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Butterfly bench gets dedication ceremony at HAMC

By Staff | Jun 16, 2017

(Submitted photo) The family of the late Charles Sattler (left to right), Pam, Jessica, Megan and April, stand next to a butterfly bench that was dedicated in his memory last week. Charles was a respiratory therapist at HAMC for 25 years.

Charles Sattler died on Aug. 3, 2016.

Last week, a butterfly bench was dedicated in his memory at the Heart of America Medical Center. Sattler had been an HAMC employee for 25 years, working in the respiratory therapy department.

In July 2015 Sattler was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and was just given months to live. He began taking a new treatment, however in May 2016 he took a turn for the worst and had to be hospitalized in Fargo.

It was while Charles was in the hospital that his daughter, April, had a dream. In the dream, April, Charles, her mother and her sister were walking down a hall and Charles was walking ahead of them, surrounded by butterflies that only April could see. She ran ahead, catching up with her father and asking why there were butterflies around him.

Charles told April, in the dream, the butterflies had come to take him home.

Charles later came back to HAMC. According to family members his desire was to come back to HAMC and be around “his nurses.”

April and her mother had been visiting Charles in the hospital when he looked at April and noticed butterflies around her. Until that day, April hadn’t told anyone about the dream.

After Charles died, his wife and grandson were standing outside when a butterfly floated back and forth between them and stayed long enough for April to return. April, on seeing the butterfly, knew it was her father there with them.

Upon hearing of the story, Scot & Laura Kellersberger, of the Salisa, Ky.-based Phoenix Creative Metal Art, made the bench, and made the wings on it larger than what was ordered at no extra cost to the family.

According to family members, when one sits in the bench it is as if he or she is getting a hug from Charles.

– Tribune Staff Report

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