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In Memoriam: My Aunt Laurice Dies at 85

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Folks, I’m going to put a temporary moratorium on book promotional posts, as something far more important happened today.

My Aunt Laurice, my father’s oldest sister, died today at age 85 in her sleep. This was not expected in the least; she was waiting for one of my cousins to take her to physical therapy, and apparently had nodded off in a chair (according to what my father told me).

There are worse ways to go than in your own home, quietly and peacefully. But I still feel terrible about this. My Aunt was a very kindhearted woman, and perfectly epitomized the phrase “the salt of the Earth.” She truly cared about people, loved music (sang in an all-women’s choir called Opus 2000, originally known as the Sweet Adelines), played the piano, taught kindergarten…loved family gatherings.

And I haven’t even touched the surface of the memories I have regarding Aunt Laurice. Because in retrospect, I was fortunate; I grew up in Racine, and my aunt lived here also…so I got to know her very, very well.

What I can say right now is that I truly admired my aunt. She was an intelligent woman who loved her family and believed in the Golden Rule. She was married for nearly sixty-two years, which is a testament to her belief in the power of love and family. She loved kids, all kids…she read widely, loved deeply, and appreciated life as much as she possibly could.

While I mourn her death, I am doing my best to remember to celebrate her life. Because it was remarkable…it was a tapestry that in its way will never end, so long as we remember her.

Written by Barb Caffrey

March 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm

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  1. Sorry for your loss 😦

    Didi Oviatt - Author

    March 16, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    • Thanks, Didi. I have four cousins and a grieving uncle…I’m more worried about them, and my father, than I am about me. But I do appreciate your kind words.

      Barb Caffrey

      March 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    • Actually, more than four cousins. (Before my cousins chime in.) More like eight or nine on the paternal side of the family.

      Barb Caffrey

      March 16, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    • My condolences for your loss.

      Andrew Ramage

      March 18, 2017 at 6:22 am

      • Thanks, Andrew. It’s nice to see you around, even if it’s for _this_ purpose…hope all has gone as well as possible for you.

        Barb Caffrey

        March 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

  2. I’m sorry for your loss. 😥


    March 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

  3. Very nicely said, Cousin Barb.

    Cathi Miller

    March 16, 2017 at 8:36 pm

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your aunt and prayers are winging their way to you. 🙂

    N. N. Light

    March 16, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    • Thank you so much, Mr. & Mrs. N. 🙂 I appreciate that. Aunt Laurice was a very good woman and I will miss her very much.

      Barb Caffrey

      March 16, 2017 at 10:02 pm

  5. I am sorry for your loss. I know you are to this aunt, as I am to one of mine.


    March 17, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    • Yeah. I was close to Aunt Laurice. Especially when I was a kid; she used to come to all my concerts and I remember her being at my first communion and also at my confirmation (which I did late, as I wanted to think about it; I think I was 16 or 17), even though she was Lutheran and my family raised me to be Catholic.

      Barb Caffrey

      March 18, 2017 at 7:36 pm

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