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Family grateful for community support

Posted: June 22, 2011 - 8:37am

My daughters and I would like to thank everyone for all of your love and support we have received in the tragedy we experienced. The numerous expressions of concern through hugs, kind words, cards, food that was prepared, monetary support, cleaning our home, mowing our lawn-numerous ways that showed you cared. Ashley was honored by your presence at his funeral.

How do we begin to say thank you? We are humbled by your generosity and are grateful we live in a community that cares so deeply. Our hope is that when someone experiences loss, whether great or small, we are there to do our part and “pay it forward.” I pray that God blesses all of you in the role that you have played in our lives.

We honestly could not have done as well emotionally without you. Our heart goes to Katarina’s family. Please continue to remember them. Thank you.

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radiokenai 07/13/11 - 12:52 pm
Miranda Udelhoven

While your peers and friends are grateful for your thanks, I must say, there is so much more you need to know. Your loss has not gone in vain, many many people I personally know have replaced their Lifejackets with new, better fitting models...while others have reviewed their boat maintenance program and cold water emersion awareness.

Though your loss is tragic to say the least, there is honor, courage and respect for everyone involved during the fight to save their lives. Not too many people have survived emersion in Tustemena Lake. The survivors can tell their story to others on how they made it, and what it took to survive.

Their story, your story, will ultimately save more lives.

I personally know of one potential boating situation that has already been thwarted as a result of your loved ones lost.

You see Miranda, rather you realize it or not, you have already “Paid it Forward”.

Our prayers go out to all involved.


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