NSA member birth and marriage announcements and obituaries from 2003:

April 2003

Steven L. Cook, age 35, formerly of Middleburg Heights, OH, passed away on April 27th in Colombus, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to the National SCRABBLE® Association Education Fund, Attn, Jane Williams, P.O. Box 700, Greenport, NY 11944.

May 2003

Shaindel Baila Turniansky was born at 11:30 P.M. Eastern time on May 23rd, weighing 7 lb. 11 oz. She is welcomed by her four brothers. All are resting and doing fine.

-- Mike Turniansky

Don Knutzen passed away on Sunday, May 25 after a long illness. Don started Club #195 in West Long Angeles sometime in the 1980s and ran it until 2000. His club was known for providing bagels as part of the refreshments. It was a brilliant idea, since the club met at 10 A.M. on Saturday mornings, and we still provide bagels today. Don was also a fine person outside the SCRABBLE game. He will be missed.

-- Bruce D'Ambrosio, Director, Club #195

September 2003

"Just returned home from attending the wedding of Marty Gabriel and Daiva Markelis (NSA Club #340 members) in Oak Park, IL. An altogether wonderful experience."

-- Bob Denn

November 2003

John and Kristen Chew are pleased to announce the birth on November 11th at 7:52 A.M. in Toronto of their son John James (Jamie) Chew, IV, weighing 7 lb. 10 oz. Mother and child are doing well, and the NSA web site will have only minor updates until they come home from the hospital.

Gladys Rood passed away on November 13, 2003, her regular SCRABBLE club day. For over 27 years, Gladys played in various Michigan SCRABBLE clubs. She left us with grand memories of her gracious spirit and lust for life; and her love of words took many forms. To know her was to love her ... even if she did beat you at your last tournament.

-- Robin Harris

December 2003

Club #553 codirector Howard Prichard passed away on December 13th after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Club #553 codirector Trish Harrop.

Gene Garner passed away on December 22th, of lung cancer. He is survived by his wife, Club #526 codirector Mady Garner, the 1998 Michael Wise Director of the Year.

-- Trish Harrop

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