As we continue to mourn the senseless and horrific loss of little Alayna Ertle, lets pause today to remember the remarkable impression she left on this world. In her short five years of life, Alayna touched many hearts, and brought joy to all who knew her. I've read many tributes over the past week from family, friends, neighbors...and complete strangers. Rest in Peace Sweet Princess.

Below is the obituary from the Ertle Funeral Home in Watkins. Services planned this morning (8/26). 

Alayna Jeanne Ertl, 5 of Watkins passed away on August 20, 2016.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, August 26, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. Interment will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Fr. Aaron Nett and Fr. Bob Rolfes will concelebrate. Music will be by Kathy Pauls.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 to 10:00 am, both at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Parish prayers will be at 8:00 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.

Alayna Jeanne Ertl was born on October 31, 2010 at St. Cloud, MN. She was the daughter of Matt and Kayla (Welle) Ertl. Alayna completed pre-school at Eden Valley-Watkins Elementary School.

Alayna gave joy to our lives by always having a smile and kind words to say. She was an animal lover, a princess, a singer, a great friend to everyone she met, and was our peanut. She loved learning from her brother and always gave the best hugs.

Alayna is survived by her parents, Matt and Kayla Ertl of Watkins; brother, Carter Ertl of Watkins; grandparents, Rick and Kim Ertl of Watkins, Jeff and Mary Welle of Rockville; great grandparents, Felix Massmann of Rockville and Mary Massmann of Waite Park; aunt and uncle, Angie (Matt) Adams of Manannah, Kyle (Angie) Welle of Milaca; cousins, Brielle, Madix, Vada, Nevaeh, Maia, Leah, Taven and Cody.

She was preceded in death by her great grandparents, Norbert "Nups" and Jeanne Ertl, Eddie and Joyce Rohrbeck, Martin and Rita Welle; cousins, Zyler Roberts and Zach Rohrbeck.