Let's capture some of why we loved Wilke so much. As one friend of his put it:

"...write up an anecdote – some story where they watched Wilke build up into righteous anger when reporting a story... or ironing out a crease in the fabric of the Journal bureau... And someone should talk about him tearing up when he described taking his kid to college…..Or when he became nearly inconsolable when the anthrax story came back and cost him two fantastic seats at the Nats-Mets game. Describe a time he filled in for people, picked up their loads for them, counseled them, slipped them incredible sources, shared bylines... that will keep him alive and you (and the rest of us) afloat."

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In Our Hearts...

I just want to express deep gratitude to everyone who helped make Saturday's memorial for John such a healing celebration. Two things can be true: we would NEVER have wanted an event like this to have to happen, AND since it did, that it was so "outstanding", as John would say. Forgive me if I miss any names, but thank you to everyone at the WSJ -Jerry, Bryan, MaryLu; the Newseum people -Pam, Troy, Hazel, and serving staff; and for the great benefit dance evening - the Legion Hall, the rocking bands, Neil, Helene, Eric, and of course Bryan.

The place in our heart where John resides has a lot more company now with all of you there around him...

- Mark Wilke

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