Madison: Bryan A. Edge, 37, died on May 6, 2013 in his mother’s arms and surrounded by his family and friends at St. Mary’s Hospital. Bryan lived at home with his mother. He attended East High School and was supported after high school by Access to Communities, Successful Work Options, and independent nurses who helped with providing his care when Bryan required 24/7 nursing care due to his tracheostomy and his other medical conditions. Bryan was a fighter and fought until the end, and he passed on his own agenda.

Bryan is survived by his parents, Sue Persinger of Madison, Kenneth (Donna) Edge of Monona; a brother, Steve (Val) Edge of Hancock; a sister, Debi Edge of Middleton; maternal grandmother, Bette Persinger of Waunakee; paternal grandmother, Neva Edge of Sun Prairie; nieces, Kelsey and Ashley Edge of Hancock; nephews, Dylan and Austin Edge of Hancock, Caleb Edge of Middleton; uncles, Mike Persinger and Troy Brown of Madison, David (Georgia) Edge of Sun Prairie; aunts, Sharon (Bill) Pounders and Carol Christie of Madison and numerous cousins, great aunts and great uncles.

Bryan was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Arleigh Persinger and Kenneth Edge, Sr. and great-grandparents, Helene and Clarence Bleck and Geraldine and Guy Persinger.

Huge thanks and appreciation to Bryan’s independent private duty nurses, Tammy Marlene, Herminia, Tenzin, Laura, Marie, Misty and Judy; the nurses and staff at St. Mary’s Hospital on 5 East and MICU; and to Sue O’Brien and the staff at Home Health United for their loving care and support to Bryan.

Bryan touched many lives. His infectious smile and laugh could make you forget about your bad day and he would get you laughing with him. His love of country music, especially songs by Alan Jackson and Toby Keith would make him smile and laugh these huge belly laughs. Bryan will truly be missed by all of the lives that he touched. You are my special angel. I love and miss you, but know that you are in a better place.

A funeral service to celebrate Bryan’s life will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue with Pastor Cynthia Hammer-Bacon officiating.

Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be on Friday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.