Condolences

Guestbook

At the back of the church was a guestbook in which Mass attendees could enter their name. The guestbook has turned out to be a valuable keepsake. Entries were made on six pages, shown below. As a courtesy to those who entered a street address, I have blurred it out.

(If anyone objects that their name appears below, simply let me know and I will blur it out!)

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Condolences Received by Card, Email, and Facebook

I am grateful to all those who extended their condolences to our family after Mary died. My children and I have received many sympathetic messages by card, email, and Facebook. Because Mary's memory is so dear to me, carefully reading and in almost all cases acknowledging all these communications has served as therapy, helping to alleviate the ache in my heart that Mary's loss has created.

Condolences received
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Email Raj & Munie Parikh Our deepest condolences to you for your loss.
Email Lacy We are so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing.
Email John & Chris Murray We are thankful she is now at peace.
Email Jim Vigil My condolences go out to you and the family.
Email Kirk Kahoe She will be missed by everyone she knew and loved.
Email Toni Friedman (L's cousin) Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Email Giuseppe Calderaro Our sincere condolences and prayers are with you.
Email Paul Citro (L's cousin) Memories of Mary and her spirit will live on.
Email Heather McGee I found myself overcome and couldn't find the words to comment.
Email Sr. Anita Stacy I wanted to tell you how we will be supporting you in prayer.
Email Darell Clark I am sorry to hear of your loss.
Email Steve Schweigert Very sorry to hear of her passing. She was a real lady.
Email Julie Braden My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
Email Ron & Vonnee Tatham We will often remember her for being a good and caring person.
Email Gail Brockett I am sending my condolences to you and your family.
Email Gary McGrath We are very sorry for your loss.
Email Mike & Marti Darnall I am so sorry you lost your dear wife Mary.
Email Miriam Burtoff (L's cousin) I will always remember Mary in my thoughts and prayers.
Email Peter & Alexis Fraatz We are so sorry to learn of the sad loss of Mary.
Email Ronda Searls We're all going to miss her.
Email Marsh & Linda Riggs (L's brother) Now she can rest in the loving arms of our Lord.
Email Cathy Winchell My heart goes out to you and the family.
Email Maria Amony God, you took Mom Christine, now you have also taken Mom Mary, what do you really mean?
Email Dennis & Carrie Crawford We are deeply saddened to learn of Mary's death.
Email Vicki Vuoso Our condolences to you and your family, Larry.
Email Alvin & Rose Schultz I am so sorry for your loss.
Email Jackie Last (Aunt) I have so many happy memories of Muffy.
FB Margie & Alex DiMartini (L's cousin) Words don't do justice to my heart's feelings. You and Mary are forever Larry and Mary.
Card Johnny & Louise Smith Mary is enrolled in the Sacred Heart Association and, among other benefits, will share in a daily Mass in Rome for perpetuity.
Card Katie, Mike, Deborah & Rachel Hutchings Our deepest sympathy to you all; cherish the memories and fun times.
Card Darren Humphrey Mary was a wonderful person and I'm blessed to have known her since I was so young.
Card Tom Sue & the Reyes Family Through all her challenges and obstacles she never complained. Hold your family tight and continue to nourish all the seeds Mary planted.
Card Bonnie Rogers (L's cousin) I will always have fond and fun, warm memories of Mary when we visited the Riggs home when I was a child. You all have a special place in my heart.
Card Bryce, Christina, Brynn & Eva Coleman We send healing thoughts and love to mend your broken heart.
Card Michael & Lily Goldfarb She was a wonderful lady.
Card Butch & Renee Graves She is at peace and pain free. We will miss her; she was a grand lady. We celebrate her life with you.
Card Graham & Pat Wisdom Mary was a very special person, and she led such a wonderful life that touched and helped so many.
Card Pam & Gary Slater May you all find comfort in knowing Our Lord Jesus has brought Mary safely home.
Card Jeanie Maxwell (L's cousin) Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. With sympathy and prayers. Love, your cousin.
Card Margaret Westly (Cousin) My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Card Joan Funk In memory of Mary, a gift has been made to the American Cancer Society.
Card Kathy & Vern Pound (Cousin) Muffy was a very special person. May your happy memories sustain you in the days ahead.
Card Sue & Phil Thompson A Mass at 8 am on May 1 at Mary Health of the Sick Chapel will be offered for the repose of Mary's soul.
Card Sr. Antoinette Marie Moon May she be eternally happy living face to face with her good and loving God. Mary will be remembered in an annual novena of Masses on November 1-9 at the Notre Dame Center chapel.
Card Joe & Karen Vampa Mary will be remembered by the priests at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Hales Corners, WI, in their daily Masses and prayers.
Card Dave & Jacque Sanders Mary has been granted perpetual enrollment in the Carmelite Society of Prayer, and shares for perpetuity the Masses, prayer, and good works of the Carmelite friars.
Card Brian & Lori Morefield You are all in our hearts and prayers.
Card Suzy & Fred Moore We extend deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
Card Carolyn & Russ Goodenough Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.
Card Patty Imbiorski Mary and I went to elementary school together and we (my husband Jim and I) attended your wedding. I will miss the Christmas letter and photo.
Card John & Elaine Skeete Our sorrow for Mary's passing and for your loss runs very deep. As the memories surface and float by, I hear her laughter, her voice, her always good counsel. (They included What Is Dying? by Henry Van Dyke.)
Card Bob & Bernadette Kilbane Mary has been enrolled in the Seraphic Mass Association and will perpetually share in special novenas of Masses throughout the year. And they wrote, "What a beautiful woman Mary was, and always will be, in your heart and memory!"
Card Toni & Patti Vescio May God's love bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Mary will be remembered in daily Masses for a year by the Sacred Heart Southern Missions. Toni and Patti also made a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Card Nelly, Julie & Karen Kabayashi Thinking of you in prayers during this difficult time.
Card Mikaela Collerd I am so sorry to hear about Mary. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
Card Connie & Jim Olson Mary has been a beacon of light to so many in so many ways over the years. Her love of learning has planted seeds for all her students that will live on for a very long time.
Card Lee & Anna Wells We are so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Card Patty, Steve, Megan, Kate & Matthew Pemberton (Cousin) As the youngest of the Burke girls, I remember her visiting us in Boise when I was a little girl. She was so pretty and smart. I know you will all miss her and I'm sorry she had to suffer.
Card Tom Tichenor (Cousin) I was very sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I was really glad to have met you and her in 2008. I'm thinking of you with caring thoughts and deepest sympathy.
Card Jackie Last (Aunt) I had so many memories of Muffy yesterday as I attended a service for a friend. One song was "How Great Thou Art," which is a favorite of mine. Jackie also made a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Card Kathy & Dean Jones (Cousin) We are sorry and sad to learn about Muffy. She was a lovely lady and so full of life. We enjoyed our visits with her when she came to Idaho.
Card Deb Patterson Muffy was a great model for me in many ways -- an engaged, warm, thoughtful teacher, artist -- she had many talents.
Card Claudia & Loren Grossi I will always treasure the friendship and opportunity to work with Mary. She was truly a joy to know. Claudia and Loren also made a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Card Fr. Paul Hruby It was a privilege to have celebrated Mary's Mass last week. She was a gift to all who knew her and I am most blessed to have known her.
Card Christine & Klaus Hornung We are so sorry for the loss of Mary, your companion for 51 years. We send our heartfelt condolences to you and the whole famiily.
Card Michael, Bernadette, Isaac & Emma (Brother) We'll celebrate our great memories of Mary and mourn her passing as well. We're glad we could all be together to celebrate her wonderful life and what she meant to all of us.
Card Sandy, Bill & Darren Humphrey We're thinking of you with sympathy. We hope the book Journey of Souls brings some comfort in your lives.
Card Jim & Julie Braden & Family We are so sorry for your loss. Mary will be greatly missed. Mary will share for perpetuity in the prayers, sacrifices, and good works, including daily remembrance at Masses offered by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor and throughout the world.
Card John & Chris Murray Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mary will be missed by all.
Card Tracy Lam Riggs Family: I had your wife/mother as a student at CSUN in 2005; she was an amazing and patient person.
Card Toni & Steve Friedman (L's cousin) Thinking of you and sending our sincere condolences. One day soon...may your loving memories bring a smile to your hearts.
Card Joan Funk & Dolores Modolo God be with you through this difficult time. Please know you're in our prayers and on our hearts.
Card Roberta & Jerry Sellman (Cousin) Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We were so sorry to hear about Muffy.
Card Patty & Erik Disen We were so sad to hear of the passing of your beautiful and extraordinary Mary. We know that it is heartbreaking to lose her and that you will miss her beyond measure.
Card Susan Whitney (Cousin) I have fond memories of Mary. I am so glad we got to visit with both of you when you were in Boise several summers ago. Mary was a special lady.
Card Kathy McCaffery I'm so sorry for your loss. Mary was a very nice lady.
Card Sally Kutcher Mary, courtesy of St. Julie's Helping Hands, will share for perpetuity in the prayers, Masses, and good works offered by the Marianists.
Card PMP Management Company (Our HOA Management Company) Their card was signed by over 30 office employees including Mikaela, who also appears above. One page reads, "We hope you feel comforted just knowing we're thinking of you."
Card Nydia Jackson Mary touched many lives with warmth and caring, and she will be missed by so many!
Card Stephanie Griffiths I am so sorry for your loss.
Card Tom & Karen Hartt We are very sorry for your loss, and pray you will find comfort in years ahead. I am thankful for your friendship.
Card Ron & Janet Bourassa We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Mary. You are in our thoughts.
Card Barbara & Bill Weber A Mass for the repose of Mary's soul will be offered at 9 am on Monday March 26 at St. Bede's Catholic Church in La Canada. Msgr. Antonio Cacciopuoti is the pastor.
Card Grace Lagarde & Charlene Park Take care and God bless always. Thinking of you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers.