Jack Ariola Erenberg
January 19, 2003 - August 6, 2012

Jack Ariola Erenberg
Jan 19, 2003 - Aug 6, 2012

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Jack Ariola Erenberg, age 9 of Stillwater and Wyoming, formerly of Rush City, MN died unexpectedly on August 6, 2012.
He is preceded in death by his grandfather, John "Jack" Erenberg.
Jack will be deeply missed by his mom, Sarah Erenberg; his dad, Jim Ariola, Jr.; his sisters and brother, Madison Zoller, Kimberly Erenberg, Lexah Novick, and Austin Ariola; grandparents, Elizabeth (Bob) Watters, Judy (Duane) Lofstad, and Jim (Barb) Ariola, Sr.; aunts and uncles, Molly (Nate), Amy (Justin), Julia, Miranda, Eric, Denise (Joe), Deanna (Donald), and Matthew (Michelle); many cousins and lots of friends.

Visitation will be held 4-8 PM on Friday, August 10th at Roberts Family Funeral Home, 555 Centennial Dr. SW, Forest Lake.
A funeral service will be held 11 AM Saturday, August 11th at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 9185 Lexington Ave. No., Circle Pines , MN with visitation beginning at 10 AM until time of service. Interment Twitchell Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Jack Ariola Erenberg Trust at Central Bank, 1650 South Lake Street, Forest Lake, MN 55025

Lexah on Oct 20, 2016

You were the best brother, and I know we would fight at times, but we would get along most of the time buddy, I miss you! :(

Lexah on Oct 20, 2016

I miss you Jack, sooooooooo much! I think of you everyday and wish that you were here with us, and I know that your in a good place now, but I still miss you very much! You are in my prayers buddy, lots of love from Lexah, Austin, Cassie, Gabby, and Jim. We all miss you buddy!

Lexah on Oct 20, 2016

Caytlin on Feb 27, 2015

Jack I still think of you your the thought at the baddest moments because of that big huge smile

Ben Carlson on Sep 4, 2012

I do not know Jack or your family but I wanted to share something. I saw Jacks story on TV and was very touched by it. I visited his grave and was so moved by the Garfield comics and cookie that were left for him. I told him how sorry I was and asked that he watch over you and your family. I recently went to the state fair and saw all the children there and thought of Jack. Although I never knew him or you, I wanted you to know that I was thinking of him and will remember this tragedy forever. I pray for your family and will continue to do so. Be strong and know that other people who you will never meet are praying for you through this difficult time. Take care.

Chris Kinney, Chris & Linda Becker on Aug 23, 2012

I am sorry for your loss, you are in the thoughts and prayers of the people of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Inver Grove Heights. May God bring you comfort and solace as you remember Jack.

John Pitts (New York, NY) on Aug 16, 2012

I recently lost my son in an accident, so I have some sense of the pain you are feeling. There are no words that will ease the hurt, only time and your own way of healing will provide what you need in order to go on. You have all my deepest sympathy.

Gail Smith on Aug 13, 2012

Barb Ariola on Aug 13, 2012


Bill Mack (Dallas, TX) on Aug 11, 2012

I am very saddened for your loss. My son is starting his 2nd year of peewee in Texas and I know Jack and Andrew would have been good friends - they have much in common. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of Jack's life for us and sharing your message. Life is precious and afterward, glorious with God.

Suzan Jorgensen (Burbank, CA) on Aug 11, 2012

What a sad loss, I am so very sorry for you and your family. Jack's smile warmed my heart and I didn't even know him until reading about him. He must have been a remarkable child, his beautiful countenance shines through in his photographs and it's that beauty from within that touched my soul. I think God must have a very special plan for him in heaven. I will keep your family in my prayers. God Bless You and may God Bless Jack.

Joshua Atkinson on Aug 11, 2012

Jim, your message to love and hug your kids when you don't know how long you will have them is so strong. My heart aches for you and your wife and family, hold each other close. As one who has also seen a child leave too soon I send you my love. Joshua

Mike S. on Aug 10, 2012

I read about this on Yahoo, and my heart breaks for you. I am the father of two boys in Tulsa, and the loss of your precious Jack makes me cry. Nothing I say here can bring comfort, but God will comfort you.

Cindy & Les Schwiesow on Aug 10, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to family and friends. Remember that God has given us one of the greatest gifts and that is the gift of memory. Remember all the wonderful times.

Laura Harper on Aug 10, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you.

Mrs.Catenzaro on Aug 10, 2012

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. I live in the Chicagoland area. I am a Mother to a 8 year old son, Ben (11/16/2003). I do not know the pain you feel, but my heart breaks for you all the same. I will hold my son a little tighter because of Jack.
(John 5:21,28,29) (Rev. 21:1-4) (Ps.34:18)

Chaplain Thomas Rick on Aug 10, 2012

I do not know your or your family, but I grew up in Princeton, MN, which is not far from where you live and I am also a member of an ELCA Lutheran church, I just want you to know that you are in my prayers. I cannot begin to understand the magnitude of your loss, but I do pray that God will hold you in his arms and give you the peace which he alone can give. Know that you are not alone in your time of grief.

Sue Hetland on Aug 10, 2012

To Jack's family, I am so sorry for your loss. No word will ever comfort such a loss. Sending my prayers to all of you for the comfort of the lord. My deepest sympathies, Sue Hetland and family (Marissa Hagen)

Laurie & Scott Johnson on Aug 10, 2012

Our condolances to all the many people that loved Jack so much. We sit behind Grandpa Jim at the Wild games and not a game would go by when we wouldn't hear some cute, funny story(ies) about Jack. Jim Sr was always so proud of his grandson and you could tell he enjoyed all the time spent with him. Of course we also had the pleasure of seeing Jim Jr & Jack throughout the years at games too. Love and peace to everyone mourning the loss of Jack and his magical presence.

F.A. Daninger on Aug 9, 2012

Dear Parents/Family of Jack,
Please know that you are not alone in your grief and bewilderment. As a parent of a child who had another form of meningitis better than fourty-nine years ago, but survived, you have truly been in my thoughts and prayers since hearing of Jack's departure from this life.
I "stand" with you in your pain.

caytlin smith on Aug 9, 2012

jake was the f in fun he was like a cosin to me when i first met jake he was 2or3 with the bigest smile you could ever see

Sandy Melville on Aug 9, 2012

Dear Ariola-Erenberg Families,
I see photos of your beautiful Jack and wanted to share my heartfelt sympathy with you. My 23 yr son Austin was hit as a pedestrian corssing a street here Rochester Mn. by a criminal drunk driver. We lost Austin 11-27-10 dueto a worthless criminal drunk ! So most sadly I can tell you I understand your pain and your grief. This is not how life was supposed to be, for our babies or for us. We are NOT supposed to lose our kids !! The loss of a precious innocent child is overwhelming, inconceivable and disorienting. I wanted to let you know I am thinking so much about you and the horrid pain you are enduring. I wish there were words to say to help, I for one know there are no words, there simply are no words...... With my heartfelt sympathy and thoughts and prayers we are holding you in our hearts and thoughts. Take only one day at a time, trying to look beyond each day may be more then you can bear. I am so sorry to hear about your little guy, it sounds like Jack as our Austin was a most smiling happy guy that were best friends to all they touched !! With heartfelt sympathy Sandy Melville

Vicky and Eric Wuotila on Aug 9, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Jack. Our hearts go out to you!

Jon Hauglie on Aug 9, 2012

I had the honor of coaching Jack last hockey season. My son Ray liked talking about goalie stuff with himm.
I will miss his smile. It was contaiqous.

Deanna Ariola-Cuffee on Aug 9, 2012


Marissa Hagen on Aug 9, 2012

What a honor to know such a life loving kid! Great family and lots of love from day one! So many awesome Memories and photos to remember a wonderful boy named Jack!!

Caytlin on Aug 8, 2012

I miss you Jack.

Gail Smith on Aug 8, 2012

Jack was a wonderful little boy who loved to explore, tease his sisters. Jack also loved to collect bugs. He had a contaigous laugh and a beautiful smile. I remember him running up to Ron and giving bigs hugs and calling Ron his big buddy. My daughter Caytlin said that Jack put the "F" in the word fun. Jack your hugs and large beautiful smile will be truly missed. Love you little Buddy may god be with you,


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8:00 PM
Roberts Family Funeral Home
555 Centennial Drive SW
Forest Lake, Minnesota 55025


11:00 AM
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
9185 Lexington Avenue North
Circle Pines, Minnesota
Visitation will begin at 10 AM.

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