Seated in his tidy living room in Shoreview, Minn., Ron Engebretsen is intensely candid about last Aug. 1 when the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed—and about his life since. There have been days, he said, “that were so hard I could hardly breathe.”
His wife Sherry’s classic Mercedes 280 was on the last section of road to clear the water—just a few feet from safety—when the bridge gave way and her car tipped back. Sherry, 60, director for marketing of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Minneapolis, was one of 13 who died.
|Ron Engebretsen credits his faith and faith community with helping him and daughters Jessica and Anne make it through this first year without wife and mother. Sherry Engebretsen died Aug. 1 in the Interstate 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis.|
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