Sea of green balloons marks life of Edina boy

2:35 PM, Jan 10, 2013   |    comments
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EDINA, Minn. - Eight years is just not enough.

A standing room only-overflow crowd gathered Thursday morning at Our Lady of Grace Church to mark the sudden and heart-wrenching loss of 8-year-old Quinn McManus Kirsch, who passed away early Monday from heart failure.  

Quinn was a third grade student at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, the youngest of Kelly and Kyle Kirsch's four sons.

In an obituary through Gill Brothers Funeral and Cremation Services, family members said they "loved him so much and words can't express the pain and grief we are feeling."

"We were blessed with him in our lives for eight wonderful years," reads an obituary written for Gil Brothers Funeral and Cremation Services. "Quinn was a kind, gentle boy who everyone befriended, and everyone loved. Although he has left this earth, his spirit will remain with us forever."

Family friend Jen Best said the Kirsch's are an amazing family, and that her son Sam was playing with Quinn on Saturday.

"It's tough (for him) to understand," Best said about her son. "He's missing his buddy."

School was cancelled at Our Lady of Grace School so all the kids could attend Quinn's funeral. A special section was cordoned off specially for his 3rd grade classmates.

Best said the eulogy by Quinn's uncle was especially inspiring, as he spoke of the boy's love of sports, especially hockey. He told mourners that every member of the Edina community is now a member of Quinn's team, and at the end of the eulogy everyone in attendance stood up cheered for Quinn's new team.  

In honor of Quinn, family members and friends who loved Quinn flew green balloons from their doorsteps Thursday. Best says that Jerry's Market alone sold more than 5,200 balloons, and other businesses sold hundreds more.

In lieu of flowers, Quinn's family is requesting memorials to the Quinn McManus Kirsch Memorial Trust, Wells Fargo, 5116 Vernon Ave. S., Edina, MN 55436.

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