Lewis, 24 years old, was a four-year letter-winner in swimming at the University of Richmond who just completed her second season with the basketball program. Her job required organization skills as she made travel, hotel and bus arrangements for the team, planned for meals and handled day-to-day basketball business.
STATEMENT FROM FR. JOSEPH S. ROGLIANO, PASTOR
ST. ROSE OF LIMA CHURCH
BUFFALO, NEW YORK
May 17, 2014
Today Natalie M. Lewis was honored and her life celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial here at her family’s parish, St. Rose of Lima.
Under the loving guidance of her parents Trish and Evan Lewis, Natalie was baptized, and went on to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and today, her final sacrament, the Rite of Christian Burial.
The faith tradition of this Mass included our St. Rose – St. Mark Parish family, Natalie’s parents and siblings Evan, Jr. and Caroline and her fiancé Michael Dougher and the Dougher family. Relatives from near and far, classmates from St. Rose, Nardin, teammates from the University of Richmond, and the Buffalo community shared in this celebration.
The family has been sustained by prayers, kind thoughts and memories of Natalie shared from near and far.
The most striking aspect of this journey from my perspective is the clarity of Natalie’s legacy – extraordinary for such a young woman:
- Be kind.
- Be strong.
- Accept nothing but excellence from yourself and others
- Take time for others
- Learn new things
The St. Rose and St. Mark Parish families will continue to hold the Lewis family in prayer and ask for the same of everyone touched by her life.
Thank you for continuing to respect the family’s need for privacy and quiet as they heal from this inexplicable loss, and grow stronger in their faith.