Sunday, March 25, 2012

Funeral in Maryland

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Chevy Chase, MD
Jim Schoettler's (Ellouise's husband) funeral was held Saturday at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The CHS Class of 54 was represented by Jennie Margaret Forehand, Betsy (Villas) White, and yours truly.

I'm not sure what the proper way to describe a funeral is, but it was a beautiful and very touching ceremony.. Seeing Jim and Ellouise's children and grandchildren reminded me that a part of us lives on after we're gone, and how proud Jim surely was of his wonderful family.

How Ellouise coordinated such a fine and impressive ceremony, in spite of her overwhelming grief, is no doubt a mystery to those who don't know Ellouise as well as we do.
Jim and Ellouise in 1956

However, having known this super lady since the first grade at Elizabeth School, even I was amazed that she was able to pay a final tribute to her husband and read a very touching letter from Jim's sister, who because of illness was unable to attend.

I don't "do" funerals well.  I melt down as soon as they start singing "Amazing Grace." but usually regain my composure shortly afterward.

 However, toward the end, when Ellouise got up and delivered  her tribute, I realized that this one was going to be a "two-fer."