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January 30, 2023


Carmen Clarke

Thank you, Richard, for your heartfelt tribute to your friend, Cheryl. What a treasure she was! My condolences on the passing of this important person from your life.


What a lovely post. I am sure that Cheryl is smiling.

Charlotte Booker

Thank you for this! My younger sister, Cassandra, studied French in the late 70s at O’Fallon high school and loved Ms. Matzker. I’m sorry I never got to meet her! I was in Paris for several months in 1973, studying at the Alliance Française, though I never became fluent. I’ll be there again in April! If you’re conducting tours, please add me to your list!

Again, thanks for the wonderful remembrance. Ms. Matzker was definitely a beacon in my sister’s teenage years.

Deb Foster

Thank you for this wonderful tribute to my sister, Cheryl. She talked of you often, but I didn’t know how to reach you. Thank you for being such a good friend to her. ❤️ My daughter, my granddaughter, and I are heading to Paris in June. Cheryl was to be our guide to all things Paris. Now our trip will take on a new purpose - a tribute to my only sibling. It will be bittersweet. I’m going to need some advice and help. 😉 ❤️ And I will keep up the Notre Dame love! ❤️ I even have a photo of her included in the framed photos for Cheryl’s graduation memorial. ❤️

Mary Ballard

What a LOVELY tribute and post to your friend. One day I hope to take some of your tours as well and am also a former French I dream of all the stuff you live!! Blessings to you and yours!


isn't it amazing the communities and friendships created thru blogs & social media -- how we meet people we would never have met otherwise.

Linda Smith

My daughters and I had Cheryl as a teacher, and we visited you on our visit to Paris! It was the highlight of our trip. She was a very special lady, teacher and friend. We are all so blessed for having known her! Thank you for this beautiful tribute! 🥰 Linda, Sarah and Chelsey

Julie in Provence

Hi Richard, Cheryl and I were friends on Facebook but I didn't really know her. I'm really happy to have read your touching profile and memories of your time together here. Carpe diem, my friend!

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