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16 October 2019

  • LaMoille community rallies around Sondgeroth family
    LAMOILLE — The LaMoille community is rallying together to provide prayer and comfort for the Sondgeroth family who were faced with tragedy this past spring.

    Tim Sondgeroth, 46, a 1990 graduate of LaMoille High School, is fighting for a complete recovery following emergency brain surgery in April.

    Sondgeroth’s brain injury stems back to 1993 when he was involved in a near-fatal car accident, which left him with seizures. For years, Sondgeroth was able to control the seizures with medication. He eventually went on to marry his wife, Erin, and together they had three children, Evan, 20; Ian, 18; and Autumn, 15. He began building a career following completion of an electrician apprenticeship program.

    However, within the past few years, his seizures started to become medication-resistant. Sondgeroth’s quality of life was greatly impacted. His seizures began to take over to the point he could no longer work.

    On April 2, in hopes of developing a way to control his seizures, Sondgeroth underwent a lengthy surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago to map his brain activity in an attempt to find a trigger for the seizures. His expected hospital stay was only seven to 10 days.

    Unfortunately, during the surgery, a blood clot and hemorrhage in Sondgeroth’s brain required emergency surgery that same night. His condition was stabilized, but not before brain damage had occurred.

    Sondgeroth has spent the past six months trying to regain everything — his mobility, his ability to breathe on his own full-time, his ability to eat on his own.

    In an interview, his mother, Joyce Sondgeroth, said her son has a long road ahead, but she calls him her Miracle No. 2 — the first miracle being when he survived his car accident in 1993.

    “He is amazing,” she said. “He is the strongest, most determined man I know. … He’s quite the fighter.”

    As Sondgeroth continues to fight for complete recovery, he does so next to a strong support system, which includes his family, friends and community back home.

    His mother and his wife haven’t left his side in Chicago these past six months. While the days are long and the recovery road has been bumpy, Joyce said faith and support from their church, family and community is what keeps them going.

    Joyce said the support is “very humbling.”

    “I’m just overwhelmed by all the support we’ve received from back home,” she said. “It’s just amazing.”

    A benefit in honor of Tim will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at the LaMoille Lions Club. Starting a 2 p.m., there will be a bags tourney, weather permitting. Sign-up begins at 1:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $40 per team.

    From 4 to 10 p.m., the benefit will be held. A meal will be served at 5 p.m. The meal is $20 per person over age 12. There will also be a bake sale, cash bar, silent and live auction, 50/50 drawing and live entertainment provided by Greenfield Station, and Masters & Ragan.

    Sondgeroth will turn 47 on Oct. 23. Birthday cards are welcome at the benefit.

  • Perry Auxiliary to host quarter auction fundraiser
    PRINCETON —  Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host its first quarter auction on Thursday, Oct. 24.

    The fundraiser will be held at Downtown Pub Event Center in Princeton. Doors open at 5 p.m. The auction starts at 6 p.m.

    Funds raised from the event will benefit Perry’s Auxiliary, which uses donations to purchase needed equipment for the hospital and to award scholarships to local students pursuing careers in health care.

    Marcia Hartwig, a member of the planning committee, described a quarter auction as part raffle, part auction, part fundraiser and a direct sales party for local vendors.

    “It’s a really fun event,” she said. “Some people are really competitive and that makes it even more fun.”

    Attendees are urged to bring their quarters for item bidding. The items being bid on will be from area vendors signed up for the show. Vendors include 31, Perfectly Posh, Pampered Chef, Real Time Pain, Tupperware and more.

    There will also be barn wood frames, abstract paintings, decorated wine glass bottles, and trendy jewelry, bags and gifts. There will also be a few special items made by auxiliary members up for bid.

    “We encourage people to come at 5 p.m. Enjoy shopping the vendors and eat a meal before the auction begins,” Hartwig said.

    Aside from the vendor show and quarter auction, there will be mystery bags for sale, a bake sale with items provided by a few “celebrity bakers,” a 50/50 raffle, dinner provided by Alexander Park Tavern and a cash bar.

    There will be no need to purchase a ticket to get into the auction. Instead, attendees will purchase paddles, which will be $3 each, two for $5 or buy four and get one free. Also, there will be limited Golden Paddles for sale. These special paddles will automatically be entered into every item up for bid.

    “People who purchase the Golden Paddles won’t have to mess with quarters, which will make it easier for them,” Hartwig said.

    How does a quarter auction work?

    Vendors contribute items for the auction. Attendees will purchase paddles that contain a bidding number. Winning is similar to playing bingo. All the numbers from the paddles are put into one bin, and the winner is selected from a drawing.

    When an item is up for auction, the auctioneer will let the crowd know how many quarters/paddles it will cost to be included in the auction. Those interested in the item can bid by holding up their paddle or paddles. Each bidder will put however many quarters the auctioneer instructs for the value of the item into a bucket for each bidding number. The auctioneer draws and announces the winning number. If the number belongs to someone who did not bid, they will draw again until a winner is selected.

    Hartwig said, “It’s a new twist on a vendor show.”

  • Fall cleanup at DePue cemetery
    DEPUE — Fall cleanup at St. Mary’s Cemetery in DePue will continue through Nov. 1. All summer decorations need to be removed from graves before the Nov. 1 deadline or they will be disposed of. A reminder that no glass or shepherd hooks are permitted in the cemetery.

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16 October 2019

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