Taylor Geri Lech, 16, of Omaha, Neb., peacefully gained her angel wings Jan. 19, at home. In her final days she was surrounded by her family and heard many messages from loved ones as she prepared for her journey to heaven.

Taylor was born March 30, 2004, in Omaha, Nebraska to Shane and Janet (Jarding) Lech.

She attended Millard Public Schools and was a junior at Millard West. Taylor was part of the Health Science Academy, was dedicated to her education and aspired to be a physical therapist to help others. She played volleyball for Millard West and was part of the Elite Volleyball Club family.

Taylor touched many lives while she was with us. She was an amazing big sister, daughter, granddaughter, friend, student, teammate and so much more. Taylor had the biggest heart, loved children and was fiercely loyal. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and being at the lake doing any and every outdoor activity. Taylor had an infectious laugh which came with the best sense of humor. She was fluent in English and sarcasm.

She is survived by her mother and father, Janet and Shane; her sister, Brooklyn; her beloved dog, Sonny; grandmother Joyce Jarding of Farley; grandparents Dana (Lech) and Mike Shaw of Omaha, Neb.; great-grandmother Ginny Brimeyer of Omaha, Neb.; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Loras Jarding, Jerry Lech, and “Grandpa Tom” Wolff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the family to be used in Taylor’s memory at a later date.

Braman Mortuary – Southwest Chapel, 6505 S. 144 St., Omaha, NE 68137 is in charge of arrangements.

A celebration of her life was Saturday, Jan. 23, 11 a.m., at The Water’s Edge Church, with the family receiving guests beginning at 9:30 a.m. The service was live streamed at the following links: www.youtube.com/user/weOmaha and www.facebook.com/weomaha.