1924 – 2008
by Hiram Gensler – 2008
Shared a lot of smiles and a lot of tears,
Some were happy; some were sad,
Marirose, the best friend I ever had.
She would always do her part,
Her smile could melt the coldest heart,
She’s now an Angel with wings of White,
Watching over us by day and night.
You’ll see her in the Babbling Brook,
And every place you choose to look,
With bright blue eyes and coal-black hair,
She’s in God’s Beauties everywhere.
I would like you to meet my Marirose, my friend, my partner, my wife of sixty-six years, who has now passed on and is with the Lord. I want you to know the person she was and about our lasting love affair. We met in high school in our late teens and have never looked back. I thank God for the privilege and honor of being her husband and for the strength to care for her for so many years as she had asked. She was the mother of six great children. I am truly blessed.
Marirose was a loving, talented creation of God. Her many talents included singing in the church choir, teaching cake and cookie house decorating, playing the organ, oil painting, a “fearsome” bridge player, teaching exercise classes, water aerobics, church youth activities, Brownies, Girl Scouts, and was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout mother.
Many fond memories of our lives are expressed in my poems inspired by Marirose. I will treasure them forever. She was an Angel in training. Marirose died from Alzheimer’s disease on September 15, 2008. Our parting was hard to bear but God has promised we’ll be together again. This is real inspiration. She is missed tremendously.
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The Rose Beyond the Wall
Near shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
Watered and fed by the morning dew,
Shedding it’s sweetness day and night.
As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall
Through which there shone a beam of light.
Onward it crept with added strengh
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice’s length
And unfolded itself on the other side.
The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing it’s fragrance more and more.
Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive–
The rose still grows beyond the wall,
Scattering fragrance far and wide
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forevermore.
From the writings of
A Single Rose
A single Rose signifies True and Constant Devotion. This Devotion can never end, as long as there are Roses to give one another, and loved ones to give them to. This Rose is laid here at this memorial to call Remembrance to the life of Marirose Gensler who is now gone to the Lord, but never forgotten; it signifies the Love and Devotion her devoted husband, Hiram had for his Life Companion, Friend and now Angel, Marirose.
– The Rose and ‘A Single Rose’ Tribute by Jake Jaccard –