Monday, April 11, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Easter

My Companions pray with me: May we hear your voice Lord and follow and praise You. Bring us contrition for all our sins. And know the gratitude of our hearts. Please give us comfort in all our trials, especially at our time of loss.  Amen

Companion Events: Birthdays:  Jim Middleton (4/15), Pat Serveiss (4/16), Ron DiSanto (4/16), Audrey Schnitzer (4/17). In memoriam: Tom Low (4/7/2016)

Keeping In-touch: I have not updated this blog for almost half a year. I've focused on the "Gospel Sharing" platform that any family or small group may use; it is more interactive. Although I had not planned on it, I'm teaching, in the classroom, at Regis. It's been a struggle as I have had a bad case of bronchitis. I'm on the upswing!
My Cousin, Tom, died last week. I guess that motivated me to do some updating. I copied the obituary (below). May he rest in peace. And may we all live in joy and hope of the Resurrection.

The Readings: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Some Commentary: Fr. John Foley, S. J.

My comments and an invitation for your comments: 
This is a very short Gospel. I really makes me think about listening for and hearing Jesus' voice.

Tom Low 12/2/47 - 4/7/16

Thomas E. Low

Born: Dec. 2, 1947; in Woodstock, IL  

Died: April 7, 2016; in McHenry, IL

Thomas E. Low, age 68, of McHenry, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016, in McHenry with his loving family by his side. He was born in Woodstock on December 2, 1947, the son of Frank and Helen (Kilday) Low. He married Sue Conway on August 15, 1981.

Tom served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to1970 as a member of the Air Force Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of the McHenry Viscounts Drum and Bugle Corp from 1958 to 1965. Tom was the past president of the McHenry Chamber of Commerce and past member of the McHenry Kiwanis. He served on Fiesta Days Board of Directors and he was a member of Committee At Large (CAL). Tom was a recipient of the Joe Thome Award for outstanding service to Fiesta Days and was honored with the Frank E. Low award for outstanding community service in 2015.

Tom was an avid golfer who loved the game, the competition and the many great friends he made through playing golf. 

Tom is survived by his wife, Sue; his daughter, Bethany (Steve) Murgatroyd; sons, Jason and Jaime Low; brothers, Mike (Pam) Low of Antioch, Tim (Judy) Low of Woodstock and Kelly (Carole) Low of McHenry; his uncle, Ed Lay; his beloved dogs, George and Gracie and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm at the Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 W. Bull Valley Rd., McHenry, IL 60050. Please enter the church through the South doors. The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 10:00am at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Tom's name to St. Vincent DePaul Society care of Church of Holy Apostles or Pioneer Center. 


Vern Rapp 5/11/28 - 12/31/15 Gail Audino 11/9/53 - 12/6/15

Cedar Rapids 

Gail Ann Audino, 62, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in her home from a courageous battle with cancer. Celebration of Life services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW. A time of food and fellowship will follow in The Avacentre. 
Gail was born Nov. 9, 1953, in Pueblo, Colo., the daughter of Ted and Jonnie (Avery) Miller. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor of science degree in 1976. Gail was united in marriage to James Audino on May 30, 1981, in Pueblo. She was a microbiologist for over 37 years, working most recently at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, until her retirement in 2013. Gail enjoyed gardening, nature, her pets and most of all spending time with her family. 
Gail is survived by her loving husband, Jim; two children, Bonnie (Matt) Cessna of Coralville and Adam (Laura) Audino of Hanover, Md.; a grandson, Nolan Cessna; her two brothers, David (Enid) Miller of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Dick (Jackie) Miller of Pueblo, Colo.; as well as her niece, Cori Miller; and nephew, James Miller. 
Gail was preceded in death by her parents. 

Vern Rapp
Broomfield, CO

Vern Rapp made his managing imprint on Denver Bears
Rapp died on New Year's Eve at age 87
A baseball history has come to a close with the passing of Vern Rapp.
Rapp died on New Year's Eve at age 87, leaving behind a long career in baseball at a time before big paychecks and team payrolls that far exceed $100 million a year.
While Rapp made it to the major leagues twice as a manager — with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds — he earned his baseball wings with the Denver Bears.
Rapp was a catcher as a player and first came to Denver in 1958 to play for the Bears. He was back with the Bears as a coach in 1960, when they won the American Association title under manager Charlie Metro.
Rapp got his chance to manage in 1976 and guided the Bears to the regular-season championship and a postseason championship. The Bears, a farm system of the Montreal Expos organization at the time, won the regular-season title by 13½ games.
"Except for maybe the pitching, I think our 1976 team was right up there with the Yankee (farm) teams of the 1950s as the best-ever in Denver," Rapp said after the 1976 season. "We were five games out on the Fourth of July and came on to win."
Rapp's connection to Bob Howsam in Denver led to his gaining managerial jobs with the Cardinals in 1977 and the Reds in 1984. After guiding the Cardinals to an 83-79 record in 1977, he was replaced after a 6-11 start the next season. He left Cincinnati after a 51-70 start in 1984, getting replaced by Pete Rose, who took over as the player/manager.
Rapp's introduction to baseball came at a time when there were few frills, and he managed that way.
"I wanted my players to play hard, run out groundballs. That was just part of the business," Rapp said. "I was a no-nonsense manager. I expected my players to be on time. I treated them as adults."
Bears general manager Jim Burris held Rapp in high regard.
"Vern was a very good manager who knew the game," Burris said. "He was tough but fair. Players responded to him very well. The 1976 team had one of the highest winning percentages (.632) of any of our clubs. He was the minor-league manager of the year."
Rapp stayed in Colorado through his retirement years. He liked to fly-fish, and he had a favorite spot on the Poudre River west of Fort Collins.

By Irv Moss
The Denver Post