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November 10, 2012

LETTERS FROM THE ISLAND: Lesson in love from the LaMancusos

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Niagara Gazette — But those talents paled in comparison to his dedication to his wife. No party marked their 60th anniversary. She wasn’t well enough to leave the house, hadn’t been since their 58th.

And that’s what they talked about mostly over lunch, how, with the help of his family, Carlo had painstaking cared for her, with the goal of making sure she would stay to the end in the house that he and his father had built in 1960. Few possess such perseverance. Four years ago, hospice came and left.

In “Tuesdays with…” Morrie warns Mitch: “Maybe you’re not so good with sick people…” Carlo never thought of Jackie as a sick person. She was his wife. “In sickness and in health,” as it goes.

“I never once thought of it as work,” he said. And so Jackie died at home. He wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Come visit. We’ll be home for a while, we hope.

Polly and Doug. E-mail pollyndoug@hotmail.com

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