Ann Cristine Dopp, or to call her by her Icelandic name, Anna Kristine Asmundson, was, simply, a remarkable woman.
She was born in a sod house in Upham, North Dakota on September 1st, 1902, the first of ten children of Bjorn Asmundson and Lukka Thoranna Benson.
She came from good Icelandic stock. Her father, Bjorn, was born in Dallandspartur, near Husavik Eystri, on September 20, 1874.
He and his mother, Kristin Saebjarnsdottir, emigrated to the United States in the early 1890’s. Ann’s mother, Lukka, was born in North Dakota on December 16, 1883. Her father, Thordur Benedicton and mother, Maria Sveinsdottir, were both from the area near Seydisfyordur.
How often we hear of seniors moving from their lifetime home to be nearer their children; one area loses a resident and another gains.
When Gudrun moved to Calgary in August of 2001 from Wynyard, Saskatchewan to be nearer her son, it was the Leif Eiriksson Icelandic Club of Calgary (LEIC) that gained.
With the help of Margret Geppert and Iris Torfason, she was put on our membership list. Although Gudrun was not able to come to our events, we were able to go to her.
With Alzheimer’s disease and dementia becoming more prevalent, it is a worry when you find you can’t remember a word that you figure should be right there on the tip of your tongue.
This is especially true when you reach the age of 90 as I have. My kids try to consol me by saying there is so much stored in my brain that I just can’t get the right information to the surface when I need it. That’s some consolation.
The many ways we celebrated across North America
Information compiled from Club newsletters and postings through the INL of NA email system.
Þjóðhátíðardagurinn, Icelandic National Day, is a holiday in Iceland, celebrated as the day that the Republic of Iceland was formed in 1944, becoming independent from the Danish monarchy.
June 17 was chosen because it is the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, a major figure of Icelandic culture and the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement. Icelanders celebrate on a national scale, with parades including flag bearers, brass bands, and riders on Icelandic horses, followed by speeches.
And in North America? In any community where there is a sizable group of people of Icelandic heritage, in any community with an Icelandic club or association, there is a celebration. While the reason is the same across the continent, the form of celebration takes many forms. These are just some examples.
Ambassador Þórður Ægir Óskarsson was the keynote speaker for the INL of NA convention Opening Ceremonies
Þórður Ægir Óskarsson
Icelandic Ambassador to Canada
Just three months have now passed since I took up my duties as the Ambassador of Iceland to Canada.
To have the opportunity to address this Convention is a privilege for an Icelandic ambassador since what better manifestation can be found of the close and constructive links and deep friendship between the people of Icelandic ancestry in the
two great states of North America
and Icelanders from the home country.