CANDOER Retirement Group

A World-Wide Organization

Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

August 04, 2023 - Present

All member's addresses and bio have been removed from the Web site. A member list is available under the heading of "MEMBERSHIP LIST" on the Main Menu. I am still keeping the bio information up-to-date off-line. If you have a change to your information, please send it to be at my e-mail address of If you are a member and wish to get information on another member, send me an email message and I will furnish it! I moved the bio's off-line because I was unable to fix the password program I was using, and it allowed ANYONE to see all your information. Everyone who has furnished an email address you can find their email address on the Main Menu under E-Mail Adds (A thru L) and E-Mail Adds (M thru Z).

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Monday, October 30, 2023

Death of Shane Krone

Received the following from Erick Morin this morning:

He received the following from Howard Copeland:

I send a text to Shane's cell yesterday asking about him. I receeived this response from his wife this morning:

Greetings Howard, this is Hassina. My dear Shane passed away peacefully 09/28/2023. He was a good husband, a good father, and a friend. May he rest in peace.

Editor's Note: I have no contact information for Hassina! If anyone has contact information I will publish it here so friends may send condolences to Hassina!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Paul Phipps furnished a new email address. Thanks Paul for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Death of Lee Wendorf

Received the following from Dick Kalla:

Lee's wife Sue, let me know that Lee had passed peacefully in June at the age of 93. They had a chance to celebrate his birthday and their 60th anniversary before passing peacefully.

Anyone wanting to send their condolences can contact Sue at the following number and address:

Sue Wendorf
1125 NE Watt Way Apt 234
Bend, OR 97701

Or, if you'd prefer to call, her number is: 541 610-6426

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Friday, August 04, 2023

Death of Ed Carroll

Ed Carroll

Edward Charles “Sonny” Carroll was born July 11, 1937 in Croom, MD, to Raymond E. Carroll and Lelia M. Stevenson (Pinkney). He was later raised in the care of Elizabeth “Babysis” Johnson (Pinkney) and Floyd Johnson, Sr.

After graduating from Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, MD, he enlisted in the United States Air Force to become a telecommunications specialist. After his military service, he began his career with the United States State Department in Washington, DC, to which he dedicated 35 years of service. Early in his career, he achieved an Associate degree in Accounting from The Washington Technical Institute.

He was a devoted and dedicated treasurer as a former member of Shiloh Baptist Church New Site for several years. In his later years, he was a member of Chancellor Baptist Church where he served in the Food ministry.

He had an entrepreneurial spirit and always enjoyed hosting a good party with family and friends. He was known for being able to “cut a rug”. He had a sharp “GQ” fashion sense. He loved all things “technology” oriented. He turned his home into a “smart home”. He was an avid fan of the Washington Football Team. Edward loved all music but favored jazz and blues most of all. He also enjoyed binge watching his extensive collection of westerns and classic movies. Having spent much of his childhood on a farm, he had a keen interest in home landscaping.

He was predeceased by three former wives, Alberta D. Carroll (Taylor), Dolores R. Carroll (White-Berry) and Barbara Carroll (Wright-Washington); his very close cousin, Elizabeth “Bess” Taylor; and his life-long childhood friend, Randolph Taylor.

Edward is survived by his loving wife, Dearsie Willford Carroll; his children, Jerome L. Carroll, Edward R. Carroll (Karen), Steven Carroll (Vanessa), Anthony B. Carroll (Genene), William S. Carroll (Iris), Carol E. Pendleton (Johnathan), Era L. Williams (Lawrence), Veneticia Berry (late), Luffon Berry (Elaine), Curtis Berry (late), Regina Berry (late), Sabrina Berry, Spencer Berry (Gloria), Barbara Lund (Gus), Paul Washington Jr. (Katrina), Nyree Washington and Cathy Jackson; his siblings, Francis (Junior) Stevenson, Thomas (Tommy) Stevenson, Noella (Sis) Bolden (Stevenson), Juanita Haskins (Stevenson), Cleola Stevenson (late); 31 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

A memorial service was held at Chancellor Baptist Church, 11324 Gordon Rd, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407, on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM.

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Friday, August 04, 2023

Death of Anne Clavette

Anne Clavette

Ann M. Clavette, 91, entered God’s loving sanctuary in a joyous reunion with her parents and siblings on February 26, 2023, at a health care facility in Frenchville. She was born July 11, 1931, in Fort Kent, Maine, the daughter of the late Joseph (Willie) and Eugenie (Poirier) Clavette.

Ann’s life was defined by faith, family and service to her church, community, and country. She enlisted in the Navy in 1952 and served as a communications specialist in Italy until 1956. Having enjoyed traveling in Europe during her time in the military, Ann sought and received appointment to the US State Department Foreign Service section, embarking on what would become twenty-five years of service in the United States Embassies around the globe, including in chronological order: Saudi Arabia, Burma (Myanmar), Togo, Bulgaria, England, Sierra Leone, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Costa Rica, the Soviet Union, and Germany.

Ann grew up in a family and region where French was the primary language. That fluency served her well during her years abroad, especially in the African assignments. Ann used her time off to travel, visiting more than twenty other countries across Europe and Asia. A woman of deep Catholic faith, she made a trip to the Holy Land and experienced Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea. Upon her retirement in 1982, Ann returned home to Fort Kent to a home she built for herself and her mother; and continued to support her as she had for her parents in their final years. She turned her attention to family and community, seeking whenever possible to spend time with her siblings, nieces and nephews and giving of her time and talents to the St. Louis Catholic Church in numerous roles, including many years as sacristan and in the choir (she had a beautiful singing voice!). Ann volunteered for the Hospice of Aroostook County and in the Oncology Center of Northern Maine. She also worked for twenty years as an election clerk for the Town of Fort Kent.

Ann is survived by her devoted sister-in-law, Anita (Sirois) Clavette of Fort Kent, who was entrusted with her care for the past few years, and many nieces and nephews.

Ann, the youngest of eight children, was pre-deceased by her parents and her siblings Alice O’Keefe, Lorette Clavette, Toussaint Clavette, JeAnne Martin, Yvette Barr, Annette Clavette, Thomas Clavette, and by nephews Raymond O’Keefe and Roger Martin. With no children of her own, “Matante Ann” took deep pride in each of her 17 nieces and nephews and their accomplishments. She enjoyed the numerous Clavette family reunions, gatherings that were instilled and inspired by her mother.

Ann is survived by nieces and nephews Pat O’Keefe, Michael O’Keefe, Bridget Condon, Dianne Hanlon, Philip Clavette, Jolene Swett, Joseph Martin, Lorraine Lessard, Gisele Carey, Loretta Dumond, Denise Clavette, Margaret Shuhart, Andre Clavette, Daniel Clavette and Nicole Devine.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 am on Monday, March 6, 2023 at St. John Vianney Parish, at the St. Louis Church, Fort Kent, Maine. Family and friends called at Lajoie-Daigle Funeral Home from 8 am until 9:30 am on Monday before the Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ann’s memory may be made to a local food pantry of one’s choice.

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Friday, August 04, 2023

The September CANDOER luncheon will be held on Friday, September 15 at 11:30 a.m. at our new location. TGI Friday's 6640 Richmond Highway It is located in the Beacon Mall at the corner of Richmond Highway and Beacon Hill Road.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2023

I received word from Joe Rinker that Jim Prosser is still in an adult care facility in Greenbay. Anyone wishing to send him a card the following is furnished:

James F. Prosser
Woodside Manor
1040 Pilgrim Way
Greenbay, WI 54304

I tried calling Jim and was told by the receptionist that he can accept visitors and mail (at the above address) but not telephone calls!

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Monday, July 24, 2023

Death of Marvin Konopik

I received the following from Mike McCaffrey:


It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you and all the CANDOERs of the passing of Marvin Konopik.

We just received a call from Marvin’s wife, Yoko, that Marvin passed away the night of July 19 at their home in Las Vegas. He had been suffering for some time from the ravages of Parkinson’s Disease and finally succumbed to it. Funeral arrangements are not settled at this point, but Marvin instructed he be cremated.

I don’t have all the information as to where the Konopiks served but do recall: Tokyo, Beijing, Jakarta, Department, and Cairo among their postings. We got together with Marvin and Yoko each time we visited Vegas over very many years, and he and I communicated many times each week since the mid-Eighties… we shared a mutual love for photography and computers.

Yet another fine Communicator, and good friend, who has left us … but will never be forgotten.

Condolence cards may be sent to Yoko at:

Mrs. Yoko Konopik

They are not on the Internet, Marvin was not able to type as the disease progressed.

Editors note: Marv never furnished a listing of his assignments so I cannot add to Mike's information!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Death of Skip Rische

Skip and Liz Rische

For those wishing to extend condolences I received the following information for Skip's daughter. Liz:

Liz Rische
171 Adeline Drive
Uhland, TX 78640

In addition, the following is furnished:

Skip's funeral is scheduled for Monday, July 24th at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m.

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Monday, July 17, 2023

Death of Skip Rische

Skip and Liz Rische

The following was posted to Facbook by J Edgar McDermott who repeated an entry by Skip's daughter, Liz:

Dear friends and family,

It is with profound sadness we share that today, on his 70th birthday, we mourn the loss of Skip Rische. His absence leaves an irreplaceable void in our hearts and he will be greatly missed.

As we gather to remember and celebrate Skip's remarkable life, we will cherish the countless memories he created with us.

Friends across the globe, please join us in sharing your fondest memories of Skip. He touched the lives of so many during his travels and we would be honored to hear from anyone who chooses to share. Details about the memorial service and funeral will be announced soon, allowing us to come together to pay our final respects and bid farewell to this incredible soul.

Rest in peace, Papa. Your legacy will live on forever in our hearts.

Your baby bird

(Editor's Note: Sorry to say I have NO contact information for Skip's family. If anyone has contact information for his family, please send it to me and I will publish it!)

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Monday, July 03, 2023

The following pictures were taken by Phil Wold.

Joe Rinker, along with his daughter and son-in-law, stopped by the Branch's in Reno. Stu called to ask if we could join them for the evening. These photos are the result. (It was really good seeing Joe after some 40 years.): CANDOERs visit Stu and Sharon Branch in Reno

Sara Wold - Phil Wold - Joe Rinker - Stu Branch - Susie and Bob Hartzell - Sharon Branch

Stu Branch - Bob Hartzell

Susie Hartzell - Sharon Branch

Sharon Branch - Sara Wold

Stu Branch

Bob and Susie Hartzell - Joe Rinker

Stu Branch - Susie and Bob Hartzell - Sharon Branch - Joe Rinker - Sara Wold

Phil Wold - Susie and Bob Hartzell - Sharon Branch - Joe Rinker - Sara Wold