Caden Matthew Rhods

Caden Matthew Rhods

June 1, 2022 – November 17, 2022

VISITATION: Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 3:00-4:30 p.m. & 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., with 7:00 p.m. VIGIL SERVICE, St. Columbkille, 200 E. 6th St., Papillion, Nebraska.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 10:30 a.m., at St. Columbkille.

Interment: Papillion Cemetery

Caden Matthew Rhods was born on June 1, 2022. He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and had a challenging journey ahead of him. In his five and a half months, he had two open heart surgeries and spent over three months in the hospital. Even with all of this, he was such a happy baby. He had a heartwarming smile and big, blue, expressive eyes.

The two months he spent at home were filled with love and time with his family. Caden was able to visit the zoo and also the pumpkin patch (which was his favorite place). He enjoyed tons of bathes and watched big brother Luke play football, soccer, and swim lessons. Big sister Lexi was always by his side, trying to talk to him and dance with him. The 3 of them had such an amazing bond, and it was precious to see. Caden’s smile and personality will always be missed but never forgotten. He has brought so much joy not only to our family but to so many others.

Caden, you have brought people closer to God on this journey. Even though your journey here has ended, just remember how much we love you and always will love you, but we will also continue this journey so we can see each other again in heaven someday. We will be forever grateful to all the nurses, doctors, and medical staff that took care of our sweet Caden. We are also thankful to each and every person that prayed for him. It gave us so much comfort throughout this entire journey. Caden, we are so proud of you and how strong of a fight you put up! You are truly a heart warrior.


  • Brian Thomas Posted November 18, 2022 4:29 pm

    So sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you move through this hard time. Lord comfort the family as the navigate this difficult journey.

  • Jon Scheloski Posted November 18, 2022 5:43 pm

    Dusty, Janice and the entire Rhods family; my heart goes out to each of you. Though I never met Caden, I could see his strength, love and happiness through his smiles in the pictures and videos I’ve seen. I told Dusty that if Cadens smile didn’t make your day, then nothing would.

  • Charlotte Stuhr Posted November 18, 2022 5:52 pm

    Dearest Dusty, Janice, Luke, Lexi, and Caden.
    My heart so goes out to you all. I really enjoyed working with and getting to know you all. Such a beautiful family surrounded by love. I pray that you all find peace in this difficult journey. Much love, nurse Charlotte Stuhr

  • Thomas Ferkinhoff Posted November 18, 2022 5:58 pm

    So sorry to hear about Caden. Continued prayers for all of you.

  • Kristy Pauly Posted November 18, 2022 6:37 pm

    I have followed your sweet babies journey from my daughter.
    I pray for strength for your family at this difficult time.
    May he be at peace in the arms of the heavenly angels.
    My deepest sympathies to your family.
    Kristy Pauly

  • Markel Lynette Posted November 18, 2022 7:59 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss but know you will all stay in my prayers. Yes, Caden you brought a lot of ppl you never met to God! Tell my daddy hello and all my other family too! RIP sweet Caden

  • Catherine Posted November 18, 2022 8:55 pm

    I did not meet Caden personally, but I read his story and it touches my heart. What beautiful eyes as you mentioned. What a beautiful soul. Thank you so much for sharing his story . I have no doubt he is in Heaven and you have an Angel watching over all of you from above. God Bless you all.

  • Brian Gerst Posted November 18, 2022 9:13 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I didn’t get to meet this sweet little guy. I got to know him a little bit from Amber. He touched my heart halfway across the country. Rest easy little buddy! Watch over your wonderful family.

  • DiAnne Blake Posted November 18, 2022 9:44 pm

    I am so sorry for all the pain you have had to endure. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time.

  • Laura and Briecen Tyma Posted November 18, 2022 9:54 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers. One day, you will have THE best greet committee waiting for you. We’re thankful your precious baby is at peace now, healed and whole with Jesus.

  • Kristan Oltrogge Posted November 21, 2022 1:21 pm

    May you find strength by leaning on family and friends, sharing memories and remembering the joy Caden brought to everyone!

  • Tyler Posted November 21, 2022 3:16 pm

    Caden was always one of my favorite patients to visit. His huge eyes and bigger smile always made my day. He will be missed more than he can imagine. I am so sorry for your loss. My whole family is thinking of yours.

  • Avril Lawshé Posted November 21, 2022 9:46 pm

    I have been following Caden’s journey through Jeremy since before he was born. I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words I could say to make this easier. However, my family and I will continue to circle you all in prayer so that God will bring you peace.

  • Amy Riesberg Posted November 22, 2022 7:09 pm

    God can help us use our sorrows to glorify him. We may never see but oh the lives he has changed.. our prayers.

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