Aunt Tina

My Aunt Tina in 1937 with her foster mom.  She was my mother’s younger sister, both placed in state care upon the death of their mother.  My mom went to an orphanage run by Benedictine nuns in upper Manhattan.  Tina went into a foster home with a family that really cared for her.

So far it has not been a very good 2019.  My brother-in-law passed away in January.  Yesterday I learned that my Aunt Tina (her real name was Concetta, but no one ever called her that) passed last Monday.

She was 89 years old.

Our family will be gathering in New York to bury her. I am leaving this weekend and will be gone for a number of days.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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9 Responses to Aunt Tina

  1. DesertAbba says:

    Nothing more important than familigia, Toroiit. You are on leave as long as it is important.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    A sad trip indeed, Frank. But such things come to us all, when we live long enough. Respect to your Aunt Tina. She lived a long life, and left treasured memories. Not least your own.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. I am so sorry. I do know what it’s like to lose several family members in close succession, having lost my mother, a beloved cousin, and an aunt within a four month period. You have my deepest sympathy.

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  4. srbottch says:

    Condolences to you and your family.

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  5. So difficult as our family members age. My sympathies. Have a safe trip!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    My heart goes out to you. I hope you find comfort in your memories of your Aunt Tina. Big hugs to you. XOXO

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  7. John says:

    My condolences to you and your family. Safe trip my friend/cousin.

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  8. Maggie says:

    Multiple losses so close together are not easy. I send you and your family my sincere condolences. 89 years is remarkable but as always with those we love, we always hope for more. Have a safe journey.

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  9. Jennie says:

    It will be good to be with the family, albeit sad circumstances. Best to you, Frank.

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