GILLETTE, Wyo. - Ava Marlo Kleiderlein, 2 years, 5 months, was delivered into the arms of Jesus Tuesday (May 15, 2012).
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Born on Dec. 21, 2009, with her twin brother, Trace, Ava's big little life touched so many in such a short time. She was different from birth. Her body never functioned the way it was supposed to, but her fighting spirit carried her through until God chose to take her home to ease her pain.
During her life, she brought unprecedented joy and light to everyone around her. Whether it was her infectious smile or curious personality, Ava would woo anyone who came in contact with her. She loved life and all the things that came along with it.
Ava isn't broken anymore; she is whole and she is fixed. We either had her on this Earth and broken, or God took her to Heaven to be healed. Ava being free of pain came at the expense of us not getting to have her any longer. But here is where we trust. We trust that there is a bigger reason; a bigger plan. Maybe the angels in Heaven needed a bossy two year old to keep them in line.
The part we take comfort in is that good-byes aren't forever. They're simply an "I'll be seeing you. So, Miss Ava, we'll be seeing you."
Ava is survived by her mother and father, Lynnea and Lance Kleiderlein of Gillette; siblings, Zoie, Logan, Xander and Trace; grandparents, Marlo and Jelayne Schlomer of Gillette and Mark and Bridget Kleiderlein of Modesto, Calif.; aunts, Marlayna (Matt) Walker and Mandy (Derrick) McKown of Gillette, and Morgan Kleiderlein of San Francisco, Calif.; uncle, Josh (Amy) Schlomer of Temecula, Calif.; cousins, Tatlen and Ella Walker and Alivia McKown, all of Gillette; great-grandparents, Robert Kleiderlein and Agnes Schlomer, Matilda "Tillie" Brady; and a great-grandfather in Bradford, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Gerhard Schlomer, Everett Koenig, George Brady, Janet Koenig and Lois Kleiderlein; and great-uncle, Brad Koenig.
Funeral services for Ava Marlo Kleiderlein were held at 2 p.m. May 19 at the Family Life Church with Pastor Martin Crump officiating.
Donations in Ava's memory can be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, Colo. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of the Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716 or condolences via the Internet at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com
Published in The Bradford Era from May 24 to May 30, 2012