Longtime farmer remembers wife of 67 years with Goodfellows gift
Stanley Shavlik shared 67 years of his life with his wife, Jean, on his family farm in Linwood, Nebraska.
They raised three kids and countless dogs, tomcats and chickens. They shared the housework and farm work. When one was sick or injured, the other stepped in to ease the burden.
When Jean fell ill a while back, Shavlik cared for her at home for roughly a year against the advice of doctors. After Jean’s condition required a nursing home, Shavlik and daughter Nancy drove the 25 miles there and back to visit her almost every day.
“She was just a remarkable woman,” Shavlik said, “the love of my life.”
Jean died in the early morning of Aug. 19. Amid his grief, Shavlik decided that he wanted to donate a small amount of money to a good cause in Jean’s memory.
He chose Goodfellows, The World-Herald’s charity, at the recommendation of a cousin in Omaha. He enjoys knowing that the newspaper keeps none of the funds for administrative costs so every dollar donated goes directly to those in need. Goodfellows provides holiday meal vouchers, back-to-school socks, T-shirts and underwear for struggling families and one-time emergency aid to people who are attempting to overcome hardships.
“It’s good to help those people that have no help,” said Shavlik, who donated to the charity for the first time this year. “There’s getting to be more and more of those people.”
Now that he’s broken the ice, he plans to send a little more to Goodfellows each year.
“There will be somebody to remember in the future,” Shavlik said.