Niagara Gazette

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October 14, 2013

CITY BEAT: In memory of 'Yo'

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Niagara Gazette — It’s hard, what with the distance and all, to stay as close. But the friendships never faded.

I admired Yo’s love for a great debate and was always up for the challenge. She was knowledgeable and articulate, able to stand toe-to-toe with me or anyone when it came to countless subjects — the government, politics, religion, human nature. 

She shared a beautiful prayer with Kimberly before our wedding day. It was as if she blessed us right then as we had perfect weather, a memorable ceremony and an absolute blast at our reception. Our only regret: Our dear friends Yo and Dave couldn’t make it. 

My last conversation with Yolanda involved a sobbing apology as she tried, desperately, to explain how sad she was that financial and other circumstances wouldn’t allow her and Dave to make the trip back east for the big event. 

I tried my best to assure her that it was OK and we understood. We did. We honestly did.

We were planning to start saving some money, a bit here and there, to finance our own trip to Oregon. 

This cruel universe doesn’t care much for plans sometimes. I’m left now to think we should have started saving sooner. 

Now, sadly, it’s too late. Our friend, Yolanda, is gone, just like that, mere days shy of her 49th birthday. 

My sister, Wendy, reminded us that while it is sad to know Yo is no longer with us, it’s important to remember that we were blessed to have her in our lives while we did. 

She’s right, of course, but that doesn’t make it any easier.  

Losing people is never easy. 

Dealing with the loss of someone like Yo feels unbearable. 

She left a great, big mark on our hearts. 

Truly special people with kind spirits and robust personalities always do. 

Contact City Editor Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.

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