Thursday, December 3, 2015

Roads To A Funeral and Burial

The weather was frightful Tuesday night, snow fell from Monday afternoon and quit sometime late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

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Would it be foggy and icy all the way?  Luckily the plows had made a pass through on the main roads.

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The snow hung in the trees.  It was heavy wet snow, good for snowmen if you had the energy after shoveling.

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The fog lifted and were had partially blue sky.  We took the shortcut to the main highway.

Near guyles lake

The shortcut has not been plowed, beyond the crest of this hill are swerve marks where someone, won’t say who almost ended up in the ditch the night before.

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The main highway was much better.

The funeral was well attended, my Uncle Dennis had many friends.  We had a typical Minnesota funeral lunch, scalloped potatoes and ham, buns, cole slaw, pickles and a variety of cakes and bars for dessert.   No red Jell-O to melt into and color my scalloped potatoes pink…and they even had plates with sections so my food didn’t touch….although my brownie was dangerously close to my pickle.

Dead Horse hill

Funeral procession going down Dead Horse Hill and turning left. We were amazed with the amount of Police Officers and Sherriff's Deputies that were on duty to make the possession safe.  Eight officers in total.

We headed down toward my Aunt and Uncles home where we followed the procession through his equipment yard.

Detour through the equipment yard

After making a big circle we headed back down the road again.

Past the place where my Uncle was born.  Onward to the little church where he was baptized and confirmed.  I was baptized there too.

Church at Toad Lake

Honor Guard

Casket and Flowers

Not a goodbye… but I will see you later.

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22 comments:

  1. Looks like treacherous driving conditions. Glad you made it home safely. Hubby and I are attending a funeral this weekend. I wish people wouldn't die at this time of year; it seems to ruin the Holidays for many of us, yet it does get us together. I have always felt that a funeral is more of a "see you later" kind of thing. Anyway, my condolences.

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  2. I'm glad you made it home safely. There was no chance that you wouldn't attend, obviously, no matter what the weather. It must have been really nice for the family to see how much he was loved and appreciated by so many.

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  3. What a lovely post. And such gorgeous photos.

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  4. Sure sign of love for the man - venturing out on such a messy day. It looks like it brightened up though.

    Thank goodness for plates with dividers!

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  5. I am so glad that unnamed person did not end up in the ditch!

    Those church funeral lunches are always good and good fellowship after funerals. So sorry for your loss.

    Shirley H.

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  6. You brought tears to my eyes.
    Very nicely said.

    Linda

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  7. Condolences ! I have never been to a Military Funeral, heart warming so many officers were there.

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  8. Sorry for your loss. It's never easy.

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  9. Your photos remind me of when we buried my dear mother-in-law on a frigid February day in Yankton, SD.

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  10. Sorry to hear about your Uncle's passing. The pictures look beautiful, especially sitting in the warmth and comfort of my chair! Not so much fun to drive, I'm sure.

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  11. WOW ! You got hammered by snow , looks so very pretty though and glad everyone made it safely . The sun came out for the funeral so someone from above was watching . Lovely photos , I haven't seen plates with the divided parts since I was a kid . Again sorry for your families loss .

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  12. Looks like he had a good send off despite the bad roads.

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  13. Those snowy roads! It just doesn't seem like there should be snow now. Is it pretty there. I like the picture of the little church way off in the snow. I'm sorry about your uncle.

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  14. I'm sorry you lost your uncle and glad no one ended up in the ditch. Yes, that was the usual Minnesota funeral menu, but I would have missed the "jello salad". Nice your uncle had a good send off with many friends and family. He must have been a good man.

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  15. Interest procession through important places in the life of this man.
    I was expecting Jello, it being Minnesota and all.

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  16. Snow is so pretty and so inconvenient. I'm glad you made it there and back safely.

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  17. It is sad to lose someone so special...but "not a goodbye" is a helpful reminder when it gets really sad...

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  18. Beautiful weather but for a sad occasion.

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  19. I am always amazed as to how funeral meals stay the same. The ladies I see there are all women who were in my two brothers class and I am suppose to know who there are, even though they know who I am. The do a lot of salads at our church and sometime bread with balony in case you don't get enough to eat. You photos are cold looking ones and winter has definitely hit your area. The one road looks a lot scary.

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  20. Sounds just like a funeral from my home town although the food was always put on my the VFW Auxillary and held at the VFW. The roads looked pretty treacherous but then your road crews are well equipped to handle it not like here. Do sorry about your dear Uncle. I have none left and they were very dear to me so I can just imagine how you're feeling.
    Hugs.........Sam

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  21. No jello? Or just no red jello? No green beans in cream of mushroom sauce with some kind of crunchy topping? Yes, the funeral meals are pretty similar. Looked like it was an excellent send off for a great guy who was well-loved. Wish the weather had been better, but what can you do, eh? Such a pretty church. Glad you guys made the trip safely.

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  22. Rituals can be a comfort in a time of sorrow. Your uncle sounds like a great character, how fortunate you were to have him part of your life.

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