Soloist Judy Hingos (left), along with Jill Nocerini, Memory Tree of Lights committee spokesperson at the Iron County Medical Care Facility, and Bill Leonoff, Human Services Board member, were among those participating in the annual remembrance ceremony at the facility on Dec. 6. (ICMCF photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—A remembrance ceremony in honor of departed residents and tenants of the Iron County Medical Care Facility and Victorian Heights Assisted Living was held Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Jill Nocerini, committee spokesperson, welcomed the audience on the chilly evening and noted that there was a dove ornament decorating the tree in honor of each resident and tenant of the facility who passed away in the past year.
Each family was also given an ornament with a dove on it to adorn their personal tree in honor of the loved ones.
Nocerini explained the meaning of the doves reminds us that our loved ones are now at rest by using a very meaningful quote from Psalm 55 verse 6… “Oh that I had wings of a dove to fly away and be at rest.”
Nocerini encouraged the audience to reflect on the words from an unknown author, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal,”
With memories of loved ones warming their hearts, the attention of the spectators then shifted to Judy Hingos, featured soloist, as she sang “Good Bye For Now” by Kathy Troccoli.
“Emotions ran high as memories of lives wonderfully lived were more vibrant than the hundreds of twinkle lights that were illuminated during the tribute,” said a spokesperson.
The audience was then invited to continue to reminisce about their loved ones during a coffee social with cake, cookies, and Christmas carols.
“The beauty of this event would not have taken place without the diligent work of the Memory Tree 2011 committee members: Jill Nocerini, Ellyn Habener, Cindy Lichtenberger, Chris Roell and Debra Morrow. along with the technical guidance of the Iron County Medical Care Facility’s maintenance and technical departments, Hurley Electric for their assistance, and Bernard ‘Ben’ Smith and Bill Leonoff who were in attendance on behalf of the Human Services Board and participated in the lighting of the tree.”