Today I am inspired to write about a former co-worker and friend, Bobbi Silvernail Brunscheon. She was a mother, a loving daughter, a devoted wife, a TV anchor, a past Mrs. Iowa, a crazed Michigan Football fanatic and most recently – an ordained minister passionate about marrying couples whether they be man and wife, man and man, or wife and wife. She was truly happy bringing these married people together for lifetimes of joy.
However, Bobbi passed away just a few days ago, unexpectedly at the age of 38. She just stopped breathing in her sleep and it isn’t clear yet what caused this. But, as I sat at her funeral today, it was clear that it wasn’t her death that everyone was focused on – it was her life. For Bobbi was a lover of all people. She was a champion of the underdog.
Her friends, family and husband told of just a few examples of her heart of gold. One time when she was working as an anchor at the Des Moines NBC affiliate, a fellow employee didn’t have enough money to buy a car so he road his bike to work. Bobbi thought that was just too much in the harsh Iowa winters, so she led the way in raising money to get him a car, which he got:) There was also talk of her taking flowers to a fast-food worker who gave great service with a smile. And, then even just days before her passing, she gave a complete stranger enough money to take the bus home to San Diego to see his family for Thanksgiving because “he had good energy.”
Even in the short 13 months that I worked alongside Bobbi at a local TV station, it was clear she cared about people. She was truly a light in the newsroom that would shine no matter what was thrown at her. She was a big supporter when I myself was stressed over wedding planning and fighting with the management there to get out of my bogus contract. In fact, it was Bobbi who sent me straight to her lawyer in the midst of the contract debate:)
So, the point of my blog today is that I would like to make a pledge… to Bobbi… and to the world. I pledge to do what I can to spread joy to others, to give to those in need and to help make the world a better place. Sometimes I like to think I do a good job of that, but after true reflection – there is a lot more I could be doing. So, thank you Bobbi for living for all of us and for, even in death, sharing your positive energy and motivation to brighten all of our lives. You will be truly missed and my prayers go out to your family. Go Blue!