Dubuque Widows Celebrate Valentine's Day Together

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Valentine's Day is all about celebrating your sweetheart. But the holiday can be painful for someone who's lost their spouse. That's why directors at Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home in Dubuque hosted a Valentine's Day luncheon for new widows.

There's no magic trick. Nothing hidden up a sleeve, that can bring back the one thing Patricia Hendricks wants most.

"Ron did everything for me. He was a wonderful husband and a wonderful father, " said Hendricks.

Hendricks' husband of 45 years died last August. This is her first Valentine's Day without him.

Widow Mary Sullivan said, "I try to make the best of every day. I do what I can "

While sharing cupcakes and coffee, the widows realize they're not alone in their grief.

Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home Director Alanza Lake said, "It's a day that they can be together and share memories and have a good time and just enjoy themselves. "

And for a moment, they forget their heartache.

"Look at all these people. They are beautiful people," said Hendricks. They are smiling. I am smiling. "

And after a difficult six months, there's something magical about that smile.

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