Grandpa passed away on Monday. We’ve spent the week crying, laughing, remembering and celebrating his life. There are so many memories of this week. I thought I’d make a list of the ones that come to mind, but I’m sure I won’t remember everything.
- “Hi Linnie!, Thanks for coming.” These are the last words that Grandpa ever said to me. I was glad that I was able to see him while he still knew me.
- Stephen, Nick and Sally had a great visit with Grandpa on January 1st. It was a totally normal visit with the Browns game on the television and the sound to the game on the radio. He made sure that we had a bit of pork and sauerkraut while we were there.
- Watching my Grandma say goodbye after 65 years of marriage was the single hardest thing that I ever have done.
- Grandpa was able to die in peace, at home, surrounded by family. There was a full house at the time of his death. That was fitting since Grandpa loved to gamble.
- All 8 of his children and their spouses were able to be in town most of the week. Most of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were also in town. We had family come from Florida, Maryland, California, Michigan, Washington, North Carolina and ITALY!
- Uncle Mike used the “Spirit App” on his iPad to share a glimpse of heaven with us at the funeral home.
- I played taps at the cemetary. It was frigid. It was an honor.
- Much of the week was spent looking at photos and creating photo displays for display at the funeral home and luncheon. There were 12 boards total.
- At one point there were 6 computers, a Nook, a tablet and several phones connected to G&G’s WiFi network. I think it overloaded.
- We took Nick and Sally to the funeral home for a small bit of the calling hours. It was their first experience with death.
- Nick got croup and spent several hours in the ER Monday night.
- Nick got an early birthday present from his aunt and uncle. It’s a baseball and glove.
Grandpa was known for making bow-ties out of crisp dollar bills. My sister showed up at the funeral home with hers and my Grandma thought it was great. She went and got a box that contained a bunch that Grandpa had made. Within a few minutes, we were all wearing them at the calling hours. It was a great tribute. Many people who came in to see the family knew exactly what they were for.
He’d give you a dollar so you’d never be broke. We’re all rich and blessed since we knew him. Love you Grandpa!