- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)30
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)8
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
The passing of a generation
To the editor:
My father, Sam Foster, grew up in Cape Girardeau. After a career in the Army followed by government service, he returned to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape to linger through the horrors of Alzheimer's. He died March 5 at the home. My mother, Dolly, who lives at Chateau Girardeau, was steadfastly with him all those 60-plus years.
Sam was the last of his siblings to go. Mary Spitzmiller and Harry Foster each died several years ago, leaving huge contributions to their community. Frieda and Toby Foster, my grandparents, ordinary people in any outsider's view, inspired in their children a desire to make a difference, to succeed in their work and family life and to keep going in the face of adversity.
Sam Foster was a remarkable man. In a surprising contrast to a military and government career, he displayed great creativity, artistic expression and wide interests. He drew and painted, wrote short stories and played several musical instruments. His sense of humor persists in his offspring. The inexplicable appeal of green tuna salad and blue milk has filtered down to a third generation.
He taught his children to love nature. And his patriotism persists in his son's military career. One daughter and a granddaughter married military men. It's clear that, although Sam the individual has passed on, his legacy still lives in a network of conversations that encompasses at least two more generations.