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Obituary: Allison D. Shaw, 16, of Lakeville, Died Oct. 2

Allison beat the odds from an early age.

Editor's note: The following is an obituary published by White Funeral Home.

Allison D. Shaw, 16, of Lakeville passed away Oct. 2, 2012 at home with love and support from her family and friends and the attentive care of Dr. Tim Anderson.

Allison loved life and spread her joy and passion to all with her warm communication skills and vibrant smile. Her calm demeanor belied her fierce will and ability to overcome the harshest of medical issues.

She was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and had a heart transplant at the age of three months. She survived a stroke and finally came home eighteen months after birth with a six months life expectancy. That was in 1996.

Allison loved school and adored her classmates. Allison enjoyed playing all adaptive sports, Miracle League baseball, and recently flew out to California and met her favorite group Big Time Rush. Allison loved fire trucks and was extremely proud of being an honorary member of the Lakeville Fire Department.

Our special needs angel taught us how to live. The privilege was ours. Allison is eternally loved and will be forever missed.

Allison is survived by her mom, Valerie; father, Tim; brother, Zachary and twin sister Alexandra. She is also survived by her loving grandparents and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The Funeral service will be held, 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8250 202nd St. W., Lakeville, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail, Lakeville and one hour prior to service at church.

In lieu of flowers memorials will be donated to the Miracle League of Lakeville and the Make-A-Wish foundation of Minnesota.

Kent Johnson October 04, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Tim, Val and family, Very sorry to hear of your loss. Kent Johnson and family.
Julie Hokeness October 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Shaw Family- My memory of Zach being so loving and attentive to Allison at last year's Senior Night dinner for Jr. Gold is telling of how much your family cherished Allison. Julie, Scott and Harry Hokeness
Cathy Odenthal October 07, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Shaw Family, God bless you at this time! We lost our firstborn son to HLHS 19 years ago when he was a one year old...he had a massive heart attack. He was the love of our life and taught us a lot in his short life. But God continued to bless us with five more beautiful children. God blessed you with Allison for 16 years and she brought so much joy to others. Her life will be cherished forever. Rest assured our heart angels are safe in the arms of Jesus. We will see them again. God Bless You All! Tom and Cathy Odenthal & Family (Shakopee)
Melissa October 07, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my little girl when she was just 8 months old. She had breathing problems and died in her crib holloween night 1992. Children make the best angels. Just you watch, you will see her soon...in the flowers that come up every year and in the first snow fall. God will bring you peace.
Sandy Scipioni October 10, 2012 at 03:59 PM
My sincere sympathies go out to your family. I am a Special Ed sub in Lakeville and have had the pleasure to be in her classroom several times. She was a precious gift to all of us. Always hard working, kind, smiling, helpful and quick to laugh. Thank you for sharing your blessing with us. I lift your family up in prayer. Sandy Scipioni

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