Sheila Ann "Mimi" Mynatt

Sheila Ann "Mimi" Mynatt

Female 1945 - 2016  (~ 70 years)


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My Sheila about 35

Isn't she beautiful...

Mimi, adieu…

Family and friends celebrated Sheila’s life, 4-6 pm, this past Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Bear Lakes Country Club. I chose the club as we were married there on March 28, 2004.

Mid-way through the event I spoke a few words, cited a poem, and then Pastor Shaun Blakeley of Christ Fellowship, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, gave a brief homily and benediction.

The room was festooned with beautiful flowers and orchids sent by her friends and mourners. It was a large turn-out. Instead of the 25-30 people I expected, we had in fact, over 85 family and friends.

Trudi found the poem, "She Is Gone!", by David Harkin. I recited it because his instructions would be Sheila’s desire for us…

"You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on."

Family Attendees:

Daughter Tracy Swiatek with partner, Peggy
Daughter Trudi Edwards with husband, Chris, and their daughter, Whitney and son, Andrew
Son Matthew Swiatek
Brother John R. Mynatt, with Gail, his wife, Rhonda, his daughter, Johnnie, his son and Philip, Johnnie's son
Nephew C.J. Dumas
Husband David Hennessee

Friends who signed the guest book (some of the signatures were illegible):

Joe Marttirano (attended our wedding)
Paul Johnston
Candace Keen
Bud Blount (attended our wedding)
Carole Lee
Jean & Wayne Meisenzahl (attended our wedding)
Ann & Ernie Borgese (attended our wedding)
Victor Carlucci
Martha Johnson
Patty Markic
Dana Haverman
Deb & Sissy
Mary Lovely
Laurie Lovely
Chris Lovely
Richard Frechette
Lisa & Joe Arrigo
Christiane & Joe Fox (attended our wedding)
John & Donna Wilson
Tammy Horner
Pat Schmidt
Bruce & Mrs. MacDonald
Dick Mazzola
Mauricio & Angela Prettel with their daughter, Isabella
Michael Arconti
Dana & Angie Quigley
Shaun Blakeney
Greg Martzoff
Ted Strelec
Gabriela Goldstein, our family doctor
Merridith Gustafson (attended our wedding)
Michael McDonald
Geoff & Janice Thomas (attended our wedding)
Geroge & Lila Cornell
Daniel Newman
Tina Rosenna
Arthur & Barbara Malaussena
Luiza Torres
Kitty Mollenberg (attended our wedding)
Joanne Ciccotti
Linda DeFrehn
Pat & Pixie Cary
Pat Sheridan

After the celebration, the family dined at Bellagio’s in City Place, West Palm Beach, Florida for more reminiscences and a final good-bye…

Nephew Johnnie was afraid that his 4-year old son Philip would disrupt the table with his youthful & playful antics and disturb the older members of the family. In retrospect, I now think that this toe-headed, animated, young boy was a perfect example of, “Life is for the living”.

This is my last message.

Sheila was my wife, my lover, my best friend and we truly were ordained as one.

I cannot picture my future without her. Everything in my life and this house reminds me of her yet I do know that “time heals all wounds”.

Hurry time, hurry…


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