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So many things come to mind when I think of Noni.  She was always happy and full of

life and loved her family dearly.  This expression of love came in different fashions, but

unmistakably was her way of showing how much she cared for the people closest to her


When we visited the farm in Ladd, I would feel such excitement because I knew what

would be waiting for us there.  A fun ?lled weekend!  Noni would have a feast waiting for

us with each and everyone 's favorite foods represented on the table.  Noni was an

amazing cook known for her infamous ravioli she made for the entire community.  When

she moved to Bevier, my mom's family raved over Noni's talent of making such

beautifully shaped tortelinis, as they called them.  They were so perfect it appeared they

couldn't be handmade.  Noni and my grandma Adams had many discussions on Italian


Other memories at the farm was her love for entertaining me and my cousins.  We were

allowed to do almost anything we desired with her joining in on the fun.  We colored,

helped cook, and my favorite, chasing bubbles, as she, with great enthusiasm, blew

from a bubble wand, bubbles that landed all over the kitchen ?oor, if we couldn't catch

them.  Never once did she scold us for making a mess!  During all this fun someone

would ask her to sing!  My dad's favorite was Fifty Cents.  After supper we would sit on

the porch just reminiscing and laughing, watching all the kittens climb all over us and of

course the dogs too!  Off to bed wrapped up in a afghan made by Noni herself.  I

personally had the pleasure of enjoying many of Noni's afghans.  Then up for breakfast

for a dippy egg!

Italian women have always been known for their cooking and love for life.  Well Noni

exhibited the typical Italian woman to a tee!  She will always be remembered for her

smile when seeing us drive up the driveway, whether it was after the long drive to the

farm or when my family ate supper with she and Pa at Bevier.  Even at the nursing

home, the nurses loved her smile!  Well I know she is smiling now!  She and Pa

together again playing a game of pinnacle, not partners of course, some things don't

even change in heaven, or playing about 15 cards all at the same time, of bingo!  Noni

has ?nally hit the jackpot; home in heaven and smiling that beautiful smile!

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