The death of Patty Andrews, the last of the famous Andrews Sisters, ought to inspire some nostalgia for the days when cheery lyrics were a tonic: During World War II, the sisters’ songs and performances became part of America’s culture.

Patty Andrews died at 94, having been preceded by Maxene and LaVerne. “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” may have existed only in song, but millions enjoyed the Andrews Sisters songs. An energetic rendition of “Bugle Boy” is at sisters.

We join the veterans of that era in mourning another loss from that era.