On this day, November 15, 2020 at 8:15pm, Mary Jane Addabbo (83) bid us adieu.
Midge as she preferred to be called was born February 22, 1937 in Syracuse, NY. She was one of 4 children. And if you were lucky enough to get Midge to talk about her life she would share about her days living in Syracuse, about her high school, the boys and always with lots of sarcasm! After graduation, she worked for General Electric (GE). Widowed, Midge has one daughter, Lisa Sindt. Midge came to GHF HCC in June of 2018.
For all of us in the HCC, Midge stole our hearts. Her tenacity to be independent was fierce and yet she needed us and in many ways, we needed her too! She kept us honest. And if we are all honest, we would freely admit that Midge was a favorite! She and her chocolate loving heart made us smile. Made us want to know more, do more for people living with Dementia. We loved Midge and even when she cussed at us for whatever reason, we knew that she too, loved us. Midge loved her tea, her chocolates and for the most part she loved her life. Our halls will never be the same without her roaming up and down them, holding her back, complaining that she was bored and yet refuse to do anything with us when we asked. I, personally was successful 2 days in a row this summer to get her out in the garden. The second day was beautiful, warm and with a gentle breeze. We took in all the sights, sounds and smells as we were like tourists walking through the garden for the first time. I had my camera and was snapping pictures as a tourist, really just trying to capture Midge without her yelling at me! She would always say that she would break my lens and didn’t want to be responsible for that. In truth, she was beautiful! Her complexion, her hair, her smile when we could draw it out of her! Yes, Midge, left an imprint on all of us… we will miss our banter with her, we will miss her…
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