Before the new year begins, the end of the old year is filled with remembrances. A yearly tradition is to post a list of names of the famous, or influential, people who have died. We often look over the list of names and remember how that person touched our lives, how they may have changed our culture or perspective, perhaps even our laws. But we all know a great many people who may have affected us, and our lives, in this way, but they may be unknown to the masses. We also know that just because "the masses" did not have the privilege of knowing this person, did not make this person any less special, or any less worthy of our remembrances.
I wanted to try a blog memorial for anyone who wanted to remember and memorialize a loved one. If you would like to add a loved one's name and any comments about them and what made them so special, please feel free to access the comments section of this posting and I will update this posting daily to include all names and comments. I will continue to do this until people stop adding names. If you see a loved one's name already on the list, feel free to add it again. Your comments and remembrances may be different than a previous listing, and will show how valued and loved this person was. I also wanted to include a popular reading that I like to do during our memorial services.
WE REMEMBER THEM
Sylvan Kamens and Jack Reimer
At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We Remember Them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, We Remember Them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We Remember Them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We Remember Them.
At the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of Autumn, We Remember Them.
At the beginning of the year, and at its end, We Remember Them.
When we are weary and in need of strength, We Remember Them.
When we are lost and sick at heart, We Remember Them.
When we have joy we crave to share, We Remember Them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make, We Remember Them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs, We Remember Them.
As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us, As We Remember Them.
Judith Mae Kruse (Atwood), She was my mom and died unexpectedly when I was 20. I miss her every day and I feel her presence just as much. Her death was very influential in leading me on the path that I am on today. The things I want people to remember about her most was that she was animal lover (particularly cats - for those who know me, that explains a lot, doesn't it?), she had a great smile, she was funny and she loved her family.
John H. (Jack) Barrett, He was one of the five people I consider my role models. Mr. Barrett was my Scoutmaster and helped teach me discipline as well as respect for nature. I believe that my enjoyment of the outdoors comes directly from him. He passed away just before Christmas in 2004. "
Donald L. Kane (Don) was my beloved husband. He passed away suddenly in November 2006 at the age of 56, a week after our daughter, Jacqueline, got married. He was a wonderful, loving, caring, hardworking man who never hurt a soul in his life. He was very quiet, and you might think he wasn’t paying attention, but he never missed anything and never forgot anyone he ever met or worked with over the years. He was an animal lover, too…he brought home almost every stray that crossed his path over the years…4 dogs, a hamster, 6 baby rabbits. We had 34 wonderful years together. We really never fought…hon ..."
Eugene Kruse, He was my Godfather and Uncle. He waskilled in a drunk driving accident when I was very young. I don't have many memories of him, but the ones I do are of a very loving and generous man. He was one of my first comforting memories as a child. I still have many of the things he gave to me when I was born.
Olivia White, was my friend and I met her while she was a client for our veterinary hospital. I helped take care of her and her dog and became very good friends with her. She never married and was an only child. She took care of her sick aunt and parents and hospiced them in her home, when hospice wasn't an easy choice back then. Her pets were her children and she loved her white poodle, Teddy.
Charles E. (Gene) Keith, my loving spouse of 34 years who suddenly passed away on December 15, 2006. I feel I have a hole in my being without him. He was a kind, caring and wonderful man who loved his family and God with all his heart. He was retired from Phillips Petroleum for about 8 years and worked as a contractor and built houses for the last several years.
Charles Randow, my grandfather-in-law. To me, he was what every grandfather should be. He always made me feel like I was his real granddaughter, not just by marriage. He always asked about me, my activities and what I was doing. He always remembered every detail of my schooling, work and my many pets. Most importantly, he told me he was proud of me. He was truly a loving and generous man with a tremendously huge heart.
Kenneth James, 45. Gone from this earth way too soon. A brave person who quietly fought a battle with cancer. Among his selfless commitments to others, Ken was a volunteer Fireman with Engine Co #1 Pompton Plains, NJ, for many years.
In the time after his diagnosis, Ken never wallowed in self-pity. Through it all, he was a rock for the rest of us who asked plenty of times, "why him?".
Ruth Sebzda, my Mother. Another of my five role models (Jack Barrett from an earlier post was another). My Mom was always there for my Father, Sisters and me in so many important ways that it would be impossible to describe them all. Words cannot describe what she means to me. Lets just say I love her and I will miss her terribly.
My beloved grandson Aaron died on March 13th, 2007. He was 24 years old & the light of my life. I miss him so very much & keep asking "why", why him & not me. He was a young man with his life ahead of him. There are many things I ask myself, such as What If, If Only. My wound is so deep & hurts beyond belief. Knowing I will never see his smiling face & sparkling eyes, running thru the grass with his dog is more than I can deal with. How do you get thru these days? I know that life will never be the same again, how could it be. When does that pain inside of you ease? Please God, keep Aaron close to you.
Until next week, please be gentle with yourself.
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