You were the sweetest grandpa ever! I loved how much you believe in helping the family and always being there for us kids. Some of my fondest memories with you are picking strawberries in the back yard, driving your cars around, supporting us in sports, and putting me to bed every night and repeating the Lords Prayer.
You were an amazing, man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. I will miss you grandpa dearly and treasure all of our memories. I can't wait to see you in heaven one day. I love you and I glad your watching out for me while your up there as you would do if you were down here.
Love you forever
Dear Jewel, Janet, George, Jeanne and all the family,
I was so saddened to hear of Pete's passing. I remembered all the wonderful times we (the Iowa relatives) were able to spend with him (and all of you). The trips to California (Pete always with video camera!), the weddings, the baptisms, more weddings! I remember Pete and Jewel dancing up a storm at Damian and Tara's wedding and Dana and I were so happy that Pete and Jewel were able to celebrate our wedding in Indianapolis.
Technology allowed us to "see" Pete occasionally on skype, which meant a lot given the geographic distance between our families for so many years (Pete never stopped asking when we were moving to the West Coast!). I know my dad loved talking to Pete and skyping with him often.
I think of Pete's 92 years, his 60+ year marriage, and his wonderful children and grandchildren --what a devoted, loving, successful life. What a legacy of love and family and faith.
We wish you comfort during this difficult time, and peace each day.
Malia (Savarino) and Dana Vanaman, with Jackson and Kellan Vanaman.
Dear Aunt Jewel and family,
Sorry to hear about Uncle Pete's passing. We had a lot of good times growing up with him... he was always funny and cracking jokes... And I still remember to this day he taught us how to play spoons!! Good times all around!!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time!!! Stay strong!!!!
Paul Savarino (Sonny) & family
Let me begin by saying that I have not had the pleasure of living close to parents since I left for college many years ago. Jewel, let me express how terrific it is been to be able to be participate in your Peter's life as parents on a continuous basis over the past five years.
I knew Peter to be one who would engage freely in a wide variety of topics including politics, spirituality, finance, and general business. I will forever recall the conversation I had with Peter a short two days prior to his body surrendering. We talked about a variety of topics for over 30 minutes about general economics and business. Peter demonstrated, as always, a command of the topics at hand and was fully engaged in our discussion. There is no doubt whatsoever that, until the very end, Peter's mind remained forever keen while his body was tiring.
Peter also loved sports. Every time I saw Peter, following his customary gentlemanly offer of his hand for a handshake, he would ask me if I played golf that day. If I had, he would ask me my score, and if I had to report a score that was higher than I would have liked, he would look at me and say, “that's not so good”. While Jewel and Janet would do their thing, Peter and I would spend countless hours watching all kinds of sports. He had a particular interest in football and rooted for the 49ers and any team that Brett Favre played on. We would make an occasional modest wager when his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes would tangle with my adopted alma mater, Penn State. He usually won.
For the believers, we are promised spiritual immortality when we pass from this world. As a man of God, and a man of faith, we can be assured that Peter has achieved this spiritual immortality. We can be comforted in knowing that Peter is now in place that knows no pain, no suffering, no sorrow, no taskmasters forcing him to work to maintain a body that was tiring, no trips to kidney dialysis three times a week, no evil politicians, and no chicken.
Let me also suggest another type of immortality. Peter's constant kindness, warmth, integrity, and overall goodness serves as a role model which is incorporated within all he has left behind such that a part of Peter lives on through his family and friends and is passed on for generations to come. We can all aspire to live our lives in such a way that we, too, can positively influence those that we will leave behind some day.
Though Peter lives on in all of us whose lives he has touched, we will miss him indeed.
I expressed to you over the phone my condolences of Pete's passing, but I just want you to know my prayers are with you and your family.