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Trenton Man Uses Photos of Deceased Wife to Pay Tribute to Staff at Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital

For more than two months Ken Schneider, 80, of Trenton, brought his camera to photograph the moments when staff members at Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital cared for his beloved wife before she passed away.

Mary Schneider with a staff member at Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital.
Mary Schneider with a staff member at Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital.
Ken Schneider, 80, of Trenton, spent months photographing his wife and the people who cared for her at Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital before she died in March.

Mary Schneider was admitted to the hospital in January for atrial fibrillation or an irregular heart beat.

Ken Schneider visited his wife every day for more than two months. He brought her coffee and breakfast each morning. He also brought his camera to photograph the moments when WHFH staff members cared for his beloved wife before she passed away.

“Mary attracted people," Ken Schneider said in a WHFH release. "It was as if you were in the presence of a saint. No matter how she was feeling, she was always smiling and it was infectious. She was so appreciative of the nurses’ work."

After converting his photos to look like watercolor paintings, Ken Schneider presented his collection of photographs, titled A Tribute to Staff Support, to hospital officials. The photos now hang on the walls at WHFH.

"I didn’t take them (photographs) of just anyone though, only the people who were very involved," Ken Schneider said in the release. "The people at the hospital were just so tremendous, absolutely exceptional."

*The above information was provided by Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital.

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