|Volume LIV||November 2007||Number 4|
Those Men Who Wear Those Mason Rings
Reprinted with permission by Composer Michael R. Strampe, P.M.,|
Lake Lodge No. 189, F.&A.M., Milwaukee, WI
Letter from Mrs. Ruth Gerus, widow of Bro. John Gerus,
formerly of Olive Temple Lodge No. 557, Tionesta:
I just read the article, "My Father's Ring" and I have to write and tell you the story about my husband's ring. My husband, John and I always had a little vegetable garden in our backyard. We spent quite a bit of time planting and weeding and just sitting in the backyard visiting. About 25 or more years ago, John lost his gold Masonic ring. We just couldn't find it, so I suggested getting another one, which he did.
This spring, I was making a row to put some tomato plants and spied something glistening in the morning sun. I picked up a clump of soil and started to break the soil away and inside was his gold band! I took it into the house and washed it, put it on my finger and have been wearing it ever since.
I tell my children it is some kind of omen and they say, "Yes, Dad wants you to keep planting tomatoes." John and I had a beautiful life together for almost 60 years. He passed away last year at 93. He was always proud to be a Mason and was a wonderful husband and father.
When Masons Help Each Other Anything CAN Happen
May 20, 2007
Dear Brother Ronald Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master
I truly never expected to receive help from the Masonic fraternity, not because I didn't think you wouldn't consider it, but because I didn't think there was any way that you could help me. Well, that certainly doesn't hold true and I was so overwhelmed, emotionally, when I found out there may be a chance of receiving help from you, my wife asked me what happened and if I was all right?
As I stated in my previous letter to you, I had been in touch with the VA and they turned me down two times and ultimately the third time, for help in getting a hitch and scooter lift for our car.
They did give me a fancy walker with hand brakes, etc., but it does not help when out on long excursions with my wife, I just get a lot of back and leg pain when I'm [standing] on them.
I do not wish to bore you with a lot of details; however, I wanted to say, Thank You so very much for the help in securing a hitch and lift for my HP Scooter. It is installed and I have used it already and it works just great. They also installed two new batteries in the scooter.
A very special thanks to you and to Deb Brockman with Masonic Villages for her help and involvement in my situation.
We are in Pennsylvania for a few months to visit our daughter and grandchildren. Thanks to our son, who is a pilot for Continental Airlines, we can fly free on stand-by to get to Pennsylvania. Long drives would be detrimental to my health.
Our heartfelt thanks to all who participated in my financial situation, and to my Lodge No. 106, Williamsport, for their help and concern. May God bless you all.
Louis J. Paulauski, Jr.
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