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Uncle John Jungas died on February 2nd; he was 91 years old. Frank and I were able to attend the funeral. It was in the Bethel Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake and was a very nice tribute to him. The family gathered before the service to have a luncheon in the basement, complete with zwiebach. A whole group of us cousins were there, and I really enjoyed my time with them: Barb, Lois, Jack, and Marion. Leona Ewert, Dad's cousin, came to the coffee following the burial service. We later visited our other cousin, Frankie, at Good Sam. Uncle John was buried in the Jungas family plot, next to Aunt Mim. He was a good uncle, and a great brother for Mom. We'll all miss him. We in our family put together some memories of Uncle John to share with the family (see "Memories of Uncle John" under Stories & Such.)
With Frankie and Helen Jungas at Good Sam
Leona Ewert, Dad's cousin
I had a chance to go visit Mom's grave and leave some flowers on her grave---I'm sure they were frozen in 10 minutes! She's buried in a beautiful spot overlooking the lake. A little child has been buried next to her, which seems fitting since she so much loved children and is probably looking over this little one.
Putting flowers on Mom's grave
Mom's grave, overlooking the lake
The exciting news is that ALL of us Hiebert siblings will be getting together at Betty & Carl's place in Omaha on June 7-10. Wow! Getting all 7 schedules to work out so we could do this is an amazing feat. We're planning to put on an old-fashioned Hiebert-style program one evening, with Gwen suggesting Shoosh-de-feedly and Mortgage on the Cow, ones we put on when we were kids. I dibs doing the performance Phyl used to do---adjusting the piano bench PERFECTLY before playing a piece; I always loved that one. Thanks, Gwen, for getting this going. Now all we have to do is schedule our Writing Workshop times in between talking about our early days.
With so many of you in the family traveling all over the world, I decided that I too needed to see a foreign country.....so I'm heading to Florida with Pete & Gang for a week. I'm designating myself as Noah's Nanny. Margy & Michael, do I need a passport or visa to get into your homeland?
Be sure to check out the new writings in this update:
-Several stories including Memories of Uncle John, another of Grandma Hiebert's stories, and family comments & pictures of trunks, suitcases, backpacks, etc. that have played a part in our lives
-Also be sure to make a copy of Paul's recipe for baked curried chicken (easy to make and delicious) and E. B. Solomon's Dal recipe.
Jo with 3rd little grandson, Noah Boah Zamboni David Sorensen
Dan is now director of the psychiatry residency program at the University of Alabama Medical School in Birmingham AL. If you go through that territory, call him. He'd love to see you all (yo'all). Carol is helping Oracle to another release ( always odds and ends at the last moment). Mike enjoys working at the PEW foundation and is proud of their work; Cindy works at home on some law work but is busy with Nicholas and Brenden. David had a busy year at his law firm and he and Susan are active in the community. Carl is completiing French II. Good for him. Me - I try to stay reasonably cheerful about life.
Editor's Note: Also, if you know of anyone who has Parkinson's and would like to have some practical ideas for coping with everyday problems, you can run off a hard copy of Betty's web page, "Practical Solutions to Problems Associated with Parkinson's Disease," found at: http://net.indra.com/~hiebert/parkinsons
Betty has compiled a lot of really useful ideas and would like to share these with others.
(Phyl and Elmer just returned from a trip to India. These are excerpts from Phyl's latest letter.)
A word about our week in Kerala. Arrived in Ernakulam after 25 hours on the train, took a bus for an hour to Alleppe, got talked into taking a houseboat the same evening-two nights and a day. We lounged on comfortable chairs in front under the canopy while two pole-men pushed the boat slowly along the Backwaters-a maze of waterways between thin strips of land where villages are strung out one house at a time. We watched women washing dishes, washing clothes, washing their hair, men bathing and rinsing out their mouths, kids swimming, boats of all kinds from long skinny ones to ferries and launches--all making use of the same water. Lots of green--coconut palms, banana trees, flowering bushes, rice fields. Wet, lush hot, humid, very different from the dry hot area south of Hyderabad. We had our own cook on board to make good Kerala food. He turned out to be a Catholic, familiar with Easter and Lent etc., a really nice guy.
Took a bus to Periyar wild life resort where we had a good hotel. I took the lake cruise and Elmer the hike, but neither of us saw much wild life except wild boars and a few monkeys. Indulged in Ayurvedic massages, in which one is rubbed down with liberal handfuls of Ayurvedic oil-greenish stuff made of herbs and ghee. Requires hot shower afterward to get it off. We visited a spice plantation where they grow pepper, cardamom, cloves, cocoa, coffee, and cinnamon all on the same patch of land, like a small forest.
(Referring to Phyl's increasing problem with walking while she was there:) I was wearing sandals and slipped on a small cement ramp at Shamshabad the day after I got there, and fell on my wrist. Good doctors in Shamshabad, including an orthopedic surgeon who came in from Hyderabad once a week on Thursdays-and this was a Thursday. Shots, medicines, casts, Xray, and doctors' fees total was about $25. My wrist was (still is) in a plaster cast and wasn't overly troublesome, but my lower back got to hurting more and more until I could hardly walk-a drastic handicap when one wants to go shopping, resulting in spending much less money than we might have. Once home, I went to doctor and was told I had sprained my sacroiliac when I fell... Doc prescribed ice and Advil. It's like a Gilbert and Sullivan patter song:
Solo: Why do I have this pain
Whenever I take a step?
Doctor: The pain is a sprain in your sacroiliac--
A most important joint at the bottom of your back.
Chorus: Her pain is a sprain in her sacroiliac,
A most important joint at the bottom of her back!
Doctor: My prescription will include this useful information:
Advil and ice will reduce the inflammation.
Chorus: The doctor's prescription includes this information:
Advil and ice will reduce the inflammation
And the strain, the pain at the bottom of her back
From the sprain discovered in her sacroiliac!
From: Margy Here are some pictures of Margy & Michael's new puppy Charlie Chan, and their dog Robby and cat Chico. Our little John would love visiting there and playing with all the animals.
From: Excerpts from letters from Loey, Gary, Nikhil and Priya
The big news here is that both Niks and Priya got into SAIS, the international policy school of Johns Hopkins in Washington DC. (Congratulations from all of us, Nikhil and Priya!)
About my job: Niks and I have worked out an entirely new schedule for the high school and will work on the middle and elementary to complement it. I presented it along with recommended guidelines for registration (e.g. no going to honors classes without an A- in grade level class, etc). The meeting went well and we'll now proceed to register kids to the new schedule. The advantage is that it is conflict-free and lends itself to registering on-line. So its been a busy year and will remain so until I leave. Then the old high school coordinator comes back and I'll take over implementing all this stuff on-line. Rudy (another staff computer guy) and I have designed on-line grading which we've tested for a year, and now we want to complete the package with on-line registration and reporting. We were attempting to buy a package with all of this but the software that was the best is $20,000 and we feel we have built a better system here. So....the plan is for Rudy and me to complete the software, document it, implement it, and more or less wrap it up as a product level package. If it all works well we might even be able to sell it, but who knows.
Priya, her friend Lisa, Nikhil, Gary and I took a long weekend trip to the Kerala backwaters in March. It's a relatively short over-night train ride away but a wonderful escape from the stress of school. The backwaters extend for many miles and are lined with palm trees and peaceful thatched huts. If Jo and Gwen come next year I plan to take them to the Palm Lagoon (hammock picture) and go on a houseboat for a night or two (houseboat picture). A very nice way to see India!
Men in Boat
Here are a couple of pictures Paul gave me of our M.B. Centenary Bible College in Shamshabad---the one where we'd like to establish an endowed chair in memory of our folks and grandparents. One of the professors from there, E. B. Solomon, is currently staying at Paul's busy "Hiebert Hut" and studying at Trinity.
Students at the M. B. Centenary Bible College
Paul with E. B. Solomon
Steve has just opened a show of his photography at the Barnes & Noble in Boulder. These are a few pictures of his show.
Coffee and Art
Hmmm..... I bet he makes high-quality, digital scans from the original negatives, using a Macintosh computer, and then, applying various imaging software packages and filters, makes the prints using archival-quality inkjet technology.
Just in from Phyl and Elmer:
This is a map and description of Phyl and Elmer's recent trip to Viet Nam and India. I wasn't able to make the writing big enough for you to read, so I'm putting in their map along with some notes I've copied from it. It's a really creative piece--just like Phyl always comes up with! If you want to see the more complete version, just contact Phyl. Also see Phyl's note above. -Jo
Phyl and Elmer's Trip
HANOI: Phyllis helps Ken and Fran prepare to leave Vietnam. Daniel and Loren like to play computer games. They go to international schools every day. Lan talks in English and Vietnamese. She likes to eat food from everybody else's plates. Fran goes to Bangkok clinic for tests.
VIENTIANE: Ken, Fran, Daniel, Loren, Lan and Phyllis visit Laos. Our hotel has noisy wedding parties nearly every night but there is a nice cool swimming pool.
BANGALORE: Elmer teaches in SAIACS seminary for 3 weeks. Feb 21 - Phyllis and Fran stop by for a couple of days--we go to see a huge, beautiful palace in Mysore near by.
KODAI: Feb 25 - Phyllis and Fran take overnight train for Kodai. We rent a small guest house for $2 a night. We meet Loey and Gary Knapp who are teaching at Kodai International School; Priya and Nikhil are also working there this semester. That weekend is Field Day with races, etc. We have a good time eating curry & rice and shopping at the Kashmir Shop. The owner knows Grandma Anna Hiebert.
SHAMSHABAD (near Hyderabad): Elmer teaches in Bible college 4 weeks. YMI team and two other couples are also there. Our old friend Chendraleela cooks for us all. On her second day, Phyllis slips on a cement ramp and fractures wrist. Arm in a cast. Back also sprained and begins to hurt. Phyllis and Elmer take 3-day jaunt to villages. Elmer preaches almost every day besides teaching classes.
KERALA: Mar 25 - Elmer and Phyllis take 25-hour train ride to Ernakulam in Kerala. We spend 2 nights and a day on a houseboat on lakes and rivers--there are villages on tiny strips of land, and lots of coconut trees. We also visit a wildlife sanctuary and a spice plantation (cinnamon, pepper, etc.). On Easter Sunday we visit the church built where Thomas, Jesus' disciple, is thought to have landed as a missionary.