With the recent passing of my adoptive mother and my natural father now four of my five parents are dead. Only my step mother survives.
Today marks the 55th anniversary of the death of my natural mother.
So I sadly mark their memories:
Genevieve Herr Sippel (natural mother) died March 28, 1956 at age 30.
Edward Wheeler (adoptive father) died February 15, 1982 at age 67.
Leonard Sippel (natural father) died January 11, 2011 at age 86.
Doloris Cannell Wheeler (adoptive mother) died March 12, 2011 at age 95.
The pain of loss is real. All four parents are real. All adoptees have two sets of real parents.