Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Remembering . . .

Here we are back in

August of 1961
when we were married

we shared a happy and great life
I graduated college in June of '61,
married in August
began my first year of teaching kindergarten in September
Gary graduated college in '63
and began work as a Defense Contract Auditor at
General Motors in MIlwaukee

we gave birth and life to our children
 Scott in 1964, Susan in 1967

we purchased a three story one hundred year old home
painting, sanding, refinishing, restoring became our mantra

we played lots and had really fun times together,
skied, boated, fished, camped
enjoyed our family and friends

here are some pics of way back then

at my parents home probably around  '76-'77
Suzie at thirteenish
around the same age, not sure where she was going
maybe her first school dance
Suzie and her friend Jenny on one of our ski trips in Colorado
a momma hug in the garden, late seventies
Scott and Suzie
getting ready to drive to Colorado to ski
late seventies
Scott, Breckenridge, '77
Gary, Keystone, Colorado 1979
back yard tree
getting ready for the annual holiday '78 photo
and then suddenly
life ended as we once knew it to be
death came to Gary at
forty one
while he was with friends
after jogging
October 14, 1980
it was a Tuesday eve
rainy like today
we can't help but remember
with our love
and cherished memories
Suzie, Scott , Lynne

eulogy from his funeral
was given by a friend of ours, Bob Gilpatrick
please excuse the cutting and pasting
and some of the repeats
photos are from a calligraphy piece
I had made of the eulogy

take hold of each day and enjoy
live with joy, love and laughter
'til next time,
Love, Lynne

Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
from a headstone in Ireland
 (thank you Anne) 


eileeninmd said...

Hello Lynne, what a lovely memorial/tribute to your first hubby and the father of your children!
I hope you are having a great day!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Lynne,
I was enjoying all of your lovely family photographs and then the sad news that you lost your husband at such a young age. What sad and difficult times you and your children must have faced then. You have many happy memories of your life together and are all grateful that Gary was in your lives if only for a short while. I shall be thinking of you all today. Much love. XXXX

From the Kitchen said...

Your post is full of happy memories! How cherished they are. Thank you for sharing them with us.


Pamela Gordon said...

Lynne, I know you still hold Gary in your heart when I see this post and you have shared in the past as well. He died way too young but left a lifetime of memories for you and your children. Blessings as you remember today. Hugs. Pam

TexWisGirl said...

it is good to remember and celebrate the life you shared while you had it. blessings to you and yours.

Kerin said...

Oh Lynne,
What a sweet and tender post, and a beautiful tribute to Gary.

I enjoyed the pictures, and seeing all those beautiful smiles on everyone's faces. I am glad you shared your happy memories and special moments from those days.

Sending you hugs....

babs said...

Thirty-four years much has changed. Love you Lynnie!

Musings from Kim K. said...

A beautiful tribute. Your daughter is one year older than me. When I look at those pictures, I see myself from the 80s and think of what a terrible shock that must have been on all of you. A wonderful reminder to all of us to cherish life.

Nancy said...

I was already to tell you how much your life had paralleled mine even the skiing at Keystone but then as I read on the sadness appeared. I am so sorry for your loss of your love at such an early age.
This post is truly a wonderful honor to him and the kind of man he was….I know he lives on in the many memories your family made together….

Rain said...

Lovely tribute as a tribute.......

Lois said...

Beautiful tribute.

Missy George said...

Hi Lynne..What a lovely tribute to Gary..He was taken so young..There was a lot of love there.It must have been a really tough time for all of you..So sudden..I hope you are feeling a little less sad today..Maybe??

Ida said...

I can't imagine how difficult that would be but you did a very lovely tribute to him and the quote at the end is perfect and so true.

Sarah Huizenga said...

What a wonderful tribute to Gary. Gone much too soon, but look at all the life you had while he was here. That is the important thing to remember.

Buttons said...

Hugs many hugs.This was a beautiful eulogy for an obviously well-loved loving man. Hugs.B

Gail said...

what a wonderful tribute to your beloved.

A Joyful Cottage said...

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
(Quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

Marie said...

So very sad. I know you have wonderful memories of your time together, and the loss I know is inconsolable.

bj said...

What a wonderful trip down memory lane...he was so young. Your tribute to him is very beautiful.