|Jean & Jim DeGrazia||
Had a great cruise,,,12 days out of Baltimore MD...to the Southern Caribbean...5 ports of call, took a sightseeing tour on each island...calm weather on the entire cruise, hardly knew I was on a cruise ship, felt more like a 5 star hotel...with amenities that exceeded most...At times I felt lonely, like something was missing and she was. Things would go on and I would remember when we both did that together on one of the many other cruises we have both been on,..Anyway had to make the best of the situation and try to move on.
Decided to book a cruise out of Baltimore to see if cruises are as much fun going solo...may book a lot more cruises in the future, or never book another one again. We'll see how this one goes!
Itinerary:Day1 Baltimore, Day 2 Cruising, Day3 Cruising, Day 4 Cruising, Day 5 St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie, Day 6 St. John's/Antigua, Day 7 Castries, Day 8 Basseterre, Day 9 Philipsburg, Day 10 Cruising, Day 11 Cruising, Day 12 Cruising, Day 13 Baltimore
On Saturday September 23rd 2017 at approximately 1:45 pm, my best friend, the love of my life, my wife of 39 years Barbara Jean had a heart attack in bed and died peacefully. The nursing home staff or the paramedics could not revive her.
Jean had been sick for a long time and finally went into the hospital on 9/13 with a diabetic leg and foot problem.
Her surgery on the 9/14 went well. She was back in her room at Sentara CarePlex, healing good, and just in a lot of pain. She would not be able to put any weight on that leg for a while and they were suppose show her how to put all the weight on her other leg in order to maneuver and get around.
She was transferred late Tuesday afternoon 9/19 to Sentara Nursing & Rehab Center here in Hampton. They were estimating a 2 week stay, depending on how quick she is able to recover.
Arrangements for her burial have been made and her funereal was held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Ft. Monroe in Hampton VA on Friday September 29th, 2017. The viewing will be from 11am to 12pm in the church. At 12pm Monsignor Barrett will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial in Jean's honor. After the service we proceeded to St. Johns Cemetery downtown Hampton.
Followed by a Reception for close friends and family at St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Hall ...provided by my daughter Jennifer's club, sorority sisters, and the church.
Obit was published Wednesday September 27th, 2017 in our local newspaper the Daily Press.
Jean is being admitted to the hospital at Sentara CarePlex here in Hampton VA, with a diabetic leg and foot problem.
Happy Birthday Jean...I love you, and hope you enjoy your birthday 61 and counting...you go girl.