Irmy had such great support during that time. There she was with no income and two young kids. All our friends helped.
Mom went to work, filed for Social Security for my brother and I. Tom and I received $60 a month until we were 18 years old.
My brother was a troubled person. Mom kept trying to help him move on. Unfortunately he chose to end his life on Sept. 3, 1968, four weeks before Patty and I were to be married. I told mom that we would postpone the wedding, but she declined.
Life again went on for Irmy as she showed her love for everybody. Patty and I gave her two grandchildren who she loved and was an influencing force in their lives. We had the opportunity to purchase a home next to us for mom to live in. However, two weeks before we were to move in, mom had a stroke and moved to College Green nursing home. She passed away 23 months later.
I have been blessed with the strength, love and integrity of my mom who lived and led by example, leaving me a great legacy as so many of that Great Generation have done.
Happy Mother’s Day, Irmy.
— Joe Dervin resides in Goshen.