If Mama Sang: L. Jane

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Welcome to Jane and Bill!

Lisa and Kathie wrote a poem for their parents ..



Mom was born in Piedmont, Missouri. She lived there until late High School (details in her book). At that time she moved to Clovis New Mexico to live with friends she had met in Piedmont that worked on the CCC project. She wrote her memoirs for her family in a book named, "If Mama Sang". It has been published and is avaiilable online. I have created this companion website to further illustrate her book. Actually, her complete book has not finished, but the second edition will eventually be printed. "If Mama Sang" is basically a public version. The second edition will have more interest to family members .. details that might bog down for the general public. Anyway, getting the second edition ready for publication is a personal goal of mine.


  1. ISBN the first edition ($$).
  2. Donate a copy to both the Piedmont and Galion Libraries and historical societies.
  3. Make the book available to extended family and friends

one of mom's poems

“One of Mom's Poems
Will be printed
on this page.”


Taken from a Power Point, Movin' On! was originally created in 2004 to help me express the grief of losing my parents and having to divest myself of the property that was theirs. It is a WMV file so can't open on a MAC.

(It opens in it's own window and can be closed to come back to this page)



welcome to dad !

Dad was born in Virginia, Minnesota. He was the second oldest with two younger sibs. Both of his parents were from Finland. His father, Jack, arrived in 1920; the verdict is still out on when his mother, Edith arrived in America. Edith was a nurse; his dad was a clothier. Jack was a graduate of Suomi College in Hancock, Michigan, and spent some years as a photographer in Ely, Minnesota. His family was musical, intelligent, humorous, talented, and a little crazy. Jack died in 1953 at 61, when I was in second grade. Dad would have been about 28 then. Awfully young to lose your father. His mother died in 1985 at 85. They had property on Sand Lake, Minnesota. Fond memories.

Interesting photo below. I am certain the young woman is Edith. (click on the photo to enlarge - e-mail me if you know who it is.

wish i knew

Dad's older brother William (Bill) was the star of the family. He married Audrey . They had two children, Denise and Jack. Bill was a pilot in the second world war. My dad was in training to become a jet pilot, but the war was over before he finished. His mother always said he "washed out" -- a comment which diminished him greatly. Dad did have a pilot's license. I believe he got it when he was 16 or so. I have his license. He was still carrying it in his wallet when he died at 78. I also have his discharge papers from the military (the Army, Air Force and National Guard). He served in Korea with the Guard.

Dad's sister, Muriel, married Jim and they had seven children, James, Theresa, Beatrice, Elizabeth, Virginia, David and Barbara. Jim was career Air Force. Both Muriel and Jim are deceased.

John was the youngest in the family. He and his wife Kathy (from England, I think) had two daughters, Penny and Pamela, and one son, Peter. His children all live in Minnesota. He and Kathy divorced and he married Judy. Both John and Judy are deceased.

The Pontinens muriel Jack edith bill john dad

dad's job

Dad worked all of his adult, family life at the Galion Iron Works, the early years as a welder, working on Road Graders and Road Rollers; later years as a grader tester and I think he ended his career as a supervisor. He provided well for his family.

his paintings

After retirement, Dad took up painting. I like his style. This is one of his paintings of Pike's Peak in Denver.

pike's peak

I have a lot of photos from visits to Virginia, MN. They aren't currently available, as I will have to scan them (before I got my digital) but there are some really cool photos.


According to Mom's book her birth was like this:

"When Edith (child #2) was a year old, another baby was on the way. Loice Jane was born September 19, 1925. Not in the little house on the hill, not delivered by the family doctor, not with her father nearby, but in Piedmont. County of Wayne, at the home of her Aunt Sadie, a sister Mama was often at odds with. I bore a resemblance to my sisters, I'm sure, but Mama said I was different in that my hair was light, my eyes greenish gray, in marked contrast to Rosalee and Edith's almost black hair, dark eyes.

When my dad came by to see the girl baby who was supposed to be a boy, it was said, that Sadie said: "When Louis asked May what she'd named the baby, he said, 'Well, I'll be damned, Lost Jane!' ." (I don't mind what Sadie said. I wish "they" had told me why I was born at her house, deliver by Dr. T. Pyles and named Loice. And where was my Dad, Mama's husband, who should have been at her side?)

From my aunt's house -- my Piedmont birth place -- I was carried back home to the house across the road from my grandparents and lived there long enough to record a few memories of the house, the surroundings, the country smells." (If Mama Sang, pp. 24)

Check the Piedmont page for photos.

This is mostly a repeat of information found on my personal website: Seize The Season