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Recording our family's stories in the Skaneateles Press

My dear old dad, four brothers and I would like to thank the community for their comforting words, missives, remembrances and kind actions in regard to my mom's recent move up to heaven. She's definitely there, having lived with the likes of us.

I apologize for the lengthy obituary in the Press, but actually, I wrote it to illustrate a couple of points. One being that if you are up to it, we do want to know more about your loved ones. The end of one's life is not always the best time for communicating clearly, but your thoughts are always welcome in the pages of the Press as well as online at skaneatelespress.com. You also aren't limited to just one picture. And, consider that we still don't charge for publishing obituaries.

Secondly, the many contributions that moms make to the lives of those in their families often go unrecorded. I thought of my mom's story as a love letter to all Skaneateles moms, as this is a community where family is central.

There are so many more things I could have written about my mother. The pure joy that she got from the little things in life, such as picking wildflowers out on County Line Road or a simple trip to the dump. The fact that she wasn't really crazy about ice cream as she had worked a coveted soda fountain job when she was a teenager. And then, there was her modeling career that started in her 70s where she worked in infomercials, product shots with wheelchairs and had her hands and lap featured shelling peas in the official Parmigiano Reggiano Cookbook, posing as an Italian grandmother.

One of the things that tickled me the most in her later life was her deep concern for riding shotgun in the car, and her antics in trying to achieve that goal were priceless.

Anyway, the Press is a place for you to journal your family's stories, whether you want to do the writing or turn that task over to us. Your voices and images are always welcome, as we record this often misunderstood town of called Skaneateles.

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