Stan and June: To Have and to Hold for 55 Years!
- Published on Tuesday, 17 June 2008 18:17
- Written by Stanton O. Berg
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a series called the “Duets.” This series is published quarterly as a front page story in the “Source” Section of the paper. The Star-Tribune describes this feature as: “Duets” is an occasional feature that celebrates unique relationships between two people, related or not. – Portraits in Words and Pictures.” The feature is written by Gail Rosenblum with pictures by Jim Gehrz.
June and our relationship apparently came to the attention of Ms. Rosenblum as the result of tributes that I had previously published to June in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Ms. Rosenblum called me one day and asked if they could meet with me to do an article about June and I for the “Duets” Feature. They also requested permission to take a picture of June and I. Because of June’s advanced Alzheimer’s, I was initially apprehensive about a photo of June in her present condition. I did not want her portrayed in a negative manner by such a photo. They promised that any photography of June would be sensitive and in good taste. They were true to their word.
The result was a full page article entitled: “Duets Entering the Winter of Life”, published in the 24 November 2007th edition of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The author of the Star-Tribune article wrote to me following the publication. “Could you please send me your mailing address?...I have been bombarded by people calling and emailing me about your story, So many peoples hearts go out to you. Thought you’d like to see a few letters that came in. Your willingness to share your story touched so many people. Regards! Gail.”
Notes: On October 23rd, 2008, June passed away after almost eleven years of an exhausting battle with Alzheimer’s. June's last three years and 8 plus months were in an Alzheimer’s facility. Her last years were at the Alzheimer’s “Villa” of the Benedictine Health Care Center of Innsbruck, New Brighton, MN. See the funeral notice on June’s death. It is located on the top blue navigation strip under the label: “In Memoriam”. Click on: