Schlemazel Memorial Service Information

Schlemazel’s niece, who you may remember from comments as Laura Too, emailed me earlier today with the information about Schlemazel’s memorial service.

I have permission from my aunt to share this. Mark’s memorial will be on Saturday September 28th 12:00 Skyview shelter at French Park in Plymouth, MN. Anyone who knew him is welcome to come, and anyone who wants to write a memorial to him I will print out like I did for him at the hospital and put in a form for his family. Please let me know if you need anything else for this, I’m not very good at it, and it hasn’t got much easier. Thanks for making such a wonderful family!

So if you’re in the Plymouth, MN area and want to attend, please do. And if you’re not, but would like to write a few words about him for his family, do so in the comments and Laura Too will print them out for the rest of her family to read.

I’ll repeat this post a couple of times during the week so everyone that would like to gets a chance to leave a memorial comment.

Open thread!

64 replies
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    zhena gogolia says:

    I will always remember Schlemazel’s wit and political acumen, but most of all his bravery in the face of suffering and death. His strength and wisdom were an example for us all.

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    Mary G says:

    I lurked for years before daring to dip a toe into the shark-infested waters of the Balloon Juice commentariat, Schlemazel was supportive and encouraging, in his way. His bravery and persistence in the face of his health problems were inspiring. I miss him all the time.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Good to know. I think about Schlemazel from time to time each week, and definitely efgoldman. They are missed. For those guys: fuck ’em.

    Next thing you know, Laura Too will be adopting a BJ rescue pet. You know it’s coming.

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    satby says:

    Mark was a perceptive observer of the political scene and an often pithy commenter on it too. I always enjoyed reading his comments. And like many here, was so impressed with his perseverance in confronting his many health issues. It was only in the last year or so that most of us became very aware of his health struggles, he had only rarely mentioned them in passing, and that was so brave. Your jackal family really misses you Schlemazel!

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    satby says:

    @Elizabelle: 😻
    And many thanks to Laura Too for generously acting as the link to let our friend know how much he was loved, and to let his wife and family know how much he was valued by his online community of friends.
    I wish I could be there in MN.

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    MomSense says:

    I wish I could be there for the memorial. I’ll be thinking of Schlemazel, Laura Too, and the rest of the family.

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    laura says:

    Schlemazel, zealously compassionate and so engaging in sharing an opinion, a take, a zinger. Kind and welcoming. His sudden, unwelcome passing. A good’n that one, a good’n. I miss him and am better to have known him if only virtually.

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    Ruckus says:

    That would be a worthwhile trip.
    Schlemazel is missed for a very good reason, he was a good person. Considering his health issues he was an amazing person.

    I’d really like to be there to say so long. Thinking.

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    chopper says:


    very pithy. then again tho were the retht of uth.

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    Elizabelle says:

    We should find that memorial thread we did (maybe more than one) and make sure Laura has that. I would be she already does. Would be nice to post it again, here, as we (formally) memorialize Schlemazel.

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    Laura Too says:

    I know he was so very honored when I read him all of the comments 2 nights before he died He was on a ventilator and couldn’t open his eyes but he would react in a way that you knew he could hear. When I would read the names and the funny comments he would seem to laugh. When I read names like John Cole and Adam and Anne he cried. I know he suffered all his life from low self esteem and I think he really got it that night that he was loved. I can’t thank you all enough for such a wonderful send off. Most people don’t get that. This is an amazing community.

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    Laura Too says:

    @Elizabelle: I do have them. I will be putting together all of it. I know my cousins will be interested in reading it. We all looked up to him so much.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Elizabelle: Funny you should say that, I just came from that thread. There are 254 comments — a reflection of how much affection all of us had for Schlemazel.

    What I appreciated about him was how down-to-earth, open and authentic he was. Just an all around decent person. It came through the pixels.

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    debbie says:

    @Laura Too:

    Schlemazel was a fine, kind soul. No matter how far behind I fell reading threads, I never skipped one of his posts. He was always worth reading.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    His family should know that for many who never had the opportunity to meet him in person he was a respected and valued voice. His passing is a loss to this community.

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    Raven says:

    @Laura Too: He was a good dude.

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    Laura Too says:

    @debbie: He was, he fought injustice with his every breath. He hated seeing people punch down more than anything and the current regime drove him to distraction for that reason. He was so eloquent and had such a wonderful memory for history and was a voracious reader. I couldn’t keep up!

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    Laura Too says:

    @Raven: High praise, he would be honored. Thank you.

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    RAVEN says:

    @Laura Too: He and I got along well with our midwestern roots and low tolerance for BS.

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    Laura Too says:

    @RAVEN: He did not suffer fools gladly, an endearing quality.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Laura Too: I knew you were on top of it.

    The human condition, that some of those with the most value doubt their own worth.

    @Ohio Mom: Good evening there.

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    HumboldtBlue says:

    @Laura Too:


    You guys done good.

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    Laura Too says:

    @Elizabelle: Not to tech savvy but Adam was wonderfully helpful in getting me links so I could have them even after the change. I fell so warm and embraced by this family. It has helped so much.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    He was a great member of this community. Rest easy, Schlemazel, knowing that we will continue to fight the good fight you also fought.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Laura Too: And yet he put up with me and was kind to me. I really miss him and E. F. Goldman..

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Laura Too: This is so touching. I am so glad he had you for a niece.

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    Schlemezel was one of my favorite commenters on Balloon Juice. Besides politics we loved sharing recipes. He loved Rashid Khan.
    Aaoge Jab Tum (from Jab we Met) was a great favorite of his.

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    Laura Too says:

    @opiejeanne: He loved most everyone here. As Raven noted, his BS detector was finely tuned. And yes, he and Mr, Goldman had a lot in common, their voices are dearly missed.

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    Laura Too says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: He knew he was leaving it in capable hands.

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    Laura Too says:

    @schrodingers_cat: We were lucky, his Mom gave us a love of cooking good food and adventurous spirit. We spent many hours cooking and eating out and finally in MN we started getting real Indian, Vietnamese, Somali , Ethiopian and many other restaurants and we delighted in trying every one we could.

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    Another Scott says:

    @opiejeanne: +1

    I greatly admired Schlemazel’s determination to keep all of us up and fighting for what’s right even when he was feeling poorly.

    He’s gone far too soon, and will be fondly remembered for a long time.


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    Jay says:

    We were the lucky ones, to have him here. He is still missed and will be for decades.

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    Another Scott says:

    @RAVEN: Good, good.

    Two counterprotesters were arrested after they walked around a barricaded era to get to the pro-Trump rally, where they began shouting “Whose streets? Our streets!” Police quickly whisked them away to the hoots of their adversaries. City spokeswoman Nikki Perry said they were charged with inciting a riot.


    In Virginia, that’s a Class 5 Felony (possible 1-10 years in prison). Way, way overboard.



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    Sebastian says:

    @Laura Too:

    It’s dusty in here …

    Thank you for everything you do, Laura.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Condolences to the family

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    Jay says:

    BREAKING: Just moments ago, protesters from @CosechaMovement shut down 5th Avenue in #NewYork City to demand that @Microsoft end its contract with ICE, as well as all other tech companies that are profiting from our communities' suffering. ✊ #AbolishICE— CREDO Mobile (@CREDOMobile) September 14, 2019

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Another Scott: highly likely those charges will be dropped when a lawyer has to actually make the legal case for them

    @Laura Too: we miss the old man! I poured out a drink earlier in his memory. Well ok I spilled it, but I think I subconsciously did that in his honor!

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    Jay says:

    Brett Kavanaugh is a rapist. So is our President. Many members of Congress, Governors, CEO’s, other members of the Supreme Court. Maybe the press can start covering the violent misogyny of every single institution rather than acting like these are isolated acts.— saira rao (@sairasameerarao) September 15, 2019

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    Jay says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Have you recovered from being Inceptioned last night/early am yet?

    Did you get away with the dream murders, or will you face punishment tonight?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

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    Laura Too says:

    @RAVEN: @Steve in the ATL: He appreciated a good wine,. and some of the stronger stuff, I am off for the night but will comment in all I can tomorrow. Please know that his family here in MN appreciates his family here in virtual land,

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    Jay says:

    shutting down a prison board meeting with shabbes brachot is baller as hell and the most Jewish thing I can think of— Britni de la Cretaz (@britnidlc) September 14, 2019

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    Jay says:

    Nazis out and out lying,

    ICE released this today.We must push back with everything in us. Now.— Joshua Potash 🆘 (@JoshuaPotash) September 14, 2019

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Jay: I won’t know until I hit the REM stage!

    @Laura Too: imaginary internet friends are the best friends!

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    Suzanne says:

    I will not be able to make it to the memorial service, but I hope that Schlemazel’s family knows that he meant a great deal to this weird little community. Though I only knew him in the virtual realm, I know that he was incredibly intelligent and funny (sometimes wickedly so), but with an intense humanity underlying it all. He is missed.

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    frosty says:

    @Laura Too: I am so glad you could do that for him. I am in awe of his bravery and persistence as the end grew near. He is missed.

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    Jay says:

    FOX, a white-supremacist, state-affiliated propaganda machine headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, is now inviting guests to discuss shooting immigrants.— Eli Valley (@elivalley) September 13, 2019

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    Jay says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    We are not all imaginary. We are more voices yelling into the void.

    Steve Gilliard.

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    Mary G says:

    I have read this, and read this, and read this. I’m not sure that I ever need to read anything else.— Nicola Meighan (@Nicola_Meighan) September 13, 2019

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    Jay says:

    Remember Tanya McDowell?She got 12 yrs for sending her son to school in Norwalk CT while she ‘lived’ in Bridgeport. She was homeless. She was convicted of “stealing“ an education.Felicity Huffman gets 30 days for bribing her daughter into college.#CollegeCheatingScandal— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) September 9, 2019

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    Jay says:

    Stuck in moderation, again

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    Jay says:

    GOP’s message: No policy, no facts, just displays of violence + corporations like @ABCNetwork & Sinclair who amplify them.They profit from burning my likeness on TV. But who pays for heightened security? Who answers the phones for the threats resulting from a violent, false ad?— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 13, 2019

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    prostratedragon says:

    For a sentimental occasion:

    “My Old Friend,” Gregory Hines and Jimmy Cobb


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    Anne Laurie says:

    Despite his pseudonym, Schlemazel was a mensch. He left a large hole, not just within his family circle, but here in this circle of self-declared cranky, cynical ‘jackals’.

    (Even the tin-eared pests want to memorialize him, in their own interminable way!)

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    J R in WV says:

    Adam, thanks for putting this up tonight.

    Laura Too — your uncle was a great guy, a real Jackal of Balloon-Juice, who maintained his optimism in the face of continued medical incompetence. We miss his voice here in our imaginary playground. Thanks for sharing him with us!

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Good people like General Stuck, efgoldman and Schlemazel pass on too damned soon. There have been others here too and it hurts every time it happens even though it’s all a part of the deal we make in life.

    Rest in peace, Mark. My condolences to his wife and family for their loss of this fine man.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Laura Too: Awww. Very late to the party here, but just wanted to say, wish I could make it to the service, and I miss your uncle’s presence here. He was a wry, self-deprecating soul, and an example of bravery in the face of death. Hugs to you and yours.

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    imonlylurking says:

    I’ll be there.

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    Laura Too says:

    To all, I will keep monitoring this and put together something to share for the service as everyone here meant so much to him and I can’t imagine a send off without you. I will see if I can’t make is so anyone who wants a copy can email me & I can either email or snailmail it.

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    Laura Too says:

    @imonlylurking: Perfect, an awesome excuse for me to get a green balloon (I believe that is the correct color?) so you will feel welcome. There will be some of his best recipes and coffee/cider and water. No worries of running out of food, we always make way too much. We never knew how many would show up for dinner so you always made more-can always freeze it.

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    Laura Too says:

    @Miss Bianca: Thank you, hugs received and welcome. He is missed.

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    Laura Too says:

    I keep forgetting to let MN people know if you get a chance to try Urban Forage Winery and Cider House’s cherry cider Mark’s trees contributed a lot to this years batch. You can raise a glass to him and toast all he accomplished.

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