I can't say enough for the good that hospice workers do. It must be so hard to walk into a house where you've been told to go, and you don't know what you are walking into what with worried and stressed relatives. Hospice workers are people who embody how we all should be acting towards one another.
My grandfather was born on a farm in northwest Indiana. He always called it "flat, flat, flat" when I asked him about it. His parents were immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire (specifically from the western part of what is now modern-day Romania) and he remembered them speaking in German to each other when they didn't want the kids to know what they were saying. :-)
He was super intelligent - the type of person that would say, okay, I'm going to build a house now for my family - and he did! He learned what he needed to and just did it. Nothing stopped him. In the early 1980s, he decided he wanted to learn computers, and he did, in his spare time! In the last week, I saw receipts and letters and manuals for computers I'd never heard of from the 80s. He was exchanging letters with people discussing nitty-gritty details about computing that I couldn't even begin to understand.
He was one of the hardest working people I will ever know.
He spent his life doing carpentry and construction, and once he retired from that, he got terrible arthritis. He never complained though. And he always ate whatever you put in front of him. We asked once about that, like my mom would ask him what his preference was for dinner and such and he would never really give her the preference. He always said that if someone was going to go through the trouble of making food for him to eat, then he was going to eat it. It is a good philosophy and one which makes me feel I owe my mother an apology for being a picky eater as a child!
I miss you Grandpa, and I love you!
Below is the text of his obituary:
MILLERSBURG - William A. Domelle, 93, passed away Tuesday at his home.
Born in Newton County, Indiana, on September 16, 1918, son of the late William and Elizabeth Obendorfer Domelle. He met his future wife, Anna G. Mix, in 1938, and they married in 1942. They lived in Millersburg for the past 30 years.
He was a retired self employed carpenter.
He was pre-deceased by his wife of 68 years, Anna, 2010, and a son Stephen, 1998.
Surviving are his two loving daughters, Deborah Kleylein, Philadelphia and Rebecca Lucas, Lykens; 9 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one brother Peter, Indiana.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.