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Jocelyn Irene Dickhoff

Jocelyn Irene Dickhoff

June 12, 2006 - July 6, 2013

BELGRADE - Jocelyn Irene Dickhoff, age 7, of Belgrade, died Saturday July 6, 2013 at Rice Memorial Hospital after a near lifelong battle with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 at the BBE High School Gymnasium in Belgrade. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church in Belgrade and for one hour prior to the service at the school. Burial will be in Grace West Cemetery in Belgrade. Funeral arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Jocelyn Irene Dickhoff was born at 6:43 a.m. on June 12, 2006 at Rice Memorial Hospital where soon after she was airlifted to the University of Minnesota with breathing difficulties. She spent two and a half weeks in the NICU before finally being able to come home. At the age of 13 months, she was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer. After a year of treatment, she was finally able to know what it was like to be a child. But in April 2010 her cancer returned and from then on fought four relapses, courageously without complaint, until the day she died.

Jocelyn enjoyed being a first-grader in Sheila Jaeger's class at BBE Elementary School and was looking forward to being a second-grader in her class as well. She loved to ride bike, play with baby dolls, and play on her swing set given to her, by Wishes And More. Playing with her siblings was something she always looked forward to as she came home from school. Homework was not her favorite, although she did well in school. She passed lots of time in the hospital watching Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, and many other popular movies like Despicable Me. She was an advocate for childhood cancer research and was an active member of Isaac's Foundation. She loved to raise money for their various events like the upcoming HOPE Run. Jocelyn had a lot of spunk and would tell it like it is. There was not a single person she met that she didn't touch in some way.

She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Kayla Dickhoff of Belgrade; brothers, Reid and Liam, and sister, Harper; grandparents Bob and Judy Dickhoff of Belgrade and Gary and Patty Messer of Sauk Centre; godparents, Boyce and Stephanie Fischer of Brooten and Diana Messer of St. Cloud; cousins, Kailey, Kacey, and Kamie Fischer of Brooten; great-grandparents, Marion Rime of Spicer and Alvina Mader of Grey Eagle, and numerous extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Rudy and Irene Dickhoff, Swen Rime, Alex and Eleanor Messer, Earl Mader, and great-uncle, Mike Dickhoff.

Serving as her casket bearers are: Laura Schweizer, Jake Kinzel, Troy Walz, Chad Braegelman, Darren Braegelman and Jeremy Glieden. Honorary casket bearers are the incoming BBE Elementary second graders.