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by Ed Pyne, Publisher
Her idea will relieve grieving families
When Sonja Reece’s husband, Jerry, died from a heart attack last year she was lost. A member of the Normal Town Council and a longtime Advocate BroMenn Hospital staff member, you would think her and Jerry were prepared for life hereafter, but she said they rarely talked about it.
“If it had been me,” she said, “he would have lost too.”
Sonja decided she wouldn’t let that happen to her family again and in the process she is helping many others in getting ready for the inevitable.
She has created the “Grab and Go Binder” or, as she laughs, the “Stroke or Croak Binder.”
There’s little time during an emergency she said. “You have to grab and go.”
Jerry knew where the key was to safety deposit box, but she didn’t. The bank said it would be $100 to drill it out to open it.
Sonja said she would look some more.
Her son, Jay Reece, a Bloomington attorney, told her Dad kept a lock box downstairs. Maybe the key was in there. They couldn’t find the key for that either but Bill’s Lock & Key of Normal would open it for $10 and he did. There was the key to the safety deposit box!
Sonja’s binder contains 32 items in four sections to get ready in case something happens and they range from writing your obituary, insurance beneficiaries, investments, computer passwords, military records and pet records.
She said she would be happy to speak to any club or organization who wants to invite her. She is always seeking more suggestions.
Her phone number is 309-452-6782 and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch for future editions where more space will allow us to expand on Sonja’s wonderful idea
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