Guestbook for Karen "Toots" Riordon
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Karen played an important role in my children's lives. I'm grateful for all that she did for them and for all the love she gave them. I send out this prayer to Karen...an excerpt from a writing by Kahlil Gibran. "For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered. Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountaintop then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance." Karen is dancing now.
From Ren Porter

12:40 pm - 04/03/19


Karen was our downstairs neighbor since 1999. She was also a great friend. She was always cheerful and interested in us and our lives. Ray did some handyman work for her such as washing windows and changing her screen door to a storm door every season. She always paid him very generously. We did a lot of fun things together, introducing her to Mary Thomson, Ray's older sister, and Brucetta Stromblad, Dorie's older sister, and her husband Artie. Brucetta also had polio so she and Karen had a lot in common and there was an immediate bond between the two of them. We went to movies and plays, ate out in restaurants, had her up to our apartment for Christmas celebrations and to play cards--Phase 10. We had so much fun! Also, in the summer all of us would go to the lake front of Lake Michigan in Evanston and have a picnic about 3 times a summer. Karen made a delicious salad that had blueberries in it, if I remember correctly. When she went away or we went away, we would always take in our mail for each other. Ray also set out Karen's garbage every Tuesday, as that was pretty difficult for her to do. Karen also passed on her Daily Herald newspaper to us every day after she had read it. She said since you are going to recycle it for me, you might as well read it before you do. We enjoyed getting the paper for free. Occasionally she needed a ride to the doctor as she got older, but most of them time she could do all of that herself. She was always so thankful for any help we gave her. Karen was, however, very independent and never expected someone to do for her what she could do for herself. She took good care of her home and car and was a great neighbor. I know she loved all of her family and appreciated them, too. We will miss her very much. She always had a bright and cheerful smile and dsiposition and never complained nor gossiped about others. You couldn't ask for a better friend or neighbor. Karen, we loved you and love you now. Miss you so much!
From Dorie & Ray Lorden

10:49 am - 04/03/19