In keeping with Eleanor’s Independence Day newsletter tradition I am posting at her request her 2014 submission. As most of you know her news is of great sadness but has the promise of much happiness as well.
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2014
It is with a deep and wide sorrow that this letter comes to you from our family.
On May 4, while Ralph was returning from a bike ride, he collapsed on a bike trail and died from sudden cardiac arrest. Naturally our lives have been turned upside down and transformed in ways that are still unfathomable.
In much happier news:
Manning married his beloved Mary Elliott â€œMelâ€ McKetta on January 19th in Red Rock Canyon, NV. They have bought a house in Washington, DC and will be moving there from Austin, TX. Manning begins a Masters program as a McCourt Fellow at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Their dogs, Oogie and Harley, are about to become bona fide city dogs.
Powell bought a house last August and moved into it after living in a downtown loft for four years. He will marry Danielle Reust on August 30th in St. Louis. Yadi, their now six month old yellow lab puppy, joined the family last March. To the delight of all, he provides comedic relief to everyone around him.” Powell is working with his Crushed Red partner to expand in St. Louis and franchise the restaurant.
Graham left Build-a-Bear Workshop in January and began work with Momentum Worldwide in February. His title is: Senior Account Executive, Growth and Development – North America. After living with roommates for almost two years, he has just moved into a one-bedroom apartment, within biking distance of his new workspace.
All three boys and their ladies are traveling to Tuscany in July, gratis Ralphâ€™s sister, Karen. Their Kalish first cousins will join them there for a week.
Ralph and Eleanor would have celebrated their 35th anniversary in September and had already purchased plane tickets for a two-week trip to Paris and the Normandy beaches of World War II and the Impressionists. Eleanor continues to enjoy volunteering with the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC). On occasion, Yadi comes for the day, weekend and later this month, he will come for a week+. He will be receiving intensive swimming lessons.
We hope that this finds you happy, healthy and enjoying your summer. Please donâ€™t be a stranger if you happen to find yourselves close to/or in St. Louis.