Woman’s service dog returned home safely [UPDATED]Published 4:12am Monday, June 10, 2013 Updated 7:19am Monday, June 10, 2013
This is concerning the story about the people charged in a friend’s overdose. Marsha Schloesser was my closest and dearest friend. She died on Sept 18, 2012.
Marsha was an honest, sincere, giving person and she had 2 children, a daughter-in-law and a grandchild. She made mistakes, as we all do.
She was one of the most gracious and giving people I have ever known. If a child needed food, she would have given them the last of her food or the last penny she had to her name.
She would have/had given the clothes off her back if someone needed them. She regularly gave shelter to those in need. Her biggest mistake was trusting and loving anyone despite their past.
She was never one to judge others. The story these people gave was not the person that I knew. I had known her for 10-plus years, talked to her no less than on a weekly basis, if not daily.
I knew her entire life story — Marsha’s mother died when Marsha was 18 months old from diabetic issues. Raised by her grandparents, her life was never easy. She was disabled and her health was increasingly getting worse.
I had provided Marsha with a service dog, Diamond, a yellow lab. Diamond is a PTSD dog. Along with her children, Marsha loved Diamond beyond belief. Diamond helped Marsha with everyday living and day-to-day trials in life.
The choices that Qualley and Simon made also left a service companion traumatized. After being left alone for hours while Marsha was deceased and then being taken to the local humane society, Diamond has had a long road of recovery also.
Melissa Qualley told a story to try to make herself look less guilty. If by some weird chance the story they told was true, why would you leave a friend alone knowing that she took a very large quantity of medication, knowing she was having serious health issues?
I believe that the large quantities of medications that were found in her system were forced or hidden by some means to get her to take them . I believe that Travis Simon and Melissa Qualley went there with the intent to steal her medications (yes, that is speculation by me).
I know that Marsha’s medications had been stolen a few times before with no proof of who the culprit had been. When I was told the entire report of what took place that night I was literally sick to my stomach and had to sit down.
The damage that these people have done is indescribable. They have caused 2 children to grow up without a mother and a grandmother simply through selfishness. Those two people are an example of how disgusting people can be.
Marsha considered Melissa Qualley a good friend. She couldn’t wait for me to meet her when I was there the summer of 2011 to visit. In fact, one of Melissa’s daughters had stayed the night with Marsha while I was there.
Since Qualley and Simon were so concerned with cleaning up after themselves, why did they not simply call 911 from Marsha’s working cell phone, disguise their voice, wipe the phone clean and leave?
They deserve to be sentenced to the fullest extent of the law. Finding out that these people were being charged was a relief that is indescribable. I cannot thank Fergus Falls Police Department enough for the job they did.
I also want to thank all the others that helped make this horrible event a little easier: Shawn for being an awesome friend to Marsha and I both, keeping me up to date and helping in every way possible. Nicole, who rescued Diamond that evening from the Humane Society simply so Diamond wouldn’t be further damaged by being in a cage, providing her with loving arms, until I could arrange transportation to bring her home.
Joe from RAD Transportation for connecting me with a driver from Wisconsin that went out of his way to help bring Diamond home to Indiana.
My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Marsha’s family daily. Diamond is doing awesome these days in retirement and her ears perk up every time she hears Marsha’s name.
South Bend, Ind.