Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Dragonfly has flown

Thelonius Luther Helbert Fueglein, 9 months old, died peacefully at home in Richmond, VA on February 20, 2006 of a brain tumor. In his short time with us, Theo touched untold numbers of people. In knowing him, his family and friends experienced love and compassion that will resonate throughout our lives.Theo is survived by his parents Karla Helbert and Jamie Fueglein, his grandparents, Luther C. Helbert and Dyanne Helbert, his great-grandmothers Virginia Helbert and Betty Wood, his aunts and uncles Meg and Erich Faber and David and Julie Fueglein, many cousins and extended family. His paternal grandmother Marge Fueglein passed away the day before Theo's birth. Theo's parents are very grateful to friends and family who have supported us throughout. We also would like to extend warm thanks to Theo's nurses, doctors and caregivers who provided excellent care and support.

Visitation hours will be held at Carty's Funeral Home at 1621 Norton Rd. S.W. in Wise, VA on Friday, February 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a short graveside service at Colyer Cemetery. Flowers or stuffed animals are welcome. All stuffed animal gifts will be donated in Theo's name to VCU Medical Center's pediatric intensive care unit. The family also encourages memorial donations in Theo's name to be made to Noah's Children pediatric hospice program. Donations may be sent to Noah's Children, Office of Gifts & Contributions, IVNA, 5008 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.

Friends may call on the family at the home of Dyanne Helbert in Norton, VA. A memorial service will be held in Richmond, VA at a later date.


Libbey Hale said...

Karla and Jamie,
May God bless you with His loving peace, comfort, strength, and hope. I cannot begin to fathom all that you have been through. I know that God is faithful and will give you help in these days to come as He has these past months.

God loves you so very much.
You are in my prayers,

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Anonymous said...

"...and flights of angels
sing thee to thy rest."

Much love from Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Karla and Jamie,
Your sharing your last months is almost too overwhelming to read. Living it, and sharing it has made others aware, and hopefully will help others. But most of all, it has made this 49 year old man do two things almost uncontrolabily. The first is cry. For your loss, and your sharing. The second is hug my daughter and to realize that she is so precious. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

JGT said...

Always remember that you both are the one set of parents in thirty million that were blessed with this special moment in life knowing that you could survive it and learn more than you could have ever imagined about giving and receiving love. What a heartbreaking beuatiful experience for you. our prayera and thoughts are with you!

Amy said...

I'm reading your story and sitting here with tears streaming down my face. Your baby Theo is still touching lives, my dear, and so are you.
Thank you.