The Lousmas Say Good-bye
They settled in Scio Township with their youngest son, Joey, and Gratia's mother, Theresa Bowling, who lived with them in her last years. Jack started his own aerospace consulting firm, worked part-time at the ERIM lab, and, Gratia says, "hit every school in the area" to talk about his time in space. As the couple prepared to move in September, he was still volunteering on the Yankee Air Museum's campaign to save part of the old Willow Run bomber plant.
Two of the couple's children, and eight of their sixteen grandchildren, live in Texas. And "the winters are beautiful there," Gratia says--an added attraction now that they're both seventy-seven. She says Jack will likely continue his speaking engagements there, and she looks forward to seeing more of old NASA friends like Gene and Jan Cernan.
But while Jack is enjoying overseeing construction of their new home in the hill country outside San Antonio, far enough away from the nearest town to stargaze, Gratia is finding it very hard to leave Ann Arbor.
"Some people think Houston is home for us," she says. "But this is home, and it always will be."