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Shirley Moskel

In the last issue of Weekly Update, we announced the death of Shirley Moskel. Here her husband, GCI pastor John Moskel, offers a tribute to Shirley and his thanks to Update readers.

Thank you to all for your prayers on behalf of my dear wife, Shirley. On April 19, she ceased her struggle with lung cancer.

Stephanie, Shirley’s daughter, was able to assist me in caring for Shirley at home, with the hospice nurse and staff giving much-needed support. Shirley was on the maximum allowable dosage of pain-killer medications, plus a little extra in her final days. She had a fair degree of mental confusion in her last week, but that was expected as the disease progressed through her frail body.

Retired GCI pastor Keith Brittain officiated at her memorial service. Over 160 attended. Our local congregation, Open Hearts Fellowship, provided a delicious lunch following the service.

Though it was at times exhausting to care for Shirley through the night, I cherish those memories and consider it a privilege to have helped make her suffering a little more bearable. She was a terrific companion, always ready to share a laugh and be cheerful in the midst of what must have been very deep pain.

The silence and the loneliness are hard to bear now, but I take comfort in what one clergyman said recently, “The nice thing about being a Christian is that you never have to say goodbye.”

I eagerly anticipate the grand family reunion that lies ahead.

Cards may be sent to:

John Moskel
130 Youpon Drive
Lexington, SC 29073

7 thoughts on “Shirley Moskel”

  1. John, our prayers and thoughts are with you — Shirley will be missed, although we know you celebrate her life of love. God bless you and the extended family.

  2. John,

    Take courage…

    Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you. –George Mueller

    In Christ,
    Santiago and Elke

  3. John and Family,

    Our deepest sympathies to you at this difficult time. The Lord will provide your every need. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With our love,

    Ray and Carol Meyer

  4. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, keep you and your family snuggled in His all caring and loving arms during this time – and always.
    In Christian Love
    Grace Covenant Fellowship
    Birmingham, Alabama

  5. We pray for the promise of “blessing” for those who mourn. It is only temporary and we will all meet in “eternity” and will forever be with the LORD. We pray for comfort, strength and encouragement for you all as you adjust to the emptiness and void left by one so dear. God bless and keep you always in His care.

  6. Dear John, I fully empathize with your emotions because Marj was on hospice for 3 months. I know you will never forget sharing your love with Shirley as I can’t forget the love I shared with Marj!! Our Father, Son and Holy Spirit shares His Unconditional Love with us now, across the river and forever. My love and prayers are for your comfort and strength as you look forward to eternity.

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