I've received a message from Nancy Jelinek, John's wife, to share with the forum. Nancy can access private messages as well as the Forum here, should anyone wish to join me in sending their condolences, sharing memories of John's grace and generosity and wishing her well. Thank you. Kim
My husband John died Tuesday, March 14, at home, one and a half days after he was released from the hospital for Hospice care. We had over a year after his bladder cancer diagnosis in November of 2015 to prepare for his passing. He bought us a new car, arranged for new gas inserts to be installed in our fireplaces, and bought a new water heater. We were able to get our wills updated and signed. He gave away our old car and his beloved pickup to my brother.
The Rose Hybridizers Forum kept him interested in life. Whenever I went near the computer he insisted that I look up the rose forum first before I did anything else, to see if anyone had responded to one of his posts or if there was anything new he would like to comment on. I was impressed with how congenial the rose growers are. They always had something encouraging or educational to share, never anything mean or critical. Gardeners and nursery men are usually kind and gentle, just like John. We had 35 years of very happy marriage, sharing many interests. He was a strong Christian and it gives me peace to know he is in heaven. We had a beautiful memorial service at my church and they gave many tributes to his generosity in sharing roses with everybody.
I will be maintaining his beautiful gardens. When I give away roses it's handy to let people look up on Help Me Find to see what they look like and their characteristics. I won't be hybridizing, just pruning, weeding, feeding etc.
Thank you for being such good friends to John.
California Central Coast
USDA Zone 9b
Sunset Zone 15
Cooler inland coastal valley with strong marine influence