Bailee Ann Zaker’s parents, Dave and Chastity, are very grateful for all of the out pouring of love and support they have been shown for their daughter. Even though, our hearts are broken and our spirits shattered, we must for her, move forward no matter the pain. We pray for continued support from Dave and Chastity’s family and friends as they continue through this difficult process of grief. Please, never forget what incredible parents they are as they gave this little girl the closest thing to a “perfect love” as you can get. As their “perfect love” has been demolished, I promise to rebuild it, by creating the environment that will carry them through this painful mourning process. Bailee would expect nothing less from her grandpa then for him to help her mom, dad and baby brother heal and move forward.
The start of Bailee’s life, her birth, was like a beautiful summer day starting with the sunrise, yet, that day never seems long enough just like her life. The day’s sunset is a sad reminder of the tragic death of my sweet little granddaughter it will never seem the same to me ever again.
As Bailee’s grandpa I feel I must share a little about who she was. When she came into this world I was there to welcome her with open arms. As she grew I then became her Santa Claus, which made me feel old at first but was fine with, as I never disappointed her at Christmas, I have the Barbie and Monster High doll receipts to prove it. Bailee loved art, writing little short stories and was working on many of her own video projects. She enjoyed going to school and playing sports where she made tons of friends and loved her classmates, in fact, one particular picture of her really stood out to me as she was standing hugging her friend, 13 year old Gabriella Flick, the pride on Bailee’s face to have such a friend was undeniably clear. Bailee’s “tomboy” side would surface as well as she had a big fascination for the world of bugs. Her love of animals was obvious as she adored each and every pet she had. All of her dogs: Charlie Ann, Winchester and her newest Nika plus her fish, Fishy Blue Ann and Cat, Marley felt the same love we all got from her.
Bailee also liked her bicycles, scooters and her father’s mini bike collection, needless to say, she LOVED going fast and I believe she wanted to go faster. Not mini bike fast but Mustang 5.0 FAST. The Mustang her dad has been working on over the past year was all she could talk about, as one day, the car would be hers to drive. This always brought a smile to my face because I could see she was looking forward to the future with wide eyed optimism and hope. Bailee was a fan of both the Chicago White Sox and Wolves. Her favorite football team…Bears fans please cover your ears…was the San Francisco 49 ers. However, her ultimate love for a sports team was for the Chicago Black Hawks.
As you can see Bailee loved many many things but the people in her life are what made the difference for her. Bailee loved and looked up to her larger than life U.S Marine Uncle Danny, she knew he was risking his own life to protect her future and country. We should all respect their personal sacrifice to our nation. She also adored her Grandma and Grandpa Zaker, Grandma Christine, Great Grandma Janice and of course her Godmother and favorite Aunt, Angela Zaker, along with the many others who touched her life. You see, these people were the village that raised and nurtured her and I can only believe that any parent out there would pray for such a village to help in the growth of their own child. Miles Took Bailee to her first White Sox Game and sadly her last.
We are saddened by the fact that Dave and Chastity’s baby girl will never get to marry or have children of her own one day nor will she be able to look back at the places she lived and grew up in when she was young. This unfortunately is our reality right now. However, I will always remember her as Forever Young and as the lovely little person I adored. When I was in her presence and she smiled it was like a ray of warm sunshine that always comforted me and all the badness I saw in the world every day seemed to fade away. She gave me the courage to fight for her future under the most dangerous and stressful situations. I learned to embrace these circumstances because of her presence in this world. What will I do now without her shinning little face?
I believe Bailee has a healing path blueprint that will guide her mom and dad down their designated paths to safety and prosperity without her. This task is a massive undertaking…Can we climb and conquer this mountain? I don’t know but I believe this is her only wish to fulfill right now. The devastation suffered by both families makes this task all the more difficult, however, if people could see her the way I did it makes me believe anything is possible.
The final resting place chosen for Bailee resembles a small fraction of both her inner and outer beauty. This area is truly a beautiful place that is one more reminder of the beauty created by God and then taken away. Her vehicle has been given back to the earth that fed and supported her while her soul has gone to the heavens to watch over each and every one of us for eternity.
You will never be lonely Bailee, for grandpa will continue to visit you at night at the cemetery because I know you were not fond of the dark, to be honest neither am I, so this makes two of us. We will keep each other company in the dark. Rest in Peace our little Angel we will forever miss you.
We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation, thanks and gratitude to everyone that came and supported our family in our time of need. We are truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives.
The Blarney Family: Bobby McDonald, Tracy Larsen, Ron Funk and Family, Big Daddy, Terri Moore, Kim Holt, Chris Cairo, Dan and Mallory Smith, Mike Karnia, Tom Weber, Joe and Kim Keane (Spellman), Tom and Teri Spellman, Jillian Olney, Mouth (Mike), Matt Scaccia, Patrick Oliphant, Courtney Rydell, Ross Perak, Becky Laird, N Smith, Mike Klambangco.
A very special Thanks to the Blarney Girls that provided food and help at the wake and a personal Thanks to Chris Vitkauskas and Danielle Scaccia and Bria Edging and Kelly McDonald, Melissa Menendez, Molly McKowen, Jenna Gemelle, Michele Blidy, Tia Micks, and Katie Hill. We really appreciate all at the Blarney who supported and participated in the “Remembering Bailee” event. We would also like to Thank the Band: Sean and Charlie.
We would also like to give a personal Thanks to Danielle Scaccia for a great job on the very touching Eulogy.
We can’t thank cousin Rachel enough for staying with Chastity and Dave throughout this entire ordeal you truly gave us the support we needed and never left our sides, Thank You. Also thanks to Art Proust for the donation for new uniforms for the kids at Oak Forest girls softball.
The Durbins family supplied food for the wake thank you Tom and Melissa McAuliffe and the entire family. John Bakarajz, Marco and Martha Sanmiguel, Aneta Frania, The Willis Family, Cheryl and Norb Brodzinski (Barcus Pharmacy), Keith and Kate Nichols, Joseph Coco, The Sauerirein Family, Lawrence Pappageorge, Katet Deltokart, , Witherspoon Construction, Cynthia Rose, The Niemiec Family, The Orlowski Family, The Savages Family, Mickey and Maureen Crump, The Keitheart Family, Gina Morano, Grace Brown, Thank you to the patrons and employees of the View restaurant.
The Damceio Family, Helena and Dawn Malene, Becca, Lance, Dylan, Preston, Bensen, Uncle Preston and Rhonda Brown, Kelly Palome, Nora Bellosa, Lisa and Liz, Joseph and Jacqueline Divittorio Sr, The Thomsen Family, Ray Dawan and Anita Ferraley (Park District), Grace Brown, Fiona O’neill, Chris Marconi, The Wrenberly’s, Marybeth Gaskin, Arthur and Sandra Depesa, Denise and John Stroz, Mike and Carol Twohill, The Eberhardt Family, Ilda, Joe and Diana and Maggie, Matt and Mary Casey, Stokes and Carter Family, Brandy and Mike, Mike Flannigan, The Witherspoon Family, Aunt Ruth Fratto and family, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Consuline, Margaret Lazareczyk, Danuska Pawlikows, Marian, Cindy Matiock, Mark Krolak, The Millers, Rachel Buss, The Andersen’s, Wendy and Randy Niemiee, Frank Mendoza, Ray Tominelto, Jim and Josie Sabbia, Steve Conte, Lisa Caruso, Nicky Gurgene, Victor and Annie Maggio. The ladies from Edward Hines VA Kim, Julia, Erica and Barb.
Dennis Dawsen and Gayle, Jimmy and Denise Drish, Mary Ann Dawsen, Barbara Wojceieh , Moruszko, Margaret and Glenn and Christina and Glenn Jr. Skaiste, Joe and Mary Chrzanowski, Michelle Penziani, Zack Baker, The Giliberto Family, Jennifer and Zachary Sadek, Florence Proust, Don and Betty Wetzel, Karen Zaker, Kathleen and Wally Mozdzierz, Jack Lombardi, Stephanie Scherff, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Melberg, Kerry Baader, The Kelleher Family, Joe LaMantia, Eric and Val Marta, The Bartlett Family, Carl and Christine, The Dankowski Family, Barbara Krueger, Tom DiPiazza, Jim and Lucy Coray, The Fierke Sunshine Club, Paul and Cheryl Perak, Aunt Marie Brauer, Dr. Brosnan and Pat and Gloria and Noreen and Demi, Mike and Karen Shelly, Rich Amanda, Angel, Paul Mase, Angela Urso, , Nick and Family, The Frenzel Family, Lindsay Chaz Herbinamama, Kim Ambrose and Michelle Meadows, Aunt Tammy and Family, Scott and Steve and Bob, Lisa Crosse, Susan Dziobas, Bennie and Jim Hill, Cindy and Richard Iwanski, Mark and Cheryl Faustin, Renee and Steve Zartler,
Kristin Rauch, Frankie Vereecke, Tony and Becky Vereeche, Nick and Dawn and Ashley and Caitlyn from Print Mart, Great Grandma Pam and John, The Scacoia and Matys Family, Tom and Terry and Kim and Joe and Tracy and Owen and Tommy and Karen, Umma, Everyone at Foldstine Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Dave and Jean and Sam and Derek and Dave and Julia and Trini and Dominic and Rae, The Girls at Blarney, Friends at Resource Plastics, The Texas Corral Family, Oak Forest Girls Softball- The Angels, The Fierke Educational Center, Frank and Tony and Jeri and Cindy Parisi, John and Celene Platt, Steve and NIck and Phil Moran, Dave Wheeler and Family, John and Sue Loury, The Vitkaskas Family, Lauren T., Ryan Babich, John Baratta, Eric and Bri and Austin and Brennen Boettcher, Ernie and Kathy Dubes and Family, Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport, Apparel Designs, Chris Oliphant, The De Pyper Family, Aunt Amanda Casnova and Family, Kim McCormies, Tommy Spellman and Karen Gauro, American Custom Silkscreening, Callas Family, Anita Staron, Linda Vidak, Art and Sandy DePesa, Joe C., Ailin P., Adam Krol, Janice and Dennis Michalak, Bill and Chris, Jerry and Barb Klompien, Jan and Ted Zaker.
Prayer Cards: Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows given by Thomas Kijanowski. The Sacred Heart Spiritual Society given by her friend Grace Brown. Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows given by The Lyshawa Family. The Sacred Heart Association given by Kristen Benoit. Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows given by Kim and Eric Reicher. Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers including the Motherhouse of the Society of the Divine Savior given by Joe and Alicia Czakowski. The Passionist Community given by The Tom Guarino Family. Sacred Heart Spiritual Society given by The Pounds Family.
All of our Family and Friends would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the first responders of the Oak Forest Fire Department Unit 11 for taking extra special care of our Angel. You are forever in our hearts Brian Carroll, Nicholas Smith, Lt. Wienke and Scott Selimos.
Please forgive us for any misspelled names and for those of you that gave anonymously we appreciate your Kindness too