Nan Mustard's Recovery

This blog is a record of Erin (Nan) Mustard's recovery.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

We have suffered a great loss, Dr. Steve Ahn

Dear Family and Friends,

Dr. George Miller was kind enough to call us today to share the terrible news that our long time friend and helper had died this morning at the hospital while he was there working. We were stunned and could hardly speak. Many of you know how both Steve and Sylvia have been there helping during the past two weeks. Steve has been a pillar, a rock, a wise friend, a counselor, a generous giver to us over and over again. It can now be told, I am flying to be with my family in Hawaii because of Steve sharing his frequent flier miles to get me there, he was the benefactor. When I was in Boston and needed to come home to conduct business for a few days he provided the round trip ticket. He came out to visit Nan two Sabbaths ago and spent over an hour talking to Nan, holding her hand and praying with her. And now to attempt to accept that we have lost this great man, our hearts are right with Sylvia and the boys this evening.
I have enjoyed my time here with Jason and Jo very much. I've had a chance to get to know Timothy better. This afternoon Jason and I sang side by side in the Messiah which is always a good experience. We were both in shock and could talk of little beside our experiences with Steve and Sylvia over the past many years. We just keep thinking of how fresh our hurting is and to now know that Kevin and Michael with Sylvia are experiencing those same kinds of lost feelings and emotions, it tears ones heart out.

We send our love, many prayers already and our pledge of support, anything you need Ahn family, ask and we will help.

Friends and family, we are all reminded vividly how short time can be for any of us. I believe both STeve and Nan lived their lives in faith and with a close personal relationship with their Lord and we take some comfort in the belief we will see them again. I wonder about my own life and yours, where do you stand tonight with Jesus? I know this, He loves you, He knows you and He wants to be your friend and saviour. He does not care about the things we care about on this world, He cares about saving your heart for eternity.

We send all the love we know how to send to Sylvia and the boys, his sweet mom and Sylvia's mom, a family hit by a tragedy, a family that needs all our prayers, support, caring.

Thank you Steve for showing us how to live, now we pledge to in turn do what we can to help people, to listen to them and to care for them. We have lost a great, special giant today.

tim and jason and jo and timothy and clayton

ps This evening I had my first chance to read Jason's tribute to Nan. Tissues needed and my heart just was touched by his words of memory and tribute. He got it right about Nan and I love my family all the more for those words.


  • At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good words Tim. In the face af all that happens to us during our lives there is in fact some good news! Good news Saturday as we shared the Ahn family's grief, good news last week as we shared the the Mustard family's grief, good news all the time or may I say great news. God loves us and has something for us all the time any time. Free! Just ask and you will recieve. A peace, joy and understanding that even in times of personal tragedy allows you to think of others and to offer your help!

    Tim that is what you did just now. Our loved ones are at rest and need no sorrow from us. We are left with a piece that is missing from our lives. But the piece is soon filled with the memories of others that share their joyful moments with our loved one. Underneath the scar that will remind us of the event are all these joyful memories shared by our friends and loved ones. It is a reminder of the very happy times in the future that we will all share with Christ and each other as well!

    I join you and others in prayer that you and Sylvia and your families will soon recover from this.


  • At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim & Family,

    We met Steve & Sylvia many times over the last months and are with You saddened & shocked to read that He is gone. How did it happen and how did He compare in age with You and Nan?

    We had a good "Sing" with the Farimont Church Choir on Sabbath. The Service was beautiful and the Music went well. Glad to read that You were able to Sing also. Music is truly a great healer to all of Us.

    Have a good,safe & Loving time with Your Dear Ones and We will stay in touch through the coming Days,Weeks & Months.

    Love You,

    Bob & Carrol.

  • At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I cannot believe what I have read. Dr. Steve sat beside Nan the night before she died and held her hand. What a total loss for all of us and I give my all to Sylvia and her family. If this is not a wake-up call to we who remain, I don't know what else it is. TODAY, make things right with God, take hold of His hand and don't let loose. I am still shaking over this and can not say hard enough how important every day of our lives are. I love you all more than you know.

    Make Him your partner TODAY!

    Love, Sharon

  • At 3:29 PM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! If I remember correctly your families have been good friends for a long time. Didn't he have a son Jason's age? I know he was strength for you during the past months. Yes, you have suffered another great loss in your life. It just reminds us how near we are to Christ's soon coming. We must all trust and be faithful until that day.

    How special to be able to sing in the Messiah beside your son. It's been a long time since you were able to sing. Music sometimes brings joy and sometimes tears. Either way it helps to bring healing to the soul.

    We continue to hold you close in thought and prayer.

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 6:35 PM, Anonymous De said…

    Dr. Ahn helped me through terrible pregnancy's and delivered 1 of 2 babies.

    We will forever miss his smile, Giants baseaball talk,the love of chit chat and the care and understanding of a loyal doctor.

    God bless, Dr. Ahn will forever be in our hearts and everytime I look at my children will be missed.

    De Rita, Trevor, Taylor and Ella Wichman Small


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