Chippewa Falls mourns Girl Scout, mom killed in hit-and-run

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) — The first funerals were held Thursday for the four victims in a tragic trash in Chippewa County.

Thursday morning, family and friends remembered the lives of Haylee Hickle and her mother Sara Schneider. Those who knew them best shared stories, tears and laughter. The family chose to live-stream the service for those who couldn’t be there in person.

“This is not how it should be, this is not how it could be,” said Jim Woldhuis a member of the Chippewa Valley Bible Church.

“It’s been a very tough week for Haylee’s Southview family, especially her 4th grade class,” said Sara Denure, the Principal at Southview Elementary. “However in their sadness and having Haylee gone too soon from them, they took time to be together and to share some great memories. Haylee was very close to me, she helped me when I needed it, she always made me feel like a special person.”

Dozens of Haylee’s classmates and teachers remembered their friend and student, taken too soon. They said her memory and eye for art, will live on.

“Haylee had creativity running in her bones,”Emilee Thornton, her 3rd grade teacher said. “I recall students requesting her to draw their pictures for them very often. I remember completely like I don’t know how you whipped that up in 30 seconds that would take me like an hour and a half and it wouldn’t look anything like that.” Thornton said although she had a big heart for art, she had even more love for her little brother.

“She looked out for Jasper when he was in trouble or upset,” Denure said. “Haylee was a wonderful big sister, the love and support Haylee had from her mom Sara helped shape her into the beautiful 10 year old she was.”

“She didn’t really care, wasn’t concerned what others were going to think,” Thornton said. “She wasn’t afraid to say it like it was and she loved everybody, especially her family, she loved you so deeply.”

Sara’s obituary said her favorite time, was spent snuggling with her kids. At the funeral, Haylee’s drawings were displayed so everyone had a chance to see her creativity.

Thursday, Sara and Haylee were laid to rest together in the same coffin.

Funeral service’s for Autumn Helgeson who was killed in the same crash, are Thursday night at 6 p.m. and Jayna Kelley’s funeral service will be held Friday at 3 p.m.

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