Make A Wish, Dream Like Crazy


Make a wish, tell Kurt Boerman about your wish and your wish will come true.

Three weeks ago, shortly after my ALS diagnosis, Kurt called and asked what he could do for Mark and I. I thought for a minute and said, “I would love to spend some time with a few of my Reeths-Puffer classmates.” Kurt said, “I will call a few people and let you know the date.” A few days later Kurt called and asked me how many people our condo would hold and I said “The more the merrier.”

My dream was becoming a reality, a great party was in the planning stages.


Kurt called another classmate, Jill Boeve Wiggins, to tell her about my party and right away, without hesitation, Jill insisted on making all of the food for the party. Both Kurt and Jill offered to bring all of the food and drinks to the party so Mark and I didn’t have to worry about anything and we could relax and enjoy our guests.

How did we deserve these wonderful friends? Kurt and Jill have always been givers and would do anything for anyone. They both have so much love in their hearts.


Kurt and Jill decided to name this party “The Rosemary Hug Fest”! I’m not quite sure what went on behind the scenes before this party but I know that Kurt, Jill and many others put a lot of time, effort and love into this beautiful party and I will be forever grateful. How do you repay or thank someone with words? My words just don’t seem like enough.

In the group picture above, unfortunately, we are missing a few people that attended the party but left before this picture was taken. Our friends came from as far away as Chicago, Indiana and Detroit on a busy holiday weekend. I was in awe and so happy to see everyone. The group dynamic was perfect and everyone came together like brothers and sisters. I love my classmates.


This memorable night ended with this final picture. I want to thank all of the beautiful people that helped on my party. Thank you Kurt, Jill, Kristi Buris, Kristi Koplen Fagan, Deb Couch, Bruce Olsen, Jill and Gordy Verhulst, Mark, Kelly and Bryan Lambert for your help. Thank you for this beautiful Hug Party.

I love you all so much.


P.S. My sweet friend and classmate Fred Headen made me promise him a dance next summer at our 40th Class Reunion. Fred, I promise.

4 thoughts on “Make A Wish, Dream Like Crazy

  1. Rosemary and Mark, no words are necessary. The smiles on your faces, the sparkle in your eyes, the laughter that filled the room and the hugs are all that matters. Sue is right, there is no class like ours, we are special. It is very apparent that we all love you both very much and anything you need is there for the asking.

    Days gone by, are days to be counted

    Thought of as memories

    Pleasant and sweet

    Remember the days of the past

    But do for today

    Don't wait for tomorrow

    It will turn into today

    And then become days of our past

  2. Rosemary,

    If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times…OUR CLASS ROCKS!!!!! Our wonderful class of 1974 has always been a close class and I was blessed to be a part of it and very proud that we have such caring and loving friends!!!! And yes, Jill and Kurt, you are amazing! Thank you for including Mack and I. Rosemary's hug party was fabulous!!! Rosemary, we love you and Mark so much…..looking forward to you keeping your promise to Fred Headen when our class of 1974 celebrates it's 40 years!!!!! We will see you and Mark again soon! Lots of ♥♥♥! Mack and Sue

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