Joyce's birth and early years in Indonesia
After World War II ended The Dutch had just lost their colony of The Dutch East Indies
Johan was released from the Japanese POW camps in November 1945 and Conny and her mother Anna Minke Herrebrugh were release from the Japanese Civilian camps.
Reunited, Johan, Conny and Anna Minke moved to Bandung in Central Java. which was also a Dutch stronghold.
In November of 1946, Conny becomes pregnant and gives birth in July 1947 to Joyce Margeriet Rusche in Bandung.
The city of Bandung is 2,520 ft above sea level and is surrounded by up to 7,874 ft high volcanic terrain. The central Bandung plain is situated in the middle of the Bandung Basin. The truncated flat-peak shape of the Tangkuban Perahu volcano can be seen from the city. Due to its geological condition, the land is very fertile, the Parahyangan Mountains surrounding Bandung supports productive tea plantations which create a beautiful and tranquil panorama. Due to its elevation, the climate in Bandung is cooler than most Indonesian cities and can be classified as humid; the average temperature is 74.5 °F throughout the year. The average annual rainfall ranges from 39.2 inches in the central and southeast regions to 140 inches in the north of the city. The wet season conforms with other Indonesian regions, around November to April.
Conflict in Bandung
After Indonesian independence in 1945, Bandung was designated as the capital of West Java province. During the Indonesian National Revolution, some of the most massive battles occurred in and around Bandung. Dutch troops were virtually absent in Java at the end of World War II. To assist the restoration of Dutch sovereignty, the British took a military hold on Java’s major cities, and the British military commander set an ultimatum for the Indonesian combatants in Bandung to leave the city. In response, on 24 March 1946, much of the southern part of Bandung was deliberately set alight as the combatants left; an event known as Bandung Lautan Api or the ‘Bandung Sea of Fire‘.
The Netherlands recognizes the Indonesian state.
After the Den Haag Conference in 1949, the Dutch had to leave Indonesia. This conference resulted in a change of Indonesia into a federal country that contained some autonomous states.
The family flees on refugee boat for refuge back to The Netherlands.
Exodus of Indonesia to Den Haag, The Netherlands
The family fled in exile as Dutch National Refugees to the Netherlands in 1950 for 11 years
Joyce was three years old at the time. They took a refugee boat.
She attended kindergarten up to eighth grade.
She liked to
Her friends were
Her favorite music
Favorite memories motorcycle and ice
Immigration to the United States of America.
In February 1961 the family immigrated to the United States of America.
Joyce attended Jefferson Junior High School in Olympia.
Her favorite activities/classes/music/friends were
She attended Olympia High School from 1964-1966
worked at Kornmesser Optometry
Joyce went on to collegiate studies at Centralia Community Collage
and Western Washington State College in Bellingham, Washington
Met Russ Chester
Had Tanya M Chester, January 20, 1968
Las Vegas, Nevada
Moved to Las Vegas in 1971
Had Ryan J Chester, July 27th, 1971
University of Washington 1973
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