She will be missed

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life140 Comments


Yesterday, we lost a very special woman in our family. Dan’s grandmother, Norraine, passed away, after spending 96 years here on this earth. I’m so thankful for this woman, and thankful for her daughter, who had a son, who I get to spend my life with, and raise a family of my own.

I’m thankful my kids were able to have her in their lives. Thankful indeed.

Will be back next week. Heading up North for the funeral. To celebrate her amazing life.


Cathy ZielskeShe will be missed

140 Comments on “She will be missed”

  1. #3

    God bless you all… I know how this feels having lost my grandmother in August (she missed her 90th birthday by 2 months)

  2. #8

    You’re all so lucky to have had her as part of your lives for so long, even though on a day like this, it doesn’t seem anywhere near long enough.
    My grandmother died in 1985, 14 years before I got married, she never met my husband, or her great grandchildren…
    We miss her every day.
    Enjoy your memories!

  3. #13
    jenn b

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. We celebrated my grandmother last year and it truly was a celebration of her life. Enjoy the time with your family–it goes by quickly.

  4. #14

    So very sorry for your loss….I love that you’ll be celebrating her life! Safe travels my friend!

  5. #19

    My heart felt sympathies to you and your family. How blessed you were, indeed, to have her looking over the family for so many years.

  6. #20
    Laura from Calgary

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Your strength, love for her and memories of her will get you through this hard time.

  7. #24

    I remember your post about her, and it was one of my favourites. She must have been quite a woman.
    My deepest condolences to Dan and your family.

  8. #26

    Losing a beloved grandmother is so sad. But your family was blessed to have her for so long. My deepest condolences to you all.

  9. #30

    Oh, what a sweet woman. May we all be so blessed as to live to be that old, that kind, and have such loving family as Norraine.
    Praying for comfort and strength for you and your entire family…

  10. #31
    Diane Roberts

    Sending you all lots of hugs on this sad loss. I never knew any of my grandparents, so your children have been so blessed by her presence in their lives. Thinking of you all….

  11. #32

    I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. Grandparents are such gifts to our children and families. I’m so happy your children experienced such a wonderful women. You will all be in my thoughts & prayers!!!

  12. #33
    Wendy Holifield

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss!!! What a beautiful lady. I absolutely love that picture of her with your kids! The sweet expression on her face is priceless.

  13. #34
    miss h

    I’m sorry for your family’s loss. It is very special that your kids got to grow up with a great grandmother. Have a safe trip.

  14. #36

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Enjoy the celebration of Norraine’s life, we should all be so blessed as she was.
    KellyM in MN

  15. #37

    Oh so sorry to hear. What a beautiful lady! And 96!! It’s great she was here to know your children. Those pictures are priceless.

  16. #40

    So sorry for your loss. What a great picture of your kids with her – I’m sure she will be greatly missed. 96 is pretty amazing:)
    StacyS. (Alberta, Canada)

  17. #42
    Deborah P

    Safe travels and my sympathies for your loss. Grandparents (and great-grandparents) are so special. I’m glad Aidan and Cole are old enough to have solid memories of her that they’ll have the rest of their lives. My nieces knew my grandmother, but were too young to have retained those memories. She loved them so; I regret they cannot remember that themselves.

  18. #43

    So sorry for you loss, I remember that photo with the kids and how gratefuly you were that she made that trip with your family. No one can ever take away the memories!

  19. #45

    Cathy, my heart hurts for you and everyone who loved this woman! You are definitely in my thoughts & Prayers.

  20. #47
    Lovebug Kat (Chatty Kathy)

    thoughts and prayers going out to you and yours Cathy, she sounds like an amazing woman.

  21. #48

    My prayers go out to you and your family. She looks and sounds like she was a wonderful person! {{{HUGS}}} for you all. πŸ™

  22. #49

    Hi Cathy,
    I think that it must be amazing to have a woman with so many years and so much history be a part of your family story. I am sure she will live in your hearts and her goodness will live on through you and Dan and your children. Condolences on your loss.
    Kelly V

  23. #50
    Denise in AK

    Cathy, What a blessing your kiddos had in knowing and loving such a person. Praying for a peaceful time with all who loved her.

  24. #51

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Spend the time with your family remembering the wonderful woman she must have been and celebrating her life – we had a celebration of my husband’s aunt’s life last weekend and it was good to have the chance to talk and remember the woman she had been. Safe trip both ways.

  25. #53

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. How amazingly blessed you were to have such a wonderful woman in your lives. Hold tight to your special memories.

  26. #54

    What a blessing to have her around for so long. She looked like such a sweet lady. Hugs to you and your family. Safe travels.


  27. #55

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
    It is such a blessing to have special people in our lives like Grandparents. We lost my Grandmother 2 months ago. I was fortunate to have a really close relationship with her and my children did as well. She will be greatly missed. We are better people having known her.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family this weekend.

  28. #56

    My thoughts are with you all – the gratitude in your post is such a good reminder to be thankful today.

  29. #58
    Dana J

    How wonderful you and your children were blessed with her. May your memories be your source of comfort and keep her memory alive.

  30. #60

    So sorry to hear about your family’s loss. But, like you said, how wonderful to have her be part of your family’s life. May the warm memories of her help you through this difficult time.


  31. #61

    Ninety seven years deserves to be celebrated-my deepest sympathy to all of you. This is when we are so glad that we document our memories.

  32. #68

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My Gram has been gone eight years and I just wrote a post about her last week because I didn’t want to forget the little things… I’m so glad you do what you do so you have photos and memories that your kids will never forget.

    Will be thinking of you this weekend and saying a prayer for your safe travels…

  33. #71

    I am sorry for your loss. What a special time for your children, not many of us get to know our great grandparents.

  34. #73
    Kim K

    I remember when you posted that shot of Dan’s grandmother earlier this year (I think it was this year?) She seems so “with it” in those pictures, and I just love her sense of style!
    I’m sure those are terrific memories for your kids and your family!
    Norraine was the same age as my grandfather, who passed away just last Sunday. It was wonderful getting together with family to remember him. I hope you have the same experience with your extended family at the celebration of her life! Your “virtual friends” here on the net will be thinking of you…

  35. #78

    what a blessing to have had such an valuable part of Dan’s history to fill a place in yours and A/C life. My most favorite alltime project was a vintage “celebration of life” I made for a 90 grandmother– pictures from 1890-1900 what an honor. I know you will honor her memory in a creative way. God Bless your family.

  36. #79
    Shari from Denver

    I’m praying for you and your family. Norriene was a very cute, sweet looking worman. I am glad you are celebrating her life, and the fact that you were able to spend so many years with her.
    blessings from Denver

  37. #80
    Jeannette P

    Sending sincere condolences to you & your family. Have a safe trip & enjoy celebrating & remembering Norraine’s life as much as you can in this sad time.

  38. #81

    Your husband’s grandmother sounds like she had an amazing life and touched a lot people. May your sweet memories of her comfort all of you. May she rest in peace…

  39. #82
    Jean Leone

    How lucky you are that she graced your family and you have the photos nad memories to keep near and dear to your hearts. My deepest condolences to all.

  40. #84
    amy staats

    So sorry for your loss. It is a sad time when you loss someone extra special, but you always are grateful for the memories you have to cherish!

  41. #85

    Thoughts & prayers go out to you, Dan, your kids and the rest of the family on this great loss. It’s times like these when you know you’ve been truly blessed to have known such a great woman. She almost had a century of wisdom and love under her belt to share with those she loved. What a gift! Treasure those amazing photos and the warm, loving memories that go with them!

  42. #86

    My sympathies to all your family- especially to Dan. It’s never an easy thing to say goodbye. Even after 96 amazing years. I hope you have a good weekend remembering such a special lady…and likely taking in some beautiful fall northern MN colors too. Grandma looks like she would have loved this time of year. Take care.

  43. #87
    Jennifer Larson

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a treasure that she was with you for so many years! Such good memories for your family.

  44. #88

    I am so sorry for your loss! Your post made me teary for my own grandmother – who also hit 96, and passed away in 2001. We should all be so blessed!

  45. #89

    I’m sorry Cathy, for your loss. They are lovely photos. It reminds me to never be afraid of the camera, just to let it be.

  46. #90

    I’m so sorry for your loss. But what a wonderful way to honor her – a celebration, not a funeral.

  47. #93

    I’m sorry for your loss. It just seems so sad when a generation leaves this earth. How wonderful that she blessed your family for so many years.

  48. #95

    My condolences to you and your family. I can see in her face that she loved life. I’m sure you will miss her a lot. Have a safe trip.


  49. #96

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family, but wow…96, and she looks like a spry little lady…how fortunate that she and your kids were able to know each other and hopefully reminisce about all the experiences and struggles she had endured in those 96 years of life.
    Hugs to you and yours…

  50. #98
    Karen Kelly

    What a blessing that you all have had her in your lives for all of these years. Travel safely and enjoy gathering with friends and family as you celebrate her life and legacy.

  51. #102

    So sorry for your loss. What a great, long life she had and what a gift to be able to celebrate it this weekend. Hugs.

  52. #105

    My sincere condolences to you all, Cathy. I am attending my grandmothers funeral today, so I can relate as to how hard it is to lose such a wonderful person. We can only be grateful for the time we had with them. God bless.

  53. #107

    My condolences to you and your family. We lost my grandmother (she was 93) in July. While a sad time, it truly was an opportunity to celebrate her life. Wishing you all peace and many hugs.

  54. #108
    Erin Glee

    Cathy and Family~ so sorry for “Grandma” making her Transition, and so glad she had a full, wonderful life, and that you got to be part of it!

  55. #110
    Tina Brown

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my grandmother last year and it has been so very hard. She was a wonderful seamstress and there are many days where I think I will just give grandma a call…and then remember that I can’t. I will be thinking of you and your family. God bless you all.

  56. #112

    She looks like an amazing woman who lived a long, rich, joy-giving life. Hope you throw a wonderful party to celebrate her life. Prayers and peace to all of you.

  57. #114

    Hi Cathy,
    Here a Dutch condolences….
    What a beautiful age this beloved lady has received! And then….Great to be so beloved!
    I think the loss is awful, but the memories must be wonderful!
    I hope you all will be okay there!
    Take care and hang in there,

  58. #115

    Cathy & Dan, your kids are so lucky to have known their great-grandmother! What an amazing life she must’ve led in her 96 years. So nice that you have photos to spur your memories.

  59. #117
    Mary M.

    My condolences to you and your family. Keep the wonderful memories you shared with her in your heart forever.

  60. #118

    I read your note in our classroom and wanted to express how sorry I am for your loss. I loved seeing the photos you have here of her with Dan and the kids. I wish I had more pictures of my maternal grandparents (with me and my brother), and because of that, I make sure I take lots of my paternal grandparents whenever I see them.

  61. #124
    Barb A. Stewart

    Dear Cathy and Dan,
    I’m sorry to hear of the loss, of who looks to have been the sweetest little lady in the world! Your children are so blessed to have known her…what a gift!
    I hope that your family finds great peace as you celebrate her life.
    Big Hugs to you all…

  62. #125
    Sharon F.

    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. It’s so wonderful that you were able to spend as much time as possible with her. Our relatives have so much to share, especially those with so many miles logged. My deepest sympathies.

  63. #126

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dan and the kids.


  64. #127
    Missus Wookie

    So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind – a family who treasured you and loved you. Great-grandparents are a special blessing.

    Hope the trip Up North went well.

  65. #128
    Monica Brown


    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am so glad that your children had a chance to know her. You can see how much she loved them in those photos.


  66. #131

    I am so sorry to hear about Dan’s grandmother. How amazing that she was in his life for 96 years! What a legacy…

  67. #132

    I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I also just lost my grandmother last week, she was 86. I love the picture with her and the kids. She looks so sweet.

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