Niagara Gazette — All efforts to find the women failed. And the Millers were left with the idea they might have somehow been touched by an angel — an angel who told them with gentle certainty that “everything is going to be OK.”
Jeannine’s brother, Michael H. Brown, a former Gazette reporter who broke the story of Love Canal in the ‘70s, is currently a Christian writer in Florida, and he put Lauren’s story up on his website, www.spiritdaily.com. From there, the tale made its way to Women’s Day Magazine.
Jeannine, Kevin, and their daughters, Lauren, 25, and Alyssa, 23, believe the experience was divinely designed to show them there was more to life than what they could see. They also believe the angel was sent so that the memory of her impossible care might help them survive the terrible loss of Jonathan. And they believe that in the end, “everything is going to be OK.”
Part of that certainty is finding out the extraordinary impact their son had on the Lewiston community. The Orange Cat coffe shop sells a coffee created in his honor, with proceeds going to the a foundation the family had created in Jonathan’s name.
The family’s symbol for Jonathan is a dove, and they find white feathers everywhere. Kevin recently recalled how he was slowly coming to believe in the little miracles, partly due to the gentle onslaught of feather sightings. He found one as he climbed in bed one night, into a set of bedsheets that had just been washed and which he had, himself, helped place upon the bed. “I pulled back the sheets and there was a white feather on the pillow,” he recalled, his voice breaking with emotion.
Four years after Jonathan’s death, the 17-year-old’s presence is still felt at Lewiston-Porter. His principal at the high school, Paul Casseri, said Jonathan had friends in every quarter, from jocks to loners. The senior lounge is named for him, there is a mural in the school honoring “J-Mill” and his football number, 76, has been retired. “He was friends with everybody,” Casseri said recently. “It was uncanny.”