Isabel Engeman (continued)

My grandmother Isabel Engeman (known to us kids as Issy) passed away on February 25th of this year. I blogged her passing that day.

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Today we remebered her by sprinking her ashes in the Hudson river across from West Point.

West Point looms large in my family history. I was born there in 1961. My dad graduated from there in 1950. His dad graduated from there too.

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West Point is on both sides of my family tree. Issy moved to West Point when she was 6 months old in 1907 and lived in this big red brick house overlooking the place we sprinkled her ashes today.

It was a really nice ceremony. We had my mom and her three siblings, all four of Issy’s kids. And lots of grandchildren. We all got to sprinkle a few of her ashes into the river. No speeches, no pomp and circumstance. Just the way she would have wanted it.Hpim04551

But it was a spectacular day. And West Point is a spectacular place. In addition to being born there, I spent my entire teenage years there. I haven’t been back much recently, but the view from across the river brought back a ton of memories, including some great ones of Issy.