Janaya Rose Rivest Esser

Dec. 28, 2007 – June 8, 2013

Janaya Rose Rivest Esser of Waukesha passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the young age of 5. She was born in Waukesha on Dec. 28, 2007.

There are not enough words to describe the immense beauty, inner light and strength that embodied Janaya. She was and forever will be the sweet, innocent little girl that had the ability to touch the heart and soul of everyone that she came in contact with. She gave you the strength and courage to face any obstacle that was to ever come your way just by her smile, one touch of her hand, and with just her presence.

Janaya was and will forever be in the hearts of the ones she touched and remembered as that child that thought it was so funny to pick on her big sister and pull her hair, the child that just loved to be snuggled close, and adored to put your head in her lap as she patted it just smiling. Janaya had the gift to just brighten up and change one’s day with just one hug.

Janaya Rose Rivest Esser, you will be missed every minute of every day for the rest of eternity. You and you alone have shown what the true definition of strength and happiness stands for. For being such a perfect little package, you gave the biggest gift – just being who you are. You will always be my strength, my guide, and who I will always strive to be.

She will be forever missed by her parents, Tristin Maye-Proulx and Nick Rivest of Waukesha; her sister, Nevaeh Proulx of Waukesha; her grandmothers, DeeDee Cotton of Florida and Kim Rivest Nolte of Waukesha; and her greatgrandmother, Jean Cotton of Florida; and her grandfathers, Kurt Keller of Sullivan and Jerry Maye of Alabama and Paul Nolte of Waukesha. She is further survived by her aunts and uncles, Debbie Stock (Tony Meyer), Rick Cotton, Amy Jo DeLaPaz, Anthony Cotton, Tiarra Maye, Robert Maye, Virginia Cotton, David “Niko” Agins Jr., James Rivest and Stephanie Weare, along with her cousins, Ryan Stock, Shannon Cross, Cristi Cotton, Cara Rehn, Cory Cotton, Kayla Miller, Charlie DeLa-Paz and LaTesha DeLaPaz. She is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, Charles “Chuck” Cotton.

To honor Janaya and her beauty, the family requests that you please wear bright colors.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 12, from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service at the Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Janaya’s name are appreciated to Amy and Friends Cockayne Syndrome Support, OCC Village Road, Oxton, Wirral, Merseyside, CH43 5SR, England (www.amyandfriends.org).

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.