Zachary Cain Biederstadt, age 19, of Hammond, passed away on January 19, 2023. Zach was preceded in death by his Great Grandma Bonnie Cross and is survived by his loving mother Katie Cross, Grandfather (Poppa) David Cross, father Chris Biederstadt, dear Aunt Melanie Pociask, Uncle Caleb Cross, and cousin Jack Pociask as well as many extended family members and friends who will forever cherish their memories of him and wish for more.
Zach was the first grandchild in his family and was doted on accordingly. As a child, he was charming and inexhaustible, as evidenced by the time he convinced his family to allow him endless maraschino cherries at the open bar at a family wedding and then spent hours running in circles around the dance floor. As a teen, his natural gentleness and calmness made him a magnet for animals who recognized innately that he could be trusted. Zach loved his mother beyond measure as well as the rest of his family, his friends, his dogs, and his video games. He was loyal, polite, and kind and, though he faced many obstacles, he was surrounded by the love and support of his family and had a bright future ahead of him. He was dearly loved, and will be deeply missed.
A private memorial service will be held with his family in the coming months.