Sun., 3/19/06 - submitted by Jonn Claybaugh
Sergio Gomez who was called as mission president and will be serving in Honduras is from Pergamino and was about eight or nine years old when I served in Pergamino with Elder John Doolittle and Elder Bob Davis. We ate lunch with the Gomez family every day. Anyone else who served in Pergamino during those years would remember the Gomezes.
Feb. 26, 2006 Church News President & Sister Sergio Gomez
Photo taken by Elder Jonn Claybaugh in 1974. Young Sergio is the boy standing directly in front of his father, also named Sergio.
Thurs., 8/26/04 - Referred to the website by Tom Tripp.
This letter is submitted by Marta (Rojas) Giuliani. She can be contacted at MGiuliani2000@hotmail.com or 310-355-1835.
I am a Rosario native (Rosarina de corazon) my maiden name is Marta Rojas, my ward was Parque Urquiza also known as Rosario IV.
I married Ramsn Giuliani from Barrio Saladillo or Rosario III. For the past 28 years we have been living in Southern California, to be more precise, in the city of Hawthorne (South Bay area). We got married at the Los Angeles Temple right after Ramsn came back from serving his mission in Italy South.
We have four children, two sons and two daughters. Our oldest son is married and has two children and our second daughter is married also and has one daughter. We still have a son and a daughter living at home.
Right now we belong to the North Torrance Stake but for many years we belonged to the Huntington West Stake which was the first Spanish speaking stake created in the U.S. Ramsn was the second stake president the stake had.
Unfortunately, after we came back from Argentina in 1976 we did not go back. My husband did not have a good experience at that time down there due to the civil unrest the country was going through at the time. I would like to go back and visit but Ramsn still does not want to go, so who knows when we'll do it.
It was a "gustazo" to read some of the messages all of you share in your site, specially when they go back to visit after a long time, or when their children go to the same mission to serve, that is awsome!
Well, we would like to be in contact with some of the "valientes misioneros" at that time, so please post this message in your site. I already shared the info of your site with some others who served more or less at the same time. We hope to hear of others soon.
Tues., 2/3/04 - Submitted by Steve Walston
My son in Parana sent me the following update on the families I had recorded in my journal.
Monday we did service for a family in our ward. The family Gericke. The husband lives in Orem. But the wife has been a member here for about 33 years. She is the one that remembers dad. And she remembered all the names dad gave me but one. So here is the run up as much as I can remember.
Martinez, I am pretty sure that is the family of Hermana Gericke. That is her maiden name. Her family was baptized about two years before dad was here. Her mom goes to Gazzano and her sister is in San Agustine, which is in my district right next to us. De Stefenos, she said that the kids, sons, live in Provo. I think Nora Decilia lives in Salta now. Brother Monson died a few years ago but the kids live in posado misions and are active I think. Bromineki is an old man in Gazzano and is active. Zamotti has passed away. Raul Faffa lives in Buenos Aires and sad to say inactive. Breton is active and in cinco esquinas, the stake center here.
Fri., 1/9/04 - Submitted by Mike Rigby
Just an update on the Ottonelli family from Santa Fe. Maria Ottonelli contacted me from Santa Fe. Her husband is the stake patriarch in the Santa Fe North Stake. His health is in decline but he is still pronouncing blessings. He is 82 years old.
They have a daughter Adriana who has lived in the states and currently Utah (Pleasant Grove) since 1989. She is divorced from her husband (eight years) and has four children. The oldest Marcos is the ESL coordinator at the MTC. We've had them over twice for the holidays and will be going to their home for the first time tomorrow. They're a wonderful family, with powerful testimonies of the gospel. Adriana is a regular temple worker in Provo. She is a therapist at the Provo canyon school.
Mon., 12/1/03 - Submitted by Chris (Bergstrom) Armstrong
In October, 2003, my husband, returning Brazilian missionary son, and I flew into "Foz do Iguaczu", the Brazilian side of the falls. The Brazilians will tell you that Argentina owns 3/4 of the falls, but Argentines have to come to Brazil to appreciate them! The falls are incredible--a huge seeming sinkhole ringed by curtains and curtains of deafening falls (when Eleanor Roosevelt saw them, she exclaimed "poor Niagara!"). We checked with the church missionary department, which gave their blessing to taking the Macuco safari trip, in which tourists jeep through the jungle to the lower river, then blast by motorized pontoon boat up to and around the falls. It was SO soaking fun! Don't miss it if you go! The only downer is that Brazil requires a visa. We stayed outside the national park at a very decent hotel for about $27 per night, including a tropical fruit and pastry breakfast.
We also visited a bird park (odd to feel a toucan on your head!) and the world's largest hydroelectric plant. We crossed the border into Argentina, where my son was amazed to encounter begging children. As you know, the Argentine economy has lurched frightfully, but seems to be improving now. This border area of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay is supposedly a center for terrorist and other underground activity. So, it was no real surprise for our bus to be stopped some 4-5 times by the military en route to Corrientes for document checks. At one of the stops, our son was singled out to examine his baggage. Well, we packed light for this trip so we could take bags and boxes of temple clothing (we picked up lots of seconds and gently used dresses, pants, and shirts from White Elegance in SLC. If you go to So. America, please consider doing the same). The soldiers were puzzled by the clothing--?toda blanca??? The members were so thrilled to get their own temple clothes; now with access to the Asuncion Temple they can go, but it's a significant expense for them to afford the trip and clothes, which are needed in the smaller temples. We finally arrived in Corrientes. The riverfront was still beautiful; the city has grown much. There are eight chapels in Corrientes, and a stake is definitely on the horizon. The young and humble district president, Raul Ramirez, showed us around. He was tenacious in pursuing families from my ragged memory and journal! We found Maria (Megui) Veron, who Hna. Carroll, McKenzie, and Alexander and I taught and visited and saw baptized as a jovencita with her brother. She recognized me and was speechless, having had a recent dream about me. Unfortunately, she has been less active for years. We left our testimonies and shared tears. She is a soltera and works in a radio station. We found the Minos, who were baptized after I arrived. They have a small grocery and live about 2 blocks from a chapel, but are also less active. Mati Aspiazu still lives in the same flat. She is divorced, with an 11-year old son. She wavers between activity and inactivity, but has been to the temple and loves the church. I left her a picture of a P-day when Hna. Carroll and I taught her to ride a bike--she loved it! Hno. and Hna. Marchi are still dears, but are alienated from the church. (although the Lord really blessed me with a gift of remembrance, some of the subtleties of long stories eluded me!). Their goal, however, is to serve a mission together. (I later had some "Misionero Futuro" tags made up for them as a gift.) However, their son, Ricardo, is in the branch presidency of one of the units; Hno. uses his e-mail to keep in touch. Please write and encourage him (email@example.com). The Regnets are solid as ever. Recent converts, he was made branch president for a temporada while I was there. Their children have done missions, BYU, and temple marriages--what joy! We attended church (like old times, I was even recruited to play the piano!).
Our next stay was in hermosa Formosa. Wow, what a surprise! That sleepy town has mushroomed! Hna. Boyer and I were the first sisters to serve there, when the church had been there one year and there were about 30 members. We met on the patio of a small house with grapefruit trees in the back. We hermanas did our best to organize the Primaria and YW and help with RS. I'd been in the mission for 11 days when we arrived; I remember being asked by gawking Formosans just how tall I was (they had not yet met Hna. Baer!) I replied, "Yo no se en kilometros." The natives rolled in laughter. The branch was shaky then, with leadership and member problemas. Today, there are 8 beautiful chapels (Puerto, Parque, Terminal, Italia, Circunvalacion, Centenario, Lujan, and Laishi!) They may become a stake before Corrientes (Resistencia, as you know, is a stake and a mission). Carlos Zayas, who was baptized by Elder Doolittle in the Parana with his family as a 14-year old just before we arrived, was the district president last year. He took us around visiting, but was concerned that I might be discouraged upon finding members who had become less active. I explained to him that my goal in seeing members again was to encourage them. At 9:00 PM, I remember seeing a line snaking around the local bank as people patiently waited to try to cash some portion of their paychecks! We met Carlos' lovely wife and 3 sons, then visited his less-active sister, Norma (I showed her pictures of our YW camp with the monos and mosquitos). His sisters Olga (in B.A.) and Elsa (Colorado) are active and have families. We also visited Hna. Cabrera (now Rosalva Tio). She and Pte. Cabrera divorced years ago; he left the church. She is somewhat alienated from the church and suffers from serious osteo-arthritis. Daughters Sonia (Formos) and Patricia (USA) are active, but Cynthia and Christian are not. The Vasualdo family moved from Formosa years ago.
It was a wonderful adventure to return to Argentina. Besides the miraculous Church growth, the changes are many--no more sewer trenches lining the streets; I saw no (you won't believe this) women carrying net bags for groceries. In fact, homemade cuisine seems to have gone the way of convenience foods there as well (the empanadas I ate were made from refrigerated dough circles!) Chains like "Iniguez" are in evidence, with fewer kioscos per block and panaderias rare (Internet cafes must have taken their place!) Galletitas Lincoln are still around. There is still mud in the barrios which could seriously slow down or halt the progress of an hermana on a bike, not to mention mar her dignity, but I saw no biker missionaries.
We bussed across the river to Asuncion, and enjoyed visiting the lovely temple there. The Church is so true! If you would like the addresses of anyone mentioned above, please feel free to e-mail me. !Que les vaya muy bien!
Fri., 10/31/03 - Submitted by Dave Woodland (Parana 1972)
Guillermo Gericke is in the states (as of a year ago) hoping to get residency and bring his family to the U.S.
Mon., 10/27/03 - Submitted by Mike Rigby
About two years ago, I had information that a man that Elder Rice and I baptized, Hermano Salto was a patriarch in the Rosario area. I don't know if it was the same Hermano that we baptized. Also in Santa Fe, there was a Otonelli family that was baptized. (Initially just the parents, however after I left the area, I understood that their daughter and son-n-law were baptized.) Interestingly enough, he had been studying to become a priest in the Catholic church. Our interaction with him, was more sparring, in a good natured manner, then serious.
Mon., 10/13/03 - Submitted by Ron Bagley