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Our Friend, Bob Ziolkowski

Oct 07, 2017

Dear Board Members and Friends of the Maya Indian Missions,


I received word Tuesday morning, October 3rd that our friend Bob Ziolkowski died peacefully at his home in Chelsea , Michigan. I saw Bob just a day before I returned to Mexico. He had been diagnosed just that day with the sad news that he was suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).


I talked with Pat, his wife, a few minutes ago and have assured her of our thoughts and prayers. I am feeling horrible because I cannot be with Pat and Bob’s family at this time. I have assured them that we will get together when I return to Michigan in November to celebrate Bob‘s life and the gift he was to us all.


Bob helped us start Maya Indian Missions thirty years ago. He was a member of our original Board of Directors. His wisdom as Finance Director and his experience of service to others throughout the world, helped us to reach out to the Maya in Mexico.



There is a little book on my night-stand entitled: ”Keep calm and Carry on”. You all know that I need that kind of advice. I am so grateful that Bob showed me how to live that way. May his spirit and love continue to inspire and animate each of our lives.


Bob’s funeral will be Monday, October 9th at St. Rita’s Church in Clarklake, Michigan. The funeral will be at 11 am with a viewing one hour before. If you would like to read more about Bob’s incredible life and wonderful family, please consult the obituary which can be found on the mortuary’s web site: I am grateful that the obituary includes a suggestion for memorials to Maya Indian Missions.


May Bob rest in peace. May we have the grace to keep calm and carry on.


Paz y amor,



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