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Date of Birth: June 06, 2006

Date of Death: May 16, 2023

On the evening of May 16, 2023, Gerald Jay Lirag Christensen passed away peacefully in his mother's arms due to renal failure complications from a heart transplant and stroke at Phoenix Children's Hospital. He was 16 years old. Gerald Jay was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Ralph and Inilda Christensen on June 6, 2006. He was a junior at Maryvale High School, in Phoenix. Gerald was the light of the family and an easy-going person. He was bright, observant, and had a contagious smile, a laugh that radiated toward anyone who saw or heard him. His positive energy brought joy to everyone around him. He was liked by all who met him, even for the first time. He was a joy to be around and never complained. He was the family's world, with a kind heart and a good soul. He was born with half of a heart (HLHS) in which later in life would be needing a heart transplant. He was a courageous teenager who fought a long battle in the hospital after having a heart transplant and suffering a stroke which lead to other complications. He loved his favorite stuffed animal cows, loved to watch the train pass by at the AMTRAK station in Flagstaff, loved road trips and camping, and our cats and chickens. Gerald Jay loved the holidays, especially Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. He enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree and outside the house every year. Gerald is preceded in death by his Grandfather Larry , Grandfather German, and Honorary Grandfather Gordon. He is survived by his parents, sisters, big brother, grandmothers, aunts and uncles and cousins.

Service Information

Visitation or viewing will be held on May 28th, 2023 at Best Funeral Services 9380 West Peoria Avenue Peoria, AZ 85345 from 2pm - 4pm (Rosary at 3 to 3:30pm) Funeral Ceremony on May 30th, 2023 from 9:30 -10:30am at St Gregory Catholic Church. St. Gregory Catholic Church 3424 N. 18th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85015 Burial is right after the mass at Greenwood Memory Lawn 719 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009 From 11:00 am to 12:00 noon Reception will be held at St. Gregory Gordon Parish Hall from 12:30 -2pm.

Contributions

Hopekids of Arizona https://www.hopekids.org/arizona-chapter/