From Christ Church Cathedral, Saint Louis, on Sunday, May 28:
And from various cemeteries:
Jacob Blocher, my great-great-grandfather. He was born in Pennsylvania, married in Illinois to a woman born in Pennsylvania, and fathered 11 children. His eighth child was the father of my grandfather.
John Summers, my great-uncle by marriage. He is Esther’s husband. And very much loved and missed.
My paternal grandparents.
Great-grandparents Charley Gutshall and Fannie Ficklin Guthsall, my mother’s grandparents. Fannie went blind in the 1920’s. I need to ask my father if this great-grandfather ever saw me. (I remember both of my paternal great-grandfathers.)
Gram Blocher and her husband, my mother’s paternal grandparents. I have the vaguest recollection of Gram Blocher, for whom I would have been the second great-grandchild. And I have a couple of her teaspoons in my kitchen drawer.
My maternal grandparents, Ruth Gutshall and Edwin Blocher. G-ma died on my 40th birthday in 2001. Poppie Blocher died in 1967 of a stroke; he was buried in my sister Karen’s 6th birthday.
Great-great-grandparents Gutshall, my mother’s great-grandparents.