Here are some of the many special people we’re remembering today and a little snapshot as to why.
I hope this little project brings a bit joy to your day and spurs you to share a story of a loved one with those around you.
If you’d like to add your own memory here, it’s never too late for that. All are welcome! Simply post a comment below.
(Pictured on her wedding day with her husband Donald.)
Confirmed sweetest woman on the planet. Avid photographer.
Loved Paris and anything blue and white.
Richard William Gabrielski
Thumbed from Maryland to Massachusetts to give me, his little sister by 9 years, a heart-shaped locket with the Coast Guard insignia on it … ON my birthday! When the sun came up my parents put him on a bus back to Maryland before he was AWOL!
Ines Agudelo Pasinosky
Known to get out of bed and start dancing if she heard Cumbia playing.
Brought us hot lunches almost every day in elementary school. Told epic stories.
Took the entire family of aunts, uncles, and cousins on wonderful Christmas vacations together every year.
Taught his grandson how to make 4′s not look like 9′s.
Loved exquisitely designed furniture. Challenged me to think about things differently: with compassionate and accepting eyes.
Showed me what bravery looked like—in a small-town teacher from Maine.
Martha and Philip Groves
Had square-dancing date nights.
Sent a family of seven to Catholic school on a railroad engineer’s salary.
Jeanette Miller Mankins
Made the best school lunches in the world every school day: homemade bread with roasted chicken or peanut butter and jelly, chips, carefully cut-up fruit, and homemade oatmeal cake with pecan frosting. Sometimes she would write something sweet on my thoughtfully packed napkin. She is so missed.
Meana and Jesse Taylor
She made the world’s best noodles and had fiery Blackfoot blood.
He traveled the U.S. constructing New Deal public works with his brothers.
Taught power-boating safety and navigating.
Loved a good hot fudge sundae for dessert.
A connoisseur of crème brûlée and musicals. Had a talent for making everyone feel like they were her favorite.
Favorite city: London. Favorite island: St. John.
Army field medic during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
First-generation Italian-American, who passed on the secrets of Italian cooking to his granddaughter.
(She’s the beauty in the middle.)
Shorthand expert. Bowling instructor. Always wore heels—even in her 90s.
Her, her maternal grandparents, and all six of her grandparents’ children were married 50+ years.