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January 19, 2008
Dear Mick......Sam and I are so sorry that we are unable to attend your mother's memorial....we have a family commitment that cannot be changed.

Please give our best to your Dad and to Gail.....Roz was always one of my favorite people in the whole world....a remarkable person, kind, sweet, intelligent, and with a smile on her face at all times....good and bad..we were blessed to have known her and she will always remain in our memories. We will send a tribute in her name to the scholarship fund....a wonderful way to honor a remarkable lady.
January 19, 2008
A celebration of the life of our Aunt Roz…well I'm finding it difficult to celebrate. I miss her so. She was the most loving, wonderful, giving and thoughtful person. She was like a second mother to me my whole life.

I miss that I can’t just pick-up the phone and call her whenever I feel like it. We stayed very much in touch. There is a void in my heart that needs to be filled, so I'm trying to fill it with remembered joys and the aunt friendships that we shared, and in remembering Aunt Roz we get to keep what was best and dearest as treasures forever in our hearts.

She was not only an aunt to me but a great friend. When we talked on the phone she could fill me in on everything. She especially loved talking about Gail’s family and Mick's family and how proud she was of her grandchildren.

I think Aunt Roz was the only person I know that knew everybody's birthdays and anniversaries and special dates, from our immediate families to all our spouses and children to my granddaughter, which I'm so glad she got to meet.

I regret that I was unable to travel to see her when she was so ill, but my mom and daughter Lindsey did go and as Lindsey repeated to me, she and Aunt Roz did talk for a while about teaching (Lindsey's and Aunt Roz’s passion) I know that talk meant so much to her.

Aunt Roz's time here was all to brief, but the pain she was suffering was just too much and we have the comfort that the pain is gone and now she's free. As she told me when Lori passed "look for the butterflies; that means Lori's there with you.” So now when I see butterflies I will think of two people I miss so very much.


All my Love, your niece, Wendy
January 19, 2008
Some thoughts shared in memory of my sister Roslyn Mae Boxerman Woolf. Thank you for coming to celebrate the life of my sister Roz.

She was born at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan Illinois on October 2, 1931 and was delivered by Dr. M.J Kaye who also delivered my brother Melvin on November 1, 1923 and also myself on October 21, 1921. My father Ben usually referred to Roz as our “depression baby” Melvin was 8 years older and I was 10 years older. As the car, driven by dad stopped in front of our house at 849 Wadsworth Ave. and greeted by Melvin, Milly, Arnie, and I, Dad assisted Mother carrying the baby into the house to the bedroom and placed the baby into her crib we were all excited and our family from then on increased to five.

First and foremost Roz was a people person as was the rest of our family and with the last name Boxerman she was a fighter and independent. At two years old visiting our grandparents in Peoria she opened grandpa Kalman’s garage door and all the chickens escaped and had to be returned. I wrote most of my themes about my sister and her antics during her early age, I must say I received some decent grades at her expense.

Roz had her tonsils out and was able to eat ice cream, the envy of her friends was a gift of quintuplets doll set and crib which were beautifully acquired and given by Aunt Bertha Goodman (Gail is probably the recipient of that treasure) Gail I hope you have a granddaughter or two to play with that lovely gift. My sister was a remarkable woman and teacher; she would introduce me to former pupils and parents on occasion. Having been to Roz’s classroom at Andrew Cook Magnet School only once, I can agree that she was an outstanding teacher by all the content and pictures on the walls. She loved her profession and all who visited were aware of the work that went into making it an interesting and colorful sight.

Roz had a generous and giving nature. She continued her dance lessons and went on a group dance tour one summer and entertained at many state fairs. They didn’t return until the 1st week of October. My parents and I drove to Chicago to pick her up and when she was crying my parents thought it was for them until she went to hug and kiss her friends goodbye because she knew she would never see them again, she then came over to mom and dad to hug and kiss them. Then she had to makeup a month of school work.

My sister was a caring a loving grandmother not only to her grandchildren but to mine, Aunt Feg’s and Aunt Ruth Mary’s. She always sent them books, puzzles and all types of educational materials. Roz always had a camera with her and took pictures of all the affairs; therefore we rarely got a picture of her. Therefore I have no recent pictures of her or her families.

My sister was extremely active in everyway and very fashionable. When she entered a room she was noticed by all and usually had a smile on her face. I can see her now in her aqua printed formal. Aqua was her favorite color. She was unforgettable like Nat King Cole’s song Unforgettable. When my sister came to visit me in New York as a teen she was carrying a book called Forever Amber, we had a wonderful two weeks together. After my working we had great dinners, and a good time at plays.

When my husband Stanley was ill and had to go to Mayo Clinic for surgery Kenneth stayed with Aunt Roz and Wendy stayed with Aunt Feg for at least two weeks. During Roz and my long distance calls we would discuss news, politics, etc. She would relay news of my former classmates and friends. Since we were both Libras we enjoyed many of the same events and I definitely feel we had ESP.

Roz was a wonderful mother and was Wendy and Ken’s second mother. When my husband passed away suddenly Roz and Feg were the first to console and assist me with all the details. Roz honored me by wearing my wedding dress. I was married on one of the coldest blizzard nights and she was married on one of the hottest June days at congregation AM ECHOD. Roz usually put finishing touches in mothers’ hair and makeup she had a knack for that and wanted her to look perfect.

Because of the demise of my sister it was difficult to prepare these thoughts shared. Toward the end of my sister’s life my granddaughter Lindsey and I were fortunate enough to discuss autism with one of Roz’s nurses, when the discussion took place Roz was completely lucid and didn’t seem in pain for those few moments. Lindsey and I were so happy with that time and discussion.

Roz, I’m sorry you had to go through so much pain and grief the last two months of your life. Due to our distance apart I regret that we didn’t get to spend more time together. The trip made my granddaughter Lindsey and me happy and proud to be with you. Lindsey enjoyed talking about education with you.

You were a wonderful sister and will always be in my prayers. We continue to treasure the times we laughed and shared quality time with family and friends we appreciate the blessing that god has provided us with our children.


Your Loving sister,
Miriam
January 19, 2008
Mic and Lauren,

I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. These are the hardest experiences in life. May you know in your heart of the many wonderful times you shared. I'm sure she was VERY proud of you. Her spirit will follow you and comfort you forever.

Love, Victor

Dear Mic and Lauren,

My heart is with you - I know this is a hard time for your fmaily. When my Dad passed it helped me a great deal to remember all the good things we shared during our lifetime together rather than dwell on the very rough time he had towards the end. You carry your mom with you always and every time you think of her she is right there with you in sprit. To me, life and death are both pretty mysterious and all we can do is move forward with faith that everything is unfolding towards what is good - even when it doesn't feel that way at first.

Warm hugs and Love to you, Bobbie
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