Annual Angel Tree Memorial honors memories of loved ones


By Evelyn Long - for the Morrow County Sentinel



These Hospice of Morrow County staff members hosted the Angel Tree Memorial Service and luncheon following the Angel Tree Memorial service. L-r: Chaplain Jeff Slider, Laura Slider, Social worker Brandi Courts, Clara Hilton, Julie Palmer, Rhonda Conrad, Pat Clark, RN, Suzie Colegrove and Julie Blankenship, executive director. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.


Hospice of Morrow County Chaplain, Jeff Slider, and Steve Brenneman, right, each place an angel memorial on the tree during the Hospice Angel Tree Memorial service. Jeff placed his in memory of his father, Slip Slider and Steve placed his in memory of his mother, Arlene Brenneman. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.


Vicki Boggs playing the piano for the Angel Tree Memorial service. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.


Katrina, Savanna, and Chevanna Seth place angels on the Memorial tree in memory of Herman Ericson. They did this for Carmen Butcher. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.


Eighty One Angels were remembered when the annual Hospice of Morrow County’s Angel Tree Memorial was held at the Hospice facility on December 5.

Family members hung angels on the brilliant silver Christmas tree as the names of their loved ones were read. This was followed by a commemorative candle lighting ceremony.

The musical prelude was played by pianist Vicky Boggs and Steve Brenneman offered three vocal selections: “Once in Royal David’s City,” “In My Life” and “There’s Still My Joy.”

Hospice Chaplain gave the devotions and closing words and Julie Blankenship, Hospice director, gave the welcome. Pat Clark, RN Patient Care Coordinator and Brandi Courts, LSW, each gave a special reading. Names of the angels were read by staff members with Hospice.

The angels who were remembered include Paul Knotts, Patricia Shoewalter, Richard Hines, Frank Vittorio, Glenn Blanton, Donald Refinati, John Pennington, David Durrett, Vonnie Hull, Walter Moore, Ladonna Guy, Wilbur Lemcke, Herman Ericson, Larry Chafin, Elaine Keirns, Dolores McGary, Michelle Foust, Shawn Johnson, Rosemary Deel, Norman Williams, Don Meola, Charles Herd, Ray Preece, Virginia Caldwell, Frank Andrick, Vern Jordan, Warren Gordon, Eula Bolden, Carole Dowler, Virginia Shipman, Linda Hoffner, Joseph Fleming, Mary Graham, Ruth Robertson, Mary McMahon, Franklin Barton, Howard Ludwig, Ellen Shaffer, Wade Sutherland, Richard Pickens, Suzanne French, Beverly Hickman, Helen Bogusky, Stacy Whitt, Patricia Staley, Susan Parraco, Leola Burns, Elizabeth Symalla, Edward Ufferman, Peggy Vaughen, Richard McPeek, Janet Mullins, Hilda Sexton, Arnold Adams, Robert Peak, Omar Sutherland, Robin Askew, Theodore Beal, James Williams, Thomas Barnhard, Brenda Dailey, Lillian Weaver, Tina Amburgey, Myron Hubbell, Naomi Ratcliff, Susan Moseley, Michael Madore, Penny Lewis, Joan Hale, Merrill Wood, Earlie Higgins, Ruth Geyer, Marilyn Spires, Phillip James, Ivan Sipes, Kathy Bradshaw, James Brunty, Nancy Whitt, Dorothy Lee, Joshua Underwood and Sue French.

Helping to serve a buffet following the service were Laura Slider, Brandi Courts, Clara Hilton, Julie Palmer, Rhonda Conrad, Pat Clark, Suzi Colegrove and Julie Blankenship.

Evelyn Long is a correspondent with the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at wlong2@columbus.rr.com.

These Hospice of Morrow County staff members hosted the Angel Tree Memorial Service and luncheon following the Angel Tree Memorial service. L-r: Chaplain Jeff Slider, Laura Slider, Social worker Brandi Courts, Clara Hilton, Julie Palmer, Rhonda Conrad, Pat Clark, RN, Suzie Colegrove and Julie Blankenship, executive director. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/12/web1_Staff-members-hosting-the-Memorial-service-2015.jpgThese Hospice of Morrow County staff members hosted the Angel Tree Memorial Service and luncheon following the Angel Tree Memorial service. L-r: Chaplain Jeff Slider, Laura Slider, Social worker Brandi Courts, Clara Hilton, Julie Palmer, Rhonda Conrad, Pat Clark, RN, Suzie Colegrove and Julie Blankenship, executive director. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.

Hospice of Morrow County Chaplain, Jeff Slider, and Steve Brenneman, right, each place an angel memorial on the tree during the Hospice Angel Tree Memorial service. Jeff placed his in memory of his father, Slip Slider and Steve placed his in memory of his mother, Arlene Brenneman. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/12/web1_Slider-and-Brenneman-placing-angels.jpgHospice of Morrow County Chaplain, Jeff Slider, and Steve Brenneman, right, each place an angel memorial on the tree during the Hospice Angel Tree Memorial service. Jeff placed his in memory of his father, Slip Slider and Steve placed his in memory of his mother, Arlene Brenneman. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.

Vicki Boggs playing the piano for the Angel Tree Memorial service. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/12/web1_Vicki-Boggs-playing-during-the-Angel-ceremony.jpgVicki Boggs playing the piano for the Angel Tree Memorial service. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.

Katrina, Savanna, and Chevanna Seth place angels on the Memorial tree in memory of Herman Ericson. They did this for Carmen Butcher. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/12/web1_The-Seths-placing-an-angel.jpgKatrina, Savanna, and Chevanna Seth place angels on the Memorial tree in memory of Herman Ericson. They did this for Carmen Butcher. // Photo by Carol Bartlett.

By Evelyn Long

for the Morrow County Sentinel