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Date published: 4/29/2013

Joseph P. Wahlin

Joseph Patrick "JoeJoe" Wahlin, 4, of Stafford County passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

JoeJoe fought a courageous two-year battle against a cancer that was in the end incurable. He, who in his innocence loved the Lord through all his pain and suffering, served as an example to so many. How he loved life and brought such joy to our family! He lived for the love of his brothers and sistersand for baseball, the Chicago Bears, cars and trains, legos and for ninja swords. Most of all, he lived to show others how to suffer with grace and dignity. Wiser than his years and bigger than all of our tears, he was strengthened in his final moments by the Lord Himself in First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Now he looks down from Heaven, where he received his final reward. We will love him forever. We miss him, until, pray God, we see him again. We love you Ducci, our sweet little boy.

Survivors include his parents, Chad and Kimberley Wahlin, of Stafford; brothers Jake, Tommy and Charlie Wahlin; sisters Elizabeth, Mary, Olivia and Abigail Wahlin; grandparents Deaner and Mary Ellen Scango, of Charlottesville and Theodore and Gayle Wahlin, of Downers Grove, Ill.; and many loving cousins, aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford, with a rosary starting at 8:30 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at St. William of York Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Stafford Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the JoeJoe Fund at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School, 17700 Dominican Drive, Dumfries, Va. 22026; or to the Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, Md. 20850-5168.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.