We rested/recovered on Monday and Tuesday 3-4 July, and then on the 5th we travelled to Minneapolis to participate in a memorial service for my brother Richard.
After we arrived and checked in – I spoke Russian with the clerks – we had dinner with Richard’s widow Karen, her brothers, her sister, and her sister’s husband. Later, we went over to Karen and Richard’s house.
On Thursday, we ate breakfast at the hotel, and cabbed over to St. Mark’s Cathedral for the service. Our friend Laura, who had moved from Avon Lake to Minneapolis 25 years ago, came to the service.
There was a formal interment, and I poured his ashes into a crypt….
After the service, there was a reception line, and it was interesting to collect the varied reactions from those who: did not know Richard had an identical twin; knew but had never seen me; and had not seen me for decades.
Three of his classmates were there – one gave the homily – and all remembered me.
Afterwards, we had a meal at a Chinese restaurant in a strip mall.
That evening, we had dinner at Holy Land – a middle Eastern restaurant.
We said good bye, and in the morning, we had breakfast with Laura and her husband at Perkins, and then flew home, where Kerrie had watched Babe – our loyal dog.