March 27 was a special day at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. A celebration was held to dedicate Molly’s Place, a room of love and peace “to bring healing and compassion for others during difficult times.”
Ed and Judy Polzin made a generous gift to create a room within the hospital where pet owners can go in times of stress or sadness related to their beloved animal.
Please enjoy this account of Molly’s life and impact, as related by the Polzins.
Photo captions: The plaque hanging outside Molly’s Place; the dedication celebration attended by college and hospital leadership; Christine Dietrich, who helped the Polzins make Molly’s Place a reality; Heather Clay and Dr. Julia Whittington talk with the Polzins in Molly’s Place; Ginger Passalacqua, referral coordinator at the hospital, painted a portrait of Molly.
Molly Polzin was born on June 19, 2001, and crossed the rainbow bridge on December 28, 2015.
Molly was a precious feline family member and continues to be loved by her family, Ed and Judy Polzin. Molly brought such joy into their home. Just like in life, Molly and now Molly’s Place, will be the cornerstone to bring healing and compassion for others during difficult times.
Molly was strong, independent, and determined in making sure you knew that she ran the house.
Molly was and still is the pride and joy of Ed and Judy Polzin. From the beginning, Molly took control of the Polzin home. She knew that when Judy provided a safe haven for her, to foster and protect her, she wasn’t going to leave and that she had found her forever home.
After Molly was brought to the Polzin home, the daily schedule quickly revolved around her. No one could leave the Polzin home without saying to her, “I love you Molly – I will be back.” When Molly looked at you with her beautiful green eyes, you had the feeling that she knew exactly what you meant.
Don’t be mistaken though: Molly was strong, independent, and determined in making sure you knew that she ran the house. Molly lived as a beautiful lady and up until the time she crossed the rainbow bridge, she still was dignified and carried herself with grace.
Molly’s Place is dedicated in her memory. The Polzin family hopes you find some comfort, privacy and peace in Molly’s Place.