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Dear Jeanne, Tom, Nate, and Laura -- I know that you all will miss Alex always, and that there is a huge hole in your hearts right now. But you'll help each other through this difficult time, as you share your good memories, your Alex stories, with each other, and with friends and family. It is obvious that Alex was loved by many. But remember that you too are loved by many, and your friends and family will be thinking

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Posted by: Lua Wells - Mt. Pleasant, SC   Feb 18, 2010

Dear Tom and Jeanne, Nate and Laura: Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I remember many years ago I called Tom to catch up with him, and he told me he and Jeanne had just bought a house. Mostly they chose the house to accommodate the piano. I asked if the baby, Alex, was musical, and Tom said, "He sings a lot." May your beautiful memories of Alex carry you through this difficult time. God bless you.

Posted by: Dawn Sorgea - St. Louis, MO   Feb 18, 2010

My heart is hurting for all of you. And then I have a fond memory of Alex and I smile. Alex was a very special young man and he will be sorely missed by many.

Posted by: Janet Baldwin - Chesterfield, MO   Feb 18, 2010

Dear Jeanne and Tom, I recently heard about the loss of Alex and I have to say I am so sorry. I was so shocked to hear the news of Alex as I was in class Monday morning. I couldnt believe it actually happened at first and was initially in shock that this could have happened to him. After too long I began to recall Alex and our adventure throughout France. I will share a story that I wrote in

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Posted by: Zachry M Meyers - Boulder, CO   Feb 18, 2010

We are friends of Chelsea, Wanda, and Ken Smith. We are with you in thoughts and prayers. "When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly." (Barbara J. Winter)

Posted by: Sherri and Kelley Griswold - Huntsville, AL   Feb 18, 2010

Tom and Jeanne- We're deeply saddened to hear of Alex's passing. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and our prayers. Our condolences, Chris and Cheri Hanley

Posted by: Chris Hanley - Chicago, IL   Feb 18, 2010

No one can begin to understand the loss you are feeling at this time. Please know that you have a large community of friends who are here for you. Alex and the rest of the Townsends are in our prayers. Dave Gulick

Posted by: Dave Gulick - St. Louis, MO   Feb 18, 2010

Dear Tom and Jeanne, I know we've lost touch, but once a Bender, always a Bender. We are so sorry for the loss of Alex. I remember you bringing him by for a band practice when he was little, and I remember hoping I could be as cool for my kids. Liz and I are thinking of you guys and praying for you and Nate and Laura. with love, Liz and Dick

Posted by: Dick and Liz Zempel - St. Louis, MO   Feb 17, 2010

I remember Alex from a music class I taught at UUMPS circa 1992...a bright, good-looking, spunky kid. Oh how sorry I am for you, Tom & Jeanne! My prayers are yours today. Love, Miss Holly

Posted by: Holly Gulick - St. Louis, MO   Feb 17, 2010

Tom and Jeanne, you have all our heartfelt sympathy.

Posted by: Gary and Janet Shipper - St. Louis, MO   Feb 17, 2010