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Deidre Harm Remembered In Wisconsin Rapids

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- "It kept me going. It showed me people cared. It really made you see there is a lot of good in a lot of people and that everyone really does care. And that helped tremendously," says Deidre's mother Gail Itzen. Gail Itzen broke her silence Sunday night. She says she needed to say thank you to the community, for their support while her daughter Deidre Harm was missing. Gail says most of the people who came, she doesn't know that well, or know at all. Though the hugs they give, are ones like they've known her for years. "There are a lot of hurting people in the world, that are going through a lot of hard things now a days. And they need people behind them to love and support them," says Jean Hanneman of Wisconsin Rapids. The outpouring of love and support, did not just come from a few. "From the billboards to the flyers. And the businesses letting us put flyers in them. To the prayers for our family. To their concern to see how we were doing. It was a incredible community effort," says Deidre's aunt Glenna Schneider. Though the effort was strong enough to help Deidre's family get through the past months, Gail says it's not enough to wait for closure. The family has yet to receive Deidre's remains from the state crime lab. "We needed something. They couldn't tell us when we could have Deidre's remains. So we could hold a formal ceremony. They didn't know how long it would be. So we really needed to do something. The waiting for her to be found was enough. But now to wait to have closure would be way to much," says Itzen. So until they're able to lay Deidre to rest, they remember and honor Deidre, with old and new friends. "We still miss her terribly. We would give anything to have her here with us. Instead of having this. I would rather have her here," says Schneider. Deidre's family says there will be a wake that will be open to the public in the next few months. Her family is planning to burry Deidre in Illinois, next to her great-grandparents.
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