Lauren D. Astley
Lauren Dunne Astley, 18, died Monday, July 4, 2011, in Wayland. Lauren was born in Boston, on April 1, 1993, the daughter of Mary K. Dunne of Weston, and Malcolm L. Astley of Wayland. Lauren was a lifelong resident of Wayland and was a graduate of Wayland High School, Class of 2011. She was planning to attend Elon University in North Carolina this fall. She was an accomplished tennis player and was a member of the Muses, an a capella singing group. Lauren also studied French horn, with Pam Paikin of Wayland, and played in the MetroWest Youth Symphony Orchestra. For eight years she attended the YMCA Camp Nellie Huckins in Freedom, N.H., as a camper and then as a counselor. In 2006, Lauren excelled in the leading role in "Annie" at the Weston Friendly Society of the Performing Arts. She was also avidly interested in the fashion business, valued her work at the Natick clothing store, 344, and was skilled in customer relations and sales. She was an active member of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Wayland where she sang in the childrens choir, took part in the Youth Group, and also volunteered on several trips to help with rebuilding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She could drive a stick shift. Lauren was a self-possessed young woman of energy, hope, and caring, who lived her life with laughter and to the fullest. In addition to her parents, Lauren is survived by her maternal grandmother, Patricia (Dennen) Dunne of East Falmouth. Lauren also leaves many other relatives, including her aunts, Anne Hourihan, wed to Jerry Hourihan of Walpole, and their children, Daniel and Michael; Barbara Paulsen, wed to Bruce Paulsen of New York City, N.Y., and their daughter, Anna; Kathleen Dunne, wed to Bruce Lavarusa of Long Island, N.Y., and her sons, Brian and Matthew DeSantis. Lauren also leaves her uncles, Robert Dunne of Long Island, N.Y., and Mason Royden Astley of Worcester, wed to Christine (Bruce) of Worcester, and their children, Mason Mills Astley of Boston, wed to Christina Mills Astley, and their son, Alexander; and Anne Astley Padnuk of Sebastian, Fla., wed to Ryan Padnuk, and their daughters, Arya and Leela. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 11 a.m., at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Wayland, 50 Cochituate Road (Rtes. 20 and 27/126), Wayland Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund whose mission is the promotion of dynamic educational programs, particularly those in the areas of the development of healthy teen relationships, the arts, and community service. Contributions may be mailed to Village Bank, 62 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA. 01778. It is requested that those who are attending the memorial service park at St. Anns Parish, 124 Cochituate Road (Rte. 27), Wayland. Continuous shuttle service will start at 9:45 a.m., from St. Anns to First Parish Church. Limited parking will be available at the Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road and Trinitarian Congregational Church, 53 Cochituate Road. Parking will not be available at First Parish Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland. For on-line condolences please visit

Published by MetroWest Daily News from Jul. 8 to Jul. 10, 2011.
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A Mom Of. An Angel
July 1, 2021
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A Mom of An Angel
July 1, 2020
I know years have passed since Lauren's death, but please know she will never be forgotten. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Lauren, but maybe in the next life. Prayers go out to her family and friends. She had so much to live for, but she was too beautiful for this world. May she rest in peace.
A Friend In Texas
September 9, 2018
My daughter Emily and I were fortunate to have been in the Weston Friendly Society’s production of Annie. We will remember Lauren as a perfect Annie on stage and in person- so sweet, pretty and talented. Even though she was the star, she always had time and kind words for the younger kids who had smaller roles in the show.

We are so sorry for your loss.
John and Emily Royer
August 1, 2011
I never knew Lauren Astley, but I cannot seem to get over her senseless death. Such a beautiful girl with her whole life in front of her... She should be getting ready to attend college and enjoying her summer with her family and friends. Lauren, rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you....
July 31, 2011
Such a tragic loss ... my deepest sympathies to Lauren's parents, family, and friends. May Lauren rest in peace.
Bob Richards
July 19, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May Lauren rest in peace.
July 18, 2011
Thoughts and prayers to friends and family
Christopher Doll
July 17, 2011
Malcolm, I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. Compassionately, John Withee.
July 17, 2011
I'm a teacher at Wayland Public Schools and although I never had Lauren, I share the entire community's grief. Lauren's parents have shown incredible grace, forgiveness and compassion in regard to this horrific tragedy. I am deeply saddened by their loss and by the entire community's loss of this beautiful child.
July 16, 2011
Rest in peace. May God bless you and family
Sonia Bonilla
July 16, 2011
I'm so sorry over your loss. I heard Lauren's dad being interviewed on the radio driving home from Boston yesterday (Friday). And in my local newspaper Saturday AM... so I had to go online to send my prayers to all of you. I pray for strength, peace, and hope to re-enter your lives. Such a tragic loss.
July 16, 2011
I am saddened with your loss and will keep Lauren, her family and many friends in my prayers. May God be with you at this difficult time
July 15, 2011
Rest in peace. You are beautiful.
Lauren Zuckerman
July 15, 2011
Our hearts our saddened for the loss of such a wonderful girl, we wish you comfort and peace in the days to come.
Moodz Spa and Salon
karen laroche
July 15, 2011
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 I am praying for Lauren's family and friends that God will wrap you in His loving arms and and give you comfort. I am so sorry this has happened. Where Lauren is there is no tears, no pain or suffering. May you take comfort in knowing she is with her Heavenly Father and you will be reunited with her for all of eternity. Ask God to help you get thru this and He will. His promises are true. Know that there are many praying for everyone that loved Lauren. May God BLess you and keep you all in His care today and always.
Carol Minor
July 14, 2011
You will be sorely missed at Elon. You could have made such wonderful impact on our school, and the class of 2015 as a whole. Rest in peace, your presence will always be with us
Elon Classmate of 2015
July 14, 2011
As a fellow Nellie Huckins family, our hearts are breaking for you as you endure the unendurable. May you find some comfort and peace in knowing your daughter was a beautiful, special spirit that touched so many others with light and love.
a mom
July 14, 2011
Rest in peace Lauren. Your phoenix presence will always be with us.
July 14, 2011
Rest in peace Lauren. Your phoenix presence will always be with us
Elon classmate 2015
July 14, 2011
Lauren, you always found something nice to say about everyone. Your smile truly did light up the room, as did your voice. Unintentionally, you would brighten my day by saying something nice or making a joke. You will be missed by so many. Rest in peace.
A Fellow 2011 Graduate
July 14, 2011
Lauren, i regret never having the chance to know you at WHS. You were such a beautiful girl and it is clear that you had such an impact on so many people. I hate to think of everyone's lives so changed especially right before your classmates begin their first semester of college. i'm sorry that opportunity was taken form you. it is clear your passion for life lives on in the love shown among the people your life has brought together. my thoughts and prayers are for your spirit, family & friends. Rest in peace. <3
A 2010 classmate
July 13, 2011
You will be in my heart always and forever Lauren. Stay Classy angel
July 13, 2011
Whenever a child is lost, all mothers weep together...This was once said to me by my college roommate about the vision she had upon losing a baby, of being surrounded by many weeping women...I've never forgotten this and I believe it to be I have wept with and about friends', cousins', and colleagues' and yes, strangers' loss of children...We all share your pain...No, we do not pretend our experience is your experience. Of course it is not. Yet, we do know. By virtue of being mothers we are connected in some very organic way, and we do know your pain...and we weep...for you and with you and for your beautiful wonderful daughter.
Connecticut Mother
July 12, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
July 12, 2011
My heart goes out to Laurens Family and Friends. I will never know what its like to lose or even think about the loss of a child as I have no children - but I know how sad I feel following this terrible tragedy and I cant even begin to know how her family and friends are feeling. Please know that even strangers are praying for you at this very sad time. May God Bless All Laurens Family and Friends.
July 12, 2011
Mary and Family: My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to you all. Lauren was a beautiful person inside and out. Her 1000-megawatt smile -- like your many kindnesses over the years -- is forever etched in my memory.
Franna Diamond
July 12, 2011
So sorry for your loss, just know that the Lord is holding her in his arms. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
A Mom
July 12, 2011
To Lauren's parents and friends - this heartbreaking tragedy has painfully touched everyone ever so deeply. Wishing and hoping the love that surrounds all of you can help ease some of the pain. Lauren's photo speaks volumes about the vibrant individual she was. May her spirit surround you with the same vitality and love. So young , so beautiful, so wrong.
A Mom
July 12, 2011
Dear Astley Family,
I do not know you, nor did I know your beautiful, beloved daughter. I just want you to know that my heart aches for you and I sincerely hope that the wonderful memories of your sweet, bright, loving daughter help you get through this most difficult time of your lives. May God bless you and remember that your lovely, beautiful daughter is now watching over you.
Linda from Hyannis
July 11, 2011
May God watch over your family during this difficult time.
July 11, 2011
It breaks my heart every time I think of the loss the Astley family and the Wayland community have suffered in the passing of such a lovely young woman. Lauren
July 11, 2011
To Lauren's Dear Family,
Our words cannot ease your sorrow.
We are broken hearted. Take solace in the love Lauren gave. She remains in our prayers. May God grant you peace.
Please accept our deepest condolences,
Ivers' Family
Toni Ivers
July 11, 2011
Today is the anniversary of my sons demise and I know the grief and pain that you feel. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. God must have be in need of more angels.

LSK Wayland, MA
July 11, 2011
Deepest Condolences to the Astley Family.

Lauren will forever be in our prayers.
Angela & Mishyia
July 11, 2011
What an incredibly beautiful young woman. Your hearts are could they not be. I am deeply sorry.
Patricia L. Getz......Montana
Patricia Getz
July 10, 2011
To All of Lauren's family/friends:

My heart is broken to hear of such a senseless loss. I am deeply touched by the compassion of Lauren's dad.A wonderful man of grace and concern for others.May Lauren's priceless smile shine upon her family/friends and help carry them through the days ahead. keep her memory in your hearts and she will always walk with you.
A caring mom
July 10, 2011
Im so sorry for your loss your daughter was a beautiful person ....JB
July 10, 2011
To the family of Lauren, and especially the mom. As Mom who lost a daughter, I completley feel your hurt, pain shock, heartache and pain May Lauren's memories help to soothe your feelings now and forever. A mom who grieves her only daughter . Mom of Gus 31, Fred 29 and the late Frankie May born 22 of August 22 1977 and passed away the 30th of October 2010. RIP Frankie May and Lauren love your family and friends.
Cynthia Jokinen
July 10, 2011
Lauren's life was filled with many successes, many friendships, many talents, devotion to her friends and family, and much love. A life too brief, but she left this world a better place, touching lives in a positive way. Many of us in the metro-Boston area mourn Lauren's death. I wish you peace in your time of deep sorrow. I know some wonderful souls in heaven, she will be among the best, this I know.

A friend who cares, Concord, MA
July 10, 2011
May your beautiful daughter rest in peace. I hope that you find great comfort in her memory.

A Mom for N.H.
July 10, 2011
I never knew Lauren, but I have gone to Camp Huckins since i was a junior. Every counselor cried when they heard about her at camp, none of us campers knew what was going on until we got home. I'm so very very sorry for your loss, my condolences.
July 10, 2011
I am so very sorry for your loss. Having lost a Neice suddenly last yr,I know how tough it is for the whole family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy D.
July 10, 2011
Rest in peace beautiful girl.
July 10, 2011
To the Astley Family
I was fortunate enough to meet your beautiful daughter on several occasions when she would come in for appointments at her pediatricians office.I got to watch her grow into the extraordinary young woman she became and she was one of my favorite patients.I am truly saddened by this horrible tragedy and my sincere thought and prayers are with all of you in this time of mourning.Lauren was an extraordinary girl and it's obvious how much she has touched so many lives.RIP sweet angel!
Jamie Patton
July 9, 2011
Mary and Malcolm,
My deepest prayers and thoughts are yours. Know that you are surrounded by love, just as your love surrounded Lauren. With great sorrow and sympathy.
Elaine Varelas Ryan
July 9, 2011

I just got home to learn of this unimaginable tragedy! I wish I had words to comfort you but I can't imagine there are any! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sharon Kenny
July 9, 2011
To the Astley Family:
Please accept my deep and sincere condolences on you sudden, unexpected, and untimely loss. Although I never had the opportunity to meet your Daughter, I am more than sure that she was a fine and wonderful person. May God give you strength during this most difficult time.
Thomas Turner
July 9, 2011
My heart goes out to you and your family. It is hard to imagine your pain with Lauren's tragic death. I know from seeing you expertly teach my children many years ago in Brookline that you provided love, understanding, and guidance to Lauren. Your loss is beyond comprehension. My heart and hopes are with you as you grieve.
Susan Hellerstein
July 9, 2011
Words cannot express the heartache you are experiencing as a family. We grieve with you as a community and will keep you close in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate the darkest days of your lives.
Gone too soon.
May God place HIS loving arms around Lauren and bring some comfort to her grieving family.
July 9, 2011
May God give you strength to help with your unbearable loss.
July 9, 2011
to malcolm and mary,
you don't know me but lauren's death has been on my mind since i heard about it on july 4th.
the horrific and devastating loss of your precious daughter has profoundly shocked the boston community and beyond. you two will always be in my prayers and i hope that time eases your pain. with the deepest sympathy and sorrow. barbara gershen
barbara gershen
July 9, 2011
in some way we grew up together (remember being in cabin Q?) I'll never forget the summers we spent together and I only wish we could have had more. You and your family will always hold a spot in my heart.

love, Martha
Martha Berliner
July 8, 2011
Our sincere sympathy to you. May you have the strength to endure this terrible loss.
Winchester Family
July 8, 2011
To the Astley Family,
WE are so very sorry to hear about the tragic death of your daughter.My son, Bob Steel was employed at Wayland High and I lost him at the holidays due to being hit by a vehicle while walking.When a tragedy occurs to your child no words can help heal your pain,but I understand what you must be going through.As a parent,you do not know how you are going to make each new day,but it is one day at a time.May God Bless you both at this most difficult time.Our hearts and love go out to you and your family.
Sally Steel and Family
July 8, 2011
My deepest and sincerest sympathy and condolences on your loss. Lauren was a most beautiful girl. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Gary Dubinsky
July 8, 2011
I am sooo sorry for your loss. I dont know your family .. or Lauren.. but have followed the story. I lost my brother at the age of 33 suddenly, and only hope you have more peace than I have. As a catholic, I can only believe that your daughter is in heaven enjoying life's greatest gifts... please remember this.. when sadness takes over, which will happen.. prayers for the whole family,
deb linton
natick ma
July 8, 2011
To the family of Lauren, may you know so many people are deeply saddened by the tragic and senseless loss of your beautiful daughter. May she rest in peace and in God's hands. Our prayers go out for both Lauren and her family.
July 8, 2011
Lauren is God's Latest Angel, RIP <3
July 8, 2011
May God give you strength on the road ahead. We are heartbroken by your loss. Our prayers are with the Astley family.
A Mom & Dad
July 8, 2011
Sending prayers to the Astley family.
July 8, 2011
On behalf of CARE and Citizens for Public Schools, I want to express our deep sadness and condolences to a member of our community who has suffered a heart-breaking loss. To Malcolm Astley, who has actively participated and shared his ideas over the years on our listserv and at CPS events, our hearts go out to you.

I share the appreciation of so many others who have remarked on the enormous courage and compassion shown by Malcolm.

Best wishes to you, Malcolm, and to Lauren's mother for support and comfort in this terrible time.
Lisa Guisbond
July 8, 2011
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
A Friend
July 8, 2011
May God comfort you during this very difficult time and may your fond memories of Lauren ease your pain.

A local Mom
July 8, 2011
I don't know you, But my heart was broken by the Loss of your Daughter May she rest in peace. She is with God now but will watch over your family.
Marlboro Mom
July 8, 2011
To the Astley Family, my deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter. My God bless you and give you strength in such a difficult time. Lauren as well as her family you will be in my prayers God Bless.
Eliana Lozada
July 8, 2011
I am deeply sorry for your loss ... May you all have faith that one day , you will all meet again..

A girl from Hudson
S Frade
July 8, 2011
Thomas & Richard Turner of Wayland wish to express our Deepest sympathy to the
Astley family during this very difficult time.
Richard P Turner
July 8, 2011
God bless her family and friends. My deepest condolences.
A Mom
July 8, 2011
My deepest condolences to the Asterly and Dunne Families. May she rest in peace. May the lord and happy memories comfort you at this difficult time.

A Massachusetts Mom
July 8, 2011
Mr. Asterly & Ms. Dunne & Angel LAUREN:

My condolences to the family. May Lauren rest in eternal peace and May Her Parents Keep Her Memories Forever Alive.
Again I am sorry for Your Loss..

A Mom
July 8, 2011
My deepest of sympathies are extended at this time to Lauren's Family and Friends. May she rest in Eternal Peace and God comfort you at this time.
Michelle Maxwell
July 8, 2011
Rest In Peace Lauren. Look over your family now.
July 8, 2011
To Lauren's family & friends, my sympathies. She is in a better place and at peace now. A beautiful young woman I did not know but her story has touched many lives. My prayers go out to you all.
Kathy Piazza
July 8, 2011
So very sorry for your heart aches for the Astley family. Rest in peace Lauren....
July 8, 2011
So sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. As a parent I can't imagine the pain you are feeling...stay strong. I don't know you or your family but I felt I needed to let you know your family and Lauren are in everyone's prayers.
July 8, 2011
I did not know you,my heart is broken for this loss, my prayers are with all.May the lord comfort you in this time of great sorrow.
July 8, 2011
may god bless your family.
July 8, 2011
My deepest condolences to The Astley Family for the tragic loss of your beautiful daughter. May, Lauren Dunne Astley, rest in peace.....
Joan Dudley
July 8, 2011
Although we don't know each other, my heart breaks for your terrible loss. Prayers will continue for healing for all.
Jan D
July 8, 2011
I'm so sorry for your immense loss. May God be with you.
July 7, 2011
My condolences to the family. May your precious Lauren rest in eternal peace.
July 7, 2011
rip lauren .. too young to be taken ..
July 7, 2011
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