Tante Trina

The calls from Germany just keep coming. Today, we got the news that my great-great-aunt Tante Trina passed away. When I say great-great-aunt, she was the youngest sister in the line of 10 children where my great-grandmother was the oldest – making Trina and my grandmother fairly close in age.

She was 91 and suffering from Alzheimer’s and went peacefully, and I hate to say any death is a good death – but she certainly lived a long, full life.

The last time we saw her in person was when we visited Germany in 2000, and her Alzheimer’s was pretty advanced at that point, even. She did not remember my mother or my aunt very much… and me not at all.

I will tell you who made quite an impression on her, though… Bryan. She insisted that he take her hand wherever we walked, and called him what roughly translates to “Pretty Boy” in German slang.

I always knew she had good taste.

Tante Trina, Tante Gretel (my great aunt) and Karolina (my Oma) around 1991.

This article has 15 comments

  1. Anonymous

    Sorry for your loss.

  2. soccer mom in denial

    I’m sorry. I wish I could give you a hug but am glad she got to meet your pretty boy.

  3. Nancy

    I’m glad you were able to see her on a visit in 2000. I am sorry for the loss you are feeling.

    Memories and photos are a good way of keeping loved ones near =)


    Ich wusste nicht, dass Du, auch deutsch biss. Von welche Stadt ist Deine Familie?

  5. J at www.jellyjules.com

    Altzheimers sucks. 🙁 My grandma is 91, and doing OK, but forgetting more and more. What a stupid disease.

    I’m sorry for your loss, though surely it wasn’t a surprise. Not sure that helps any…

  6. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Pedestrian – Ich habe Deutsch sprecht mehr wann ich war junge. Mein Deutsch is nicht so gut jetzt. Meine Familie sind ganz rüber! Aber Trina lebte im Nord Bayern.

    And thank you all. 🙂

  7. Wenderina

    Hoping your sweet memories are a comfort in your loss. And yes, there is a good death, the one the concludes a good life and no lingering regrets.

  8. zipper

    that’s too bad, but she sure had a long life!

  9. Nadine

    I’m sorry for your loss Aimee.

    Aunts are called ‘tante’ here too! I did not know it was the same in German.

  10. thecasualperfectionist.com

    Oh no! I’m so sorry…

    On a happy note, I LOVE that picture! You can see the fun-loving glint in their eyes! 🙂

  11. Tree

    I am sorry for your loss, but I enjoyed the story.

  12. zenrain

    so sorry…big hugs from me 🙂

  13. Jenn in Holland

    Oh, bless, Aimee. I am sorry for your loss, but happy for your sweet memories.

  14. sue

    I’m sorry for your loss, but am glad you got to spend time with her and Declan got to meet her.

  15. monstergirlee

    Sorry to hear of your loss Aimee.

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