Norma Leaver (1925-2010)
was born June 17, 1925
on a farm outside of Kent City, Michigan. After graduation from high
school in 1943, she worked as a secretary in county and state offices,
1943-1949. Norma and her husband, Jack were high school sweethearts,
and married in September 1946. After their first child was born in January,
1950, Norma was a housewife, mother of five, grandmother of five, and
great grandmother of four for rest of her life.
Norma had a very deep faith and gave much of her time to the church.
Cooking dinners, teaching Sunday school, leading prayer groups, and
actively serving in the church woman's society on the local, district,
and conference level. She sang in the choir and was a camp counselor.
Norma loved to cook, bake and entertain. She baked Swedish rye bread
almost every week when her children were home, and their friends made
sure to stop at their house after school on those days. Several loaves
always ended up on the church's Sunday morning baked goods table for
missions. They were a popular item. Norma called on people almost every
week who were in a nursing home or confined at home, with conversation
and some of her home made cookies. She kept in touch frequently by mail,
with many young people who were in detention facilities, for various
reasons, with notes of love, support, and encouragement. Many of them
responded to her in appreciation.
Norma's friends remember her as a very active, friendly and giving person.
She loved babies. Her children and grand children remember her for the
nightly back rubs and going to sleep reading a book and singing songs.
Her husband remembers her as a best friend, loving companion, always
positive, always on the bright side, devoting herself to helping others
and supporting Jack.
GRANT BINGEMAN SNYDER (1899–1990)
Grant was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 1899. He received his
bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and his master’s degree
from Michigan State University. In 1922, he began teaching at the former
Massachusetts Agriculture College, now University of Massachusetts and
later became the head of the Horticulture department. He taught at the
University for 41 years, retiring in 1963. He lived to be 91 year old.
He was a member of the Boston Market Growers Association and the American
Association of Horticulture Science. Grant was the first recipient of
the Kelsey Award from the Vegetable Growers Association of America and
was an honorary FFA state farmer and received numerous awards from local
and national organizations, including the National Canners Association
and the USDA. He was the founder of NJVGA/NJHA and served as its chairman
for 35 years. Later he served as Chairman Emeritus.
Earle P. Parsons (1924-2002)
was President of the National
Junior Vegetable Growers Association (1943-1944). He served as a national
officer from 1942-1945. Earle was noted for his lifetime accomplishments
in horticulture and farming in his beloved Massachusetts.
John L. Carney (1935–2001)
grew up in the small town
of Sykesville, PA, and after graduation, served in the US Army abroad
in Germany. Upon returning home, he became a Marketer for Ideal Products,
Inc. in Sykesville and continued working for the company for 42 years,
receiving numerous “Salesman of the Year” awards. Some of his favorite
past times were studying the Bible in preparation for teaching his Sunday
School classes and enjoying the outdoors through hunting, fishing, gardening,
traveling, and meeting new people.
“Jack”, to which he was commonly referred, supported his daughter, Connie
F. Carney Bruner as she participated in the organization and worked
her way through the officer ranks to become President of the Association,
President of the Alumni, and Advisor to the officer team. After his
death, his family remained involved in NJHA and Jack would be proud
to know that today his grandchildren, Abigail Faith, Elizabeth Hope,
and John Clark Bruner are active participants in the Young America and
The time he spent in NJHA from 1989-2001 was very rewarding for him.
He especially enjoyed working with the young people of NJHA in pursuit
of furthering the mission of the organization. He devoted many hours
to NJHA helping his wife Carole prepare for conventions, giving monetary
support to the Foundation and the Alumni Association, and promoting
NJHA everywhere he went.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his devotion to the Lord
and his family, and his kind heartedness. He will be deeply missed by
all who knew and loved him.
Dr. Edwin A. Crosby "Ted" (1924-2010)
, a resident of
Bethesda, Maryland since 1956, passed away on October 8, 2010, at the
Montgomery Hospice Casey House, Rockville, Maryland. He was born on
May 18, 1924, in Greenwich, Connecticut, son of the late Lincoln and
Edith (Anderson) Crosby. He is survived by Betty Koepenick Crosby, his
loving wife of 38 years; sister, Ann Hansen (Richard) of Hampton, New
Hampshire; daughter, Lucia Brady of Gaithersburg, Maryland; sons, Mark
Crosby (Gaye) of Ijamsville, Maryland, Richard Crosby (Elizabeth) of
Millstadt, Illinois and Jonathan Crosby of Houston, Texas; step-daughters,
Dale Koepenick (Jim) of Bethesda, Maryland, and Judy Mistretta (John)
of Bethesda, Maryland; step-son, Glen Koepenick, Jr. (Kelly) of Charleston,
South Carolina; 20 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, seven nieces
and three nephews.
His first wife, Phyllis Barton Crosby died in 1971 after 25 years of
marriage. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of
Connecticut and, after serving in the U.S. Navy as an Ensign during
the later part of World War II, returned to his education and received
his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Horticulture and Plant Physiology from
the University of California at Davis. Dr. Crosby taught as an Assistant
Professor at Rutgers University in 1955, and then began service as an
influential scientist promoting the United States agricultural industry
through employment advocacy contributions with the National Canners
Association, National Food Processors Association and later the National
He was a founder of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology;
past President and Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural
Science; and long-time benefactor of the National Junior Horticultural
Foundation which supports young men and women pursuing professional
careers in the horticultural industry.
He was an active member of the Rockville Chapter of Civitan, Congressional
Country Club, and Our Lady of Mercy Parish where he sang in the choir
for over 30 years. He also provided transportation services to the elderly
through his many years of faithful service to Senior Connection. He
was an avid golfer and extensive world traveler.