“My grandma has been gone for 10 years now,” said Protas. “This is like carrying a piece of her with us.” □
Sisters Mary Protas, Kathy Korsgaden and Suzie Nelson held a favorite family heirloom: their grandmother’s china. Protas recently plucked a cup and a saucer from the set and commissioned Rochester, Minn.-based Susie Meier to create broken china necklaces (top left) for all the women in her family.
JOEY MCLEISTER • Special to the Star Tribune,
This 1963 photo shows Mary Protas (left) and her siblings eating Thankgsiving dinner on their grandmother’s china.
Three of the broken china pendants Mary Protas commissioned are displayed on pieces of her grandmother's china. ] Joey McLeister,Special to the Star Tribune,Coon Rapids,MN January 23,2013