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When I enrolled at Marquette in the Fall of 2005, my parents were super excited for me. I knew Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were going to be interesting because my sister, Cecile and my Dad both attended and graduated from Wisconsin-Madison. Thanksgiving, we would begin the trash talking of the UW vs MU game which was always set to tip the first weekend in December; also the weekend ALWAYS before Finals which sucked!!!

The week leading up to the In-State-Rivalry game I would always tag my family members that attended UW in joke photos I’ve created.

MY first In-State-Rivalry game that I attended was at the Kohl Center where my Grandma had season tickets 10 rows up-center court on the bench side. It was perfect because on my left was my Grandma and my aunt and uncle Pat (all UW grads). While I was one seat over the center-court line on the Marquette side. Just before tip, my Grandma whispered in my ear “Christophe, you are not part of the Remington Family during the next 2 and half hours!” I laughed and said “O.K. Grandma, whatever you say.” Throughout the game she literally would elbow me in my side, when I cheered for my Golden Eagles. At the end though, she got the first laugh because the Badgers won that game 77-63. However, I got the last laugh in when I reminded her that Marquette leads the overall head-to-head series with the more victories.

Here is a list of my family members and their spouses that have attended UW-Madison for undergrad or Law School:
– Grandpa Frank Remington (UW-Athletics Hall of Fame and former Law Professor)
– Grandma Remington
– Mike [Dad] – Undergrad & Law
– Cecile [Sister] – Undergrad
– Uncle Frank – Undergrad & Law
– Aunt Debbie – Law
– Cousin Frank – Undergrad
– Cousin Patrick – Undergrad
– Cousin Andy – Undergrad & Law
– Cousin Michael – Undergrad
– Uncle Jim – Undergrad & Law
– Cousin John – Undergrad & Law
– Cousin Christine – Undergrad & Law
– Josh (Christine’s hubby) – Undergrad
– Uncle Pat – Undergrad & Med School
– Cousin Jake – Undergrad & Law School
– Bridget (Jake’s wife) – Undergrad
– Uncle Tom – Undergrad
– Aunt Ann – Undergrad & Law School
– Cousin Gregory – Undergrad & Law School

When Christmas comes around, if Marquette wins, I bask in the glory and continue to get shunned by my family or if Wisconsin wins, I lock myself in my room because all my Dad will talk about is how great the Badgers are and how amazing the Big Ten Conference is.

Lincoln supports MU on UW's Campus atop Bascom Hill. Created by: C.Remington (me)

Lincoln supports MU on UW’s Campus atop Bascom Hill. Created by: C.Remington (me)

Fear the predator

Fear the predator

My senior year when MU beat WI 61-58!

My senior year when MU beat WI 61-58!

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It is only fitting that my Grandma, Sue Remington, would pass on the day of the year, where the sunlight lasted the longest of the year–on the Summer Solstice.  She was 89 years-old when she died in her home in Madison, WI.  In this very house on Dartmouth Street, she raised a family of five boys and a daughter.  These same children (my Aunt and Uncles), were along her bedside to show their love and support as my my Grandma peacefully slept away.I was raised just outside Washington DC by my Papa, Michael Remington, who was my Grandma’s oldest son.  Growing-up, we were fortunate to have the means to be able to travel to WI, as a family, to visit my Grandparents (Sue & Frank).  I will forever remember Grandma as a traditional, competitive, and humorous human being.Our family vacations to the Mid-West, consisted of canoeing down the Brule River, fishing for northern pikes, playing king of the raft, eating pie in Port Wing, and me almost biting my tongue off (I have scar to prove it).  In the evenings, when we weren’t exploring the outdoors of Iron River, we had family dinner at the cottage.   Grandma was all about the Clean-Plate-Club. She would say “Food wasters don’t get dessert.”  Dessert normally consisted of a scoop of ice cream from a gallon jug (I have a ton of cousins).In the morning, I would awake to the smell of maple syrup and pancakes on the griddle. According to Grandma, we were not allowed to sit at the table unless we had brushed our teeth and washed our face.  Another rule that Grandma enforced was no hats inside.  When I say she enforced this, she scolded my Uncle Pat, a little over a month ago for sitting down at the dinner table, wearing a HAT when my Papa and I were in town visiting.In addition to being very traditional, Grandma was also very competitive.  She was the biggest Wisconsin Badgers fan that I knew.  She had 50-yard-line seats at Camp Randall during the Fall.  During the Winter, you could find her sitting center court at the Kohl Center.  As you can imagine, when I transferred to Marquette, basketball season became very interesting within my family.  The already in-state-rivalry just became a little bigger to include the Remington Family.  During my first year at MU, the Golden Eagles played at Madison and I requested a ticket to join my Grandma for the game.  Just before the opening-tip, Grandma looked at me and said with a straight face, “Christophe, you are not part of the Remington family during the next 2.5 hours!”  I thought she was kidding but through the game she would nudge her elbow into my side when MU made a good play.  At one point, she told me to “keep it down” when I cheered one of Dominic James’s dunk!  In fact, after the game, I asked Grandma if she would wear a shirt that said “Marquette Grandma” and her response was priceless, “Over my dead body.”  Well I guess, I should go pick her up a shirt from the Spirit Shop (only kidding).Her competitive personality didn’t end with the Badgers.  It was also prevalent at her dinning-room table were Grandma and I competed in a card game called “Casino.”  The point of the game was to get to 21 points first; based on a complicated scoring system.  I was one of Grandma’s toughest opponents.  From what I hear, my cousin Natalie is also really good.  Grandma rarely beat me because she claimed that I was “a little rascal” because I never built any “piles.”However, even though I beat Grandma during the majority of our card matches; she did beat me at something more significant.  One summer, in Northern WI, my Dad, Grandma, and I played 9 holes in at the Poplar Golf Course.  Papa, obviously dominated; but 2nd place came down to the final hole where Grandma beat me by one stroke sinking a high-pressured putt.  Grandma was a gracious winner and that day was one of my favorite days spent with her and my Dad.Grandma was not just traditional and competitive–she was also naturally funny.  She had the most random ideas in the world.  One of which took place during a dinner conversation which I recorded on my camera.  Unfortunately, my apartment in Milwaukee was robbed and the thieves took my laptop which the video was saved on.  However, I still remember this conversation as if it took place yesterday.  This dinner took place about seven years ago, when Grandma suggested that she wanted to open a “Drinking School” she explained that kids need to learn how to drink responsively.  She wasn’t implying that her grandchildren where alcoholics because I asked just that!  She truly believed that it was a good idea to open this school.  When asked, “where will you teach classes?” she said “here” meaning her house.  Everyone laughed.

From this video above, you can witness Grandma’s great sense of humor.  You can also see her fierceness doing a fist bound, as well as her love for dogs.  Present in this video are myself, grandma, my cousin Frank, and my girl friends dog, Maisy.

Grandma will be survived by 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  But more importantly, by her only daughter Ann and her five sons Mike, Jim, Tom, Pat, and Frank as well as their spouses.  We will forever remember Sue Remington as a caring and loving grand/mother.

FAMILY PHOTOS (Click here)

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