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Memorial Service Being Planned For MN Couple Missing In Italian Cruise Disaster

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 6:57 am

The family of a Minnesota couple missing in the Italian cruise ship disaster have announced they will hold a memorial service in memory of their parents, after news that the search has been called off.

Members of the Jerry and Barbara Heil family of White Bear Lake posted a new blog titled “The Search is Over” on Tuesday, stating in part, how grateful they are to the rescuers who tried to find their parents.

“We are certainly disheartened to hear this news but understand and accept the decision to bring the search operation to a halt. We cannot express enough our sincere gratitude to all those involved in the search and rescue effort. Time and time again, the rescuers faced many perils in the hopes of reuniting the missing with their families,” the blog states. “We will be forever grateful for all those who worked so hard for people they did not even know, yet understood how important their job was for those that remained waiting for news.”

The Heils said they are currently planning a memorial service for their parents in the coming weeks.

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