I have been writing a series of posts about my recently-deceased parents Peter and Anita Monash. A listing of them may be found below.
We now have details for their joint Celebration of Life, a better term than “Memorial Service,” or at least one less fraught with religious overtones. It will be Sunday, November 14, 4 pm, at Friendship Village of Dublin (address and directions below).
To quote a previous post:
Please make in-lieu-of-flowers donations to the Clinton Foundation, which is doing terrific work in Haiti relief, microfinance, tropical disease, HIV/AIDS, and much, much more.
Unfortunately the Clinton Foundation has no obvious “In Memory Of ____ ” option, so please feel free to make mention of a gift in the comments below, should you choose.
At this time I do not plan to blog at any length about my parents’ retirement years or final declines. More precisely, I do not plan to cover those subjects at length unless I am prepared to weave them into “lessons learned” kinds of posts. But to cover those in very abbreviated form:
- My parents, while still fairly strong and active, moved into the Friendship Village of Dublin community linked in the directions below.
- Peter Monash’s dementia was mild until the end. He had difficulties remembering certain words or names, and generally was slower mentally than he was in his prime, but in essence his personality and lively mind were unaltered.
- Much the same was true of Anita Monash until January of this year, give or take a month. And even until (almost) the end, she recognized everybody, could respond to fairly sophisticated concepts, and so on.
- They both had issues with the classic old-age banes of falls, pain, weakness, hearing loss, pneumonia, and skin infections. Neither seemed to have a problem with strokes. Peter Monash also lost the sight in one eye, which interfered with reading. Much of Peter Monash’s weakness was kidney-related. Anita Monash had longstanding fibromyalgia.
Location details for Peter and Anita Monash’s Celebration of Life are:
- Friendship Village of Dublin, phone number and overview map at that link.
- 6000 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH. The entrance is on a cross street at the south end of the facility. Google Maps isn’t looking terribly reliable.
- You want the main building entrance, on the East/Riverside Drive/Scioto River side of the facility.
- The actual event will be in the “Convocation Room,” near the main lobby.
And finally, I’m the executor of the wills of both Peter and Anita Monash — dated 2004 — and we have a glitch. There’s a bequest of some nice craft items to Robert Zwink, perhaps now or previously a resident of the Columbus, OH area, and I have no idea who Robert Zwink is. Mr. Zwink — if you discover this post, please contact me via the Contact link above. If you’re the wrong Robert Zwink, but have an idea of a namesake who might be the correct one, please help me out by putting us in touch.
The series so far
- Introduction to the lives and marriage of Peter and Anita Monash. The first post in the series, it also has details such as time of death.
- Religion and the Holocaust in the lives of Peter Monash, Anita Monash, and my grandparents.
- Peter Monash’s life before he immigrated to the United States.
- Peter Monash’s life his first quarter-century in the United States.
- The peak of Peter Monash’s working life, and the overall business movement in which he played a key part.
- Anita Monash’s life until she got married.
- Anita Monash’s life from marriage through retirement.
- An overview post, framing the whole series.