if you knew her…

…I’ll bet you loved her!
This is my Aunt Jo (Josephine) and she was one of the kindest, sweetest people I had the honor to know. She is my father’s oldest sister and she passed away last Tuesday, 12.30.2008 and was laid to rest on Saturday, 01.03.2009. She will be missed by everyone who knew her, who loved her, and who had the good fortune to be in her presence.  She was a good woman.
I’ve chosen to post an image of Aunt Jo when she was vibrant and young because in my eyes and in my family’s hearts that is all she ever was any way; vibrant and young and filled with love and life!
Aunt Jo, circa. 1940, Conneaut, Ohio
I have been blessed to hail from a wonderful Italian family filled with special Aunts, Uncles and cousins on both sides of my family and I am grateful for all of you.
My Aunt Jo is the third loss I’ve had to deal with from November through December, but I continue to count my blessings. I figure if I count my blessings – many of them coming from those I know and love – I’ll be way too busy to think anything other than loving thoughts.
Here’s to you Aunt Jo, and to the legacy of love you’ve left us…not to mention all those good cookie recepies!
BIG love to Aunt Jo, Eddie Jr., Bart, Randy and our extended family – Joanne

  • admin on Jan 05, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for your thoughtfulness and offers to help Jeremy and Jaci, but I’m the least one to worry about. Loss is never easy; I was just glad I could be with my cousins, dad and aunt when she passed; it was a moving experience and an honor…
    So, I’ve had a few losses: my dear kitty of twenty years, a good friend of mine Shawn and now my Aunt. I’m trying to find peace in the blessings I do have, and so I’ll continue to count them.
    My heart goes out to my cousins, my father and his remaining sister so I’ll kindly request that you direct your thoughts and prayers to them, if you would and then to my friend Shawn’s wife and their little girl. They are the people who really need the comfort.
    BIG love, Joanne Bartone Photographer

  • Jaci Clark on Jan 05, 2009 Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts through this difficult time. Let me know if I can help in any way.

  • Jeremy Ganss on Jan 05, 2009 Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. . . I am very saddened to hear of your loss. . . If you need ANYTHING at all, we are here for you.