Just after 10:00am this morning, I was informed that Marge Klemz had died. Marge had been in hospice care for the last several months. She wanted to celebrate Christmas and her 90th birthday on January 21; she did both of those things. Last week, there were some significant changes in Marge’s health, and so I joined the family for a commendation service on Wednesday evening. Since that time, she was resting comfortably surrounded by her family and the beautiful sounds of the great hymns of faith, prayer, and the promises of Jesus.
Even when death is expected, we are reminded of the fragility and mortality of this life. As people of faith, however, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. Jesus Christ our Savior has defeated sin and death for us. Connie Klemz was with Marge this morning and reminded her of that very promise: “The battle has been won for you in Christ, Marge.” With those words in her ear, she slipped into the peaceful sleep of death and awaits the victory of the resurrection. The church will gather on Thursday, February 6, at 11:00am, here at Holy Cross to celebrate these promises and give thanks for Marge’s life and faith. Visitation with family present will begin at 10:00am.
Please join me in prayers of thanksgiving for Marge’s faith-full life and of comfort for her family.