Zayla Ann Mitsdarffer

BON FIELD – Zayla Ann Mitsdarffer, age 14, of Bonfield, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at her home. She was born June 6, 2001 in Kankakee, the daughter of Jason & Christina Harrison Mitsdarffer.

Zayla enjoyed cooking and always wanted to be a chef. She also liked gardening, riding her four wheeler, swimming, going to the beach, fishing, and crafting. She had a tremendous love for music. Zayla had a huge heart; she loved her sisters and had amazing relationships with her nurses and doctors that cared for her. She was extremely passionate about childhood cancer research. She always fought this disease with a smile on her face. Zayla was very loving.

Surviving are her parents, Jason & Christina Mitsdarffer of Bonfield; two sisters, Shelby Mitsdarffer and Maddie Mitsdarffer, both of Bonfield; many, many extended relatives and friends; and her cat, “Meow Meow.”

Zayla is preceded in death by her twin sisters that passed away at birth, Jacqueline & Josephine; her paternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Griswold; and paternal great-grandparents, Mark & Nelda Mitsdarffer.

Visitation will be held 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p. m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Kankakee. Rev. Sunny Castillo will celebrate the Mass. Cremation Rites will be accorded following the Mass. Private Family Inurnment will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Goodrich.

The family has requested you wear a “Team Zayla” shirt or something bright and colorful to the visitation and services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zayla Mitsdarffer C/O First Trust Bank. The family plans to pay it forward in honor of Zayla.