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I'm sure going to miss you Dad.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

(My Eulogy to my Dad)


Marla Firm Costello
My name is Marla & I am one of Bruce's daughters. You will all remember him in your own way but this is a glimpse of who he was to me. He simply was a good man! The relationship that he shared with each of us was far more important than anything that money could buy. Dad knew the value of hard work & he wore many hats - a coal miner, clay miner, sawmill operator, boiler fireman, delivered coal, a farmer, a gardner. He loved planting gardens & come harvest time he truly enjoyed sharing his bounty with others.
What Dad transferred to me was his honesty, kindness, love & his passion for the Word of God & Eternal Faith in Christ. I remember him reading his Bible a lot & taking us to the Meetings with him. He taught each of his Grandchildren a Bible Verse - John 3:16 ~ "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever Believeth on Him should not Parish but have Everlasting Life."
I've had some hard times in my life but he was always there to listen & offer words of comfort & wisdom through scripture. He'd give me passages to look up & that always helped me through those hard times.
Today is an opportunity for us to celebrate his life ~ his wisdom & his wit. And the strong character this God-loving man demonstrated & instilled in each of us.
Home was everything to Dad. He wasn't much for traveling or visiting ~ he always wanted to get back home. Now he has gone to his Heavenly Home to be with the Lord & be greeted by his loved ones who have passed. No more suffering. But he'll always live on here with each of us. We'll always remember Dad ~ be able to laugh at his special stories. More importantly he lives on in his Eternal home with our Dear Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.
One of the best ways we can honor & remember Dad is by sharing our memories of him & by keeping his Spirit alive with kindness. Let's continue to love him by loving & taking care of one another as he took care of us.
He was my biggest Hero! Always there when you needed him. We were so Blessed to have him in our lives.
We are grateful you all could join us in celebrating Dad's life ~ all 98 years!
Thank You Dad for just being YOU! A kinder more gentle man I've never met. Keep watch on us as you always have & may the Peace of our Lord be with you & with us all. God Bless. I love you Dad.

  
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FISHER011 3/8/2013 7:03PM

    Marla, my thoughts & prayers go out to you & your dad. Your relationship is special as you have so graciously put into words! Thank you so much for sharing. Blessed be.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/3/2013 12:58PM

    Marla, Thank you so much for sharing such honest and open love in this beautiful tribute to your Dad. You had a very special relationship which you will always hold dear and close to your heart. What a blessing he has always been to you and many others. Remember that he will be with you always.
Blessings, prayers, love and hugs

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MAURIZIA 3/3/2013 6:40AM

  Marla, I feel the love you & your dad exchanged in your words. How beautiful a tribute - but more importantly, what a loving tribute to a man I've come to know through you. Though you cannot see him, he will walk alongside of you as your very special angel from God. He will continue to guide and help you. I believe that with my soul.

When my friend Laurie died in November, someone sent me a beautiful card. The words read that whenever you feel a breeze on your cheek, see a beautiful butterfly, hear the wind, or feel a presence, it is our loved one who has passed come to comfort us.

Hugs and prayers, my friend, as you grieve this immense loss.

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HOUSECAT609 3/2/2013 11:17PM

    Marla you where truly blessed with a wonderful father. Over the years we have grown to know and love this humble, honest, giving, loving man as much as you do. Your Eulogy says it all. You did a great job with it... emoticon

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WANDAH3 3/2/2013 10:49PM

    Marla...a very lovely tribute to your Dad. I'm sure that he was just as proud of you too.
Hugs,
Wanda

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/2/2013 10:22PM

    MARLA THAT IS WONDERFUL HE WOULD BE SO PLEASED.I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU BOTH LOVED EACH OTHER AND HE WILL SADLY BE MISSED. VERY WELL WRITTEN MY FRIEND. ONE DAY AND ONE STEP AT A TIME HE WILL BE FOREVER IN YOUR HEART.LOVE ,CHAR

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MSALOETTE 3/2/2013 9:48PM

    Marla you've managed to capture the true essence of who your Dad was and your feelings will be deeply felt. You will never be without him close to you, not after the relationship you have with him and he will always be the wind beneath your wings, the wind that touches your hair, and the warmth from the sweater you've wrapped around you, he will always be a source of strength for you to lean on as you face the days and years ahead, he's given you so much of himself and a love so rare that you are so blessed to have had. Your Dad came from a generation of men who knew how to love and care for others, how teach them the ways in which they should grow and raise their families as well, unfortunately that generation is fading from this world. How blesses you've been and he will comfort you through this trial as well. Prayers and hugs being sent! emoticon

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KSNICKER 3/2/2013 9:05PM

    Thank you Marla for sharing your thoughts of your dad. I've learned through the years that we have known each other, what a kind and loving father he was to you. What a special man you were blessed with. Remember that he will always be with you.
Love and prayers

(((hugs)))

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LMSW55 3/2/2013 8:40PM

    MARLA,
I AM HUMBLED BY THIS BLOG. IT IS SO HONEST AND PURE IN THOUGHT. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT YOUR DAD AS IT REMINDS US ALL TO BE KIND AND RELY ON OUR HIGHER POWER FOR COMFORT.


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RIP Dave Davis

Friday, January 13, 2012

A good friend of mine passed away this morning. Dave Davis. He used to work on my sister Flo's crew at the Power Plant. I've known him & his wife for years. Very good people. Don't know his cause of death. He was my sister Flo's age... 68.

He was the Troop Leader for my two nephew's Cub Scout pack. Kevin & I just saw him & his wife Patty at Bob Evans a couple of weeks ago.

Life is so short.... way too short. Count your Blessings & be glad you're alive to enjoy your family while you can.

RIP Dave. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you. emoticon

  
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GHOSTFLAMES 1/14/2012 8:00AM

    MARLA PRAYERS ARE BEING SAID. AND SENDING LOTS OF emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAURIZIA 1/14/2012 6:11AM

  Marla, I am so sorry to read of the loss of your friend. Prayers headed the family's way and yours. Hugs.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/14/2012 12:49AM

    So sorry about your loss, Marla. Prayers for everyone... you and your family and his family and friends. Life is much too short. Counting our blessings is just one way to enjoy life!!!
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WANDAH3 1/13/2012 8:02PM

    ahhh Marla...I'm so sorry. Prayers for all concerned.

Hugs,
Wanda

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RRP546 1/13/2012 4:24PM

  my thoughts are with you

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BROOKLYNROSE 1/13/2012 4:14PM

    So sorry about your loss. Life is way too short and your right when you say to count your blessings. emoticon

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RIP Mr. Booth

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

My friend and fellow renal patient Perry Booth passed away Sunday night.

He was a very kind man. Very gentle. Never complaining. Soft spoken. His Daughter Pam would wheel him up every day around 6:05 and we'd sit & talk. I'd kid him because he would be holding her purse so she could push his chair. I'd say "I see you have your purse today." He'd say 'yep"! LOL

He would go every Tuesday to Kmart and sit with the guys & drink coffee & gab. That is until he was too sick to drive.

Actually Sat. before last he had a treatment. Was fine. Then no treatment Tues. Thursday he had a treatment in the back room as he was admitted to the hospital.

I visited him Sat. & the family said they decided to discontinue his treatments at the advice of his doctor.

He had had a heart attack & the treatments were just prolonging his life.

I will miss Mr. Booth. We shared a birthday (Feb. 23rd). I always told him he took my birthday. He'd say "Young Lady, I had that birthday 33 yrs. before you were born." LOL

Just wanted to blog & pay my respects to one remarkable man. Mr. Perry Booth Jr. RIP Sir, Until we Meet Again.

Thanks for listening. Love ya, Marla

  
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CTREEN1 4/22/2011 2:42PM

  It's always hard to lose a friend. Treasure your memories and pray someday you will meet again.

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3SISTERS 4/21/2011 7:33AM

    He sounded like a very nice man. I am sorry for his loss.

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WANDAH3 4/7/2011 7:28AM

    A lovely tribute Marla.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/6/2011 10:39PM

    Marla, So sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Booth. Praying for his family as they deal with his passing. What great memories you have. The patients help to make your situation at dialysis as enjoyable as possible with humor and some laughter!
Love and hugs,
Helen

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MARLA7 4/6/2011 1:34PM

    I had to laugh at Mr. Booth when I visited him Thursday. His Daughter woke him up & said "Dad, Marla's here to visit you." He said, "Yea." She said, "Do you want to talk to her." He said, "No Thank You!" LOL Still makes me giggle to think about that!!!!

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RIP Manny

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Today I found out a very good friend - fellow renal patient passed away. His name was Manuel Salazar.... "Manny" for short. He was only 77.

He'd come into the unit everyday and say good evening to me! I'd say good afternoon! (Even though it was morning) Or he'd say Merry Christmas. I'd say Happy Easter to you! We loved to joke around. He sat right beside me. We shared doggy stories. He had a pomeranian named Charlie.

When the nurses would come towards him to put him on the machine... he always Blessed Himself... made the sign of the Cross! Just to get them laughing!!!

Manny was a little guy... not much taller than me. But he had a wonderful way about him... a Good Spirit.

RIP my friend Manny. Good Evening one Last Time.

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Today another patient was missing. Perry Booth. Mr. Booth was on my shift also. His Daughter always wheeled him up. Lately he's been having issues with breathing so they put him on oxygen.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed his legs jerking... I called for the nurse... here Mr. Booth was convulsing. He ended up coding. They took him to the ER and brought him back around.

He's now in the hospital as he was very weak & not breathing well. He's on the heart floor.

I stopped over to see him after my treatment today. His Daughter said he had a heart attack but was holding his own.

When I visited him... (he didn't know he had a heart attack) the family is not telling him... anyway he said he wanted to quit treatments but his wife & daughters don't want him to. So I don't know what is going to happen.

He is the most kind man (besides my Dad) that I ever knew. So nice and always smiling with his dimples showing. A gentle Soul.

Prayers please for the Mr. Booth and the family of Manny Salazar.

Please also, as always, keep our Polly and her family in our prayers. Polly, thank you for the phone call. You always seem to know when I need you. ((((((((Hugs))))))))

Thanks for listening friends.

Love, Marla

  
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3SISTERS 4/21/2011 7:36AM

    AM for sure sending prayers your way and again I am sorry for the loss of such a nice person.

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GHOSTFLAMES 4/4/2011 5:43AM

    MARLA SO SORRY I HATE THAT I MISS BLOGS I NEVER LOOK I LIKE THE OLD WAY IT WAS THE FIRST THING YOU SAW AS YOU WENT TO OUR TEAM PAGE.
SOORY FOR THE SAD NEWS BUT YOU ARE DOING IT YOU ARE STILL HERE AND WE ARE NOT LETTING YOU OR THE MAN UPSTAIRS IS NOT LETTING YOU GOO HUGS AND PRAYERS LOVE YOU MY FRIEND ,CHAR

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/1/2011 4:42AM

    Marla, Thank you for your great tribute to two wonderful men. My prayers are being said for Manny's family...he sounds like a wonderful friend!!! So glad he helped make your time at the renal clinic more special.
Praying for Mr. Booth also. May God continue to bless him and his family.
As always keeping Polly, Jen and the family in my daily prayers. Also praying for you and yours my dear friend. Continue taking the best of care of you. If there is anything more I can do, please let me know.
Love and hugs,
Helen

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YOYONOMORE1 3/31/2011 10:38AM

    So sorry to hear about Manny and Mr. Booth will pray for Manny's family and also for Mr. Booth that His will be done.

Lots of Hugs
Shirl

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NJMATTICE 3/29/2011 11:20PM

    Thanks for the nice tribute to your friends. You honor them by introducing them to us. I have known friends like "Manny". They are joyful people and make the world a better place for us all. He was a blessing. Prayers all around, Marla. A pleasure to add your concerns to my list. Have a great Wednesday.
Love,
Nancy Jane


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WANDAH3 3/29/2011 5:00PM

    Hugs and prayers Marla for all concerned. I'm glad that we can be a listening post for you. Please share, these are people that need to know they matter.

Hugs,
Wanda

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Christmas Memories Growing Up in my Family.

Friday, December 03, 2010




My favorite memories of growing up around Christmas time was going out to the woods with Dad on Christmas Eve to get our tree. Yes, he'd wait until Christmas Eve to go chop our tree down! He'd fire up the old tractor (like the one in this picture) and my little sister Brenda & I would hop on the back & ride down through the woods on our farm. That farm had 130 acres so there was lots & lots of trees there. He'd finally park & we'd walk around & decide which tree we wanted.... but Dad always liked the kind with the needles in the picture so that'd be the kind we would choose! He'd chop it down, hook a chain to it & drag it home behind the tractor.



Then the fun of decorating! Bubble lights! Stringing popcorn! Icicles! That picture of the little girl with the doll in front of the tree reminds me of one I have of me (somewhere). If I can find it I'll have Dana scan it.



In our stocking we'd usually get some nuts, a tangerine or an orange and a candy cane or two. Not like they're stuffed nowadays!



Oh I remember my very own brand new sled! What fun I had on that thing! Brenda & I both got one that year. Wow! Plus Jacks! I love playing Jacks! Was an expert! LOL Plus Old Maid.... Brenda & I'd sit & play for hours! Chinese Checkers... loved that one too. Plus regular Checkers.. Dad would beat us everytime! Wooly Willy. Remember that one? A little magnet wand that you could move around & give him "hair" & "hairy whiskers"! I still buy my Grandkids Wooly Willy for Christmas!



Of course we'd get wonderful games! Sorry, Aggravation, Go to the Head of the Class.... and SNAP! You'd better watch it or you'd get your hand slapped on that one! Plus pick up sticks...



We'd get baby dolls... these 3 dolls reminded me of the ones my sisters Shirley, Brenda & I would get. We'd play for hours with them. Then my sister got the Betty's Beauty Parlor Set.... that's the doll with all the accessories to fix her hair. Wow. Did we ever play & play with that one.



Then I got the ultimate doll..... a "Candy American Fashion Doll"... oh seeing this picture brought it all back to me! I loved dressing her.



We had a chihuahua (although she was black) named Mitzie... this doggy looks more like Polly's Lola!



This little cabin is my dream home... the village is where I want to live.. either there or in the woods! We'd always build a snowman or two.



Oh, and a snow fort! Would love having snowball fights behind one of those!



Mom always put a Christmas Village out under the tree. I do a village every year myself.



I could go on & on & on.... my family was the most important thing on Christmas Day to me... and still is. But as a kid... those toys & smells & memories.... it's magical! Thanks for letting me reminisce.

Love, Marla

  
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MAURIZIA 12/6/2010 2:00PM

  Oh, Marla, you brought back so many memories! Two weeks prior to Christmas, my dad and I would walk to the place selling Christmas trees, select one, buy it and carry it back home, with the heavy end on his shoulders...I carried the lighter end. We would walk the 8 or 9 blocks home with it. Such fun! We had the larger size lightbulbs and lots of ornaments from the 1940s and some mom had made...and she always kept the prettiest of Christmas cards, placing them on the tree year after year...I still have them!

As Bob Hope always sang, "Thanks for the memories..."

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/4/2010 10:45PM

    Marla, This is a great blog and brings back many memories...I think it puts us in a special age category. We were lucky to have lived during such a great period in time!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MAMASALLYSOCKS 12/4/2010 2:14PM

    (((cow cuddles)))

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/3/2010 8:46AM

    HEY MARLA I SAW THE WOLLY WILL AT CRACKER BARREL IF YOU WANT IT.LOL
REMEMBER PICK UP STICKS? HI HO CERRY O? I REMEMBER GETTING A LIFE SIZE DOLL AND DOLL LUGGAGE YES SOME GOOD MEMORIES.
MERRY CHRISTMAS M FRIEND HUGS,CHAR

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MARLA7 12/3/2010 8:30AM

    I forgot to add a Nativity Scene to my blog of pictures. We had one every year since I can remember & I've kept that tradition going as well.

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POLLY20 12/3/2010 8:06AM

    Great memories & so very welcoming My Sweet Tender Marla~I took the trip back with you & it sure felt good~You alway have so many warm memories to share~I love remenising with You
Dear Sister~You sparked so many fun thoughts of the Past~I also thought about Blogging~You took care of it for me & I thoroughly enjoyed Your Blog~Lola looks so sweet~Dressing her up is fun~She hates it~We have a Pink & Black wool hat & coat
with Pink Pompoms~Looks so very nice but she refuses to walk with her clothes on~Sometimes I wish that we didn't have to worry about wearing things~Animals are so natural~LOL Thanks so much for refreshing us with so many fun pictures & a little
bit of your Childhood~Family's the most important part of life
You've got that right~So many forget what it's all about~Our
Spark Fam truly know the Love & shares so much of it with eachother~Happy Start of the Holiday Season~Cheers Dear One~

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WANDAH3 12/3/2010 7:52AM

    Marla...thank you for triggering my own great memories. Seems like we grew up with many of same ones.
Wonderful blog.

Have a Fabulous Friday,Hugs,
Wanda

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