Letter: Beyond thank you

By on October 13, 2011

You may have heard the phrase: “words cannot express.” Obviously enough, this adage is typically reserved for describing personal feelings beyond our own vocabulary. Until the other day, we were naive enough to believe that we could express our every emotion and articulate exactly how we were feeling. Unfortunately, it took the passing of Bill Keifer to prove that we were mistaken.

Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the Sugar Grove Fire Department, Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection and the staff and doctors on shift at Provena Mercy Hospital that early afternoon on Sep. 3. Although the years of training, medical advancements and deep personal commitment by each of these individuals could not change the inevitable outcome that afternoon, we wish to express our most sincere admiration for all you did.

Words cannot express the appreciation we have for the multitude of friends who made themselves known at the visitation, by letter, phone or dropped by our home. We would like to thank those who took the time to share a story, convey their condolences or purely came to lend their support to the family. We knew that Bill touched many different lives in many different ways, but even with that knowledge, we were not prepared for the overwhelming flood of support from friends, coworkers and acquaintances. We would like to express our endless appreciation to all of you who have helped us remember what an incredibly full life he led.

Please know that he lived a richer, fuller life than most because he was surrounded with your love.

Words cannot express our thanks for a very special group of individuals who went above and beyond what could have ever been expected of them. We offer our infinite thanks to Matt Hanson, Travis Lange and Brett Miller, along with generous support from the Maple Park Fire Department, for donating their time and abilities to personally transport and care for his mother-in-law the day of the services. Without your compassionate assistance and thoughtful personalities, she would not have been able to honor the first of her son-in-laws this final time. We will remember your kindness forever.

Words cannot express how thankful we are to have such a large and loving family to lean on as we continue to grieve, remember, mourn and, in time, heal. Our family cannot be traced by a simple tree. It would take an orchard to illustrate the network of family members who have stood close by us and have done all they can to support us in any way we needed. We are stronger because of you. He was the kind, gentle, caring, loving man he was because of you.

“Thank you” seems so insignificant. It doesn’t encapsulate what we want to say to all of you for sharing in his life and being there to let him know in your own special way how much he was loved and how badly he will be missed. Our pledge is to return to you our gratitude in all the ways that words cannot express.

Yvonne Keifer
Sugar Grove