In Arizona, Denis lived with his parents for awhile before moving into a group home where he worked at various jobs and where he learned some basic home skills such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. He also learned basic life skills such as handling money and using public transportation.
Denis passed away on Thursday, 17 March 2011 from thrombosis - a blood clot in his lungs. It was unexpected and very sudden. (I still can't believe he's gone.) My Ohio siblings and I flew to Arizona the next day to be with my parents and attend the funeral. The day of the funeral was a cold and rainy day and out of sorts from the prior days. My mother always said bad weather meant the person wasn't ready to leave this earth. I believe my brother wasn't ready...we definitely weren't ready. But then something happened at the funeral - Denis gave us a wonderful sign that he was okay. He gave us a rainbow.
During his life, Denis was a very crafty person and made pencil cups, hot pads, picture frames and jewelry boxes out of popsicle sticks. He even made a lamp and night light out of popsicle sticks (my dad helped him with the electrical). My favorite items he made out of popsicle sticks is the sign for "I love you" and a cross. Denis always enjoyed coloring and found his knack with the felt pictures - he was very good at choosing colors and putting them together. My parents have quite a few of his pictures hanging in their home.
Here is a sampling of some of Denis' artwork. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoy the items.
Thanks for reading this post about my brother.