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Mason City, Iowa âœŚ Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Engaged Kellie McGrath

Angie and Sean Abid, of Henderson, Nevada, are the parents of a son,

and Brent Frein

Reed Jerard,

will be married on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at St. Ludmila Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

90th Birthday

born on Aug. 29, 2013 at 4 a.m. at St. Rose Siena Hospital.

50th Anniversary Jim Kirschbaum

Jerome N. Schlader of Rockford, will celebrate his 90th birthday at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Holy Name Church in Rockford.

and Janice (Nelson) Kirschbaum of Crystal Lake, were married Nov. 1, 1963, at St. James Catholic Church in Forest City, Iowa.

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ENGAGED Rydstrom, Atwood Tim and Claire Atwood of Marion are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Madison Atwood, to Ryan Ryd strom, son of Carman Rydstrom of Clear Lake. Madison graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 and is currently teaching math at Prairie Point Middle School. Ryan recently received his masters from University of Northern Iowa in Educational Leadership and is pleased to accept an Assistant Principal position at Prairie Point Middle School for the upcoming

+RZ7R6XEPLW<RXU,WHPV If you have an item to submit to this section, please stop by the Globe Gazette for a form Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at 300 North Washington, Mason City. Online submission is encouraged at, click on EXTRAS then Celebrations. To be printed in the Sunday’s Celebrations section and Online, items must be in the Globe Gazette office no later than 5 pm Monday prior to publication. We can’t take the information over the phone, and we ask that announcements be printed or typed. It would also be helpful if you include a daytime phone number in case there are any questions.

school year. The couple will exchange vows with family and friends on March 21, 2014, in Riviera Maya, with a Cedar Rapids reception next spring.


Engagements & Weddings: Standard announcement will be published free of charge without a photo. Custom wording and photos are an additional charge. (See chart below.) Anniversaries: At 25 years or more, we will publish the standard announcement free of charge. Anniversaries of less than 25 years can be published as a Day to Remember starting at $26.50. Custom wording & photos are an additional charge. (See chart below.)

McGrath, Frein KELLIE MCGRATH of Urbandale, Iowa, is the daughter of Janet and Joseph McGrath of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kellie graduated from Xavier High School and Upper Iowa University. She is a teacher with the Des Moines School District. BRENT FREIN of Urbandale, Iowa, is the son of Donna and Jim Frein of Clive, Iowa. Brent graduated from Mason City High School and Hawkeye Community College. He is employed with Food Marketing Services in Urbandale, Iowa. The couple will be married on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at St. Ludmila Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Birthdays, family events & special achievements will be published for $26.50. This includes a B&W 1 col. photo & up to 50 words. Larger photos and additional words may be purchased. Birthdays of 80 years or more will be published without a photo free of charge. Custom wording and photos are an additional charge.

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CLEAR LAKE — Jean Casey and Matt Berry were married on Sept. 17, 1983, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mason City. They have two children, Katie of Roseville, Minn., and Robert of Clear Lake. They celebrated at the Iowa-Minnesota game in Minneapolis on Sept. 28 followed by a family dinner.

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THANK YOU Thank You A special thank you to all of you who remembered us on our 40th anniversary. We so enjoyed looking at and reading all the lovely cards. A special thank you to Bob and Erin for being there to help these past few years. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all of you who made our day special. We feel truly blessed. — Gary and Mary Hanson

Pitkin, Fiddelke CLEAR LAKE — Ashley Pitkin and Joseph Fiddelke were united in marriage on June 1, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, by Pastor Derik Yarian. Ashley is the daughter of Ron and Pam Pitkin, and the granddaughter of Jerry and Laura Heitland, Galen and Cecelia Pitkin, and the late Marlys Pitkin, all of Clear Lake. Joseph is the son of Wesley and Keri Fiddelke of Clear Lake, and the grandson of Robert and Nadine Faust of Paullina, Iowa, and Wally and Karen Fiddelke, of Sheldon, Iowa. Maid of honor was Kristen Schwartz, sister of the bride. Ashley’s other attendants were Tara Randall, Chelsey Paulus, Samantha Hicok and Torrie Hansen. Best Man was Joshua Fiddelke, brother of the groom. Joseph’s other attendants were Matt Trees, Dustin Schwartz, Nick Genzler and Austin Pitkin. The flower girl was Jessa Heitland and the ring bearer was Ayden Genzler. Ushers were Nic Faust, Mike Faust, Eric Heitland and Chris Arians. Personal attendants were Amanda Watson and Julie Haugen. A reception and dance was held at the Ventura Community Center, Ventura, Iowa. Ashley is a graduate of Clear Lake High School and a graduate of Iowa State University, with a Bachelors of Science and Technology in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Sales Engineering. She is currently employed for Trane as a Sales Engineer. Joseph is a graduate of Clear Lake High School and a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing with a minor in Psychology. He is currently employed with Holland. The couple will be residing in the Dallas, Texas, area in December.

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Emma Kay Litterer

Angie and Sean Abid, of Henderson, Nevada, are the parents of a son, Reed Jerard, born on Aug. 29, 2013 at 4 a.m. at St. Rose Siena Hospital. He weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces and was 23 inches long. Reed is the new grandson of Dennis and Laura Campbell of Dougherty, Mary Anne Robertson of Henderson, Nevada, and Vera Campbell of Sheffield. Also welcoming Reed Jerard are big brother Alex Abid of Henderson, Nevada, Aunt April Campbell and Uncle Dan Christiansen of North Liberty and Uncle Andy, Aunt Danielle Campbell of Waukee, Aunt Lisa Siebert of Berlin, Germany, and Cousin Alina.

NORA S P R I N G S — Matt and Pam Litterer of Nora Springs, are the parents of a daughter, Emma Kay, born at 12:48 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Mercy Medical Center — North Iowa, Mason City. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces, and was 20¼ inches long. Emma Kay is welcomed by big brother JT. Grandparents are Russ and Mary Litterer of Rockford, and Bob and Pat Martin of Rockwell. Great-grandparents are Arnold and Yvonne Litterer of Marble Rock; Maxine Engels of Rockford, and Harold and Gloria Martin of Rockwell.

THANK YOU Thank You The family of Harry Barnd would like to express their thanks to everyone for the memorials, cards, food, and well wishes given in Harry’s memory. A special thanks to all of the staff at the Northwood, Iowa, Lutheran Retirement home for the wonderful care they gave Harry. It was gratefully appreciated. — Ruvella Barnd and families Frances Gaffney and families Roger Eagen and families

Thank You V.F.W. Post 733 and the Ladies Auxiliary would like to express our Thanks to

the people of North Iowa who contributed to our recent “Buddy Poppy” drive and the Mason City businesses that assisted by allowing the use of their premises. This year’s drive was a huge success and the largest in our history. All of these funds will stay here in North Iowa to help Veterans in need. A special recognition and Thank You to Mayor Bookmeyer, City Manager Brent Trout, City Council members and non V.F.W. people who assisted with the sale. Thank you all, — Charles Harris V.F.W. Post 733 Mason City, Iowa

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Kirschbaum, 50 years

Heinrichs, 45 years

CRYSTAL LAKE — Jim Kirschbaum and Janice (Nelson) Kirschbaum of Crystal Lake, Iowa, were married Nov. 1, 1963, at St. James Catholic Church in Forest City, Iowa. The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Woden Community Center in Woden, Iowa. The couple’s children and their spouses are Steve Kirschbaum, Smithville, Mo., Sara and Jeremiah Keller, Earlham, Iowa, Shari and David Garrison, Mason City, Iowa. They have three grandchildren, Cooper and Conner Garrison, and Ethan Keller.

MASON CITY — Maury Heinrichs and Meg Fitzgerald Heinrichs of Mason City, Iowa, were married Oct. 5, 1968, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mason City. The couple will celebrate their 45th anniversary with a family dinner. Cards can be sent to Maury and Meg at 920 N. Adams Ave., Mason City, IA 50401. The couple’s children and their spouses are Adam Heinrichs (Julie Meier) of Mason City, Nick and Meggan Heinrichs of Ankeny, Bradi and Wesley Theilen of Mason City. They have four grandchildren, Alex and Molly Theilen of Mason City, and Abby and Andrew Heinrichs of Ankeny.

Gabe Niles and Britany “Bell” Niles of Mason City, Iowa, were married Sept. 29, 2012, in East Park, Mason City, Iowa. They will celebrate their one year anniversary on Sept. 29. Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary! Love, your families!

THANK YOU Thank You The family of Floyd A. Johnson wishes to thank all of our family and friends for their calls, cards, visits, food, memorials and words of kindness. A special thank you to the staff at Mercy Hospital for their attention to Floyd and our family during his illness. His infectious laugh and love will last a lifetime in our hearts. — Norma Johnson, Mark Johnson, Kathy and John Hendricks, Karen and Dean Jurgens

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BIRTHDAYS Anna Corsello 16



Celebrating Retirement and Anniversary

Marlene Perrott 10/23/1938-09/29/2012

Bob and Sue Crooks will be celebrating Bob’s retirement and their 35th wedding anniversary with an open Love, house with family and friends on Oct. 5. Happy times — Mom and Dad They also celebrated in July with a two-week trip to when we were together Alaska and British Columbia. Bob has been employed at Hold memories Eaton’s Corp for 25 years and both are looking forward that will last forever to their passion for much more family time, traveling, Though absent gardening, photography, always improving upon the you are always near house, longer walks with Abbey, and most of all serving Still loved, still missed, the Lord. still very dear Bob and Sue (Bradley-Mead) were married Oct. 6, — Sandy, Sam, 1978, at the First Baptist Church in Charles City, Iowa. Samantha, and Jesse They are forever grateful the Lord blessed them with years of loving memories with their four children Sara Rawson (Mike), Eldora, Iowa, Bill Crooks (Molly), Mason City, Iowa, Jason Mead (Angela), Albert Lea, Minn., Niki Atherton (Dave), Naperville, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, and two, soon to be three, great-grandchildren; and the Duane Malek 1 Year many friends that have encouraged and prayed for them The Cancer took you far through the years. too soon. You said through it all you could survive a tornado but not the Cancer. God needed you to Solberg, 60 years help build mansion and so FLOYD — Ervin Solberg you went to help him. Until and Dorothy (King) Solwe meet again, we LOVE Jass, 50 years berg of Charles City, Iowa, YOU. GARNER — Alan Jass were married Sept. 27, Bev, Jason, Amy, and Margaret (Pringnitz) 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Jeremy, Jennifer, Mike Jass of Garner, Iowa, were Church in Osage, Iowa. Taylor, Logan, Katilyn, married Oct. 5, 1963, at The couple will celeMadison, Parker, Avery Liberty Methodist Church in Liberty Township, Iowa. brate their 60th anniversary with a family dinner The couple will celefrom 2-5 p.m. on Sept. 29 brate their 50th anniverat the Solberg residence in sary with a card shower. Cards and greetings can be Floyd, Iowa. Cards and greetings can sent to 1685 200th St., Thank You be sent to 2439 145th St., Garner, IA 50438. We would like to thank Floyd, IA 50435. No gifts, The couple’s children everyone that sent cards or and Jack Couillard of and their spouses are Steve please. made our day so special on Mason City, Janet of The couple’s children and (Nancy) Jass of Garner, Knoxville, Iowa, and Diane Sunday the 15th at and their spouses are Mark and (Beth) Jass of Grafton. Michael and Mary of Nora and Tom Houdek of Garner, and (Mike) and God Bless you, Charles City. They have Springs, Susan of SacraJanell Smith of Urbandale. — Harry and Lois five grandchildren and one mento, Calif., Tom and They also have six grandThompto great-grandchild. Pam of Mason City, Linda children.

Happy 16th Anna!


Jerome N. Schlader, 90 ROCKFORD — Jerome N. Schlader of Rockford, will celebrate his 90th birthday at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Holy Name Church in Rockford. He was born Oct. 7, 1923. Cards can be sent to Jerome at: 501 First Ave. S.W., Rockford, IA 50468. No gifts, please.

Dixie Christopherson, 80 MASON CITY — Dixie Christopherson of Mason City, will celebrate her 80th birthday with a card shower. Greetings can be sent to: 380 S. Yorktown Pike #34, Mason City, IA 50401. No gifts please. Dixie was born Sept. 26, 1933, in Mason City.

The family of Irene Kreimeyer wishes to celebrate her 80th birthday with a card shower. Irene was born Oct. 4, in Ackley, Iowa. Birthday greetings may be sent to her at: 2360 Vine Ave., Dougherty, IA 50433.



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Levendusky, 50th anniversary MITCHELL — Don and Phyllis (Beckner) Levendusky of Mitchell were married Sept. 29, 1963, at Faith Lutheran Church in Mitchell, Iowa. They have two sons, Tracy of Osage and Troy of Mitchell. Three grandchildren, Tate, Wade and Joy. They will celebrate with a family dinner.

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Simmer, 40 years CLEAR LAKE — Robert Simmer and Colleen Simmer (Thompson) of Clear Lake, Iowa, were married Sept. 29, 1973, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, Iowa. The couple will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. Cards can be sent to Robert and Colleen Simmer at 4 S. 17th St., Clear Lake, IA 50428. The couple’s children and their spouses are Jason Simmer, Waterloo, Iowa; Jennifer and Brett Rosene (Brooklyn, Bryce, Breckin), Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jessica and Erik Bergman (Elijah), Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have four grandchildren.

THANK YOU Ermer, 60 years ROCKWELL — Robert K. Ermer and Marilyn DeRock Ermer of Rockwell, Iowa, were married Sept. 26, 1953, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rockwell, Iowa. The couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. The couple has requested no gifts please. Cards can be sent to Robert and Marilyn Ermer at 921 First South, Rockwell, IA 50469. The couple’s children and their spouses are Greg and Debbie Ermer of Beetown, Wis.; Robert and Mary Ermer of Mason City, Iowa; JoAnn and Les Seltun of Mason City, Iowa; Janet and Joseph Nauman of Blaine, Minn.; Col. Dan and Krystal Ermer of Alexandria, Va.; Brian and Juli Ermer of Aberdeen, S.D. They have 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Thank You The family of Eleanor Low would like to thank our children, grandchildren, friends and family for all the prayers, visits and food during our mother’s life-death. Thanks to Pastor Converse, Church Circle, Osage Rehab and Brent Low for singing. — Ron and Lola Low Robert and Diane Low Charles and June Low


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Party & Event Planning

THANK YOU Thank You The “Help Lori Take a Bite out of Lyme” Planning Committee would like to thank everyone who attended and supported Lori Casey Bartz at her benefit held September 7. Thanks to your generosity, Lori can begin to effectively cover costs to allow her to treat her Chronic Lyme Disease that is not covered by health insurance. Thank you to the donors who donated items for the silent auction and sale, including Aesthetic Touch Day Spa, Jeff Allen, Ames One Hour Photo, Nancy Anderson, Anytime Fitness, Applebees, Beth Aschenbrenner, Astoria Photography, Backyard Deli, Debbie Balek, Mike and Karen Barkley, David Bemis, Bethlehem Lutheran Church Special Projects, Birdsalls, Scott and Lorraine Borcherding, Teresa Brandau, Breadeaux Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cabin Coffee, Jen Campbell, Carlos O’Kellys, Glen Carper, Mike Casey, Casey’s General Store, Cherry Berry, Cinema West, Claire’s, Christine Clark-Kingston, Georgia Clark, Cost Cutters, The Cupcake Store, Dames of Anarchy, Thessa Dawson, Mandi Despenas, Diamond Nails and Spa, Bruce Engleman, Eva Marie’s, Mike and Brianne Ewing, Jen Fahrmann, Family Video, Jenny Flatness, The Fox 103.7, Godfather’s Pizza, Serena Golwitzer, Graham Tire, Michelle Graham, Linda Grenz, Grunwald & Kiger, The Hair Center, Hair West, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Handt, Harley Davidson of Mason City, Kaci Harper, Health Country, Ed Heusmann, Holiday Inn Express of Mason City, The Hungry Mind, J Avenue Gift Shop, Anneli Haataja Janssens, Jimmy Johns, Jane Johannes, Louaine Jordahl, Katie’s Kuts, KIOW, Jodie Klatt, Joan Koehler, La James, Lake Coffee and Ice Cream, Lorados, Kim Mann, Marilyn’s Hallmark, Mason City Tire, MC Sports, Minnesota Vikings, Susanne Morgan, Mt. Valley Vineyard, Vince Murphy, North Iowa Bulls, North Iowa Golf, Northwestern Steakhouse, Oak Leaf Comics & Collectibles, The Other Place, Orange Possum, Beth Ott, Jeannie Patras, Jim Pearce, Perkins, Pete’s Kitchen, Photography by Michelle, Pizza Hut, Pizza

Ranch, Pretzelmaker, Pritchards (Fred Hoiberg’s Clarion Auto Center), Gary and Darla Pyle, Cate Rangel, Real Deals of Mason City, The Red Geranium, John Regan, Rhonda Regan, Rib Crib, Riddles, River City Tattoo, Robin’s Oasis Salon and Spa, LeAnn Rodriguez, Alyssa Rokoto, Ruby Tuesday, Shopko, Mark Skaar, Butch and Carolyn Smuck, Southside Furniture, St. John’s Catholic Church Sewing Circle of Clarion, St. John’s Lutheran Church of Osage, Stadheim Jewelers, Starboard Market, State Street Deli, Stebens Children’s Theater, Styling Lane Salon, Sun Tan City, Susan Jane Photography, Synergy Salon of Garner, Taco Tico, Team Effort of Clarion, Trisha Tegland, Three Eagles Communications, Marilyn Tyrrell, Trader Jack’s, Unique Repeats, Walmart, Walmart Vision Center, Wayne’s Ski and Sports, Whiskey Creek, White Sail Spa, X-Factor Direct, and any other anonymous donors or those who brought donations during the event. We would also like to thank Culligan, Dr. Pepper, Fareway, Hewett Wholesale, Hy-Vee East, Hy-Vee West, Kraft Foods, Martin Brothers, Pepsi, and Gary and Darla Pyle for contributing to the meal. Additionally, a big thank you to all of the fabulous home bakers who filled our bake sale with delicious goodies, to Bethlehem Lutheran Church for hosting the event, and to all the Bethlehem Lutheran members and all other volunteers and committee members who donated their time to work the event. A special thank you to Sandy Kline for helping coordinate workers among many other things, and to the Cerro Gordo Chapter of Thrivent Financial and the MOM Brands “MOM Cares” Foundation for their contributions. A big thanks to Adam Gabel and Bill Grant for providing live music. Last, but not least, thank you to Rua Arnold for designing the beautiful logo for Lori, and to Printing Services, Inc. for printing the t-shirts and pamphlets. The benefit was a huge success, and we couldn’t have done it without the help and support of each and every one of you. God bless you all. — The “Help Lori Take a Bite out of Lyme” Planning Committee

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Knudsen, Berding

Oakley, Myers

Klemp, Ruth

MASON CITY — Amy Knudsen and Ricky Berding were united in marriage on Sept. 7, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, Iowa, by Pastor Dan Gerrietts. Amy is the daughter of Anders and Cynthia Knudsen of Saint Ansgar. Amy’s grandparents are Charles and Beverly Morem of Austin, Minn., and Thomas and Elta Knudsen of St. Ansgar, Iowa. Ricky’s parents are Roger Berding and Sharon Crawford of Plymouth. Maids of honor were Andrea Knudsen and Mary Knudsen. Amy’s other attendants were Kelly Knudsen, Carrie Berding, Vanessa Arzberger, Nichole Halbach, and Abby Servantez. Best man was Chad Berding. Ricky’s other attendants were Jacob Paulsen, Jarrid Paulsen, Kory Ferden, Levi Hanson, Matthew Pace, and Dustin Servantez. The flower girls were Evelyn Berding and Brooke Berding. The ring bearers were Michael Edgar and Charlie Berding. Ushers were Brian McPhail, Tyler Nolte, Adam Stone, Billy Roll, and Karl Nelson. Soloists were Danielle Pace and Kimberly Edgar. The bride’s personal attendants

DES MOINES — Shannon Oakley and Alex Myers were united in marriage on May 19, 2013, at Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa, by Zac Henderson. Shannon is the daughter of Debbie Swanson of Rockford. Alex’s parents are Bob and Cindy Willemsen of Mason City. Maid of honor was Amber Johnson. Shannon’s other attendants were Kristi O’Brien, Rachel Field, Angie Garrett, Katie Avise, and Suzie Allen. Best man was Leif Anderson. Alex’s other attendants were Greg Myers, Jon May, and Manny Toribio. Shannon is employed by

TERESA (ROOD) KLEMP, of Sumner, Iowa, is the daughter of Judy and (late) Paul Rood of Mason City, Iowa. Teresa graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2002, and is employed by John Deere (TCAO) in Waterloo, Iowa. WILLIAM RUTH, of Sumner, Iowa, is the son of Geraldine (Geri) and Ralph (Hap) Ruth of Clarksville, Iowa. William is employed by John Deere (TCAO) in Waterloo, Iowa.

were Melissa Abbott and Krsiten Sherrard. A reception was held at Clarion Inn of Mason City and was hosted by Debbie and Jay Meacham, and Melissa Hultgren. Amy graduated from St. Ansgar High School, North Iowa Community College, and Buena Vista University. Amy is employed by North Iowa Community Credit Union of Mason City, Iowa. Ricky graduated from North Central High School. Ricky is employed by Berding Construction of Plymouth, Iowa. The couple will reside in Plymouth. Ricky and Amy would like to thank everyone who helped make our wedding day so special!

Square One Assessments, LLC of Des Moines, Iowa. Alex is employed by Real Asset Management of Des Moines, Iowa. The couple will reside in Des Moines, Iowa.


The couple will be married at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS DMACC President’s List DES MOINES — Austin Svejda, of Mason City, was named to the President’s List at Des Moines Area Community College for the summer semester. To be eligible, a student must earn a 4.0 grade point average.

Thank You Lawrence and I would like to thank everyone who has offered support during Lawrence’s recent hospital stay. Whether you were a staff member of HCMH, the Mercy Health Care System, if you stopped in, sent a card, made a phone call or simply took the time to include us in your prayers, it meant so much to us. It lifted our spirits when they needed to be lifted and gave us strength to get through those difficult times. The blessing of support from family and friends has been heart warming to say the least. — Lawrence and Shirley Smidt

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