She will be remembered for her smile, loud laugh
More than 1,000 attend funeral in high school for 15-year old killed in car crash last week

Excerpts from an article by Jim Bart, Editor - Carver County News, Watertown

Friends and family members referred to Stacy Ann Vanderlinde as having an infectious smile.

Her laugh could identify her from a distance, they said.

One friend mentioned Stacy hated her hair when she dyed it blonde, but she grew into it.

More than one person kiddingly warned God to "Watch out for this one."

These were just a few of the memories of Stacy written on paper that lined the back wall of the Watertown-Mayer High School gym Saturday, Feb. 12.

The gym, usually reserved for high-spirited athletic events, was used for the first time for a funeral.

Vanderlinde, a 15-year old freshman at W-M, died in a one car rollover at 5:14 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 8 on Carver Co. Rd. 21, one-half mile north of Co. Rd. 122 near the Hollywood Sports Complex in Hollywood Township....

Pastors from the community were in the media center of the high school the morning after the crash to help students with their grief.

Students wrote messages to Stacy, Michelle, and their parents during the morning hours in the media center.  Notes were also placed around Stacy's locker and in the adjacent hallway.

Throughout the day, students came by to look at the notes, hug each other and cry.

Approximately 1,000 people attended the funeral officiated by Fr. James Livingston of St. Boniface Catholic Church, where the family attended.

Stacy was interred at the St. Boniface Cemetery in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.


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