Donor Spotlight: Lou Dickman
Generous with her time and energy, the late Lou Dickman was known as the “helper of the community.” Grounded in faith, compassion and love for her family and friends, this former resident of Parkvue Community in Sandusky, Ohio, provided holy communion to friends, old and new, with grace and mercy.
Her volunteerism as a Eucharistic minister led, in large part, to her receiving United Church Homes’ Spirit Award in 2015. For Lou, living her Christian principles was pivotal to her being. She loved supporting others who wanted to live fully in their faith.
When she received the Spirit Award, Lou stated she volunteered because Parkvue Community was her home, and she loved the people she called neighbors and friends.
Lou’s generous spirit lives on at Parkvue Community.
She selflessly planned a gift that would provide a $25,000 bequest for Parkvue Community. This gift was lovingly stewarded by her six children, who were pleased to help direct her gift to support the chapel — to create a modern, accessible, quiet and serene sacred space — one that reflects the hospitality, compassion and respect that Lou provided to everyone she encountered.
At Parkvue Community, we feel privileged to name a space in the renovated chapel in Lou’s honor and memory. Lou’s generosity and legacy live on, in the very space she once served her friends and neighbors. It’s an enduring gift to those she loved and those who loved her, and it will be felt by all who experience this sacred space well into the future.
Parkvue Community chaplain, Rev. Cathy Lawrence, said she’ll always think of 1 Corinthians 13:13 when she remembers Lou.
“And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”