Thursday, February 18, 2016

ALS Claimed Two Classmates in 2007 and 2008

We recently learned that two of our THS Class of 1971 classmates passed away from ALS (Lou Gerhig's disease).

John Philip Moschel:
John passed away on December 6, 2007, from ALS (Lou Gerhig's disease). His obituary can be found below.
Nila Jo (Sales) Perkins:
Nila passed away on June 14, 2008 in Colton, California from ALS, or Lou Gerhig's disease. Although I haven't been able to find an obituary, there was a touching photo and paragraph about her in a publication called NeuroTalk, in an article titled "In search of the face of Lou Gehrig's disease "
Leo Greene, Staff Writer
(Article Launched:10/08/2006)

"I think ALS is the loneliest disease," said Nila Perkins from her room at the Reche Canyon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Colton.
The 53-year-old Nila had been an active woman, a longtime executive for the Girl Scouts.
In 2002, she first experienced shaking in her hands and difficulty negotiating stairs.
Nila knew something wasn't quite right. But when a doctor suggested she needed to slow down, "I was outraged," she said.
Eventually, in May 2003, a Loma Linda specialist diagnosed ALS. Nila had been living on her own in Redlands at the time.
By July 2003, she quit driving. A walker became necessary in September of that year. And by February 2004, she needed a wheelchair.
So as not to be a burden to her daughter, Nila decided in May 2005 to move to the Reche Canyon center. It was a wise decision, she said.
In her year-and-a-half at the nursing home, Nila has survived several other ALS patients. As for longevity with this disease - "It's 95 percent attitude," she said.
Her grandchildren keep her going. Nila said she wants to live long enough for the youngest, who's 3, "to remember me," she said.

John P. Moschel, 54, loving husband and father, resident of Cottonwood, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2007. He was born February 21, 1953 in Hastings, Nebraska to John Joseph and Jennibel ...

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