Colin Ryan Bodensteiner

April 14, 1990 - October 6, 2006

Colin Ryan Bodensteiner, 16, of Allen passed away in a car accident on Friday, October 6, 2006. He was a junior at Bishop Lynch Catholic High School. Colin had a passion for sports, especially baseball. He was always ready to play ball. Most of all, he loved his family and friends. To those who knew him, he was a gentleman with high-spirit, great sense of humor, feistiness, a bright smile and great potential. To his family, he was the oldest son, star, and big brother, as well as the holder of their dreams of the future. In addition, he was a wonderful and loving grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. Colin is survived by his parents, Tom and Meg Bodensteiner, and his brothers Brady and Drew, along with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a multitude of friends. Absent in body, his spirit lives on and one day we will join him again. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006 from 6–8pm with a rosary at 7:00pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated by priests from St. Mark’s and Bishop Lynch on Wednesday at 11:00am. Both services will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church (1201 Alma Road, Plano). Colin will be laid to rest at Ridgeview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Bishop Lynch Catholic High School (9750 Ferguson Road, Dallas, 75228) with the notation of the Colin Bodensteiner Student Fund. The fund will assist students with financial needs.

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2 years have come and past. its not the same. miss you always. save me a spot in Heaven! your friend always, October 6, 2008 wow one year today! i cant believe its been so long without you. i love you and think about you all the time. keep flying with the angels! . ., October 6, 2007 i think about you everyday! you are so missed! i love you! .. .., September 30, 2007 there is never a day that goes by where i dont think about you.. you are always on my mind and in my heart. i will never forget your warm smile that always cheered everyone up no matter what. i love you with everything i have. ... until we meet again..., June 4, 2007 i love you colin and i always will.. me ..., December 8, 2006 Tom and Meg, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I know God is watching over Colin and he has joined the Angels watching over you and your family. Mike Balliu called us with the news yesterday. He offers his love and support as well. If there is anything our family can offer above our love and prayers please let us know. From all the descriptions of Colin he sounds like the guy I grew up with in Iowa. I have no doubt that same fiber runs thru Brady and Drew. God Bless Love Bill, Beth, Abby, Audrey and Ava Hager Glenview, IL. Bill Hager, November 2, 2006 Tom and Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your son wanted to let you know your in my thoughts and prayers . Deb Hager Ritenour, November 1, 2006 I will always remember you as you were the day at tommy's house we had all just gotten out of the pool sitting on his couch and you were sitting right next to me joking around with that huge smile on your face! God bless you and rest in peace colin! You will be forever remembered. Mary Amanda (Mandy) Inglis, October 29, 2006 Dear Bodensteiner Family, I am so sorry for your loss, Colin was a beautiful boy. I know your pain. My son Chandler Jackson died alittle over a year ago in a freak golf accident. He was an avid baseball player since age 3.Our son's are buried in the same place.I have started a foundation in his memory. chandlersfoundation.org Our son's have alot in common. If you ever want to talk, please contact me. My information is on the web site. There are no words to describe our pain! I am so sorry, God Bless. Charmane Terese Jackson, October 27, 2006 you and your family will be in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. may peace be with you,your family, and with colin... raven treigle, October 16, 2006 Tom,Meg, Brady and Drew, We would like to express our deepest sympathies to you during this most difficult time. As the parents of two teenage boys, it really is hard to imagine the great loss you are feeling. May God give you the strength to carry on.You are in our thoughts and prayers. Brian,Kathy Andy & Alex Dunt, October 15, 2006 Colin and Mike played roller hockey and baseball together when they were very young. Colin was always a positive and wonderful part of all the activities. Tom and Meg are great parents and our hearts break for you. We are praying for your whole family and you go thru this terrible sorrow. Dave, Shelley, Mike & Meredith Molge, October 13, 2006 Tom and family: Our sincere sympathy to you all on the loss of your son Colin. We pray that you find strength in the love of family and friends and in the loving memories of your son. Our hearts break for you. Owen,Jean, Gwen, and Jake Hayes Maquoketa, Iowa classmate 1979 MCHS Jean Renner Hayes, October 13, 2006 You are in our thoughts and prayers. We offer you our condolences. The grandparents of John Dodson. Vito & Gloria Benedetto, October 13, 2006 Tom & Meg We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Brady & Drew we are so sorry of the loss of your big brother. Being a classmate and growing up with Tom I know Colin must of been been a great person, and having three boys of our own I can only imagine how difficult this must be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Keith, Denise, Boden, Mackey & Armand Crouch Keith Michael Crouch, October 13, 2006 Tom, Megg, Brady and Drew, Our hearts are full of sorrow for your tremendous loss. Colin was a special young man and he will be greatly missed. We are so grateful that our son had the the priviledge of knowing Colin and playing sports with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God hold you in His tender loving arms. Allen, Rose, Carla, John & Tony Dodson, October 13, 2006 I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious son Colin. He was a handsome boy and sounds like he was as kind as he was handsome. As a mother who lost a son in a car accident not long ago, I hold you and your family in my heart and pray for your peace. Take care. Cathy Mary Pendola, October 12, 2006 Bodensteiner family, I never had the privledge of meeting your son, but from what i hear he was an amazing guy. Seeing my friends go through this, and reading that news article, it breaks my heart to even think of what you and your family are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I'm very sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Colin, watch over your friends and family, they love you. Miranda Moon, October 11, 2006 We are parents of a 2003 Jesuit grad with many similarities to Colin so our hearts were especially broken by your tragedy. We earnestly pray to our Lord that He will bring you comfort. Mike & Lisa Maberry, October 11, 2006 We didn't know your son, but we may have seen him on the baseball field. Our grandson, now a freshman in college, played for Trinity Christian. We, too, have faith that you will be reuinited with Colin through Christ in heaven. Our hearts break for you now for that time you will be without him here with you, although we know you will never really be without him in spirit. We are so very sorry for your loss. Teddie & Jim Bryant, October 11, 2006 Tom and Meg, You have been there for us and we are there in spirit with you and your family. We send our prayers and love at the most difficult time in your life. Hold strong and know God will get you through this. Love each other and enjoy each moment with your family. Love and Prayers, Malese and Harold Mayo, Harold & Malese Mayo, October 11, 2006 Words are inept at a time like this, so here's a HUGE, LONGLASTING HUG. may you find peace David & Clare Card, October 11, 2006 Our family is saddened by your loss and we are praying that the strebgth of the Lord will sustain your family during thi difficult time. We remember Colin practicing baseball with Brady and Jordan, Colin was always smiling and was a good boy. He really helped Jordan with his catching. Colin will be missed and we will continue to pray for all of you. The Riddell family Gary Riddell, October 11, 2006 Tom, Megg, Drew & Brady: I wish I could just take you in my arms and take the pain away. My son, Kevin played football with Colin and said he was such a happy child & always, always had a smile on his face. He shared some wonderful stories about Colin with me & your own stories & memories will be what will hold you through the coming days, months & years, along with God's grace & assurance that Colin is now with our Father & providing smiles to all in Heaven. Thank you for being such wonderful parents, as his actions spoke of his loving home. The Cook family, Curt, Lyn Meg & Kevin Lyn McKenzie Cook, October 11, 2006 Dear Tom, Megg, Brady & Drew, Our hearts have been broken along with yours. We are so saddened by your loss. We pray that each day will bring you God's peace and comfort because he is not gone - he's just away. You're in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, The Griffins - Donna, Jerry, Justin & Jenna Donna Griffin, October 11, 2006 Although I don't know your son or your family, I do have friends at BL and all I have heard is what a wonderful young man you raised. I was very saddened by your loss and wish you and your family the peace at this tragic time in your life. Diane Clegg, October 10, 2006 I am truley sorry for your loss, I'm actually heartbroken. My son graduated from B.L. this past May and knew of your son. He wanted me to send our sincerest condolences to you. Jordan Tunnell '06 and Rob and Roseanne Tunnell Roseanne Tunnell, October 10, 2006 Mr&Mrs Bodensteiner and family ! Our prayers are with you may god hold you in the palm of his hand and guide your family in this diffcult time he will be missed by all !! Jimmy Colleen Dimitri Christopher Tishlias Jimmy, Colleen, Dimitri,Chris Tishlias, October 10, 2006 "A sunset on earth is a sunrise in Heaven" -Matt Anderson- May you feel the tender love of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother in your time of sorrow. You are in my prayers. Karen Self Karen Self, October 10, 2006 There really are no words to adequately express our sympathy, but we pray that God give you peace and that he comforts you and your family during this most difficult time. George & Lee Anne Gierisch, October 10, 2006 Tom, Meg, Brady and Drew We are so saddened for your loss. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of you threw this difficult time. We will support you in any way we can. Jon and Andrea Hibbs Jon C Hibbs, October 10, 2006 Dear Meg, Tom and Family, My deepest sympathy is with your during this very difficult time. Sincerely, Linda Price, O.D. Linda Renee Price, O.D., October 10, 2006 Our son Sean played baseball with Colin on the Diamondbacks when Tom coached and the boys were about 10 years old. The boys had several fun seasons together with many of the dads serving Tom as assistant coaches. You could just tell Colin always enjoyed the game and had a true love of the sport. One fall, several of the dads and boys spent a guys weekend camping at Lake Murray filled with fun and fishing. Although it has been a few years, our family has fond memories of your Colin and his sweet smile. We pray with you now and know that God is with your family during this time. Kurt, Heather, Sean and Megan Miller Kurt Miller, October 10, 2006 Our grandson was on the football field with the Graham team Friday night. Our prayers are with you at such a time of great sadness and sorrow. Bobby and Charotte Williams, October 10, 2006 Tom and Meg, We have been praying that God will heal the empty space left by the loss of Colin. He is your Angel. Todd Kirkby, October 10, 2006 Tom & Meg, Tatiana and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Bishop Lynch is a tight knit group, and you are in all of our prayers. We will all miss him. God Bless to you and your family. Dr. Capehart and Tatiana Thomas Thomas, October 10, 2006 Dear Bodensteiner Family, The staff, students, and parents at Graham High School are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic death of your son, Colin. Words are totally inadequate to express our feelings, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I extend our sincerest sympathy, trusting that remembrance by so many friends will bring you comfort. Sincerely, Delesa Styles, Principal Graham High School Delesa Styles, October 10, 2006 Since our daughter is a freshman this year, we are new to the BL family and didn't get to know your son. We are terribly saddened by the loss of him though. I don't believe there could be anything physically, mentally, spirtually, or emotionally as terrible as losing a child. Please know that we have been praying for Colin and your family since hearing of his accident. In Christ, Danny, Beth and Hillary Villanueva. Beth, Danny and Hillary Villanueva, October 10, 2006 Tom & Meg, You are in my prayers and that of my family. I have a cousin who went through a similar tragedy years ago. Just know there are many people who will be praying for you and your family. Our deepest sympathy is with you. May God give you strength and the courage to know your son is now in the loving care of his son and that there is no greater place to be. God bless you and your family. David Meyer (Jr.), October 10, 2006 My heart broke as I read the article in Sunday's paper about your son. Although, I do not know your family, I do know what it is like to have a wonderful teenager. Saturday night my daughter left with her friends and traveled to Fort Worth to visit a haunted house. I worried the entire time she was gone about the possibility of a traffic accident. Too often you read about a young life taken too soon. I pray that God can bring you some kind of peace during this time and I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Shari E. Hughes, October 9, 2006 During the two years I knew Colin, I spent many hours with him on the baseball field. It was my pleasure to work with him on his catching. Every morning, my girlfriend and I would be greeted by Colin. His constant happiness and great smile would brighten everyone's day. His loving character will be greatly missed. The Bodensteiner family is in my prayers. Joe Croll, October 9, 2006 Colin, it seems like just yesterday we were all up at the pool. I can't believe your gone. Anytime i saw you, you had the biggest smile on your face. You never were negative always positive, making everyone laugh. You will be missed so much by everyone. I love you Colin, Rest In Peace. Meghan Groat, October 9, 2006 Dear Tom, Megg, Brady & Drew, We are praying that God's Grace floods your lives with healing and your beautiful memories of precious Colin. Love & prayers from a Bishop Lynch Family, Dotty, Tim #10, & Chloé Ashley, October 9, 2006 We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God be with you all. Collins Catholic School Football Team & Parents Corsicana, TX, October 9, 2006 Dear Bodensteiner Family, Our son,Drew is a Sophomore at Bishop Lynch and we are so sorry for your dear loss.Our son did not know Colin,but knew of him and that he was a great guy and well liked.As a part of the BL family we just wanted to convey our deepest sympathy.We share your pain and feel your loss.He will be greatly missed. May God bless you now and always. Will,Carol and Drew Baccich Will, Carol and Drew Baccich, October 9, 2006 I never met Colin in person but saw him at football games. He played with my son Brayden on the JV team. My heart breaks with sadness to think of your sorrow at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Luanne Fassett Luanne Fassett, October 9, 2006 Tom and Meg, You must know that our entire family, thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult of times. May you find strength in prayer as well as look at each other for comfort. Gordon, Sandy, Madison, Austin & Haley McKinley Gordon McKinley, October 9, 2006 All of your Watters Crossing neighbors are praying for all of you during this very difficult time...Peace be with Colin and with you. Watters- Crossing Neighborhood, October 9, 2006 Tom and Meg, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know this is a tough time and I wish there was something that I could say or do to make it better, but there is not. Colin is one from two…that is why he was such a special young man—emulating two very special people. “Peace begins with a smile” Love and smiles always Celes Celes Oppedahl, October 9, 2006 Tom, Meg, Brady & Drew -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Colin was very special to us and he will forever be in our hearts. Lori, Preston, Ryan & Garin Lori Morrow, October 9, 2006 We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family at this most difficult time. We loved Colin so much and we feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know and love him. We know you are proud as you should be, because he was an inspiration to young and old alike and such a geniune young man. Love to you all. Lynn & Margie Lynn and Margie Benedetto, October 9, 2006 I did not know Colin. FRANK SHULTS, October 9, 2006 Dear Bodensteiner family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mimi Grant, October 9, 2006 Tom, Meg, Brady, Drew, Clem and Leona We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your entire family. With deepest sympathy from Gary and Becky Downey, Grinnell, Iowa , October 9, 2006 Tom, Meg and all your famiies, You are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sypathy to you all. Janet Wegner, October 9, 2006 Tom, Megg, Brady & Drew, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. We pray for the Dear Lord to bring you strength and comfort. May you find peace in knowing what a fine young man Colin was. God bless you. Ronnie, Jayne & RJ Coyle, October 9, 2006 Dear Tom, Megg, Brady and Drew, Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this incredibly difficult time. May God grace you with peace and strength now and always. With love, Charles Sr., Rowena, Charles Jr. and Christopher (Desperados) Charles, Rowena Charlie and Christopher Montgomery, October 9, 2006 Michael played football with Colin at Bishop Lynch and has told us what a great teammate he was. He said Colin was always smiling and motivated to play. We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. -The Cooke Family- Jan,Robin,Michael,Amanda Jan Cooke, October 9, 2006 Tom & Meg, We are so sorry about what happened. We are thinking of you and will support you in anyway we can. Rich and Bette Rich & Bette Bower, October 9, 2006 As a mother of three young boys in Allen, the story of the loss of your precious son really affected me. My family will keep yours in our prayers. Bless you. Kim Oake, October 9, 2006 Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jim, Barbara & Tommy Allender Jim & Barbara Allender, October 9, 2006 We are from Graham. We read of your terrible loss in the Dallas paper. Our hearts break for you. We are praying for strong hearts for you. Love and prayers, Steele Family Mark, Pam, & Claire Steele, October 9, 2006 Dear Tom, Meg, Brady and Drew: We were so saddened to hear of the loss of Colin. We pray God's blessings and comfort on all of you during this time. Troy and Tracy Dye, October 9, 2006 Colin was a true friend. He was always there! We go to know him thru our son and that was a blessing. He will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. David & Margaret Delaney, October 9, 2006 We did not know Colin, but knew of him.We are all family at Bishop Lynch and do feel the loss as our own. Please accept our thoughts and prayers in this very difficult time for your family. The DeGuchis Gunter, Mary Jane, Evan and Grant Gunter and Mary Jane DeGuchi, October 9, 2006 Tom, Meg & family, Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Clay & Kim Tiller Kim Anne Tiller, October 9, 2006 My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sherry Lewis, October 9, 2006 Tom and Meg, I can't begin to tell you the prayer and sorrow we bring to your family. Please remain strong, we are behind you, and support you. Love, The Barnard's. Jack, Amy, Luke B Barnard, October 8, 2006 Tom and Meg, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Sincerely, Billy, Carol and Mitch Green Billy, Carol & Mitch Green, October 8, 2006