Every day we are faced with challenges; some of which can be very difficult to accept. This past week we, as Americans, were witness to the single greatest transfer of power in the world. We, each of us, was given the right, the honor, and the privilege to vote for those who govern our country. Every four years we engage in a non-violent revolution to pick a successor. This, my dear friends, is so profound that the ramifications of this changing of the guard is what defines our wonderful country. In the privacy of our own voting booth we cast our secret ballot. The outcome of that vote makes the transition of power seamless. While we may not be enthralled with the outcome of that vote, it is our duty to uphold the foundation upon which it was founded. Change can be scary; yet we all must face change.
With the death of a loved one we are faced with tremendous change. Perhaps it was a spouse with whom we have shared so many years of our life, or a loving parent or worst of all, the passing of a child. Our lives are forever altered by their passing. We think that we will never recover; how can we go on without them? With the loss of another income will we face financial ruin? The death of a child will profoundly change your perception of life; nothing will ever be the same again. We are faced with a quiet revolution. Take the issue of faith. Most religions came about through a rebellion, a revolution. Did not Jesus begin a revolution that would alter the face of the world? Martin Luther challenged the Roman Catholic Church. Even the Dali Lama is perceived as a threat to his government. George Washington, the first President of the United States, defied the King of England and led a revolution. Change is necessary; change is scary; change is good. Without change, without revolution, man would be walking on all fours. The day we stood on two feet we began a revolution.
If it were not for those who challenge convention we may never have found the cure for many of the world’s diseases, gone to the Moon, invented the internet. Every day we face a revolution within ourselves. Every day we find that change, whether we want it or not, becomes necessary.
Embrace change and become part of the revolution of life. When you are handed lemons; make lemonade. Change is scary… but necessary.
Rose Rita Duerr, age 95, of Mastic, slipped peacefully into Heaven on November 7, 2016 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Rose was born in Brooklyn and was factory worker, then a homemaker. Widowed for over two decades after the death of her beloved Thomas, she found love and comfort with her children. She was the loving mother of Lorraine (Henry) Martin and Carol (Georg) Fischer. She was the cherished grandmother of six, great-grandmother of fourteen, great-great-grandmother of two and beloved sister to Doris Riedel. Rose enjoyed going to Atlantic City, playing bingo, crafts, knitting and crocheting, and baking. Before his death Rose and Thomas would dance the night away with their ballroom evenings. Her favorite television show was, “Dancing with the Stars.” Rose was an animal lover. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Wake prayers were conducted by Msgr. John Heinlein of St. Jude’s RC Church where a Mass was offered. Interment took place at Calverton National Cemetery.
Mary A. Kohn, age 78, of Manorville, passed on November 8, 2016. She was predeceased by her husband Richard. Mary is survived by sons Richard and Kevin and grandchildren Andrew, Timothy and Kevin. Reposing was held at Sinnicksons Moriches Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Johns RC Church in Center Moriches. Interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.
Louis J. Najdek, 77 years old, of Shirley, died at the Veterans Administration Hospital on November 10, 2016. He was born in Astoria, and was honorably discharged from the United States Army. After a long career as an electronics technician in the aerospace industry he retired to pursue his interests in fishing, horse racing, coin collecting and fish breeding. He enjoyed creating artistic paintings of seascapes, played the drums, and enjoyed contemporary music, especially the blues. He was a woodworker and car enthusiast and owned Corvettes. He spent many hours in his garden growing vegetables and loved going on family vacations. Louis was married to Dolores, the he love of his life, for the past fifty-three years. He was the devoted father of Denise (David) Post, Louis (Patricia) and Cassie (Jeffrey) Kinney. He was the cherished grandfather of Danielle, Kaitlyn, Nicholas, Katie and Louis. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Wake prayers were conducted by Rev. John Ryan of St. Jude’s RC Church where a Mass was offered. Interment with military honors took place at Calverton National Cemetery.