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Courtney T. Pahl, 25

Courtney Thea Elizabeth Pahl, age 25, of Hastings, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, in the arms of Jesus at University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital.

Funeral Service was Friday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 Ninth Street West, in Hastings, with Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating; visitation was Thursday, Feb. 9, from 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service all at the church; private interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer, Minn.

Courtney Thea Elizabeth Pahl, lover of all, was born at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minn., the afternoon of Aug. 22, 1991, to parents Christopher and Heidi (Baumann) Pahl. She lived in Bloomington, Minn., with her parents, older brother, Brandon, and younger brother, Zachary. At age 2-1/2 she started ECSE programming in our home at 8510 22nd Avenue South in Bloomington and started riding a bus to a mix of mainstream and special education preschool for the next three years shortly after her third birthday and then attended Indian Mounds Elementary in Bloomington, Minn., as part of the first mainstream kindergarten class in the Bloomington School District. In 1997, Courtney, her mother and brothers moved to Hopkins, Minnesota, and transferred over to Hopkins School District where she attended Eisenhower Elementary for 1st through half of 4th grade before moving to Hastings, Minn., where she would call home until she left this earth on Feb. 2, 2017.

During those years, in 1997, Courtney was presumptively diagnosed by Mayo Clinic right around Thanksgiving with a devastating life limiting illness called Cockayne syndrome. Up until she was diagnosed and all through her life, she knew no limitations to her abilities, her love and to her hopes and dreams. In May of 2000, she attended her first Share and Care retreat, a gathering of families, who like hers were living with the eventuality of Cockayne, all in various phases of the journey, some who had their children, some who had already lost their children, but all who shared the common bond of knowing what this life looked like and willingly shared medical treatments, education strategies and just general life approaches that had worked or not worked and most importantly shared their beautiful families with us and continue to do so.

Courtney was baptized on Sept. 29, 1991, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in New Germany, Minn., by the Reverend Jack Dahl and her sponsors were Brent Baumann, Beth Alsleben and Kathy Homstad. On Sept. 29, 2009, Courtney was confirmed at Our Savior's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hastings, Minn., by Pastors Lloyd Menke and Doug Duin. Despite her challenges, Courtney always knew and loved her Lord, and over the last five years expressed to me and to others longer than that how she knew that one of her friends passed they went to Heaven to be with Jesus and that they were waiting for her. In the face of knowing her own mortality, she comforted many other CS parents who had lost their children, always arrived with her infectious laugh and her breathtaking smile. When she went deaf and I was crushed as her mother, she simply said "I'll be okay", while we waited for her cochlear implant surgery and went about her business like nothing was up when she rapidly developed bilateral cataracts.

Courtney is survived by her loving mother, Heidi (Baumann) Pahl of Hastings, Minn.; and father, Christopher Pahl of New Hope, Minn.; her brothers, Brandon Pahl of Hastings, currently working overseas in Qatar; her younger brother, Zachary Pahl, also of Hastings; niece, Kora Scout Madsen-Pahl of Orem, Utah; dear friend and second mom, Jenni Mikle of Farmintgon, Minn.; boyfriend, Jonah Revenberg of Tecumseh, Ontario, and his parents, Aimee Russell, also of Tecumseh, and Jim Revenberg of British Columbia; grandparents, Marilyn Pahl (Bloomington, Minn.) and special friend, Al Johnson (Portage, Wis.); Shirley and Gary Paulson of Mayer, Minn., and Virgil Baumann of Shakopee, Minn. She is also survived by aunts and uncles, Brent Baumann and special friend, Lisa; Krista and Michael Lindgren, Craig Baumann and special friend, Debbie Becker; Nicholas Baumann; Stacey Knopik and Beth Alsleben; James Pahl, Daniel and Joan Pahl, D. Scott Pahl. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by grandfather, C. David Pahl; previous boyfriends, Justin Otto of Dallas, Texas, and Aaron Hargett of Harper, Kansas; her dogs, Daisy May and Sasha Midnight.

Courtney loved to spend time with family, especially her brothers, who she adored; her friends she made over her 18 years of education; her job coaches at Career Ventures who allowed her to participate in job experiences at Rio Grooming in Hastings, Minn., and Michael's Crafts in Apple Valley; her beloved friend, Lydia Peterson, who helped with her orientation and mobility training and so many more. She welcomed all with open arms, loved babies, her doggies, Daisy May and Sasha Midnight, who also left this earth before her. She loved to cook, clean and help around the house however she could. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, making rainbow loom bands, scrapbooking, playing video games, going to the movies, traveling and shopping most of all.

Casket Bearers are Brent Baumann, Craig Baumann, Nick Baumann and Krista Lindgren.

Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com.

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