Welcome to the Ringwald Family's Webpage

We are a family living near Lake Ontario, in the village of New Haven, NY.

Our wood boiler temperature can be found at: Temperature

Fred had the privilege of participating in the Schola Cantorum Syracuse, NY 2018 Workshop. Videos of the final recital are available at: Schola Cantorum Syracuse 2018 Videos

Goodbye to Robert F. Ringwald

With deep sadness we say goodbye to Fred's father, Robert F. Ringwald.

Robert Fredrick Ringwald, Bob was born October 14, 1931, on a farm in Payne County, Oklahoma near Perkins on the Cimarron River, to parents Leslie Lee and Frances Naomi Ringwald. He went to heaven August 16, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He had four half-siblings: Lucille (d), Raymond (d), Jake (d), and Hazel (d); and twelve full-siblings: Ben, Charles (d), Gerald (d), Kenneth (d), Ronald (d), Albert (d), Troy, Joyce, Mary, James (d), Dennis, and Leroy. He married Leta Opal Schreiner on January 10, 1954, and they recently celebrated their 63rd anniversary. Bob is survived by his daughter Rebecca (Daniel), and two sons Fred (Karen) and Robb. Bob and Leta lost their second daughter, Roanna, in 1984. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Cena, Elliot, Colin, and Luke.

Bob learned early in life to work hard and have fun from his father. This is something he passed on to his children. He got his first job outside the home at age 10, and was valued for his hard work by many different employers, primarily in the agricultural field, and also in construction. He didn’t enjoy construction work much. Bob also was a veteran, serving in the Army. He worked his way through school, completing a B.A. in Social Studies/Education at Oklahoma Baptist University in 1957. He and Leta then moved to California where Bob began his thirty year career in teaching. Education was VERY important to Bob and he wanted his children and grandchildren to be sure to do their very best in school. He demonstrated this by going on to complete a Master’s Degree in Education while working as a teacher. He also worked in real estate while teaching school.

Bob and Leta shared homes in Berkeley, CA, Shawnee, OK, Ukiah, CA, Barstow, CA, Guthrie, OK, and OKC, OK. For 13 years after retirement from the Barstow Unified School District they lived as full-time RVers, traveling throughout the US and Canada before moving to Guthrie. One of the things that brought Bob the most fun was travel, and he and Leta traveled the world extensively, visiting family and friends, and sharing God’s love with everyone they met. Bob talked easily to anyone wherever he went, whether he spoke their language, or not. His last years were at Emerald Square Assisted Living where he made many friends. God continued to use him as he led a weekly devotion. He will be missed by his many friends and, of course, by his loving family.

In lieu of flowers, please send any memorial gifts to: Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children; 5100 E. 33rd Street; Edmond, OK 73013; www.obhc.org. Please write memorial gift for Robert F. Ringwald in the memo.

Dad's Obituary can be found at: Robert F. Ringwald's Obituary

Photographs of Dad can be found and downloaded from: Photo Galleries

Memorial Services were held for Dad, for those unable to travel, at Emerald Square Assisted Living on August 21, 2017, and at Corbett Funeral Home in Oklahoma City on August 24, 2017.
The Memorial Service Program can be found at: Memorial Service Program
Dad's Eulogy can be found at: Robert F. Ringwald's Eulogy
The video slideshow with music that was shown before and after Dad's Memorial Service can be found and downloaded from: Robert F. Ringwald's Video Slideshow

Goodbye to Robert J. Chassell

With deep sadness we also say goodbye to Karen's brother, Robert J. Chassell.

Robert J. Chassell was born in Bennington, VT on August 22, 1946, and was a lifelong resident of the Berkshires. He died on June 30, 2017, of a rare neurological disorder, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). He was the eldest child of Joseph O. Chassell (1900 - 1981) and Margot Rasch Chassell (1911 - 1996)). He is survived by his sister, Karen Chassell Ringwald.

He read economics at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University, in Cambridge, England (receiving the equivalent of a Masters Degree in Economics). Bob was an avid private pilot, and owned his own Cessna Skyhawk until his illness ended his ability to fly.

Bob was one of the founding directors of Free Software Foundation (FSF) in 1985. While on the Board of Directors, Bob was also the treasurer for FSF for about ten years, and left the FSF to become an international speaker on free software topics for several years. Bob authored several books, which are listed or linked on his Wikipedia page at: Bob's Wikipedia Page

The Free Software Foundations's Tribute to Bob can be found at: Software Freedom Conservance Tribute to Robert J. Chassell

Several of Bob's books and other writings can be found on Richard Stallman's personal page at: Writings by Bob Chassell on Richard Stallman's Personal Page

Photographs of Bob can be found and downloaded from: Photo Galleries

Early stories about Bob written by his longtime friend, Dale Read, can be found at: Excerpt from My BROOKBEND Home

Memories of Bob by longtime family friend, Ginger Andrews, can be found at: Memories of Bob

A 2012 painting of the Chassell Family pond on Rattlesnake Mountain Road by Ginger Andrews can be found at: The Pond

A tribute to Bob by his longtime friend, Teddy Gross, can be found at: Tribute by Teddy Gross

A sketch about Bob and the Chassell Family by longtime family friend, Ann Northrup, can be found at: Sketch by Ann Northrup

A Memorial Service was held for Bob at the First Congregational Church; Stockbridge, MA, on July 26, 2017, at 11 am.
The Memorial Service Program can be found at: Memorial Service Program
The Memorial Service Eulogy can be found at: Eulogy
An mp3 recording of the Memorial Service can be played or downloaded from: Memorial Service Recording
A video recording of the Memorial Service Prelude, Nun komm der Heiden heiland, BWV 659, by J. S. Bach can be found at: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland

Contact Fred Ringwald to request the uncompressed original audio file of Bob's Memorial Service or the uncompressed original video file of Bob's Memorial Service Prelude.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Bob's name to Hospice In the Berkshires; 877 South Street; Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Significant Photographs

Of all the photographs ever taken, these two stand out as photographs that have changed the way we think about ourselves.

Hubble Deep Field