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A romantic meal to remember

Hospice patient celebrates wedding anniversary with wife of 58 years

GENEVA – When Jerry and Shirley Warren were married 58 years ago, life after the Korean War was hectic. They had been dating only a month, but they knew it was love.

“When you know, you know,” Shirley Warren said, according to a submitted news release.

The couple married Jan. 30, 1955. Though their ceremony was small, they promised to take care of each other in sickness or health, and to love each other faithfully through the years.

Jerry Warren is receiving hospice care now at Passages Hospice at Geneva Nursing and Rehab, and knows that each day with Shirley Warren is a gift. So, to celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary, Jerry Warren asked a local nonprofit organization, Hospice Dreams, to help him give his wife one more romantic meal.

Hospice Dreams, which grants wishes to adult hospice patients, worked with Jerry Warren to surprise Shirley Warren with roses and a dinner date on Jan. 29 – the evening before their anniversary.

The couple split their favorite – an Italian beef sandwich – before digging into desert from The Cheesecake Factory.

They reminisced about their five decades of life together and shared marital advice with caregivers from Passages Hospice and Hospice Dreams.

“Keep your mouth shut,” Jerry Warren advised the men.

“He always had a great sense of humor,” Shirley Warren laughed.

For more information about Hospice Dreams, to request a dream for a hospice patient, or to donate, visit or call 888-941-9132.

About Hospice Dreams
Hospice Dreams helps fulfill unmet wishes and improve quality of life for hospice patients and their families. It is a nonprofit organization and charitable group, supported by memorial donations and through partnerships with generous corporate sponsors.

Hospice Dreams was founded in 2008 by Passages Hospice, to ensure that hospice patients received the gift of a final Dream.

• This story was submitted by Kaitlyn Henderson of Hospice Dreams.

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