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April 18, 2008 – Friday, April 21, 2008

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St. Michael Catholic

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Alexander Robert Willgress, age 2 days, 15 hours, and 24 minutes, of Saint Michael, died Monday at home.

Alexander Robert Willgress was born at the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital on Friday, April 18, 2008 at 1:06 p.m. He weighed 5 pounds and 13 ½ ounces and was measured at 17 inches long. He was baptized Friday evening at the hospital by Father Michael Becker.

He is survived by his parents, Benjamin and Christine (Taubel) Willgress of Saint Michael; paternal grandparents, Edwin and Deborah (Johnson) Willgress, Jr. of Mundelein, IL; maternal grandparents, John and Darla (Malmanger) Taubel of Wabasha; paternal great-grandmother, Helen Brumbach of Seattle, WA; maternal great-grandmother, Catherine Taubel of Wabasha; paternal uncle, Andrew Willgress of Brooklyn, NY; maternal uncles: Stephen Taubel of Eden Prairie, Gregory and Andrew Taubel, both of Wabasha; maternal aunts: Angela (Paul) Klas of Fort Collins, CO, Catherine Radcliffe of Ithaca, NY, and Sarah Taubel of Minneiska; first cousin, Mopane Radcliffe of Ithaca, NY; and other loving relatives. He was preceded in death by paternal great-grandparents: Edwin Willgress, Sr., Edward and Doris Johnson; maternal great-grandparents: Steve Taubel, Marvin Malmanger, and Helen Hoppe

Funeral services will be held at Saint Michael Catholic Church Thursday April 24, 2008 at 11:00 am. There will be visitation Wednesday night (5:00 to 7:00) at the Peterson Chapel in Saint Michael and also one hour prior to the funeral mass at Saint Michael Catholic Church.

Memorials are preferred to:

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (,

Hope for Trisomy 13 and 18 (,

or Missing Grace Foundation (

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Char Miller

    Ben & Christine,
    May God comfort you during this difficult time. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Jen, Jon and Chloe

    Ben and Christine,
    Words cannot express our condolsences about Alex. He was an amazing little boy and we are so honored that we had a chance to meet him.
    We love you both and if you need anything, please let us know.

  3. Brian and Michelle

    Ben and Christine,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  4. Colin, Jennifer, Morgan and Kathryn Pickett

    We send you all our love during this difficult time. You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Always with you, The Picketts

  5. Jacquelyn Ellis

    I was very sorry to hear about your precious baby, Alexander, passing away. What a beautiful picture of him. Because Hope for Trisomy 13 and 18 was listed as one of the memorial sites, I am thinking Alex was born with Trisomy 13 or Trisomy 18. I had a son, Benjamin Terence, born 12/18/78 who was born with Trisomy 18. Benjamin lived for 2 weeks…Our baby was born almost 30 years ago and there were hardly any support services that are now offered. “Support Organization for 18/13” had just started at that time – finding that was a true blessing.

    Once again, my sincere condolences. I know it is a very difficult time for you. If you ever want to talk, my email address is listed. I live in Buffalo and work in St. Michael.

  6. Greg & Carolyn Friedel

    Ben & Taubel-
    We can’t imagine what emotions you’re going through…and what you have been through. We are thinking about you and sending many prayers and good thoughts your way. We love you both very much!


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