PIQUA — It is often difficult to express support for friends and loved ones who a facing health issues.
When Angie Hohlbein, longtime manager of the Piqua East of Chicago Pizza location, received the unwelcome news that she was suffering from leukemia and would be undergoing chemotherapy, her employees decided to show their support for their manager — and friend — by shaving their heads.
Jim Miller, owner of East of Chicago, said that his employees wanted to do something to show support for Hohlbein who is loved and respected by those she works with. “This is the crew gathering together behind her,” said Miller.
Miller said that Hohlbein was the first employee that he hired when he purchased the Piqua franchise some 23 years ago. Her personality and performance as manager is shown by the lowest employee turnover rate of any of Miller’s restaurants.
Miller said that Hohlbein was diagnosed just after the new year and was quickly hospitalized at the The James Cancer Center in Columbus, where she is undergoing chemotherapy with further treatment being planned.
As word of Hohlbein’s hospitalization became known, Miller said, she was “overwhelmed with cards” sent to her hospital room.
Hohlbein, and her husband Mitch, are longtime Piqua residents. The couple has three boys, Brandon, Braden, and Andrew.
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