Friday, June 04, 2010

Remembering Papa

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Auntie Ann (Jan 2009 post from Colleen's Blog)

And the sweetest person I've ever met. We miss you Auntie.

Anna Sara Gillis, of Denver, died January 14, 2009 at her home in Denver. She was 85. Anna (Ann) was born on June 3, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Frank
Cozza and Ella "Helen" Cozza. On May 11, 1946, Anna married Robert M. Gillis in Chicago. She was a homemaker, who was most dutifully devoted to her husband and four children. Surviving are her husband, Robert; a son, Robert B. Gillis, of Denver; three daughters, Karen Taylor (Rob), of Niwot, Leslie Clark (Gary), of Longmont, and Debbie Weitzel (Mike), of Ft. Collins; two brothers, John Cozza, of Chicago, Illinois, and Charles Cozza, of Denver; 7 granddaughters and three great-grandsons.
A visitation will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2009. Services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m., with Reverends Joe Woodson and Mark Vickstrom officiating. Interment at Littleton Cemetery. Contributions are welcomed to: the Charles Cozza Fund (for brainrehabilitation), 2695 Northpark Drive, #101, Lafayette, CO, 80026.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

February February 26, 2008

February 26, 2008
Tell about a favorite “hang out” place for you and your fiends in Jr. or Sr. High.

This will totally date me (which is probably what these memories are all about); When I was In Junior High, Southglenn Mall opened up. OOOH! it was cool. And there was a Record Bar, a Tie Shack (that sold T-shirts and novelty items) and Nautilus (the pinball, pacman emporium all in the Southwest wing of the mall where everyone who was anyone hung out). 1977, to 1983. Summer evenings though, it was the corner in front of our house, where the neighborhood kids gathered to play hide and seek, kick the can, etc. - Colleen (Gillis) Dobson

Summers, it was the churchyard, just west of the Presbyterian church in Woodstock, with our house around the corner, connected by a path past the raspberry bushes and the side of the church. Baseball was sometimes played there, but not by me. Hide-and-go-seek, kick the can, Red Rover, May I, Statues (whirl around and around until dizzy, stop, stay in whatever position you’re in) – Fran, what else did we play? There was one where we chanted “Thomas J Webb Coffee;” I wasn’t drinking coffee then, and don’t recall what coffee had to do with the game, if anything. Kids came from all over to play – Marilyn Young was across the street on the south – right now I can’t put faces or names on the shadows I see hugging the trunk of the pine tree, counting out loud to 100 before shouting “Ready or not, here I come!” The signal for ending was an adaptation of All Ye, All Ye ….men,” which I’ve read in scholarly books of folk lore – but Clarence Olson, known as Ole, the leader of band and orchestra from grades six to twelve was a much loved part of our childhood; my memory of the end of games was Ole, Ole, Olson, All In Free!” I was glad to hear that a school in Woodstock is named for him. - Jan (Gillis) Hansen

Hello Jan - how very interesting. I always thought I was yelling "Ollie Ollie Oxenfree!" which I assumed was a world wide hide-n-go-seek tradition, (Ollie Oxenfree could have been the first person to say hey, you hide, and I'll seek.) This is great! I was thinking today that our corner with the light pole is a good one for the neighborhood summer games. I'll have to make sure the kids are chanting some sort of tribute to Clarence Olsen.
Do you have any other shocking-but true stories about 1 potato, 2 potato, 3 potato 4 - "Not It" picking routines?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Walking Down Memory Lane

I haven't figured out how to have it differently, but I've started sending around a daily memory nudger. . . (but not daily). I thought it would make for interesting generational comparisons.

February 21
What is the biggest problem you remember facing in Grade School?

Well, there was the time that Stanley Black said he was going to cut my ears off, so I told mother and she told Bruce to walk home from school with me, and Stanley was no where around!
- Fran (Gillis) Clark

I had to wear long brown cotton stockings, held up by a kind of suspender rigging; they were always sagging around my ankles.
Jan (Gillis) Hansen

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Uncle Chuck Cozza Update

Dear family and friends,
I received a call from Kim tonight. Chuckie had his procedure done today to put in the titanium piece into his head. There was an incision made and the piece went under the top layer of skin, attaching to the sunken scull piece. Kim called from the recovery room where Chuck was resting comfortably. They were slowly draining the fluids from the incision but were monitoring his brain pressure. She said Chuckie looks a lot better now. It was not an evasive surgery so he should recover quickly. Kim is hoping he will be able to move on now and get into rehab at last! The rehab center thinks they can help him. Normally they do not take people who have been this long in recovering but by seeing what he can do and the progress he has made thus far, he has been approved as a candidate. We are very thankful!
God bless!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Two days after Thanksgiving

ola familia!
Thought you might like to see a few pictures from our annual shopping extravaganza with sisters
and cousins. It was a fun time for all.


Monday, October 01, 2007

Uncle Chuck update

The following is a copy of a recent email update from Les Clark re: Uncle Chuck Cozza and his journey toward recovery. She sent some great pictures, so I thought I should just duplicate her email since she did such a good job of it.

Robert Gillis -Great Grandpa Bob and Les's grandson Nolan (Julie and Mike's baby)and Ann (Cozza) Gillis - Great Grandma Ann and Debby and Mike's grandson Bodie (Karli and Nil's baby)

Dear family,
As you can see, Uncle Johnny and Aunt Sally have come for a visit to
Colorado. We were all at my mom and dad's house. Kim and the boys brought Chuckie over too. He is still making improvements. Uncle Johnny was talking to him almost the whole time we were all together and it was like medicine to Chuckie. He whispered to him and in this picture they were pretending to arm wrestle.
Kim said that this week is the week that Craig Rehab comes to evaluate Chuckie to see if he will be able to get into the center or not. Chuckie IS getting stronger. He DOES understand us. When Uncle Johnny asked him to blink his eyes, he did, when he asked him to close his left eye he did. He squeezed his hand and more. He really needs this rehab place to get him working on the strength in his left side. He does move it but it is very weak. I thought you might
enjoy these pictures to see how far Chuckie has come. We are all hopeful for his continued improvements. Today he told me he loved me in a quiet whisper. It did my heart good! I LOVE MY UNCLE CHUCKIE!
love to all,

The Colorado cousins