Paula Feldner Death, Obituary – We are overjoyed to inform you that Paula Feldner went away peacefully yesterday night despite the fact that her passing was completely unexpected. She fell on Friday, and as of Sunday, she was making her way back to full health in the rehabilitation unit at Aventura/Oakwood Manor in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she formerly resided in the independent living portion of the facility. The day before yesterday, we went to pay her a visit; she was in a lot of pain, so we took advantage of the chance to sit on the bedside with her, wrap our arm around her, and pray with her. The day before yesterday, we had a variety of conversations, one of which included making arrangements for a holiday get-together.
We had no idea that the moment we said goodbye to her at 5:30 to begin our journey back to Columbus would be the last time we communicated with one another. Although she was ill and not feeling well, neither one of us had any idea that just four hours later, she would be passing away and going to a better place. It is imperative that we make use of this chance to discuss how much my mother has meant to me. Not only as a mother who loves and nurtures her children – something at which she excelled – but also as the person who was the impetus behind my journey in the direction of everlasting life. When we were 13, an evangelistic crusade was coming to town, and she was singing in the crusade choir.
She invited us to attend the crusade because she wanted us to hear her sing. We went forward on the second night of the crusade and acknowledged Jesus Christ as our personal savior after sensing the tugging of the Holy Spirit on our hearts. As things transpired, she went on to witness to our father and our sister, and ultimately led them both to Christ. The fact that she is bringing our family closer to Christ has altered the trajectory of our family’s past. Because we have been reborn, we now have the assurance that once we have escaped the tribulations of this life, we will meet each other again in heaven. We have reason to believe that she and her husband are back together, and the thought of this fills us with such joy.
We are devastated by our loss, but at the same time, we are relieved that she is free from pain and that her body is robust and completely healthy. “You have been a good and faithful servant,” Jesus said. “Enter into the pleasure of your Master” (Matthew 25:21).