Throwback and Thankful Thursdays...To Have Known Them

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Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Throwback and Thankful Thursdays...To Have Known Them

 

Of the many perks that exist here at ActiveRain, a special one has always been the people you meet, either virtually or in real life. 

When I lived in Delray Beach, one of the first ActiveRain members I met was the late and very much missed, Lou Ludwig. I met him when I was an affiliate of the local Realtor’s Association. Lou was always so supportive, not just of me, but everyone. When he could, he came to our local ActiveRain Meetups. And, when he did, everyone was so excited to see him. 

 

 

And, then there was Donald Urschalitz, who passed away suddenly at the beginning of the year. Donald did his best to attend our ActiveRain Meetups...driving at least 45 minutes and more from his office in Palm Beach Gardens. You could always count on him to bring his wonderful sense of humor with him. But, besides his humor, Donald was a giving person and supported many local charities. 

 

What a gift we’ve been given. God bless you, Lou and Donald.

Comments (31)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Like our offline life the people we lose is hard.  Carol Provenzale was the first rainer I remember losing then Russell Lewis. While I didn't know Donald I do remember all the funny graphics he left you in his comments.  Lottie is still a fresh shock and loss for all that knew her online and off. Beautiful post. 

May 13, 2021 07:44 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy! And you are a shining example of how great our AR community is

May 13, 2021 08:31 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you for your thoughtful reminder of two special people.  It is good to know that they are remembered.

May 13, 2021 08:59 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Lou was awesome. I will sometimes look back at his very last post on AR. It was Amazing and prophetic. 

May 13, 2021 10:13 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Kathy - Lou has been missed by many, many of us.  Sadly I didn't know that Donald had passed away. I loved his sense of humor and his down to earth manner.  Both are (still are in my mind) great men.

May 13, 2021 02:38 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy the person who invited me to ActiveRain is no longer with us as well.  Little did I know when Phil Turner invited me, the impact that invitation would have.

May 13, 2021 03:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Roy Kelley you are very welcome. Hope that you and Chef Dolores are doing well. 

Hi Norma J. Elkins I loved reading Lou's inspirational posts. Texas has been pretty open so I hope that your area opens soon. 

May 13, 2021 04:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander, Broker Donald was a real person...nice, funny and kind. And Lou left a huge gap here. 

Wayne Martin I agree...gone far too soon. 

May 13, 2021 04:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kat Palmiotti I do miss the Meetups we had in South Florida. 

Myrl Jeffcoat while reading your post, I thought of other members that we lost. We are a good and caring community.  When Laura spoke at a Zoom Meeting, I kept thinking of her mother and how proud she'd be of her. 

May 13, 2021 04:54 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog it was really a privilege to have known them. 

Brian England You would have liked Donald. Funny, sweet, and giving. 

Jeffrey Richman  Lou wrote daily motivational posts, much like you do. 

May 13, 2021 05:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joan Cox it was a huge shock ...way too soon. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel   it's always a special moment when you et to meet another member. 

May 13, 2021 05:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon Lee it's one of the sad parts about life...we lose people we care about. 

Rocky Dickerson That is sweet, but I'm following the lead of others. 

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty  they are not forgotten!!!

May 13, 2021 05:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty you know, after all this time, I have not been able to do that. Maybe I will now. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker I miss Lou's daily motivational posts and I miss Donald's funny pics he'd insert in comments. 

May 13, 2021 05:11 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

I know......I've been so busy here I didn't notice that Donald wasn't sharing his so so so funny photos. 

May 13, 2021 09:19 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

George Souto  we never really know what the next day will bring, do we??

May 13, 2021 05:13 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Lou left many kind words on my blog over the years - and I never reached out to him to say thank you. Sure, I liked his comments, I responded, but I never picked up the phone and said: Lou, just wanted to call to say thank you.

 

Your post is my gentle reminder to hit that pause button every once in a while and take a moment to say/write thank you out loud. Thank you!!

May 13, 2021 08:41 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Do  love them and become inter-connected through it all

May 13, 2021 08:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow what a post, I miss our great friend  Lou  Ludwig.... I had no idea about Donald... what are the odds you had them together in person and what a great photo... I am no sad to hear about Donald... I was not that close to him but he always commented on my posts, Endre

May 13, 2021 10:35 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

While I never meet either one of them, I sure did enjoy reading their posts.  

May 14, 2021 12:10 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I miss both Lou Ludwig and Donald Urschalitz very much. Although I never met either one in person, I enjoyed their thoughts and humor immensely Kathy Streib 

May 14, 2021 07:46 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - I have missed a couple days here so I missed this post when it was originally posted on Thursday.  It's another reminder of the importance of "living each day" because our time on this planet is limited.  

Both the wisdom of Lou Ludwig as well as the wit of Donald Urschalitz is missed.  Their memories are not just a part of ActiveRain history but are woven into the fabric of our knowledge of them as people who shared a part of them with others.  What a nice remembrance and how fortunate are you with this special photo of the three of you.  

May 15, 2021 04:28 AM