Columbus Community Hospital's chapel will be receiving some upgrades in honor of a late Columbus woman.
The family of the late Anita Jarecke, of Columbus, has established a memorial fund in her name through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation that will go toward renovations of CCH.
More specifically, the fund will be used to renovate and refurbish the hospital chapel and to provide furnishings for the planned hospice room on the second floor of CCH.
Carol Keller, executive director of the CCH Foundation, said that a chapel refurbishing was not part of the hospital’s $35-million expansion and remodel plan, but thanks to the donation of Jarecke’s family and friends, it is now possible.
“We are now in a position to offer this enhanced, peaceful space to patents, families and others. Through the chapel renovation, this gift will permit the hospital to better serve the spiritual needs of patients, families, visitors and visiting clergy people,” she said, in a statement. “Since Anita’s Catholic faith was a guiding force throughout her entire life, this project is a particularly appropriate way to honor her life.”
Julie Gebauer, Jarecke’s daughter, said the family chose to donate to the hospital’s chapel renovation because “spiritual reflection and devotion were very important aspects of our mother’s life.”
They also chose for their donation to go toward furnishing the hospice room, because of the care their mother received from CCH’s hospice team.
“Our mom spent her last days at CCH under the care of the hospice team there. We will be eternally grateful to the hospital administration and the medical team who made sure that she spent her final days with dignity and in peace," she said. "So, we are delighted that part of our donation will be used to ensure there is hospice support in the hospital for other families in need."
Keller said that the CCH Foundation is thankful the Jarecke family decided to honor their mother’s memory by funding this environment for other families. She also appreciated the family’s support of CCH after Anita’s husband, Joe Jarecke, passed away several years ago.
“With this donation and the donation in 2016 in memory of their father, Joe, the Jarecke family has chosen to help health care in Columbus continue to advance,” she said.
The Jarecke family was inspired to give to CCH and the CCH Foundation, because Columbus held such a special place in their mother’s heart. Jarecke lived in Columbus for 81 years and it is where she and Joe raised their family.
“Our mom, like our dad, wanted to tell everyone why it was so special: A place where people work together and care about their neighbors, a trusting place where people help one another,” Gebauer said, in a statement. “She wanted to do whatever she could to maintain that community spirit and help Columbus thrive. Our family felt that another donation to CCH, as a way to further her goals, would be the perfect tribute to her for all she did for us and the community.”
Along with the improvements in the chapel and hospice room, the Anita Jarecke Memorial Fund may also be used to create a memorial scholarship endowment, depending on what remains of the fund after the completion of the first two projects.
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