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With each passing year there are passings that touch many of us in many ways.

2013 was no different.

Patti Page of Tennessee Waltz fame passed away on the first day of 2013.

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Baseball legend Stan Musial left us on 1/20/13 @ the age of 92.

Stan Musial 92 1 20 2013

The real Dear Abby left us in January as well.

Dear Abby 1 17 13 at 94

Conrad Bain from Different Strokes died earlier that day.

Conrad Bain

Hizzonor Ed Koch 89 former mayor of New York City said so long the first day of February.

Hizonor

Patty Andrews – 2/7

Andrews Sisters

C. E Koop the former Surgeon General, 2/25

Koop

On 2/27 the world lost the greatest pianist of my lifetime, Van Cliburn.

Van Cliburn

One Day At A Time star Bonnie Franklin, lost her battle at the age of 69 on 3/1.

One Day At A Time.

Roger Ebert 4/4.

Ebert

Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century and the only woman to have held the office died at the age of 87 on 4/8.

Thatcher

Annette Funicello Mouseketeer, age 70, 4/8.

Annette

Comic genius, Jonathan Winters 4/13.

Winters 2

George Jones really stopped loving her on April 26.

George Jones

Hanneman of Slayer May 1st.

Hanneman

Dr. Joyce Brothers. May 14.

Brothers

Dick Trickell age 71 took his one life on May 16.

Trickle

My childhood friend, Konnie Kees Swanson lost her eight year battle with cancer on May 29. Chris Schaeffer, pictured with her at our 40th High School reunion died suddenly in August.

Konnie making people smile!

I find the picture eerie and foreboding in retrospect.

Jean Stapleton aka Edith Bunker left us on June 1.

Stapleton

Deacon Jones June 3

Deacon Jones

Olympic and movie star, Esther Williams 6/6.

Esther Williams

Slim Whitman, June 19

Slim Whitman

James Gandolfini – June while on vacation in Italy.

Gandolfini

Dennis Farina 7/22/13

Farina

Dallas Radio Host, Kidd Kraddick age 53 on July 28.

Kidd Kraddick

Eileen Brennan 80 July 30

Eileen Brennan

Karen Black of 5 Easy Pieces and The Great Gatsby, August 8.

Black

8/10 Eydie Gorme

Edie Gorme

Julie Harris 8/24

Julie Harris

10/10/13 Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter

Lou Reed 10/27

Lou Reed

Marcia Wallace 10/27

Marcia Wallace

Paul Walker December 1

Paul Walker

Joan Fontaine star of Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Suspicion left us in December.

Joan Fontaine

 

And of course, we lost a great statesman, freedom fighter, and peace maker…

Mandela

 

Debbie “Raven” Friend, Christmas Day.

Joe Pasquel – December 28.

I’m sure I’ve left out many.  Whether famous or familiar or foreign to us, those who’ve come into our lives in any way, leave an empty spot with their passing.

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