Casandra Niles Lorenz, 17


By Tribune - Posted on 05 April 2012

  In the early morning hours of Tuesday March 13th the Lord wrapped His arms around the most  beautiful and loved girl on earth and carried her home to be with our heavenly Father.  

Casandra Niles Lorenz was diagnosed with a rare muscle cancer at the young age of 14 and fought bravely until the very end.  Never let it be said that she lost her battle, for to lose is to give up and she never did.  The last week of Cassie’s life she was surrounded by loved ones, and was a constant reminder to all of us what unconditional love and acceptance means.  
This beautiful angel was born October 3rd 1994 to her amazing parents Drew and Tina Lorenz.  From the very beginning our little pork chop was a total mama’s girl, in good or bad moments, Mom was the first person Cassie wanted by her side.  Cassie was always full of life and energy, always on the go.  She loved being outdoors going camping with Grandma and Grandpa and boating on the lake with Dad and friends.  She quickly mastered the kneeboard and spent hours behind the boat doing tricks and teaching others how it’s done.  When she wasn’t outdoors Cassie loved hanging out with her friends and shopping. This is one girl who could hardly pass up a cool pair of shoes.  She also enjoyed school and dreamed one day of getting her diploma and continuing onto college. 
Although her time was cut short Cassie touched so many lives.  No matter how sick Cassie got she always had a smile on her face and a sassy comment for anyone in the room.
Cassie is survived by her mother, father, Grandpa Monty and Grandma Deloris Braunstadter, Grandma and Grandpa Dick Stern, godmother Cheryl Bradley, godfather PJ Jourdan, special friends Trey Slates, Mashayla Foster, Andrew Perea, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  She was greeted at the gates of Heaven by great grandfather George and great grandmother Sophie Krank, Uncle Victor Krank and grandpa Leo Lorenz Jr. Special thank you to Dr. Kelker, Mandy, Kara and Sarah for their always companionate care. 
Her father leaves a final message: “Hey sweetheart I am going to miss you tons.   I am honored to be able to call you my daughter.  You are and always have been a huge inspiration to me.  I am going to miss you and the fun and trouble we could always come up with.  You will always make my heart complete and I promise to take care of your mom for you. Love Dad!”
Her mother leaves a final message: “Casandra I feel so empty without you. I miss you so much you are my heart and soul. You are with God now and I know you are no longer hurting. I will see you again my beautiful daughter. Thank you for letting me be your mom. I love you with every ounce of my being. Fly with the angels. Love your mom forever…” 
A public viewing was held at the Smith Downtown Chapel, located at 925 South 27th Street on Friday March 16, from1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday March 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The celebration of life was held at Faith Chapel, located at 517 South Shiloh Road, main worship center, Shiloh entrance,  on Monday, March 19th at 1:00 pm followed by the reception at the Shrine Auditorium. At Cassie’s request, please wear bright colors, no black.

Published March 21, 2012

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