In response to a letter in the July 27 issue (“So long to a special friend”), I was so sad to hear that Maria Arstikys had passed away.

She always had a cookie for my dog. We would be walking and he would stop and wait for Maria to catch up with us. I had wondered why I hadn’t seen her. Other neighbors also asked me if I’d seen her.

She was a Mrs. St. Francis. Maria, you will be missed by many.

Eileen Schaefer

North Riverside