April 12, 2007

Uncle Sammy, 1946-2007

Uncle Sammy and me, 1973

I am home with my family in Vineland, NJ earlier than expected this month. My uncle, Sam Sztajnwurcel, passed away early this morning after extended illness. Sam suffered from schizophrenia, and experienced a stroke that left him bedridden and semiconscious for the last seven years of his life. I am sad to see him go, but relieved that his pain has ended.

In his final moments, my uncle uttered God's name over and over. Despite a lifetime of hearing voices, I believe Sam's last conversation was real, and his prayer was finally answered.

Thanks to all my friends who have given their support.

3 comments:

deemer said...

W-
I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle. I hope your family is doing OK and my best wishes are with them.
Be well, T.

deemer said...

That was weird that it said deemer... ignore it... O helped hiom make a blog here. Sheesh. He says hey too!

Anonymous said...

sorry about your uncle :-( seems like his life was a tough one.