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Sue, Rich and Tricia Ristvedt, Fargo, Published January 18 2014

Letter: Heartfelt thanks from Ristvedts

If Uncle Larry was writing this today, he would say it was “a vivid experience.”

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who showed us the depth of kindness and love in the community that Larry Ristvedt loved so much.

A special thanks to the Fargo VA Home Care and Hospice for the care they showed and their impressive, supportive staff.

Thank you to those who cared for Larry at home, notably Kurt Klimek, Joanne and Jane Vanyo, Richard Hoverson and all the wonderful people at Accra who were truly there when we needed them. Also, thank you to his friends, especially Wayne Drewes, Brad Molldrem, Jack Hasbrouck, Jay Schuler and Bill Hoverson, who kept regular visits even when the conversations ended.

A big thank-you to Steve Schultz of Larry’s favorite Duane’s House of Pizza for his generous donation of Fargo’s best pizza after the service. And Siobhan Anderson for her time and care without asking for anything in return.

Thank you to Pastor Chuck Olmstead at Hope Lutheran, Kim at Prairie Petals and John at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home for your attention to detail. You all helped to make our sad day a little brighter.

And finally a sincere thank-you to all who kept and are keeping Larry’s memory alive, specifically KFGO Radio and The Forum. Sandy Buttweiler, your love and generosity was overwhelming. Cali Owings, thank you for the beautiful article. Steve Stark, we appreciated and loved the laugh.

ALS is a struggle that Larry handled with grace and patience, as he did with everything in his life. A quote that Larry loved by Albert Camus says, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” This was the way Larry lived and will live on in our hearts.