The Wing family needs your help today.
On February 20th Michael Wing passed away in his sleep. He had been recovering from a routine procedure he had done four weeks earlier. Over those four weeks he had faced just about every complication possible, and had spent many days in the hospital. He had appeared to be recovering, and his passing was completely unexpected and devastating.
On top of the huge loss to the Wing family and community, his wife, Kathy, is now facing huge expenses from the funeral home and his final hospital visits.
For years the Wings have dedicated themselves to the community in many ways, including working in industries they loved. Unfortunately, that did not translate to a strong financial foundation in recent years. Now, with drastically reduced monthly income, rising rent prices, and the added costs of medical and funeral arrangements, Michael’s family need our community's help more than ever.
I’ve talked to Kathy many times over the past several months. She often told me how concerned she was that they were just one unexpected financial disaster from homelessness. This is far more than an unexpected financial disaster.
Michael's family had planned to move out of their current living situation following the recent murder of their next-door neighbor. They were scheduled to pick up the keys to their new rental in a safer neighborhood on the very day of Michael's passing. Now, the weekend that should have been spent moving to a better home is being spent planning Michael's memorial service.
This move is now put on hold indefinitely because of finances.
Michael was a lover and encourager of people. He loved music and theater. He lived that passion as he was involved as a Choir Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Medford, a member of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, the Musical Director for Teen Musical Theater of Oregon and Board Member for the Youth Symphony. He taught music at St. Mary's School for 17 years.
He was also an integral part in making Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars happen each year.
As an ordained minister, he viewed his work in the community as a special form of ministry.
He will be remembered as a teacher, mentor, encourager and friend to hundreds.
Can you help support a family that has given so much to our community?
Any donation helps, thank you.
Danielle Craig & Erin Maxson
- Kristen Robinson
- Kristen Gordon