Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Somewhere Over the Rainbow...

               In Memory of my beloved Papi

Helmut Gailing * 6/25/1937 - 6/06/2011

                                 Your favorite Flower - Purple Roses-

You loved his Music -Israel Kamakawiwo'ole- Especially, "Somewhere over the Rainbow"
                 You were and always will be the best Papi in the World!!!

Dear Papi,

I really don't know where to start. I have so many beautiful memories of you, I'll never forget them. I am  so endlessly sad that you had to leave so soon. 
So, maybe I will start by thanking you. Thank you so much for all that you have done. Without You - my life would have not begun. You were the kind of Father every little girl wishes for. You were a good role model , very very sweet and loving to your children. You possessed grace, patience, and kindness, and you were able to handle every situation in your most loving way. You were the most calm, peace loving Man I have ever known. You were the kind of Father to share the most treasured secrets with. I thank you for keeping them and also for the many good advise you gave me along the way. Without you, Papa, I wouldn't be the woman I am today. You have build a strong foundation, and no one can take that away. I have grown with your values, and I'm very glad I did. We have talked about the things that fill a life with love and pain. But our timeless golden time unspoken, still remains. 
I did not see you very often, since I chose to live my life on the other side of the world, but I have taken You and Mama  along with me in my thoughts and my heart. In many ways I AM like you , but I pray that one day I find the peace that You had.
Now Daddy, I let you go to that wonderful place. I wish you rest, and may God welcome you into his peaceful place that is without ending, with no more pain- only happiness. May you watch the roses bloom now and may the dreams that you dream of come true, way up above. 
Until the day we may see each other again. I will always love you!
From your forever grateful daughter, 


My Father was survived by my Mother, Inge & My Sister, Andrea
He was loved dearly by my Husband, Louie and his Grand Children, Nicolaj, Nastassja, Desiree & Tristan

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Lieber Papi,

Ich weiss wirklich nicht wo ich anfangen kann. Ich habe so viele schone erinnerungen an Dich,
die ich nie vergessen werde. Ich bin so endlos traurig das Du schon so fruh von uns gegangen bist.
So, vieleicht Ich fange an bei Dir zu danken.
Ohne Dich - mein leben waere nicht angefangen. Du bist ein Vater gewesen den sich jedes kleines madchen wuenscht. Du warst ein gutes Vorbild, sehr sehr su/s und liebevoll zu Deinen Kindern.
Du hast Gnade, Geduld und Herzlichkeit besessen, und Du hast jede situation in Deinen liebevollsten
weg angegriffen. Du warst der meiste Ruhevolle, Friedensvolle Mann den ich je gekannt habe.
Du warst ein Vater mit dem mann jedes geschaetzte geheimnis teilen kann.
Ich danke Dir fur das Du sie behalten hast, und auch fur die vielen guten Ratgebe die Du mir auf meinen weg gegeben hast.
Ohne Dich, Papa, Ich wuerde nicht die Frau sein die ich heute bin. Du hast eine starke Grundlage gebaut, und keiner kann das weg nehmen. Ich bin gewachsen mit Deinen Werten, und ich bin froh das ich habe. Wir haben gereded ueber die dinge das ein ganzes leben fuellt mit Liebe und Schmerz.
Aber unsere zeitlose "goldene Zeit" - unausgesprochen- bleibt.
Ich habe Dich nicht sehr often gesehen, seit ich waehlte mein leben auf der anderen seite der welt zu leben, aber ich habe Dich und Mama mit mir genommen in meinen gedanken und meinen herz.
In vielen wegen Ich Bin wie Du, aber ich bete das ich eines tages den frieden finde den Du hattest.
Jetzt Daddy, Ich lasse Dich gehen zu den wundervollen plazt das kein ende hat, mit keinen schmerzen mehr - nur "Gluecklichkeit"
Moegst Du jetzt die roten rosen bluehen sehen und moegst Du die Traume die Du treumst wirklichkeit werden, weit oben!
Bis zu den Tag wenn wir uns wiedersehen moegen. Ich werde Dich immer lieben!
Von Deiner fuer immer dankbaren Tochter,

Mein Vater war ueberlebt bei meiner Mutter Inge, und meiner Schwester Andrea
Er war herzlich geliebt bei meinen Ehemann Louie, und seinen Enkelkindern, Nicolaj, Nastassja, Desiree & Tristan


  1. AnonymousJune 15, 2011

    This is beautiful Diana! I am very sorry for the loss of your daddy!

    You, your family, your mom & sister are in my prayers and I pray for your daddy's soul...

  2. AnonymousJune 15, 2011

    Diana and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how special your daddy was to you and how difficult it is to lose a beloved parent. Please let me know if I can do anything to help. We love you very much. Please send our condolences to your mother and sister as well. Love Silvia, Sergio & kids.

  3. AnonymousJune 15, 2011

    Sorry to hear about your father. I extend my sincere condolences to you and your entire family.

    David Limon

  4. I thank everyone for all your warm wishes, thoughts, prayers and your love! I sincerely appreciate all your support. I feel blessed and are grateful that I have such caring Family and Friends!!!
    Many thanks, Diana

  5. Jaqquelin FletcherJune 17, 2011

    Diana, I am so sorry. What a wonderful tribute you have written to your father. he sounds like a wonderful human being, father and man. May he rest in peace. I will say a prayer for him to have a safe passage. Love, Jacqueline, Eliza and Tony.

  6. Dear Jaquelin,
    Thank you very much for your kindness, friendship and love. I deeply appreciate thinking of me and my family during this difficult time.
    Sending all of you lots of love!!