Category Archives: 2015

July 19, 2015–interment of ashes, Olmsted Falls, OH (Mother’s 100th birthday)

The visitation and interment of ashes was scheduled for Friday, June 19. I had sent notices to my second cousins (grandchildren of my grandmother’s four older sisters) and the few remaining friends on her Christmas card list. Rev. Ron Dauphin, … Continue reading

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Memorial service: Matt’s homily

Memorial Service for Esther Ruth Freeman Scripture Text: John 11:17-27 June 8, 2015 The first time I recall meeting Esther Ruth Freeman was at Jill’s and my wedding some 23 years ago now. And though I would see Esther on … Continue reading

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July 12, 2015–final comments #1, memorial service

Shortly after the experience I last described, her face changed. Up until that moment, it was still her body, silent, lifeless, but her. The change happened within a few minutes. It is hard to describe—sort of a hardening. What was … Continue reading

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Esther Freeman: July 19, 1915 – May 21, 2015

Her passing was peaceful. I was out-of-town for a week and got back in time for the QO spring BBQ picnic last Thursday, May 14. The food was good, but I was surprised how much difficulty she was having. I’d … Continue reading

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April 14, 2015–except for “chocolate”

I went to a care planning meeting this morning at QO.  It was raining, so I didn’t take the dogs.  She had a haircut appointment right after the meeting and dealing with them, the doggy pram, all the coming and … Continue reading

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February 1, 2015–new language?!

She’s been subdued the last couple weeks, ever since she got home from the hospital (which she doesn’t remember).  Both dogs jumped in her lap when I arrived.  As I wheeled her down the hall to her room she continued … Continue reading

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January 19, 2015–emergency, then okay

Last week when I visited she was more alert and talkative than she’d been in some time.  We were having a cold snap, so I asked her how her family had kept warm at home.  She was getting gas furnaces … Continue reading

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