June 7, 2011

Goodbye Grandpa

Snapshot taken January 2011 with HTC Android
I remember as a child telling my Grandmother that "When I grow up I'm going to marry Grandpa too!" My Grandmother, ever practical, didn't think that was going to be to likely.  My Grandfather got a good chuckle out of that.  Grandma passed on 20 years ago, Grandpa joined her Monday morning.  And although I did not 'grow up and marry my Grandpa' he did set the standard pretty high.

I'm so incredible thankful for all the gifts Joseph Kapraly gave in his life. I reveled in his tales of his boyhood in West Pittsburgh. Somewhat rowdy antics with friends. Struggles with a stubborn milk cow.  Delivering said milk for neighbors and customers.  How he contributed to the care of his Mother and siblings.

Grandpa enlisted in the Marines during World War II.  He fought in the 6th Division, 29th Regiment in the Pacific Theatre.  The stories he shared of that time are nothing short of remarkable.  The acts of bravery, heroism and descriptions of human suffering poignant. He shared not only his personal history but the history of the World.

It is through someones stories that we get a history of not only where they came from and the things they did but how they became the person that they are.  How the events that they lived through shaped their lives and in turn shaped the lives of those around them.

I owe so very much to this man.  The only way that it can ever be repaid is to live a life in example of his.
  • To always leave a place better than you found it.  
  • To honor those who make personal sacrifices for our continued freedom and well being. 
  • To have opinions and stand by them.  
  • To read, grow & learn. 
  • To be concerned about the feelings of the people around you.  
  • To say "I'm sorry" when you are. 
  • To use a 'Jitterbug' when you want to hook a really big Bass.
  • To be of service to others.  
  • To look people in the eye when your talking to them even if it's hard.  
  • To know when to keep your mouth shut.  
  • To have a strong faith and live by the principals set forth in that faith.  
  • To say "I love you".

11 comments:

Claudia's Genealogy Blog said...

A loving tribute Tami.

Leilani Lee said...

What a lovely post about your precious Grandpa. I am sorry for your loss. Knowing that these old folks are going to go the way of all flesh does not make it any easier; they leave a hole in our hearts when their spirits move on. You are so lucky you had him as long as you did. Bless you.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

This week has been one of loss. I heard first of the passing of my nephew's wife's grandfather. Then my cousin died after a courageous battle with cancer. She was only 43 years old. Another blogging friend's mother passed away this week too. Now I read of your grandfather passing away. I am so sorry for your loss, Tami. Your post will live on as a wonderful tribute of the wonderful man your grandfather was.

Firefly said...

I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. The tribute is beautiful and the principles really worth living to. Its fantastic to have such great memories and stories of a relative that has passed on.

Samantha said...

A very lovely tribute..you gave a real sense of who the man was.
I'm so very sorry.

Stratoz said...

peace be with you. wonderful tribute

Tina Marie the Willow Witch said...

Very nice...So sorry for your loss...

Tami Weingartner said...

Friends,

Thank you so very much for your kind and loving words. They mean so very much.

Leilani....what you wrote is so very very true...your words truly helped me to come to terms with my emotions.

That Janie Girl said...

Beautiful post, Tami!! So sorry about your loss.

ladyfi said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds a wonderful loving person. His lessons for life are just wonderful.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Lovely tribute to your Grandpa, I am sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a very special man:)