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Box of sympathy cards stolen from Madison church funeral service

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A grieving family in Madison was robbed of memories Wednesday, when a memorial box of sympathy cards went missing from a church funeral service.  

Relatives of 89-year-old Raymond Riphon believe somebody entered St. Bernard Catholic Church behind their backs, and stole a box filled with stories and memories about the deceased -- and condolences for the family.  

Daughter Linda Stanley told WKOW-TV it felt like "a real violation" that somebody would take such a thing -- especially in a church where people should feel safe.  

Stanley said Riphon found St. Bernard to be a place of solace, after his father was killed on duty as a Madison police officer in 1932.  

The family placed a newspaper lost and found ad, and it was planning to tell Madison Police about what happened.  

In the meantime, they're hoping the apparent thief will return the cards and memories. Stanley said she doesn't care about the monetary donations, if the thief really needs them. She's much more concerned about getting the cards back, so they can help with her healing process.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)