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Jacqueline Brice, 16, Of Ridgefield Will Be 'Sorely Missed'

Jacqueline “JJ” Julia Garzarelli Brice, 16, of Ridgefield, daughter of John T. and Lorraine (Garzarelli) Brice, died on Thursday, August 4, 2011 from injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Ridgefield.

Jacqueline “JJ” Julia Garzarelli Brice, 16, of Ridgefield, daughter of John T. and Lorraine (Garzarelli) Brice, died on Thursday, August 4, 2011 from injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Ridgefield.

JJ was born in Niskayuna, NY, January 9, 1995 and was a student in the Class of 2013 at Ridgefield High School. She was a cheerleader, played lacrosse and participated in the Relay for Life.

"She will be sorely missed for her infectious personality and laugh, zest for life, her energy and devotion to her friends," say family members.

In addition to her parents, John and Lorraine of Ridgefield, she is survived by her two brothers, Michael Brice and twin brother, Christopher Brice both of Ridgefield; maternal grandparents, Edward and Elaine Garzarelli of Saratoga Springs, NY and her paternal grandparents, John Brice of Cairo, NY and Carol Brown of Hickory, NC and an uncle, Gregory Garzarelli.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 520 Ridgebury Rd., Ridgefield with the Rev. Joseph A. Prince officiating.

Interment will take place at the direction of the family.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Courtesy Kane Funeral Home.

enid August 04, 2011 at 11:48 PM
I am devastated by this. My heart goes out to this family. My condolences to Lorraine, John, Brice, and Chris. I met JJ briefly and she was lovely - i will always remember her. Enid Preter, Ridgefield, CT
Karen Merker August 05, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Sincere and heartfelt prayers to the entire Brice family from Karen Merker and the staff at Camp Marist.
Molly August 05, 2011 at 12:37 AM
It seem so surreal that such a wonderful young lady had to be taken from this world and from her family and friends. I met her in my Global History, P.E., and Biology classes, and being really new here, didn't know anyone. But she welcomed me into the school with loving arms and a caring heart. Her energy made a hard days at school go by easy and light, for her kindness brightened almost everyones day. Rest in peace, JJ. We'll miss you.
Molly August 05, 2011 at 12:38 AM
It seem so surreal that such a wonderful young lady had to be taken from this world and from her family and friends. I met her in my Global History, P.E., and Biology classes, and being really new here, didn't know anyone. But she welcomed me into the school with loving arms and a caring heart. Her energy made a hard days at school go by easy and light, for her kindness brightened almost everyones day. Rest in peace, JJ. We'll miss you. And I pray for the Brice family will stay strong in this terrible time.
Nancy Stone-Taverna August 05, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Sincere and heartfelt prayers go out to the Brice family. We are so sorry for your loss. Love the Stone family, sudbury ma.
Gutwrench August 05, 2011 at 04:21 AM
JJ was one of those girls that everybody adored and could get along with anyone at all. I cannot believe that she is gone and I, along with everyone else, am heart broken. Even though JJ and I had our hard times, she impacted my life in such a positive way and for that I am grateful. She will never be forgotten and her spirit will continue to live through all of us. I feel like I cannot say enough about JJ. J, I will miss you an incredible amount. You meant a whole lot to me and my life will not be the same without you in it. We have had a lot of great times and have grown together. It is not fair that you were taken from all of us. I love you girl.
John Symon August 05, 2011 at 06:23 AM
Absolutely heartbreaking. This happens all too often, when our community mourns the loss of a young member. Prayers go to the Brice family and JJ's friends.
Mary August 05, 2011 at 11:21 AM
While I did not know JJ personally, my heart hangs heavy as result of this devasting loss to our community. Through many tears...my thoughts and prayers go out to the Brice family and all who feel the pain and loss of JJ's young life. Spread your wings and fly dear child as you are an angel in heaven....watch over all those who love you, miss you and grieve for you.
Dave Goldenberg August 05, 2011 at 01:42 PM
There are too, too many roadside memorials in Ridgefield. I wish there was a way we could prevent these heartbreaking tragedies.
sf August 09, 2011 at 12:40 AM
rhs parent Dont think this is the time to be judging either parents or students. Stop the lecturing. Its in poor taste.
Asmile4u August 10, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Agreed...poor taste and complete lack of compassion. Come on, people, have a brain and a heart. A beautiful, young woman's life was cut way too short - in the prime of her life, leaving her family, friends and community devastated and filled with grief. My heart breaks for the Brice's and I hope their love for each other, support from friends and memories and love for JJ will give them some comfort. I am so terribly sorry for your loss.
David Coles August 12, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Lecturing has done no good , 2 Deaths in 2 years has done no good, what will it take? Maybe just maybe these parents should have these cars placed at the high school so all the children in this town will get the message!! They are not bullet proof!!!! If they do nothing then more of them will die!!!
Lola August 12, 2011 at 08:30 PM
i agree with David Coles I have always wondered why they don't park the cars of young drivers whos lives have been taken at the schools. Hard evidence!!
john miller August 12, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Yes, this IS the time for lecturing. It would be nice if this preventable tragedy served as an example that saved someone else's life.

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