Early Wed morning my dad died. This was the end of a series of setbacks starting with falling on election day breaking his left hip and arm. He was starting to recover from the fall through physical therapy but after a few hospitalizations  at  Boca Community Hospital they found a tumor in his lower colon. Despite the high risk, we decided to operate, there were no reasonable alternatives. He  survived the surgery much better than expected but 1 1/2 days later they moved him from the surgical ICU and to a normal room. Later that night at ~3:30 am his heart stopped. They tried to revive him but could not.

I posted some pictures on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/album.php?aid=85638&id=693530361

The good news is that over the past couple of years since I moved him from PA to Boca I saw him a couple times a week. Usually once during the week I would stop by Edgewater Estates, an ACTS “lifecare” community where he lived on an assisted living floor to check on him. Then, normally on Sunday, I would pick him up and bring him back to the house for dinner if any of the kids were around or go out and eat. I tried to get him interested in a number different restaurants but his #1 favorite was the CICI’s pizza buffet.

Here is the obituary I wrote:

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Lawrence C Noderer was born on February 16, 1918 in Cleveland, OH. He grew up in Chicago and attended University of Chicago going on to be a Nuclear Physicist in Oak Ridge, TN and Windsor, CT. He was New England Chess Champion in 1960, a chess master and Life Master in bridge.

Larry died in Boca Raton, FL on 1/21/2009 at age 90. Larry is preceded by his  first wife Margaret Cotton and second wife Margaret Kent. He is survived by his son Dave Noderer , daughter in-law Bobbi Noderer of Deerfield Beach, FL, step daughters Tricia Kent Urban, PA, Sherry Kent, Amsterdam, Netherlands,  brother Carl Noderer, IL and grandchildren Marc Noderer, Samantha Noderer, Michael Gately and Jessica Urban. 

Please direct any memorials to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Deerfield Beach and Lighthouse Point at http://www.deerfieldrelay.com Kiwanis Kare Bear  team.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 6:00 PM at the Kraeer Funeral Home located at 217 E Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL.

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Thanks to everyone who have expressed very kind words and thoughts over the past few days.