December 14, 2012 Shootings

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Newtown, Connecticut

Madeleine F. Hsu

July 10, 2006 - December 14, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School Student

Olivia Rose Engel

July 18, 2006 - December 14, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School Student

Olivia Rose Engel, 6, left Sandy Hook Elementary school and joined the angels in Heaven on December 14, 2012. Born July 18, 2006 at Danbury Hospital to Shannon (Merlino) and Brian Engel, Olivia brought immediate joy to all those around her with her ever-present smile and adorably infectious giggle. Quickly growing from a happy, bouncing baby who clung tightly to her stuffed lamb into an enthusiastic, loving little girl who always wanted to do and see more, Olivia’s zest for life began early. With help from her adoring parents, she quickly developed an affinity for all things fun. On any given afternoon, one could just as easily find Olivia twirling in a pink tutu in dance class, developing her swing on the tennis court, kicking the winning soccer goal, drawing, painting and gluing things in art class, or honing her inner songstress in her community musical theater class. The budding swimmer also loved to join her dad or grandpa on their boats, so she could explore the world from the water. As Olivia continued to grow, she developed a love and affinity for math and reading, arts and crafts, and her parish. Participating in her church’s CCD program and leading the family’s Grace each evening were sources of great pride for Olivia, as was being a big sister. Ever patient, Olivia took joy in helping her three-year-old brother Brayden explore the world she’d grown to love. This smart, bubbly NY Yankee fan and Daisy Girl Scout would instantly light up a room with her humor, charm, and wit. She was a sweet and appreciative six-year-old with a lot to live for. Her physical loss will deeply be felt every day by those who loved her most, but her sparkly spirit will live on forever.

Olivia is survived by her parents Shannon and Brian, and brother Brayden, maternal uncle JR Merlino, grandmother Suanne Merlino, great grandmother Esther Galligan, paternal grandparents Christine and Richard Engel, as well as countless aunts, cousins, and close friends. Olivia has joined her maternal grandfather Jeffery Merlino in Heaven. Olivia's wake is being held this Thursday, December 20, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, CT with her funeral Mass occurring Friday December 21, at 1 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown CT.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Olivia’s honor can be directed to the Newtown Park and Bark.

Caroline Phoebe Previdi

September 7, 2006 - December 14, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School Student

Caroline Phoebe Previdi, 6, daughter of Jeffrey and Sandy Johnson Previdi and sister of Walker, from Sandy Hook, CT died on Friday, December 14, 2012 in the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Caroline was born in Danbury on September 9, 2006. She was a first grade student at the school and a lifetime resident of Sandy Hook. Caroline was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown. Caroline loved to draw and dance. Her smile brought happiness to everyone she touched.

In addition to her parents and Walker, Caroline is survived by her maternal grandparents: Roger and Patsy Johnson of Asheville, NC. Her paternal grandparents: Gene and Joy Previdi, Jr of Newtown, CT. Her Aunts and Uncles, Helen Previdi, Fairfield, CT, Gene and Lindsay Previdi, III, Newtown, CT, Chet and Stephanie Graham, Chattanooga, TN. and cousins CJ, Pearson, Ches and Cole.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 12 noon at St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown, CT. Interment will be private. There are no calling hours.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, CT.

Contributions in Caroline's memory may be made to "The Toy Chest", St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470.

Benjamin Andrew Wheeler

September 12, 2006 - December 14, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School Student

Benjamin Andrew Wheeler, 6, departed this life on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Benjamin was born in New York City on September 12, 2006, a son of David Cole and Francine (Lobis) Wheeler.

Ben was an irrepressibly bright and spirited boy whose love of fun and excitement at the wonders of life and the world could rarely be contained. His rush to experience life was headlong, creative and immediate. He was a devoted fan of his older brother, Nate, and the two of them together filled the house with the noise of four children. He loved the local soccer program, often running across the field long after it was actually necessary, but always smiling and laughing as he moved the ball nearly always at full tilt. He was becoming a strong swimmer and loved his lessons. Eager to learn, he couldn't wait to get to school to see his teacher and his growing group of new first grade friends. Ben was also a member of Tiger Scout Den 6 which met at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Firehouse. Earlier in December, Ben performed at his piano recital and sitting still long enough to play one piece was an accomplishment he reveled in. He loved The Beatles, lighthouses, and the number 7 train to Sunnyside, Queens. In a conversation with Francine before school on Friday, he said, "I still want to be an architect, but I also want to be a paleontologist, because that's what Nate is going to be and I want to do everything Nate does."

He will be sadly missed by his loving parents, David and Francine Wheeler; his brother Nate; his grandparents Carmen and Annette Lobis of Garnet Valley, PA, Ellsworth and Kay Wheeler of Charleston, SC, and Harry Berquist of Newport News, VA; great grandmother Sophia Turchi of Broomall, PA; Aunts and Uncles Michael and Sheila Lobis of PA, Anthony and Colleen Lobis of PA, Steven and Ann Lobis of PA, Jeffrey and Dawn Wheeler of WA, and Andrew and Jamie Wheeler of HI; great aunts and uncles James and Nancy Cole of VA, Robert Lobis of CO, Michael Lobis of PA, and Marianne Stewart of PA, Marie Turchi of PA;and numerous cousins and friends. He was predeceased by Grandmother Ann Cole Berquist.

It is suggested that contributions in Benjamin’s memory be made to the "Benjamin Wheeler Fund" c/o the Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470 or online at

The family will receive visitors at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main St., Newtown on Wednesday, December 19th from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. The funeral will be held at the church on Thursday, December 20th at 11:00 AM. Burial will be private. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home of Wallingford has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Avielle Rose Richman

October 17, 2006 - December 14, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School Student

Avielle Rose Richman, 6, daughter of Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman of Newtown, died December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was born October 17, 2006, in San Diego, Calif., and she moved to Connecticut with her parents in 2011.

Avie was a first grader at Sandy Hook. She was born with a spitfire personality, which continued as she grew into a lover and teller of stories. She offered her heart to everyone. With an infectious smile and peals of laughter, people were drawn to her beautiful spirit, which will live on in all of our hearts.

Her passions and joys were her friends, music, horseback riding, archery, kung fu, swimming, ice skating, and participating in super hero adventures.

Avielle is survived by a large community of friends and family who love her.

Memorial services are private. The family is making arrangements for a memorial fund for those who wish to contribute.

Noah Pozner

November 20, 2006 - December 14, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary School Student

Noah was "smart as a whip," gentle but with a rambunctious streak, said his uncle, Alexis Haller of Woodenville, Wash. Noah's twin sister Arielle, assigned to a different classroom, survived the shooting. He called her his best friend, and with their 8-year-old sister, Sophia, they were inseparable.

"They were always playing together, they loved to do things together," Haller said. When his mother, a nurse, would tell him she loved him, he would answer, "Not as much as I love you, Mom."

Haller said Noah loved to read and liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. For his birthday two weeks ago, he got a new Wii.

"He was just a really lively, smart kid," Haller said. "He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad."

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A funeral for one of the Connecticut school shooting victims, 6-year-old Noah Pozner, is being planned for Monday.

Pozner's uncle, Alexis Haller, says the funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home in Fairfield, Conn.

Haller describes Noah as "smart as a whip," gentle but with a rambunctious streak.

Noah had a twin sister, Arielle, who was assigned to a different classroom and survived Friday's rampage in which 20 children were killed. Noah had called Arielle his best friend, and with their 8-year-old sister, Sophia, they were inseparable.

Funeral services are planned for Monday, December 17.

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