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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Gladys Castiglione

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Happy Mother’s Day
We miss you

Gladys Castiglione

I hope you knew how proud we were of you every single moment.

You never gave up and fought until the end.
Your courage and strength taught us how to survive.

I miss your laugh.
I miss holding your hand.
I miss hearing your voice on the phone.
I miss complaining about you to Michael.
I miss taking care of you.
I miss making your tea.
I miss you taking care of me.
I miss being someone’s little girl.

Ava is growing so fast.
She reminds me of you more every day.
You would have loved her so much.
She would have been the light of your life.
You would have been a wonderful grandmother.
You would have been her best friend.
Even strangers say that there is something special about her.
Of course there is- you made sure of that.
Thank you for sending her to me.
I am trying so hard to be as good of a mother as you were.
I hope you are proud of me.

I Love You Peanut.
Happy Mother’s Day.

Last updated on: 03/30/2009


Today I went to the beach…oh how you loved the beach.
I thought about you as I enjoyed the sun and as I looked for shells. I miss your laughter, I miss you period.
I know I am selfish when I cry and I know that you are at peace, but there is so many here left behind that miss you too. I hope that you are at peace and that you are smiling down on us, I wish we knew…..I hope you know, we love you.

Mary Carmean – 03/30/2009

I miss my mom everyday. I miss her laughter and her sense of humor. I miss how she would always be there to tell me I am doing the right thing. Or tell me how proud she was of me.

I hope your looking down and can see good Felicia is doing being a Mom. I know you would be so proud of her. I know I am. You would be such a proud grandmother and love Ava so much. There is so much of you in her.

I miss you mom. I wish I could talk to you on more time and and her you say everything is going to be ok. I wish you a happy mothers day and know there is not a day or moment that goes by that I don’t miss you or think of you.

Mike C.

Michael – 03/30/2009

To my Dear Friend, I think of you often, and there isn’t a time that I remember you, that I don’t smile at the recollection of some of your antics. Even now it’s hard to believe you’re not sitting on your lanai drinking tea with your legs tucked up underneath yourself. Boy how we could
sit and talk. We truly had a lot to say to each other. We shared a lot of years, a lot fun and a lot of troubles. All of us hoped and prayed that you’d pull through, it was not to be, but God never really takes anything away from us without giving something back, and to you, my dear Sissy, God gave a beautiful little grand-daughter and I know she’s a source of great joy, comfort and pride to your daughter who misses you so very much. It hurts my heart that you are not here. You’d love her and spoil her I’m very sure of that and that would have been your job wouldn’t it? There would have been so much more….You were a lot of things to a lot of people, Daughter, Mother, Sister, Aunt and Good
Friend. Do we miss you? You bet we do Kiddo!

Flo – 03/30/2009

You were my neighbor and my friend. I loved your laugh and your smile. I enjoyed the many talks on the back porch and how I listened to you talk about how proud you were of all three of your children. Each one having a special place in your heart. You loved with every part of your inner soul and I will miss you so. I have moved away from the house that we shared so many thoughts of you are hard to bear, but I visit you daily at your rest place, look up in the sky and now talk to you there. A new place for both of us now, you are as close to me there as you were when you were here. I will never ever forget you my dear friend and hope that you are looking down on us and smiling and laughing, I will always have you in my heart. I love you.

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