Today we can confirm that the official search for the missing passengers aboard the Costa Concordia has ended.  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.  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.  As we struggle to come to grips with this tragedy, we find comfort knowing Mom and Dad are now in a better place free from any worries. They have always been obedient to God’s plan and now we must do the same.

For our family and friends; plans are currently underway to hold a memorial service in the coming weeks to celebrate the lives of our parents.  We will update you all with additional details regarding the service when they become available.  Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.

The family of Gerald and Barbara Heil