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My husband died a terrible and tragic death 10 weeks ago today.

Well-intentioned people keep sending me emails asking for more information on Sears kit homes.

It’s certainly okay to leave a comment at this site, as a friend is now managing it, but please don’t contact me personally about Sears Homes for now.

Most of my Sears House materials will soon be donated to the ODU Library.

If you’d like to learn more about Sears Homes, please read through the 958 blogs at this site, or join our group on Facebook.

If you’d like to read more about how much I loved this man, just search “Wayne Ringer” at this site.


  1. Kate
    July 12th, 2016 at 16:12 | #1

    I’m a longtime reader of your blog and heard what happened to your husband. I’ve been through something similar. My thoughts are with you.

  2. Leanne Poellinger
    July 22nd, 2016 at 21:38 | #2

    I think our friends here in La Crescent MN may live in a Mt. Vernon Sears bungalow. How do I send you a photo?

  3. Jan
    July 24th, 2016 at 14:52 | #3


    I was so very saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved Wayne. Following this blog and the FB group, I know how much this man meant to you. It took my breath away when I found out about his death as I realized what a profound loss this was to you and so many others. I offer my prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  4. Liz
    July 25th, 2016 at 18:08 | #4

    @Leanne Poellinger
    Leanne, try the Facebook group. I’m sure someone there can help you.

  5. Gemma
    July 31st, 2016 at 21:32 | #5

    Please be with you, Rose. I was just as shocked to hear of Wayne’s passing as anyone else. Praying for you.

  6. Louis Slyker
    August 3rd, 2016 at 15:35 | #6


    I don’t know where else to send this information, so you’re the lucky ones!

    At 52 Oakdale Blvd. in Pleasant Ridge, MI, is another “The Preston” Sears home, though it was damaged in a fire in 1948 and much of the original character lost. It was further “remuddled” this year and no attention was paid to its heritage.

    My grandparents were the original owners, and the basic design was slightly altered during construction (as was so often true). It was modified by a local architect and I have some of his drawings, as well as a pen sketch made in the 1930s when the house was in prime condition.

    The home was built in 1922.

    I know that Pete Sanders owned a Preston in nearby Berkley as of 2012. I am aware of no others in the near Detroit suburbs.

  7. Joy Glasser
    September 5th, 2016 at 03:09 | #7

    Thank you, Rosemary, for leaving your archival work to an archives in a college library!
    That was a very wonderful and thoughtful thing to do. Those of us who love these houses, and live in these houses thank you, gratefully.
    Best wishes.

  8. September 6th, 2016 at 14:06 | #8

    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your husband. I apologize for the speaking request I posted recently on another site and for the inappropriateness of it. You will be in my prayers.

  9. Ashley Anderson
    December 14th, 2016 at 12:32 | #9


    I’m looking for 4 family apartment houses that were built in the early 1900s. Do you know of where I can find these? I believe Honor Built had a plan from 1916, but I’m looking for more… please help!

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