Sophia & John Strand‏

I have not sent out any little stories for a while….here is another

Sophia and John Strand were George Strand’s parents and my grandparents. John had been the choir director at United Lutheran Church, but I do not remember him doing that. By the time I remember, they lived in Hopkins, Michigan in a small two bedroom in farming country They also had a hump back trailer that was pulled behind or used in Michigan for extra sleeping quarters.

They took the ...

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Grandmas

My grandmother, Martha Surland DeRosa, was the oldest girl child in her family of eight children. Her family was a lady’s tailor for Marshall Fields. He brought home all the extra material. Once their cat had kittens in the box where it was kept. Grandma Dee was such a wonderful sewer, she would stand me on a table and cut a paper pattern and make me an outfit.

He husband, Michael, played the harp in a dance band that played tea ...

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Grandma Dee

Grandma Dee was such a regular person, but she had a strange family. Her father was a ladies’ tailor for Marshall Fields. Grandma’s mother was his second wife….don’t know what happened to the first, but there were two half sisters. Grandma’s oldest brother, John, was an alcoholic artist. He was married to Tess and when Grandma and I visited, we always had Italian sausage sandwiches. Because I liked them, Tess let him eat them….by the way, they were Norwegian. Next ...

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Karen Lawler’s “Extended” Family

My dad used to ride the bus to work everyday in Chicago. He always carried a leather bound version of the “Complete Works of Shakespeare.” He is the one who developed my love of reading and history.
My mother who had very little education, about 2 years of high school, also loved to read….she just read love stories very slowly. She was very smart for her limited education.
Here is a list of “all my children”:
Marcus Hinton 58
Aaron ...

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Christmas 1997 – Karen Lawler

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE

Well, 1997 is almost a year of the past. It is amazing how quickly time passes as we age. It has been another eventful year, both good and bad.

In February, I developed uterine cancer from the medication I take for the breast cancer. Another doctor saying the big C word was almost more than I could handle, but I did. I had a hysterectomy, and they got it all. I again dodged having chemo as ...

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