Tuesday, May 20, 2008

in memoriam


I wanted to share some very sad news with our blogging community. Rob's father Olaf passed away last week at the age of 73. It's been a very emotional time for our entire family. The funeral service was on Saturday, and Rob's brother-in-law Glen gave a very touching eulogy. One of the things he said that has really resonated with me is that Olaf always made clear how much he loved his family. There was never any doubt how proud he was of his 4 children and 7 grandchildren, and he talked about them to whoever would listen.

Even though I find it difficult to blog about personal events, I wanted this to go out into the blogosphere. I think part of me feels like it will keep someone's memory alive even after we're gone. I hope everyone reading will take a minute to be like Olaf and let their loved ones know how much they mean to them. :)

24 comments:

SJ said...

I'm so sorry to hear this! My condolences to you, Rob, and Rob's family.

lori z said...

Ooh Mari and Rob, I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Rob said...

Thank you Mari. Rob

sixoneseven said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss, Mari.

winnie said...

at first i wasn't sure whether or not to comment, but i just wanted you to know that i read this post with appreciation and sadness. Appreciation for that fact that i got to know of his love for his family, but sadness for the family that have lost him. I hope this doesn't come out wrong but I just wanted to say thank you for sharing.

Agnes said...

I am so sorry ... my condolences to the family. Take care.

RogueTess said...

Hi Mari and Rob -- my prayers are with you and your family. What a difficult loss. My dad passed away last July and I know my life will never be the same. I'm grateful, as I'm sure you will be, for a supportive family and community.

jennifer said...

hugs, jen

Kim U said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you, Rob, and Rob's family.

tiennie said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. My condolences.

yaiAnn said...

Oh miss, my condolences to you, Rob and his family.

MinaG said...

We love you Rob.

Nell said...

I'm so sorry. Losing a parent is extremely difficult. Spend a lot of time with each other. It'll help you heal.

caitlyn said...

Mari and Rob, I am so sorry about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. {{{hugs}}}

shizzknits said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you and saying prayers.

goodkarma said...

What a lovely way to remember Olaf, Mari. I can tell how loved he was... a big hug to Rob, Mari, and the rest of the family. xo

evergreenknits said...

I wasn't sure at first whether to leave a comment or not. I'm a longtime lurker who has never commented before .

But I wanted to let you know that your words really resonated with me. Thank you. In this way, Olaf has touched a further circle of people yet!

My kindest, most supportive thoughts to you and Rob during this sad time.

Emily said...

I'm so sorry. I'm sending good thoughts to you and your family. Hope they get there safely.

Stephanie said...

I'm sorry to hear about your family's loss. My thoughts go out to you.

Risa said...

Thank you for sharing this. It can't have been easy for you, but I appreciate the reminder to be thankful for the joy and love in life.
My thoughts go out to you, Rob and your family.

earthchick said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, Rob, and your family.

monica said...

I am very sorry about your loss.

nicole said...

Thinking of you during this sad time.

goosefairy said...

I am so sorry about your loss. I am also so glad that there was never any question of his love and pride for his family. That is a very warm thing to hold onto.