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Memorial service held for young diplomat killed in Afghanistan

Students and staff of Fenwick High Schol in Oak Park took time Tuesday to proudly remember 2005 graduate Anne Smedinghoff at a special memorial Mass in the school auditorium. memorial-carousel

Smedinghoff, 25, was killed by a bomb last Saturday in Afghanistan while riding in a convoy with four other Americans to deliver books to children. Smedinghoff worked in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Anne’s older brother and sister, as well as their aunt, attended today’s memorial service.

Her former AP Spanish teacher, Irene Drago, spoke about how Anne Smedinghoff inspired her. And Fenwick administrator Dr. Gerald Lordan spoke about how Anne took her ordinary gifts and did extraordinary things with them.

Students who never met Anne said they are inspired by her legacy.

Funeral services are pending.

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3 Comments to “Memorial service held for young diplomat killed in Afghanistan”

    hockthai said:
    April 10, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Blessed are the peace keepers. Remembrance and prayers for Anne and her family.

    Glenn said:
    April 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks Anne for all the service and time you gave to make this world a better place!
    You always knew the risks, but carried out what had to be done regardless!
    Your bravery and inspiration to so many, will never be forgotten!
    You still had so much of life to experience and to enjoy.
    Into the arms of our Eternal God and Father, you have now laid you down.

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