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February 7, 2013

Vigil tonight to honor life of 'Jackie' Kastrinelis

WEST NEWBURY — Friends, family, teachers and others in the community will gather at Pentucket High School tonight for a candlelight vigil to honor the life and spirit of Jaquelyn “Jackie” Kastrinelis. The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at the flagpole in front of the school located at 24 Main St.

A representative from the Groveland Congregational Church will lead the group in a prayer and a couple of the 24-year-old performing artist’s favorite songs will be played. The family invites those who wish to, to wear something red — Kastrinelis’ favorite color.

The Class of 2006 Pentucket graduate died unexpectedly last weekend on a cruise ship docked in Northern Australia. The cause of death is inconclusive at this time. She was the daughter of Groveland deputy fire Chief Michael Kastrinelis and former Groveland selectwoman and Pentucket Regional School Committee chairwoman Kathleen Kastrinelis.

The Kastrinelis family has established a fund to honor their daughter’s passion for the arts through the nonprofit Pentucket Arts Foundation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made during the vigil to the Jaquelyn Kastrinelis Fund for the Performing Arts, c/o the Pentucket Arts Foundation, or mailed to P.O. Box 254, West Newbury 01985.

The funds will be used to support the artistic endeavors that were most meaningful to Kastrinelis during her years at Pentucket.

News of Kastrinelis’ death has left the close-knit Pentucket community reeling. Police said her body was found over the weekend in her cabin on the luxury cruise ship Seven Seas Voyager in Darwin Harbor, Australia. She had been a member of the crew for the cruiseline since 2011 and was the lead singer in the ship’s musical show.

Plans for funeral services under the direction of the Linnehan-Grondin Funeral Home of Haverhill should be finalized and announced some time next week. For more information, contact Beth at 978-372-1534.

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