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Barbara's Virtual Pen

In Memoriam

On November 16, 2008, just one month short of his 98th birthday, Dolf Ringel passed away in Springfield, New Jersey. His granddaughter, Kim, said he had seemed in good health until the end. I had been thinking of phoning him, as I do every once in a while, but somehow the time got away from me. And now I wish I could speak with him just one more time. It was always a pleasure to talk to him. He had a keen intelligence and a very observant eye. But most of all, he was always optimistic. The only thing that got him down was that his wife To was very ill. She still is. He had no siblings left, although two of the three made it to their nineties. He had already lost his only child, Judy, and his one grandson. But his granddaughter Kim and her husband and two children brought him great joy. In addition, he is survived by virtually a multitude of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and two generations more than that! What a wonderful full life he had. Yes, a long, eventful life that was marked by his kindness, intelligence, generosity and spirit. He will be missed. Very much.

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