Jacob Donovan Petriak, 6 months, of Crystal Lake, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago with his family at his side.
Jacob "Jakey" was born Feb. 2, 2012, in Woodstock, to his loving parents Christian and Allison (McPherson) Petriak.
Jacob will be missed greatly by his parents; his sister, Chloe; his twin sister, Isabella; his grandparents, John and Joan McPherson, and Sam and Pam Petriak; his great-grandpa, Francis Topper; his aunt and uncles, Brian McPherson, Wade Petriak, Cyndy (Raffe) Benavides; his cousins, Samantha and Alex Petriak, and Lexie and Morgan Benavides; and his godparents, Jennifer and Gary Desserich.
The family also would like to acknowledge his special aunts, Jennifer Billings, Judy Wotring, Christine Wotring, Rachel Pendry, Amy Billings and Aunt Karna, for the loving care they showed Jacob.
A visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at , 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake.
The visitation will continue from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass celebration Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock.
Interment will be in Windridge Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to IDF SCID Initiative, 40 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite 308, Towson, MD 21204; or to the family for an education fund for his twin sister.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-1760.
Online condolences may be made at www.querhammerandflagg.com.
Baby Jakey was born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, the most severe of the primary immune deficiency diseases. In cases of SCID, babies are born without the necessary T-cells that fight off infection. Without treatment a child will die by his first or second birthday.
In May, Jakey underwent a bone-marrow transplant thanks to a generous, anonymous marrow donor. Jakey responded well to the transplant, and doctors considered the procedure a success. However, time is required for an infant's body to fully absorb the transplanted T-cells, and Jakey - who had been incredibly strong and resilient throughout the treatment process - came down with a viral infection and passed away Tuesday night.