And He Will Rise, On Eagles Wings

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Yesterday, we experienced a tragic and devastating loss.

My husbands father passed away.

They believe he passed quickly, from heart complications.

No one saw this coming, no one was prepared.

We are in disbelief, in shock.

Family, friends, neighbors… everyone is grief stricken and numb.

It’s a testimony to the powerful relationships he fostered, and the love and kindness he generously shared with all.

And while I believe that Heaven was celebrating one of God’s precious children coming home, the loss of his presence here is overwhelming and heart breaking.

Today, please pray for all who are broken over this loss.

And please, please make it a point tell your family how much you love them.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  

-Matthew 5:4






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  1. says

    Oh I am so very sorry. We lost Yanni’s dad 8 years ago this July to a massive heart attack. In an instant he was gone. We found comfort in knowing that it was God’s time for him to go home, although we were still devastated by the loss. Time, along with God’s comfort, will slowly mend your broken hearts I promise. I will be praying for Peace & comfort for all of you. Hugs.

  2. Pat Gray says

    I am so sorry for your loss, Amanda. I was a classmate of Dennis. What you wrote is so wonderful.
    Prayers to your all your family.

  3. says

    oh I am so very very sorry to hear this.
    I’m sending my love and my prayers to you and yours as you move through the days ahead. – xxoo

  4. says

    Oh, Amanda…as a daughter of a father with heart problems I can so imagine what you all are feeling. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Praying for unspeakable peace and comfort for all of you.

  5. Alexandria says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. About 3 years ago the same thing happened in our family. My father-in-law suddenly passed away from a heart attack. Same as you, no one saw it coming. Prayers to your family, especially your husband. If he was close with his dad like my husband was with his, this is a very difficult time for him. Be strong for him!

  6. says

    Oh sweet friend I am so very sorry for your loss. I am praying that God will blanket your family with peace as you walk through the days and weeks ahead. Hugs and much love sending your way!!

  7. says

    Oh, Amanda. I cannot even begin to fathom this. Knowing how much the loss of a parent hurts when you have had time to grieve, this brings me to my knees for you and yours.

    Praying that the God of all comfort fills you with joy and peace as you trust in him. Believing that His arms are wrapped tightly around you and all your family, especially C. Asking Him to begin a healing in your hearts that leaves you with a deeper understanding of his grace. Praying he will be the peace that surpasses all understanding to your children.

    Please let me know if there is anything specific I can pray for. I wish I could be there to give you a big hug!

  8. Judy says

    To the Rettke Family –
    I worked for Dennis when he was the Superintendent here at Boyceville Schools. He was not only a wonderful boss but a wonderful person and friend. He always talked of his family and his grandchildren. Even after he no longer worked here he would send me pictures each time a new grandchild arrived. I was fortuante to have visited with he and Patty just a few weeks ago. Please convey my sympathies to Patty, their sons and their families.

    We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Sharon Formoe says

    Rettke Family,

    I, too, worked with Dennis at Boyceville Schools. Yes, he was a wonderful boss, and a wonderful person. One of the things I remember most about him was the love that he had and how his eyes would shine when he spoke of his grandchildren. We attended mutual friends 50th wedding anniversary celebration this summer, and it was such a joy to watch Dennis and Pat, as they were on the dance floor dance after dance. Keeping all of your family in our thoughts and prayers…

  10. Margee says

    So sorry for your loss. May he rest in eternal peace, and may perpetual light shine upon him. Wishing you comfort and peace.