Kudos Corner is a means of acknowledging those in our parish who share their time, talent and treasure to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. It is intended to lift up and celebrate the actions of individuals and groups within our faith community who touch hearts and make a difference.

This month’s Kudos Corner recognizes Bob Luchsinger. May 2016

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Turn your scar into a star”? That’s exactly what Bob has done…thanks to family, friends, parishioners and, of course, the grace of God.

Bob and his wife Terry tragically lost their 11 year old daughter Katie in a house fire in 1999. Katie, a sixth-grader here at Visi at the time, saved the lives of her two siblings by waking them in time for them to escape the blaze…but she was unable to save herself.

Family friend Jim Botuchis wanted to honor Katie in some way. He and Larry Schirmann organized a golf outing benefit. Then Visi's Diane Williams suggested the funds be used to create a Memorial Garden behind the school. Bob has steadfastly supported the project ever since in an effort to provide a special place of prayer for all Visi parishioners…especially for those who have also lost a child. “Hopefully they can come here and grieve a little and find some comfort,” said Mr. Luchsinger as he recently stood in the Katie Luchsinger Memorial Garden on a beautiful sunny morning. “It’s all about the children.”

Bob said he couldn’t have done this without friends like Jim Botuchis and Larry Schirmann as well as local firefighters who helped with fundraisers…and “without the people of the church here…I’d never been able to make it through.” 

The memorial garden was designed by parishioner Gina Huesman Donovan of N-r-G Landscaping. Recently two “bubbling boulders” and an angel statue with Katie’s name engraved at the base have been added to the garden. 
(Photo “Memorial_Garden_May_2016”)

Fr. Mark had a special blessing ceremony at the garden following the 4:00 Mass on Saturday, April 30th. Parishioners can support the project by donating $250 to pay for a paver engraved with the name of a departed loved one…which then becomes part of the walkway in the garden. “It’s very rewarding to our family to have the support and backing of the parish, friends and neighbors. You’d never survive without them,” Bob said. 
He hopes his kids and everyone else’s will keep this tradition alive and he’s “100 percent sure it’s going to happen.” Bob added, “If anyone wants to know what love is…just drop by the garden and look. You’ll see it.” And so will parishioners for years to come!
Kudos Corner salutes Bob Luchsinger for being a missionary of mercy!

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