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Walter J. Blake

Oct 24, 2008

LINCOLN, Neb. – Walter J. Blake, 3 months, of Lincoln, Neb., started his fight before birth at 18 weeks of life when it was discovered that he had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. He conquered that, only to be challenged with selective intrauterine growth restriction. He was born weighing 14 ounces on June 25, 2008. On his fifth day of life, it was discovered that he had coarctation of the aorta which was corrected by surgery. Over the next three months, Walter fought his way up to 4 pounds, 7 ounces before he died Saturday, Oct. 18.

He is survived by his identical twin, Owen; his big sister, Leah; and his parents, James and Rachel Blake. His grandparents are Nancy Sommer and Gene Penn of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Alan and Sue Blake of Spirit Lake. Great-grandmothers are Virginia Sommer of Malmo, Neb. and Donna Blake of Spirit Lake.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Calvary Cemetery Baby Land, in Lincoln with Monsignor Robert Tucker officiating. Memorials may be made to Fetal Hope Foundation in care of Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 “A” St., Lincoln, NE 68510, which was in charge of the arrangements.