Cole Joseph Vida died on Nov. 26, 2011 following a lifelong illness. His courage, family members said, led them to believe that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories.

He is survived by his parents, Joe Vida and Michele Vida (nee Clark), and his maternal grandfather, Edward Clark, and paternal grandmother, Alice Ann Vida.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at St. Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Cole’s name to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. Contributions can be sent directly to the University of Chicago Development Office, c/o Dr David Gozal (in the name of Cole Vida), 1170 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

Arrangements were handled by Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd.