Jan. 30, 2000
Vellaccio, 12, died Sunday, Jan. 30, at her home in Worcester,
after a long battle with a brain
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.