Thursday, February 09, 2006

The end of an era...

My great-grand aunt Andreé died in her sleep a couple of days ago. She would have turned 100 this year. Auntie Andreé was born in 1906 in Paris, France. Her father was a French Lieutenant, Aerial Photographer during WWI and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. She moved to NYC in 1923 and married my great grand Uncle Douglas Sanna, the youngest son of Sicilian immigrants, in NY in 1925. They lived in New York and Connecticut and we saw them quite a bit when we were growing up. Uncle Doug died in 1982 and afterwards, Auntie Andreé remained in Connecticut until 1995 when she moved to the Keys to be near her children.

My grams who is 88, spent a lot of time with her favorite aunt when she was a young girl and during their adult years. They were only eleven years apart and Andreé was like a second mother to my grams. Auntie Andreé and Uncle Doug lived in a gorgeous cottage in the Connecticut countryside. In 1985 when grams was 68 and widowed just a year, she drove herself up to Connecticut just to spend the summer with her aunt Andreé in the country. They had the best time together, just like when they were younger. Auntie Andreé had a beautiful garden and they liked to spend a lot of time in it.

Auntie Andreé was a very nice lady, full of life, graceful, kind, and very intelligent. She drank fine wine and was sophisticated yet warm and personable. She also had beautiful hair and skin and looked far younger than her age.

Auntie Andreé was the last remaining family member from my great grandmother's generation and now with her passing, they are all gone. Yes, I knew Auntie Auntie Andreé would leave us sometime, I just didn't know it would be so soon.

"Au revoir ma chere tante, jusqu'à ce que nous rencontrons encore."

"Goodbye my dear aunt, until we meet again"


  1. Anonymous2/09/2006

    I'm sorry for your loss. She sounds like a great person who lived a rich life.--ST

  2. Jess, that was beautifully said, thank you. She was a great woman, and we will miss her very much.