Kole Nikai Brager was called to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at the age of 12, from complications of a lifelong seizure disorder.
Kole was born June 14, 2009, to Nicole “Nikki” Brager in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was welcomed home by big brother Nick. At an early age Adam Pencek became Kole’s dad and it was truly a blessing to all. Kole was a boy who loved his family and they loved him right back. He is survived by his parents Nikki and Adam Pencek; brother Nick Brager; maternal grandparents Terry Sanchelli and Kreg and Julie Brager and paternal grandparents Barb and Art Pencek; Aunts and Uncles Dani Hower, Jordan Sanchelli, Andrea Stone, Jeanne Pencek and Krista and Jason Crusch; numerous cousins, his puppy dog Scout and loads of friends.
Kole was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents Darlene and Cliff Brager and Ralph and Pat Sanchelli; and a great aunt Alice Stenberg. Kole always took the time to wave to them at the cemetery when they would go by, so while they were no longer here, Kole never forgot them.
Kole was a proud Christian and was looking forward to confirming to the Lutheran faith. His Christian attitude could be seen in his everyday life. He was known to light up a room with his infectious smile and laugh, he had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh and “being silly”. One of Kole’s favorite things was to greet people at church, right behind the pastor would be Kole, arm outstretched to welcome you to First Lutheran. Kole was also fortunate enough to make a mission trip with his dad to an orphanage in Mexico where they were able to share God’s love. Kole hoped to make many more of these trips in his lifetime.
Kole was a happy seventh grader at Hellgate Middle School and loved the teachers and aids he got to work with. When not at school his hobbies were similar to those of most 12-year-old boys. He loved to play Minecraft and do Fortenight dances, watch TV and draw. Some things that he did that set him apart included knife and ax throwing, he was able to do this at his grandparent’s land in Phillipsburg before he got his own set up for his 12th birthday, cooking and taking great care of his pet geckos and collecting “stuffies” rounded him out.
Kole always wanted people to dance with him and he especially loved dances from his games. While he will be missed here on Earth, we hope that he is dancing in the sky with all those who have gone before him.
Memorials in Kole’s name are suggested to First Lutheran Church for the Mexico Mission Program.