Dear Tim and your family:
Leah's passing must be an incredibly painful time for you all. I can't stop thinking about her. I am praying for you and I am very thankful to have known Leah and her brother Paul. Leah and I were second cousins in the Casper family. Since Leah and her brother Paul lived only about ten miles or so from the farm where my sister Dorothy Casper Vetrone and I lived, we often visited at their home when we were all young children in the 1930's. (I'm three years older than Leah.) My father George Casper filled in doing the farming at the Casper-Dutenhaver farm for about a year after the untimely death of Leah's father, John Dutenhaver when Leah was about four or five years old. That tragedy did give us four cousins the opportunity to have more time together.
After my sister and I moved to Canton, Ohio, we cousins mostly saw each other at family reunions. Then we went our separate ways in life, until only a few years ago my sister and I re-established a relationship with Leah and Tim. Leah and my sister Dorothy (May she rest in peace) became the most important people in my life along with my children and grandchildren. I'm very happy that many of you had a wonderful cruise trip together with Leah only a short time ago.
My heart goes out to you all for the loss of a wonderful woman.