May. 28th, 2017

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My mother-in-law, Dalia, passed away yesterday. We knew that this was going to happen but it still hurts. Today Peter is flying back so that he can attend the funeral Monday. It was decided a while ago that if it happened this weekend, Caroline and I would stay to talk to fans and give out cards with his signature to people who wanted them. We fly back tomorrow and then go to join him and the rest of the family.

If you want to know where Peter got his wicked sense of humor, it was from his mother. She had a quick wit and could keep up verbally with the jokes being tossed around. Apparently that made getting through an entire Seder interesting.

She was smart. She had a Masters in Mathematics from Barnard and worked in the 1950s for Crick and Watson who discovered DNA. She had a number of other jobs over the years that she did extremely well while raising three children.

She loved her children with a fiery passion. Cross her kids and you have crossed her and woe betide you if you did that. She loved her grandchildren and her great grandchildren.

She told me that she loved watching Peter and me together. She said it reminded her of Gunter and herself. She loved me because I made her son happy and whole again.

We had a good mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship. She was amazed at my life before I met Peter and all that I had done. She gave me recipes for things that she made Peter that he liked.

She is loved and will be missed by us.

I am grateful for having Dalia in my life.

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