Friday, May 8, 2015

In Memoriam



Today is my sister Angela's birthday. Only she's not here to celebrate. 
With a heavy heart, I write that she left this world after much suffering due to an illness that ravaged her body and gave her no quarter. She fought courageously, but lost the battle two days ago. She leaves behind a devoted son and daughter and three loving grandsons, as well as a brother, two sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a 93 year-old dad.
 I want to remember the carefree days when we were young, she only 17 months older than I, as we played together inseparably.
 I want to remember how our doting mother clothed us in identical fancy dresses whenever we would go into town for a strawberry sundae at Howard Johnson's - a real treat for a family that rarely ate in restaurants.

I'd like to forget the memories of seeing her in pain in the hospital, and want to hold with me instead, carefree summer days of playing at the shore.
I want to remember her dressed in her finest garb, as she was crowned "queen of the maypole" in elementary school and we danced around a ribboned pole, anchored by my brother Frank, who also left this world four years ago.
I'd like to think that she's with all the loved ones who have gone before me, in a state of eternal bliss. The long struggle is over. 
We all love you, and will miss you, Angela. 
May you rest in peace.

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28 comments:

Carol said...

My condolences Linda. It must be very hard to lose a sister so close in age to you. Your pictures told a vivid story of a happy family.

Faith Bahadurian said...

I am so sorry to hear your news Linda, you have said too many goodbyes over the last several years, I know. Hold these memories of Angela close, they will serve you well. Fondly, Faith

Claudia said...

Oh Linda, I am so very sorry for your loss. You have weathered so many losses. The photos of her are just lovely - love the two of you playing together I also have fond memories o rare excursions to a Howard Johnson!). I will never figure out where the fairness in life is - but focus on love. Love to you and your family and to Angela's family. And to your Dad. I hope you feel the love being given to you from all over. I will keep you and Angela close to my heart.

Don Fawthrop said...

You have a wealth of wonderful memories of the times you spent with your sister and those are the ones that you will cherish forever. These are the important things in life.

Dena said...

I am so sorry Linda. You and your family are in my prayers.

oneponychick66 said...

Linda, so sorry for your loss.it's very hard to loose the ones we love.

bakewelljunction said...

Linda,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your sister will always be with you in your heart and memories. Be well.
Annamaria

Sandra said...

So Sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

Chiara Giglio said...

cara Linda, mi dispiace davvero per questo grave lutto che ti ha colpito,ti abbraccio forte con affetto...

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

I am so very sorry to hear about your loss -- not just your sister but also your other family member. Those pictures are priceless and hopefully they'll bring you some comfort. You did look like twins -- she'll always be a part of you. I will keep you and all of your family in my prayers. God Bless you -- a send you a big supportive hug.

Stacey Snacks said...

Linda,
I am so sorry to hear this. I had no idea your sister was ill.
I loved your tribute to her.
xo Stacey

Proud Italian Cook said...

Oh Linda, my heart goes out to you, so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. I pray that those beautiful memories will continue to comfort you in the days ahead. Hugs out to you!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm ever so sorry for your loss. My condolences.

She looked wonderful.

Hugs,

Rosa

Linda said...

So very sorry for your loss...I send you my deepest condolences...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My deepest condolences to you you and your family, Linda! May Angela rest in peace. Losing a sister so close in age must be especially hard. Your happy memories together are wonderful to cherish. {{{Hugs}}}

Jojo said...

Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time time of loss.

Roz Corieri Paige said...

I am so sad to read about the loss of your sister. You have lost so many in your life. Thank you for sharing the photos of some of your precious moments with Angela. I will pray for her and for your family. Please take care Linda. You are in the thoughts of many.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss, Linda. I lost my only sister in 2013. She passed away far too young too. Heartfelt condolences.

Debby Foodiewife said...

I have absolutely no doubt she is with her loved ones who paved the way before her. May your grief be comforted by His arms, as they surround you. I'm so sorry.

daniela64 said...

Ciao Linda, mi spiace per questo grave lutto che ti ha colpita, ti sono vicina in questo momento difficile . Un grande abbraccio, Daniela.

Lucia said...

Sorry for your loss, Linda. May you find comfort!

janie said...

Oh Linda-my heart goes out to you. What a beautiful memoriam to your sister. Your photos made me think of my sister and I growing up together. You will always have your sister close to you in those memories. Take care of yourself.

Janet M said...

My condolences for your loss.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I'm so very sorry to read about the loss of your sister. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, Linda. God bless.

Gracie said...

So sad to hear you have lost another loved one. Life is so amazing but at times it can bring us so much pain and sorrow. I think the best way to handle this is the way you choose, the good memories are what makes us going on.

Frank Fariello said...

I'm so terribly sorry, Linda! My heart goes out to you and your family.

Sheryll And Critters. said...

I am so sad for your losses.. I have also a sadness for your dad... imagine him losing his two of three children... it must be ever so hard for him. Thank goodness he has you and your children.

Praying for you all.

Keri Laign said...

Aunt Linda, this touched my heart. So very special.