Bye Aunt Jeanne

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I suspected that my recent visit to see her would be the final one.  I was right.  The last of a generation of von Goebens passed away today.  I’ve known my Aunt Jeanne since I was a little girl and I just loved her.  She collected antiques and dressed with style.  She was calm, cool and collected.  She had an open door policy.  She always took the high road.

When I visited her in February, in her little apartment in Cincinnati, she had whittled her possessions down to the most important, and she kept quite a collection of family pictures.  They were treasures to her.  We sat in her living room and poured over them, laughing and remembering all the von Goebens whom we have loved.

I used my iphone to take some shots of the old pictures we looked through.  And as of today, these pictures have now become my own treasures.

Bye Aunt Jeanne.  I love you.

Jeanne and her sister, my crazy Aunt Hazel.
Jeanne and her sister, my crazy Aunt Hazel.
Jeanne and my Dad, when he came home from WWII.  Right before he met my Mother.
Jeanne and my Dad, when he came home from WWII. Right before he met my Mother.
Jeanne, my Grandmother, et al.
Jeanne, my Grandmother, et al.
Crazy Aunt Hazel and the mailman she married, Uncle Walt.  Not kidding.
Crazy Aunt Hazel and the mailman she married, Uncle Walt. Not kidding.
Aunt Jeanne, my Dad, Aunt Hazel and Aunt Louise.
Aunt Jeanne, my Dad, Aunt Hazel and Aunt Louise.
They did stuff like this when they got together.
They did stuff like this when they got together.

Jeanne as a beautiful young woman.

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