Lance and Billy take another trip ‘Around the Area’A celebration of life for Superior native, Wynn (Germond) Tinker will take place today and Wednesday in Rice Lake. I had not seen Wynn since the 1970s but remember her as a person of humor, dignity, beauty and intelligence. I know of the love she felt for her family; husband, Greg; and daughters, Kelly and Sara.
The following is another “Have Fun or Get Out of the Way” column by award-winning Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their alter egos, Lance Boyle and Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram.
We all know how precious life is. Without it, what are we? That may sound like a no-brainer, but how many of us go through life taking everything we have and enjoy for granted? Life should be celebrated with each breath we draw, with each day we face, and with optimism. We are given finite time on this earth to make a positive difference in the lives of friends and family, so never miss an opportunity.
A celebration of life for Superior native, Wynn (Germond) Tinker will take place today and Wednesday in Rice Lake. I had not seen Wynn since the 1970s but remember her as a person of humor, dignity, beauty and intelligence. I know of the love she felt for her family; husband, Greg; and daughters, Kelly and Sara.
When a person leaves us, it’s common, even if their positive characteristics are few, to search for redeeming qualities to which we can cling. Wynn was just the opposite because you would have to search long and hard to find anything negative to say about her.
I have one Wynn story that I will long remember. Back in the mid 1970s, Greg and I tended bar at Bridge’s Indianhead Tavern in Lake Nebagamon. I remember Wynn’s concern that we would be working together at one of the hottest spots in the county. I choose to remember that her concern Greg would lead me down the wrong path. It may have been the other way, but I think I will believe what I want. Don’t worry Wynn, I kept Greg on the straight and narrow.
To all of our faithful readers, whether you knew Wynn or not, stop your day, give some thought to what you have, be positive and make a difference in the lives of others. Live each day as if it were your last.
I know that is how she lived her life. Even though she will be missed greatly by many, how lucky are those family and friends she influenced? As she would want it, “let the celebration begin.”
• Billy and I really enjoy living in this area rather than in a large metropolitan area because of the number of people you can meet in a smaller environment. Lance lived in Brooklyn Park, Minn., during 1975 and only knew some of his co-workers. Not even knowing his neighbors in his apartment building, a move back to Shangri La was inevitable. It was the best move he ever made. Old and new friends are easy to make in our area, and for that, we are thankful.
• New friends added to the “Best Friends of Lance Boyle” list are Lori Coulson and her daughter, Shannon. Shannon and her husband, Brent Stewart, live down the street from Mr. and Mrs. Lance. Lori stopped in front of the Boyle estate on Sunday admiring the hanging floral baskets. Even though it was my day, Father’s Day, Mrs. Lance instructed me to toil in the hot sun and provide water and nourishment to our beautiful plants while she spent two hours on the phone with her college roommate from Boston. While tending to my job, Lori stopped her car in front to ask where we bought our flowering masterpieces.
Well, about three years ago, friends Becky Baillie of Brule and Deb Battuello, through Roberta Bergquist, recommended a place on Crystal Lake which is located about halfway between Iron River and Brule just south of Highway 2. Peterson’s Greenhouse is owned by Larry and Lori Stute and Molly the dog.
Their selection of plants and baskets is incredible. Because of the wonderful weather our spring usually brings, it is with much trepidation that major purchases of plants and flowers are made. Peterson’s’ has made purchasing easy and taken all of the fear of heavy frosts and cold off-lake winds from our list of concerns. You can make your selections, they will attach a pink ribbon with your name on it, and you can pick them up prior to the middle of June. Their employees are incredible, but be warned, be prepared to play fetch with Molly.
Take a spin out to Crystal Lake, follow the “Greenhouse” signs and take in the beauty and fragrance of Peterson’s inventory. You will have a hard time making a decision on what to purchase.
• While motoring to Peterson’s, a must-stop is Twin Gables Restaurant in Brule. Good friend and former Superior Legion teammate Dean Wellman is the owner and host extraordinaire. The food is great, Dean will regale you with stories about the great ballplayers with whom he played, and you will leave full and having made new friends. Don’t believe a word Dean says about me unless it is good.
• While enjoying Father’s Day dinner with father-in-law Alex Wizbicki and good friends Dennis and Deb Battuello, Mr. and Mrs. Lance were having a great time and enjoying the usual wonderful food at Grizzly’s when a loud and raucous group was seated next to us.
Jack “Lefty” Urban and his wife, Julie, were accompanied by Jeff Polson and his wife, Chris, and beautiful daughter, Juliana. We had to calm them down but had a wonderful time visiting. I had the pleasure of coaching Juliana in basketball when she was in the fifth and sixth grade. She is now a sophomore at UW-Superior. Where has the time gone?
• Take full advantage of life and all of the treasures you possess. Time passes us by like a freight train. Enjoy the ride, but approach each day as if it were your last. You never know; it may be.
Happy belated Father’s Day to all. I hope you didn’t have to work as hard as I did.
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