Monday, May 18, 2009

Hugo Themer - my dad


August 3, 1930 - April 28, 2009

My dad was the most wonderful, gentle, caring, smart man I ever knew. He loved God, he loved his family, he especially loved my mom (with him in picture), they were married 53 1/2 years when he died. He took care of all of us, and the world is not the same without him.
He touched everyone with his compassion and his smile, and the people who knew him loved him. As a Lutheran grade school teacher in Louisville, KY for 42 years, he taught thousands of kids to love learning and do their best.
In 1992, him and mom retired to Indiana. He was a woodworker and loved working in his garage, which was open to everyone. People would stop by to talk or borrow a tool or get dad's help on their project.
He was my biggest supporter in my art. He made frames for my fiber and mosaic art, bases for my mosaic jewelry and anything else I needed. No matter how crazy my ideas, he would figure how to make them work.
He was in the hospital for a week when they diagnosed cancer March 31st, we brought him home for two weeks, then he entered the hospice center for his last two weeks. He told everyone that God had given him a great life, and God would take care of us after he was gone.
Now he is at peace, which is good, but we are left here missing him so much.
This is dad's favorite verse:
Be Still and Know That I Am God. Psalm 46:10
I love you dad!

5 comments:

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I am so sorry for your loss. This was a lovely tribute to your father.

Val Foster said...

What a beautiful, honorable tribute to your dear father. Thanks for sharing him with us. I'm sure I would've enjoyed knowing him.

It's hard and painful to lose a loved one, especially a parent. My mother died in March of 2008, and yes, I still miss her a lot. But she's in heaven with God and your father, where they are at total peace now.

For those of us left behind, it's still hard and painful. Someday, we'll be reunited with them, which gives us hope.

My heart goes out to you Linda, and I understand how you feel. I'm sorry for your loss, and pray that God will comfort you.

feltedfibers said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, thinking of you - Jenny.

Gail P said...

What a marvelous tribute! I learned a lot about your dad from your words, thanks for sharing this painful moment in your life. mucho hugs!

savvy stitch said...

Your dad sounds like an amazing person. I'm sorry for your loss.