When she didn't show up at the hotel and he couldn't reach her by phone, he feared she might be having an insulin reaction. He said he rushed home and saw her car and luggage were gone. He went back to the hotel, and when he saw she still wasn't there, he called police. Many of his Shriner friends drove around the area looking for her car, hoping she had parked somewhere.
"I was praying hard but losing hope," he said.
Breberg was conscious and coherent when Racette, 20, of Plymouth, found her just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Racette said he was bicycling home from his part-time job in the meat department at a Rainbow Foods grocery store when he spotted the SUV and ran down to the pond. He said he had bought the Chex Mix on sale that morning.
"I think she was just really happy that somebody finally found her," Racette said. "She sounded extremely strong for somebody who had been through what she went through."
Racette said he was fortunate that the water was shallow - he estimated it at about 1 1/2 feet deep - where her SUV came to rest.
Dr. Anne Lambert, who co-directs the hospital's burn center where frostbite and hypothermia patients are treated, said Breberg could have survived "a little bit longer but not a lot longer." Lambert said Breberg's diabetes was actually a greater immediate threat than the cold, with her blood sugar dangerously low when she was found.
Ron Breberg said he spent a sleepless night after reporting his wife missing to police. He said he talked to her briefly Saturday before she was sedated, and her sense of humor was back.
"If anybody has a doubt about the power of prayer, come talk to me," he said.