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06/08/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Claude Hale

Claude Arthur Hale
(d. 6 June 2008)

Newport News High School Class of February 1948

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today. 
 Claude Hale, Class of February 1948, passed away at home in Hampton on Friday, June 6, 2008 at the age of 77.

From the Daily Press - 06/08/08:

              Claude Arthur Hale

HAMPTON - Claude Arthur Hale, 77, died at home Friday, June 6, 2008, after a short battle with cancer.

Born in Newport News, he graduated from Newport News High School in Feb. 1948, and was a resident of Hampton for 41 years. He was also a graduate of Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School in 1953 and finished his career at NNS as a design supervisor.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Hale of Hampton; brother, James and wife, Judy of Cape Canaveral Fla.; daughter, Claudia Cosimano and husband, Joe of Virginia Beach; daughter, Carole Wieszek and husband, Victor of Fairfax; sons, Arch Hale of Hampton, and Ted Hale and wife, Donna of Williamsburg; daughter, Diana Dhanvada and husband, Ravi of Poquoson; grandchildren, Angie and John Cosimano, Wilson Hale, and Jason and Brian Wieszek.

Claude Hale


Claude enjoyed playing golf, shooting pool, auto racing, and spending time with friends and family.

A service will be held in Claude's honor at 2 p.m. June 11, at La Crosse Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1518 N. Mallory Street, Hampton. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

A special thanks to Dr. Mattern and staff at Virginia Oncology for their care and support during this difficult time. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 6/8/2008 - 6/9/2008.
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I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts are with you all.

Cindy Greene Love
Cindy Love (Magnolia, TX) - June 8, 2008
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I'm so sorry to hear of Cousin Claude's death. I will let Dad know. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
Catherine Slusser Hudson (Newport News, VA) - June 8, 2008
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I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Hale. Your family has been through so much in the past several years. I hope that time will ease the pain of your loss.
Janice Hardrath (Franklin, TN) - June 8, 2008
Dear Catherine & family,

Please know that are thoughts are with you and we are asking God to comfort you and let you know that Claude is with Him. We wish we had known Claude. I only had the pleasure of meeting him one time at your home. Katherine we love you and if there is ever anything I or Lee can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask.

With love
Betsy & Lee Whitman (Hampton, VA) - June 8, 2008
Dear Catherine and family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Uncle Jack and Aunt Millie Slusser let me know and I let Betty Lee know also
Mary Helen Webb Teske (McLean, VA) - June 8, 2008
Dear Catherine and Family,
You and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you face the loss of your dear Claude. I know you will miss him, as will all of us who loved him. Please know that if there is anything I can do for you all you need to do is call. I guess you know that Claude is probably on the other side telling Wayne "I'm still the best man". I pray that God will comfort you and lift you up during your time of sadness.
Your friend,
Betty Peters
Betty Peters (Suffolk, VA) - June 8, 2008
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I know Claude will be missed in so many ways -- and I know you will hurt for some time. You have to remember those wonderful times together, and all those dreams come true...may his rest be peaceful. Paul
Paul Jordan (Hampton, VA) - June 9, 2008
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Dear Mrs. Hale,
You and your family have my deepest sympathy. I know you will miss your precious moments with your husband, but take comfort in the words found in the Bible. Please note that the Bible states that God has "a yearning" - an earnest desire to resurrect the dead (Job 14:14,15). How glad we can be that not only is Jehovah God able to bring a person back to life, but he also wants to do it!
Angela Meadows (Hampton, VA) - June 9, 2008
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Hale family and their friends at this difficult time.

  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 06/08/08 - "  Claude Hale":

Dear Carol:

Just wanted to thank you for posting the Obituary for my Cousin (Claude Hale) I don't know if his family is aware of your web site, but it is a nice thing that you do keeping up with all the former members of NNHS when they pass and keeping all of us informed. Claude's mother Violet Hale was my father's sister. Dad now lives in Richmond and is 91 and doesn't get around as much as he used to. I will let him know that you posted the Obit. 

Thanks again for all the nice things that you do.  

Catherine Slusser Hudson

  Oh, wow!  I of course had no way of knowing all that, Cathy, so thank you for telling me.  Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your loved one.

From Bill Gross ('48) of VA - 06/09/08 - "  Claude Hale":

Claude was a school mate and a great guy.

Bill Gross

   Thank you, Bill.  My sympathies on the loss of your friend.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

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