Treasure every moment…

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November 8, 2021

PARK RAPIDS, MN (NOV. 8, 2021) – CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care 2021 Light Up a Life honors the memory of John “Schu” Schumacher.

In memory of John “Schu” Schumacher

In memory of John “Schu” Schumacher (March 14, 1960 – October 14, 2020).

For 34 years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care has been honored to provide compassionate end-of-life care for patients – no matter where they call home. As part of our commitment and dedication to serve through our ministry, we also play a pivotal role in supporting the patient’s family and caregivers throughout their hospice care journey.

As we enter into this holiday season, we are thankful to partner with the Schumacher family as we celebrate Light Up a Life and Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting ceremony.

John Schumacher left a legacy in the community and his “Livin’ the Dream” motto reflected the true meaning of living each day to the fullest. John treasured every moment with his family and students and even during the hardest days battling cancer, John never let it affect his positive attitude. John’s outlook inspires gratitude, compassion, strength and love in the most challenging times…times to be treasured.

“John lived for everyone around him and found his life’s calling in his work, making a positive impact on everyone he met. He was a cheerleader for his students and so proud of his loving family. Hospice allowed him to be pain-free so he could enjoy his last days making memories. Our hospice team was amazing by anticipating our needs and gently encouraged conversations that were important to have not only for John, but also for our family. They were always honest, open, calming, compassionate and the best listeners…they made us laugh and smile through the most difficult time of our lives.” Bernie Schumacher, John’s wife.

“John’s last four weeks of life, while in hospice, were special to him and he looked forward to his visits, as his nurse was a previous student/athlete who ‘got him.’ She knew how to gently guide him through his final journey. We were blessed to have our hospice team by our side,” said Bernie.

During this holiday season, please join us in a celebration of life and memories by giving a gift in honor or in memory of a loved one. Gifts of $25 or more to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care Light Up a Life program help bring exceptional care when it’s needed the most. Our hospice care team believes that every person has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, our care includes specialized pain control and symptom management by a highly skilled hospice team.

Thank you for choosing us to care for your loved ones and your continued support to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Hospice Care. We treasure the human connection and are inspired by the strength of our patients and the families we support.

Please join us on November 26, 2021, for the Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting as we Light Up a Life for Hospice Care. Held in downtown Park Rapids, the ceremony will begin at 6pm to honor loved ones. You can also join us virtually on our Facebook page or the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce website at

We also invite you to place an unbreakable ornament on the tree, which will be located in Pioneer Park on Main Street, in honor or in memory of a loved one this holiday season.

To make your gift, donate online at or mail to CHI St. Joseph’s Health Foundation at 600 Pleasant Avenue, Park Rapids, MN 56470.

About CHI St. Joseph’s Health

CHI St. Joseph’s Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving communities in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties since 1946. In recent years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health’s award-winning teams received several national honors including: The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in surgery; Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, HealthStrong; WomenCertified’s America’s Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award in obstetrics; and the Studer Group Fire Starter Healthcare Organization of the Month among other national, regional and state recognitions.

About CHI

Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, was formed in 1996 to strengthen the Catholic health ministry for the future. With deep roots in the tradition of expressing Christ’s love by caring for those in need, Catholic Health Initiatives serves more than four million people each year through acute care hospitals; long-term care, assisted and residential-living facilities; community-based health services; home care; research and development; and reference laboratory services.


Contact: Sonja Day
Communication/Marketing Manager
CHI St. Joseph’s Health
600 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470

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