Noreen was my sister-in-law. She was my brother Garrett’s wife. She was a mother to two beautiful little girls Carmela (6) and Carrigan (3). She was a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a friend, and an advocate for many things that she believed in whole heartedly.
Noreen had been battling medical issues for awhile and early in the morning hours on November 6th my brother woke to Noreen in respiratory/cardiac arrest. In the time since that morning, Noreen was transported to a region hospital in Palm Bay for stabilization and subsequently to Holmes Medical Center in Melbourne for continued care in the ICU. Noreen had multiple EEGs during her weeks in Holmes and results indicated severe brain injuries and consistent seizure activity. She was removed from a medically induced coma on a couple occasions but the seizures were uncontrollable. After all attempts at bringing Noreen back to us, her final EEG indicated no brain activity and she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.
Noreen went home to our Heavenly Father late in the evening on November 30th. Her family and friends were blessed with the opportunity to be with her body during its final time on Earth.
As Garrett looks towards the future as a widower and father to Carmela and Carrigan he is going to need our love, support, and financial assistance. The holidays are approaching and Garrett has not been able to work for several weeks while remaining by Noreen’s side and caring for the girls. Decisions will need to be made regarding Noreen’s remains, how to celebrate her life, and living arrangements for Garrett and the girls.
If you could find it in your heart to help Garrett not have to worry about his family’s future for the short term I know he would be eternally grateful.
- Paul Hoffmaster
- Jackie Harmatys