Jordan Schmidt


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Posted Online: Jan. 14, 2013, 5:40 pm
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Jordan Schmidt, of Moline, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, early Saturday morning, Jan. 12, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the gymnasium of Alleman High School, 1103 40th St., Rock Island. Visitation is from 1-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial is at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. Memorials may be made to his family for a fund to be established in Jordan's name.
On May 16, 1997, Michelle McMullen gave birth to Jordan Schmidt. He was raised in the Catholic school system; he attended Seton Catholic School and was a sophomore at Alleman Catholic High School, where he was cherished by his classmates and friends whom he loved very much.
During his short time here with us, Jordan made a very powerful impact. He was full of joy and happiness and lived his life to the fullest, never taking one single moment for granted. He was an angel sent here from heaven to live among us and teach us how precious life really is. He had an incredible desire to give and to make people smile. Jordan's faith in God was unfaltering. Through his devoted faith and generous spirit he touched the lives of everyone around him. Jordan was the spokesman for Tudi's Tribe, which is a nonprofit organization helping children with cancer. (They helped him tremendously during his treatment.) He spent much of his time giving back to his community by volunteering his heart and his time to numerous charities and organizations such as Mr. Thanksgiving, Children's Miracle Network and Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Jordan loved his school, being a Pioneer and his Alleman family very much and talked of them often. Family was extremely important to Jordan who had an unbreakable bond with his own. He cherished his family with all of his heart, and the love and bond he shared with his mother, Michelle, was extraordinary. They were best friends. He was a big fan of Iowa Hawkeye football and a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs. In September 2012, he and Michelle were able to meet Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs first baseman. Jordan really looked up to him. So much in fact, he named his very beloved puppy, "Rizzo," after him. Jordan loved to laugh and tell jokes. He was extremely clever, witty and just easy to be around. He had a heart of pure gold, bursting with love, kindness and gratitude. He always put others before himself and was so thankful for every single moment. Jordan was a blessing. He was a beautiful gift from God. He touched the hearts of everyone around him simply by being him. His optimistic outlook on life was contagious and his strength and courage an inspiration to us all.
Our world will never be the same without Jordan Schmidt in it, but we take comfort in knowing that he is looking upon us from heaven, healthy, pain free and smiling, with both thumbs up! He delivered a pretty powerful message while he was here with us, and we will always carry him in our hearts and remember what he taught us by being him. He passed on quite a legacy, and the world is a better place because he was in it.
Survivors include his mother, Michelle McMullen; beloved puppy and "little brother," Rizzo; maternal grandparents, Bill and Cindy McMullen, Moline, Phil and Cathy Roller; great-grandfather, Paul Vyncke, East Moline; great-grandmother, Eloise Cervantes, Bettendorf; aunts and uncles, Marci and Aaron Boswell, Moline, Kelli and Bob Beverage, Bloomington, Aimee Schmidt, Lakeville Minn.; followed by many great-aunts, -uncles and cousins; and, of course, his Alleman family.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahl.com.












 



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