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On New year's Eve 2012 my
mother-in-law, Lucille Fackelman, passed away at 88. She had resided
the last five years at Summit Place. While much of the last three years
was veiled in Alzheimer's, her time was spent with a smile on her face.
We are eternally grateful to Shiela Hutto and the great staff for all
their time, attention and love.
She and my father-in-law were from
what most call the greatest generation. Martin Fackelman started in the
plant at Alcoa and worked all of his life and reached plant manager.
Both management and labor were his collegues and friends. The company
provided a lifetime pension when he retired. Lucille Fackelman made the
difficult decision in the early years to quit her job when they had
children, and raised my wife, Marcia and brother-in-law Marty.
still had a rotary dial phone in their house when he passed away in
2000. They were born and raised in Cleveland and suffered through all
the local sports teams. They worked, went to church and raised their
kids. When Marcia and I got married, Lucille would always tell people I
was her son too, not son-in-law.
Life was certainly a lot simpler
then. But all things change. That generation lived by the rules of
paying your bills, not living beyond your means and caring for others.
Lucille volunteered once a week at the local hospital until she was 80.
hope I have lived my life half as well as that generation. And we hope
we have passed those qualities to our three boys and now our three
With all of the politics on the TV stage constantly,
gun violence and at times a loss of a moral compass; I am not sure I can
pass on to the next generation what my mom, father-in-law and now my
mother-in-law have passed onto us.
I do know that they are all
looking down from heaven, knowing they did their best, and hoping we can
do better. They will all be missed.