Volunteer Spotlight: Kathryn Trudeau

Name: Kathryn Trudeau

How long have you been a volunteer?
A year-and-a-half.

What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do as a volunteer?
Patient care in the Care Center, sings in the choir, memorial services, funeral home visits, events, and mailings.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?
I just felt like this was a great organization and I wanted to help out.

What is your favorite part about volunteering?
I like to assist the nurses when they need help in the Care Center. The other thing I like is speaking with grieving families and listening to the stories they want to relate. Or even when I’m just helping people eat during dinner time in the Care Center. Sometimes you can learn about their life and there’s always something interesting about everyone.

Kathryn (second from right) performing with the
Angela Hospice choir at Tree of Life.
What is one of your favorite stories or memories from volunteering?
The choir was singing in one of the Care Center wings and a man who hadn’t spoken in a long time was wheeled up by his wife and daughter. We were singing military anthems and he started singing. He didn’t open his eyes but he was singing along with us. Of course they cried.

This seems like a very loving place, and people are devoted to the work that they do here. When I leave I feel uplifted.

Volunteer Spotlight: Connie Shoup

Name: Connie Shoup

How long have you been a volunteer?
19 years.

What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do as a volunteer?
The development department and mailings.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?
I had a friend who was a volunteer [at Angela Hospice] for many, many years, and she talked to me about it and took me to one of the dinners. It just seemed like something I would like to do at this stage of my life.

Connie mainly works in the development
department, where she does many things.
What is your favorite part about volunteering?
Being around such nice, warm, and good people. I think it’s really such a positive atmosphere to be working in.

What is one of your favorite stories or memories from volunteering?
There have been a lot of good memories of things. I remember one of the [volunteer] picnics where they were having balloon fights…throwing balloons back and forth…. That was really a fun experience.

“Red Hot Raffle” Tickets Now on Sale


Love jewelry? Is red your favorite color? If you answered yes then be sure to buy raffle tickets for our Red Hot Raffle!

So what makes this raffle “red hot?” The prize! One winner will receive a 14K White Gold Garnet and Diamond Necklace (pictured left, image enlarged to show detail) valued at $1,495. The stunning piece of jewelry was donated by Orin Jewelers of Garden City.

Tickets are $5 each or 3 tickets for $10. The drawing will take place at our annual women’s event, Laughter Lifts You Up, on Thursday, February 25, between 8-10 p.m.

If you won’t be able to make it to Laughter Lifts You Up but still want to buy tickets, that’s fine! You don’t need to be present to win.

Call the Development office at (866) 464-7810 to get tickets over the phone. Or, stop by the Angela Hospice Care Center and speak to the receptionist. Tickets will also be sold at the event.

Interested in more information about Laughter Lifts You Up? Click here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sherry Szkotnicki

Name: Sherry Szkotnicki

How long have you been a volunteer?
11 years this spring.

What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do as a volunteer?
Patient care in the Care Center.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?
We were taking care of my parents at home. My mother had dementia, didn’t really know what was going on. And my father was taking care of her, and he was pretty close behind her. At a time when my sister, brother, and I were on our last nerve we put my dad in hospice, almost 12 years ago, and the people that came [from Angela Hospice] gave us courage, and comfort, and just the strength to continue on. Two weeks later my dad passed away. Then about five months later my mom went into hospice in a nursing home, and she passed away in November of that same year.

It was such an overwhelming experience…having hospice, you just feel you want to do something to give something back, and that’s why I do it.

Sherry works in Wing A in the Angela Hospice Care Center.
What is your favorite part about volunteering?
Talking with the residents…and their perspective. I’m always amazed at their humility. Just very happy people. You don’t really find many angry people at that time. It’s just a blessing to be able to visit with them and talk with them.

What is one of your favorite stories or memories from volunteering?
My favorite story was a lady who was a patient in the old Care Center. I would do her hair and we would pray. She was a beautiful person and I remember her often.

Share Your Story!

Some of the many stories we've told this past year include those of loved
ones that used Angela Hospice care, our annual events, and our volunteers.
Over the past year we’ve told the stories of Angela Hospice patients, their families, and our volunteers. Each person has a unique connection to Angela Hospice and it’s been an honor to share them.

Now, we’re looking for others to share what makes Angela Hospice so special to them. What is your connection? Did you know someone that was under Angela Hospice care? How did you find out about Angela Hospice? Do you volunteer here? Do you come to our annual events? Why do you continue to support Angela Hospice?

If you’re willing to share your story, please contact Dana Casadei at dcasadei@angelahospice.us or call (734) 953-6053.

Volunteer Spotlight: Ann Stando

Name: Ann Stando

How long have you been a volunteer?
Almost 20 years.

What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do as a volunteer?
Patient care in the Care Center, events, hospitality, and mailings.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?
I was looking for a meaningful volunteer experience…I had a medical background so it seemed like a good fit.

Why Angela Hospice?
My daughter had gone to the nursery school next door so I became familiar with it. They had good training classes; that was a good reason.

Ann helps in the Care Center once a week.
What is your favorite part about volunteering?
I enjoy being with people and hearing peoples’ stories.

What is one of your favorite stories or memories from volunteering?
I was very happy to work many years with Marie Beaghan. She was a volunteer trainer.

I did home care at first and she took me out on my first time. She would always see me and say hello and ask how was I doing; and that was very encouraging.