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A Tribute to Marilyn Duemler (July 2, 1933 - May 9, 2016)
I met my mother at a very early age. Oh, sure, you snark, you can't get an age much earlier than ZERO can you? No, you nerd-like nit-picker, but the point is that it was a very early age for her, too. She was only 22 years old when I was born.
That may seem old by comparison to many of the kids giving birth in their early teens these days, but my mother was fond of pointing out that she was so innocent that she never used the swear word "devil" until she was 17 years old. By 22, she hadn't even graduated to "damn" yet. I'm pretty sure whatever few swear words she ever used were a direct result of my teaching her or my frustrating her.
That sweetness and innocence stayed with her for the rest of her life; the entire 60 years I knew her. Oh sure, she learned a lot, and some of her lessons were hard ones that left their mark on her innocence, but she never wavered from being the sweet little girl that always had a smile and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Even behind their backs! Even when I convinced her that they could not possibly hear her, she was still unwaveringly kind. Often to a fault.
I have always fancied myself as a man who could string a few words together to express an idea, or a thought, or an emotion. But when it comes to saying things about my mother that could tell strangers how wonderful she really was, my vocabulary fails me. That makes me even more grateful to family friend Troy Sturrus who put together a video that could be played at her memorial service, and shared with visitors here, at Duemler(dot)com. Thanks Troy, you certainly took the pressure off of me at a time when I could barely speak at all.
Everyone talks about having presents on the web. I don't understand. How do they get the spiders to wrap them? Oh, wait. Now I get it. Presence on the web, not presents!
Sad to say, but I no longer have the physical ability to update this site as I would like. I miss my former life and my career, but I won't waste any time being maudlin or fretting about it. Life goes on. There is always someone with bigger problems than mine, and I'd only be wasting time whining about my issues.
However...if you are a member of the Duemler family and you have need of some web server space, you will find me very happy to accommodate your needs. Just drop me a line and we'll start the ball rolling.
This page was last updated on August 27, 2016.