I'm sorry to say that Phil's Mom, Helen G. Dolsen, died last Wednesday, Sept 30 at 330pm. Phil, Virginia, Hospice of the Western Reserve's Music Therapist and I were there. Susan was playing and singing "Danny Boy" and Helen slipped away very peacefully. It was perfect to have music playing as she went to be with her husband, Chuck, and the rest of her family that has preceded her. She had fallen and broken her right hip the Thursday before and declined very quickly.
We are very thankful for the care that Hospice of the Western Reserve provided for the past 18 months. They definitely improved her quality of life and were helpful to keep her comfortable once it was decided that surgery wasn't in Helen's best interest. We are also thankful for the good care that Helen received at Residence of Chardon for 3 1/2 years and her last week at Holly Hill Nursing Facility.
Yesterday was the wake at Ritondaro Funeral Home and today the funeral will be at 11am at St Mary's Catholic Church in Chardon. We will go to Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland and to Lock Keepers Inn afterwards for food and fellowship. We hope those that may not be able to come to the funeral, will feel comfortable meeting us at the cemetery and to joining us afterwards.
Phil has been scanning some of the older pictures (that's him in the first one) and we added some of the newer pictures we've taken. Attached is a video for anyone that would like to view. warning: has a lot of MB's. We had the video playing at our house after the wake where we toasted Helen with Jameson's in the Irish tradition to wish her well in her new life in heaven. Thank you to all friends and family that attended.