Several weeks ago, Gary Sarver of Ohio wrote a letter to the editor, published in the Bureau County Republican on Oct. 4. He mentioned “the caring and honest humanity of our Bureau County Coroner Janice Wamhoff.” Mr. Sarver wrote what I had intended to write over two years ago.
My mom died in May 2011, in her sleep on our family farm south of Neponset. It was a beautiful, sunny, peaceful early morning in May, a perfect day contrasted by the sadness my family was feeling as we waited for the coroner to arrive. Coroner Janice Wamhoff came to our farm in a timely manner, asking questions and taking notes, giving basic advice and doing what needed to be done, but the manner in which she conducted her duties was amazing. She was professional, sensitive, caring and informative. She treated the entire situation with class and dignity. We felt special in her presence, even though we know, as part of her job, she is probably in similar situations every week.
Shortly after she left that morning, I told my wife that I needed to somehow thank her, not only for what she did to help us, but how she made us feel. Unfortunately, I don’t think I followed through, and it wasn’t until I read Mr. Sarver’s letter that I remembered my original intentions.
The people of Bureau County are very fortunate to have Janice Wamhoff as their county coroner. To Ms. Wamhoff, I say thank you! We have not forgotten your kindness and compassion.