A Celebration of Life gathering will take place Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 2-4:00 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral in Storm Lake followed by a Memorial service at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome in remembering and celebrating Zailin's unique life. The family has requested keepsakes or memorials be made to Otters for Zailin in lieu of flowers. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Zailin Michael Linke was born March 5, 2007 in Storm Lake Iowa, the son of AJ and Libby (Niehaus) Linke.
Zailin loved to ride his Spiderman bike and play with his foam swords. A favorite everyday pastime of Zailin's was playing videogames. Zailin enjoyed watching Batman movies, along with Adam West as Batman, Iron Man, and He Man. In his short life he managed to touch so many people. One of Zailin's greatest memories was his Make-A-Wish family vacation to Florida where he enjoyed swimming in the ocean every night. His family will always remember him as a strong fighter and Zailin will be dearly missed by many that knew and loved him.
Those left to cherish in his memory include his parents: AJ and Libby Linke and sister, Alleriah of Alta, Iowa; grandparents: Paula (Tim) Aronson of Alta, Iowa; Chris (Diana) Niehaus of Correctionville, Iowa; and Lynn Linke of Storm Lake, Iowa; great-grandparents: Russ and Dee Haubrich of Fonda, Iowa; Oliver Aronson of Albert City, Iowa; Leonard and Arlene Nielson of Newell, Iowa; Mary Niehaus of Fonda, Iowa; Chloe Specketer of Alta, Iowa; aunts and uncles: Andrew Niehaus; Katie Niehaus; Kim Niehaus; Andrea and Joe Adams; Jill and Dustin Klatt and their four girls; several great aunts and uncles; extended family and many friends.
Zailin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Alfred E. Linke; great grandfathers: Don Niehaus and Dwaine Specketer; two great uncles and one great aunt.