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Eulogy for My Mom - Catherine Bem Klisiewicz


Hello friends,I recently lost my Mom at the age of 90. Rest in Peace of beautiful servant of Christ!Thanks to everyone for coming today to celebrate my mother’s life. Kate, Mom, Gram, Aunt Kate - she was so many things to so many people. She was one of 12 children of Polish immigrants.  Mom often shared stories of her childhood, growing up on the dairy farm.  There were tales of a bygone era of a solid family life tempered with the hardships of the depression, childhood deaths from influenza, losing her parents with many of the children still at home and leaving the one room school house after the eighth  grade to work in ... » Read More

Father's Day Tribute


Hello Friends,This is a tribute to the great loves of my life named John; my Dad and father-in-law Pap Bartley. I miss you both every day. Here are some old photos of my Dad.  His Polish heritage with the accordion (check out those boots), school photo, pics of him and his parents.  Handsome devil on his wedding day. This was taken at his 75th Birthday Party.  His children and some of the grandsons. He was proud of his service in WWII.  This photo was taken in front of the POW camp. He had been wounded by a machine gun, note the bandage on his leg.  He spent 6 months recovering in a French hospital.  The signatur... » Read More

Generations of Moms - Happy Mother's Day


Hello Friends, Happy Mother's Day to the generations of Moms in our family.  First, my beautiful Mom, Catherine Bem (Kate) Klisiewicz circa 1940's and present day with her children  Bonnie, John, Jeanne & Bob at her 85th Birthday Party: My Mother-in-law Anna Wimmer Bartley.  She is a marvelous Mom and Grandmother and has been  a great support and friend through the years, thanks Gram! My Maternal Grandmother, Carolina Zagata Bem, circa 1910-20.  I never met her as she died when my Mom was a teenager, but she shaped my Mom through her formative years, for that I am eternally grateful, she did a fantast... » Read More
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