Letter to the Editor: Gratitude for the support shown for our loss

Published 6:03 pm Friday, January 19, 2024

We would like to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for the kindness and comfort we received following the loss of our beloved Janelle. The words of solace, and the thoughtful gestures, of flowers, plants, food, and so much more, meant more to us than words can express.

The outpouring of support we received has been irreplaceable, and the expression of love was truly touching and has provided us comfort during this difficult time. Witnessing the extent of the relationships Nellie forged and the depth of connections that she made, made us realize the huge impact she had on so many people.

A special and heartfelt thank you is owed to Tom and Tricia Wiechmann, Nellie’s other set of “parents,” and to Casey Uher, who played the role of the sister Nellie never had. Their profound love for Nellie played a substantial part in forming Nellie as a person and who she was.

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It is an honor for us to also announce the establishment of the Janelle “Nellie” Holtorf Academic and Athletic Excellence Scholarship. This scholarship aims to honor Nellie’s memory and legacy. Further details and application procedures will be made available through Pacelli Catholic Schools. Donations to the scholarship fund can be directed to Pacelli.

To highlight the importance of domestic abuse, mental health awareness and support, we want to ensure that everyone in our community is aware of available resources. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to the following helplines:

• National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text START to 88788. This a 24-hour, national, toll-free telephone hotline. The Hotline is an immediate link to lifesaving help for victims. It provides information and assistance to adult and youth victims of family and domestic violence.

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: “988” is the three-digit, nationwide phone number to connect directly to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. By calling or texting 988, you’ll connect with mental health professionals with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This lifeline provides free and confidential support for individuals in distress. It’s available 24/7, and the trained professionals can offer assistance and guidance during challenging times.

Remember, your well-being is important, and help is available. Let’s work together to foster a community that values mental health and supports one another. If you have concerns about someone’s immediate safety, please call emergency services.

Once again, thank you for being a source of strength and for contributing to the celebration of Janelle’s life. Your generosity, empathy, and kindness have left a lasting impact and will always be remembered.

With heartfelt thanks,

Mike and Cindy Holtorf and family of Janelle “Nellie” Holtorf (Wollenburg)