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Grace Rett
2000 - 2020
Grace Mason Rett UXBRIDGE - Grace Mason Rett born January 14, 2000, died in a tragic car accident while on a training trip with the College of the Holy Cross women's rowing team on Wednesday January 15, 2020, one day after celebrating her 20th birthday. She was the daughter of Christopher and Mary Jo (Mason) Rett of Uxbridge and the sister of Brianne Rett. Grace was raised in Uxbridge and spent the happiest years of her young life attending Our Lady of the Valley Regional School. At OLV Grace was a member of the Diocesan Championship basketball and cross country teams. She was a high honor roll student and Vice President of the National Junior Honor Society. Grace was a member of the yearbook committee, student council, chorus, math and chess clubs. She truly cherished her time at OLV and never forgot her friends, teachers and lessons she learned there. After OLV, Grace attended Marianapolis Preparatory School. At Marianapolis, Grace excelled academically and was a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with Honor. She exempli?ed true leadership in her rolls on the Captains' Council, Salvete, Spiritus and Community Service Council Ministry. Grace graduated as the only 12 season varsity athlete in the class of 2018, having been a member of the varsity basketball and varsity crew fall/spring teams. At graduation she was awarded the Father Casimir Kuckell Memorial Award recognizing the female athlete who displayed ability, enthusiasm, determination, and leadership within athletics. She also played the cello in the orchestra and had many opportunities to share her beautiful singing voice in chorus and at school performances. Although basketball was her first true love, at Marianapolis Grace found her passion for rowing. She spent 8 seasons rowing on the varsity rowing team and truly loved every moment she spent in her boat, with her teammates, her coaches, and on the water. During her time on the crew team Grace was awarded the Best Newcomer, Golden Knight and Outstanding Achievement awards. Grace was a selfless role model and set an example for what a captain and teammate should be. Rowing for Marianapolis was one of her greatest joys and proudest accomplishments. Grace became the first rower in the school's history to be recruited to row at the college level and thus began her journey as a D1 varsity athlete at the College of the Holy Cross. Grace was a force to be reckoned with from the moment she stepped on Mt. St. James. She immersed herself fully in the Jesuit tradition of "men and women for others". She was utterly committed and relentlessly passionate about being a member of the Holy Cross Women's Rowing team. Rowing at the college level was a dream come true for Grace. As a freshman she was awarded the "Unsung Hero" award for her tireless and selfess commitment to the team and others. She had a work ethic second to none and inspired others to "love the fight". In addition to being a member of the rowing team, Grace was an active participant in campus ministry where she attended Athlete Bible Study weekly. Grace worked in the Office of Admissions where she loved to give tours of the beautiful campus and share her love of the college. Grace also worked in the Sports Media Department where she operated the live stream camera. She loved getting to watch her fellow Holy Cross Crusaders in all their athletic endeavors. At Holy Cross Grace was selected to be a Monserrat leader and mentor incoming freshman. Grace was a member of the Liturgical Choir, spent time being a RA and most recently joined the club basketball team. In December of 2019 Grace set the Indoor World Rowing record when she completed 62 hours and 3 seconds of continuous indoor rowing. Grace made the very most of her 20 years on this earth and was beyond proud to go from being an OLV Angel to a Marianapolis Golden Knight to a Holy Cross Crusader. She worked hard and took advantage of every opportunity afforded to her. She traveled to Spain and Italy and attended countless basketball & rowing camps. She played several years of AAU basketball with the Chaos and the Nike Crusader basketball programs. Her most cherished basketball time was playing at Hecla Hoops summer league where she grew from a beginner player to a seasoned athlete and respected coach. Grace never wanted to make any other summer plans that interfered with Hecla Hoops. The most recent rowing camp and the one that changed her life was "Ready, Set, Row" where Grace was transformed into a better rower and a bolder person. Out of all the accolades and achievements Grace had, her most cherished and significant accomplishment was the relationship she had with her sister, Brianne. The two of them were joined by a sisterly bond and friendship like no other. Grace loved her sister fiercely and the times they spent together were the most fun and cherished times of their lives. Grace was a magnificent daughter who blessed her parents in countless ways. Their cup runneth over. In addition to her sister and parents, Grace is survived by her maternal grandparents, Fred and Josephine Mason of Lady Lake, FL, her paternal grandmother, Joyce Rett of Whitinsville. She was the granddaughter of the late Wayne Rett. Grace is also survived by 28 first cousins, 9 second cousins and several aunts and uncles. She leaves behind her two faithful dogs, Sir Lancelot and Bruschi. Above all things Grace believed in family and her strong Catholic faith. She lived every day by the words of her favorite bible verse (which was tattooed on her arm) - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Philippians 4:13. She had an unquenchable personal drive and enjoyed telling people that "pain was a mindset". She learned that it's ok to be afraid, because you will learn to face that fear and stand strong. Calling hours will be Tuesday Jan. 21, 2020 at St. Mary's Church, 77 Mendon Street, Rte. 16, Uxbridge from 2 – 7 PM and a Mass celebrating her life will be held Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM. The family would ask that people come wearing the school/team colors or uniforms that they held in common with Grace. She would want all who attend to be comfortable and spirited. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to Golden Opportunities for Independence, which is an organization that trains dogs who support students and adults with physical and mental health challenges. Donations can be made at Arrangements by

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2020.

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January 21, 2020
2:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
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January 22, 2020
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Shelby Morales

Chris and family,Grace touched many hearts in her brief and amazing life and she was blessed to have such a wonderful family and many friends to share in her journey.May God welcome her into His Home and give you strength in your sorrow.
jim clement

jim clement

I met Grace and one of her rowing team members. She had a beautiful smile and you could tell by looking at her that she was a beautiful human being. God must have needed a beautiful angel in Heaven. May she rest in peace till she meets her family and friends again. Officer Leonard Clementi College of the Holy Cross.
Leonard Clementi

My deepest condolences. I am the parent of two Holy Cross students. I'm terribly saddened by this tragedy and hope that the amazing Holy Cross community gives you strength during this difficult times. May Grace Rest In Peace and God bless your family.

-Lisa Sciarrino

Dearest Joyce, my heart goes out to you and your family. May God give you the needed strength at this sad time in your lives.
Love and prayers, Camille Duridas
Camille Duridas

I did not know Grace but what an amazing person she is. Her loss is felt by many. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

At this time of deep & very personal sadness, please know that caring thoughts & heartfelt sympathy are with you.
Peggie Eveskcige

Me and my family are very sorry for your loss we also lost a daughter at a very young age.
I believe our loved ones are in heaven in the loving arms our God there are no words to console you but please know that we send all of our love and thoughts to your daughter in heaven and will keep u in our prayers
Laura Vazquez

I am so saddened by the loss of your beautiful daughter. My heart breaks for you. Such a tragic accident to happen. Her obituary was such a tribute to her wonderful life and how she lived her life to the fullest. I will continue to pray for you .
Ann Marie Meilbeck

We are so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter, Grace. She was truly a remarkable young woman.
Jean and Rodney Gough
Lisa's aunt and uncle.
Jean Gough

I am so very sorry for your loss of your beautiful girl. Her obituary was a wonderful tribute to a life well lived and loved, but cut short too soon. Keeping you all in my prayers in this difficult time.
Sally Daley

Our daughter Anna was Grace's Cox at Holy Cross. Anna was so proud of Grace's world record accomplishment; Grace gave the team cred. Please know that your Holy Cross family extends to Virginia, and we are sending you our love, support, and heartfelt condolences.
Cynthia and Richard Gibbons

I am so sorry for your loss of your daughter. My condolences to the family. R i p .
Catherine Mullin

My condolences to Grace's family and friends as she rests now in the arms of the angels.

My deepest condolences. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of Grace's family and friends.. may God bless all of you and give you strength to get through this...
Tammy Mesta

Forever young.....
Bob Sama

We are so saddened by the loss of Grace and the accident that the girls endured. Grace was an inspiration and the outpouring of support from the rowing community and Holy Cross has been heartwarming to witness. We are praying for you and your family.
Juile Chandler

My deepest condolences. Sending thoughts and prayers to Grace's family and friends.
Lee-Ann Barkhouse

I know the funeral has just started. I am in Adoration several states away, praying. My two daughters are 21 and 18 and very close. I am a HC alum, and my younger daughter had just completed her application to HC when I received the email about the accident last Tuesday morning. The shock of the news has not left me.
I have written prayers for your family in the Book of Intercession here and will place a photo of Grace in the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Souls, a place of perpetual prayer.
The gestures of support from far and near, many from strangers are so touching. It is reassuring in these days to be reminded that there are so many kind souls in the world. Just to read about Grace and her family inspires me to strive to be a better person.
Grace has made us all stop and reflect upon what it means to live a holy life. Thank you.
Hoy Cross Alum

Our deepest condolences to your family-there are no words. Grace was an amazingly kind and thoughtful young woman, and my children have wonderful memories of their years with her at OLV. She was my son Jarrod's very first friend, and made an anxious little boy feel welcome in anew school. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all for comfort and strength. The Sturniolo family.
Cathy Sturniolo

Our deepest condolences to all of Graces family and friends. What an amazing beautiful young woman, now in the son had a class with Grace his jr year at Marianapolis. Our prayers for her family
Olacio family

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your amazing daughter. She inspired many.
Tom and Judy Shea

I am so very sorry for your terrible loss. What an amazing tribute to Grace. My heart is so heavy for her parents, and her sister. Hold on to your faith and eachother . Please accept my deepest condolences.
Rebecca Ritacco

To the Rett Family,
My family and I are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with Grace and your entire Family. I was an AT at Holy Cross and although I didn't know Grace personally, I knew who she was and often exchanged a friendly "hello" if I saw her around the athletic complex. She seemed like a kind, genuine, and just overall happy person. Over the summer I would see her working with younger athletes in the weight room as part of a summer program and she seemed very passionate about working with those kids. They all seemed to love her just as her family, friends, and teammates did. May she rest in peace and her legacy live on. God Bless.
Wally Trisdale

I went to school with Grace from 1st to 6th grade. She was always so very kind. My heart goes out to her family
Arianna Roland

Joseph Grillo

The words "I'm sorry" can't say enough of how I feel about your loss. Such a beautiful girl who had accomplished so much in her short life.
Barbara and Joe Grillo
Joe Grillo

The Middlesex School Rowers send our condolences and have made a donation in Grace's Honor
Middlesex School Crew Team

My deepest sympathy. Grace has left an amazing legacy.
Pat Powell

To the Rett family - My heart is broken for you all. God give you the strength and grace to go on. She was an amazing, beautiful girl who touched the lives of so many. God Bless you.

I did not know Grace, nor do i know your family.
But I am a Grammy with an already broken heart after losing my granddaughter Gianna to sepsis. When i saw this newsflash i just bowed my head and felt so heartbroken for all of you...........i felt like it was my own family.
Your loss is the loss of a huge community and you will have their love and support, and in that you will find something to lean on to get you thru this..........and that is what will keep Grace in everyone's hearts forever! You have my very sincerest condolences.
Jeanne Davoren

To The Rett Family,
Our deepest condolences. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Grace and the Family.
Angela, Frank, Alyssa Caputo

Rest In Peace sweetie
Ghada Goodwin

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

To the Rett family, please accept our deepest condolences. We are so very very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Grace and the family.
Jessica Lobe

We pray for Grace that her soul may rest in peace as we also pray for the grace of God to enter our hearts and grant the gift of peace for her family and friends.

"God's will hath no why" (Maria von Trapp)
The Grosskopf Family College of the Holy Cross '20, '20

Donald Cape

To the Rett family:

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Grace. Though I never knew her personally, I am nonetheless humbled by her example of service to others. It reminds me how far I, at more than twice her age, have to go to become all that God created me to be.

I will keep Grace, and all of you, in my prayers.
A fellow parishioner

Vero Beach mourns for the family and friends of Grace. The community is horrified. But I believe God has big plans for Grace and may you feel her presence in gentle breezes, beautiful sunsets, and the ripple on the water when an oar dips in. Peace.
Carol O'Leary

Having children her age ,my heart breaks for you . Such a remarkable young woman -amazing really . I never knew Grace , sadly. Peace and prayers for you all -

Dear Rett Family Members:

Our sincerest condolences and our thoughts and prayers on the loss of your daughter, and
Brienne's sister, Grace. Grace was and is a true crusader and an inspiration to all of us. She will be kept in our thoughts and prayers, as well as all of your family and the family of Holy Cross, especially the members of the crew team. God Bless you all.


John S. McCann as a member of and on behalf of the Class of 1963; and St. Luke the Evangelist Parish and Choir.

Mary Jo, Chris and Brianne
A new Angel to light your paths and your own journeys...
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13
There are no words to ease your pain..know that you are all lifted up in prayer with love.
Pam Donnelly

My deepest and most sincere condolences for the entire Rett family. Grace will continue to be a model for us all for the full embracing of life.
Edward Sembor

Dear Rett family,
I do not know any of you. My heart hurts for all of you. What a lovely girl ! I pray that in the days ahead you will find peace and strength as I am sure Grace would want.GOD has other plans for her..
Debra Blenkhorn

To the Rett family,

My husband and I marveled as we watched the news profile on Grace setting the indoor world rowing record. How did she do that? we asked. After reading her eulogy, it is just one of many of her amazing accomplishments.

Although we did not know Grace, surely I must have had a fleeting image of her going through Hogan, leading one of those campus tours.

Grace has seen the light of God's face.

Our prayers are with your family. May God's love and peace sustain you in the days that follow.

A member of the Holy Cross community

Dear Rett Family,

Youve raised an amazing daughter who was an inspiration to everyone who knew her! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, Graces teammates and the entire Holy Cross Community during this difficult time. May your faith sustain you and bring you peace.

The Cheeseman Family
Cassie Cheeseman

Dear Rett family. I do not know any of you personally, but I have shed tears each and every time I have read of the loss of your beautiful, talented, and amazing daughter. I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you and all touched by her passing in my thoughts and prayers.

Jane E. MacDonnell
A Mom from Uxbridge
Jane MacDonnell

Grace was surely destined for greater things with the Lord, in His name.

To Mary Jo, Chris, and Brianne,

Words cannot express how deeply sad I am for the loss of your sweet Grace. I remember the day she was born. Grace. She lived up to the name in all ways. In her short life she accomplished so much. Her legacy will no doubt continue to inspire others. May we all strive to live a life so full. My heart breaks for you, though I know she is at peace and with our Lord whom she loved so deeply.

May God watch over this family during this most difficult time.
Matthew 18:14
Maureen Lepak

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