It is my personal privilege to share this reflection on a life long Steelers’ fan … my father Howdy Hartung.
It was Thanksgiving when we got the call that our dad was close to death. So many thoughts run through your mind at the time. Lets go jump on a plane to Arizona now! Call the airlines so we can leave first thing in the AM, hospice care folk say that he has 2-3 days. The call comes before we board the plane that your dad passed away.
A flood of emotions and memories rush all through your mind and body. We said our last goodbyes in person on Father’s Day in June. Little did we know that would be the last time with him in the same space even though we talked with him a number of times by phone up until the weekend before Thanksgiving.
I missed a call on November 19 from him. He almost always ended the call with I love you when he talked with my sister Melanie, Jeff, family members, his friends, and me. It was part of his good nature to care for people. Here is a message he left on my phone that day.
My brother Jeff who works with NFL and college football teams for the helmet company Riddell had a story that comfirmed for him and our family that dad is in a good place now. The suffering with the disease Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease — a disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues. In MG, that attack interrupts the connection between nerve and muscle https://www.mda.org/disease/myasthenia-gravis is what eventually ended his life.
The story Jeff shares in his own words by clicking on the link below.
On this Super Bowl Weekend be super caring for those you love and other people who you encounter in making this world a better place than you found it, my dad did!
Here is Mel Blount another Steelers’ great that both my brother and I got to work with in being born and raised in western PA.
Have a wonderful Super Bowl weekend! Support the Souper Bowl of Caring in your church community to help end hunger.