My beautiful Aunt Mary passed away this week at age 93. She was always our family historian and kept meticulous albums stuffed with photos and interesting old letters. I was paging through her wedding album yesterday and found my eighteen year old mother there.
Could these girls be any lovelier? My mother, my Aunt Mary, and my Aunt Eileen (Sister Eileen Dunn O.P.)
Leaving the house on 44th Street in Astoria where my mother grew up--the setting for all her stories. From front to back: Aunt Mary and Grandpa Dunn; my mother and Grandma Dunn; Aunt Flo.
St. Joseph's Church, Astoria, New York, in the 1940s.
Aunt Mary, Uncle Bob, my mother, Uncle Bob's brother.
My mother is so sweet.
I am so grateful for this photo so I can see the back of her hat.
Like a dream.
Here is another image I want to save forever, showing my grandparents in middle age and my aunts as girls. From left to right around the table: Grandma Dunn, Uncle Ed Smith, Aunt Therese, Aunt Robertine, Aunt Flo, Uncle Jim, Aunt Margie, Great-grandmother Dunn, Grandpa Dunn.
Uncle Bob, Aunt Mary, Father O'Rourke, Grandma Dunn, Grandpa Dunn, Great grandmother Dunn, Uncle Ed.
My grandparents had a great marriage. I love seeing them so young and happy and full of fun.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls--and the soul of our dear Aunt Mary--through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.