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04/19/2017

   
1957 WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT
MISS MARY E TOWNE

Miss Mare E Towne of 69 Westbourne Parkway,    Hartford, CT is the fiance'e of

Mr. Donald R Sondergeld of Toledo, Ohio

Don and Mary were married in Waterville, Maine on August 3, 1957.  

Here are pictures of the happy couple. They haven't changed a bit!    

     

 

1957

 

50 Years Later

 

Don was an actuarial student at Connecticut General Life Insurance Company and Mary was a Speech Therapist teaching in Hartford CT at Dwight, Vine,  Rawson, and Burr schools.  They lived in a large apartment at 760 A on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, CT for two years and then moved into their first house on Woods Road in Bloomfield, CT in September 1959 after Karen was born.  David was born in November 1960 and Eric followed in April 1962.  In May 1962 Don completed his actuarial exams and became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

 In 1963 Don took an actuarial position with Hartford Life Insurance Company at 77 Franklin in Boston.  We moved into our next house at 8 Elm Drive in Canton, MA.  Amy was born at Norwood Hospital in April 1965.  That fall we bought 150 feet of lake front property on Beebe Pond in Hubbardton, VT to build a winterized house for skiing and a place to vacation at in summers.  A 24 x 38 foot two story "camp"  was completed in the spring of 1966. 

 Don was promoted to Second Vice President and Actuary before the Company was moved to Hartford CT in 1967.  But in 1967 we moved to 20 Farm Hill Road in West Hartford, CT.  We sold our home in Canton, MA before our new house was ready for occupancy so the family spent the summer at our camp in VT and Don lived at the Netherlands Hotel in Hartford that summer with Emil Tobler and Dave Manning(?). In December 1968 our fifth and last child, Karla, arrived at Hartford Hospital.

 We had season ski passes at Pico from 1968 - 1987.  All the kids became Qualified Amateur Ski Instructors and were able to ski free by teaching an hour on 10 Sundays and gate keeping 2 races.  In 1977 we built 2 tennis courts  in Hubbardton, VT, owned by 12 families, and learned to play tennis.

Most of Don's career was as Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary and a Director of The Hartford's Worldwide Life Operations.

Mary taught speech therapy in Hartford until Karen was born in 1959.  She then received a Master's degree at St Josephs College in West Hartford, Connecticut around 1976 and an Advanced Degree from the University of Hartford around 1981. She became a Special Ed teacher and later an administrator for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). She then taught from 1976 to 1989.

In February 1989 Don took a position as Executive Vice President of Mutual Benefit in Newark, NJ.  We bought a lovely home at 14 Heller Drive in Upper Montclair.  Mary loved visiting Manhattan, as it was less than a 30 minute bus ride.  However, the Company was taken over by the NJ Insurance Department in 1991 and Don retired.  That fall he became President of the Society of Actuaries for one year and we traveled to England (London), China (Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai), Japan (Tokyo), Hong Kong, Indonesia (Jakarta and Bali), Singapore, and Taiwan (Taipei).  We sold our NJ home in November 1992, and bought a condo at Naples Bath and Tennis Club in Naples, FL in January 1993 and became Florida residents. Don became addicted to bridge and traveling.

Here are places where we have lived.

From To Street Address City & State Comment
 09.1956  08.1957  69 Westbourne Parkway                    Hartford, CT Don & Bob Goode were roommates.   Mary & Janet Rosen moved to the third floor 9/1956.
.09.1957  09.1959  760 Farmington Avenue,                     West Hartford, CT Rented from Mildred Fineberg across from Whiting Lane. Then moved to an apartment at 85? Kenneth Street for a month when Karen was born as we did not want to upset Mildred's daughter with a baby in the apartment.                     
 10.1959  09.1963  24 Woods Road                      Bloomfield, CT  Our first house                                                 
 10.1963  06.1967  8 Elm Drive                                              Canton, MA Our family lived at Beebe Pond in Hubbardton between MA & CT..
 11.1965  Now 469 Birch Road                                             Hubbardton, VT  Doubled the size of the house in 1989. 
 09.1967  08.1989  20 Farm Hill Road                       West Hartford, CT  A great neighborhood & house  in which to raise a family.
 11.1989  11.1992 14 Heller Drive                                 Upper Montclair, NJ  Mary just loved being so close to NY City.  #
 01.1993  Now 1518B Oyster Catcher                Naples, FL   Easy in and easy out.

# Here is what 14 Heller Drive looked like on February 29, 2016:

Below are Don's Flat Rock in CT and  his Innuksuk in VT

Above in West Hartford, Connecticut October 24, 2015

We usually have most of our family visiting us over the Christmas holidays in Vermont.       Here are some of our Holiday Greetings.  1996   1997   1998   1999   2000   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014  2015  2016

Travel  Don and Mary were invited to many nice places each year where The Hartford had Sales Conventions.  Also, Don traveled in conjunction with committee work and Mary joined him in traveling to  Board Meetings of  the Society of Actuaries.  We both got addicted to traveling which we continue to do in retirement.   Here is a more detailed summary.

  92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07
VERMONT 171 173 177 182 153 156 152 147 151 127 150 163 169 168 156 167
FLORIDA 12 86 112 106 109 129 89 116 102 107 99 123 96 92 103 100
OTHER   131 85 39 70 94 35 72 43 64 72 90 48 60 69 70 73
CANADA 20 11 0 7 3 18 14 19 28 38 26 30 30 19 17 9
FOREIGN* 32 10 37 0 7 27 38 40 21 21 0 0 11 17 19 16
TOTAL  365 365 365 365 366 365 365 365 366 365 365 365 366 365 365 365

 

  08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16           '92-16 %
VERMONT 151 198 187 176 163 170 158 169 166           4100 44
FLORIDA 114 120 126 153 177 178 183 165 179           2976 33
OTHER   76 16 35 36 26 14 24 31 14           1387 15
CANADA 11 14 17 0 0 3 0 0 6           340 4
FOREIGN* 14 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0           327 4
TOTAL  366 365 365 365 366 365 365 365 365           9131 100

After Don retired you can see a summary of our major non skiing trips and family celebrations around the world.  And some reminiscing about skiing  and also a listing of many places at which Don skiied.

Don went to at least 10 bridge tournaments each year between 2001 and 2007  in the US and in Canada.  He went to only 2 tournaments in 2012 and only one tournament in 2013. The end result is we now spend about 6 months in VT and 6 months in FL and a few days visiting family: 3 in Ct, 1 in MA and 1 in CA.

Here is Don's autobiography. Here is some Theta Xi trivia and pictures at Bowling Green State University.

Don was born in 1930  in Toledo, OH, lived there until about 1939, then  grew up in a portion of Wood County that abuts East Toledo, OH in what is now called Northwood.  Here are  Olney High School graduation pictures from www.northwoodschools.org/ona Don graduated in 1948, Ralph graduated in 1951. Their mother taught 3rd grade at Olney for many years.  You may be interested in reading about the Toledo War and the Toledo Strip

 

 

     
   

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