Courtney Thea Elizabeth Pahl, age 25, of Hastings, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in the arms of Jesus at University of Minnesota Fairview.
She was born Aug. 22, 1991, at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, the daughter of Christopher and Heidi (Baumann) Pahl.
Courtney was baptized Sept. 29, 1991, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany, by the Rev. Jack Dahl; and confirmed Sept. 29, 2009, at Our Saviors Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hastings, by Pastors Lloyd Menke and Doug Duin.
Over her childhood, she attended school in Bloomington, Hopkins, and Hastings.
In 1997, Courtney was presumptively diagnosed by Mayo Clinic 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.
Despite her challenges, Courtney always knew and loved her Lord. In the face of knowing her own mortality, she comforted many other CS parents who had lost their children, and always arrived with her infectious laugh and her breathtaking smile.
Courtney loved to spend time with family, especially her brothers, who she adored; the 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, 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, and especially loved babies, and her doggies.
Courtney 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.
She is survived by her loving mother, Heidi (Baumann) Pahl of Hastings; father Christopher Pahl of New Hope; brothers Brandon Pahl of Hastings, currently working overseas in Qatar; and Zachary Pahl, also of Hastings; niece Kora Scout Madsen-Pahl of Orem, UT; dear friend and second mom, Jenni Mikle of Farmington; boyfriend Jonah Revenberg of Tecumseh, Ontario, and his parents, Aimee Russell, also of Tecumseh, and Jim Revenberg of British Columbia; and grandparents Marilyn Pahl of Bloomington, and special friend, Al Johnson of Portage, WI; Shirley and Gary Paulson of Mayer, and Virgil Baumann of Shakopee.
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, and D. Scott Pahl; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Courtney was preceded in death by her grandfather, C. David Pahl; previous boyfriends, Justin Otto of Dallas, TX, and Aaron Hargett of Harper, KS; and her beloved dogs, Daisy May and Sasha Midnight.
Her funeral service took place Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hastings, with the Rev. Lloyd Menke officiating.
There was visitation Thursday, Feb. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuing Friday, one hour prior to the service.Private interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer.
Casket bearers were Brent Baumann, Craig Baumann, Nick Baumann, and Krista Lindgren.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.