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Marisa Wentzell

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 28, 2009 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Marisa Victoria Wentzell, age 17, died Sunday morning from injuries received in an auto accident. Marisa was born July 9, 1991 in Worcester, Ma. and is the daughter of Victoria and Robert Wentzell. She was a 2009 graduate of Orange High School and was employed with Tractor Supply Company and Andy’s Restaurant both in Burlington.

Marisa loved her family and would light up a room by her presence. She loved the out of doors and enjoyed riding horses. Marisa enjoyed hiking and loved animals. She will be remembered as a person that was kind, considerate, and articulate. She loved movies and music.

Surviving is her mother, Victoria “Vicki” Wahlstrom Wentzell of Asheville, NC; her father, Robert J. Wentzell of Ronda, NC ; her brother, Lance Corporal Sean R. Wentzell of Camp LeJune , NC; paternal grandparents, Roger D. Wentzell and wife Janet of Boylston, MA and grandmother, Caren Gotha of Hartsville, TN
And maternal grandfather, Phillip C. Wahlstrom of Jefferson, MA. Marisa was predeceased by her grandmother, Carolyn Wahlstrom.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Chapel, Durham, NC. Presiding will be the Rev. Julia Webb- Bowden. Burial will be at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery, Boylston, Mass.

Flowers are acceptable or memorials maybe made to the American Red Cross.

Condolences for the family of “Marisa Wentzell”

Condolence from Ron & Phyllis Gaucher on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

We are so saddened to hear of Marisa’s passing and send our very heartfelt sympathy to Bob, Vickie & Sean and also the grandparents and extended family. We had the pleasure of visiting with Marisa last year for two weeks while she was living with the Morgan family in Cedar Grove. She was just delightful and a pleasure to be around and impressed us with her excellent horsemanship and deep love for animals. May you sleep in peace dear child among the Angels.

Condolence from Carolyn on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Marisa……Auntie will miss you every day for the rest of my life. Thank you for the time you were with us, and thank you for loving me. I am so honored to be your Auntie. I hold you in my heart always.

Condolence from Holly A Hewitt on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

We are very sorry for your loss.
Marisa you will be missed.

Butch & Holly

Condolence from Teresa Abhser on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear of Marisa’s passing. She and Sean were friends with my daughter, Lindsay, when they attended East. They were often at my home. She was always so gracious when she would spend the night and always offered to help in the kitchen. She loved all the animals and I think they sinced it because they loved her as well. She always had a warm smile for everyone. Sean, you have been such a special friend to Lindsay. Please call if I can help you in any way. You have my heartfelt prayers. May God be with you and comfort you in this difficult time.

Condolence from Donna M. Thompson on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am


Dennis,Taylor and I are so sad to learn of Sweet Marisa’s accident and your loss. Our hearts are heavy. You and your family are in our prayers.

Condolence from The Mackesy Family on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.

Meeting Marisa was a pleasure and it is certain that the her short time here blessed the many others who shared that honor.

Our prayers are with you.

Jim, Lisa, Mitchell & Alex

Condolence from Corbin Lane on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Vicki, I am so sorry for your loss. The Lanes send our heartfelt prayers and condolences.
Corbin Lane

Condolence from Elkin Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc. on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Vicki & Family,

The Board of Directors, Officers, and Members of Elkin Rescue Squad would like to express our deepest sympathy in your family’s time of loss. Each of you remain in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time in your lives. If there is anything you or your family should need, please call upon us.

Condolence from terri bowers on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

I can’t tell you what I feel. Words cannot convey the sorrow. Your “barn” family here in Asheville are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. You have brought such joy to our lives and may we now be of support to you; may our life and experiences together be a memorial to Marisa. Love ya, girl!

Condolence from Joe Hoffman on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

I want you to know that I am thinking of you during this time of tragic loss. I hold you and all your family in my prayers. Emma Claire will be diligent in caring for the horses, so we all hope you will take the time you need to care for yourself.

Once again, I am so sorry.

Joe Hoffman

Condolence from Kelly Gentry on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Bob, Vicki and Sean,

I love all of you guys so much. Vicki and Bob, you two have been so gracious to me through middle and high school. Some of my best memories were times spent in the Wentzell households. You are wonderful people who raised wonderful children. Sean, you are one of my very best friends in the whole world and I wish I were at the coast right now so I could hug you! Marisa was a really special person and she made a big impact on my life and many others. If you ever need anything, I’m only a phone call away.

Condolence from Bill & Connie Frisch on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Roger and Janet:
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss.
May the good Lord grant her eternal rest.

Condolence from Maria Alcantarilla on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Marisa, I remember when you just came to OHS and didn’t know anyone, but you were so friendly to whom ever you met. You will be missed greatly and will always remain in our hearts. Make sure you chill with Nicole up there, I’m sure she’ll wanting to meet you. \=

Condolence from Eddie & Aveline Ball on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Marisa was a beautiful girl with a great independent spirit. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. They will know have the prettiest angel ever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Mary Jae Peterson on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

My deepest condolences to the parents and family of Marisa. I recall so many wonderful moments with her, having had Marisa as a student this past semester in my English IV class at Orange High School. She was a not only a beautiful and sweet person, but a bright and insightful young woman whose future showed great promise. Marisa did her senior presentation on the need for volunteering and civic work to help build the spirit of America. Her choice of topic revealed her sense of caring for the world around her. I am saddened by her passing. May God keep her well.

Condolence from Jon Wright on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Bob and Family,

I just wish there were some words I could say or something I could do to make everything better for you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jon Wright & Family
Shrewsbury, MA

Condolence from Elizabeth on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

omq. its still feels like a dream to me.. it just seems like yesterday we were in da ace lab and she was listening to music on her ipod while she was workin on her senior project..marisa was a beautiful young women and very energetic, it was a great pleasure 4 me to have met her in english class. just thinkin of her it brings tears to my eyes i will never forget you..You will always be one of us alumni’s of the CLASS OF 2009.. yur class of 09 will truly miss you.god bless you.. and your family in these hard moments.. much love and respect..

Condolence from Peter Wheeler on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Vicki, I have thought of you often and was shocked with this news, you and your entire family are in my prayers

Condolence from Sandra on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

Marisa, what can I say, I still feel as if I will wake from this terrible nightmare. I loved you as if you were my other daughter. Celena looked up to you and you made her so proud to talk to her friends about you. I will always love you and be so very proud of you. You have always known how to laugh and love and every room you ever walked into you lit up with your beautiful smile and contagious laugh! My heart is breaking knowing that I will never get to hug you or laugh with you but I know that you are up in heaven lighting up the sky. I will miss you greatly! Thank you for being a part of our lives.

I love you

Bob, Vicki and Sean you guys are in my prayers and thoughts. I am very sorry for your loss. She was a great girl!

Condolence from Linda Dean on June 30th, 2009 12:00 am

So sorry to hear about Marisa,I worked with Marisa at Tractor Supply in Burlington. Friday nighther last night at work she an I were the closing cashier’s.I will never forget that night as long as I live. I was upset about something and she said Linda, they aren’t out to hurt you. Those word’s keep playing over in my head. I remember one night I worked the floor for her because she hurt her foot. I went up front for something an I remember looking over at her and she was talking to a little girl who was about 8 year’s old and she had a smile on her face as she was chewing her gum. Her last night at work she told me to remind her to pay for an asparagus book. I said ok. Later at closing she came up to pay for it. She also bought a drink. As we all were leaving that night, I wish I had told her bye. …..God Bless the Family……… RIP Marisa, we at Tractor Supply will miss you dearly. Linda

Condolence from Suzy Lucine on July 1st, 2009 12:00 am

Vicky: Peter told me about your daughter’s accident. So sorry to hear about this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care, Suzy

Condolence from Heather Jamieson on July 1st, 2009 12:00 am

Dear Bob, Vicki & Sean: There are no words that can even come close to telling you just how devastated we were to hear about Marisa & how terrible we feel for you! Watching Marisa grown from an adorable little girl in kindergarten to the beautiful young woman she turned out to be was a joy. Her wonderful smile and kind heart – especially towards animals, made her stand out. I will never forget how she always gave me hugs when she saw me at EES. Please know she will NEVER be forgotten and our hearts go out to you!

Heather, Murray, Haley & Savannah Jamieson
State Road, NC

Condolence from Mackesy family on July 1st, 2009 12:00 am

Our deepest sympathy. I’ll always remember the adorable little girl from Edgebrook dr

John Lisa Jessica Tommy

Condolence from Susan Colleton on July 1st, 2009 12:00 am

My thoughts, prayers, and love are with you and your family.

Condolence from Steve & Janella Day on July 1st, 2009 12:00 am

Bob & family,
Our deepest sympathy go out to you. The family is in our prayers. Marisa was a very sweet young lady. It was a pleasure to know her in her short time here. If you need anything at all, please feel free to call or come by work.

Condolence from PAULA WOLFE on July 1st, 2009 12:00 am

Bob, Vickie and Sean, Our heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family. When I read the news I was so shocked and so many memories of our children playing together came to mind. Marisa was so cute and sweet. May God be with you and strengthen you during this difficult time.
Thinking of you. Dale and Paula Wolfe

Condolence from ann scussell on July 1st, 2009 12:00 am


PLease accept my condolences. I am thinking of you and your family.
Ann Scussell

Condolence from Kathy Longworth on July 1st, 2009 12:00 am

My heart and prayers go out to you. My son, Dakota, took gymnastics at Tutsi Rolls with Marisa when they were in elementary school at EES. I hope God will comfort you and keep you in his care.

Condolence from Peter and Cynthia Rotando on July 1st, 2009 12:00 am

Roger, Janet, and Family,

Our hearts are broken for you in the loss of your Marisa. We can only imagine the grief that you must be feeling and our hearts go out to you.

God loaned His angel, Marisa, to you for 17 years, but now He needs her back. May you feel His gentle arms surround you with His comfort and reassurance that Marisa is sharing in His glory, under His special care, forever. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless You.
Cynthia Rotando, Peter Rotando, and Jane DeWitt Burgoyne

Condolence from Elinor Saarinen on July 2nd, 2009 12:00 am

Dear Bob and family, It was such a shock to see Marisa’s name in the Worcester paper. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I am sure your hearts are broken, but I know you have many happy memories to get you thru. God Bless you all.
Always your cousins Ralph & Elinor Saarinen

Condolence from Joan Vasata on July 2nd, 2009 12:00 am

Dear Vicki, Bob, and Sean, My heart is so heavy because she is no longer with us and so very sad for your loss. My memories of Marisa is of her laughing and riding her horse Indy. What a joy she was to be around. I am sure she is riding her horses up in heaven and we will ride together again. May all three of you find peace in knowing she is in a good place now.

Condolence from Lindsey Haynes on July 2nd, 2009 12:00 am

Dear Bob, Vicki, and Sean,

My prayers and thoughts are with you all. I have many memories with Marisa, like how we loved to sing together. She had a beautiful voice. Although I hadn’t seen or spoken to her in awhile, I will truley miss her. Once again my prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Erica Wood on July 2nd, 2009 12:00 am

Bob, Vicki, and Sean,
My prayers are with your family. I know this is going to be very difficult time in your lives but please stay strong. Marisa was such a wonderful person to be around and I will miss her just like many others. I will be praying for your family.
God Bless.

Condolence from Heather Bland on July 3rd, 2009 12:00 am

Marisa two months was all it took to call you a friend, a good friend, loved ya girl you made work fun and bad times seem like good times. You will be missed,but you have angles wings now. Good-bye

Condolence from Becky Charles on July 4th, 2009 12:00 am

Vicki and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Marisa’s accident and her passing. I loved her. She was a happy, smart, and beautiful child. I loved having her in first grade and getting to know her and her family. Everyone will miss her terribly. My love and prayers are with you and your family. Becky Charles

Condolence from Mattson Family on July 6th, 2009 12:00 am

We are very sad for your loss. We wish you the strength to carry on.God Bless You all.

Condolence from Mary Ellen Mackesy-Amiti on July 6th, 2009 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear about Marisa’s accident. My sincere condolences for this tragic loss.

Mary Ellen

Condolence from Melissa Lyles on July 6th, 2009 12:00 am

I taught Marisa Algebra I during her freshman year at EWHS. Even after I no longer had her in class she came and visited my room frequently. We had many wonderful conversations. I only heard of her death today and could not believe it. I found it so coincidental that I wore the bracelet today that Marisa gave me after a cruise that she went on while she was at EWHS. I will now cherish the bracelet even more. I think of Marisa every time I wear it. You will all be in my prayers as you have to deal with this terrible loss and tragedy.

Condolence from Camille Gagliardo on July 10th, 2009 12:00 am

Wentzell family;

Marisa was very good friends with one of my good friends, Caitlin, when she was living down here in Tucson. Caitlin and I ride together, so Marisa would frequently be at our barn, visiting with all the horses. Although i only talked to her a couple times, i am truly in disbelief that such a sweet, kind, pretty girl was taken from this earth. Although im sure shes in a better place now.

Condolence from Gail Scarborough on July 11th, 2009 12:00 am

Vicki and family,

I am so sorry. Caitlin and I learned of this loss in a terrible way, as Caitlin tried to reach Marisa to wish her a happy birthday. She was my adopted girl, for a short time. We rescued a horse together. We talked about her future and possible careers. We conspired to have Caitlin and Marisa work at a barn and go to college together. I don’t understand. I can’t figure out how this could happen. A small part of me is just lost. She is such a bright spirit.

Again, my deepest wishes for your peace and solace.



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