Here is a picture of my grandmother, Barbara Noreika, alongside the old house with both my Aunt Barb and Aunt Beth. Barb lived with her husband Willie Baugh and son John in Enterprise, Alabama. Beth stayed with my grandmother through her death on the family farm. She had served as an agent with the CIA and spoke five languages fluently.
Aunt Barb was in much better physical condition over that of my Aunt Beth which often made her angry when Barb had to slow her pace while hiking. There was an unseen rivalry between my two aunts.
Rounding out my grandmother’s family were her two sons, Adam who lived in Wabash, Indiana (my dad) and Joe who hailed from Seattle, Washington along with his wife Mary and two sons Craig and Mark.
My dad was married to my mother, Treva, and I had three sisters. There was another Treva, Susie, and Kathy. The only time I met my cousins Mark and Craig was when our two families merged at the farm at the same time one summer.
Our family farm was located on Big Bass Lake near Irons, Michigan. But the rest of the family was scattered well around the United States and made reunions quite difficult. We saw Barb and Willie the most since Wabash was a stopping off point for when Aunt Barb picked up my grandmother each fall to bring her south for the winter to Alabama. Does anyone in our readership know Barbara Noreika?