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Chattanooga, TN - Posted February 3, 2007 3:28 pm

I never had the opportunity to meet Justine, but having met her mom recently tells me that I would have loved her. It is a tragic thing to lose such a committed educator and nurturer of young children. However, I believe that she served her students from a place of generocity and love, so I can be sure she will never ever be forgotton. Her gifts and light will always be somewhere, making a difference in our world

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Linda and Kim

Minneapolis,Minnesota - Posted February 3, 2007 7:44 pm

Dear Heidi, Steve and Lauren,
We were next door neighbors and great friends for many years.We think of all of you frequently and hope that you will find answers to what happened to Justine the night of her death.I have been thinking alot about Justine's up coming birthday and can remember her 1st Birthday party so vividly. So many family and friends to celebrate that special occasion,and our Jenny was 2 weeks old. She was so loved by so many then and through out her adult life. We cherish all the good times and memories of our girls and yours growing up together. You were such good parents and Lauren you were such a great sister. Be thankfull for all the time , although it seems too short, you had with Justine and know that she touched many lives and will not be forgotten.
Happy Birthday Justine.
Kim and Linda

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Erica (Lisi) Stockton

Charlotte, NC - Posted February 5, 2007 4:58 pm

I was just flipping through the latest edition of the Hollins Columns and was astonished and sad to learn of Justine's passing. I have many fond memories from freshman year with she and Holly. We had lost touch after she transfered. I am very sorry to hear of her death.

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Lisa Madison

Location: Barboursville, VA - Posted February 6, 2007 8:19 am

To Eric and Justine's family.
I want to say Happy Birthday to Justine and to let you know that she is my heart and I think about her every day. I can't begin to imagine what you are all going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Lynn James

Culpeper Co. Va. - Posted February 6, 2007 9:38 am
I am a custodian at Emerald Hill Elem.

Happy birthday my little girl angel. Oh how you are missed on the kindergarten hall.Your room is just the way you left it. The new teacher will arrive on the 12th and I think you would truly approve of her, but of course you already know about her. I miss our chats and your sweet, sweet ways and being able to see you every day. I know that someday we will meet again in heaven. Again, Happy birthday.

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Edina Minnesota - Posted February 6, 2007 1:07 pm

Justine was my niece. She continually touched my life. I will hold in my heart all of the good times we had together through her childhood as well as her adult life.

I will always be thankful that my girls got a chance to know her. She was always so kind to them. I do know they had very warm feelings for her and also, looked up to her as she was a teacher. I will always be thankful for all of the kind and special things she did for them. There are so many times that Olivia reminds me of her as a young child-which is a blessing for me.

And I remember all of the special times she touched her grandparents, parents and sisters life. Many fun and happy times were had by all of the above.

Today, I find it extra hard to understand what has happened. I find her passing so unnecessary and virtually a loss for every single person she ever touched.

I will miss her forever and always hold her in my prayers and heart.

Happy Birthday

Love always,


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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota - Posted February 6, 2007 2:28 pm

I did not know Justine but feel as if I did through her grandma Marvel, who is my aunt, and her Dad Steve, who is my cousin. I have heard so many lovely things about Justine and she is indeed an angel from God. My prayers and love go out to the family for their loss. I know the shared memories are beautiful and you will see her smiling face again.


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Jill Madison

Charlottesville, Virginia - Posted February 6, 2007 6:24 pm
Justine and I were cousins-in-law. We, along with our husbands, were together just about every weekend. Often, her step-daughters were with us as well. We always had a blast together and always looked forward to the next weekend.

A memory that stands out and brings a smile to my face happened a couple weeks before her death. We, along with our husbands and her stepdaughters went to a pumpkin patch. Justine preferred to have a pumpkin that had a strong stem. She picked up a good sized pumpkin and as she is declaring the stem looks good, it breaks and rolls away from her. She says “oops, I hope it’s not break ‘em, buy ‘em here” and puts the broken stem back on the pumpkin very gingerly. Unknown to Justine, the owner is standing not far behind her, laughing.

I can hardly put into words how much I miss her and how much I wish she were here. We had so many plans together from vacations to ganging up on our husbands to living on adjoining properties to raising our kids together as one big, happy family. Much to our husbands’ displeasure, we were going to adopt many animals and let them roam our houses and properties.

I am thankful for so many memories and for my time with Justine (although it was way too short). I know that she is in heaven, looking down and looking out for those she loved. She will always have a place in my heart and in my life. When it is my turn to go, I know she will meet me at heaven’s gate and will greet me with a smile and a hug.
Happy Birthday, Queen Justine. I think of you everyday and miss you everyday. Thank you for being you. My life was better because you were in it.

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Heidi Swartz

Tennessee - Posted February 6, 2007 5:42 am
Happy Birthday Justine!
Today is the 28th anniversary of your birth. I remember that morning so well. Your dad and I were filled with wonder and awe and great joy. I miss you every second of every day.
We will honor your life and love today with a birthday cake and some pink tulips.
You were with me in my heart before I knew you, and you will be with me always.
I love you, sweet daughter.


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Culpeper, VA  February 6, 2007
Happy Birthday my dear friend...how I miss you so.

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