These memories were shared by Rick Dunham, grandson of Helen (Banzin) Dodd Gestautas.
Rick says his memories of his Grandma Helen (daughter of Mykolas and Magdalena) are of her sweetness and kindness. She cooked for her grandson –mostly breakfast, eggs and bacon, but sometimes ham. Rick’s mom, Mary Ann (Dodd) Dunham Homer, said her grandmother Magdalena would make duck blood soup, which she could never bring herself to try.
Rick’s grandmother’s second husband, Paul Gestautas, was a World War II refugee and displaced person and would tell him stories of Lithuania every day. Grandma Helen did not like to speak Lithuanian very much in her old age, but Paul always insisted. He was very attached to his homeland and paid for Rick’s first two trips to Lithuania.