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Garden State of Mind: Finding peace 50 years after a brother’s death in the Philippines

Anne Loving

file photo Anne and Boyd Loving

Christopher Maag , Columnist, @Chris_MaagPublished 9:00 a.m. ET July 12, 2017 | Updated 7:19 p.m. ET July 12, 2017

Anne Loving of Ridgewood made her first trip last month to Mactan island, where her brother, Arnold LaGrange, was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1967.

This is the moment that split Anne Loving’s life in two. It was a Sunday. Her parents’ home was surrounded by green shrubs. She looked outside through the bushes to see a Volkswagen Beetle stop at the curb. The car was white. The door opened, and inside she saw a flash of polyester uniform colored Air Force blue.

That’s how she knew her brother was dead.