[visionrehabtherapist] Re: Sad news from UWM

Hi all,

As a graduate of WMU, I too can say how Sue touched me both as a mentor and a 
friend. When I was a struggling Grad student and overwhelmed, Sue and Paul 
invited me once to their house to give me support and their experience on a 
assignment I was having difficulty with. After I graduated and moved to 
Phoenix, I kept in touch and became good friends to both Sue and Paul, and have 
seen them whenever I could when in Michigan to visit family. Sue's spirit lives 
on in each friend and colleague that knew her or benefited from her writings or 
workshops.

Patty Arnold 

Quoting "B.J. LeJeune" <BJLejeune@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

> 
> I am passing along this heartbreaking message from Donna Lee.  In know
> you all share with me the sadness of losing such a tremendous friend and
> colleague who has done so much to enrich our lives and our profession. 
> BJ
> It is with very a very sorrowful heart that I write to you this evening
> on behalf of all my colleagues at WMU.  This morning, after a courageous
> battle, Sue Ponchillia passed away.  Together, Paul and Sue were known
> for being an incredible couple who worked tirelessly for our department,
> but also our field.  Sueâ??s presence at WMU always brought smiles and
> laughter, as she touched the lives of so many far beyond the studentâ??s
> she taught.  As one of her studentâ??s myself, she certainly made a
> lasting impression on me that Iâ??m sure helped guide me to where I am
> today (ironically just two doors down from her own office).  She will be
> missed more than words can express . . . 
>  
> Tentative plans are for a memorial service on Saturday, October 24th. 
> I will keep everyone updated on specifics as we know more.  In the
> meanwhile, please join us in supporting Paul during this difficult
> time.
>  
> Many thanks for your thoughts and prayers in advance,
>  
> The Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at WMU  
>  
> Donna Brostek Lee
> Assistant Professor
> Western Michigan University
> Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies
> 1903 West Michigan Avenue
> Mailstop 5218
> Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5218
> Office: (269) 387-5944
> Fax: (269) 387-3567
>  
> 




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