To say its been an emotional week with the birth of our daughter and the loss of our Paw Paw is an understatement to be certain. We sure wish we could be there with all of you. My mom sent me what Uncle Mark planned to share and I couldn't help but be comforted by the words he wrote and smile remembering my favorite things about Paw Paw. I'll forever be greatful for the love he showed us, how proud he was of our accomplishments, and how much fun he was with our children. As Uncle Mark mentioned how much Paw Paw loved his classical music, it reminded me of his Nissan Maxima. Right before graduating college it was passed on to me and I couldn't have been more happy. It was like brand new - only 30,000 miles, leather seats, sunroof, keyless entry... except two things - the struts were shot and the Bose speakers were blown. So since then I picture Paw Paw cruising over speed bumps in Great Hills on his way to the club, blasting his classical music. Every Memorial day and July 4th I think of hanging out by the pool at the club, and that funny longhorn tattoo he got on his shoulder and his "biker" face he made when we wanted a picture of it. He was such a fun Paw Paw, and I'm blessed that my kids had the opportunity to get to know him. Even at 2 and 4 years old, Lizzy and Freddy talk of Paw Paw often and ask to visit him, but it would be hard not to remember a sweet little old man that lets you beep his nose, teaches you about trees, and is surrounded by Hershey kisses and Pringles. While I'm bummed that Katy won't get to meet him in person, I can't help but think that they met on Monday night, as one was preparing to enter this world and the other preparing to leave it, and passed each other on the way. As much as we'll miss him, I'm so happy for him that he gets to be with Granny again. They were such an amazing example of what true love really is, and I can't wait till my kids are old enough for me to tell them the story of how Granny and Paw Paw met and the great life they shared.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Becca, Nick, Freddy, Lizzy & Katy Bergkamp
How wonderful to see the photos--especially loved the one of your Dad and my beloved cousin Sally--and the one of Herb in his Army uniform. How I remember their happiness on the day they married!!! And for the many years they shared.
Much love to all,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I am glad you were my Dad.
You taught me a lot and you will always be with me some how.
We are sorry for your loss, Margie.
David and Debi