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Story Matters: Grand Rapids community leaders remember Peter Wege

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We recall the stories of Peter Wege: his impact, his approach, his expansive generosity and ability to bring us together in the ways he lived his life and shared his gifts.

As our community says goodbye this week to Peter M. Wege, much loved philanthropist in our community with passions for education, the environment, and much more, we dedicated a special edition of Story Matters as a tribute to his life. We asked a number of people to sit down with us and tell us what they will remember about him, the impact he had on our community and the person they had gotten to know. 

Wege was known for wanting things to belong to the people and not have his own story at the forefront, so the preservation of his story relies on us talking about what he did. The conversations captured here help preserve this history of all the good he did for all the right reasons.

Rest in peace, Peter Wege. You have left a lasting legacy with our community, and we hope to honor what you have created and encouraged in all of us.


We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. STORY MATTERS is a story collecting project from The Rapidian and GRTV, with special assistance from Erin Wilson of the Wealthy Theatre and many of the team at GRCMC.

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