Brenna Lynn Shank, six week old daughter of Jeriah and Shawna Shank of Monroe passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2012, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Monroe with burial following at the Colfax Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Monday, February 6, 2012, from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Church in Monroe. The family will greet friends from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Monroe First Baptist Church and will be distributed by Jeriah and Shawna at a later date in Brenna's name. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com.
Brenna Lynn was born on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, in Iowa City, the daughter of Jeriah and Shawna (DuRocher) Shank. Brenna was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) which, after a long, hard fight, eventually caused her heart to fail. Throughout her life, Brenna proved over and over again how much of a fighter she was as she jumped over each hurdle in her way. With her sassy attitude (just try to change her diaper!) she won the hearts of all her family, friends, and hospital staff. Her parents could not be more proud or thankful for her life and the blessing from God she was and always will be to their lives.
Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, a sister, Hannah Lynn (2); grandparents, Earl and Sue DuRocher of Colfax and John and Mary Kamberger of Clear Lake, Iowa; great grandparents are Marcella Warner of Colfax, Madelyn and Ellsworth Shank of Maryland and L. Edward and Julia Kamberger of Florida; her great great grandmother Lola Ruppert of Maryland; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceding Brenna in death was her grandfather, John Andrew Shank, great grandparents, Harold Warner, Earl and Lucille DuRocher, Eleanore and Joseph Cambardella, and Lois Kamberger.
I was so sad to hear of Brenna's passing...and I am sorry that I wasn't there to say goodbye. I have thought of your family often and marvel at how amazingly strong you all were throughout this journey. Your angel will live on in your hearts always!
We are so sorry and we just heard about your loss. Our hearts are heavy for you all right now. Know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We hope to see you soon.
Ron, Libby, and Sara
Dear Ones in Christ,
Our deepest smypathy in the promotion of your precious jewel to Heaven. They do not belong to us and we are only entrusted to love and care for them for a short time. In our hearts it is never long enough. May His comfort and peace fill your aching hearts. Because of His Grace,
Pastor Dale & Gwen Schatz
Bella Vista, Arkansas
You have my deapest sympathy. I, as a father of a hypoplastic left heart son, know some of what you have gone through. Every day that we had them was a blessing. And I know they felt our love. The picture in the paper caught my eye and brought tears to my eyes. My son passed two years ago at the age of 22. God bless you, Brenna will be in our prayers.
My heart is acing right now for you and your family. We lost our daughter 18 months ago, shortly after birth. Please know that you are not along through this God will carry you through and give you strength. I go to a support group in Pella that meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. It has really helped me along the way to be around and share my story with other moms that have went through this. You are more then welcome to join us, when you are ready. Our prayers are with you today and many days to come.
I just read Brenna's obituary and my heart goes out to your family. 7 1/2 years ago we buried our 8 week old baby girl due to Trisomy 13. Someday you will look back and see God had a plan all along for her and who she may have spoken to through her short life. Please know you are in our prayers.
We have a group that meets at Hospice in Pella once a month on the 2nd Monday at 7:00 p.m. Please feel free to join with other moms going through the same type of experience that would love to walk with you at this time.
Please know that my prayers are with you at this time of sadness. Having lost a nephew at 6 weeks of age a number of years ago, I understand a little about what you are going through. I am praying for God's special grace and comfort for all of your family. I know little Brenna is with Jesus today.
I've been following some of Brenna's progress/setbacks on Facebook through mutual friends. When I heard the news of her passing away it was heartbreaking. We lost our 3 month old baby to SIDS (July 2/11), his name was Lincoln, he was a twin... Knowing what it's like to PLAN a funeral then to anticipate a viewing, funeral, and burial service for your little one, makes my heart heavy for you guys. I literally felt sick to my stomach that entire week, as it is not one to look forward to. It's a hard journey, but I am glad you two know the Lord as HE is the only source of true peace and comfort. I have been praying for you both often and will continue to keep you in my prayers, especially during these next couple of days. I cry just by looking at little Brenna's picture. She looks like she was entirely too sweet... Aren't we comforted to know that your Brenna and our Lincoln are in Heaven?
I read Brenna's obituary in the Des Moines Register today. On January 13, 1984, my 6 year old son, Eric, died. He had congenital heart disease with defects very similiar to hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Your sweet little Brenna's eyes were so full of life and so pretty. I pray that you will experience God's comfort right now. Heaven feels a little closer when we know our child is there. Sincerely, Lynn Sargent
So sorry to hear about your little girl. Our prayer and thought are with you.
Shay told us tonight that Brenna is playing with our dog, Jordan, in heaven. I'm sure she is...
She was a very precious, beautiful baby girl. She affected so many lives in the time she was with us.
Another little precious angel has entered heavens' gates! I am so sorry for your loss.
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