Lost and Found: Injured woman loses the ashes of her brother
By Rose Panieri firstname.lastname@example.org May 6, 2013 8:12PM
Doran Kuhn of Joliet found a set of keys someone hanged on a fence between North Center and Cora streets. There is a plastic heart charm from St. Paul Apostle Church in Joliet, on the key ring. | Rose Panieri~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 8, 2013 6:08AM
It takes a mere catastrophic second to change one’s life completely. I was 29 years old, sailing along on the back of my horse. One second, I was taking on a 3-foot jump. The next, I was on the ground, my leg crushed. One second.
Linda K. Stone of Shorewood knows what it’s like. She has also been injured — physically and emotionally. Her nightmare began April 25 near Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. One second she was strolling along contentedly, the next instant, she found herself on the ground — dazed, injured and bleeding.
“I hit the pavement — hard — face first,” she said. “My nose was pouring blood, and there seemed to be dozens of places scraped raw and bleeding.”
Though she was injured quite seriously enough for an extended visit to the emergency room, she went home instead.
“I figured it was more important to put an ice pack on my face than to sit in the ER for a couple of hours,” she said.
Soon, her physical pain grew tolerable, and she realized she would heal in due time. That’s when the other kind of hurt — the deeper pain of emotional turmoil — struck.
“When I’m scared or worried, I tend to hold the charms on the necklace I always wear,” she said. “I went to touch my necklace, and it wasn’t there. It dawned on me that it must have broken when I fell.”
The necklace in question is an 18-inch, “heavier” gold chain with three gold charms. It is not losing the gold that upsets Stone; it’s the loss of her brother’s ashes.
“One pendant is shaped like a teardrop and it holds my brother’s ashes, ” she said, stifling tears. “... We were close.”
Her brother, David White, passed away five years ago, at age 57. Since then, Stone has carried a portion of his ashes in the pendant around her neck, close to her heart. Now, the last remnant of her brother has vanished, and her physical pain — though raw — pales next to the spiritual pain of loss.
In addition to the teardrop-shaped charm, there are two others: A cross with three green stones and a “Lady Liberty” dime, on the gold chain. Please give me a call if you’ve found it.
Yes, gold is valuable, and a great many of us are hurting financially. My intuition, however, tells me that one very decent individual happened to find Stone’s necklace. My guess is this person will give me a call, now that he or she knows to whom it belongs.
An invisible angel
Marge Geib sent me a note several weeks ago in acknowledgement of an “invisible angel” who performed a kindly deed for her granddaughter, Jessica.
“My granddaughter recently received a much needed child support check from her ex’s tax return,” Geib wrote. “She is away at college so her mother was taking the check to the bank to be deposited, but she lost it.”
If you’ve ever lost a check, you understand the bureaucratic nightmares involved. And, and indeed, phone call after phone call netted only frustration. Then, a mini-miracle happened.
“Several days later a hand-addressed envelope arrived with the ‘lost’ check enclosed,” Geib said. “There was no note or any type of identification with the check.”
The kind act of a stranger saved a family considerable pain. To that anonymous Good Samaritan who took time to perform a kindness, Geib and her family send you an invisible hug.
Keys on fence
Doran Kuhn of Joliet found a set of keys someone hanged on a fence between North Center and Cora streets. There is a plastic heart charm from St. Paul Apostle Church in Joliet, on the key ring.
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