ROXBURY, NJ – An online fundraiser for the family of Kaitlynn LaBell, the daughter of Roxbury’s roads supervisor, surpassed its goal in three days.
LaBell, 28, of Mount Arlington, died unexpectedly Dec. 19. She did not have any life insurance, according to Roxbury Clean Communities Program Coordinator Kellie Ann Keyes, who quickly launched the GoFundMe site to help the family cover the funeral costs.
Keyes hoped to raise $10,000. In three days, the site reached nearly $11,000, prompting Keyes to express appreciation on behalf of the family, including LaBell’s father, Roxbury Department of Public Works Road Supervisor Paul LaBell, and mother, Eileen.
“Thank you to all of you who have reached out to the family or have graciously donated,” she wrote. “All of the support has been a great comfort as they come to terms with the loss of their daughter. The family is overwhelmed with the outpouring of concern and generosity.”
According to an obituary, LaBell was surrounded by her family when she died at St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover.
“Kaitlynn was free spirit who enjoyed drawing, listening to music and having her morning cup of coffee,” says the obituary. “She was a longtime resident of Roxbury Township before moving to Mt. Arlington a short time ago.”
A “Life Celebration” is scheduled for Dec. 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home, 150 Landing Road, Landing. There will be a gathering immediately afterward at the Wharton Fire Department, 10 Robert Street, Wharton.
The family is asking memorial donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 200 Vesey Street, NY, NY 10281 or to Roxbury Fire Department Engine #2, PO Box 138, Landing, NJ 07850
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