Angellika Arndt
(1999-2006)
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many questions remain with the same sad ending  / Carol   Read >>
many questions remain with the same sad ending  / Carol
  Without even getting to who I am and the loss of Angie,  I work at a nursing facility for aprox. 25 years.  One of the biggest changes I've seen it the state not allowing us to restrain resident to prevent them from falling and getting hurt.  We used to use belts , hand restraints,med restraints, waist restraints.  While I know at times people used poor judgement  the best intention was to prevent injury.  All of that has been outlawed,  we now use alarms, floor pads, mattress alarms.  Even with the best intention people fall constantly.  We even had a extremely agitated man who showed brain damage in a MRI from so many falls.  One of my points being , how can a facility NOT be trained in restaints on children.  How can so many be involved and not held responsible. How can the owner of a facility not have the balls to attend court , afterall , isn't he standing behind his employees and facility.    If I walk into a room and any sort of bahvior is rough, dangerous, unacceptable, inappropriate isn't it my job (no matter what position I hold)  to stop tha behavior and protect the people I care for.  What the hell happened here?  How much staff was there?  Another thing,  I get called to rooms all the time  "  will you talk to  so and so, your good with him"  ect.  My guess is Bradley was there for a reason and if it was because he handled Angie well would'nt that have been shoved down our troats by him and his lawyer.  What does that leave us to believe.  Picuring a bad sceniro going tragic it was "let me,  I'll get her to settle down"  Well Bradley Ridout ,  you have to live with knowing you sucked the life out of a  girl 5x's smaller than you,  for HOW long????  In a job , any job who has the time to lay on a person.  The incident lasted 98 minutes.  Over 1 1/2 HOURS  and NO ONE intervened.  What did he take a nap???In that time even the family that was caring for her could have been called if she was so out of control.  They NEVER had that problem wouldn't that have descalated  the situation  . He now has to live with that, and people look at him funny.  I hope they do for the rest of his life,  because he killed a little girl.  I heard no mention of a wife or family but Someday I hope he has a little girl and looks in her eyes and sees Angellika and has the love for her that we all do and at least understands our pain.  Close
Where Words Aren't Enough  / Cindy (Aunt, Sister of Mama Carol )  Read >>
Where Words Aren't Enough  / Cindy (Aunt, Sister of Mama Carol )
I'll always remember our telephone conversations and your visits with cousin Mara.  I know how much you mean to our family, even though others may not.  Mama Carol loves you more than words can tell and that love is spread across the 900 miles to me.  The sadness we feel is undescribable for our loss of you from our family, and then your death - totally senseless and unreasonable.  Mama Carol and I still cry together, the only saving grace is knowing you are in Heaven, on Streets of Gold with Uncle Dave (taking care of each other and both as our specials angels looking our for us), and one day WE WILL ALL MEET THERE!  Close
Life isn't always fair - but we won't give up  / Isabelle Zehnder (Her voice )  Read >>
Life isn't always fair - but we won't give up  / Isabelle Zehnder (Her voice )
Hi Angie,

Today was not a good day. I just received a phone call from a reporter who broke the news - Bradley Ridout will only serve 2 months in jail (maybe) and he only has to pay $88 for court costs. He brought in people who said what a wonderful guy he is, and how great he is because he works with kids at his church. 

Angie, we all know better. If he were such a good guy he would have listened to you when you reached out to him during your last moments. One thing I know. He can bring people to court to say what a good guy he is and all that, but in the deep of the night he will have to face the fact that it was he who ended your life. It was his stupidity, his lack of concern, his lack of compassion and kindness, that ended your llife - nothing else. I personally blame him for your death because he should have known better. I don't care how he was trained, or if he was told he was supposed to restrain you every day - he as a grown man should have known better. If he loved children so much how could he use such force and such mean-spirited ways to deal with a young little girl like you. 

We are going to keep fighting for justice. We are not going to sit idly by and just allow this to happen without the world knowing how disappointed we are at the outcome of court today. But we want you to know something, little girl. We know your life was worth oh, so much more than $100,088. We know you deserved so much better than Mr. Bradley Ridout gave you, and that the rest of the staff at Rice Lake gave you. We are going to do everything in our power to see to it that this does not happen again. 

I know that you are in a better place now - it is the people left here on earth who knew and loved you so much who are hurting today. I want them to know that I am here and I will do anything I can to help them be your voice. 

We all miss you - and we all know what really should have happened in that courthouse today. Remember, Mr. Ridout will have to live with the fact that your life ended at his hands. He is responsible for your death, and he will have to answer. Maybe not in a court of law here on earth but there is another court he will face some day.

We all miss and love you!!

Isabelle Zehnder
Founder and President
Family and Child Advocate 
Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse (CAICA)
www.caica.org
info@caica.org
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God be With all that lost this young one.  / James J. Barrek   Read >>
God be With all that lost this young one.  / James J. Barrek
Im very sorry for what those horrable people did to you,I wish i could of heard your cry for help. 

My heart cry's for you and your family little one.

God Bless you little one.
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Happy late birthday  / Melissa Servin (cousin)  Read >>
Happy late birthday  / Melissa Servin (cousin)

Sorry I haven't wrote anything for a while. I haven't been able to come on here without getting all upset. Happy late birthday. I really wish you could've spent it down here though. But I'm sure you're keeping Grandpa & Brett good company. I love you and miss you lots.
-Melissa

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remembering you always  / Carol Retzer   Read >>
remembering you always  / Carol Retzer
As your birthday approaches I think we all have that sickly feeling and yet we remember your beautiful smile about anything!  Even with the difficult life you had , look at all the joy in you.,  all the joy you brought to others, and all the people who love you.  Uncle Dave held you and loved you and I believe he is in heaven helping take care of you.  I often picture you in his arms and safe.  All of our lives go on and that is the difficult part of grieving , the world keeps turning.  Carly and I toasted you but with sadness,  I couldn't even tell the other kids until your b-day was over.  Carly went to your grave by herself but someday when were all together I'll take everyone.  I overhear the kids talking to their friends and I see your pic on myspace and you will never be forgotten in our home.  Lindsey  suddenly gets a sadness Mom's can't fix  but were remembering and starting to talk about the funny times.  Remember when you we were hugging and I was rocking you back and forth to make it funny instead of sad and you were pick pocketing me.  We all laugh about that.
I love to see Ryan, he looks like you and has those" chirpy manners".  I see your Gramma and Grandpa and we have our moments of grief but our frienship is based on you and that helps us all.  Nothing changes that we all love you.  I have so many memories, happiness then sadness.  I wonder constantly how 4 people could suck the life out of you and only 1 is being sentenced.  What is he like?  Does he have children? Is he sorry or cocky?  Enough , loving you and remembering your birthday and you always.  Mama Carol Close
Happy Birthday!!  / Julie Hoefs (Aunt)  Read >>
Happy Birthday!!  / Julie Hoefs (Aunt)
Happy 8th Birthday Ang,
I wish so badly your were here with us to celebrate it! I know that our parties here could never compare to the awesome ones you are having in heaven. I love you very much and I miss you with all of my heart! 
Love,
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Happy Birthday from Mom & Ryan  / Dawn Wetzel (Foster Mom )  Read >>
Happy Birthday from Mom & Ryan  / Dawn Wetzel (Foster Mom )
Hi Angel, I have been missing you so much.  Ryan & I watched the DVD that Mama Carol had made of you today, and it makes me feel a little closer to you.  Ryan told me that he knows you are in heaven, celebrating your birthday with God.  He said that you are having a big party up there, and that you probably will blow out your candles up there too!  Tomorrow is Grandma's birthday, and we are going over to their house to celebrate, I know how special you thought it was that your birthday and Grandmas were right next to each other's.  
I am hoping to come visit your grave in the near future.  Mama Carol invited Ryan and I to come up with them, I really need to come say goodbye to you.  Plus, spending time with them comforts me, because they love you just like I do.  
We love you, and think of you daily.  
Until we meet again. 
Love, 
Mom and Ryan Close
Happy Birthday Angellika!  / Carol Pizzi (Angel Debbie's Mom )  Read >>
Happy Birthday Angellika!  / Carol Pizzi (Angel Debbie's Mom )

Wishing you a Happy Birthday in Heaven sweet angel Angellika. 
Have a great celebration with all our angels.
Carol ~ Debbie's Mom

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Happy Birthday (Thinking of you)  / Diane/ Mom To ^j^ Jessica Brown   Read >>
Happy Birthday (Thinking of you)  / Diane/ Mom To ^j^ Jessica Brown

Today Is My Birthday 

Today is my birthday
Celebrate my life with you
And remember the good times
Forget the bad.
Look up towards the sun
And catch every ray of light
Upon your cheek.
For I am there with you.
Today is my birthday,
Be happy for me.
My life was full.
I had the pleasure of love
And the joy of my family.
Do not be sad
Look up towards the stars
And catch each twinkle
In your heart.
For I am there with you

Today is my birthday
My legacy is not wealth
Or mighty belongings,
My legacy is you and your life.
Spend it wisely and carefully,
Guard it always.
Do not be sad.
Feel the wind on your face
And in your hair
And know that I loved you
For I am there with you in your laughter
And in your hearts.

Today is my birthday,
Learn to live again without me.
Take my strength with you
For you are not alone.
Do not be sad
Feel the rain on your face
Feel all life's treasures and
Know that you are alive!
At each step of the way
I will help you
For I am with you always
Until we meet again.
Today is my birthday...



From the Family of
Angel
Jessica Brown

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God bless you in Heaven precious Angellika  / Janet (Mom To Nicholas Piccolo)   Read >>
God bless you in Heaven precious Angellika  / Janet (Mom To Nicholas Piccolo)

All my hugs and kisses for a beautiful Birthday with all the angels

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Happy Birthday sweet angel  / Margaret Daughter Of ^i^ Nellie Buonpane   Read >>
Happy Birthday sweet angel  / Margaret Daughter Of ^i^ Nellie Buonpane

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Happy Birthday Sweetie!!!  / JoAnna/Quinn Mahoney's Sister   Read >>
Happy Birthday Sweetie!!!  / JoAnna/Quinn Mahoney's Sister
Happy Birthday sweet Angelika, have a wonderful day!
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Happy Birthday Precious Angel  / Tammy Hatchell (Mom Of Angelica Hatchell )  Read >>
Happy Birthday Precious Angel  / Tammy Hatchell (Mom Of Angelica Hatchell )

Happy Heavenly Birthday
 Sweet Angellika












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Happy Birthday Gorgeous!<3  / Caitlin Hoefs (Cousin)  Read >>
Happy Birthday Gorgeous!<3  / Caitlin Hoefs (Cousin)
Hello Angie,
Today is your big day!! You would be 8 years old already. I can just picture the big beautiful smile on your adorable face. When you smiled it always made me happy. I loved to see you so happy. We plan on stopping by to see your stone today and bring you some balloons. I know you would be soo anxious to open all of your gifts from everyone. Your mom was right. The song "Who You'd Be Today" reminds me soo much of you. Now everytime I hear that song I will automatically think of you. You meant the WHOLE WORLD to a lot of people angel. I know you are probably having a big celebration up in heaven with Brett and Grandpa by your side. Well Angel I better get going. I love you hun!! <3!!

                                          Your loving cousin,

                                                Caitlin
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Happy Birthday 8th Sweetheart  / Donna Pavlik (Mom)  Read >>
Happy Birthday 8th Sweetheart  / Donna Pavlik (Mom)
Angie,

Happy Birthday, honey!! I wish so much that you were here to celebrate your 8th birthday. You would have woken up so excited this morning and I miss that so much. I know you probably would have been getting some kind of toy animal and probably another doll for your birthday. You definetly would have had Vanessa overnight either last night or tonight or both so you two could have been together for your big day and played with all your new things. I hope to be out to visit your site today and bring you a balloon at least. It will be a very sad day here without you. I hope you are having a wonderful party in heaven--you deserve it!! Hope Grandpa and Brett are right there by your side helping you celebrate. Tell them how much I love them, too.

I love you so much and miss you like crazy!! Happy Birthday!!

Love you Sweetheart,

Love, 

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happy early birthday  / Sasha Potter (Sister)  Read >>
happy early birthday  / Sasha Potter (Sister)
Hey Ang. Tomorrow would be your 8th Birthday. I wish you were here so we could all celebrate with you, I know youd love all the attention youd get and all the presents. I probably wont be online tomorrow so I wanted to tell you happy birthday tonight. I really miss you more than most people can probably see..cause I try keeping everything inside cause I know when I talk about it, it upsets other people too. I think about you constantly, and I love you so much Ang. I hope your going to have a good birthday in Heaven with Grandpa and Brett. Love you so much!

Mom heard this song a while ago and she told me to put it on your site, so Ill try to do it but heres the lyrics incase I cant get it to work.. 

Kenny Chesney
"Who You'd Be Today"

Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
I feel you everywhere I go.
I see your smile, I see your face,
I hear you laughin' in the rain.
I still can't believe you're gone.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who'd you be today?

Would you see the world? Would you chase your dreams?
Settle down with a family,
I wonder what would you name your babies?
Some days the sky's so blue,
I feel like I can talk to you,
An' I know it might sound crazy.

It ain't fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I've been through,
Just knowin' no-one could take your place.
An' sometimes I wonder,
Who you'd be today?

Today, today, today.

Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
The only thing that gives me hope,
Is I know I'll see you again some day.

Some day, some day, some day.
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Tomorrow is your B-day!  / Julie Hoefs (Aunt)  Read >>
Tomorrow is your B-day!  / Julie Hoefs (Aunt)
Hi Ang,
I can't quit thinking about you today. We were supposed to have court today for the sentencing of that evil man but because of the weather it will not happen now until the 12th. My heart just aches when I try to picture how much more mature you would be acting and looking by now. You had grown so much in just the 1 1/2 years you were with us, both physically and mentally! I love you Ang. I look forward to the day we can meet again in heaven. Please give Brett and my dad lots of love too. I look forward to seeing them too. Love you much!!
Love,
Julie Close
Angie / Jessica (Cousin)  Read >>
Angie / Jessica (Cousin)

I am awake another sleepless night thinking about you and Brett. I bet Brett is messing up your dolls that you are playing with and is a handful to watch at his age. Give him a hug and kiss for me whenever you want until someday I can do it myself. I sure miss you. Megan talks about you a lot. I know she misses playing with you. You have a wonderful Birthday on Saturday angel.  I hope everything goes well for your mom and dad at the trial Friday. That has to be so hard on them. I love you and miss you very much!!

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memory / Darlene (foster cousin )  Read >>
memory / Darlene (foster cousin )
Angel, you heart and smile will for ever be in our hearts. Now may God always protect and keep you in the palm of his hand. Close
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