NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA Pensacola Chapter

 

pensacola@navalweather.org

 

President:                   Ed Straten

Secretary/Treasurer:  Pat O'Brien

 

Chapter News

Source: Aerograph November 2022

The Pensacola Chapter met at Carrabba's Italian Restaurant in Pensacola on 8 Sept.

Those in attendance included Ed & Patti Straten, Pat & Li bby O'Brien, Larry & Nancy Warrenfeltz, Ken & Barbara Overholt, Paul Belt & Cheryl, Denny and Helen MaljevacDale Grages & his nurse Rosa, and Gerrie Marsch.

The meeting was called to order at 1:25 PM

Minutes from the 30 June meeting were read and approved.

Treasurer reported there were no deposits or withdrawal this quarter, and our balance continues at $1627.01

The next meeting will be at the O'Brien's on 9 Dec. beginning at 1 o'clock.  Libby reminded everyone to bring a white elephant gift.  Menu will be forthcoming via email.

Pat O'Brien reported he received an email from Jim Romano, and Jim says we should be receiving our cruise magnets and bill any day now.  We ordered 50 magnets, and Jim ordered 5 additional magnets that he will take responsibility for paying.

Patti Straten reported we will receive cruise credits valued at $2,324.00.  How these credits will be disbursed will be decided at the next cruise committee meeting.  That meeting will be held at Larry & Nancy Warrenfeltz's house on 1 Dec.  Nancy will get back to us with the meeting time. Patti also informed us that there are now 66 individuals registered to go on the cruise.  We lost one couple that had to drop out.  Any individuals who have not been vaccinated for COVID, must be tested 3 days prior to cruising.

Denny Maljevac reported he visited Al & Helen Atwell at their home.  Denny said it was a nice visit.  Based on Al's past service, Denny recommended he apply for the Korean Service Medal through the South Korean Embassy in Alabama.  Denny will assist Al with this endeavor. Al will be celebrating his 93rd birthday this month.  Happy Birthday Al. 

Meeting adjourned at 1:55 PM.

Al Atwell reports he had cataract surgery on both eyes in May and June and can now see great.  He visited the local VA Office, and he will be receiving new hearing aids.  He is scheduled to get them on 10/26.  When he came home, he was cleaning up some yard limbs/branches and fell hard on his left knee.  The fall separated the upper tendon from the patellar.  He called Santa Rosa ER, and they quickly came and put his leg in a brace and scheduled him to see an orthopedic surgeon.  The knee operation took place on 10/12/22.  He is scheduled to see his knee surgeon again on10/27 to see how the knee surgery recovery is going.  Meanwhile Al is hobbling around on a walker and firmly convinced that any day you can get up and get out of bed is a great day, Cheers Al, and best of luck with your recovery.


In other news, Pat & Libby O'Brien spent 5 days in Key West, FL, with Libby's oldest daughter
Sandy, and Sandy's two children and their spouses.  Pat believes Duval St. gets longer every year, ha.
He and Libby also spent 3 days in Statesboro, GA, playing in a golf tournament at Georgia Southern
University.   Libby is recuperating from a torn meniscus in her right knee, so the golfing was supposed
to help the knee.  It helped her golf game.  She won her flight, while Pat made it all the way up to last
place in his.  Ouch!  Pat joined 11 other gentlemen on a 3-day guys only golf outing in Orange Beach,
Alabama.  He says his golf scores didn't get any better.  Pat celebrated the 40th anniversary of his 40th
 birthday in October.  Libby surprised him by renting a home at Pensacola Beach for a few days.  On top of that, all three of Pat's children joined them there.  Pat says, "It was more of a shock than a surprise." He and Libby plan on traveling up to Cheaha State Park in northern Alabama in November to spend a few days viewing the fall foliage.  

Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz (pic below) enjoyed a packed weekend in Pennsylvania in October.
They drove into town just in time to see a high school cross-country meet. Nancy’s 50th high school
reunion coincided with their oldest granddaughter’s Homecoming weekend and their second granddaughter’s 11th birthday. Nana baked a tiara cake. They also managed to squeeze in a fantastic Italian dinner with Nancy’s two sisters and her brother.


Denny and Helen Maljevac are doing well.  In October, they joined Bernie Bauer, Marion Hawks,
and the O'Briens at Elizabeth Tokryman's funeral and burial.  May Elizabeth rest in peace.  Pat reports that Jim Futtner is recuperating from knee and back issues which have hobbled him for the last few months.  Ed and Patti Straten are currently on a thirty-five day cruise to Greece, Italy, France, Spain and the Azores.  Their last report had them in Sicily.  Life is tough, but somebody has to do these things, ha.  Smooth sailing my friends.  Rose and Arthur Frazier have been very busy traveling over the last year. They have been on 7 cruises since it restarted.  They have also been more active with TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) this year, maintaining their weight loss for another year.  Arthur is an Area Advocate and has 29 chapters to oversee.  In March they went on the Mardi Gras ship and rode the BOLT! The roller coaster on top of the ship!  So much fun.  Rose's Navy friend, Debra Burt, and daughter, Lisa, also joined them on that cruise!  In May, they went to Oklahoma for a Frazier family reunion.  In June, Rose helped with her 45th class reunion events and cruise.  In July, Rose had some serious surgery and developed complications. Three weeks later she developed COVID (second time!) In August, they went to Costa Rica to visit and help some missionary friends in San Jose, the capitol.  In September, they started the process for Rose to get a service dog through the K9 Partners for Patriots in Brooksville, FL.  It's a great organization, and they help so many veterans.  This month they fly to Venice to catch a ship and sail around the Med and back to the states for 28 days!  They are enjoying retired life in Ocala!  Sure sounds like FUN.




Source: Aerograph August 2022


The Pensacola Chapter met at the Agapi Restaurant on 30 June.  Those in attendance
included Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz, Ed and Patti Straten, Pat and Libby O'Brien,
Gerrie Marsch, Paul Belt, Walt Kindergan, Elspeth Lloyd, Ken and Barbara Overholt and
Denny and Helen Maljevac

Pat O'Brien reported the Chapter received seed money ($1500.00) toward the 2023 reunion
from the National Chapter.  Patti Straten reported we have 69 people signed up to cruise.

The O'Briens volunteered to host this year's Christmas party, but the date will not be set until
our September meeting.

Denny Maljevac reported he'd spoken with Al Atwell.  Al and Helen are doing well.  Al is recovering
from cataract surgery, and Helen still finds time to work in her garden.  Based on Al's Naval Service,
Denny told him he is eligible for the Republic of Korea Service Medal.  Denny will provide Al with the
necessary paperwork to get the project started.

By way of Tim Kenefik, Bruce Glaes is still struggling to fully recover from his stroke.  News is he
no longer uses his computer, and any future correspondence with him will have to be made via snail
mail (USPS).

Ed and Patti Straten traveled to Alliance Ohio for a terrific Straten family reunion. Great times,
wonderful food (the Straten family has some excellent cooks!) and lots of hugs, laughs and old stories.
Everything a reunion should be!  This summer they are relaxing and preparing for their Med cruise this fall.They will cruise for thirty-five days to Greece, Italy, France, Spain and the Azores. Expect plenty of pictures! They are also excited about our 47th Reunion Cruise in March.

Pat and Libby O'Brien traveled to Virginia Beach to spend a week with Pat's youngest son Sean and his family.  They also spent some time with Libby's grandson's wife.  Her grandson is an OS2 and was at sea aboard the USS Gravely (DDG107) while we were there.  

After returning home from this trip, Pat and Libby flew to Hartford, CT.  They spent a day with Jim Futtner.  Jim was hard down with back and leg pain and had a great deal of difficulty getting comfortable whether sitting or lying down.  I'm glad to report he is now doing much better.  

From Hartford, the O'Briens drove down to Niantic and spent a week with Pat's daughter and husband.  While there, Pat's oldest grandson, and his future wife, were given an engagement party.  They are to be married in one year.  

The O'Brien's next trip was to Evansville, IN, to see Libby's grand-daughter and family.  Libby's 12th great grandchild, Charlotte, who is just 3 months old, was the hit of the trip. Memaw O'Brien couldn't get enough holding the baby time, ha.  

The O'Brien are back home and will be heading to Key West in August.  In October, they planned on going on a cruise with the USS Nimitz Association, but COVID shots are required and that stopped that trip.  When home, Pat continues to play golf, fish, and do yard work at his church.  Libby has suffered with a bum knee for the last couple of months, and cortisone shots haven't provided a lot of relief.  



Source: Aerograph May 2022

The Pensacola Chapter met on Friday, 11 March at the Fin & Fork Restaurant in Pensacola.  The luncheon and meeting were well attended.  It was good to see everyone getting together again after so long!  See picture of the group below.  Those in attendance included Ed and Patti Straten, Pat & Libby O'Brien, Ken & Barbara Overholt, Dave and Jerrie Dunlap, Marion Hawks, Gerrie Marsch, and Dale Grages and his nurse Rosalina Stanislawski.

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We welcomed Dale Grages and his nurse Rosa to our chapter.  This was their first meeting, and it was a delight listening to Dale relate stories of old shipmates. Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz were not in attendance as they were on a road trip to Pennsylvania to visit family.  This was done at the absolute height of the gas prices. They noticed the traffic on the interstate was noticeably lighter than normal, and people were NOT traveling long distances unless they had to.  With that being said, they related, "When your granddaughters are on stage in The Little Mermaid Jr., you’ve got to be there!"  With tickets in hand for the Saturday matinee, a look at the weather forecast caused them to trade for the Friday night show. It was a good call, because the snow began Saturday morning and dumped a good six inches on Zionsville, PA by sunset.  Larry says, " Florida tires are good for getting heavy rain out from under them, but they aren’t good in snow and ice. With the snow falling on Saturday, it was a great day for movies, popcorn, and hot chocolate with the grandkids.  The two photos show the aftermath of the snowstorm and Larry and Nancy with Madeline (King Triton) and Chloe (the Seahorse).
Paul Belt was also absent from our meeting as he and Cheryl were also traveling.  The highlight of the meeting was Patti Stratens's briefing on the 2023 NWSA Cruise/Reunion.  She reported that on 3 Feb. the 2023 reunion cruise committee (Ed and Patti Straten, Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz, Paul Belt, and Pat and Libby O'Brien) met at Lost Key Golf and Beach Club for lunch and to discuss cruise options and pricing.  Following lunch, the committee moved over to Ed and Patti's condo, and a phone call was placed to Celebrity Cruise Group Reservations.  As you know by now, we were given an incredible deal, and we booked it.  Patti was extremely excited to report how everything was going.  She told us she had initially asked for 8 staterooms, and they were quickly gobbled up.  She then asked for 15 more, and the same thing happened.  She reported 62 people have signed up for the cruise, and the room rate is good until the end of March.  Ed and Patti Straten are seasoned cruisers, and they have been instrumental in arranging the 2023 reunion cruise. Thank you, Ed and Patti. Prior to our March meeting, Ed and Patti were off on another cruise.  This one aboard the Celebrity Summit.  They used their time exploring onboard bars, restaurants, and entertainment as this will be the same ship we cruise on in 2023.  They report it's a beautiful ship with fantastic food, drinks, and crew.  They experienced gorgeous weather and scenery, and they can hardly wait till March 2023 and our reunion cruise Pictures of Ed and Patti appear below.  At last report, our WX Reunion now has 64 reservations! 
The O'Briens have opted not to have the COVID-19 vaccine, and they thank God they live in Florida. They are hoping travel restrictions will be lifted so that they will be able to attend Reunion #47.  They were supposed to go on a cruise this coming October with the USS Nimitz Association but were told by Royal Caribbean the unvaccinated may not board.  Bummer.  Pat had the coronavirus back in 2021 and lost his taste and smell for a month or so. He quarantined with Libby, and she never got the virus.  Go figure.  Pat and his oldest son, Patrick, have taken one day a week to go fishing.  They used to rent two Old Town Kayaks from N.A.S. Pensacola, but Pat went and bought one along with a kayak trailer.  Pat must think he's pushing 40 instead of 80.  He had two successful operations to correct trigger fingers on the ring fingers of both hands.  He is now awaiting two more surgeries to correct carpal tunnel problems in both wrists.  He says, "I love being OLD."  In March, he and Libby took a trip to Savannah, Georgia to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Pat bought a shirt that says, "I got Riverfaced on Shit Street." Sorry to say that didn't happen, Libby beat him to it.  He said it was fun getting her from River Street back to the Army-Air Base where they were staying (Now that’s Pat’s story not mine) lol! They did the Savannah Queen luncheon-cruise the next day.  That was a nice relaxing trip. The O’Brien’s continue to golf, attend Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey games, and Blue Wahoo baseball games.  Bernie Bauer attends these games also. He is doing fine. Paul Belt plays in the same golf association as Pat and Pat says Paul is playing extremely well. 



Source: Aerograph February 2022

The Pensacola Chapter met on 2 December at the home of Larry & Nancy Warrenfeltz.  Others in attendance included, Ed & Patti StratenKen and Barbara Overholt, Pat & Libby O'BrienGerrie Marsh and her daughter Melissa, Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter.   

As usual, the Warrenfeltz home was beautifully decorated, and  great time was had by all.  Before we shared a wonderful meal, we found time for a very short business meeting.  We were informed that Denny and Helen Maljevac weren't able to join us as they were visiting family in Jacksonville.  Pat and Libby O'Brien reported they ran into Dave and Jerrie Dunlap at Founaris Bros. Italian Restaurant. Dave and Jerrie's granddaughter and family were with them, and Dave said all was going well.  Pat reported that Bernie Bauer has to have surgery to remove kidney stones.  Following our meeting and meal, we entertained ourselves with a white elephant gift exchange.  

Al and Helen Atwell have continued to hunker down to avoid Covid-19.. However, with considerable concern, they did enjoy a brief visit over Christmas by daughter/granddaughter from North  Carolina.  In spite of numerous airline cancellations, they made it to Pensacola and back home without incident. Ironically, about two weeks after returning home, they both came down with Omicron (mild symptoms), which they believe their daughter picked-up in school although fully vaccinated and wearing two masks all day.  Helen is dealing with short-term memory loss and this has left Al to cook/clean,etc and worry about all the current daily issues and problems.  But she still fondly remembers all the good times she and Al enjoyed in the past when Al was deployed to WestPac for over 20 years flying in Fleet Air Wings and Squadrons out of various bases in Hawaii, Thailand, Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  Although Helen has given-up cooking/cleaning, etc. She does enjoy working outside in the yard trimming bushes/raking leaves, etc. They both look forward to when the Covid-19 issue is better resolved and they can again get together with shipmates at various meetings and reunions.

Unlike Al and Helen, Pat and Libby O'Brien have not hunkered down.  They continue to play golf, attend the Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey games, and travel.   In Nov., Pat's youngest son, Sean, came down from Virginia Beach to spend a few days with dad.  The O'Brien's rented a house on Pensacola Beach to be there for the Blue Angel Airshow and to be with Libby's grandson, Cole, who was on leave from the Navy.  The O'Briens celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day.  That evening they went to the Hilton Hotel on Pensacola Beach for dinner and to spend the night.  The dinner was a memory they'd just as soon forget.  It took almost three for their dinners to arrive after ordering.  I doubt the O'Briens will do that again.  After Christmas, they went down to Tampa, Fl, with two friends to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Montreal Canadians in a National Hockey League game.  They stayed at MacDill AFB quarters. The accommodations were very nice, and you may want to take advantage of them if traveling in that area.  Pat and his oldest son, Patrick, rent pedal kayaks every Tuesday, weather permitting, and fish the intercoastal waterway or Bayou Grande.  Patrick is always looking for the BIG one, while dad is satisfied catching most anything other than a catfish or ray.

Bernie Bauer is doing much better following a successful kidney stone operation. 

Ed and Patti Straten continue to enjoy life and travel the world.  The holiday months were filled with turkey and wonderful family memories.  Their November cruise on the Celebrity Reflection was exciting and relaxin They were joined by their daughter, Kim, her husband John and friends.  They also cruised on the Celebrity Equinox in January with friends.  Beautiful sunny days and fabulous food.  

Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz enjoyed hosting the Pensacola Chapter Christmas party in early December. They spent the Christmas New Years holidays in Florida for the first time since retiring to the Pensacola area in 2002. After twenty-plus annual road trips to Maryland and Pennsylvania from the Gulf Coast, they enjoy having one family of their grandchildren living in their neighborhood. Having Christmas dinner at your daughter’s house is fun. What a great reason to avoid the craziness of the holiday travel season!

Submitted by Pat O'Brien, P'Cola Sec./Treas..