Friday, May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 63

Dear Old Blog,

My maternal grandmother, Dolores Vincenti Hoag, is seen in the great old photo above.

She in the front row, at right, with her right hand in her left hand.

This photo likely shows a First Holy Communion class (or perhaps a joint First Holy Communion class / Confirmation class) in the 1940s at our hometown parish, St. Alphonsus Church in McDonald, PA.

Our family friend, Wendy Greza Lundstrom, sent me this photo in April.

Wendy's mom, Joan Alexander Greza, is in the second row, behind grandma's right shoulder. Grandma Hoag and Joan were lifelong friends until Joan's death in 2003. When they were in their late 60s, they went together on a bus trip through Europe, with notable stops in England, Belgium and Italy.

Grandma hasn't been doing so well lately. A few months ago, she had a fall and broke her hip. And, in the past two weeks, she has been exhibiting signs of strokes. This is in addition to the drug-induced Parkinson's disease that she has lived with for more than a decade.

As of this writing, grandma is out of the hospital and being cared for in Room 306 of Townview Health and Rehabilitation Center in Canonsburg, PA. Townview is located in the "Old Canonsburg Hospital" building, where grandma gave birth to two of her three children.

My mother (grandma's daughter) died at Townview from lung cancer on November 12, 2019, at age 61.

No outside visitors are permitted there now, of course, due to COVID-19. It's not ideal but I'm glad they are taking this precaution.

If you are a praying type, please say one for my grandma, especially for her peace of mind.

This coming Wednesday, May 20, will be her 87th birthday.


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