Piper Jennifer Gutzler, 9, of Nashville, Ill., along with her parents Marty and Kimberly, departed this life on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at 6:15 p.m. due to an aviation accident near Eddyville, Ky.
Piper was born on April 11, 2005, in Belleville, Ill., the daughter of Marty and Kimberly, nee Lane, Gutzler.
Piper was a 4th grade student at Nashville District 49 Primary School in Nashville, Ill. She loved all sports, especially soccer, basketball and softball. She enjoyed going to the beach and being with family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Betty Gutzler; an aunt, Jennifer Gutzler; and her cousin, Sierra Wilder.
Left to mourn her passing are her brother, Nicholas Brink and his wife Jentry of Key West, Fla.; two sisters, Sailor Gutzler and Kasie Dlubala and her husband Danny all of Nashville, Ill.; paternal grandfather, Jerry Gutzler and his wife Nora of Swansea, Ill.; maternal grandparents, Jack and Janet Lane of Nashville; paternal aunt, Jackie Anderson and her husband Paul of Alameda, Calif.; two maternal aunts, Kristy Brink and her husband Jason and Kara Lane and friend Dan Paszkiewicz all of Nashville, Ill.; great-grandmothers, Laura Haake of Hoyleton, Ill., and Marie Kaufman of Nashville, Ill.; eight cousins, Ella and Adam Hoepker, Jake and Jackson Brink, Landen and Max Lane and Josh and Tristan Wilder; and other relatives and numerous friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sailor Gutzler fund at www.sailorgutzlerfund.com or will be accepted at the Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville, Ill. Online expressions of sympathy can be made at www.campagnafuneralhomes.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at the Nashville District 49 Middle School gymnasium in Nashville, Ill.
Funeral: Private funeral services for family and close friends will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville, Ill., with Pastor Matthew Wietfeldt officiating. After the service cremation will be performed and interment of ashes will be at a later date.
CAMPAGNA FUNERAL HOME, Nashville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 5, 2015