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Date Posted: 01:10:56 02/06/09 Fri
Author: Ruth K
Subject: Re: Hello from San Diego
In reply to: Mike O. 's message, "Hello from San Diego" on 23:12:44 02/05/09 Thu

Hi Mike!

I was just about to contact you through Classmates.com, as I see you found me there and vice versa. Thank you so much for the update.

Your story about Vinnie brought tears to my eyes. The Vietnam Wall also came to Belfast, Maine, some years back, and I made a point of finding both Vinnie and Tommy Bonine and stood there for a very long time in tears. How wonderful that he has a son who looks just like him. Thank you for sharing this with us.

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Tiger. He was an awesome person. He was in the Navy stationed in Machias, Maine, at the time I was going to Colby so long ago and came to visit me quite often. I considered him a very good friend.

For those who do not know, my sister Mary passed away in 1999 after a very long battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease, also called ALS, the most devastating form of MS. She spent her last 8 years at the Westboro Nursing Home when her condition advanced beyond my mother's capability of taking care of her at home. By the time she died, she was totally paralyzed, could not talk, and could only turn her head from side to side. She never complained once in all those years and was always so happy to see visitors and recognized everyone, even from many years past.

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[> [> Re: Hello from San Diego -- Diana W, 09:15:45 02/06/09 Fri [1]

I am saddened to learn about Mary's battle with ALS. She has always held a special place in my heart - I can still see her moving about our classroom. Meri W and I were talking about her last night and how much we loved her, and how fortunate we all were that she was sharing the journey.

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[> [> [> Re: Hello from San Diego -- Ruth K, 11:32:22 02/06/09 Fri [1]

Thank you, Diana, for your kind words. I remember that you were always so nice to her, and she so appreciated kindness and friendship from people who took the time to get to know her.

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