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Woman honors husband’s military service with unique gift

by Candice Miller on January 3, 2011

I’m so glad that I could help honor another great American Veteran!

-Candice S. Miller

By SEAN DELANEY

Shelby Township resident Sue Czischke holds up the uniform her husband, Gordon, wore while serving in Vietnam along with a certificate recognizing his service from Congresswoman Candice Miller. The items, along with a certificate from Shelby Township Supervisor Richard Stathatkis, were wrapped up and presented to Gordon Czischke as a gift from his wife on Christmas Eve.

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This holiday season, Shelby Township resident Sue Czischke found a heartwarming way to honor her husband’s military service by wrapping up his uniform and medals in a gift box, along with letters of recognition from Supervisor Richard Stathakis and Congresswoman Candice Miller.

“I am so thrilled to be able to honor my husband (Gordon) in this way,” Sue Czischke said. “He served during a difficult war (Vietnam), and I recognize the difficult wars that our military are serving in today. I wanted to share how I am honoring my husband in hopes that other families will also honor their loved ones who are serving or have served so bravely.”

Gordon Czischke served as an accounting specialist during the war, which kept him overseas for more than a year. He had been married to Sue for less than nine months before he was drafted.

“Our marital bond was so strong and the loss of his daily presence in my life was so difficult, and yet I was so proud of him because he was serving our great country,” she said. “One night, as I laid in bed, I was looking out the window and I could see the moon shining brightly. I realized at that moment that my husband and I could see the same moon and the same sun, and all of a sudden I didn’t feel so far away from him.”

The couple wrote to each other every day, and Sue Czische has saved every letter her husband ever wrote to her.

“Of course at that time we didn’t have the benefits of email or Skype or cell phones,” she said. “If he wanted to call me, he would have to stand in line for at least an hour, often longer.”

When Gordon Czischke returned home, the couple traveled to Hawaii and made a vow to never spend another Christmas apart.

“And we’ve kept that promise,” Sue Czischke said. “But this Christmas I wanted to do something extra special for him in recognition of his service to our great country.”

To that end, Czischke obtained a letter of recognition from the Shelby Township Supervisor’s Office signed by Stathakis in recognition of her husband’s military service and another from Congresswoman Miller. Her gift also included a special military recognition ornament from Frankenmuth and a personal letter of appreciation from Sue herself.

“When I told (Veterans Events Coordinator) Phil Randazzo what I was planning, he told me that he has never heard of anyone doing what I plan to do,” Sue Czischke said 

 

Shelby Township resident Sue Czischke holds up the uniform her husband, Gordon, wore while serving in Vietnam along with a certificate recognizing his service from Congresswoman Candice Miller. The items, along with a certificate from Shelby Township Supervisor Richard Stathatkis, were wrapped up and presented to Gordon Czischke as a gift from his wife on Christmas Eve.

View and purchase photos

This holiday season, Shelby Township resident Sue Czischke found a heartwarming way to honor her husband’s military service by wrapping up his uniform and medals in a gift box, along with letters of recognition from Supervisor Richard Stathakis and Congresswoman Candice Miller.

“I am so thrilled to be able to honor my husband (Gordon) in this way,” Sue Czischke said. “He served during a difficult war (Vietnam), and I recognize the difficult wars that our military are serving in today. I wanted to share how I am honoring my husband in hopes that other families will also honor their loved ones who are serving or have served so bravely.”

Gordon Czischke served as an accounting specialist during the war, which kept him overseas for more than a year. He had been married to Sue for less than nine months before he was drafted.

“Our marital bond was so strong and the loss of his daily presence in my life was so difficult, and yet I was so proud of him because he was serving our great country,” she said. “One night, as I laid in bed, I was looking out the window and I could see the moon shining brightly. I realized at that moment that my husband and I could see the same moon and the same sun, and all of a sudden I didn’t feel so far away from him.”

The couple wrote to each other every day, and Sue Czische has saved every letter her husband ever wrote to her.

“Of course at that time we didn’t have the benefits of email or Skype or cell phones,” she said. “If he wanted to call me, he would have to stand in line for at least an hour, often longer.”

When Gordon Czischke returned home, the couple traveled to Hawaii and made a vow to never spend another Christmas apart.

“And we’ve kept that promise,” Sue Czischke said. “But this Christmas I wanted to do something extra special for him in recognition of his service to our great country.”

To that end, Czischke obtained a letter of recognition from the Shelby Township Supervisor’s Office signed by Stathakis in recognition of her husband’s military service and another from Congresswoman Miller. Her gift also included a special military recognition ornament from Frankenmuth and a personal letter of appreciation from Sue herself.

“When I told (Veterans Events Coordinator) Phil Randazzo what I was planning, he told me that he has never heard of anyone doing what I plan to do,” Sue Czischke said

She presented the gift to her husband on Christmas Eve surrounded by friends and family. The couple’s son was born five years from the date Gordon Czischke was inducted into the military and their daughter was married 36 years after the date he was discharged.

“How neat is that?” Sue Czischke said.

The couple has lived in Shelby Township for 28 years

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