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Mark your calendars! The February meeting will be on the 28th, 11AM at Golden Corral at 1420 Eastgate Dr, Garland, TX 75041 . See you there. Be there or be square.


Double Issue

Both December and January meeting minutes are below PLUS photos of many of the Janaury luncheon attendees!

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E-SYSTEMS/RAYTHEON RETIREES LUNCH GROUP

By Eileen Wahlstrom

January 31, 2024

Present: 31

First Time: Alice Powell, Charles Moseley, Cynthia Scott

Long Time: Alice Bowling, Cheryl Martin, Ken Linton, Mike Donahoe

Guests: Stella (Don Wilson), Barbara (Alice Powell’s sister)


SICKNESS:

Mike Farris – From Raye Ann Farris – Beginning of January : No change from the last CT wish is good news, we have an appointment with Dr Arnot (ENT) January 11th. Once he reviews the CT scan he will determine if any surgery will be needed and when Mike' s Trach can safely be removed. We do know his left vocal cord is paralyzed and the cancer/tumor was attached to his left tonsil. We have known this from the being. I will update more as soon as we know if and when surgery will be. His PET SCAN is scheduled for February 6th. Followup with Radiation Oncologist on February 13th. We won't see our Chemotherapy Oncologist until March 28th. So we're still basically in a holding pattern. Please keep your prayers and well wish coming. Mike and I are staying positive and keeping the faith. I'm truly not going to lie, I'm STRUGGLING. I'm trying to be strong for Mike and hold things together for him, but I could really use some extra prayers for strength. I believe Mike is holding up better than I am most days. I've always feared the unknown and that’s something I must work on.

UPDATE from Raye Ann : He is doing good…We have a consultation with the surgeon on February 19th…His airway is still compromised (so he still has the trach). Our doctor is not sure surgery will fix it. We’re praying it will. His left vocal cord is paralyzed

Sylvia Vaughn – From Marilyn Wink : “I have been asking for prayers as an Anonymous request from Bertha Hall for Sylvia Vaughn. Many people on my Facebook know Sylvia because she worked at the same company. Until we had her permission to share, I had to keep it private. Now, Sylvia has told Bertha that her name can be given. She needs our prayers!

Sylvia Vaughn's Cardiologist called her today and told her that he wanted her in his office at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow (01/23/2024). He told her she had an aneurism on her aorta. She is still on oxygen. Remember she just got out of the hospital on January 20th.. She had been in the hospital with pneumonia. Please keep Sylvia Vaughn in your prayers! Your prayers are appreciated!”

Update from Marilyn : Sylvia declined the surgery to repair her aorta due to the risks. She is still on oxygen for the pneumonia. She would enjoy a phone call and I will try to get her phone number.

Curtis Ritchie from Janis Thompson : Curtis is in a rehab getting therapy for a knee injury. He is doing ok. He is 89 years young and still sharp. He and Sharon will be moving to Presbyterian North


Deaths

Gerald Kramer

1936 - 2023

Gerald Allan Kramer passed away on December 31, 2023 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born on November 30, 1936 in San Antonio Texas to Edwin and Lillian Kramer. He attended St. Paul Lutheran School in San Antonio for grades 1-8 followed by 4 years at Brakenridge High School where he was elected Student Council President for his senior year. Gerald then went on to Texas A&M, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. This was followed by 4 years as a Lieutenant in the US Air Force, serving the first year at a remote assignment in Morocco and the following 3 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was there that he met Jane Chambers, a University of Oklahoma graduate and new first grade teacher from Altus, Oklahoma. Within the following year, Gerald and Jane became engaged, were married in Altus, and remained in Albuquerque where Jane continued to teach and Gerald completed his 4th year with the Air Force.

In the summer of 1962, the couple moved to Dallas. Gerald accepted a design engineering job with TEMCO Electronics. Gerald remained with the same parent company for 36 years. After many mergers and name changes, it became E-Systems and now Raytheon. Prior to his illness, he was active in his church as a lay reader, chalice bearer and school board member. Gerald enjoyed travelling all over the world with family and friends. He was a resident of the Lake Highlands area for over 60 years. Gerald is survived by daughters Ann Demers (Gary) and Susan Schweizer; grandchildren Sarah, Will, Andrew and Luke; sister Marilyn Schwarz (Robert); brother-in-law Larry Chambers (Cheryl); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by wife Jane, parents Edwin and Lillian Kramer, sister Jeanette Kramer Riser, son-in-law Paul Schweizer, sister-in-law Susan Adams and brother-in-law Ed. The family would like to thank CC Young and Private Duty Solutions for the loving care they provided for our father.

Obituary: Click here

Robert “Bob” Eugene Russell

1933 - 2024

Robert “Bob” Eugene Russell – of Floyd, New Mexico, age 90, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2024. Bob was born in Clovis on February 26, 1933. He passed away passed away Sunday, January 14, 2024.

Obituary: Click here

Billy Stamps Per Johnny Gardner

2017

Passed away in 2017 from Alzheimer’s disease. I couldn’t find an obituary


Announcements

Medical Claims

Medical Claims for reimbursement can be mailed to:
Alight Smart Choice Solutions
PO Box 64009
The Woodlands, TX
77387

At our January Luncheon it was brought up that if you have a SMART phone, using the SmartChoice app is the easiest way to process the medical reimbursement claims. It enables you to take a picture from your phone and submit directly from the app.

This info was posted on our Facebook group.

Alight has a benefits "Gateway" website that will be used for benefits administration. If you haven’t created an account yet go to www.alight.com to do so. Scroll all the way down to the bottom. Click on “Find Your HR Website” and type in RAYTHEON under “Who is your employer?”. This will pop up a link to www.yourtotalrewards.com/rtx and select "New user?". The "New user?" selection links to a couple of identifying questions and then steps you through the account setup. It recognized me and I was able to set up my account so I could create my profile and preferences. They had my old employee email address in my profile and I had to call Alight to get that corrected (800-243-8135). Be sure to check your beneficiary information. This was blank for me so I corrected that. Also, if you are married, your personal information probably transferred over as single. This would cause any medical reimbursement claims for your spouse to be denied. Call the benefits people so they can correct it

Alight will manage the medical reimbursement and we will be able to check our DDB balance, submit claims, authorize direct deposit, etc. online.

IF YOU NEED HELP SETTING UP YOUR ALIGHT ACCOUNT, REIMBURSEMENT CLAIMS, DIRECT DEPOSIT, ETC. PLEASE EMAIL ME AT emmawahlstrom@aol.com. TERRY GAUS HAS OFFERED TO HELP THE RETIREES WHO MAY HAVE QUESTIONS. I CAN ALSO HELP NAVIGATE THE SWAMP IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE.


Eileen continues to collect eye glasses and hearing aids for donation to the Lion’s Club. Thank you all who have donated.

Our next luncheon will be February 28th (Leap Year). Tell your fellow retirees! Bring a Guest!!!

Eileen Wahlstrom



Photos from the January Luncheon

 

E-SYSTEMS/RAYTHEON RETIREES LUNCH GROUP

By Eileen Wahlstrom

December 27, 2023

Present: 14

First Time: 0

Long Time: 0

Guests: Dianne (Mark Montgomery), Stella (Don Wilson)


SICKNESS:

Barbara Cowgill : Bypass surgery a few weeks ago. As of August 25th, she is still having some episodes with POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia, a blood circulation disorder .) She found out November 30th that she will no longer be having to take dialysis for the time-being. She originally was on dialysis three days a week. It had been changed to only two times a week. This morning she received a phone call saying that she no longer needs to have dialysis at this time.

Mike Farris – From Raye Ann Farris : For those of you who don't know Mike was diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat and Neck Cancer Tuesday March 28, 2023.

November 8th - Getting Lab Work! Praying all is good so we can have his last round of Chemotherapy! We have 6 more days of Radiation. Once completed he will have a CT scan, meet with his Oncologist and see what our next step is! Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.

Carrol Bunch : He has moved in with his son.

Doug Elsass : has prostate cancer. He had surgery at Plano Texas Health on Nov. 2nd. Doctor said that cancer he has, he’ll never be cured of it , but manage. His surgeon said he could live to 80. A 70% chance. He said he would have a higher chance of getting killed on Central! So we go from here!

From Doug: “I’m on treatment Level 1, so I have a way to go. They have really good treatments so we’ll see how it goes.

In America 1 in 7 males get it. That’s 15%.. since my dad had it, it goes to 3 in 7 or 49%. And my dad beat it so….

If you want to post it about me that’s ok. Wouldn’t look like I’m looking for symphony on my status. I would like to know if others have it and what they are doing for trying to fight it.

Wanted to touch base after surgery. Been 2 weeks Thursday since surgery. They released me Friday at 3:00. Surgeon said surgery went great. He said he spent about 45 minutes looking around and couldn’t find or see any spillage from prostate. He says possibly cancer gone after surgery. I could only hope so. Waiting and in about I have an appointment with surgeon to do blood test to check level of PSA. Then blood test every 6-8 weeks. PSA is only from Prostate or cancer. So if PSA is 0 and stays 0 they got it all and no cancer present. They pulled the catheter out total in office. Think it was like 6’ in there. Lol. Dr has told me that there are many, many treatments for prostate cancer. I’ve got a way to go. Not 23 anymore or that’s what I tell my 2 boys. On a note if cancer is bad and comes back and I make it 6-9 years I’ll be 74-75 years old. Just have to wait and see.”

Dennis York : Is in rehab. He passed out and fell at his home about three weeks ago. He lives alone and could not get up when he came to. A family member did a wellness check after not hearing from him for several days and called 911. He had a UTI and his electrolytes were out of balance. Doctor said he was lucky to be alive.

Jan Davis : Happy December friends. I am currently on the fifth floor of the hospital so my view is limited to the sky. Today, December 1, the sun shines bright

Thanks for staying in touch and checking on my progress. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, texts, and calls. It all means so much to me.

I wanted to provide you with an update on my health journey, as I’ve battled pneumonia and subsequent lung damage, colitis, a UTI, and sepsis. The damage to my lungs is at the microscopic level, which is contributing to an extended recovery period. All after knee replacement surgery.

During my month-long hospital stay, I’m tethered to an alarmed bed, heart monitor, oxygen tubes and a mask delivering a concentrated 100% oxygen, a pure-wick, IVs and medications, i.e., steroids and antibiotics. I know I’m on a journey to recovery but progress sometime seems to stand still. I’m uncertain about the timeline for my transition to either rehabilitation or home once I am discharged.

Have you ever given your problem to God and then taken it back? Ask me

Currently, I am on 48 Lpm of oxygen, a significant improvement from the initial 70 Lpm. The medical team has advised that I cannot be discharged until I can reduce the oxygen need level to 3 Lpm for use of home commercial equipment.

Every small step forward is a victory, although simple tasks like turning over in bed still prove to be challenging and leave me breathless. I find immense support in my husband, Joe, who has been a pillar of strength throughout this ordeal. I know he must feel pretty ragged by now; taking care of everything at home and coming to the hospital every day. He is making me cookies today and will bring some when he comes.

I am grateful for the comfort I find in the support of my loved ones and the solace offered by my God. My children are working hard in keeping my spirits up. FaceTime is my love.

You, also, are helping me. Sometime I get a text that just says “Jan, I’m thinking of you “. There’s that picker-upper. Thank you all for positive energy. I love you.


Deaths

Betty Stocks

June 5, 1929 – December 11, 2023

Betty Joyce Stocks passed away peacefully in Plano, Texas on Monday, December 11, 2023. She was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on June 5, 1929 to Ocie Thomas and Opal Aline (Sullivan) Dooley. Betty  married Edgar Wayne Stocks on June 17, 1977 in Commerce, Texas.

She worked for Temco, LTV, E-Systems in Greenville, Texas and Raytheon Garland for approximately 35 years and retired in 1994.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, one son, Greg Pier, her parents, Ocie and Opal and sisters, Jean Davidson and Patsy Roland.

Obituary: Click here

Jerry Thompson

December 11, 2023

“Yesterday my sweet husband, Jerry (Grumpy) lost his battle for his life. My family and I thank those who sent good thoughts and prayers to us and Jerry. He fought hard and the staff at Baylor Scott and White Heart Hospital Plano fought right along with him. They were the most wonderful people as well as healers. Information will be posted later today about services. My heart is broken.” Janis

“My friend Jerry Thompson aka Grumpy, lost his battle with his weakened heart yesterday. From what I hear he put up a good fight and had some excellent care. But sometimes God has other plans. Thanks for all the good times Grump, all the laughter, sharing your wisdom and publicly shaming and inspiring us all with your Master Level puzzle skills. I'm going to miss you buddy!

In the first photo below I'm photo bombing him, Janis Thompson and Dawnine Leprohon at Lone Star Park, and he's the one on the right in this pic taken in his and Janis' backyard during a summer cookout and swim day!

Prayers to you Janis and all of your children and grandhildren who will miss him even more! Thanks for sharing him with us!..” Mike


Announcements

Hello Everyone

Dottie will be 95 December 31.  I would like for her to have a lot of cards and well wishes.

Dottie is in memory care now. Becky Pacho, Shirley Stockwell her in October and she was doing quite well She fell some time ago and messed up her good knee and is now in a wheel chair. When she got out of rehab Brenda moved her closer to her and into memory care.

Dottie Vaughn
3201 Karnes Road
Flower Mound, Texas 75022

Medical Claims

Medical Claims for reimbursement can be mailed to:
Alight Smart Choice Solutions
PO Box 64009
The Woodlands, TX
77387

This info was posted on our Facebook group.

Alight has a benefits "Gateway" website that will be used for benefits administration. If you haven’t created an account yet go to www.alight.com to do so. Scroll all the way down to the bottom. Click on “Find Your HR Website” and type in RAYTHEON under “Who is your employer?”. This will pop up a link to www.yourtotalrewards.com/rtx and select "New user?". The "New user?" selection links to a couple of identifying questions and then steps you through the account setup. It recognized me and I was able to set up my account so I could create my profile and preferences. They had my old employee email address in my profile and I had to call Alight to get that corrected (800-243-8135). Be sure to check your beneficiary information. This was blank for me so I corrected that. Also, if you are married, your personal information probably transferred over as single. This would cause any medical reimbursement claims for your spouse to be denied. Call the benefits people so they can correct it

Alight will manage the medical reimbursement and we will be able to check our DDB balance, submit claims, authorize direct deposit, etc. online.

IF YOU NEED HELP SETTING UP YOUR ALIGHT ACCOUNT, REIMBURSEMENT CLAIMS, DIRECT DEPOSIT, ETC. PLEASE EMAIL ME AT emmawahlstrom@aol.com. TERRY GAUS HAS OFFERED TO HELP THE RETIREES WHO MAY HAVE QUESTIONS. I CAN ALSO HELP NAVIGATE THE SWAMP IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE.


Eileen continues to collect eye glasses and hearing aids for donation to the Lion’s Club. Thank you all who have donated.

See you next year. Tell your fellow retirees! Bring a Guest!!!

Eileen Wahlstrom



 

Note: We are an independent group of Garland E-Systems/Raytheon retirees and not affiliated with the Raytheon Corporation in any way.


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