Saturday, July 14, 2012

Saying Goodbye

In all the excitement over our new arrival I did not get the chance to tell you about our sad good bye. The week before the birth of baby Paige we were in Southern California saying farewell to our wonderful Aunt Tass. I told you a little about her here. We had the chance to visit her twice in the last two months and it was such a blessing to spend time with her.

Catherine Schmidt Ryan
Aunt Tass was my husband's aunt, his mother's older sister and the last of her generation. She passed away at the age of 99. She had a competitive streak and really wanted to reach the 100 mark and beat out her brother Dick (96) and sister Betty (93) soundly. The three of them loved to play cards or any game and they never let anybody win no matter how young they were. You had to earn your victory with those three.

Tass knew the tragedy of widowhood as a young woman and the fulfillment of second chances with a new marriage and motherhood. She knew the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, World War II and contributed to the Baby Boomer generation. She was foremost a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was funny and thoughtful and kind and had a family that absolutely adored her.

What an amazing life span. I'm so glad that she was independent and clear headed right until the end and that her passing was swift and dignified. What we always pray for at the end of each rosary and call a merciful death.

Our Paige Elizabeth is named for her three great grandmothers from the same generation. Three Elizabeths. Strong, steadfast, intelligent and beautiful women. It's a legacy worth preserving.

Until next time,


  1. A beautiful tribute. How lucky for you to have known such a wonderful woman. My condolences to you and your family.

  2. Thank you so much Kristi we will miss her so much and the rest of our elders too.

  3. What a wonderful picture and tribute of your Aunt Tass. It's so sad when such wonderful people leave us. My condolences to you and your family.

  4. Thank you Angie, I just know that there is a heck of a card game going on somewhere right now in heaven! All answers have been revealed and she is happy as always.


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