Help Joseph "Joe" Krizik and family
Jesse Krizik MUNSTER, IN
This is a fundraising campaign for Joseph "Joe" L. Krizik, former Vice Principal of US School District 157, who is struggling in hospice with the last stages of Lewy Body Dementia.
My father worked for District 157 for over 30 years. He spent most of that time as a Vice Principal for Hoover, Hoover West, and Schrum schools. If you attended any of these schools in the 80's or 90's, my guess is that you encountered him. He was known for giving speeches and his sense of humor, although as he was a disciplinarian I'm sure not all of you have good memories of him.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2000, and retired later in 2004. Many years later, medical experts determined he in fact had Lewy Body Disease, which shares in many symptoms and is difficult to differentiate in early stages, but leads to serious and unpredictable dementia. He has slowly experienced increasing issues with cognition and motor control throughout the years. Today he spends most of every day in a catatonic or hallucinatory state, and is unable to care for himself in even the most rudimentary ways.
I'd like to think my father has had a positive effect on other people in his life. Given that the end of his life is near, I felt as though this may be the time to ask for anyone out there who is willing to give a little. Everyone will of course have different opinions of the man, and I am not here to change that. If you have a good or a bad story about my father, I would be glad to hear it in either case. My own relationship with him was always very complicated and I enjoy any new information I can get.
The current state of things is this: my father is in hospice care, and been given effectively less than 6 months to live. My mother has been his primary caregiver and continues to live with and care for him in their Munster IN apartment, and life is very difficult for them both. She has her own medical issues, and while my father does receive a good pension, it is quickly eaten away by care expenses. My mother does not have any money for services or a funeral, let alone taking care of herself after he passes. I and my wife routinely visit to help in whatever ways we can, but we are not able to help financially in any significant way at this time.
If you have good memories of my father and feel like giving, then please do. The goal I set is not to cover any specific cost in their life. It is only an arbitrary figure I consider attainable, given how many people may know and remember my father. I would be very happy if we could collect enough money for my mother to have a chance at buying a house after he is gone, or otherwise feel as though she will have some security. She will continue to receive half of his pension and her own social security (at least, for as long as those things are still protected by/from the government), and they have no other remaining assets or funds. They lost their house not long after he retired. She has given years and years of her life to his care, and she was a good mother and a good wife. She deserves whatever I can give to her.
To be clear, even if no one donates, I have faith that my mother can survive on her own, and my wife and I will always do whatever we can to improve her life. My goals with this fundraiser are as follows:
1. Selfishly, to know that my father has touched others positively in life, to talk to people who remember him and to let them know how he is doing and where life has taken him.
2. For my mother, to give her 100% of whatever is donated and to help with current needs, and to provide a future with some optimism for having a home and stepping back out into the world.
Thank you for your time. Please share this with anyone else who may remember him.