Born in Russia in 1933, David Riemer immigrated with his mother and sister and began a new life in the United States in 1951. As an adult, David worked in Chicago as a sheet metal worker. David and his wife Audrey were blessed with five children, all boys. For ten years after Audrey passed away, David lived with his son Daniel and daughter-in-law, Joann, in Minnesota. For the past six years, David has lived in Black River Falls with his son Jonathan, a Marine Corps veteran, and his daughter-in-law, Michelle. Upon David’s retirement, he was able to enjoy hobbies such as fishing, bowling, and especially golfing.
When David’s health began to decline, Black River Memorial Hospital’s Homecare and Hospice staff were there to help. Along with the excellent physical care, the team wanted to help David enjoy one of his favorite pastimes, even if it was for the last time. Due to his health, David has been unable to golf for several years and talked about how much he wished he could go golfing. The hospice team wanted to help him fulfill this wish and knew that Kathy’s Fund could help. Kathy’s Fund is a designated fund for hospice patients to provide funding for last wishes and unmet needs for families that may not have the means to do so themselves. Kelly Kuecker, a hospice social worker at B-Home Services and Supplies made all the arrangements for David and his family, including arranging transportation assistance from local EMTs, to be out on the golf course and have lunch together at Skyline.
B-Home Services and Supplies Director, Dena Graff, said, “We provide many services for our patients to help keep them at home. Aside from the medical care we provide, we will often try to go above and beyond for our patients by helping to coordinate things like haircuts in the home, gifts for special occasions, special date nights, family train trips, and Rotary Lights excursions. We are so grateful to have Kathy’s Fund to help people like David and his family create those cherished memories.”
Jonathan shared a story about a hole-in-one his father had at Skyline Golf Course. Jonathan said, “Dad came home that day and was very excited to tell us he got a hole-in-one on hole number 15, a par three. Unfortunately, no one was with him to verify his achievement so it was never made official.” Although the achievement was unverified, with the help of the BRMH hospice team and Kathy’s Fund, they were able to celebrate that memory by coordinating a very special day at the golf course for David and his family.
For information about Kathy’s Fund, contact B-Home Services and Supplies at 715-284-3662 or visit www.brmh.net.
David Riemer (center) is ready for a spin around the course at Skyline Golf Course. Accompanying him are his son, Jonathan, and daughter-in-law, Michelle.
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