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In Memory of

Thiodoria Tambunan

September 6, 1934 - August 10, 2017

Obituary


Thiodoria Tambunan was born to Pastor and Mrs. Valentin Pandjaitan in Medan,
Indonesia on September 6, 1934. She was the fourth of six children and is survived only by her
younger brother Pastor Edward Panjaitan. Her parents passed away when she was only eight
years old and she and her siblings were divided between relatives. She and Mamatua
Hutabarat were taken in by her older sister Mamatua Hutauruk who cared for them.
She met her future husband, Dumas Tambunan, while attending college in Bandung,
Indonesia. She obtained her degree...

Thiodoria Tambunan was born to Pastor and Mrs. Valentin Pandjaitan in Medan,
Indonesia on September 6, 1934. She was the fourth of six children and is survived only by her
younger brother Pastor Edward Panjaitan. Her parents passed away when she was only eight
years old and she and her siblings were divided between relatives. She and Mamatua
Hutabarat were taken in by her older sister Mamatua Hutauruk who cared for them.
She met her future husband, Dumas Tambunan, while attending college in Bandung,
Indonesia. She obtained her degree in education while her husband completed a degree
in religion. She taught elementary school while lending support to her husband as a
Pastor. They had five children, Aliston, Tabitha, David, Thresia and Daniel. She lost her first
child from sickness when he was less than a year old and she looked forward to Jesus handing
Aliston over to her in heaven.
She was the major force in encouraging her husband in their plans to move to
America where she hoped to expand opportunities for her children and Pastor Tambunan.
Largely through to her innate sense of business, they were able to raise enough money
to support them in moving to America to pursue further education.
They arrived in America in 1978, when she was 43, ready to start a new life with their four
children, ages twelve to seventeen. Life in America consisted of a lot of very hard work and
adjustments. She was determined to succeed and did things to help, such as having her
children speak only English at home and having all to work to
contribute to the family welfare. It was a very difficult and trying time, but a time remembered
by all of the family with great fondness. Upon moving to Andrews University, Michigan, she
obtained a job in the cafeteria at the University. This was a great help in putting her husband
and all of her children through school at Andrews University where they all graduated. Pastor
Tambunan eventually received his Doctorate of Ministry through her support and both Tabitha
and Thresia received their Nursing degrees. David went on to complete doctorate degree in
Dentistry and Daniel Jess his Medical Doctor degree.
After Pastor Tambunan received his doctorate, they accepted a call to be missionaries in Chili,
South America and spent three years there. They came back in 1990 to help their daughter and
son-in-law in caring for their children during medical school. She obtained work at the Loma
Linda University Cafeteria and supported her husband tirelessly in his work as a Pastor, first at
Lucerne Valley and then the Azusa Indonesian American SDA church.
She and her husband retired from their work with the SDA church on 2004 but were only able to
enjoy a short time together in retirement due to her husband medical illness. She was able to
enjoy the last eleven years of her life with her children and grandchildren.
The love of her life was her husband, who preceded her in death by thirteen years, her four children, son and daughter in laws, and thirteen grandchildren. She loved being a Pastors wife and was the ultimate hostess. In addition, she is the greatest Mom that anyone can ever imagine. She was an amazing cook and could put together a meal for fifty in a moment's notice. She loved Jesus and was constantly praying for her family and church. She was the consummate evangelist and never missed an opportunity to invite a stranger to church, lend a helping hand or give a word of encouragement.
( I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith of Jesus.
2 Timothy 4:7)
Proverbs 31:10-31