On Sunday, May 17 I took Dolores Manaseri and Dotty Schlegel down to Ringwood, NJ to visit Fr. Bill. As I was driving, I was listening to Dotty tell stories about her early life with Woody and all her dogs, and I got very lost. She would ask me, “Does this look familiar?” “Nope.” “Does this?” “Nope.” We both started praying. Read more
As I am writing this column I am sweating and I have the fan on, but it's not helping one bit. What happened to spring? It feels like summer already. I guess in July we will have the weather in the 50’s. A belated Happy Mothers' Day to all; I spent my day with my sister and one of my brothers and his family. Please keep Elisabeth Bringle in your thoughts and prayers on the passing of her mother Renata Radzikowski. It is so hard to have a nice time on Mothers' Day when your mom is in heaven, keep your mom's memories alive. Read more
It’s getting to be the busy time of the year, great being out and about seeing people enjoying the sunshine. Ethel Hulse and her daughters Gloria and Nancy took a trip to Cortland, NY for the funeral of her niece, Marion Kennedy Halpin, who back in the day was owner of Kennedy’s Corner. I saw Judy Posniack and her family out in Angelina’s on the Hill. They were up for the weekend getting the house ready for the summer. Read more
I had such a great visit with Fr. Bill on Sunday. I spent the afternoon with him. He is holding his own, after having had a major stroke during his bladder operation. He lost the use of the left side of his body. After much physical therapy he can move his foot a little and his thumb and pointer finger. He has not lost his sense of humor; we were laughing and having a good time sitting out in the garden. I brought him the picture boards that we made up for Tommy’s wake. He enjoyed looking at them. It was very consoling for me to hear him talk of Tommy with such love; they did get along well. Read more
I am so very much overwhelmed with all the lovely cards and emails I have received over the past few weeks, from my family, my friends and most touching my readers who do not know me or Tommy and took the time to console me. I thank you and feel very blessed to have you in my life. When the undertaker met me at the funeral parlor, he handed me a blue folder and said, “the VA hospital wanted me to give this to you.” Paperwork, lots of paperwork. Read more
Thomas Joseph Edward Hennessy Jr. was born July 12, 1948 in Brooklyn, NY. He moved to Bellerose in 1958 with his parents Thomas Sr. and Dorothy and his brothers and his sister Eileen, whom he loved and adored, and his Nana Florence, whom he loved more than words can say. Tommy would come into the house and say, “Yo, Harry,” and Nana would answer, “Yeah, Schwartz.” Those nicknames they had for each other expressed a very special love. Read more
By the time you get to read my column, four days will have have passed from the time I wrote it.
My husband has a massive blood infection; all of his skin that was burnt from the radiation is infected with cellulitis. He is holding his own, but has gained 14 pounds of fluid. His lungs are full, and he has to have them sucked out. (I have to leave the room when they do this, or they will be cleaning up after me.) Tuesday, March 10 was two years since my mother went to heaven. It’s been a tough week, but ya have to keep going one day at a time. Read more
I am now into my fifth week of being sick, Friday night I had a lovely visit to the ER. I’ve been on meds for the last three weeks for a sinus infection and a chest cold. After chest X-rays, a breathing treatment and steroids, I have bronchitis. Thank you, crew at Grover Herman Hospital. It is so different from when I lived in Queens; a visit to the ER back then was a least a six-hour ordeal. Read more
I spent the weekend down in the Bronx with Tommy. It is great that they let me stay in a "hoptel": a hotel room in a hospital; and it's free. So when Tommy gets too tired and wants to sleep, I can go to my room and relax and read. Tommy loved giving boxes of chocolate out to all the nurses and aids (male and female), he is so liked there. Thank God his spirits are good.
I called to speak to Fr. Bill who is back in Holy Name Friary, 2 Morris Rd., Ringwood, NJ 07456, but he could not talk on the phone. He is having a very hard time speaking and he really needs your prayers. Read more
The doctors told me Tommy is doing well and he has two weeks left of radiation and chemo therapy, and they are going to keep him for an extra week to make sure he is OK. Then in six weeks a repeat PET scan and hope to God nothing is there. Read more