Barbara Reger, long time resident of Putnam Valley, Passed away peacefully on August 19, 2019. She is survived by her daughter Trudy Oeckler and Son-in-law Ted Oeckler
She was born in Germany on September 30,1924 to Michael and Marie Piehler. She was the oldest of 13 children. She is survived by her sister Kathy Zimmermann and Annie Fickert and Brother Joseph Piehler amoung many nieces and nephews.
She loved life and lived it with much enthusiasm.
In Loving Memory of my Mother
This may be an intimate group, but be assured Mom, you were part of many people’s lives, many of whom are no longer here.
I heard a priest say, you have to sometimes think of the ironic side of life/death. I think it’s fitting that you are on the very top of the hill in the cemetery, under the old oak tree and overlooking all your relatives and friends. Perhaps they can gather at midnight and have a “Gaudi” (re-union?!)
When you (we, all five of us) came to this country in 12/1952 to Brooklyn, NY, you learned English by watching TV and Tante Resi, who was a very kind and gentle person, took us in and went way out of her way to accommodate us, God bless her soul. Several years later we moved to Peekskill and Tante Barbara of Orphan Annie’s Diner and Orphan Annie’s Lodge, was a very hard worker and had a giving heart. How lucky we were.
You were an excellent seamstress and cook. You also had many jobs: sewed, cooked, cleaned, loved gardening and growing flowers, an aid in a nursing home, you were a jack of all trades. You were very talented. Nothing was too hard for you. You always said, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” (P.S. – You spoiled us!)
You’ve had a hard life, seldom complained, but you enjoyed life and lived with enthusiasm.
In your later years you were always interested in watching TV segments about the universe and nature, feeding birds and church. You also always wanted to read and educate yourself.
I miss going walking and shopping with you, I’m so glad we took all those trips together and – God Bless You – T E D – for all the things you did for mom and all you put up with!!
You were in the nursing home over six years, which was not what we intended, but as we know, God has his own agenda. Remember, all you wanted, was to make it to the year 2000! (Be careful what you wish for) that goes to show us, “Man thinks, but God decides.” We had many good times and I loved your smiles and last but not least, again – T E D – you were the ‘wind beneath my wings’.
I want to especially thank my friends, who supported me through this difficult time, and those who listened to me, sometimes I vented too much. To (Joan, who literally lifted my spirits!) and all the wonderful new friendships I made at the nursing home.
Thank you Tante Anni for your help and the delicious cookies you baked, Tante Kathy who spent late nights in the hospital with me and mom.
(And the late but not forgotten Tante Traudy who sent my Uncle Franz late in the evenings to the hospital with food for me, for the many times mom was in the hospital), and Uncle Franz, for his never ending hospitality.
Thank you to the Church for arranging a mass and rosary every week, at the nursing home. I know that is comforting to the many residents. Special blessing will come to those who treated mom well in the nursing home, their job is not easy!! Thank you all very much.
Soar with the eagles and birds over the mountains and valleys mom and up to heaven…
As for me, I know the sun will never shine the same!
‘Till we meet again!