Condolence & Memory Journal

She was my best friend

Posted by Melanie Collins - Chetek, WI - friend   February 17, 2018


Sorry to hear of your loss. My family has experienced several battles with cancer and I know the struggle is long and difficult. Sorry we could not attend the funeral, but we were out of town on vacation and just got back late last evening. Renee sent me an email to let me know of your loss.

Best wishes and many prayers.

Chris (Sauer) Ryan

Posted by Christine Ryan (Sauer) - Germantown, WI - Friend   January 07, 2018

Rod, Jessie and Family, we know that Alaina is with the Lord and suffering no more. Our hearts break for you and your family. We pray that you all will be at peace. Love, Bob and Diane.

Posted by Bob and Diane Gallagher - Washington, IA - Friend   January 06, 2018

My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Mike Schilling - Mason City, IA - Coworker   January 06, 2018


I leave my thoughts prayers to the family and fends of Alaina peace and love with all of you including Kathi Dawn Kaye and Shawn Van Linn and Cattee and our cat Paulie and our bird Buddy.

Posted by Kaye Van linn - Neenah, WI - Family Friend   January 05, 2018

Dear Rod,

I have met you through our joint parish council. Although I have not met your family, I feel as though I have as they have been a true inspiration to me. Your faith life is an example to all and I'm sure has helped carry you through this extremely difficult time. Here's hoping that my thoughts and prayers for Alaina and your family helped in some small unknown way to ease your burden.
With continued prayers may our dear Lord keep your family in His loving care.

My deepest condolences,
Roseann (& husband Leo) Schraufnagel
St. Andrew Parishioners

Posted by Roseann Schraufnagel - Lomira, WI - Acquaintance   January 05, 2018

Words of condolence are insufficient when one so beautiful and graceful as your Alaina is taken from you.
Adding my prayers to those who also ask that through your strong faith in God and each other you will make it through this difficult time. Alaina now has her wings!

Posted by Chris Leadley - Whitefish Bay, WI - Coworker   January 04, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends who will miss their precious child who everyone loved so dearly. She is smiling and without pain now with her loving Savior, Jesus. She is looking down on all of those she knew and loved and is finally free of pain and sufferings. The memory of her great love and wonderful sweetness for her family, friends, pets and nature will live on with all who knew her.

Posted by Alyce Wehrenberg - La Crosse, WI - Family Friend   January 02, 2018

Dear Janssens, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful girl. I was so lucky to have been her godmother and to witness her journey. I remember meeting her when she was born, holding her and thinking she was the most beautiful baby in the world. She was the sweetest girl and wise beyond her years. Her smile could light up a room. In her short time here on earth, she taught me so much about life. She showed me how to live in the moment, to see the bright side of things, to always have a craft project or two in the works and how to face life with grace and gentleness. Much love to all of you. XOXO

Posted by Kim Meils - West Bend, WI - Family Friend   January 01, 2018


Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. May you find comfort in the hands of angels. Your memory will live in our hearts forever.

Posted by Jackie Steger & Family - Brownsville, WI - Friend   December 31, 2017

We love you!

Posted by Tina Janen    December 31, 2017

What a wonderful child you raised, to love the Lord, and everyone she met
Thankyou for sharing her love w all of us

Posted by Jay Rodgers - Oklahoma coty, OK - Acquaintance   December 30, 2017


So sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. From what I read, she was a wonderful, joyful young lady! Sending love and prayers from La Crosse and others from your North Woods teaching family.

Posted by Linda Watson - La Crosse, WI - Coworker   December 30, 2017


Rod,Jessie, Emily, Eric, Ethan, Adam, and Grandpa John, Grandma Grace, My heart is breaking for all of you.
Alaina is a true angel who blessed all who knew her. She will protect and guide all of you in your life's journey.

Posted by Tom and Ruth Mischo - Lomira, WI - Family Friend   December 30, 2017

So sad to hear that you didn't win the battle against cancer, but was also so inspired by reading about how you lived your young life since Thanksgiving. I'll miss seeing your smile and hearing about how you're fighting every day to live life to the fullest.

Susan Abrams (teacher at Bishop McGuinness)

Posted by Susan Abrams - Oklahoma City, OK - Teacher   December 30, 2017

Jessie and Rod and family uncle Dave and I are sending you all our thoughts and prayers hoping to help you through this very rough time. we all now have a true angel to watch over us. love to all

Posted by mary and dave sarauer - janesville, WI - Family   December 30, 2017

I never met Alaina in this life but she touched my heart an soul . her love for life her faith in the lord thru her trials in life were very inspiring to me altho I have faith her life strengthened my faith. I will meet her someday in heaven an we will sit down by the river an have a good chat about our struggle with our cancer an talk about the love of the lord in our life. may the lord bless each one of you her family an so glad I was a part of her life in her last days

Posted by gary royce - moore, OK - Friend   December 30, 2017

Much love to your family.

Posted by Jennifer Fink - Mayville, WI - Friend   December 30, 2017


What an awesome young lady! So grateful to have had her in our lives, so sad that she is gone way too soon. She meant a lot to so many and will be remembered always!

Posted by Ted Meils - West Bend, WI - Family   December 30, 2017