Please keep Ben's family in your prayers. Ben passed away Friday after a long battle with cancer. I buried Ben's wife, Vera, 6 years ago last month. That was the same weekend my brother died and my son, John, was born. Ben has been staying with his son, Martin, these past few years in the Portland, OR area. His daughter, Mandy, and her family walked the Pembina Trail for Minnesota's 150th Anniversary celebration.
I'm hoping to see Mandy and her family some time tomorrow, when I go up to Grygla for visits.
There will be a memorial service out in Oregon this week and then a committal service here in May at St. Petri.
Laura R. passed away early this morning. She'd been in the hospital for two weeks fighting congestion in her lungs. Years ago her husband, Elmer, was out bulldozing and found a large rock. The rock was about 4' x 6' x 8'. Laura wondered what he was going to do with that. He put it in the front yard as a decoration. It's there today. Please keep Elmer and his family in your prayers.
Right now we have a tentative schedule for her funeral as being this Friday at Oak Park at 11am, no prayer service on Thursday. Committal either at Clearwater or at Oak Park cemetery.