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Closing Remarks

By Br. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB

Gretchen, family and friends, thank you for joining us as the Saint John's community mourns the loss of Jon. Jon was one of the greatest storytellers we will ever know - a Minnesota voice whose plots and people, while they came to us from small and out-of-the-way places, spoke to all of us, whatever our life experiences.  His themes were not limited by time and place - they were about our struggles with choices between good and evil in their everyday manifestations.  Jon showed us that we do have choices, and that they are important, no matter how restricted our realm.  And with his loving heart, discerning eye and keen sense of humor, Jon made us laugh while we absorbed these serious lessons.

Please join us in the Great Hall for some food and storytelling - something that our beloved friend was a master at.