Dear My Childhood Neighbors,
I have nothing but fond memories of being the Quackenbush's neighbors. I babysat Cyril's cats and then later her grandchildren. I remember her opening her home to city children in the summer time, to let them experience how good life was on Ackerson Avenue. A true act Kindness and Humanity! Cyril was truly a nice person, I will miss her!
With Love and Sympathy,
To my cousins,
What a tough week for all of us.You are not alone and I am thankful for this wonderful family that your mom and her sisters created. Unmatched to any other for sure.
I am so thankful that I was able to take my mom up to see Aunt Ril last week. She was having a great day and the two sisters laughed and complained as they always did. The visit ended with a huge hug and "I Love You's" all around. I will cherish that memory for a long time to come. It was a great reminder to not put off til tomorrow what I can do today.
I had an amazing childhood due to Aunt Ril and her sisters. I only wish more people could experience such a great upbringing. There might be a lot less pain in this world.
Christmas Eve at Aunt Ril's and Uncle Dave's was always special. We always had to have popcorn and for some reason, cousin David's name usually got picked last for opening presents. And the gag gifts that the parents would exchange.....hilarious. I remember one year Aunt Ril was given my blue book-bag from elementary school because she was going back to school. Ahhhhh such great memories.
She will be greatly missed but the memories will never fade. I love you all.
Dear Debbie, Dorothy and David-
I cannot fathom the pain of losing your mother just days after losing Rick.
This is truly a hard week for a great family that at one time in my life, WAS my second family. All those days and nights in Normandy Beach, all those family barbecues that I was privileged to share with all of you.
Those many contentious sails with two Captains and two different charted paths on the "Ril Neat" with Cap'n David and Cap'n Dick" OMG! I'll never forget the comedy or the fun!!!
Your mother was the most stalwart and serious of the three sisters. Cyrilla, and Anita and Helen. Or at least that's how I remember her. She WAS the oldest, and we first born (Hey Rick, Debbie...we KNOW...don't we?) Always have it hardest!
Anyway...as shocked as I was by Rick's sudden departure I think my heart got another sharp leap looking at the Obits on the site for Rick and finding your mother. My sincerest sympathy and by extension my condolences to Helen and the Lux family as well. I am fond of all of you.