Friday, March 23, 2012


It's Friday. A good day for a funeral. A good day for family and friends. A good day.

Today we laid sweet Uncle Donald to rest. He was a true American hero, a true patriot. He loved his country. I'm so glad that some of the vets from the local VFW post turned out to give him a proper military farewell. It was really touching.
It was a beautiful day at this lovely setting in the mountains, albeit a bit windy.

The flag was removed from his coffin and presented to his sister, my mother-in-law. 

Remembrances were shared. I think we all feel like we know and love Uncle Donald a little more after this week. Speaking of remembrances...the photo of the mysterious woman that my sister-in-law found with his personal papers and's in Uncle Donald's hand, in the casket with him. Somehow, it just seemed right.

The best part, always, is that the family gathers.

And the youngsters in the group, they found something to make them laugh...(ok, the headstone actually had the names of the children listed on it too, which I took the liberty to remove to protect the uncooked)...I have to admit it was an odd choice of wording...

The two remaining siblings, the youngest of the original eight. He's 90 and she's 85.

It was a good day. Even good ol' Ralphy thought so...

...and my brother-in-law, who got his car sold.


Annesphamily said...

Sad to lose a loved one but good to gather with family and friends. I hope your weekend is wonderful and I thank you always for your kid words at my own blog.

Naperville Now said...

a touching post.

Susan Anderson said...

Looks like a touching day with the family.

You took some beautiful photos, Anita, which will be a wonderful history.

And wow, that is one gorgeous place to be buried.