The Story of Jeanne Dennison Noreen

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 When we sent out an email to all of our wonderful donors about a heartwarming story that had been published in the newspaper concerning the employees at St. Margaret Hospital, never did we think we would get another touching story in return.

“My husband spent 3 long years in and out of St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in the early 80s fighting cancer.  One of his stays involved his reading from his Bible each morning.  As I understand it, one of his nurses asked if she could remain in his room and listen as he read aloud.  Soon his daily Bible sessions attracted more nurses who might be free for a few minutes.  As his illness progressed he was transferred to St. Francis Hospital in July of 1983.  July 6 was his 57th birthday and when the phone rang and I answered, on the line were his St. Margaret nurses ready to sing Happy Birthday to him.  What a wonderful, uplifting surprise that was!  The last show of support from these wonderful women came at the Weddell Funeral Home in Aspinwall after Bill passed away on July 17.  Much to my surprise three young women came up to me to let me know what a wonderful patient my husband had been.  His nurses saw him through to the end.  Only at St. Margaret.”

Jeanne Dennison Noreen has been a resident of O’Hara Township for over 50 years after moving from Boston to Pittsburgh in 1961. Her and her husband, Bill, were married for 29 years. Jeanne has three wonderful daughters who live around the country in San Francisco, Louisiana and Atlanta.  Her daughters have blessed her with three grandsons. She currently lives at LightHouse Pointe at Chapel Harbor and knows of the grant that St. Margaret Foundation donated to the community for their life enrichment program. Jeanne is happy to have St. Margaret Hospital here and is grateful for the wonderful care they have given to her and her family.

Thank you for your story Jeanne!

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