Paul R. Smith
Useless Info. Man
Made it back ok, got caught in rush hour yesterday on the LIE.
Got there just in time on Tuesday for the first wake, got to see my sister and husband and her kids, her youngest for the first time. More importiantly they got to see me, for the first time in 6 years or so.
Was very strange seeing my father lying there. Allways thought he'd go on forever, he did most of the time as well. Was nice, a bunch of his friends came by, old neighbors and some of his family.
The funeral was very pleasant. There was a short service at the funeral home by a reverand. Then we all drove to Arlington for the military service. The was a flag ceramony with an honor guard, he was in the Navy during WWII, and they played "Taps" (a recording). Thought we were going to be there for the burial, but they do them as a group. Twenty at a time or so. Still have to get the exact locale for his gravesite, I think it's in section 21A. Going to try to visit when I'm on the island for I-Con.
posted by Raechel 2/12/2004 04:05:00 PM
Well, checked with MapQuest and it should take me about 4 1/2 hours to get down to LI. Hope I make it OK, I tend to fall alseep on long drives. The wake is tomorrow at 2pm at the Lang Tobia DiPalma Funeral Home in WI. Will be staying the night with the funeral itself being the next day.
posted by Raechel 2/09/2004 07:45:00 PM