Kim Benson

Kim Benson

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Grandma

  • Apr 14th, 2016 at 11:46PM

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My Grandma passed away on Monday night. She passed peacefully in her sleep. She was 95 and lived a wonderful life. She and my Grandpa were married for 73 years! Their commitment to one another was exemplary. They lived a rather simple life. Grandma never drove, she walked to the store and cooked nearly everything from scratch. She was a fist generation Italian living in upstate NY. I have such fond memories of playing in her garden as a child. We would pick ripe tomatoes, off the vine and eat them on the spot. Grandma taught us how to cook, make fresh pasta and pizza and cookies. Oh so many homemade cookies. My college roommates loved November because that was when Grandma started her Christmas cookie operation. It wasn't long after Thanksgiving when a giant coffee can wrapped up in masking tape would arrive filled with assorted cookies. Perfect fuel for final exams.

I'll be flying back for the funeral so apologies in advance for radio silence on my end.

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18 comments

Christine D.Christine D.Kenzai Member
almost 5 years ago

Aw, I'm so so sorry for your loss Kim - I miss my grandmothers so much!! As sad as the coming days will be I hope they are equally filled with reminiscing about lovely times with her.


    Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Member
    Traineralmost 5 years ago

    Married 73 years!!! There is no other word but WOW. It’s so great you have such wonderful memories of your grandmother. Safe travels and remember all the smiles...just like that great photo here.


      Nikhil K.Nikhil K.Alumni
      almost 5 years ago

      Those are such wonderful memories and captured moments Kim! Sorry for your loss my friend... We will all meet our maker some day, but I wish that some of us get to live like your grandma. God bless!


        Jess SwarbreckJess SwarbreckKenzai Member
        Traineralmost 5 years ago

        I'm so sorry Kim. What a beautiful tribute to your amazing grandma. Thinking of you x


          Julia B.Julia B.Alumni
          almost 5 years ago

          I'm so sorry to hear that Kim. Sending love and strength! That really is a beautiful photo!


            Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Member
            Traineralmost 5 years ago

            What a beautiful tribute to your grandma, Kim. Now we know where your cooking prowess comes from. Take care of yourself during your travels and keep celebrating her life and cherish your memories of this beautiful woman.


              Yvonne R.Yvonne R.Alumni
              almost 5 years ago

              I am so sorry for your loss Kim and family. What a long and loved life your Grandma had and you are a tribute to her with your culinary skills. Be safe and be strong xox


                Conor B.Conor B.Alumni
                almost 5 years ago

                Condolences Kim, Sounds like Grandma had a beautiful life...


                  Joe C.Joe C.Alumni
                  almost 5 years ago

                  So sorry for your loss. Sounds like an amazing woman and full and long life well-lived!


                    Rob S.Rob S.Alumni
                    almost 5 years ago

                    So sorry to hear Kim - thanks for sharing the memories - they were really lovely.


                      Fiona C.Fiona C.Alumni
                      almost 5 years ago

                      What a lovely tribute email- sorry to hear about your loss of your role model.


                        Brian S.Brian S.Kenzai Member
                        almost 5 years ago

                        Sorry for your loss. I love the story of your Grandmother. 73 years is incredible. 95 years on this planet is terrific. I too had a first gen Italian grandmother and I still make "meatballs and gravy" (gravy = pasta sauce for the uninitiated), Easter bread, zepolle, etc. You are lucky you had such a terrific role model in your life.


                          George B.George B.Kenzai Member
                          almost 5 years ago

                          Sorry for your loss, Kim. Whay a beautiful way to live and pass! You have beautiful memories of her. I like the happy you in that picture.


                            Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
                            Head Traineralmost 5 years ago

                            Thinking of you and your family during this tough time!


                              George B.George B.Kenzai Member
                              almost 5 years ago

                              My condolences to you and your family. It sounds that she had he ideal life and love. May she rest in peace.


                                Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Member
                                Traineralmost 5 years ago

                                So sorry for you and your families loss. What an amazing thing though to live a long wonderful life and to be married for 73 years! Amazing.

                                Travel safe and I hope you are able to hold all of those great memories in your mind and heart. Thoughts are with you Kim.


                                  Gary R.Gary R.Alumni
                                  almost 5 years ago

                                  Sorry to hear that Kim. It sounds like she had a wonderful life and the memories of her children and grandchildren would have been with her to the end. Take care


                                    Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Member
                                    almost 5 years ago

                                    The Greatest Generation...


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