On Friday night, we attended Mike's visitation. It was scheduled from 4:00 to 8:00, but except for a break to gather and say a rosary for Mike, the line of hundreds of visitors -- often extending far outside of the funeral home -- continued from around 3:30 until nearly 9:00 PM.
Yesterday, we went to Mike's funeral, which was attended by approximately 500 people -- likely the greatest number of people the church has held in many years. Over 50 people sang in the choir, both during Mass and at the grave site. A dozen Souls of Honor veterans (https://www.facebook.com/soulsofhonor) attended the Mass and joined the escort from the church to the burial. During the burial, the VFW Post 6352 of Stratford, WI, conducted military rites. Afterwards, lunch was served in Mike's honor to several hundred guests.
Friday evening, we spoke to Niki, who said she was amazed by everyone's generosity and expressed how grateful she was that she wouldn't have to worry about money in the near future. Our sincerest thanks to all of you!