It’s with a heavy heart that I write to you tonight. My loving mom-in-law, Barbara Goldenhersh, Ph.D., passed away a week ago after waging a tough 8-month battle with a rare form of cancer called Inflammatory Breast Cancer. This week I am spending time with my hubby Andrew and the extended family here in Belleville IL, as we mourn our loss.
In addition to being bright, generous, and a real go-getter, Barbara was immensely supportive and proud of her kids Andrew and Stephanie. Barbara immediately embraced me as part of the family the first time we met and became one of my biggest cheerleaders. She shared my music with all of her friends and family, and was always thrilled to hear about my successes (in fact, I couldn’t believe how many people at services today approached me saying they’d heard my music because Barb had shared it with them!).
Hearing from all of the people whose lives she touched today reminded me that we’re all here to help each other, love each other, and ease each other’s burdens as best we can.
May you rest in peace, Barbara-Mom. You will be missed.
Barbara-Mom & Rich Goldenhersh, 2009