Below is the letter sent to the MSLF community on September 30, 2015.
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Dear Montessori School of Lake Forest Community,
Early this week members of our community learned that MSLF alumna Sierra Carroll had died over the weekend. Sierra’s family eventually confirmed this news, then asked us to inform the full MSLF community of her passing. However the family has maintained careful privacy regarding the events of her death, and they have asked all of us to respect this desire for privacy, in honor of Sierra.
Sierra came to MSLF as a three year old student and she graduated from the Adolescent Program in 2009. As a young adult, she worked in Summer Splash and she served as a Primary classroom assistant last year. Many teachers, students, parents, and alumni came to know and love Sierra well. This fall, Sierra was in college in Oregon.
Services for Sierra will take place early next week in Huntley, Illinois. More detailed information about the services can be found here.
MSLF’s immediate community has been hard hit by the loss of someone we knew so well. And it is likely that this loss will be felt by many more of us, near and far. We have a strong history of offering compassion and care when someone in our MSLF world is in distress. I know that we are ready to give this support now and in the days and weeks ahead. Our hearts go out to Sierra and to her family and friends during this time of haunting and heartbreaking loss.
Please know that my heart goes out to all of you, as well. Whether or not you knew Sierra, it is painful to learn of the loss of one so young, who had already achieved so much loving and learning, and who had so much more in front of her.
My sincere best wishes to all of you, and please take care.
Sierra V. Carroll
Sierra V. Carroll, 21 of Lake Bluff, Illinois died suddenly September 28, 2015 in Salem, Oregon where she was attending Willamette University.
Visitation for Sierra will be on Monday, October 5, 2015 from 4-8pm at DeFiore Jorgensen Funeral Home-10763 Dundee Road, Huntley, IL. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00am on Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church-10307 Dundee Road, Huntley, IL. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery.
From the time she was very young her sense of humor and intelligence eminated from her little being. Even when she was baptized at 3 months she stopped the young priest mid-ceremony due to the fact that she watched him intently and he felt she was taking in his every word. That was Sierra, her quiet observant, nature brought grace into all situations as she could gauge what was needed and when. This is what made her shy sense of humor perfectly timed and well received.
She cared deeply for everyone. She brought joy into situations and was able to resolve conflict with an insight beyond her years. One of the best memories of Sierra was as a young child she would tie pretty ribbons on the drawer handles, she wanted to bring beauty and her artful touch everywhere she went. Every day we can all hope to run into that beauty with all the spirit that has been left behind in all she has touched. We miss her tremendously and wish beyond words that we could give her one more hug. We love you Sierra.
Sierra is survived by her parents, Jill Loforte Carroll, of Lake Bluff, IL her father, Daniel Carroll of Park Ridge, IL and by her sister, Kelly Carroll. She is also survived by her maternal grandparents, Anthony and Janet Loforte of Huntley, IL and by many aunts, uncles and cousins. For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or on-line condolences may be directed to www.defiorejorgensen.com