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Redlands loses a Mentor to Thousands It is with great loss and sadness that we announce the passing of Siv Ljungwe on January 16th, 2010. Siv died unexpectedly of natural causes in her home in the hills of Redlands. It was in this home, surrounded by her books, bicycles, writings and memories that Siv felt happiest and most at peace. Born in Sweden in 1932, the young, blonde and vivacious Siv move d to Iowa in 1954. She eventually found her way to Redlands where, armed with a Master's Degree from the University of Iowa she began teaching in the Rialto Unified School District. In 1964 she began teaching, mostly French and German, at Eisenhower High School. After 27 years as a "passionate" classroom teacher, Siv retired from teaching, but not from her passion as a lifelong learner. Siv remained close with many of her former students. Siv will be remembered as a fun-loving, outgoing teacher who lit u p a classroom with her enthusiasm for teaching her students, many of whom stayed in touch with Siv her entire life. With a never-ending thirst for knowledge she continued her studies in the UCLA Graduate French Program and studied in Germany under a Fulbright Scholarship. Siv's two beautiful children, Eva and Par, born 1956 and 1958 tragically predeceased her in 1986 and 2004 respectively. Neither had ever married. Siv had instilled in them her love of nature and her house is filled with photos of thei r hikes and adventures. These incomprehensible losses hung heavy on her heart - yet, she somehow managed the strength to continue loving life and bringing happiness to those around her. A voracious reader, Siv could never get her fill of books. Not only was she a regular at Borders, but she also pored through the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and of course all the local Redlands papers daily. Fluent in four languages, Siv had also traveled extensively. She shared her insights, ponderings, and opinions, with those she loved and strangers alike. Siv loved the outdoors, and virtually every kind of exercise. At an age when most people become couch potatoes, Siv became a competitive triathlete, competing throughout the world. She collected Medals, Trophies and friends from these triathlon competitions. Locals will remember seeing Siv riding her road bike through the streets of Redlands, or working out at 24 Hour Fitness. Mother Nature will remember Siv's smile as she rode her mountain bike thro ugh the hills in which she lived and raised her children. Those who knew Siv will miss her beautiful smile, her twinkling blue eyes, her warm hugs and her love of life. A celebration of her life is planned for Saturday, February 27, 2010 at her Redlands home.

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Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Feb. 12, 2010.
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September 16, 2010
As a former French student of Siv and long-term companion of her son, Pär, I have had a devastating time grappling with both passings.

Life with Pär was an unforgettable journey full of genuineness, kindness, free-spiritedness, and above all, love. Throughout his life, he remained true to himself. Siv possessed amazing strength in every sense. The entire family is blessed with an acute intellect and spirit of curiosity and challenge. They are eternally endeared to my heart.

I wish them everlasting love and peace.
Nicole Batchelor
July 23, 2010
I was a student of "Frau Ljungwe", as I knew her from German class, all the way through high school (1969-1972). I have reflected on those days frequently in the course of my life, and I was just recently wondering how she was doing. It was sad to come across this news.
I met her husband Anders and two children Eva and Par in December, 1971, when they were so good as to have our class up to their mountain cabin for a Christmas party. Over the years I ran across Siv a few times in public, on one of which occasions I learned of Eva's tragic, premature death. I did not know until just now that Par had also predeceased her.
I had hoped I might run across Siv just once more, but that is not to be. Instead, here is a fond farewell.
Richard Kaminski
June 11, 2010
I went to school with Par and was saddened to hear of his untimely passing. I knew he helped take care of Eva, his sister, but I never heard of him passing away. I thought of him over the years and wondered what became of him. Will hold our conversations dear in my heart until I meet up with him again. Matthew 5:4
Helen Beltran
March 12, 2010
My Mother, Viola Janeski, who lives in Solana Beach, California, was a friend of Mrs. Ljungwe's son, Par. I am so sorry for your loss and am wondering if Par was at one time the owner of a business titled Acoustiman of San Diego. My mother, now 87, is asking about Par and I thought I would inquire on her behalf. Again, my condolences to you and all of her friends. The tribute to her is loving and gentle and I'm sure she will be terribly missed.
Kind Regards, Faith Price
Viola Janeski
February 26, 2010
Siv entered our lives simply as our guest. With her gentle nature and bright humor she became our friend. She leaves an impression on our hearts. She will be missed.
Sulana and John and the Les Artistes Inn family.
February 19, 2010
Siv enriched the life of all who knew her. Truly one who would think outside the box. Carl and I invite all her friends to join us in a Celebration of her life at 1:00 pm February 27, 2010.
Please call Carl at 760 633-1965 or Lilli.
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