Ava Georgia Olson

August 7, 2007 - May 13, 2017

Heaven Gains a Warrior Angel! 

It is with a broken and most saddened heart that we have to announce that our dear warrior Ava won her 7 month 10 day battle against the DIPG dragon with eternal peace.  Ava was called to heaven from the comfort of her own home and surrounded by loving family.  She passed peacefully wrapped in the loving arms of Max, Jodi and Ken.  Unfortunately, after spanning the globe for a viable solution to treat this nasty tumor the interventions did not have the desired effect. As her tumor grew her function deteriorated rapidly.  Our last few days were dedicated to sharing and creating memories all while ensuring Ava was as comfortable as possible.   

While all our Warriors were praying for miracle, the miracle WE desired.  I beg you to consider the miracle we did receive.  We saw the miracle of a sweet, feisty and loving girl bring of a nation of people together in prayer and positive thoughts.  Her miracle is in the number of people who turned closer to God and the number of people who made selfless acts of love. The miracle of community pulling together for a common good in acts of charity and kindness.   Most importantly the miracle of how Ava lived her life and the valuable lessons she taught us in her short nine years on earth.  Ava was a Warrior from the very beginning not just in this battle.  She taught us that when you are going to do something do it fully committed and until the end. Do not be afraid.  Give everything a chance.  She taught us that life shouldn’t be that serious, choose to have fun in all things you do.  She taught us that loving all is more important than our differences. Lastly, and maybe most importantly she taught us that a true Warrior fights for something in perfect love and we know that “perfect love drives out all fear!” -1 John 4:18 

Warriors are dedicated to a cause, we fight for the cause and continue to battle regardless of results.  Even against all odds and increasing difficulty Warriors don’t give up.  Warriors when faced with adversity simply change the strategy and keep attacking with greater effort and vigor.  This is precisely why in the near future we will establish the Ava Warrior’s Foundation.  Ava Warriors will join forces with like minded and firmly established DIPG foundations for collaboration of efforts and resources.  Ava Warriors will have a primary aim of providing parents a multi modal source of resources to ease the complicated navigation of DIPG and other childhood brain cancers.  Our secondary efforts will be focused on supporting research that is likely to make a difference in treatment option and quality and quantity of life for these poor children.  To all our Warriors who have generously contributed to our care for Ava, all donations will transition to our foundation to continue fighting for a cure for DIPG.        

On the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, our Warrior Angel is wrapped in loving arms.   

Ava is survived by her parents Kenneth and Jodi Olson and brother Max of North Aurora,  Grandparents Rick and Karen Larabee of Laughlin Nevada and Thomas and Laurie Olson of Traverse City Michigan.  Ava is also survived by 5 uncles, 4 aunts and 7 cousins and endless amounts of loving distant family. 


Wednesday May 17, 2017

Wake/ Viewing

Holy Cross Catholic Church
2300 Main Street
Batavia, IL 60510

3:00 – 3:20 Immediate Family (Please park on the east end of the parking lot as to not disrupt school pick up)

3:20 – 4:00 Extended Family Viewing

4:00 – 8:00 Public Viewing 

8:00 Wake Prayer Service lead by Father Parker.


Donovan Hall will be open an available during the Wake hours for light hors d’oeuvres, snacks, soft beverages and fellowship.  

Thursday May 18, 2017

1:00 Funeral Mass

Holy Cross Catholic Church
2300 Main Street
Batavia, IL 60510

We have elected to have the burial and grave side ceremony where Jodi and I have always considered our “true home” Traverse City, Michigan.  This is the place Ava spent many summers and considered her favorite place too.  

Saturday May 20, 2017

10:00 AM Graveside service and burial

Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens Cemetery
3575 Veterans Drive
Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Followed by the Ava Olson Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction 2-8 PM

St. Francis High School
123 E. 11th Street
Traverse City, Michigan 49684

We are completely moved by the love and support and love of all our Warriors.  We ask in lieu of flowers or gifts we ask you to consider donations to our future Ava Warriors Foundation.  Our foundation will have the primary aim of helping other families navigate the extraordinarily challenging process of  the DIPG diagnosis and a secondary aim of funding meaningful research and treatment solutions.  We must move forward with options for this monster of a disease so that children don’t continue to die “safely.”. Entrust our integrity that all donations made for this cause will be directly transitioned to our foundation as soon as we have the legal structure in place.   
Donations can be made in the following ways:

1. Go Fund Me: 

2. Checks to Ken or Jodi Olson with Ava Warriors in the memo and sent to: 406 Mallard Point Drive, North Aurora, Illinois 60542 

3. Checks can be made out to Ava Olson and Mailed directly to Chase, ensure the envelope is  addressed to Chase Bank.  Send to: Chase Bank, 5N Randall Rd. Batavia IL 60510 

4. Chase QuickPay:  Donations can be made by using QuickPay on the Chase site or Chase Mobile app.  

Email address: 

We love you all and appreciate your continued support of Ava and our new mission to move a cure closer to a reality so other families do not have to endure this horrific disease.  

Guest Book

  • Elizabeth Beesmer Ava, a smile the I only saw thru photos. However she made me feel better about whatever. Now I've noticed that she is making the beautiful rainbows here in NY. I need to say that it's true. I've lived here 12 years and have never seen a perfect rainbow, or even two at the same time. She brings out her crayons and brightens up the sky. So smile and remember Life connections are Ava's rainbows.
  • pfl My condolences to the family for your loss. 2 Cor. 1:3,4 describes God as the Father of tender mercies who comforts us in all our trials. Along with your fond memories, may Jehovah God (Psalm 83:18) provide you with the comfort you need during this difficult time.
  • Charles Connell I never had the opportunity to meet Ava but my family in Geneva (Schambergers) told me about her stuggle and it affected me greatly. No parents should ever have to bury a child. That is the worst thing anyone could ever imagine. I know you will carry her fight on through a new Foundation in her name. I will be a contributor.
  • Robin Nowak May the lord's peace and love comfort you in this most unhappy time of loss.
  • Diane and Don Lamoreaux Ava has become an Angel watching over all of us. Saddened that she has left her earthly home. Prayers to her family.
  • Darlene Morgan Jodi, Ken, Max, Karen & Rick; It's with a heavy heart I am trying to find words to express myself. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling at this most difficult time. My heart aches as I remember the birth of Ava and the joy we all felt. Max was so excited and loved her so much from the start. What a special boy and brother he is. I tear up to think how hard this is on him. You are going through every parent's nightmare and no way to fix it. I only pray that God will help all of you and your extended family to find comfort and a way to move on in life. Ava was indeed a warrior but now SHE IS AN ANGEL. 🙏🏻❤️(Aunt Darlene)
  • Emilee Peri-Young, DC Our prayers are with you. You are all in our hearts. Please accept our deepest condolences. Your sister, Emilee with David and Gabriella Young
  • The Precup's My Granddaughter Evelyn knew Ava and is so saddened to hear about this. Evelyn goes to Annunciation. Ava is in our family thoughts and prayers, as is her family. She is such a darling little angel and leaves us that beautiful smile and personality to remember. God Bless.
  • Ed & Jo Hall God less this brave little angel now in the arms of Jesus and the Blessed Mother
  • Rolf & Sherri Ronstadt Dear Precious Friends Our hearts, love and prayers go out to you with the home going of Ava. In times of sorrow we hear the voice of the Good Shepherd calling us closer to Himself. For only He can provide for our every need. Praying that you'll be comforted by the many thoughts of love sent your way and by the countless prayers of those who care. Above you is the Lord's covering, beneath you is His strength and security and around you are His arms of love. May His presence bring you every comfort and tender compassion at this present moment. May you be comforted with the assurance that God has prepared a bright and glorious tomorrow for Ava. We share in your loss and send to you our deepest sympathy and prayers. In His love and ours, Rolf & Sherri Ronstadt
  • Eric & Robyn Hennigan We certainly can't rely on our own understanding of how we can lose an angel on earth, but we can be certain that she is in heaven with our God. His plan is far better than ours, and we may never grasp the meaning of His plan, but we know that we will see Ava again. She will not be suffering, and she will be the happy, beautiful girl that God made her to be. We pray for God's peace for Ken, Jodi, Max, Karen, Rick, Thomas, and Laurie, as well as all of Ava's uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. Ava's life has touched so many. May God's blessings provide comfort. With our love, we pray in Jesus' name.
  • Carrie Charron I wish I could have met this wonderful little human named Ava. She seemed to have shown a light on everyone she knew and she will still continue to do so. Some people leave a legacy and an imprint on the world. Ava did this in her short time here on earth.
  • Omar Safi My deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful little girl. Ava is now in heaven with God. God bless her soul eternally, in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Kathy Gardner Ava will always live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew her. Her life has touched so many and will continue to do so. I feel so blessed to have known this special little girl.
  • Dianne Herold It brings all of us such sadness to think about not seeing the sweet, fun-loving girl run around right next door to us. We watched her grow from a baby to a beautiful girl. She was always smiling and laughing and enjoyed life to the very fullest. Ken, Jodi and Max, we are so, so sorry and want so much to be able to take away the pain you are going through. Please know that we are ALWAYS here for you to lean on whenever you need someone. We love you all and will miss Ava so much. Thank you for being the best neighbors. All of us will be forever changed by having you in our lives and Mallard Point will never be the same without Ava. Brian, Dianne, Nick & Lindsey
  • Joan A. Weldon God Bless Ava, who is now with God in Heaven and wearing her wings. You were a beautiful and brave little angel here on earth.
  • Keri Churchill Ken, Jodi, and Max-My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. May memories comfort you and that you find peace and strength in the days ahead. I remember Ava crawling around when I was there working with Max. What a sweet warrior angel Heaven received.
  • Christina Majszak Dear Ken, Jodi, and Max, My heart is broken for all of you. As we have followed your family's battle, we have hugged our kids a little closer, shed a few more tears, and wished for a miracle for Ava. May you find comfort in your memories, your love for each other, your faith, and your valiant battle, even though it concluded in a way you had hoped to avoid. As a former classmate and now fellow parent, I send you my condolences and share in your sadness. Christina Majszak
  • Denise Oros She brought so many together in such a short period of time to be God's soldiers here on Earth. Like all good leaders, she went ahead. She will be missed, we were so blessed.
  • Gael and Roy Hanauer So very Blessed to have known the sweetest of Warriors in Ava. Much love and prayers for Jodi, Ken and Max, no better testimony can anyone give than the love of parent and sibling. 🙏❤️🙏