February 22, 2005: Headlines: COS - Kiribati: Older Volunteers: Mansfield News Journal: When Maureen Kuiper wakes up in mid-March, she'll be in a hut in Kiribati

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When Maureen Kuiper wakes up in mid-March, she'll be in a hut in Kiribati

When Maureen Kuiper wakes up in mid-March, she'll be in a hut in Kiribati

When Maureen Kuiper wakes up in mid-March, she'll be in a hut in Kiribati

Goodbye Friendly House, hello Peace Corps

By Lou Whitmire
News Journal

Caption: Maureen Kuiper hugs Trey Hissong, 8, and Alaysia Gross, 5, while checking out the farewell cake at her party at Friendly House on Monday. Kuiper is leaving as director of the Friendly House Day Care to join the Peace Corps for two years. (Dave Polcyn/News Journal)

MANSFIELD -- When Maureen Kuiper wakes up in mid-March, she'll be in a hut in the South Pacific.

Kuiper, 57, director of the daycare program at Friendly House for 23 years, will spend her last day Friday with children at the 380 N. Mulberry St. facility.

Her new task is with the Peace Corps, teaching island children English as a second language.

Friendly House director Thelda Dillon, Kuiper's sister, threw a surprise goodbye luncheon Monday complete, with a sheet cake in full island decor.

Kuiper will be missed, Dillon said.

"I am sad as I am losing an extremely valuable asset to Friendly House, not to mention my sister, my friend and my neighbor," Dillon said. "Maureen fulfilled many different jobs. But two years will pass and I believe she will be back and we all will be happy," Dillon said.

Kuiper was director of the Happy Hollow Day Camp, doing every job -- including driving the camp bus.

Amid hugs and well wishes from preschool students, friends and parents, Kuiper said she will live in Kiribati in the Gilbert Islands for two years.

Kuiper, who has two grown daughters and a grandson, said she is excited, but a bit nervous about living without electricity or running water.

She will be required to wear long skirts and blouses on the island. She will live with a host family her first three months. "They provide the mosquito net. No shorts, no Levis ... I see a lot of tea, bananas and fish," she said.

Kuiper said the Peace Corps was started when she was in high school and it is something she always dreamed of doing.

She was offered four possible positions, two in Africa, one in Asia and the one in the South Pacific.

"They said, basically, 'you'll be on your own' and I said that's me," she said.

Dillon said her sister will miss TV. "She loves TV," Dillon said, making her sister laugh.

Sean Dillon, 34, said his aunt is fulfilling a dream.

"She's outgoing. She crewed for me on a sailboat for years. She always told me she never wanted to look back with regrets," he said.

Employees of the Friendly House presented Kuiper with a diving watch, a gift she said she will treasure.

Local residents Bruce and Faye English came to say goodbye to Kuiper, who provided a safe haven for their two sons, Jeff and John.

"Maureen taught both our children to read and to swim," Faye English said. "That was in 1981 and 1982."


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