Sunday, June 29, 2008

In Loving Memory...

Yesterday the memorial service for my grandfather, Richard Cochenour, was held. Grandpa had a stroke last week and passed away on Wednesday. My grandma died about 11 years ago, so I can only imagine how happy that reunion must have been when grandpa passed.

My grandpa was an amazing man. He overcame so many obstacles throughout his long life. He was a very strong man who loved his family very much. He was always so happy and positive. He was so generous with all he had. My dad, brother, sister and I married into the Cochenour family when I was eight years old. I remember the first time I met them I asked them what we should call them. Grandma replied, "Well, Grandma and Grandpa, of course!" They were so welcoming and accepting of us. They never made us feel any different than any of the other grandkids. We were their grandkids too and that was that. I know that meant a lot to the three of us...and still means a lot to me today. Grandpa had the unique ability to make everyone he came in contact with feel special. That is something I will always remember; everytime I saw Grandpa he would tell me how special I was and to not forget it.

Grandma and Grandpa Cochenour had 8 kids, 35 grandkids and 55 great grandkids. I have very fond memories growing up with many cousins my age--all of whom unconditionally accepted us just like Grandma and Grandpa did. My favorite memories are of the yearly family campouts we had and the times when we just hung out at our grandparent's house--sleepovers on the trampoline, having water fights, playing Rook, making up extra verses to songs, or just talking. I am blessed to have such great cousins.

Mason, me, Cory, Larkin

These were the cousins that were my age (only Mandi is missing). We had a lot of fun growing up together. I am glad I get to see them and their families every now and then.

These are the older cousins that were at the funeral. It's been a long time since we've all been together. A lot of them came in from out of state. It was really great seeing everyone.

Goodbye Grandpa. Thank you for your loving and humble example. I am most definitely a better person from knowing you. I love you!


Jennifer Flake

Christie! I am so sorry! Death of a loved one, although it is inevitable, is never fun to go through. That's fun that you got to see family that you haven't seen in a while! Aren't families great!?
You're looking good for just having a baby by the way! Lucky girl!

Julia M.

How cool. What a neat experience to have such a fabulous grandfather. That was a beautiful tribute. I think funerals can absolutely be celebrations. He's probably so much happier where he is. I hope you are feeling peace at this time.

The McMillans

I am so bad at stuff like this, I never know what to say. We love you, hope it was a day of peace for you and your mom, dad and extended family.

Haws Family

Yes Good-bye Grandpa! I loved the things you had to say Christie, he was such a wonderful man. He truly loved everyone and made you feel so special. I feel so blessed to have been part of his family!

Jay and Kerry

I'm so sorry for your loss. I am sure that he is happy now that he is with your grandma. I hope you are doing ok.