“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”
I am continuing to post photos of Jeanie every day until the day of her memorial service on July 16, 2011. Her sons, John and Vince, have made all the arrangements for a beautiful unforgettable memorial, one that Jeanie so well deserves.
What I have not yet mentioned in my blog is that on the same day that Jeanie died (12:20 a.m. local time in Rensselaer, Indiana), my mother-in-law, Pat Trowbridge, also died (2 pm). She raised 6 children and was an attorney in Tacoma, WA. In 2001, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Here is one of my favorite photos of Pat. In my mind, I will always see her as the vibrant woman you see below.
And now off to write a breve vita in Italian about Jeanie. My Uncle Charlie is having a mass said for Jeanie on Monday in Grotte, Sicily. The breve vita will be read at the mass. Just found out that my Uncle Vittorio is also having a mass said for Jeanie on Monday in England! And my cousin, Padre Vincenzo, will give a funeral mass for Jeanie on Saturday, July 16, in Grotte. That mass will be said simultaneously with the funeral mass in Rensselaer, Indiana. I guess I need to write the breve vita really well, in both English and Italian. It is going to be heard by many!
I am blessed. I have an amazing family. Jeanie deserved all this and more.