In Memory of Aleksandra "Alek" Shepherd-Veretennikova

Aleksandra "Alek" Shepherd-Veretennikova
Aleksandra "Alek" Shepherd-Veretennikova
Born: November 4, 2003
Died: December 28, 2017
Age: 14
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Aleksandra "Alek" Shepherd-Veretennikova
November 4, 2003 - December 28, 2017
From: Colo, IA

Aleksandra “Alek” Shepherd-Veretennikova, age 14, of Colo, Iowa, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017, at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Colo, with Pastor Charlie Husak of White Oak Church officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services.  There will also be a service at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 625 N. 6th Street, Burlington, Iowa, with visitation one hour prior to services.  Burial will follow in Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington. 

Born November 4, 2003, in Ames, Iowa, Aleksandra Romanovna Shepherd-Veretennikova was the daughter of Jolie Shepherd and Roman V. Veretennikov.  Alek was a happy, bouncy eighth grade student at Colo-Nesco Middle School.  She was artistic, enjoyed drawing, hanging out with her friends, watching YouTube videos, and music.  Alek loved her family, their four dogs and six cats, and shared a special bond with her older brother, Roman. 

Survivors include her mother, Jolie Shepherd, of Colo, and father, Roman V. Veretennikov of Tomsk, Russia; her brother, Roman, at home; her maternal grandmother, Dana Shepherd of Waukee; her paternal grandmother, Tatiana Veretennikova of Tomsk, Russia; a half-brother, Nikita Veretennikov of Tomsk, Russia; three aunts, Beth (Chris) Betz of Winterset, Rita Lapshina of Tomsk, Russia, and Natasha Guskova of Moscow, Russia; as well as other extended family members and friends.

Alek was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Robert Shepherd.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Alek and her family.


Condolences

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 9:56 AM
“Aleksandra was an amazing human being. I know writing buries but the world deserved to know about her and all the great things she did to change my life. Without her I wouldn't have made it this far. It's not fair that she didn't want to make it as far. But I think that if I carry her in my heart she grows with me. I loved her. I hope she lives happily forever haunting people.”
- Kia Marie Vanloh
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:52 PM
“Jolie and family, I am heart-sick at the thought of her pain sms yours. On the wings of an eagle or back of a dog, spirit away.”
- Marlene Ehresman
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:52 PM
“Deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your daughter.”
- Nicholas Gogerty
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 5:28 PM
“Our precious “Little Lady” lives on through her selfless generosity to the Iowa Donor Network...peace to you left to mourn...143”
- Kay Fleshman
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:33 PM
“Jolie and family, I am so so sorry. Know that many are thinking of your family in the days ahead. Hugs to you all.

Sherri Smith”
- Sherri Smith
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:32 PM
“I did not know Aleksandra as closely as some people. Last year I took a DMACC class for teaching and was required to observe a class and the teacher teach it. Everytime I came into the classroom I would look at all the kids and Alessandra would always be smiling or laughing with her friends. She was a beautiful and happy girl and knowing this happened make my heart ache. She has one of the most genuine and beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen. When she smiled everyone else seemed to smile as well. You could tell she was a very loving friend and individual. I’m very sorry for your loss. She will truly be missed. ”
- Katherine Johannes
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:32 PM
“You were such an amazing friend. Your smile lit up the world. I remember you would always be happy to see me at school and welcomed me with a hug. It always made my day! You will be missed sweetheart.”
- Summer Boulton
Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8:25 AM
“I can't even imagine what you are going through right now, but I would like to offer my prayers to you and your family ”
- Tatiana Veretennikova
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:29 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jolie and Roman. So sorry to hear of Alexandra's passing. ”
- Melanie Helgeland
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:29 PM
“I always admired your individuality and spunk! You will forever be remembered in my heart Aleksandra! My heart aches just thinking about how much pain you must have been in. Peace be with you and your family.
Love Your Kindergarten Teacher.
- Erika Choate
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:28 PM
“We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Alek. ”
- Rev. Tom Poppe
Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:28 PM
“Jolie, Roman and family - So sorry for your loss. I will miss Alek and hope you find peace in the days to
come. ”
- Sandra Huemann-Kelly
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SERVICES

2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
United Methodist Church
Colo, IA

2 p.m.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church
Burlington, IA

OFFICIATING

Pastor Charlie Husak
of White Oak Church

VISITATION

One hour prior to services
Tuesday, January 2, 2017
United Methodist Church
Colo, IA

One hour prior to services
Thursday, January 4, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church
Burlington, IA

INTERMENT

Aspen Grove Cemetery
Burlington, IA