Happy birthday to the man who keeps me sane, happy, healthy, loved, supported and so much more....
Love you Rolf!
It's been three years already Lily Belle since you scurried off to the Bridge. In my heart it seems like just yesterday. But at times it feels like forever since I've held you in my arms. The emotions are still so raw. I'm not sure the heart ever fully heals.
I hope you're having fun up there with Muffin, Grandma & G-Pa Bob. Tell them I miss them too.
You're in our thoughts and hearts every single day!
Mommy & Daddy
My beautiful and sweet Mother in law, Ursula, has left this earthly world to be healed and become whole again in Heaven.
Twelve years of dementia. Nine in a vegatative state. No one deserves this disease!
While Rolf and I can't attend her funeral in NY, I wrote her eulogy which our one nephew Kyle will read on our behalf.
Mom, this is for you.
She was a strong woman who lived her life with purpose and courage. Living through rough times in Germany and trying to provide for and raise a family proved to be extremely difficult. Dad and Mom made the decision in 1957 to make the move to this country called America. We boarded a ship called the United States and voyaged for 6 days until we arrived at Ellis Island. A new place to call home. A new journey. A new beginning. Just try to even imagine what was going through Moms mind at that time. I tell you, that’s a strong woman to deal with that! That shows her strength and courage.
She was a devoted wife and mother. She was a devoted mother-in-law. She was a very devoted grandmother who loved her grandkids immensely. She was a devoted friend to many. She was devoted to her religion.
She was a caring mother who nurtured her children and raised them with principle and honor.
She was kind and gentle. She was stern when she needed to be. She loved to sing and had the voice of an angel. She sang many times with the VonTrapp family singers. She was loved in some way by all of you here today.
Mom appreciated the little things in life. A smile, a hug, fresh picked flowers from the garden, all animals, a tasty sandwich, a letter or phone call from a friend or even a well made Manhattan. Prost! The list of little things could go on forever.
There is so much more I could tell you about Ursula but then you would be sitting here for a much longer time. And…. I can hear her saying…. “enough about me.”
Mom, though we all said good bye to you many years ago when this horrible disease fully kicked in, Kim and I want you to know we are really going to miss you now that your spirit has flown away to go live in peace. We will miss your silly laugh, your generosity and your zest for life. But most of all, we will miss your love.
Thank you Mom for all the wonderful years we’ve had together. Thank you for being the BEST Mom a guy could ask for.
The time has come….. Lay down now and rest with the angels Mom.
Let your voice be heard as you sing your song in all the glories of Heaven. If we take a pause in life, we WILL be able to hear you once again.
In our hearts I know… you will always be with us.
We love you Mom!Auf wiedersehen
Yesterday, the Rainbow Bridge gained the most special angel. Her name was Bella and we loved her like our own.
She was released from our earthly world..... gently, lovingly and with kind and compassionate hands.
To Rolf and I, she was an honorary Dachshund. OK, so she was 70 pounds. But it was 70 pounds of mush and love.
We HATE cancer and all that it takes from us.
Rolf and I promised you that we will take care of your Mama and Grandpa. We know first hand the pain they feel.
Run and frolic in the gentle breeze sweet Bella. I know that Lily and Muffin were right there to greet you to the Bridge.
You will forever remain in our hearts.
Aunt Kim & Uncle Rolf