On February 28th, 2011 our friends, Jason and Paige Endres lost their sweet baby boy Bennett \"Benny\" Cullen Endres who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep. While the pain of this loss is horrific and at times unbearable for them, they continue to try to move forward while always keeping Benny in their hearts. One of the things that Paige always says to me when we talk is \"Katie, please pray for Benny, say his name, remember his face....please always remember my perfect and precious Bennett.\"
While I cannot imagine the grief that encompasses their lives, my heart, as many of yours, breaks for their pain. Paige has spoken at great length about building a beautiful place in their backyard where they can go and speak to Benny, cry, and try to find some peace. As many of you know, they moved into a new home while Paige was pregnant with Benny and it has not been landscaped. So, my goal is to help them by raising money or getting donated product for a memorial garden to be built in their yard. Benny loved water, so I\'d like to raise enough money to afford them the ability to have a water element as part of the garden, as well as a beautiful bench for them to sit on when they want to. Paige has said they do not plan on moving from this home, so I have confidence that this is the ideal gift to offer them. I have a lofty goal, I realize this, but with your help, I know we can do this for Paige, Jason, Grayson (Benny\'s loving big brother!), and Benny.
All donations will go directly towards their garden. Every penny will be gifted to them to help them make this memorial garden a reality. No donation is too small. I will be deeply grateful for anything you can give and will be sure to pass along each and every name to Paige and Jason (as many of you know, Paige would insist on saying thank you)!! Also, if you would like to help in other ways, such as give physical items we could use in the garden like rocks, a bench, flowers, trees, or bushes, manpower, or have a landscape company connection, please contact me at: [phone redacted] or [email redacted]. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone and everyone you feel would like to help us build this beautiful memorial garden in honor of sweet Bennett. Please keep praying for Jason, Paige, Grayson, and Bennett. Keep seeing Benny\'s sweet face, keeping say his name....always remember their lovely little boy.
Below is the beautiful obituary for Bennett that his Daddy, Jason, so eloquently wrote:
Bennett Cullen Endres, Our sweet baby boy \"Benny\", 5 month 4 week old son of Jason
and Paige, and little brother to Grayson, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his
sleep February 28, 2011. We are so blessed to have seen his smile and hear his laugh
every day, we will miss him dearly. He significantly impacted our lives in a short time, his laughter, many smiles, and joy will live on in our hearts forever. Along with his parents
and brother he is survived by grandparents, Rose and Bernie Leapaldt of Chaska, Nancy
Endres of Grand Forks, Pat and Laura Endres of Grand Forks; uncles, Shaun (Jackie)
Endres of Grand Forks and Cullen Leapaldt & (special friend Sarah Sedlacek) of Mpls;
great-grandmothers, Lavonne Montgomery and Sally Martinson; Godparents, Matt and
Beth Hanson; cousins, Olan and Lauren Endres; loving puppies, Carter and Ocho; and
many other relatives and great friends. Funeral service Saturday, March 5, at 10 AM with visitation 1 hour prior at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie
(1 mi. W. of 494 along State Hwy. 5/212). Memorials preferred in lieu flowers.
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