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by Terry Hersom, Sioux City Journal

One of life’s grim realities, I guess, is that sorrow is everywhere, every day, and we can only pray to deal with it bravely or hope it doesn’t pile up on us any more than we can handle.

Certainly, this has already been a tough month for lots of people, but I should express some additional condolences to follow up on others mentioned earlier this week.

My deepest sympathies to all who’ve lost love ones, but especially to the family of John and Jan Hackett, whose son, Michael, an avid sports fan with whom I enjoyed some lively and thought-provoking discussions, died Jan. 10 in Des Moines at the age of 29 — a terrible tragedy to be sure.

Likewise, I was quite saddened to learn that Margaret Fiegel, 68, lost a long battle with health issues on Jan. 9, approximately eight years and two months after the death of her husband, Walter, the beloved former East High football coach and a good pal, quite frankly. A son, Jim, and two daughters, Jill Uhl and Beth McAlpine, live on as a tribute to two wonderful parents.

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