John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
At this time of year, you notice the missing people who normally would be at your family get togethers. Memories can be sad or happy, depending on what part of their life you remember. These people are loved ones who have played a major role in our lives before they passed on. Their love for us and others is still in our memories. They will always be part of our lives. When we get older, we know that one day we will join them. Some have died too soon. Some have gone through great suffering like terminal cancer. If they would still be around us, we would gladly be in their presence. We should treat each day that we live as a gift of the Lord. Nobody knows the day when they will depart this life, but you should always prepare for that day. Sharing love and understanding with others is a great way to live. It helps to be able to go to church services and thank the Lord for all that you have. Have faith and express yourselves to others. Your reward is greater than you can imagine. Live your faith at all times. As the song goes:"Be not afarid, I go before you always; come follow Me and I will give you rest". Take time to remember all of those who have passed away recently. Live your life one day at a time.
There is an interesting site on the internet: "You Raised Me" http://parentswish.com/site01/big.html