Jon and Ali Feldman’s twin boys, Owen and Cooper, died shortly after they were born last week. When they submitted the obituary with this photo to the Northfield News, the newspaper declined to run the photo because, according to Jon who I spoke to by phone yesterday, they felt it might offend their readers. The Parker Kohl Funeral Home has a page that includes the photo. Jon and Ali asked us to blog it and invite LG readers for their reaction. 11:20 am update: I’ve added a straw poll. (continued)
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People can still leave condolences for the Feldman’s via the funeral home’s guest book form. You can also view the tributes posted thus far.
Owen & Cooper Feldman
Our two beautiful twin boys, Owen Timothy & Cooper James, were born on February 8, 2009. Owen was born at 5:40 a.m. and went to Heaven at 5:59 a.m. Cooper was then born at 6:01 a.m. and joined his brother at 6:20 a.m. They unfortunately came into this world too early, being only 21 weeks and therefore they could not survive. Owen weighed in at 15 oz and Cooper was 14 oz. They both were 10 ¾ inches long. These two miracles lived for 19 beautiful minutes here on Earth with us and we enjoyed every minute of it! We were able to hold them, feel the weight of them in our arms and kiss their little heads. For that we will forever be grateful to God for giving us these sweet moments. From their little squeaks to the beating of their hearts in their little chests, these two made us fall so far in love with them and we will miss them so much. We may not understand why they had to come so early and even more why they had to leave us so soon but the comfort that we find in knowing that they are in Heaven, being rocked in the arms of Jesus and playing with their sister Emmalee is what will bring us through until we are reunited with them some day.
Owen and Cooper are survived by their daddy and mommy, Jon and Ali Feldman; maternal grandparents, Tim and Annie Watts of Burnsville; paternal grandparents, Jim and Maralee Feldman of Northfield; maternal great-grandparents, Willie and Mavis Watts of University Park, Iowa; aunts and uncles, Sam & Brittney Watts of Prior Lake, Dave & Gretchen Gilmore of Nerstrand, Todd & Annette Evavold of Nerstrand, & Matt & Chris Feldman of Dennison; and cousins Lily, Luke, Levi, Logan Greta, Julia, Ella, and Jack.
Owen and Cooper are preceded in death by their beautiful sister, Emmalee Ann Pearl, who could only stay with us for 13 days last April and their great-grandparents, Allen & Mary June Stritesky, Alouis & Helen Feldman, and Alvin & Ella Anderson.
There will be a small graveside ceremony at Valley Grove for Owen and Cooper on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 4:30. There they will be laid to rest by Emmalee.