NSA member birth and marriage announcements and obituaries from 2005:

January 2005

Al Schanzer, of New York, passed away on January 17th after a long illness. He is remembered as a delightful man, who loved Scrabble.

May 2005

Linda Bredel, of Arizona, passed away on May 17th after a long illness. She played with the Tuscon club, and recently helped to start a group in Sierra Vista. She is remembered by many as a wonderful, intelligent, and serene competitor, and a generous friend.

June 2005

Hildagard Powell, a long-time Texas player who started the first Scrabble club in Abilene, passed away on June 14th after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She was and will continue to be missed.

Mary Rhodes

Helen Zammuto, director of Palm Harbour Club #484, passed away on Friday, June 24.

-- Joan Knobelsdorf

August 2005

John Ryan passed away on August 4. For those of you who knew Chicago Scrabble way back when you will remember that he was instrumental in directing and keeping club play alive long before I came to the scene. He remained as active as he could in club play until a number of months ago. John always claimed, and no one has reason to dispute, that he must have held the word record for number of solitary games played perhaps up to 12 games daily.

--Bob Denn, Director, NSA #340

Long time Scrabble player Harrell Naylor passed away in early August. He will be remembered as a good Scrabble player and a charming gentleman.

Tom Kelly of Quogue, NY passed away suddenly on the 27th of August. Jovial, fun-loving, and full of positive energy, his good sportsmanship and love of the unusual and creative play (such as his extention of PRIVATE to PRIVATEER) made him a memorable member of the Long Island Scrabble community. He will be very much missed.

October 2005

Alexander Patrick Boys was born to Dave and Kate Boys at 5:30 A.M. on October 10th, weighing 9.9 lbs.

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