Omaha, NE: In Memory of Those Who Called Brookestone Village Home

Often, when residents are first admitted, they long to go back home. This was no different for Lavern “Vern”.  He often told his wife, Lee, that he was eager to get home. Vern lived at Brookestone Village for nearly two years and grew to consider it home. During one of his last trips to the hospital, he told his wife, Lee, that he wanted to go home. Lee reminded him that he lived at Brookestone Village. Vern responded by saying that Brookestone Village was his home.

When Vern passed away, the family requested that any memorial donations be made to Brookestone Village, making our chapel wall project possible. Staff visited with Lee and shared with her a vision to create a memorial wall, in Vern’s honor. She loved the idea. A team came together and decided on the lettering and plaque.

Crosses for the wall were commissioned by a friend of Brookestone Village, Don Wolff. Not only did Don donate the crosses, he also donated his time by instructing residents and staff on how to sand, stain and seal them. Each resident that passes away at Brookestone Village will be honored with a cross. The crosses will hang on the memorial wall for a year and gifted to family at our annual Memorial Service, in January.

Once the wall was complete, the Krist family was invited to dedication ceremony. They loved the memorial wall, especially the plaque that reads, “In memory of those who called Brookestone home.”

Quality Life:  We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal independence.

Submitted By:

Kristin Koopman, Community Relations Coordinator

Brookestone Village, Omaha NE