Sadly, my last surviving grandparent died on Monday. She had been suffering with dementia.
Her brother, my Great-uncle Charles, also passed away the same day, only 20-some minutes before, also from complications of dementia. His death actually made the New York Times in an article1 that also mentions my grandmother:
A sister, Marianne Donovan, also died on Monday.
So my grandmother made the New York Times!
I only saw Charles now and then at family events, but I do remember him encouraging me to continue writing when I was a child prodigy… or a child interested in writing stories at least.
My grandmother was very fond of Charles, so I can easily imagine them reunited, with their minds made whole again, entering the eternal kingdom together. Requiescat in pace.
- Here’s an archive link for posterity.