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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.

Click here to view the video tribute to Marilyn Duemler



Presents on the web

Everyone talks about having presents on the web. I don't understand. How do they get the spiders to wrap them?

Sad to say, but since becoming disabled, I no longer have the ability to update this site. It remains static as it was last updated, and will have to stay that way for the foreseeable future, except for the rare ocassions when I actually get the time and the strength to do some work on it. 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'm only boring myself by spending time whining about my own.

I built this site for two reasons: to keep in touch with my family, and to stretch my use of web development tools. If I have succeeded in the former, I'm not as concerned with the latter. I enjoy this opportunity to share some small part of my life with friends and family I am otherwise separated from (whether by time, by distance, or by choice).

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.

Please enjoy your visit, and if you feel compelled to respond by renewing an acquaintance with an old friend or family member you haven't contacted in a while, my fondest hope will be fulfilled.



This page was last updated on August 25, 2016 .
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