• R.I.P. Barbara Klimowicz, 94, in August ("My Sister the Horse," 1971)

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    About "My Sister the Horse":

    "The adventures of ten-year-old Alice Polaski, who lives in an old building with condemned balconies and whose five-year-old sister thinks she's a horse."

    (with photo)

    Roseburg, Oregon - August 12, 2022

    Barbara Ann (Tingley) Klimowicz, age 94, having lived a full life, passed away on August 12, 2022, under hospice care with her loving family members at her side.

    Barbara was born September 11, 1927, in Mansfield, Ohio. She was proceeded in death by her parents; Dorothy (Hunter) and Everett K. Tingley as well as her older sister, Rosemary Puetz and younger brother, Dave Tingley.

    Barbara grew up surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins from both Hunter and Tingley families who lived in and around Mansfield. Upon graduation from Mansfield Senior High School, she attended Ohio State University where she graduated with
    a B.S. degree in education, cum laude. While attending OSU she met and fell in love with Charles "Chuck" Klimowicz of Youngstown, Ohio. They married in 1951 and were soon blessed with two children, Mark Charles and Terry Lynn.

    Barbara's vocations and hobbies were multi-faceted including being a mother, published book author, teacher, home maker, and active church member. Her life with Chuck was full of adventure and travel. In 1968 Chuck's career took the family from Illinois
    to Tulsa, Oklahoma. From there Barbara and Chuck moved to Sumatra, Indonesia in 1971. Sumatra served as the jumping off point for Barbara and Chuck to travel the world throughout the 70's and 80's.

    After a final work assignment in Saudi Arabia, she and Chuck retired and settled on Lake LBJ near Marble Falls, Texas.

    Barbara's husband of 50 years, Charles Klimowicz, passed away on September 14, 2002. Barbara then relocated from Texas to Roseburg, Oregon to be near her daughter Lynn. In Roseburg she enjoyed leadership activities, singing in the choir, and fellowship
    in the First Presbyterian Church. She remained a competitive league bowler, avid walker, and No. 1 St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan well into her 90's...


    Birthday post from 2017:

    She was born in Mansfield, Ohio, became a kindergarten teacher in Salem, Illinois, moved to Indonesia for a while, and now lives in Roseburg, Oregon.

    "Surname is pronounced Klim-o-wits."

    Three of her books were illustrated by Lee J. Ames and two by Gloria Kamen.

    (scroll down about 1/3 to see the 1976 photo from her home at that time - Caltex Camp Rumbai, Sumatra, Indonesia - she's with her engineer husband, Chuck Klimowicz)

    (book synopses)

    (book covers)

    (Kirkus reviews)

    (reader reviews)


    Fred, Fred, Use Your Head, 1966.
    Strawberry Thumb, 1968.

    The Word-Birds of Davy McFifer, 1970.
    My Sister the Horse, 1971.
    When Shoes Eat Socks, 1971.
    The Great Green Apple War, 1973.
    Ha, Ha, Ha, Henrietta, 1975.

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