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Taking the extra step

TIM BRESINA WOULD SAY HE WAS JUST DOING HIS JOB—NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS. VIVIAN DAHL AND BETTY ODDO WOULD BEG TO DIFFER.

AS A PLANT SERVICES colleague at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tim receives many requests. His main job is to keep the hospital’s grounds in tip-top shape. From mowing to plowing and everything in between, Tim completes each task with pride. And that’s exactly how he approached the request he received while installing a memorial brick in the hospital’s Healing Garden on Wednesday, May 30.

Betty’s husband, Russ, passed away a short time ago. A dedicated Partners of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital member who is always donating time and talents to the hospital, Betty decided to honor her late husband with an engraved brick to be placed in the Healing Garden.

Her friend, neighbor, and fellow Partners member, Vivian (Viv), had suffered the loss of her husband George years prior. Viv came to offer her friend support as Russ’ stone was placed, and also to visit her own husband’s memorial brick.

As Tim placed Russ’s brick, Viv had a request. She asked Tim if he could move her husband George’s brick next to Russ’s. Why? Because they were neighbors for nearly 15 years —in condos right next to each other until George died five years ago. They appreciated each other. They were good friends.

It’s not typical for the hospital to allow the bricks to be moved, but this was an extenuating circumstance, Tim said.

“I didn’t think I could get it done without breaking the brick,” Tim said. “But I got it done. It had been driven on for five years. It was tough to get out, but I knew it was going to make her happy and that’s all that counts.”

When Betty received the call that George’s brick had been moved to be near her husband’s, she was grateful and complimentary of Tim and his willingness to get the job done. “He was fantastic,” she said of Tim. “Now they’re right next to each other. That’s perfect.”

WQOW Staff

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