I’ve had my head in the books for the past week straight and Geni Journey has taken a back seat. The Boston University Genealogical Research class is a challenging but rewarding experience and I look forward to sharing so much of what I’ve learned here. In the meantime, I wanted to post this timely update:
Over the past few weeks, I wrote about my great grandfather and his “interesting” story (part 1). I reviewed the questions I had about who he was, where he was buried and more.
I then discovered (and wrote about) some unfavorable info (part 2) that enabled me to see that he was a man of many bad life decisions. Through each post, I reflected on the photo I had of his headstone which showed no death date and has sat untouched for the past twenty-four years since his death. Regardless of how I viewed his character, I felt as though a chapter needed to be closed with a final resting date on his headstone. It didn’t sit right with me otherwise.
Today I received notification from the monument company that the job has been completed. I hadn’t had a chance to send the payment out, so I was admittedly caught off guard when I received notice of it. While I never knew Otto, I felt as a fellow human who has descended from him, he deserved to have the final chapter of his story closed. While this may not be a big act, or change all that resulted from his life’s unpredictable trajectory, perhaps it’ll provide closure for those affected, and for him wherever he may be.
Rest in Peace Otto.