Our Sympathies

Thinking of  You…..

Robert Kupferberg

4586 Trawler Ct. Apt 205

Ft. Myers, Fl. 33919-8226


Please keep Ann Krause in your prayers as her mother is very ill. 12/21/2011


In Deepest Sympathy

July 9, 2011

Dear Bob,

We at Sons of Norway Gulf Coast Vikings 3-683 deeply regret the sad news of your precious wife Marit’s passing. It must have been a terrible shock for you as she was so young and went so very fast.

After having spoken to Terry Francis, she told me that Marit had transferred from Scandia to Gulf Coast Vikings about a year ago, but she had decided not to renew her membership in February. We would have liked to have her photograph so that we could publish it in our newsletter with the announcement of her passing.

If there is anything that any of us can do to lighten your load, please let us know. Our next meeting will be on October 15 at the Breckenridge Club House in Estero. Perhaps our friendship and comraderie might help you. If you wish more information on future gatherings, please keep in touch with us. May God bless you and your family as you say goodbye to your precious loved one.

Sincerely yours, Maxine Batrawi, Gulf Coast Vikings 3-683


Wayne Seagren lost his dear wife, Joyce, last May 2011


Diane Eliasen’s mother passed away last October 2011.



September 2, 2012

john jack wagner

It was with deep sadness we learned of the recent passing of Gulf Coast Viking Lodge member, John (Jack) G. Wagner, on September 2, 2012.  You remember Jack.  The guy with a twinkle in his eye who loved to sing Karaoke.  In fact, Jack sang a pretty good Sinatra rendition of Summer Winds.


‘Jack’ Wagner, age 85, passed on Sept. 2, 2012. Jack was raised in northern MN enlisting in the Army Air Force in 1944. Following his Service, Jack graduated from Northern State College in Aberdeen, S.D. In his professional life he was an educator in WI. and IL. and was also with Burroughs Corp as a consultant for commercial technologies in upper MI and IL. At 50, Jack relocated to FL where he started a commercial cleaning service (1980 to 2008).

Jack is survived by his cherished wife, Dorothy, recently celebrating 64 years of marriage. Also surviving are their children: Michael, Steven, Deborah Specht (Greg), Douglas (Chrystal), and Jack Wagner. Grandchildren: Caleb Wagner (Donna), Joe and Erick Wagner, Keri and Christopher Wagner, Dr. Zephen Specht and Matthew, Kevin, Campbell and Piper Wagner. Great grandchildren: Devon and Ashley Pritchard and Matthew and Patricia Wagner. Predeceased by his son, Clifford Wagner. At his request only a family memorial service is planned.


Violet Francis – Set Sail to Valhalla

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 10, 2012 

terry francis

Founder of Gulf Coast Vikings Lodge

Violet “Terry” Francis 1926 – 2012 Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  Violet “Terry” Francis, formerly of Spadina Parkway, Pittsfield, died at her home in Estero, Florida, on Friday, July 6, 2012. Terry was born in Brooklyn, New York on Dec. 14, 1926, to Vallin Nils and Inger Larson Ramsvik . She graduated from Bay Ridge High School and began her career as an airline stewardess for Eastern Airlines.


There she met and fell in love with a pilot, Burton S. Francis, Jr. They married and returned to Burt’s hometown of Pittsfield to start their lives together. Terry was nothing short of a firecracker and went after everything in life with gusto. She’s the person everyone would most like to have lunch with; entertaining, eccentric, witty and interesting. A true Type A personality, Terry worked for many years as a bridal consultant and later as sales manager for both former Holiday Inn in Lenox and the Colonial Hilton in Pittsfield.


She and Burt retired to Florida in 1985, where she became very involved with the Sons of Norway and was instrumental in the charter of their new Scandia Lodge in Naples, Florida. Always fiercely proud of her Norwegian heritage, Terry gave the lodge her all and had a ship christened the “Terry Viking” in her honor. At the age of 83 she decided that another lodge further north in the Ft. Myers region was needed. She recruited and chartered a new lodge, The Gulf Coast Vikings, in 2010.


Terry’s true Viking spirit will be missed by all, but especially by her children: Deborah C. Francis and her husband Calvin Hirsch of Davis, CA, Karen F. Tohen of Estero, FL, and Burton S. Francis 3rd and his wife Roberta of Hinsdale, MA. Terry lost her beloved husband Burt in 1992, and a son Kaare C. Francis in 2007. She is also survived by a sister Beatrice Anderson of Holiday, FL. and 9 grandchildren: Dona Francis and Emily Hirsch, Audrey Francis Kendig , Spencer and Eric Francis, Kaare Francis, Joshua, Zachary, and Jared Tohen. In addition she leaves three great-grandchildren and four nieces.


Memorial Notice: A celebration of Terry’s life will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday July 11, 2012, at the Wellington Funeral Home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, Terry had requested that donations in her memory be made to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Center in Tampa, Florida.




Dr. Salah A. Batrawi

Dr. Salah A. Batrawi




September 7, 1920 – April 22, 2013


Dr. Salah A. Batrawi, age  92, passed away on  April 22, 2013  at Evans Health Care in Ft. Myers, Fl.  He was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1920 to the late Ali and Galila Batrawi of Cairo, Egypt.  Dr. Batrawi received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and applied sciences from the University of Cairo in 1942 as well as a Bachelor of Military Science from the Royal Military College of Egypt. He earned his BA in psychology at the American University in Cairo in 1951. He is not the only member of the Batrawi family to turn to engineering; his brother Gamel Batrawi was chief engineer of the Aswan Dam and was also in charge of the dismantling and relocation of the great statues of Abu Simbel.


Dr. Batrawi came to the United States on a Fullbright Exchange program in Washington, DC where he earned his Masters and Ph.D degrees in psychology at George Washington University in 1964.  During his time there, he was co-owner of the Counseling Associates from 1961 to 1963.


He joined the Bay Path College faculty in Longmeadow, Ma in 1965 and helped design and set up a Learning Resources Center.  Dr. Batrawi began to study photography and that hobby rapidly grew into a highly sophisticated specialty and expanded his role, offering basic and advanced courses in photography to the adult education students.  Dr. Batrawi, as a clinical, experimental and social psychologist, together with his background as an engineer, provided him with the expertise to advise his clients and students in many areas of life.  During his tenure at Bay Path, he was Professor of Mathematics, Psychology, Chairman of Behavioral Science Dept, Dean of Instruction, Head of Learning Resources Center, and Director of Psychological Services.  He was a member of the American Psychological Assoc, American Assoc for the Advancement of Science, Association of Behavioral Therapy, The Mathematical Assoc. of America, and Outstanding Educators of America.


He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, Maxine, of Cape Coral, Fl, his two children by his first wife, Somaya Batrawi his daughter and Ashraf Batrawi, his son in Cairo, Egypt, his step-daughter Debbie Chabot of Bonita Springs, Fl. and her husband, Joseph Chabot, his step-daughter Elinor Leal of Port Richey, Fl. and her husband, Peter Leal, and six grandchildren.


The Shikany Funeral Home in Bonita Springs, Fl is in charge of the arrangements.  There will be no calling hours and burial will be at the convenience of the family.


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