This probably isn't a typical thank you letter. It involves a subject people often don't talk about.
That being said, we recently received care and service far above and beyond what we ever would have expected, and we want to give recognition to those involved.
The thank you we need to give is to the John Keffer Funeral Home in York.
Our story with York begins in the year 1980, when we moved from Ohio to York.
Our daughter, Kelly, was 13 at the time and our son, Patrick, was 5 years old.
A year prior to our arrival in York, Kelly was diagnosed with cancer, and we spent five long, hard years before she passed away.
Upon Kelly's passing we buried her in Holy Saviour Cemetery, where she remained after we moved away in 1989, leaving a part of us always in York.
We recently returned to York to visit Kelly's grave site, after many years away, and had the strong desire to bring her with us since we now live in northern Michigan and are not able to visit her grave regularly.
We inquired with Bob Ramsey of the John Keffer Funeral Home, and we just cannot say thank you enough for the amazing service we received. Not only did Bob make it happen, but he managed to do it in the most efficient, timely and cost-effective way possible, asking for nothing.
We also cannot say thank you enough to Mike Hoover from the Hoover Wilbert Burial Vault Co., who offered to drive Kelly's remains to Traverse City, Mich. He drove 731 miles, which took 13 hours.
While we are sad to lose our last connection to York, we believe this experience and these people exemplify the best of York, and we are grateful beyond words.
Ralph, Esther and Patrick Cordes
Lake Leenlanau, Mich.