Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs made his mark on Mount Vernon. Many in town made their mark on him, too. Wirfs and his mother, Sarah, took The Gazette on a tour of his hometown, revisiting scenes around what essentially is the one square mile where he grew up. This story is a little about what can hold you back. This is mostly about what moves you forward.

In Loving Memory - Gloria Malatek

In Loving Memory - Gloria Malatek
In Loving Memory - Gloria Malatek

If we could visit Heaven, even for a day, maybe for a moment, the pain would go away. We would put our arms around you and whisper words so true, that living our lives without you, is the hardest thing to do. No matter how we spend our days, no matter what we do, no
morning dawns or evening falls, when we don't think of you.
We miss you and love you — past the moon and beyond the stars!
Love always,
Pat, Brad and Kayla, Jessica, Dan, Jade and Gaby