Newborn son of Benjamin and Ashley Strait, Ezra Joe was born prematurely at 35 weeks on May 2, 2023 at 9:44 pm. He weighed 3 pounds 3.1 ounces and was 17.84 inches long.  He gave us the gift of his life for four days, 14 hours, and 34 minutes. In his brief life, he heard his mommy and daddy sing to him, the sound of his big sister’s voice, passages from the Bible, and experienced the unconditional love of his family. He was baptized and confirmed on May 4, 2023.

He passed from his mother’s arms and into the arms of Jesus, while being sung to by his parents on May 7, 2023 at 12:18 pm at Mott Children’s Hospital. He fought so hard, and now his battle is won. He is healed and whole, with no more pain or suffering.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his big sister, Iva Jo; grandparents, David & Mary Lou Strait, Matthew & Tamara Mead; great-grandparents Ina Strait, Michael Miller, Sandra Crandall, Paul & Kathy Adams; aunts and uncles, Jennifer & Derek Norton, Mark Mead, Jonathan Mead; cousins Evelyn Norton, Josiah Norton; Godparents, Angie Asperger and Joe McKeone, and many great aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Special thank you to the nurses and physicians at Mott Children’s Hospital NICU, especially Chelsea L. and Sarah K.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, with visitation from 10-11 am.  Burial will be at Old St. Patrick Cemetery in Ann Arbor.  Memorial contributions may be made to a GoFundMe site set up to help the family. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


Ezra Joseph David Strait Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, May 12, 2023, 11:00 AM - YouTube   (Note: service starts at 4:55 on  the timeline.  Also, the title screen shows a Sunday Mass, but the video is correct)

Click here to watch the slideshow of pictures of Ezra's life

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#6 Anna 2023-05-11 22:18
I am so sorry for your huge loss. The sorrow and pain of not having Baby Ezra here at home with you must the more than your hearts can bear. I will pray for God to comfort you, give you grace and many to help you walk with you as you carry this huge sorrow.
#5 Ying, Chris Pannier 2023-05-11 20:12
Such a beautiful baby, how blessed is he to be loved by so many and most of all by Jesus. We are praying for your family.
#4 Margaret Parks 2023-05-11 19:08
We are so sad to hear of the loss of your precious Ezra. Praying for God to wrap you in His arms and fill you with peace and strength.
#3 Allison Barrick 2023-05-11 17:55
Be assured of my prayers for you and your family.
#2 Carolyn Shields 2023-05-10 21:52
I am so sorry! Praying for peace and comfort! Your sweet baby boy was truly loved!!
#1 Dorothy Kasura 2023-05-10 14:26
We console with Ezra's Family. May the Lord comfort you all during these trying moments. Ezra, shine with the angels

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