We have just remembered Veteran’s Day! It is a day to fly our flags that others in our communities will remember those who served our country. NEVER…NO NEVER…shall we forget them.
Today, I’d like to share about a young woman from who never had the privilege of sharing more Veteran’s Days. Her name is Lisa Ann Schlobohm.
A number of years ago, I taught 5th grade in Eustis, Florida. I had the opportunity to know many bright and energetic students. Lisa Ann was one of those. I remember her smile. Years passed. Lisa went her way….and we lost touch. It was when I was shopping one day when someone tapped my shoulder. It was Lisa’s mother and father. I was shocked to hear that my lovely student had died of bone cancer at the age of 25.
The following is her story as related by her husband, Hayden Basile:
” Lisa Ann Schlobohm, 25, of Eustis, Florida, passed away on December 1,2011. Lisa was born in Eustis and graduated from Eustis High School in 2004. After 5 years in the service, she was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant and started college.
She is also survived by her parents, Carl and JoAnn Schlobohm, grandparents, Louis and Alice Quarto, and aunts, uncles, cousins,and friends. Lisa succumbed to her 4 year fight with osteos a r c o m a (bone cancer); true to her vibrant nature, she fought as hard as she could every step of the way. So here I am, doing something that I never thought I would have to do. I am writing my wife, Lisa Schlobohm’s, obituary. So what can be said? I don’t think there are enough words in the English language to convey the loss that our family has experienced. At age 6, Lisa joined the YMCA Indian Guides and stayed until graduation; at age 8, she was the youngest usher for the Catholic Church; in grade school she started swim team; in 9th grade she wanted to play for the Eustis JV Football but was told she could not. So, Lisa decided that she would help and was a trainer for all 4 years of high school. She was gifted with both athletics and academics. Lisa could have earned scholarships for swimming, soccer, or academics. Instead at age 17, she chose a career in the United States Air Force as an all source Intelligence Analyst. It was on her 3rd deployment that she began to experience pain in her knee. Upon her return, Lisa was diagnosed with stage 4 osteo-sarcoma. Over the next 4 years, she battled this disease through 19 surgeries, 4 rounds of chemo, and radiation. It claimed her career as an Airman, her right leg, and eventually her life. During her entire ordeal, I can clearly remember that everyone said how exceptional she was, that Lisa could manage make jokes and take the full brunt of her situation head on. Through all of it, she held her ground with fire and vigor, fighting as long and as hard as possible against odds that had been against her from the beginning. Wife, daughter, sister, veteran, friend. A woman who was loyal to a fault, and who made sure you knew exactly where she stood. I still have no idea what to say to anyone (much less myself) that can numb the brutal nature of this loss…but if I were to try, it would be to say that Lisa’s flame burned twice as bright. And though our world is now a bit darker, our memories of her shall burn even brighter, like a phoenix bursting from its’ ashes.”
There are many on this day, who will remember with tears, their loved one who was lost in battle…or was lost after they served their country from a major sickness. Those who have survived to old age will also remember their comrades in arms who were too young to die. They stepped up and served and today we honor them.
FLY YOUR FLAG
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