Col. Schenecker: “Our Journey to Healing”

“Today is another day on our journey to healing.  While sadness seems to lurk right behind us every step of the way, I assure you that today’s wonderful tribute to my children will keep me looking ahead,” said Col. Parker Schenecker during a memorial service for his children Friday at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida.

Again today, the Schenecker children’s lives will be honored and celebrated during a memorial service at Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas.

Calyx Powers Schenecker and Powers Beau Schenecker passed away January 28, 2011 while their father was deployed in the Middle East. Their mother, Julie Schenecker is accused of their murders.

The Schenecker family spokeswoman shared the children’s brief biographies that appeared in Texas newspapers today.

Calyx Schenecker, 16.

Calyx Powers Schenecker was born on September 12, 1994 in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. Along her life’s journey, Calyx was recognized as a model student, a published artist, a truly devoted friend and a tenacious athlete, excelling in both Cross Country and Track. Bound for the stars, Calyx’s intense desire to learn and her wonderment at all life had to offer was energizing and uplifting. Calyx is loved and remembered forever.

Beau Schenecker, 13.

Powers Beau Schenecker was born September 29, 1997 at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Along Beau’s life journey, he was a very likable and lovable person who quickly made and retained an incredible number of friends worldwide. Although a bit shorter physically than his contemporaries, his amazing intuition, empathy for others, and sense of humor made him stand head and shoulders above the rest. If you had Beau as a friend, you needed no others. Beau is loved and remembered forever.

An official Facebook Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial page  and more than 3,000 “like it.”

Calyx and Beau are preceded in death by their grandfather Edmund Morris Schenecker. Survivors: Father, Col. Parker Schenecker; mother, Julie Schenecker; grandparents, Nancy Schenecker, James and Patty Jo Powers; aunts and uncles, Edmund Schenecker, Dave Powers and his wife Julie, Carol Walsh and her husband Joe; and cousins, Kylie, Kendall, and Chloe Powers, Ben, Sam and CJ Walsh.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to: The Calyx and Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund within The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay at 550 N. Reo St., Suite 301, Tampa, FL 33609-1037 or call (813) 282-1975.

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