Anna Klimes (Homenchuk)
|Death:||Died in Folsom, California, USA|
Daughter of Michael Homenchuk and Mary Martsya Homenchuk
|Managed by:||Peter Rohel (c)|
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About Dr. Anna Klimes (Homenchuk)
Anna Klimes, consultant to the Klimes Institute, died December 29, 2015 peacefully in her sleep at the age of 86 in her home in Folsom California. Although she had suffered from Osteoporosis for many years, she continued to be an active member of her community, church and family. Anna’s maiden name was Homenchuk. She was born to Ukrainian immigrants in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1929, was married in 1954, received her Bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla College (1957), her Master’s degree from Indiana University (1964), and her Doctorate of Education from Andrews University (1977). Her work has been an amazing tour around the world, serving on three continents, Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, and HongKong), Europe (Ukraine) and North America (Canada – living in Saskatchewan, British Columbia; U.S. – living in Michigan, Maryland and California). She has taught every level of students from elementary through graduate school. She was best known for her work with high-school and college students challenged by Reading Disabilities and directing Total Immersion English Programs. She is survived by her husband of 91 years, Rudolf E. Klimes, her three children (Anita Heidi Borrowdale, Bonnie Klimes-Dougan, and Randy Klimes) and their spouses (Greg Borrowdale, Jack Dougan, and Lindsay Klimes), six grandchildren, and seven siblings. She was a devoted Christian. Her close relationship with God was reflected in her deep appreciation of nature and inspired her life direction that focused on addressing the needs of others. A memorial service was held on January 3, 2016 in the Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist Church. (By Bonnie Klimes-Dougan).
A Brief Life Story of Anna Klimes
Largely taken from Anna’s autobiographical writings of her life, we would like to share with you about a few important and intertwined aspects of her life – her early life, her contributions to family life, her achievements and contributions to education, and her contributions to God’s work. These words were read by our son-in-law, Jack Dougan at Anna’s memorial service on January 3, 2016..
Anna Homenchuck was born to Ukrainian immigrants in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1929. She was the fourth child of what was to grow to be a large family of 12 children. After miraculous experience in infancy, Anna’s mother felt that God had a special purpose for her. Her mother had come in to feed her when she noticed that Anna’s smile was lopsided and one side of her body was paralyzed. Her mother humbly and earnestly prayed that she would either get well or die. She recovered completely.
Growing up during the war, her family lived in extreme poverty. On one cold winter day living in the prairies, Anna’s mother told the family there was only porridge for breakfast, but nothing for supper. At dinner time, they heard sleigh bells outside. The children all followed their mother outside to find that their neighbor had brought a tub of food – bread, butter, mild, jam, flour and a can of peanut butter. Praise the Lord! What a feast they had that night.
Anna and Rudy married in 1954. Anna tells the story of bringing home boyfriends to get the approval of her mother. Some didn’t share her faith, other’s looked too old. Finally, she promised God she would never again try to arrange a relationship. If God sent someone fine. Besides being an Adventist, she had hoped that he would be intelligent. When she brought Rudy home her mother smiled and said, “He looks right for you; I think you will marry him!” Rudy proposed in Capilano Canyon, now a wonderful tourist attraction with swinging bridges. They married in Vancouver SDA Church and honeymooned from the $68 dollars that were collected in her sister Martha’s shoe that was passed around at the reception.
Anita and Bonnie were born on the same day, two years apart. Then several years later came their precious boy Randy. All were born in Korea and there were wonderful memories of awaking to visits of students caroling on Christmas Eve, the smell of warm bread baking in the kitchen, and summer visits to the tiny cinderblock cabin perched high on the hill at Techon Beach. The move to Japan required that Anna was both parent and teacher for her girls while Randy attended a Japanese preschool. Here we started our family ski holidays, although skiing was not her strong suite, Anna always joined in as an enthusiastic spectator.
Many of these traditions would be carried on into the next generation. When the grandchildren arrived, first Justin and Torin, then Tyler and Hudson, our family gatherings often were punctuated by beaches and snow. Even the littlest grandson’s Theo and Forrest have already begun to continue this tradition of hitting the slopes.
Contributions to Education
Anna was the first in her family to attend college. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla College (1957), her Master’s degree from Indiana University (1964), and her Doctorate of Education from Andrews University (1977). Her work has been an amazing tour around the world, serving on three continents, Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong), Europe (Ukraine) and North America (Canada – in Saskatchewan and British Columbia; U.S. – in Michigan, Maryland and California). She has taught every level of students from elementary through graduate school. She was a pioneer in applications of Total Immersion English Programs in Asia. She was a professor at Columbia Union College, Hong Kong Adventist College, and Sahmyook University in Korea. She was a pioneer in applications of the Total Immersion English Programs in Asia.
Contributions to God’s Work
Anna depended on the Lord from the time that she was a child to the end of her life. She and her older sister Lydia used to sit by the fire and sing through the old Christ in Song hymnal. In every school where she taught she was active in the church with teaching classes, singing in the choir, feeding the visitors and planning programs.
Anna tells a story of how God prepares us for the work that we are to do in the future. When she and Rudy lived in Korea, they got a phone call from the hospital. A Ukrainian sailor, while drunk on his bunk, started afire and badly burned himself. The staff had called Anna to see if she could communicate with him. On arriving, she tried to speak Ukrainian but only Korean would emerge. She was mortified. With the Ukrainian Bible she had inherited from her mother, she began to study her forgotten mother tongue which she had not used for 50 years. This prepared her for her educational and charity work she and Rudy would do in Ukrainian during their retirement.
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