ForeverMissed

In tears I saw you sinking, and watched you pass away.

My heart was almost broken, I wanted you to stay.

But when I saw you sleeping, so peaceful, free from pain,

how could I wish you back with me to suffer that again.

It broke my heart to lose you, but you did not go alone.

For part of me went with you, the day God took you home.

 

If Roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me.

Place them in my Mother's arms and tell her they're from me.

Tell her that I miss her, and when she turns to smile,

place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.

 

Remembering her is easy, I do it every day.  

I think of her as living, in the hearts of those she touched.

For nothing loved is ever lost, and she was truly loved so much.

Posted by Lynette Mlady on September 17, 2017
As I was looking at Aunt Blanche's photo's today on her 90th Birthday and especially her nurse photo's I thought of something I read and feel is so true about Aunt Blanche - "We may never know how far one person's love has spread, but we know how that love has graced us. And we will treasure that knowledge forever." Thinking of you Mary Jo & Lindsay. Sending Love and Hugs!
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 17, 2017
Remembering you today Mom on your 90th Birthday. I still find myself wanting to pick up the phone to call you. The fun conversations we've had will always be my favorite memories.
Posted by Lynette Mlady on September 20, 2016
The following quote of Matthew Kelly, is taken from "The Rhythm of Life" - "The good we do is never lost; it never dies. In other people, in other places, in other times - the good we do lives on forever." Aunt Blanche's goodness is living on. God's Blessings, Mary Jo! Love you!
Posted by Janette Cooksey on September 18, 2016
Happy Birthday Blanche,
We all miss you and think of you all the time.
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 18, 2016
Hi Mom...

Happy Birthday... Yes, I am thinking of you today and remembering you. I still find myself wanting to pick up the phone and call you; and then I am reminded that I can't. Are you someplace where you can see me? Will you give me a sign? I want to know that you are existing and at peace someplace. I love you, Mom.
Posted by Lori Faulk on September 18, 2015
Happy Birthday Blanche, I know your having a joyous day in heaven.
Posted by Lynette Mlady on September 18, 2015
"What the heart gives away is never lost...it is kept in the hearts of others."  Aunt Blanche will always have a special place in my heart for all she gave with her heart. Love you forever!
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 17, 2015
Mom, it's your birthday today and you are in my thoughts and memories. I miss you!
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 18, 2014
You are very much in my thoughts today, Mom. Remembering all the laughs we've had, even the tears. Always loving you,

Mary Jo
Posted by Lynette Mlady on September 17, 2014
Aunt Blanches 87th birthday today was a special time for me to look at all the photo's in the Gallery and remember what a very kind, caring & fun loving person Aunt Blanche was. She made a difference in many people lives and will always be remembered.
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 18, 2013
Thought a lot about mom on her birthday. She is always in my heart and in my thoughts.
Posted by Lori Faulk on September 18, 2013
Happy Birthday Blanches.RIP
Posted by Lynette Mlady on September 18, 2013
Special days bring special memories. Fondly remembered!
With much love, James and Lynette
Posted by Soul Ch on January 18, 2013
I found out 3 weeks after that u past away&it broke my heart i cried for months because you weren't just my neighbor across the hallway you were like a grandma to me&sadly i couldnt say my final goodbye or give you a last hug,i didnt know your family to contact them to see if you had a memorial here in Denver.Yesterday you told me in my dreams to find you & here i am Rest in peace&i miss u
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 18, 2012
Thinking of all the great memories with you mom. Still miss you so much!
Posted by Lynette Mlady on September 18, 2012
With remembrance and love of Aunt Blanche on this special day, her 85th birthday. We so enjoyed Mary Jo and Lindsay with us for the Viterna Family Reunion and all the wonderful memories, stories, and pictures shared by the cousins of all our loved ones, and especially visiting the Viterna homestead site. We know Aunt Blanche and all those gone on before us remain with us in spirit.
Posted by Janette Cooksey on September 17, 2012
I light this candle for Mary's Mom (Blanche) in her loving memory.
She will live forever in our hearts.
Mary, she is so proud of you.
Posted by Mary Raquepo on May 13, 2012
You are very much in my thoughts on this Mother's Day, Mom. I've been going through old photographs and there are so many great memories. Love, M. Jo
Posted by Lori Faulk on March 31, 2012
Blanche, Its hard to believe it has been two years since you went home. I hope you and my Mom have had a chance to medt.mary jo and I miss you both. Happy Easter to you both. God Bless, Lori
Posted by Mary Raquepo on December 25, 2011
Mom, you're very much in my thoughts today. Christmas Day is never quite the same without you. I miss you!
Posted by Lynette Mlady on December 25, 2011
Remembering Aunt Blanche today and all the fun cards/notes she sent, like the one with a ladybug sticker that said "From The Old Ladybug" or " Your Silly Old Aunt." I love rereading them and thinking of her and the smiles she gave us. Love Always! Lynette & James
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 17, 2011
It's Mom's birthday so my heart is very much with her today. I'm remembering all the long phone conversations we had over the years. So many occasions they were filled with fun and laughter. I miss those times but will always have the memories to make me smile.
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 17, 2011
Lots of virtual hugs and kisses for Mom today (-:
Posted by Mary Raquepo on May 2, 2011
Mom, I've been thinking of you a lot lately; it was recently the 1 year anniversary of your passing, and Mother's Day is approaching. I light you this "virtual candle" in hopes that you are indeed somewhere where you will find this/me. Love Mary Jo 
Posted by Mary Raquepo on April 12, 2011
Mom, today I find myself missing you so much. I'm feeling very down today and I just wish I could talk to you. You always had such genuine compassion and a sense of humor that would always lift my spirit. I love you Mom... Mary Jo
Posted by Janette Cooksey on March 31, 2011
I light this candle in memory of Blanche Vega on her one year anniversary of her passing.

May she have peace and love always.
Posted by Lynette Mlady on March 31, 2011
We light this candle for you,Aunt Blanche,as we feel your love through all the beautiful things in life, sunshine,flowers,refreshing rain,gentle breeze,stars, rainbows,smiles,laughter,family,friends. Your love will remain in our hearts forever.L&J
Posted by Lynette Mlady on December 25, 2010
Dear Aunt Blanche today on Christmas I'm thinking of you, Mary Jo,& Lindsay. Family is so special and we love you all. Peace and Love. Love, Lynette and James
Posted by Mary Raquepo on December 25, 2010
Mom, I'm thinking of you this Christmas Day, and hoping that you are someplace where you're happy and warm.

Did you know Lindsay was with you when you were sick? Did you feel her hold your hand? You would be so proud of her Mom. She is going to do wonderful things with her life. She is growing into such a beautiful young woman.

We both miss you very much.
Posted by Lois Kreycik on November 26, 2010
Dear Aunt Blanch My thoughts are of you and Mary Jo and Lindsy at this Beautiful Thanksgiving time.
I miss talking to you. Know your in our thoughts and hearts always. We are close in spirit always. Love Lois and Rollo
Posted by Mary Raquepo on November 25, 2010
You're on my mind today Mom. It's Thanksgiving, and I can't call you as I always have. I hope you're very happy and content somewhere, and that you know I'm still here thinking of you. I love you Mom. Mary Jo
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 18, 2010
My Dear Beautiful Mother, I am thinking of you today on your 83rd birthday. A day doesn't go by where I don't think of you and wish you were still here with me. I do hope you are celebrating with your siblings and parents today. I love you Mom.... Mary Jo
Posted by Lynette Mlady on September 17, 2010
Dear Aunt Blanche I light this candle for you on this special day, your 83rd birthday. I miss you and especially miss calling you to wish you a Happy Birthday and all our 1-2 hr. phone calls. We had lots of fun conversations that still make me laugh. Love You Forever! Lynette
Posted by Lori Faulk on September 17, 2010
Happy Birthday Blanche!!!! Hope your having a sunny day and eating lots of cake and ice cream. Take Care-Lori
Posted by Brian Mlady on September 17, 2010
Great Aunt Blanche, it is with much love that I send you Birthday Wishes today. I will miss not hearing back from you with your interesting letters and news clippings. I hope that you and Grandpa Joe and the rest of you family are having a great celebration today! With much love to you, Brian, Kandie and kids
Posted by Mary Raquepo on June 11, 2010
Mom, I continue to think of you and miss you every day. So thankful to have this memorial site to express to you my thoughts. I hope you can feel me here. Today is a special day Mom. Lindsay is 18!
Posted by Sharla Rau on June 5, 2010
I light this candle in memory of my Great Aunt Blanche. I will always remember the typed letters she sent me along with various news articles and pictures. She was an amazing, loving woman.
Posted by Lori Faulk on May 31, 2010
Hi Blancher's: Thinking of you today. I planted some flowers for you and my Mom today. Miss both of you!
RIP- Lori
Posted by Lynette Mlady on May 31, 2010
Remembering you Aunt Blanche and all the other special people who are with us in spirit this Memorial Day.
-James and Lynette
Posted by Larry Viterna on May 22, 2010
Aunt Blanche always helped us laugh when the going was rough and down-played her own health issues in order to focus on others. We miss our family member and friend.
- Larry and Marty Vitern
Posted by Carolyn Patao on May 19, 2010
My dear Aunt was my 1st babysitter/surrogate sister.
Will miss her voice/humor. Had priviledge of seeing
her graduate from nursing school. Niece, Carolyn
Juracek Patao
Posted by Lois Kreycik on May 18, 2010
I light this candel .Memories of laughter and giggles visits to the farm of Frank and Vlasta. Fun times visiting in Ne. I loved our phone visits thru the years. Peace and love to all Love lois Rollo.
Posted by Brad Mlady on May 16, 2010
I light this candle for Aunt Blanche in memory of her sense of humor and love of life that she had shown even through the difficult times. She is an inspiration to me and will always be remembered.
Posted by Jocelyn Viterna on May 11, 2010
I light this candle for my Great Aunt Blanche, who saw us through difficult times with love, smiles, cheer, and her extensive knowledge of medicine. What a brilliant, generous woman.
Posted by Mary Raquepo on May 11, 2010
Mom, I'm lighting this candle for you today because I'm missing you. I'm trying to be strong. I do know you're in a better place, with no more pain, no more medications to take every day. I just miss your voice and laughter so much. Love you, M. Jo
Posted by Liz Hess on May 10, 2010
I light this candle for my friend Mary's mom Blanche in her loving memory.
Posted by Mary Raquepo on May 9, 2010
I light this candle for Mom on the first Mother's Day I am without her. I miss her so much. 
Posted by Janette Cooksey on May 9, 2010
"I light this candle for Mary's Mom (Blanche) in her loving memory. She will never be forgotten and she will live in our hearts forever."
Posted by Lynette Mlady on May 9, 2010
"I light this candle for Aunt Blanche in loving memory of the "Special Aunt" she was. She always brought happiness and smiles to me. I will cherish my wonderful memeories of her forever."
Posted by Lori Faulk on May 9, 2010
I light this candle for Blanche, I was one of Blanche's caregiver's. I knew you for a short amount of time but you touched my heart like so many other people that knew you."Happy Mother's Day."
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Posted by Lynette Mlady on September 17, 2017
As I was looking at Aunt Blanche's photo's today on her 90th Birthday and especially her nurse photo's I thought of something I read and feel is so true about Aunt Blanche - "We may never know how far one person's love has spread, but we know how that love has graced us. And we will treasure that knowledge forever." Thinking of you Mary Jo & Lindsay. Sending Love and Hugs!
Posted by Mary Raquepo on September 17, 2017
Remembering you today Mom on your 90th Birthday. I still find myself wanting to pick up the phone to call you. The fun conversations we've had will always be my favorite memories.
Posted by Lynette Mlady on September 20, 2016
The following quote of Matthew Kelly, is taken from "The Rhythm of Life" - "The good we do is never lost; it never dies. In other people, in other places, in other times - the good we do lives on forever." Aunt Blanche's goodness is living on. God's Blessings, Mary Jo! Love you!
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Slow Dance

Shared by Mary Raquepo on November 24, 2010

This not a story about Mom, but a poem I came across that I thought was important to share.  It was supposedly written by a young girl who was terminally ill, however, I am not able to substantiate it.  A thought provoking poem just the same.  Enjoy....      Mary

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids

play on a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain

slapping on the ground?

Ever follow a

Butterfly's erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun

into the fading night?

........

You better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

........

Do you run through each day

on the fly?

When you ask "How are you?",

do you hear the reply?

When the day is done

do you lie in your bed,

with the next hundred chores

running through your head?

........

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

........

Ever told your child,

we'll do it tomorrow,

and in your haste

not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,

let a good friendship die,

cause you never had time

to call and say "Hi"?

........

Better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

........

When you run so fast

to get somewhere,

do you miss half the fun of getting there?

When you worry and hurry

through your day,

it is like an unopened gift,

thrown away.

........

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower.

Hear the music,

before the song is over....

 

 

Shared by Larry Viterna on May 22, 2010

 Growing up on the farm, Aunt Blanche, Dad's youngest sister, was a favorite of mine. We always looked forward to her visits and were thrilled when Mary Jo was born and began visiting us, too.

As special events came and went in our lives, Aunt Blanche never missed sending a card or note. A bit of humor was always tucked in and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing from her.

Aunt Blanche, along with Aunt Mary and Uncle Gilbert, helped us through one of life's most difficult periods... our Jamey's battle with cancer and her eventual death. Trips to Denver Children's Hospital, stays at McDonald House, and everything in between were made less difficult by knowing Aunt Blanche could accommodate us for an overnight and provide tremendous medical insight to the ravages of T-Cell Lymphoma.

Jamey looked forward to Blanche's visits - Blanche referred to herself as the "Bag Lady" and would show Jamey the "stuff" she carried in it. Most importantly, she gave Jamey, Joel, and Jocelyn reasons to smile. Case in point --- one trip to Denver for chemotherapy, Aunt Blanche gave Jamey a big realistic looking rubber spider. She loved it and, to everyone's surprise, hid it under her t-shirt. The scream of the oncology nurse who watched it tumble out that day brought laughter to everyone getting chemo. Soon, nurses and Drs. from elsewhere in the unit were dropping by to see Jamey and to let her know how much fun she had created. She couldn't wait to let Aunt Blanche know what she and the spider had done!

We will miss our Aunt Blanche, the last direct connection to my Dad's family.

Peace and joy, Aunt Blanche. Our love for you endures.

Larry

(Larry and Marty Viterna)