We also have the military connection as John was a military pilot and one of my daughters was too.Arlene often stopped by my house to chat about crochet, Home Owners Association, local wildlife, local plants (all new to me), dogs, cats, and our families. When we'd go to restaurants, she knew the waiters and waitresses and she had a way of making everyone feel special and important.I am sorry for your loss, and please know there are people thinking of you at this time. Scoutmaster - Troop 101) How can you say that someone you have never met is a friend? Email conversations about journalism; suggestions for a granddaughter who was going into that field; conversations about my wonderful employer, and John's generous donations of books and various items to a benefit close to my heart. Sad I didn't get to meet you John, but regardless of that you have touched my life and the lives of my children. Helped build the kids jungle gym and walked many miles around the neighborhood with me. His children and grandchildren are a testimony to his love for family. I remember meeting Arlene for the first time when our family moved to Brett Court in 1994. All these years they have been the best grandparents to our girls who lost all of their grandparents at an early age.Reading John's commentary some Sundays was a breath of fresh air, and I would occasionally contact him about them. Arlene is a wonderful example of living a life of service to others. I will miss my big sister because she was my "tree of knowledge".John and Family, Through the years Arlene became a close friend of Diane and myself, not to mention the dogs they absolutely loved her.
I remember running into him almost every thime I went to the UI Library. I stayed at their home once when I came into town after my parents died. They were both wonderful to my dad when he was recuperating from cancer surgery (at age 86). Recently, I attended "Mindfulness for Teachers Training" with Mindy, Although mindfulness was something that Mindy was already using regularly with her students, she joined the class to learn more. Being in class with Mindy, and being in her classroom, it was so clear that Mindy embraced each and every one of her students fully and completely and threw every fiber of her being into teaching them how to read, write, work with numbers, and to be a good person to yourself and others. I remember him being serious and quiet but I heard so many sweet stories about him from Shannon that I know he was much loved and a caring influence in the many lives that he touched. Much Love, Ashley Dear Marshky family- We were so sorry to hear of Steve's death; we remember him fondly from the days in the Arbours, Boy Scout Troop 101, and the trek at Philmont. He stood far enough back as an Editor that he was good to work for, and he was fun during our irregular Friday night poker games.
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Marliss was our neighbor in the 1950's and was our family babysitter. Bill was one of his favorite people at the CE Department. I learned so much from her that I used throughout my working career. She arranged the students' chairs in the classroom in the shape of an airplane, gave her students paper "passports," and she and her Kindergartners traveled the world that year. During our mindfulness training, Mindy was kind enough to let us meet in her classroom. The Day family ( Mike, Joyce, Mark, Erin, & Ellen) John hired me at The News-Gazette in 1985; concrete actions like that matter more than lots of gestures and sentiments and so on.
My father, Chester Siess, shared an office with Bill after he retired. I still tell people she was the best boss I ever had. We have received a memorial donation in her name and our sincere condolences go out to her family. I was also lucky enough to be in the same building when Mindy started teaching.