Allie was remembered for her brilliant sense of humor and love of art during her funeral on Dec. 20. Massacred children Benjamin Wheeler and Catherine Hubbard, both 6, were remembered for their bright spirits during their burial the same day.
Children’s funerals are becoming a sad theme in Newtown, Conn. as more precious kids were laid to rest on Dec. 20. As family and friends mourned the young lives taken too soon on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School by Adam Lanza‘s bullets, the children were celebrated and remembered for their vibrant personalities.
Allie Wyatt Was a Funny Girl and Budding Artist
Those gathered at 6-year-old Allie Wyatt’s funeral remembered her as as a bright, funny girl who loved making people laugh. “She was goofy,” Rev. Walter L Pittman said, who led her funeral on Dec. 20. “She was funny. She had her two grandfathers wrapped around her finger and she knew it.”
No friends or family members spoke at her service, but Rev. Pittman recalled her many talents and the impact she had at such a young age.
“You are a very fortunate group,” he said. “At some point over the past six years, Allie Wyatt got in your way and you are better for it.” She was a budding artist who was known to cover her parents house in her colorful drawings and paintings.
Catherine Hubbard Never Met an Animal She Didn’t Like
Friends and family members paid tribute to Catherine Hubbard, 6, by leaving stuffed animals on the front lawn of St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, where her funeral mass was held on Dec. 20. She loved animals, and had asked Santa for a pet every year since she was old enough to talk.
Catherine, a bright red-headed girl, also loved wearing pink, so pink flowers lined the back of the church and the priest wore pink vestments during the service, all in honor of her favorite color. Her mom Jennifer Hubbard said she was close with her older brother Frederick — even though Catherine ended up taking care of her big brother. He said during the service that his sister was looking down on him from heaven.
Benjamin Wheeler Was a Fan of the Beatles
The funeral for Benjamin Wheeler, 6, was held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 20. He was remembered as an “irrepressibly bright and spirited boy” by his friends and family, according to the New York Post.
His Uncle, Andrew Wheeler, even made the long trip from Hawaii to Newtown, thanks to donations from American and Hawaiian Airlines, to remember his sweet nephew.
Benjamin loved the Beatles, and even though his burial on Dec. 20 was private, he was remembered at a vigil on Dec. 18, where his mom Francine Wheeler said her son “was more interested in the subways than the museums and the zoos,” when he traveled into New York City.
So sad that these lives were cut so short. Our thoughts are with the victims’ families during this difficult time.
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