Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My dad

(Fall 2011)
Monday night my dad went home to Heaven.
He was surrounded by his family.
We held his hands, stroked his face,
prayed for him, told him how much he was loved
and then watched him leave his earthly shell
and join our Heavenly Father.
We are joyful that his long ordeal with Alzheimer's has ended.
We are sad, but rejoice in the knowledge 
that he is healed and in the arms of Jesus.
Please keep our family
and especially our mom, Toots in your prayers.
With the holiday so close
and a cousin's wedding over the weekend
services are delayed until
Sunday and Monday.
Visitation is Sunday 4-7 p.m.
Funeral is Monday at 11:00 a.m.
at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home
in Shelbyville.


  1. As always, your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Janie, Would you mind posting your mother's mailing address? I'd love to send her a card. And KNOW that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sure your family gathering(s) will be sweeter, closer, richer & stronger than ever during these holidays.

  3. So sorry for your will be in my thoughts.

  4. I am so sorry about the passing of your dad. I know that is hard especially around the holidays.
    Do you live in Shelbyville, Indiana? Hugs, sandie

  5. I am holding your Mom extra close in my heart, Janie. That photo of your Dad makes me smile.

  6. The golden evening brightens in the west;
    Soon, soon, to faithful warriors cometh rest.
    Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    -- William How

    Grieving with you, rejoicing with your dad.

  7. Maybe I've never wanted to hug anyone so badly as I want to hug you.

  8. So sorry to hear this... What a precious tribute to your dad! Prayers for your entire family an especially for you and your mom...

  9. God Bless you and your entire family, with special blessings for your Mom. It is such a blessing to be there when they pass, to witness the transition from the worn out pain filled human body transformed to their heavenly home.

  10. God Bless you All. Prayers for you and your family.

  11. What a gift... to have had such a wonderful father and to have been a part of his journey to the end....
    You know my heart is with you....


  12. I was thinking about you just yesterday. I am sorry about your father passing. My father, I most likely told you, had this disease as well. I felt "peace" when he left us. I felt he was so much better then. It is always hard but I am hoping that you feel that peace. (((((HUGS)))) and Prayers.

  13. I'm so so so sorry for your loss. I can't wait to meet him someday.

  14. Hugs to the whole family. You will be in my thoughts throughout the long weekend. He is at peace and that is truly something to be thankful for. Ann

  15. Oh Janie, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad, but rejoice with you in the knowledge that he is in heaven now! I love the picture of him that you started this post with- I think it speaks volumes as to the kind of husband and father he was!
    Be kind to yourselves and I'll be praying!

  16. Janie, my heart goes out to you and your family. I lost my mother to cancer in February and know all too well the heartache of losing a parent but the relief that they are in a better place. My 19 year old cousin was taken off life support yesterday after 6 months of being in a coma from an accident involving a drunk driver. So our Thanksgiving is both thankful and sad as well. May you find peace and happy memories fill your mind during this time. I'll light a candle and say a prayer.

  17. My very deepest sympathy, Janie. There's just something about losing a loved one around the holidays that seems worse than any other time. My mom unexpectedly passed away four days before Christmas six years ago. You can at least take comfort knowing that he's with our heavenly father.

  18. My friend, I am so sorry. You've been on my mind this week, and now I know why. This journey is not easy, but do-able because of Jesus.
    "dear Jesus, what a grand time there is in heaven! Wow. I thank you for that fact. But the family on earth is heartbroken and most likely dazed. Wrap them up in Your arms of peace, endurance and love. Help the decisions needing to be made to come gently. And Lord bless Toots and her broken heart. Strengthen her and comfort them all. In Jesus Name, Amen."

    You only have to do this one minute at at time Janie. Breath in, breath out, and be kind to yourself, rest when you can. Much love, Janet

  19. Janie~
    My sincere condolences. So sad but happy for him. No more suffering. Having something like this happen so close to the holidays makes it all the more difficult. I just learned that my Aunt is being admitted to hospice today.
    Let us all be thankful for what we have & keep each other close.
    Much love & prayers go out to you & your family.

  20. what a beautiful picture of your father. i am so, so sorry for your loss, janie. alzheimer's is a terrible disease and i hope you'll remember your father as he was before it came on. i sit here, the day after thanksgiving, looking at the single rose i still buy at holiday times in remembrance of my own father's death from the same disease. i miss him still, but am convinced that he's living a better life in heaven than he had at the end here on earth. keeping you and your family in my prayers. ~chris

  21. You're in my thoughts and prayers,Janie. What a wonderful peace we have knowing we will see our loved ones again. Im not sure how people without Faith get thru times like this. Praying for your sweet mama, I know this time has been so hard for her. Much love.

  22. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  23. I'm sorry for your lost. My family lost my grandpa to Alzheimer's last year.We will be praying for you and your family!

  24. What a wonderful man to celebrate. What a wonderful woman he chose and with whom he built his wonderful family. Thanks for sharing them all here. Truly inspiring! You are all in my prayers.

  25. I will most certainly keep your family, especially your mom, in my prayers. xox

  26. praying for your family, sweet friend.
    what a blessing to know that your daddy is safe in the arms of Jesus.

  27. So sorry Janie. . . find comfort in knowing there is so much of your Dad alive inside of you, and it will be there forever, and no one can take that away ever. Prayers going up for your family.

  28. I'm so sorry Janie to hear this sad news. I know you will miss him and yet have such peace of Who he is with forever.
    Thinking of you and praying for the peace that passes all understanding to continue to envelop you and your family.
    Love & hugs xo

    All my heart,
    Deborha xoxooxoxo


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