“We feel such great gratitude to the Lord for giving us so many blessings,” said George Tomasi, reflecting back on his 80 years. “Yes,” chimed in his wife, Bettey, “Maybe He realized we would need extra help with the nine children He gave us!”
That help came in the form of a “mom and pop” scuba diving business that the Tomasi’s operated for many years, which augmented George’s full time job at Northern Michigan University. It provided a means for them to teach their children important life skills like how to have a job, earn and manage their own money. The Church provided the belief and value systems by which they lived.
“The Church has been so supportive and a part of our lives,” said George. “You know, the Lord will always give you opportunities, but you have to have the courage to open the door. Somehow, we always had enough opportunities presented, and were blessed with the energy and health to use them.”
When George and Bettey turned 60, they began to think about their future differently. That’s when they made their will. “I wanted to make sure Bettey was taken care of,” said George. Their will provides shares for each of their children, including Julie, who remains in their hearts even though she is in the hands of the Lord.
“We’ve gone over our will with all of the children, we’ve divided duties among them for taking care of our estate after we’re gone, and they are all supportive of it,” said George.
Planning gifts to the Church can be a source of grace and deepening spirituality. Including the Church in your will perpetuates the Catholic faith and offers yet another opportunity to walk more closely with the Lord Jesus.
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