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  In Memoriam



Samantha E. Vellaccio
Jan. 30, 2000

Samantha E. VellaccioSamantha Vellaccio, 12, died Sunday, Jan. 30, at her home in Worcester, after a long battle with a brain tumor.

Samantha had been a seventh-grade honor student at the Doherty Grades 7 and 8 Satellite School. She previously attended Chandler Magnet School.

Active in sports, she had been a member of the gymnastics team at Girls Inc. in Worcester. She had also played soccer with Worcester Youth Soccer from 1996 until 1997, and indoor soccer at the Greendale YMCA, from 1997 until 1999. An enthusiastic fan of the Holy Cross women's basketball team, she attended away games in Louisiana and Virginia.

Samantha had been a member of Blessed Sacrament parish where she was an altar server; she had also belonged to the Catholic Youth Council.

She recently visited Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and traveled to Paris, France, and New York City. She enjoyed spending summers on Cape Cod.

Samantha is survived by her parents, Catherine and Frank Vellaccio, acting president of Holy Cross; a brother; three sisters including, Jessica S. '97; her maternal grandfather; several uncles and aunts; and cousins. 

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