Life Goes On

I am saddened to post that My Arranger died on Friday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer. Hospice was there at the end to keep her comfortable. Sixty-three years and eight months of marriage, three daughters, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She loved flower arranging, tennis, volunteering, her church, and her family and friends.

But life goes on. Cherry trees nearby are showing the first hint of pink. I’ve seen my first daffodil. My great-granddaughter Charlotte is starting to crawl.

Life goes on.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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23 Responses to Life Goes On

  1. Cathy says:

    Oh, I’m so very sorry to hear this John. My thoughts are with you. I’m sure your family will be a huge comfort. Enjoy the signs of renewal (including the crawling great grand-daughter!) around you. Smile whenever you can … I’m sure you have wonderful memories to hold close.


  2. Cathy says:

    Dear John, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your wife and talented flower arranger. My heartfelt condolences to you. It is good you have so many family members to help you through this sad time. Yes, life goes on, but it changes constantly. My thoughts are with you. 🤗


  3. Wind Kisses says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. May you be surrounded in comfort, love, laughter in your great grand daughter. 🤗 Donna


  4. Sarah Prochaska says:

    Dear John,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I played tennis with Tucker at Raintree. She was lovely, a great tennis player, and recommended your Blog to me. I have enjoyed it ever since. Please know your family will be in my prayers.


  5. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are very fortunate to have a large family to be with you during this time.


  6. bittster says:

    I’m so sorry John. You have such a support group in place, but it’s still a terrible loss. I hope you will see her everywhere this spring.


  7. arlene says:

    So sorry to hear about this. May she rest in eternal peace.


  8. Nancy says:

    Deepest sympathy to you on the death of your wife–a wonderful arranger. I always enjoyed the photos you would include in your blog. Alzheimer’s is so awful, taking our loved ones from us, one memory at a time.


  9. I am very sorry to read this, John. May you find joy and comfort in your memories of her and the time you spent together.


  10. Annette says:

    I’m only reading this now, John, I’m very sorry for your loss. It must have been very tough for you both. I hope you’re feeling better and that nature, the garden and your family will help you get through this difficult time.


  11. pbmgarden says:

    John, I’m just now seeing this sad news and want to express my deepest sympathy. Your dear Arranger has always been a part of your blog, and I always sensed the admiration and caring between you. I hope you are finding peace.


  12. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Susie. It’s been a long year, but I’m okay. I appreciate your thoughts and remembrances.


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