"We didn't speak English at home, but I picked it up pretty fast once I got to school. It's a shame we quit talking German." Apparently the family continued to say all their prayers in German for years. He likes to talk about his brothers who are still alive and also about his famous nephew, John Stockton. I told him about my visit with his niece, Maxine Frei Hoene, on New Year's Day and he remembered that her first husband, Tom Hoene, died several years ago. Hubert was one of 12 children and each of his siblings had large families. My goodness he probably has 80 nieces and nephews so I was blown away that he remembered such detail.
When I got ready to leave he held my hand and told me he loved me! I never hear those beautiful words from a man, so I left feeling grateful and oh so happy about my visit!