Chevrolet Engineering Retirees Club
Charlie Turner
Note from Larry
Miller09/06/2009
Just wanted to let everyone know Charlie Turner had a stroke
yesterday morning. His speech was was slurred a little & he had
no strength on his right side. He was able to move his arms &
legs but no strength on the right side. Doctor thinks with therapy
he will almost fully recover. When I left the hospital last night his
speech seemed almost normal, so that's a good sign. I will keep
you updated after I see him today.     Larry
I had some difficulty in getting in touch with Dick Weidenbach so
that I could send him a polo shirt he won. His wife, Lucille, called
today to tell me that Dick has been very ill. He has a lung
problem plus others and is frequently on oxygen. Said he was
pleased to learn he will be receiving one of our shirts. He and his
wife are currently staying with their daughter  The address is
2454 Lindsay Lane, Grand Blanc, MI 48439. I have a phone
number but Lucille said he talks with difficulty and would not
prefer calls. He would like to receive cards, letters, etc. Mail is
currently forwarded to them from their Hubbard Lake home by a
neighbor but should now be sent to the Grand Blanc address.
The phone number is 586-295-1772 but I would not put it on the
web or in our newsletter.   Lucille said she will have a photo of
him wearing the shirt and sent to you Al.   Mal Hanson
Dick Weidenbach
Note from Mal
Hanson
11/01/2009
Members
Note from Mike Sheehan on 9/11/11
Fred Schaafsma
Update on 9/13/11 - Fred Schaafsma was diagnosed with a brain
tumor on Friday, Sept 9, at Munson Hospital in Traverse City.  The
family has had to make some quick decisions, and it is our
understanding that he has been transferred to the University of
Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor for further treatment.

Fred's daughter has set up a "CaringBridge" website for him to
provide the current status daily, and to pass on a message to Fred if
so desired.  To connect to the site, type
services@caringbridge.org  
and follow with "Fred Shaafsma".  You will be asked to also submit
your E-mail address and a password, to enter.

Thanks for passing this message along to those who knew and
worked with Fred.

Norm and Jerry Pilcher
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Fred's daughter Adriane writes: This afternoon, my Dad, Fred
Schaafsma, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  Where can
I even begin? Our thoughts are whirling as we try to make sense of
the little information we have at this point.  So this is what I can tell
you:  my Mom is with him at this very moment and has been since he
was admitted to Munson Medical Center yesterday. They met with a
neurosurgeon late this afternoon who diagnosed him with a malignant
brain tumor (their best guess based on the MRI is a grade IV
astrocytoma/glioblastoma).  My parents have had an amazing team of
nurses and doctors who have been extraordinarily supportive and
encouraging.  We are devastated with this news and are working hard
to digest the information and next steps.  Most importantly, as many of
you already know, Fred has an amazing spirit.  He is a hard-working,
energetic, charismatic man who is full of life and will not give up.  We
have a long journey in front of us and we are happy that we have such
an amazing support system.  I ask that you please take all your
positive thoughts and direct them towards my Dad. As we know more
information, we will use this as our method of updating and contacting
everyone.  I will be en route to Traverse City early tomorrow morning
and will make sure to provide an update as soon as I've given both my
parents the biggest hugs they've ever had. Please keep us in your
thoughts. Adriane (Fred's daughter) You may follow updates from
Adriane and Fred's friends at:
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/fredschaafsma Fred is currently at
Munson Medical, and his room number is 4412
Fred writes on Nov. 22: I am finally home! Thanks for sending me the
e-mail while I was in ann Arbor.  You can get updates on me via this
website:

www.caringbridge.org/visit/fredschaafsma.

Our daughter and son keep it up to date at least every other day.
Rebecca reads me the posts daily. Feel free to pass this on to CERC.
January 4th: JUST GOT A CALL FROM ANITA---TOM HAS SUFFERED A COUPLE
OF STROKES.  HE IS IN TROY BEAUMONT ..SHE SAID HE FIRST MUST GET
OFF OF BLOOD THINNERS THEN DOCTORS CAN CLEAR OUT THE ARTERIES.
KEEP TOM IN YOUR PRAYERS...ED RZEPECKI

January 6th JUST TALKED TO ANITA--TOM HAS COME OUT OF INTENSIVE
CARE .THE MAJOR ARTERY REMAINS 75% BLOCKED .. MAJOR RE-HAB WILL
BE NEEDED. HE CAN HAVE VISITORS.. HE SURE NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS AND
BEST WISHES.

January 21 ANITA BROUGHT TOM HOME YESTERDAY..HE WAS MAKING
ENOUGH PROGRESS THAT DOCTORS FELT BEING AT HOME WOULD BE
BEST FOR HIM..HE WILL NEED A WALKER FOR A WHILE BUT HIS LEGS AND
ARMS GETTING STRONGER ... THEIR DAUGHTER WILL BE SPENDING A FEW
WEEKS TO HELP ANITA..GIVE TOM SOME TIME BEFORE YOU STOP BY...BUT
IT SOUNDS LIKE HE DOING WELL..                 YOUR PRAYERS CONTINUE TO
HELP
Tom Simpson