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We lost our Mom, Emogene Knuth, on March 17, 2017

We, Daughter Sherri and Son Dennis, shared the last 15 months of mom Emogene Knuth's life, living with her and providing "memory care" at her home on MacArthur Avenue in Eau Claire Wisconsin

Emogene Knuth died, at home, in the loving care of Sherri, Dennis, the wonderful guidance of St. Joseph's Hospice and long time family Helton Depaulo on St Patrick's Day.  Our stay with Emogene has been a gift in our lives and we hope one in hers

There are almost 10,000 pages of our lives on this site, many of them including our Mom, Emogene Knuth and our Aunt's and Uncles of the Augusta Wisconsin Grams family.  Emogene Knuth's official obituary can be seen on the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram web site but we hope you can share additional memories here.  Google "Emogene coisacoisa.info" or "Emogene Sherri coisacoisa.info" and so on, including her sibling Grams family first names, to find photos of Emogene Reta Grams Knuth from the age of one extending to the end of her life.  Click on the decades and years to the left to see our family from the 1920's to 2017

We missed a few things in our obituary for Mom Emogene Knuth: here are a couple of more things we fondly remember

Emogene Knuth had a charismatic sense of humor even into her last days.  Emogene's final weeks included three weeks at Dove Healthcare West, from February 7th through February 28, for physical therapy.  Her tenacious independence and resistance was a challenge for the therapists and we often had to be there to get her to cooperate.  Often she protested that she was 91, or 101, years old and she would cooperate if she wanted but didn't have to either.  Her response was always funny and charmingly stated

When Emogene did cooperate, she was funny.  One day Emogene successfully climbed up three steps of stairs to a small platform on top.  She got to the top and then proclaimed, for everyone in the room to hear, that she would be preaching to the congregation assembled below.  You can see our mom "Emm" at Dove by clicking the photo below.  One month later we would lose our mom.

Grandsons Justin and Nathan, and including son Dennis and daughter Sherri Donadean, would marvel how Grandma Emogene Knuth could light up a room of unknown or unfamiliar people; friends and neighbors with good humor and friendliness.  This was particularly true if the room was full of young people. This was an Emogene that we close family members only had a glimpse of, an Emogene and mom we did not get to frequently  share.  Many others, her friends, and our friends, knew Emogene Knuth only in this way

Other fondly remembered moments include:  Justin honoring Emogene on his wedding day, from the wedding court table and Emogene taking a comedic bow to the full reception as she acknowledge this honor; and Emogene getting the total attention of a bar room of young adults, when she was 85, with her humor.

We were amazed by our mom, Emogene Knuth; Emogene's last days came after a quick decline.

Mom suffered from progressive dementia over a period of years but remained functional until the age of 90.  Mom was hospitalized in January 2016 with a urinary infection that intensified her dementia.  Sherri began living with Emogene after that hospital stay of two weeks.  Dennis, retired, came to live with Emogene early in February 2016. 

Emogene's intense dementia and confusion diminished as she recovered.  Mom became again functional over a period of two or three months .  She busied herself with household activities, continually organizing stuff and helping maintain her apartment (and still helping to maintain the apartment building interior by picking up floor trash and so on).  Mom's fierce independence made it difficult for visiting nurses and other non-family members to help her; she often threw them out.  She insisted on being useful and that only family assist in her life.  We did and it is a reward we cannot describe.

 Emogene Knuth's decline into the ever after

We were confident that mom was ok as she recovered throughout 2016.  We were able to run errands, be away for a few hours or even go to a movie. 

Emogene began to struggle with breathing in late January 2017.  She refused to eat.  We admitted mom, Emm as she always liked to be known, to Sacred Heart on January 30, 2017.  Mom refused to eat for over 5 days but she did suddenly recover, with an appetite, on February 3rd. We contacted palliative care and an other gracious nurse talked to us about end of life.  Mom was discharged to Dove on February 7 for physical therapy 

Mom suffered chest pains and left arm and shoulder numbness on February 12.  Dove Healthcare sent her to Sacred Heart.  Emogene was ok so she returned to Dove the following day. Mom was discharged from Dove on March 2 to our home care.  Emogene had reached a plateau in her physical recovery.  She could walk but became too tired to improve on other physical exertions

Mom's oxygen levels and heart beat were very low by March 6.  We took her to Sacred Heart urgent care and she was again admitted.  Sacred Heart wanted to discharge Emogene after an overnight stay.  We insisted that she could not be without having oxygen at home and that we would not accept the discharge.  Sacred Heart was reticent about making that happen because paperwork required by Medicare.

We called Sacred Heart Hospice on March 8, within 3 hours we took Emogene home to a tank of oxygen Hospice had provided

The End of Emogene Knuth's life

The nurses of Sacred Heart / St. Joseph's Hospice began by visiting every other day.  Every day they were in attendance they recommended another assets to comfort Emogene whether it be medical equipment or prescription when it was necessary.  Their comfort made Sherri, Dennis and Helton know that our loving was helping Emogene meet her natural end

Thank you!

This end of life, minute by minute seemed to be an eternity as we were going through it.  But just two days after our mother, Emogene Knuth's death, it seems to be a short time, a time of grace.  Just a few days that flashed by in a life of 91 years and 8 months.  Thank you everyone for your support. 

Special thanks to Emogene's neighbor Homer Nelson for looking in her when we were gone. Thanks to Fred for watching over Emm during her last years.  Special thanks to Tom and Peggy Randall and Debbie for their family support and comfort during Emogene last year and especially immediately after mom's death.  Thank you Pastor Pfaffe of Durand for his spiritual support

Recent photos of our mom are immediately below but there are many others on this site

Nursing home Emogene    

 Emogene Staying at Dove Health Care 2017-02-12

Autumn visit to Augusta 2016-11-12 with Emogene Knuth

   
Emogene's family Jared's first video Thanksgiving 2016  

Christmas 2016 at Sherri and Gary's with our mother Emogene Knuth

Jared's 2016 Christmas Video including Emm

Thanksgiving 2016 with Nate and Kelly
 2016-11-26

 

We've add a Blizzard Page of photos of the top 5 Blizzards in New York

Updated and New Pages

family on the ferry Thanksgiving 2001 MGM Casino Greek Easter At Olgas

Lake Superior July 4 Weekend 2000 Updated!

2001 Thanksgiving in New York Queens 2001-11-24 Updated!

Erv Dennis and Gloria - Las Vegas September 2000

Orthodox Easter 2009 at Olga's

  Randalls visit Dennis in Milwaukee Tess 1977 Birthday First time grandma The fountain at City Hall Park in downtown Manhattan
 

Spring Visit to Milwaukee.  Tom and Peggy Visit Dennis in Milwaukee 1976-03-18 New!

Tess Boehm's Birthday 1977-09-22 New addition

Nathan's first year 1979 New Grandma Emogene New!

Updated!  Sherri Jared and Kelsey in New York 2014

Gloria's family Wedding reception July 2013 birthdays 1977_00_00_dells_mill_glows_family_02.jpg Moving to New York

New! Gloria and Erv in New York December 1996 with brother Eric

Woolworth Staff Store 956 Milwaukee Wisconsin 1973 New addition

July 2013 Birthdays Updated! Emogene Jared and Colin bdays

New addition Gloria at the Dells July 1977 with her parents

Leaving for New York 1979-03-16

Confirmation In the sun on the farm Holiday in Durand Wisconsin 2013 Birthday 1978 Brewers 1975

New! Dennis' Confirmation in 1962 at Grace Lutheran Church in Augusta

Justin Graduates Updated! Party 2000-05-13

Holiday Season Visit by Dennis and Helton - December 2013 and early 2014 Updated!

New! Dennis's 31st birthday 1978

New! Brewer's Opening Game 1975 1975-04-08

Happy 2016 New Years Group Blizzard of 2016 food Enjoying the lawn Raphal Visits Wisconsin

Cocktails at Sharon's to Celebrate the New Year 2016

The Great North East Blizzard of 2016 These are cars on the street after 30 inches of snow in New York

New! Helton's 65th Birthday 2016-09-13

New! 2016-09-06 Helton spends labor day in Wisconsin

New! 2016-09-07 Raphael Visits

Maria Lena's front Yard Family at the Belo Horizonte Bus Station Durand Wisconsin Flowers in September Olga and Toby New York 2010 Blizzard

Updated! Maria Lena's House in Oliveira

Update!  Bus ride from Belo Horizonte to Oliveira

September Flowers in 2007

Olga's 92nd Birthday

The 2010 Great Holiday East Coast Blizzard 2010-12-26

Family at Easter Durand Days Dinosau Father and Uncle Jared's 2nd birthday Snow Hurricane
New! Sherri and Gary's Easter 2011 New! Durand Days 2011 in Wisconsin Jared at three weeks and Justin gets married 2005-08

Jared's Second Birthday Party 2007-06-30 Updated!

Update! Snow Hurricane of 2010

Football crowds in Green Bay Pinning Bean and Bacon Days Band Dennis on top Beautiful Brazilian
Packers Football and Chicago Trip 2008 Undated!

Justin Pinning Ceremony May 2005

The 2007 Bean and Bacon Days Grand Parade

Day Trip Touring in Brazil 1986

Helenice Arrives in America December 2004

Around the picnic table doris_emogene_jeanette_sherri_2004_0704a.jpg Emogene' t-shirt Christmas Season 2008 at Sherri and Gary Saxe's in Durand Wisconsin Dennis December 16 2001 Birthday in Arizona Superstition Mountains
Updated! Ollie and Orville Grams return home to Wisconsin Doris Grams Madden visits Wisconsin July 2004 Updated Vern's photos at Emogene's 2002 Birthday Updated! The full month Christmas Season 2008

Dennis 2001 Birthday in Phoenix, updated!

Grandpa John with family Sherri and Janine Rio de Janeiro Visit2009 On Ipenama Beach Tourists at Sugar Loaf
  2007 Full Month Christmas. Revised! Updated! Janine Shows us Liberty Square Updated!  The 2009 Copacabana beach visit Updated! Days on Ipanema with Sherri Gary, Dennis and Helton 2009 Updated! Katia takes us to Sugar Loaf
January 2005 Birthday Party Emogene celebrating Funeral family Central Park - Presidents Day Blizzard - February 17 2003
The Winter Wallop Storm Party Emogene's 2002 birthday pix by Silesia

Dads Funeral Week in Wisconsin 2012-06-13 Updated

Presidents Day Blizzard 2003 in New York 2013-02-17

New photos from Heloisa and Ricardo's Wedding, Brazil, 1986

Weekend in the Poconos Family and friends at Helton's birthday party Street car and Victorian Home in Brazil
Updated!  A Weekend in the Poconos, February 2005.  Fresh snow and family  Helton celebrates his 2004 birthday in Brazil Updated!  Katia takes us to Lunch in Brazil.  Street Cars and Victorian Homes
Christmas in the Garage with Family
Christmas Day 2014

Brazilian Moeira Family
New! Brasil familia Moreira

 Tower of Light Tribute at the World Trade Centers 2015
 Brazil Agenda 2015
Videos of the 2015 Brazil Trip
Dinner Party in Belo Horizonte
Helton's Oliveira
New! Brazil 2015 Photos
Engagement Party
Touring Belo Horizonte
Touring Rio
Brazilian Street fair in Belo Horizonte
Seagulls scurry in the sand
Updated!
October Beach Day
Chester Cavil and Ruby Visiting Brazil for the 1993 Carnival Olga's Cadillac photos updated

New!  Janine says hello from an August 2015 Video
Updated! Friday Night at Johns Street  Restored Apartment after the fire in 2011 Kelsey and Sherri in NYC 2015
Dennis in a Wisconsin cornfield
Updated! A beautiful August at a Durand Wisconsin farm.  Summertime 2003
Visiting The Randall's and the Bauch's.  Life in small town American in the 1970s Pumpkin Patch and Halloween
Updated!  Durand Pumpkin patch in 2009
Emogene January 2015 Emogene in 1926 Brasil first win world cup 2014
The New Year Begins with a visit to Mom, her 90th year begins

 Grams Family Photos from the 1930's

Video! Helton Celebrates a Brazilian Goal
 

Sunset with the Freedom Tower

Updated! Ed and Kaydi's Wedding
Updated! Nathan and Kelly's Wedding
We've added a 2015 page

The Great Blizzard of 2015.  New York and New England.  A personal chronology of the January 26 to 28 storm

Rita Zank Grams marriage to Ernie Kunert New!

Freedom Tower Panorama
New! Freedom Tower Sunset New! Freedom Tower Sunset Panorama 
Updated ! Helton and Donald Biesecker's 2002 Birthdays

See Our Caipirinha Recipe on a Snowy Birthday Party Page.

 1971 Photos Dennis and Sherri in Milwaukee

Olga and Helton Olga Look UP July 2014 07 07

 Video and picture as Peggy Sings July 2012 07 18

Helton Celebrates Brasil's First Win in the 2014 World CupJustin and Julia Wedding

New! 1966 Graduation - New! 1965 Augusta Wisconsin Prom

Updated! Justin and Julia's Wedding
Sherri and Gary's 1990 Wedding Videos Added

Our Most Popular Page is the Feet and Toes Knows Photographs

Fern

New! Helton's Album from the early 1980's
family and friends from 1979 to about 1983

Olgas 90th Birthday Olgas 90th Video Recovered Apartment after fire
Click to go to the Thumbnail Index- Olgas 90th Click to go to Olga's 90th Video Slide Show New! Apartment Recovered After Fire on the Photos Index Page
Justin Matt and Cilesia
Updated!
Matt and Justin with Cilesia in NY 2002
Silesia and Dennis in the Bedroom
Guileirmo and Silesia visit Dennis in November 2002
Jusin Moore and Matt Visit New York July 7 2001 with Friends
Justin and Matt visit Dennis and Helton in NYC July 2001 with friends
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New York Elmhurst Blizzard 2010
Higher Resolution New York Elmhurst Blizzard 2010
Blizard from the 10th Floor December 26 and 27 2010

The Great Blizzard of 2010
Lisete and Cocinha Concinha and Lisette in New York Part 1
Higher Resolutions individual photos
Liset and Conchina In NY  Part 1 - December Visit Slide Show
December 13 -16
Liset and Concinha in New York Fifth Avenue Fountain at Christams Concinha and Lisette in New York Part 2
Higher Resolutions individual photos
Liset and Concinha in New York at Christams Part 2 December Visit Slide Show
December 17 -2010

New! 2010-11-25 Ines and Tarcisio in New York for Thanksgiving at Olga's

New!  2010-04 Helton with Toby, Olga, Raphael and Anakin Skywalker (aka Hayden Christensen)

Olga Toby and Helton

2010-07-28 Colin Moore is Born - He was born on Great Grandma Emogene's Birthday too

2010-08-06 Colin Visits the Saxes and A 1964 Corvette is in the Picture

2010-09 Sherri and Sally in New York September 2010 one Large photo at a time

New Videos  - DoubleClick any video to see it in FULL SCREEN

Sherri and Sally's Trip to NY - videos

Video Photo SLIDE SHOW from 193 photos - about 10 minutes

Sherri Donadean and Sally and Dennis on the Circle Line Cruise - about 40 minutes

Sherri and Sally and Dennis and Helton at Astoria Park 6 minutes

Rockefeller Center - less than 2 minutes

Brooklyn Bridge - 2 minutes

Jacob Riis Park and Beach - 6 minutes

World Trade Center Site and the New Freedom Tower a-building 2 minutes

Central Park Walk - 5 Minutes

Central Park Zoo - 1 Minute

Central Park Delecorte Clock- 5 Minutes

Central Park Jazz - 4 Minutes

New York and Queens from Home - 2 Minutes

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Helton's Cars including the 1996 Taurus called "Zenilda" and the 1997 Subaru Impreza called "Emo"

The Snow Hurricane, Elmhurst, New York, 11373 Elmhurst Towers Apartment in the big snow of 2010

Feet and Toes Theatre

 Brief History of the Grams Family
Family Page
View of the World Trades

Nancy Guse and Dennis 1999 New Years EveningDennis' Occasional Pages with references to the Grams Family, The Knuth Family, The Hillestad Family, The Depaulo Family and all of the Related families in Brazil and Wisconsin

New Page! Remembering Nancy Randall Guse