The Sadness of Mortality

8 08 2005

Grove City College Junior Dies In Hiking Accident

With great sadness, Grove City College shared with the campus community news of the tragic death of Lauren Castanza, a Grove City College junior, who died after a hiking accident in New York on July 30.

Lauren was a junior biology major at Grove City and was active on Orientation Board and the Orchesis Dance Troupe and served as a statistician for the men’s soccer team. She will be remembered as a vibrant part of the campus community—dedicated in her Christian faith and influential in the lives of her friends and classmates.

Arrangements for visitation and the funeral service are provided below. A memorial service will be held in September in Harbison Chapel for the Grove City College community. Lauren, 19, lived with her parents, Mark and Pamela Castanza, and her brother, Sam, at 11080 Transit Road, East Amherst, N.Y. 14051.

Grove City College students who have concerns or would just like to talk may contact Dr. Stan Keehlwetter, Dean of the Chapel, at (724) 458-2142 or fskeehlwetter@gcc.edu.

Visitation with the Castanza Family will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 4, at the Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14221; (716) 836-6500.

The funeral service for Lauren will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 5 at the Chapel at CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Parkway, Getzville, N.Y. 14086; (716) 631-2636; www.thechapel.com.

More information in available in the Buffalo News at www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20050731/1005186.asp.

We don’t think we’re going to die. Well, we do. But we think we’re going to die at the average American death age of 77.71 years. But sometimes, this doesn’t happen.

There’s no reason to live a life of fear. When it’s your time is up, it’s up. God has allowed us so many days. However, we don’t know how many we have. And we also don’t know why some people have fewed than others. Lauren was a great Christian girl. Why would the Lord take her home? Why didn’t He take some person who would cause death and destruction and not hope and life?


There’s no reason to live a life of fear. When it’s your time is up, it’s up. God has allowed us so many days. However, we don’t know how many we have. And we also don’t know why some people have fewed than others. Lauren was a great Christian girl. Why would the Lord take her home? Why didn’t He take some person who would cause death and destruction and not hope and life?

Be thankful for each morning. Each day is precious. We don’t often think of this. Perhaps we should.

In the midst of our quest to enjoy our lives, perhaps we need to take the time to be thankful for the breath we have. And to reflect on the plan for each of us.


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