- › Great-grandma Reisender, a fine old Christian lady who had been married in a Muslim mosque somewhere in the middle of Asia.
- › Grandpa Christian Reisender, oldest son of Great-grandma; author of the booklet, “The Complete History of the World.”
- › Grandma Lydia Reisender, Christian’s wife; maker of the best pfeffernüsse in all Inverness.
- › Waldo Reisender, oldest son of Christian and Lydia; father of John, Karen, and Judy.
- › Emma Unruh Reisender, oldest daughter of Jake and Lizzy Unruh; wed to Waldo; mother of John, Karen, and Judy.
- › Karen Reisender, oldest daughter of Waldo and Emma.
- › John (“Dutch”) Reisender, the Narrator; only son of Waldo and Emma.
- › Judy Reisender, youngest daughter of Waldo and Emma.
- › Tanta Anna Hamm, sister of Christian; tries with no success to keep her
husband on the straight and narrow.
- › Onkel Abe Hamm, an in-law whose favorite Bible verse is “Eat, drink, and
- › Stan (“Snake”) Hamm, the Hamms’ adopted son, who had been rescued from
either an orphanage or a reform school.
- › Uncle Herb Reisender, son of Christian and Lydia; an occasional farmer.
- › Aunt Lena Reisender, wed to Uncle Herb; the family wit and baby machine.
- › Uncle Edgar Reisender, son of Christian and Lydia; enjoys strolling the
sidewalks of the City of Angels passing out tracts and predicting the end of
- › Aunt Marie Reisender, daughter of Christian and Lydia; missionary to a
tribe in the African jungle.
- › Tanta Martha, sister of Christian; historian of family recipes.