Thank you!

Thank you to all who sent cards or attended Mom’s viewing, funeral and luncheon.

People travelled from all over: Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey.  We really appreciate those that took the time and expense to travel such long distances.

Thank you to the current and former Pastor of St. William for con-celebrating the Funeral Mass.  Monsignor Mortimer is now 84 and claims to be retired, although he doesn’t seem to have slowed down a bit.  He was a long time pastor and is a great friend of Mom and Dad’s.  Father Joe Watson grew up in the parish, and is now the current pastor of St. William in Northeast Philadelphia.  Father Joe initiated the request to the Vatican for the wonderful 50th Wedding Anniversary blessing from the Pope Benedict.   I hope you had a chance to view it in the lobby before Mom’s funeral Mass.  Thank you to Father Ed for leading the Mass and pastor, Father Tony, for also con-celebrating.

Thanks to Marie, Barbara, and Mary for reading during the Mass.

Thanks to Jim Rementer, Music Director, for the beautiful music during the Mass.  Jim visited with us at Mom and Dad’s house and spent a few hours with us going over all the selections and details.  We thank him for his time and talents.

We couldn’t believe it when several people from the hospital staff came to the viewing and funeral.  One of Mom’s many outstanding nurses, the Nurse Manager from the ICU, the Assistant Nurse Manager from the PCU, Kennedy Hostpital’s Chief Nurse, and the Customer Services Director all took time out of their busy schedules to pay their respects.  I have to believe that is highly unusual, so thank you to each of them.

The Crystal Street gang so was great to see.  Thank you so much for attending.

Former bosses and coworkers attended as well.  Wow, Mom must have made quite an impression at work – and here I thought Mom always treated work as a social event!

Many of Mom and Dad’s friends, neighbors, Senior club members stopped by and we appreciate the effort it is for many of them.  The Mayor also took time to pay his respects.  Thanks to all of you.

Bob Fertig, and his staff from Fertig Funeral Home, were fantastic and took care of every detail.  Thank you for a job well done in guiding us through the funeral and burial process.

Of course, the extended Grous and Walker families gathered from near and far, many times over the past few weeks.  Thank you for your non-stop support and encouragement.  What a privilege it is to be part of such a strong and loving family!  Special thank yous to Keith for flying in from Oregon, Mary for flying from Texas, and Marie for coming in from Boston, Billy and Bert for the long drive from Florida.

As we put our everyday lives on hold to be with Mom, our spouses took care of absolutely everything.  We are so very blessed and fortunate to have John, Beth, Lorraine and Bill as our spouses.  We love you and thank you for everything!

Many expressed interest in donating to the Nursing scholarship being established in Mom’s memory.  Thank you very, very much.

Monday’s Funeral Mass was a beautiful tribute to Mom.  We appreciate everyone who took part. 

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