loving the community support
So, I figure I owe you an explanation as to why I’ve been a bit “out of service” for a while. As I mentioned in a previous post, my mother, Meredith Czech, has been battling breast cancer for a number of years. Well, a couple of weeks ago she had some complications that required surgery, and she just didn’t do too well afterward. She passed away this past Tuesday.
While Mom was in the hospital and our family was there by her side, we took the opportunity to share many great stories. We laughed and cried so much that it was almost as if Mom was hanging on just to make sure we had this time together. Her funeral will be on Monday, and our family is doing very well, in large part due to the support of friends and folks in the community who have never met her.
I want to mention one specific example of that community support. Gail Stupka, the wife of De Pere assistant fire chief Jim Stupka, sent over a prayer shawl for Mom, accompanied with this prayer:
This shawl was made just for you Meredith Czech
To bring you comfort
To know you are loved
To remind you that you are in the lord’s loving embrace
This shawl is to wrap you up
When you’re cold
When you’re hurting
Or just when you need to snuggle
May it be a shelter from your pain and grief.
This shawl was blessed just for you today.
With Blessings, With Love and With Prayers
May God’s loving arms hold and protect you as you are wrapped in this shawl.
With God’s love and Blessing may you be healed and protected.
In his name we pray, amen.
I can’t tell you how much this meant to me and my family. While we couldn’t wrap her in the shawl while in the hospital, we laid it out over her on her bed for the entire time she was there. People who came to visit asked us about it. We told them where it came from and we also told them that it symbolized for us the compassion that folks in our community have, and the love and support we’ve each been feeling from people who have never even met Mom.
So, of course I wasn’t at the City Council meeting the day Mom died, but I know you understand. I was also quite touched to later watch the video of the council meeting, and hear Mayor Walsh’s comments:
For those of you who don’t know, Alderperson Crevier’s mother passed away today and that’s why he is not here tonight. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Scott and his family.
It only takes a very brief comment to touch a person’s heart, and Mayor Walsh did just that. I’m so proud to live among great people here in northeast Wisconsin, and I feel privileged to represent people like you in local government. Thank you for your support and prayers.