Wendy Metzler (Wetzel)
We received this message today from Stian's son, Morten:
I'm sorry to inform you that Stian past away last night (Aug 29th). We all feel devestated, but as he strugled toward the end, it was also a relief to see him finaly find peace. On Sunday I past on your regards. We had not had much reaction from him in hours, but after mentioning your names and the re-union, there were tears in his eyes. Just after that, we had one clear minute where we could communicate with him and tell him that we love him. It was clear to me he remembered and that it was hurtfull not being able to see you all again in September.
Thanks for all your kind words. I've tried to leave some words about dad on the web site. I hope they make sense and that those that remeber him get word of this news. If you have any good stories and memories about dad, feel free to share them with me. Perhaps they can be included when reading some words at the funeral next week.
Oh I am sorry to hear this. I have fond memories of Stian. I hope his family will find peace.
From Stian's son, Morten:
After my dad was contacted by Jim Stearns in connection with your re-union, I would like to inform those remembering my dad of his recent death. He has been fighting agressive cancer for the last months. We were all devastated when he past away last night (Aug 29th). He is leaving his beloved wife Eva, my brother and myself with our spouses and his three grand children (3 years, 11 and 8 months). After leaving you 50 years ago, he pursued his dream of becoming a hotel manager. He educated himself as a cook and finished MSc Business Adm, before taking on several jobs around Norway at different hotels. Especially in his home town Bergen he was a respected CEO and friend of his collegues for the last 30+ years. Our dad loved spending time at our cottages, fishing and being in the nature. He also enjoyed travelling, and through work and on vacations he experienced various cultures and parts of the world. He also took part of various charities and was a member of Rotary. Knowing the effect AFS can give, he sendt both his sons abroad with AFS. As an effect of this I met my spouse. I guess you all making my dad's stay in the US a good one, led to this. Thank you! I will remember my dad as a warm, smiling and kind man. He was always fair to everyone, a trait I really looked up to. He was a smart business man, and respenced by all. I believe the term you use in the US is "a real mensch" would describe him well. I hope you have a great re-unioin. Take care of your families and friends. Life can be fragile, enjoy every minute of it.