Carole (Snyder) Ferguson, class of 1961
am happy you enjoyed the photos of my family. It is a wonderful
family. My older son, Erik, was just here for a few days. He
was representing his company at a local show in Orlando and was able to
spend a few days with us. He sells kayaks. On Sat. Doug
& his whole family will be here. He, Sara & Gabe
will be here for four days then they leave and the two little girls will
stay for about two weeks. They will leave and our two older
granddaughters will come for the last two weeks before school starts.
So, from now until the last of Aug. I will have some of them here.
It will be busy and wonderful.
is a story about my family and me. If I get too carried away,
feel free to edit.
led a wonderful life since graduating from HHS in 1961. I went to
college where I met my future husband. Don and I have been married
for forty-four years now. WOW! Before my marriage I was a
medical secretary and worked at Nassau Hospital in the Cancer Research
Dept for Dr. Min C. Li. That was a wonderful experience and helped
me to appreciate my many blessings. I also had a very
successful antique business for several years and was
secretary/bookkeeper at our golf club in Carlisle, PA.
was in the Army (artillery corps) when we married. We have
lived in Germany, Turkey and several places in the United States.
Turkey was our favorite tour. Wonderful country - wonderful
people. While living in Ankara I became an American tour
guide and was able to visit most of the Middle East, including Israel
and Egypt, Russia, Greece and, of course, most of Turkey. I was
able to go rug buying with a Turkish friend who owned a rug shop in
Ankara. Ahmed took me to tiny villages where the mothers and children
wove the beautiful rugs and I was even able to try it myself.
Somewhere there's a tourist who bought a rug partially woven by a girl
from Hicksville! In Israel, after the rest of the tour group
returned to Turkey, I stayed on at the home of our Israeli guide and saw
things the average tourist does not see. While I was there the
first bus bombing occurred in Tel Aviv and I witnessed the citizens
change from civilian to military in a few hours. I visited the
Golan Heights, stayed at a kibbutz and in the tent of some nomads. Nomads
with Toyota pick-up trucks parked outside with the camels and TVís in
the tents! Egypt was beyond description. Probably my
favorite place on earth! Don chose to retire in FL over Karnak,
Egypt where I wanted to go! In between the accompanied tours, Don
served in Korea and Viet Nam. After retirement, Don worked as a
CPA and was the financial officer for Carlisle, PA until he bought a
bar! We had the bar for ten years.
all of this was going on, Don and I became the parents of two boys, Erik
(1966) and Doug (1968). They have been good sons and being
very different from each other they kept us from being bored.
is a free spirit - lives day to day, likes hands-on work, no schedule,
and wears sandals year-round. He was an Eagle Scout. If I
want something, he can make it for me. After a tour in the Army he
came home and was partners with Don in the bar until we sold it.
He lives in Wyomissing, PA (near Reading) and has two daughters, Sarah
(18) and Leah (16). He is married to his second wife, Angie, who
has a son, Zach (20). Erik worked in food services until he could
no longer stand having a "real job" and went with his first
love, kayaking. He works for a kayak company as project
manager. He also takes people out on kayak trips. Everyone
in his family has their own kayak. His favorite thing is cave
kayaking. He first experienced this when in Belize.
He and Angie and a group of equally crazy kayakers go out on the
Susquehanna River every Jan. 1st!! Brrrr! Erik says his
brother can have Europe - he'll take Key West! He and Angie are
also chef-quality cooks and do some catering. Angie is in the food
services business and works with school systems in the northeastern
likes computers & organization, quit the Boy Scouts when they
started camping out regardless of the weather and wears
button-down shirts. He lives in Stroudsburg, PA. His wife,
Sara, is a singer. She was trained in opera but mostly does local
musicals now & has a music studio. Doug & Sara used to go
to Prague and Budapest every summer for several weeks for some opera
masters' classes. They love to travel and BC (before children) saw
most of Europe. They became engaged in Venice. Doug went to
college with a journalism major and used his degree for, oh, about
a year. He got into computers and has had several good jobs over
the years. He worked for Marsh & McLennon. The
corporation was in offices on 8 floors of the North Tower of
the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 100. When the plane
crashed into the building during the 9/11 attacks, their offices
composed the entire impact zone, which was between floors 93 and 99.
Doug was not there - everyone who was, died. I think 398 employees
died that day. He stayed with them for about a year but then left.
He now writes most of the computer programs for Johnson &
Johnson sales representatives. He's very happy with this job since
he works out of his home and can be a "stay-at-home dad".
Doug has three children, Catherine (6), Sophia (3) and, finally our
grandson, Gabriel (9 mos).
and I are retired and live in The Villages, FL. It is an hour
NW of Orlando. I love to golf. I also have finally
started tap dancing! A friend and I started an animal rescue
group, Pet Lovers Rescue, about four years ago and are now one
of the best-known & successful groups in this part of Florida.
It is so very rewarding. We not only help the animals, but
we also have helped a lot of people with our pets. At times a
house full of cats and kittens can get to be a bit much, but, thank God,
Don is usually pretty cool with it. In fact, while writing
this I had to stop and run out because someone dropped off three 4-week
old kittens at a local store. Anyone want a kitten?? That
makes seven kittens and a cat besides my four cats. Don't wear
black if you visit me!
has been good. If any of you come this way, give me a call.
A lot of people from Hicksville live here - and I seem to meet new ones
all the time. A few of us from HHS '61 got together in March.
It was fun visiting and reminiscing. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd love to hear from my former classmates.
(Snyder) Ferguson, class of 1961