Griffin Ford Stenger

July 1, 2020November 10, 2020
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Griffin Ford Stenger, son of Cole and Hannah Stenger, was born at MercyOne Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on July 1, 2020. On November 10, 2020, Griffin went home into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. He passed away peacefully in the arms of his parents.

Although his time on Earth was short, Griffin taught us many lessons and touched the hearts of family, friends, and medical staff. He fought a long, hard battle here on Earth. Griffin spent his final days comfortably, being loved on by his family. We know Griffin is in Heaven now, and we rejoice that our sweet boy is no longer suffering.

Griffin is lovingly remembered by his parents Cole and Hannah Stenger; his big brother Owen Stenger; grandparents Tom and Char Maertens, and Tom and Janet Stenger; great-grandmother Grada Raak; uncles and aunts Zach and Kiersten Maertens, Sam and Marykathryn Maertens, Robbie and Chelsea Robinson, and Kyle and Katie Stenger; his big cousins Drake, Hank, Myna Rose, Piper, Nila, Abbey, Dax, Anna, Cliff, Ivy and Hayden; and many other family and friends.

Special thanks to the extraordinary medical staff who helped love and care for Griffin at both MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to Help-A-Heart.

The visitation will take place on Thursday, November 12 from 5-7 pm at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines, Iowa. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, November 13 at 11:00 am at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa. Masks are required at all events for visitors over age 2.


  • Help-A-Heart


  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, November 13, 2020


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November 13, 2020

Griffin Ford Stenger had the complete, devoted love of his parents, Cole and Hannah, and his entire family. You could see in Baby Griffin's eyes even in photos that he could feel the love. It was exceptional. I have never see such total, devoted love. Now that Baby Griffin is with Jesus in heaven, he continues to feel that love from his family as he awaits with Jesus to meet with his family again.
His service this morning was perfect. Cole knew exactly what to say, as did Pastor Jeremy. And I loved singing Jesus Loves Me....for the first time in 65 years. Again, perfect.
I was hoping to meet Baby Griffin when he was strong enough, but it was not meant to be.....but someday.
God Bless You Griffin. God Bless your loving family, your Big Brother, Owen and Your Grandparents, all your loving Cousins and Aunts and Uncles.
God Bless Us Everyone!!
All my love...
Grampa Bob

Courtney Kokjohn

November 12, 2020

I am a member of your Hope family and although I have not met Griffin- I wanted to let you know that I am sending Griffin and your family all of the love and prayers for healing during this difficult time. I am sure that Griffin is with his heavenly father now- full of joy and watching over all of you with love.

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