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2009 Light A Life:
A Holiday Remembrance Tradition

The Story Never Ends
On November 22, VNA Hospice welcomed nearly 100 guests to celebrate and honor the memories of loved ones at the 17th Annual Light A Life: A Holiday Remembrance Tradition.

To view a photo gallery from the event, please click here.

In Memory Of

Rose Andrasak
Richard Ashbrook
Nancy Atamanec
Donald Bailey
Ruth & Clarence Ball
John “Jack” Barrett
Richard Baukema
Jim Beers
Lois Bernauer
Donna A. Besch
Daniel Borowski
Georgiana Louise Bowley
Ralph Burke
Mary & Billy Caldwell
David Camp
Nancy Camp
Albert A. Cantone
Sharon Carleton
Betsey A. Carr
Daniel Casey
Martha Clark Kampf
Doris J. Daley
Barbara Daniels
Joann Davidson
Irene Davis
Louis Davis
Iris Davis
Louis Davis
Sherry Davis
Walter Dlugolecki
Dominick D’onofrio
Tommy Dorsey
Olivia Fears
Mary Ferline
Nelson Dean Fogle
Richard O. Foster
Angela Fratianne
Donna Frisco
David Fritz
Lester S. Fryer
Virgil & Anita Greavin
Lillian Gurgul
Mr. Robert F. Hayek
Agnes Hlivak
Monica Holiday
John Holm
Steve J. Horvath
Gwenda Ingram
Lucius Ivory
George Jackson
Lela Jeffery
Mary Johnston
Robert Jordan
Marian Kelly
Pecola King O’Neal
Paul M. Kubinski
Ann E. Kupetz
Arlene Kushing
Clarence John Lauer
Ann Lauer Kennedy
Mary Liberatore
Mary M. Marks
Patricia Matheney
Karen May
Anna Mergo
Pauline Montgomery
Cletus Muenker
Sadie L. Murphy Barrett
Mary Francis Murphy Barrett
Edward Nagy
Arlyn R. Neubacher
Fletcher Ned O’Neal
Tommy O’Shea
Rita Mae O’Shea
Eloise R. Owens
Alyce Marie Papworth
Margaret M. Peggny-Conway
Alfred J. Pemberton
Melanie Ruth Pescan
Catherine Pompura
Blanche Poulsen
Daniel Radliffe
Carl M. Ritcher
Berneice Roberson
Rosa Rodriguez
Ana Maria Sanchez
Katherine Sharp
Paula Ann Silvestro
Ben J.R. Sims
Mary & Emory Sims
Ryan Smith
Charles W. Smith
Mrs. Elsa Stark
Mr. Rudolf Stark
Dennis Allen Stegh
Celia Stremmet
Aline Swain
Stephanie Taylor Ayers
Colette & William B. Townsend
Sam Vanello
Matthew F. Volchko Jr.
Mary Kay Weyburne
Jon Williams
Annie C. Williams
Harold Williams
Thomas P. Winar
Catherine York
Christopher York
Catherine York
Christopher York
Phyllis Yusko
Victoria Zuni

Assisted by VNA Hospice staff and volunteers, art therapist Carol Mirman facilitated a profound expressive art session during which guests created original treasure-books in memory of their loved ones, expanding and personalizing the Light a Life theme, “The Story Never Ends.” The moving ceremony included reflective readings and music, the lighting of a holiday tree adorned with specially-designed ornaments featuring the names of remembered loved ones, and the reading aloud of the names in remembrance.

With Special Thanks
VNA Hospice especially thanks violinist Obie Shelton and pianist Ryan Bergeron for their musical reflections, as well as the Reverend Gina Thornton of Grace AME Church for her inspirational words. Following the Light A Life ceremony, volunteers and staff of VNA Hospice provided an elegant reception and refreshments. We are grateful to the many VNA Hospice Volunteers who made this
all-volunteer reception possible.

Refreshment Donors
Matt Wiederhold
Diane Morgan
Michael Mathews
Lauren Kampf
Lisa Hirzel
Kimberly Flaherty
Susan Stewart
Carl Morgano
Gerard Kreutzer
Cathy Haber
Madelon Marecz
Fran Conductor
Kathleen Young
Mary Miranda
Patricia Wasniak
Carla Goodman
Norma Wonder
Sandy Onyshko and Family
Patrick McCabe
Ericka Wade
Lillian Predota
Event Volunteers
Cathy Haber
Madelon Marecz
Fran Conductor
Kathleen Young
Mary Miranda
Lillian Predota
David Cutshall
Patricia Wasniak
Agatha Kenczal
Laura Camp-Smith
Carla Goodman
Doris Thompson
Norma Wonder
Candy Thomas
Ethel Smith
Nick Scheibelhood
Laura Camp-Smith
Patrick McCabe
Lynna Metrisin
Maggie Floriano
Donna Mayfield
Patty O’Shea
Darlyne Redd
Julia Moses
Stephen Adams
Judith Shemkovitz
Dora Harper
Patricia Covell
Paula Kampf
De’Neitra Brown

Become A Volunteer
Please click here for more information about volunteering with VNA Hospice, or you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Volunteers are the heart of hospice. The Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio can work with the particular interests and skills of both individuals and groups to help people provide compassionate care at the end of life for VNA Hospice patients.

About Hospice
Hospice came about in the Middle Ages as a way to comfort and care for the dying. In 2007, an estimated 1.4 million Americans received hospice services. The focus of hospice is to provide a compassionate team of people who help a person with a life-limiting illness or injury die pain-free and with dignity. Expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support are expressly tailored to each person’s needs and wishes. The goal is to enhance comfort and quality of life for one’s remaining time.

About VNA Hospice
VNA Hospice compassionately cares for northeast Ohioans in their homes, no matter where they call home - a private residence, an assisted living center, or a nursing home. The VNA Hospice care team includes nurses, physicians, therapists, social workers, counselors, aides and volunteers who work together with patients, caregivers, families and physicians to provide the highest quality support and comfort. A plan of care is developed for each patient and is updated routinely as the patient’s condition changes. All VNA Hospice nurses are required to be hospice-certified, and the VNA of Ohio is the only hospice provider in the area to have such a requirement. VNA Hospice serves patients and their families in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties. In addition, the VNA Hospice Care Center at MetroHealth’s Old Brooklyn campus provides state-ofthe-art inpatient care for comfort and care in a home-like setting.



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