I know that some think me too busy being a liberal, socialist, communist Democrat committed to doing everything I can to destroy the core principles of this great country. I really do have other interests in life.
I first met Rosalie Heislen in April, 2007. In late 2006 I became involved in developing a Walk-a-Thon in support of St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Little did I know that my tentative outreach to this advertising person for help in promoting the event would lead to a very warm and comfortable relationship with a woman who consistently expressed a humanity and cheer that I came to appreciate.
I last saw Rosalie in late May, 2012, at the conclusion of our sixth event supporting that same charity. I had dropped in to approve our self-funded annual "Thank-you" ad for our corporate sponsors of the event. She had asked how I was doing as she usually did.
Professionally, she took care of the business with me, poring over the copy with her magnifier and making the changes that needed to be done. We talked about "things." I knew her well enough at that time to tell her of the family health issues with my parents that would prevent me from continuing to commit the amount of time necessary to make such events a success.
When I left, we both wished each other well, said our good-byes and I walked down the staircase from her office space on the second floor. As I left, on the off chance that I would be able to find someone to keep this event going, I took comfort that whoever might pick up the ball would have Rosalie to assist them through the labyrinth of what she could do or where to go in the News Tribune for the appropriate help.
Having met and come to know Rosalie Heislen, I wish to express my sincere and heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the entire staff of the News Tribune. Sixty-seven years of service with any company is an anachronism in today's employment model. I can probably say that everyone at the News Tribune who has been employed there over those 67 years for any length of time appreciated the virtues and character of Rosalie Heislen.
My experience during those six years in support of St. Jude's allowed me a brief opportunity to enjoy that experience.