Friday, July 18, 2008

Mom's Favorite

Did you ever wonder how to tell whether you're mom's favorite?

Terri sent me this picture yesterday and I thought I'd post it here for everyone's amusement. I think everyone has days where you feel like even your head is being used for a perch. Sometimes you just have to endure it knowing that maybe next time you'll be getting the delicious bug to eat and someone else will be doing the honors of providing his head as the perch.

Michael Kinney had mentioned at the last reunion that there would be a standing offer for anyone who wanted to get together for an annual impromptu reunion to meet on the 3rd Saturday in July (i.e., tomorrow), but he is very busy and won't be able to attend. That doesn't mean you can't get together anyway. He mentioned that there is a bazaar going on at St. Nick's and Maryellen Cusma and Chuck Brennan may be there tomorrow. That reminds me, congratulations to Maryellen for winning a copy of Patrick Balester's novel which I posted about a few weeks ago!

I flew my plane to California twice last month and got a chance to visit with Dave Serhan and his family on one of those trips. You can read about the trip in my blog.

I hope all is well with everyone, and please let me know if you have an article or update to share here on our blog.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Brenda Merrill

Maryellen sent me a link to the obituary for Brenda Merrill Jacobsen who passed away this week. As you may know, she is Fred's sister and graduated a year ahead of us. I'm sorry to be posting so many obituaries lately, but I know that everyone would like to know about these events, as sad as they may be.



Brenda Jacobsen (nee Merrill), of Oakland, passed away Monday, July 7, surrounded by her family after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. She was 50 years old. Brenda was born January 2, 1958 in Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania and moved to New Jersey in 1980. She is survived by her husband and best friend Michael Jacobsen, and her kind and caring legacy lives on in her three children – Kevin (24), Keith (22) and Colleen (19), all of Oakland. Brenda is the devoted daughter of Rosemary Merrill of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, and the late Fred Merrill, Jr. She is the loving sister of Fred Merrill III, of Martinez, Georgia; Jane Puckett, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; and Larry Merrill, of North Hampton, New Hampshire. She will be greatly missed by her faithful furry friend Lucky, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Brenda graduated from Bishop O'Reilly High School in Kingston, Pennsylvania in 1976 and from Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work. She was employed as an advocate for the Center for Food Action in Elmwood Park, and also as a research assistant for Jacor Publications, a family-owned publishing business. She was extremely active in volunteer efforts and is a past president of the Dogwood Hill School PTA, was a member of the Oakland Mothers' Club and was a long-time assistant recreation soccer commissioner. Brenda was a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help in Oakland and a member of the parish's Homeless Overflow Shelter. Upon her peaceful passing, Heaven is no longer missing an angel. Visitation will be held at Oakland Memorial Home, Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, on Wednesday, July 9, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Because of renovations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a funeral service will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Franklin Lakes, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, followed by internment at Redeemer Cemetery in Mahwah. Donations in Brenda's memory may be sent to the Center for Food Action, 21 Church Street, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407; 201-703-9857; .