Thursday, February 10, 2011

Elsie Jane

Like most Grandmas, mine was a pretty special lady.


Her name was Elsie Jane Reed Staska and she was born on August 20th, 1922. She married my grandpa LeRoy (Roy) Frank Staska, Senior on Sept. 5th, 1942 and my dad, LeRoy (Lee) Staska, Jr. was born on Jan. 13th, 1944. Their little family was living in Nebraska at the time they joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, after receiving a visit from a missionary that was going door-to-door. My grandparents were sealed at the Salt Lake Temple in 1952.

Nothing was more important to my grandma than friends and family. She lived to serve others. She was very active in her church callings and in the Sunrise, Florida community where she raised her family.

And what a big family it was! You can't talk about my Grandma Staska without figuring out exactly how many grand children and great-grandchildren she actually has!

Let's see...

Her first son Lee (my dad) married Paula and then later married Kim. Out of both marriages, there were 5 children:
Jeremy
Jeff
Jason
Jessie
Jami

And then there's Joe next, I believe... He married Kathy, who passed away, and then later married Ricki (and adopted her boys). Together, they all have:
Jon
Christian
Nathan
Adam
Justin

I think my Aunt Liz comes next. She's married to Dane. They have 5 kids, too...
Chase
Tara
Taylor
Chelsea
Channing

Then there's David, married to Diane.
Matthew
Dustin
Brett

And the baby of the family, Mark, who married young, and died before his time.
Katie

That would be 19 grandkids. Not too shabby! Glancing through the list of all my cousins, I believe I count 10 great-grand children. It could be more since I'm not very close with anyone except Justin from my Uncle Joe's family.

I expect many, if not all, of those children, grandchildren, and maybe even some of the great-grandchildren will be making the trek to Southern Florida next weekend to pay tribute to this beautiful soul.

Even though she had so many grandkids, she never made you feel like you were one of 19. When you were at her house, amidst the decor of royal blue in every room, she made you feel like you were her only grandchild.

Almost all of the photos I have online are from 2007/2008. This is the last year that my grandma still recognized some people, despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer's before then. Soon after she left her two sons in the South (Lee and David), she traveled out west to Utah to stay with her only daughter Liz. Liz's family took care of her for the past 3 years, despite the tremendous care that she needed when her memory of daily tasks completely failed.




I think, to honor her, I'll be wearing something blue to her funeral next week. She'd like that.

11 comments:

  1. What a wonderful tribute! You are blessed with many wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. Her countenance glows! I'm sorry about your family's loss Jessie. I hope her funeral is as special as this tribute was.

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  3. So that's where you got your smile. ♥

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  4. Sorry to hear about your grandma. She looks like she had a very happy full life.

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  5. You can just see her beautiful spirit glowing inside her! I'm sorry for your loss... that probably felt like it happened several years ago when she became "ill". My prayers are with you and your family!!!

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  6. I am so sorry for your loss but what a beautiful tribute. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. a beautiful tribute to her ... she seems like an amazing woman. you all are in my prayers as you celebrate her life.

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  8. What a sweet post - she sounds like snazzy lady!

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  9. Jessie, what a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you, my friend.

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  10. She sounds like a very special lady! I think she'd like it if you wore blue too. I'm sure she's going to be greatly missed.

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  11. this is such a beautiful tribute jess. i'm sorry for your loss, she sounds like a wonderful lady.

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