Hundreds packed into the MacGregor Sommerfield Mennonite Church Wednesday afternoon to say goodbye to two year old Chase Martens.
The toddler’s body was the focus of a massive search near Austin, Manitoba after he disappeared March 22nd.
His parents say he was playing in the front yard of their rural family home when he vanished.
The searched ended tragically on Saturday after Chase’s body was found in a creek, about 500 metres from the home.
An autopsy later confirmed he drowned.
The service was led by Pastor Abe Guenther and featured hymns and prayer.
It ended with Chase’s grandmother, Margaret Martens fighting back tears as she talked about the boy’s short life.
“Chase loved his animals and enjoyed watching his daddy work with machinery,” she said.
“We will miss his laughter, his giggles, his energetic ways, and the way he would show his love and affection to his mommy, and daddy and his sisters.”
Chases’ young sister, Danika waved as the hearse drove her brother’s body away. She then dropped to her knees and buried her face in her hands, overwhelmed with grief.
“It’s starting to hit her I think,” said Chase and Danika’s mother, Destiny Turner.
“We’re just going to keep on trying to explain it in the easiest way possible for her because she thinks her brother is still coming home, but after seeing him today it hit her.”
The family has asked for privacy as they grieve.
A wake will be held tomorrow and Friday followed by a funeral on Saturday.