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Letter: So many people gave me comfort while I grieved

I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and affection my family is still receiving after the loss of my son, Joe Fern.

There was a very large turnout at his funeral. What a great tribute it was to Joe and what a wonderful acknowledgement to the kind of person he was.

I also want to thank everyone for all the beautiful flowers and generous donations.

I am making donations in the memory of Joe to Lifesource and Organ Donation in St. Paul.

There will be masses at St. Bridget's Church, money donated to drug and alcohol rehab, and I will also be donating money to the survivors of suicide programs.

I also want to sincerely thank the Rev. Jerry Harris at St. Bridget Church and River Falls police officer John Wilson. These two people were the angels who helped me get through a very difficult time.

Please keep my family in your prayers. We still have a long road ahead.