Friends shared anecdotes and memories of a genuine and caring young man.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The death of Lincoln-Way Central football player, 16-year-old Austin Lempera, wrenched the hearts of many at his funeral Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Frankfort.
The tragic death of Lincoln-Way Central's football player, 16-year-old Austin Lempera of New Lenox put a damper on traditional Thanksgiving Day celebrations. The funeral for Lempera, who died Nov. 19 of an apparent heart attack while working out in the basement of his family's home, was crowded with mourners young and old. The mass was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Frankfort. At the earlier prayer service at Kurtz-Goodale Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way, somber-looking family members, friends and students huddled close as they attempted grapple with the loss of a friend known for making people laugh. His girlfriend of 14 months, Cassidy Cozen, a junior at Lincoln-Way Central High School, will miss him terribly. Reflecting …