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North Riverside woman heartbroken over theft of garden statue that reminds her of daughter

oman upset after theft of garden statue

NORTH RIVERSIDE – So, what’s the big deal? It’s just a silly statue of a girl holding a jug on her shoulder. The lady who it belongs to can get another one ...

That may have been the thinking of whomever it was that stole a prized statue from Georgiana Sedlacek’s parkway garden in North Riverside, but to the joker or jokers who pulled the prank: You broke the woman’s heart.

And just so you know, Sedlacek just wants it back, no questions asked.

Sedlacek came out of her home April 25 in the 2300 block of Sixth Avenue and discovered the statue missing from its spot next to the bird bath in her parkway garden. The 2-foot-tall statue was given to Sedlacek by a neighbor about two years ago.

Like most things that anything connected to the heart, its value is immeasurable, Sedlacek said. So much so that she penned a letter to the thief or thieves:

“So you say it’s just a cement statue, so what? Rightfully so, however that statue grew to have great sentimental value,” Sedlacek wrote. “It became the symbol of what once was a young girl able to stand and appreciate the gift of a new day that so many of us take for granted.

“My daughter, Alisa, is disabled by multiple sclerosis. She is at end stage. What you took from me was just a statue to you. But it was a bunch of memories of a daughter who took every season as a gift.”

Sedlacek explained why she wrote the letter.

“I know it’s silly and may have sounded stupid, but I was just sad,” she said.

The statue, she added, reminds her of her daughter, now 52, at a younger age when she was still able to get around on her own.

“I’m sure everyone had a good laugh,” she continued in her letter. “Just so you know, you gave me a good cry and left me with sadness. What I’m asking of you is to do the right thing. Bring her home. You know where she lives. Find your compassion. I didn’t see you, God did.”

Sedlacek said the statue took on the countenance of her daughter at a time when she was not confined to a bed.

“It became like she was standing outside, taking in the garden,” Sedlacek said.

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