Kevin James Meyerholt
Kevin was a special education teacher in the Rudyard school district in Upper Michigan. He was well respected by the faculty and his students. At the beginning of the school year he became ill and was in and out of hospitals in the area. Marquette hospital finally air-lifted him to Mayo Clinic; Michigan hospitals had tried to diagnosis disease during September and October but could not help him. Mayo Clinic called us and asked permission to research his illness, which eventually was diagnosed as fungal Moning, a horrific and incurable disease. During his final month of life at Mayo clinic he was subjected to many procedures, operations, and tests. He finally ended up in a coma. The hospital staff was very caring and compassionate and kept us informed. We were not able to be at his side because of the distance and our work schedules. We only had two weekend visits with him. They gave us a call during his final moments and we heard the clergy’s prayer. They even put the phone to his ear so we could say our final goodbyes. At the time he was in a coma, but we feel he heard our words. They gave us a second call giving us the exact time of his death the school took up a large collection and sent us a bouquet of flowers and two living plants. The school put a plaque in the school library in his honor and his students were able to select books in his honor. What a wonderful way to remember their teacher! The principal and another teacher traveled five hours to come to Kevin’s funeral and brought hand drawn cards from his students and also a CD with him and his students. We are very pound of Kevin because he accomplished so much and gave his life and body to help find a cure for fungal Moning. He was only 48 years old when he passed away but he had a positive influence on his students in his 26 years of teaching. I have received many good comments from his former students. I am so proud to be his mother.
-- Norma Romaine