Remembering Grandma Zheliazka
Wholesome Life  2010-03-24
"Grandma Zheliazka - wow - this little old woman with the stars in her eyes… She will be remembered with her ability to endure in the face of the worse possible earthly circumstances. I hope that at her age I will be able to maintain a smile and a positive attitude like her."
Dinko Zlatarov

Grandma Zheliazka was a sunny woman with a very good sense of humor. Not a day passed that we did not laugh together with her. She was always able to make us laugh, even though her personal life was very difficult. I have to tell you, we spent a year and a half trying in different ways to help her, because her life truly was a difficult and challenging one. Every time we would go and visit her, she would say – "Kids, why do you do all this. How am I going to repay you?" "Well, dear Zheliazka", we would say, "you can repay us just by rejoicing in the Lord of your salvation – the God that we shared to you about, the God to whom we prayed, the God that we believe in!" I hope that she is with Him now. I love you grandma Zheliazka!
Pavel Panchev

Without a minute of hesitation I can tell you that Zheliazka was like my own grandma from the very first moment when she entered the room of the Wholesome Life Center. Amidst all the difficulties that we had heard from the other elderly people, she came to us with a smile on her face. She had gone to so many struggles, but she never lost her positive attitude towards life. She would make jokes and laugh – even at herself, which not many can master. She would always make smile when I would see her coming to our Center slowly and insecurely but with courage and desire to live. She never gave up hope and never surrendered under the terrible life circumstances even at her age of 82 years of life. Her spirit was youthful, eventhough her body was week. She never showed hatred towards anybody… Never complained! I am so saddened that she is no more among us. I still expect her every day to walk into the room. I will never forget her. She will be always on my mind!
Irina Mineva

It is so sad that our dear Zheliazka passed away. I know that this is the end of the life road of every person, I know she was old and sick, but it still hurts… Last time I saw her, she just smiled at me, as she does every time we see each other. I asked how she was and she asked me about my day. This special strong woman will always have a place in my heart. I love her.
Veska Dimova

I met Zheliazka several years ago. What I can say about her is that she is a little woman with a lot of energy. She was one of the beneficiaries at the Wholesome Life Center, whom everybody loved – she was friendly with each and one of the other people and also with us, who served them food and listened to their concerns. I believe that now she is resting in heaven with God away from her earthly troubles and worries. One day, we will see each other again heaven, grandma Zheliazka.
Stefko Zlatarov

I don't want to forget grandma Zheliazka! Not because I can't (she is just a regular elderly person), but because I don't want to (no one deserves to be forgotten, because everyone is special). Even though she was a normal woman, Zheliazka would set herself apart from the rest of the group of elderly people who were part of the Wholesome Life Ministry. She would smile one minute, and at the same time tears would come on her eyes when she was approached with love and appreciation… There was so much pain in her life, so much sadness, and at the same time so much love for life. Now I think that she is happy and that Jesus has taken away her tears and sadness. We tried to make the last year of her life easier here, but from now on she will be smiling forever close to our Savior in heaven.
Raina Koleva

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