Senate Tribute to Pop

On May 24, 2018, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York paid tribute to my grandfather, Larry Reilly, on the floor of the Senate.  Video clip of the comments below:

Lawrence John Reilly Sr. – One of the Greatest Men of the Greatest Generation, May He Forever Rest In Peace

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On Wednesday, May 23rd, the world lost an amazing man.  Just short of his 94th birthday in June, Lawrence John Reilly, Sr. passed away at 3:30 Eastern, due to complications with pneumonia.

Since Wednesday, I’ve been struggling with finding the words to express my deep sorrow and to explain to the world who this man was.  Because the world should know.  His death should not be noticed by only his family and friends.  There was so much honor, goodness, love, and forgiveness in him.  How do I describe his boundless life and do it true justice?

I am the second of this five granddaughters, sixth out of the twelve grandchildren.  He was the patriarch of a beautiful family, of which he lived to see the latest addition to the next generation born about a week before his death.  She is his 21st great-grandchild.

Fortunately, my strong desire that the world knows about his passing from this life has been met.  The Associated Press wrote an article that has been picked up by agencies around the world.  The U.S. Senate heard a tribute to his passing, in marking the beginning of this Memorial Day Weekend.  Friend and author Louise Esola penned one of the loveliest eulogies I could have ever imagined.

My grandfather’s obituary

The tributes to my grandfather following his death:

Fair winds and following seas, Pop.  Forever loved and always missed.

Book of Me: What do you want to be doing that you are currently not?

What do you want to be doing that you are currently not?

I would like to be retired from by day to day job.  I would like to be on a property in the country with my husband.  I would like to be in my home office, chasing the threads of family history, while I listen to the sound of my husband working on his classic Chevy in the garage.  I would like to have my dogs curled up at my feet, snug in a warm house.  i would lie to be planning my next road trip around the U.S., visiting the towns and counties where our families came from.

Genealogy is an amazing community!

I connected with a cousin in the Netherlands about 3 years ago, via genealogieonline.com, Johanna.  She is the 2nd great-granddaughter of my 3rd great-grandfather, Walter, which makes us 4th cousins, 1x removed.  She sent me three photographs that I am so excited to have, mostly because one of them in particular is a photo of Christiane Nullmeyer, who is my 3rd great-grandmother.  She died young, probably during childbirth.  For years, I had no knowledge of her, thinking that my 3rd great-grandfather’s 3rd wife, Kate Dulk, was my actual ancestor.  I know very little information about her, so having actual photographic proof of her is AMAZING!

I am so grateful for being able to find cousins online, who have been willing to share information.  And now for the photographs!

The Noteboom Family, right to left: Johanna (Honey), Walter, Dorothea, Anna, Geraldine (between her parents), Christiane, Walter Jr. From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

The Noteboom Family, right to left:
Johanna (Honey), Walter, Dorothea, Anna, Geraldine (between her parents), Christiane, Walter Jr.
From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

The date of this photo is unknown, but based on the apparent ages of the children, I would place this photo c. 1895.  Give or take a year or so, I would say Anna was 13, Dorothea – 12, Walter – 11, Johanna – 10, Geraldine – 6.

The Noteboom Family, right to left: Kate, Johanna, Dorothea, Geraldine, Walter Jr., and Walter. c. 1905 From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

The Noteboom Family, right to left:
Kate, Johanna, Dorothea, Geraldine, Walter Jr., and Walter.
c. 1905
From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

The date of this photo is c. 1905.  Anna is not present in this photo, which is not surprising.  She was estranged from her family from 1901 to 1906 because of her marriage to Francis Theodore.  She reconciled with them after his disappearance.

From left to right: Kate, Walter, his niece Gessina, his sister Anna. From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

From left to right:
Kate, Walter, his niece Gessina, his sister Anna.
From the collection of cousin Johanna, used with her permission

I also don’t know the date of this photo, but since Walter and Kate are pictured with his family who still lived in the Netherlands, I suspect this is from 1913.  I have a passenger list from a trip they took to Europe in the fall of 1913, shortly before he died.  Gessina is the daughter of his sister Elizabeth, who had passed away in 1878.

Book of Me: Who inspires you?

Who inspires you?

I have to admit, I’m struggling with this one a little bit.  I’ve never been one to idolize others.  I don’t have favorite actors, athletes, etc. I’ve have admiration for people who have been a part of my life at various times – teachers, colleagues, bosses, etc.  But I’m not sure I would say anyone continues to inspire me.  Is that strange? Maybe…

I would say more that I’m inspired by my goals and the work that I do – not by people.

I am inspired by mine and my husband’s long-term goals for our life together. We have very specific plans about what we want to have happen over the next 5, 10, 15 years.  We work together to gain the things we need (money, time, experience, access, contacts, etc.) to be able to reach those goals.  Our combined dedication to our future is the thing that probably most inspires me in my daily actions and the choices I make each day.

Inspiration for my work comes from the work itself.  I look for opportunities to find passion about the work that I do, whether it’s my professional work or my personal hobbies.  I cannot do work that I don’t find some reason to care about – it just is not in my nature to be disaffected about my work.  If I cannot find inspiration in the work itself, I will do what I need to do to get it done, but it will be only what is needed, not anything more.

I don’t know if this makes sense to others – but I cannot really find inspiration in others.  Humans are to fallible.  I find inspiration in relationships, causes, goals and shared experiences.