A year ago today we lost my beloved Sister-in-law to her courageous battle with Cancer.  All I remember of the week that followed was what Father Adan said at her Funeral.  “If we continue to tell stories of her life, she will live forever”.

Life as a Lenkiewicz has not been the same since she left.  We’ve been through a year of “firsts” without her.  I imagined Christmas would be the worst–amazingly enough I found I missed her most on Halloween…We always brought the kids over to see her after our trick-or-treat runs once she got home from work.  I also missed her last week on my birthday–she was always one of the first calls I entertained on my big day–it wasn’t what she said–it was how she sang–her big booming voice singing Happy Birthday–it always started the day out right.

You can follow along with the pictures–as they tell her story–while I miss her, I thank God her pain is over.  She fought the Cancer with everything she had…it was a brave fight, but the disease eventually won.

She was much more than a victim of a terrible disease to us…she was the face of courage and bravery. 

She was the daughter of Horonata and Zdzislaw … the sister of Edwardine, John and Tony…the sister-in-law of Stanley, Jennifer and Donna…the aunt of Andrew, Tony, and Anna, Adam, Michael, Ryan, Amy and Tom–and aunt through marriage to Cathy, Leanne, Rich, and Becca…a Grand Aunt to Joey, Emmalie, and Anabelle. 

There hasn’t been a day she hasn’t been missed, but we’ve tried to do what she would have wanted us to do–we have lived…she’ll never be replaced, but if we continue to tell her story she will live forever.

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Tags: breast cancer


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  • With a wonderful storyteller like you as her sister-in-law, I'm sure she will live on forever.

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