Loerwald, Makenna L.

September 10, 1991 - February 17, 2014

Makenna Leigh Loerwald, 22, passed away peacefully on February 17th, surrounded by her loving family, after a long battle with Ewings Sarcoma.  Makenna is survived by her parents Kitson and Steve Loerwald of Argyle, TX, her brother Matthew Loerwald of Dallas, TX, her best friend and guardian angel Victoria Matthews of Argyle, TX and her faithful companion Zealand.  Makenna is also survived by her grandfather William Dolan of Norfolk, MA and was predeceased by her grandmother Barbara Dolan, and her grandparents Gene and Marie Loerwald of Hereford, TX.  In addition, Makenna is survived by many, many, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Makenna attended the Selwyn School through 8th grade and graduated from Guyer High School in 2010.  She was a member of the National Honor Society, as well as a member of both the varsity basketball and volleyball teams.  After graduating from Guyer, Makenna attended Texas State University at San Marcos where she studied Business Administration.

Makenna was an inspiration to all who knew her as she battled cancer for over four years with grace, tenacity, and strength born of her deep faith.  She embraced life with a positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor, always finding something to smile about.  She was devoted to her friends and family as a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend.  Makenna loved to travel and explore new places and was an avid photographer.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

A private family service will be held on Friday, March 14th.  In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Makenna may be made to Cook Children’s Health Foundation,  801 7th Ave.  Fort Worth, TX  76104-2796.  Attn: Rachel Garton.  Please note in memo line AYA-HO/Makenna Loerwald.


Arrangements are under the direction of:

ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252
214) 306-6700

30 replies on “Loerwald, Makenna L.”

Preston Feery says:

Makenna will be missed greatly here on earth. She was someone I would exchange messages with every now and then and her outlook on life was something I truly admired and still try to replicate. RIP Makenna – until we meet again.

Susan Haning says:

Heaven has gained a beautiful and loving angel addition. We are all blessed to have her watching over us all.

Much love to the Loerwalds.

Mark Mayad says:

Steve & Kitson- I will attend the celebration!

Mark Mayad

Tammy (Anderson) Scott says:

I’m so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort through the grace of God and family and friends. Peace be with you all.

Sarah says:

Sweet cousin, I can’t help but smile everytime I think about you. I keep imagining that you met up with Uncle Jon and Gram and you’re all going out for a sail 🙂
xoxo Sarah

Mary Jean Reinart Sims says:

What an awesome young lady Makenna must have been. I am sorry for your loss and wish I could have met her. May The Lord wrap his loving arms around her dad, mom and brother and comfort them. Eternal rest Makenna and fly with the angels.

Kip Caven says:

Im with you in spirit Steve.
Sounds like you had a wonderful daughter-the kind every guy dreams of having. Im blessed to have one and Im thinking/praying for you and your family-

Dorothy Mayer says:

As one of the “Andrew’s family” thank you for sharing your daughter with us. She was an inspiration to us all and we will never forget her. Love,
Dorothy (and Bruce and Ann).

Myron says:

Makenna was truly an inspiration to my life, although I only spent one night in her persence at a friends party in Denton, Tx. Once I found out about her condition I immediately saw the strength born of her faith in her eyes and how she embraced her life with a positive vibe/attitude and wonderful sense of humor. I am thankful to have met her and its people like her that gives me the strength each and everyday to keep my strong faith and a smile on my face. I pray for the Loerwald family, may GOD be with you all!!

St. Petersburg, FL

Donna Jones says:

The roles were reversed as Makenna taught her teachers, counselors, and administrators at Guyer lessons about living and passing. She is a beautiful angel who will forever be missed and loved by many. Thank you sweet girl and may God continue to bless.

Judy Johannesen says:

Our hearts are breaking for you. I am amazed at the lives Makenna touched in her short life. We are praying for you all. God bless you.

Jen Bramlett says:

Makenna was such a blessing and inspiration to us at Guyer High School. I am honored to have known her, coached her, and carry her in my heart always. I will see you again in heaven, sweet girl, and will hug your neck when I do.

Kendrick Johnson says:

I didn’t get the chance to meet this woman in person but we shared a bond. I watched my son fight cancer also. I hope we can meet in heaven and I will bring my son.

donnell hale says:

I was one of Makenna’s infusion nurses in Denton. I had just thought about her on Monday while at work. She was such a energetic, great spirited young lady. It was always a pleasure taking care of her. He positive energy was infectious and her outlook on life inspiring. I’m sorry for your loss. The world has lost a wonderful soul.

Lili Rodriguez says:

You are missed! Love u corazón!

Amanda Munhollon says:

She was a patient at our clinic in Denton-Such a sweet & caring person She will be deeply missed. ♥

Heather Bond says:

Makenna was a hero to myself and my niece Lauren Skillman. She guided Lauren through showing her inner beauty when Lauren was losing her hair during her battle with Cancer. She gave Lauren comfort and was a powerful mentor and teacher to not only Lauren but my family and myself when we lost Lauren. She was a courageous teacher soul and I am better for having been one of her admiring students here on earth. My prayers go out to her family and wishing them a peaceful healing recovery through their grief. Makenna accomplished so much here and will always be the most courageous woman I will ever know!

Janet Reinart George says:

I have read about all her wonderful accomplishments, places she has been, thoughts about what is most important in life. I want you to know that she continues to give to all of us still struggling here on earth and has helped me to understand questions that I have about that struggle. We hope for your family peace and strength.

Sydney Underwood says:

The memory that stands out to me the most about Makenna was during the year I played high school basketball with her. Whenever it was someone’s birthday on the team, I would put together little birthday basket or boxes for them. One day, Makenna surprises me with a birthday bag that she handmade herself. What made it so special was that it wasn’t my birthday, she just wanted to do that for me. I still have that bag, today and will always hold onto it. I’m glad that I got to know such a sweet and joyful teammate and friend.

Carolyn Coward Farlow says:

I send my sincere sympathy to Makenna’s family. She was a student of mine at Selwyn. I was the librarian and she was a joy. I remember her lovely smile. I am very sorry.

Carey Dawson says:

Makenna’s light will shine on in our hearts. I’m so blessed to have had the joy of meeting her. May God bring comfort to the Loerwalds during this difficult time.

Greg Medina says:

Makenna, what can you say about that strong little girl who turned into a strong woman. I am so thankful to have known your sweet daughter/sister and prayers to you Kitson, Steve and Matthew. That smile of hers will be always be in our hearts.

Alan & Thelma Guendler says:

We have a picture of Makenna and our granddaughter, Alyssa Hanley, by our pool when they were 7 or 8 years old. Even then, Makenna’s bright smile and gentle spirit penetrated our hearts. It is our loss that we hadn’t kept up with her through the years, except the last four years, chronicled via Caringbridge. Our prayers will continue for Steve, Kitson, Matthew, and all of Makenna’s family. We can’t begin to fathom the depth of your sorrow. When our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “…Death is swallowed up in victory.” (I Cor. 15:54) There is comfort in knowing that Makenna’s new, heavenly body will never know suffering or death. We love all of you.

Monique, Thor, and Hagan Hoppess says:

Makenna is still an inspiration to us all. Her ability to look at life and enjoy every minute on this earth knowing that we will all one day be rejoined in Heaven, has kept us all moving forward and not taking one second for granted. We would love to attend her Celebration of Life.

cheylbi says:

I think about you everyday and I caught myself thinking about the things you’ll miss, but it occurred to me that you have lived more than most. I was in a rough spot when I met you, and you took my hand, pointed me the right direction and showed me how to live. You did it with such grace and my soul grew. I miss you so much. I can hear your laugh and see your smile. I treasure the late night talks and the encouragement to be myself. I hope that I was able to have a tenth of the impact on your life as you did on mine. In order to cope with the gap that I feel present by your loss I find myself naturally asking you what I should do. I’m struggling and yet I feel comfort knowing that you are still keeping an eye on me. Thank you love for the endless laughs, smiles, and memories. As the baby I feel my 3 big sisters shaped my life. I love you mamma bear makenna. I will carry a part of you for the rest of my life. Ill talk to you soon!
Love forever and always,

Doris Kelley-Hamilton says:

I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to Makenna’s beloved mom, dad and brother. May The Lord send ministering angels to all of those who loved Makenna and those she loved. Steve, you are my adopted brother from down the street and I just want you to know we are praying for all of you. Love you.

Brandan Montminy says:

I plan on being at the memorial.

Traci Bernard says:

Steve and Kitson, Robert and I are deeply saddened to hear the news of Makennas passing. We actually just found out today while Matt was preaching. He kept referring to Makenna in his sermon and prayed it wasn’t the Makenna we knew, however Stinson gave us confirmation. We are so sorry to have missed her celebration, I’m sure it was very special, just like her. Again, we are so sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you both. We love you dearly.
The Bernard’s

Jim Branch says:

Kitson and Steve,

I followed your daughter’s courageous battle on the Caring Bridge site, never knowing what I could possibly offer your family beyond my quiet prayers. I hold my two boys a little tighter and a little longer each day, and know that while God’s plan may be incomprehensible, his love is limitless.

Isaiah 41:13. “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right and and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

David Gardner says:

Steve & Kitson- I just learned of your loss today, after I had left Steve a message about calling to catch up. I am so sorry for your loss. The first thing I remembered was Makenna and Davy fighting over the little red car in our living room….I just don’t know what to say. May God ease your pain, my prayers are with you.

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