My father-in-law died earlier today. He had been quite ill since the holidays and the last few weeks were a pure rollercoaster of hospital adventures. It is a blessing that that ride is over. He was a very good man and a wonderful Opa for my sons. He lived a mostly uncomplicated, good, long life. The pastor at the church where we are arranging the funeral asked if he was a veteran – he was, in fact, a veteran of World War II, but not in the way the pastor was asking as he was raised in Waldenbuch, near Stuttgart in the 1920’s. He came to the United States on a family sponsorship in the 1950s and settled in New Jersey to have a family (my mother-in-law, my wife, and her brother). After his children left for college and subsequently started their own families he stayed with Oma in New Jersey, until recently when they moved to an apartment near my brother-in-law in the greater Philadelphia area. He loved his new home where he could look out his fourth-floor balcony over the school sports fields and watch multiple simultaneous soccer practices and games.  He always enjoyed a good soccer game, a sharp schnapps after a meal, and beautiful view. He will be remembered well.


One Response to Opa

  1. DavidK says:

    Best wishes, and sorry for your loss.

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