The newsletter of the Abraham Lincoln Civil War Round Table here in Plymouth arrived in the email inbox last nite, with this sorrowful item therein:
"With great regret and sorrow we must relay the news of the death of Shirley Petz, wife of Weldon Petz, on February 9, 2014. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."
Indeed, they are. The Petzs were a team that compiled one of the great Lincoln collections, and did so much for the Plymouth Historical Museum. In the late 90's, the Museum purchased the Petzs' substantial collection of Lincoln memorabilia, including rare family photographs, a book Lincoln owned as a boy, a life mask of Lincoln circa 1860, and a lock of Lincoln's hair, along with some 1,200 books, articles, and other archival items. Dr. Petz died three years ago, and now his life partner has rejoined him beyond this walk.
May their work and their lives be cherished.