Archive for March 10th, 2023

She gratefully said “Yes” — Funeral Homily for Janet Sikora, 83

March 10, 2023

By Fr. Chinnappan Pelavendran

On behalf of St. Paul’s Parish and myself, I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Janet’s family, her sons and daughters, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her siblings. She was born September 16th, 1939, in Cooks Valley. She was the daughter of John and Alvina Zwiefelhofer. She married Alfred Sikora on October 29th, 1960.

In her younger years, she worked at the Bloomer Canning Factory and later at the Renegade Truck Stop as a cashier. While working at the truck stop, she got to know most of the police officers in the area. She was like a mother to a lot of people. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she enjoyed watching the Hallmark Channel on TV. She loved to play cards whenever she had a chance. Janet really enjoyed Dave’s Bloody Marys. She had a love for life, if it was cooking, traveling, or family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to her.

Janet was a long-time member of St. Paul’s and was active in the PCCW. She loved to pray the Rosary and, in later years, watch Mass on TV. While she was living at Dove Healthcare, she was very faithful in attending Mass. Last week, she was dozing at Communion time, I approached her and quietly asked if she would like to receive Communion, and she gratefully said “yes.”

Our readings today remind us that God will wipe away all of our tears. Christ died for us and destroyed death so that we can be with Him in eternity. For if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Each of us shall give an accounting of himself to God. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day. The responsorial psalm reminds us that the Lord is our Shepherd. He will take care of all our needs. If we truly believe this, God will answer all our prayers.

Every good gift and every perfect gift from above, comes down from the Father. So, when you think of the good times and the good things about Janet, know that these came from God. Every good in our lives is a gift from God.

Jesus Christ became man and came to heal the brokenhearted. One day, God will wipe away all sickness, evil, and pain. Life can be difficult, but if we trust in the Lord, everything will be ok. God loves us.

Let us remember that this earthly life is temporary and that all of us have been created to live in eternity with God. Let us remember, that God has a plan. We don’t have to know what His plan is, but it will be perfect. We trust Him, He is faithful, He is good, and He Loves us.

Eternal Rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.