plans fundraiser for Lisa Gehl family
Wanda English Burnett
week as organizers for a benefit for the Lisa Gehl family were
getting things in place, Lisa took a turn for the worst, and passed
away on Friday, March 25 at the St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.
Christy Sutton with the Napoleon State Bank, told The Versailles
Republican, she wasnt sure the benefit plans would continue.
That was Friday. By Sunday, March 27 the originally scheduled
benefit was back in place with more support than ever.
The Gehl family has sustained enormous medical expenses after
Lisa was diagnosed with leukemia in July of last year. Lisa, who
is described as a beautiful, Christian lady", was married
to Jim Gehl and together the couple have five children: Brandon,
Matt, Jill, Katie and Cameron.
Lisa had worked for Dr. Kimberly Kick with Margaret Mary Community
Hospital until her illness.
The Gehl Family Benefit will be held Sunday, April 10 from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Maurice Catholic Hall, Napoleon. A roasted
pork loin meal with all the trimmings will be served, with carry-outs
available at the St. John Lutheran Church. There will be a quilt
raffle, silent auction, bake sale, and a 50/50 pot.
Sutton stressed that the benefit is a true community effort
with many businesses, churches, organizations, students and staff
from Jac-Cen-Del school, and individuals pulling together. Travis
Neal and Nick Rohlfing have headed up a committee for the benefit
and were presented a $1000 check from the Osgood Lions Club.
Everyone is invited to the benefit that will help the Gehl family
as they begin their journey without their loved one. It will also
show the family how much they and Lisa are loved, according to
To volunteer or help with the meal preparation you can contact
Rita Gookins at 689-4355, or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are
unable to attend the event, but would still like to donate, you
can make monetary donations at The Napoleon State Bank, P.O. Box
9, Napoleon, 47034 payable to: Gehl Family Benefit.
Organizations and businesses wanting to donate may contact Sutton
at 812-756-0067 or 812-852-4002 or Travis Neal at 812-621-0221
or Nick Rohlfing at 812-852-4081.