I guess that I have to break down and write if this family letter is to function.
I have had a cold ever since the funeral. I just hold on to make me feel miserable.
Thanks to all of you for coming to say goodbye to your mother. It made it easier for us all to endure the sorrow and we can now have some remembrance of each other.
Letter from Ilene Shelton to her family after Alton died.
Scanned, OCRed, and spelling
corrected by Ben Mathews.
September 14, 1988
Finally I’m getting a few moments to write down the events of the past couple weeks . It has been very hectic, but filled with rewarding spiritual times and times being together with family
A special creative spirit came into the Schmoldt family on May 11, 1989 in Takoma Park. He spent 10 years of bringing great joy into his immediate and extended family. He had cousins that whenever they got together he became the ringleader of the group. They loved to do plays together and the props often came from his backpack. Curiosity and creativity were the hallmarks of his spirit. He had the ability to create something out of almost nothing. Most children would expect their parents to buy them what they wanted, but not Alan.