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AMITA St. Joseph Medical Center Nurses Remember Longtime Colleague
May 7, 2020
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AMITA St. Joseph Medical Center Nurses Remember Longtime Colleague

AMITA St. Joseph Medical Center Nurses Remember Longtime Colleague

Though not related to coronavirus, the AMITA St. Joseph MC team have lost a well-beloved member. In response to her recent passing, Betty Peterek’s colleagues wrote this tribute to honor her life as a nurse.

Betty is not remembered by her years as a nurse, but by the difference she made during those years by stepping into people’s lives…by special moments. In nursing service 40 years,

Betty Was There

When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed,

Betty was there.

In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life,

Betty was there.

When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member or friend,

Betty was there.

At those times when the unexplainable needed to be explained,

Betty was there.

When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind,

Betty was there.

When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was needed,

Betty was there.

In choosing the best one from a family’s “Thank You” box of chocolates,

Betty was there.

To witness humanity—its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment,

Betty was there.

To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope,

Betty was there.

And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side,

Betty IS there.

Betty, we honor you this day and give you a white rose to symbolize our honor and appreciation for being our colleague. Betty, we officially release you of your nursing duties.

Betty’s family requests that donations in her memory be made to Joliet-area hospice care.

 

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