Therese Casler, my story...
|Not long after leaving the farm in Iowa to enlist in the Navy,
my father was accepted to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. My
mother, a native of Rhode Island, met him at a midshipman's dance
where the romance blossomed. Soon after graduating from the Naval
Academy, my parents married and my father transferred to the Air
Force to be a fighter pilot. I was fortunate to see the world and
old enough to realize my dad was flying dangerous missions when stationed
in Vietnam. I have a special love and gratitude for our veterans
and their families for their service and sacrifice.
|I am blessed to be the mother of six children, but tragedy struck
when my oldest died suddenly in 1999. I believe God gives us graces
in the midst of sorrow, though. I found this out soon after when
my mother was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). I would
travel home as often as I could while being a single parent to the
three younger children who were still in school. For six months in
2003, I would stay each month to assist my father in caring for my
mother. When she died May 6, 2003, I was able to help my father
plan for my motherís funeral and burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
||That was only one of the gifts I received a few years earlier. Life does go on and
my oldest daughter married a wonderful man and I now have two beautiful granddaughters.
I enjoy traveling with the family and every year I go to Haiti on a medical and
dental mission trip.
|Life is about change and we need to chart a new course during different
passages. My father now has Parkinsonís Disease and I have once
again become the family go-to person for a parent. Driving was becoming
an issue as was his mobility and in 2010, as difficult as it
was to move away from all his friends, my father moved to Nashville
to an assisted living. It is difficult to watch the changes, but
prepared to navigate the changes. I have worked as a marketing director
for an assisted living, care coordinator for an elder law attorney
and administrator/case manager for a firm that helped clients attain
Medicaid and VA benefits.
Licensed insurance producer in Tennessee
Senior Services Network, North Chapter Co-chair
Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.
Hendersonville Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors,
Fundraising Committee Chair
Our Lady of the Lake Parish
Council, Administration Chair and Building Committee Chair
Our Lady of the Lake Haiti Committee, Co-chair