Missing Andrea

In this job you get a chance to meet everybody or at least it seems like that. And over the years I have met business leaders and do-gooders and up and comers. You learn stories and back stories, go to parties and openings and fundraisers.

And, if you are very lucky, you meet a friend. The kind of person you can actually talk to, that you want to go stand next to, even if it’s for small talk at a cocktail party.

Andrea Kornblue was that person for me. Years ago I went to a party and I brought my mother, who was living near me at the time. I hardly knew anyone well at the party and my mother knew no one. I don’t remember much about it but sometime after my mom had died, Andrea made a point of pulling me aside and telling me how lovely my mother was, how special, what a wonderful conversation she had with her at that party so many years ago.

I do not know if Andrea knew how much that meant to me—her connection to my mother was the tiny bridge I needed to feel more connected to this place where I lived, and it was also a connection to her, personally. Over the years, she was that peaches-and-cream pretty face—the light, for me—in any gathering. She was the dazzling smile, the touch on the arm, the person who asked about you and you knew she really cared.

Andrea Kornblue died last week after a battle with cancer, one you’d never even know about, judging by that smile. (Which was always there.) Her obituary will speak to her community service and her family who adored her but I wonder if anything can capture the spirit of one of the loveliest, most gracious women I have ever met. The world has dimmed a little in this corner of our world.

I will miss her.

The Celebration of Life service in loving memory of Andrea Berry Kornblue will be held this Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at 11 a.m. at The Chapel of Saint Andrew (2707 NW 37th St., Boca Raton, FL). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Andrea’s name to the Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League and the Junior League of Boca Raton.

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Marie Speed is group editor of all JES publications, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Worth Avenue, Mizner’s Dream and the annual publication for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. She also oversees editorial operations of the company’s Salt Lake City magazines. Her community involvement has ranged from work with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce to a longtime board member position at Caridad Center. She is also on the George Snow Scholarship Fund review committee. She is a past officer of the Florida Magazine Association and a member of Class XVII of Leadership Florida. In her spare time, Marie enjoys South Florida’s natural world through hiking and kayaking, and she is an avid reader and an enthusiastic cook.