My Grandpa

This is a poem I wrote for my grandpa who died (Harry Cooper), but it can apply to any lost loved one.

I love grandpa
We all do
We can cry for him
But we shall not
Die for him
He would want us
To be strong
To remember him
To carry on his legacy
To keep living
He would not want us
To remain in the past
Because one day
We will see him
Again in
Heaven

We will rejoice
And cry
And make up lost years
We will be happy

For me,
I will not only
See him,
I will see my
Summer sunshine
And all my
Other grandparents
That have left
Our world
And others that have
Not gone yet
And won’t for many
Years

Be strong
Today
We did not want this
To happen
But it did
Now we must
Embrace it
We must remember the past
Tend to the future
Yet live in the present

Surprises get in our way
Good or bad
But we cannot
Let them
Control us
We are strong
We love him
Yet we are still strong
We are a family.

Riley

HOPI PRAYER of The Soul’s Graduation

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there,
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight
On the ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there.
I did not die.
My Spirit is still alive…

Leonard Michael Majeske

Leonard Michael Majeske, 90, of South Glastonbury, died on Monday, (February 7, 2011).

He was born and raised in Detroit. He graduated with honors from De Lasalle High School. He received an Engineering Degree from the University of Detroit Professional and a Masters Degree from Catholic University. While in school he was Midwest Editor of Design News magazine. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and was a lifetime member of American Legion Glastonbury. His first career was as Aerospace Engineer. This included a position with NASA working for rocket pioneer Werner Von Braun. He earned several patents on tank, automobile and airplane components. After retiring from engineering he became an educator with the State of Connecticut.

Leonard, also known as Mike, was an accomplished musician proficient in piano, guitar and his favorite instrument, the accordion. He was an avid duplicate bridge player and a founder of the Glastonbury Duplicate Bridge club. He was a lifetime member of Mensa, a published limerick writer and inventor of the sport of tunnis. He played chess for almost 80 years, earned grandmaster points and won several local chess tournaments. He was the Official Town Crier in Glastonbury and also appeared in advertisements for Connecticare. He was a strong vocal advocate for social change.

He was the beloved husband of Joan Thompson who passed away in November 2010. They were married for over 30 years. His sister Delores Gasiorowski lives in Michigan. He has four children, Kathleen Bence, Dennis Majeske, Cheryl Majeske and Christopher Majeske. He has many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services in his honor will be held at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT, on Saturday, February 12 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Glastonbury Senior Center, Special Gift & Contributions – Senior Programs, 300 Wells St., Glastonbury CT 06033. To leave online condolences or for more info, please visit www. glastonburyfuneral.com.

Joan Thompson

Joan Thompson, 78, Wife of Leonard “Mike” Majeske, died November 8th at Hartford Hospital.

She was the beloved and adored Mom of James Thompson and his wife Carol of Colchester, CT, Colleen Thompson Wasicko and her husband Michael of Finksburg, MD and Len Thompson and his wife Melissa of South Glastonbury She was “Babi” to James Thompson III, Kimberly Thompson, Natalie Joan Wasicko and Michael Wasicko and (step) Babi to Melissa and Katie Wasicko.

Her friends called her Joanie, her kids named her Mawh and her grandchildren knew her as Babi. Babi-Mawh-Joanie was born in Connellsville, PA to George and Mary (Duritsa) Egnot. She had three brothers, Don Egnot who died in 1976, Gene Egnot who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and Ray Egnot, who died in 2006. Her extended family still lives in and around Connellsville and she will be deeply missed, especially by Liz Egnot, whom she referred to as her only sister, the wife of her brother Ray.

She was an artist and an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She knew when she was in 5th grade and got paid a nickel for the drawing of a classmate’s silhouette that she wanted to be an artist. She graduated from Connellsville High School, the class of 1950. She graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Moore Academy of Art with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art. She joined the Red Cross after college, because she wanted to see the world. She ended up in Korea and Japan in an entertainment unit, putting on skits for the soldiers abroad. She taught Art in the Hadley, MA school system and was the President of the Glastonbury Art Guild for many years. She was a courtroom artist for WVIT in Hartford and WTNH in New Haven, covering many trials that received national recognition. Her works hang in many banks, libraries and homes throughout the region.

Her first love was drawing charcoal portraits, always capturing the spirit of her subject in just a few strokes. But mostly, she loved her kids and they loved her. A Celebration of Joan’s life will be held Saturday, (November 13, 2010), 10:30 a.m. at the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT. Please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com for more info or to leave condolences online. Memorial Contributions may be made in Joan’s name to the Lupus Foundation of America, CT Chapter, 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 218, Farmington, CT, 06032, the Arthritis Foundation , 35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 411, Rocky Hill, CT 06067, or the Epilepsy Foundation of CT, 386 Main Street, Middletown, CT, 06457.