Emmalynn Marie Springer, age 10, of Marshfield, died on May 22, 2021, with family by her side. She was born on December 30, 2010. She attended Grant Elementary School in Kindergarten through third grade, and Madison Elementary for fourth grade. Emmalynn was diagnosed with PKAN (Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration) in the fall of 2019 and fought courageously as the disease rapidly progressed and took her young life all too soon.
Emmalynn is preceded in death by grandmother Nancy Springer.
She is survived by her loving parents, Bonnie Springer (Luke LaFleur) and Kevin Springer (Alison) as well as her brothers; Dominic and Austin, sisters; Chayli and Natalia, grandparents; Kathy and Dixon Boyer, Dan Springer, aunts and uncles; Roger and DeeAnn Frischman, Nicholas Frischman, Brenda Frischman, and Lisa Springer, cousins; Mikayla, Ethan, and Haley. Also survived by other significant people connected to Emmalynn and the family are Larry and Susan LaFleur, Cindy and Roger Kunze, Richard Vruwink, and many close and dedicated friends and family too numerous to mention.
The journey with PKAN was difficult, but Emmalynn’s spirit was never broken. She had the ability to touch the hearts of everyone she met. She always had a smile to light up a room. Emma loved to sing and dance. She also enjoyed swimming, camping, and playing with her Barbies. She loved animals, especially dogs.
In these last few months, so many people have been instrumental in helping Emmalynn and her family to cope with the persistent challenges. The family will be eternally grateful to all who have made this journey bearable, including Marshfield Children’s Hospital and House of Dove of Marshfield. The love and compassion that has been shown to Emmalynn and her family by so many people has been overwhelming. Emmalyn will be missed by many.
Visitation will be held at Our Lady of Peace Church on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 5:00. A lantern-lighting ceremony will take place in Emmalynn’s honor after the visitation at the upper pond of Wildwood Park in Marshfield.