Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Journey Across The Bridge

The world lost one of its better angels on Friday night.  Diana Kizis, matriarch of the Family Kizis, which is an assemblage of some of the finest people it has ever been my privilege to know, died.  http://www.bridgewaterfuneralhome.com/obits/obituary.php?id=577940

"Hazel" as she was called affectionately by the four daughters she and her husband Robert (a/k/a "B - O - B") raised battled valiantly against cancer for the final year-plus of her life.  In the end, it did what that virulent bastard does far too often.  It wore her down.  And Friday night, it killed her.

A remarkable woman, Mrs. Kizis, whose impact and effect shall long resonate with the husband with whom she partnered up for five-plus decades, her four daughters, her six grandchildren, shall be forever missed but never forgotten.  It was and shall forever remain my great pleasure and privilege to have made her acquaintance several years ago through my own friendship with Lynne and Gidg.  When one uses the phrase "Her Mother's Daughter" to describe any of the four Sisters Kizis, the compliment being paid is of the highest order.  

May those who loved her most of all find solace in the memory of their common, shared experience of having loved her and having lived in the glow of her love's light.  May they take comfort in the knowledge that she fought as hard as she could for as long as she could against impossible odds.  She lived a hero's life - from her first breath to her last. 

She shall be missed... 

...The great ones always are.

“There is a land of the living
 and a land of the dead
 and the bridge is love,
 the only survival, the only meaning.”
-Thornton Wilder


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