(Foster Custom Kitchens was proud to take part in the renovation of the much used kitchen of our local hospice. The following article appeared in the Ithaca Journal in September of 2016.)
Hospicare honors beloved resident with family space
The newly opened section, call Mary Ellen’s Corner, includes a fully equipped kitchen, sitting area and dining table
Mary Ellen Carollo lived at Hospicare of Ithaca from September, 2014 until her passing in May, 2015. Since that time, Mary Ellen’s husband of 17 years, Frank, and her family, along with the Hospicare staff, have worked on a way to honor Mary Ellen’s life.
I attended the recent unveiling of the newly opened Mary Ellen’s Corner, which includes a fully equipped kitchen, sitting area and dining table where Hospicare patients, family and friends can visit together in a quiet and private place.
Frank and family members, along with Hospicare Executive Director Dale Johnson, and Residence Manager Deb Petersen, cut the ribbon and declared the space officially open. Frank also uncovered a plaque dedicated to Mary Ellen, who is remembered as a lovely and gracious lady with a fondness for French toast and real maple syrup. She was greatly loved and admired by all who knew her.
The following people were involved in building and equipping the new space: Virginia Spiers, Andy Foster, Mindy VanderVen, Claudia Brenner, Yossi Brosnick, Scott Smith, Gig Currier, Scott Harrell, Jim Bruno, Sam Hoagland, Stacey Black, B&B Flooring, Barry Segal, Mike Sorenson, Marcus Williamee and crew, Thayer Appliance, Missy Spafford. Dessert for the ribbon cutting was provided by Maria Salino from Dolce Delight on Danby Road.