- 75 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 3, 1939
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Dec 22, 2014
- Place of passing:
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
|Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: John 11:25|
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Mari Eike, 75, born on November 3, 1939 and passed away on December 22, 2014. We will remember her forever.
"Mari dear, I have been thinking about you so much this week. I went to the funeral of one of my high school classmates on Sunday. They were married 55 years, and her husband is inconsolable. At the graveside services, he leaned over and kissed her casket, and said "Wait for me". This is how I imagine you and Roy. I cannot get these words out of my head. The service was so emotional. I miss sending you and Roy birthday and anniversary cards, and I just finished a great book I wanted to tell you about. I pray for you and Roy every night, and miss you terribly. T"
It is impossible to believe that you have been gone from us for a year. I received a lovely Christmas card from your beautiful daughter Ruth, offering me comfort and solace, when it is I who should be offering this to her. She left me her telephone number, and I will stay in touch with you thru her. Hugs to Roy. T"
"I can hardly believe that it's been almost a year since Mari's death. Realizing that today would have been her 76th birthday, seems that much more difficult. And on Dec 2nd, Roy would have celebrated his 79th. We exchanged anniversary and birthday cards for many years, which is what an enduring friendship is. This is such a painful reminder of how little time we have."
"It’s now about a month and a half since Aunt Mari passed away and I was again reminded of her and Uncle Roy today. While distance prevented us Olsoe cousins from spending much time together with the Eike’s, I have always felt a warm connection to them. Mari was always faithful to send cards and greetings to us and on the occasions we visited in their home in NY, CA or NV, we were always welcomed graciously.
It feels rather strange, as the 9 grandchildren of Henny and Magnus Lande, for us to have lost not only our grandparents but all 4 parents as well. Now we are the ones to carry on the memories of our grandparents and parents, to tell the stories of their lives and to remember the values and hopes that they passed along to us. It makes it all the more special to continue to connect with one another as cousins, which I hope we can do! Love, Deborah"
"The last time I saw Aunt Mari was at my Mom's funeral. As you know it's a very tough time, seeing her was completely unexpected, but there she was with her soft comforting smile and strong Norwegian womanly grace. A feeling of ease and comfort immediately came over me and that is something I will always cherish about her."
"I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. To think that Mari is no longer at the end of my telephone line is unbelievable. She was my first girlfriend in Norway when I was eight years old, she was my cousin and above all she was my friend that I have dearly loved for my entire life,
Mari, along with her mother Tanta Henny, and her sister Greta came to Brooklyn with my mother and I sailing across the Atlantic ocean in the "Stavangerfjiord" in 1948. The trip took nine days at that time. They all lived with us in a three room apartment on the fourth floor on 60th Street in Bay Ridge Brooklyn until they got an apartment on the same floor.
It had not been an easy time time for them during WWll as Tysnes was occupied by the Germans.There wasn't much food and Mari's mother gave much of her portion to Mari and her sister. Their father, Onkel Magnus, was a seaman and was unable to get back to his family during that time.
Well enough reminiscing, I have a lifetime of memories of Mari, (and Roy), and they will always be in my heart. To Ruth, Mark and Brian and families, I want you to know I love you all and share your sorrow. I hope we don't lose touch over the coming years....
"I had the great pleasure of knowing Mari through my marriage to Stan Eike, the brother of Roy. From the first meeting she was incredibly welcoming and made me feel like family. She was kind, generous, empathic and very straight forward. Mostly I remember her easy laugh and her honest ability to express herself freely. It has been so difficult to come to terms with her passing so suddenly. We all felt like she was about to take on a new chapter in her life embraced by her loving and close family. Knowing her relationship with the church I am assured that she is in the loving arms of Christ and that one day I will see her again in a joyous reunion. I extend my condolences to Mark, Brian, and Ruthie and their families, and to all the friends of Mari and Roy."
"When Roy died a part of me died as well. I knew him for almost 72 years. All of my memories of my youth, people, events, gatherings etc. These were things I could talk about, reference or ask about and he knew who and what It was. But that part of him was still there with Mari. I knew her for about 60 years. We were part of a large group of family friends that got together often. Holidays, birthdays, socially, vacations you name it. Now she's gone. I have no one else that I'm in ready touch with who knows any of it.
I can't reminisce about those times and that part of my life with anyone. Things like who were the Hovislalands, Olette and Karl Swann and the vacations at their house on Artist Lake, Anna Torgersen, Torger and Ellie Dahl and the vacations at their house in Babylon, the Olsens, the Meyers, Haaken Donelsen, the Landes (both families). And all the kids from those families I knew and spent so much time with. What they looked like, the sound of their voices, and who they were as people. I remember even though I may have misspelled some names.
I still have family, Mark, Brian, Ruth and their families. I have Elaine and her family. There are others who would remember those times and all those people. John Lande, Ruth and Stanley Williamson for example.
In spite of it all. I can't help but feel strangely alone."
"Ruth and I have been best friends since we were 11 years old and Roy and Mari were like a second set of parents to me. I hope they both knew how much they meant to me and how thankful I feel to have known them and been guided by them throughout my life. I feel like they helped shape who I am as an adult and provided me with a great deal of guidance and many words of wisdom. They always welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I was part of the family. I will be forever grateful for the chance to have had them in my life. I take some comfort in knowing they are together again. Love, Stacey"
"Once again I'm at a loss for words and I will never find the right ones to express how much I love and miss you. I try to take solace in the fact that you got to be with Dad for Christmas. I know how much you missed him. You were the best mother anyone could ask for and the 3 of us were the luckiest kids for having you as ours. I love you and miss you...forever and always.
"If Roses grow in Heaven"
If Roses grow in Heaven
Lord, please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother's arms
and tell her they're from me.
Tell her that I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there's an ache within my heart
that will never go away.
Author: Kirsten Preus"
"I was able to tell Mom and Dad how thankful I was for both of them shortly before Dad passed away earlier this year. But I'm heartbroken now that I didn't get another chance to tell Mom again and to say goodbye.
Mom was an incredible loving person who cared deeply for her immediate and extended family, as well as friends. In return, she was very much loved by all those around her. She always put her family first and made things a little better for all of us. I feel very fortunate to have had the happy childhood that I did and to then fairly seamlessly transition to a close, adult relationship with her.
We always spoke regularly, but I'm very glad I spent so much time with her over the last several months - in person, via phone, sharing the sadness of losing her husband and my father, and joking and laughing as well. I have many great memories that I can and will draw upon forever. I just wish I was able to make more now."
"Ruth, Brian & Mark
The news of Mari's passing is beyond sad. The last email I received from her was December 18th. I can only imagine how much you will miss her, and want to assure you that she and Roy will be in my daily prayers for the remainder of my life. Love & Prayers, T"
"Just back from xmas vacation. We talked to Mari just before we left and made plans to meet for lunch after the new year.
Roy and Mari were a big part of our life. Roy and I had great days as golf partners and Mari always said he should get out and play even though it was difficult for him.
We often traded stories and pictures of our kids and grandkids. They were so proud of their family! Wonderful parents.
"I’m still reeling from the loss of Dad just a few months ago, and now I’ve lost you too, and without being able to say goodbye.
For decades, I don’t think I’ve gone for more than a couple of days without calling you to see how your day was going or to brag about something one of your grandchildren did. You were always so proud of everything we all did (whether it was warranted or not)- I don’t know how I will enjoy anything anymore without being able to share it with you.
I thought we had so much time left. Now you’ll never see your grandchildren get married, or meet your great-grandchildren. It makes me simultaneously both sad and angry. I wish I could call you just one more time so I could thank you for being such a wonderful mother. I love you, Mom
“I have no fear of death, it brings no sorrow,
But how bitter will be this last farewell.
For you are beautiful, I have loved you dearly,
More dearly than the spoken word can tell”
Elvis Presley (your favorite, Mom) - "The Last Farewell""
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