Simon Murski, an angel born on Feb. 9, 1998 to Andrea Shannon Menke and Joel Menke, died tragically on Jan. 26, 2011.

He is survived by his parents Tara and Bobby Murski, his brothers, Dillon and Chance Murski, Joseph Hart and Billy Switzer, his grandmother, June Murski, his grandfather, Quinton "Pa-Pa" Hackemack, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members who dearly loved him.

He was preceded in death by his biological parents, his maternal grandfather, Charles William Shannon, his maternal grandmother, Doris Jean Shannonand his paternal grandfathers, Albin John Murski and John Menke. He will be missed by a tremendous number of friends and neighbors who also loved him.

For too short a time, Simon shared a beautiful home on the mountain with his mother "Shannon." After her death, this brave warrior blessed the Murski home and became part of their family. He was surrounded by an enormous amount of love, support and encouragement that allowed him to fulfill his inner dreams and enjoy the camaraderie of his teammates and friends. Simon's artistic talents were recently recognized when he won first place for the poster he created with his Vision of World Peace, and he had just started writing a book reflecting on his life in the hopes that it would have an impact on others.

And while the family's grief is immeasurable, they are comforted in knowing that Simon is in the arms of Our Lord and reunited with his biological parents. Simon lives on through the five lives he saved as a result of his family's courageous and generous decision to donate his organs to the LifeGift organization.

A prayer service, conducted by Deacon Don Murrile and Leann Jerkins, was held Wednesday, Jan. 26. A church vigil will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 at Sacred Heart Church in Richmond, TX. Visitation begins at 5 p.m. and Deacon Billy Guerrero will lead a rosary service beginning at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 at Sacred Heart Church, officiated by Father Howard Drabek with musical accompaniment by Ms. Betty Holub.

A reception will follow the mass at the Sacred Heart Family Life Center. The graveside service and burial will follow the reception at Forest Park Cemetery 12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077, and will be officiated by Deacon Don Ries.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifeGift at 2510 Westridge St, Houston, TX 77054. In honor of Simon's love of sports, donations may also be made to the Foster High School Athletic Booster Club in Richmond TX.