Love Story

Garnet Sveda (Akron Beacon-Journal)My girlfriend left me!

That’s the first line of a touching obituary for Garnet Sveda that was published in the Akron Beacon-Journal.

The entire obit is expressed through her husband’s loving recollections of her.

“We met in 1947 at Akron South High School where she impressed me with her beauty, personality and talent,” Allan Sveda wrote.

He wrote about her being a telephone operator and a professional dancer; about initially living together in an apartment above her parents’ home; about becoming the parents of four daughters and a son.

“Garnet was a PTA President and finally learned to drive a car during this time. Then to Hudson in 1967 where she was the busy mother to the girls and Rocky and President of the Music Association. All the kids’ activities required shopping and OH, how she loved to shop.”

Allan wove other memories into the fabric of this obit, ending it with:

“So there you have it; a brief outline of the life of Garnet and Allan together. Like the deep red birthstone of her name, she was truly a gem, and though she has left me after these 58 years, she will never be forgotten.”

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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.