Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Seely Riedel

This afternoon I got a call from my Dad, who wanted to let me know that our very wonderful cousin, Seely Riedel had passed away recently.  I had only met Seely once, two summers ago.  I had taken a trip to northern Washington with my parents.  On our way home from there we stopped in Portland, OR to see if we could drop in on some family.  That is where my Grandma Wavel's family has lived since around 1902 or so.  After a few quick phone calls, we were able to get a hold of Seely.  He was so happy to have us in his home.  And even happier to talk to us about our family.  He let me bring out my voice recorder so I would be able to go back over everything he had to say.  What a wonderful man he was.  He will be greatly missed.

I think that he must have been happy about my working on the family because he was so willing to talk.  And also because when I asked if I could take pictures of some of his pictures that were hanging on the wall, he walked away and came back with some pictures...for me to keep.  I was so stunned by his generosity, that I almost starting crying right there.  

Seely and Harriet Riedel 1946

Seely Riedel and Bob Adamson June 2011

Seely thank you for inviting us into your home and being such a wonderful person.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family....

    Rest in Peace
Seely Riedel 5 Feb 1923 - 31 Oct 2012


  1. So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Seely seemed like such a sweet person. How wonderful of him to share photos and family history with you. Rest in Peace, Seely.

    1. Thank you Gini! He was a wonderful person!

  2. Welcome to GeneaBloggers! I'm almost ready to celebrate my 1 month anniversary. I have learned a lot about family history and blogging since I joined GeneaBloggers!

    Regards, Grant

    1. Thank Grant! You have good reaston to celebrate. It's a wonderful blog! :D

  3. It is always a blessing to be able to connect with family who care about your family history research endeavors! Mindy, I'm sure Seely was as glad that you were willing to receive as he was willing to give!

    Sorry to hear of your loss, Mindy. I'm sure that makes the visit two years ago even more precious. We never know...

    I found your blog today via GeneaBloggers. Welcome!

    1. Thank you Jacqi, I think he was happy and I will always remember that!

  4. So sorry for your loss at the same time welcome to Geneabloggers.

    Regards, Jim
    Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

  5. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"
    The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist:

  6. Thanks Dr. Bill, Looks like you keep busy! ;) I will check it all out.