Liam S. Fitzwater
On Aug. 29, 2017, Liam Scott Fitzwater was born to Ben and Anna Fitzwater in Lincoln. On Dec. 31, 2017, we returned him to the Father in heaven. Liam enjoyed life to the fullest every day and could make anybody smile. In every moment of his life, he knew only love and happiness. His time here on earth was cut short by an unexplained medical event that occurred during a nap at daycare. Despite the best efforts of all involved, Liam was unable to recover.
We would like to thank those that provided the skilled and dedicated care for Liam. You will forever have our gratitude – his beloved daycare provider, Seward Police Department, Seward Volunteer Fire Department, Dr. Novak and staff at Seward Memorial Hospital, Star Care transport team, Dr. Mysore and Dr. Miller and their incredible, caring staff at Nebraska Medicine PICU. We would also like to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers that continue to carry us through this extremely difficult time.
We ask that everyone stays strong in their faith. We did not receive the outcome so many prayed for, including us, as we didn't get to keep our son here. We will never understand why this happens to anyone, particularly to a baby so healthy and happy. We did, however, get three additional days with Liam that were worth every minute. We saw thousands of people come together to support our family in a time of need. Liam was our little, perfect miracle, and in four months, he changed our lives for the better in ways that we never imagined. Liam touched many lives and will continue to do so with his story. He will be missed until we are one day reunited.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Robert Burcham, Donald Fitzwater, Carl Geis and Robert Mann; his great-aunts, Suzanne Kolterman and Tammie Rasmussen; his cousins, Ollie Fitzwater and Amanda Rasmussen; as well as numerous great-great-aunts and uncles.
Survivors include his parents, Ben and Dr. Anna (Geis) Fitzwater; his grandparents, Scott and Janene (Mann) Fitzwater and Ronald and Cynthia (Burcham) Geis; his aunts and uncles, Robert and Amanda Fitzwater, Dr. Jacob and Dr. Carolyn Geis, Joe Bob Geis and Leah Geis; his great-grandparents, Ivadell Burcham, Evalyn Fitzwater, Adeline Geis and Betty Mann; his great-aunts and uncles and their families, Chad and Lisa Beckius, David and June Burcham, Todd and Patty Fitzwater, Alan and Aranya Geis, Douglas and Kimberly Geis, Richard and Barbara Jacobsen, Pam Johansen and Michael Martinez, Mark Kolterman, Dr. Kenton and Cyndee Mann, Michael and Kay Mann, Randy and Shelli Rasmussen, Bruce and Rochelle Sorensen, Ken and Rebecca Wright; as well as numerous great-great-aunts and uncles, family and close friends.
There will be a private family service. A community life celebration to bring together everyone who loves and cares for us and Liam, or who has been touched by our story, will be held at a later date in Seward.
Memorials will be to the family for now and then later distributed to organizations to benefit infants and children. Harman-Wright Mortuary, Beatrice in charge of arrangments