A former Southborough family in crisis is reaching out to their old hometown for support.
Kathleen Livernois and Janet Wellman are the stepdaughter and wife of Norman Wellman. Norman was a 48-year resident of Southborough until four years ago. He passed away on June 5, 2014, in Reno, NV after a longtime battle with depression.
Livernois recalls her father as “a very smart man, who always knew every answer on Jeopardy.” He was a Nobel man, who loved music and going to concerts and the atmosphere of meeting new people who also enjoyed having cookouts on the porch of his home in Southborough with his friends and family. “That was his favorite thing [to do],” she said.
With the unexpected loss, the Wellman family is running into financial trouble. At the age of 49, Janet Wellman, is suffering from degenerative disk arthritis and needs double hip surgery.
“She has severe arthritis in both sides of her hip . . . it’s very hard for her to walk, and she’s in so much pain continually,” said Livernois.
Four years ago, the Wellman’s moved to Reno, Nevada. Livernois is now trying to get her mother back to the east coast so she can care for her after her surgery in August.
With only $3 in Livernois’ bank account, she can’t care for her mother or cover her father’s cremation expenses.
She said, “It’s so scary being in financial trouble. It’s hard to look in your bank account and it reads $3 every time you get paid because you need to pay the bills. It’s hard to never know if you’ll have a roof over your head the next month or not . . . It’s depressing and demeaning not to be able to afford what you need to live. Asking for help is so hard – this is the first time I’ve ever had to put my walls down and actually ask for help.”
Livernois has set up a fundraiser goal of $3,000 by the end of the month on youcaring.com.
“I hate to ask for money but if you can donate anything, even $5, it would help us greatly. Every penny counts right now. If you can’t afford to help us with money please help us with prayers,” she said.
Classmate of Livernois, Meghan Johnson said, in an email, “I feel too often Southborough residents forget that not everyone in town may be able to afford the same things they can.”
Livernois said, “I just want people to realize how great my dad was. And how much pain my mom’s in, both inside and outside. . .
We couldn’t get him help mentally when he needed it and now my brother and I want to do anything we can to make sure my mom still gets the surgery and help she needs, including mentally.”
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