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Do you know how to reach any of these former Rockettes?
Here's a list of names and last known contact information that doesn't seem to be valid any longer. If you know of corrections to this information, would you please email Ellen at tdenniston@comcast.net so mailing and contact records can be updated. Thanks!!

Lora Anderson
10830 Morrison
N Hollywood, CA 91601

Dani Brownlee Berger
62-60 99th St #122
Rego Park, NY 11374
718-275-5726

Sue Bono-Moore
5402 Hurlock Dr
Austin, TX 78731-3904
512-302-0583
cmrz2000@aol.com

Dorothy Meachen Breen
25 Barony Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926-5563
843-681-2046

Christine Brooks
63-43 Alderton St
Rego Park, NY 11374
718-457-5276

Kelli Coleman
4244 Mary Ellen Ave
Studio City, CA 91604
818-990-1024

Penny Eugenides
1220 Croes Ave
Bronx, NY 10472

Martha Houlton Fowlkes
4103 Bromley
Richmond, VA 23221
804-799-2091

Gloria Gardner
Brenham Rest Home 406 Cottonwood
Brenham, TX

Jody Erickson Ghanum
8821 Canyon Spring Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89117
702-796-6467
casinotravel@aol.com

Mary Sue Aderholt Howell
777 Mt Moriah Apt 12
Memphis, TN 38117-5349
901-683-4228

Lisa Gersch Jimeniz
535 E Tujunga Ave #C
Burbank, CA 91501
818-846-2885

Temple Kane
322 W 57 St #27E
New York, NY 10019
tkane@nyc.rr.com

Sue Blandford Kays
4225 Lake Forest Cr NW
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-255-1291

Deb Kole
141 W 81 St #6
New York, NY 10024

Amy Krawcek
216 W 10 St #2W
New York, NY 10025

Jean Mullenix Levitt
208 Harris Rd FA1
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
914-241-7094

Melissa Mahon
675 W 187 St Apt 4
New York, NY 10022

Kay Birk Milligan
3425 Kelton Ave
W Los Angeles, CA 90034-5303
310-839-5504

Kerri Quinn
440 E 5th St #3R
New York, NY 10022

Joan Sheary
26 Wiltshire Dr
Worcester, MA 01609
508-757-0342

Cynthia Cherney Stapler
95 Terre Mar Dr
N Kingstown, RI 02852

Nancy Bryan Taylor
102 Dale Ave
Staten Island, NY 10306
718-987-4091

Susan Medler Wershing
7805 Breckon Way
Raleigh, NC 27615-5803
919-676-6666

Linda Berres Kilponen
tkilponen@earthlink.com

Lucille Laskey Ayers
Vera Mamarella Loeffler Ceci
Angie Everett
Theresa Sweeney Fabrant
Geral Jentoff Field
Ruth Bannon Fricke
Troy Greenfield
Krista Hale
Susan Henderson
Susan Quinton
Tara Radcliffe
Mildred Ott Reapp
Shirley Vitola Reed
Nancy Conant Robarge
Liliane Ward Salvaneschi
Tamlyn Shusterman
Amber Smith
Elizabeth Sprei
Mina Vaughn
Sandra Murphy Villano
Sarah Weber
Tiffany Whitaker

On the More Serious Side


Lets always make sure our Ex-Rockettes are not forgotten as they face life's challenges.


September 1, 2004 News Updates

Nancy Abizaid Robbins has lost her battle with cancer. Nancy originally came to Radio City as a summer replacement in 1954. Betty Silva Dammert recounts how she and Nancy met at the hall in June of '55. Since Betty and her folks lived in New Jersey at the time, Nancy lived with them between jobs. "It was just like having a sister. We later did the Jackie Gleason Tour together and then the TV show, plus working in Europe with the Moro Landis Dancers for over 4 months. We also worked at Blinstrubs in Boston, the Riverside Hotel in Reno and spent a month in the Dominican Republic performing in a Trade Show in '56." Betty visited Nancy in May of this year in Boston and had a great time reminiscing. Betty says, "She was a beautiful dancer and acrobat as well." Nancy is survived by 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Dorothy Orr Horesta has passed away. She was 93. For the last few years she was in a nursing home and cared for by friend, Audry Ryan. Dorothy's history with Russell Markert predates the Music Hall; she performed at the Roxy Theater as a Roxyette from 1930-1931. She was active in the Alumnae for many years, often accompanied by her dear husband, Stephen. Her elegant presence will be missed in our Alumnae.

Gloria Foss Callahan passed away on June19, 2004, losing her battle with cancer. Gloria was born in Salem, Massachusetts and was A Radio City Rockette for a short while in 1948. She leaves behind a husband, three children and four grandchildren.

We have lost one more special person. Heather (Cowan) Charlton has lost her battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 8, 2004. She is survived by her husband, Bob. Condolences can be sent to him at:
635 Arbor North Way
Alpharetta, Ga. 30004-6608
E-mail messages can also be sent to hbcharlton@earthlink.net

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In Memory of my dear friend Marion (Honey) Block Moriarty
Radio City Rockette, 1941-1956
by Janice Davis Himler

We first met in dancing school in 1930. In 1939 Marion graduated from South High School and I from West High School in Columbus, Ohio. Neither of us got the part of the dancer in the senior productions of "You Can't Take It With You", staged by our respective classes. That summer we were both working as the Roxy Theater's Gae Foster Girls. We danced and did a kick line up on roller skates to "Tiger Rag".

The following year we were part of the "Ten Lovely Ladies" at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Newport, Ky. Our roommates were Jeanette Dix Terrand and Sue Blandford Kays. Gene Snyder's wife, Dixie Dunbar, arranged for us to work there. We all are members of the Rockette Alumnae.

Marion, her sister, Isabel, and I all danced together on the great stage. Isabel was a Rockette for many years including their trip to Paris. Isabel passed away several years ago. (Marion also had two brothers, Pete and Bob).

In 1948, Honey traveled to Germany with Bob Hope's Christmas show representing Radio City Music Hall with Anne Kalman, Barbara Vaughan McCabe, Helen Fried Barrett, Olga Burke, and Gloria Blatz Natale.

In 1953 she married Timothy Moriaty at St.Patrick's Cathedral. Honey and Rockette Joan Baker Colgan, who was her maid of honor, dressed at my apartment. I helped them get ready after the first show. Those of us who were working ran to the church for the ceremony after the second show, and after the third show to the St. Moritz Hotel for the reception. Honey has two sons, Joey and Tim, and two grandchildren.

We took many trips with her. She always sat in the back seat leaning on the front seat, with her back seat driver's license. She also had her own room in our house.

In later years, the only dancing she did was when she sang,"Easta Time is the Time for Eggs and the Time for Eggs is the Easta Time".

Her son Tim drove her to New York City for the Aug.8, 2001 75th anniversary of the Rockettes. She loved seeing so many old friends once again.

At 6 AM, April 17, 2004 she simply said to Joey, "I am tired" and went to sleep. Many of us lost a dear friend to complications of Parkinson's disease.

When we first started dancing professionally she changed her name to Marion Devereaux and I changed mine to Janis. Two teenagers wanting to be sophisticated. My husband called her Pauline. From then on she referred to herself as Pauline.

We shall all miss her.

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Lenore Beetar's son-in-law is out of Baghdad and safely home on leave before he departs again for his next assignment in Heidelberg, Germany. Lenore and her daughter plan to join him in Germany some time after the end of this year. Living in Europe is something Lenore has always dreamed of doing. Best of luck, Lenore!

Kathleen (O'Connor) Williams says she is getting back on her feet again - so to speak. She's still going through physical therapy but is feeling better. Get well wishes can be sent to Kathleen at 1159 Oak Timber Circle, Collierville, TN, 38017 or by email at wkpo23@aol.com

Evelyn Rayckovich Ashley is home recovering from a stroke. She is receiving physical therapy twice a week and has additional help coming in to her home. She is slowly but surely making progress. She would love to receive cards and letters of encouragement. Please send your good wishes to Evelyn at
300 W. 49th St.
Apt 204
New York, NY 10019


If you have any news or updates to anything posted here, please let Ellen know at tdenniston@comcast.net so she can keep this site current for you.

Happy Times


"And She Danced For The King - Memoirs of a Rockette" by Ro Trent Vaselaar is now available through Amazon and other book distributors. This book contains the memoirs and covers the career of Peggy Morrison Machery.
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ROCKETETTE ALUMNAE HAPPENINGS


A fun-loving group gathered for a luncheon at Moran's on 10th Ave and 19th Street in Manhattan. Attendees (standing L-R): Lindy Sullivan, Jean Martin, Corliss Whitney, Jennifer Jiles, Barbara (Speedy) Gatti, Cheryl Andersen, Gail Oldfield, Violet Treimanis, Cathy Murray, Linday Lynch, Betty Eckhardt with (seated L-R) Barbara McCabe, Sandi Bloomberg, Sandy Lachenauer and Joy Gibbons. Barbara's daughter and Violet's granddaughter also joined the group.



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