The family of Barbara and Gerald Heil will finally be able to bring the White Bear Lake couple home.
Friends and family shared messages of relief after learning from Italian authorities Tuesday that the couple's bodies were among the remains of five passengers recovered several weeks ago from the wreck of the cruise ship, the Pioneer Press said.
The Heil family issued a statement saying they can now move forward and bring their parents home to rest, WCCO radio said.
The family also expressed thanks for the support they've received from friends, colleagues, neighbors, family and loved ones, as well as people they never met who sent words of encouragement and prayers.
The Heils were the only Americans among the missing after the Costa Concordia cruise ship struck a reef near a Tuscan island and capsized. Some 4,200 people were on board, the Press said.
After putting their kids through school, the retired couple looked forward to the 16-day cruise. Gerald Heil was 69; his wife was 70.
Peace has been found by the Heil family, indicated by the final two lines on the family's website dedicated to the couple.
"We know our parents are together and are happy," the site said. "We look forward to the day when we can all be together again."