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Hearts of Hope trees shine bright

Those beautiful crimson lights that decorate the Hearts of Hope trees outside the west side of St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart shine brightly this holiday season.

They are funded by donations for cardiac research. Each light represents a donation made in honor of, or in memory of, someone special.

Lights may be reserved in the name of a loved one for $5 each. Call Jane Powers at 947-6041. The lights will shine until February.

Do you have a sixth- to 12th-grade student who needs help with math or science homework? The Hoosier Homework Hotline is the answer to their problems.

Junior and senior students volunteering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will help them with their homework problems. The volunteers will not give the students the answers to the problems but will help the student to understand the questions so they can solve the problems themselves.

Call (877) 275-7673 or email www.AskRose.org.

A very special happy 90th birthday greeting to Mildred Kerhin. Mildred, who is now retired, was a longtime volunteer at the St. Mary Medical Center. She volunteered more than 5,000 hours. She was also a longtime volunteer with Meals on Wheels. She is an active member of Hobart Presbyterian Church where she also volunteers.

A party was held Dec. 22 at the church. The party was hosted by her three children: daughter Penny Livingstone of California and sons Thomas of Ohio and Michael of California. She has seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Dec. 22 is also the birthday of my late husband Lou and my late sister Ann Kish.

Two other special people are having birthdays this week. My son Richard’s 59th birthday is today. Yesterday was my wonderful sister-in-law Betty Bodnar’s birthday. I am not allowed to tell her age, but she and I are the same age.

Earlier this year columnist Carrol Vertrees had a stay at St. Mary Medical Center. He had high praise for the care he received there. Last week I also required their services. I wish to thank Hobart EMTs Chris and Justin, the staff at the Green Section of the hospital Emergency Department and the staff on second floor west.

Thank you for the wonderful care I received!

This year the St. Mary Medical Center published a book on its 50th anniversary. The Hobart Chamber of Commerce honored the hospital by making it the subject of its Christmas ornament, which is a collector’s item.

The book sells for $30. The ornament is $25, or you can purchase both for $35 in the hospital gift shop.

The year 2011 has been both a joyous and sad year for me. I began the year mourning the deaths of my two nephews who died the previous year, Dave Bartman of Merrillville and Edward Kish of Crown Point. In September, my brother Joe Bodnar of Crown Point died. He was the last of my seven siblings.

On the joyous side, I got two new great-grandchildren. Azure was born in March. She is the daughter of Nora and Justin Kuchta of Seattle, Wash. She has a big brother Jaeden. Her grandfather is my son Michael. Matthew Sikora was born in May. His parents are Liz and Getty Sikora. His big brother is Will. His grandparents are my son Richard and daughter-in-law Sandy. His other set of grandparents are Bill and Susan Sikora, all of Hobart. This gives me seven great-grandchildren!

I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. I enjoy hearing from you. My number is 942-7389.



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