Yvonne Losey deals with birth, while her husband Lt. Col. Garry Losey deals with death. And they wouldn't consider doing anything else.
Yvonne is the director of the birth center at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, serving mothers and babies at the very start of their lives. Garry, a Seventh Day Adventist pastor, is stationed at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del. and greets and counsels families awaiting the arrival of their loved one who has died during service. Before his Dover stint, Garry was manager of pastoral care at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.
"Garry feels like it's a privilege to work with these families, even though it's a sad situation because of a death. It's a privilege," Yvonne said.
And while working as a pediatric nurse for about 38 years, including 5 at Adventist, Yvonne has seen her share of happy and sad moments as well.
"It's not always perfect," she said. "Not every baby is the one hoped for and I'm there to help support those mothers, too."
The couple met about 36 years ago at a California hospital where they both worked. After they married, they raised two children and now have two grandchildren. Garry joined the Army in 1988 and the reserves in 1999. In 2009, he helped about 250 Army families at Joint Base Balad in Iraq. So moving and frequent plane rides aren't unusual for them.
And despite their current geographic separation, the Loseys maintain a home in Plainfield and have had a happy and wonderful marriage. They keep in touch via Skype and they keep the airlines busy as well, said Yvonne, 58.
But that back-and-forth travel soon may end. Garry, 60, plans to retire in August and return to pastoral work at Adventist. Yvonne plans one more trip to Dover in August for his retirement ceremony and she plans to present a quilt she has made. She has made several quilts for giving families over the years, she said.
"Being married to a military man and moving as much as we did, well, it's made our lives rich," she said. "We appreciate what we have. It's definitely been a blessing."
Bee-line on TV
Stacey McClenathan, founder and CEO of Bee-line Communications Inc. in Libertyville, said the agency has signed on to be featured in the second season of AMC's unscripted series, "The Pitch." The series chronicles advertising agencies as they prepare campaigns to bid on new major accounts. "The Pitch" first premiered on AMC in April 2012 and earned a Critic's Choice nomination for best reality series -- competition. Bee-line has worked with a number of suburban companies, including Motorola, Johnson Controls, Abbott, International Capital Group, The Field Museum and others.
Donald honored by Queen
Professional golfer and Northbrook resident Luke Donald was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in England. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conferred the honor for Donald's contributions to professional golf and his role as a global ambassador for Britain. Donald is friends with Bill Terlato, CEO of Terlato Wines International in Lake Bluff. Together, they created a collection of wines that reflected Donald's British heritage and his American lifestyle.
Sears aims for Superman record
Ron Boire, president of Sears and Kmart formats and chief merchandising officer for Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings, is expected to be on hand Wednesday when Sears promotes the "Man of Steel" movie premiere by attempting to break the world record for the largest number of people assembled in one place dressed as Superman. The current record stands at 437 by a Canadian company. Now, all Sears needs is Superman to save its bottom line.
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