Lögberg-Heimskringla - 03.06.2005, Blaðsíða 9

Lögberg-Heimskringla - 03.06.2005, Blaðsíða 9
Lögberg-Heimskringla •Föstudagur 3. júní 2005 • 9 Above: Stephan V. Benediktson at his grandfather's desk in Stephansson House. Left: Stephan V. outside the house. difficult — but we survived. Mother took father's death very hard. She was a one-man wom- an and when I look back it is hard to realize that she lived to be 94 but she was only married forabout 14 years." Giving back to the community The idea of giving some- thing back to the community is very much supported by Steve. He has published his own book, Stefan 's Story, A Half Century in International Oil, sponsored the book Stephan's Daughter, written about his mother, and has also supported the publica- tion of two books written about his grandfather in Iceland, to name a few examples. "I try to keep abreast of any interest there is in Stephan G.'s works," he says, when asked about Viðar Hreinsson's idea of translating his books about Stephan G. into a book in Eng- lish and having it published in Alberta. "The good news is that we have this very fine body of work, well documented and well written, describing his life, times, philosophy and move- ments. The bad news is that we can't read it because it is in Icelandic. There is some hope regarding publication of a book in English, and I support the idea." Stephan G. Stephansson is buried in the family cemetary, Christianson and Stephans- son Cementary, in the Chris- tiansons' land just across the river from Stephansson House. About three years ago, Steve and his family learned that the municipality had decided to shut it down and not allow any more interments there. Steve says that they had meetings with the council and made them an offer that was accepted. "We asked them to allow us to con- tinue to operate it as a family cemetary at no cost to the com- munity, as we would take care of all the maintenance and de- velopment," he says. Now, the family is plan- ning a walking trail along the Medicine River from the bridge to the cementary. "We want to do this in the near future," Steve adds, and recalls a story in connection withhis grandfa- ther's death. "One of Stephan G.'s great supporters was an Icelander from Wynyard, Sas- katchewan, named Jakob Nor- man. He had come to see him on occasion and they had a great relationship. Mother told me the story that one night he had a dream that if he was ever to see his friend Stephan G. Stephansson again he had to go forthwith. So he just got up, went on a train, rode the train to Innisfail and got out to Marker- ville. The next day Stephan G. Stephansson died in Jakob Nor- man's arms." Recently, Steve and his children donated $24,000 to the Fensala Hall Restoration Project. "As a group we wanted to contribute to the rebuilding of the Fensala Hall. It is such a fine project. The community works so hard and it is difficult to raise money for a project like that. They had hoped for more government funding and I hope that this will push them over the top and get the work com- pleted. They have dedicated so much time and effort to the project and I'm very proud of them." Snorri Program on the agenda From 1997 to 2001, Steve was Iceland's Honorary Consul in Southern Alberta. "I sup- pose that I enjoyed my time as Honorary Consul for Iceland in Southern Alberta more than any position I have ever occu- pied, corporate or otherwise," he says. "The consular corps is such a fine group of people and, strangely, it is so nonpolitical." Steve lives with his wife Adriana Kroes in Mexico, but his three children by his former wife, Stephan Robert, Susan Rosa and Paul David, live with their families around Calgary. Steve has lived and worked in Stephan V. Benediktson started his formal education at the Heckla School in Alberta. the Far East, the Middle East, Australia and South America as well as Canada and Texas. "I have had a wonderful run and great experiences. I'm very grateful for how things have unfolded and for what I have accomplished, but I always come home to Alberta. I love Alberta and I'm verý proud of my roots in Markerville, my Icelandic-Canadian heritage. I try to connect my children and hope to get my grandchildren into the Snorri Program." ICELAND*S NATIQNAL DAY Three Whuupeq evmtsyou UundcUt't ituts! OPEN HOUSE Come and see the new office of Lögberg-Heimskringla Friday,Junel7, 2005 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND 100-283 PORTAGE AVENUE THE JON SIGURDSON CHAPTER and thc ICELANDIC CANADIAN FRÓN invite all to be present at the TWENTY-THIRD AnNUAL WREATH LAYING CeREMONY in Celebration of The Sixty - First Anniversay OF Iceland's Independence Day At The Jon Sigurdsson Statue, Manitoba Legislative Grounds Friday, June 17, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. GUESTSPEAKER STEINGRÍMURJ. SIGFUSSON MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, ICELAND Hamrahlíðarkórinn choir from Reykjavík will be performing at 8:00 p.m. WINNIPEG ART GALLERY RICHARDSON AUDITORIUM NO CHARGE Ai.L ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND Visit us on the web at http://www.lh-inc.ca

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