Saturday, December 19, 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020

I was able to finish up my Christmas gifts and got my cards mailed today (finally).  I made slippers and head warmers for the girls and they would have been done a lot sooner if it weren’t for the yarn that I chose.  It is a soft, colorful 5-ply yarn that had varied thicknesses and was very difficult to work with because the stitches were hard to see and to count. Regardless, they turned out well and this is the result.

So now everything is wrapped and ready to go.  I still don’t know if we will be having an in-person gathering and I will be fine with whatever Ben and Jill decide to do.  As much as I want to get together, I also realize the risk in doing so. I have been in a couple of stores and probably more exposed than they have been.

My Christmas Corner

Fran’s obituary came out this week and I thought I would post it here. I have thought of her so much lately and will miss getting her Christmas card.

Stoughton- Frances R. Ganshert, age 95, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020.  Fran was born June 22, 1925, the eldest child of Eleanor and Frank Muetz. She met Francis Ganshert in 1947 and married him 6 months later on October 4, in Madison WI. They bought their only home in Stoughton that same year, she resided there until health issues sent her to assisted living. It is there that she passed away peacefully on December 11th.

Fran loved her family deeply and spent her life caring for all of them. Over her early years of marriage, it was not unusual to find any number of her siblings and their families residing with them. There was no such thing as in-laws, as once you married into the family you, and also your family, were treated as her own. 

She loved the holidays and hosted them all with her fabulous cooking and baking. She was known to have an array of cookies in her cookie jars. She loved to quilt, and gifted family and friends with her all hand sewn quilts. In her time at Azura, she enjoyed reading and read over 365 books until her eyesight failed and then she listened to 1,228 audio books.

Fran was proceded in death by her husband Fran, daughter Susie, and son Larry. Her parents Eleanor and Frank Muetz, siblings Jimmy, Joyce, Frankie, Jackie, Dean, Donald and Duke. She is survived by her son Larrys wife Sue, her daughter Mary (Steve) Thayer, son Jim (Lori) Ganshert., grandchildren Erin (Joe), Chad (Katie), Amy (Jason), and Eric, 11 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Great – Great Grandson, also her sister Jonnie and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID, a private funeral will be held for her immediate family on December 26, 2020. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Special thanks to the Azura staff, and to all of her doctors at SSM Health for their loving care over the years.

Speaking of Christmas cards, people are confused about my address, are just not sending them or the post office is overwhelmed this year. There have been warnings on the news that there are huge bottlenecks due to the high numbers of online orders being made this year due to COVID-19. Also, just this week, two manufacturers have had vaccinations approved by the FDA massive shipments are going out to nursing home staff and residents and also to health care workers. It’s going to take a long time, but I sure hope it makes a difference. The last few weeks have been devastating with high numbers of cases and deaths.