Way Back Wednesday: Remembering Grandma

I was put in charge of creating the memorial video that was to be played at my Grandmother’s funeral today, so that everyone could remember her through the years. I assume this is due to the fact that I seemed to have inherited the title of “Family Historian” which I have no problem with. I love seeing all of these old documents and photos. I ran across this photo of my grandmother from 1938 and I really like it. She looks like she’s saying, “Hurry up and get that picture taken!” I also notice on a lot of the older photos of my grandmother that she had prominent freckles. I don’t remember seeing them on her when she was older. It must be her Irish heritage shining through.

Mary Jane Corrigan - 1938

After the break, I have embedded the memorial video that I created. Even though you may not know her, I hope you enjoy the video.

I tried uploading it to YouTube, but it kept finding one of the songs in the movie and flagging the video for copyright, which then removes the audio track. I didn’t feel like refuting that due to “Fair Use” and then have to wait. I just hosted it myself. Hopefully, it will stream nicely for you, though you may need to let if buffer.

Get the Flash Player to see this video.

Thank you for the inspiration
Thank you for the smiles
All the unconditional love
That carried me for miles
It carried me for miles

But most of all thank you for my life

These were the best of times
I’ll miss these days
Your spirit lit my life each day

My heart is bleeding bad
But I’ll be okay
Your spirit guides my life each day

Dream Theater – “The Best of Times”

The music in the video, in case anyone was curious. Use the links to hear samples and/or purchase the songs.

  1. Jordan Rudess – “The Spirit Carries On” which is actually a piano cover of his band Dream Theater’s version of “The Spirit Carries On.”
  2. Dream Theater – “The Best of Times” which the lyrics above are from. The movie uses the intro part.
  3. Piano cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” composed by Scott D. Davis.
  4. “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” by Bing Crosby. I’m told my Grandpa used to play it for my Grandma.
About Brian Zalewski

I started genealogy research about mid-1999. My grandfather had passed away in April of that year. Since then I’ve done a lot of research not only for myself, but for friends and other relatives. In 2006, I married the love of my life, Darcy, and welcomed the birth of our daughter, Aerissa Jean, in 2010 and our son, Xander Lee, in 2012. I can’t wait to tell them stories about all of their ancestors.

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  1. Leigh Miresse says:

    Beautiful, great video – what I remember most about you mom – her wonderful smile, she was always smiling!

  2. Super film as I watched him shred it popłaka though I did not know your grandmother. Reminded me of my beloved grandmother who died 17 years ago.
    Best regards Monika