". .. Austin And Dakotah ". Konetzka
Memorial website in the memory of your loved one
You’ve left behind our broken hearts
and precious memories too.
But we’ve never wanted memories
We only wanted you.

Each second
of human life will pass by
as God has willed
until that very last second
begins the first day
of an Eternal Journey
shared together

"An Angel in the book of life,
wrote down our children's births
and whispered as she closed the book.....
Too beautiful for earth."

In memory of
three beautiful children
Dakotah ~ Austin ~ Gianna


Pray for Us

Light a Candle

Light a candle for those we mourn.
Into a new life they have been born.
Do not look for them at the grave site.
They are somewhere else radiating their beautiful light.
They have gone to a new world, of no darkness, no pain.
Their light and essence will always remain.
Light a candle for those who have left this mortal place.
They are free to travel through time and space.
When we think of them they are near.
When we sit in a beautiful garden. Their voices we hear.
When we listen to a divine symphony
We close our eyes, and their faces we see.
Light a candle for they have not really gone.
With each flickering flame,
in your
hearts they will always belong.

© A.Pell 24/08/2005


Dakotah and Austin


Gianna Estelle  2003

A moment in our arms
a lifetime in our hearts

† † † APRIL 6, 2007

We are the Rememberers,
the people left behind,
to keep the ones who've gone before
Alive in Heart and Mind...
The people left to cherish
and preserve a Legacy,
Yes, we are the Rememberers,
and we will always be.......

Dakotah, Austin and Gianna
are Smiling right now,
that YOU  have taken
a precious moment in your busy day
to Remember Them.

Their lives lasted for a brief moment on earth.
But memories shared can make
that moment in time
last forever
 in our




  Dakotah and Austin were preceded in death by their younger sister...

Gianna Estelle

Gianna Estelle was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
on April 07, 2002 and passed away on
March 19, 2003 at the age of 11 months. 

Dakotah Pryce

Dakotah was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 18, 1995 and passed away on Good Friday, April 06, 2007 at the age of 12.

Austin Robert

Austin was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 11, 1996 and passed away on Good Friday, April 06, 2007 at the age of 11.
We will always love you,
KODA and ROO and GIA. 
You will never be forgotten.
In our hearts and memories
you will ALWAYS



"Kisses N Hugs from the Children"
via cyberspace

Dakotah and Austin 
Smiling and Looking At Us
Through Heaven's Portal

"You are our connection from the past to the future.
Our past is full of your memories.
Our present holds on to your memory.
Our future, in HEAVEN with JESUS,
is where we will make our new memories"



There are many things in life that will 
catch your eye,
 but only a few will 
catch your heart ...

In my dreams
I'll always see you soar above the sky.
In my heart
there will always be a place for you for all my life.
 I'll keep a part of you with me,
and everywhere I am,
there you'll be.

...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Letter From Heaven

To our dearest family,
Some things we would like to say, but first of all.
 We'd like to let you know that we arrived okay.
We're writing this from heaven.
Where we now dwell with God above.
Here there are no more tears of sadness.
Here there is just Eternal Love.
Please do not be unhappy just because we're out of sight.
Remember that we are with you every morning, noon, and night.
That day we had to leave you when our life on earth was through,
God picked us up and hugged us and said,
"I welcome you.
It's good to have you back again.
 You were missed while you were gone.
 As for your dear family, they will be here later on.
I need you here badly, you're part of my plan.
There's so much we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave us a list of things, that He wished for us to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
 And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight
God allows us to be closest to you...in the middle of the night.
When you think of our life on earth and all those loving years,
because you are only human,
they are bound to bring you tears.
Do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

We wish that we could tell you all God has planned.
If we were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though our life on earth is through,
We're closer to you now, than we ever were before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb,
 but together we can do it by taking it "One day at a time".
It was always our philosophy and we'd like it for you too, that,
"As you give unto the world, the world will give to you".
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night..."My day was not in vain."
And now we are contented that our lives were worthwhile,
knowing as we passed along the way we made someone smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
just lend a hand to pick him up as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street and you've got us on your mind, We're walking in your footsteps,  only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go...from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going...You're coming...
 To Heaven...to God, my sister, brother and me.


Some people leave behind a legacy
of achievements, travel, fame and fortune. 

Being young children at the time of their passing, Dakotah, Austin and Gianna didn't leave behind any "Great Claim to Fame"
but they did leave behind 
Footprints on the Hearts
of many Family Members and Friends
who were dearest to them.

Bubbling with MEMORIES
of days gone by. 
Missing you always
with silent Tears
we can't cry.

"Real Tears
are not those
fall from the Eyes
and cover the Face
But those that fall
from the
 and cover the

"May they always be seated in the lap of the Lord, those whom are still here and in the thereafter"

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 He picks a rosebud before it can grow old.

God knows how much we need them,
And so He takes but 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



A smile says so much
Gramma and Grampa you made us smile
Youth, best time of our life
We shared together
Talking about things we like to do
Wasn't all talk, we actually did them
What we wanted to be when we grew up
Sorry we can't be there for that.
Guess God needed us up here
A few special people here, sure happy to see us
Thanks for this page
We always knew how much you loved us
Guess everyone else will know now too!
We know we'll always be in your heart
It's so beautiful up here
No homework either!

Love From
  Your Two Special Big Guys
~ † † ~
by gloria

April 9, 2008

Looking through
Heaven's Portal of Grace

"They shall not grow old as we grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning"

We will remember them.

"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go."



~ We light candles...
...because we love, and candlelight is a reflection of that love.
...to illuminate our better selves, highlighting the beauty in each other,
   inside and out.
...to provide comfort in our sadness, soothe our sorrow, and heal the hurt of loss.
...for sanctuary --the aura of candlelight creates a place to meditate, pray, and      give devotion.
...for solitude, contemplation, and reflection.
...for hope, not just for ourselves, but to inspire us to bring hope to others.
...to lift our heart, renew our spirit, encourage our body in the healing process.
...because there is darkness --candlelight reminds us the world can be a better place if we believe and work together.
...for community,
a thousand candles together is even brighter than a thousand apart

...to help illuminate in our hearts what can be.

Light a candle for the one you love...


 May God Bless You Always

Thank You
Remembering The Children.

A Special "THANK YOU" to the
Cross Creek 7th & 8th Grade Choir
(2008 - 2009)
for honoring Dakotah & Austin's memory
with a beautiful medley of songs
from their first CD
"Infinite Memories"

Every Story has an END, but n Life
Every End is just a new Beginning.
 Each new sunrise brings
HOPE for tomorrow."
Tributes and Condolences
November 8, 2015   / ..
Crossing the Bar~Sunset and evening star,And one clear call for me!And may there be no moaning of the bar,When I put out to sea,But such a tide as moving seems asleep,Too full for sound and foam,When that which drew from out the boundless deepTurns a...  Continue >>
2015_0617_In The Sky   / ..
 And we must wait here for awhile  Until it's time to go. Although we carry on, we mourn, Because we miss them so; And through the years, God dries our tears... He said, "My Peace I Give." And for each hour we have the ...  Continue >>
April 21, 2015 A Thousand Candles   / ..
Dakotah,  Austin  & Gianna I'm lighting a thousand candlesIn memory of youand in memory of ALL our Loved Oneswho passed on before you too.I still miss you As the days and years pass I still miss you As the pain of grief softens I s...  Continue >>
March 20, 2015 Love You From A Distance   / ..
They spent the night looking up at the sky"Why are the stars so far away, when they are so beautiful?"she askedHe told her,"Beautiful things, no matter the distancecan always be felt." She says nothing at all, but simply star...  Continue >>
2017_0211_ Happy 21st Birthday Austin  / .. ..     Read >>
NEVER GROW OLD  / Grampa K.     Read >>
2002_0407_Gianna Estelle  / .. ..     Read >>
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Dec. 22, 2014 - Your Names are MUSIC TO MY EARS  / Gma     Read >>
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His legacy
written Nov. 20, 2006
     6th Grade
Love is PINK
         like when you blush,
         also like the color
         of an apple blossom crush.   

Love  flows through my veins
          filling every space.
          Reminding me of hot chocolate
          that warmed my face.
It makes me feel numb
         like in a good way.
         It makes me want to do something crazy
         and fly, fly away without delay.

JOHN MASIAS by Dakotah  
written by Dakotah
(sung to the tune of The Beverly Hillbillies)

Come 'n listen to my story 'bout a lad named John

A poor shepherd boy, orphaned at the age of five

And then one day, as he was praying near a tree

Along came a traveler who said, “Please pray for me”.

Prayers, Visions, Heaven’s gold.

Well, the first thing you know, John’s now a missionary

His visions from God said, “In time you’ll move from Spain.

Peru is the place, where you will dwell.

Praying for departed souls and saving them from h..e..double..L." 

The poor, the savage and the uneducated Indians.

Well, now it's time to say goodbye to John and all his friends,

You’re all invited back again to listen to me sing.

About John Masias and how he fed the poor 

He remained in the world, died a happy death

In the...year of...1654
ERIE CANAL - Dakotah's version  
Me and Sal are comin' back to town
Less than 15 miles on the Erie Canal
We're almost there - I cannot wait
Tired of sleeping nightly in a wooden crate

Got some bruises on my back, sore feet, head aches and all of that
But I'll not complain 'bout all these pains
Maybe next time   -
 I'll just take the train.

Low bridge! Everybody down!
Low bridge cause we're comin' back to town
We want to see our neighbors - We want to visit our pals
Cause we've missed them everyday -
 while we've been away
Walking along the edge of the Erie Canal.
A Reason, A Season or A Lfetime  

eople come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically,  emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend and they are.  
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk  away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.  
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire  fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move  on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
Dakotah, Austin and Gianna, thank you for being a special part of our lives, whether you were a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime.  We will always cherish your memory.

Bio Poem


  Supreme Indian Buffalo Hunter

Strong, brave, courageous, intelligent

Related to all who are in need of food

Who has saved many people by feeding them

Who needs buffalo to hunt for food and fur

Who fears nothing
Who gives time and skill to slay the buffalo

Who would like to be the leader of our tribe
Resident of The Hunters Clan

(5th Grade)
by Austin Konetzka
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