I’m sad to report that John Michael Lerma, a familiar face in both Grand Forks and the Twin Cities has passed away after a long illness.
According to a Facebook post by his partner, John Michael was taken off of life support and died this afternoon “in no pain.”
“He was the center of my life for 16 wonderful years and he will be greatly missed. I will always love you my dear sweet JM. It was his wishes to not have a funeral but a gathering of those who loved him. As soon as I can arrange a place and time I will post so all those who are interested can attend,” the post read.
John Michael was a guest on WDAZ News at 5 with Terry Dullum and a regular addition to the Twin Cities Live program on KSTP. He wrote the cookbook “Garden County” and was known for his vidalia onion pie.
While I never met John Michael in person, I corresponded with him via social media and felt like I knew him.
I’m sure many people will miss John Michael and his amazing warmth and humor.
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