Saturday, April 17, 2010

A lot happens in a Year

For almost two years, my mother and I had a different relationship. Returning from sabbatical in South Africa, I made decisions for her. It was different after leaving for college at 17 and having only sporadic physical contact with mom. She was always at the end of a phone call. She was supportive in different ways, like she helped to buy my first computer, but her strength of character would come out in distinctive ways. She never wanted a computer for herself to contact me or grandkids or great-grandkids. So after two years of seeing her almost twice a week, she has now gone to be with those with whom she had mental and dream-like conversations for quite some time.

Charlesetta Ransom Stewart, 87, on April 12, 2010. She is survived by her son Richard (Dawn) and brother Melvin Ransom, her grandsons Karl (Curtina), Joel, and her great grand children Jordyn and Devon Stewart. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Edmund Stewart, her brother Willard Ransom, and her sister Charlotte Starnes. She had a passion for food and was able as director of dietary training to meet the needs of patients at Toledo Hospital for nearly 30 years. Her Memorial Service will be at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1326 Collingwood Avenue, Toledo, Ohio, where she had been a charter member. Service will be at 10 am, Saturday, April 24, 2010 with internment at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in Charlesetta’s name to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or Haitian Earthquake Relief of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Funeral arrangements are being done by the Sujowski Funeral Home. A condolence page is available at .