A few days ago, Jennifer Dodde responded to my email. I was ecstatic. Why? Not only is she going to provide factual information such as dates and places but share her memories of her family. That’s been the purpose of this site all along!
It’s just not the dates that are important but the sharing of memories of who these great people were/are. Whether farmers, police, or the common worker, Dodde(ma) have had an influence on everybody around them. What they lacked in material wealth they more than made up for it in strength of character, loyalty, and friendships that never die.
I’d like to share one of the things that Jennifer said to me that really shows what DoddemaGen is about:
I agree that it is neat to know what your relatives might be doing. When I was thinking about Grandpa, I thought it was such a shame that eventually he will be known only be his name and dates. People won’t know that his grand-daughter loves him so much and wishes that he could be happier in his old age. They won’t know that he used to have the best corn-on-the-cob barbecues and that I loved it when he teased me. Maybe I can start writing up some of my memories to have those to keep.
I’m looking forward to hearing more from Jennifer. I think she’s going to have lots to say. In the meantime, you can check out her site at Literate Housewife. I’m also providing a picture that Jennifer sent me. In Jennifer’s own words:
It was taken most likely toward the end of 1977 or Easter of 1978. Grandpa (Egbert) and Grandma (Theressa) are holding my brother Rob, my baby cousin, Brandy, and my sister, Donielle. I am the little girl in the white dress in the bottom row, far left.
Interesting turn of events. I’ve recently been contacted by Robert and Jennifer Dodde pertaining our common ancestor, Egbert Dodde. Egbert is my 4x cousin twice removed.
I’m still waiting their replies regarding additional information such as dates, locations, names, etc. but I think I may have hit on a jackpot here. I also did a quick Google search and found another site that had information on the Dodde name but I’ll save that for another time.
I was doing my weekly search for the Doddema name on Google (I’ve found this is a great resource to contact other members of our family) and found Jan Doddema. Now I need to contact him and ask his relationship to me but I have a website and a YouTube video of him. He’s a singer and I thought everybody would enjoy watching him perform.
Hopefully, we’ll be hearing more from Jan Doddema.
It’s been a hectic day but I’m pleased to say that Kara’s surgery went well.Â She had a thermal ablation (I think I got that right).Â If you don’t know what it is, research it.Â She’ll be hurting for a few days but should be feeling lots better by the end of the week.Â Estimates are that by the time her blood level reaches normal, she should be a brand-new person!Â That’s a good thing.
So thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.
Oona Alice Peterson, daughter of Kavan Peterson and Sarah Johnson, was born 8 June 2007 at 0013 (12:13 AM) weighing in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces.
The following is an excerpt from Kavan’s email to us:
On June 8 at 12:13 a.m. Sarah Johnson and Kavan Peterson were born a beautiful healthy girl, Oona Alice Peterson, weighing 6 lbs. 14 ounces and 21 and 1/4 inches long. Both momma and daughter are recovering wonderfully from a long but smooth labor and delivery.
Oona’s middle name is for her mother’s grandmother Alice Surface, who recently passed away, and Kavan’s great-great grandmother Alice Peterson.
About the name Oona:
The girl’s name Oona \o(o)-na\ is pronounced OO-nah. It is of Scottish, Irish and Gaelic origin, meaning “unity”. Variant of Una ( Latin) “one”. Playwright Eugene O’Neill gave this name to his daughter, Lady Oona O’Neill Chaplin, wife of Charlie Chaplin.
Oona: From the Irish word uan “a lamb” or may come from the Latin una meaning “one,” hence it is sometimes translated as “Unity.” In legend Oonagh was “Queen of the Fairies” who had long golden hair which reached to the ground and she was also the wife of legendary Fionn Mac Cool.
Welcome to the family, Oona.