Craig "CJ" Himmel, III

Born: Fri., Mar. 14, 2014
Died: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Gathering of Family & Friends

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Aug. 19, 2017
Location: First Church of God Community Center

Time of Remembrance and Sharing

4:00 PM Sat., Aug. 19, 2017
Location: First Church of God Community Center

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Craig “CJ” Josef Alexander Himmel, III

Little Warrior -

Craig “CJ” Josef Alexander Himmel, III, 3 years young, of Mechanicsburg, who was an angel on earth, became an angel in heaven on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 while being surrounded in love by his family.  CJ was born on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Harrisburg to Craig Josef Alexander Himmel, Jr. and Brittany Christine Sultzaberger.  Together, the three of them fought a courageous battle with cancer.  CJ was met in heaven by his great grandparents: Leclere and Gail Lonsberry.

CJ’s survivors include his loving and devoted parents: Craig Josef Alexander Himmel, Jr. and Brittany Christine Sultzaberger of Mechanicsburg; his grandparents: Craig Himmel, Sr., Frances Beers, Don Beers, Jeffrey Jackson, Dawn Sultzaberger-Dawson; and his great grandparents: Benno Himmel, Sylvia Himmel, Jean Applebury, and Karen Jackson.

CJ's life and love was beautiful and inspiring.  He was a happy little boy who always seemed to wear a big and bright smile and who never fussed, even in the face of illness.  His courageous battle with cancer touched so many lives and shone a light on the rare illness that seized his innocent body.  CJ’s spirit, however, soared as he quickly began walking, running, and swimming at every opportunity; he never acted sick.  He became known as the “Little Warrior” as his all too short life caused those around him to appreciate their lives so much more.  The love CJ had for everyone around him, including his deep love of animals, is only exceeded by his intense love of and for his parents who loved him in equal part.  CJ will never be forgotten as he remains in the hearts of all those who were lucky enough to have known him.

All are welcome to join CJ’s family when they gather with family and friends to share food and memories on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. until a time of remembrance and sharing at 4:00 p.m. at First Church of God Community Center, 201 East Green Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Pastor James McCoy officiating.  CJ’s family kindly invites everyone to bring a covered dish, dessert, or beverage to share.  Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family on a later date in Mechanicsburg Cemetery.  Cremation was private.

The family sends their most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has shared their love and compassion with them during CJ’s illness.  The support of family, friends, and those unknown has been a true blessing.  The family respectfully asks that contributions be made to help defray CJ’s medical, funeral, and other expenses.  Checks can be made payable to Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.  Credit card contributions can be made by dialing (717) 766-3421.  Donations can also be given directly to CJ’s family.

CJ’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read CJ’s full obituary, view his memorial video and portrait, and sign his official guest book at

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Patrician Flaitz
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
I can't begin to understand the sorrow your family has endured. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm sure your "Little Man" is now in the loving arms of angels. May he finally rest in peace.

Lynn Lemanski
   Posted Wed August 16, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are going out to all our you. I remember when CJ was born, Franny was so thrilled to become a grandma. She enjoyed spending as much time with her little sunshine. We did not always know the reason why things like this happen, but rest assure the Lord did not abandoned CJ. He was received in heaven with so much love and peace. He finally gets to meet his great grandparents. May the Lord give you strength, hope, and peace in this time. His love will always be with you all.

Suzy Walkr
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. CJ touched so many lives with his bright smile and strong spirit. He was truly a courageous "little warrior". Prayers for healing, strength and peace to your entire family.

God Bless,

Suzy Walker

Donna Warnick
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Brittany, my heart goes out to you and your family.

Your coworker
Donna Warnick

Anita Peters Wenrich
   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Brittany & Dawn, and CJ's entire family, I have prayed for your beautiful little guy since I found out he was battling cancer. I've never seen a more remarkable family with strength, when you posted pictures of him, the love sparkled through his smile and you never seen pain. I pray for comfort for all of you in this very tough time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

   Posted Thu August 17, 2017
Prayers of comfort and peace for CJ's family.
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
William Shakespeare

Cynthia Garland, Duncannon, PA
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
Brittany & Family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Heaven received another precious angel. I will always remember the day you brought CJ to visit me. He was so happy and full of life. I know the heartbreak will never go away. I'm praying that God will give you & your family comfort & peace during this most difficult time. CJ is now cancer & pain free. He is forever young & happy playing with all the other angels in heaven while he waits for you. My Deepest Sympathy & Love, Cyndi Garland

Cynthia Garland, Duncannon, PA

Bret Cruz, Middletown, PA
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss I don't know you guys but my prayers are with you and your family. So beautiful so young and way to soon guess god needed him for a greater purpose. God bless.

Bret Cruz, Middletown, PA

Joyce, Jim, Matthew, Julie and Hanna Masters
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
Dear Himmel family, relatives and friends,
You have our deepest sympathy and condolences for the loss of your sweet little boy. I will keep you and your angel in my thoughts and prayers! God bless you all.

Joyce, Jim, Matthew, Julie and Hanna Masters

Michelle Spencer, Randallstown, MD
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
Brittany & Family:

Our sincerest heartfelt love goes out to all of you during this terrible time. Our family is praying for your strength and comfort.

"An angel in the Book of Life wrote down my baby's birth. And whispered as she closed the book "Too beautiful for Earth."

The Spencer, Bretz and Sunday families

Susann, Enola, PA
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
Dawn, Britt & family:
My heart is saddened by the loss of this little man. Sending my thoughts, love and prayers to you all.

Richard Albertson, Camphill, PA
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
I will never forget the day I met CJ I remember holding him and thinking is this boy the most perfect baby I have ever seen or what! With his blonde hair and Blue eyes! When those teeth came in perfect smile.Words can't describe how much you have made an impact on my life at such a young age. You fought so hard, God didn't want you to be in anymore pain so he took you to heaven where you can watch over us. You are embedded in my heart forever. I love you Big Boy!

Richard Albertson, Camphill, PA

Victoria and Ryan Zorn, Duncannon, PA
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers through this horrible time.

Becky Kephart, Duncannon, PA
   Posted Fri August 18, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

   Posted Sat August 19, 2017
Rest peacefully in the arms of the angels, sweet baby boy!

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