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April 3, 2014

Saying goodbye to a new friend

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The “Quirky Country Twins” Velma and Thelma, aka Kathy Lindberg and John Santello, paid us a visit on March 27 and regaled us with a commentary on their red-neck southern kin, along with projected photos. It was very funny. Part of what made us laugh was seeing John in drag.

The saddest event that I have to report is that Janet Gorman passed away. Janet and I met occasionally in the super market and exchanged pleasantries. But I didn’t get to know her until I moved into The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home. Before I moved in I asked her how she liked living here and she said, “What’s not to like?” That was her attitude. Janet was 97 and she lived her life with determination, kindness and joy. The average life span for a woman is 81.1 years, so Janet beat the odds when she died March 30, here in her home surrounded by her loving family. The custom here is when someone moves in, one of the established residents is asked to show the new person around and help her/him become familiar with everything and everybody. Janet was my “assigned buddy” and we became fast friends. We played “Kings in the Corner” most mornings after breakfast. That’s an old card game that I taught her. But she really liked to play bridge and played every Tuesday at the Clark Sport Center right up to a few weeks before she died. She liked to talk about her children and grandchildren, of whom she was very proud. She told me how she met her beloved husband, Flash. Janet was in the military as was Flash and one day she saw this handsome man swimming in the ocean, surrounded by a bevy of beauties, and Janet said, “That’s for me” and Flash never had a chance. She said everyone loved Flash. Well, everyone loved Janet and her passing leaves a great void here and in my life.

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