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Carl Zach Memorial Website

Those who expect joy,
The winged life destroys.
Those who kiss joy as it flies,
Live in eternity's sunrise.

- William Blake

contributed by Barbara Jautz-Zach
given to her by Carl

CARL ZACH
A Wonderful Human Being

I know that I need not tell most everyone who sees this site what a nice person Carl was. I know that he touched many, many lives - through biking, teaching, etc., and the marks he left behind will be there forever. We should cherish them and hopefully pass them on to others. In this way Carl will never die.

There is a poem For the Fallen written by Laurence Binyon, an Englishman, during World War I. There are two stanzas from this poem, which I feel are very fitting for Carl -

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end they remain.


I will remember Carl always for his wonderful smile, the love he showed, his generosity (especially to his two single aunts when they needed him most), his humor and his great hugs.

I am proud to say that Carl Zach IS my nephew.

With love always,
Aunt MaryCarla

The Story of Life
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, coworker, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger), but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason.

Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck.

Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become.

Even the bad experiences can be learned from.

In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open you heart and eyes to things.

Make every day count.

Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again.

Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen.

Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high.

Hold your head up because you have every right to.

Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.

You can make of your life anything you wish.

Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

Most importantly, if you LOVE someone tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.

And learn a lesson in life each day that you live.

When I think of my cousin Carl, I think of how much he enjoyed life. He put his heart and soul into teaching and biking. I know that I will take the passion he had, especially for teaching, and use it when I teach my students. I found this story and I immediately thought of him. He touched many lives in his short time on earth. He is missed by his family and friends. Carl, I will always remember you. May you ride with the angels.

Love,
Susan (Bailey)