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Paige Barrie Aiello of Hillsborough, NJ went missing on April 9, 2013 and was pronounced dead on May 8, 2013. Paige was born in Princeton, NJ on April 11, 1991. She attended all Hillsborough Public schools and graduated from Hillsborough High School with honors in 2009. She was captain of the varsity tennis team and was Editor in Chief of the HS Yearbook. Paige continued her studies at The College of New Jersey, where she graduated with honors earning a GPA of 3.68. She was a co-captain of the varsity tennis team and member of Lambda Pi Eta, which is The National Communication Association Honor Society, and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council. During her four years at college she was given an award for being a scholar athlete every semester as well as Dean's List. Upon graduation from TCNJ, Paige was expected to attend Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ. This is a moment in life that there are simply no words to truly describe this incredible young woman. A measure of a person is the effect and impact they had on others. Paige was loved by all and had a positive effect on everyone she touched. Paige was caring, honest, trustworthy and revered by her friends, classmates and teammates. She was a selfless individual who put the needs of others before her own. Paige participated in Locks of Love for victims of cancer. She enjoyed teaching young children tennis. The genuine enthusiasm and happiness of the children brought joy to Paige's heart. Paige's smile and laugh were contagious. During the search for Paige, the outpouring of the genuine human spirit of goodness would have moved her. It was as selfless as Paige was herself. People placed peach colored ribbons on their homes and businesses from our hometown to as far away as Korea and Australia. The ribbons reaffirmed the faith and the hope that she would return home safely. Prayer groups were formed all over New Jersey and the US in an attempt to collaboratively bring Paige home.
Paige is survived by thousands of people whom she touched, her parents Robin and Christopher, beloved sister Erin, her loving grandfathers George Aiello and Irving Sandler, Aunts Alyssa Aiello and Luanne Sisselman, Uncles Michael Natiello and Jay Sisselman and loved cousins.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Hillsborough Funeral Home located at 796 Route 206 South, Hillsborough, NJ from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-9:00 p.m. All that have known Paige or have been affected by Paige's story are welcomed to attend a celebration of Paige's life at the Unitarian Church, located at 4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, NJ at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 followed by a funeral at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Donations may be made to Bianca's Kids at www.biancaskids.org or to the Out of The Darkness Organization at www.afsp.org.
Published in Courier News on May 16, 2013