Lillia Ava Rae Walsh

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Lillia Ava Rae Walsh

August 21, 1999 - August 16, 2019

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Lillia Ava Rae Walsh was a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, godmother and friend. She was radiant, impossibly sweet, considerate and loving. She was artistic, sarcastic, intelligent and she was a child of God. She graduated from West Salem High School and was attending Western Technical College. In her short life she worked at Jolivette Family Farms, Linda's Bakery, Le Chateau, La Crosse Distilling and Western Technical College. She was born Aug. 21, 1999, and she died peacefully Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
While she was with us, she cared an uncommon amount. She loved her family and friends with strength and also supported and loved those who suffer and those who are persecuted. She loved animals, marveled at creation and Lillia was a talented artist whose spirit lives on in her work. She championed women and was unyieldingly inspired by females who stood up and carried a cross for their cause. She had a passion for doing the right thing (even when unpopular), living thoughtfully, and being genuine and good. She embodied goodness. She embodied love. She was vexed by the all the indecency in this world; her heart broke from racism, persecution of immigrants, refugees and the fringe groups of society, environmental deterioration and the ills that make humans inhumane.
She was a baptized and confirmed member of God's family and saw Him and knew Him through church, in the fields, on the breeze and among the trees and trails of Grandad Bluff. She had a passion for the natural beauty of this world and she spent much of her time being in it and taking care of it.
Lillia died from chronic, invasive and ultimately, terminal depression. For as much joy as she gave us, an insurmountable amount of darkness took her. She absorbed pain like a sponge and a chemical imbalance made it impossible for her to shed this burden. She passed into an eternity free of torment, while writing about her sorrow and the sadness she knew she would cause her loved ones. She wanted us to forgive her for the grieving she's causing, while begging ALL of us to fight for the causes she held dear. While this might be difficult to comprehend, her agony and pain aren't for us to understand or judge. Our calling is to faith, hope and love.
She knew the depths of despair and the cruel reality of living in the unrelenting grip of depression. She also knew the depths of her family's love. She knew the grace of God and now she knows His peace. In the book of Isaiah, we read that God will not break a bruised reed nor will He snuff out a smoldering wick - ultimately, the Lord knows those who are His and does not let mental illness rob His children of a saving faith. God is bigger than our woes, He is bigger than our suffering and death will not have the final word. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul tells us that there is no height, depth, or anything else in creation that can separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus. God is love. We will hold onto that with our whole hearts as the sun brings light to each new day.
Lillia leaves behind a wealth of loving friends and family, including her parents, Adriane (Forseth) and Ben Rice; Pat and Kate (Harkness) Walsh; her brother, Max Walsh; her great-grandpa, Ralph Scheck; her grandmothers, Sandy Walsh, Mary Harkness and Judith Rice; her grandfather, Randy Rice; and her grandparents, Hal and Connie (Scheck) Forseth; her sisters, Haeli (Brandon) Pedretti, Alyssa (fiancé, Ean Hesselberg) Hansen, April (fiancé, Sean O'Hern) Hansen; her nieces, Haedyn, Kennedy and Lyla; and her nephew and beloved godson, Blake; her uncles, Larry (Sandy) Walsh, Dan Walsh and aunt, Jean Marie Smith, uncle, Eric (Allison) Forseth and aunt, Emma (Benjamen) Goldbeck; godparents, Steven (Sue) Scheck and Anne (Randy) Scheck; and her honorary family, Doug, Rose, Cole and Mallorie Trautsch. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Bernard Walsh Jr.; and her great-grandmother, Rae Scheck, with whom she shared a remarkable bond.
Our daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, godmother and friend's life was short, but the things she taught us were important. Like don't litter, waste less, use metal straws, be curious, be forgiving, be generous. Embrace what is right and care enough to stand against all the obvious wrongs. Be a good steward, a good friend, a good citizen. Destigmatize mental illness and suicide-talk about it with an open mind and loving heart. We were instructed by Lillia to kiss as many dogs as we can for her - Felix and Rocco will miss that the most. And finally, commit yourself to decency - to creation and to each other - every chance you get.
There will be a time of remembrance from 4 to 8 p.m. with prayer and spoken tributes from all who wish to do so, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. A portion of her memorials will be used to support an environmental cause close to Lillia's heart.
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Shannon
Sep 10, 2019
Exceptionally well written obituary, Thank you for sharing. Lillia sounds like an amazing young lady. Peace and Love, Shannon
Jill
Aug 23, 2019
I did not know Lillia- I wish I could have. Her story that is written here is one of beauty and grace. I am a nurse at a local hospital who works in Behavioral Health. The majority of the patient population I see are those who have to battle depression every single day. It saddens me that this world would stigmatize against this hidden disease that is so debilitating to those who suffer with it. Depression does not discriminate. It doesn't matter how old, how rich or poor, or how educated one is. Depression is a very black hole that is very difficult to get out of once in it. But depression doesn't define a person and Lillia's life proves that. The love and kindness that Lillia obviously had... in her heart for others proves that she suffered silently and put the needs of others first. She was a gift to this world who was completely selfless. Heaven is her reward! I want to thank Lillia's family for being open to sharing Lillia's story with us. I pray Lillia has found her happiness with the good Lord and may Lillia's family be ever so proud of the impact she has made in the her short time here on earth. If we could all have a little more kindness, empathy and selflessness as Lillia had, perhaps we would be a more compassionate world to those who struggle. God Bless.Read more
Anonymous
Aug 23, 2019
I did not know Lillia but her obituary brought me to tears. This world needs more people just like her and I wish I could have had the pleasure of knowing such a lovely soul. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain you must feel but please know that God allowed her to come to heaven early because she passed all the tests of this earth. She is in a much more peaceful place now smiling with our heavenly father and no longer has to hurt with the rest of us in this world as we watch sin devour it while we try to make a difference against the odds. I pray for healing for you and your loved ones as you go through this but I want you to know, Lillia has left a lasting impression on me and gives me hop...e that there is still good in this world and it makes me want to become a better person. My God bless you with my most sincere condolences.Read more
Jackie Siekert
Aug 23, 2019
I didn't know this young woman. I saw her obituary in the paper yesterday and it moved me tremendously. Thank you for sharing so openly and honestly. Prayers for Lillia and her family. My heart hurts for you.
Barbara Thill
Aug 23, 2019
Lila was always so polite and beautiful may God comfort you and help her causes be fulfilled. My daughter was just diagnosed with a mental illness and her fighting to erase the stigma is awful.Stay strong and carry on Gods plan
Jim
Aug 22, 2019
My heart also breaks. That was tough to read as I’ve gone through a lot of the same stuff. Peace to the family.
Kathleen
Aug 22, 2019
My heart breaks for those who loved her. May her passing and her desire to improve our planet move mountains.
Mary j
Aug 22, 2019
This is one of the most beautiful and heartfelt obituaries I have read. I didn’t know Lillia, I wish We all could have. What a lovely and blessed soul. The very deep spiritual writer of this tribute should really consider writing as a profession. You have a gift.
💕 Peace to all.
Mark
Aug 22, 2019
So sad to hear of such a young lady who will not be with her family anymore. Depression is usually a relatively quiet death. I hope everyone who has a friend who might be struggling would speak up and try to get them help. God bless this young lady.
Paula Lamke
Aug 22, 2019
God bless your love, your memories, and your faith in Him. Mental illness is so hard to understand and address ... I’ve struggled most of my life to “control” mine. Thank you for sharing Lillia’s struggle along with her gifts, passions, and loves.
Paulette Johnson
Aug 22, 2019
Though I do not know you or your family, I do understand some of the pain all must be going thru. I've lost two siblings this way. I ease my pain by knowing they are no longer in pain and struggling to try and fit in. May all find peace someway.
Trish
Aug 22, 2019
Lillia's light will shine on. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. I also lost someone very special to depression. My love and heart go out to you as you go through this journey.
Mary
Aug 21, 2019
I have never read such a touching, heartfelt and soulful obituary. Lillia, at such a young age, has made a mark on so many souls. Whoever wrote this has put a realization of how society should view depression. I am so sorry she was unable to beat her depression. Although I do not know any of you I wanted to say thank you for sharing her story. God Bless Lillia and her family and friends.