May 31st, 2007

Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and emails about Casey’s grandfather. I can’t believe I am such a blogging slacker to leave that post up here for so long.

Grampa passed away last friday and we went to his service on Tuesday. It was a lovely funeral, if you can describe a funeral as lovely. He and Casey’s grammy were very active in the church so the minister really knew him, which made the service feel very personal. Casey’s aunt, cousin, and sister talked a bit and we all cried. But really it was about remembering one of the most gentle and sweet men we have ever known.

He was cremated and is now housed in an antique 1930’s radio- which seems kinda weird but for many years, he restored antique radios. Used to go to conventions and everything to talk about radios and see what other hobbyists were doing.

I was kind of inwardly scoffing to myself just now when I realized how hypocritical that is… After all, I just drove 2 hours by myself to see a woman talk about knitting. (Not teach something… just talk about it.)

So, maybe the radio convention thing isn’t that bizarre.

Here is a picture of Casey with his grandparents from our wedding- I love this one because this is what his grandparents were always like. Taking care of each other. 🙂 A great lesson for marriage, that.


Next up, Harlot sighting!


37 Responses to “Theodore”

  1. kat Says:

    My thoughts go out to you and Casey and the rest of your family. What a great pic and I love that he lives in an antique radio now! It’s fantstic to see couples who’ve been happily together for so long. I think they are really lucky. My grandparents were married for more than 60 years before my grandad died. It’s amazing!

  2. Adam Says:

    Very sorry to hear of the loss Jess, please give my condolences to Casey. His Grandfather sounds like a wonderful man, and I’m sure that you both cherished every moment that you had with him.

  3. Romi Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  4. Bee Says:

    What a lovely and touching photograph! There looks like a lot of love in that one photo. And I’m very sorry to read about your loss.

  5. Jeanne B. Says:

    That is a beautiful picture and I’m so sorry to hear that he has passed. My deepest condolences to all of you in this difficult time. I got a chuckle when I read the part about his being stored in an antique radio. That’s so sweet.

  6. Christie Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful tribute. I’ll keep the family in my thoughts.

  7. maryse Says:

    oh i’m sorry about casey’s grandfather. what a cute picture. you are both very lucky to have gotten to know him.

  8. Stacee Says:

    My condolences to you for your loss. I think the photo of Casey’s grandparents is a wonderful look into what you have to look forward to in the future of your own marriage!

  9. Kathode Ray Tube Says:

    I love that photograph. My sympathies to you and Casey. There’s no replacing special people like him.

  10. Sara Says:

    The picture actually made me start to cry… to still be so loving after all those years, you know? I love the fact that his ashes are in an antique radio… so unique and so him. *huge hug* You and Casey are in my thoughts and prayers hun.

  11. Betsy Says:

    Hugs to you both.

  12. Kate` Says:

    Sorry for the loss of Casey’s grandfather. I remember when mine passed and after the services, all his grandchildren went out for chinese food and a beer— we laughed and laughed about grampy and the stories of his time in the military… a few “twice removed” relatives were also at dinner and reported our “conduct” to my grandmother, who said “Arnie would have been right there with them– laughing and carrying on”. I think we are so lucky to have our grandparents as long as we do and remembering them in a happy thought makes the grieving process a little bit easier.

  13. Amy Boogie Says:

    I’m very sorry to hear about Grampa. My condolences go out to you all. The picture is a beautiful one.

  14. Steph VW Says:

    Oh Jess – my thoughts are with you and Casey and with Casey’s Grammy especially. That photo is so precious.

  15. carrie m Says:

    jess, you have my condolences. he sounded like such a charming man.

  16. Terra Says:

    My condolences to all of you – I can’t imagine how hard it must be to lose your life partner. What a lovely picture, he sounds like a wonderful man. I think its touching that he is “at rest” in the antique radio (not weird at all).

  17. Carrie Says:

    Hugs to you and Casey and your family, Jess. That picture is such a beautiful memory – you really can see all the love there.

    And thanks for sharing about him – I think the antique radio thing is really special.

  18. Kate Says:

    So sorry to hear of Casey’s grandfathers passing. I wish I could have been there on Wednesday to give you both my condolences in person.

    Sorry I couldn’t make it down. I actually had a bit of a stressed out, break down into tears fit yesterday morning because too much is going on right now – it wasn’t pretty… be glad you weren’t there.
    Thanks for being so understanding of my last-minute flake out. LOVE YOU!!

  19. yarnsnob Says:

    very very sorry to hear about your loss, my thoughts are with you, Casey and your family. Take care xx

  20. Sarah Says:

    What a darling picture – I am actually tearing up as I type this. I am so sorry for your’s and Casey’s loss. Grandparents are a treasure – your post makes me realize how much I really miss my grandfather…

  21. Sarah Says:

    And I love the radio story. Perfect. Just Perfect.

  22. elisa Says:

    Jess and Casey, I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, wonderful photo. After my G’pa passed away in 2004, Mike started a tradition where we have a beer and make one of my G’pa’s favorite recipes on his birthday. It helps to have a tradition, and an opportunity to talk about him and share his stories.

  23. Wannabe Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. That picture is priceless. I hope my hubby and I are like that when we are older too. Still loving and caring for each other. What an incredible example that have been to you and Casey! Hugs.

  24. allison Says:

    What a cute picture. I think it makes times like these a bit easier when you know they’ve lived a LONG life full of family, friends and lots of LOVE!

  25. Bookish Wendy Says:

    I love pictures like that, they truly capture a person. You guys have been in my thoughts…

  26. lomester Says:

    What a sweet picture, and a great lesson about relationships indeed. My thoughts are with you guys.

  27. Manise Says:

    A beautiful photo. I’m so sorry for your and Casey’s loss.

  28. Nonnahs Says:

    I’m so sorry. My condolences go out to you, Casey, and your family. Thanks for sharing that precious photo.

  29. Amy Says:

    I think it totally cool that Grampa is where he wanted to be after passing from this life. Perfect.

    Sorry to hear of his death and hope Gramma will be ok.

  30. Chelsey Says:

    So much love sent your way!

  31. Karen Says:

    That is a very touching photo. My deepest condolences.

  32. Stacie Says:

    I am very sorry for your loss 🙁 Big hugs to you and Casey.

  33. schrodinger Says:

    That is one very special picture.

  34. Meghan Says:

    I’m sorry for yours and Casey’s loss. And even sorrier for Casey’s grandmother.

    As sad as it is to lose someone so special, it’s nice that you were able to treasure him while he was here.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  35. scout Says:

    This picture made me cry. I’m so sorry for your loss. Please let Casey know.

  36. Becka Says:

    I am so sorry to read of your loss, but it seems so very fitting that his ashes are now in a vintage radio, that just sounds wonderful to me! I will keep your family in my prayers.

  37. JulieFrick Says:

    Oh, Jess. Glad you’re together through this loss. Between you and me (and whomever might read these comments, I guess), Theo is one of our top three choices for names for the Fricklet.