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by:  Alida MacMillan

Alida Tiedemann MacMillan

Alida Konstantine Tiedemann was born in Bremen-Blumenthal, Germany, on March 13, 1921, to Wilhelm and Maria Tiedemann. She was the oldest of four girls; her sisters are Waltraud, Klara, and Rita. She came to America after World War II as one of the first 6 German war brides to set sail for the USA. She lived her later years in the Sellwood area; she passed away on August 20, 2011, in Milwaukie.

As a young girl, her fortitude was already apparent. She was around 12 years old and walking on top of a fence and fell. She knew she was hurt but she also knew she wasn't supposed to be on that fence. At dinner she wasn't using her left arm and her mother kept asking what was wrong. 'Nothing,' she said. However, she had a broken collarbone. This same fortitude helped her get through World War II. She and Waltraud would ride their bikes in the middle of the night to make sure to be first in line for the milk rations. She would get in trouble from her Father for not going into the cellar during an air raid. She just wanted to stay in bed and sleep. She'd wake up and find plaster all over her bed.

She was working at the local newspaper, the Bremer-Zeitung, during the war. David L. MacMillan Jr. was a U.S. Army Infantryman in the 29th Division and happened to be a typesetter. He and his fellow printers took over the newspaper office to print 'The Twenty-Niner'. They met during this time, and despite the anti-fraternization rule, they did, and fell in love.

Dave left for home in 1946 and she had to wait until German Nationals were allowed into the U.S. They could only communicate by mail and they exchanged pictures and letters. Dave would send her fabric and nylons and whatever else she wanted. During this time she worked as a typist and clerk for the Stock Control Division of the U.S. Army and received a glowing letter of reference.

In late April of 1947 with five other Bremen 'Frauleins', she set sail on the U.S.S. American Banker bound for Boston. She left her home and her family, and her country, with a small, wooden suitcase built by her father, to start her new life and her own family.

She and Dave were married on May 1, 1947, in Compton, California. Alida became a citizen of the United States on October 14, 1949.

Alida embraced Dave's children from his prior marriage, David and Frances, and also helped take care of Dave's parents. In 1950, Robert Bruce was born and in 1951, William Ernest. They lived in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles) until 1956 when the family moved to Portland. In 1961, Peggy Ann was born.

Dave and Alida became involved in the Scandinavian Chorus in Portland. Alida also volunteered with Loaves and Fishes, and the Mustard Seed store at All Saints' Episcopal Church. She helped with Peggy's Camp Fire groups teaching embroidery, knitting, and crocheting.

After Dave passed away in June 2000, she faced a new challenge. Her physical limitations made it difficult to stay in the house by herself, and she ventured to the next stage of her life at Homewoods on the Willamette.

Here she met many wonderful friends and enjoyed the bus rides, and card games, group activities, and concerts. This is when she uncovered her talent for poetry and writing. Of course she volunteered where she could and ran Granny's Attic, the secondhand store, for years; and she co-chaired their Alzheimer fundraising for several years.

Alida is preceded in death by her husband Dave and her sister Rita. She is survived by her children Robert, William, and Peggy; grandchildren, Andrew, Daniel, and Carmen; great-grandchildren Emma, Jack and Mali. Also by Dave's children David and Frances, and their children and grandchildren, and her sisters Waltraud and Klara, and her cousins and nieces and nephews in Germany. Arrangements under the direction of Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home.

Michael J. Simcoe

Michael J. Simcoe, well-known in the Woodstock area as a yard maintenance expert and landscaper, died on June 22nd of this year at age 64. Survivors include his sisters Judy Henderson and Janice Simcoe; and nephews Joel, Dave, and Nate, and nieces Amy and Christy. He was described as a lover of the outdoors and an avid fly fisherman. Services were private. Donations in his memory are suggested to the Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife Department. Arrangements were by Crown Memorial.