Thursday, December 31, 2020

Welcome to the Theta blog!

Welcome to the Theta Phi blog!

This blog has been created to allow us to share what's been going on in our lives and communicate with each other in an open forum. 
There are two ways you can add news or comments to the blog:

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Looking forward to hearing from you!

Yours in Theta,


"Pook" Siprin Bellini
1967 Pledge Class President

Monday, July 1, 2019

Alumnae News

This page has been reformatted to allow each new posting to be listed separately. Since there is a limit to how many postings appear on a page, you will need to click on "older posts" (lower right corner of each page) to see previous posts. There are lots of posts hiding there... don't miss them!  Alternatively, you can go to the BLOG ARCHIVE at the bottom of the left sidebar and search for postings by date and title.
In most cases, you should be able to click on a photo to enlarge it.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Jean Valentine Ward and Barbara Wright Passmore

Jean Valentine Ward and partner, Paul Rauch, took a cruise with Barbara Wright Passmore and husband, Hunter in October '15 from Amsterdam to Budapest. We had a great time touring medieval towns, castles, and cathedrals as well as reminiscing!

Get Well Wishes to Midge Dube

Midge Dube is having surgery today (2/14/16).
Message on Facebook from Midge Dube's daughter, Ann Cox:  
PRAYERS NEEDED. They are prepping mom, Midge Dube for surgery now. The meds have not worked, so they have to go in and remove the infected part of her intestine. Please keep her in your positive thoughts for a successful surgery and her complete and speedy recovery.

Keeping Midge in our thoughts and prayers!

2/18/16 - Posted by Midge's daughter, Stacey Horwitz:
Mom is doing better. ..NG tube is out so now she can have liquid diet by mouth...still has pain...but slowly recovering. ..Please feel free to send get well cards to the house and I will bring them to her. Thank you all for your prayers and healing thoughts. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Get Well Wishes to Laura Siracusano Dudek

Laura Siracusano Dudek is recovering from hip replacement surgery.   

I am at home, recuperating from hip replacement surgery last Wednesday.  I'm doing very well, pain-wise, but am going stir crazy, having to sit and rest so much during the day!  This isn't as much of a "walk in the park" as I'd hoped it would be!!!

Tom is wonderful, waiting on me hand and foot, cooking, cleaning and getting me showered, dressed, undressed and up and down our stairs.  He deserves a medal!  Hopefully, this won't last too long!

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Laura!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Please Keep Carmella Lagano Alfano in Your Prayers

Janice Oehler shared this message from Carmella Lagano Alfano's husband, Al, today.

Please keep Carmella in your prayers.

On Saturday morning morning Carmella woke up with a fever of 102.3.

We went to the Cape Cod Hospital emergency center where they examined her and admitted her.

She was diagnosed with an upper urinary tract infection involving the right kidney and upper ureter. It is called pyelonephritis.

This infection placed stress on her entire system, including her heart, and test results revealed a high degree of certainty that she had a heart attack.

She is stable now but her temperature continues to go up and down.

The doctors are waiting on test results to pinpoint a treatment plan. They need to know the specific bacterial strain causing the infection and the degree of severity of her heart attack as those factors will determine the treatment plan. She is currently receiving intravenous antibiotics and Heparin, a blood thinner.

Again, please keep her in your prayers.


I was shocked and very sad to hear about Carmella.  We met the very 1st day of Orientation, when new students arrived on campus.  We were both on the same wing of 3rd floor Capen ... such a very long time ago.  We shared meals, classes, laughs and Theta.  I'll be thinking about her and remembering some nice conversations and her very sweet, warm smile.
-Nina (Friedman) Lazar '66

Hi Carmella and Al,
I am thinking of both of you, sending prayers and healing thoughts your way.
Love in Theta,

-Laura Siracusano Dudek 

2/4/16 UPDATE
Thanks for keeping Carmella in your prayers. The past five days have been taxing. While this started off critical, fortunately Carmella is home now.

The doctors are treating her with one of those super antibiotics for 13 days.

Apparently, her heart was stressed by the infection and released the enzyme Troponin, the indicator that a heart attack has occurred. Follow-up tests, echo-cardiogram and nuclear stress test, revealed no heart damage. 

Again, thank you.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Nancy Arcoleo Erikson­­

It’s the spring semester of 1959. Each year Kappa fraternity held a “talent event” called Kappa Kapers. Three Theta Phi gals (seniors) decided they would perform a dance routine to a tune from the show Pajama Game named STEAM HEAT. Notice all three are looking down at their feet rather than smiling at the audience. Also two pairs of feet were facing one way while the third was facing the opposite direction. These are teachers­to­be, not Rockettes!! Somehow, they pulled it off and received a “sit down” ovation for giving it their all. 

The three Class of 1959 dancers were as follows: 
TALL; Jackie Burton, MEDIUM; Ginny Stadtfeld Esser, SHORT; Nancy Arcoleo Erikson­­

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Gail Pieper Brice

So nice to read Theta news, see sisters! 

Here I am 9/10/15 at Montana home, celebrating tenth grandchild's first birthday. 

- Gail Pieper Brice / Class of 1960.

Monday, January 18, 2016

We Mourn the Passing of Maggie Tashiro Caccamo

We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Maggie Tashiro Caccamo.   

Linda Landers emailed me today that Maggie Tashiro Caccamo passed away on Jan. 13th. She was 71 & had been battling leukemia. 
- Janice Oehler 

Maggie's Obituary

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall Luncheon 2015

Please send photos!!