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CrossClef Pendant Choir Gift in Sterling Silver

The CrossClef mark was conceived in the fall of 2001. My father, Chuck Risser, died earlier that year of a heart attack at the age of 59. Though I live in Southern California, I was in Minneapolis for the baptism of my new Goddaughter. So I was fortunate enough to enjoy breakfast with my father the day before he died.

Aside from the commotion and anguish that accompanies such a sudden and tragic loss, there are always details to take care of. Such as a gravestone. My father’s wife, Maria, handling the situation with grace, dignity and incredible strength, asked if I’d like to design my father’s gravestone. I, of course, was honored.

The challenge was to create artwork that reflected the lives of both my father and Maria, since she would be sharing the stone eventually. Other than family and friends, the two most significant aspects of their lives are the church and music.

“Artwork that combined music and worship seemed most appropriate.”

My father was very involved with the church throughout his life – seminary trained and a member of countless choral groups. Maria is a career church organist. So the music and church connection was strong for her, as well. Furthermore, they first met each other when my father took piano lessons from Maria. Thus, artwork that combined music and worship seemed most appropriate. And the CrossClef was born.

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