|Birth: ||Sep. 26, 2006|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 2011|
Hannah Ray Geneser "sissy", died unexpectedly at age four on Monday, March 21, 2011, at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines.
This beautiful, ray of light came into this world on September 26, 2006 in Des Moines, Iowa to the parents of Shanda and Jamie. A strong, sharp, free spirit, she is remembered for her laughter and her hugs, giving a little piece of sunshine to absolutely everyone she touched. A favorite story that makes them laugh to this day, is when they had a bag of fudge on the kitchen counter and dada, Jamie, hearing it rustle, went to investigate. Caught in the act, their little Hannah looked up with chocolate on her face and proclaimed, "Oh, I thought these were bananas!" She had such a way with people. If her mischief brought on a touch of anger, she would calmly say with a twinkle in her eye, "Ok, ok, now settle down."
One of their favorite rituals was every night before bed she would say to her mommy and dada, "will you 'yay' with me? Just for a minute. Five minutes!" Holding her mommy, she would stroke her cheek and ask, "Do you want me to scratch your back?" Together they would look out her window to the moon and mommy would ask, "do you know how much I love you?" and Hannah would reply, "to the moon and back". But before going to sleep, she would sneak out of bed for just one more kiss. Every night. Every night. Upon waking, she would ask, "Is this a school day or a stay home day?" She loved coming home. She wrestled with her dada, played crocodile with mommy and Peter Pan with grandfather, Papa. She always had to be Peter Pan and he would be Captain Hook. She excelled in gymnastics on the pommel horse, pretended to be Spiderman and danced in her princess dress daily with her favorite pink sparkly tennis shoes. Hannah was sissy Harper's protector and biggest competitor.
In addition to her loving parents, Jamie and Shanda of Des Moines; Hannah is survived and dearly remembered by her "Sissy", Harper of Des Moines; paternal grandparents, Daniel and Gretta of West Des Moines; maternal grandparents, Lyle and Sandy of Des Moines; paternal great-grandmother, Jackye of Boone; paternal great-grandfather, John of Woodward; and a host of many aunts, uncles and cousins, whom she loved so much.
The Iles Funeral Homes - Dunn's Chapel of Des Moines is in charge of arrangements and can be contacted with questions. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in the chapel at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. A memorial service celebrating Hannah's life will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, March 24, in the church's worship center. Private committal services will take place at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Honorary pallbearers: Chase, Josie, Julianne, Sage, Cedar, Hayden, Sammy, and Harper.
The parents wish for all their friends and family to consider giving flowers to another parent within the community in acknowledgment of the vulnerability and commitment it takes to be a parent. Also, please consider filling out an organ donor card. Memorial contributions can be made to the 'Hannah Geneser Memorial Fund', to establish an education fund for her "Sissy", Harper. Checks can be mailed to: 720 77th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266.
From Jamie and Shanda, "Thank you to Matt and Denise with Almost Home preschool for caring for our child for so many years as if she were your own. Thank you to all our family and friends over the years that have loved and embraced our family and supported us as parents. Thank you to the amazing staff and physicians at Blank Children's Hospital who have a job that has to be one of the hardest in the world. Thank you to our community for embracing us in our time of grief and despair. We love you all so much. To the child who shall receive our daughter's heart and eyes, you are so blessed. To our baby girl, Hannah, never forget how much we love you. "To the moon and back".
Published in Des Moines Register from March 22 to March 23, 2011
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Zina ♥︎ Bee
Record added: Aug 27, 2013
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