The Southern Cross : February 2010
The Southern Cross February 2010 Page 3 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news By Jenny Brinkworth It should have been the exciting start of a new school year but for two Catholic school communities the beginning of Term One has been one of the toughest ever as they struggle to come to terms with the tragic deaths of Melania, Claudia and Logan Inglis and Georgie Pearce. Both St Francis de Sales at Mt Barker and St Joseph's at Renmark have been providing counselling to staff and students and offering whatever support they can to Kym Inglis and the Pearce family following the fatal road accident on January 12. Thousands of people attended the two funerals held at St Joseph's and St Francis de Sales, where Melania worked on the front reception and in student services. St Francis de Sales principal Sean Mangan said it would take the community some time to recover from "such a significant tragedy". The family's strong connection with the school was evident in the fact that one of the first places Mr Inglis came to after the accident was the school, where he was consoled by senior staff and parish priest Father John Vildzius. Up to a hundred tributes including flowers, notes, cards and even a netball have been laid at the memorial just inside the school grounds. A classroom has been set up with photographs, candles and items of remembrance for students to visit during school time. The school's Footsteps Carers group has been preparing meals, offering transport and "doing everything they can" to support Mr Inglis and Melania's family. "It was heartening to see so many people back at the school hall supporting each other after the funeral -- it showed the true strength of the community," Mr Mangan said. St Joseph's principal Anna De Guglielmo said the school was keeping a close watch on Georgie's Year 6 class mates and in addition to making counselling available had set up a prayer memorial room for "our beautiful river girl". She said the Pearce family was closely involved with the Lutheran Church and had a strong faith which was "unbelievably life- giving" at this sad time. Georgie's funeral was conducted by Lutheran Pastor John Strelan while Father Arno Vermeeren read the Gospel. Kym Inglis's mother Pat and grandmother Kath Warnock are members of the Renmark Catholic parish. "We can't bring them back but no-one will ever take away what we know and treasure about their lives," Ms De Guglielmo said. "No-one can take that beautiful giggling and laughter or those hugs." During the eulogy for his wife and daughters, Mr Inglis, who is chair of the school's finance committee, thanked his "three girls" for the love and joy they had brought to his life. "I will always love you, I know I am a better person for the time I had with you." He spoke of Melania's infectious smile, her ability to have the last word and described her as "my best friend, my beautiful wife and mother of our two gorgeous girls". He paid tribute to Claudia's "never give up" attitude which displayed itself when she was seriously ill as a baby and then in her competitive approach to school and sport. "Deeply sensitive, she was wise beyond her years...she brought a calmness to my life, snuggling up to watch the footy with her Dad on a Friday night." In a lighter moment, he said Logan had a "medical condition" that prevented her from walking -- she could only skip, hop or cartwheel! "Her smile would brighten up any room and make you want to pick her up and cuddle her for no reason. Logie or Logie Bear was my little ray of sunshine." Authorised by CSF Pty Limited ABN 30 006 169 286, Trustee of Catholic Super ABN 50 237 896 957. 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Applications for Year 8, 2011 due in April 2010. Melania and Kym Inglis with Logan (left) and Claudia. Photo courtesy of The Courier. Georgie Pearce Communities mourn IN LOVING MEMORY: Fr Paul Bourke, Fr John Vildzius and Fr Arno Vermeeren lead the procession to the Mt Barker Lawn Cemetery after the funeral service of Melania, Claudia and Logan Inglis at St Francis de Sales College. Photo: Stephen Gray.