Mary Tyler Moore and My Dad

Oaklawn Cemetery is a modest, little graveyard in Fairfield Connecticut, where my father, along with his mother, Mary, is buried.

He’s surrounded by other World War II Veterans, so my grandmother rests a bit east from where he lies.

It pleases me to know she’s there, looking after him the way she always did, almost hearing her affectionately call out…

“Frankie, time for supper…wash up.”

When I read that Mary Tyler Moore was laid to rest at Oaklawn, I couldn’t help but to smile, since my dad loved her so as Laura Petrie, Rob Pertrie’s wife on the old Dick Van Dyke show.

I think Mary reminded him of my mother, in her little, black capri pants and turtlenecks, when she was young and eager to just be a wife and mom.019-the-dick-van-dyke-show-theredlist

Now, all these years later, they’ll be friends and neighbors, and who knows…maybe something more.

My father, who could fix almost anything, can go repair her fridge or air-conditioner.  She can regale him with stories about Sally, Buddy, Alan and Mel.

He had such little joy in his short life, I bask in the imagery of a funny, friendly, flirty afterlife.

And now, when Gramma calls him to eat, she’ll say…

“Frankie, time for supper, and make sure you bring Mary.”  🙂   getpart-2 images


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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18 Responses to Mary Tyler Moore and My Dad

  1. Elle Knowles says:

    Such a sweet post Susannah! Love it. ~Elle

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  2. Steve says:

    Wonderful post about wonderful thoughts and memories!

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  3. Your Dad had such a sad life. He deserved so much more.


  4. Is it wrong for me to be a little jeally that your dad gets to be so close to Mary?
    There is a photo of her on People Magazine that is gorgeous. She was stunning!

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  5. Rubenstein, Hal says:

    Very touching ! Frankie and Mary together !


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  6. Gail Kaufman says:

    And those capri pants came back in style!


  7. skinnyuz2b says:

    I love your happy prognosis for your father’s hereafter. I picture my mom with her two best friends and her sisters watching what’s going on down here, then putting their heads together for a good bout of gossiping and commenting.

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