July 19, 2016
Former Minnesota Gov. Wendell Anderson, 83, a Democrat who was seen as embodying his state when he posed for an iconic Time magazine cover only to lose public confidence by arranging his own appointment to the U.S. Senate, died Sunday. Gov. Mark Dayton's office said Mr. Anderson had been in hospice care in St. Paul. Mr. Anderson was elected governor in 1970. Time featured the former Olympic hockey player in a glowing 1973 story about Minnesota, calling him "a Midwestern Kennedy. " At the height of his popularity in 1974, Mr. Anderson beat his Republican challenger by a better than a 2-to-1 ratio.
May 30, 2016 |
Holly Thi Werth was never without words. At weddings, at funerals, at family dinners and raucous parties, she would walk into a room, assess the situation, and say something that cut right to the crux of things. She gave speeches at memorials that made everyone cry and laugh in the same breath. She gave toasts that prompted acquaintances to ask whether she was a stand-up comedian. She made jokes that had half the room gasping in shock, the other half gasping with laughter. Earlier this month, in hospice care, at the end of a long battle with cervical cancer, she found words when no one else could.
February 11, 2016
A federal jury convicted a registered nurse on four counts of health care fraud Monday in a case in which prosecutors alleged she aided her employer in a plan to bilk Medicare out of more than $9 million. Between 2005 and 2008, Patricia McGill, 68, served as the former director of professional services of Home Care Hospice, the Bustleton facility that prosecutors alleged enrolled dozens of patients who did not meet federal guidelines for hospice care. In addition, the government accused McGill, under the watch of the facility's owners, of overseeing the falsification of records to suggest patients were sicker than they were or received treatments that were never given.
October 24, 2015 |
Question: Long story short, boyfriend is going through a rough time (his dad died unexpectedly last year, his mom is in hospice care with a terminal illness). We've been together for almost five years. We're in our early 20s, but I'm not sure I want to be with him anymore for reasons that would probably be two columns long. We've talked, and he really wants to try to make the relationship work, but I wonder whether I am too emotionally distant from the relationship for anything to even work.
May 1, 2015 |
Agnes J. "Chuckie" Tilley, 83, a fixture of Philadelphia's Republican Party, whose childhood in a Catholic orphanage inspired her to a lifetime of service, died Thursday, April 23, of cancer at her home in the city's Burholme section. Mrs. Tilley died in hospice care after a long battle. She was surrounded by her husband and children. Those who knew her described Mrs. Tilley as a principled woman who believed strongly in the Republican Party and in a higher purpose she espoused for herself and others, which was to lend a hand to those in need.
January 16, 2015 |
William Phillips Africa, 63, a high-ranking member of MOVE who was serving a 30- to 100-year sentence in the death of a Philadelphia police officer during a 1978 shootout, died in prison Saturday, officials said Wednesday. Africa died of natural causes at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, the Luzerne County Coroner's office said. William Phillips added the surname Africa after he joined MOVE and was known in the group as "Phil. " He was MOVE's "minister of defense. " Africa was convicted of third-degree murder for the shooting death of Officer James J. Ramp on Aug. 8, 1978.
December 30, 2014 |
It is called Sacred Heart Home, and its work is just that: sacred. For 84 years, a group of nuns has been caring for poor people dying from cancer in their gleaming home on the edge of Hunting Park. They do it free of charge. The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne accept no payment of any kind from patients, insurance companies, or the government. Though its sisters are Roman Catholic, Sacred Heart receives no funding stream from any diocese or church. "Isn't that a miracle?"
July 8, 2014 |
Aspiring Broadway choreographer Terrance Calvert was in hospice care but still talking about the thrill of performing. The 21-year-old dancer, who had walked into the Upper Darby Summer Stage community theater as a teenager with "behavioral issues," wanted other kids to find what he had. So Calvert drafted his mother and a buddy to carry out a mission that he wouldn't be able to execute himself - develop a scholarship program for youngsters who...
July 3, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. SUICIDE LAW Aging society need Regarding legalizing assisted suicide, a recent letter writer describes a difficult situation in which assisted suicide may be considered but may not be the proper action ("Think twice about dying in New Jersey," June 29). Unfortunately, for every example like that, there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of terminally sick people in hospice care every day for whom there is no hope for recovery. It is these people (and their families)
April 14, 2014 |
I am very sorry to have to tell you that Mother Mary's health has taken a dramatic and unexpected turn for the worse, so this won't be a funny column. Except for the fact that she is at her funniest when times are darkest. She's been newly diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, has moved up north with me, and has entered hospice care at my house. Mercifully, Brother Frank, Daughter Francesca, and family and friends are all around her, and she is resting comfortably. So comfortably, in fact, that the hospice nurses, who are saints on wheels, cannot believe it. One nurse asked Mother Mary if she was having any pain - and she pointed to me. So you get the idea.