Jacob George Lieberman
Jacob George Lieberman, infant son of Joel and Jessica (Stanley) Lieberman, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on January 2, 2017, after battling a genetic, incurable Mitochondrial Disease; Leigh’s Syndrome. He blessed all those he met with his infectious smile and gentle, sweet spirit. His smile penetrated the hearts of strangers, doctors, nurses and therapists in addition to family and friends. During the final days of his short 17 months, Jake fought a courageous battle, clinging to life with a strength well beyond his years. He is a true inspiration and will forever live in the hearts of many. Although taken too soon, he has been lovingly released into the arms of his Mighty Savior with the utmost assurance of living with Him in heaven for all eternity. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his favorite twin brother, Joel Jr.; and his favorite sisters, Miranda and Melanie; paternal grandmother Arlene Lieberman (Sunrise, FL); maternal grandparents George and Alexa Stanley (Muncie, IN); Uncles and Aunts John and Nancy Lieberman (Sunrise, FL), Megan and Cody McWhorter (Indianapolis, IN) and Adrienne Gutbier (Cincinnati, OH); cousins Jonah and Noah Lieberman, Madeline Gutbier and many other relatives and friends who loved Jake so very much. Services were held Friday, January 6, 2017 at The Gardens of Boca Raton, with Reverend Chris Reny officiating.
The family wishes to thank all the loving caregivers, doctors, nurses and staff at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (Hollywood, FL), Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (Miami) and the UT Mitochondrial Center of Excellence (Houston, TX) for guiding them through this painful journey with grace and compassion. They also wish to thank VITAS Hospice who made Jake’s final days so peaceful.
Donations can be to MitoAction.org, a non-profit organization that strives to improve the quality of life for all people affected by mitochondrial disease through support, education and advocacy initiatives. www.mitoaction.org