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July 19, 2015–interment of ashes, Olmsted Falls, OH (Mother’s 100th birthday)

The visitation and interment of ashes was scheduled for Friday, June 19. I had sent notices to my second cousins (grandchildren of my grandmother’s four older sisters) and the few remaining friends on her Christmas card list. Rev. Ron Dauphin, … Continue reading

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Memorial service: Mikko’s letter

It was some day in July 1967 when I (Mikko) came home and my wife (Tuula) said: ”Your cousin Jack and his wife Esther and their children Becky and Ted from the USA are coming to visit us”. I said: … Continue reading

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Memorial service: Tina’s homily

I’d like to thank all of you for coming, for your effort to honor a woman you didn’t know very well. She was a little old lady when she moved in with me ten years ago, and she just…kept getting older! … Continue reading

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Memorial service: Al’s homily

Although St. Gregory’s was not a church of her denomination, Esther was pleased by the warmth and hearty welcome shown to her when she was able to attend our services. She regularly partook of Communion with us and enjoyed coffee … Continue reading

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Memorial service: Matt’s homily

Memorial Service for Esther Ruth Freeman Scripture Text: John 11:17-27 June 8, 2015 The first time I recall meeting Esther Ruth Freeman was at Jill’s and my wedding some 23 years ago now. And though I would see Esther on … Continue reading

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July 12, 2015–final comments #1, memorial service

Shortly after the experience I last described, her face changed. Up until that moment, it was still her body, silent, lifeless, but her. The change happened within a few minutes. It is hard to describe—sort of a hardening. What was … Continue reading

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Esther Freeman: July 19, 1915 – May 21, 2015

Her passing was peaceful. I was out-of-town for a week and got back in time for the QO spring BBQ picnic last Thursday, May 14. The food was good, but I was surprised how much difficulty she was having. I’d … Continue reading

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