Constance Ore is a retired Teacher, Choir Director, and Organist. And a formidable cook.

a changing situation

Filed under: — Constance at 6:14 pm on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

14 September 2010
An update from Constance’s Family:

Hello Friends,

Starting Sunday evening our dear Constance became unresponsive to verbal cues and entered a consciousness unconnected to our reality. Her lungs breathe and her heart beats, but as of Tuesday afternoon, we’re in our world, and she’s in hers. Occasionally, a loved one’s words or a joke summons her grin: rare, brief, and unmistakable. She’s being made ready for a journey to worlds unknown.

We are eager pupils of our hospice nurses who teach us how to keep Constance comfortable and clean, and at her bedside together the family shares meals, hymns, and Psalms.

We installed in her own bedroom a hospital bed near a window and her husband. It has mechanical tilting and an auto-variable-air-pressure mattress. After testing the bed with our own persons, we found it befitting the high standards Constance imparted to us.

We, Constance’s family, thank you for all for your heart-felt consolation, manifest in thoughts, words, and deeds. We invite your continued prayers, as often during this journey many of you have shared your optimism and Faith.

We will continue to use this web journal to describe Constance’s situation as it unfolds.


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

–Psalm 23 v. 4


Comment by Becky Pfabe

September 14, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

Dear Ores, yes you are all dear to me. Thank you for sharing this very difficult time with all of us. My prayers are for peace in your lives. Love, Becky

Comment by Jeff Blersch

September 14, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” God bless you, Connie and Charles

Comment by Irene Beethe

September 14, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever!” Amen.

Comment by Jeff Parker

September 15, 2010 @ 9:21 am

Dear Ores,
My thoughts and prayers go with you during this difficult time.
May God’s peace be with you all.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or terrified for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you” -Deuteronomy 31:6

Comment by Barbara Fremder

September 15, 2010 @ 10:32 am

“The Lord gives strenghth to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

Comment by Mindy Werling

September 15, 2010 @ 10:39 am

Dear Ore Family,

Connie’s entry of January 20, 2010, says:

“When I looked up the term “CD34-positive blast population” I read that the average survival time is 126 days. Since I have never been average, I doubled that number, and that takes me well into next fall.”

126 x 2 = 252

As of today, September 15, she is on day 238.

She is definitely not average!!

Oh, if she could only tell us what she is seeing and hearing in her world! Perhaps, though, there would be no words to describe it. . . .

May God bless you all and bring you peace, comfort, and strength!


Comment by Mira Wiegmann

September 15, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

We are grateful that you continue to include us in your family’s journey with Connie. I would also like to suggest that at an appropriate time you post on this blog photographs of her and the family she loves to celebrate her wonderful spirit and life well lived.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mira & Dick

Comment by Alisha Bohnert

September 15, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

Dear Ores,

I find comfort in these words, as I hope you all will do.

“Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever!

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.

And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes-I, and not another.” Job 19

Comment by Lois M

September 15, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

Connie is undefeatable in life. She lives on in our hearts while we are still on earth. I’ll miss her blog as she gave me so much energy. I wish I had her faith in God and her love of absolutely everything.

Heaven belongs to her soon and can you imagine how much she will enjoy it?

She has been missed already, but we haven’t had to deal with the finality of it all. I pray for peace for you who are left in the days, weeks, months and even years to come.

Comment by Mark and Leann McClain

September 15, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

Dear Dr. Ore and family,

From Psalm 46, we read “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.” God is helping you through this most difficult of times. May you always find peace and joy in Him, who gives you strength. Our love and prayers are with you.

Comment by Diane Cassady

September 15, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
Diane Cassady

Comment by Christelle

September 15, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

We are waiting, watching, and praying with all of you. Thank you for your sensitivity to the many people that Connie has touched through her blog. Her words are such an amazing legacy, and have brought much comfort and contemplation to many. I hope those words come back to comfort you now. We pray that God will surround all of you with peace, love, and the joy that surpasses human understanding.

Comment by Karen Vahl

September 16, 2010 @ 12:12 am

I have looked forward every week to reading Connie’s words, listening to her insights and her expressions of her constant faith. John Paul’s illustrations and pictures somehow completed each entry and I know she has been very pleased with them.

It was with a strong hope that when this time came the family would step in to help guide her friends through this journey. Thank you so much.

There is only one Connie and she has been blessed with special talents and a strong faith. My prayers are with you each day.
God bless,
Karen Vahl

Comment by Becky Matzke

September 16, 2010 @ 8:26 am

Dear Ores,
Much love and prayers to all of you, and thank you for stepping in to share this part of Connie’s journey now that she can’t do so herself.

The image in my mind this morning is of Connie beaming at all of us in the church balcony after she’d led us in our Easter rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus – and the congregation burst into applause at the joy of it all. Hallelujah and praise God for her.


Comment by Lance Klamer

September 16, 2010 @ 11:33 am

The peace of Christ be with you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Comment by Susan (Plessman) Hager

September 16, 2010 @ 11:51 am

Dear Ores,

I was just alerted to this blog and have so far had a chance to read just some of what Mrs. Ore has written about her journey. My thoughts and prayers are with Connie and each one of you. I also have such wonderful memories of the music classes with Mrs. Ore and her beautiful organ playing during our services.

May God grant you all some peace during this difficult time.


Comment by Priscilla Klintworth

September 18, 2010 @ 7:50 am

So sorry to read that Connie has passed away – she (and you her family) had been in my thoughts for the past few days. I will always remember her laugh :) May Jesus enfold you in His loving arms as you grieve.

Priscilla, Mitch, Dan & Nate Klintworth

Comment by Kim Bejot

September 24, 2010 @ 7:34 am

Dear Charles and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers as you and your family have always had a special place in my heart!
Kim Bejot
Ainsworth, NE

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