LANIE KRUSZEWSKI
KRUSZEWSKI, Lanie Marie, beloved daughter, sister, and friend, died this past Sunday, July 29, 2012. She is survived by her parents, Patty and Reggie Kruszewski; two sisters, Leah and Jackie; and dear friend, Daniel Pritchett. She is also survived by her grandmothers, Phyllis Heberling of Virginia Beach, Grace Kruszewski of Newport News, and Marilyn Heberling of Atlantic Beach, Florida. Born March 4, 1988, Lanie attended Maggie Walker Governor's School in Richmond and graduated from James Madison University in 2011. She was an avid athlete, excelling at field hockey, soccer and basketball. More recently, she helped coach field hockey at Maggie Walker. Lanie was a food enthusiast, receiving a scholarship in 2006 to attend the Art Institute's culinary program. She loved strange and international foods but held a special place in her heart for all things bacon. She worked at Richmond restaurants Amici and Osaka, and loved riding her bike. She was a lover of books, especially the Harry Potter series. She was a generous and loyal friend, a loving sister and daughter, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Lanie's spirit and enthusiasm for living was apparent in everything she did. Services will be held Friday, August 3, at Maggie Walker Governor's School at 1000 N. Lombardy St., in Richmond at 3 p.m., followed by a reception at the family home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Brainfood (brain-food.org), Virginia Bicycling Federation (vabike.org), and Maggie Walker Governor's School Foundation (804-354-1566).


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trial over today...i pass the white bike now everyday on my way to a new business...there are yellow tulips there today.. i waited for the traffic to move , in my car, just 10 feet from the bike. i think of you very often Lanie.

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Gaye CAll
February 13, 2013
Reggie - I came across Lanie's obituary and guest book today while searching for your mom. We are all so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our hearts go out to you and your family.
Jo Lynne Johnson
September 24, 2012
Dear Reggie, David just told me about this, while searching his brother in laws obituary. We are all out of the area. I am so sorry for your loss, it sounds like Lanie had grown into a wonderful young lady,and I know she has had a loving family around her. Your family will be in my prayers, as you continue to deal with your loss. Please send my regards and love also to Grace, hope she is doing well.
Carol (Kopelson) Sanders
August 13, 2012
Dear Patty, I just returned from Europe and am so sorry... Lanie was such a shining star..seems like only yesterday we were reading books together. Know that we are thinking of you all. Sherry Keefer
sherry keefer
August 12, 2012
Patti & Family
Our thoguhts and prayers are with you during this time.
RON Susan Witcher
August 9, 2012
I knew Lanie less than a year, but I adored her instantly and am thankful she graced me with her presence in my life for a little while. She taught me a lot about positivity and truly living in a short amount of time. I will always consider that a blessing. The outpouring of support from the community is just another indication of how many lives Lanie touched. Love and miss you always, beautiful girl!
Kri Marcum
August 6, 2012
Dear Patty and family,
I do not have words to express my sorrow for your loss; I cannot imagine the pain of the loss of a child. Please take solace in the fact that she now is seated with God our Father, and is experiencing his limitless love. May you know God's peace and may you be blessed with his understanding and granted the blessing of a lifetime of memories of his beautiful gift to you, years of love and happiness with Lanie.
Your friend, Dave
Dave Ambrogi
August 6, 2012
Dear Patty,
I do not have words to express my sadness for your loss; I cannot imagine the pain of the loss of a child. Please take solace in the fact that Lanie is now seated with God our Father, and is experiencing his limitless love. May you know God's peace and may you be blessed with his understanding and granted the blessing of a lifetime of memories of his beautiful gift to you, years of love and happiness with Lanie.
Your friend, Dave
Dave Ambrogi
August 6, 2012
Dear Patty and family,
There are no words to say that can express how truly sorry I am to hear about Lanie. From everything I read about her, she was a wonderful young woman. I know the support of your friends near and far will help you during this very sad time. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Sue Schweikart
August 4, 2012
Reggie,
Rest assured that the hearts of your many friends have been aching for days, and there are many prayers being lifted to the Great Comforter for you and your family's hearts. God bless you.
Donnie Caffery
August 4, 2012
May you rest in peace. My condolence to your family.
Cassandra Hunter
August 4, 2012
Mes condoleances les plus sincères. It is with great remorse that I learned of this tragedy, and my heart goes out to your family; Jackie, you are in my thoughts. AMWEB.
Jeananne Turner
August 4, 2012
I am so sorry to read of your loss. While I never knew Lanie, I grew up with her dad, Reggie. I remember him as a very good student and an excellent cross country runner. Condolences to the entire family. Lanie was obviously a very special young lady.
Howard Waters
August 3, 2012
Sorry for your loss.
Mary Preskar
August 3, 2012
Patty -

I am so sorry for your loss. It was such a joy to see Lanie grow up into a wonderful young lady. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. May you find comfort in your memories!
Truda Lee
August 3, 2012
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Kruszewski,
We are so sorry for the loss of your daughter, Lanie. We had the pleasure of watching Lanie and her Maggie Walker team play field hockey on many occasions (our daughter played for Prince George 2003-2006). The rivalry was always intense between the two schools and made for some very exciting games. We hope the good memories help carry you through the sad times.
Sincerely, The Simpson Family
Linda Simpson
August 3, 2012
Leah,
I am sorry for the loss of your sister. I want you to know that you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers.
Joel Rhodes
August 3, 2012
MY CONDOLNECES TO THE FAMILY MY PRAYERS BE WITH YOU [RIP]


FROM DR.FLY
B.. WADDEY DR.
August 3, 2012
Patty and family.

All my soccer players were very unique in their own way to me; however, Lanie has always had a very special place in my heart. Lanie was a uniquely gifted player; but more importantly she was an extraordinary person even at her young age. It's amazing to think how a young girl has impacted my life is such a positive way; she has truly touched my life. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Coach Gary
August 3, 2012
Patty and Reggie,
We are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. The Estes Family-Mike, Cathy, Kelly & Sarah
Kelly Estes
August 3, 2012
Dear Jackie,
I am so so sorry. Tears filled my eyes when I read this, though I can for sure not imagine how big this loss is for you and your family.
I wish you all strength to help each other to carry on, but also space for grieve and remembrance.
My sincere condolences to you and your family, I am with you in my thoughts.
Karoline Kehrer
August 3, 2012
Patty and family, our hearts go out to all of you in the loss of the precious and wonderful Lanie. We grieve with you this loss of one so promising and so beloved by all who knew her. We can't get to Richmond on Friday but hope to see you very soon. With much love and big hugs, Bet & Stuart
Bet & Stuart Cake
August 2, 2012
Lanie was one of the most gifted, kind, humble, funny, and brave students I have ever taught. She lit up rooms with her welcoming smile. She truly could have been anything, Though I am heart-broken, I am grateful to have had her in my class, and thereby in my life. She inspired and continues to inspire me to take leaps every now and then. She is one of the reasons that I have loved teaching. Students like Lanie bring something to their classes, and even to their teachers.
Cynthia Losen
August 2, 2012
There will never be adequate words to describe the pain associated with the loss of one's child. The heart lets you live, but it's a constant reminder of your loss. She will always reside there, and that's why she wants you to continue to enjoy life. Her smile speaks volumes. Ann Moncure
August 2, 2012
May the love of all your friends and family help carry you during this time of grief. My sympathies.
Julia O'Berry
August 2, 2012
Dear Reggie and family,
I am so deeply sorry for the profound loss of your beautiful daughter.
I have you in my thoughts and prayers.
Jane Lowry
August 2, 2012
Reaching out to you in thoughts and prayers.
Bev & Gerry Parent
August 2, 2012
Patty and family, what you must be going through right now is just the stuff of my nightmares. You're all in my prayers.
Steven Carter-Lovejoy
August 2, 2012
There are no words that adequately express the depth of sadness at the sudden loss of Lanie. Patty, I pray that you and your family will find some measure of comfort and peace in the knowledge that Lanie was deeply loved and treasured by so many. Also know that your family will be carried in our hearts in the months and years to come.
Dianne Mallory
August 2, 2012
Patty-
I can't begin to tell you how much your loss has affected me. I always felt akin to you because we both were so close to our daughters. I want you to call me if there is anything you need anytime, or just to talk. My number is 261-0020. I can't stop thinking about you and pray for you constantly.
Beverley Lane
August 2, 2012
Thousands of candles can be lighted by a single candle.

A beautiful spirit that touched the lives of all who met her. My heart goes out to her loved ones.

Class of '06
Michelle Parrott
August 2, 2012
Patty, Reggie,Jackie and family,

I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. There is nothing really that can be said to help you during these difficult time but to know that many people are praying for Lanie and you all. My prayers and thoughts are with you and please take care yourselves...Rick
Rick Mormando
August 2, 2012
I am am very sad I was never able to meet her. She touched the lives of my friends and for that I have to thank her.
Melissa Bowen
August 2, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear about Lanie's death- no easy words to express how awful this is. Please know you are all in my prayers, for comfort, and peace, and justice.
Joanne Brothers
August 2, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear this news. You are in my prayers.
Kasia Clarke, MLWGS 2009
August 1, 2012
Her smile lit up a room. I did not know her well but my heart broke when I heard the news. My thoughts are with her family and Daniel this week. My deepest sympathy.
E Hennessy
August 1, 2012
Dear Patty and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about your loss. We are with you in thoughts,love, and prayers. With love,
Buck, Flora, and Jenny Irvan
August 1, 2012
flora irvan
August 1, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the family during this very difficult time.
Debbie Corrada
August 1, 2012
Patty,
Mike and I are sorry to hear of Lanie's passing. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Peggy Sims
August 1, 2012
Leah and the Kruszewski family, I am sorry for your loss and just want you to know that you all are in our family's thoughts and prayers.
Faye Silsby
August 1, 2012
wishing peace to the bereaved
Sarah
August 1, 2012
Dear Kruszewski Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Lanie added so much to our school. I can still see exactly where she sat in eleventh grade English class, a winsome, perceptive, scholar who had a way with words and a desire to craft her writing.

The Balinese claim that they "have no art." They just "try to do everything as beautifully as they can." Sweet Lanie, thanks for all the ways that you added beauty and light to our lives by making your whole life a work of art.

Love and prayers to all,
Michele Surat
August 1, 2012
Lanie was a most beautiful young woman, both inside and out! She will be sorely missed by so many of us. My heart goes out to her family and friends during this most difficult time!
Susan Gaillard
August 1, 2012
My thought and prayers are with Lanie's family and friends during this most difficult time. She will be sorely missed by so many.
August 1, 2012
Patty and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark Smith
August 1, 2012
Reggie,
No words can express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you try to cope with the tragedy of a beautiful life taken too young.
Carol & Will Kaufmann
August 1, 2012
Family and Friends

Although I did not know your loved one I will keep you in pray, for in my Fathers' house is a many a homes and he is there to receive Lanie. She has a new address which is 222 Heavenly Bound Way, Heaven City International. There she will be cooking in the great kitchen in the sky of which mass numbers of folk will enjoy her meals. Her lovely smile says how she lived life to the fullest and just presents such a great young lady from all that I have read. Please know that while tears fall in the night joy will arrive in the morning. Here is my wish to remember the fun, happiness, caring loving and sharing she has given of herself while on this eartly life, know that one day you will be together again.
Sincerely
cgibson a resident of
August 1, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss.I know the spirit of her soul will be with the family.May God be with you all at this time sorrow.
Harriet Simpson
August 1, 2012
Our thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. May the memories continually give you comfort and strength.

- Julie Sidharta and the Leibovics
Juliani Sidharta
August 1, 2012
My heart is with you at this difficult time. I will always remember Lanie as the beautiful little girl who would not stop smiling!
Jessica D'Angelo
August 1, 2012
Lanie was a special young lady; we know you will miss her. It's difficult to imagine the pain you feel. May time and fond memories of her bring you some peace.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pete and Joann Goergen and Family
August 1, 2012
What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.
EMTLily
August 1, 2012
Lanie had a beautiful, kind, and giving spirit and will be sincerely missed by many. I am deeply sorrowful for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts; and I pray that God may comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.
Katelyn Tambellini (MLWGS 2006)
August 1, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Lenny Leigh
August 1, 2012
Patty, words can never express the sympathy and sadness fellow human beings feel at the loss of someone's loved one. For all the years we've played soccer together, your daughters were always your pride and joy; you always had such wonderful annecdotes of what each was up to. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this unbearable time; may memories of her continue to bring you some inner peace and happiness.
Shirley Silberman
August 1, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Chris Hanlon
August 1, 2012
Reggie,
Nothing makes sense.
Just know that you are in our prayers.
Jim and Jane Bono
August 1, 2012
Reggie,
I am so sorry for you loss.

Kay Walker (Sutton)
August 1, 2012
Glen and I are so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
ANDREA COTE
August 1, 2012
She always had a new recipe she was trying. Specifically, I remember her bringing in this crazy flavored ice cream she made for Daniel :)... which was really good.
She was teaching herself Japanese! And I would test her knowledge at work, she was serious. It always made me laugh. Since I found out, memory after memory of her has come up in my mind. It struck me that she had a drive to constantly branch out, try things, hard things! and explore life in the most pure of ways. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I will miss her a lot.
Grey
August 1, 2012
Patty, I am both stunned and sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. By everything I have read she seemed to be an incredibly special young lady. I pray that God gives you the strength to grieve her death and to celebrate her life. May God bless you and your family.
Rocky Marrin
August 1, 2012
Peace of the Lord be with you all during this difficult time.
Kathy Wilson Jones
August 1, 2012
Reggie,
I am praying for everyone in your family. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
Steve Sedlock
August 1, 2012
I only knew Lanie through MLWGS field hockey, but I will never forget what an inspiration she was and how I looked up to her. She always pushed herself and encouraged us all to give our absolute best. Her incredible example as an athlete and human being that touched everyone around her.
Suzanne Vaughan
August 1, 2012
Lanie was such a wonderful and kind person. My daughter Ellen remembers so fondly a day when Lanie, a senior, sat with her, a freshman who was feeling momentarily at a loss for company, at lunch. My heart is with you all.
Patty Nicholas
August 1, 2012
Just wanted to say, I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers daily.
Connie Spurlock
August 1, 2012
My thought and prayers are with your family, and I am so grateful to have known your beautiful, vivacious daughter.
Denise Yagel
August 1, 2012
Lanie's smile will be forever imprinted on our hearts! Best field hockey captain and player ever! Wonderful memories!
Mary Carter Dabney
August 1, 2012
To "Lanie's" Family ... I am so sorry for your loss. I have met her when the MechTechs went to your home to work on the Robots.
God bless you in this moment of pain! Words will not help you right now, but the memories of Her will be in your hearts.
Aline Cavalcanti
August 1, 2012
I did not know Lanie but I feel a deep connection to her and her family. I am so sorry for your loss!I will hold the family close in my prayers and thoughts. May God give you comfort and remember although Lanie is gone, her love is always closeby. Just know that she will forever be with you and part of your life. It will be the small things that remind you of her. She seemed like such a beautiful and caring person. Thanks for sharing her with the world!
Sharon Roberts
August 1, 2012
Pattie and Reggie...having lost my oldest daughter in an accident, I know the terrible pain you feel in your hearts. Only those who have known such a tragedy can truly understand your sorrow. There are just simply no words to express the heartache I feel for you both, but I hope the love and the kindnesses from family and friends will bring you some comfort during the difficult journey you now face.
Trudie Pitkin
August 1, 2012
Reggie and family, I don't even have the words to tell you how sorry I am for your tragic loss. May the wonderful memories of your daughter bring you comfort and may your family find peace. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wanda Jones
August 1, 2012
I only knew Lanie through dining at Amici's but she was SUCH a delight! A charming young woman that lit up the room with her ready smile and the warmth sparkling from her eyes. I was shocked and saddened to read of her tragic and untimely death. The world has lost a lovely spirit. Please know that my prayers are with her family and friends. Sincerely, Becky Lorraine
August 1, 2012
Reggie,
I am so very sorry for your loss! I can't even imagine what you're going through. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy Ingram

Don't cry for Me Daddy

Don't cry for me Daddy,
I'm right here.
Although you can't see me
I see your tears.
I visit you often,
I go to work with you each day,
And when it's time for you
to close your eyes ,
On your pillow is where I lay.
I hold your hand &
stroke your hair,
And whisper in your ear.
If you're sad today Daddy,
Remember, I am here.
God took me home.
This we know is true.
But you'll always be My Daddy
Even though I'm not with you.
We will never be apart,
For every time you think of me,
Please know I'm in your Heart..........
~Author Unknown
Kathy Ingram
August 1, 2012
Leah-I was so sorry to hear about your sister. I wish I had known her-I'm sure she was a great student like you were. You are in my thoughts.
Ruth Sameth
August 1, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. I remember watching Lanie play soccer for Pocoshock. She was on my older son's, Eric, team and she had no fear. She could kick some serious butt. Lanie will truly be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
The Edwards Family
August 1, 2012
Lanie was the kind of person that every mother hopes to raise. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Mary Jo S-V
August 1, 2012
Patty,
Words cannot express how sorry I am to hear of the loss of your daughter. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Surely eveyone's lives are better because Lanie touched them in some way.

May cherished memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Daulton West
August 1, 2012
Dear All.... we feel like we've just been stabbed in the heart... Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.... Karen and John Zachary
August 1, 2012
Everyone at Dave's Taverna in Harrisonburg where Lanie worked while attending JMU is devastated over the loss of one of the most memorable members of our family. Lanie was a special person who touched everyone she met and will be forever remembered. Our condolences go out to her family who will be in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.
Jeanne Fahrney
August 1, 2012
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
August 1, 2012
Dear Patty and family,
David and I were so saddened to hear of your terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cyndie & David Williams
August 1, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my prayers.

--Emily Stegmaier Winbigler (GSGIS Class of 2000)
August 1, 2012
Patty and family: I am sooooooo sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter, Lanie. I believe I only met her once at one of the events you were attending, but I know how much you loved her. We talked about our daughters whenever we saw each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this tough time. No words can describe what I feel for you and your family.
Denise Kranich
August 1, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss.
John, Terry, Angie (MLWGS 2006) and JP (MLWGS 2009) Pirko
August 1, 2012
forever a piece of us...mwfh. Love ya Lanie ~Coach Bair
August 1, 2012
Jackie & Family,
I am sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in our thoughts an prayers.
Anne Moliterno
August 1, 2012
I am so sad that I did not get to know Lanie for longer than I did. Every moment I shared with her put a smile on my face- She was a bright and loving soul, with humor and generosity to boot. Lanie always had a way of lighting up the room, and it is wrong for her to be gone so soon. May your soul rest in peace, Lanie.
Debbie Mayo
August 1, 2012
Reggie,

I can't imagine what you're going through. Please know that my prayers are with you.
Pete Fundinger
July 31, 2012