Everyone’s life is changing

This pandemic has changed all of our lives and will probably continue to do that as we are being given time to focus on our past and think about a more positive future during this quarantine.

In a way, I am thankful for lots of things during this time. I’m extremely grateful that my siblings (Ron Moody, Bev Brumbaugh and Brenda Norton) and I decided to get together to be with just ourselves one afternoon recently before COVID-19; and that I took Jamie to the barbershop to get his hair cut and beard shaved before all of the closings. And, while there, and because no one else was in line, I asked the barber, Bo Hiatt, to cut my hair and she did. Do you think maybe I had a premonition because I’ve never had a barber cut my hair before. (Bo’s great).

Even though we miss them dearly, I am so thankful that Dad and Mom didn’t have to live through this pandemic, especially when the nursing home they were in has been hit with several cases of it.

We especially have been sorry to hear about all of the deaths that have been taking place because of this virus.

Gail “Jim” Christman reached out to the newspaper the other day to talk about his mother, Nancy Hofacker, who died recently as a result of Coronavirus.

He said she contracted it after she entered the facility about a month ago for physical therapy after she kept falling at the age of 81.

“There is no funeral yet,” he said. “They were going to cremate her.”

Christman said his mother was diagnosed about a week and a half ago.

“It hit her quickly,” he said. “At first, they thought she would bounce out of it. It was scary for me. It was almost like a nightmare that came to life.”

He said her preacher, Jim Morehouse at East Main Church of Christ in Greenville, will probably hold a memorial later.

“I asked him if I could sing a song there,” Christman said. “It’s ‘How Can I help You Say Goodbye’.”

Christman is her only child and he is missing her.

Yes, a lot of families are having to forego funeral services and that’s a shame but it’s necessary for us to survive.

Thanks to my son, I still have my sanity, I’m thinking. He has had this message from day one: “Keep the faith, we’re going to be okay. Matter of fact, we’re going to be more than okay. We are going to be stronger for it and more appreciative of everything once we get our life back.”

May God bless us all.

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Jamie and I extend our condolences to the family and friends of Charles “Peewee” McEldowney, Lynn Lathrop, Fred Canan, Carl “Tuffy” Humerick, Carl Moorman, Ronald Coates, Joe Mamazza Jr., Leroy Murphy, Mary Bullard, Marilyn Simons, Bernard Liebrecht, Fred Smith and Joan Williams.

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Please pray for: Randy Heck, Gabriel Gilbert, Rick Clear, Shirley McEdowney Billenstein, Brenda Glunt, Gary Henderson, Phyllis Mong, Chuck Edwards, Keith Foutz, Linda Mikesell-Schatz, Jeromy Burke, Kenny Edwards, Margaret Rhoades, Todd Thwaits, Melissa Riffell Mansfield, Holly Best Irelan, Mike McCord, Al Hurley, Jerry Miller, Norman Lyme, Mary Lane, Wayne Neal, Judy Francis, Terri Hunt, Darcy Buckingham, Cheryl Leugers, Jim Loy, Aaron McNutt, Slug Midlam, Gene Rieman, Jerri Dispennette, Floyd Sandifar, Jim Thiebeau, Mike Lyme (of Ansonia), Dallas Maier, Lyle Cochran, Jeff Miller, Don Moyers, Shirley Miller, classmate Jim Hunt, Kenny Brewer, Lindsey Purnhagen, Albert Duncan, Larry Arnett, Vanna Hannam, Cynthia Downey, Greg Comer, Frank Fullenkamp, Cheri Antrobus Davis, Haskel Howard, Guadalupe Self, Paul Brubaker, Lila Pinney, Randy Hammaker, Kelly Van De Grift, Merlin “Bus” Booker, Danny Brown, Neal Gray, Jack Hale, Jessi Klosterman, Marilyn Peterson, Dakota Miller, Jack and Carol Good, Mary Ullery, Martha Higgins, Scott Clark, Duke Temple, Paulette (Swab) Shields, Neil Isch, Phyllis Turner, Kerry Young, Dale Clark, Judi Peters, Linda Birt Schaffer, Herbert Bayman, Adam Ullery, Vicky Henderson, Don Hittle, Roger McEowen, Becky Garrett-Ross, Crew Neaves, Jackson Stout, Katie Rehmert, Alayna Marie Brantley, Dawn Oldiges, Don Booker, Tracy Pratt, Jim Marker, Mason Osterloh, Kyndal Wynk, Ron Kreitzer, Stacy Dorko, Keith Starks, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Al Bliss, Layna Best, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Shelly Hoffman, Pappy Harshman, Bob Hiestand Jr., Tina Kiser Deaton, Lois Hittle, Kevin Hemmerich, Samantha Smith and Ron Kramer.

And, pray for all of those affected by COVID 19 pandemic, including our medical people, EMTs, first responders, firefighters who are out there protecting the people and putting their lives in danger.

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Happy birthday:

April 16 to Todd Gasper, classmate Pat Barga, Joe Grillot, Carla Hummel, Andrea Brookbank Clark, Annie Sonner, Larry Grimes, Taylor Kress, Ken Mescher, Kimberly Warner-Hiegel and Tressa Emmins.

April 17 to Bob Christian, Joe VanVickle, Kyle Schlechty, Amber Schoen, Michael Buckmaster and Amy Hine.

April 18 to Derek Schmitz, Katrina WideneR, Jeanne Lyme, Delbert Fourman, Jerry Wilker, Dustin Wilker and Brian Harrod.

April 19 to Joe Wintrow, Denise Mayo Lee, Connie Keller, Dan Whittington, Renee Whittington and Debbie Reel.

April 20 to Patty Niese-Snyder, Michael Kerrigan, Taylor Meadows and Monica Gibbs Saintignon.

April 21 to Frank Barrow, Maggie Jenkins, Megan Ward, Paige Heck, Sue Grile and Amy Hanes.

April 22 to Marvin Peters, Scott Rudnick, Don DeMange, Greg Amspaugh, Dixie Gray, Alma Bruns, Scott Gibboney, Erick Burns and Andrea Baker Gray.

April 23 to Danny Batten, Andy Gates, Kim Foureman Freeman, Bill Burk, Kevin Collins, George Stammen, Dave Bullard, Ryan Benge, Donna Howdieshell, Ronnie Mayo, Candice Kendall and Bill Merz.

April 24 to Ron Greeson, Jeff Peters, Phyllis Turner, Starr Baltes Schmitmeyer, Carol Good, Shari Wappelhorst, Rick Bubeck, Donna Konicki, Cheryl Emmons and Angie Easterling Jones.

April 25 to Dennis “Beazer” Beasley, Makayla Waymire, Donn Thornhill, Ethan Reichert, Rich Black, Kent Wilcox, Debbie Hammontree, Emily Clark and Allen Blackburn.

April 26 to Ryan Stoltz, Russell Potter, Brad Boyter and Michael Kelly.

April 27 to Paul McCleskey, Kathy Bothast, Alex Niekamp, Deanna Moody, Richard E. Hole II, Stephanie Griliot, Mike Husted and Heather Wilkin.

April 28 to Johnn Christman, Tasha Mikesell and Darin Whittington.

April 29 to Nancy Adams, Kassie Frye, Karen Clack and Tammy Wilcox.

April 30 to Bernie May, Cindy Horsley, John Bennett, Dr. Beth Vehre, Mark Bevins, Kristen Cooper and Marietta Beane.

Happy anniversary to: Kelly and Crissy Moody and Lori and Mark Kimmel on April 16; Ron and Cindy Cox on April 19; Ron and Laura Turner on April 21; Jason and Kori Weiss, on April 24; and Betty and John Grimes (70) and Nathan and Tona Leeper, all on April 28.

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