Member News

Sophie Albrecht (OH) passed away September 14, 2017.  Sophie was a life member and founding member of the Rose Fay Thomas Fellows.  She served as Northeastern Region Vice President, Office Chair and many other positions.  Her devotion to NFMC and music will be missed by many.  Cards of sympathy can be sent to her daughter Debbie Somerville, 4522 Natural Trail, New Albany, OH 43054.

Jan Hansen’s husband, Larry Hansen, passed away on February 28th.  Jan Hansen is a member of the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs and is the Essay Chairman for the North Central, South Central and Western Regions.  Cards of condolence 101 Rio Mesa Dr., Grants Pass, OR 97527.

Virginia Queen (AR) passed away March 29, 2017.  She was a long time Federation member who served as Past President of the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs.  She was a Life Member, Rose Fay Thomas Fellow, and NFMC Founder’s Day Chairman during Ouida Keck’s term as President.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 6, at 10 a.m., at Parkway Village Chapel.

Tenney Miller (MI) passed away January 16. Tenney served as President of the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs and Monday Musical Club. She held many other positions on the local, state and national level. Tenney was an advocate for our juniors members and National Music Week. We will miss her generosity and dedication to MFMC and NFMC.

Services will be at Starks and Menchinger Family Funeral Home and Chapel, 2560 Niles Rd, St Joseph, MI, 49085 on Saturday January 21, 2016 from 2-3 PM with services at 3 PM. Cards of condolence can be sent to the family at 2532 Dover Lane, St Joseph, MI 49085.

Joann Widmer (OR) passed away December 16 after a short battle with cancer. Joann served on NFMC and OFMC for many years, holding several chairmanships. Many will remember that at the NFMC meeting in Portland, Oregon (2014) she was surprised by her OFMC friends as a Rose Fay Thomas Fellow for her dedicated service to the state. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 27th at 11am at Tillamook First Christian Church with reception following. Cards of sympathy can be sent to her family at 2510 Fourth St, Tillamook, OR 97141.

Gloria Thrasher (Texas) passed away November 7. Gloria is the immediate past president of Texas Federation of Music Clubs. Gloria served tirelessly for NFMC, TFMC and Opera in the Ozarks. She will be missed by her family and many Federation friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at Catholic Church of Rockdale, Texas. Cards of condolence can be sent to her family at 711 Middleton St, Rockdale, TX 76567.

Peggy Radmer, longtime Federation member passed away on Thursday, October 27th. Peggy held multiple Wisconsin Federation of Music Club offices. She was the State Festival and Gold Cup chairman for many years, State President from 2007-2011, and currently a local Federation Festival chairman as well as North Central Region Federation Festival Chairman. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005 from 4PM to 7PM and again Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10AM until time of services at 10:30AM. Interment Valhalla Cemetery. A scholarship in Peggy’s name will be established in Wisconsin for high school students who have participated in the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs Festivals. You may send condolences to the Radmer family at 1930 Sunnyside Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186.

Odee Maier (North Dakota) passed away September 21st. Odee was very active in the local, state and national activities of NFMC. She was the founder of the North Central Region, served as American Music Division Chairman and held many other chairmanships. Odee served as state president of North Dakota from 1985 – 1989. Most recently, Odee served as the NFMC Summer Music Center Chairman. The 2015 Biennial Convention was dedicated to Odee for her service to NFMC and North Dakota. Cards of condolence can be sent to the family at 6292 13 Circle S, Fargo ND 58104.

Dr. Isabella Laude (FL) passed away June 21. Many will remember Isabella for her great work on Music Clubs Magazine. She held many positions in NFMC and FFMC and will be greatly missed. Cards of condolence can be sent to her home at 444 Seminole Road, Babson Park, FL 33827. The family has requested donations to the Frances Rands Beery Ballet Award with checks made out to FFMC. The memo line should indicate the ballet award. These donations can be sent to Suzanne Carpenter, treasurer of FFMC.

Margaret Whaley, PA president from 1990-1994, passed away in February. Margaret served as Music in Poetry Chairman in 2003.

Agnes Downie, VA, passed away March 12. Agnes was a staunch supporter of NFMC and will be forever missed. Most recently she was serving as PPA chairman. She was a longstanding member of Thursday Morning Music Club, Roanoke, VA, serving as President 1987 – 1991. She was the Parliamentarian of Virginia Federation of Music Clubs, and the Committee Chair for Founders Day for many years. Cards of condolence can be sent to 5830 Big Horn Dr SW, Roanoke, VA 24018

Nancy Hatz, PA, passed away January 20 at 100 years old.She was a past PA president and served at many levels for the state and national organizations. She was a lifetime member of both PFMC and NFMC. Above all she worked diligently for the arts in her community and supported and mentored the progress of many students and performers. Her interest and support for PFMC and NFMC was well known. She was called “our cheerleader” by many who worked with her.