OBITUARY

Grace Caroline Loncar

May 7, 2000November 26, 2016
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Grace Caroline Loncar

Sometimes the brightest star burns out too soon. That was Gracie’s life. During her whole life she was a star who was loved by everyone she met. She was beautiful both inside and out. She was also extremely witty and funny. You only have to look at her Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram to see what a brilliant sense of humor she has. Grace wore her heart on her sleeve. She called things exactly like she saw them and her friends and family loved her for that.

Grace was one of the most talented young actresses that Dallas has ever seen. In her freshman year at Booker T. Washington, she had two major roles in plays and one of them was voted Best Play of 10 plays. She won Best Play and Best Actress. She was also selfless in that she would take small roles or even participate as a stage manager, make-up artist and costumer.

She could also sing like a bird. Our family will never forget a trip we took with many other families to Cabo, when she stood up in front of sixty people, both children and adults, and flawlessly sang acapella Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. She was 13 years old and up until that moment, no one had even heard her sing. The courage this little girl had was amazing.

Grace loved her family with all her huge heart. She especially loved Halloween and Christmas. At Halloween, she would come up with the most elaborate costumes that always involved beautifully and expertly applied makeup. She loved going to haunted houses with friends all year long. At Christmas she would always organize her family’s Secret Santa gift exchange. In fact, she had already done so for this year. For every Christmas, she would buy each family member at least ten special gifts that she had already thought about. She would shop early, wrap them herself, and put them under the tree. There was barely room for anyone else to place their presents.

The amazing thing was that Grace would always use her own money for everything. She was a compulsive saver. She took every check she got from relatives for birthdays and holidays and put them in a box. She would also bet anyone, on anything and usually win. She played cards like a professional and especially liked Gin Rummy and Manipulation. She once beat her father 12 straight games of Gin, before he gave up. Grace was always very generous to others. She would give anything she had to someone who was in need. She saved so much money from working and gambling that she would loan various family members money. As long as they paid it back with interest, of course.

Grace loved her school, Booker T. Washington. All five of her brothers and sisters went through the Highland Park School System, as did Grace through the eighth grade. However, she really wanted to go to an Arts school. She tried out and was accepted. She was right. She loved it. She was finally in a place that allowed her to express herself. It was like a family to her. She jokingly called the students “a basket of wonderfuls”. We can’t even count the times she came down the stairs in some kind of costume that she wore to school. The only thing we would say to her was “are you really allowed to wear that to school?” Grace was unique and one of a kind. There will never be anyone quite like her.

Grace loved her house and her comfortable room. The joke in the family was that she would have to go to SMU because she would never leave her house or her cat, Tux. Ah Tux, that cat she loved that would only come to her and slept with her every night. Grace loved to use Favor Food Delivery, and her favorite food was Sushi. Her favorite color was pink. She steadfastly refused to get her driver’s license and would always Uber everywhere she went. She also told us that she would play a game with the Uber drivers. If they told her a personal, unusual story about their life, she would give them a $20.00 tip. Grace used to knit hats for family members and friends.

I can’t forget that Grace loved strawberries. She has purses, shoes, dresses, all with strawberries on them. If her parents would have let her, she would have gotten a strawberry tattoo. Grace has beautiful fair skin like a little angel, and she wanted to keep it that way. She would use an umbrella on sunny days.

Grace has determination and an iron will. If she decided to do something, she did it. If she didn’t want to do something, good luck trying to talk her into it. Family members remember when she was about 8, we tried to talk her into playing soccer. The Coach put her in the game and she stood still with her arms crossed as the thundering herd of kids ran up and down the field, until she was allowed to go back to playing on the side-line. So much for soccer. However, in the last ten months, she decided she wanted to lose weight. She went at it with a vengeance. She lied and told the Equinox Gym that she was a sophomore at SMU, because you have to be over 18 to join. She got a trainer and worked out 4 days a week. Because she was so tech savvy, she researched on the Internet and became a card-carrying Vegan. She obtained all her own food, and never ate after 6:00 p.m. Just like she told everyone, she lost 32 pounds in 4 months. The transformation in her confidence and attitude was amazing. She gained so many friends, went out a lot more, and began dating. Everyone in the family was so happy for her.

Grace was a loving kind person who was wise beyond her years. She was accepting of all people and always rooted for the underdog. Unfortunately, Grace suffered from the often underestimated and misunderstood disease of depression. From the time she was diagnosed at age 11, until her death, she struggled. She would tell her family that she could never feel anything. She couldn’t feel all the love from everyone around her. Most tragically, she couldn’t even feel the love for herself. She couldn’t feel the fierce, undying love of her best friend, her mother Sue. When the disease finally overtook her, she will never know how many people loved her and will miss her, until we are reunited with her in Heaven. Just know in your hearts, that from the moment her eyes closed here, she opened them in Heaven. She is survived by her parents, Brian and Sue Loncar. Her fiercely loyal and loving older brothers, David and his beautiful wife, Jennifer and Patrick. Her incredible older sisters, Sally, Hailey and Abby. Her grandmother, Sally Alford. Her grandparents, Sue and Phil Loncar. Her aunt and uncle Julie and Bill Alford. Her aunt Jillian Brade. Her aunt and uncle, Clint and Elizabeth Ralston. All her many cousins, Hunter, Baily, Nicholas, Will, John and Grant. So many members of her huge extended family. Our family wants to extend a special Thank You to Terry Bentley Hill, who shared her similar, unique experience, strength and hope in this difficult time.

Please wear something pink and come to either one or all of the celebrations of her beautiful life.

There will be a viewing held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016, in the chapel at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, located at 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 2, 2016, at Munger Place Church, located at 5200 Bryan Street, Dallas, Texas 75206.

The burial will take place at 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 2, 2016 at Sparkman Hillcrest Cemetery, located at 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Munger Place Building Fund or send it to the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas, 2808 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas75204.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 2, 2016
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November 26, 2017

Wishing you all strength and comfort today. Your Grace is not forgotten.

Ann Byrd

October 16, 2017

Dear Sue & family, after many years here in our home in East TX, having seen Brian's TV ads so many times, we sorta feel part of the family, but I did not know of your tragedy until recently. My mother's heart is breaking for you tonight. Suicide is a nasty business, as it takes out more than one-- it's like a massacre with horrible rippling effects. But we also understand that the person who started it could not help it because of the very real sickness of depression. I am well acquainted with this disease as a manic-depressive myself who at times has hung on by my fingertips during the past 50 years. She could not help this, and there's no one to blame. The old M.A.S.H theme song titled Suicide Is Painless is such a crock! But, SUICIDE IS BLAMELESS. And Sue, as you probably already know by now, you will never get over it, but TIME will help you get through it easier and easier. TIME & PRAYERS. You will be in mine.✝

Brenda Lee

May 6, 2017

Depression is real, It is a very dark pit. Sue you are a very strong woman. God is with you.

April 27, 2017

Wishing you solace and peace during this difficult time. RIP Grace

Angela DiGiacomo

March 21, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Dakota Mccue

March 15, 2017

Hi grace.. you were one of the greatest people I have ever met. I miss you so so much. Until we meet again little strawberry.

Michael Frietsch

March 10, 2017

This is beyond tragic. So young. Talented actress, she would have been so successful in life. Depression real and more needs to be done in this country and world to help those with it.

Cat Stark

February 13, 2017

Grace, you saw a girl in need who was weak and scared and didn't know how to let herself live so you walked into her life and showed her how beautiful confidence can be. You inspired her to break through the walls holding her in and she was finally on the path to freedom. Thank you. I would not be who I am today if I had not gotten to know you. Thank you for showing me true beauty and showing me that being different from everybody else is amazing, not something that needed to be hidden. You taught me so much about the world and you were not afraid to teach me about me. There's nobody else like you and I will forever miss you. You're the star who's flame will never burn out. Thank you for all the unforgettable memories. I love you. Rest easy little strawberry.

To the family: Your strength is inspiring. Thank you for nurturing and loving the amazing girl who changed every life she walked into. I send you all of my love.

Genaro Dominguez

January 21, 2017

I want to send you our condolences for the loss of these two wonderful people created by God. Now they are both with God and we pray they rest peacefully in him who created them. May Almighty God grant you strength and the grace to go on. Our heartfelt sympathy is with all the Loncar's family.

Nakia Quarles-Howard

January 20, 2017

To the Family... may God continue to comfort you and keep you cradled in His arms of strength and courage through your difficult days. Grace was a true angel.