Ron Imdieke, Glenwood City 5th grade teacher who died of pancreatic cancer in 2004, is remembered in a new book, Annie Comes Home, written by his sister Bonnie I. Malterer. The book describes the journey of Mr. Imdieke’s niece, Annie, from a New Delhi orphanage to her new family in the USA. Annie turned sixteen on the day of Mr. Imdieke’s funeral. She reflects on her uncle’s death and the impact he had on her life in a chapter of the book that is dedicated to him.
Two days before Christmas, 1988, Bonnie and Tom Malterer traveled to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport to receive their adopted baby from India. When the plane emptied with no baby on board the parents-in-waiting learned an unsigned visa had delayed little Annie’s arrival.
Bad luck? Not exactly. The baby arrived safely on the next plane. The missed flight, the Malterers learned later, was the tragic Pan Am Flight 103 that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people aboard. Baby Annie’s flight delay was a blessed twist-of-fate making possible the tiny traveler’s rich new life in the USA. Since then the child has blossomed into a beautiful dancer, graduated high school and college, works in New York City’s cosmetics industry, and is enjoying life as a young immigrant who almost didn’t make it here.
About the Author
Bonnie did technical writing during her 40-year career in health information management; now she writes for pleasure. Annie Comes Home describes her experience of adopting a baby girl from India, raising the brown-skinned child in Duluth, MN among mostly blond-haired blue-eyed children, and watching the young woman come into her own, out of parental reach, in New York City. Books are available at the author’s websites: www.maltechpress.com and www.bonnieimalterer.com