Church resurrects tradition in honor of late members

ASSUMPTION, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption revived an old tradition on Sunday.

It was a children's track meet held to honor two parishioners who are gone but not forgotten.

"Well, I think it was not only devastating to our families but it was a hurtful thing in the parish" said RJ Lumbrezer.

Lumbrezer's father Ron died last year after being struck by a car while walking along Central Avenue.

"I would think it would mean a lot to him because he would see how much the people in the community thought of him by turning out for this" says Mr. Lumbrezer.

The kids track meet used to be an annual event for students at Holy Trinity School.  Ron Lumbrezer was always one of the organizers.

Once again, another generation on Sunday bragged about winning different races.

"50 meters, 100 meters, 400 meters; I'm a pretty good runner" said Sydney Woodman.

Other kids like Aaron Miller showed off the medals they won.

"We can run and be with our friends" he says.

Charlie Adair was a teacher at Holy Trinity and a firefighter and EMT for the Richfield Township Fire Department.

She was hit and killed last October after stopping to direct traffic at an accident scene while on her way to work.

Everyone's thoughts and prayers were with Ms. Adair as they watched the kids run laps around the grassy track.

"She's looking down on us and smiling. This is what she always wanted; Everybody together. She liked family being together all the time" said Ms. Adair's husband Craig.

On Sunday, the Holy Trinity community was one family as they celebrated the lives of Ron Lumbrezer and Charlie Adair.

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