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Astrid H. Ivask Aug 7, 1926 - March 24, 2015 RIGA, LATVIA Astrid Ivask, an outstanding lyric poet and translator, formerly of Norman, died on March 24 in Riga, Latvia, from the effects of a stroke suffered ten days earlier. The daughter of prominent Latvian Army General Martins Hartmanis and Irma Marija Hartmane, Astride Helena Hartmanis was born in Riga on August 7, 1926. In 1944, four years after her father was imprisoned, exiled, and eventually executed in the Soviet gulag, Astrid and her brother Juris and their mother relocated to Germany, where Astrid began her studies at the University of Marburg, completing a master's degree in romance languages in 1949. In Marburg, she also met her future husband, the Estonian poet and artist Ivar Ivask; and in the early 1950s, the couple moved to Minnesota, where Ivar had accepted a faculty position at St. Olaf College. In 1967, the couple moved to Norman upon Ivar's acceptance of a professorship in modern languages and literatures at The University of Oklahoma and the editorship of OU's renowned literary quarterly "Books Abroad" (later "World Literature Today"), positions he held until his retirement in 1991. During the couple's 24 years in Norman, Astrid not only hosted innumerable international writers and critics in inimitable style at her home on E. Boyd St. and at OU, but also was a regular presence in OU classrooms as an adjunct professor of modern languages and a frequent reader of her own and others' poetry in public programs throughout the Sooner state. In 1991, she and Ivar moved to County Cork, Ireland, where they enjoyed one productive year together before Ivar's sudden death in late 1992. In 2001, after she and her brother had regained the family properties seized in the 1940s by the Soviets, she relocated permanently to the Latvian capital of Riga, where she became a celebrated member of the literary and cultural community and continued to publish her verse and prose and to oversee the posthumous publication of Ivar's poetry, journals, and artwork. Astrid's dozen-plus volumes of poetry and prose include two which are available in English: "At the Fallow's Edge" (1981) and "Oklahoma Poems" (1990). Astrid was also active as a literary critic and as a translator of verse and prose from several languages, including Russian, German, French, Spanish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian. Her work was honored with numerous distinctions, among them Latvia's Three Star Medal, Estonia's Order of the White Star, and the Latvian Writers Union Annual Award in 2009. Astrid is survived by her brother, Juris Hartmanis, and his family, of Ithaca, NY; and by innumerable friends and literary colleagues throughout Europe and the Americas. A university scholarship in Astrid's memory is being established through Vitols Funds in Riga. To donate, go to http://www.vitolufonds.lv/en/sakums
Published: 3/30/2015
Charles Delhotal, M.D. Dec 28, 1919 - March 29, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Charles Earl Delhotal, M.D. passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Oklahoma City at the age of 95. Born December 28, 1919, Charles spent his childhood in Laverne, Oklahoma, where he played football, basketball, and wrestled. He attended The University of Oklahoma, from which he earned both his pharmacy and medical degrees; he practiced medicine as a pediatrician in Oklahoma City for over 50 years. He was an avid fan of OU's athletic programs, having been a member of both the football and wrestling teams. Charles served in the U.S. Army and Air Force; he was very active in his both his local and professional communities, having served as president of both the Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County Board of Health, on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma County Medical Board, and was a perennial supporter of Sunbeam Family Services. Charles served as an associate professor at Children's Hospital as well as taking part in numerous medical missions. Charles' devotion to his faith was of the utmost importance to him, having served as deacon, elder, and trustee at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Katherine; wife of 53 years, Mary; son, Charles Arthur; son-in-law, Robert Perry; and brother, Jack. He is survived by wife, Myra, of the home; daughters, Helen Perry and Janet Briggs; son-in-law, Bryan Briggs; daughter-in-law, Deborah Delhotal; brother, Maurice & wife Pat; grandchildren, Charles Robert Delhotal, Coleman Briggs & wife Aarin, Kris Cunnane & husband John, David Perry & wife Robyn, and Anne Marie Jordan & husband Thomas; 10 great-grandchildren, and 16 nieces and nephews. Many thanks to longtime caregiver and friend, Cydni Williams. Charles will be dearly missed, and remembered fondly. Those who had the great fortune of being in his life knew him to be a man who led by example, a beloved patriarch; he loved and cared for his family with tireless devotion. A Memorial Service will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church Wednesday, April 1 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sunbeam Family Services, Infant Crisis Services, or Care Teams of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Published: 3/30/2015
Donald W. Kitchen June 29, 1939 - March 28, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Donald Wayne Kitchen, 75, of Oklahoma City, OK, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015. He was born June 29, 1939, in Bradshaw, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, E.L. Kitchen; his mother, Nola and daddy, Jim; and one sister, Linda Alexander. Don served in the U.S. Navy. After he returned from the service, he spent most of his life working in the restaurant business as a franchise owner. He enjoyed family gatherings and holidays. He looked forward to golfing with the guys and palling around. He enjoyed the many small vacation trips that were taken with them. He will be greatly missed by his wife Janet and all his family and friends. Don leaves behind his wife, Janet Kitchen, of the home; his children, Dede and husband Deron Harrington, of Missouri City, TX; Heather & husband Chris Phenicie, of Missouri City, TX; Donny Kitchen, of Duncan, OK; Cathy and husband Mark Minx, of Oklahoma City, OK; and Carah and husband Shawn Blair, of Muskogee, OK; his sister, Juanell and husband Bill Brown, of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital, 6800 N.W. 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008. A Funeral Service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at Bill Merritt Funeral Service in Bethany, OK.
Published: 3/30/2015
Helen Marie Link Aug 31, 1923 - March 28, 2015 HARRAH Helen Marie Link, 91, of Harrah, OK, passed away March 28, 2015. She was born on August 31, 1923, in Harrah, OK to John Gesioroski and Carrie (Czerezyk) Gesioroski. Helen worked at Montgomery Ward as a switchboard operator for 11 years and met the love of her life, William Dwight Link; they married in July 1947. Helen became a homemaker after the birth of her first son, Bill, in 1953 and a second son, John, in 1956. She and Dwight established The Link Ranch in 1953. Helen continued operations after the death of Dwight in 1990. She was known for her extraordinary generous nature and a lifelong love of reading. She is survived by her sons, Bill Link and wife Angie and Dr. John Link and wife Paula S.; grandchildren, Nick Clark, Kelly Ridenour, Dr. Brent Link and Trey Link; five great-grandchildren; and a very special sister, Adeline Jorski and husband Tom. The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. John D. Randolph MD for his extraordinary care. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Bill Eisenhour Southeast. Graveside Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Arlington Memory Gardens.
Published: 3/30/2015
Linda Lee Hockman Sept 5, 1960 - March 29, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Linda Lee Hockman passed away peacefully at her home March 29, 2015. Our gentle angel has found her way home to her mom, dad and sisters. Linda was born on September 5, 1960, in Kearney, NE to Warren and Dorothy Hockman. She lived her life with her family always by her side. For her first 40 years, she lived with her parents as her dad's ministry took them across Nebraska and Kansas until finally settling in Oklahoma City. Since 2000, Linda lived her life with her brother Gary and his partner Roger as they made a safe and gentle home for her. Her life was filled with love. Linda's gifts to us were easy gifts. She was the guardian of the endless pictures her dad took of the family, always happy to share them with anyone who entered her life. She loved "Little House on the Prairie" and had the greatest thrill of her life when she got to meet Melissa Gilbert in person. She knew when things were pretty, whether it was a flower in a garden or the sun in the sky. Linda taught us the joy of a smile, the healing nature of a hug, the gentleness in our own hearts, and just how easy love can be. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary Ellen; her sister, Janet; and her sister, Pat (Hockman) Penny. Linda is survived by her brothers, Gary Hockman and Roger Klenke, of the home; and her nephew, Jason Barkley, his wife Tiffany and their daughters, Kyra and Kaylee, of Arlington, TX. The familywill receive friends Wednesday, April 1, 5-7 p.m. at Smith & Kernke N. May. Graveside Service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Edgar, NE. If desired, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Published: 3/30/2015