Gianna Rose Eliason
She was the beloved daughter of Frank and Carolyn Meier Eliason IV.
Born in Philadelphia on September 3, 2000, Gia touched many lives over the years. She was named for Saint Gianna Berretta Molla, due to the similarity between Saint Gianna’s pregnancy and the pregnancy that brought Gia into the world. Gia was born ten weeks premature and with Cystic Fibrosis, causing her to spend the first months of her life in intensive care. Once out of the hospital, she continued her fight with Cystic Fibrosis. In November 2003, Gia was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, childhood cancer of the liver. Yet, even with these health issues, Gia lived life to the fullest, inspiring the best in everyone with her strength and courage (www.giannarose.cc).
In addition to her parents she is survived by her maternal grandparents Dale and Jane Meier, of Yardley and her paternal grandparents Frank and Joan Eliason III, of Southampton, PA, her great grandparents, Patricia Meier of St. Louis, MO, Frank and Marguerite Eliason of Philadelphia and Doris Bird of Philadelphia. She is also survived by her Uncle Don Meier, Aunt Catherine Meier, Aunt Geri Lynn Hanssens and Uncle Michael Hanssens and her cousins. Beyond her family, the thousands who join the fight against Cystic Fibrosis and childhood cancers also survive Gia.
Relatives and friends are invited to call, Friday, July 30, 2004 from 6 to 9 PM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 241 E. Butler Ave., New Britain, PA. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 10:00 AM, at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church, 1325 Upper State Rd, North Wales, PA. Interment will be in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions in her memory to be made to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of DE, PO Box 7941, Wilmington DE 19083 (www.candlelighters.de) or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Delaware Valley Chapter, 2004 Sproul Road, Suite 208, Broomall, PA 19008 (www.cff.org).