March 26, 2002
It is always difficult to write a thank you letter that properly expresses the amount of gratitude that one would like. It is our sincere wish that this letter will accomplish this and that all who read it will know how profoundly appreciative we are for all of the support and comfort that so many in the valley showed our family during our time of great loss.
It is our hope that we will be able to thank everyone personally who reached out to us during this time, but until then, we ask that you accept this letter with our deepest gratitude.
The outpouring of the community was tremendous, a beautiful tribute to Jim and to our family. Your support picked us up and carried us through the darkest moments and continues to sustain us during this time.
Many of you brought food and sent flowers. You spent time with us and offered your help in so many different ways. The cards you sent were full of words that touched our hearts and will forever help us celebrate the life of a wonderful and kind man. His spirit was reflected in these generous acts of kindness.
Thank you to the Carbondale Fire Department who responded so quickly. It was such a comfort to know that Jim was surrounded by people from his own community who spoke to him and cared for him in such a nurturing manner. Thank you for giving us the time to talk to him and to hold his hand.
Thank you to Valley View Hospital and their staff for working so valiantly and being considerate of our needs.
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Thank you to the Rev. Nina Stasser, rector of St. Barnabas. You came to our side immediately and offered the right words at the right time. Your soft, confident manner eased our minds and helped us to try to understand.
Thank you to Mason and Morse, who gave our family support in so many ways. You took care of many of the logistics and allowed us to spend the time we needed as a family.
Thank you to those of you who contributed to the memorial fund for the Carbondale Senior Housing.
Thank you all for loving Jim and sharing your love of him with us. We were profoundly moved by the outpouring of support and will remain eternally grateful.
Colleen Rominger; Lincoln, Renee, Annelise and Linnea Sherman; Bill, Lori and Levi Gavette; Jim, Ann, Emily and Callie Rominger