Monday, October 22, 2012

Checking In

I have no recent pictures to post, but wanted to check in here just to say, "Hi."  We took a road trip up to Rice Lake, WI yesterday and stayed overnight in a hotel.  Paul's uncle, Morris, on his Dad's side passed away last week at age 86.  He was married for more than 60 years to his wife, Ginger, who is now in a nursing home.  It was great to see all of their kids gathered for the visitation last night and the funeral this morning.  It would have been better to see them under happier circumstances, but we take what we can get.  Uncle "Spike" (his nickname) and Auntie Ginger had 8 children, owned the drugstore (Uncle Spike was a pharmacist) in town, and were active members in their community.  They lived a full life together.  I have only fond memories of our time spent with them.  Uncle Spike was always smiling and cracking jokes to me, Paul, and the kids.  He was quite a character!  Poor Auntie Ginger was not at the visitation, the funeral, or the luncheon.  I think her condition is so severe that she may not even know that Uncle Spike passed away.  That makes me sad.

Now the only two children left of the original Osterbauer family are Grandpa Ben and his youngest brother, Uncle Joe.  Here's a picture of the two of them.

Grandma Carol, Uncle Joe, Grandpa Ben
at Grandpa Ben's 80th Birthday Party

It was tough to see them both at the funeral this morning taking up the gifts at Mass.  It was touching and bittersweet to think that our sweet, Grandpa Ben's days are each treasured gifts in this world.  He knows that.  We know that.  It's only a matter of time.  The oldest girls were sobered by that reality as we watched the honor guard make their salute and the bugler play "Taps" at the interment.

Today I am grateful and humbled by so many thoughts of wisdom, love, and family that have been interwoven into Paul's and my life.  We march on with heavy hearts, but we do.


  1. How wonderful that you were able to be there for the visitation and funeral. We'll be praying for the repose of his soul and for his wife's health and heart. God bless you all, dear friend.

  2. Hi Grace,

    I have always thought it is sad for older people to lose their siblings and friends one by one. Yes, they still might have other people to love and care about them, but they don't have those people who share their memories from the earliest times.

    When someone dies, our world changes. We reassess and readjust and think about the important things in life and grieve. I pray for you and your family and especially for Uncle Spike. You will miss him!

    God bless.


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