Sending an ocean of love and gratitude to Jake and his family and friends. I'm so grateful to have met Jake at NYU. His heart is pure love and his smile is pure light. He always lit up the atmosphere wherever he went... I feel his love is still contagious.
Our deepest sympathies.
Chris & John Wallin
I had a dream Jake was alive.
All of his friends were there.
We were celebrating his funeral, but he was the star of the show.
There were hundreds of people.
There was a competition shop that they all worked at
But at times it was full of desks like a classroom.
And at times it was full of video games.
Everyone was eventually outside, and there was a big screen.
It was projecting Jake's life for everyone.
Everyone was in a really good mood.
Jake was really hard to keep up with that day.
His other friends kept trying to lead me to where he was.
But it was so difficult to find him.
At one point in everything I was in a contest.
We sat on the front row of the outside progression.
There were two other competitors, a girl and a guy I think.
I don't know who won, but I eventually left to find Jake.
I still could not find him, even though everyone kept saying he had just been everywhere I was checking.
This was the largest part of the dream, me disoriented and looking for Jake with people I didn't really know.
Eventually, though, I did find him.
Jake was sitting Indian style with some of his friends.
We were not in a gym, but in a room that size with wood floors.
I came up to him and that's the first time it hit me.
I asked him how this was happening.
He was dead.
We had already had a funeral for him,
And this whole thing, this event, felt like a funeral,
But everyone knew he was alive.
I asked how was this all possible.
I remember actually feeling elated then, but really nervous for his answer.
He smiled his cheeky smile at me and then my cell phone ringing woke me up.
Hello Lange Family. This is Mark Moore. You guys were a second family really to me for a number of years. From Hockey, nerf gun and watergun fights, and seeing HMS Pinafore to computer games it was a joy to meet Ben and then be invited into your home. I have no words that could convey my nor your feelings at this time. I can say I remember all the good times my brothers and I had with all of you. I think back to those days on a regular basis. Jacob being the youngest always wanted to join in and us being older would grudgingly say "okay." It didnt matter how much smaller he was, he would run out soaking us with a watergun and get drenched back just like Big brothers and their friends are supposed to do. He always had some funny comment or face that would get us cracking up. One night after staying over for hockey practice I moved around in my sleep and layed on the floor that was kind of on a slant on the first floor and woke u[ early with the WORST headache I had ever had. Then of course to hockey practice. we got back and were hanging out. Me and ben were play TIE Fighter the old PC game and I mentined my headache. Jake asked why I had it and I started explaining how the floor was tilted, blood rushed to my head..yadda yadda. He cuts me off, says "Well everyone know not to do that, geeez". Ben laughed, and I just got burned my a 6 or 7 y/o. That's the Jake I remember. He was young but a part of one of the smartest, kindest, funny familys I have ever known. My life is better for havign been a part of yours if only for a little while. Take care Lange family. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary, Ben, Paul, and Ernie,
I am so saddened by Jakob's sudden departure from our lives, and hope that you know that there are many who share your sorrow. Many people love Jakob and will hold their memories of him in their hearts.
Know that you are loved as well, and that you have a vast number of people from whom you can draw support.
I am sure that he is watching over you all as you grapple with his loss.
Much love, Ursula and family
Dear Mary & Family,
I am writing this letter to express deep sorrow for your loss.
I knew Jakob trough all the stories you have told me and his achievements, for a very long time and shall always remember him. He was the most kindhearted son to you. In fact, I shall always be thankful to God for the loving son that he blessed you with. I feel that your loss is a loss to all the people who knew him.
Civilization is a place where men rise and fall like the winter wheat. The dawn brings new rays every day yet there are some people who rise every day and bring to life, cherished memories, teachings and faith that help us sail the journey of life.
May God bless his soul and complete all his wishes.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we are sharing the burden of this great grief. May God bless you.
May God bless Jakob's soul.
With love and sympathy,
Amar, Celia, Amina.
So sorry to hear of your loss and we are wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time. You are in our hearts and prayers.
--Inyanga and Nefertari
Mary ,Ben Paul and Ernie, My thoughts are with you as I just read of his passing. Remember the happy times he broght to many ,his smile ,his younger years giggle,his early Years as you mary taught him as you traveled the US to learn,His many times at house full at his Aunt Abby's during holidays,how he make any stranger feel welcome and become his friend.He now is an angel i am sure so open your heart and listen as he speaks to you when you are sad he will remind you of the good times and make you smile.love to u all .Sarah
Mary, So sorry and shocked to hear about Jakob. All of us Stuarts send our love and condolences to you and Paul. You will be in our thoughts. Greg, Sara, Alex, and Griff Stuart.
Oh Mary...Jemi told me this morning of your loss; I don't get the Monitor and would not have known. I cannot, just cannot believe you have lost your beloved son. I am so, so sorry; though I'd not seen him in years, I certainly remember Jake in all our CTP shows :) Much love to you, to Paul and to all your family.
We were shocked by your loss. Our hearts and prayer are with you.
Bei and Ping
I keep hoping I'll find the perfect words to describe how I'm feeling about all of this, but they definitely haven't come to me yet.
One day I'll be able to explain just how much you meant to me.
Until then, keep rocking it there.
Bet you can get some really sweet shots up in the clouds, awesome angles we couldn't even fathom down here on Earth.
Love you, Brother.
Ernie and Marianne and Family, sending my deepest sympathy Mary Snider
Dear Dr. Deal,
There are no words to describe this pain. Please accept my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts. May G-d give you and your family strength.
Words are so trite at such a tragic time. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Anne Louise
I will keep you and your family in my prayers as you go forward. Please hold on to your wonderful memories, they will console you in the times to come.
I was deeply saddened today when I heard the news about the death of Jakob This must be very difficult for you. You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
May God bless you and your family during this time and always.
Anele and Daniel
Dear Dr.Deal, sorry to hear about the news. I hope god gives you strength in going through these difficult times.
Dear Dr.Deal, sorry to hear the news.
I hope god gives you strength in going through these difficult times.
Dear Mary, your passion for life and your love for your family is in every breathe. Steve and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. love, peace and joy as you celebrate your precious son Jakob's life.
Words seem contrite to share your pain and loss .May the almighty God give you the courage to overcome this tragedy.
To My DEar, Dr. Deal.
My deepest condolence. I have you and your family in my prayers.
DR.DEAL MY CONDOLENCE TO YOU AND FAMILY
MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS
Dear Dr. Deal
My condolences from the bottom of my heart May GOD give you strength during this hard time. I will keep you and your family in my prayers
Dear Dr. Deal & Family:
While the loss of a loved one is never easy, even when anticipated, it is most certainly the hardest when they are taken from us too soon. Your recent loss of your son who has left us at such a youthful age is certainly in the category of those hard losses for which there is so painful a reminder of what might have been.
We offer our sincere condolence and deepest sympathy on your loss. May the outpouring of sympathy,the kind acts of friends and strangers and the confort in knowing that your loss is felt by many, help you through this difficult time.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. May you find the courage and strength to move forward in peace and confidence and in knowing that his was a life well-lived.
Dearest Dr. Deal @ family!
Please accept my heartful condolences on the loss of your loved one.
I cannot imagine how you must feel at this time.
May God's peace be with you and your family in this time of grief.
Dear Dr. Deal,
I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this time. May his spirit live on forever.
Dear Dr Deal.
I can feel the pain you are going through. My heart and my best wishes are with you in this difficult moment.
I know words are not helpful in this situation ,please accept my condolence.
Dr. Mary Deal,
Very shocked to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Dear Dr. Deal,
It is hard for me to comprehend why tragedies should happen to wonderful people as your self and the beautiful child you've lost. My heart is with you in this challenge and I really wish that you gather all you strength and courage and keep going regardless of this horrendous personal tragedy!
Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Jakob was a criminal justice student of mine at UNT. He was a nice and respectful young man, and he will be missed. My deepest sympathies for your loss.
I am really shocked & saddened to learn that this young talented man is not with us any more, I can imagine how difficult this time can be for you. please accept my condolences.
Dearest Dr Deal and family,
My heart goes out to all of you for the sudden and untimely death of Jacob. We should keep our trust in the Merciful Lord who knows best. Jacob has been called to the Lord who has greater things for him in Heaven. Eternal rest grant to him o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, Amen. May Jacob's soul and the soul of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in perfect peace. Amen. To Dr Deal and family peace and understanding for a beautiful life cut so short. From the bottom of my heart and from the folks of Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, accept our sincere condolence.
Rachel my heart goes out to you and all who loved Jakob and whose lives he brightened.
Dear Mary, I am so shocked and saddened to learn the sudden loss of Jakob. I heard so many wonderful things from you about Jakob, such a kind, passionate and talented young man. Our time on this planet is after all so limited no matter how long we live, I am certain that Jacob lived his life the way he wanted and is now safe in God's hands. I hope you and the family great strength at the time of this incredible sorrow. My heart goes out to you and your family. MengQi
rest in paradise jakob you will be truly missed. my prayers and condolences to the family.
i will never forget you! you were truly an amazing gifted man.
Dear Ben and Family,
I am so utterly sorry to hear of such an unspeakable tragedy. Though I did not have the pleasure of meeting Jakob, I've prayed for your comfort since the moment I heard, and will continue to, as others are. I wish you courage and strength in this time of dire pain. You are in all of our thoughts and prayers.
To Rachel, Mary, Ernie, Paul, Ben and Extended Family:
We were shocked and saddened to learn of Jakob's passing today. I am so glad I Had a chance to see him with Rachel and Mary when they passed through here last year. Please believe our hearts go out to the entire Family in this very difficult time. Love, Jim and Jan Aram Troy, NY
Mary & family - I'm so sorry for your loss. You have always extended your kindness to others, please accept my condolences.
I am so sorry for the loss of Jakob. It is heartbreaking, and I hope that everyone who is struggling to comprehend why this happened, can find comfort in knowing how special it was to have had him in our lives. He was a beautiful person, and I am so honored to have had the pleasure of knowing him. He made me smile, and I know he will be greatly missed by all. Godspeed Jakob, and to everyone who love him. Lisa Chapman
We are so sorry to hear about Jakob. I have always enjoyed hearing the stories you shared about him. Please know our thoughts are with you.
Pam Stock and family
Dear, dear Mary,
My heart sank when I heard the news of your son Jakob's death this morning. You drew me into your generous circle of friendship and love. I thank you for becoming such a friend to me and assure you that you and your family are carried in my heart. I wish you strength for the journey.
Love and Prayers
Gina Brown and family
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It is such a heartbreak, I will pray for your comfort.
Dear Ben, I am so sorry for your loss. Your brother, you, and your family will be on our prayers. Your friend, Diego.
Ben and family,
We are all heartbroken over your loss. May you be comforted by your good memories and by those you love.
My heartfelt condolences to the parents of Jakob. If he was anything like this brother Ben, with whom I have been a colleague for the past couple of years ... truly a great loss.
Mary, we are so sorry for your loss. May God give you his comfort and strength.
Love, Richard and Janet Thurston
Mary, Janet and I are so sorry for your loss. May God give you strenth and comfort. Love, Richard and Janet Thurston
To Rachel, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. It is painful for me to know that someone as sweet as you, are experiencing such a painful loss.
Mary, Ernie, Ben and Paul - I have loved you all like my own family. I am stunned to receive this tragic news and can't quite absorb it. I have the greatest memories of talking and laughing long hours with all of you. My memories of Jake have extended over years from our first meeting and endless hours of Candyland games to quiet moments talking about his plans after high school, watching him honing his skills with a guitar. Beautiful young man whom I enjoyed immensely. I am devastated at this news and feel far too far away from you all - may my embrace of you all and love extend across the ocean to comfort you all. Love Wends
Mary Jane and family: I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. Much love.
To the Lange Family,
The UNT Department of Criminal Justice expresses its deepest sympathy for your loss. Jakob was an exceptional student and person. It was an honor to have participated in his education. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
My dearest friend Mary,
My heart is breaking for you. Please remember how much I love you and will be here for you.
Your forever friend
Our hearts are very heavy today. I hope you know that the love of everyone here at Bronx-Lebanon is with you and your family. Our deepest sympathy to all.
Mary, Ben, Paul, our hearts ache, but we know also, the joy and goodness you all shared will be there to comfort you. Our condolences to All who loved him. Mary & Paul McDonough & family
Our entire family was deeply saddened by Jake's passing. He was a fine young man with a great future. Our most sincere sympathy goes out to all who knew and loved him- Bob Threatt
Dear, dear Mary,
My heart aches for you.
Much, much love
My eyes are filled with tears and my heart heavy as I send you my thoughts and prayers. I am just so sorry. We are here for you always.
Mary Jane and Family, My heart goes out to you. Such a loss for someone so young but it appears that he touched many lives for the better & was quite a great person. My heart & prayers go out to you. Linda Kay Hengy McKnight
I can't even think of what to say and I've been struggling for the right way to express how I feel right now. My thoughts are with those who are impacted most by the loss of your light in their lives. Your memory lives on in those you leave behind, no matter the state of the friendship, old or current, we all feel your loss. You will be missed and loved forever.
There are no words to describe how you've influenced my life.I will miss you forever, my dear friend.
Mary Jane and family - we are so saddened by your loss of Jakob. What a wonderful young man he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
To his family, friends, and the love of his life.
Jakob was one of the brightest, shining lights in my life, that will forever shine brightly in my heart and memories. The sorrow that I feel is dwarfed by the comfort I take in remembering the countless adventures and laughs that we shared. He was an inspiration to everyone, and I'm proud to have had him in my life.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
It is wonderful to know that Jakob lives on, not only in the memories of those who loved him, but in those to whom he gave life with his donations to LifeGift.
"In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing." ~Robert Ingersoll
Our thoughts are with you across the miles.
I loved Jake like a brother and will miss him forever. His friends are his legacy. I never knew I could learn so much while having so much fun.
You will never be forgotten, Jakob. The impact you've made on your friends' lives have forever changed them, and to lose you is tragic and more than unfair.
Rest well, knowing you were loved and cherished - someday we hope to see you on the other side.
Mary Deal and family,
Your love for Jakob knows no space or time. He is with you in the eternal now. I pray that you can feel his love everyday, just like I feel yours all the way from Texas. My heart is with you, friend. You and your family are such an inspiration to us and keep me going. Thank you for always thinking of others, even when you are facing mountains yourself. Mwah! I love you.
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will always cherish the good times our boys had together.
When I spoke to you this morning, I felt numb and lost my words. All of us at ALS TDI grieve with you and look forward to seeing you hopefully soon.
Sending love to you and your family, Terri
When Jakob and his mom entered my office at Southwest HS, I had no idea what a unique young man I was about to know. He entered with home school records, college transcripts, travel logs, etc...a wealth of experiences and knowledge. It was definitely a joy to work with Jakob as his counselor. The world has lost a wonderful young man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family (especially Mary) and friends.
We are heartbroken about Jakob. Love to Mary and all the Riddell family.
Frances and Tommy Cox
My heart, love and prayers go out to all of you, Shirley Sweet
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you so much. May Jakob rest in peace.
My words can not express the sorrow I feel for your loss. Life does not make sense and losing someone as young and gifted as Jakob is so tragic. I hold all of you close to my heart. I wish I was there to hug and support you.