Lauren Elisabeth Seitz of Westerville, Ohio passed away on June 19th, 2016 due to Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis, a rare and devastating infection of the brain. She is survived by her parents, James Howard Seitz and Heidi Elisabeth (Rimbach) Seitz, sister Evelyn Jemma Seitz, grandparents James Bernard Seitz and Beverly Ann (Magley) Seitz, uncle David Dwayne Caudill and aunt Jennifer Marie (Seitz) Caudill, uncle Christian Erhardt Rimbach, boyfriend Cullen Daniel McGuire, scores of loyal friends and so many members of the Rimbach, Russell, Magley and Herriot families who love her and treasure her memory. She is preceded by grandparents John Edward Rimbach and Mary Louisa (Russell) Rimbach.
Lauren was born December 30, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated with honors from Westerville South High School May 28th, 2016 and was enrolled at Denison University. She had declared a Minor in Music and planned to study Environmental Science.
Lauren understood the overwhelming beauty and fragility of life with uncommon clarity and cared so deeply about the welfare of other people and this world we all share. Her genuine kindness and encouragement will continue to inspire and comfort everyone who knew her.
At Lauren’s request, please do not send flowers. Instead, please consider a gift to either of the following funds that support the music she loved:
As a lasting tribute to her memory, her love of music, and the self-confidence and maturity that grew out of her experiences in the band program at Westerville South, her parents have established The Lauren Elisabeth Seitz Memorial Music Fund. Donations will be used to create an endowment that provides support benefiting all music programs at Westerville South in perpetuity. Make checks payable to “The Lauren Elisabeth Seitz Memorial Music Fund” and send to First Financial Bank, 780 South State St. Westerville, OH 43081. Or call the Westerville branch of First Financial Bank at 614-776-5300 and a banker will help you with your donation.
Lauren loved singing and playing handbells in the youth choirs at Church of the Messiah. Her experiences on tour with the choir this year were powerful and transformative. To help students with financial need participate in future tours, the church has established The Lauren Elisabeth Seitz - Youth in Mission Music Tour Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be made on-line at messiahumc.net/support/ or sent to Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St. Westerville, OH 43081 with an indication in the memo line for the Lauren Seitz Memorial.
There will be a Celebration of Lauren's Life at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 25, 2016 at The Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville, Ohio.