“When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.”Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer
As the team at Hands On Nashville gears up for our favorite time of the year – Strobel Volunteer Awards Season – we are also processing the grief of losing one of our dear friends and cheerleaders, Veronica Strobel-Seigenthaler. Veronica was a beloved member of Nashville’s near and dear Strobel family. Her mother is the namesake for the annual Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards, and Veronica and her siblings carried on the legacy of joyful service.
To say Veronica was special is to barely scratch the surface. She was a force for good in the world, and everyone who remembers her instantly mentions her light, her kind humor, and how they felt so good whenever in her presence. Just being near her was a gift – one of the many she gave in her generous life.
When Lori Shinton became CEO of Hands On Nashville in 2016, it made local headlines. When Lori first met the Strobel siblings a few months later, Veronica surprised her by sharing the newspaper clipping with her so she could “give it to her mother.”
This simple act of kindness touched Lori deeply and is a perfect example of how even the smallest interactions with Veronica made an indelible impression. Every year at the Strobel Volunteer Awards reception, Veronica would honor the volunteers by bringing fresh-cut fresh flowers from her garden. The kindness of this act and the vibrancy of those flowers is a metaphor for her life: she offered love, light, and a taste of sweetness to each person she encountered.
It’s hard to imagine how we will celebrate without her this year, but we know that continuing the tradition is what she would want. As a devoted volunteer herself, we know Veronica will be smiling as we celebrate her family’s legacy and the volunteers just as she would.
Hands On Nashville plans to further honor her memory at this year’s awards, scheduled to take place May 13.
To read Veronica’s full obituary, please click here.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at marshalldonnellycombs.com for the Strobel-Seigenthaler family.
“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.”Irving Berlin