September 12, 2012

"Endless Love" series update

PLATTSBURGH — Gretchen Boody and Edward Siegel’s romance was recently featured in a Press-Republican series, “Endless Love,” on these pages.

The series was based on a book written by their daughters.

For those eager to read “Memoirs of a Wartime Romance: The Story of Mr. Bops and Miss Boo” by Jane Siegel Whitmore and Andrea Siegel Feinberg, it was recently published by Trafford Publishing. The 462-page book retails for $23.95 and is available at and Barnes &

Whitmore and Feinberg, sisters and Plattsburgh High School graduates, recount the story of their parents’ faith-crossed love story, which began on a U.S. Army troop ship traveling to Panama during World War II.

The U.S. Army officers met Jan. 8, 1942. Boody, an nurse from Wisconsin and daughter of farmers, was raised as a Methodist. Siegel, a doctor from New York and son of shopkeepers, was raised as an Orthodox Jew.

They fell deeply in love while stationed together in a hospital in the Panama Canal Zone. Siegel never told his Poughkeepsie parents about their relationship until he left Panama in 1944. The couple fought for their relationship over the opposition of Siegel’s family.

The book begins with Boody’s tearful letters as she departs Panama and culminates in a war-zone wedding in Okinawa after V-J Day in 1945.

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