A memorial Mass for Jerry and Barb Heil drew hundreds of people to the couple's longtime Minnesota church in White Bear Lake, a suburb of St. Paul. The Heils are among 15 people still listed as missing from the Costa Concordia, which rammed a reef near a Tuscan island and capsized Jan. 13.
In a blog posting Tuesday, the children of Jerry and Barbara Heil of White Bear Lake, Minn., say they are "certainly disheartened to hear the news" but understand. The Heils' children say they "cannot express enough" their gratitude to everyone involved in the search and rescue effort.
The children of Jerry and Barbara Heil of White Bear Lake, Minn., say they continue to be "overwhelmed" by all that the U.S. Embassy in Italy and the Italian authorities have done in searching for the missing passengers.
The couple -- he is 69 and she is 70 -- were among the more than 4,200 people aboard the Costa Concordia when the cruise ship hit a reef or rocks off the coast of Italy on Friday, leaving at least six dead and about 70 injured. Twenty-nine people remained missing Monday.
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