Category: Eulogies

27
Aug

The Eulogy for Sharon Adam

Sharon Adam Sharon was born on August 17, 1951, and grew up in Parsippany in the same house in which she would live for most of her life. Her mother Margaret Mae Ike was a very loving person who overcame a childhood of neglect, having lived much of her life in foster care.  Margaret was the […]

11
Aug

The Eulogy for Sharon Adam

Sharon Adam Sharon was born on August 17, 1951, and grew up in Parsippany in the same house in which she would live for most of her life. Her mother Margaret Mae Ike was a very loving person who overcame a childhood of neglect, having lived much of her life in foster care. Margaret was […]

04
Jul

Eulogy for Bunny Yacenko

Understandably, the job of speaking at this point in the funeral was more than Darren and other family members could bear, and so Darren has asked me to speak in his place, and it is my great privilege to do so. I was fortunate to know Bunny over the years, and was touched by her […]

11
May

The Eulogy for Sydney Geoffrey Armstrong

Sydney Geoffrey Armstrong May 21, 2008 Sydney Geoffrey Armstrong was born in 1919 in England to working class parents in a family that included one brother named Bill.  Geoffrey’s father worked as a railroad clerk.  His mother — the stronger personality of Geoffrey’s two parents — was a strict disciplinarian who was determined that her […]

06
Mar

Eulogy for Don Seeley

Friday Don had a heart attack. Saturday he seemed to be doing okay, but Sunday they moved him to intensive care. I came home in the late afternoon after being out all day, and I had a message from his daughter asking me to come up to the hospital. When I arrived at Don’s bedside, […]

11
Oct

The Eulogy for Joy Frandsen

Joy Frandsen was born on April 14, 1929 in West Virginia, the oldest of four sisters.  Her family moved up north to Brooklyn when she was five when her father worked for the Navy Ship Yard, but she never altogether lost her southern roots, the sense of being the lady that her southern belle mother […]

11
Oct

The Eulogy for Elizabeth Baumgartner

How can we possibly succeed now in capturing the life of Elizabeth Baumgartner into words?  It cannot, of course, be done; a complex woman, full of paradox:  tough, but tender, strong, yet vulnerable, dignified, yet child-like.  All we can do, perhaps, is to remember distinct memories of life, pieces of her story, and trust that […]

11
Oct

The Eulogy for Richard “Dick” Hunt

Dick Hunt was born on August 30, 1928 in Ithaca, New York, the same year as Mickey Mouse, with whom Dick shared the same irresistible smile. Dick’s biological father, Richard Manning, was a troubled man with a problem with alcohol, leading Dick’s mother to divorce him when Dick was just a toddler.  When Dick was […]

11
Jan

The Eulogy for Katherine Schreiner

The Eulogy for Katherine Schreiner Katherine Schreiner was born on September 1st, 1913 in Newark, the youngest of five sisters.  (There were two brothers who died very early on.)  The family home was at  94 Stuyvesant Avenue.  The family didn’t have much money, so things like piano lessons were out of the question; nonetheless, Katherine, […]

11
Oct

The Eulogy for Marge Mortensen

The Eulogy for Marge Mortensen Marge was born on June 27, 1935 in Newark. Her brother Henry followed her into this world in less than a year, so they grew up like twins.  Her father was a tool and dye maker. When Marge was a teenager, her parents bought a lot in Lake Parsippany and, over the […]