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California governor's 'first dog,' Sutter, has died - The Mercury News

Monday, January 02, 2017

Sutter, affectionately known as California’s “first dog,” was a fixture around the Capitol, often seen in Brown’s office and at public events. The Pembroke Welsh corgi was credited with softening the Governor’s dour, somber image, and he made it his business to befriend Democrat and Republican alike.Sutter was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in October. During emergency surgery, veterinarians found several masses in the dog’s intestines, lymph nodes and liver. They were unable to remove them all, and broke the news to the Browns and Sutter’s fans that there was no hope for the little dog.The Browns made the decision to allow Sutter to live out the remainder of his days on his own terms.Sutter spent about 10 days in the hospital until he was strong enough to return home to be with his family, including his sister, Lucy, who will now assume the role of first dog.His condition improved enough to allow him to resume some of his duties. His appetite returned and he even joined Brown at the voting booth on election day. He also enjoyed Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.In recent days, however, Sutter began a steady decline and on Friday, the Browns made the tough decision to end his suffering. The Browns were at his side as he drew his last breath, a...

John Rezmerski, poet, storyteller and Gustavus Adolphus professor, dies at age 74 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Monday, November 14, 2016

Cambria known as “Chairing of the Bard,” a poetry contest at which the winner was treated to a carved oaken chair. The event was based on a Welsh tradition that dates back centuries.Friends said Rezmerski had a lively imagination and a knack for turning the ordinary into poetry. An example below, also via Nelson, is from Word Play Festival 2015.“He loved wordplay and he loved the way that language connects us,” said poet Athena Kildegaard, who grew up in St. Peter and once worked as Rezmerski’s babysitter before studying with him at Gustavus.Kildegaard said one of her favorite poems of Rezmerski’s is “Grandmother,” from his collection “What Do I Know?”Here’s an excerpt:In her house I learned to listen to sea shells, a house full of the smells of raisin bread, chicken soup, blackberry wine, lavender sachet, laundry bluing and coal smoke. The smell of work ...Coming in from both coasts the family closes around her like a flower closing for the night. After the burial Friday morning, we open up and join each other’s company we have not had for so long. And settle her estate in an hour or so and keep what we had given her and sing and look through old photographs. And some who have been feuding for years sit down to dinner together. And I listen to sea shells in the attic. She has not stopped working.Said Kildegaard, “This is a poem that sort of acknowledges that people who have died continue to be with us. He wrote about things that mattered. He wrote about things that touched our hearts. But he was able to dance around what could be hokey, what could be clichéd about those topics. And part of that has to do with his love of language.”In addition to his wife, Rezmerski’s survivors include three adult...

Obituraries for week of Sept 12 - Clay Today Online

Monday, September 19, 2016

August 12, 2016. Memorial Services were Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 3pm, Middleburg, Fl. 32068 United Methodist Church 3925 Main St, Middleburg, Fl 32068.Beloved companion of Charles Welsh, loving mother to Anthony J. Cutrone II (Marisol) and Mandy M. Cutrone (Yassine). Eldest daughter of the late John E. And Dolores M.(Minch) Sister of Dennis, Kenneth, Patricia Dvorak, Steve and Mark. Will be greatly missed by her 6 grandchildren, friends and loved ones. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made on her behalf to https://youcaring.com/pamela-dudas-640890.Barbara Sue Noble CooperBarbara Sue Noble Cooper, 55, of Middleburg, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Clay County following a brief illness. She was a native of Charlotte, NC and had lived in Middleburg for the past 26 years coming from Nashville, TN. Barbara was raised in Putnam County and was a 1978 graduate of Palatka High School. She worked as a CNA at Pine Crest Manor ALF in Middleburg for many years. She loved all animals especially horses and dogs.She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Betty Jean Noble. She is survived by her sons, Justin Hampton (Paulette) of Middleburg and Daniel Moseley of Orange Park, brother, Charles “Chuck” Noble of Ft. McCoy, sisters, Karen Gilbert (Walter) of Salt Springs and Bonnie Thomas (Johnny) of Palatka, grandchildren, Rayleigh Williams and Tatun “Tate” Moseley and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Barbara’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com . Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.Carol V. SkaggsCarol V. Skaggs, 79, of Fleming Island, FL, passed away September 7, 2016.Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000Barbara Jean PerretBarbara Jean Perret, 70 of Orange Park, FL passed away September 5, 2016. Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-7720. www.RHRFH.comHelen Marie BrummerHelen Marie Brummer, 94, passed away September 4, 2016. She was born April 10, 1922 in Hamilton, Ohio and resided in Middleburg, FL. Mrs. Brummer is survived by her son; Russell (Helen) Brummer, daughter-in-law; Nancy Brummer, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband; Adrian Brummer and son; Larry Brummer.A funeral mass was held Friday, September 9, 2016 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church Middleburg, FL. Interment was Saturday September 10, 2016 at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater, FL. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Holly Hill Funeral Home,3601 Old Jennings Road Middleburg, FL. Please leave words of comfort at www.hollyhillfunerals.comKenneth L. SmithKenneth L. Smith, 84, of Fleming Island, FL passed away September 8, 2016.Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000Lasha Irene Christine McLemoreLasha Irene Christine McLemore, 26 of Jacksonville, FL, passed away September 1, 2016. Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-7720. www.RHRFH.comLoubelle Tyre LongLoubelle Tyre Long, 95, of Penney Farms, FL passed away September 7, 2016. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000Amy Eula StidhamAmy Eula Stidham of Orange Park, Florida passed away on S...

Sept. 11 Families Face 'Strange, Empty Void' Without Victims' Remains04:00 - WBUR

Monday, September 19, 2016

He went to work, and he never came back," says his stepfather, Russell Mercer.Scott Kopytko's parents regularly visit a stone memorial at Mount St. Mary's Cemetery in Flushing, Queens. (Alex Welsh for NPR)Almost every morning, Mercer and Kopytko's mother take turns visiting the cemetery across from their son's old high school in the Queens borough of New York City. Under a young oak tree next to fading tombstones, they water pink flowers behind a small, square stone engraved for Kopytko."It's a place where we can go, me and my family, to talk to Scott. But there's nothing there," Mercer says. "We need some kind of DNA, some human remains, where you can go to and say, 'This is where Scott is.' "Fifteen years after the attacks, families of 40 percent of the World Trade Center victims have not received any remains of their loved ones.Death certificates have been issued for these 1,113 victims. That number does include some of the immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally and working in the twin towers during the attacks. An estimated 60 immigrants, mainly from Mexico and Central America, are still missing, according to Joel Magallán, executive director of Asociación Tepeyac de New York, which coordinated support for victims' families.'You Feel That It's Not Real'Russell Mercer donates old U.S. flags from Sept. 11 memorials to a post of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is still waiting to recover remains of his stepson, who was one of the New York C...

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California governor's 'first dog,' Sutter, has died - The Mercury News

Monday, January 02, 2017

Sutter, affectionately known as California’s “first dog,” was a fixture around the Capitol, often seen in Brown’s office and at public events. The Pembroke Welsh corgi was credited with softening the Governor’s dour, somber image, and he made it his business to befriend Democrat and Republican alike.Sutter was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in October. During emergency surgery, veterinarians found several masses in the dog’s intestines, lymph nodes and liver. They were unable to remove them all, and broke the news to the Browns and Sutter’s fans that there was no hope for the little dog.The Browns made the decision to allow Sutter to live out the remainder of his days on his own terms.Sutter spent about 10 days in the hospital until he was strong enough to return home to be with his family, including his sister, Lucy, who will now assume the role of first dog.His condition improved enough to allow him to resume some of his duties. His appetite returned and he even joined Brown at the voting booth on election day. He also enjoyed Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.In recent days, however, Sutter began a steady decline and on Friday, the Browns made the tough decision to end his suffering. The Browns were at his side as he drew his last breath, a...

John Rezmerski, poet, storyteller and Gustavus Adolphus professor, dies at age 74 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Monday, November 14, 2016

Cambria known as “Chairing of the Bard,” a poetry contest at which the winner was treated to a carved oaken chair. The event was based on a Welsh tradition that dates back centuries.Friends said Rezmerski had a lively imagination and a knack for turning the ordinary into poetry. An example below, also via Nelson, is from Word Play Festival 2015.“He loved wordplay and he loved the way that language connects us,” said poet Athena Kildegaard, who grew up in St. Peter and once worked as Rezmerski’s babysitter before studying with him at Gustavus.Kildegaard said one of her favorite poems of Rezmerski’s is “Grandmother,” from his collection “What Do I Know?”Here’s an excerpt:In her house I learned to listen to sea shells, a house full of the smells of raisin bread, chicken soup, blackberry wine, lavender sachet, laundry bluing and coal smoke. The smell of work ...Coming in from both coasts the family closes around her like a flower closing for the night. After the burial Friday morning, we open up and join each other’s company we have not had for so long. And settle her estate in an hour or so and keep what we had given her and sing and look through old photographs. And some who have been feuding for years sit down to dinner together. And I listen to sea shells in the attic. She has not stopped working.Said Kildegaard, “This is a poem that sort of acknowledges that people who have died continue to be with us. He wrote about things that mattered. He wrote about things that touched our hearts. But he was able to dance around what could be hokey, what could be clichéd about those topics. And part of that has to do with his love of language.”In addition to his wife, Rezmerski’s survivors include three adult...

Obituraries for week of Sept 12 - Clay Today Online

Monday, September 19, 2016

August 12, 2016. Memorial Services were Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 3pm, Middleburg, Fl. 32068 United Methodist Church 3925 Main St, Middleburg, Fl 32068.Beloved companion of Charles Welsh, loving mother to Anthony J. Cutrone II (Marisol) and Mandy M. Cutrone (Yassine). Eldest daughter of the late John E. And Dolores M.(Minch) Sister of Dennis, Kenneth, Patricia Dvorak, Steve and Mark. Will be greatly missed by her 6 grandchildren, friends and loved ones. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made on her behalf to https://youcaring.com/pamela-dudas-640890.Barbara Sue Noble CooperBarbara Sue Noble Cooper, 55, of Middleburg, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Clay County following a brief illness. She was a native of Charlotte, NC and had lived in Middleburg for the past 26 years coming from Nashville, TN. Barbara was raised in Putnam County and was a 1978 graduate of Palatka High School. She worked as a CNA at Pine Crest Manor ALF in Middleburg for many years. She loved all animals especially horses and dogs.She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Betty Jean Noble. She is survived by her sons, Justin Hampton (Paulette) of Middleburg and Daniel Moseley of Orange Park, brother, Charles “Chuck” Noble of Ft. McCoy, sisters, Karen Gilbert (Walter) of Salt Springs and Bonnie Thomas (Johnny) of Palatka, grandchildren, Rayleigh Williams and Tatun “Tate” Moseley and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Barbara’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com . Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.Carol V. SkaggsCarol V. Skaggs, 79, of Fleming Island, FL, passed away September 7, 2016.Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000Barbara Jean PerretBarbara Jean Perret, 70 of Orange Park, FL passed away September 5, 2016. Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-7720. www.RHRFH.comHelen Marie BrummerHelen Marie Brummer, 94, passed away September 4, 2016. She was born April 10, 1922 in Hamilton, Ohio and resided in Middleburg, FL. Mrs. Brummer is survived by her son; Russell (Helen) Brummer, daughter-in-law; Nancy Brummer, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband; Adrian Brummer and son; Larry Brummer.A funeral mass was held Friday, September 9, 2016 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church Middleburg, FL. Interment was Saturday September 10, 2016 at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater, FL. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Holly Hill Funeral Home,3601 Old Jennings Road Middleburg, FL. Please leave words of comfort at www.hollyhillfunerals.comKenneth L. SmithKenneth L. Smith, 84, of Fleming Island, FL passed away September 8, 2016.Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000Lasha Irene Christine McLemoreLasha Irene Christine McLemore, 26 of Jacksonville, FL, passed away September 1, 2016. Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2335 Sandridge Road, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 904-284-7720. www.RHRFH.comLoubelle Tyre LongLoubelle Tyre Long, 95, of Penney Farms, FL passed away September 7, 2016. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at www.broadusraines.com. Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, FL (904) 284-4000Amy Eula StidhamAmy Eula Stidham of Orange Park, Florida passed away on S...

Sept. 11 Families Face 'Strange, Empty Void' Without Victims' Remains04:00 - WBUR

Monday, September 19, 2016

He went to work, and he never came back," says his stepfather, Russell Mercer.Scott Kopytko's parents regularly visit a stone memorial at Mount St. Mary's Cemetery in Flushing, Queens. (Alex Welsh for NPR)Almost every morning, Mercer and Kopytko's mother take turns visiting the cemetery across from their son's old high school in the Queens borough of New York City. Under a young oak tree next to fading tombstones, they water pink flowers behind a small, square stone engraved for Kopytko."It's a place where we can go, me and my family, to talk to Scott. But there's nothing there," Mercer says. "We need some kind of DNA, some human remains, where you can go to and say, 'This is where Scott is.' "Fifteen years after the attacks, families of 40 percent of the World Trade Center victims have not received any remains of their loved ones.Death certificates have been issued for these 1,113 victims. That number does include some of the immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally and working in the twin towers during the attacks. An estimated 60 immigrants, mainly from Mexico and Central America, are still missing, according to Joel Magallán, executive director of Asociación Tepeyac de New York, which coordinated support for victims' families.'You Feel That It's Not Real'Russell Mercer donates old U.S. flags from Sept. 11 memorials to a post of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is still waiting to recover remains of his stepson, who was one of the New York C...