Six years ago…….A tribute to Mr. Z

My husband, Mr. Z (yes, he did have another name…) died six years ago today.    HERE is the amazing outpouring of love I got from amazing GeeeZ readers.

werner on the beach running away

HERE are some articles I wrote about him and, most importantly, those that he wrote about Germany, America, sports, technology, the economy, etc.  If you have a few minutes this weekend, take a look at his pieces;  I think you’ll enjoy reading some of them.

HERE is the one that might be the most important post I’ve ever posted.  This went viral…people told me it was on Facebook pages whose owners I didn’t know, friends got it via email from people I don’t know…it was amazing.    I hope you’re blessed by it;  I know Mr. Z would be glad if you are.


Mrs. Mr. Z

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26 Responses to Six years ago…….A tribute to Mr. Z

  1. Does it seem that long ago to you, Z?


  2. Thank you for sharing his presence with us again! The legacy of his love continues to affect us all. Best Regards.


  3. jerrydablade says:

    Hugs and love your way, Z. Mr. Z was obviously an incredible man and you honor him so. Hot peppers and accordion jokes 🙂 So good!


  4. bunkerville says:

    One of the most difficult aspects of life is losing those one loves. Warm thoughts to you as you relive many memories.


  5. geeez2014 says:

    AOW….For a few years, it felt like it happened yesterday…….but it doesn’t anymore. Still, it’s impossible to think it’s six years.

    Vrag, there’s a quote that we die twice; once when we stop breathing and again when people stop thinking of us.

    Jerry, “Welcome to heaven, here’s your harp. Welcome to hell, here’s your accordion!” He took those jokes pretty good naturedly….!!! I have to admit I did like it when he played and sang German sea shanties on the darned thing 🙂

    bunkerville; sure is.

    THANKS, everybody….I so appreciate you all…


  6. Is it really 6 years ago? Z, your steadfast love and devotion is so admirable. You do honor to Mr. Z’s memory. I don’t know how we survive the losses of the men we love. October 8th was the 19th anniversary of my late husband’s death. I am happily remarried for 15 years now and I can honestly say I have recovered from the loss. But not a day goes by that I don’t think of my late husband. He resides in my heart and he will remain there until the day I leave this world.


  7. Baysider says:

    Such a wonderful treasure house of memories, Z. I enjoyed reading about Tanta Nana again, and Mr. Z’s last post on the worth of a life. Seeing him crouching taking pictures of the sandpipers — and those tiny white birds that zip so fast but without bobbing to escape the incoming waves. The plum tart. The first book. The hot peppers in Bangkok. The incredibly incisive mind. The loving husband.
    And the accordion joke! May I add more?
    Q: What is the definition of an optimist? A: An accordion player with a pager.
    Q: Why does everyone hate an accordion right off? A: Saves time.
    Q: How do you protect a valuable instrument? A: Hide it in an accordion case.


  8. Mal says:

    SIX YEARS ALREADY? It sure doesn’t seem that long, Z. It also seems like 5 or 6 months ago you celebrated his 5th year. AND………..HOT PEPPERS? How can anyone taste anything with their guts afire?!! AAARG!


  9. Sparky says:

    Deepest sympathies dear Z. It’s sad when one must walk through this life without our loved ones by our sides.
    What a cool sounding guy. I’m glad to hear that Mr. Z hated any form of Socialism too (a true sign of high intelligence). I look forward to meeting him in Heaven. I’ll look for the guy playing an accordian.
    Hope your day is blessed with only happy memories. ~:)


  10. geeez2014 says:

    Hi, FW, and thanks for your words….honoring his memory is so important to me…
    as my nephew reminded me “We die twice, once when our body stops breathing and then when people stop talking about us” (I paraphrase, but you get the point!)

    Baysider, ….I need to read the Tante Nana one again; I enjoyed that so much. She was an amazing lady, a REAL LADY.
    I love the accordion joke “Saves time” the most!! But they’re all three absolutely HILARIOUSLY clever! Thanks!

    Mal;! He’d put serrano chilis on almost everything, then say I was a great cook…. I’d respond with “how can you tell!?” 🙂

    Sparky, thanks SO much…..I’m not fond of the harp, so his playing the accordion up there’ll be fine with me, too!


  11. Sorry for your loss.
    Happy for your memories.
    It’s good of you to share them.


  12. Kid says:

    Z, that last post from Mr Z in your list is impeccable. It says so much about both of you that I have a lump in my throat. And I’ve read it before..


  13. Kid says:

    I recently read that the common chemical in hot chilies/peppers – capsaicin has a range of health benefits, specifically with cancers They may have extended Mr Z’s life. Who knows.

    Habenero and Ghost peppers are actually lame compared to these


  14. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, thanks so much.

    Kid, it gives me a lump in my throat, too. Thanks…
    I have heard hot peppers are really good….he didn’t die from cancer; he was absolutely perfectly and amazingly healthy until that last six months. It was fought with an anti-cancer drug (which didn’t end up working) but was not cancer. And, they also say those peppers can do nasty things to your stomach!
    That thing Mr. Z wrote was published on the Funeral Bulletin we passed to everyone…..with his picture on the cover of it. I sent one to his doctors and was stunned at their responses. His heart doc (the amyloidosis attacked his heart) told me it was on his desk for months after I sent it to him and he shared it with a girlfriend of mine who’s his patient! My radiologist’s wife works there one day a week and I turned a corner in their suite only to find her reading it to their technicians! SO SO touching to know that so many more people than Mr. Z thought would read it , did.

    It’s kind of hard to keep typing MR Z!!! He DID have a name…I know YOU know it..


  15. Kid says:

    Lump number 2 Z.


  16. Wow,

    I read through the links.What a love story and inspiration.

    Thanks for sharing it all.


  17. geeez2014 says:

    Adrienne, thanks SO MUCH. Still trying to get to your book; am eager to read it. I’ve got one Baysider loaned me first, after I finish FORTY DAYS OF MUSA DAGH, …oy.
    I’m so touched that you read some of the links. Thank you.

    Kid….thanks xxx


  18. Vrag, there’s a quote that we die twice; once when we stop breathing and again when people stop thinking of us.

    Indeed. All of our “thoughts” are constituted of representations in the symbolic sphere. We suffer a biological death in which our bodies fail and eventually disintegrate. This is death in the real, of our material self. We can also suffer a symbolic death. This is not the death of our actual bodies. This death entails the collapse of the symbolic order and the destruction of our subject positions where we no longer exist for the Other. Mr. Z continues to this day to exist for the Other (you, me and all who spoke or corresponded with him), ergo, he has not, nor will he ever (so long as his posts are present for others to read and/or we remember him), suffer a symbolic death. And we are never completely dead until we have suffered both (biologic/symbolic) deaths.


  19. ps – My apologies for the pedantry above.


  20. geeez2014 says:

    I’m glad you wrote what you did.
    Vrag, did you ever go by another screen name??


  21. geeez2014 says:

    Vrag; OH MY GOSH, it just hit me now.
    HOW could I have missed it? 🙂


  22. lisa says:

    Wow Z 6 years already . Reading those tributes made me feel for your loss all over again .I love how you honor Mr.Z’s memory,it really shows how very special he was.
    Thank you for sharing


  23. Ray Cole says:

    Mr Zs good natured and gracious understanding of our friendship has always touched me. Not every husband would tolerate a male friend in his wifes life. A wonderful man and a joy to visit.

    I’m sorry for the loss you’ve suffered dear Z. My prayer is that somehow in our friendship I can make your days a little less lonely. Thanks for being such a blessing in my life despite your suffering. I really like you.


  24. geeez2014 says:

    Lisa….it’s very reassuring and comforting to me to know you and others for quite a while now….
    Mr. Z loved my blogging and writing for GeeeeZ, so it’s great to have friends who loyally still support geeeZ. He’d like that!

    Ray, We’re blessed that our spouses knew we just plain liked each other and that faith and politics were the thing that our friendship was based on…I appreciate your wife for that reason, too. You always cheer me up and I hope I can do that for you.
    I thank YOU. 🙂 (and thanks for the call!)


  25. Z,

    Please accept my belated condolence. Everyone has said it so well I can add nothing else except to say that his memory resides in [your] continuing good work!


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