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The Next Chapter

Kathy has been Executive Director of Interfaith Senior Programs since 2001. A native of Wisconsin, she lives in Waukesha with her husband Jim Durnil, and has two sons. Kathy can be seen often at local libraries, book stores, coffee houses, and just all over Waukesha enjoying the local businesses.

A Bittersweet Chapter

Earlier this fall my father, Stuart Gale, died after a very sudden and short illness.  He was 80 years old, and the best father that anyone could want.  He lived a very full life with my Mom, and was attending church group meetings and Learning in Retirement classes up until the week he was admitted to the hospital.

He was a band teacher in Wauwatosa, and we shared a love of music, especially organ music.  My Dad attended every one of the concerts, recitals, programs,  and operas in which I performed.  I always knew that he was in the audience because I could identify his throat-clearing cough even in a large auditorium.  Somehow, until I heard that sound, I wasn't completely settled on stage, but once I knew he was there, with my Mom, something inside me felt balanced. 

This week we will attend Christmas Eve services without my Dad.  Usually I sing a solo at one of the services at our church, St. Luke's ELCA in Waukesha, and my parents are in the congregation.  This year it doesn't seem right to sing.  I'll be in the pew with my Mom at her church,  First United Methodist Church in Waukesha.   Hopefully in future years I'll be ready to sing at Christmas again, but for this year, I'll take time to think of him and remember those past chapters.

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