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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rest In Peace Margaret Walsh

It was a hard day for all of us having to say goodbye to Margaret 'Peggy' Walsh.

Family and friends came from far and near.

St. Mark church in Brooklyn, Peggy's parish, was as remarkable as Peggy.  A classic church with vaulted ceilings, stained glass, and pipe organ.

This day in history "On this day in 1782, Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States after six years of discussion.
The front of the seal depicts a bald eagle clutching an olive branch in its right talon and arrows in its left. On its breast appears a shield marked with 13 vertical red and white stripes topped by a bar of blue. The eagle's beak clutches a banner inscribed, E pluribus unum, a Latin phrase meaning "Out of Many One." Above the eagle's head, golden rays burst forth, encircling 13 stars."

After mass Joan, James, Nora, and Gavin proudly gave accounts of their fondest memories with their grandmother   Peggy.  As they spoke , we all realized that what they felt in their hearts was universal.  We all cried, we gathered together, we united as one family.

Off to the cemetery on an unusually hot and humid day.  The funeral procession passing Peggy's apartment on Shore Parkway.  A slow drive on the belt parkway due to the perpetual construction.  Once at St Johns cemetery, we all gathered once again graveside.

Each of us placed a rose for Peggy.  The grandchildren adding some sand from Sayville beach for Peggy to have for eternity.

The family then spent the remainder of the afternoon at Buckley's for lunch and to comfort one another.  Peggy had just been there with her friend a month or so ago.  Bridal showers, parties, and meals with Peggy over the years have been celebrated here....

We took comfort in being together.  Out of Many One.

Photo of  the day "St Mark"

The parish of St. Mark was established in 1861 to serve Roman Catholics in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn.

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