On Thursday, June 26th many relatives and friends celebrated the life and memories of Patty Thier, age 52. Patty spent her whole life in this area after marriage to Pat Thier in 1982. She worked in the floral industry, was a day care provider, postal carrier and EMT for 18 years. She and Pat are the parents of four children, Nikki, Krissi, Courtney, and Tony. She was a devoted grandmother to five grandchildren. Patty fought a good fight with the evil disease of cancer and she never gave up hope! She finally won, and now has a new body and is in the arms of her Lord and Savior. Patty planned her own funeral, assisted by two close friends. Her urnbearers were dear friends of many years and her honorary bearers were long time neighbor children who were always welcome in her home! She carried the Daily Globe for many years. She was a member of the EMT’s for 18 years - not because she had too - but because she wanted to help people in all kinds of circumstances. She was a mail carrier for many years serving her customers, in all kinds of weather.
Patty endured a year with her cancer fight and Pat was her constant caregiver. Help was given to the couple without asking. Who can forget a swarm of friends painting their home a cheerful red one evening when they were in Rochester? Patty’s flower arranging was breathtaking! Patty learned to lean on God and He was a great comfort to her and her family. This writer heard the miracle of the butterflies and tears started to flow. Two times, the day of her funeral, the “scanner” went off announcing the following ; “Last page for Patty Thier - Patty dedicated 18 years of service to the Adrian Ambulance, and she has our respect, gratitude and everlasting thanks. Patty’s statis has changed to 10-7 back to Heaven.” What a loving tribute to Patty and her family! Even the funeral meal of spaghetti with meat sauce, crisp lettuce salad and garlic bread was planned by Patty. There were about 275 served and then the leftovers were given to Pat first, but then a large amount was sent to Sioux Falls to the St. Francis House to serve their guests on Friday noon! The Luettel “clan” delivered that good food after the St. Adrian kitchen crew were done working. The two group of ladies worked so well together so everything was done by 2:00 p.m.! We will miss Patty, but how good to know she is pain free and with her Lord!
This next article should have been in last week’s column but I misplaced my notes! Anyway the Adrian Catholic Daughter (CDA) put on their annual summer picnic for the clients and employees of Nobles County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) in Worthington on June 17th at noon. Grilled pork burgers, beans, salads and dessert was furnished by the CDA ladies. There were about 67 clients, 20 employees and perhaps a dozen CDA members. Our great director Bob doesn’t tell the clients ahead of the day because they keep “pestering” their teachers “when are the ladies coming”? Thank you Catholic Daughters for your great works of charity!
Two bucks a meal is set for Thursday, July 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the Senior Dining Center. Peg and John Faber have graciously stepped up to pick up the tab! Be sure to call the Center at 483-2313 to reserve a spot. Remember July 10th.
Sunday, June 29th was Priest Appreciation Day! After the 10:30 Mass a pot luck dinner was held in the church basement. (CCW, CDA and KC’s) grilled the meat and buns and drinks were provided. Lots of salads and desserts were brought in by the parishners. It was been joy and privilege to have Father Beerman as our four cluster Priest!
Kay Cox was thrilled to have grandson John Cox and his wife Sadie stop and visit on Sunday! Both John and Sadie are doctors in the pediatrics section of the large Milwaukee Hospital. They live not far from the hospital and now have acquired or adopted a six month old puppy called “Rex”! John wanted “Rex” to meet his great grandmother! I’m not so sure I approve of that title!
Gleaned from the 6-26-14 issue of the Argus Leader: Former University of South Dakota standout Trevor Gruis of Ellsworth, MN, has signed to play with Jamiland, a Swedish basketball premier team. Gruis, a 6’ 10” center wrapped by his career as a South Dakota Coyotes with 1340 points, 767 rebounds and 112 blocks!
Shauna Tweet hosted a special party for Alice Hokeness for her birthday. About 35 guests enjoyed the special get-to-gether on Tuesday, June 17th. Good food, laughter, fun and lots of chatter was enjoyed by all!
Alice went to a party and she wasn’t late!
Then she danced at her party because she is now 98!
Alice had a great time!
Some of the Cox “kids” and their children enjoyed the weekend at Gull Lake near Brainard at the Taylor Condo. Lots of sun, swimming and eating took up the weekend. Those making the trip were hosts Mary and Mark Taylor and family; Mark and Lis Cox and Kevin; Ann Hoemberg and family and Al and Cindy Cox and most of their family.
Many thanks to the following people who helped me in so many ways! Darla Parsley, Karen Rye, Tammy Schoel (for the butterfly story) Etta for strawberries, Gen Kiefer, Eileen Hokeness, Joyce Gengler, Mary Wagner, Sylvester Vortherms, Carol Tweet, Jamie LeBrun, Lorraine Jones, and always good friend Joyce Broesder. We have a wonderful community and I thank God that He put me here!
Corn is knee high by 4th of July! I’m so happy for those folks who have a good crop (so far) and so sad for those who got hail and too much rain!
Many many Thier family members were in attendance at Patty’s Thier’s funeral. Must mention Ashley (Cox) Gosch who drove alone from Mobridge area Wednesday evening to attend the wake service and the funeral and left again after the burial for the long trip back about six or seven hours! Great grandparents, Isabele and Cryil Thier would be so proud of her and the hundreds of other family members who are so loyal to each other.
Attention all Readers - The American Red Cross will be in Adrian on Wednesday, July 9th from 1 to 7:00 p.m. at the Adrian High School. and at the Lismore American Legion, Tuesday, July 8th from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment call Cindy at 483-2794. Walk-ins are welcome! Please donate your precious blood. There is a shortage this summer.