Portrait of my mother as a butterfly

Posted by Andy on Sep 23, 2009 | Subscribe
in family, memory lane, photography

butterflymomThis is the second anniversary of my mother’s passing. I miss you, Mom.

Here’s what the rabbi said at her funeral:

Eleonor Roman was born in Austria-Hungary in 1915 in the small village of Vrbovce (VR-BOV-TSEH). She met her husband, Paul, while visiting her brother’s scout camp, and their encounter evolved into a beautiful romance. They married in 1939, and through strange twists of fate, found themselves separated during WWII for a full seven years, during which Paul served in the US Army in Alaska, and Nora survived in Czechoslovakia, moving from place to place, avoiding dropping bombs, living by her wits, and on false papers. For years they were out of communication, and didn’t know whether the other was alive. Happily, they reunited in Czechoslovakia in 1946, and soon had two sons, George and Andy.

As part of Paul’s work in the Foreign Service, the family also lived in Austria, Germany, and Thailand, where Nora was exceptionally proud to be a representative of her new homeland, the USA. She often told glowing tales of how happy her life was during those times, and often said: “How did a little girl from Vrbovce deserve the grand life that was given to me?” Nora was especially grateful to be an American, and often said, “It’s not perfect, but it’s the best place on earth.”

Paul Roman died in 1970 after retiring in Silver Spring, where Nora continued to reside for many years.

Nora is survived by her two sons, their wives, Alice and Lynne, a grand-daughter, Kaia, and a great-granddaughter, Kira.  Kaia is currently 6-months pregnant with Nora’s second great-grandchild. Nora also counted her blessings to have a growing extended family of loving nieces and their families.

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