Loki was more than just a politician's wife. A warm, gentle, genuinely kind-hearted woman who has never been into politics but without whom politics would have taken a different turn.
What ended was one of the most beautiful love stories in the history of love and politics of our time that lasted three generations. Loki and Helmut would have been married 70 years in June 2010 - sadly this was not meant to me.
They first met when they were eating cherries together. "In the beginning we were friends.", Helmut once said. "Friends who could rely on each other." That friendship became love.
Who can imagine the pain Helmut must be going through right now. If two lives can meld in a way theirs did, death is not salvation but a neverending pain for the surviving person and it wouldn't surprise me if Helmut followed her before the end of this year.