when staal and i were married i was lucky to inherit a lovely woman as a sister-in-law. myrna, staal's older brother mike's wife, made me feel welcomed and accepted as part of the staal family. on the few occasions that staal and i went to visit mike and myrna at their home myrna was always inviting and generously hospitable despite being ill. i didn't get to spend much time with her but i still feel like i knew her. what struck me immediately, and has stuck with me since, is her strength. she was one of those fiercely loving people, tough and genuine and capable. i'm happy and grateful our lives crossed paths, however briefly.
thank you, myrna and goodbye.