Andrew â€œAndieâ€ J. Christoffel, 18, of Elburn, passed away on May 25, 2009.
He was born Sept. 20, 1990, the son of Jim and Sally (Cobb) Christoffel in Aurora.
Andie grew up in Elburn and attended local schools and was scheduled to graduate with the class of 2009 at Kaneland High School in Maple Park.
Andie enjoyed graphics and art, and excelled at his classes at Kaneland High School. Eventually he hoped to attend the Art Institute of Chicago for graphic design.
His heart was open to many kinds of music, and that passion fueled his other desire to be a DJ, naming himself Rev. Mayhem. He was gifted with a talent for using technology and especially adept at mixing songs. He loved mashing the beat of one song with the lyrics of another to make a one-of-a-kind song that was all Andie. His favorite bands included HIM, Crystal Castles, Depeche Mode, Kill Hannah and 69 Eyes, but his favorite songs changed with the day.
Andieâ€™s sense of humor could catch you off guard and make you laugh in spite of yourself. His gift of laughing at himself and at his many stunts entertained family and friends on a daily basis.
Along with all the joy and laughter, there was another side to Andie that many people didnâ€™t see and one that he controlled privately. It was during the last few years that his control began to slip, and despite all the love and support from family and friends, he withdrew into himself to a point where there was no light to guide him. In time, the spiral deepened to a point where in one moment, he forgot all those who loved him and chose to end his life. Nothing he did in those last moments change the wonderful son, brother and friend that so many came to know and love. His memory will forever live in the echoes of his laughter, the reflection of his smile and the thousands of memories he made with all those who knew and loved him.
Andie also lives on in those fortunate few who were able to live because of the gift of life he gave through organ donation.
He now leaves his parents Jim and Sally; four siblings, Dave Christoffel, Amy Christoffel, Stephanie Christoffel and Maizy Christoffel; paternal grandfather, Jack Christoffel; maternal grandparents, Richard and Margaret Cobb; several aunts, uncles and many cousins and a close circle of friends.
He now joins his paternal grandmother, Ruth Christoffel; and his step-father, Jim Maltar, who preceded him in death.
A memorial visitation was June 2. Funeral services will be private and interment will occur following cremation at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name. Checks may be made to the â€œAndie Christoffel Memorial Fundâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.