Green balloons dotted Edina’s landscape last week in memory of a boy who left his family too soon.
Quinn McManus Kirsch, 8, died suddenly on Monday, Jan. 7, of cardiac arrest. He is survived by his parents Kyle and Kelly Kirsch of Edina, and his brothers, Jack, Connor and Ryan. He was a third grader at Our Lady of Grace.
Quinn was remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to entertain.
Whenever he was in the room, “you knew he was there,” his godfather Dan Miller said.
“He lit up the classroom,” his third grade teacher Mary Ruane said.
“He had a great sense of humor,” Miller said, relaying a story one of his classmates told at his funeral on Thursday, Jan. 10, about how he would make up songs about unicorns to make the class laugh whenever the teacher left the room.
Ruane said he always had a smile on his face.
“He loved to make his classmates laugh,” she said.
His first grade teacher Marianne Brekke remembers his cute toothless smile as a toddler when his mother Kelly brought him with her to volunteer at the school.
“There was something to Quinn that brought joy to people,” Brekke said.
Quinn also worked hard in school and wanted to do his best. He was the student that everyone wanted to work with on projects and he could be friends with anyone, Ruane said. Brekke, who knew him since he was born, remembered him as a friendly child with whom the other students wanted to play and partner in class.
He had so many experiences and was so loved by his family.
“He had so much life in him for an 8 year old,” Ruane said.
He was the youngest of four brothers and was always trying to keep up with them, Miller said.
“Quinnie was a neat little kid,” Miller said.
He was diagnosed with a heart condition as a young child and had a pacemaker. It was important to the family that he wasn’t different and he did all of the same things an 8 year old would do, Miller said.
He played baseball and loved to play hockey. He loved to play football with his friends at recess – his favorite part of the school day, Ruane said.
What the Kirsch family is going through is “literally beyond words,” Miller said. “The sudden loss of a child is unimaginable.”
The family has been overwhelmed by the love and support from friends, family and the community at Our Lady of Grace, Miller said.
The Edina community tied green balloons around the city to remember Quinn and to show support to the family on Thursday, Jan. 10. The green represented Quinn’s pride in his Irish heritage, his Edina hockey team, and his favorite college, Notre Dame.
Our Lady of Grace students created a remembrance book and parents made a DVD of photos of Quinn for his family.
Students also decorated more than 800 luminaries that lined the driveway into Our Lady of Grace for the visitation on Wednesday, Jan. 9, to represent the light and love he brought to the school community and to comfort his family, Principal Maureen Trenary said.
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