“For Everything There is a Season: Getting to Know Us…”

Today, we would like to tell you about Cindy Lewis.  Cindy is our newest employee and she has proven to be an excellent choice.

Cindy retired from First Option Bank in March and discovered she missed being around people and wasn’t ready to give that up.  Lucky for us, because she is just the person we needed to help at our Osawatomie funeral home.  She works part-time answering the phone and greeting visitors.  She also assists with visitations and funerals.  People like seeing a familiar face and a friendly person when they come to the funeral home.  That describes Cindy!

Cindy grew up in Osawatomie and resumed working in Osawatomie 16 years ago after working in Paola for many years.  She reconnected with old friends and made new friends.  That was not hard for her to do.  She is a very outgoing person.  In her free time, she enjoys taking day trips and going to the movies with friends.  She also enjoys flower gardening, reading and photography.

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“For Everything There is a Season: Holiday Blues…”

We are in the midst of a holiday season full of celebrations, laughter and family fun.  Isn’t that what the holiday season is all about?  The reality is that there are those who weep while the rest of the world celebrates.

They are in pain because they have lost someone close to them and they dread Christmas without them.  And there are others who for one reason or another have neither family nor friends that are close by with whom to share this holiday season.  This is a hard time to be alone.

People need people all year long but especially during the holiday season.  To make this truly a season of joy and to reflect the true meaning of Christmas, perhaps you could take time out of this busy season to reach out to someone who needs some human compassion.  Even a telephone call could make a difference.  While you are bringing joy to someone else, you might be surprised at how much joy it brings to you.

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“For Everything There is a Season: Getting to Know Us…”

Today, we would like to tell you about Fred Scherman.  Fred is an employee best described as a “Jack of all trades”.  He is based at our Paola funeral home, but he is “on call” at all three funeral homes.  Fred is a part-time employee who has been employed six years.

When something needs fixing, we call Fred.  He is a carpenter.  Fred also takes care of the lawn at the Paola funeral home.  If any of the funeral homes need a driver for a funeral, Fred is the man.  If an extra person is needed to work a funeral, Fred can do it.  If a person is needed to do an out of town removal, Fred’s capable.  We appreciate his versatility.

Fred has lived in Paola his entire life.  He and his wife, Katie have two children.  He is involved with the neighborhood watch in Paola and helps at his church, Holy Trinity.  In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, fishing, going to auctions and taking day trips with Katie.

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“For Everything There is a Season: Managing the Holidays…”

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years can be both joyful and stressful for anyone.  But, for someone who has recently experienced a death of a loved one, the holidays can be especially stressful.  But the holidays will come whether anyone wants them to or not.  It is best to be prepared.

Take care of yourself.  Make sure you get enough sleep and don’t skip meals.  This isn’t the time to stress yourself out preparing for a holiday.  Do only what you feel you can handle.  If you feel comfortable participating in your regular holiday traditions, do it.  If you feel like you need to do something different, don’t be afraid to change some of those traditions.  Ask someone else to fix Christmas dinner if you don’t feel up to it.  Your family will understand, and it might be fun to mix things up a little bit.

No, holidays will never be quite the same but in time they will be good again, different but good.

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“For Everything There is a Season: Getting to Know Us…”

Today we would like to tell you about Karen Williams, a member of our support staff.  She has worked part-time since last November, helping with funeral services and in the office.  We are blessed to have Karen, a Louisburg resident of 60 years.  She has a personal relationship with many of our families and is able to provide support to them during their loss.

Karen worked for her dad, Ray Long, owner of the Louisburg Gas Co. after graduation.  For 17 years she worked for the Louisburg school district as a cook, retiring in 2005.  She developed many friendships with the kids she served.  Now she enjoys seeing them grown up with their own families.

She and her husband, Richard, have been married for 47 years and have two sons, Dennis and Jeff.  They enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren and with family and friends.  She is a cancer survivor of 13 years and feels each day is a blessing.

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“For Everything There is a Season: A Treasured Gift…”

Sometimes a gift that costs only your time is the most treasured gift of all.  This Christmas, if you want to give something special to your family, you might consider recording your personal history.  After you get started the memories will come flooding back.  If the method of recording your history is a problem, hint that you would like a good voice recorder for Christmas.

Just imagine how delighted your children and grandchildren would be to know what it was like for you “back then”.  Recall memorable events, large and small, Christmas, school, family, work, get-togethers, mishaps and misfortunes, struggles, what made your family laugh, and your wedding.  The possibilities are endless.

When we are with a family making funeral arrangements, we hear some of the most delightful stories from families recalling the life of their loved one.  It would be so sad if those stories were lost forever.

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“For Everything There is a Season: Happy Thanksgiving…”

This holiday is uniquely American.  And, as our founders did, it is a day to thank God for all our blessings.  Yes, we do live in troubling times but on this holiday maybe we should set our worries aside and let our leaders do the heavy lifting while we concentrate on family, friends and food.

When you think about it, it is the little things in life woven together that makes life worth living and in America it is easy to take those little things for granted.  In some countries people die fighting for those little things.  Life isn’t always fair, but what we all have in this great country, is opportunity.

On Thanksgiving when the family gathers around the table, say a prayer thanking God for the good things in your life.  Then bring on the food along with the stories and the laughter and the joking and the teasing.  After dinner, the belts will loosen, and the games begin.  Memories created!

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