She brought over homemade spaghetti sauce Sunday night and told her brother she was hot and wanted to talk to him on the front porch.
“I need some air,” she told her brother.
When he heard the first siren, he searched his pockets for his cell phone. Then he saw more fire trucks, police cruisers and a long line of cars. By this time, many of Lolli’s neighbors were outside and they joined in the celebration. Some people got out of their vehicles and placed gift bags on the front yard, Bruggeman said.
“He was just so excited,” his sister said. “He kept saying, ‘Wow!‘”
She said it was important for family and friends to see Lolli and know he was OK, even though his face was covered by a mask.
Denise Keegan, who organized the drive-by welcome home party along with Bruggeman, played “It’s a wonderful life,” one of Lolli’s favorite songs over a loud speaker in her vehicle.
Bruggeman picked up her brother Friday night from the hospital. She said it was “overwhelming” to see him for the first time in a week. She gave him a hug.
The oldest of 10 children, Bruggeman, the organizer of all family functions, affectionately is called the General. On Friday, she said the General picked up the Chief.
She said her brother is “doing really well” and moving slowly as expected.
“He knows he’s very lucky,” she said.
Lolli, 59, received his liver from a 23-year-old donor on July 25. The family plans to write the donor’s family expressing their gratitude, she said.