The Bereday cousins met at Aunt Pat’s in late July. Nearly all Halina’s grandchildren were there, including George’s children Krysia and Thad, Sig’s children Alexandra and Marc, and Maria’s children Chris and me; only my brother Wiley didn’t make it from California.

Family reunion--Halina Bereday's grandchildren and great grandchildren

Family reunion–Halina Bereday’s grandchildren and great grandchildren

Standing: Steve (Krysia’s husband), Daniel (Alexandra’s husband), Marc, Katherine (Alexandra and Daniel’s daughter), Alexandra, Stephanie (Marc and Luz Elena’s daughter), Christopher (Alexandra and Daniel’s son).

Sitting: Marysia, Chris, Luz Elena (Marc’s wife) Thad, Aunt Pat,Krysia.

Marc and Luz Elena’s other two children Regina and Sig had already left, and Katherine’s husband Victor took the photo.

We are Halina’s legacy.

It has long been my desire to fulfill my Babcia’s wish to be buried in Poland. Our reunion seemed like a good time to take steps toward making that happen. Babcia was cremated over twenty years ago; I offered to bring her ashes to Warsaw, where she can be buried beside her husband Zygmunt Bereda. This is what she wanted. Fortunately, everyone agreed. I’m now in possession of Babcia’s remains and all that is left is to make the arrangements.