Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My grandmother's obituary

Juanita "Peggy" Heirman
Aug. 13, 1935 - Oct. 26, 2008MISHAWAKA - Juanita C. "Peggy" Heirman, 73, passed away at 12:25 p.m. on October 26, 2008, at her home after a battle with cancer. Peggy was born on August 13, 1935, in Eldorado, IL, to Elmer Bryan and Gertrude Marie (Loney) Whitfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James Whitfield and Elmer (Tollie) Whitfield; and a sister, Neva Jean Yellich; and in-laws, Ernest and Florence Heirman. On March 27, 1954, in St. Bavo Catholic Church, Mishawaka, Peggy Whitfield married Richard "Spike" L. Heirman, who preceded her in death on June 29, 1993. Surviving are their children, Robbye Lou (Tad) Warner of Osceola, EnRico Lee (Amy) Heirman of Crystal Lake, IL, Stephanie Ann (Mort) Sarabakhsh of Fargo, ND, Christina Marie (Brian) Gangl of Melrose, MN, Rex Arthur Heirman of Michigan City, IN, Knute Eric (Kim) of Seminole, FL, and Karen Lynn (Michael) Iannotti of Seminole, FL; sister, Nada "Tootsie" (Clarence) Senger of California; and brothers, Leonard (Julianna) Whitfield of Mishawaka and Bill (Jean) Whitfield of Port Clinton, OH. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Peggy lived in Eldorado, IL, from 1935 to 1942. She then moved with her family to Mishawaka and had lived here ever since. She graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1953 and worked as a cook for Mishawaka School City for 30 years. Peggy was a member of St. Joseph Church in Mishawaka, the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, and was a past member and secretary of ASFSCME Local 3060. Peggy thought her greatest legacy was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lit up a room with her smile and laughter. An avid collector of angels, spoons and lighthouses, she made the best pancakes anyone could ever imagine. Most importantly, she lived her life as a Good Samaritan. Family and friends may visit from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30th, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mishawaka, with Reverend Terry Fisher presiding. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Mishawaka. Memorial contributions may be made in Peggy's name to the Center for the Homeless, the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care; or to St. Bavo's athletic department. To leave the family an online condolence or to share memories with the family, please visit our website at www.hahnfuneralhomes.com.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Grandma Peggy

This afternoon my grandma Peggy passed away. When my dad called me I was both relieved and sad. I felt relief because I knew that she was no longer in pain and sadness because I was never going to see her smile again.

My grandma always remembered your birthdays and sent a card with her signature kiss inside. My birthday is in December...I am going to miss getting that card this year!

She was an amazing mother and grandmother. She was always there to listen to you or to show support when you needed it. She was a true inspiration to me and a joy to be around.

I had the privilege to spend the past few weeks with her and I know that I will remember our time together always.

My aunts said it best...we had a great time this summer. We all got to spend time together. This would not have happened if not for grandma. I only hope that the relationships that have grown these past few months only continue to get stronger now that grandma is gone.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Megan's Shoulder Update

I just realized that I have not updated everyone on Megan's shoulder.
The good news is that it has not blistered in over a month...yeah!
I spoke with the doctors office about the difficulty drawing her blood for any lab work. They decided that we could wait until she got bigger to do the tests.
Now we just wait and see. If it starts to blister again, or if there are symptoms on other areas of her body we will move ahead quicker.
I will let you know if anything changes.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Away from home!

I decided that I needed to see my husband and spend time in our home so I came back to Michigan for the weekend.

I am heading back to Indiana on Monday afternoon and hope that the drive goes well.

I promised some pictures, so here are a few from our trip.

I am going to try to figure out how to do a slideshow and add that today as well!

Talk to you all soon.


A great opportunity to give back!

Hi everyone!
I am writing to invite you to join my family and I. We are going to be part of a silent auction and fashion show to benefit St. Joseph Mercy Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (the twins spent the first two weeks of their lives there).
The event is the evening of November 13th (a Thursday)
The evenings festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end with a celebration at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets for the show are $25. All proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction go to help the NICU! The event is being held at Washtenaw Community College - Morris J. Lawrence Building
Tim, the babies, and I will be in the fashion show and I will be speaking about the impact the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staff had on our family. It should be a wonderful time!
Let me know if you are interested and I will get you the tickets!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pictures of the babies

Hi guys.
Follow this link to see some pictures of the babies.
These were taken by Heather, a professional photographer. She did a wonderful job and I can't wait to work with her again.
They were taken when the babies were about 2.5 months old.
I will get some newer pictures posted soon!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Our first!

It is official, we have our first case of the yucks!
John has what we believe to be a bacterial infection. We are having a great time with explosions coming out of both ends!
Wow! For a kid who normally poops once or twice a week...8 times a day is a lot!
Being in Indiana, away from our doctor, and away from Tim does not make this any easier....we will just ride it out and hopefully get through it soon.

My grandma

My grandma Peggy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a week after my babies were born.
She sought treatment and when it didn't work decided to live the rest of her life with her family and friends close by.
Recently hospice has been called in and things are taking a turn for the worse.
The babies and I have been in Indiana for two weeks and will remain here until grandma is no longer with us.
This is a stressful time, but I am happy to have so many of my Aunts and Uncles around to lean on!