I don’t normally publish personal reflections here, but I know many of you are entrepreneurs, or at least aspiring business owners. Many people want to “be their own boss,” but few would want that to happen quite this way. I hope you find the story inspiring. Success comes not simply from hard work, but from finding joy in working hard—and inspiring others with that combination of effort and joy.
Many words could be used to describe Lyola: kind, generous, loving, faithful, jovial. But the one word that stands out above all is “inspiring.”
For the first two-plus decades of their marriage, Lyola and Herb Girtz farmed near Pierz, Minnesota, and brought 11 boisterous children into this world—nine boys and two daughters.