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I received a text message yesterday stating the news I knew would one day come: My grandmother passed away at 98-years-old.

My grandmother, better known to everyone as NANA, was a wonderful person.  I’ve never heard anyone utter a negative word about her.   How could they?  Nana was impossible not to love.

Nana was a small lady, less than 5ft tall, but she had the biggest heart of all time.  She was of Italian heritage, and she was married to my grandfather (Poppa) until he passed away in the early 1980s. Nana was the mother of four, grandmother to eight, great grandmother to seven.

For most of her adult life, Nana held the hardest and most rewarding job in the world: She was a mother and housewife.  Later in life, to keep herself busy and to pay the bills, she held a small office job for a publisher.

I was her first grandchild.  She and Poppa would babysit me often from the time I was born.  And to keep me busy as a little boy, Poppa would buy little matchbox cars for me.  But I was adamant about having white cars.  So when there was no white cars left to buy, he and Nana would buy colored cars and white model paint.  Together, with Nana at our side, Poppa and I would paint the cars for hours at the kitchen table.  Then we’d sit down for dinner — Nana made the best meatballs.

As I grew older there was nothing more exciting than seeing Nana at a holiday gathering, especially when I had kids of my own.  My kids loved Nana — she was their favorite person from my side of the family.  But like everything in life, time got in the way of being together as often as I’d like.  With four kids and many businesses to run, my time with Nana got less and less each year.   Sadly, for the past year she had been very lonely in her nursing home in NY.  I must add my frustration here:  All the bullsh*t surrounding the COVID lockdowns and shutdowns were totally unnecessary, and the people who paid the greatest price were the elderly.  People like my Nana were prevented from seeing loved ones.  I never asked Nana what she thought of the Democrats who run New York, but if you watch the video below you can only guess what she’d say given the chance.

My uncles mostly took care of her after Poppa died, but periodically she’d make it over to my mother’s house.  A few years ago, not long after Trump took office, I found myself near the neighborhood where I grew up.  I stopped in with my kids to say hello to Nana.  In the video below you can tell she’s losing some of her memory.  That is until the name Hillary Clinton pops up — Nana didn’t think much of Hillary.  She liked Trump.

My Nana will be missed.  I wish I could have one last moment to tell Nana I loved her, and to thank her for being such a wonderful person.  But the opportunity will have to come down the road when we meet again.  Until then, her memory will be with me always.  I don’t think she’s reading the news in heaven, but if she is let me say this from the bottom of my heart.  Nana, on behalf of Mary and the kids, I say thank you for being a part of our lives.  Say hi to Poppa for me; tell him I have a two white cars — a white truck and a white SUV.  I will never forget the last words you said to me Nana – thank God I captured the moment on video.  You said, “I love this face!”  You said it with a big smile as grabbed the bottom of my chin.  A great moment, a lasting memory, and a reflection of our shared love will live on within the video. I will miss you Nana. I love you, Denny.

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  1. So sorry for your loss DML. She sounds like she was the best nana ever. Smart too, to recognize Hillary was not a good person!

  2. I’m very sorry for your loss. You definitely had a last visit with Nana when you wrote this story. It came from your heart.
    I wish you and your family peace at this time.
    Ellie Leas

  3. Thanks for sharing your story. It makes the rest of us feel like we knew her and so now we share in your loss.

  4. Love that precious video! I do wish we had had that when my parents and grandparents were with me. It’s definitely something to treasure! I very sorry for your loss❤️ I agree that the elderly were the most hurt. I lost my great aunt at 101 at a nursing home and the lockdown was so hard on her. Too many changes for her and little communication, is what I believe led to her passing. Take care, Dennis ❤️

  5. My heart goes out to you, and your family DML. Your grandma reminds me of mine. We were blessed with great grandmas. Hugs to you…

  6. I’m sorry for your loss. May the Lord fill your family with His peace, strength, and comfort during this difficult time in your life. God bless you and your family.

  7. RIP Nana and prayers for peace and comfort for the family. I loved when she said she doesn’t look at women she looks at men. Lol

  8. My most sincere condolences on the passing of your Nana. She was blessed by the love of her family. Your memories are beautiful. As a grandma, who saw her grands almost constantly, I can tell you memories of your times with them were greater than yours. She did have the best job. Wife, mother, grandmother and Nana. That is a beautiful, fulfilling life.
    God Bless you and your family. Please celebrate her life and love. I know you will miss her, but thank God she was your Nana.

  9. My deepest sympathies to you Dennis and your family . This brought me to tears true love between you and your grandmother and all the beautiful memories you will keep forever . Peace and love 🙏🏻❤️

  10. I am a grandma to two little ones. Like your Nana and Poppa, my husband and I have cared for them since they were newborns. I know the day is coming when we will see less of them; their worlds are expanding too quickly beyond us. That must be. I ask the 6 year old if he will visit us when he can drive. He says yes; but I know his visits will be fewer and farther between. As will his sister’s. I hope to leave them with many loving memories of our time together. Just as you have of your Nana. It’s the best we can hope for.

    I never had grandparents. So I vowed to be the best one that I could be, and I am living up to that. May your Nan’s memory be a blessing.

  11. DML you made me cry with your tribute to your BEAUTIFUL”Nana”! I ,
    Too am a Nana, Grandma to four, great grandma to three! There is NOTHING that fills my heart more than being with family!! So sorry she is gone, my condolences but the memories she left behind PRICELESS!

  12. My condolences to you & your family on the loss of your awesome Nana. May your wonderful memories comfort you at this difficult time. I know when she sees you again, she will have a huge smile on her face because she clearly loved you with all of her heart! 😇

  13. Heartfelt Love, to you Dennis and Mary and family on the loss of your loving Nana. Hold to God’s Unchanging hands. She will be with you always.

  14. So sorry for your loss. Prayers, strength, and comfort blessings to you, your family and friends. I love your grandma. I’m also a “Nana”!! Your captured memories are priceless. Many blessings moving forward.🙏🏼🙏🏼

  15. I am so sorry for the loss of Nanna. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless you all.

  16. I, too, am very sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing your last moments with your nana. It is apparent that she made sure that you were carved from the same piece of stone. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  17. So very sorry Dennis. It is so hard to lose someone you love so much. May God bless you and your family and help your healing process.

  18. RIP NANA. So sorry for your loss of your dear grandmother! They are so special. I know mine was. Prayers for you and your family for God’s grace and comfort. We love you and your family DML. ❤🙏😘

  19. DML, our sincerest condolences on your loss. Your nana sounds like an incredible lady whose legacy lives on in you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you….

  20. Dennis, so sorry for your loss of your Nana! Thanks for sharing the video. Deepest Sympathy to your family🙏🏻
    Debbie

  21. Dennis, so very sorry for yr loss, looked. Like a sweet, beautiful woman, may she rest in peace & May God comfort u & ur family🙏🙏🙏 & May she fly with the angels🙏🙏🙏🙏

  22. Awe, so sad! She’s is absolutely a lovely lady! May she Rest In Peace!
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family…God Bless!

  23. I am very sorry for your loss Dennis and family!! I know you will all see her again! I wish you all the best!!

  24. So sorry for your families loss. I do remember when you did that video. I fell in love with her it was funny when she said her daughter your mother was a tough broad that is something i can hear my mom saying to me. She too was Italian and has since passed on. Thank goodness we have those memories. We all know your Nana is in a better place now. 🙏

  25. My condolences on the loss of your grandma/Nana. I thank God that you had her as long as you did and yes you will see her again. Sending prayers for strength, comfort, and peace to you and your family.

  26. Dennis, my Condolences to you and all the family, very sorry for your loss I had a Nana too, that past at 96 so I know the feeling of that loss, God bless you all.

  27. DML…. I am so sorry for your loss. May her memory bring a smile to your face. Watching the video, she was a spicy one! 🤣. She lived a full life and loved her Grandson!

  28. So sorry for your loss Dennis! She seemed like a real treasure! God Bless her, you, and your family!❤️🙏

  29. I’m so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you and your family. She reminds me of my Italian family members!❤🙏🙏🙏

  30. Your Nana sounds like a treasure, praise God for such a blessing in your life. My condolences to you and your family.

  31. Dennis, Miss Mary and the kids,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Nana. Loved the video and now, I know where you got your sense of humor DML. There is nothing better than an Italian cook and her meatballs.
    Soar high Nana and I want to try your meatballs when I get to heaven.
    At least, Hillary won’t be in Heaven.

    Hugs DML and family 🌹

  32. Great memories you have of who was obviously a great lady. So sorry to learn of her passing, it’s obvious she’ll live on in your heart forever.

  33. “Our parents give us life.
    Our grandparents give us a sense of
    who we are and where we came from.” – Author Unknown

    What a wonderful tribute to your loving “Nana”. I’m sure you learned a lot from her. She seems to have been the perfect grandmother for you.
    God Bless and prayers to your family!🙏✝️💕

  34. Prayers for Peace, Comfort for you and your family. Your Nana sounds like a wonderful and caring woman who loved her family dearly. May your memories of her may forever be with you 🙏🙏… much Love and prayers from my state of Tennessee 💖💖🙏🙏

  35. Prayers for you and your Family 🙏🏻🙏🏻
    We have a grandson we don’t get to see very often , he’s always told me
    “Mamaw you are in my heart , always “.. Your Nana will always be in your Heart

  36. Oh Dennis, I’m so sorry about the loss of your beautiful and sweet Nana here on earth. What a sweet, kind and beautiful woman. Your video of her talking to you is priceless. I’m glad you have it and thank you for sharing such a sweet message to all of us. You look like her! I pray for God to wrap his loving arms around you and your family and give you the peace that only He can provide. Nana is with your Poppa now and one day in the far off future you’ll all be together again in paradise. In the meantime you have all of your precious memories to give you comfort and joy. ❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  37. Thank you for sharing such lovely memories of your Nana. I remember watching the video the first time and loved it. May God comfort and bless you as you remember her fondly.

  38. Think of all the times you made her day by telling her you loved her. Time will ease your pain of her passing to be replaced by all of the stories you will tell your children about her.
    Prayers to you and your family Mr. Lynch

  39. Sorry for your loss. My Italian mother, 86, is the matriarch of our family. Our Nana is also less than 5 ft tall, a small woman in stature, but a big heart in our family. We always say she will out live us all, and I am sure she will easily reach 98 as well. God bless.

  40. Sorry for your loss. Your Nana must have been some spunky gal! Love her reaction to Hillary and to Mary….some tough broad! Hilarious. I see why she will be missed. RIP Nana 🙏🏻

  41. Dennis, May God Bless Nana and your entire family. May she Rest In Peace! 🙏🙏BTW, I loved this video!

  42. Condolences to you and your family.
    Beautiful tribute to your Nana, thank you for sharing it.
    Can remember when you 1st posted the video with Nana and thought it was wonderful then. Even more meaningful now.
    RIP Dear Lady, you brought joy to all who knew you. God Bless 🙏

  43. So sorry for your loss. Family is so very important. The legacy that she left will fill your life with love and memories. It is sad that life gets in the way and we aren’t together as much as we should be. But I am at the age now where I don’t see my children as often as I like and as much as it saddens me I understand. Knowing the love is there helps. Comfort and peace for your family

  44. You had a great grandmother. So very sorry for your loss. My prayers and love to you and your family. DML she knows how much you loved her and she loved you right back. She will always be with you. Your memories will be priceless. And she will be watching over you all. Again I’m sorry but she is with the good lord now

  45. Dennis. Your sweet story of your Nana made me chuckle n cry. Having no grandparents or parents it is a sad reminder of how are lives were shaped by those visits n memories. Haven’t watched the video….but if those were some of your last moments then its a great way to remember her…..rather then watching them bringing the endless doorstep to them..as I watched as a 4-5th grader in NY.
    Blessings of how they loved you n painted cars white..omg too funny… I will say healing prayers for Nana to meet up with family n love n strength for you to carry on such traditions that you fondly remember…. ♥️🙏♥️🙏♥️

  46. I’m so sorry for your loss, I’m also a Nana. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family..

  47. So sorry to hear about your nana passing Dennis! Italian grandmas are the best! I miss mine dearly! She passed away in 1997.My thoughts and prayers go out to you and to your family during this sad time!🙏🙏🙏❤

  48. Dennis, I’m very sorry for your loss. What a moving tribute to your Nana. May God comfort you and your family at this time and enjoy many happy memories of her.

  49. So sorry for your loss. Prayers, strength, and comfort blessings to you and your family. Nana was a very special woman and when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

  50. So sorry for your loss DML. What a sweet video of your Nana. Condolences and prayers to you and your family….🙏🙏

  51. I’m so sorry for your loss Dennis, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family!!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  52. My heartfelt condolences are with you and your family, Denny! You will cherish that wonderful video of your NANA for the rest of your life!! ❤️

  53. So sorry for the loss of your Nana, until you meet again, may you and your family relish in the memories and may she Rest In Peace.❤️🙏

  54. Sorry for your loss Dennis. I had a Nana growing up and I was the first grandchild. Nothing better than that relationship. So many memories. I lost mine in 2006 at age 96. Look forward to seeing her again in heaven.

  55. My deepest condolences Dennis to you and your family! I’m getting weepy watching the video again! I remember when you were there visiting and recorded it. Would love to see the full video again! I think TEAMDML all fell in love with Nana that day! She was a beautiful lady and such fun! Treasure all those memories and tell them over and over we never tire of hearing stories of loved ones! And yes you do favor her some. Hugs and prayers going up and I know Nana is with the Lord. Much love to all! ❤️🙏🌹😢

  56. A sweet and beautiful tribute to your wonderful Nana was a pleasure to read. My condolences to you and your family. I will say a prayer 🙏 for Nana.

  57. Sorry for your loss Dennis i have and still do follow your blog and live tweets being one thing i was able to do is to offer my dearest condolences for the loss of your Grandmother, may she become one of our lords Angels and is looking down from heaven. Bless her soul.

  58. So sorry for your loss, Dennis. I was astonished at how much you look like her. And the hair? I guess you inherited that from her. I had Italian grandparents from NY, and I could hear that NY accent I’m so familiar with. I bet she was a hoot. Just like you. Grandparents are the next best thing (sometimes better than) to parents. So important to our childhood. Hold your memories close.

  59. I am so so sorry for you & your family’s loss of your sweet Nana Dennis, my Condolences, May she RIP & fly with the Angels, you were & are truly Blessed, she will FOREVER be with you, God Bless You & All of your Beautiful Family💞🙏💞🙏💞

  60. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your Nana. It is hard losing our loved ones no matter the age. It leaves an ache in our hearts that doesn’t go away. May your Nana rest in eternal peace and know you will see her again.

  61. So sorry to hear about the passing of your nana , my condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing the video.

  62. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your Family Mr. Lynch 🙏❤So sorry about the loss of your Grandmother, May she Rest in Peace 🌷❤God Bless

  63. So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. I can see why everyone that met her loved her . I can see she would be a lady to know.. It’s obvious how much she loved you. God bless you and yours.

  64. DML so sorry about the loss of your beautiful nana. She certainly didn’t look her age. She had a great sense of humor!

  65. So very sorry for the loss of your Nana. She seemed like quite the character in that video and I’m sure you got some of that because of her. She lived a wonderful 98 yrs and I’m sure shared so much with all of you. RIP Nana, keep an eye out on DML and family and your other grandkids/great grandkids. I’m sure you will know when she’s there, I know when my father has been there for me even in spirit only. God Bless you and yours.

  66. Thank you for sharing your memories of your grandma. I’m so sorry for your loss, but you are blessed to have the video and the memories! Write them down, that they can be passed on to your grandchildren and great grands and their children, that they can know where they come from. What a wonderful legacy! God bless you and all your family.

  67. So sorry for your loss my friend. Stay strong and hang in there. Condolences from me and the OG crew. Hope to see you soon.

  68. So sorry for the loss of your grandmother. You have such great memories of her, that you will treasure forever. It’s beautiful to be remembered as a loving ,caring woman.
    My condolences to you & your family.🙏🏻🙏🏻

  69. DML. Sorry for your loss. She sounds like a fun and loving lady who will be missed. Prayers to you and your family at this difficult time. 🙏🏼

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