On July 1 and 2, 2017, 50 family members came together for a weekendlong celebration for Lyndel Hieb's 90th birthday.
Lyndel was born Jan. 14, 1927, to Irene and Harold Peterson in Minneapolis, Minn., where she grew up the oldest of five children. She did most of her schooling in Minneapolis, graduating from Maple Plain Academy in 1945 and received a teaching certificate from Union College in Lincoln, Neb.
She was teaching at a small country school in North Dakota, when she met Archie Hieb. After a short courtship of two and a half months, they were married and lived near Cleveland, N.D., for the next 27 years.
Lyndel kept busy raising eight children and helping on the farm and was an active church member in Cleveland. After sending their first four boys to boarding academy and college, they moved to Walla Walla, Wash., in 1973, where the last four children attended Walla Walla Valley Academy and Walla Walla College.
Lyndel has always been an excellent seamstress and has enjoyed many other hobbies such as tole painting, ceramics, knitting, reading and crossword puzzles. Lyndel and Archie have been married for 70 years and still live in their home of 44 years.
Her family includes sons, Bruce and Patti (Albrecht) Hieb of Loveland, Colo.; Randy and Susan (Elliott) Hieb of Las Vegas, Nev.; Brian Hieb of North Carolina; daughters, Kris and John Christensen of Walla Walla, Wash.; Kandyce and Keith Hallem of Atlanta, Ga.; Kenda Cleveland of Vancouver, Wash.; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Her sons Jon Hieb and Michael Hieb are both deceased.