Normally, thank you letters are not published in the Lake Mills Graphic—they are considered ads. However, I am making an exception in this case—one privilege of being the “boss.”
Our family is humbled by the overwhelming love, support and concern after the unexpected loss of our beloved husband, father and son, Terry Gasper. So many people have stopped by the Graphic office offering their condolences, many who were at a loss for words, but wanted us to know that “anything you need, just let me know.” I have lost track of how many times I have heard these words.
Terry would be flabbergasted by how many people will truly miss him in their lives. I’m sure he had no idea what he meant to this community.
Myself, I am truly thankful for the many hugs received and shoulders to cry on this past week. We have not had to even worry about what to cook for a meal, because of the generosity of neighbors and friends.
This loss to our family truly leaves a deep void—Terry and I were not only husband and wife, but co-workers, and friends; he was an only child, and the hardest phone call I have ever had to make was calling Grandpa Joe to tell him of Terry’s passing; Lambeau is also lost and not quite sure why “daddy” has not returned home to take him for their daily walks, and runs out to the lake. We are a small and close knit family, and such a loss, cuts deep.
Without all the support and kindness shown to us this past week, I do not know how we would have survived. As much as we would have liked to curl up in bed with the covers over our heads and shut out the world for a long while, our friends have been there, from near and far, to keep us on our feet and moving ahead.
The newspaper community has also been so supportive, with offers of assistance from several newspapers—which is why there WAS a Graphic last week (and I know there were a few who did not expect to see one in their mailbox).
We will carry on and do our best to keep the Lake Mills Graphic going, but please, bear with us, as Terry is a tough act to follow and leaves big shoes to fill.
Again, our family is speechless, and truly, truly humbled by all the kindness shown to us.
& Grandpa Joe