My life started in Munich, Germany and I lived there through World War II. The war robbed me of my childhood and adolescence. After the war, I worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Military Government and came to the United States as a war bride. On November 20, 1950 I became a U.S. citizen. I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Iowa and taught in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa school system for almost 30 years. I raised three children as a single parent in an era when that was not in vogue.
After retirement, my family encouraged me to write about my life in war torn Germany. My first book, Christmas Trees Lit the Sky, was published in November 2012.
I now live in Cedar Rapids with my husband Jim. Currently I am writing the next book about my experiences in my adopted country. Jim and I enjoy spending time with our combined families of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.