October 30th, a celebration honoring two great friends and their family. I went to high school and ran around with their two oldest children, forming a bond of an extended family for decades. Both were educators as I was also. I always had an open invite to join them for dinner with just a phone call. The celebration filled the local art museum in Des Moines.
Simone was from Czech(as I am) and taught high school. Mario was from Bolivia and taught at a private college. Simone moved to Belgium before coming to the United States pursuing a career as a diamond cutter in a family business.
Two tribute tables celebrated their lives and devotion.
Craft areas were set up for five different projects, along with a food area with some wonderful foods.
A documentary film was made for this celebration with interviews of family and friends
Both being big with dancing, this was celebrated by a daughters salsa group.
A fun time seeing long time friends, I had shared houses with both of these ladies. Monique above went on as an administrator for a private school. Mirelle below works as a producer for Spielberg.