SUSAN L. (BOCKRATH) SNYDER:  CHILDHOOD PHOTOS, 1943-50
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Susan, my wife and the mother of our three children, Rick, Rand and Jessica, died on September 1, 2001 from complications of Lou Gehrig's Disease.   While sorting through various memorabilia, I came across several boxes of slides that her father and mother, Dick and Meriel Bockrath, had taken in the period between 1943 and 1950. 

These are slides of Susan and her family that I had never seen before, and I have arranged them along with pictures that remained in the photo albums to give you, her friends, children and relatives a view of her youth. 
Susan did not remember much about her childhood, but as I sort through these pictures, I find in evidence all of the things that she did occasionally mention: :  art, animals, Whiteoaks, the home at Marwinette and the lands at Carondolet Park, a block from her house.  And, of course there are many pictures of her and her closest companion, Lark, her horse.

I also came across a tape casette of Susan singing Silent Night when she was 7.  Her father had recorded the song on a Webcor, wire recorder in 1946, and then recorded that on to a tape casette in 1975.  I was able to take a picture of Susan singing while at the same time recording the sound from the tape that her father made. It is in two parts, the first one being her introduction to Silent Night, and the second one being her conclusion and a wonderful comment after singing it.

I hope that you enjoy sorting your ways through these pictures and take a moment to remember Susan on this Sunday, September 1, the first anniversary of her death.

MY lOVE TO YOU ALL,

DICK
SUSAN, AGE 7, SINGING SILENT NIGHT, PART I
SUSAN, AGE 7, SINGING SILENT NIGHT, PART II
THIS PHOTO IS ONE THAT SUSAN PUT ON OUR FRIDGE AND KEPT THERE FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE. 

SHE WOULD OFTEN PONDER IT, AND OCCASIONALLY CRY JUST LOOKING AT IT.
 
IT WAS MY BELIEF THAT SHE FOUND MUCH COURAGE FROM LOOKING AT THIS LITTLE GIRL.

   THROUGHOUT HER ILLNESS, SUSAN WAS BOTH  RESOLUTE AND TOUGH. 

EVEN TODAY, I HAVE TROUBLE COMPREHENDING THE PATH THAT SHE TOOK, SHE WAS SO BRAVE.
AS YOU CAN NOTE IN THIS PHOTO, SUSAN IS LARGER THAN BROTHER RICK. 

TO KEEP HER FROM HITTING HIM, HER PARENTS HUNG A PUNCHING BAG AND TOLD HER TO GO TO IT.!

SHE DID AND ALWAYS ENJOYED LANDING A GOOD ONE ON THE ARM OF OUR SON, RICK, ONCE HE WAS WARNED THAT IT WAS COMING. 


SUSAN'S PARENTS MADE CHRISTMAS CARDS FEASTURING THEIR CHILDREN.  JUDGING FROM THE COMMENTS THAT HER FATHER MADE ON THE TAPE, THIS WAS A PHOTO TAKEN AT THE SAME TIME THAT SUSAN SANG THE SONG, WHEN SHE WAS SEVEN YEARS OF AGE.
ONE OF THE EARLIEST PICTURES OF SUSAN THAT I HAVE.  SHE WAS ONLY 11 MONTHS YOUNGER THAN HER BROTHER, RICK
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS CARD, WHEN SUSAN WAS ABOUT 5.  A BALLERINA DRESS WAS NOT SOMETHING OFTEN SEEN ON HER.:-)
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SUSAN AND BROTHER RICK, AGE 4
DON'T MISS HER REMARKS AFTER SINGING.
LISTEN CLOSELY TO HER INTRODUCTION
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES AT THIS POINT MAKE IT NECESSARY FOR YOU TO CLICK BELOW TO CONTINUE THE STORY.