Thanks for all your kindess |

Thanks for all your kindess

I want to express the appreciation of the family of O. J. Cerise for the kindness and effort expended by the city of Glenwood Springs to help us out of a tough spot. O.J. died in Albuquerque, N.M. December 15 and wanted to be buried next to his wife and among many of his family in the Rosebud Cemetery. The family is scattered, and we realized that scheduling to allow safe travel and to accommodate relatives personal travel plans was crucial. We settled on Saturday, Dec. 20, as the day of the burial. The preceding Friday and following Sunday both seemed appropriate for travel from Arizona and New Mexico, where two of O. J.s children live. But we were told there were no qualified operators of the cemetery equipment available that day.This posed a huge problem. One surviving brother, Ed Cerise, a resident of Carbondale, was in Albuquerque and already had airline tickets for Monday to visit one of his sons. The other surviving brother, George Cerise, of Rifle, was depending on relatives in Grand Junction for his ride to the burial, and they were leaving to visit their first great-grandchild on Sunday. You can probably imagine our dilemma.I called the City Managers office, and a very accommodating lady named Tammie put me in contact with Tom Barnes, the manager of the Parks & Recreation Department. Mr. Barnes was able to overcome the issues regarding availability of qualified operators, and provided two workers for Saturday. On Saturday, Dec. 20, a group of about thirty, bound by ties of friendship and family, gathered at the cemetery to honor, remember and say goodbye to the patriarch of the family. Our gratitude to Mr. Barnes, to Tammie, and to the workers who gave up their time off to satisfy our desires is boundless. Thank you, thank you, thank you!George BaileyPlacitas, N.M.

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