Friday, October 1, 2010

A Peaceful Death

Cathy passed away last evening surrounded by most of the family.  We received the call while driving in Iowa on our way to Colorado.  Her wake will begin after all the business has been taken care of and extended family and friends receive proper notice.

While I know we all miss her, and that empty sadness will descend on each of us, some far more than others, today is simply one of gathering, reminiscing, and taking care of business.  Right now Meg and Kate are driving north with Meg's fiancé Brian to be with us this weekend.  Since our oldest daughter, Liz and her husband John Paul fly out of Houston early Sunday morning for Germany they'll be Skyped in when the party gets going.

Cathy's wishes were for no funeral, just a party.  So, planning for that is what part of the business involves.  We'll gather with family, tell more stories, celebrate her life and support Ray.  Plus enjoy a feast of foods we all associate with her.  

We take great consolation in the fact that she was visited by a priest, and anointed, prior to her death.  Many of our friends and family have been praying for her, and several masses have been offered for her as well.  Now we simply rest and trust in God's infinite mercy, and justice.  

May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  And may Lynn Cathleen Rinaldi, nee Kelting rest in eternal peace and may perpetual light be made to shine upon her.

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