, Tequesta, FL 33469.

Dick was a regular attendee at our reunions.