Editor’s note: Nancy Calvelage writes, We believe that this story is worth sharing. Our father is 93 years old and is always surrounded by each generation of love. We have all been blessed for many years by the love story that began over 73 years ago while our parents (Bernie and Edie Calvelage) were in high school at Fort Jennings, continued through his service in World War II and raising six children on the farm. There is nothing better than family love.
• Started when our mother passed away at the age of 91, July 30, 2017.
• The grandchildren planted a tree on the family farm outside of Ottoville in her memory.
• Our father suggested a stone project as a love memorial to her.
• Central point of this memorial garden is a large rock that says “Edie’s Angels-Her Grandchildren.”
• Around the “Edie’s Angels” rock are 17 smaller stones with the name of each of the 17 grandchildren and their birth year.
• Etched on each of these stones are a pair of angel wings surrounding a heart.
• The idea of the angel came from our mother who had given a hanging door angel for each great grandchild’s baptism.
• Shortly after this initial garden, a second garden plan evolved.
• This rock is etched with “Bernie’s Bunch-The Great Grandkids.” This is our second memorial garden.
• Located at our father’s house in Ottoville.
• Around “Bernie’s Bunch” are 36 smaller stones with the name of each of the 36 great grandkids, with two more to be added soon.
• Etched on each of these stones is a praying angel with the birth year of each child.
• Our father furthered this garden with an additional stone called “Edie’s Angels-Precious Gems” Another way to keep his wife of 71 years (two and a half months shy of 72 years) and our mother close in all our hearts.
• Etched on this stone is a butterfly. We have come to believe that when seeing a butterfly, Mom is with us.
With beautiful memories and overflowing love, Cheryl Kitson, Dale Calvelage, Dennis Calvelage, Nancy Calvelage, Alan Calvelage and Teresa Van Grootheest