Letter: Thank you from the family of Skip Mennerick

By on December 24, 2009

To all of our friends, customers, patients, colleagues and the Elburn community: Thank you for your support, encouragement, meals, kind words and gifts following the death of my husband, Skip Mennerick. We have been amazed by your generosity to the Skip Mennerick Memorial benefiting Cole and Kiera’s education and continue to receive letters and cards of support and encouragement.

Thank you to the Elburn emergency medical responders like Greg Algrim and the others whose names I don’t know, who showed up that day. Doug Keifer, thank you for going above and beyond what could have been expected as an EMT, for holding my hand in the ambulance and for staying with me and comforting me when I lost it. Thank you to officer Dave Wright and the other officers for staying with my kids when I couldn’t, and for giving them little bears to hold. Thank you to the chaplain at Delnor for quietly standing by my side in the trauma room.

Conley Funeral Home is made up of some of the most amazing people. We are so blessed to have such a place in our community. I especially want to acknowledge Ben Conley for knowing just what I needed to hear in the midst of a very trying day, and to Jeanne Fabrizius and Tigger Flint for giving me what I needed before I knew I needed it.

Thank you to our church home, Rejoice Lutheran in Geneva, and Pastor Lou Quetel for caring for us, for providing an amazing tribute at Skip’s memorial service and the beautiful luncheon that followed. Thank you to the executives from Cub Cadet Corporation in Ohio who made the trip to honor Skip and his dedication to his work.

Dec. 23 would have been Skip’s 30th birthday. Although we are still reeling from the loss, we celebrate the life we had with Skip and look forward to the day we will see him again in heaven.

I, along with the Houtz and Mennerick families, are deeply grateful and proud to be a part of a community that supports its own in such a caring way.

Erika Mennerick
and Houtz and Mennerick families