Ethan Massey-Rydl
Porter Loring Mortuary North
2102 N. Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX
Our angel, Ethan Gage Massey-Rydl, beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend, left this earth and joined his Father in heaven on May 13, 2010. His final days were spent surrounded by family, friends and special caregivers that Ethan had touched in some small way throughout his short, yet very memorable life. Ethan graced this world with his beautiful spirit on April 25, 2001 and each day of his life, he made this world a brighter place with his smile, his wild imagination and his loving nature. Ethan was the biggest little man with a kind, compassionate, solid, heart of gold. He loved going to the beach, playing with his friends and cousins, and swimming in the pool. He spent so much of his time planning big adventures and making elaborate plans for his life. He never met a stranger and made an effort to engage everyone he met in a conversation. Ethan attended Northern Hills Methodist and Community Bible Church in San Antonio and school at Huebner Elementary where he was a second grader. Ethan is survived by his family who loved him with all their hearts, including momma, Michelle Massey; daddy, Zac Rydl; Mr. Josh; Papaw and Gigi; Nana and Mr. Sheldon; Nana and Papaw Rydl; sisters, Harley and Katlynn; Aunt Erin, Uncle James and cousin, Cameron; Aunt Lolly and Uncle Nate; Aunt Danielle and cousin, Lauren; Aunt Tillie and cousin, Gabe; Uncle Sean and cousin Adian; Uncle Toby, Aunt Sarah and cousin, Connor; Aunt Stephanie and Nattie; Mr. Mike and best friend, Jaydon. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 17, 2010, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.
MAY 17, 2010
7:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association 8415 Wurzbach Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229.
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Published by San Antonio Express-News on May 16, 2010.
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Sending many prayers your way. I will always remember Ethan for his sweet voice and smile. As time passes may God fill your hearts with peace. All my love....
Delanie Beaty
May 19, 2010
I've never met your son but I heard he was an amazing little boy. My thoughts and prayers go out you and the family.
Salena Martinez
May 19, 2010
I have only recently heard Ethan's story--but what am amazing little boy he was--I am touched by his spirit and the love you had for him. May God be with you all. Rachelle(Spokane, WA)
Rachelle Mulder
May 18, 2010
I never met your son but, being a Huebner mom, I crossed paths with him on many occasions. He always brought a smile to my face. His strength and optimism shown through every little inch of him. His tiny voice made me feel warm inside. What a spirit! You were indeed blessed to have had him and he was obviously blessed to have had you. And now, he is in the loving arms of God.
Our family will be praying for your comfort and peace.
Laura Flores Kevilus
Laura Kevilus
May 18, 2010
I had the honor of meeting your precious son Ethan last year at the Methodist where I work. Although the time I got to know him was brief, he had a huge impact upon me. It is hard to put it into words exactly, but I was immediately struck by his beautiful spirit, his amazing positivity, and - of course - his irresistible smile. There is much that we could all learn from Ethan. My prayers have been and will continue to be with your family.
Dylana De Soto
May 17, 2010
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet little angel. My daughter is a third grader at Huebner Elementary and she was very fond of Little Ethan as she called him. I am praying for you and your family. May God give you the strength and comfort that you need.
Cynthia Sifuentes
May 17, 2010
May God give you and your family His perfect peace during this difficult time. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
May 17, 2010
I didn't know you or your precious Ethan, but I read about you on Lorraine's blog about Chrissie, and I prayed for your family as she posted updates about the situation. I cannot imagine the pain of your loss, and I know that nothing I say here can really take that away. Please know that you are in my prayers, and I hope that does give you some small sense of comfort.
Wendi Taylor
May 17, 2010
Although we are very very sad that we won't see Ethan until we all get to heaven, He touched us in so many ways. He never stoped dreaming and he lived a fuller life in his short time then some people live in a many years. He taight us so much. He was so loved by many and he had the greatest family who supported him. We love you Bruce and Gina and our prayer's are with you that you will know peace and that Ethan was a gift from God.
Tom and Audrey Ramsbacher
May 17, 2010
I didn't know little Ethan personally, but my daughter is in 1st grade at his school. I spent a lot of time at the school this year and last and will always remember his smiling face! I happen to be at the school when you both came in to give the sad news. I was praying the news wasn't as sad as what I imagined in my mind since I didn't hear but saw the expressions, but it was. I am so sad for you both but I'm sure you will find the strength from your faith and family and friends to get through this for Ethans' sake. Rest in Peace little strong man! Douglas & Susan Monnin
May 17, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ethan. He was a wonderful boy and know that this earth was a better place because of him. He will be missed but we must take comfort in knowing that he has moved on to better things. Stay strong and take comfort in all of the wonderful memories.
The Day's
May 17, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. I do not know you or your family, but heard of your story over the internet. I pray that God brings you comfort during this difficult time.
Rachel (TN)
May 17, 2010
I am praying for your family. Ethan sounds like an amazing kid. I am so sorry for your loss. He is in a better place now, happy and without any pain with his Father in heaven.
May 16, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss and extend our deepest sympathy. May the Lord comfort you and your family. Ethan was so special and everyone at Huebner will miss him. The Buss Family
May 16, 2010
We are so very sorry to hear of Ethan's homegoing...we have been praying for you hearing about you from Chrissie's blog. We will continue to pray for your family - ELizabeth (CA)
Elizabeth Goulding
May 16, 2010
I also was "introduced" to Mighty Ethan through Chrissie's blog. Just getting to pray for Ethan touched and changed my heart and life. I loved him from the moment I saw his sweet face.
Praying for a covering and filling of peace and comfort and strength and love from the Heavenly Father upon your family and friends.
Love and hugs and prayers,
Debi Hamari
May 16, 2010
I follow "Chrissy" and heard about your precious Ethan. I am so sorry for your loss. God decided to take your precious Ethan home where he is now whole and safe in God's loving arms. I hold May 13th as a special day in my heart, because 7 yrs ago on that day, my dad went to heaven. What a blessing to know my dad is no longer suffering,just as your precious Ethan is no longer suffering. God will continue to keep YOU AND YOUR FAMILY in HIS loving arms until the day you will all be reunited in HEAVEN. God bless you all.
May 16, 2010
Huebner lost a great friend. You will be miss Ethan! Our hearts will be heavy while we take our kids to school tomorrow. Sending lots of love to your family.
Sarah C
May 16, 2010
I heard about your family through Lorraine's blog, and have been praying for you to feel the Lord's presence more than ever. May you be comforted knowing you are in the palm of His hands. Praying for you, your family and Ethan's friends to "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always." 1 Chronicles 16:11
May 16, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. We too had a child with critical illness and I learned of Ethan through Lorraine's blog for Chrissie. I prayed for him and continue to pray for your family. I struggle to find words that may be of some comfort for you during this incredibly painful time...please know that God loves you and you are not alone. Love in Christ, Kelly Pape
Kelly Pape
May 16, 2010
Another "Chrissie fan" here.... We are praying praying praying for your heart -- that the Lord comfort you and bring you peace! Ethan sounds like an amazing boy! I'm so blessed to even have this tiny glimpse of him!
May 16, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. We have been praying for Ethan after learning about him on Chrissie's blog, but just realized that my nieces and nephews know him from Huebner (Marlow and Rhys Canady). They adored him and are praying for the peace that surpasses understanding to fill your family. They look forward to seeing Ethan in Heaven!
Elissa Harrell
May 16, 2010
We've been praying and will continue to pray for your sweet family. May God's hand rest on you during this time of sorrow.
In Christ,
The Marr Family
May 16, 2010
Ethan touched our hearts in his short time with us and he will be missed. His smile will live on forever. Our prayers are with your family
Martin wersal
May 16, 2010
I am so very sorry for your loss. I "met" Ethan through Lorraine (Chrissie's mom) and I am praying for God's peace that surpases all understanding for your family and all his friends.
May 16, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about Ethan. My mother and I learnt about him while we were reading Lorraine's blog updates about Chrissie, we were praying for him. I was trying to think of a suitable scripture that may give comfort in grieving, and thought about king David losing his son, and he had comfort that he would go to him one day. It is in Samuel 12. Praying that He will give you comfort and trust in Him during this hard time.
Susan A
May 16, 2010
I offer my deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your precious son. It was my privilege to become acquainted with Ethan through Lorraine's blog, and I prayed for his healing. Our Heavenly Father has provided the ultimate healing for him by taking Ethan directly into His loving arms. May you be comforted by God's presence, knowing that He understands your grief at being separated from your beloved child. I pray that God will grant you peace.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Linda Hopkins
May 16, 2010
Psalms 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those that are crushed in spirit. I am also from Chrissie's blog.. Im so sorry for your loss Ethan was a precious little boy.. i will be praying for you and your family..
Lorrin G.
May 16, 2010
May your hearts and souls find peace and comfort. I'm Sorry for your loss. Heard about Ethan through Chrissie's Blog. I have prayed for Ethan & your Family.
Lynne Sullivan
May 16, 2010
I met Ethan as well through Chrissie's blog. I can only imagine your sadness and loss, yet joy knowing he is in the arms of His Savior. God never allows anything that will not be to His glory and your gain. May His peace envelop you and your family as you say goodbye to this sweet child. God will sustain you and give you strength. How incredible to share in a child's life who by your words touched so many lives. Children truly are a gift and the time we are blessed with them is to be cherished. Keeping you in my prayers, Mary
May 16, 2010
I heard about Ethan through Chrissie's blog. I pray that God will give you strength and peace during this difficult time. Judy Eilers (Frederciksburg, Texas)
May 16, 2010
Our deepest sympathies. We learned of Ethan through Chrissie blog. My son is a heart patient as well. We are so sorry for your loss.
May 16, 2010
I don't know you guys, but I prayed for Ethan because of Lorraine on Chrissie's update blog. I am so sorry for your loss and may our God surround your family with love and comfort. Your Ethan sounds as if he was an amazing boy!
Lisa C
May 16, 2010
I lost my littlest boy at age 2.5 and this scripture has helped me through the roughest of days. "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." ~ John 16:33, NLT
Cling to the Hand of God and find peace, rest, and comfort in His loving embrace.
KK Jones
KK Jones
May 16, 2010
"The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. ~Eileen Elias Freeman"

Praying for you all. Blog friends of Chrissie's.
Ellen S
May 16, 2010
My heart goes out to each of you in your loss. I have read about Ethan, and he was obviously a very special boy, filled with vibrancy, joy, and love. My prayers are with you as you walk this deeply painful road.
May 16, 2010
We also "met" your family through Chrissie's blog. You will continue to be in our prayers. May love and peace surround you during this most difficult time.
God bless you,
The Graves Family, San Diego, Ca
Lisa Graves
May 16, 2010
Praying for your family during this extremely difficult time...You don't know me, but I learned of you through Lorraine Patterson's blog...may God surround you with His peace, love, and grace...
Sarah Carel
May 16, 2010
When I first saw his face through Chrissie's blog I instantly fell in love. There was just something about him that I was immediately drawn to. I am so sorry for your loss. It is clear that he touched so many lives in his time on earth. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Molly C
May 16, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Randy Zamora
May 16, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I cannot imagine the grief in losing a child. I've never met you, but heard about you through Lorriane Pattersons blog. I will be praying for all of you.
Jessica K
May 16, 2010
We are so very sorry for your loss. We have prayed for Ethan and you and your family. We "know" you through Lorraine Patterson. Please know that we will continue to lift you all up to the Father in prayer and we are sending your hugs from TN.
Peggy Heller
May 16, 2010
I too "met" your family through Chrissie's blog. You will continue to be in my prayers. Psalm 34:18, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit." I'm praying this verse over your precious family.
May 16, 2010
Praying for your family. I've never met Ethan, but his smile has touched me...
Jane Maritz
May 16, 2010
What a beautiful spirit! Praying for your family to find strength in each other.
May 16, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May the Lord be your comfort and support during this difficult time. I am so sorry.
May His love and peace surround you and lift you up.
Melanie Kerr
May 16, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the family. I will cherish many fond memories of Ethan especially during his first grade and all of his years at Huebner Elementary. May God Bless all of you. With All of My Love, Mrs. Belinda Guerrero and Family.
Belinda Guerrero
May 16, 2010
I have been praying for your family. Just remember his life wasnt a day shorter than God had planned. God needed another little angel with him. I just pray that your family will be comforted in your time of sorrow.
Cassandra Deel
May 16, 2010
We've shared a little piece of Ethan's life through Lorraine Patterson and the "mighty Serbian Princess" Chrissie. We are so very sorry for your lose. I cannot imagine what you are going through right now. I do know that he is with our Lord. He was welcomed home with open arms, songs of praise, and our loving God waiting there for him. We'll continue to keep you in prayer.
Mariel and Dennis Perkins
Kyle, Tx.
Mariel Perkins
May 16, 2010
Today and always, may loving memories bring you strength, comfort, and peace. We're so sorry for your loss. My God be with you during this time and always.
Sherri, Todd and Sam
Sherri Jolicoeur
May 16, 2010
LaWanda Castaneda
May 16, 2010
So sorry for your loss. We have never met, but Lorraine Patterson told us of your son in her blog and I prayed for him and for your family. Carolyn Atkinson
Carolyn Atkinson
May 16, 2010
I am so very sorry for your loss of your sweet so God be with you
Denise Wilson
May 16, 2010
I never met your family, or your much beloved son, but read about him via the internet through Chrissie's blog. I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you all in this time of loss. Praying you will receive the comfort that only God can give.
June Berger
May 16, 2010
Michelle, I am so, so sorry for the loss of precious Ethan. This is Lorraine, Chrissie's mom from the PICU at Methodist. I cannot tell you how sad I have been about Ethan's passing. I am so sorry that I didn't get to tell him goodbye, and I'm so sorry that I didn't get to hug your neck and pray with you. Chrissie was having her own complications at the time of Ethan's gathering in the PICU, so I was unaware of what was happening. I am just so, so sorry, and I wanted you to know that I'm praying for you during this time that I cannot begin to fathom. I am so sorry, friend.
Lorraine Patterson
May 16, 2010
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