Relocate to Wisconsin : A Tribute to My Parents, Frank & Vera Repa

A Tribute to My Parents, Frank & Vera Repa

   It is with a great deal of emotion that I wMom and Dadrite this thankful post ....it  would be my parents wedding anniversary today of of 71 years.....and I know if they were still here...we would celebrate their lifelong loving relationship.  High school sweethearts they married after my mother graduated from Marquette University and my Dad returned from the Navy.   Their relationship set an example of what was sort of a "Cleaver Family" childhood. (Though I can't say I remember Mom vacuuming in high heels...I do remember shirtwaist dresses.)

     They instilled in me...a work ethic....there was not ever the "entitlement" we see all too often today ....whether it was buying a car, getting a college education...I was expected to do my part in funding all or a good part of it.....even driving their car....I paid for the gas and the additional insurance for  adding me as a driver. 

     Since before I was old enough to write...I would send thank you notes tracing the words "Thank you For the...." and then drawing a picture (Nope...couldn't draw then or now) of whatever I was given. 

   We have many wonderful memories of my Mom's  "Momisms".....who had a BIG personality and lived with us the last six months of her life.   People at our wedding kept saying that they thought she had had enough to drink.....she didn't drink...it was just Mom. 
     My Dad was meticulous about everything....and he and David were as close as if they were Father and Son...watching/coaching Packer games and helping to build our house.

     I am thankful today and every day for the value system they instilled in me..for an eye and heart to give wherever and however you can to people who are in need. 

      My Mother passed away four years ago on Thanksgiving Day and this is always a difficult time to get in the spirit of celebrating....and yet, we know that is what she would want us to do. Neither of us liked turkey so we always had alternate meats...and we  had holidays at our house, loving the cooking and always someone at the table that had no family.

     Now we are the people at other people's table ....and our "Friendsgiving"  tradition is comforting.

      Thank you Mom and Dad ...I hope Heaven is like we imagine and you are toasting your special day together. Know that your daughter lives every day in a way I hope you would be proud of....and that not one passes that we don't miss you both with all our hearts.

 

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS


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Comment balloon 13 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • November 22 2017 11:54PM

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Good evening Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

What a lovely tribute to your parents. I can't believe it has been 4 years since your mom passed away on Thanksgiving as I remember her living with you and it happening. You are blessed with so many memories!! Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 18 days ago

Thank you very much for sharing this special tribute.

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Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 18 days ago

Hi Sally, what wonderful memories and values you had instilled. Your parents were proud of you and are still smiling down at all the good you are doing for others. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 18 days ago

What a beautiful tribute Sally K. & David L. Hanson  Your Mom would and is proud . They are up there smiling at you . You made me laugh as you kept their spirit alive .   I loved this post so much .. I keep my moms picture on my fridge

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 18 days ago

Sally and David your parents did an exceptional job in teaching you valuable traits and skills that have and will continue to guide you through life.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 18 days ago

Your post is a true tribute to your wonderful parents. Happy Thanksgiving and you definitely are welcome at our table anytime sweet friends.

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) 18 days ago

Sally and David- I love the tribute you've shared with us about your parents. I would imagine that both are toasting each other today and smiling at their very sharing and thoughtful daughter. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 18 days ago

Good evening Sally. How very special and poignant this is. I was moved. Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 18 days ago

Sally all I can say is WOW.... and I also know some of the backside... so in spite of all that Happy Thanksgiving to you and David...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 18 days ago

Very Very nice tribute.

We should all remember our parents no matter if they are with us or not.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 18 days ago

Good morning Sally.

You sure hit home on this one.  I miss my parents, they passed long ago.  Like you I hope and pray I am doing them service to all they taught me.   Here you go Carol Williams another entry for Saturday

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 17 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful tribute to your parents, Sally.   I know that they will always live on in your heart and your memories.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 17 days ago

Hi Sally,  What a sweet tribute to your parents.  As we discussed on the phone the other days, holidays can be tough on those who have lost loved ones.  That is why every day is so precious.   Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 15 days ago

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