Today I am thankful for the chance to have known a very great man who passed away last night. He has been a very good friend of mine for the past 26 years.
We had recently gotten together at the Riverside Bible Camp on Labor Day weekend. I was able to catch up with him and his wife and son. It was super. It was great catching up. I am grateful I had the chance to talk with him and share some great memories with him and his wife.
My aunt Billie passed away unexpectedly on Monday. She had a massive heart attack. She was the most wonderful woman She had one of the biggest hearts I have ever know a person to have. Her sense of humor was contagious. Our family often referred to her as Lucy as in Lucille Ball. Only Billie didn’t have the red hair. But the humor was very very similar.
My mom has 9 siblings. Pat, Billie, Alouise, Mom, Darlo, Michael, Marjo, Kim and Kevin. Both my grandparent have passed away also. Mom lost her mom when she was in her early 20’s. I don’t remember my grandmother, but I do have one picture of her with me. I think I was maybe a little over one year old.
This is my aunt Billie:
Here is quote from one of her children, Jeannie, ” Life with my mom was always fun. I told her often that it was like growing up with Lucy. I am going to miss you Lucy! I wish the show wasn’t cancelled so soon. Thank you for the laughs and smiles mom. My heart aches for another episode.” “My mother was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and faith. She taught me to love and follow God. She lost her mom when she was only eight. How blessed was I to have her as long as I did? Yet the ache of knowing that she is gone is almost more than I can take. I love you, Mom!”
She was an amazing woman. She was one of those women who loved me where I was and whatever was going on in my life. She never judged me. She just kept on loving me. I worry now about my uncle Ray. Still recovering form his hip replacement he had before Christmas. I know my cousins (his kids) will take great care of him. They are amazing cousins too.
My mom and Marjo are flying in today. They are in Texas. Mom and Tiny just got there yesterday. And mom has to turn around and come back for a few days. The visitation is Thursday evening. The funeral is Friday at 10am. I hope I am feeling well enough to go. I have a sinus thing that my daughter shared with me.
She was sick all week last week. Now I have it. I missed work yesterday and feel like crap and will probably miss today also. Been up since a little after 3, because I couldn’t breathe. sucks.
My heart hurts. I will my aunt very much. She is in heaven dancing with angels. I hope she is giving my dad a huge hug. I miss him as well. Be amazing Billie. You leave a huge legacy for all who have known you.
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Obviously by now you are aware of the tragedy that took place yesterday.
A day of silence to remember the lives that were taken.
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Yesterday, tragedy struck so many of us in ways we did not foresee. An elementary school and small town in Connecticut was shattered by a mass shooting. We knew we wanted to help and we came up with this:
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I have heart pain tonight. I read the obituary of the little girls who were killed in the car accident the other day. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/globegazette/obituary.aspx?n=cassidy-leigh-stehn&pid=158504707&fhid=6465
Hundreds attend vigil for victims of auto accident
NORTHWOOD — Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil for Cassidy Stehn and Hana Riedinger on the playground where the two girls used to play.
Cassidy, 9, of Northwood, and Hana, 12, of rural Kensett, were killed in a motor vehicle accident east of Hanlontown Tuesday.
Both were students in the Northwood-Kensett School District. The vigil was held at the Northwood-Kensett Elementary playground.
Several members of the local clergy led the service.
“There are so many, Lord, who are hurting,” said the Rev. Wendy Gillan, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Northwood. “All of us feel this terrible tragedy and this loss clear into our bones.”
People in the crowd wept as she prayed for Cassidy and Hana, as well as the other children injured in the accident, which occurred when they were in a van on the way to a canoeing trip.
She also prayed for the law enforcement officers and other emergency workers who responded to the scene.
“We are grateful that you are with them and you are helping them,” she said.
In addition, she prayed for the two drivers involved in the accident.
“Continue to be with them and heal them,” she said.
The Rev. Karen Grandall, pastor of First Lutheran Church in Northwood, told the crowd that Destiny Bruce, 10, of Northwood, is still at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., and can’t receive visitors yet, but thoughts and prayers can be left for her online at Caringbridge.
“It will be a long and tedious healing process for her,” she said.
The crowd sang “Jesus Loves Me” during the vigil.
“I can’t believe all the people who are here. It’s wonderful,” said Northwood resident Joan Watts.
She said she came to the vigil “just for support for everyone” and for closure.
“That’s why everyone is here,” she said.
Northwood-Kensett Superintendent Tom Nugent said several parents organized the vigil to help with the healing process.
“The community is rallying together,” he said. “This is nice.”
these past few days have been very trying for me being a single mom. K has been having outbursts of “I wants”, and “you always”. I try hard to try not to play into her stuff. She used to fight with mom like this. My mom would engage in war of words with her. I choose not to. I give her direction. I stand by it. I feel like a bad mom at times cuz she gets so mad at me. But I will not let her be in control of this house like she was at Grandma’s. She pretty much ruled the roost there. She is 8 and is a kid. She needs rules and limits and expectations. I will listen, not judge. I will guide her and love her the best I can. She is still so mad at me. It hurts my heart. I know I am taking it personally but I can’t help it tonight. She has said some pretty hurtful things. I need to let them go.
I had therapy today. Which was good for me because I needed to talk with Adam about taking things personally right now. Even the crap with my mom and other family. Lots of hurtful words going around and I feel like my heart can’t take much more.
K and I went to the beach yesterday. Sun and sand and water. I got burned…even had sunscreen on. My back is pretty red. My face too. My hair is almost white blonde in places. Which is kinda nice, covers or blends well with my gray hair. I don’t have to color now…for now. LOL
Now to figure out what to do next. I really need to get on my homework. But feel like just going to bed.
♥ you guys.
HANLONTOWN — A Tuesday morning crash has taken the lives of two Worth County youngsters and injured six others, including a child who was listed in critical condition Tuesday night.
Cassidy Stehn, 9, of Northwood and Hana Riedinger, 12, of Kensett died in the crash, according to the Iowa State Patrol.
Four other youngsters and the driver of the minivan in which the girls were riding suffered injuries.
Lt. Dan Schaefer, district commander of the Iowa State Patrol, said the girls were passengers in a minivan driven by Nicole Streets, 22, of Northwood. Streets was taking the girls to a canoe outing at Clear Lake. The van is owned by Worth County Conservation.
According to the report, Streets was southbound on Wheelerwood Avenue, failed to stop at a stop sign at Highway 9 and was struck broadside by a semi traveling eastbound on Highway 9. The semi was driven by Steven Brodersen, 59, of Manly, who was treated at the scene.
The other passengers injured, all from Northwood:
• Destiny Bruce, 10, who was treated at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and transported to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., where she was listed in critical condition.
• Maeghan Petznick, 10, who was hospitalized at Mercy in fair condition.
• Hailey Schaefer, 11, also hospitalized at Mercy in fair condition.
• Jaela Parks, 10, who was treated at Mercy and released.
• Streets was treated at Mercy and released.
All parties were wearing seat belts.
Northwood Mayor Randy Severson has declared that flags be flown at half-mast in Northwood today in tribute to the girls who were killed.
– Forest City Summit reporter Sam Jefson and Globe Gazette reporters Mary Pieper and John Skipper contributed to this report.
Ugh, Facebook wants to know whats on my mind…. Hug your kids tight, read that extra story, tuck them in one more time and tell them you love them… You never know when your life can be turned upside down and a loved one can be called to heaven. My love and prayers go out to all affected by the accident today. I will miss you little Cassidy Stehn