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Wednesday
Jul142010

Site Housekeeping -- Posting Update

My 99 year-old grandmother passed away yesterday.  I am away from home now and will be attending services today thru Friday, and so posting will be limited.  I will endeavor to check in often on comments and post at least some stories between now and then, but it might be sporadic.

She was born in a small village in Greece in 1910, and was arranged to be married at the age of 15 to my grandfather, whom she had never met prior to his courtship.  He was 25 at the time and had been in the U.S. on his own since he was 13, also having come from a village in Greece.  After the wedding ceremony, they returned together to Gary, Indiana where he had been working in the steel mills.  He died of a heart attack in the mill at the age of 63 in 1960.  Sadly, I never met him.  She was a widow for the next 50 years.

She is survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, so far.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (16)

Sorry to hear of your Grandma's passing Steve.
Jul 14, 2010 at 5:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Sorry also ,To live that age must have been something.
Jul 14, 2010 at 5:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterJTS
My sincerest condolences.
Jul 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterAng
Very sorry to hear about the passing of your Grandma Steve, she must have had some amazing experiences in a life spanning 99 years. Grandmas are special Ladies.
Jul 14, 2010 at 7:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
Deepest condolences to you and your family.
Jul 14, 2010 at 7:55 PM | Unregistered Commenter...
My condolences to you and the entire family. Thank you for your work.
Jul 14, 2010 at 8:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Lohman
Thanks everyone...yes 99 is a lot of years...i'm just hoping to make it to 80 myself...it's not a sad day...she had a great life...and raised a great family...i'll miss her cooking skills most...she could make some greek pastries, this woman...again thanks...
Jul 14, 2010 at 11:38 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@DB

My deepest sympathy for your Grandmother loss. @99 she was blessed to enjoy 99 years and see her grand kids grow.
God Bless.
Jul 15, 2010 at 11:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterKen
I hope at a time like this, the joy of being connected to someone like her far outweighs any sadness you are feeling.

It is no understatement to call hers "The greatest generation," and every American owes them a debt of gratitude. For without the values that they embraced, the hardships they endured and the lessons that they learned and never forgot, American working class life would be like Potterville in "It's a Wonderful Life." The rejection those values and lessons is the unraveling of our Nation; don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

You honor her with all the work you've done here, my friend.
Jul 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM | Unregistered Commentermark mchugh
Very sorry for your loss. I hope you have a chance to visit place where your grandma was born. As you know very well, now is the time to go when euro is in fall. Hope you are strong as all Greeks are!
Jul 15, 2010 at 4:09 PM | Unregistered Commenterdee dee
Sincerest condolences, DB on your Grandma's passing. Steve, Maby God needs a new cook in heavin, he chose one of the Best. Your always kind words show you come from Good Stock. We are slowly losing the greatest people of this planet. But they are gaining a great new life. God just gained a new "Greek Pastrie Chief" !
Jul 15, 2010 at 5:23 PM | Unregistered Commentertexasdar
I meant "overstatement" not "understatement."
Jul 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM | Unregistered Commentermark mchugh
Sorry for your loss Steve. At least your granma got to live a full and apparently happy life which, thanks to Obango, is more than WE can say for ourselves..
Jul 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterRecoverylessRecovery
Thanks again to everyone...it was a great gathering of family......one of her nephews was at the services, and he had a an incredible story to tell...this is coming from the man himself, louie...

when he was 18 in 1949 and living with his family in greece, his dad said you and i are going to live in new york (to escape the communists who were waging a civil war in greece at the time)...we will start a restaurant and then bring the rest of the family...the 2 of them together took the boat, 8 weeks at sea, then arrived in new york...the next day after arriving (and i mean the VERY NEXT DAY), at age 51 his father died of a heart attack in the boarding room they had just rented together...so Louie was then 18, all alone, and didn't speak english...instead of returning to greece, he got a job washing dishes...saved some money then moved to gary, indiana and moved into a tiny house with my dad's family and took a job shoveling coal in the steel mills...after 2 months, he realized he didn't want to spend his life breathing the dust and shoveling coal so he quit and moved to greensboro, north carolina...he got a job as a janitor, sang and played rhythm guitar in a greek band that played weddings on weekends...got married at 24 and started a family...he worked in maintenance at a local company 60 hours per week and struggled with 3 young kids...while also working friday and saturday nights doing wedding gigs with his band...then he decided he couldn't be a janitor and raise a family so he added night school to his busy life...went 3 nights per week for 3 years to satisfy JUST the entrance classes for college...this was at guilford college in greensboro...after he was accepted, he then attended classes at night for the NEXT TEN YEARS...of course while working full-time, raising a family and working weekends as a singer...and at the young age of 42 he got his degree in analytical Chemistry from Guilford...

That was 35 years ago...he has worked as a chemist for an industrial company in greensboro since then...built a hell of a successful career...always getting promoted because everybody loves Louie...(he looks exactly like director Martin Scorsese -- if you want a visual image)...his oldest child Tommy, graduated #1 from his Medical School class and has been an orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte for years now...and his 2 daughters both earned masters degrees and are high-school teachers...

He now has 9 grandchildren, still works, and tells the best jokes of anyone in my family...way to go Louie...you earned everything in your life...
Jul 17, 2010 at 8:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterDaily Bail
thanks mark, t dar, ken and dee dee for your especially nice thoughts...
Jul 17, 2010 at 9:20 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Really, tons of people in here? I don't think so.
Jul 17, 2010 at 5:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
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