Monday, November 15, 2010


My life went on hold last week. We all dropped everything the night Shannon passed away. I am not going to go into details because I'm not sure I would want to share that on my blog and I'm definitley not ready. However, I would like to tell everyone that she died because of a brain aneurysm and so did her father. We all wore red ribbons for aneurysm awareness and green ribbons for the gift of life. Shannon and her father both donated their organs. I'm going to share Shannon's obituary because Its absolutely perfect. Her sister-in-law wrote it and it made me love her because I knew how much she 'got' Shannon.

Shannon Vert , age 26, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. left her loved ones unexpectedly on November 6, 2010 of a brain aneurysm. She was preceded in death by her father, Milo Vert, of the same. Shannon lived for the moment and loved life. She was the dancing queen, the social butterfly, the caretaker, and the welcomed entertainment of anything she was partaking in. Family and friends meant everything to her. Shannon’s love for others and definition of family knew no boundaries or formality. She was a very special young woman who touched the lives and hearts of everyone she knew. Shannon has taught us to dance like no one is watching, to tell stories as if they are legends, to seize the happiness life has to offer, and that it is impossible to be loved by or to love too many people. Shannon leaves behind the love of her life, fiancé Dane Stanaway, son of Bill and Chrissie Stanaway. Her grandparents, Ralph and Wilma Vert who raised her — along with Joe and Kim Dunn, Thelma and Joe Riley, Ralphie and Susan Vert, Cindy and Mike LaCross, Marty Vert, Mark and Laurie Vert, Nancy and Bill Cupp, Carla Hurlburt, Marci and Mike Kravis, as well as her brothers Shawn and Steven Vert, nephew Jordan, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins who were like brothers and sisters to her, in addition to countless friends. Shannon would also want to mention her two dear pets, Kada and Bella.

Shannon was employed by Dr. Ganzhorn and, as noted previously, she loved caring for others. Shannon was also an organ donor, and her spirit will continue in those that have received her generous gift of life.

I couldn't have described Shannon better myself. She has been a best friend of mine for a long time. She loved me, she loved Liv...and we loved her just as much. I'm gonna leave a few favorite pictures I have.


  1. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. One of my childhood friends died suddenly from a brain aneurysm his freshman year at Purdue. There was no family history of brain aneurysms or anything. You must be feeling very confused and helpless. I still think about him every day and appreciate what an amazing person he was and how lucky I was to have him in my life. I hope you can find solace in wonderful memories and photos you have with her and start to heal. Losses like this really make you appreciate how precious life is.

  2. Thank you Kristen. I'm very sad and confused by it. It is especially hard because her father died of the same thing and it could have been prevented. She was a very special person and I am very thankful for all the memories I have with Shannon...because there are a ton. So, thank you very much and I'm sorry about your friend also.

  3. Oh my gosh, that is really terrible. I am so so so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful, young girl. My prayers are with you while you mourn and heal.

  4. I am so sad to read this. So terribly sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what you are going though.
    My BIL was just in town saying goodbye to his childhood best friend who suffered from the same thing. His friend was in his late 30's. So unexpected. He's been on a vent for 3+ months now. They moved him to hospice this morning to let him go in peace.
    I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!

  5. Ugh that would be hard. Its tragic...I definitley feel for any family that goes through this because its horrifying. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers.

  6. Im so sorry to hear about your loss, I lost a good chilhood friend of mine at age 21 and I know how hard it is for everyone, speciallu when its so unexpected. I will keep you and her family in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Thank you Francis and I'm sorry to hear about your friend.

  8. Desi,
    I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your dear friend. She sounds like a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Take care!

  9. I can't even imagine. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  10. It was nice that you shared that Des. The obituaries and pictures were touching and definitely showed what a great person she was. Stay strong.

  11. Thanks Krysta, I'll call you when i'm in mqt.

  12. Hey Desi,

    I'm so sorry to read of the loss of your friend. It seems like Shannon brought wonderful gifts to your life and the lives of many. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


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