By News-Herald staff
Crossroads Hospice patient Violet Elliott fell in love at first sight when she met Robert Tscherne almost 15 years ago at a nearby independent living apartment complex. Violet and Robert, who had never been married or had children, were inseparable for several years until falling out of touch when both were transferred to separate nursing homes.
Robert was determined to reunite with Violet. With the help of his social worker, he found her at Madison Health Care in October 2011. Within days, his belongings were packed, and he on his way to be with the love of his life. The moment Violet and Robert locked eyes was a heartwarming sight; they held hands all day and caught up on the years they'd been apart. Since moving to the facility, Violet and Robert became even closer. Recently, Robert held Violet's hand, told her he loved her with all his heart, and asked her to spend her life with him. Without hesitation, she smiled and said yes.
Crossroads Hospice and Madison Health Care joined together with the support of local business to make Violet and Robert's commitment ceremony a day they would never forget. For Violet, the ceremony was truly a "Gift of a Day." Created by Crossroads Hospice, the Gift of a Day program asks patients what their perfect day is and staff and volunteers work to make it a reality.
Salon PS of Chagrin Falls styled Violet's hair and gave her a manicure to match her purple dress and white veil. A gorgeous bouquet of flowers and matching boutonniere were provided by Daughter's Florist and Gift Shoppe of Madison.
"The Gift of a Day program brings out the best in the community, with Crossroads staff, volunteers and area businesses coming together to create special moments," said Stacie Beck, executive director for Crossroads Hospice's Cleveland office. "We're proud to partner with Madison Health Care to celebrate Violet's love story with Robert."
Crossroads Hospice Chaplain Patrick Plunkett performed the ceremony, kneeling in front of Violet's and Robert's chairs. They grasped hands the entire time. Following the vows, Robert and Violet sat at the "head table" in their facility. They proudly cut a tiered white wedding cake together, which was provided by Walmart of Madison, and enjoyed their favorite songs performed by Crossroads Hospice social worker and guitarist Tony DiCesare with vocalist Lauren Fenton.