Learn about the lives they lived

 

The obituaries are the most interesting part of The Miami Herald. You get to “meet” some wonderful people, folks who were hard-working, dedicated, charitable and caring. You’ll meet Americans, no matter where they were born, who led hard lives with tough jobs, but people who could look back and say, “My son, the doctor” or “My beautiful little girl is now a lawyer.” These are people who lived the American Dream that their kids will have a better life than they did.

You will also meet people who led amazing lives: fighter pilots, GIs who slogged through Europe, Marines who were on Iwo Jima. You’ll read about “Rosie,” who was a housewife or a beautician or an usherette at the local theater in 1941 and the next year was building B-17s and Sherman tanks.

You’ll find the first black woman to be a CEO of a large company. You will read about a Hispanic woman who came to this country with a big dream and a Spanish-English dictionary. She left a long string of accomplishments.

Most of the people probably didn’t realize how many lives they touched, how many lives they made better and how many smiles they created.

Yes, the obits are a sad place. But, thanks to writer Elinor Brecher, you’re going to meet some pretty interesting people.

Bob Resnick, North Miami Beach

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