My beloved Grandfather, Frank Leskauskas (the first Frank in the family) went home to his heavenly Father last week. I am so grateful to have had such a faithful and loving Papa, who worked so hard all of his life and always had a smile on his face.
Cutting down super large Christmas trees in the snow at a real tree farm
Having chocolate cake for breakfast
Chasing away the nasty swan in the backyard
Raking the leaves
Learning the right way to put on tinsil
Always lovingly teasing Yma (“She’s the boss!)
Hiding the Girl Scout cookies above the china cabinet
Going to Mass every day
Duck impersonations that made me laugh as a child, and then made my son Frankie laugh!
Learning the best table manners ever
Early mornings with his coffee while I watched bugs bunny
BBQs by the pool in the summer
Every school concert, the oratorical contest, every graduation, every milestone, he was there
Needing last minute rides
Books, encyclopedias on the bottom shelf, the Bridge
Coming out to Franciscan
Letting me use his old school typewriter in the basement
Letting me use Julianne’s ice skates to skate on our lake in the backyard when it froze over
All his carpenters tools in the basement
Days in Manhattan
Seeing the tree, The Nutcracker, Radio City
Day trips to Brooklyn
Dancing at my wedding
Stories about Scranton, Yma, Hawaii, France, and Florida (it was too hot for him!)
Tears, smiles, hugs
Many great memories I’ll keep forever.
Thank you Papa, I miss you. What a legacy you left behind!