Friends say funeral won't be enough for closure

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It's been a week since the public search for Theresa Still began, and now funeral arrangements have been made for her.

Visitation will be held this Thursday from 9:30 am to 11 am at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire, with a funeral service and luncheon to follow.

Workers at Florian Gardens spent this afternoon prepping the rooms for Theresa Still's memorial service. Owner Dave Burke says he's honored to help the family in their time of need.

“We have funerals here about 2 to 3 times a year. A lot of the funeral homes in the area only fit 50 to 150 people," says Burke, describing that his place usually used for weddings and corporate events can fit more people.

Burke says Theresa’s family expects more than 400 people to gather here to say their goodbyes on Thursday.

"Eau Claire is still sort of a small town. My wife knew her through the medical community,” says Burke. “It's a huge loss."

At the 400 Club Bar in Altoona, her former coworkers and patrons have been signing a card and collecting donations to give to Theresa’s family at the funeral.

"That's going to be the hardest thing, come Thursday. We'll get some closure, but it's still just wanting justice to come,” she says.

And while friends like Amy Eckwright say they're anxious for the investigation to wrap, they understand it can be a slow process.

"I know it's taken time but that's a good thing that they make sure that everything's covered in their investigation,” says Eckwright.

Amy Eckwright says she and her husband will most likely close the 400 Club during the funeral services on Thursday, so all employees can pay their respects to Theresa Still.

Eckwright says they plan on holding a candle light vigil for Theresa at the 400 Club after the funeral service on Thursday afternoon.

No arrests have been made in connection with Theresa’s death.

There's also a memorial fund set up for Theresa Still.

You can make donations to:
The Theresa Still Memorial Fund
Wells Fargo Bank
2910 Mall Drive
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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