Kelsey Brandsasse
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It has been said that a child who loses a parent is an orphan, a man who loses his wife is a widower, a woman who loses her husband is a widow. There is no name for a parent who loses a child, for there are no words to describe this PAIN...


This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Kelsey Brandsasse who was born in Indiana on January 10, 1993 and passed away on March 05, 2007 at the age of 14. We will remember her forever.

Kelsey is the 14 year old daughter of Dennis and Paula Brandsasse. She has two older siblings, Sierra Williams and Andrew Brandsasse. She also has two younger siblings, Tyler and Jade Brandsasse.

She was an 8th grader at Calloway County Middle School. Her activities in school included the Laker Band, in which she played the flute. She was also in the 4-H Club. Kelsey enjoyed playing both soccer and football, and she was a huge Indianapolis Colts fan.

This is a special report done by News Channel 14 in Evansville, Indiana that was done to bring light to the choking game that has affected so many families.

On September 7, 2007, we recieved something that we thought was gone forever. We got to hear Kelsey's voice. Kelsey had gone to Freed-Hardeman University in July 2004, and was video taped in a short "interview."


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Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Her Journey   / Mom And Dad
BIRTHDAY WISHES   / Holly (step-mom)
Happy 23rd Birthday, Kelsey!!
6 years...   / Mandy Brandsasse (Cousin)
Can't believe it's been 6 years, Kelsey. I still wish I had talked to you more and maybe had been able to do something to stop everything that happened that day, but we can't change the past :( Just know we all still love and miss you like crazy!
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love u friend   / Amanda Duffy (friend)
I miss you kelsey i wish you had the chance to grow up here with is love u girlie
Its been 4 years   / Skylar And Kelsey (Friends)
If tears could build a stairway and thoughts a memory lane id walk right up to heaven and bring you home again no farewell words were spoken no time to say good-bye you were gone before i knew it and only god knows why..   we're thinknig of yo...  Continue >>
Happy Thanksgiving  / Grma To Angel Cayden Wince1994.memory-of     Read >>
Happy Hallowheezie  / Family Of Lisa Maas (Angel Friends )    Read >>
Easter Wishes  / AV/Laura     Read >>
Happy Valentines Day...♥  / Family Of Lisa Christine Maas ♥.     Read >>
Merry Christmas  / Family Of ^j^ Lisa Maas     Read >>
Happy Holidays from our family to yours...♥  / AV/Laura Family Of Lisa Maas ♥.     Read >>
Happy Thanksgiving.. luv Lisa & family... ♥♥  / AV/Laura Family Of Lisa Maas ♥.     Read >>
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Thanks For Sharing Kelsey's Story  / Peggie Hornberger (None)    Read >>
Know Your Pain  / Billie Wince     Read >>
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Her legacy
Evansville Courier & Press Obituary  
Kelsey Brandsasse
Kelsey Brandsasse, 14, of Murray, Ky., formerly of Evansville, died 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2007, at Murray Calloway County Hospital.
Kelsey was born on Jan. 10, 1993. She was of the Christian faith and a member of Calloway County Middle School Laker Band.

Surviving are her parents, Dennis and Paula Marie (Holley) Brandsasse of Murray; grandmothers, Joyce Holley of Evansville and Phyllis Brawner of Murray; great-grandmother, Mary Woodrow; sisters, Sierra Williams (Stanley Barnhart) of Murray and Jade' Brandsasse of Murray; brothers, Andrew and Tyler Brandsasse, both of Murray; uncles, Billy Holley (Kathy), Alan Holley (Sherry), Tom Brandsasse (Debbie), Mike Brandsasse (Pattie), David Brandsasse and Aaron Brawner; aunts, Peggy Cox (Billy Robinson), Rita Stricker (Jeff), Judy Roberts-Smith (Donnie), Mary Buckman (David) and Teresa Elsfelder (Mark); and cousins, Christi, Stephanie, Nikki, Angie, Mandy, Mike, Audra, Tara, Morgan, Tyler, Larry, Adam, Holly and Kyle.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Morgan Holley and Thomas Brandsasse.

Services 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2007, at Churchill-Imes Family Funeral Home. The officiates will be Bob Haley and Mickey Garrison, burial will be in Kirksey Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Ron Gladden, Jeremy Foxx, Mike Brandsasse, Alan Holley, Stanley Barnhart and Kevin Suiter.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the family to help with final expenses, in care of Churchill-Imes Family Funeral Home, 1804 SR 121 N. Bypass, Murray, KY 42071.

Kelsey's Poems  
The One I Still Love

You're the one I loved deep inside me
then when I told you
you changed your mind
about me
you broke my heart
and yet I think I still love you
everyone tells me that
you were a jerk
and that I'm better without you
but I dont think so
because when I first saw you
I knew you were the one for me.


I sit in class and think of you
try to listen
but I can't get you out of my mind
my love for you
is so strong
why does this feel so right?
but yet so wrong?
You don't love me, so why can't I move on
Just maybe in time
You will love me
but only time will tell.


You say life's not fair
when you don't get your way
Maybe when a guy or girl doesn't like you
But what's not fair is for a child never
to get to know their real parents

You say life's not fair
when you don't get something you want
when you're in a wreck, but its not your fault
But what's not fair is for someone
to leave this world without getting
to say bye to someone special

You say life's not fair
when your sister is killed drunk driving
when your dog gets hit by a car and dies
But what's not fair is for a woman to
carry a baby for nine months and it be a
still born

You say life's not fair
when you don't get the praise you want
when you miss something big because you're sick
But what's nit fair is for a girl to get
an STD because a pervert raped her

I Want

I want a friend who loves me for me
a friend who always has my back
a friend who doesnt judge me on who I like

I want a family who does things together
a family that supports me
a family who gets along

I want a school where we arent so judgemental
a school where you can be who you want
a school where friends come easy

I want a life where I can get all those
a life where I have someone to talk to
who knows what I've been through
a life where I didnt have to go through
what I did

Most of all I want to be the
person who can take what they
get and make the most of it.
I know I can be that person.

Our Class

So much depends
A teacher with
What should she
To children not

More poems  

I'm always thinking about you
I know I'm in love with you
No one knows, not even you
I try to hide it

I was thinking about you
About us
And I love you
I don't care what
Others think

I want you to know
That from that one moment
Our lips touched
I knew that no matter
What happened, I will always love you

I want you to know
That I love you
Always have, Always will
And I understand if you
Dont love me

I've been a real jerk
To you, those past years
And I'm sorry
But somehow we're friends

I do think about
Us going out
I love you so much
But I dont want to go out

I know we have done this before
But I'm afraid of
What would happen
Between us

- Kelsey Brandsasse

Poems by Kelsey's Friends  
Untitled by Shelby Capps

Everytime you cross my mind
I feel a tear run down from my eye
Whenever I hear your name
I feel like I'm going insane
No one knows, not even you
that I'm still falling in love with you
In my own little world
we are together
but in reality, I'm just another
another girl with many dreams so wild
Dreams like you and me
I know as I cry, that we will never be.

Love by Courtney Byrd

When I first saw you
I was afraid to talk to you
When I first talked to you
I was afraid to like you
When I first liked you
I was afraid to love you
When I first loved you
I was afraid to lose you
No that I have lost you
I dont know what to do
Your love is like the sun's gentle touch
Your love is like the rain falling
Your love is like seeing a new baby
Your love is all I need. 

You  by Ashleigh Eldridge

I sit in class and write about you
you're all I want but yet I can't have,
you know my name but not my feelings,
Everyone knows except you!
You might glance, never a word
Maybe a smile but that's fading fast
My soul is shutting with you outside,
for I try to move on but you're still
in my mind
You pierced my heart but I don't care
for the rest of it still loves you
I wis you could know how deep this is,
but rejection is my biggest fear
Heart of pain but yet of love,
I'll love you till my days are done.
Parent Awareness on Dangers Of "Choking Game" 

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