A ribbon cutting for Jocelyn’s (Kwitkin) Garden was held Thursday at Brighten at Julia Ribaudo’s in Lake Ariel.


A ribbon cutting for Jocelyn’s (Kwitkin) Garden was held Thursday at Brighten at Julia Ribaudo’s in Lake Ariel.


“The garden is in her memory, to honor the staff at Julia Ribaudo, each and every member, and for the future enjoyment of the residents,” said her mom, Camille Morabito.


Jocelyn passed away July 31, 2007, just shy of her 30th birthday, but not before leaving a lasting mark on the hearts of many. Described by her mom as “spunky,” and having a tremendous sense of humor, she worked as a CNA at Wayne Woodlands for five years.


The following was read at the ceremony:
“Several years ago, we came to know a special girl. She was a resident at our Nursing Home; she was the youngest resident we ever cared for. Her name was Jocelyn. Years before, she visited her Grandmother at the nursing home, and would play Bingo with her. She was coming home one night and had a car accident, which is how she became a resident at Brighten at Julia Ribaudo.


“Just to look in her eyes, you could see that she was intact mentally, and trapped inside her own body. The staff at Julia Ribaudo found a way to communicate with Jocelyn. She would move her foot up and down for ‘yes’ and side to side for ‘no.’ She also communicated with her eyes and her facial expressions. Jocelyn knew several hand gestures... like, ‘I love you.’


“Jocelyn made a mark on all of our lives here. With her mom, Camille, she became part of the Julia Ribaudo family. She was the star in the therapy department and never missed looking over the cute guys that came through the facility. Jocelyn passed away on July 31, 2007. She is missed so much, but with this garden, that was started by her mother, Camille, she will always be remembered.”