I have been wanting to write this for the last few years and have never taken the time to do so. There are two people who live in this community who have done so many wonderful things and have done so very quietly. Their kindness and outreach will be felt many years after their lives have passed.
Arthur and Joyce Geyh have been a staple in the arts, teaching, ministry and the humane treatment of animals for as many years that they have been in Tiffin. I got to know Joyce in the seventh grade when she was my art teacher. Many fond memories of that year will always be with me. She taught art at East and West junior highs and helped with proms and floats for the many parades. She worked late, came in early and never was able to say "no" when someone needed help. She was an advocate to keep The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin when many thought it was a lost cause. When anyone needed something, they quietly donated and supported many and they never knew who to thank.
Art worked at Tiffin Developmental Center as the minister for many years. His kindness to the people who were there and his wonderful singing voice will forever resound in the chapel there. He was a minister to many smaller churches when they had no one. From Tiffin to Crestline, they drove to spread the word of God to the people who so wanted the church community. Art married many couples ... where and when they wanted it done. He buried many people as well ... again, always there when they were needed.
The First Presbyterian Church in Tiffin was lucky enough to have these two as parishioners. Joyce would decorate the church with the talented things that she made. They would help with the programs as well the making of the cheeseballs at holiday time. The talent that was donated to the church will be hard to find again. So many hours donated and never asked for anything in return.
I could go on and on about the things I know they have done, but I know that some things are not for me to mention. Their love of animals is beyond belief. I cannot begin to count the number of homeless animals that they either took in or paid to have them restored to health.
They have never asked for anything in return.
As they are older now and their health is starting to fade. it is time Tiffin says a big "thank-you" to them. How can you do this? By dropping a thank-you note or an email to let them know how they have touched your life ... whether by teaching, by being the minister or by the many ways they quietly helped people when in need. Please do not let this opportunity pass you by. Take a moment and drop the note by email or mail the letters to me. I will put them in a book and present it to them from the community.
My address: Roger Heminger, 4088 W. SR 6, Helena, OH 44883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come on, Tiffin. Let's let these wonderful people know that the things they have done are remembered and appreciated. Please spread the word. If you see this, let others know. A heartfelt thanks from me!
Roger Heminger, Helena