Lugar Clan Photos
The Lugar side of our family, my Mom’s side, was also large by today’s standards. There were six children – four girls [Helen, Betty, Leona – my Mom, and Donna] and two boys [Joseph “Joe” and Bernard “Bernie”]. My Mom (Leona) was the next to the youngest, with my Aunt Donna holding that position ten years younger than Mom.
One of my favorite memories were the annual Fourth of July picnics at Uncle Joe’s house across from the W-JAC (the local NBC affiliate) studios. They often had some sort of theme (I recall a luau theme one year), and always ended with making hand cranked homemade ice cream!
Uncle Joe is the one that taught my Dad the photography trade, and this Uncle Joe was the unofficial official photographer on this side, with my Dad playing his backup.
The Croatian heritage and cuisine also played an important role on
this side of the family, with many a secret family recipe being passed down from family member to family member.
So many wonderful childhood memories exist from the regular Sunday lunches after church, when we would all gather at Grandma and Grandpa Lugar’s house in Cambria City, adults in the dining room and the “kid table” in the kitchen, always more food than one could imagine. Afterwards, the men would retire to the living room to “watch football”, which was really code for napping on full bellies. Meanwhile, the women would gather in the kitchen to put away the leftovers and take their shift at washing all of those dishes (it didn’t occur to me until just now, but Grandma NEVER HAD AN AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER!!!!). And we kids would play on the porch swing until we banged it off the side of the house often enough that our parents would give us a quarter, at which point we would take our loot to Spack’s store to buy penny candy.
Yes – every aspect of our upbringing came down to food, family, and traditions. If I am able to pass even a thimbleful of this to my own children, they will be duly blessed!