OBITUARY

Leia G Lanza

July 7, 1992March 27, 2019
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With broken hearts and the deepest sorrow, we share the passing of Leia G. Lanza, from Sudbury, MA, who died unexpectedly on March 27th, 2019.

Leia, 26, was born in Boston on July 7, 1992. She grew up in Waltham and Sudbury. She attended elementary school at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted in Waltham. After moving to Sudbury in 2005, she attended Curtis Middle School and graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in 2011. After graduation, Leia attended and graduated from Empire Beauty School in Framingham, where she earned her cosmetology license.

She loved cutting and styling the hair of her friends, family, and clients, and took pride in expressing herself through her own ever changing hairstyles and colors. She loved being a part of her “crazy, big, Italian family,” and was amused at her friends’ reactions when they attended one of the many family events. Leia’s renown kindness and compassion made her beloved by all who knew her. She accepted everyone as she or he was, and proved to be a great listener and a wonderful friend. She responded to her friends whenever they needed her, sometimes to her own detriment. She was extremely generous with her time, money, and possessions. If you needed something, she provided it and seldom asked for it to be returned. She loved all animals, especially cats. With her gentle encouragement, cats deemed “unfriendly” were soon purring on her lap. As a child, she would often attempt to rescue injured or abandoned animals she found around her childhood home. She loved children and the elderly and they loved her. Her favorite hair salon clients were children, the disabled, and the elderly. They took more time and patience, but she loved helping them.

Leia was an extremely intelligent and creative person. She started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. Her drawings, paintings, and sculptures, were impressive. She loved mermaids, Hello Kitty, and anime figures, which were often the subjects of her artwork. She had an eye for color and fashion and put together wonderful outfits. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and her laughter erupted from her entire body and enveloped those around her, making them smile, even if they weren’t in on the joke.

Leia will be deeply missed by her parents, Mary-Elizabeth Iosua Lanza and Mark J. Lanza of Sudbury, her sister, Marie A. Lanza of Quincy and brother, Nicholas J. Lanza of Sudbury. She was the granddaughter of June E. Lanza and the late Essio Lanza of Wareham and the late Mary (Riccelli) Iosua and Joseph Iosua of Wakefield. She was the beloved niece of her aunts: Joanne Sylvester of Peabody, Dorothy Iosua Gonzales and her husband Vince of Lynn, Marilyn Iosua of Reading, Janet Iosua of San Francisco, Kathleen Iosua of Beverly, Gina (Lanza) Coates and her husband Greg of Taunton, and Faye Lanza of Taunton, and her uncles: Joseph Iosua of Wakefield, Jeffrey Lanza of Brockton, Philip Lanza and his wife Patty of Wareham and the late David Lanza. Leia was loved by her many cousins: Richard and his wife Jennifer, and their children Anthony, Sara, Dean, and PJ, Jon and his sons Jonny and Dominic, Julie, Kristina and her daughter Ava, Tony and his companion Megan, and his daughters Destiny, Amaria, and Evey, Paul and his companion Amanda and their sons Jacob and Jaxon, David and his companion Cassie and their daughters Liliana and Saphora, Lisa, Sabrina (Lanza) O’Connell and her husband, Caley, and their children, Vanessa, Christina, and Zachary, Eric Lanza, Khristie Wilkins and her husband, Chris and their children, Quentin and Laynee, and Lynn Lanza and her husband, John Camara and their daughter, Leighton. She will also be missed by her many close friends and especially her boyfriend, Nat.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 160 Concord Road, Sudbury, on Thursday, April 4 at 10:30AM. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 3 from 4-8 PM at the Duckett-J.S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute, 656 Boston Post Road/Route 20, Sudbury. Burial will be private. Memorial Contributions may be made to Buddy Dog Humane Society, Inc., 151 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, April 4, 2019
REMEMBERING

Leia G Lanza

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Jenny Feda

April 4, 2019

Leia was a dear friend of my sister's throughout high school. I fondly remember her visits to our house throughout the years. Although I felt like the annoying littler sister wanting to tag along with the big kids, Leia always made me feel included and treated me as an equal. She was so kind and welcoming and I looked up to her and admired her sense of style. When I got to high school and didn't know anyone, I remember seeing her in the halls. She was always so excited to see me and I remember her voice as she'd yell "it's Shell's little sister!" and run over to hug me and say hello. She made me feel welcomed and included during a time where I felt lost and alone.
The memories I have of Leia are all loving and kind. She had a genuine soul and will be forever missed by those lucky enough to have known her.

Daniel Cooper

April 3, 2019

I met Leia in high school, and from that moment on, we shared so many memories before I graduated a year before her. Fortunately, we didn't lose touch at that point, and she continued to brighten my life during some of my worst years. Then, when she re-entered the lives of my close friends over a year ago, we shared so many more wonderful memories. Leia and I shared a love of flowers, anime, and video games.

When we finally officially started dating, six months ago, she proved to be the best girlfriend I have ever had. She would write me stupid texts with anime emotes in them, plan our future together, and held me close whenever I would have nightmares. That was her gift, making even the worst things in life seem bearable.

I will always love you, starshine. You are irreplaceable.

- Daniel Cooper

Mary Paris

April 1, 2019

Mary Beth...I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Paris (Albani)

Shayna Erickson

April 1, 2019

I met Leia at one of the lowest points in my life. She helped me through so much, including wanting to take my own life. I would never have become a certified makeup artist without her support. She was the kindest person I knew and hid her own pain from everyone so she wouldn't worry us. She was so smart and she was beautiful inside and out. Everyone who knew her, whether online or in person, has lost a piece of their heart with her. We'll miss you, our Official Mom Friend.

ALEC Brinig

March 31, 2019

My favorite memory of Leia is when she came to prom with Hunter. I didn't know Leia for long but in the time I knew her I considered her a good friend of mine. I thought she was the sweetest girl. I will deeply miss Leia and she will forever have a place in my mind and heart. Love you Leia, I hope you find your peace.

Hunter Germaine

March 31, 2019

I met Leia while I was in high school. And while we didn't attend the same school, we soon became very good friends. Her sweet spirit and gentle nature always brought a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. She was always so quick to act selflessly to help those she loved. To this day, I remember her and I going to my senior prom together. My date had left me high and dry last minute. And without hesitation Leia jumped up and went with me. She made sure I had the best night ever and I can't name a single other person who would do that for someone. Leia, you are so deeply missed, but I know you are in a better place. I love you and hope there are thousands of cats for you in heaven.

Courtney Craig

March 31, 2019

Leia was such a close friend throughout my time in middle school and even when I moved to North Carolina. I have so many laughs and inside jokes with her that it was impossible not to smile when I was with her. I remember she came to visit me in NC and was so amused about everything in the south including Chick-fil-A and sweet tea. I know that she is now making God smile with her sweet spirit and kind heart. Although she is in a better place, I’m going to miss her so much on earth.

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