YLs Have Lost Some Wonderful Gals




We shall miss all these wonderful girls.  We will miss hearing their wonderful voices on the air and we will miss seeing them---but we will never forget them.

Martha "Marte" Wessel K0EPE & Pete Wessel W0CM 


A well-known Kansas ham radio couple has died.

Martha “Marte” Wessel, KØEPE, of Liberal, Kansas, died September 23. She was 89. Her husband Walter “Pete” Wessel, WØCM, died 6 days later on September 29 at age 101. Both were ARRL members.

“Liberal has lost a YL legend and a lowband DX veteran,” said ARRL Honorary Vice President Bruce Frahm, KØBJ, referring to the couple.

Marte Wessel was on the DXCC Honor Roll. She oversaw the annual scholarship drive for the Young Ladies Radio League (YLRL), to which she belonged for 55 years and served on the President’s Advisory Committee. The scholarship campaign she headed raised nearly $4600 this year.

“Martha was one of the cornerstones of the YLRL and of the Colorado-YLs, of which she was our last charter member,” the YLRL website said in announcing her passing.

An Ohio native, Marte Wessel belonged to the Ohio Ladies Amateur Radio Club (Buckeye Belles), the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Young Ladies International Single Sideband System, and the Quarter Century Wireless Women. She also was an avid bowler, a Red Cross “Grey Lady” volunteer, and a Camp Fire Girls leader.

The YLRL has invited donations in memory of Marte Wessel to its scholarship fund to Linda Hynan, AC5QQ, 1312 Western Ridge Dr, Waco TX 76712.

Pete Wessel, WØCM, a Nebraska native, was well-known as a low-band DXer and also was on the DXCC Honor Roll. A US Navy veteran, he was licensed in 1928 as 9EYE, and subsequently held W9EYE, W9JYW, and W0LYW. In addition to the League, Pete Wessel belonged to the Old Timers Club and was a Life Member of Southern Plains Amateur Radio Klub.

Pete and Marte Wessel had been married for 69 years.

Nancy Anne Kott WZ8C

Nancy Kott age 58 of Metamora, MI., died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date.

Nancy was born October 27, 1955 in Hamtramck, MI., to parents Kenneth and Irene (Keller) Kott. She was head of the North American Branch of the Preservation of Morse Code (FISTS).

Nancy worked for the U.S. Census Bureau and the Center for Disease Control.

Surviving are husband Tim Lange; parents Kenneth and Irene Kott; sister-in-law Diane Kott and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her brother Paul Kott.

Arrangements by the Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St, Grand Blanc, MI.

Condolences may be left on-line at www.hillfh.com

Dorothy  (Dottie) Thompson W7PBR 

My beloved wife passed away 28 December 2013 and was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on 07 January 2014

Dottie (as she liked to be called) loved everyone she came in contact with.

My beloved wife was the "best" that ever happened to me. I will miss her tremendously.

She was involved in alot of things throughout the community; Bexar County ARES, ARRL, W5YI Volunteer Examiner, Atascosta County Amateur Radio Club, CERT, and YLRL just to name a few things she involved me in-lol

Again, please pray for my beloved wife Dottie, I will always love her

Sincerely, John Goff Jr K5PBR

Irma Weber-K6KCI

Irma Weber, K6KCI passed away on 13 October 2013, at the age of 93 years. She was continuously active from 1954 through 2012 when she suffered a debilitating stroke. She was a life member of ARRL and was also continuously active with YLRL. She and her husband Lou, K6GHU (d. 1987), were particularly proud of their contribution providing family communications/phone patches for servicemen during the Viet Nam War. She resided in Santa Barbara California through 1967 and then in Thousand Oaks, California until 2012.

 Ruthanna Pearson-WB3CQN

DOVER Ruthanna "Div" Pearson, 85, died at Country Meadows at Trolley Road, York, on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Born May 22, 1928, in York, she was the daughter of the late Charles O. and Pauline F. (Baublitz) DeVeny.

She was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Blue Mountain Waves Unit # 12.

"Div" managed Suburban Bowlerama for over 20 years and retired as office Manager from L.S. Lee.

She was a 1947 graduate of William Penn Senior High School. She was a member of Shiloh Evangelical Lutheran Church, past president of the church council, and a member of Shiloh American Legion Post #769.

An accomplished bowler, she won two Ladies State Championship All Events and doubles, along with various 600 club events. She belonged to the PA Semi-Pro Women's Bowlers and was voted into the Bowling Hall of Fame.

"Div" was an avid amateur radio operator and belonged to the York Amateur Radio Club and the Keystone VHF Club of York. She was also a member of the Australia, Japan, and Young Ladies Radio Societies, as well as New Zealand, Central PA DX Club, and Israel Radio Societies. She had awards from all over the world, having been licensed in and operated from Australia, Jordan, and Austria

Ruthanna traveled around the world, including to St. Petersburg, Russia, where she met some Russian Amateurs who showed her their part of the world.

She is survived by a brother, Robert DeVeny and his wife, Betty of Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister, Margaret Sangermano and her husband, Anthony of Delmont, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Shiloh Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2201 Church Road, York, with her pastor, The Rev. Kathy A. Swords, officiating.

>Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2201 Church Road, York, PA 17408; or to Grane Hospice, 4 Lemoyne Drive, Suite 201, Lemoyne, PA 17043. The Etzweiler Funeral Home, 1111 E. Market St., York, is in charge of arrangements. www.etzweiler.com Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Oct. 21, 2013

 Blanche Randels-W4GXZ

Past Director Blanche Randles Amherst, MA

Blanche was a past president of YLRL and active with WRONE and Floridoras

QCWA # 12816 Blanche Lois Bean Randles, passed away on Oct. 14 at the Extended Care at Amherst with her daughter at her side. Born in Michigan in 1917, her parents were Arlo and Mildred Bean. She grew up in Fla. where she met and married Wesley C. Randles in 1940.

They had a very active life, moving and travelling often, both for work and pleasure. They were both amateur (ham) radio operators, Blanche having received her license in 1954 as W4GXZ, Wesley as W4COW. She helped start radio chapters in both Fla. and New England and was an officer and founding member in many of them. She was also a member and officer of the Order of Eastern Star in Framingham MA. and was Mother Advisor to the Rainbow Girls in Framingham for many years.

She is predeceased by her husband Wesley of 63 years and her brother Arlo (Bud) Bean Jr. She is survived by her daughter Diane Kjeldsen and son-in-law Erik, a brother Harry P. Bean Sr. of New Port Richey Fla., and by numerous nieces and nephews and a lifetime of friends all over the country. She had a very good and full life. There will be a private celebration of that life at a later date.

This is by Blanche

I was first licensed in 1954 as W4GXZ, a General Class license. I belong to QCWA, YLRL, WRONE, Yankee Chapter #112, Pioneer Chapter #183 , Twin State Chapter #146, Nutmeg Chapter #149, Pine Tree Chapter #134, Gator Chapter #32, Pelican Chapter #128 and Florida YL's

My husband Wesley (W4COW) and I moved to Framingham, Mass. in 1958. We soon had the tower and beam up and were on the air again. We enjoyed the radio clubs and each year traveled to the YLRL and QCWA conventions. Wes was active in QCWA and I joined as soon as I became eligible in 1979.

At that time there was no QCWA chapter in New England. Several of us got together and organized Yankee Chapter and four other chapters soon followed. We also helped in the organization of these chapters. I soon noticed QCWA had no taping program to bring the news in the Journal to our sight impaired members

In 1987 the president took my thoughts to the board and they agreed we needed a taping program. I was appointed Taping Coordinator, a job I still hold

Ham radio and QCWA have been a big part of my life. It just seemed natural that I should run for election to the QCWA Board of Directors. If elected I will do my very best to be a Director you can be proud of and I will certainly support QCWA in every way possible.

Vera M. Klecowsky WA1JYO


Passed away peacefully on July 5, 2013, just 9 days short of her 95th birthday. She was born in Westchester, NY, on July 14, 1918, daughter of the late Stephen and Julia (Pastuchenko) Unilowski; and was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Klecowsky in 1987.

She was Mom to Joseph R. (Carol) Klecowsky and Jean (John) Alexander. Grammie to Susan (Matthew) McCoy, Joseph R. (Sathorn) Klecowsky, Jr., Gary M. (Karen) Alexander and Sr. Nadine Alexander, ASCJ, Great-Grammie to Apiwat Thongparn, Rebecca, Caroline and Joshua Alexander; and Vera Grace McCoy. She was sister to Mary Heltke and the late Joseph Unilowski; "Auntie" to Mary Ann Peters, Alfred and Stephen Heltke and their families. Aunt Vera to several other nieces and nephews and friend to others. 

When her hands were still nimble, she loved to crochet and many family members have an item made by her; a memory to treasure now. She enjoyed tending to her outdoor plants and fruit trees; and would reap a harvest of pears when in season. You could not leave without a bag to bring home. She and Dad totally enjoyed winters at their home in Stuart, FL. They were members of the Rio Civic Club there and participated in many activities. They enjoyed hand-picking oranges and sending them to family in CT.

She was an avid Ham Radio Operator a good portion of her life; her call number was WA1JYO. She passed messages for military personnel to and from their families via NAVY MARS. (Military Auxiliary Radio System); and received a certificate for 40 years of service. Ham operators also pass messages to disaster areas when communications are disrupted. Vera also belonged to the Young Ladies Radio League, Amateur Radio Rally League, Women Radio Operators of New England and the Yankee Lassies. She earned many certificates for contacting other operators around the world; aboard military vessels and in every county in Texas. A radio operator also sends messages in Morse Code, using the telegraph "key" to tap out the message. Vera is now a "Silent Key"; the term used when an amateur operator is deceased.

She was a parishioner at St. Paul Parish for over 70 years, and would donate canned goods regularly to the food pantry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul Food Pantry, 41 Alling St., West Haven, Ct 06516; or to a charity of your choice in her memory. Her family wishes to thank ALL of the staff at Seacrest Assisted Living for their compassionate care. Also, much appreciation to Constellation Hospice Care who assisted with medical and spiritual needs of Vera and her family. Her funeral will be from Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven on Saturday at 10:30 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at St. Paul Catholic Church, West Haven. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call from 9-10:30 am prior to her funeral Mass.

Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at www.keenanfuneralhome.com
Published in The New Haven Register on July 11, 2013

Louisa Sando W5RZJ

YLRLs are very sad to report that Louisa Sando W5RZJ has gone to meet her Lord and Saviour April 21, 2012.

Louisa was the recipient of 65 years of Continuous Membership to YLRL. She was so happy to receive this honor. She joined YLRL in 1947. She wrote a book chronicling the history of Women in Amateur Radio.

Louisa went to many conventions taking her children to a couple, one in Columbus, OH and also in Anaheim, CA. Her daughter also remembers going to one in San Francisco, CA..

Louisa also loved receiving her YL-Harmonics and loved reading what the gals were doing. She loved her ham radio activities.
Louisa was laid beside her husband Joe at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on April 27, 2012.

You will be missed Louisa, but never forgotten.

Gwen Tilson VK3DY
Jackie Head MØCUR

It is with much sadness that we have to announce that Jackie Head M0CUR passed away on 4th July in Worthing Hospital. Jackie will be sadly missed by all her family and many friends, including her many friends in YLRL and CLARA

Karla Holmes KQ4IQ (ex WA1UVJ)

Passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2012 following an extended illness. Karla was a very active member of YLRL for many years and served in several office

Cecilia (Lia) H. Zwack WA2NFY

Passed away April 13, 2011 at age 89. A perfect flower of God who tended her garden of many children with love and tenderness as a professional nanny and nurse. She was a citizen of Switzerland and the USA. For over 40 years, she was a longtime resident of Flower City Park and parishioner of Sacred Heart Cathedral. Lia was a very active ham radio operator WA2NFY, a member of YLRL, and Rochester Amateur Radio Association.

Martie Brutcher WA7YL

I received the sad news that Marti Brutcher, WA7YL became a silent key from many sources. Here is part of what her OM, Jack sent out.

Dear Friends of Marti, We hope this email finds everyone well. Our family is not sure if you aware that my wife Marti Brutcher was diagnosed with lung cancer last July. At the time they found it she was stage 3.5 and was too weak for any treatment that would of cure her. October 23 at 5:00 p.m. she went home to be with the Lord. We are praising God that she did not suffer long. We miss her very much as I am sure you will too. Know that she loved you all and you were also in her prayers.

Phyllis Shanks W2GLB

I’m so sorry to tell you that your old friend Phyllis Shanks –W2GLB passed away October 10, 2010 at home after a brief illness, with her family at her side. It was a very peaceful transition, and she was ready to go off on her “next great adventure”.