A funeral is beginning right now in Chicago, at Emanuel Congregation.
My beloved Rebbetzin, Lotte Schaalman, died on Friday, at home, exactly on her 102nd birthday.
I wish my equally beloved Rabbi, who is nearing 101, the strength now to carry on without his helpmate. They were married for 75 years.
I thank them both for all they have given me and my family.
Mrs. Schaalman so often impressed upon me what I think was her life-philosophy, saying "I never promised you a rose garden." -- We take what comes and make the best of it.
Rest in peace, dear Lotte, you deserve a little rest after a long lifetime of taking care of everyone else.
May God bless you and welcome you.
(A photo, not my own, from ca. 2014, maybe.).