This is Robert Schoensee (aka Bob), my husband’s grandfather, on his 99th birthday in Bodega Bay, California.
Since October 2016 my husband and I have been living with this man in his gorgeous home in the mountains of Northern California. We lived with him so that he could spend his last days in his home, the home he built with his wife in 1975 – his very own mountain paradise.
Bob was a spirited man with a great sense of humor, sparkling eyes, and more than a little flirtatious charm. One of his favorite activities during this past year was to drive around “his country” gazing at the beauty around him: the mountains, the trees, the sky, it all awed him until the very end.
Bob lived a very full life and passed peacefully in his own home surrounded by family on December 13th. Despite his age, Bob’s passing took us a bit by surprise and we are still a little shocked that he’s not here with us – snuggling the cat, chiding the dog, and eating us out of jelly and maple syrup. I’ll never forget his spontaneous German serenades, his amazingly strong handshake, his dancing feet, or his wonder at the world around us. ♥