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'Living visitation' planned for Aurora man who made crosses for Pratt shooting, other national tragedies

Well-wishers invited to drive by house, stop and wave at Greg Zanis

AURORA – Aurora resident Greg Zanis, often known as "the cross man," is in the last stages of his fight with terminal cancer, and his daughter is hosting a "living visitation" for him on May 1.

In a Facebook post, Susie Zanis invited friends and family to drop off a sign or card with well-wishes and support. The Facebook post states that Greg Zanis will be near the front porch window, and his family will read the messages to him.

The visitation is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at the family home, 1230 Church Road, Aurora. Guests are asked to park on the grass to the left of the driveway. Letters and cards are also welcome by mail.

Zanis, who founded the Crosses for Losses ministry, is known for hand-making crosses with the names of victims of both national tragedies, like the shooting at a WalMart in El Paso, Texas, and of more local incidents, like the Henry Pratt Co. shooting in 2019.

Zanis announced his retirement in December 2019, and handed over Crosses for Losses to Lutheran Church Charities.

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