Love shown to monsignor

To the editor:

On Jan. 12, Monsignor William Cornelius left this life, after having served the Diocese of Steubenville for 59 years as a Catholic priest.

Monsignor Cornelius had touched countless lives, and was beloved by many, as was made quite evident during his brief illness.

Molly, Colleen and Tony Morelli and I had the immense privilege of caring for monsignor during his illness, and we wish to convey our sincere and humble gratitude to the many who reached out to show compassion and comfort to monsignor during his illness.

Most notably, though not exclusively, we wish to thank registered nurses Cathy Cich and Nikkole Lindamood from Charity Hospice, who went above and beyond, to not only care professionally for monsignor, but to educate and support us, his caregivers, in how best to bring comfort and care to him in his final days. During the severe weather we had in January, through snow and ice, Charity Hospice always was there and willing to be present to assist at any time, day or night.

We would be remiss in not thanking A&B Pharmacy — it, too, showed professional, yet hometown care in answering calls and making prompt and unscheduled deliveries for any medication and supplies that were needed — again, regardless of the weather.

Lastly, to the many who sent cards, letters, flowers and food, monsignor knew of each gesture. Nightly we would read him your words of care and love as he enjoyed your delicious soups, his room was filled with the fragrance of your flowers — his home was enveloped with your love and concern.

We thank you for caring and thank you for your examples of love to a man who gave so much to this community.

Sleep well, sweet Prince.

Bill McGovern