Death in Family

My stepfather passed away during the night on Wednesday. He had been on hospice and I had been caring for him.  I am grateful that when the time came, he went quickly. Since I have to care for my disabled and dependent mother and there are some complicated family matters involved, I will not be very present on the blog for the next week. The funeral will be next Saturday.

My stepfather was born in France to a Jewish family. As a boy, he had out in the woods around Paris during the Nazi occupation. He remembered being very cold and frightened. He lost many family members to the Holocaust. He moved to the US and served in the Air Force for 23 years. Going through his papers, I discovered he had won the Bronze Star Medal, something he never talked about.

After his first wife died, and my father died, he and my mother married and had over a decade together. We all traveled to Alaska, the Panama Canal and many road trips to see the foliage together. He was a decent and kind man to my mother and I shall miss him dearly.


Death in Family — 55 Comments

  1. I am sorry, Dee, and I pray God’s divine comfort will guide you through this next week. And with all the decisions that follow.

  2. So sorry to hear this. He sounds like a wonderful person. May the angels lead him into Paradise. May the God of all consolation be with you and your family.

  3. Thanks for letting us know, Dee. I will be praying for you. Even though it may have been difficult for you, your care was a blessing to him.

    My father was an adolescent growing up in Poland when the Nazis invaded his country. Being Catholic, he was taken to Germany as a forced laborer. Survivors of these traumatic experiences carry the scars throughout their lives.

    My father was grateful for the freedom he found in the U.S. It is a freedom that some of us who were born in the U.S. can sometimes take for granted.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you walk this path together.

    Lord, please comfort our sister in her time of grief.


  5. I don’t know how you and your family have managed to do all that you all have done these recent years. May God make his presence palpably evident to you all as you work through what you yet have to do.

  6. I’m sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family for the sad and difficult circumstances going on in your life right now.

  7. “He was decent and kind man”
    While I sympathize with your loss I share the joy of having known such people and wonder how life would have turned out without them.

  8. RIP. Sounds like he had a life well lived. Take care of yourself and your family in this time of sadness.

  9. May you find rest and hope in the God of all comfort during your time of loss. May we also bear one another’s burdens. Blessings to you and yours.

  10. God’s blessings to you, Dee, and may He comfort you and your loved ones. May your step-father’s memory be everlasting!

  11. May God bless you with comfort and peace. And may others come to experience the joy of being in a relationship with one as good as your step-father was.

  12. Having just lost my dad 6 weeks ago, I understand clearly what you are going thru. I know you loved him a lot. My dad was in the Air Force too. Plus two of my uncles. Those Fly Boys are special, aren’t they. In times like these, we can only offer our prayers for you and the family as they go thru this week and afterwards.

  13. As a family here on this blog, we grieve together with you for the loss of a very special person.

  14. A life well lived, and an easy death; he was blessed. My condolences to you and your family for your loss.

  15. It must be such a sad time, Dee, for you and all your family. I’m grateful for all you’ve been doing the past year while taking care of your loved ones, and I pray that God will bless you for it.

    Please take the time you need to rest and grieve. May God surround you with love and tenderness, and give you strength for everything that needs to be done this week.

  16. ___

    “Another Unpleasant Sunday, Perhaps?”


    ♪♩♪♩ hum, hum, hum …
    A death in the family
    They temporarily numb my soul
    And make it hard for me to see
    My thoughts they all seem to stray
    To places far away
    I need a prayer or two, or three
    I may need a change of scenery…


    the roses will soon be in bloom…

    ATB (and ma prayerz)



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