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Continued: Past forward: Heirlooms for the 21st Century

  • Article by: CHRISTY DESMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 26, 2013 - 5:29 PM

“My grandma has been gone for 10 years now,” said Protas. “This is like carrying a piece of her with us.” □











 

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  • 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.

  • 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

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