Gauge Wyatt Niemeier, son of Trent and Brandi Niemeier, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, after a courageous battle with a congenital heart disease.  Gauge was born on September 18, 2009.  He laughed and smiled throughout nearly 12 months, bringing joy and happiness to everyone he touched.  Gauge was deeply loved and will be remembered for his sweet disposition and handsome red hair.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Bryan and Marcia Niemeier of Annawan, IL, Mike Bayles of West Fargo, ND, and Shirley Bayles of Southaven, MS; great-grandparents, Virginia Niemeier and Irene Talbert, both of Lena, IL, Dot Bayles of Clarksdale, MS, and W.C. Malone of Valdosta, GA; three uncles; and five cousins.  He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents Melvin Niemeier, Richard Talbert, Harold Bayles, Sr., and Lorene Malone.

Gauge's life was greatly enriched by his closest friends:  Pastor Dan, Grandma Debbie, and the Braaten family; Dr. Deoskar and all of the special "moms" and staff at Innovis NICU and Clinic; Janelle, Beth, and Chalcee; Tennille; the physicians and PAC team at Boston Children's Hospital; the staff, volunteers, and partners of Hospice of the Red River Valley; and his friends at Prairie Heights Community Church.  Trent and Brandi would like to thank all of the many individuals, organizations, family, and friends that have provided tremendous support for them over the past several months.

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  1. Brodhead WIOur thoughts and prayers are with you. Look to our Lord for strength when you need it. He will provide.

  2. Fargo ND
    Brandi and Trent,
    From the very bottom of our hearts, know that we are thinking of you. Your precious son is in God’s arms until you are able to hold him again.

  3. Farmington NMDear Jeremy and family,
    Even though we didn’t know Gauge, we send our prayers and thoughts to all of you in this difficult time. Please know that we sympathize with you and trust the comfort you provide will help you at this difficult time. With love from
    Jeremy’s “Farmington Family”,
    Jeff, Diane and Marina Mattern

  4. Brandi and Trent,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Gauge. I truly cannot imagine what you’re going through but am so thankful to read that you’ve had a strong support system. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Gauge will be forever watching over you.


    Kim Schmelz

  5. Trent and Brandi, we are so sorry for the loss of your precious, sweet little boy. May happy memories of your time together give you some comfort in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending you all of our positive thoughts and vibes.

  6. Fargo ND
    Just want you to know that we love you, we’re thinking of you, and praying for you during this time. Thanks for introducing us to Gauge. What a precious little boy!

  7. What a precious little ^angel^. Thoughts and prayers are with your family. God will take good care of this special boy, and he will watch over you with love.

  8. Burlington WITo the whole Niemeier family,

    I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like you had a very brave son! I wish I could have met him. Even though his life lasted only a short time, the loving memories of him will never be forgotten. Trent, you are a leader, you always have been. You can get through this, I believe in you and so does God. Take care of Brandi and may the Peace of the Lord be with you.

    Eddie Brenton

  9. Fargo ND
    Trent and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful little angel. If there is anything at all you or your wife need, please call Jason or i and let us know. I cannot imagine how difficult this must be for both of you.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kathy & Jason

  10. Fargo ND
    We are sending much sympathy and many positive thoughts your way at this difficult time. You have been a remarkable example of how to deal with a very difficult situation in a positive way these past few months.

    Virginia Clark Johnson and the Faculty, Staff and Students of the College of Human Development and Education, ND

  11. Memphis TNGreetings from Memphis Brandi,

    Your Crichton family is praying for you all. We know without doubt that your family demonstrated true love to Gauge and that he loved you back!

    We also know that Gauge touched many lives and will continue to do so. His testimony is so powerful.

    Brandi, we love you very much.
    Carolyn and Mike Cates

  12. Collierville TNDear Brandi and Trent,
    I am truly saddened to hear about the health problems Gauge had to endure here on earth. My belief is that he has gone to our Great Physician and is healed of all his infirmities. I can only imagine what you as a family have gone through. The heart break you are experiencing is tremendous, I’m sure, but the trust in God you have shown will give you comfort and encouragement in the days ahead. I join the countless others that are lifting you up in prayer to our Heavenly Father. God knew the right family to take care of this precious little boy during his brief life. We may never know the impact this child and your family have made on everyone you met or talked to or learned of not only your problems, but your courage and faith. Be comforted.

    Barbara Mannon

  13. Memphis TNDear Brandi and Trent: I know you are held firmly in our Great God’s arms, and you are in my prayers as you walk through this difficult valley. I pray that this beautiful boy will bring you much joy as you remember the blessing of his brief life. He is so beautiful — a red-haired angel.

    May God provide your every need,
    With love and sympathy,
    Christine Browning
    Victory University
    (formerly Crichton College)

  14. Kansasville WITrent and Brandi,
    I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. I wish I could make it to personally express my sympathy. My parents and brother say the same. We were going to have flowers sent, but I believe we will instead make a donation to the March of Dimes. You are in our entire families thoughts and prayers.

    Mike Newholm

  15. Brandi: I am so sorry to hear of the home going of Guage. I know he is at the feet of Jesus with a healthy body! My prayers are with you and your family.

  16. Memphis TNBrandi, Trent and Gauge have always been in my thoughts. I thank God for the godly parents that you have been to your precious son Gauge during his time here on earth. May his soul rest in peace, and may God’s peace and comfort be with you both at this time in your journey here on earth. Love Always – Suzannie

  17. Southaven MSWhat a blessing you have all been given with baby Gauge! My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

  18. Cordova TNMy name is Ashley Hopper and Brandi Niemeier is my best friend from college. Although I was not able to meet Gauge in his all too short life, I know that he was an incredible baby who touched the lives of those who knew him and even those who only heard about him and his condition. I am one of those people whose life he touched from a distance.

    Brandi and Trent are two very special people and I love them dearly. My heart breaks for them but I hope knowing that Gauge is with the Lord Jesus Christ, no longer sick and in pain, will bring them comfort. I will continue to pray for them and the rest of their family for peace during this time.

  19. Barney ND
    What a precious, happy, little man Gage was. I know that he knew how much he as loved. God Bless him as he is in a better place. We love you all and are very sorry for the loss of your sweet baby.

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