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Springville Journal letter to the editor: Thanks for memorializing two special Springville men

On the last Thursday in May, the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital held their first annual garden party at the Springville Country Club. It was a beautiful, warm evening with wonderful food, music and friends.

The purpose of this event was to celebrate the lives of my husband, Dr. Craig Wiede, and Dr. Richard Nowak and to reveal the first phase of the external renovation of the hospital. The funds raised will be used to develop a memorial garden just to the right of the main entrance of the hospital.

Craig had been on the BCH Board for nearly 20 years. When I was approached, last fall, about how to honor Craig’s dedication to the hospital, there was no question that a garden would be most fitting.

Craig loved his garden. It was always a family affair at our house and we all looked forward to the harvest, when we could enjoy broccoli salad, fresh greens with warm bacon dressing, asparagus and juicy tomatoes.

To be truthful, however, it was also often a source of frustration and there were times I was glad we lived in the country and neighbors were not within earshot, when Craig discovered that the bunnies had nibbled his lettuce plants or the crows had eaten every single, tiny corn plant.

And then there was the invasive purslane that regularly threatened to take over the garden. Many times, Craig told me, “Jen, I don’t think I’m going to have a garden this year.”

But he always did.

Planting a garden is sign of hope for the future. My hope is that many people will enjoy the memorial garden, for years to come, and find it a place to reflect, enjoy the beauty of nature and find comfort and peace.

To the BCH Foundation and board of directors for approving this project and to all involved in seeing the party and garden come to fruition, I thank you.

There are so many that made the evening such a special one, that I am reluctant to name names, for fear of omitting someone.

But I know who you are and I am so very grateful. Springville is truly a wonderful place to live.

Jenny Wiede

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