Ben Schierer smiles happily with his mother, Jane Schierer, who died on May 4 at the age of 74.

There’s a picture that hangs in my parents’ dining room. It’s a red and yellow patchwork quilt in a modest wood frame. The words are simple and stitched by hand. They are from our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

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