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LARA D. GASS Obituary
Age 27, was tragically taken from this earthly life in a multi-car accident in Virginia on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, two months from graduating from Washington & Lee University Law School. She was born in Memphis, TN on April 11, 1986. Beloved daughter of Jay S. and Gerri (Zebroski) Gass of Adams, TN; loving sister of Christopher Gass and wife, Kim, of Pullman, WA and Jason Gass of Portland, ME; cherished granddaughter of John T. Zebroski of Moon Township and the late Geraldine (Andrew) Zebroski, John H. and Barbara (Wentz) Gass; great-niece of Thelma (Wentz) Stucke; niece of Linda (Zebroski) Cross and husband, Ed, of Moon Township; cousin of Thomas Cross and Derek Cross and wife, Paula; girlfriend of Chris Wagner of Evansville, IN. Lara had a positive impact as a leader in many law school ventures. She was the Symposium Editor for the Law Review, brought success to the Review's fall Roe Symposium, and served as a Kirgis Fellow during her 2L year, positively impacting her group of 1Ls. Lara, published in Law Review, was active in WLSO, influencing the content for a panel for Women Practicing Law. Lara was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the National Leadership Honor Society in recognition for her academic achievements, her leadership abilities, and her service to the law school and university community. She graduated in 2008, cum laude from University of Washington in Political Science where she was a proud member of Delta Gamma Sorority. Always involved, she was a Big Sister (even before college) tutoring first grade students, volunteering in King County (Washington State) Bar Association's Central Legal Clinic after college, and in numerous ways during law school. Her deep desire to do justice and help the needy stemmed from her three years of experience in a family law firm. "She was a vibrant and caring member of our community whose good cheer and positive attitude have always been infectious." Lara was an avid reader and enjoyed training and running in many half marathons. Visitation Friday, March 21, 2014, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 22, 2014, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at COPELAND'S MOON TOWNSHIP, 981 Brodhead Rd. Funeral Service will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sharon Community Presbyterian Church, 522 Carnot Rd., Moon Township, PA 15108. Rev. Roger Howard will officiate. Because of her passion for justice, and in lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to W & L Law General Scholarship Fund, in memory of Lara Gass, Office of University Development, 204 West Washington St., Lexington, VA 24450, or to Innocence Project, 40 Worth St., Suite 701, NY, NY 10013, Attention Development Department. www.exonerate.org/how-to-help/contribute/
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Mar. 21, 2014
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