All Saints Day November 2015
Bonnie A. Perry
This is the day, this is the day, when all parts of our lives: mortal and eternal come together, with the beginning, the end and the middle.
We who are here,
with little ones in our arms
and flags that flutter above,
we are the middle.
The middle. Us.
We who are happy, tired, excited or anxious, bewildered, sad or glad
—we are the ones
who are holding
the beginning and the end together
as best we can.
This day, this Day of the Dead, this All Saints Day
—we in the middle—
are here to remember
the building blocks of the strands of our DNA.
These flags above, the women, men, and children named on these flags,
they are the biological codes
of who we are and how we came to be.
The people of our families,
the friends of our lives,
the giants of our culture,
they have made us.
They have offered to us, bits and pieces of their lives,
wisdom, insights and stories,
love and care.
These people who flutter above us tell the backstory of our lives.
Judy Traverso, and her mother and aunts, Bea Muhleman, Norma Haddleton, Mary Lassiter—without whom this place, this place of faith would not be.
The Rt. Rev. William Wiedrich, Bishop Suffragen of this diocese. He saw hope and resurrection in this place when no one, no one else beyond those doors did.
Cindy Waldron, who brought her young daughter, Hilary, here and made a home when very few others were making that choice.
We remember Saints of this place, Saints of our lives.
Esther Propst—miss you and love you
Daisy Propst—Think of you often and miss you.
Rosa Parks “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
Harriet Tubman “I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person now that I was free.”
Thurgood Marshall “None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody—a parent, a teacher, an ivy league crony or a few nuns bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”
James Baldwin “not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
Janet Callahan—An Aunt like No Other. You kept my childhood alive in pictures and stories, and you loved us so deeply. Thank you for your wisdom and your beautiful laugh.
Dad I think I am becoming more like you as I get older. Wish I could ask your advice on things.
Chuck Doerr—I’m glad we danced at my wedding
Baby Eleanor—You were born too soon. Your family remembers you. Your twin brother will know about you.
Joan “the Queen” Steenhausen—Thank you for teaching me to speak. You’ll be glad to know I haven’t stopped since.
Grandpa Gould Your love for God was deep and evident. Thank you for sharing with us.
Nancy John Stone
Dear Uncle Eddie, Our family is not the same without you. Thank you for your generosity, your humor, your love. I hope and trust that you are singing and feasting with God.
Suella Henn—mentor, friend, sister in prayer & lover of God’s adventures. I can’t believe you’re gone. I think of you every day and am indelilibly glad for our short time together.
Lola Sherron—my aunt
Gloria—Dear Cousin and friend—hope the lemonade stand is doing well.
To Debbie—I miss sharing all of our memories; I miss your laugh and your love. Laurie down the street
Lily Lench—Tuesday night neighbor—we will miss you.
My mother—Bettie Joe Johnson born October 26, 1943—Died September 26, 2015
Mom I miss you Sparkle!!!
Melanie Fenton-Reichart, CPS Art Educator, Mother, Mentor Lost to Cancer too soon August 2015
John Michael Mroxzkowski Feb 1946- May 2015 Brother—uncle—Care provider—committee man, Art connoisseur, patron of the Arts, needlework artist, man of faith, friend
Ernie—the best dad! You taught me the importance of reaching out and helping others. Thank you. For sharing your beautiful heart with us! Love and Miss you.
Mom & Dad—Call me please.
Rita, Phipps & Mike my sister, my friend, my brother. I’m grateful for the gift of their lives. Peace to you now.
Wendy—the bunny: tomato, clover, noodles, flowers, apples, dandelion greens
Leo P Thornton Forever in our hearts. Beloved son, brother, nephew, grandson, patriot. This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.
Robert Welsh—my uncle Bob—ONE GOOD Man
Leonard Nimoy: Live long and prosper!
Carl I still miss you. Your loved ones are doing okay, but would be better with you xxoo
To the three timeless, wonderful people; you filled my life with so much. Not a day goes by that I don’t see your lovely faces and remember you fondly. Until we meet again: Dad, Mom and Moms: Nemecio Rivera, Celestina Rivera and Rick Hambel. I love you.
Karl Krause: Honorable, loving in pain. Please rest.
Grace Lee Boggs: Rest in Power
Dr. Sigmund Freud: Father of psychoanalysis. Champion of love and the dynamic unconscious…
Tom Lacy influential 5th grade teacher. Remembering you 40 years later.
Sofia and Gianna—Did you ever imagine the little seed you planted would grow to shelter so many nests? Thank you. 9:00
Grandma Ruth—These days you must be telling everyone in heaven how brilliant your great-grandson is. You always knew.
Henry Schoenstin, Maria Kazantsis Tikoff 9:00
Cheryl Dipenta—first female assistant V.P. of Bell Canada, who gave me courage
John and Winnie Irmen, Matthew Irmen
Nancy—best cat ever
Sweet Pea—are loved bunny from room 210
Sandra Bland and all other victims of police brutality and racism
Karl Lubenstein—Thank you for helping me figure out what kind of person I wanted to be and to come out and eventually find this church
Doug Beavan—always leave them wanting more
Good friends: Bernie, Sue, Earl, Dick, Butch, Homer, Bill, Bob, and Henry
Marigolde and Ken, My mom and dad, love and peace, Deb
Elaine, “Lainy” Garland—I know you are smiling down on the boys. Love you. Miss you.
Clara McCracken—Nanny you were such a strong woman, who was the center of our family. Fearless.
Gracen Harris July 2, 2009 to October 18, 2009
Charles and Lillian Mondi, Mary and Charlie Raucci
Winifred and John—Dance on 11:00
Robin Williams. Wow. Damn.
Linda Key October 11, 1953—May 16, 2015 Lunch Lady. Elvis Fan. Died suddenly not long before she had hoped to retire.
Victor Wernette 1920-2008 Grandfather, Farmer, Storyteller
Eleanor Knepper—beloved Aunt
Marilyn Wojciechowski July 14, 1931- December 13, 2004
Great cook, wrong way driver, and encourager of bad ideas. Faithful servant of God.
Margaret Harnden Jan 3, 1926- March 18, 2007 A fighter no matter what was thrown at her. Always wished the catholic priest that said her marriage wouldn’t last could have seen it last 62 years. She became an Episcopalian.
Guillermo Castro Good son, Good father and family man. Always in a good mood will always miss you and love you. God be with you.
Kathleen Chin—the voice in my head and my heart
Pete Seeger—your songs nourished generations
Julia—I think of you every day—your untimely death in South Sudan has left us all with grief and an aching awareness of how short life is
Paul & Minnie, Ruth and Mak: Ancestors of Renown
J. Norman Hildebrand “Superman”
Grandparents Chung—we miss you so much!
Warren S. Loud 1921-2010
Hugh Ambrose—Montana Southern Gentleman
Bob Cook Rector, Marine, Friend
Cassie Tiogloy, my beloved Aunt who raised me. Miss you, love you. This name:
“Ti-o-go-le” is the last in the line. Invented when my uncle emigrated from Sweden to avoid the law—there are no other Tiogoly’s in the world.
John Herman Kobs and Lauretta Kobs. We love you! Peter, Sarah, Julie
Nana Dwemoh, Baffour Adu-Owusu, Osei-Kwadwo, Gandmum
Bill, My father and my conscience—Bill Hartman Jr.
Magnolia, most loving animal companion who taught me patience, love, and strength to overcome adversities.
Grandpa: Ronald Ferguson 9:00
Troy Burris aka “Apple”. Took his own life, August 2015. I remember his as a happy guy. Rest in Peace “Surfer”
James Ward—Smart and generous dad. You are still missed and loved every day. You would have been an amazing grandpa. Love, Rich, Liz, Lilly and Julieete
Jean Ortlieb: Loving mother to seven children
Jane Varges, Diane Varges Thurlwell, Ann Mullin Renshaw
John Lennon and George Harrison
Robert Koehler Sr—Quiet man, WWII marine. Special Olympics sponsor, wrestling coach an inspirer of countless men. Beloved day and Grandpa
Bette—I miss harmonizing with you
Papa Roy, I love you and miss you
Helen Young, your little angel misses you
Derek Corbett: headmaster, teacher, saint
Frances Argento (if one person is looking down on us, protecting us, it’s her!) B 11
Community of artists: Molly, Julia, Erin, Russ
Number 14—Ernie Banks “lets play two”
Julian Bond—who said, “Violence is black children going to school for 12 years and receiving 6 years worth of education.
Percy Seldge—Former hospital orderly recorded, “When a man loves a woman”
Allison Parker, 27 Adam Ward 24 Virginia Journalists murdered during a live broadcast
The Rev Clementa Pinckney, 41, The Rev. Sharonda Coleman Singleton 45, Tywanza Sanders 26, Ethel Lance 70, Susie Jackson 87, Cynthia Hurd, 54, Myra Thompson 59, Daniel Simmons Sr. 74, DePayne Middleton Doctor 49 --sometimes it seems as if the second amendment is slaughtering the first amendment.
Amelia Boynton, 104 years old. Civil rights activist beaten my Alabama State Troopers on “Bloody Sunday” First woman to run for a seat in Alabama legislature A live well lived.
Judy Traverso Mom, Warden, so resilant, funny, lover of all things frogs, caring, difficult, loving, faithful, so smart, a saint of All Saints. I miss you.
This person has many names. “Loved one” “Aunt” “Nancy”. All names associated with one person. When she took her life, our family was devastated. No more afternoon visits that thrilled us. No more sitting on the living room floor on a Sunday evening playing cards or a board game. These are all memories that we’ve made. I just wish we could have made more. “Aunt” Nancy Gee—a loving person to all who she crossed paths with, whether young or old.
Grandma and Grandpa O Your love and witness to God’s goodness are still alive.
Tio Pancho Descanse en paz Lo queremos mucho Martinez H
Des-can-se en paz . Lo Quer-emos mucho
Uncle Tom It’s only now that I realize how hard, how hard your life must have been. I hope it is always Christmas where you are.
Grandma—I like to think I got some of my best bits from you—storytelling, party throwing, expectation denying and generally being a badass! 11:00
The people who don’t have anyone to remember them. You still mattered.
Mom—even though its been almost a decade now which seems impossible. Even though a lot of time has passed, I feel you closer than ever. I am continuing to strive
to be the person you’d hoped I’d be.
Eric Morse Rest in Peace In 1995 he got thrown out of a 14th story window.
Caroline, my mom’s really close friend. Had three children. Died in a car accident.
Any trans child who has taken their life. They are accepted in my eyes.
Aunt Jeannette I am glad I got to meet you before you died. I wish I could still swim in your pool that was a great summer.
My cat, Touque, you were the one who was always at the end of the bed
My great-grandma Jiji who was almost a 100 (my grandma’s mom)
Emily Williams Grandmother to all
For Uncle David, who served us Fresca in cut crystal glasses
For Granny and Bob bob
Mother Cooper—she was 80 and would not be trifled with
The mighty Ken Mauro
Mom, whose heroes were James Dean, John Lennon, Gandhi and Yoda. Thanks for all the popcorn.
Tracy, you’re so missed (Sorry I know you’d be horrified to be brought to church! But you did like a good party.)
Holly (December 1, 1972—October 9, 2015) Dear Holly, We wish you great peace. You were such a beautiful friend, mother, and now an angel. You left us too soon, yet provided everyone with wonderful memories. We’re here for your lovely girls Bella and Alex and your loving husband David. Until we meet again, we’ll always love you. Love, Vanessa, Dave, Aimee, Addison and Laila
Marie, You nurtured my love of folk-dancing and introduced me to Manhattans. I will always remember your love of life and your steadfast love of all your friends
Dad, thinking of you and your creative problem solving! Who else would get a cat out of a tree, 20 feet up the tree—by getting out the chainsaw. We miss you. Love Dave, Venessa Aime and Addison and Lailal
Carol Smith—missing you at our annual family pieogie making.
Evelyn Remick Russell—Born 1910 oldest of three daughters. Beautiful woman, loving grandmother, Great grandmother to Theodore Remick Herman, being baptized today. We love you.
Dear Lydia and Joe, we miss you and love you
George Stocking—mentor, dragon-slayer
Nemo—a disabled fish with a big heart. RIP RIP forever, Nemo Lilly Soystar
Dear Grandpa, We got a puppy after you passed. His nme is Spikey he is a shitzu and his birthday is on April 11. We got him in June. I miss you. Your granddaughter Maya A. T.
Blanch and Fred the best parents ever—dancing in heaven.
Mom, I miss you all the time. Langon has started asking about Nanna. All of the kids wonder about you. I hope they continue to want to know you. I miss you---Carole Sue Gallagher July 24, 1941-February 15, 1999
Peter—you are missed more than ever
I miss you Dan—the best ever musician dentist
Papi Edwards, Lamia Beard, Ty “Nunee” Underwood, Yazmin Vash Payne, Ashton O’Hara—all Trans people murdered
Nanny, miss how you gave us lots of candy—Love Eli
Michael Jackson, George Washington, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln
Allan Brooke Wetzel 1933-2003 We miss you dad
Sean Bell, Tarika Wilson, Aiyana Jones, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Jonathan Ferrell, Mike Brown. Unarmed shot down. Dead by police
Brett Keller Gorman—We shared dorm rooms, apartments, tents and thirty years of memories, replete with your infectious laughter. Losing you earlier this year was like losing a part of my past. I still can’t believe you are gone. It wasn’t supposed to go this way…pondering the stars in the night sky will forever remind me of you. See you by the campfire.
Janan Jaber 1954-2007 Iraq
I never met you; you were killed by unknown shooters while working for UNICEF in Baghdad. But your wife youlena inspires me everyday with her commitment to forgiven her fellow Iraquis who killed you.
Marion McKenzie Born 1929. Lived with incredible energy. Prayed with determination. Opined often. Listened even more. Would have been a wonderful grandmother.
Virgil Delaney Drunken Angel of Tuesday nights. Died December 2004
Ewald Nicholas Bednorz, 1931-2015 survivor of both Nazi and Communist totalitarianism—and all the children of the Second World War now at rest.
Peter Burke—Has it been a year already? I’m sure you are looking down on your granddaughter with much chagrin as she navigates Europe. We miss you Uncle Peter! --Shelly
Spike McKenzie—Sam runs like the wind. Ella sees like a poet. They both remember grandpa. Wish you were still around to watch them grow.
Grandma Clara Youngberg Finch—I wish you could see the boys. Anton is so much like Dad, it would crack you up. He’s always up for a party and a stranger is just a friend he hasn’t met yet. You would love him.
The “Greatest Grandma” Verna Stewart
Jackson Chance Meghie November 11, 2011—September 7, 2012 Remembered with love.
Caryn Berman Thanks for paying me to eat ice cream and teaching me countless other ways to love life. Your humor and wisdom will never be forgotten. Miss you every day. Love you.
Lynda—so sorry you could find no other way to end your pain.
Dad, I’m lost. I need a swift kick in the pants or a quick work of encouragement But you are not here. I miss you.
Al Osekavage—the Great engineer—such great pain and never complained. He even put up with Gen!
Jake Brewer 1981—2015 who fought for justice and love above all
Len and Betty Becker
John Schaefer—He loved the Texas Hill Country, West Point, the Army, engineering, history, a good chicken fried steak and Western Swing, but most of all his family especially his 4 “little” girls.
Grandpa Bill, I miss your smile and gentle kindness. You’d love Andy and our boys. I still eat chocolate cake on your birthday—and mine.
Don Featherstone, Creator of the pink lawn flamingo.
Our Tuesday neighbor Miss Ellie
#8 Lawrence “Yogi” Berra “Where do you want to be buried, yogi?” “I don’t know surprise me!”
Pop Fahey—he let me date his daughter.
Baby Strauch We think of you with love
Evelyn Waugh—What a writer!
Sweet Gus Kitty—I miss your sweet face and your quiet grace
Blair Perkins Grumman 1936-2003
Your curiosity about the world, your generosity of spirit and infinite love for children –yours and others is missed everyday
My lost tiny baby and the lost babies of so many sweet friends all wanted and loved and missed
Barbara stewart, Grace Hansa, Bruce Ward
Mary and Tommy Hughes—surrogate grandparents dearest friends.
Stephen Mark b11
My sweet Aunt Cathy—godmother and chocolate buddy. I love you and miss you so much.
Boomer! You’re a good boy. Woof
Big-Hearted Skip Klatt & his parents Bob and Jane
My Best Friend, Elizabeth Woodworth 1962—1991 No one would have loved this all Saints Celebration better than she. I’m sorry she never saw it.
Baby Strauch—we think of you often
Charlotte Elizabeth Carman Foote—One year? Can’t believe its already. A princess named after you (at least we like to say that) weddings, celebrations you are missed and remembered fondly Love H, G & S
Genevieve Takach, Wilbur Thompson
Lucas Lawson, Charles Lassiter Williams
Michael Garay, Gershon Yang, Harry Berger, Yury Kanzburg, Anatoliy Mayshot, Sumar Adleman
Jews who survived the holocaust, lost their families and came to America to build new lives and new families. They died in 2015. 70 years after the end of the war. May their stories never be forgotten.
Bronson P. Clark, a Quaker peace activist who always said the only conversations appropriate at a dinner table were: sex, religion and politics.
Nate Boyden whose sudden and tragic death is not a part of God’s plan. It is a wound to be carried into the Kingdom.
Ron Guffy—thank you for raising my husband you would love the boys.
Jack Muldoon—“It’s Spring—maybe All Saints should try to buy your house.”
This day we baptize, Jane, Theodore and Nora and then we will begin to give them
bits of wisdom,
times of insight
and mountains of love---
so that we may be for them, as those who flutter above and been for us.
It’s All Saints Day—a day made for the beginning, middle and the end. A day made for all of us.