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ORNEVILLE TOWNSHIP - Tragedy strikes an Orneville family three times in the span of a few years.

The latest, culminating in the death of a husband and father after a crash more than a week ago.

But even in tough times, the "little things" are shining through.

"You always think you have tomorrow and you just don't think things will happen to you," said Danielle Bubar, "but they can, they did."

The unexpected happened around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

Eric Bubar, 31, was killed after his car rolled into some trees along the Lyford Road.

He leaves behind four kids and his wife, Danielle, who he had been together with for 15 years.

"I got close enough to see a terrific kid sticker in the back window," she said, "and that's when I realized it was my car."

She says Eric loved making a difference in any small way that he could, whether taking care of the livestock at home or working in assisted living.

"Little things like that that you don't really notice," said Danielle, "you kind of take advantage of it."

He did all of this while dealing with the death of his own son and father just a few years ago.

"That's been my biggest blow," she said, "is realizing that I was just caught up in keeping myself busy."

Danielle said after her son died, she tried taking her mind off the troubles by pouring her time into other things.

But after Eric's death, she now has a new outlook on life she wants to share with others.

"Don't fret the small stuff," she said. "It doesn't matter."

"Just be the person your spouse needs you to be."

"She's the strongest woman that any of us have ever known," said her mother, Melissa Gallagher.

Friends and family are confident she will bounce back.

"She's a tough cookie," said Gallagher, "she really is."

This, despite having to care for four-children in an undersized home in desperate need of repair.

A GoFundMe account  has been set up to raise money for the family.

Her mother hopes to raise enough money for a double-wide modular home, a new car and extra funds to help Danielle get back on her feet. 

Blake Lipton

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