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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Made it Through the Day

The memorial service for my dad went well.... relatives came from Lower Michigan, Upper Michigan, and all over Wisconsin to the tiny village of Riverview at Crooked Lake.  Everything went well, and nephew Matt made a great speech before the luncheon.  We managed to get through the day and everything went as planned.  It was a good time for family to bond, but sad to have to be there for a memorial.  All dad wanted was a "Crooked Lake Party" and that is what he got.  No weeping, no serious stuff... just laughter, stories and have a beer on him!

Tomorrow we are headed out to Ohio to help with step-dad Lowell next.  Hospice has been called in and set up some equipment.  He is still walking and eating and talking on the phone.  He said to me: "set that Steve in the driver's seat, plug in that XYZ thingy (my GPS) and point him to Ohio!~"

So now it's on to help with Mom and hoping to lend support and love and caring......


  1. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad, Karen, sending our love and condolences to you and your family.That's want I want for a memorial, lots of stories, laughs and smiles, not tears! It is unfortunate that is seems to take a funeral to get everyone together these days, it needs to be done more often when we are all still alive.

    Wishing the best for Steve's Dad.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind wishes. But just to clarify, Lowell is MY step father who is dying of pancreatic cancer in Ohio.

      Steve's dad Paul is doing just great! Hope we have him around for a long long long long time

  2. I have lost both my parents and inlaws (My Dad passed at age 60, a shock to all of us) and a son, so I can sympathize with you and what has been going on in your lives.

  3. You are going through difficult times, but it's so good you are there for those who need you. Remember to take care of yourself and Steve though.

  4. Liked your Dad's attitude about 'all's he wanted was'...........

  5. Your step dad also seems to have a great sense of humor even in his failing state. Hate for you to have to go through all this, will keep you all in my deepest thoughts for strength

  6. Like that you honored your Dad's wishes--our prayers go out to you, Steve and your family as your travel to Ohio.

  7. So sorry to hear about your Dads passing. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now. How nice you can be there to help out. Remember to take care of yourself too.

  8. Im SO behind on my blog reading... So sorry for your loss Karen.


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