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June 11, 1982

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PAGE 6 Comp/ete Travel Arrangements Major Credit Cards Accepted Bob Potors Manager HORIZON TRAVEL AGENCY 3901 McCain Park Drive N. Little Rock, AR 72116 Plbeno 75|-2211 'THE GUARDIAN, Dolores Curran Talks With Parents Death in the Family l h e Gu'dtu ullm lot tel artxz, l -- disbelief. It can't happen to DEATH STRIKES the family. A much-loved brother dies of a sudden heart attack at 48. Behind he leaves a wife, five children, six brothers and sisters, all grieving. Without faith and family at times like this, how does one survive? I suspect we all live in fear of that phone call - the one that shakes your life, your family and your mortal security. The call is supposed to come in the middle of the night, not in the middle of the day. It's supposed to begin with, "I'm afraid I have some bad news," not a panicky, "Jim just died." The first reaction is the best I I GREER'S Home of Fine Clothing for Men and Women Henry Rohiman, Jr. Phone 354-3186 Morrilton, Ark. __ I II I MAUS IMPLEMENT COMPANY John Deer Phone 354-3527 Sales & Service Morrilton, Ark. ALLISON MERCURY OTTO LIENHART INC. WHOLESALER 204 WEST RAILROAD AVE, P.O. BOX 110 MORRILTON, ARK. 7'2110 WHOLESALER BUDWEISER" MICHELOB* BUSCH BAVARIAN MICHELOBLIGHT" NATURAL LIGHT i CROWN LIQUORS 6811 Rogers Avenue., Fort Smith, AR TELEPHONE 452-0360 A Few of Our Specials This Week! ONE WEEK ONLY Popov. Lit,,. $4.55 Wiederkehr Niagara ........ 1.s tit., ........ $3.95 Rose's Bloody Mary Mix .... 31 oz. Bo,a. ..... $1.75 J & B Rare Scotch Liter S 14.50 All Beer Discounted by the Case/ Ne Work - Remodeling - Repair L iorrilton Plumbing & Hntiug Co. HIGHWAY 64 EAST. 354-2052. MORRILTON HERB KORDSMEIE R, PRESIDENT The first State Bank LITTLE BY LITTLE ADDS UP TO A LOT! Save systematically in an account here. Member F.D.I.('. MORRII.TON, ARK. Jim. He's only 48. No history of heart problems. Must be some mistake. Even his wife waiting in the hospital those two long hours of attempted resuscitation insists upon seeing him because lots of men drive that truck at work and surely it couldn't be Jim who steered off the highway in a blizzard and stopped after slumping onto the steering wheel. THE SECOND reaction isn't pleasant -- anger. He's too young, no warning, had an EKG and treadmill test just three months ago, leaves children too young ... what's the point, God? Anger that the best of the seven of us went first. No dispute on that. As my priest-brother preached at his funeral, Jim was the best baby, the good kid, the peacemaker and, in later years, the community builder among us. It was his home that became the family locus after our mother's death. Jim met our planes, fixed our ears and hosted dozens of family gatherings without murmur. Fur- thermore, he liked them. No rigid calendar tyrannized him. He could always sit and talk with anyone who came in, can of beer in hand, and never gave the impression that he wanted to be elsewhere. Then there was the grief -- there is the grief. That over- powering engulfing of one's total self when the realization hits that Jim is gone - gone. I didn't know I had so many tears. And they keep coming at the most unexpected times. Maybe a thought of a childhood adventure or a glimpse of someone who was his friend. MY EYES blur" in the strangest places, at the supermarket, in the?car, at Mass. Easter Sunday was the worst. We buried him on Holy Thursday, but at Easter in church 1,000 miles away, I disintegrated when we sang, "And He will raise him up." I wondered what those sitting around me thought, but it didn't stop me. Finally, there is the healing. The thousands of people who called or came to be with us. Yes, thousands. Cancelling the 8 P.M. scripture service at the funeral home because there were still 500 people waiting in line outside in the cold Wisconsin night to say goodbye to Jim and to say, "We care," to us. Standing in line not from 7 to 9 as planned, but 6:30 to 10:30, to greet old friends and new. Crying when we learn that 80 of his son's Marquette classmates drove an hour- and-a-half from Milwaukee to stand in line for 2 hours to comfort people they've never met. Staying up till 2 A.M. crying and laughing about the past with the rest of our siblings, suddenly more precious than ever. REVISIN(; PAST attitudes about the Irish wake and realizing first-hand how valuable and healing this time-honored ritual is. Death touches the family and it isn't easy to accept. Tears gloss my eyes as I write this. but faith and family and friends will see us through. 1982 JUNE 11, 1982 St. Jude Exceeds Building Drive Goal Jacksonville -- Father John W. Kordsmeier, pastor of St. Jude's Church here, said the church's capital fund raising campaign exceeded its goal of $120,000 by $91,831 in pledges, following the final report meeting. Father Kordsmeier pointed out that the $211,831 raised Scouts Receive Meaals Forrest City -- Five Girl Scouts from Troops 3 and 245 received the "I Live My Faith" medals at a Sunday Mass recently, the first Girl Scouts in the Diocese of Little Rock to receive the honor. Father Richard M. Struck, V.F., pastor of St. Francis Church, presented the medals in the absence of His Ex- cellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald who was unable to be present. A congratulatory message from the Bishop was read at the ceremony. Receiving medals were Valerie VanVranken, Lisa Keith, Susan Kertz, Kristin Woollam and Jenny Mathes. The "I Live My Faith" program is the official religious program of the United States Catholic Church and written for use by girls, ages 9-11, who are enrolled in the Girl Scouts of America. The program is action- oriented, but accompanied by reflection and sharing with parents, advisors and peers. It provides experience which support the formal religious experiences of the par- ticipants and enables the girls to grow as Christian persons .and take their place as active and responsible members of their family, parish, troop and community. The medal serves as a reminder of the girls' ex- periences in working on the program and a symbol of their faith daily through prayer, service to others and responsible participation in their community. represented three weeks of intensive solicitation in which G0 men and women volunteers of the 314-member parish visited personally in parishioners' homes to invite their participation by means of making a financial pledge to the drive. "Approximately 66 per cent of our parishioners have now made a financial commitment to the campaign at an average gift of $956 with a number of calls still to be completed," he continued. "When all prospect cards of parishioners are reported in within the next week or so, we expect the total of pledges and participation to increase." The construction program is three-fold, calling for the erection of a new church, an educational-social complex and a rectory. The buildings are to be erected on a 5  ..,-acre plat owned by the parish on McArthur Drive in the nor- thwest section of the city near the main gate of Little Rock Air Force Base. Keep Current Read ICC Program To Start June Little Rock -- The Cable Committee which ultimately will Little Rock cable with religious 24 hours a day, sere n d week next Thursday, June 17. A one-hour pl program to introdu has been scheduled P.M. on Channel Riverside Cable Subsequently, re: programming will Channel 28. William W. O'Di K.S.G., managing The Guardian and diocesan director d munications, will the CathoLic portion 0 program as the representative on terfaith Cable Corer ASK DISMISSAL Washington (NC) -  life group called on Reagan to fire Dr. Wyngaarden, 57, Institutes of Health and other pro-lifers the new director for out in favor of abortion. Greater Little Rock Guide MEDIC Oll00 Phlrnoc. IRC. ph..,3" 4214 MocArthur Drive Locations A, 11524 iodney Perhem 224-0303 man 5901 West '2tk m All 6.-J901 d['" I'1l Advertise .,,..,-,.,'w,', r'l Tb Isenman Distributing Company Little Rock, Arkansas Under New Management Emma and John Reints (owners of Em's Ozark Liquors, 3000 Grand Ave., Ft. Smith) invite you to visit their new store, Crown Liquors, 6811 Rogers Ave., Ft. Smith, soon to be named Lit'l Em's. Watch for our Grand Opening ! Ample parking. Conveniently located on Rogers Avenue between O'Loughlin's Restaurant and OG & E Plant.