Dear Ed, Traci, Alexis and Crew,
My heart is saddened by the death of your dear son and brother, Skyler. I last saw him and spoke with him at Discount Tire when he filled my tires with air. We reconnected and I was glad to have that short time speaking with Skyler. Pam Zeitse and I did a shared time teaching assignment in 3rd grade at Dutton Christian School. Skyler was a rather quiet child, but he was very friendly, respectful, and cooperative in class with us and with his fellow students. Pam and I both enjoyed Skyler and loved him. He had a double dose of love because he had two teachers. We were both astonished and saddened when we heard the news of his death. It hit us hard to hear that dear Skyler died at the young age of 27. Pam and I talked and we grieve together with you, Ed and Traci, and with Alexis and Crew. Our hearts also go out to you, Alexis, also our beloved student. And Crew, we mourn with you also, although I missed the opportunity to have you as a student. I retired before Mrs. Zeitse, so I’m not sure if you had her as a teacher.
I pray that God will surround your family with His love, with His mercy, with His grace and with His peace. My husband Ned and I got to know you, Ed, when you helped us with plumbing in our Cascade house. You also came to our rescue when our daughter, Anna, had a serious plumbing issue in her house on Brownell Street in Cutlerville. We were thankful for your diligence in coming to our rescue. And Traci, both Pam and I had a close relationship with you because you were involved in service work at school. We got to see you often and have good conversations with you. Alexis, you were always a delight! Such a sweet little girl with big dreams. I loved that about you. I followed your success as a runner in high school! I also ran into you at the allergy office in Cascade. I admire your hard work and your position as a therapist (am I right)? I saw you as a happy, vibrant young woman who loved people and wanted to help them as well.
I will pray daily for each of you, asking God to comfort you.
With heartfelt sympathy and love,