I am saddened to have to inform you of the passing of Jim McDermott after some recent, serious health problems and the passing of his wife Marlene last year.
Starting at Osmond in the mid-1950's before later going to Vasella, he was a fixture in Philadelphia-area drum corps and related organizations (color guards and high school bands) ever since. I first met Jim when he came to Archer-Epler in 1965. After the 1968 Archie-Reilly merger could no longer be sustained, he marched with the Yankee Rebels for several seasons. He came back to Archie in the early 1990's, along with his son Kevin. In recent years Jim then returned to Reilly.
Jim was a fine soprano horn player and a really nice person. We'll all miss him.
Funeral arrangements for him will include a visitation period from 9 to 9:45 AM on Monday, September 30th at Corpus Christi Church, 900 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 AM. Burial will take place at St. John Neumann Cemetery in nearby Chalfont, PA.
Bill Penderghest of Reilly and Patrick Taylor are organizing a unformed honor guard for Monday morning. Please bring your dress uniforms if you would like to participate.
With sadness we note the passing of Blanche Sass, the 93 year-old mother of Marcia and a huge supporter of Archer-Epler.
The funeral service for Blanche will be held on Monday, April 15th
at Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home
We were sorry to learn of the passing last Friday of Diane Wiedman, wife of Bill "Weedies" Wiedman. Diane had a long associations with our Archer-Epler family that spanned three generations, beginning through her brother, John Gairo, followed by her daughter, Phyllis Silverstein, and grandsons, Johnny and Will Bistline. Mike Snow was a nephew of hers, while her oldest daughter, Claire, also briefly marched with the corps as part of its exhibition at the 1978 Dream.
Diane's funeral will take place on Friday, March 22nd at St.Genevieve Parish (1225 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031), with a visitation hour at 9 AM and a funeral mass at 10 AM. Burial will take place immediately after the mass. A luncheon will then be held at North Hills Country Club (99 Station Ave, Glenside, PA 19038).
Condolences to Diane's family may be sent to Phyllis (501 East Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083).
It is with deep sadness that I send you word of the passing last night of Lee Wolf, the longtime musical arranger and instructor for Archer-Epler, Osmond, Vasella, and so many other corps. In addition to long being recognized as a staggering force in the history of drum and bugle corps, Lee was a dear personal friend to the many of us who had the privilege of knowing him.
Listed below are the funeral arrangements for Lee Wolf.
The Chapel at
Funeral Director: Kirk and Nice (215-354-0085)
Viewing Friday, Jan 11 from to
Viewing Saturday, Jan 12 from to , with the funeral and burial immediately following.
Following the funeral service and
burial there will be a reception nearby at Maggio's at
For those who might want to stay over
on Friday, a block of rooms is available at the
In lieu of flowers, contributions to
assist the Wolf family in this difficult time may be sent to the Archer-Epler
Musketeers "in memory of Lee Wolf" (
Condolences can be sent to Lees
daughter, Renate Price (
It is my sad duty to have to convey to you the news about the passing of Mike Snow. As many of you were aware, Mike had struggled bravely with Parkinson's Disease for last three years of so. More recently he was battling other serious complications.
Since the late 1940's and while he was still a toddler, Mike was part of the Archer-Epler family. Then, from the time that we started to bring back the corps in the Fall of 1975, he served with distinction in countless roles for the past 37 years. His loyalty, selflessness, hard work, and talent in whatever he took on was always awe-inspiring. We have lost one of the greatest "Musketeers" there has ever been, an individual who epitomized the spirit of the words from our song "to serve the corps and live for its renown".
Hi Mark. I really don't know where to begin. Well back in 1994 GAS in Cambridge, Ontario,Ann and I met you folks from Archie, and you invited us to party Archie style at your hotel. There I got to know Mike and in 2000 I stood beside him at GAS and played "Lord and Master" and "South Rampart" and have played with you folks ever since. I am so sad to have lost a friend even though we see each other once a year, he taught me a lot about playing and I have become better for that.
If you play at GAS this year can I play in Mike's honour even if it is only one tune.
When you have time I would appreciate a reply, this is a really bad time for the Archie Family.
Take real good care. And regards to Marci. Joe (Radar the Jester)
I am very saddened to have to pass on to you the news of the passing of "Rip" Bernert on this past Tuesday afternoon. Rip's joined Archer-Epler in 1950, while his association with the Audubon Bon-Bons dated back to 1938 when his parents founded that organization and continued to the present, spanning nine decades. His contributions to the drum and bugle corps activity are staggering - I can honestly say that I don't know anyone else who had a bigger impact on so many facets of the activity.
On this Monday evening (2/20), there will be a viewing from 5 to 8 PM at St. Agnes Church, 701 Little Gloucester Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012.
On Tuesday morning there will be a visitation hour from 10 to 11 AM at the church, followed by a Funeral Mass. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery also in Blackwood.
We just learned this afternoon of the passing of George
Bateman, a soprano player in the corps from the 1960's and one of those who helped us
re-form the corps in 1975. Many of us will never forget his tireless efforts in completing
the many final touches needed for the renovation of the backroom at the Post in 1978. His
entire family was involved with Archer-Epler, including his parents and siblings.
Ken Burbulak's mother
Edward Guida, Inc. Funeral Home
47-20 104 St.
Corona, New York
(at the foot of 48th Ave, opposite St. Leos RC Church)
Visitation on Sunday
2 to 5 PM
7 to 9 PM
A Funeral Mass will take place at 10 AM on Monday at Holy Family Church on Utopia Pkwy.
Cards can be sent to Ken and Dolores (Dee) Burbulak at 59-11 160 Street, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.
Mattie Levine passed away this afternoon of complications from her illness. She was with her loved ones and passed peacefully, Marty will keep in touch when arrangement have been made.
All our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Archer-Epler joins the Reilly Raiders and the rest of the drum corps world in mourning the passing of Bob Adair. He was the longtime horn instructor of the Reilly Raiders and Liberty Bell, as well as many other corps throughout the Philadelphia area and elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Among one of his phenomenal accomplishments was winning individual national championships both as a soprano horn and a snare drummer. Bob assisted Archie briefly in 1981 when the corps was returning to competition, while his son Dale taught percussion for us over several years. He was well-known throughout the drum corps world and received just about ever conceivable honor and award, but remained a humble, approachable individual that we enjoyed and appreciated. Along with his first instructor at Osmond, Lee Wolf, Bob will be honored at next week's Brass Reunion. The funeral arrangements for Bob appear below.
Viewing Tuesday 7 - 9 p.m.
Viewing Wednesday 9 - 11 a.m.
Givinish Funeral Home
10975 Academy Road
Mark Fulcomer, Director, Archer-Epler "Musketeers
To members of the Archer-Epler family.
This is a follow-up to Mary Ziegenfuss' note about the passing of Lucy Sylvester. The obituary appeared in yesterday's Courier Post as is repeated below.
One those wonderful "Archie Girls" from the 50's and 60's, Lucy had a distinctive voice and a great sense of humor - always a treat to be around. Although petite, she made big impressions on those of us lucky enough to have known her and will be fondly remembered by our larger corps family. Because Tom was in the color guard and served as its captain for several years, the two of them were well-known participants in various Archer-Epler events over the last six decades. In his time of great sorrow, I am sure that Tom would appreciate hearing from some of their friends (Thomas Sylvester, 5A Pine Cone Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054).
Lucy Mary Planamente Sylvester, on June 3, 2011 age 84, of Voorhees NJ, formerly of Philadelphia. Beloved wife of Thomas, devoted sister of Dolores Capriotti, Anna Farrell and the late Peter, Daniel and Gilda Mazza, dear sister-in-law of Louise Planamente, Robert Farrell and Paul Mazza, also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday after 9:30 A.M. at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 27 Kresson-Gibbsboro Rd, Gibbsboro, NJ, Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M.. Interment: Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Hospice of Moorestown VNA, 300 Harper Dr. Moorestown, NJ 08057 in Lucy's memory would be appreciated. ARR: JOSEPH DiPINTO, JR., F.D.
It is with a sad and heavy heart to let you know that Tom
Sylvesters wife Lucy passed away on Friday, June 3rd. She fought a long battle but
lost the strength to continue. Anyone who knew Lucy will remember her for her many remarks
and expressions shown through her eyes. She was a true and faithful Musketeer. Lucy was
lovingly known as "Aunt Lucy" to all the Lobb and Ziegenfuss children. They were
her extended family. She was very proud of all her nieces and nephews.
MY APOLOGY. I SENT THE WRONG INFORMATION. THE CHANGES ARE AS
FOLLOWS FOR LUCY SYLVESTER
. Mary Ziegenfuss
Just to let all know that our son, Stephen, has returned safely from Iraq. He is currently at Fort Dix going through the demobilization process.
As of today, his unit is scheduled to return to Spring City Armory on Sunday, February 27th at 10:00 AM with a welcome home celebration
Trudy and I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Tony Brown's mother Barbara E. Brown on Friday.
The visitation hour and funeral service for Barbara will take
place tomorrow (Monday) from 9 to 11 AM at The Snover/Givnish Funeral Home in Cinnaminson,
NJ (1200 Route 130 N, Cinnaminson, New Jersey 08077, phone = 856-829-8000).
If you can't make the service, I'm sure
Tony would appreciate hearing from you by phone (cell = 856-217-1857 or home =
856-547-0938) or mail (117 Creston Avenue, 1st Floor, Audubon NJ 08106).
It is a sad duty to have to inform you of the sudden death of Dave Wise last Sunday
Like so many others who ended up in Reilly or Archie over the years, Dave got his start in the Yearsley Post junior drum and bugle corps in Germantown (where both of his parents were very active) - I seemed to remember the corps being called the "Black Hawks". Dave joined Reilly as a bass drummer in the mid-1960's and concluded his competitive career with the 1968 Raider-Musketeers
Affectionately known as "Big Dave" or "Punky" because of his size, Dave was a gregarious, hardworking corps member
A viewing will be held on Monday, September 20th from 7-9 pm at
Minshall-Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home in Media, PA. (608 S Old Middletown Rd)
If possible, bring your horns as there are plans to play in his honor, both at the Monday night viewing as well as at the cemetery
We're sorry to report that Betty Lundell passed away on Monday
July 26th. She is the mother of John Lundell, a member of Archie's drumline and the Honor
Guard Captain of the Reilly Raiders, and wife of the late Jack Lundell, also a member of
Archer-Epler and Reilly (as well as the Yankee Rebels).
Dear members of the Archer-Epler family and our other drum corps
Dear members of the Archer-Epler Family -
Yesterday, we received the sad news that Bill Murray had passed
away on Friday after a long, valiant struggle with cardiac-related health problems. Over
the past decade, during which he made many treks across the entire state of Pennsylvania
to perform with the corps, we were blessed to have him as a member of "Archie".
Bill was a dedicated snare drummer, one of the finest ever. But even more important, we'll
all remember how nice, friendly, generous, and funny he was - a real joy for us to have
had the privilege to have known.
Irving G. Arnold father of Patrick W. Taylor and Grandfather to .Rian passed away.
Dave Morris passed away last night in his sleep around 1AM. He was comfortable and sleeping peacefully when he passed.
As a final remembrance, Dave's family has requested that we play
"Abide With Me" and "Lord and Master" at the church on Friday. We hope
as many of you who can will help to honor that request.
AFO & OFA
The passing of the mother of Steve Calzone, Betty Annunziato.
As you may have heard, Bea Blyth's mother, Doris G. Heffentrager, passed away
earlier this week following an auto accident. The visitation hour and funeral will take
place this Saturday, November 14th as listed below.
My brother, David V. Ward died Friday morning. He was a drummer with the Junior
corps and later a Musketeers after WWII. Our Mother and Dad, Thomas and Nan Ward are in
the Hall of Fame. She wrote the words to the corps song. With my parents, David, and my
brother Newton. a bugler, the Corps amd its activities were a significant part of my life
Like so many others throughout the drum corps world, the Archer-Epler
"Musketeers" and their extended family are saddened to hear of the death of
Msgr. Wojtycha (Edward F. Wojtycha and perhaps better known to many of you as "Father
Wojtycha", initially of St. Vincent's Cadets fame) was just received as a forwarded
e-mail from Joel Leson of the Yankee Rebels. You may receive this from others, but feel
free to forward it to those who may recall this drum corps icon. He had a phenomenal
impact on our corps and activity.
We're saddened to report the passing of Joan Keller, wife of longtime
Archer-Epler (and Reilly Raider) member Bill Keller. Always friendly and pleasant to be
around, she will be missed by her many friends in our extended drum corps family. Her
memorial service will be held on Tuesday June 9, 2009 at 10:30 am at the Donohue Funeral
Home located at 8401 West Chester Pike in Upper Darby Pa 19082. Condolences may be sent
Hi folks - as friends of the Archer-Epler "Musketeers", I am passing this information on to you.
Today I received the sad news that Harry Welsh passed away yesterday. He was
simply a great member of the Archer-Epler family, serving as an outstanding French Horn
and Mellophone player, a President of the corps, a Co-Director (with Harry Matthias and
myself when we reformed in 1975), a member of the chorus, and just one of the finest
gentlemen you could ever hope to meet.
Thomas Kealy Sr.
cards may be sent to
132 So. Loecao Ave.
We were saddened to learn of the death last Friday of Jo Anne Keeley, a long-time member of our Archer-Epler family and a friend to many in the drum corps world. Mother of Patti, Jack, and Kevin, she was the widow of Jack Keeley, who many will also remember fondly as a corps member, instructor, and judge. Some details of Jo Annes funeral mass are excerpted below.
Jo Anne Keeley
wife of the late John R., loving mother of Patti, Jack, and Kevin; beloved sister-in-law
of Alice Sipple; beloved aunt of Jim (Liz) Barnett; beloved cousin of Bill (Kathleen)
Lawler. Her Memorial Mass will be 11 A.M. Saturday Dec. 20th St. Francis of
It's my sad duty to have to inform you of the recent passing of Cathy Bonadonn's father, Henry Federowicz.
I'm sure that Cathy, Ron, and their extended family would appreciate your thoughts and prayers (292 E. Passaic Avenue, Nutley, NJ 07110).
The Archer-Epler Musketeers were saddened to hear of the passing of Mike Findley, who marched with the corps as a snare drummer in the late 1970's. He will be missed by his many friends, both within and outside of our corps.
AFO & OFA
The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Michael Lundell On June 19th. Like his father before him, Michael also marched with the Yankee Rebels, while, along with his brother John, both also marched with the Reilly Raiders. He will be missed by all his friends.
AFO & OFA
To members and friends of the Archer-Epler family -
AFO & OFA
We just want everyone to know that our youngest son, Brian, is deploying to
Afghanistan on Sunday, March 23rd. This will be his second deployment overseas. His first
was to Iraq, back in 2005. He is deploying with the 101st Air Assault division. His unit
is HHC, 1st Battalion, 506 Infantry Regiment. For you history buffs, this is the unit made
famous by the "Band of Brothers".
Phil & Trudy Crouthamel
On 30 November 2007 at 07:57 Kit delivered a 7lb 7oz 201/2 inch baby girl
AFO & OFA
"Tony Brown has spent some time the last week in Our Lady of Lourdes
Hospital in Camden. We hope he might be sent home today or tomorrow. He certainly would
appreciate hearing from his friends (home phone = 856-547-0938)."
We were saddened to find out about the passing of Cathys Bonadonna's mother, Genevieve Federowicz. All services will take place next Monday, October 15th, in Mount Carmel, PA, beginning with a viewing from 8:30 - 10:45 AM at the C. J. Lucas Funeral Home (27 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, PA) and followed by an 11 AM Funeral Mass at Divine Redeemer Church (438 W. Avenue in Mount Carmel PA 17851). The funeral procession will then proceed to the Indiantown Gap Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in the memory of Genevieve Federowicz to the Divine Redeemer Church (address above) or to the American Cancer Society (1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701). Cathys home address is 292 E. Passaic Avenue, Nutley, NJ 07110 and her fathers (Henry Federowicz) is 345 W. 5th Street, Mount Carmel, PA 17851.
Archer-Epler is sad to report the passing of Anna Muellar, the mother of our Treasurer, Carol Coffman. Services will be held on Thursday, July 19th at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 525 St. Louis Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215, with a calling hour from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and Mass at 11:00. Donations can be sent in her memory to St. Nicholas Academy, 526 Chicago Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215. Egg Harbor City can be reached from the Atlantic City Expressway.
Christopher and Brian Crouthamel
6/30/07 Today after the parade in Havre De Grace, our son Christopher
called us with good news. He has been assigned a Recruiting position starting August 6,
which means he will not be redeploying to Iraq.
Just a note to let everyone know that our son, Christopher, will be redeploying to Iraq, for a third time sometime in July. Please keep him in your toughts and prayers. Chris joined to Army to make a career of it and is actually looking forward to deployment. He feels that the mission is unfinished and will do what he can to bring it to a successful conclusion. Please remember, what you read and see in the media is NOT reported as it happens in the REAL world.
Phil & Trudy
On a very sad note, Bill Reamer passed away last evening. When more details about the arrangements become known, we will pass them along through the website . He was one of the greatest percussionists and instructors the world has ever known, having taught the likes of Rita Macey Bernert, Jack Corey, Ted Sciarra, John Dowlan, John Flowers, Dick Filkens, Bill Kaufmann, and many, many others. His son Andy was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Bill was famous for his work in reconstructing Revolutionary and Civil War drums. His sticks remained a sought-after-must-have item by the top DCI corps snare lines.
SAD NEWS BOB SANNA'S 22 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER PASSED AWAY ON TUESDAY NOV 21 AT HOME, THE WAKE WILL BE SUNDAY NITE AT KINGSTON AND KEMP IN TRENTON AND THE FUNERAL ON MONDAY MORNING NOV 27.
Just a quick note to all our Musketeer family: Our son, Brian, returned from Iraq on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 9:15 pm to Fort Campbel, KY, home of the 101st Air Assault Division. We flew down to Kentucky for a week to visit. In that time, we had an oppurtunity to visit with him and his family; We also took a six hour car trip to visit his brother, Chris, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and spent some time with his family over the past weekend. All in all, it was a nice vacation.
We wish to thank everyone who has asked and prayed for their safe return from Iraq.
Phil & Trudy Crouthamel
Mom is doing great following her recent double hip surgery. She is due to be
transferred to Bryn Mawr Rehab on Sunday July 30th and will be there for 5-7 days if you
would like to send well wishes or get well cards you can send them to the house and she
will get them.
Along with others in the drum corps world, Archer-Epler is saddened to learn of
the passing of Dennis Graham, a long-time leader in Western Pennsylvania drum and bugle
corps. A charter member of the Westmoreland Esquires, Denny performed with that corps over
its entire history. He was also a co-founder of the Steel City Ambassadors and was that
group's director until his recent hospitalizations. Always friendly and helpful, Denny had
lots of good friends in "Archie" as well as in other corps and will be missed by
all of us.
To the Archer-Epler Musketeer family,
With the death of Ray Kerber in Florida on June 19th, Archer-Epler lost another
of its alumni members from the 1950s and 60s. Starting in the McCall Post junior corps
before WWII, Ray joined "Archie" after returning from the service and was
especially proud of being part of the legendary 1957 "King and I" corps. Like so
many others of our alumni, he will be missed by his many friends. Condolences may be sent
to the Kerber family at 2734 Ingeborg Court, Windermere, Fl 34786.
Once again we have to report on the passing of another member from long ago.Ray
Kerber marched in the late 50's and was Drum Major in 1958 along with Vince Deegan. Ray
had been living in Florida and was always proud to be a Musketeer as reported by his
daughter Mary Ellen Kerber.
The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened by the death of Bob Evans.
He joined the corps in 1975 and was an instrumental part of what later became the alumni
corps movement. In addition to playing a soprano bugle in "Archie", he served on
the corps' Board of Trustees for several years. Bob was also very proud of his other drum
corps affiliations, both Liberty Bell in his junior corps days as well as the Reilly
Raiders (a corps in which his father had also marched) in recent years,. He will be missed
by his friends throughout the drum corps world.
Just got home and opened this Email from the Reilly Raiders. It's just getting
to be way too much
Sadness again. Just saw this on RAMD site
Chris Crouthamel has returned from Iraq and is
currently stationed in Germany. He is tenatively scheduled to return to the states in May,
to Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
Phil and Trudy Crouthamel
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I am so sad to hear of the death of my old friend George Carter, and I wish to
offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. I feel great guilt for not
keeping in better touch with him these past few years.
The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened by the loss of Joe Smith,
another one of our treasured members. Coming to the corps via the Saint James Cadets and
Yankee Rebels of Baltimore, MD, he will be missed by his friends throughout the drum corps
world, especially for his unique wit, warmth, and wonderful personality.
Joe Smith passed away suddenly Thursday night. Joe leaves wife Dottie and daughter Kate.
Details to follow.
Dianna, Tonys wife, just called me and told me that Tony is in
the hospital. He has diabetes and pneumonia. Hes at Our Lady of Lourdes and will be
there for a couple days
if you want to get a hold of him I have his phone number and
room number so call me at 856-816-4262 and if I dont answer I am in school or at
work and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Again, It seems that everything I post these days is another sad note.
Bob Carney passed away at 8:00 AM this morning after a short but devastating illness.
Bobby and I played together for many years with both Archie and Reilly. He also played with the Skyliner and Yankee Rebel Alumni at various times
This is an extremely sorrowful time for the Carney family and his Reilly Raiders family. The drum corps world will sorely miss his sweet horn and loveable personality. Please pray for Bobby, Jeanie and the entire Carney family.
Yesterday, Archer-Epler was very saddened to learn of the death of Bill Taylor, another member of our extended family. He was among the charter members in 1975 when "Archie" returned and went on to make history with what eventually became known as alumni corps. A fine player as a baritone and contra bass, Bill also made important contributions to all of the drum corps with which he was associated over a nearly fifty-year period, most recently the Reilly Raiders. Like others in the drum corps world, we too will miss a long-time friend.
It is with a heavy, heavy heart that I share with you the passing of Bill
Diane E. McDevitt
On this date 13 Nov. 2005 at 06:15 SPC Patrick W. Taylor landed safely on
American soil at Ft. Dix New Jersey. We are so glad to have him home. He should be home by
18 Nov. 2005. Welcome home Daddy.
Larry Scott Sr. of the Reilly Raiders has passed away at age 84.
"Family and Friends are invited to Lawrence's Life Celebration on Wednesday, November 16, after 10:00AM from Craft/Givnish of Abington, 1801 Old York Road at Old Welsh Rds. followed by his funeral service at 11:00AM. Interment at Hillside Cemetery."
Here is an update on Bob Carney from Jeanie. They would like to thank everyone for all the calls and cards and prayers.Bob's condition is very serious and he starts Chemo on Fri the 12th. They will keep us updated.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for supporting me and my
children thru this difficult 18 months. It was very nice of you all to e-mail Patrick and
to keep his spirits up by having something to read. Patrick is due to leave Kuwait 13
November 2005 and then go thru the demobilization process for another 7-10 days at Ft Dix
New Jersey he should be home to us by Thanksgiving. He is so looking forward to seeing
everyone and get back to a normal life. He can't wait to get back to marching in Drum
Corps the one thing he loves as much as his family. We are so proud of the work he has
done there. He told us he has finally become what he has always wanted to be like his
family before him, a Combat Veteran. He will be off the net until further notice. Thank
You very much.
Pat Bunting, wife of Gene Bunting has passed away after a lengthy
Sad to pass this on, but Anne Walters Sharp, former wife of drummer Harry
Sharp, passed away on Thursday 7/7. May she rest in peace.
Vince D'Agostino passed away at about 3:15am Friday at his home.
To my friends in Drum Corps,
Archer-Epler is saddened to learn of the passing yesterday of Jay Correia. Coming to the corps from the Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, he was a snare drummer in "Archie" from 1981 to 1986. Liked by all who knew him, Jay will be missed by his fellow "Musketeers" and friends throughout the drum corps world.
Denny Garrett, Archie Alumnist passed away this past week after a long
Margaret Smith, mother of Joe Smith, Archie Alumnist, passed away
Cards can be sent to
Kathleen Kennedy sister of Phil Crouthamel passed away this week. A Memorial Service will be held in the spring.
Cards can be sent to Mr. & Mrs. Phil Crouthamel, 285 Coverly Road,
Laura Dolan, nee Bryson. Age 92 of Cinnaminson,NJ. Formerly of the Feltonville section of Philadelphia. Grandmother of Tony Brown ,Wife of the late Alec Dolan. Mother of Barbara E. Brown (John E. deceased), Grandmother of Michael Brown, Lorraine Duckworth, Jacqueline Ramus, Kathleen Semola. Great-grandmother of Scott Duckworth, Lauren Duckworth, Trisha Ramus, Krista Ramus, Heather Semola, Alexis Semola, and Dylan Jack Semola. She passed this evening of respiratory failure due to pneumonia. Funeral arrangements pending.
Horchar, Joan (nee Engiles), Jan. 7, 2005, of Olney; Mother of Jack Horchar and Janet M. Topper;grandmother of 3; also survived by 2 brothers.
The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened by the death of John
Whitelam, one of the corps' legendary bass baritones from the 1950's and 60's. He will be
missed by everyone in our family as well as by many others in the drum corps world.
It's Time To Help A Fellow Drum and Bugle Corps Family!!!
If you can read this you can email SP4 Patrick Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or use snail mail and contact him at
Specialist Patrick Taylor
PS: The Mailman has found him !
We would like to thank all of you for you thoughts and prayers. All of you are
very special to us.
With the passing of Lou Tierno, Archer-Epler has lost another of its
One of our own, Vince D'Agostino, is severely ill. If anyone would like to send him encouragement, please send them courtesy of the Post. Archer Epler Musketeers, C/O Vince D'Agostino, 6736 Marshall Road, Upper Darby, Pa 19082
One of our own is leaving to serve his country
If you want to send him a letter/card he can be reached @
The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened to learn of the passing of
Another loss for Archie's family:
Ben Gallagher has passed away on Thursday 4/8/04
Funeral arrangements are being handled by
Doyle Stonelake Funeral Home
83-85 Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne
AFO & OFA
Bill Wiedman (Weedies)
A long time member and alumni of the corps, is recovering from surgery at
Delaware County Memorial Hospital (room 560). He'll be there until Wednesday 1/14 and then
will be recovering at home for a couple of weeks. He's doing ok and if you'd like to send
him a card, you can send it to his daughter Phyllis at:
AFO & OFA
The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" sadly note the passing of James
It is with GREAT sadness that I have to inform you ALL that a former member of
the greatest drum corp ever, The Archer Epler Musketeers, has passed on and joined many
others like him. "BIG MOE" O'Connor a member and horn player from 1960-1967
passed away at 1:30 pm on this 10th day of November after a long battle with diabetes. My
father wanted me to thank ALL of YOU for the warm wishes and the love you showed him
especially Dick Filkins and Billy Kaufman. Seeing you two always brightened his day and
helped him remember the GOOD times and prepare himself to go "home" to GOD and
to join that "Drum Corps in the Sky." Big Moe is now along side his friend and
mentor Mickey Petrone and is no longer suffering. My family wishes to thank you all once
again for the support and any cards or letters/flowers can be sent to......Terry O'Connor
1900 South Kanner Hwy. Bldg. 6 Apt. 102 Stuart, Florida 34994. Thank You again and GOD
To all my friends:
I am writing all of you regarding the status of Big Moe O'Connor's health. Moe
was a member of Archie during the 1961 - 1968 seasons.
Good News!!!! Our son Christopher is returning home from Iraq/kuwait on Sunday,
July 6th to Fort Hood, Texas. We will be flying out on the 5th to meet him when he gets
off the bus. Many thanks to all who supported him during this time. A SPECIAL THANK YOU
goes out to the Audubon Bon-Bons for their tremendous donations.
NAME: Christopher P. Crouthamel
Archie, I would like to thank you for your support for the troops over seas. Thank you! Sincerely, Spc. Christopher P. Crouthamel USA
This past Saturday Archer-Epler was saddened to learn of the death of
Robert E. Taylor, the father of Robbie Ellis, Soprano, and Patrick Taylor, Honor Guard, has passed away. Services are to be held Friday the 25th. in Eastern MD.
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Just a note to say that Tommy Kealey is doing much better. Surgery was not
necessary, and he will probably be releasrd from the hospital later in the week. He will
probably take a while to recover so any cards would , I'm sure, be appreciated:
Col. Truman W. Crawford
"We have just received the following news from Joel Leson, Director of
" Colonel Truman W. Crawford, United States Marine Corps, Retired, and one
of the most famous and respected people in the entire drum and bugle corps world, passed
away today peacefully while in the care of physicians at Hershey Hospital, Hershey, PA.
Along with the rest of the drum corps world, the
The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened to note the passing of
Lydia McDonald, mother of Eileen Snow, passed away on Tuesday, January 21,
Fran Burke is in Bayshore Medical Center....has suffered several mini
Bob Carney's mother passed away on Tuesday Nov 12th.
This is to inform you of the passing of Bob
Herre's mother yesterday at the young age of 92.
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Jack Samuels, brother of Joan, uncle of Chuck
Lobb, passed away this week.
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Arlean Karpinski wife of Walter(Mousie)Karpinski (tenor drum 50's-60's) passed away Sunday 9/8 .
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Phil Crouthamel (Honor Guard) is home from the hospital after an accident at his work yesterday that resulted in severe cuts to his head and face and severe bruising . After being stitched up and checked for internal injures Phil was released. Phil could use some cheering up right now so drop him a car or call him in a couple of days.
285 Coverly Road, Lansdowne, PA 19050 or 610-623-6888
Word going around has it that Trudy has retained the "Title Belt" , No comment from Phil ;)
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Yesterday Tuesday 8/20 one of our youngest Musketeers , 9 year old Rian Taylor was hit by a car and came away with a broken leg and a minor concussion. Rian is the son of Patrick (Honor Guard) and Kit Taylor . Rian marched in Kinder Guard and the Siamese Children performance. He is in Children's Hospital of PA. and should be home Saturday. Please send your prays and get well cards to a down and out 9 year old. Patrick & Kit Taylor - 79 Hartley Street, Lansdowne, Pa. 19050.
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It is with sadness that I inform you that Bette Rae(Samuels) Carrea passed
Phil Dumond passed away Sunday morning, at Rochester NY. He had participated in
the Saturday afternoon rehearsal and evening exibition at LeRoy." As both a
fine member and genuinely likable person, Phil Dumond will
Ray passed away Tuesday at Bayshore Comunity Hospital Holmdel, N.J.
"Although certainly more well-known for his year's with Blessed
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Nate Harrell, one of our contra players, was released from the hospital on
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Along with a large number of members from sister organizations in our
Gil Davidson, baritone player in the early 70's with the Yankee
It is with deep sadness that I post this information....we have
It is with a heavy heart to inform all that Carmen
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Once again death has entered the ranks of the Archer Epler Musketeers.
Mary (Lamb) Ziegenfuss
Doug Bruce current Yankee Rebel and Reilly Raider and former baritone with
Archer Epler is in Union Memorial Hospital, in CCU, recovering from 5 way
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Joel Leson also an Archie alumi member, will have knee surgery on Thursday,
And Alumni Member of the Archer epler Musketeers passed away on Tuesday morning January 29th.
Condolences can be sent to Mrs. John Lundell, 522 Glendale Road, Upper Darby,PA 19082
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We of the Archer Epler family extend our sympathy to Chuck and Carole and the Smith Family in the passing of Carole's father, Jay Clarence Kohr, on Oct. 9th.
Frank McCormick is the father/father in law of Debbi and John Hines.
The Musketeers lost another former member this morning with the passing of Robert Howell. Bob was a member of the Morristown Colonials, Ballantine Brewers, Lambertville Volunteers ,Archer-Epler Musketeers and Reilly Raiders.
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Mildred Horan, mother of Marylou Herre this past weekend.
To my fellow Musketeers and friends throughout the drum corps world:
"The Archer-Epler family is saddened to learn of the death of Gene
Robert "Archie" Irwin
Crossmen Lose a Wonderful Friend:
The Musketeers have lost another former member this week, with the death of Robert Arra. He marched with Archie both in Junior and Senior corps as a snare drummer. He never lost his enthusiasm and support for the corps and even came back for the 1976 Bicentennial. He will be sadly missed by the Archer-Epler family.
Good News !
The Doctors and staff at Bryn Mawr Rehab have taken a secret vote and decided to send Bob Herre home ("enough is enough" one anonymous staff member said ). Bob was beginning to have to much of and effect on the daily routine of the hospital so it was decided that home was the best place for Bob before the whole staff had to be retrained one doctor said (voice and face concealed for obvious reasons). Welcome home Bob!
It is with deep sorrow that I bring you the news of the passing of Vince Deegan today at 12:15pm .
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For those of you who remember Mo Oconer I would like you to know that he is in
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of "Big Lou" Montacello on Sunday 4/22
It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the passing of Dick Drew on Tuesday 4/17/01.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to either :
The Wissahickon Hospice
8835 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19118
The American Cancer society
1626 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA. 191003
In Richard Drew's name.
It's with sadness that I bring you the news of the passing of Alfred
("Duke") Terreri On Sunday and about the arrangements for his viewing and
member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, "Duke" (Sr.) was long
associated with the St. Lucy's drums corps from Newark, New Jersey, perhaps going
back to as early as 1929.
There are no friends like the old friends. They leave us with so many happy
memories. It is with sadness that I
Some sad news to all who do not already know. Charlie
Update: Jack Lundell
Jack is back in the hospital. He has been sick for a while but now tests indicate that he has cancer in his lung. Due to his poor health of late they will not be able to follow normal operation procedure so they will perform a type of bronchoscopy to remove the tumor.
Please keep Jack and Betty and their family in your prayers. He can receive phone calls at 1-610-284-8703 Delaware County Memorial Hospital
John A.("Bart") Bartolomei
Has any one seen John Di Filippo ??
John celebrated his 79th birthday and back in March he took a trip to "Down Under" with his retired military RV group consisting of 33 members and toured New Zealand (North and South Islands) and much of Australia. First stop after leaving Los Angeles was French Polynesia Islands of Tahiti,Moorea and Bora Bora. Oh yes- and John got married after he returned home from his adventure.
Congratulations John !