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Obit Grace Campbell 090414

Grace Madison Campbell

Born: 5/23/01    Syracuse, NY
Died: 8/25/14    Colchester, VT

Grace Campbell, 13, passed away on August 25, 2014 to be with her predeceased grandparents, Bernard and Joanna Campbell (Mimi & Papa).

Grace is survived by her parents, Matt and Anne (Furlani) Campbell; her sisters, Lexie and Kaley; grandparents, Al and Alyce Furlani; aunts and uncles, John and Kerry Plunkett, Steve and Lisa Rogers, Jeff and Roberta Jarvis, Peggy Campagna, Jeff Campagna, Tom Bissonette  and Teri Furlani, Chris and Kathy Furlani, Jeff and Mary Turnbaugh, and Mike Furlani; and many cousins and second cousins.

Grace, we can’t begin to put into words how much everyone loved you! Grace was a beautiful young girl with an incredible sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She was a great person to so many friends and she wanted to tell Brooke, Ally, Elise, Alex, Olivia, Maddie, Avery and Sam that you meant so much to her and you all were the best friends ever. Grace said to stay strong, reach for the stars and she will see you later!

Grace enjoyed a lot of things in life. She loved her family and had many great times together at home and traveling to Maine beaches to body surf or being the “Rink Rat” when Lexie and Kaley were playing hockey games. Grace was always smiling no matter what was going on.

Grace’s biggest anticipation was being able to go out on Lake Champlain to tube, jet-ski, cliff jump, swim, or just hang out with her family. She laughed and joked with her sisters Lexie and Kaley and cousin Connor and loved being on the water with them.

Grace’s other winter interests were snowboarding and playing hockey for the Burlington Bobcats. She met so many great coaches and teammates who truly touched her life in so many ways.

Grace enjoyed spending time with her grandparents, Al and Alyce Furlani (Papa and Mamet), and Tuesdays with Bernie and Joanna Campbell (Mimi and Papa). So many great times with so many people.

The most important people she truly loved more than anything were Lexie, Kaley, mom and dad. Together we built a loving family that will have everlasting memories.

The other very important best friend in her life was our dog, Mazie. Mazie would greet Grace at the bus stop everyday and stay right with Grace into the house. So many hugs and kisses from Mazie, “The Best Dog Ever”, she would always say.

Recently, she got another friend, Charlotte, the guinea pig who loved to jump around her room and cuddle.

We will hold on tight to all those great times we had for the last 13 years. It was so fulfilling to see Grace grow and succeed as a person, student, athlete, and overall life skills.

Grace was smart, strong, and always knew what was going on around her. She didn’t miss a beat. She set the bar high always telling us she would be an orthopedic surgeon and we said “Go For It”. You can do it! Reach for the stars.

“Our support and love will never fade! We were honored to be her parents and will always be together Grace”.

We also would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who touched Grace’s life in one way or another, countless teachers, coaches, and so many friends and family, an unbelievable group of people who mean so much to Grace and us!

Grace, you will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you so much Amazing Grace. Mom, Dad, Lexie, and Kaley.

When you head out on Lake Champlain, hit the snowboarding slopes, body surf the waves or watch a great hockey game, think of Grace!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church on North Avenue in Burlington. There will be no visiting hours. Arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. in Winooski. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and Greater Burlington Humane Society.  On line condolences can be shared with the family at www.lavignefuneralhome.com.