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In memory of Josephine Catani.
She passed away January 1st.
She did me the honor of bringing me into her family, not when I married her granddaughter, but much earlier, at her dining room table, with one word--Mangia. I can never repay her for that.

The Four F's.


These are the words used to describe her.


Not to eat herself,
Not to indulge in
Not to fatten
Never to eat alone
But Food to serve others
Food to gift
Food to create
Food to turn disorder into order
In Her kitchen
Food to build community,
To serve friends,
To service faith,
And always, always
To build a strong family.

Friend to so many
Not just fun and games,
Not just Wine and Bocce
But friend as a virtue
Friend is hospitality to all
Welcome to strangers
Friends to serve,
Friends to love
To Her Community
To Her Neighborhood
To Her Church and faith
Always, Always
To Her Family

Strong dedicated Catholic
Obedient and full of faith
A place to serve
To turn disorder into order
To find friends
To define Family
The center of Her community
From earliest schooling
Until today
Faith in God
Faith in the Church
Faith in Her friends
Faith in Her community
Faith in Her Husband
And always, always
Faith in Her family.

Always, always family.
To serve Her family
To grow Her family
To turn disorder into order
At least in Her family
Whatever was needed
Whatever would help
Always, Always family
She was dedicated to
Her parents and grandparents
in their day,
Aunts and Uncles too numerous to count,
Sisters far and close
Always close no matter how far,
Husband, and Children,
Grand Children, Great Grand Children
Their wives and husbands and families
The Hill, The Church,
And Thankfully, me.
Always, Always Family
And when the rest was forced from her by age
When food became too difficult to cook
When one by one, friends passed on
When the Church became to hard to visit.
There was still Family
To hold her up
To comfort her
To provide for Her as she had provided
So generously
So abundantly
So graciously
For them
To love Her as she loved them.
Always, Always
The Family

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That was lovely.
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It was indeed. Thank you for sharing her with us.
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