Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Mary "May" Wegmann Burgdorf, May 1912-December 2011



This has been a sad week for my family, as the last of my mother's sisters died. On her ninetieth birthday back in 1992, my Aunt May told me she'd decided she was going to live to be 100 years old. She almost made it.

Aunt May had one of those personalities that specialists say contribute to longevity. Always laughing, happy-go-lucky and upbeat, she never had a mean or nasty word to say about anyone (Full confession: I don't resemble my aunt much). She loved her garden and worked out there every day she could. The picture above was taken just last year. She might have needed a walker to get around, but that didn't stop her.

I know she lived a long, rich life. Yet I can't help but be sad at her passing. She was a great lady, and she will be missed.

When I first moved here to New Orleans not that many years ago, my mother and all eight of her brothers and sisters were still alive. They used to laugh that when they started dying, they'd go like dominoes, and so they have. The only one left now is my Uncle Al, aged 91 1/2.

What an incredible family of strong, opinionated, generous, talented men and women they were.

12 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I am sorry to hear this. We are losing a generation of great folks who built this country and did so much for their families and their neighbors. I'm not sure we'll ever see their like again.

cs harris said...

Charles, I have the same feeling.

liz fenwick said...

Charles - how true. CS I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Lainey said...

A strong, wonderful lady. Ditto what Charles said. Your mother and her siblings represented an amazing generation. Condolences.

cs harris said...

Liz, thank you.

Lainey, thank you.

Ali Trotta said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a great lady -- someone who enriched the lives she touched. It was a pleasure reading about her.

Steve Malley said...

So sorry. My sympathies...

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