A sad note to share with the FMSM family...

Here is a note from Marlene and an excerpt from Jerry's obituary and a lovely clip of Jerry and Marlene dancing ...

My beloved Jerry died Friday morning. His daughter Ann and I were there with him, and I was able to hold him as he gently let go of his life. After 5 days in the Neuro ICU, we were fortunate to find a bed for him at Toni & Trish House where the hospice care is so attentive and loving. Last Friday he fell causing a severe brain bleed – and thus a hemorrhagic stroke. He declined slowly over the week, but until Thursday was still responsive and able to smile and squeeze our hands. I will miss him terribly – but I also feel some relief that his struggle is over.

I am hoping that folk & dance musicians can bring their acoustic instruments and jam after the service and lunch Saturday in the Gathering room at Trinity Lutheran.

Gerald (Jerry) Hickman, 88, of Midland, died gently and peacefully on November 2, 2018, knowing he was loved. Jerry loved folk music and traditional dancing. He organized the Midland Traditional Dancers and taught contra dancing and clogging at the Midland Community Center. He also taught dance to Midland students and Girl Scouts, and he was the Dancing Master at the Historical Society’s Victorian Ball.

Jerry’s bright spirit and enthusiasm for life touched the lives of all who knew him. Jerry is survived by his loving wife and favorite dance partner for 34 years, Marlene Hickman.. . . .

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 11 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Jerry’s family will receive friends on Friday November 9, from 6-8 PM at Ware-Smith Woolever and at 10 AM Saturday at the Church. His family is grateful for all the compassionate care and attention he received in the last months of his life. Donations in memory of Gerald Hickman would be appreciated to the Toni & Trish House or Senior Services.