Loving comments from friends, colleagues and family in June 2011
“With tears pouring down my face, I’m having difficulty even typing a response. All I can say is I’m so grateful for the mentor, friend and inspiration that Lou was in my life for five years, with lessons learned that have served me well ever since those days!”“My prayers for both Lou and Linda, and all who so miss his presence!” Dave Mulvey
“Dear Lou — Please know that, like so many others, I owe you more than I can say. Your life and teachings have been an inspiration over the years. I wonder if you remember the time when you were teaching at St. Andrews and someone brought a little mouse in a box and set it on the table you taught from. You noticed it at the start of the class, but as time went on we all mostly forgot it was there. Then when you made a strong point about something you hit the table — the mouse jumped a bit — and suddenly you had a big smile while you were apologizing to it for waking it up. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.” Dave Wolf
“Lou, you have been in my thoughts and prayers nearly daily since I learned of your cancer. You continue to live on in the lives of so many of us whom you have touched with your caring, sharing, teaching, and love. My first-born son, Richard LOUIS MacDonald, carries your name — I continue to honor you. We are better for having known you and having the privilege of your immense knowledge and understanding. I look forward to meeting you on “the other side” — when my work is finished here on earth.” Much Love, Beverly (MacDonald) Greer (Part of the R.I.T. Group)
“Dear Linda, we have never met but I have received Lou’s newsletter for a long time. You and Lou were referred to me by a friend here in Binghamton. I love the newsletter and look forward to it each month. Lou’s newsletters and your relationship have been an inspiration to me. Love and God Bless You, Debbie Morello
“Linda, you don’t know me, but I receive Lou’s Life Travel Guide. Lou was my pastor as a young girl at St. Helen’s, his first assignment. He bowled every Friday night with my late parents, Mille and Vic Bromley. When I attended RIT he was my chaplain and head of Newman Club. It was only natural that he would officiate at my wedding on June 27, 1964. Later on, my husband Mike and I would be involved in the Worldwide Marriage Encounter and Lou was on the weekend we presented. We stayed in good touch for a long time, but then we moved to Rhode Island in 1978 and Lou went thru his career change and….the rest is history. It was thru Mary Frances (Ginger) Devine Michaels that I began to receive his newsletter. Enough introduction. I want you to know how truly sorry I am that you did not have the August celebration you had so carefully planned. It also seems like a blessing that he is passing so quickly. My darling Mike died of cancer in 1992 at the age of barely 51, and it was a slow and painful experience with our young six children struggling right along with me. I can tell you God opened up a whole new path for me; the children eventually grew and have beautiful families of their own; I am not angry with God; but I still miss him like crazy and get jealous when my friends grow old together. So, my prayers are for you as you rebuild your life without your soul mate. And my prayers are in gratitude for Lou in my life and for his peace with the Lord. Hope he says “Hi” to Mike for me and that his journey is a quick and beautiful route. When you kiss him, kiss him for me. God bless you both. With love and affection, ” Bromley Grattan
“My deepest sympathy go out to you, Linda. I’m very sorry to hear this latest news, but know that Lou has better things coming soon. I feel I’ve gotten to know him better through his ‘notes’ and enjoyed reading each thought-provoking message. He will be missed by many.” Bill Birkett
Farewell good and faithful servant. I am happy to say I knew Lou Hohman almost 50 years ago as Spiritual Director at St. Andrews. Fr. Lou got me through a difficult time. I am forever grateful. Dr. Frank Maressa
“My first thought was:
For all that has been, Thanks.
For all that will be, Yes.
Lou’s life has been a Yes,
and I hope with all my heart
that hospice and your loving care
will make this next Yes a gentle one.
Sending love and prayers,”