Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Requiescat in Pace - My Dear Mother Rose

Last night I wanted to put a picture up that was fitting for this sorrowful moment, but was too tired. This morning, I found this in my email inbox from Mary B at Grotto. Thanks Mary - It's perfect, and so beautiful.
At 6:20 pm this evening, my mother peacefully went to the Lord with her family surrounding her. It was nice for her to have a few hours of peace without all of the tubes and machines which were removed just after 2:00pm. She was kept comfortable and quickly fell into a deep sleep.
My mother was blessed to not only be Annointed, but she received the Apostolic Pardon from Fr. John a few hours after her second heart attack had left her on the ventilator.

Thank you for all of your prayers, emails, and comments. We have received many graces, remaining strong throughout. My mother undoubtedly is benefitting from the prayers sent her way to help her on her journey. Please keep her in your prayers.

Because we have many relatives out of state who need to travel, and with Fathers's Day approaching, we did not want to have her laid out on Sunday. Friday was too soon, given travel issues. Hence, visitation will be at Bagnasco & Calcaterra funeral home on 15 Mile and Schoenherr in Sterling Heights on Monday night, and she will be buried out of Assumption Grotto in Detroit on Tuesday. Details have to be worked out. Watch the "Current Services Page" at the funeral home website, or check back here for more info. I'll post it when I have it.
Previous post for those catching up...Mother now in critical condition with poor prognosis...
UPDATE: Thank you for the many comments and emails. I will be in and out making arrangements all day so it may take me time to moderate comments.

De Profundis
Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe iniquities; Lord, who shall endure it? For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord. My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord. From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord. Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plentiful redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all her iniquities. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Let us pray. O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that through our pious supplication they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!


Brigette Pietro said...

Absolutely will offer my mass for her and you Diane. I thought she was such a sweet and really funny lady when I met her in my line at the store and, of course, her FAITH was strong even while carrying her crosses this year. I'd see her at mass with you just after leaving a hospital a couple of times! People like THIS, I look up to. Knowing she received last rites and the apostolic pardon...I also hope she hears us and will pray for us.
God Bless your family so.


PaulaRevere said...

Dear Diane and Family,
Our sincere condolences. May your Mom rest in peace.

We beseech Thee, O Lord,
in Thy mercy,
to have pity on the soul of Thy handmaid;
do Thou, Who hast freed her
from the perils of this mortal life,
restore to her the portion of everlasting salvation.
Through Christ our Lord,


Sisters of the Holy Cross said...

Dear Diane,

Our sincere condolences... we have been in prayer for your mom and your family.

May she quickly enter her eternal rest in Jesus' arms as we all long to do!

We love you,

Sr Maria Pacis, Sr Maria Gemma, Sr Maria Helena, Sr Maria Basilea, Sr Maria Epiphania

PS Some of our Brothers are out of state at present, those who are here have been praying in the Mass also.

Anonymous said...

Dear Diane,
I am a lurker to your blog all the way from North Carolina as well as a member of the OA.
My prayers for you and your dear mother go out to you today.
May Our Dear Lord comfort you and bless you abundantly.

Jeff Pinyan (japhy) said...

You have my deepest condolences, and I will be praying for your mother tomorrow morning at Mass. May God bring peace to you and your whole family.

lizaanne said...

Dear Diane - my heart breaks for you and your family at your loss, yet rejoices at the thought of your mother now beholding the face of God. Such bitter sweetness. May she rest in the peace of Christ.

Mac McLernon said...

So sorry for your loss, Diane. Will be praying for you and yours during this time.

The Digital Hairshirt said...

God rest her soul.

Rhonda said...


I'm so sorry for your loss. You, your family, and your mother are in my prayers.


Peter Simpson said...

Dear Diane

I shall pray for you and your dear Mother.

O blest communion! fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

I pray that Rose will soon shine with the saints in glory.


momtomany12 said...

I just "know" you thru your blog, but I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. You and your mother will be in my prayers.

Tim said...

Peaceful repose and eternal memory to your mother, Diane. May God comfort you at this difficult time. My family and I will remember your mother and you in our rosary.

Valerie said...


We are so sorry for your loss! We have been praying for your mom and your family and will continue to do so.

Our hearts are with you! Call us if you need anything!

God Bless!

Valerie, Mike, Liz and Theresa

Fr Seán Coyle said...

My deepest sympathy. I will remebmer your mother in my Masses and prayers. May she rest in peace.

Peregrinus_PF said...


Although it is not much comfort, I know what you were going through with you mother.

My father passed away just over two years ago from a 5 year battle with congestive heart failure. He was doing good up to about 6 months before he died and we could all see the rapid decline in his health.

After his last heart attack, I was the one who was the second witness signature on the "do not resuscitate" order since I was the eldest son. He lived for about a month afterwards and finally went to his reward.

Although there was much personal anguish with other members of the family and myself at the time, there was a sense of relief when the time finally came.

It will take time, but the pain will start to go away. No completely, but it will start to go away.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Thank you all for your kind comments.

Something that helped greatly, was that Mom had communicated very clearly to just about everyone she met that she did not want any extraordinary measures like machines breathing for her.

My other two siblings and I were also on the same page at every point of the way. When the doctors told us she has about a 10%chance of going back to her apartment to the independent living she loved, and in light of the fact that all four heart valves were badly damaged, it took us very little time to figure out what we needed to do. We had to love her enough to let her go, and I was blessed to get confirmation out of her that this is indeed what she wanted us to do.