Here are some of the comments on my uncle’s (Burton Fromke) memorial page after his death. I was surprised to find these still online.
Faye Hensen of Fernley, Nevada wrote a little note. She’s a great lady, who I’ve met on a few occasions. Her sister lives in Brownsville, not far from where I live at the moment and where I grew up (Salem, Oregon). Her husband Adrian was such a nice guy. Sadly he passed away a few years ago. I am glad I got to know him and the rest of the bunch. Faye and her sister Cheryl are daughters of Hazel Goodell, sister of Velma and my grandmother Bernice.
Dan Small Sr. of Britton, South Dakota wrote about their time making music together. (Rose is Burton’s widow.)
I knew Burton for many years and had the distinct pleasure of making music with him in a couple of different bands over the years. He was a kind and caring man, great musician and friend. Rose and family, please accept my sincere condolences and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.”
Jerald Messerschmidt of Watertown, South Dakota was an old schoolmate.
Sorry to hear about your loss. Burton and I went to high school together.”
Dorothy Cline of Sioux City, Iowa described some of her memories. (Grandma Goodell is Nora Frances Goodell, my great grandmother; Oscar and Bernice, my grandparents.)
Rose, I was sorry to hear of Burton’s passing and wanted to send my condolences to you and your family. Some of my best memories growing up were times spent in Watertown with Grandma Goodell, Uncle Oscar, Aunt Bernice, Burton and Audrey. When my Mom would say that we were going to visit I would be the first one in the car! Those years were filled with laughter, music and learning about our hertiage. It was a time of turning simple pleasures into memories that have lasted a lifetime. I remember Burton sitting up on the piano bench beside Grandma playing and she would encourage him to play the piano with her. In later years he would ask her to come and play the piano with him … Uncle Oscar joining along on the sax and people starting to sing … won’t Heaven be something with everyone joining in to sing? Precious memories. I know that Burton was not able to play the piano/organ in the last few years but I know that he still enjoyed hearing good music and sharing that with others. He will be missed.”
I had no idea my grandfather played the saxophone.