Baby Braden Petska

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

No words....

Dear faithful blog followers and prayers warriors,
There are no words to describe the heartache and pain we are feeling. Our dear, sweet, precious Braden gained his angel wings last night. We are still searching for answers as to why and how this all happened. As his heart is now whole, ours is completely broken. Please pray for our strength as we grieve for our little boy. We will post arrangements at a later time.
Steph and Rich

142 Comments:

Anonymous Melissa Truitt said...

I am really at a loss for words, a complete loss. I hopped on here this morning to see what Braden was up to. The news has caught me by surprise. My heart aches for you. I have no idea what you are going through, but the pain must be unimaginable. Please know that I am thinking and praying for you all during this very difficult time. Braden lived a very happy life with 2 very wonderful parents, there is no doubt. May God continue to give you the strength you need.

Melissa Truitt

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever."
May the memories of the last 2+ years your angel Braden was here on earth comfort you, Steph and Rich, and your family.
Love and prayers,
The Rybarik Family
David, Cara, Grace, Bryce and Sydney Ann

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I am one of Cara's co-workers. She shared your story with me, and I am very sorry to hear about your loss.

Your family will be in my prayers!

10:36 AM  
Blogger ESolgos said...

We are heartbroken for you, sweet family. I am just wishing this isn't true. Take comfort knowing that Braden has only known love his whole life.

We love you,
The Solgos family,
Erika, Casey, Evelea, Sitota and Carter.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

We are so sorry and cannot wait to see you and give you hugs and love. Braden is such a special little guy and the impact he has had on so many lives, including ours, is a gift. See you soon. Lots of love.

Angie and Jeff

10:44 AM  
Blogger Joe D@cy said...

Rich and Steph -

There are no words that can truly express the heartache and sadness we feel for you right now.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe, Jen, Coen, and Zachery Dacy.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're so sad for all of you. We love you. We don't know what else to say. We're praying for you and we sent prayer requests out to everyone we know.
The Vosters Family

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Braden, I can tell from previous updates that he was something special. My heart and prayers go out to you, Coach and Steph.
-John Swengel

12:15 PM  
Anonymous massie family said...

we are praying for you and your that God would hold you in his arms and you may rest.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Warm hugs and prayers to you and your entire family during this unimaginably difficult time.

Our love to all of you -

Jen and Mike Ely

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Amie Schultz said...

I am in awe of the strength of all of you and especially the strength of Braden. What an impact this little boy had on so many lives. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Amie (Huemann) Schultz

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and family-
My heart is breaking for you all....please just know that you will all be in my prayers daily. There are no words to tell you how sorry I am.

Love,
Lisa (Erickson) Jones

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart aches for you and your families. We celebrate Braden's life. Although he was with us for such a short time, he touched so many lives--ours among them. We are so lucky to have know him! May you feel God's loving arms around you.
Love & Blessings,
Lisa and Dennis

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephanie and Rich,

The office has been filled with tears since your call today. We are all so sorry and deeply saddened to hear of Bradens passing. We are grateful to have seen his bright smiling face last week when you were in. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please call any of us for anything at anytime!

Dr. Stankevych and the Girls

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds amazing and I know the entire Telephone Company has all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

May God heal your hearts and make you stronger to continue bringing awareness and hope to others.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph, Rich and Family,
I'm at a loss.
My heart has broken as I know yours has. Braden's light will always shine down upon us. We have all gained a beautiful angel to pray to.
My prayers are with you all,
Love,
Katherine Frontier

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you. Words truly fail me now. Your beautiful boy has touched us more than I can possibly say.

Much love,
Jenny, Evan, Miles & Sam

2:19 PM  
Blogger Glenda said...

Steph and the whole family!!
I just wanted you to know that you and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss and don't know or understand how things like this happen! Please try to find peace knowing that he will always be with you!! Love you Glenda Bowerman

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Stephanie,

I am so sorry to hear about your son. I prayed for you and your family for the strength to make it through this time.

Joel Peterson

2:24 PM  
Blogger mittelmommy said...

Hi Petska family-
What a shock this was to read. I have followed Braden for sometime now and finally got to meet the three of you at last years Herma Heart Center day at the zoo when you meet up with Sam and his parents. My heart goes out to you. I have no great words, just want you to know that I am so sorry and mostly, praying for you. Seems impossible, but I pray God wraps his arms around you guys and gives you the strength, comfort, and peace that only He can give.
Sending Hugs,
Nathan, Chantae, and Gage Mittelstaedt

2:33 PM  
Blogger J&K Pediatrics said...

Our thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Braden was well loved at our office and will miss his wonderful smile.

Dr. Joe, Dr. Karen and staff

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for you. Although I didn't have the pleasure of ever meeting your beautiful Braden, I can tell from your pics and notes how much he was truly loved. My heart and prayers go out for your family. I hope that God can bring you the strength and peace that you need to survive this. Please let me know if there is anything I can do, now or at any time.

Becky Krystyniak

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like many I can’t begin to understand how difficult this is for you.
I can only pray.
If there is anything I can do to help just ask.

Jim Bosworth

3:03 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine the heartache you must be feeling right now. I wish that I could give you a hug right now. Or that someone would wake me up from this horrible nightmare. At least we can be thankful that we were blessed for 2 years and 7 months with a beautiful, happy, lovable little boy. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. If you need ANYTHING, please call.

Love ya,
Tricia, Jeremy, Jacob, & Drew

3:04 PM  
Blogger Emily S. said...

Dear Stephanie and Family,
I'm so truly sorry for your loss! Memories of your special little guy will live on forever. You and your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers daily.

Love,
Emily (Adams) Southworth

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. You guys will be in my prayers and in my thoughts.
God Bless You
-Sarah Wojnicki

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Rich and Steph,

I offer you my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy. During this difficult time, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so, so sorry for your loss. If I can be of help in any way, please let me know.

Sara Weaver

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I to am loss for words. My heart goes out to you . I will keep everyone in the Family in my thoughts and prayers
Terri

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Steph, my thoughts are with you and your family
Love,
Pascale

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SO sorry for your loss. Reading through your blog and information, you are an amazing family and Braden was quite a lucky little boy. Please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers through this difficult time.
Abby (Hansen) Wynja

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Fran Milewski said...

Steph, Rich and family-
May you find the strength you need in this difficult time through the love you share with family and friends. Braden was truly an angel here on Earth, touching the lives of all he met and those yet unborn through his foundation. Though he may not be here with us physically, he will always remain in our hearts.
Wishing you comfort,
The Milewski Family

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the day he was born and I met your family I knew Braden was special and that I was ment to be in your life. Braden taught me to be ready for anything while out on transport and to trust my gut, which has helped me care for other babies since. It was a pleasure to have cared for him and I can not tell you how much I loved the updates from you guys and grandma. I always felt special that you remembered me on Nurse's Day with a card, which always included a picture of your sweet boy. May your heart be full of wonderful memories of your boy and I will continue to pray for all of you.
xoxo, Cindy Beran
Lutheran General NICU
Transport Team

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich, Steph and family,
We are truly sorry for your loss. Braden was a special boy and was loved by all who met him. You're are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Nolen's
Roger, Kathy, Adam & Emily

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Watson Family said...

May God grant you some sort of comfort & understanding during this ever so difficult time. We are here for you, today, tomorrow...always!

Love,
The Watson's

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Dean Johnson

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Angels

When God calls little children
to dwell with him above
We mortals sometimes question
the wisdom of His love.

For no heartache compares with
the death of one small child
Who does so much to make our world
seem wonderful and mild.

Perhaps God tires of calling
the aged to His fold
So picks a rosebud
before it can grow old.

God knows how much we need them
and so he takes a few
To make the land of heaven
more beautiful to view.

Believing this is difficult
still somehow we must try
The saddest word mankind knows
will always be "GOODBYE".

So when a little child departs
we who are left behind
Must realize God loves children
Angels are hard to find.

Author Unknown

May God give you and your family strengthen at this very difficult time. We at Johnsburg are all thinking about you and praying for you!

Lots of Love,
Lisa M.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph & Rich,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I am thinking of you and your families, and praying for you during this diffucult time. I wish I was there to give you all big hugs. Keep your head up and remember all the wonderful time you had with Braden, in time your heart will heal.

God Bless you all

Shea Bowerman

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you Steph. You will be in my prayers.

Love,
Kelly Petersen

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich and Steph...I don't even know where to start. My heart is breaking for both of you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Braden will forever be with you watching over you from above. May God send peace and comfort in your direction at this extremely painful time.
Love,
Dani Parrotte

5:43 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

We are so sorry to hear about your loss...we can't even begin to imagine what you are feeling. May you find peace knowing how much Braden touched so many people. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Eric and Allison (Baij) Haugen

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and family,
I am so sorry for your loss and there can be no possible words to help heal your hearts at this time. May God lift you all up and keep you close to your son.
He is a beautiful child.
Your family is in my prayers.
Lisa (Balint)Smits, fellow sorority sis

6:07 PM  
Blogger Jer, Kari, Alayna-Maria said...

I have no words Steph. I am so sorry. You have our prayers during this horrible time of loss.
Jer and Kar Podolski and family

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Steph and Rich, Braden's picture is by my TV set in my office so that I can look at him everyday, everyone always wants to know how he's doing.My handsome,sweet little pal.I love you both.You have truely made everyday of his life so full, so special. Love Deb Brandly

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. This is never easy....and I want to say just the right thing but I can't seem to find the words..Please never forgot all the wonderful happy memories Braden brought to your lives..and know in your hearts that one day you will be together again.
Love
Monique Falagario

6:28 PM  
Blogger Mary Schauwitzer said...

Stephanie & Rich:

Although we've never met, please know that you are in our prayers. Our condolences on your loss. May God comfort you during this difficult time, and may the memories of your beautiful boy sustain you and give you peace.

God's blessings,
Bill & Mary Schauwitzer
(aunt/uncle of Jeff Watson)

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you believe in a higher power, then you know that Rich and Steph were hand picked to bring Braden into this world, and keep him in their care, even for a little while. He blessed their world and all who knew him and their families. He knew only love and happiness and returned it 10-fold. The world is a better place because of Braden. Our sympathy and love to you, Steph and Rich and your families. Bonnie and Louie

6:36 PM  
Anonymous John Hollingsworth said...

Rich and Steph,
Our prayers are with your family. If there is anything you need me to do at school, please call.

John Deb and Emily Hollingsworth

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph, Rich & family -

We are really at a loss for words but want you to know you have our deepest sympathy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Sally & Steve Schuirmann

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich,

I am so sorry for your loss. May God's love and your families love help you through your difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to you both.

All my love,
Teri Jahnke

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Steph and Rich...
We are so heartbroken over your loss. We feel as if we knew Braden because Heidi and Christian kept us updated on his milestones, his progress and his sweet, funny personality. We know the grief of losing a child and want you to know that the day will come when your pain will ease and you will laugh again. Until then and beyond, our prayers are with you and all of your family.

Sincerely,
Tracy and Roger Verardi
(Christian's Mom & Dad)

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Love in Christ,
Cole’s (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally) prayer team
www.colesfoundation.com
Sandy Daron

7:08 PM  
Blogger Bill and Kris Tidd said...

Our hearts are aching for you. Braden's life touched so many people. Thank you for sharing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God lift you up to get through this unimaginable time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Love,
Sara Bongiovanni

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich,

I could not believe the news of the loss of your little Braden. It is clear that Braden lived, although much to short of a life, a happy loving life with two amazing parents surrounded by caring family and friends. Many prayers have been said for you and your family today and will continue. May God give you and your family strength during this overwhelmingly difficult time.

Love, Kim (Gatiss) Funnell

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich and Steph,
We are at a loss for words. We are thinking and praying for you. Braden was so special to all of us. He made us smile! Hope to see you soon to hug you in person!

Love, Dan, Cara, Alex and Colin

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph & family, on behalf of our family, we were so, sadden to hear about the loss of your special little angel! We love you and you are all in our prayers and thoughts! Sharon Methot and family

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephanie, Rich and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything that you need, please just ask.
The Mazzuca Family

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Steph and Family,

We are so saddened to hear of your loss. We are praying for strength for you both to get through this difficult time.

Very Truly Yours,
Susie (Irey) and Eric Clark
Carthage '96

8:05 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

There are no words that can console your broken hearts. There is nothing that can fill the void that hurts so much.

Hold onto each other ever so tight and take one step at a time, hand in hand. Take comfort in your memories, each other, your family, friends and neighbors, to just get through each second of each minute of each day, and breathe.

Hold onto your faith, beacuse right now it is a solid ground that you can reach for to help you walk, and know that the Lord is hearing all the prayers that are being sent for Braden and you.

That warm feeling at any particular moment is a warm hug from your little Braden angel and the Lord himself, helping you get through this.

But for right now, take comfort in each other, your family, friends, and your faith to get through each second of each minute of each day.

We love you, our hearts ache for you and our prayers are with you... Love Alice, Nichole, Art and Cosmo

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Sue Maki said...

Steph, Rich & family -

My heart aches for your loss, but it also is comforted by knowing that Braden is with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May His strength comfort you at this time. My prayers at with you and your parents. Although no words seem to come that can relieve your pain of loss, may knowing that you have so many people praying for you help to sustain you at this difficult time.

Sue Maki

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is broken for you too Steph, please know how very sorry I am to hear this sad news. I hope you find comfort in the memories of your beautiful, amazing little boy. Jen Eklund

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were heart broken today when we heard the news. Please know your old crew at Sawyer Elementary is praying for you and your family.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Even tho I wish for the words, I know there are none to take away the pain. It is with saddened heart, I write to you. My hope for you all, is that eventually, all the beautiful, joyful, and precious memories, of your times shared, with your little angel BRADEN, will fill the void you feel in your hearts today. BRADEN, is a special child, born to special parents. What a blessing you all are. May you find peace and comfort, with each other, during this most difficult time. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. I will forever keep you in the light. Much love,

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't imagine anything harder than what you are facing now. I will be praying for you. He is so joyful in these pics - and I'm sure you have a heart full of memories that will bring the smiles through the tears.

May God pour his love all over you guys!
Love,
Roberta (Mulder) Harriff & family
Carthage '96

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich. I just recently was introduced to you and Braden through a member of your family. Even though we have never met, my heart goes out to you. Our eight month old daughter has four separate heart defects and will have Braden with her as she continues her battle. Our love, though and prayers are with you at the terribly difficult time.

Jim, Jennifer, Sydney and Niklas Mowen

8:51 PM  
Blogger Lindsay Manfull said...

May the Lord hold you in the deepest of hours. He is with you, He is with Braden, together in Him you are with your precious baby boy. May the Lord give you peace and understanding of His will, may each day get more peaceful and restful, the heavens are flooded with prayers for you. The Lord has earned a beauty today. God bless you all,
COLEs Prayer Team
wwww.colesfoundation.com
Lindsay Manfull

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and family, and I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you get through this difficult time by cherishing all the memories you have made with your adorable son.

Kelly Schmitt

8:59 PM  
Blogger Londa said...

I am praying for your family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless.
C.O.L.E. Prayer Team
www.colesfoundation.com

9:00 PM  
Blogger jenlog said...

Steph,
We haven't seen eachother in a very long time, but I want you to know how much I always thought of you. You, Erika and Amy were always the three I looked up to. Now this happens and I can't imagine the heartache. I go to church, I believe in God and all of his mysterious ways, but this has to be the most mysterious. Try to keep your faith and know that your son is the lucky one, he gets to sing and play and never be sick again. Those of us who are left behind are the ones who need to do whatever they can to get by. Try to remember he is in a fabulous place looking down on you- he was a gift from God who was taken too soon. You are such a great girl who deserves complete happiness. I know you'll never get over this, just please have some faith thru it. (easier said than done!)
Jen Logli

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Christine Musser & Family said...

My heart goes out to you, Steph, and your family. It sounds like you had an amazing little boy and I know it is a heart wrenching loss. I believe our Father in heaven is taking great care of your little one now. I pray that the Lord will provide peace and comfort to you in this difficult time.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I struggle to find words to comfort you, but there are none. I am completely heartbroken for you and your family. My prayers are with you.

With Sincere Condolences,

Trish Wienke (Callahan)

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Kristin and Forrest Clevenstine

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for e-mailing Steph.... I will check back here to see if there is anything you might need, or anything we can do for you. Of course a mulitude of prayers surrounds you and Rich tonight and in the days ahead. Your special angel Braden will give you the streangth you need to carry on in the name of Jesus. our tears join yours at this sad sad time...

heart hugs to you all

Tammy Tomomitsu

9:23 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

May God bring you peace and comfort as only He knows how. We will pray for you and always keep you in our thoughts. We are so very sorry...Brad, Nancy, Bryce, Dalton, and Melanie Wagner

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I knew what to say right now. Just know the Lord will get you through this difficult time. Although we don't understand God's plan, we have to trust and know that He knows best. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Danielle, Eric and Lia

9:34 PM  
Blogger chartl13 said...

Steph and Rich,

I am so sorry! My heart is breaking for you. I wish there was something I could do or say that would be able to take away your pain if only for a moment. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Love,
Chas (Kerscher) Hartl

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Melissa Anderson said...

I just saw that you updated and am in shock that sweet Mr. Braden went to heaven. My heart is breaking for everyone that loved Braden including all of the heart families that supported you. Braden will forever have a special place in my heart as he was the first heart baby that I cared for after being on maternity leave caring for my very own heart baby. May God give you the strength you need during this difficult time.
Love-
Melissa-nurse on 4west and heart Mom to Grayson and his heart healthy brother Benson

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what to say. We are all in shock and can't imagine the pain you are going through. Braden was lucky to have such wonderful parents as you. I always enjoyed hearing about all the cute, funny things he said and did. I could tell how much you love and are proud of him. Everyone at JJHS is thinking and praying for you and Braden. We will take care of anything you need at school. Your students have been so thoughtful and caring, and are all thinking of you and your family. May you continue to find strength in your faith.
Melissa, Gabe, and Avarie Torres

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich, I pray God and your friends and family will pull you along and carry you through - your son is surrounded by love!

My family and I will keep you in our prayers as long as you need it...

Jon Justin and family...

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Jeff and Marie said...

Rich and Steph,

As Jeff and I sit at our kitchen table, we look up at Braden's 2 yr old b-day picture and remember how much fun and joy he brought to everyone's life, despite all of the obstacles he endured. What a happy and sweet boy!

We are so,so saddened and our heart aches for your family. We pray that the Lord will continue to give you the strength you need. We are here to support you in any way possible.

With all our love, Jeff Marciniak and Marie Myers

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich - I am so so saddened to hear about Braden. I am praying for your strength. Liam has taught me, as I'm sure Braden has taught you, that we are stronger than we think. Somehow we get through the tough times and come out stronger in the end. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you.

Bridget O'Meara

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich and Steph,

You have our deepest sympathies. If there is anything we can do to help you, please let us know. We will be praying for you and your families as you deal with this terrible time.

Dave and Linda Swengel

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Petska Family-

I cannot imagine the pain and loss you are all feeling at the sudden passing of Braden. What a beautiful little boy. Although I only spoke to you a few times in passing at JJHS, Stephanie, I could tell how much you adored that little guy. He was so blessed to have such loving parents. I know that the shock I am in over his passing is a mere fragment of what you are feeling right now and I am praying that you find strength in your faith and in the support of your loved ones at this most desperate time. You are in our constant thoughts and prayers.

April, Aaron, Tyler, & Mollie Bowers

9:52 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Praying for Braden's family. May God
be with you.

C.O.L.E. Prayer Team
www.colesfoundation.com
Brian's mom ... my bestest boy 11/13/1985-01/10/1990

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Heather Cox said...

Stephanie and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know words cannot express how you are feeling but know you have family and friends who love you dearly! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Heather Cox (Abney)

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich and Steph and Family:

We are very sorry for your loss and wish we could find the words to help comfort you all. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers and fondly remember the times that we were able to enjoy with Braden (mostly playing with Evan). Please know that you can count on your friends for support for anything you may need.

Kory, Lisa, Evan and Emily Glen

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not stopped thinking about you or your family for one minute today since I got that phone call early this morning. I wish there was something, anything that I could do. Please know how much you are loved. Everyone is here to support you through these very difficult times.
Love, Jodi Ivanchenko

10:23 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I am so very, very sorry to hear of your loss. I have followed Braden's story off and on the past couple years as I also have a son with HLHS. Braden was an amazing boy. I will keep your family in my thoughts.

Amanda Fischer

10:24 PM  
Blogger egsteele said...

May God bless you during this time of great loss and sadness. You will be in my prayers.

Beth
C.O.L.E. Prayer Team
www.colesfoundation.com

10:39 PM  
Blogger Prayer Works said...

I am so incredibly sorry to hear about Braden's passing. May you feel the love of those who are praying for you.

11:00 PM  
Blogger The Column said...

You are in our prayers, as we ask God to fill your hearts with wonderful memories of your precious Braden. May God strengthen you, give you wisdom, comfort you, and give you His peace.

Be blessed!

Paul & Carol Petersen
C.O.L.E. Prayer Team

11:00 PM  
Blogger Cody & I = True Love said...

With Hope- Steven Curtis Chapman

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you've gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God's plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father's smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
'Cause now you're home
And now you're free, and ...

We have this hope as an anchor
'Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so ...

So we can cry with hope
And say goodbye with hope

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope

C.O.L.E. Prayer Team www.colesfoundation.com

http://pickeringfamilylovinglife.blogspot.com/

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words can't describe my thoughts right now. Months ago, I ready every blog and couldn't believe the strength of you and your family, as Braden fought for his life as a baby. You will find strength to get through this. God has blessed you with that.

My thoughts, prayers and heart go out to you and your family. God bless you.

Casey, Tara (McQuisten) and Dylan Colussi

12:09 AM  
Blogger gatiss.1 said...

Steph and Family,

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

John Gatiss

12:10 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Steph & Rich,

My family has been praying for you since we heard the news - our hearts ache for your families. Braden was the little boy who gave me hope when we got the HLHS diagnosis for Logan. Please know that he touched so many lives and that he was such an inspiration. We loove you and are here if you need anything!

Seth, Amy & Logan Schroeder

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are no words to express how deeply sorry we are for you and your family! You gave him a life full of endless love and support. Nobody on earth could have done better. We love you and are here for you.

John, Debbie and Jason Scott

Eskimo Saying: Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephanie and Rich: I am so sorry and sad for the loss of your precious baby. I just saw your mom and asked how he was doing and the smile that lit your mom's face is something I will never forget when she spoke of him. I'm sorry I missed your dad's party so that I could see him. May God be with you through these difficult days.

Rene (Daniels) Allyn

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless.
C.O.L.E.(Caring Openly, Loving Eternally) Prayer Team
www.colesfoundation.com
Kelly Bollinger

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and family,

You and your family our in our prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss. It just doesn't seem fair but trust in God and His plan.

Kelly Wilkinson-Vitaioli

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I heard about Braden from Nicole Watson and wanted to tell you that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Susan Barker, nana to Ashyn/hlhs

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich and all of Braden's immediate family,

We are certainly at a loss for words and our hearts are very heavy but only God knows why. We will keep your family in our prayers this week. Thanks for sharing Braden with all of us these past 31 months as he will never be forgotten.

Love Uncle Dale and Aunt Cheryl

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

Prayers of comfort and peace for your family today and for the days ahead. May the Lord give you guidance to receive the answers you seek. May He be your strength as you travel through this time in your lives.
God Bless,
C.O.L.E. Prayer Team
www.colesfoundation.com

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Suzie Carberry Quinn said...

Yesterday's news caught me by surprise, as I made a mental note when I saw Braden at your dad's party how well he looked. You were fortunate to have had such a special child be a part of your life, even though it was not nearly long enough. Braden was also lucky to have had such a warm, loving family to live with here on Earth. Braden is now with his extended family and you can take comfort in the arms and prayers of your family and friends.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Kelly Maher said...

Dear Petska family,

I heard of your loss through Maddison Watson's page and I wanted to say how truly sorry I am at the loss of your Braden. The death of a child is so unfair, and it sounds as though it was sudden and unexpected, which makes it even harder to understand. My angel Aiden also had HLHS and passed away very suddenly in July of 2007. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Kelly Maher

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph, Rich and Family

No words can express how deeply sorry we are to hear about Braden. He was an remarkable, happy little guy very much loved by all.

Terry & Debbie Lundbom

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Family,
I can never imagine the pain you are going through. Please, always remember that you were the best parents Braden could've ever asked for. God gave him to you so that you could make his short life full enough to last him a lifetime. You are in my prayers.
Chelsea Putvin Heyrman

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that the you are in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven has a beautiful little angel up there! Take care of yourself and keep the memories of Braden living forever...
Kim LeVeque Cady, Jason, Jay and Drew

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We pray for you

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph,

You and your family are in my prayers at this difficult time.

Raquel Sadak Soyad

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Petska Family~
I am so sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Erin Hiller

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words can't describe the hurt we feel for you. Know that your little angel is with you always. Reading your story, I was just amazed by your strength. May god wrap his arms around you and hold you through the pain. God bless your precious hearts and Braden.

Kevin and Heidi (Kroupa) Cotey

9:04 AM  
Blogger Bertie said...

Stephanie, Rich, Patsy, Greg & Marcy,
We are deeply saddened to hear about Braden. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time...

Love, Jim & Berta Dempsey

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie Morse said...

Steph and Rich-
Although your time with Braden here on Earth was short, understand that you will have eternity with him in a better place. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you. You are amazing people and we will support you in any way possible.
With deepest sympathy-
Stephanie, Wayne, and Isaac Morse

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich-
Although we cannot imagine the pain you are going through, we hope that the good wishes and prayers of your family and friends give you strength. He was a lucky little boy to have had such wonderful parents. Take care of each other. We will keep you in our prayers.

Nate, Jen(Cook),and Katie Cravatta

9:22 AM  
Anonymous John, Missy (Virta), Tyler, and Alex said...

Steph and Rich,
We are so sorry for your loss. John and I were just devastated yesterday when we heard the news. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May the memories of your sweet little Braden comfort you and live on forever. God has a very special angel with him now. God bless you.

Love, The Nelson's
John, Missy (Virta), Tyler, and Alex

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Jen (Mickelsen) Demulling said...

Steph, Rich and family-
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your little man, Braden. Please know that we are lifting you up in prayer and asking the good Lord to shower you with strength.
Peace to you in this most difficult time,
Jen (Mickelsen) Demulling and family

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph, Rich and Family- We are so very sorry to hear about Braden. His memory will live on in all of the lives he has touched. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Curtis Family
Lee, Amber, Sydney and Jay

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying for your family today.
C.O.L.E. prayer team
www.colesfoundation.com

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich and Steph,
Thinking and praying for you constantly....
All my love and prayers,
Mia

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Carpenter Family said...

Our family is thinking about you and your family during this difficult time.

Cindy, Mike, Colin and Cale Carpenter

10:31 AM  
Blogger Paul Hanrahan said...

I am very sorry for your profound loss. Please let me know if there is anything I and your fellow teachers can do.
Paul Hanrahan

10:36 AM  
Blogger kate said...

praying for you all. i hope that you are finding peace and comfort,
C.O.L.E. Prayer Team
www.colesfoundation.com

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephanie and Rich,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Bill and Cindy Ewert

11:01 AM  
Blogger BWinn527 said...

Stephanie and Rich,

We are keeping you in our prayers as you deal with your loss. Sometimes we don't understand what happends in life but know that Braden has and will continue to have an incredible impact during his short life. It is amazing looking at the blog and charity websites to see what your family has done and how much good has come because of it. We'll pray for God's continued strength during this time.

Brad, Jenny, Allison Winn
Micah 6:8

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

I am sorry to hear about your loss. As a parent I could not imagine the pain you are feeling. God must have needed a beutiful angel by his side. He will always be looking over you.

God Bless - you are in my prayers

12:24 PM  
Blogger TriHard said...

So sorry for your loss. I heard of your story via a friend and I want to express my sympathy to both of you. In Braden's short time on earth he made such an impact on the lives of so many. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Laura Reissmann
Madison, WI

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Steph and Rich,
We are so very saddened by your loss. From the very first time we met you, we commented on how fortunate Braden was to have such wonderful parents. As time went on, we looked forward to seeing you and Braden in clinic. In January he charmed us all with his amazing vocabulary and his Johnny Cash songs.
Everyone at the Herma Heart Center is so saddened by your loss. We have been blessed to know you, Steph and Rich, and to have been able to care for your beautiful son. Your Heart of Gold charity has touched so many families lives, just as you have touched ours. Please know that we are always here for you and that you will be in our hearts and prayers.

Carol Carson and Dr. Joe Cava

12:48 PM  
Anonymous The Michelotti Family said...

No words can express our feelings...it is simply complete sadness. May God hold you close during such a difficult time. May you find moments of peace and may your heart be filled with the wonderful memories of a joyous young boy.

The Michelotti Family

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich and Steph,
I wish I knew what to say or do to make the heartache lessen for you. I would carry it for you if I could.
You are very much in my thoughts.

Beth Gephart

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shannon and I both shed tears for your loss when we received the news. Words cannot express...

Aimee (Heaton) Blansette

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about your loss my thoughts and prayers go out to you
-Blake Hummel

6:07 PM  
Blogger Becki Schmiegelt said...

I am so heartbroken to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Gods Blessings,
Becki Schmiegelt

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Sherry Spencer Stromer said...

May God's loving hands surround your precious little angel. Sincerely, Sherry (Spencer) Stromer

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich, I can't express how sorry I am to hear of your loss. There were many tears shed at school when we found out about Braden. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time in your lives.
Judy M.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph and Rich,
We are so saddened by your loss and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
The Loffredo Family

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have the words. We are so very sorry for your loss and have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Matt & Jamie Zarnstorff

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Ray Braden said...

Rich, Steph and family,
I am so sorry for your loss, you are two of the best people that I know. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you and I'm here for anything I can help with in any way.
Love,
Ray

2:47 PM  
Blogger H. James said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of Braden. I am another heart-mom, and recently learned about Braden through Maddison Watson's caringbridge page. My heart goes out to your family and my dearest hope that you take comfort in one another and the heart healthy baby that is to come.

Heather James (Mom to Bailey & Libby)
www.caringbridge.org/visit/sweetbabyjames

10:40 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Steph and Rich, we are so sorry for your loss. Just know that God is with B and he will always be with you.

John and Sally Klosowski

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Lindsay and Paul bruni said...

Steph and Rich,
I am so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time. Know that we are thinking of you.

Lindsay and Paul Bruni

9:37 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

Stephanie and Rich,

I wasn't going to write, because I don't know you. However, I saw your beautiful son's obituary in the Kenosha News yesterday and I just can't stop thinking of him and the pain you must be experiencing.

I hope you know that even people who don't know you and did not even know of you until this week have been touched by Braden's story and are praying for your strength during this time of sorrow.

God bless you and your family and God keep your beautiful boy.

Warmly,
Dana Boyle

10:08 PM  
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