Below is an excerpt from Dick Lodge's Caring Bridge journal. We will miss her.
After four years, nine months and nine days, Anja finally lost her battle with her glioblastoma multiforme. Surrounded by her family - husband and three children - she slipped away from us at 7:25 pm today. We are all, as you might expect, devastated by her loss, but also grateful for the time that we had her with us after her diagnosis in October 2008.
Dick,and family,so very sad to hear of your wife's passing. Please accept our condolences.
Dick, I'm so sad to hear this. Please accept my condolences also. Dave
So sorry, Dick.
So very sorry for your loss.
Anja was a very good and brave person. Dick stayed with her every step of the way through the long battle.
Dick - Patti and I are very sad to hear of Anjas passing but we do know she is in a better place.
So sorry for you and your family, Dick
Dick, I am saddened to hear of your loss.
Words of wisdom or comfort always defeat me at times like this. We will keep you and Anja in our prayers.
Yes, words are inadequate. Sorry to learn of this.
It always saddens me to hear these things. However, I do want to know what is happening in the lives of my friends. They will continue to be in my thoughts for quite some time yet as they have been these past few years.
Dick, and family, My condolences.
Please accept my deepest condolences on you and your family's great loss. Your both in our payers. J
Honestly don't know what to say,....except of course that we are so sorry to hear of such news,.....please accept our condolences.
I am sorry to hear of your, and your families loss.
So sorry for your loss.
My sympathy to Dick........one of the most "gentle" contributors to this site.
I can only imagine he and Anja are (were) the same way in the real world.......a sad loss for sure.......
Well shoot..Carol and I are very sorry to hear this, Dick. Our heartfelt condolences to you and yours at this time.
Take good care, sir.
Dick, our family's condolences to you and your family. You are all in our prayers !! Let us know if there is anything we can do. Wayne & Adrienne
Condolences, tragic, Sorry to hear of your loss. Peace be with you.
Condolences, tragic, Sorry to hear of your loss. Peace be with you.
I'm so sorry to hear of Anja Lodge's passing. She was a wonderfully sweet lady to my dad and I on tour with the Hillbilly Club. She was so nice and had such kind words for my son Tim and I when we took dad (his ashes)on his last tour in Cape Girardeau, MO. The first day of the tour we ran into them at one of the stops, Tim was carrying dad in a shoulder bag (part of a promise kept)and Dick was wishing us condolences and I said to tell dad himself, he's right here, pointing to the bag. . Well that sorta startled Dick (Clipner family humor) and he was a bit flustered, but Anja was sweet and thought that was a great idea,taking dad on his last tour. That's my Anja story and I'm sorry I didn't get to know her better. She was a truly warm person.
George n L.A.
So sorry to hear this. Please know I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
So Sorry for your loss, Dick. Condolences from Down Under.
My condolences Dick.
May God Bless you and your family in this time of need. Our condolences.
My deepest condolences on the loss of Anja. May she rest in peace.
Im very sorry for your loss, your family will be in my prayers.
Dick, we are so sorry to hear about this. Our thoughts and prayers are for you and your family.
Sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
I got up this morning intending to post about Anja, but since this thread is already here, I won't start another one. The only difference is that I wouldn't have designated it "OT." Anja was the best Model T tour navigator there ever was, and she is definitely on topic in a Model T forum. It's possible she wouldn't have been as effective for someone else, since her instructions were always in a mixture of English and Dutch. Still, we always managed to get where we were supposed to go...
She died 40 years and eight months to the day after we were married, and we had a great journey together. Thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lodge family. Deepest condolences.
So sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dick,Sorry to hear.Bud.
Our prayers are with you.
Dick, so sorry, Our sympathies to you and your family. Karen and Bob
I am very sorry to read this.
Please accept my most sincere sympathy.
Very painful to lose a spouse - especially after such a long journey together. Prayers will be offered for Anja, you and your daughter.
Sorry for your loss sir.
Sorry for your loss Dick. Chris & Rose Brancaccio
Sorry for your loss in this struggle, and condolences to your family.
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." -Thomas Campbell
May the God of all comfort be with you and all the Lodge family during this time of sorrow.
Mary and I were sad to read the news this morning when we turned on our computer. Our prayers are with you and for Anja.
I'm sorry for your loss.
Dick and the whole Lodge family, we are sorry of Anja's passing, but also know she isn't suffering anymore. Peace be with the Lodge family , Karen and John Danuser
Dick, My condolences to you and your family. I am sorry to hear of your loss.
I'm sorry for your loss, Dick.
Dick, I had the pleasure of meeting your Anja. What a wonderful lady in every sense of the word!! Please accept my heartfelt condolences!
Dick I am sorry to hear of Anja's passing. Please accept my condolences.
Just posted this on Anja's CaringBridge page today:
Anja's obituary notice will appear in the Post-Dispatch this coming Sunday and next Wednesday. There will be a slightly longer version with a photo in the Webster-Kirkwood Times and on the Bopp website starting in a day or so (which means that this link will also take you to the updated version then). Someone at some point at the Post Dispatch figured out that the bereaved are probably a good group to hit with outrageous fees, because they will pay them. For an appearance on a Sunday and a Wednesday, they are charging us $4.08 a word. That's over 25 times what translators charge.... Maybe Anja and I picked the wrong profession 21 years ago!
In any case, here is the link. Please read it a bunch of times. We want our money's worth!
Scroll down and click on Anja's name.
Dick, I'm very sorry for your loss.
Thank you, Stephen. I am getting used to my new life without her. I think I want my old life back....
Such a day! Dick, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure she'll be in the seat next to you every time you fire up a Model T. God bless, Mike
Dick, Vonnie and I are deeply saddened!! Our thoughts and prayers.
My condolences also. I have a favorite letter, written by Benjamin Franklin to his niece upon the death of her father, Franklin's brother. It has brought me comfort more than once, and although I have shared it on this forum before I would like to offer it again.
Philadelphia, February 22, 1756
I condole with you, we have lost a most dear and valuable relation, but it is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life; 'tis rather an embrio state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals? A new member added to their happy society? We are spirits.
That bodies should be lent us, while they can afford us pleasure, assist us in acquiring knowledge, or doing good to our fellow creatures, is a kind and benevolent act of God - when they become unfit for these purposes and afford us pain instead of pleasure-instead of an aid, become an incumbrance and answer none of the intentions for which they were given, it is equally kind and benevolent that a way is provided by which we may get rid of them. Death is that way. We ourselves prudently choose a partial death. In some cases a mangled painful limb, which cannot be restored, we willingly cut off. He who plucks out a tooth, parts with it freely since the pain goes with it, and he that quits the whole body, parts at once with all pains and possibilities of pains and diseases it was liable to, or capable of making him suffer.
Our friend and we are invited abroad on a party of pleasure - that is to last for ever. His chair was first ready and he is gone before us. We could not all conveniently start together, and why should you and I be grieved at this, since we are soon to follow, and we know where to find him. Adieu.
Dick - it is clear how close you and lovely Anja were. But you two will always be holding hands.
Best wishes - John Stokes
Thank you all for your thoughts. Hal, thank you for posting that picture. Anja and I enjoyed that tour four years ago so very much. As I posted elsewhere, she had wanted to go on it for over a year and had thought she wouldn't be able to. Reading all the posts and seeing all the pictures in the tour thread has been a wonderful - if bittersweet - memory for me. It has really brought it all back, up until the tragic news from yesterday.
My daughter is putting together photos for a montage that will be shown at the memorial service. As soon as I saw your post, I e-mailed her to come here and grab that photo for the montage.
Dick, I'm very sorry about Anja's death. I met her and you on the Colorado tour a few years ago. I am very impressed that, with your personal loss so fresh, you can take time to urge us to support the young driver in Utah whose mother died in the accident there. You, sir, are a gentleman and a gentle man. I wish you many good memories of your past years with Anja and, in time, many more good experiences in your future years.
Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ
Dick, You have my deepest sympathy. I know first hand what you are going thru. You will carry on and have many moments of pain and joy thinking of all the times during the past of great adventures you did together.
You and I have real concerns for the young Johnson man that was driving in the recent accident.
These two losses are sad but to loose a loved one in such a tragic and split second without a "Good Bye" lingers for years.... My first wife died after a frantic drive to the hospital that evening from something like Legionaires Disease.
The sad loss of Anja, I relate to as similar to that of my second wife who after a seemingly win over a battle with cancer lost that fight. We had many good times together during her fight and many times to reflect on life with the kids by her side.
It saddens me terribly with such a pain and feeling of helplessness for the Johnson family. As I drove back from the Kanab tour, overcome with sadness, I could not stop thinking of their drive and seemingly impossible situation that awaits them.
Like Dick, I hope and pray for the son's and the families ability to seek out help to get thru the immediate and on with their lives at some point.
Thank you, Gil and Gene. Yes, Anja's life expectancy after her first surgery was 10-14 months and she made it to month 58. I don't like it, but don't feel it's fair to complain. I'm an old fart (like so many of us) and stuff like this happens to us. It comes with the territory. I would have preferred going first, but we don't get to decide that. I agree with you about the Johnson family. It was a freak accident that happened when a young driver did the right and responsible thing. It wasn't his fault. I also hope and pray for the family.
Hal, I got your private message through the forum, but two attempts to reply were rejected by email@example.com. My answer was that the size is fine for her digital photo montage. Thanks.
Dick Lodge - So sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how difficult such a loss must be to cope with, however, altho' I have never been through what you are experiencing, I would think that the best thing you could do would be to try to remember to try to feel the way you know Anja would want you to feel. Easier said than done I'm sure, but you know that she would not want you to be grieving for very long,......harold
I echo Harold's thoughts, I cannot imagine how I would cope with such a loss. Our thoughts are with you.