Maximus Richard Erodenko

Maximus Richard Erodenko

Maximus Richard Erodenko

September 17, 2016~April 20, 2018

Erodenko, Max,
19 months, of New Port Richey, went to Heaven in the arms of his mother and father and surrounded by his loving family on April 20, 2018. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Mary Erodenko; brothers, Mikey and Tommy; paternal grandparents, Richard and Diane Erodenko; maternal grandmother, Patricia Pose; godparents, Jantz and Sharon Meyer; aunts and uncles, Sandra Thompson and Robert and James Welch; and cousins. A visitation will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10:30 AM with funeral mass at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research and Education) or Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital.


Chris Speck (None)

April 25, 2018, 12:00 am

So sorry to hear about this Mary.. You have been in our thoughts.. I couldnt even imagine the pain you are going through. Again, so sorry.

Margie Tubbs (friend of grandmother)

April 26, 2018, 12:00 am

My heart is breaking for your family. You are all in my prayers.

Helen Harp (A dear fried of Mary and Mike)

April 26, 2018, 12:00 am

We our deepest love and thoughts for you and Mike we send love and our prayers for this beautiful family . Run and play Max in the garden of the Lord. What a beautiful Angel your are. If you ever need us Mary , Mike we are right here.
Love Don $ Helen.

Wendy callahan (Friend )

April 26, 2018, 12:00 am

So sorry for your loss my love and prayers are with you all….

Andrea Alden's family (Friend)

April 27, 2018, 12:00 am

On this day I pray you feel all the prayers being sent and love. May God hold you guys tight! We love all of you!

Charlotte Westcott (Friend of the Family )

April 27, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary and Mike
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers. Know that your family is loved beyond words. Will love and miss my Max everyday. If you need me please reach out, I am here for your family always.

Pat Pose (Grandmom)

April 28, 2018, 12:00 am

I hate having to leave you both today. Max left an enormous hole in your hearts and in your lives.
In time the grief you feel will be filled with happy memories of his time with you .

Ashley Clemmons (Autumn 2016)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary and family,
You all have been in my thoughts and prayers. Little Max had a smile that could brighten anyone’s day. I know that no words can ease your loss just know that his memory will live on. Max was a very special little boy! 👣 Max you were only here for a moment, but what an impact your little footprints have left on this world! You will be forever missed. 👣

Nadia K. (Friend)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Sweet little Max, may you rest in piece in heaven. You are a true angel. Sincerest condolences to the family.

Melissa Pfaff (None )

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

It was amazing to have the journey with your mom through pregnancy. To watch you grow through her posts always made me smile. You had the eyes and smiles that could light up a room .

Samantha Michels (Friend of Mary’s)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

No family should ever have to say goodbye to their child. But please, find comfort and have faith my girls welcomed him with open arms. Know he is not alone, but with you everyday.
I am sending all my love and prayers to your family in this tragic time. May God bless your family with peace, in time.

Kara Riddle (Friend of Mary)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Watching Max grow up over the last 19 months via pictures and stories from Mary has been such a pleasure. I can tell what a loving spirit he had. And the sweetest little smile. Though I've never met Max, he will always hold a special place in my heart. I pray for peace and comfort for his family during this unimaginably difficult time.

Mary Erodenko (Mother)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

My Dear Sweet Maxi,
I wish I could have traded places with you or even gone with you. Apparently God needs me here. You were as loving as you strong. You came back as best you could to give us an additial 26 hours. Enough time for everyone to surround you with love at the moment of your passing from this world to the next. I cant thank you enough for that. Everyone made it in time to say goodbye. But how does a mother and father say goodbye to her precious sweet baby boy?
I can't. I will pray every day for you to visit me in my dreams. I love you forever, I like you for awlways. For all of eternity, my baby you'll be. One day I know we will be together again. Until then I will walk this earth with only half a heart. You took a huge part of it with you when you left. Hold on to it and know how very much I love you.

Meghan Morse (Friend)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary, you and Max will always be one. Your souls are entwined for all of eternity. The love between mother and child is unconditional, timeless, and unbreakable. Nothing, not even death, can untie your souls. May you find peace in knowing he was not only loved fiercely in his all too brief time on earth, but will continue to be loved for all eternity.

Stacey Hoch (September Sweeties)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary and family, our hearts are breaking for you. Rest easy in the arms of the Lord Max. Keep his memory and smile alive in your hearts.

Audrey, Jasper, and family (Friend )

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary & Family,
I am so heartbroken by the news of the loss of precious Max. You have been on my mind constantly since I heard. I wish i could take away your pain. I can’t imagine what you must feel. Please let me know if you need anything! You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
You will be greatly missed sweet Max. You had a smile that could light up a room. It was a joy watching you grow. Fly high precious boy.
Mikey, your brother will always be with you. He will be up in the clouds cheering you on as you grow.
I’m so sorry again for your loss. Hugs!!

Lindsay (September Sweeties Mom)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

My heart has been broken since I heard the news you went to heaven.
I never got to actually meet you Max, but I do know the love your Mommy and Daddy had for you. Mary & family you are in our prayers daily— Sweet Max will always be special to us. Every September we will remember our little September Birthday Buddy and how lucky we were that you shared him and his great smile with us.

Julie Gynn (FB Mom’s Group)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Our little ones brought us together in our journeys of Motherhood. Seeing sweet pictures of Max was a joy and he will not be forgotten.

Kristin Clark (Friend of Mary from Autumn 2016)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

I was so privileged to watch Max grow from afar. From celebrating Mary’s pregnancy to his birth to his first birthday. I sympathize with every sleepless night in the newborn days, celebrated when he finally ate some resemblance of solid food, and watched the struggle of dealing with food allergies. I loved seeing his precious pictures posted, especially those of him propped on the arm tail of the couch just chilling. That’s how I imagine him right now- just sitting back relaxing with God and waiting for the rest of his family to join him. Max you are so loved, and we will cherish our sweet memories till we meet again! Love and prayers for this family!

Jenna and Ryan Lebler (Friends)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Max, your mom and I first “met” when you were still in her belly. (We were part of the same mommy support group online.) It was obvious from the very beginning how much she loved you. We got to know you as you grew up, with updates from your mama coming often (usually in the form of your most recent photo shoot!). The things she said about you made the love she had for you so crystal clear. And your smile was infectious. We miss you, Max, and will miss hearing about you. All of our love for you lives on. Rest in peace, sweet boy.

Krystal O. (Virtual friend of Mary and Max since his birth )

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary… my deepest condolences for the terrible loss of precious Max. He was such an adorable baby and I always looked forward to your posts and updates in our mommy group. Even though we have never actually met in person I truly do feel like I know you and your family since we have been sharing moments since the birth of our autumn 2016 babies. There are no words that can patch up the emptiness left behind your loss but I truly do pray to God to give you and your family the strength to overcome and move forward from this tragedy. Max will never be forgotten. His beautiful smile and charming eyes will forever live in our minds and hearts. May he rest in peace.

Casie Nourse (Friend)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Max, you sweet boy. You were such a strong little guy from the very beginning. You healed your own heart while you were inside your mommy’s tummy. Now it’s time for us all to heal our own broken hearts. You are so loved and forever missed.

Mikey, I’m so sorry. Max will always be your best friend and little brother. He will watch over you and your family from heaven. He’s your own guardian angel. You’re so blessed to have known him and I know how very much you love him and he loves you!

Mary and Mike and Tommy, my heart will forever hurt for you. Words can’t express how sorry I am. I hope someday you will find comfort knowing he is always with you.

The love I’ve seen for Max has been so inspiring. A terrible loss and a reminder of how precious life can be. I vow to never take a second for granted.

I’ll keep you all wrapped in love and sending prayers. I love you, Max.

Rekha Gunjal (Friend of Mommys)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Dear Mary,

The loss of Max is beyond any words that i can write here. For days I couldn’t think straight, didn’t know what to say to you but want you to know this, you are amazing mother! Please be strong during this difficult time and if there is anything i can do please do not hesitate to give me call. Love Always, Rekha Gunjal

Alex Bridgman (Friend of Family)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Words aren’t enough to express how sorry I am for your loss. Sending prayers and love. Will remember Max always and will think of him and your family often.

Missi Prosser (Friend )

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Oh sweet Mary. I’m so very sorry about your loss. You are a wonderful mother. Max is so loved. Max has the best little smile! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers consistently. ❤️❤️

Nikki, Pete, Luke, and Jake Thompson (Friend)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Though we never met Max in person, we met him in a very intimate and special way. Mary and I shared our journey to motherhood of Luke and Max together. They were born 2 days apart. We shared photos of our babies and watched them grow to be little people with little (and big!) personalities! Though we don’t have memories shared in person, we had memories shared. My favorite was a post where Max was all comfortable on the couch watching little baby bum, and I commmented a photo of Luke doing the exact same thing! I thought, these are two peas in a pod! Max, you are a shining light turned star in the sky. You will be missed but never forgotten. Your Mom is a wonderful woman, and loves you like no other, and knows you are safe and happy and will be reunited again with you one day, sweet boy.

Molly Porter (Friend of Mary via September ‘16 Moms Group)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am


Max brought such joy into so many lives in the short time he had with us. My thoughts and condolences are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Veronica Harrelson (Friend of Mary)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary and family, I cannot express how sorry I am for the severe loss you have endured. I have delighted in the many many pictures of sweet baby Max since before he was born and could feel the love and joy he brought to your lives through the amazing pictures of his precious face. He was more than this world could handle and God has called him for a purpose we cannot understand. May your hearts not become hardened by this, but be enjoyed at the time you had his light in your lives. I am praying for all of you and think of you often. With love.

Jess Rodwell (Friend)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

R.I.P Sweet Max.
My heart is so broken for you Mary and all your family! Max had the most beautiful smile and will be forever missed

Christa Emodi (Friend of his mother)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

I am not very good with words, so I will borrow some from the poet Edgar Guest:

I’ll Lend you a Child

I will lend you, for a little time,
A child of mine, he said.
For you to love the while she lives,
And mourn for when she’s dead.

It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or three.
But will you, till I call her back,
Take care of her for Me?

She’ll bring her charms to gladden you,
And should her stay be brief.
You’ll have her lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the wide world over,
In search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes
I have selected you.

Now will you give her all your love,
Nor think the labour vain.
Nor hate me when I come
To take her home again?

I fancied that I heard them say,
‘Dear Lord, Thy will be done!’
For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we’ll run.

We’ll shelter her with tenderness,
We’ll love her while we may,
And for happiness we’ve known,
Forever grateful stay.

But should the angels call for her,
Much sooner than we planned.
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.

Matarah Terrell (Friend of Mary)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Little Max you will forever be in Ayden and myself hearts! Even though we were miles apart Mary shared some of the best memories of you!! Mary we took this amazing journey together with our little ones! But Max journey does not have to end here, we will continue to celebrate Max every single day! I am constantly thinking and praying for each and everyone of you! Just know that even though I am miles away I will always be here for you in any way possible! Sending love and hugs your way! Heaven truly gained an angel!

Sarah McCarty (Virtual friend of Mary)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

You left your mom and family way too soon but it’s so wonderful to know you are waiting for them in Heaven. You will always be in our hearts and our minds. We will miss you so <3

Lauren Reach (Autumn 2016)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary and family,
Though I never had the chance to meet Max in person, it was such a joy and honor to see him grow up through our Mom's group. His smile is infectious and seeing his little face pop up daily brings both tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. I know he blessed your family tremendously in the short time he was here on earth and will continue to bless your family through the years. Please know that you are all in my daily thoughts and prayers.
Much Love,

Lindsay Teran (Friend)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary, I know that no words can take away the pain and grief that you feel. I pray that each day gets a little brighter and you find comfort and peace. You are a wonderful mom, and Max was an incredibly lucky boy to have you as his Mommy. His sweet smile showed just how loved he was and how much love he gave. He will forever be remembered in my heart.

Kate Subritzky (Friend Autumn 2016)

May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

Dearest Mary,
No words can ever convey how heartbroken I am for your loss. Max was the most perfect little boy, with a smile that would melt any heart. We were so blessed to know him through your posts, and witness what a special bond he had with his family, and how happy he was. I wish so much you had had longer than 19 months with him before God called him home, but I know he will be your beautiful angel for eternity.
You and your family are in our constant thoughts and prayers, and I send so much love to you.
Rest in peace sweet boy, what a blessing you were on this earth. You will never be forgotten.

Megan Funk (Autumn 2016 Friend)

May 2, 2018, 12:00 am

Dearest Mary,
My deepest sympathies to you and your family for this terrible loss. Even though I had never met Max in person, I felt like I had. You graciously shared your precious boy with us through pictures and videos, and I enjoyed getting to know him. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. May Max rest in peace and may you and your family find comfort during this difficult time.

BREYA WILKINS (Autumn 2016 )

May 2, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary & family I’m so sorry for your loss. I know there are no words to heal your wounds but I’m praying for you all. Max had a wonderful smile and spirit & through his mother’s post i got to witness a glimpse of how wonderful he truly was. He will be missed

Daniella R. (Mom’s FB group Autumn 2016)

May 2, 2018, 12:00 am

Fly high, sweet baby boy. Your beautiful smile will never be forgotten. I pray for your family everyday. Rest In Peace.

Caroline Ortega (Friend of Mary)

May 3, 2018, 12:00 am

My heart is broken for your family Max! I only know your mom via an online moms’ group but I feel like I knew you. We all shared our pregnancy stories and all of babies’ firsts! I will forever remember you cause your birthday is the day before my little one’s. Rest In Peace sweet angel! Sending hugs and prayers for your family!

Mike erodenko (Dad)

May 4, 2018, 12:00 am

Oh my little man. I miss you so much. I wish there had been a way for me to take the journey for you. You were such a happy little boy, i miss coming home to your smile and laugh. We will be together again one day, until then be happy, and keep spreading the love you always carried. Love you Maxi, love Dad

Laura Kubilis (Friend of Mary)

May 6, 2018, 12:00 am

Mary and family, I was so shocked and saddened to hear that little Max went to be with Jesus. We met online and throughout pregnancy, infancy, and toddlerhood shared joys and trials. As a mother I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling, but I know that God has Max in His hands and someday you'll see him again. Until then, hold onto the memories, the pictures, and the joy you felt every time he was in your arms. Someday you'll have him there again. We are here for you and we're praying for you. Love and hugs, Laura, Roger and Adelia

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