Christopher Michael Laird

Christopher Michael Laird

November 27, 1999 – April 6, 2020


Christopher Michael Laird, age 20. Christopher was the first child to be adopted at 5 months old.  He came to us on April 21, 2000, on Good Friday.  Christopher left this life to join his birth mother, Lorianne Helen King, and his Heavenly Father to welcome him into the comfort of His arms.

Survived by mother, Robin Ann (Dohn) Laird; father, Robert Edward Laird; sisters: Elisabeth Marie Slinkard (Brandon), Lorianne Oakley Laird, Shelby Marie Laird, Sabrina Ann Laird and Samantha Jean Laird; grandparents: Irene and Frank Dohn and Geraldine and Robert Laird; aunts, uncles, cousins and nephew, Walden Lee Slinkard and friends who mourn his loss.

Christopher graduated high school from Madonna School and Community Based Services and was in his second year of Transition.  He was a role model for first year Transition students and grew in his independent living skills.  He was a happy child who loved to smile and laugh, especially when he would watch Full House and The Cosby Show.  He loved Halo, Spiderman and Sonic video games.  His especially loved music, all kinds of music from The Candy Man to Disney songs from every movie.  He enjoyed the piano but especially the bass and learning new songs.  He was excited to join the choir and practiced singing songs while watching YouTube videos for the words.

He suffered all his life from medical issues but is now rejoicing, laughing, singing and smiling in heaven.  Chris, your smile will remain in our hearts forever!

VISITATION following CDC Guidelines: Tuesday, April 7th from 3pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by Family VIGIL SERVICE.  Family MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, April 8th, 11am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.  INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Madonna School.

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Lisa’s Eulogy

Hello everyone. We are here today to celebrate the life of my sweet, amazing brother Christopher. For anyone that doesn’t know me, I am his oldest sister, Lisa. Chris was an awesome brother.  He was funny, hardworking, loving, and kind. I don’t know a single person that didn’t love him.  We had a big family, with 6 adopted children, and even among all of the sibling squabbles, Chris always found a way to make us laugh.

I first met Christopher when he was around 5 months old, and I was about to turn 5.  Even as he grew and flourished into the awesome adult he was, I always teased him that he would be my forever baby brother. He was the first child added to the family, shortly followed by myself and Oakley.  His early childhood was spent in small-town Virginia, as our family grew and was completed with Sabrina, Shelby and Samantha.  When we were young kids, one of our favorite games was pretend school.  He was the BEST play student, as we practiced reading and shapes and colors.  He picked up on these things so quickly, and grew to love reading books, especially superhero comics, Captain Underpants, and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Our family relocated to Omaha in the summer of 2006 when the school we attended in Virginia was in the process of closing.  Here in Omaha, he attended Blessed Sacrament School, and then moved on to Madonna School, where he learned so much and made so many friends.  He graduated from high school at Madonna as well and was working his way through the Transition program there to get ready for a job and further his independence skills.

He was such a hard worker and overcame so many challenges through the years.  Not only was a hard-working student, he was also a great team member on various sports teams at school.  Most notable to me were his speed and throwing accuracy in football.  Once Chris got his hands on the ball and started running, there was no catching up.  He was always so proud to have family watch and support him in his games, and I know he loved being with his friends and teammates.

Christopher had lots of hobbies.  He was a true video game fanatic and could tell you anything you wanted to know about the Halo franchise and different sonic games he loved so much.  He must have played through them dozens of times, looking for special Easter eggs and glitches.  When we would visit with him, he’d beg for Brandon, my husband to play a few rounds.  He was so proud to have a big brother when Brandon married into our family and took every opportunity, he could to hang out with him or crack jokes.  He also used to draw comic books by either inventing his own story, or by remaking one of his favorite movies into a comic strip. Once Brandon joined our family, he had a character created just for him in the Super-Atti series Chris was working on.

Chris loved movies and was always poking fun at me for not having seen any of the recent ones.  As kids, we would put on plays and make home movies, reenacting our favorite scenes from Disney movies like the Incredibles and Star Wars.  With his love of movies also came an appreciation for music.  He loved to listen to soundtracks from his favorite movies and video games.  He was always on the lookout for special remakes and remixes of his favorite soundtrack songs to show us.  Chris was the life of the party when it came to music and dancing.  He could dance to anything for hours on end – and I mean high energy, excited dancing that no-one else could keep up with for long.  He loved to dance and find the rhythm, and also to make people laugh with his silly dance moves.  At school, he was learning the bass guitar in band.

Chris was a loving brother, son, friend and also uncle.  He was so excited to meet my son Wally after he was born in 2018, and always asked how he was doing.  He would tell me how proud he was when Wally would learn something new and was an expert in back and shoulder rubs to help Wally sleep at family events.  He was ecstatic when we announced our 2nd baby on the way, and I am so sad that she will never get to meet her uncle Chris.

There are a million things I could share or say about my brother.  He was a man of many talents and interests.  There are countless stories from growing up, both funny and sweet. There are so many things that he wanted in his life, and so many goals.  I never really imagined I would be up here condensing some of the highlights of his beautiful life into just a few minutes. He really was unforgettable, and I will remember him every day for the rest of my life.  We all love you Christopher, and we miss you so much already. Even though I never got to say goodbye, I hope you are at peace and will watch over us all as we walk through our lives.  Thank you for all you taught us about family and love.


Oakley’s Eulogy

I love you Chris.

I don’t understand why it was your time to go. but i know you are in a better place and heaven gained the sweetest most loving angel. you had the purest soul, you had absolutely no hate in your heart and your smile could brighten anyone’s day. You were like my twin. we were only 2 months apart. we had so many good times and i hate that our time has been cut short. You always made me laugh, and you always helped me find ways to distract myself when I was hurting, you didn’t even know how much you helped me but I know you’re listening to me now. So please know you were the upmost best brother anyone could ask for. I’m going to miss you beating my butt every time we would played video games. you even tried letting me win. Yet I’m pretty sure I only won a few times. I’m going to miss listening to music n dancing around. and trying to out-eat you even though anyone who knows you knows that is impossible. I’m gonna miss doing art together. I’m gonna miss trying to convince you to take pictures with me. I’m gonna miss your jokes. honestly, I can’t name everything I’m going to miss cuz that’d take hours. I’m just gonna miss you so much buddy, you are the best brother anyone could ask for. I wish I didn’t have to write this. I wish we were watching a show while you explained to me why the cats aren’t my children instead. I really hope heaven has pizza whoppers and video games. I love you with my whole heart and I miss you so much.
Please watch over me.


Darian’s Eulogy

Memories of Christopher Laird

As one of Christopher’s teachers, I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to share both my, and my fellow teachers’, fondest memories of him.  First, I would like to say what an immense loss this is for the students and staff of Madonna School.  We are mourning his loss greatly and all of us would like to share our deepest condolences to you, his family and loved ones.  Please know that Chris was a beloved part of our family for many years at Madonna.  We have lost a wonderful student, friend, and ultimately an incredible young man in Christopher.

Christopher was a student filled with helpfulness, humor, humanity, and faith.  In many ways he resembled his namesake, St. Christopher. St. Christopher was a tall man of great strength.  Chris boasted of his height, saying he was taller than me (which he probably was).  I will also forever remember Chris’ strength as he hauled large pots of food we cooked together to share with his classmates in the lunchroom.  I can picture him cautioning his friends in the classroom to part the way for him to come through with their shared meal.  “Hot coming through”, he would shout to his friends, all with the biggest smile on his face.  His humor was present each and every day as he shared jokes with us and, in times of our own struggle, helped us to realize why we came together as Madonna.  That even when we worked, we could do so together in team membership and with light hearts.

St. Christopher helped Christ across the river, even when he did not know it was Christ he was holding and protecting on his shoulders.  The story says St. Christopher told Christ he felt as if he were carrying the whole world on his shoulders.  Chris did have extra weight to bear in his life, but he did so knowing that his continued practice and education would help him grow.  He would always talk with me, and everyone at Madonna, about how much he wanted to get a job and be as independent as possible.  He embodied the mission of Madonna and Sister Evangeline when he spoke those words.

Christopher’s Transition teachers, Jeanne Farner and Barbara Thompson, shared with me his many talents from this year of working with him.  He was a great writer and had continued to create a story throughout the whole year.  He was proud of himself when he completed classroom chores, as he called them, without being asked.  He enjoyed learning how to work more and more productively at Bergan hospital, again serving others.  He was becoming so independent that Jeanne would tell Chris how much she needed his help next year to teach new students entering Transition their daily routine and expectations.  I remember his incredible talent for art.  He would share with me all sorts of characters that he would draw in mere seconds. You could see how proud it made him to share his incredible talents with others.

Chris’s spirit will remain with us at Madonna, as I am sure it will with all of you.  His spirit will remain bright because of the faith that he shared with us every day.  During our morning prayerful meditations, I remember Chris would always share his knowledge of the Bible. Like St. Christopher, he spread the love of God through his actions and words.

St. Christopher once said, “I will roam the whole world in search of the mightiest of Kings, and be his servant.”  He proved this when he carried Christ across a deep river, and when he worked to spread his word to all he met.  Even though Chris may not be with us, I know that he will continue to be an inspiration to us.  He taught us how to treat each other with care, to help each other in the humblest of ways, to learn that we can become more of ourselves through perseverance, and that ultimately, we will all come back together again in the sharing of our faith and love of the Lord.

Thank you again from both myself and the entire Madonna community.






  • Jacqui Slinkard Posted April 6, 2020 3:52 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers 😰🙏

  • Jill Ellingson Posted April 6, 2020 4:36 pm

    Prayers for peace for your entire family. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Kristine Cline Posted April 6, 2020 4:58 pm

    We are so very sorry for this loss. He seemed like such a sweetheart and I know Lisa and him were very close. Praying for all of you during this time.

  • Elizabeth Bass Posted April 6, 2020 6:40 pm

    My heart goes out to your family. He was a wonderful boy. I loved babysitting your children over the summer when he was younger. He will be missed

  • Jon Burt Posted April 6, 2020 7:14 pm

    The entire Madonna School family sends our love and prayers to you all. We are heartbroken and will miss Chris dearly. We know Chris is now experiencing the peace and love of Christ promised to us on Easter. God bless Chris and the entire family.

  • Paula Markmann Posted April 6, 2020 7:57 pm

    Robin & family –
    I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Madeleine Hugel Posted April 6, 2020 9:06 pm

    Be assured of many prayers for grace and strength .

  • The Mulholland Family Posted April 6, 2020 11:26 pm

    We’re so thankful for the time we spent with Christopher last summer. We’ll never forget that smile!
    Love Tom, Amy, Morgan &Tara

  • Lynette and Jeff Horak Posted April 7, 2020 12:14 am

    Lisa and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Christopher, you are in our thought and prayers. Your pictures of your brother and family are beautiful, again so sorry for your loss.

  • Bob Laird Posted April 7, 2020 6:15 am

    Ironically, I texted Chris on Sunday evening at 9:01 to see if he would he be free for a phone call. It had been awhile since our last conversation. A few hours later, Our Lord took him from us. It seems like he went directly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, skipping Good Friday. But then, so much of Chris’ life was a Good Friday.

    I was Grampa to him. Chris’ expressive smile was always there. He always had a kind thing to say to me or words of concern about my health or that of Grama or his Aunt Cindy. I loved being with him.

    Chris, you changed the world in a very special way. You showed all of us the importance of every child created by God and regardless of any physical deficiency, you can love and be loved just like anyone else…perhaps, even better than anyone else. Chris you taught me a lot about life. I will never forget that and never forget you.

    Into your hands, Father of mercies, we commend our brother, Christopher.

  • Ruth Latto Posted April 7, 2020 6:50 am

    My heart is with all of you at this sad time.

  • Linda Kind acht Posted April 7, 2020 7:55 am

    Our deep condolences to your family.

  • Patrick Reilly Posted April 7, 2020 8:26 am

    Please know of prayers for Chris and your family from afar. The entire staff of The Cardinal Newman Society is praying for you. None of us met Chris, but we have heard such loving stories from Cindy, Bob, and Gerri, who have worked with us for many years, and our hearts ache. May joy overflow in Chris, as he lies in the loving arms of Christ.

  • Mary Lynn Bennett, Sara Dean, Lilly Corrigan Posted April 7, 2020 9:06 am

    Chris was such a musical young man. He loved listening to and making music, and Chris was good at it. He put his whole heart into playing his bass guitar with the band at Madonna. The smile that shone from his face when all his notes came together and when they fell into place with the band was spirit lifting! He brightened up the music therapy room every day with his participation in the band as well as the choir and tone chime choir. We will so greatly miss you, Chris!

    Madonna music therapists, Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Dean, Ms. Lilly

  • Jackie Slade Allen Posted April 7, 2020 10:15 am

    My prayers are with your family at this time. I have such fond memories of Christopher at Blessed Sacrament School.

  • Paulette Smith Posted April 7, 2020 11:03 am

    Dear Robin and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss but am rejoicing in the new saint you have in Heaven!! God be with you as you mourn your beloved son. Praying for you!!!

  • Jessica Edwards Posted April 7, 2020 11:57 am

    Chris was such a wonderful young man and will live on in the hearts of so many..

  • Jennifer, Dave and Elise Arnold Posted April 7, 2020 12:59 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss and hope that your amazing memories of Chris will provide comfort to you during this time. We will always remember Chris as a dear friend and classmate of Elise and for his kindness and infectious smile. He brought such joy to the world and touched everyone’s heart. We will miss him greatly.

  • Grama Laird Posted April 7, 2020 1:44 pm

    Christopher began and ended each visit with, “I love you Grama.” If my eyes had tears while facetiming him as he lay painfully in a hospital bed after one of his many surgeries, HE would console me. If we asked him what he wanted for his birthday or for Christmas, his reply was, “Nothing; just your visit,” accompanied by a hug if we were together. Chris lived Corinthians 1:13: “…Love is patient and kind…Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful…Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…” Chris had no room for self-pity; he learned to laugh at himself and soon realized that he had the gift of making others laugh as well by using his dis-abilities in such a silly way that others laughed WITH him and not at him. He showed us how to suffer, and he taught us how to love. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. May he rest in peace.

  • Nikki Sullivan (Keegan, Gracie, Bailey and Abby Posted April 7, 2020 1:45 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry that you have to experience this unbearable pain. My God hold you tight and surround you with love.

  • Hal, Mary and Abram Ritchie Posted April 7, 2020 1:48 pm

    Our prayers for peace go out to the family of Chris.

  • Angela Smith Posted April 7, 2020 1:53 pm

    We offer our condolences to your family and will keep everyone in our prayers. We are sorry for your loss. Eternal rest grant unto Chris O Lord.
    Chris and Angela Smith

  • John Norton Posted April 7, 2020 2:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great kid and an excellent athlete. Prayers

  • John Posted April 7, 2020 2:08 pm

    Prayer for peace. Gods speed Chris.

  • Jim Schlotfeld Posted April 7, 2020 2:12 pm

    My condolences to the Laird Family on Behalf of myself and Boyscout troop 20. We enjoyed having Christopher as a part of out troop, He was a enjoyably young man to be around.

  • Kelly and Anna Jackson Posted April 7, 2020 3:09 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. May God grant you peace during this difficult time. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • Theresa Graeve Posted April 7, 2020 3:26 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers are with the family as we mourn his passing.

  • Tim Downing Posted April 7, 2020 3:58 pm

    So sorry for your loss, may he rest in the peace of the Lord.

  • The Holmes Family Posted April 7, 2020 3:58 pm

    Dear Robin and Family,
    We were sad to hear the news of Christopher’s passing.
    We are so grateful to have met and spent time with Chris at the
    Family reunion last summer in CO. He was so excited to be traveling, seeing new sights, and meeting family. His enthusiasm and smile was infectious.

  • Megan warrior Posted April 7, 2020 4:08 pm

    Hi my name is megan warrior and i played baseball for all play with michael . i will be miss him very dearly . im so sorry for your loss . he was a awesome friend who is always kind and smiling . if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call me at 402-359-0700

  • Judy and Pat Downing Posted April 7, 2020 4:11 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you with much love

  • Sue Reid Posted April 7, 2020 5:18 pm

    May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your family!!

  • Carmyn Frost Posted April 7, 2020 5:20 pm

    Chris was my friend at Madonna he was funny and was always full of smiles he will be missed.

  • Michaela Schwartz Posted April 7, 2020 5:49 pm

    So Sorry for the Lost of Chris! He will be Missed by His Madonna School Family so much! Chris was a Kind, Sweet & Supportive Friend & Classmate at Madonna Special Needs School! Praying for Mr.Rob Laird (Our Principal at Our School), Samantha & Rest of Laird Family in this Hard Time!

  • Anne Kotlik Posted April 7, 2020 6:25 pm

    Robin, I was surprised and sad to read of Christopher’s passing. I am praying for you and your family.

  • Amber Norton Posted April 7, 2020 6:30 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Chris was a good friend and I will miss him

  • Matthew Akers Posted April 7, 2020 6:39 pm

    We are so sorry for loss. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

  • Angel Robertson Posted April 7, 2020 6:50 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Chris. He always had bright eyes, a cheery voice and a beautiful smile. I enjoyed watching him learn and grow at Madonna. He will certainly be missed .
    Peace be with your family.

  • Ed and Mary Fink Family Posted April 7, 2020 7:02 pm

    We are saddened to hear of Christopher’s passing. You are in our prayers.

  • Marguerite Crowe Posted April 7, 2020 7:15 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping your family in our prayers. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Chris Spelic Posted April 7, 2020 8:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Chris’s passing and truly shocked. I am so happy that I got time to spend with Chris and I loved his great personality. His zeal for life will always be remembered by all of us that got touched by this young man. Again,I glad that he came out to Colorado with his family and we got to know him better. He loved the cattle show and loved life every day. Our prayers are with the Family and he is now with our Lord but we will not be the same with out him. Chris Spelic

  • Jill Franco Posted April 7, 2020 10:05 pm

    I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. Chris has the best grin and such a great personality. I will pray for your family during this difficult time.

  • Allen, Mandy, and Andrew Haines Posted April 7, 2020 10:07 pm

    Proud to be part of the Madonna family with you and your family! So sad to hear the news of a “family” member passing. Prayers and God Bless!!

  • Jay Dunlap Posted April 8, 2020 7:54 am

    What a terrific young man. It was my privilege to know him. Prayers and blessings to all of you in this time of loss.

  • Willis & Betty Scribner Posted April 8, 2020 8:43 am

    We were so sadden to hear of Christopher’s passing. We will always remember that big beautiful smile of his. Our prayers and love are with you and your family, Robin. God Bless all of you. Aunt Betty and Uncle Willis

  • Beth (Pudenz) Wetgen Posted April 8, 2020 9:36 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Christopher’s passing. I remember his smile and determination in learning to play the piano. He always made me smile and laugh. My prayers are with you all.

  • Kristina Luckey Posted April 8, 2020 10:57 am

    Many prayers from the Luckey family. We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless you.

  • Nathan Mitchell Posted April 8, 2020 12:19 pm

    I am so sorry about your loss, and I will really miss Chris alot. The things I really liked about Chris was he was very kind to me, and we both had fun in the basket ball tournament and in the music band.
    I also really liked looking at the pictures in the video. God Bless you! Your friend, Nathan!

  • Daniel Laird Posted April 8, 2020 1:27 pm

    Robin, Rob, my brother and Gerri,
    Our prayers are with each of you. Death is the enemy. Jesus is the victor. Jesus defeated death on that Easter morning. Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. That brings some relief, and we rest in the word of our Savior, “I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes inn me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” May God’s’ grace sustain each of you at this time of need.

  • Daniel and Nancy Laird Posted April 8, 2020 1:40 pm

    Robin, Rob, my brother Bob and Gerri. Nancy and I are saddened by your loss. Death is a cruel enemy and it saddens the heart. Our prayers are with you at this time of grief. Rest your assurance on the words of Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes on Me, although he is dead, yet he shall live.” May God’s grace bring you comfort.

  • Stephanie Spelic Posted April 8, 2020 3:05 pm

    Dear Robin and Family,
    Chris was a wonderful spirit and you will miss him greatly. Father really captured so well the love that bonded you together. Despite earthly suffering, he brought great joy to many. All are in my prayers. Love, Stephanie

  • The Mitchells Posted April 8, 2020 3:45 pm

    To Chris’s Family,
    We were so saddened to hear about Chris. Your loving boy was such a good and kind friend to Nathan on the basketball team, in band, and in class. As Chris now experiences the joy of Heaven, may your hearts be comforted here. Wishing you God’s peace.
    Annie and John Mitchell

  • Christopher Mitchell Posted April 8, 2020 4:56 pm

    To Chris’s Family

    I am so sorry to hear about Chris. My older brother Nathan was a friend of his at Madonna, and so I got to know Chris that way. Despite being the younger brother of his friend, Chris always made time to talk with me and share his infectious smile and joy, and I will truly miss that. My prayers are with you and may Chris rest in the Peace of Christ.

    Chris Mitchell

  • Jane,Cory Wernimont and Tom Sharon Posted April 8, 2020 7:08 pm

    We are so sorry. There are no words. God bless you all

  • Becky Norton Posted April 8, 2020 9:00 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about Chris. He was such a kind young man, and a great friend to Amber. May your memories comfort you during this difficult time. Praying for your family.

  • Michael Laird Posted April 10, 2020 3:09 am

    The joy that Chris brought to our lives was a glimpse of Heaven. He had so many amazing traits I hope my kids will have as well. Robin, thank you for being his rock. You are all in our prayers and well loved.

  • Jayne & John Klein & Lane McDonough Posted April 10, 2020 7:55 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Christopher’s passing. He was a classmate of Lane’s at Madonna also and always had a smile on his face. We cannot imagine the pain that your family is suffering. The words of his obituary are so true…. Even after having so may medical issues here on Earth, Christopher still loved life. I hope you find peace in knowing you will have the best guardian angel looking over your family! RIP.

  • Miss Debbie Posted July 26, 2020 7:16 am

    I was just informed yesterday of Sweet Christopher’s passing. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I was Christopher’s part time preschool teacher at GAA. And I would like to say that he was an amazing kid. I will never forget his kindness and fortitude in all situations. And I will never forget the love and patience of his father Rob Laird. I learned a lot from them during those few short years we worked together and it was a blessing to be part of Christopher and his sisters’ lives. Christopher was so loving, good and kind. Even when he’d get frustrated he remained patient until I understood what he was trying to say. He loved being in our preschool class and all the kids loved him. I have many fond memories. God Bless the Laird family as they navigate their life without Christopher No doubt he is with our Lord watching down on all of you. He is running, laughing and having a great time! My heartfelt prayers are with you all.

  • SALLYANN GOWEN Posted July 26, 2020 5:31 pm

    My memory of Christopher remains of me holding him as a baby in the back of Robin’s classroom because she wanted him to be close to her even while she was teaching.
    Reading all these beautiful tributes makes me sad that I did not get the privilege of watching Christopher grow into a young man who obviously brightened the lives of all who knew him.
    My deepest condolences to the entire Laird family and his beloved friends.

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