Alexander Michael Gavia Vosdingh passed away at home in the afternoon of August 5th from complications due to lifelong disabilities. Alex was 21. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at St. Ludmila Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 10, 2014, with a 3 p.m. parish rosary at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling Street SW. Burial will be in the Shueyville Cemetery. Alex was born in Fullerton, California on October 12, 1992 to Mike and Mary (Gavia) Vosdingh. He faced many physical and developmental challenges throughout his life yet proved to be the bravest soul any of his family and friends have ever met. Alex didn't speak but his life spoke volumes to many people. The numerous friends, caregivers, and medical professionals who encountered Alex will undoubtedly have a place in their hearts for him forever. Those close to Alex knew that a smile from him made many, many a bad day go away. Alex truly enjoyed his many years at school with his friends here in Cedar Rapids including Grant, Taylor, Taft, and Jefferson High School, where he graduated with his younger brother Austin this past May. Alex was also captivated with baseball on TV.he didn't have a favorite team but always liked catching the Cubs, Cardinals, White Sox or Yankees. Alex is survived by his parents, Mike and Mary Vosdingh and his younger brother, Austin. Freddie, Sr. and Inez Gavia, maternal grandparents; aunts and uncles, Angie (Gavia) and Ben Hernandez, Freddie, Jr. and Tabitha Gavia, Frances Gavia, Steve and Cheryl Vosdingh and Dave Vosdingh. Numerous cousins, caregivers, and friends from around the country, all of whom will be mourning his loss. Memorials may be directed to the ARC of East Central Iowa, 680 2nd St. SE, Suite 200,Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. Heaven's Very Special Child A meeting was held quite far from Earth, Its time again for another birth, said the angel to the Lord above, This special child will need much love. His progress may seem very slow, His accomplishments he may not show, and he'll require extra care, from the folks he meets down there. He may not run, or laugh, or play, his thoughts may seem quite far away. In many ways he won't adapt, and he'll be known as handicapped. So let's be careful where he's sent, we want his life to be content, please Lord, find parents and people who'll do that special job for you. They will not realize right away the leading role they'll have to play. But with this child sent from above, comes stronger faith and richer love. And soon they'll know the privilege given, in caring in this gift from Heaven. There precious charge, so meek and mild is Heaven's very special child. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Aug. 11, 2014