2022 December 26 St Thomas News

Many of you have already heard that I experienced a stroke on December 2nd while at our home. Thank you for all the prayers and reaching out in support. I am still my witty self and can communicate just fine but my left arm and left leg do not want to cooperate so well. As I adapt to this change, I must focus on my recovery and rehabilitation.

We have an amazing community of helpers! Many thanks to the Henderson Fire and Rescue, Le Sueur Ridgeview Ambulance, Mayo Hospital-New Prague, Mayo Hospital-Mankato and Courage Kenny Rehab. Within a few minutes of the phone call to 911, we had two first responders at our door. It brought comfort in a crisis when I heard “Hi Loni, I’m coming in” followed by familiar faces. I am convinced that the care and treatment I received at Mayo and Courage Kenny set a good foundation for my recovery. They have taken really good care of me! Thank you to my wonderful family. I love you all so much...especially Tom, who has been with me since the beginning.

My grandma, Alice Burns, began writing the St. Thomas News in 1906. My aunt, Mary Grace O’Brien took over to wrote it for the next 50 years and I have had the privilege of writing it since 2005. That’s 116 years! What a good run! None of us could have done it without our St. Thomas community members both near and far. We thrive by being connected to St. Thomas one way or another. We are really blessed! Thank you for sharing your lives with us...all your sad news and happy news, so we could share them with our community members!

Always remember…

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

I am putting down my pen and turning off my computer but his is not good-bye...It is See You Later!