Posted: Dec 14, 2012 12:14 PM by Pat Shingleton
Wednesday's column described Jack Steckman's gravesite business and Christmas evergreen wreaths placed on graves. Jack saved the left-over branches for our mom and she would not only have me and Kevin out of her hair but Gramps would retrieve them with a cradle-box attached to a sled. A short trip to the Steckman's lasted two hours because Gramps would chat with every neighbor along the route. At Steckman's, the evergreen branches were layered into the cradle. When the loading was complete, Gramps would continue his visitations, placing the sled under a snow-laden pine, next to Jack's driveway. Kevin crawled on-top of the branches whereby an "un-loading" took place. I shook a pine branch, dumping about 15 pounds of snow on him. Gramps was very tired on the return trip.