This morning I remembered my Mom, Frances Louise Lenard Stoviak, in a special way at Mass as my sister, Janie and I recall the anniversary of her death. It was nine years ago last evening that she died peacefully at home after a brief illness. Mom was eighty-six at the time of her death.
After Dad's death three years earlier, Mom had become more frail, and when she developed pneumonia it became too much for her. After a brief period in the hospital, we brought her home where she was most comfortable and Janie took great care of her. I spent most of the evening with Mom on the 3rd of March, and had just returned to the rectory when the call came of her passing. Mom had lived a good and full life, much loved by those most important to her, and was a great source of love and support for the rest of us. Her wake and funeral Mass were a tribute to the person that she is. We love her deeply and miss her dearly.