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Obituary: The Walz Brothers

The much-loved infant boys were the sons of Marybeth Walz, co-founder of the Monmouth County-based Hope For Children Foundation.


Obituary courtesy of Thompson Funeral Home or Red Bank

Heaven's gain was our loss when our Precious Angel Thad & our Sweet Baby Jude were called back home by the Lord.

These beautiful babies were so desperately wanted yet taken way too soon. They were born at 28 weeks via emergency C-section on November 19, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. These beautiful boys were carried by their Aunt Colleen as their mom Marybeth is a cancer survivor and could not carry.

Jude Edward Lavery Walz was born at 6:11 a.m. He weighed 2 pounds 4 oz. and was 14 inches long.

Donald Thaddeus William Walz "Thad" was born at 6:14 a.m. He weighed 2 pounds, 1 ounce and was 13 inches long.

Sadly, on the second day of Thad's life our little angel was taken by a pulmonary hemorrhage. Thad went to his heavenly home at 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday November 20, 2013. Thad's last moments were spent in the perfect spot… his mother's arms. Although there were so many that did not get to meet Thad, this sweet little angel gave us all a lifetime full of love during his extremely short time here on earth.

After Thad's sudden passing his brother Jude struggled every day. He was close to going home when they discovered a mass in his abdomen. On January 25, 2014 on the day Thad was to be buried, Jude was airlifted to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he was diagnosed with Infantile Fibro Sarcoma, a very rare form of congenital cancer. Jude spent four months fighting harder than anyone should ever have too. Yet through this precious baby's suffering his unwavering strength brought out so much goodness and made such a difference in so many lives. Faith was restored for many, thousands came together in prayer. This little soul unlocked so much love and compassion.

On Thursday May 22 after a long and very courageous fight Sweet Baby Jude lost his battle with cancer. Jude left this world at 7:04 p.m. while being held in his mommy's arms surrounded by family and loved ones.

Jude's family is at deep peace knowing that the boys are now reunited. As we try to comprehend this profound loss we pray that the love, compassion and most importantly the faith that the boys brought to so many will always remain in everyone's hearts.

If you would like to celebrate these sweet souls their service will be held on Friday, June 6th from 2-4 and 7-9 at Thompson Funeral Home, 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701 

Funeral services will be held at the Church of the Precious Blood, 72 Riverdale Ave., Monmouth Beach, NJ on Saturday June 7th at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Fair View Cemetery in Middletown, NJ. Both the service and the funeral will be open to the public.

We ask that if you send flowers to PLEASE ONLY send white blossoms as they symbolize heavenliness, innocence and the purity of love. 

In lieu of flowers, we would also be honored to have you support an organization that the boys' mom co-founded, Hope for Children Foundation, NJ/ PO Box 4325 Middletown, NJ 07748.

Thad and Jude are deeply loved by their mommy, daddy, grandparents, their aunts and uncles, cousins and many others. They have touched so many lives and brought so many together in prayer and love. They will both be held in God's hands until their mommy, Aunt Colleen and their whole family will hold them again in heaven. We all have faith that that day will come and that day will be more beautiful then we can ever imagine. Until then… they will always remain in in our hearts. www.warriorjude.com

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