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My great aunt Anita passed away in the middle of the night. She was 95. I was at her apartment yesterday evening with cousins, aunts and uncles. Her family was with her and I can only assume that was a great comfort to her as the family matriarch.

Two of my cousins are due to give birth momentarily. So as we say goodbye to the end of an era in our family, we are ready welcome in a new one. That’s how it’s supposed to go, right?

The painting above is by one of my favorites–Richard Diebenkorn.

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1 unmoderated   ~  Nov 15, 2008 12:48 pm

i'm sorry, man.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 15, 2008 12:50 pm

Thanks. She was a tough lady. Truth be told, she was ready.

Was a Dodger fan. I remember he telling me about Duckie Wuckie Medwick and Cookie Wookie Lavagetto.

3 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Nov 15, 2008 2:27 pm

i'm sorry for your loss, alex. i suppose some consolation might be found in that she lived during a span of time that saw so many truly amazing advancements and changes, and that she lasted far longer than many of us could ever hope.

i hope the births go smoothly and everyone is healthy and happy.

hang in there.

4 edoubletrouble   ~  Nov 15, 2008 3:42 pm

For those of you who didn't know her ... her claim to fame in our family is that she always remembered everyone's birthday by sending us a check for ten dollars. A classic legacy from a generation that believed that family is all.

She'll be missed.

5 Diane Firstman   ~  Nov 15, 2008 4:03 pm

My condolences Alex ...

95 is a good long life.

6 Statler   ~  Nov 16, 2008 12:54 pm

Condolences--it sounds like she had a good run. We should all be so lucky to pass with our loved ones close at hand.

Unrelatedly, you guys do fantastic work here. I almost had a heart attack when I stopped by the old URL and it wasn't there anymore. Thanks for doin' what you do.

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