Friday, January 18, 2008

Classmates in serious auto accident

A note from Sylvia: "Mary Jane and Dwayne Z. were in a car accident (1/11) not too far from their home. Apparently, someone ran a stop sign at a country intersection. Dwayne was thrown out of the car. Mary Jane was able to get herself out. Dwayne suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and brain swelling and bleeding. Mary Jane had broken ribs and bad bruising from the seatbelt, but thank goodness, it probably saved her life.

Mary Jane wasn't hospitalized, is recuperating from her injuries at home. Dwayne has been in ICU, but will be released from there to a regular room, and then will be at VanMatre Rehab where they have excellent physical and occupational care. . . It will be a day at a time for awhile. MJ said their son came over tonight to feed the sheep and do the other chores."

Keep them in your prayers, classmates. They had their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in Leaf River in November.

Dwayne and Mary Jane Z.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Christmas memories

Our classmate Lynne blessed all of northern Illinois (and a few beyond the borders) with a letter to the Rockford Register Star in response to "Time to build new Christmas memories," Opinions, Dec. 10.
    "I, too, have wonderful memories of a mother who took three small girls to Chicago on the train to visit Marshall Field's at Christmas time (we went twice a year, but always at Christmas time).

    Each of us got to pick out a special ornament, have lunch, marvel at that huge Christmas tree and then go to the art museum for the balance of the day, as our mother was a commercial artist and a frustrated watercolorist.

    Our mother is gone now, and we seldom get to Chicago anymore as we are all over 60. But the carefully selected ornaments and the special outings to Field's with our mother are among our fondest fireside memories.

    Thank you for stirring the embers on some of our fondest memories--and my wishes for a very Merry Christmas."
And thank you, Lynne. I'm sure there were a lot of misty eyes as the readers recalled their special times.