Wine Tasting

Robert joined us in our Peach Room in November – we were deeply honored to care for him. Robert was a Church of Reconciliation minister many years ago when our Founders Edwin and Patsy Sasek began attracting support for their vision for ABODE. He was a wonderful supporter from the beginning.

Robert loved birds, fly fishing, wilderness backpacking and traversing as often as he could to the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains, and shared his passion with his family, friends and parishioners.

In January 2020, Robert received a devastating dual diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), formerly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). He called the diagnosis his “last great adventure” and somehow held onto his gentle spirit. In the end, the FTD and ALS rendered him unable to move or speak or swallow or breathe.

His wife Julie brought Robert to ABODE for his final days. He was under the care of Trinity Hospice – and of Lily, his canine caregiver extraordinaire. That’s Lily, sitting in her usual spot, on top of Robert.

We’re thankful that Robert wanted to spend his last stretch of time with us, in our home, which he helped build.

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