Saturday, December 06, 2008

Marianne Ozolins, Requiescat in Pacem

Marianne Ozolins, born August 15, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois, passed away December 4, 2008, in San Antonio, at the age of 50. A loving, selfless and giving person, she devoted her life to her family, friends and students. Marianne was a 6th grade special education teacher at Jackson Middle School. The school became her extended family; she always kept her students and fellow teachers close to her heart. She created many strong friendships through her life experiences at home, school and even at her favorite bingo hall. Marianne had a gift for bringing people together. She believed that every student, no matter how underprivileged, had the potential to realize their dreams. Having an open mind and heart, she saw the potential in everyone, especially children. She was also an animal lover, finding great joy in rescuing them. We will all miss that sense of humor and creativity she shared with everyone. Marianne was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher and best friend. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Teodors Ozolins. Marianne is survived by her beloved husband, Andris Ozolins; sons, Erik, Kevin and Andrew; parents, George and Gertrud Gromke; brother, George D. Gromke and wife, JoAnne; sister, Angela D'Antonio and husband, John; mother-in-law, Mirdza Ozolins; sister-in-law, Ruta Dzelme and husband, Andris; 4 nieces and 3 nephews; and 4 loving cats, Zoe, Zippy, Sarah and Sophie.

So, this week has been filled with Erik. We had dinner on Monday night. Tuesday Afternoon Mrs. Ozolins collapsed in her house and was not breathing when she was found. She was rushed to the hospital and was in a coma the entire time. I drove Erik to the airport Wednesday morning. Not quite the Christmas good-bye I was expecting. May she rest in peace.

I might be flying down there to visit before Christmas break. I only have 4 papers left for the rest of the semester, so that certainly makes things easier should I be visiting.

On the lighter side of things, Thanksgiving break was wonderful. Ten days home was a little too long though. I certainly got off of the academic track. Seeing most of the Florence crew was a nice treat. Thank you all for the great times, beers and meals. I even met a few new people including Jackie, Andrew’s new girlfriend. Sweet girl.

Other than that I don’t have much to say. I should really be writing about oil tanker safety. Have a great day.