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A Circle of Love Weaves Together the Cycle of Life


April 18, 2019

Heather Struve, Parker Struve and Sydney Struve pictured with the bench.

In the fall of 2018 the sudden death of a MMCRU student, Natalie Henke, devastated the greater community. That devastation was so deeply touching to the neighbors, known and unknown that a seed of shared grief, empathy and sympathy was planted. That seed grew into actions of support all across northwest Iowa. It was a full-on, pay-it-forward reaction by the student bodies in the Marcus and Remsen (high school) neighborhood.

The MMCRU Industrial Tech Class members pictured with members of the Struve family.

In late winter of 2019 peace and expectations were again shattered by the fierceness of young life stolen. Kirk Struve, father, husband and friend, met with an accidental end to his life.

Some MMCRU Industrial Tech students were driven by the event so much that they were moved to create and offer a gift for remembering Kirk. A show of sympathy, shared pain and the hope of healing came on Wednesday April 17 by students from MMCRU to some of Kirk's family members; wife, Heather, son, Parker and daughter, Sydney. That gift of remembrance was a bench made by the class and dedicated in Kirk's memory for the family to enjoy and remember at their home.

The solid wooden bench with laser cut dedication in metal was presented at the South O'Brien High School commons to Heather, Parker and Sydney on Wednesday. This simple and meaningful gesture helped tighten and broaden the woven fabric of simple human kindness.


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