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Family and friends remembering the victims of I-94 crash


We're learning about the victims in Thursday's pile up on I-94.  The victims include a couple from Grand Rapids.  The wife was a retired school teacher.

The third victim is a man from Chicago who was traveling to his lake house in LaPorte.  His black lab Sparky was also killed.

After hearing about this massive accident on I-94 panic set in for Jerry Dalrymple's family.  Over the phone Friday his sister Deanna said family called hospitals, police, and Jerry trying to find out if he was okay.  "We had been trying to get a hold of him by cell phone and the house at the lake and we could get no answers."

The panic quickly turned to devastation when they learned Jerry was one of the victims.  Deanna said Jerry was on his way to a house he and his wife owned in LaPorte.  "This is the house they were getting ready for their retirement and they like to go out there on the weekends because he loved boating."

Deanna said Jerry would take his kids and grandkids out on his pontoon boat and speed boat.  "He enjoyed being out there, he enjoyed the outdoors."

He was planning on spending some time outdoors once he and his dog Sparky got to their home in LaPorte.  "He was all excited because even though it was cold they were going to go for a nice walk and then they were going to curl up in the living room and maybe start a fire relax for the evening and it wasn't meant to be."

On Facebook one of Jerry's friends called him "a kind and gentle soul."

A friend of the other two victims, Thomas and Marilyn Wolma describes the couple as outgoing, fun spirits who were always helping others.  "Just two of the most wonderful giving people that I know," said Bernice Wisnieski.

She said the couple was probably on their way back from Wisconsin after caring for Marilyn's sister who had a hip replacement, because they never stopped giving.  "Marilyn was the type of person if you lost a family member she would be over with food.  If you had an appointment she'd say, 'Can I take you?'  She was always the first to say 'what can I do for you?'"

After learning of the crash Thomas Wolma's brother Daniel said, "I lost my best friend."

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