We are blessed to have Aunt Ginie in our lives

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I want to congratulate you on the article about my aunt, Ginie Cassin [Can-do Cassin bids Oak Park adieu, News, July 11]. It was very well written from the perspective of someone who genuinely knew her well for a number of years.

I am the third of six children from Ginie's only brother, the late William Hinckley Robie, who was two years Ginie's younger and who died in July 2010.

Aunt Ginie and my dad were raised in Oak Park by the late Theodore Meade Robie and Maude Hinckley Robie. Both Ginie and my dad attended Oak Park and River Forest High School. My mother, Sarah Brown Robie, an Oak Park resident since birth, met my father at OPRF. My mom's father, Homer S. Brown, who lived at 909 Fair Oaks Ave. in Oak Park was the village president of Oak Park during the 1960s [during the Fair Housing Ordinance era] and was himself quite successful and larger than life to me.

Your tribute to Aunt Ginie is spot on. While I know her as family member growing up, I often missed witnessing firsthand her numerous accomplishments in Oak Park. It was nice that you captured many of them in your article.

I was born at Oak Park's West Suburban Hospital in 1956 while my family resided in Lombard, but we moved several times during my younger years leading up to college. The Cassin and Robie families (14 cousins combined), beginning in 1958, would every summer vacation at a cottage on Lauderdale Lakes just outside of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, about 15 minutes east of Lake Geneva. My next older brother, Mark Robie (West Chicago resident), now owns the lake home. Our two families were as close as it comes. 

Aunt Ginie could be as funny as the best comedian and as serious as a heart attack, but always the most loving aunt you can ever have. She loves us like we are her own. Oh, the stories of Aunt Ginie, Uncle Bill Cassin, my parents and my Cassin cousins are like precious gem stones to me and my siblings.

Aunt Ginie and several Cassins will be with us at the Wisconsin Lake cottage at the end of this month (July) celebrating my mom's 90th birthday — a typical family gathering of 40+ members at a place that has been a special home to all of us for 60 years.

I am not on Facebook so I was unable to leave a comment to your article, but I wanted to write and say thank you for the kind words you wrote about Aunt Ginie. Ginie Cassin is an absolutely amazing person. We are blessed beyond words to have her in our lives. 

Kevin A. Robie

Dayton, Ohio

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