For those that don’t already know, Dave and I are cousins. Our moms are sisters, although we grew up in different areas. We have quite a large family.
This is our grandmom, Eleanor Ruch. Sadly, she passed away on April 12. She had suffered a serious stroke about two weeks ago and was being monitored closely at her retirement home. Of course, many of our aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives came to see her, but she never really recovered. She died peacefully in bed.
Grandmom was born in 1927. She would have turned 90 on April 22. She was married to our granddad for 57 years before he died in 2005. They had 8 children together and worked hard to raise them well. There are now 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren in the family!
It’s hard when a loved one dies, especially when you’re away from home. But we have a lot of good memories of our grandparents - parties and family barbeques, home-cooked meals, watching TV and chatting, cleaning up leaves from the yard. We also have a good network of family members back at home and plenty of old photos to remind us of her.
We love you, Grandmom!