A funeral service for Joanna Joy Kalbach, infant daughter of Steve and Jessica Kalbach of Baker, was held Nov. 25, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Baker.
Posted November 28, 2012
A funeral service for Joanna Joy Kalbach, infant daughter of Steve and Jessica Kalbach of Baker, was held Nov. 25, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Baker. Interment was in the Bonnievale Cemetery in Baker.
Joanna Joy Kalbach was born a daughter of Steve and Jessica (Ellingson) Kalbach at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City Oct. 19, 2012. Though full term, she was very small weighing only 5 lbs. 9 oz. Apart from that, she was a beautiful, perfectly formed little girl.
After ten days at home with her family, she stopped breathing one night. This started a pain-filled three weeks for her and her family. She went from the ER in Miles City by helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings. There they found out she had been born with a hole in her heart (VSD). She was then air transported to Providence Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Wash. After battling through a virus, a staph infection and a strep infection, she was finally scheduled for heart surgery Nov. 19. Three days before the surgery, her genetic tests came back. She was diagnosed with Trisomony 18Q. This was the root cause of her heart condition and her small size. Her parents were told that she really had very little chance of surviving the surgery or living a normal life. She was disconnected from life support and even though she was not expected to last 24 hours, she lived for five days. Her parents were able to bring her back home to Montana where they and her sister Susanna were able to love her and treasure each additional moment with her. She passed peacefully at home Nov. 22, 2012 with her family holding her close.
Joanna is survived by her parents, Steve and Jessica Kalbach, of Baker; her sister Susanna Rose (age two) of the family home; her maternal grandparents Ed and Yvonne Ellingson of Cumberland, Wisc.; her paternal grandmother Carol Kalbach of Baker; great-grandparents Bob and Ilene Ostenson of Spooner, Wisc. and Ed and Carolyn Ellingson of Pensacola, Fla.; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather Dick Kalbach, and her great-grandparents Kenneth and Christine Gains and Wilford and Ruth Kalbach.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stevensonfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were under the care of Stevenson Funeral Home of Baker.