Grateful for Tiffin community

I would like to invite all my Tiffin friends to reconnect with my wife Cindy and I at her new book signing at the Tiffin library at 6:30 p.m. April 23.

It was really a twist of fate that I ended up in Tiffin for 35 years. Back in 1972, a high school friend invited me to go with him on a college visit. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with Tiffin or Heidelberg University, even though I grew up in Lorain, not too far away.

Recalling that Heidelberg visit, I remember friendly people and a beautiful campus. I applied, they accepted, and I earned a degree in elementary education.

After renting a few years, Cindy and I bought a 100-year-old house on Schonhardt Street and that was home. I treasured my 30 years teaching in the Tiffin City Schools (Noble, Krout, Tiffin Middle School and Lincoln.) Teaching in the four buildings gave me the chance to work with many exceptional teaching colleagues, administrators and support staff. I have fond memories also of the many students and their families that I got to know.

I have said many times that Tiffin was a great city to raise my kids. Benjamin, Maria and Elizabeth really thrived throughout their time attending the Tiffin City Schools. They took advantage of YMCA sports and actively participated in many Columbian High School and Ritz Theatre productions.

In 2008, we followed our kids to the East Coast and it wasn’t until last year’s Heritage Festival that I returned to Tiffin. It was an emotional visit for me and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Even though I have tried, I never adequately expressed my gratitude to the Tiffin community when so many of you rallied around us after our tragic accident in May 2000.

Cindy’s book, “Struggling With Serendipity,” tells the story from a mother’s perspective of that fateful day and the challenges and serendipitous events that followed.

Her book is already receiving excellent reviews. I’m not surprised because I watched her, for eight years, pour her heart and soul into writing this incredible story.

John Kolbe