She’s probably frying zucchini in Heaven

My sister’s MIL has been like another Mom to me for most of my life and known as another grandma to my kids since they were born, and ditto in regards to  my grandkids.

About 18 years ago I purchased the home that I live in now and my back yard is adjacent to hers! When Brent was little and I babysat him, we’d take off …me walking and him on his trike…up the back alley for a few blocks, then on to the main street. We’d always end up with him parking his bike in her front yard and going to the porch to ring the doorbell. She’d come to the door and get a big hug and then lead him in to the kitchen for a cookie.

Her cooking and baking skills were legendary. Back when my grandson Brent’s FATHER was a little boy, the holiday dinner would always start with her first course…Italian wedding soup. And he’d bang on the high chair hollering “Meatball!” when he wanted more ; so delicious!

She cooked the seven fish Italian dinner on Christmas Eve and provided a good 20 or more varieties of gourmet cookies for us on Christmas Day. She straightened me out about making gravy..LOL! Do it in the PAN with drippings and taught me the right way to make the best fried zucchini HER way ….

In the kitchen or out she loved and enjoyed life…this photo is from two years ago at Halloween.  When she passed on the other day she was 95 years old and had still faithfully attended Mass  that Sunday.

May we all still have this joy in life at 93! Photo taken two Halloweens ago )

While my BIL lives not too far from me there is other family coming in …I cooked a bit for his sister yesterday who will be staying at the house and her children coming in tonight and tomorrow. Probably not much sewing will be going on this week.

I found myself in mourning for her one day and the next for the legendary Barbara Bush as I watched the last half of HER funeral service.  Both ladies were very much the same….faith and serviced based, from a very special generation!

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26 Responses to She’s probably frying zucchini in Heaven

  1. Kyle says:

    Thank you for sharing the qualities that made this lovely women so special. Hopefully, we can all be as sharing and caring. I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. Deb says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. So glad that you and your family all got a lot of time with a wonderful sounding lady. Hugs.

  3. Karen says:

    this sounds like such a lovely woman – you are so lucky to have so much family near you – I do wish I had that – and yes Barbara Bush’s passing was sad also – she seemed like such a real person all the time if you know what I mean.

  4. Bernie says:

    I remember this photo from Halloween Deb. Such a cute shot. My condolences – she is an inspiration and I hope to remain active and vibrant as she seemed to. She was clearly an important part of your family.

  5. Pat in WNY says:

    The passing of another one of the greatest generation we will know. How lucky you and your family are to have had her influence in your lives.

  6. Eileen says:

    Hello, so sorry for your loss. It was nice she lived so close to you. She sounds like a wonderful woman. Prayers for you and the family.

  7. barb says:

    She sounds like a lovely lady. Sorry for your loss.

  8. Doreen says:

    I am sorry for your loss! Such fond memories to share, what a blessing to have known such a special woman.

  9. You wrote a lovely tribute to a wonderful sounding lady. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  10. Pat Taylor says:

    One can tell by the precious photo and being surrounded by dear trick or treaters that this was a lady who filled each day with love. Your memories of her will bring you so much comfort. Your post reflects all of that.

  11. Chris K in Wisconsin says:

    What a lovely tribute you wrote and shared with us. If she is in heaven frying zucchini, I bet she is happy, indeed!!

  12. Yvonne says:

    So sorry for your loss. Memories of her will live in your heart forever.You were blessed with the presence of such a lovely lady. What a beautiful tribute!

  13. Joyce says:

    To be loved and remembered with fondness….the best rewards of a life well lived…..
    No matter the profound difference in name recognition and wealth between these two lovely ladies, both knew that when God and family come first, those rewards are yours for eternity!
    Rest in peace, Grandma Berti and Barbara Bush!

  14. Kim says:

    Thinking of you and your family, Deb. She sounds like she loved well and was very loved in return.

  15. Jocelyn says:

    What a wonderful woman to have had in your life.
    Love your mourning dove photo btw and also seeing that medallion piece. Lovely work all.

  16. Judy Miller says:

    How lucky you were to have this lovely gracious lady in your life for so long.
    How lucky we all were to have Mrs. Bush in our lives.

  17. Christa says:

    Deb, you and your family are very blessed to have had such a wonderful lady in your lives. Mrs. Bush was a special lady, for sure.

  18. What a wonderful woman you and your kids had in your life. Mrs. Brush’s passing was so sad and she was the world’s grandmother! Mr. with George in the hospital I wonder how long he will last without her!. Its normal to mourn our losses! Memories are the joy to ease the pain of loss.

  19. Lorrie says:

    She sounds like a wonderful woman who you will miss very much. Hugs to you as you mourn.

  20. I’m so sorry for your loss, Deb – even though she had a long wonderful life it is still heartbreaking to lose someone you love.

  21. We can never be surrounded by too many intelligent, wise, strong women. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Losing an extended family member, a friend, and a loved neighbor will be challenging. Here’s hoping someone nice moves in, although they will never replace her presence. :-)

  22. I love that picture of her with the kids on Halloween. I bet she had a great sense of humor too.

    I’m sure you will miss her. She sounds like she was a very special lady.

  23. Oh, I’m so sorry to read this, Deb. Hugs to you and your family. The Halloween photo is lovely.
    Wren x

  24. Susan says:

    She sounds like a delightful woman, and I would love it if someone in my family wrote about me as you wrote about her, when my turn comes. Thank you for sharing this personal grief with us. I pray for solace for all of you who have lost someone so very dear and special.

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