Arabella Joelle Orlevitch, 11, of Morton, Ill., was taken suddenly and abruptly from us to join the chorus of angels in heaven on Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, Ill. She will be watching over all who she touched during her short life.
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Arabella was born Jan. 5, 2003, in Peoria, Ill., to Stephen Robert and Jennifer (Falick) Orlevitch of Morton, Ill. Both survive along with her sister, Josette of Morton, Ill.; her maternal grandmother, Anne Falick of Coconut Creek, Fla.; her paternal grandmother, Carmella Orlevitch of Throop, Pa.; her uncle, Scott and aunt, Jeanne Falick and cousins, Elyssa, Ava and Julia of Cary, N.C.; and her uncle, Paul and aunt, Jayme Orlevitch and cousins, Alex and Lily of Glenside, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Frederick Falick; and her paternal grandfather, Stephen Orlevitch.
Arabella had just finished fifth grade at Peoria Academy. She was enjoying her summer swimming on her Country Club of Peoria swim team, playing golf and dancing in her eighth dance recital at Center Stage Dance Academy in Morton. She loved running Cross Country, especially when she beat her sister. She was on the Cross Country team and Volleyball team at Peoria Academy. She loved reading and was working her way through the Harry Potter series.
Arabella's love for her family was intense. One of her favorite times was the annual beach trip to New Jersey or the Outer Banks. She loved having everyone under one roof.
The light that shown from Arabella's heart had a positive influence on all who met her. She loved animals and regularly devoted her birthday money to TAPS animal shelter. Though Arabella was quiet by nature, once you got to know her you were wowed by her wit, sense of humor and deep thinking. Anyone who was touched by Arabella's heart could not help but live a better life. That will be her legacy. She loved to do activities with both her family and friends. She was the glue that held everyone together. Amazingly, that glue will be stronger because her family will continue to reflect on what Arabella's heart has given them.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton, with Msgr. Gerald T. Ward officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arabella's Heart in care of Morton Community Bank, 721 W. Jackson St., Morton, IL 61550.
To view Arabella's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center
140 S. Detroit Ave
Morton, IL 61550
Published in Scranton Times on July 3, 2014