NAVAL WEATHER SERVICE ASSOCIATION

An association of Aerographers & Mates,
Meteorologists & Oceanographers

NWSA Pensacola Chapter

 

pensacola@navalweather.org

 

President:                   Larry Warrenfeltz

Secretary/Treasurer:  Pat O'Brien

 

Chapter News

Source: Aerograph November 2020
Going clockwise:  Ed Straten (seated), Nancy Warrenfeltz, Larry
Warrenfeltz, Gerrie Marsh, Libby and Pat O'Brien, Barbara and Ken
Overholt, Helen and Denny Maljevac, and Patti Straten


The reason we couldn't meet in September was Hurricane Sally.  Rapid intensification just off the coast caused
Sally to strengthen from a tropical storm to a near CAT2 Hurricane overnight.  Heavy rains soaked the ground and many trees were uprooted due to the higher winds.  An aerial shot of Pensacola will show many blue roofs.  Roofing contractors are having a heyday.  Everyone here was left scrambling.  We've lost the 3-Mile Bridge which connects Pensacola with Gulf Breeze.  One of the 27 barges being used to construct the bridge broke loose from its moorings and ripped through an eastern section of the bridge.  There's no telling how long it will take to get it repaired and construction finished.  Thank God our Chapter members appear to have fared fairly well.  

Paul Belt says he was lucky. None of the trees in his yard came down on his house, but he lost quite a few.  He also said getting all the trees removed from his property was quite expensive and is not covered by insurance.  Ouch! He and Cheryl weren't with us at our Chapter meeting as they were in North Carolina.  

Bernie Bauer is doing fine.  His house did not suffer any damage, but Bernie said he was having his shingles replaced because they were getting brittle.  He was told by his roofer it may take until the end of the holidays to get them replaced.  

Rose and Arthur Frazier escaped the wrath of Sally.  They moved to a 55+ Community in Ocala back in February and they love it there. There's no NWSA Chapter in Ocala, so we will try to maintain contact with them via these inputs.  Rose had knee replacement surgery done, and before she could get the other knee done, she had a couple of heart attacks!!  Damn the bad luck!  She is looking forward to getting the other knee operation scheduled so she can get it done and over with.  When her heart doctors did a heart cath, they found no blockages or damage so they sent her home. After a week or so of blood pressure spikes, all went back to normal, and she is fine. Great news.  Arthur is doing well and has started taking classes at the community learning center. Their son, Timothy, graduated from Florida Institute for Technology in May, more or less, and is still trying to find a job. His degree is in Mechanical Engineering. Now that things are starting to open up again, Rose and Arthur are excited to get involved. Rose is doing the weekly craft show, selling totes for walkers/rollators and her newest hobby painting or repainting yard statues. They are enjoying being so much closer to family in Ocala. 

Pat and Libby O'Brien are well, and like most folks in Pensacola, trying to stay safe.  Patrick says, "Wearing masks is a joke."  He conforms when required. He and Libby did get out of Pensacola for a few days in September to celebrate Libby's 40th anniversary of her 39th birthday. They went up to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Pat says it was great to get away from all the destruction caused by Sally.  The O'Briens try to stay busy.  Pat plays golf as often as possible, works at their church one or two days a week, and fishes every Tuesday with his oldest son, Patrick.  Pat says he doesn't stay busy enough based on the size of his midsection.  Libby suggests diets, but Pat says, "It's just easier buying bigger pants."  Because of the Pandemic, services at their church were not conducted for months.  They just recently resumed, but they are outdoors (weather permitting).  Pat has given up on the NFL and NBA.  He hasn't watched an NFL game in years, and the NBA joined his  will not watch list this year.  He and Libby really enjoyed watching the NHL playoffs and having the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup.  They also enjoy watching the PGA and LPGA events each week.  

Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz are surviving 2020 along with the rest of the country and the world. Plus, we in Pensacola got a good reminder that Mother Nature will keep all of us weather-guessers humble.  Hurricane Sally increased in strength by 25 knots the night before eventually wandering ashore along the Alabama-FloridlineLarry said, "It fooled me, but it didn't fool Nancy."  Don't feel bad Larry.  I think the National Weather Service was fooled too.  The Warrenfeltz have done a little safe traveling and enjoyed a week-long visit with their Seattle family (who were all very happy for a short escape from the People’s Republic of Washington).  Once high school volleyball finally started in Florida, it gave Larry the chance to get out of the house three or four nights a week as the teams crammed in all their games in a condensed season.

Ed and Patti Straten hosted their son Craig, daughter in law Melissa and their grandchildren, Braedyn, Jordyn and Ryan for three fun filled weeks…the kids spent most of the time in the pool!  After taking a breath, they hosted friends from NH, Patti’s best friend,  Sissi,  and her daughter Robin.  Sadly, Robin took a fall and broke her shoulder which cut the visit a little short. Next they traveled to Key West to celebrate their friend’s, Tom and Amy’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Key West is always a fabulous time, even wearing masks on Duval Street.  They loved Kevin's Irish Bar (the Guiness!) and Margaritaville (the cheeseburgers). In between all this excitement, they made the decision they had been thinking about for years. They sold their home in Pensacola and bought a fabulous high rise condo just three miles away in Lost Key.  Closing date was September 16.  Whoops.  Hurricane Sally had other plans…but they finally closed and moved in. Complete with a golf course view, three pools, workout room and a beach club, they couldn’t be happier! Here's to you Patti and Ed!!

Source: Aerograph August 2020

The Pensacola Chapter held its June meeting at Sonny's Barbecue Restaurant.  Those in attendance included Larry & Nancy Warrenfeltz, Pat & Libby O'Brien, Ken & Barbara Overholt, Ed & Patti Straten, Gerrie Marsh, and Paul Belt.

 

The coronavirus has kept most of our members from traveling.  In addition to the NWSA Reunion being cancelled, Pat and Libby O'Brien had their trip to Iceland, Scotland, and Ireland cancelled, and a family get together in Connecticut put on hold. They are grateful that the golf courses are open.  Weather permitting, they try to play two or three times a week.

 

Speaking of golf, Pat and Paul Belt are in the same golf association and Pat says Paul is playing some excellent golf.  Pat is working one or two days a week at his church and tries to get one day of fishing in each week with his oldest son, Patrick.

 

Pat heard from Gene Witsman.  Gene is in Fort Walton Beach and like the rest of us, he's visiting doctors more but getting by.  Gene says he's not traveling as much as in times past.

 

Pat also heard from Fay Crossley who was looking for any information on John Shay.  Pat got some info from Bernie Bauer and forwarded it to Fay.  Fay was then able to contact John.  John is in an assisted living facility here in Pensacola.

 

Ed and Patti Straten are doing well but unfortunately, had a scheduled cruise to Australia and various exotic locations cancelled.  One couples scheduled trip wasn't cancelled.  Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz traveled to North Carolina's outer banks for an annual family reunion.  Until the next issue comes out, stay safe and God Bless.

 

Submitted by Pat O’Brien, Sec/Treas



Source: Aerograph May 2020

The Pensacola Chapter met on 13 March at the Grand Buffet in Pace, Florida.  Those in attendance were as follows:  Larry & Nancy Warrenfeltz, Pat and Libby O'Brien, Paul Belt & Cheryl Alter, Al & Helen Atwell, Denny & Helen Maljevac, Marian Hawkes, and Elizabeth Tokryman.

 

The minutes of our 13 Dec meeting were read and approved along with the treasurer's report.  The President reported the reunion in Savannah is still on, and Jim Romano will keep us advised as to any change.  The hotel and museum are cleaning up and getting ready for us.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 12 June at Sonny's on 9th Ave. in Pensacola.

 

It seems as if the Coronavirus has kept the majority of our members in port doing maintenance work as they have nothing new to report.  The O'Briens lost a dear friend in January.  Joan Futtner, the wife of AGCS Ret. Jim Futtner, passed away.  When they received the news, they packed their bags and headed to Connecticut.  Pat was extremely grateful that the weather was good for the entire trip.  He's not much on going north in the winter.  It was nice to rehash many of the good times we've shared over the years.  Rest in peace Joan.  Following the funeral, Pat and Libby headed to Niantic, CT, to visit his daughter, Kelly, and her husband.  They spent a few days with them in their new home before heading back south.   The O'Briens had planned on attending the Savannah Reunion, but since that was cancelled, they stayed close to home. They feel fortunate to have had their home golf course remain open during the pandemic.  They play 2 or 3 times a week.  Pat says, " It's better than sitting in the house."  Pat plays Monday, Wednesday, and Friday On Tuesday, he and his oldest son, Patrick, go fishing.  On Thursday and Saturday, he works at his church as a member of the Green Team.  Since there's only two members on that team, he gets to do the mowing, weed eating, and bush trimming. Lucky guy, huh?  Libby has been busy trying to coordinate a sightseeing/golf outing to Iceland, Scotland and Ireland.  Hoping the pandemic is over before August.  We're scheduled to leave on August 18th.  Libby and her daughter,Sandy, took a trip to Tampa/St. Pete to attend a wedding. Pat stayed home and says he smiled a lot.  Libby also went with her two daughters to see a Lauren Daigle concert here in Pensacola.  Again, Pat stayed home doing you know what.  Says he never heard of Lauren Daigle.  Pat recently received an e-mail from Gene Witsman.  He hadn't heard anything from Gene in quite a while.  Turns out, Gene is still in Fort Walton Beach, and like the rest of us, medical issues keep him from doing a lot of what he'd like to do.  He's dealing with fibromyalgia, and wishes his docs would come up with something to relieve the pain.  Hang in there Gene. 

Rose and Arthur Frazier moved to On Top of The World in February and love it there. They have spent most of the quarantine time setting up new doctors and getting lots of tests done. Son, Timothy, graduates from Florida Institute for Technology with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering in May.  Arthur and Rose made a week-long trip to Costa Rica to help and visit with missionary friends then came back just in time for the lockdown.  They don't plan to do much traveling over the next few months as Rose is hoping to get a double knee replacement soon.  Hope all  goes well Rose.

 

Rose and Arthur Frazier moved to On Top of The World in February and love it there. They have spent most of the quarantine time setting up new doctors and getting lots of tests done. Son, Timothy, graduates from Florida Institute for Technology with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering in May.  Arthur and Rose made a week-long trip to Costa Rica to help and visit with missionary friends then came back just in time for the lockdown.  They don't plan to do much traveling over the next few months as Rose is hoping to get a double knee replacement soon.  Hope all  goes well Rose.


Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz say they have nothing to report other than the fact that they are healthy and hoping for things to open up soon.

 

Ed and Patti Straten had planned a 17 day dream cruise to Sydney, Bora Bora and Honolulu, ending with a beautiful week at the Hale Koa.  Due to the virus  pandemic, they are still at home in Pensacola...and still dreaming.


 

This picture makes us think they are in Hawaii.  Looking good.

Submitted by Pat O’Brien, Sec./Treas.





Source: Aerograph February 2020

The Pensacola Chapter had their December meeting/Christmas Party at the home of Ed and Patti Straten. Those in attendance included Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz, Pat and Libby O'Brien, Ken and Barbara Overholt, Rose and Arthur Frazier, Paul and Cheryl Belt , Al and Helen Atwell, and Marion Hawks. See attached party pics below. At the business end of the party Larry and Pat volunteered to remain on as President and Sec/Treasurer respectively for the year 2020.

 

Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz greatly enjoyed the 2019 college football season. Navy beat Army and Air Force to win the Commander in Chief’s trophy. The Midshipmen beat Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl and finished the season tying the school record at 11-2. Locally, the University of West Florida Argonauts won the NCAA D-II National Championship! In the program’s fourth year of existence, the Argos’ path to the championship put them on the road for five straight weeks. They upset four undefeated teams to take the title. Nancy and Larry are pictured here with the UWF Mascot. 
Now Larry’s attention is focused on the softball field. He is the Umpire-in-Chief for high school softball in Florida. That means there is a whole lot of umpire training to accomplish before the season begins. Now Larry’s attention is focused on the softball field. He is the Umpire-in-Chief for high school softball in Florida. That means there is a whole lot of umpire training to accomplish before the season begins.

Pat and Libby O'Brien celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day and left the following day for a 10-day southern Caribbean Cruise. Pat's last southern Caribbean Cruise was via the U.S. Navy in 1981, and he says this one was nothing like it. He and Libby spent most of their time relaxing. Pat did go to the gym one time. He says he didn't want to overdo the exercise thing because at his age exercise is too much like work. They continue to play golf, and Libby talked Pat into going to Augusta to play in a tournament. Pat was not all that excited about the venture, but as things go, sometimes they work out. They ended up winners of their flights and won a number of prizes. They are now labeled sandbaggers. All their news is not good. Libby lost her younger brother, Bill, to cancer in early November.


Rose and Arthur Frazier had a very busy Christmas season as Santa and Mrs. Claus, so they spent a quiet holiday at home with their son.  Then they went on a 5- day cruise with 12 others to celebrate the New Year at sea! Many dressed in the style of the Roaring 20's that evening!  (see photo below). January they are packing up their house and moving to a 55+ community in Ocala to be closer to son and most of Rose's family.  They are looking forward to some real retirement activities and more travel after their son graduates from college (F.I.T.) in May


Denny and Helen Maljevac were visited by their son Mike and his family over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Denny and Mike decided that one way to spend some time together would be to get in a workout at the local gym.  Denny is a regular there so he thought he could “smoke” Mike during their workout.  What a joke that turned out to be.  Mike “dropped the hammer” and showed his dad how it’s done.  Turns out that Mike works out at the gym onboard Mayport Naval Base where his civil service job includes conducting hazmat inspections onboard homeported and transient ships.   It was all in good fun and the “old man” enjoyed eating a piece of humble pie.   It was a great way for father and son to spend some time together over that family holiday.  Mike jokingly said that the event will now go down in family history as “Black Friday”. 


Ed and Patti Straten returned from their Med cruise to Italy, France, and Spain where they celebrated Ed’s milestone 70th birthday! They took in all the sights!  In Rome they toured The Vatican, Colosseum, Forum, Palatine Hill and Trevi Fountain.  They cruised to Pisa, Portofino, Nice, Monaco, Provence, Sete, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.  They roamed these beautiful cities, the magnificent cathedrals, (actually saw the Holy Grail!), the little cafes, ate pizza and drank wine, breathed in the sight and sound of a different world and literally enjoyed Planes, Trains, Automobiles and a luxurious Cruise Ship.  Fabulous! Life is Good!

In December, they hosted the annual NWSA Pensacola Chapter annual meeting and Christmas Party.  A great time was had by all!


In January they saw a really great show with Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits.  Who remembers Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter?

 

They are looking forward to their next cruise to Sydney, New Zealand, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Lahina and Honolulu.   How could they possibly leave Hawaii at the end of the cruise? So… they decided to stay at the fantastic military hotel, The Hale Koa, for a week before traveling to Las Vegas on their way back to Pensacola.  The trip will be a fabulous 33 days total! Aloha!

 

Submitted by Pat O’Brien, Sec./Treas.

Source: Aerograph November 2019

The Pensacola Chapter held its fall meeting at Wolf Bay Lodge on Friday the 13th of September.  The following individuals were in attendance: Larry and Nancy Warrenfeltz, Pat and Libby O'Brien, Bernie Bauer, Ken and Barbara Overholt, Al and Helen AtwellEd and Patti Straten, Gerrie Marsch, and Elspeth Lloyd.

Our Chapter lost a fine shipmate with the passing of Ed Marsch on 20 August.  Rest in Peace shipmate.

Pat and Libby O'Brien continue to travel.  In July, they went on a 3,700+ mile road trip to Ohio, Canada, Connecticut, Virginia Beach, and Georgia before returning home.   In Connecticut, they got to spend some time with Jim and Joan Futtner.  Jim is doing well, but Joan has been in and out of the hospital.  Please keep her in your prayers.  While visiting with Pat's daughter, Kelly, and her family, Libby and Pat traveled up to Rhode Island to play a round of golf.  The O'Briens have now played golf in 43 states.  After leaving Connecticut, they traveled to Virginia Beach to visit with Pat's youngest
son, Sean, and his family.  Then it was onto Georgia to visit with Libby's grandson, Ryan, who's a warrant officer in the Army.  Two weeks after returning home, Libby flew up to Norfolk with her daughter and son-in-law.  Libby's grandson, Cole, returned from his first Navy deployment, and Libby and Cole's parents were there to greet him.  Cole is an Operations Specialist aboard the USS Gravely. 
 
Ed and Patti Straten have been busy preparing for their cruise to the French Rivera and the Med.  They will fly to Rome where they will spend a few days touring the Vatican, Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Forum and several wine and pizza bars. Then they board the Celebrity Constellation for a beautiful cruise with ports in Florence, Pisa, Portofino, Nice, Provence, Toulon, Sete, Valencia, Palma De Mallorca and Barcelona. Au Revoir! Nancy and Larry Warrenfeltz made an August trip to Seattle to visit their daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons. The timing allowed Nana Nancy to bake and decorate youngest grandson Michael’s 4th birthday Super Hero cake. It had a cape with an “M” and a shield with a “4.” They are enjoying University of West Florida football and volleyball this fall. Larry also spends many evenings refereeing high school volleyball.

Paul Belt and Cheryl Alter. In mid-June Paul made an unexpected visit to southwest Iowa to attend the funeral of his uncle. While the event was a sad occasion, the local VFW provided military honors for his uncle’s service in the Army during the Vietnam war. Paul said that it's always an honor to see these women and men provide this patriotic service to previous service members. In August, Cheryl and Paul visited their friends, the Leach’s, in Fort Collins, Colorado. They enjoyed some spectacular sightseeing while there. Paul also realized he’s quite nervous on the narrow park roads in Rocky Mountain National Park (12,005 feet) and the Mount Evans Wilderness (14,130 feet). The tree line in Colorado is around 10,500 feet! Fun Fact:  The National Park Service does not put guard rails on their roads. “Yikes!So, when you’re above the tree line, a miscalculation by the driver could end things quickly.



The wind was blowing a good 25 mph on the mountain top when Paul and Cheryl posed for this photo. Paul did tell Cheryl to enjoy the view as he would never be travelling the winding roads of Mount Evans again!  Paul concluded the summer with a 10-day visit to San Diego and enjoyed fine food and hanging out with his grandson, Alex, and his parents Scott and Simona-Strianese Belt. In the picture below, Alex and PauI are enjoying a lawn chair that Paul thought made him look slimmer.
Submitted by Pat O'Brien, Sec/Treas.